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Saint Michael School Newsletter February 24, 2016   Parish Announcements  Parish Announcements Twitter 

Letter From the Principal

Dear Families,

One of the best things about St. Michael is the tight knit community.  However, one of the hardest things about joining a tight knit community is there is often unwritten traditions that are not often obvious to someone who is new.  In the nine months since I joined St. Michael’s community as principal, there have been many challenges- some I anticipated, and some I didn’t.  I may have come in with some excess enthusiasm and made a few changes too quickly that moved some out of their comfort zones.  But one thing is for certain.  I love and care about each and every child.  I want to be with the students, learn about their likes and dislikes, and I appreciate each child for who they are, their unique qualities, and the value they bring to our school community.  There have been and will be growing pains.  But I will promise you one thing.  All decisions and any changes that are made are with the best interest of our students and their families at the forefront of the decision-making process.  We owe it to our students and their families to provide a state-of-the-art learning environment where every student has the opportunity to maximize his/her ability.  We will make some mistakes.  We will reevaluate, regroup and move forward.  I will continue to learn about this great community and continue to build upon its strengths.  Those of you who may not yet be convinced, jump on board, give this a chance and look around and see some of the most amazing teachers and staff, making a difference in the lives of your children every single day.  There are many great traditions yet to be made.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.

-Romans 12:2

 

Many Blessings,

Stacy Tackett

General/IMG_1711.JPG Payton Laney, 5th grade, Falling Into the Moon, colored pencil

 

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Ella Kronk, 8th grade, Think, colored pencil

Commitment to Communication

A Message from School Advisory Board

We recognize it has been a transitional year with changes.  However, we, the School Advisory Board (SAB), are confident in the direction the school is going.  Mrs. Tackett and Mrs. Krill are committed to accountability, collaboration and transparency for parents and teachers.  Recently the SAB discussed results of the survey that was issued to parents in December.  The feedback from the survey indicates lack of communication as the most common theme of concern.  Unfortunately, communication breakdown and misunderstandings have ensued creating unnecessary gossip and resentment that have divided our community, instead of bringing us together.  

 

The SAB is determined to help improve communication between the parents and administration.  The SAB wants to fulfill our school’s mission statement of providing a nurturing environment of mutual RESPECT where children strive for academic excellence and celebrate their God-given talents.

 

Therefore, we have decided to try an informal “Q & A” session the 2nd Sunday of each month between 8:30 and 11:00 masses, and after the 11:00 mass in the church vestibule.  Parents are invited to talk and ask questions with SAB members.

 

Additionally, we will host a “town hall” style meeting for parents to come, listen, and ask questions regarding school operations.  We are planning for Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Griner Center.  We would like you to submit your top 3 questions or issues you would like to hear about during the meeting, no later than 3/9/16 to sab@stmichaellouisville.org.  After discussion, we will present the top topics and open the floor for questions, comments, and ideas.  We CANNOT cover every topic and question in one session, but we will do our best.  Also, SAB members will continue to be available after masses once a month. 

 

Our school motto for the year is “Everyone matters.”  We hope these solutions will provide constructive avenues for families to voice their concerns and receive answers.




In this issue
Letter from The Principal
Commitment to Communication: A Message From School Board
Announcements
Coming Home Today
  • Knights News
  • Bricks 4 Kidz (K-1)
  • Camp Earl Wallace (5-6) 
This Week's Events

2/29

No Homework Club

3/1

Mass (K-4) 8:15a

3/2

Read Across America Parade - 8:30a

3/3

Mass (5-8) 8:15a

3/4

Terra Nova Kickoff Pep Rally 8:15a

3/7-3/18

Terra Nova Testing


Please Take Note

♦ The 2016-17 calendar is now available on Sycamore and the school website.


♦ There will be no homework club Monday, February 29.


♦ The bus committee will host a Q&A session for parents on March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Liturgy of the Word room in the church.  All interested parents are invited.


Attention 7th grade parents: Your child has brought home information regarding the Molly Johnson Memorial scholarships. The deadline for applications is April 22.  If you any questions, please contact Mrs. Tackett, and she will forward them to the scholarship committee.


Attention 8th grade parents: Information regarding Catholic high school scholarships for freshmen have been posted on Sycamore.

 

♦ Read Across America is right around the corner (March 2).  Students are invited to participate in the RAA art contest, essay contest, and character parade.  See Sycamore News for more information.

 

♦ Applications for tuition assistance and School Choice scholarships for the 2016-17 school year are now available.  Visit ceflou.org for more information.  Application deadline is March 15, 2016.  (K-8 only)  

 

♦ Lenten Fish Fry Volunteers Needed:  Fridays 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  brucemooser@yahoo.com or Michele Sileo:  502-548-1831   triblesileo@hughes.net

 

♦ Leapin' Lizards!!!
Annie Jr. performances are Feb. 24th and 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center. Presales have concluded. You may purchase your ticket at the door the night of the performance.
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♦ We encourage you to support "Opportunities in Education Act" and EdChoice KY for Senate Bill 44 and House Bill 336, which would create a nonrefundable tax credit for donations to scholarship granting organizations.  For more information, visit www.edchoiceky.com.
 

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