August 2016

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to Saint Michael’s for the 2016-2017 academic year. I hope you have had a good summer and are eager to join us for a memorable, educational and faith-centered school year. With God’s help and guidance, let us begin anew!   The following is information concerning SMS activities during the first weeks of the school year.

Grades 1-8: First Day of School – Wednesday, September 7. At 8:15 A.M., all of the students in Grades 1-8 will gather in the auditorium. After my welcoming remarks and instructions, students will report to their respective classrooms. Dismissal on September 7, 8 & 9 will be at 12:15 P.M.

Early Childhood Program Orientation – Thursday, September 8.

Pre-Kindergarten-3 year olds        8:30 A.M.

Pre-Kindergarten-4 year olds         9:30 A.M.

Kindergarten                                 10:30 A.M.

Pre-Kindergarten-3(5 day students),Pre-Kindergarten-4 & Kindergarten First Day: September 9.

Pre Kindergarten-3(3day students) First Day: September 13.

New Family Welcome – Thursday, September 8. The Home School Association (H.S.A.) will host a New Family Welcome. Parents of students joining SMS are invited to visit, tour and enjoy some light refreshments during the school day. At this time sign up sheets will be available to enable parents to volunteer for the many upcoming SMS events. All volunteers, class parents and parents wishing to attend class parties/trips are required to attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop or provide documentation that the class was attended elsewhere. The PGC workshops are being offered here in Saint Michael’s Auditorium on Saturday, 9/10 at 10:30AM and Friday, 9/16 at 10:00AM. To register go to www.virtus.org.

WTC Commemoration – The children will participate in a prayer service commemorating the anniversary of the events of 9-11-2001 in the auditorium prior to dismissal on 9/12.

Opening School Year Liturgy – Monday, September 12. Grades 1-8 will celebrate our opening Liturgy on Monday, September 12 at 8:30 A.M.

Before Care and After Care will commence on Monday, September 12.

Back To School Night – Wednesday, September 14, at 7 P.M.   This evening will give you the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and receive class syllabi.   Parents of 8th graders are to meet with teachers at 6P.M. that evening, in the 2nd Floor Conference Room to discuss the COOP and eighth grade events to take place during the year.

CAFETERIA – Maschio Food Services, Inc. has a Point of Sale Debit System, for which each child will have a card when purchasing lunch/snacks. Payments may be made online as demonstrated on the enclosed notice or payments may be made via cash or check using the payment form, as in the past. You will need your child’s School ID # to process an online payment. Number for new student is shown below.

Other helpful information: At the end of each month a letter from the principal and the following month’s lunch menu will be sent home via email. They will also be available on the school website. Please check the calendar on the website for upcoming school events. Please refer to our school handbook for other important information, such as our dress code. The handbook is on our school website www.smscranford.com. As you purchase school shoes please note that they are to be black or brown dress shoes. They may not be a sneaker shoe nor may they have white or colorful soles. For new families: gym uniform may be worn on Gym and Art days. Enclosed please find a form for our SMS socks that may be worn on Gym & Art days with the gym uniform. A Warrior, our mascot, is depicted on the socks; $3 per purchased pair will be applied to your family’s Fundraising Commitment.

FEAST OF SAINT MICHAEL – September 22-25. Also included in this packet are sponsor and volunteer information for the FEAST. This is a great event for our parish family. A great deal of energy is put forth for such an endeavor. I hope you can join us for some fun with your SMS family. Proceeds benefit SMS. We appreciate your support and effort to make the Feast a social and financial success.

LEAD IN WATER TESTED – In the spring, the EPA suggested that all schools test their drinking water for lead.   Upon testing, minimal traces of lead were found in a few of our faucets. During the summer each was replaced. The water fountains ALL passed the inspection!

Prior to receiving this letter and packet, you should have received an email notifying you that the packet was mailed. If you did not receive an email, please email me at saint.michael@verizon.net to verify your email address.

Thank you for entrusting your child(ren) to our care. The SMS faculty, staff and I commit ourselves to providing your children with a quality education in a faith-filled environment. May your child(ren) consider SMS their home away from home. Enjoy your end-of-summer activities, and it is my hope that your children are ready and excited for the great school year that lies ahead!

Sincerely,

Sandy Miragliotta

Principal