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Saint Michael School Monday Memo october 26, 2015   Parish Announcements  Parish Announcements Twitter 

Letter From the Principal

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Saint Vincent DePaul free dress day last Friday.  We raised $713.67.  The money will be used to purchase turkeys for the Thanksgiving baskets for the needy.


We had a great School Advisory Board meeting last Monday.  Dan Orman from Kentucky Center for School Safety attended the meeting and shared some helpful statistics regarding school safety.  Mr. Orman and his team have agreed to complete a safety assessment of St. Michael in the next month at no cost to the school.  Please note that our emergency management plan is not available to the public.  Even in public schools, emergency management plans are not subject to open records.  Please know that safety remains a top priority, and we are taking this opportunity to reflect and revise our strategies as needed.  School Advisory Board will again begin publishing Splinters, a monthly review of topics covered during our meetings.  Splinters will be posted on Sycamore and the school website. 


Our snow day distance learning protocol has been approved.  Distance learning will begin on the third snow day.  We will be sending a hard copy home with students and posting on Sycamore.  We always hope for good weather, but in case of cancellation, we will be ready.  Teachers are already beginning to work on their plans to ensure they are of high quality and relevant to students.  Please note that delayed schedule is now a two hour delay.  Doors open at 9:15.  Tardy bell rings at 9:50.  There is no morning pre-school on delayed opening days.


I hope many students will dress up for Halloween this Friday to support our 8th graders.  Please remember that students should be able to continue regular instructional activities as normal so bulky or distracting costumes are discouraged.  I am excited to see everyone’s creative costumes!

Kind regards,
Mrs. Stacy Tackett

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Congratulations to 2B, who donated 117 coats to the Knights of Columbus coat drive.  They won a donut party for the homeroom that collected the most coats.  St. Michael School collected 390 coats total. Over 600 coats were donated from St. Michael this year. Thank you to all who contributed!  
National Red Ribbon Week
by Brittany Cox, School Counselor 

     This week, we celebrate National Red RibbonWeek.  The 2015 National Red Ribbon Week Theme is "Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free."

     Again this year, Classroom Guidance lessons will be centered on making healthy choices and refraining from things which harm our bodies. Various grades will participate in making posters and/or commercials to promote healthy decisions.  As in the past several years, Captain Mike Halbleib, Director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force, will speak to students in Grades 5-8, at a later date.  Captain Halbleib will continue to speak to each grade level, separately, in order to present age appropriate material and devote adequate time to questions. We are so grateful for the time Mike selflessly dedicates to our students.  Students will have had four consecutive years of Captain Halbleib’s education on drugs, upon graduating from Saint Michael.  Sadly, we live in a world where our children are faced with added dangerous temptations, each day.  It is our hope that in collaboration with experts such as Captain Halbleib, our students will understand the dangers of drugs and be empowered to “Just Say No” in the face of peer pressure. 

      I encourage you to be part of the creation of a drug free America by signing the Red Ribbon Pledge to set guidelines to help our children grow up safe, healthy and drug-free.  You can do so by visiting  You will also find tips for talking to your children about drugs.  According to the National Family Partnership, children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t.  I believe in the saying, “it takes a village”…and I am humbled to be a part of yours.

Faith Matters- October
by Maureen Rogg, Coordinator of Religious Education 

In the September 28th issue, we began a discussion of “10 Ways to Teach Your Children to Pray.”  As a reminder, the first five included the Sign of the Cross, Basic Prayers, Reading the Bible, Gratitude and Attending Mass.  The final five suggestions …


The Five Finger Method – This simple approach, credited to Pope Francis, can be useful in deepening our prayer life.  It consists of five strands, beginning with the thumb – offer praise, offer thanks, pray for another person, ask for forgiveness and make a request for yourself.


The Rosary – The Rosary is a beautiful prayer which focuses on the essential events of the lives of Jesus and Mary.  You need not pray the entire Rosary at one sitting with younger children; praying one decade or the Rosary over the course of a week might be more manageable.


Read Stories of the Saints – Our Church is blessed with many saints who can be our guides as we grow closer to Jesus throughout our lives.  Reading and discussing their stories with your children will provide models for their Christian faith and prayer.  You might wish to have your family choose one saint as a patron saint for your family.  Patron saints can be powerful intercessors for us.


There are a number of websites one can access as resources on saints.  One is You can register to receive a daily email on the Saint of the Day.


Create a Family Prayer – Have your children suggest words to a prayer which your family would pray together.  Children need to learn prayer is a conversation with Jesus.  It can take many forms including “our” words rather than the traditional prayers we have memorized.


Make Prayer a Priority – St. Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians, states we are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:16-18) … what a challenge!  However, if we remember prayer is communication with God, a simple “Thank you, Lord” as you marvel at a beautiful sunrise will begin your day with prayer. 


In closing … I would recommend “The Jesus Prayer” for your consideration. There are a number of variations; however, the one I first encountered is “Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”  As you inhale, you pray the first two phrases and as you exhale, you pray the third and fourth phrases. I love this prayer and pray it often each day.  It can create a sense of calm.

In this issue
Letter from The Principal
National Red Ribbon Week
Faith Matters
Coming Home Today
  • Glo Sticks
This Week's Events
Mass 8:15 (Gr. 1-4)
4th Grade Field Trip
Fr. Bob Ray- Speaker 7p
Mass 8:15 (Gr. 5-8)
Spirit Day
Saints Presentation 9:30a
Halloween Parties 1:45p
Please Take Note
Congratulations to our 3rd and under boys cross country team who placed 1st and girls who placed 2nd in 2015 Central Kentucky Meet of Champions.  Go Knights!

Spirit Wear is now available for CHEER, DANCE, BASKETBALL AND GENERIC items.  Orders due by Oct. 30.

8th grade uniform t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and sweatshirts are again available for purchase.  See Sycamore News for order form.  Orders due by Nov. 6.

♦ Respect Life Club is collecting cell phones, cell phonelaptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, video game systems, chargers, accessories, cords, etc. for recycling.  Box will be in school atrium.

♦  All are welcome to attend the Confirmation guest speaker, Fr. Bob Ray, on Oct. 28 in the church.  

♦ Students may wear 
Halloween costumes on Oct. 30 for $1 or more donation to 8th grade trip.halloween No masks, nothing scary or that would frighten a young child and make-up is fine as long as we can clearly see who the child is.   Best costume, most creative costume, etc. will be announced on the afternoon announcements.  Students who do not wish to participate may have spirit day.

 Picture make-up day is scheduled picturesfor Tuesday, November 3rd from 9-9:45 a.m.  Any students who were absent on original picture day or those that ordered and received their pictures but want them retaken, please make sure this date is marked on your calendar.  Students having their picture taken are allowed to wear non-uniform wear.  

♦ All Veterans are invited to join our 2nd grade students for our first Veteran's Day Presentation.  The children are working on a special way to thank our Veterans for their service.  Spread the word and join us on 11-11-15 @ 9:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria. God Bless America!

♦ St. Michael stadium or soft chenille blankets are now for sale for $25.  Proceeds support 8th grade trip.  Order form is in Sycamore News.

♦ 8th grade is selling
.  Order forms are available on Sycamore.  Orders are due by Nov. 24.

 Please be sure your child's cafeteria balance is current.  We appreciate your help.  See Sycamore Documents | Cafeteria for balances.

Coupon cash books are for sale for $20.  Books include coupons to local area restaurants and venues.  All proceeds go to St. Michael School.

Basketball try-outs continue this week.  Please see Sycamore News for complete schedule and link to register.

♦ Please note as the weather gets colder to ensure your child is properly outfitted to play outdoors.  Gray leggings are allowed this year for girls.  These may be ordered through Shaheens or Oates Flag.  Be sure to label all coats and jackets!

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