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Saint Michael School Newsletter February 3, 2016   Parish Announcements  Parish Announcements Twitter 

Letter From the Principal
Dear Families, 
This past weekend I spent Saturday at a parish retreat here on campus. As with anything structured and work related on a weekend, I was not looking forward to spending the day sitting inside in a  meeting room.  But, let me say this; I left the Parish Retreat Saturday at 4:00 feeling incredibly blessed and empowered because of the amazing people that are giving so much of their time and energy to this community.  One of our goals is to work on the Long Range Strategic Plan for the Parish/School Community that would get us through at least the next two to three years. The process takes diligence, extreme thoughtfulness, dedication and time. This committee will be asking for your input very soon through a short survey. Your input is valued and of the utmost importance.  
If we fully comprehend the brevity of life, our greatest desire would be to please God and to serve one another.  The grass withers, the flowers fades beneath the breath of God. And so it is with fragile man. The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of God shall stand forever.  Isaiah 40:7-8 
Speaking of input, ideas, concerns or suggestions, I want to appeal to each of you if you have a question, idea, or concern about this school year or next please know I want to hear from you.  I am always intrigued by the different comments/stories going around that are not even remotely factual. I am working diligently to be a better communicator, to let parents and students know that I value input and suggestions, and that I will continue to keep my door open. I respectfully ask for your help with this.  
Happiness is a marvelous magnet to the human personality. (Dr. James Dobson Love Must Be Tough) 
The important thing for us as Christians is not what we eat or drink but stirring up goodness and peace and joy from the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 

Many Blessings, 
Mrs. Tackett




The 2nd annual Catholic Schools Week faculty v. 8th grade volleyball game was fun for all!  They tied with 3 games each.  Way to show your school spirit!


Students Collect 1,610 Pairs of Shoes for WaterStep


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Nolan Ferry, a current 7th grader, decided to collect shoes to earn service hours in preparation for Confirmation.  The project turned out even bigger than he imagined as St. Michael's donation was one of the largest ever.  WaterStep is a non-profit organization that collects used shoes and sells them to an exporter.  The money raised is used to provide safe water to communities in developing countries.  This month, Water Step is donating all funds to the children of Flint, Michigan, to support ongoing medical care.


Nolan was drawn to this organization because he felt like he was "saving lives."  He and his mom, Nena Ferry, collected all the shoes in their garage.  They had to tie them together in pairs, count them, and bag them for transport.  A total of 1,610 pairs of shoes were collected.  The class that collected the most shoes was 1A.  They collected 191 and earned a donut party.  Honorable mention goes to 5B, 4A and KC.  Together they collected 359.  Thank you to all our St. Michael families who supported Nolan with this great project.



NASA Ambassador Speaks to 6th Grade Students

by Keeley James

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Last Thursday, January 28, local astronomers Ken Alderson and Don Spain came to St. Michael

to to educate the sixth grade on several astronomical topics. At the Louisville Astronomical

Society, where both men work, Mr. Alderson was the former president of the society and

currently works as the NASA solar system ambassador. Mr. Spain teaches college astronomy.

Mr. Alderson taught the children about the order of the planets, asteroids, stars, dwarf planets,

galaxies, and so many more subjects. However, his most mentionable presentation was that of

a 4.7 billion year old meteorite! Mr. Alderson thoroughly taught the sixth grade all about

meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites. He also allowed the students to have the once­ in­ a-
lifetime opportunity to hold the meteorite! Mr. Spain showed the sixth­graders a Stellarium

Program in which they could map out constellations, their mythological versions, positions of the

sun at certain times, and even "fly" to a planet! The entire presentation was enjoyed by both the

students and teachers of the sixth grade. This awesome experience helped the entire grade not

only understand, but also experience the many wonders of outer space.

5th/6th Boys Basketball Team Collects Items to Donate

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The 5th/6th grade Boys B Basketball team collected items for the Center for Women and Families.  Way to go!

In this issue
Letter from The Principal
Students Collect 1,610 Shoes for Waterstep
Nasa Ambassador Speaks to 6th Grade 
5th/6th grade basketball collects items for center for women and families
Coming Home Today
  • CRS Rice Bowl
  • St. Patrick Coloring Contest (K-4)



Spelling Bee


Mass 8:15a (5-8)


Confirmation 6:30p


6th Grade Field trip


Ash Wednesday  9:30a

Please Take Note

♦ St. Michael administration is committed to improving not only quality education but also support services as well.  We understand that carpool can be a stressful part of a parent’s day and often time busconsuming.  In an effort to help minimize stress and give you back your valuable time, we will be offering bus transportation for your students next school year.  In the spirit of continuous improvement, please take a few minutes to fill out our survey to help us better understand your transportation needs.


♦ Our students raised over $3,300 for Home  of the Innocents in last week's Penny Challenge. penny Congratuations to the following homerooms who raised the most money in each grade level.  They will receive a popcorn party.

KC, 1A, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6A, 7B, 8B.  8B raised the most money overall and will receive a pizza party.  Way to go!


♦ Students in grade 1-5 are invited to participate in the St. Jude Math-a-thon.  Students complete math problems in the fun books that were sent home last week.  All donations are due by Feb. 12.



All parents are invited to "Parenting the Snapchat Generation" with national speaker, Jerry Ackerman.  The session will be Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit School in the Dining Commons.


♦ Are you handy?  We are looking for a volunteer to help build the set for the 8th grade play.  We also need some wood donated.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Whelan at


♦ Sign-ups for spring sports are now available on  Sports available: boys volleyball (3-8), boys & girls soccer (K-8), Girls softball (3-8), boys & girls track (K-8).  See Sycamore News for more information.

♦ Pre-registration New Families:  If you know of a new family who would like to register for next school year, applications are now available online at  Kindergarten screenings for new students will be February 13, 2016.  Each applicant will be assigned a time.


♦ Applications for tuition assistance and School Choice scholarships for the 2016-17 school year are now available.  Visit for more information.  Application deadline is March 15, 2016.  (K-8 only)  We have hard copies of the application in the office for your convenience.


♦ We are looking for local celebrity guest readers for cat in the hatRead Across America (March 2).  If you know anyone that would be interested in coming to read, such as news anchors, high school/college coaches, etc. please contact Katie Ray at


♦ Lenten Fish Fry Volunteers Needed:  Fridays 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11 and 3/18 - times and shifts vary - see the Volunteer sign up sheet document on Sycamore, contact the parish office or contact:

Bruce Mooser : 502-418-7532 or  Michele Sileo:  502-548-1831
Come support St. Michael!
♦ Leapin' Lizards!!!
Tickets are now on sale for the St. Michael drama club's production of Annie Jr. The performance is Feb. 24th and 25th at 6:30 in the Community Center.  Early Bird tickets are only $3 each, so get your tickets early!  Simply send your order with your child to school and we will return the tickets to you or stop by the front office before or after school.
Feb. 12 will be a $1 free dress day to raise money for the 8th grade trip.  Wear red for Valentine's Day! hearts
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