Dear St. Michael School Families,
Welcome back to school! It is such a joy to see the students back in our hallways and in our classrooms. We are happy to welcome especially our 25 new students in grades 1-8 and our 56 new kindergartners. That makes 510 students who successfully got off the bus, out of the cars, into the right classrooms, and the right desks for the first day of school. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without a hitch, unless so many parent volunteers were here to help. Thank you parents and to our incredible office staff who helped make our first day back a great one!
The purpose of this letter is to let you know about some important information the school needs from you. Your child will be bringing home many papers from school on the first day.
Here’s what you should expect:
To simplify things, we’ve included a checklist of items you should return to the office by this Friday, August 23rd. (see the checklist at the bottom of this page)
I want to personally encourage you to take time to volunteer for at least two things this school year. There are many volunteer opportunities at St. Michael School. Your children learn generosity from your example. Show them that you are invested in their school, and that it is important to belong to a community. We need everyone’s help!
My prayers for a successful year,
We have made some exciting changes to our communications plan at St. Michael School. Thanks to the many hours of service and technical skill of a generous benefactor and of our InfoTech teacher, Mrs. Erica Gowitzka, we have launched a new school website! The website gives us many new possibilities for communicating important and timely information to you. We have also created the “St. Michael Messenger”, a weekly online newsletter that you can receive via email. Please make sure to sign-up online by clicking the St. Michael Messenger link below, so that you will receive all current updates and news from the school.
Upcoming events will be posted daily on our home page, in addition to a complete Calendar of Events accessed from the top bar of any page within the website. Click on an event to view further details or information.
Bonnie Brown will join our Junior High team to teach 7th/8th grade Language Arts and Reading this year. Bonnie earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Certification from Notre Dame College. She has taught 5th and 6th grades with a concentration in Language Arts. Many of you are familiar with Bonnie as a long term substitute for Mrs. Cottrell’s first grade class and Mrs. Keller’s 5-8 grade math classes last year. I’m glad that Bonnie will be here even more long term this year!
Alexa Brookhart will be our new Reading Intervention Specialist (all of those first graders who prayed they would have her as second graders may just have gotten their way!) She is looking forward to sharing her talents and gifts in reading with many more students at SMS. Mrs. Brookhart will be working with students in grades K-4 to help improve reading. She will be working with small groups in the classrooms in conjunction with the homeroom teachers to decrease the student/teacher ratio and increase student differentiation.
Joyce Kemmerly will be teaching 1st grade this year. Joyce has been teaching in the Diocese of Columbus for 15 years and is excited to be joining the St. Michael family. She most recently taught at All Saints Academy in Columbus. Joyce has a special love for Language Arts and brings both knowledge and experience of implementing Common Core standards into a Catholic school. Among her years of experience she has taught 1st and 2nd graders all the way through 8th graders. Welcome Joyce!
John Wallace will be teaching 7th/8th grade Social Studies and Reading this year. As many of you know, John is a graduate of St. Michael School. He recently completed his Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Social Studies with a minor in Business and History from Ohio University. His student teaching experience was completed in a Middle School and Junior High setting. We are glad to welcome John back to his Alma Mater as a teacher!
Elizabeth Seiler will be teaching 6th grade this year. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Middle Childhood Education from The Ohio State University, with a concentration in Math and Language Arts. Elizabeth has experience in multiple middle school settings in addition to being an active member of the Faith Community in Columbus. She served as a student missionary for St. Paul’s Outreach recently. Welcome Elizabeth!
We have a Spanish teacher too! Her name is Ana Lovely. She has taught Spanish at OSU for the past 7 years and taught at a Catholic elementary school for two years prior to her college teaching. She will be teaching full time Spanish at St. Michael’s this year. Bienvenidos a Maestra Lovely!
This year, there will be five Dominican Sisters of Mary at St. Michael’s! I know the sisters will feel as blessed as we have felt to be at St. Michael School and Parish. Please allow me to introduce our three new sisters: Sr. Jude Andrew, Sr. Mary Gabriel, and Sr. Immaculata (These are the first names of the sisters, and they are called by both names – or one in Sr. Immaculata’s case). All of the sisters obtained their Bachelor’s Degrees and Elementary teaching certifications through Eastern Michigan University.
Sr. Jude Andrew received a bachelor’s with a concentration in Social Studies, while Sr. Mary Gabriel and Sr. Immaculata had a concentration in Mathematics. Sr. Jude Andrew will be teaching 7th/8th grade Religion and Reading. She has taught at the middle school level at our mission in Austin, Texas, and at other grade levels in Phoenix, AZ and at our own Spiritus Sanctus Academy in Michigan. Sr. Mary Gabriel will be teaching 5th grade this year. She has taught at our Community’s mission school in Buda, TX and at Spiritus Sanctus Academy. Sr. Immaculata will teach 2nd grade this year. She has taught at Spiritus Sanctus Academy in Michigan. Thank you Sisters, for bringing your gifts, talents, and love of the Lord to St. Michael School! We can’t wait for you to begin a new year with us!
St. Michael School Handbook has been developed to provide useful information about our school rules, regulations, academic requirements, clubs and organizations, and student privileges and responsibilities. It also provides a directory of important telephone numbers and a yearly planning calendar
The school day extends from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The school doors will open at 7:45 a.m. We ask that parents do not drop off their children before this time.
On early dismissal days, the school day extends from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
St. Michael has a federally subsidized hot lunch program. There is also an “ala carte” menu available. Hot lunch is served in the cafeteria daily, unless it is a early dismissal On those days, students must pack a lunch.
Please be sure to return the following forms to school by Friday, August 23rd – Thank you!!!!