Greetings and welcome to the Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School website! 


Thanks goes to Rev. Michael C. DiIorio for his fine support of this new exciting website for our school.   We have a new domain name (www.sma-pa.org ) and a new look. There are also many new features for your use. Feel free to tour through the various pages. It's our wish that you find this site both informative and helpful. Please bookmark it at www.sma-pa.org .

Be sure to check the “Special Announcements page for important news and the latest happenings (School Closings and Delayed Openings) at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School.  

The "Special Announcments" page is located at top right corner of the home page and on the scroll down page of "About SMA School". (New SMA mobile version: use scroll down menu) 

All our SMA Catholic School teachers have grade websites as well.  Simply click on the "Faculty" tab and find your child's teacher's  website.  Important homework information and class updates will be posted for your use.

Feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions, concerns, suggestions, or new ideas for our school.

Thank you and God Bless!

Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

Principal

  

 BIG NEWS! 

 

Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School

 

is very pleased to announce we are opening a second Pre K for the 2014/2015 school year!

 

We also just received word we won a $5000.00 grant

 

to help finance the new second PreK room!

 

Pre-K3 / Pre-K4 / K Program Information

 

           

 

Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School offers two Pre-Kindergarten programs, one for children two years away from Kindergarten (Pre-K3), one for children who will be entering Kindergarten the following school year (Pre-K4) and Kindergarten.

 

Our Pre-K 3/4/ K Programs offer children a nurturing learning environment that is caring, challenging, hands on, and academically developmental. Since we believe our children should enjoy their time here, there are also many fun activities.   Appropriate child-centered experiences are provided to stimulate inquisitiveness and to develop the child’s self-assurance and independence.
Our programs provide many hands-on-learning experiences in an academic readiness environment. Language is developed through a multitude of methods. Songs, plays, poems, and stories are just some of them. Centers are provided where children can experience a variety of sensory experiences in an individual or group setting. Gross and fine motor skills are developed through physical activities, play, and the creative arts. Through songs, storytelling of scripture, prayers, games, and art activities, the children learn about God's great love for each of us. Pre K 3 / Pre K 4 and Kindergarten are also part of the NDS Hot Lunch Program. (Please note: soda and fast foods are prohibited in our program.) Our children will also be given technology instruction in our computer lab. To provide the most up-to-date communication, the Pre-K 3 / 4 / Programs will soon have their website linked to the school’s main website at www. sma-pa.org. the Kindergarten is linked already.
 

If you are interested in registering your child in one of our fine programs, please call our school at 215-943-0222, or email me at sdicicco @ sma-pa.org for more information.

Thank you!

God bless!

 

Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco ~ Principal                                  

 

 

 

 New for 2014/2015!

 

SMA SCHOOL ACADEMIC HONORS

 

Students in Grades 4-8 are eligible for SMA Honors with the following criteria:

 

  • Principal’s Honors: General average of 95.0 or above in each numerically graded subject, and 3 or 4 in each Non-Academic area. (No subject grade less than 92)
  • First Honors: 90 or above in each numerically graded subject, and 3 or 4 in each Non-Academic area. (No subject grade less than 87)
  • Second Honors: 85 or above in each numerically graded subject, and 3 or 4 in each Non-Academic area. (No subject grade less than 82)
  • Effort Award: May be given to a student who has made an improvement or who is working to the best of her or his ability but did not qualify for honors. A 3 or 4 in each Non-Academic area is also required.

 

 

 

Students will be awarded Honor Certificates, which are distributed with report cards.

 

  

IMPORTANT!

September Opening Schedule

 

9/3/14   Grades 1 to 8 Report Arrival 8:15-8:30 Dismissal 3:00

 

9/4/14   Grades 1 to 8 Report Arrival 8:15-8:30 Dismissal 3:00

 

9/5/14   Grades 1 to 8 Report, All Forms Due, Opening 9:30 School Mass 3:00 Dismissal

 

9/8/14 Grades PreK/ K - 8 Report, CARES, Pretzels begin

 

9/11/14   SMA Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM Grades PreK - 8

 

 

PRE- K Information                     

 

Dear Preschool Parents,

 

          I am very excited to have your child join us at St. Michael the Archangel. I have many fun and exciting activities planned. I plan to have a very special and eventful year for your child and family. Before our school year begins, here is some information regarding our program:

 

Teaching Staff

 

My name is Karen Arocho and I am very excited to be your child’s teacher. I have been a teacher here at St. Michaels for 12 years.

 

Start of School – Pick-up/Drop-off

 

On September 3 – 4 – 5 there will be an Open House for you and your child to visit the classroom and meet their teacher. You may come anytime that day between the hours of 9-12.

 

Our first day will be Monday September 8th. Our hours are 8:45-2:45 (Full Day) and 8:45-11:45 (1/2 Day)

 

          Drop Off- “C” door at 8:45

 

          Pick up - “C” door for ½ day at 11:45

 

-         Parkway doors(front side doors facing Parkway) at 2:45

 

Supplies

 

A supply list will be given out at Back to School Night. A backpack, snack, and lunch and folder will be needed the first week. Information regarding the hot lunch program will be coming home shortly.

 

New this year PreK Uniform!

 

SMA Pre-K Uniform -· SMA Green t-shirt · SMA Ash gray sweatshirt (Optional) · SMA Ash gray sweatpants · SMA Silver Gray Micro-mesh gym shorts in spring and fall · Sneakers (No fashion)

 

Available at Flynn O'Hara, 10905 Dutton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154

 

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me. I look forward to getting to know you and your child throughout the year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 215-943-0222 or 

Sincerely, Karen Arocho

 

August 2014

                                                                                                                                     

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                                                                          

 

     Greetings and welcome to a new school year at Saint Michael the Archangel School! I want to thank Rev. Michael C. Dilorio, as always for his generous support of our school. I also want to thank all of you who have registered for another great year at our fine school! We are very busy preparing for the opening of the new 2014/2015 school year. I am happy to announce the following important information:

 

  • New online grading coming!!! The system is called My Students Progress. MSP for short.
  • We are applying for a large federal grant to benefit our school this year. I will keep you posted.
  • KidStuff Coupon Savings Book campaign begins much earlier this year on 9/8/14.
  • Thank you everyone for an awesome SMA Carnival this year!
  • Nice news! Peggy Jewett volunteered to overhaul the SMA Library as our head librarian.   Peggy and several helpers have already started working in the library the past month.
  • We are currently sprucing several areas of the school especially the gym.
  • Please note that the SMA school uniform for this past year may be worn until September 2015. You do not have to purchase a new uniform for the 2014-2015 school year. The new uniform items for SMA school will be mandatory for September 2015.
  • Our new SMA web site and domain name, www.sma-pa.org will continue to provide you up to the minute info!
  • Our SMA Home and School Association is back for another great year.
  • Our SMA Handbook will soon be updated online at www.sma-pa.org. Please read it carefully so you will know the regulations of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School.  
  • Half-day dismissals have been standardized to one time: 11:30.
  • Our new 2014/2015 full year color school calendar has been created and will be given to each family in September. Please refer to it for important dates and information.

 

·         All staff at SMA School have an email address and TeacherWeb individualized grade websites. (Email addresses are first initial and last name followed by sma-pa.org. example This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

·         Email lists and grade website are displayed on our school website at www.sm-pa.org on the Faculty page.

 

  • We will continue the use of School Reach phone calls directly to school families.
  • Our SMA Special Lunch was a big hit last year. The first SMA Special lunch is 9/18/14. Order form will be sent home the first week of September.
  • New Communication Envelopes with our school name and logo will be distributed each Wednesday during the school year.
  • A “Student of the Month” Program will continue with virtues for each month.
  • Students’ birthdays will be announced and a birthday card given.
  • Our second annual SMA “Grandparents’ Day” has been scheduled for October 19th . Sign up info coming soon.
  • Our SMA Band Program and SMA Choir will continue their great work this year. A violin program for our students is in the works.
  • “First in Math” Program for students K-8 will continue. This program is important for improving students’ math skills.  
  • A parent “Feedback Form” will be sent out each trimester and is online at our website.
  • Our school digital video/still camera will be used for school pictures and a SMA school video. The school highlights video will be shown at our SMA Curriculum Festival on May 19th.
  • There will be a second annual SMA Fun Day with super activities in June.
  • Daily morning readings by students in Grades 3 – 8 will commence in September.

 

    

 

     There will be full day Faculty Meetings every other month. The Faculty Meeting dates are November 26th – January 9th - March 13th – May 8th. Students do not report on these dates.

 

     Your child will be receiving several important papers the first day of school. Please be sure to read and complete all forms and papers. We ask that all forms be returned by Friday, September 5th. Each family will be given our new color SMA Calendar for the 2014/2015 School Year. New Communication Envelops will be sent out every Wednesday of each month to keep you informed. Be sure to check out our new web site www.sma-pa.org for the latest information and new updates in the “Special Announcement page. 

 

     Listed below are the names of our faculty and staff members. The schedule for the opening of school and a few reminders are also included. Please feel free to call 215-943-0222 or email me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) if you have any questions. TY!

 

    

 

The September calendar and the following forms are available on our SMA website below: ( A hard copy will be sent the first week of school)

 Family Record - 1 per family (Be sure to include an email address.)

  • Handbook Policy Agreement Form - 1 per family
  • Photo Release Form - 1 per child
  • Student Internet Access Contract - 1 per family
  • Emergency Early School Closing Form – 1 per family

 

Please complete the requested forms and send them to school by Friday, 9/5/14. Thank you!

 

Saint Michael the Archangel Faculty 2014 – 20145

 

Pastor ~ Father Michael Dilorio

 

Principal ~ Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

 

Pre-Kindergarten ~ Karen Arocho – Room 13

 

Kindergarten ~ Terry Chirico - Room 14

 

First Grade ~ Megan Bristol – Room 1

 

Second Grade ~ Stephanie Kallok – Room 3

 

Third Grade ~ Heather Brandt – Room 2

 

Fourth Grade ~ Kathleen Bowski– Room 4

 

Fifth Grade ~ Maria Anderson– Room 33

 

Sixth Grade ~ Sheila Umek – Room 34

 

Seventh Grade ~ Dawn Marie Staneivezius– Room 35

 

Eighth Grade ~ Florence Viola – Room 38

 

Computer/Art (Pre-K-8) ~ Maryanne Ounjian Computer Lab

 

Physical Education ~ (Pending)            

 

Music ~ Lindsay Zimmerman – Room 31

 

Secretary ~ Elizabeth Wurtz - Office

 

CARES ~ Heather Brandt – Room 8

 

CRE ~ Janet Fiatoa – Room 10

 

CCD Secretary ~ Cathy Unrath – Room 10

 

Maintenance ~ Michael McCafferty

 

Volunteer Coordinator ~ Ginny Armstrong

 

 

 

Opening Schedule

 

9/3/14   Grades 1 to 8 Report Arrival 8:15-8:30 Dismissal 3:00

 

9/4/14   Grades 1 to 8 Report Arrival 8:15-8:30 Dismissal 3:00

 

9/5/14   Grades 1 to 8 Report, All Forms Due, Opening 9:30 School Mass 3:00 Dismissal

 

9/8/14 Grades PreK/ K - 8 Report, CARES, Pretzels begin

 

9/11/14   SMA Back-to-School Night 7:00 PM Grades PreK - 8

 

 

 

ARRIVAL / DISMISSAL

 

 

 

Students in Grades 1 to 8 may begin arriving at 8:15 AM.

 

Students who arrive after the 8:30 AM bell are late and will be marked late. (See attached Arrival Handout) We ask all car drivers to be very careful when entering the premises of SMA School. The safety of our children is a prime concern of SMA School.

 

               

 

UNIFORMS

 

Students are expected to be in proper uniform beginning on the first day of school. Please review the SMA School uniform policy, as it will be strictly enforced. Please note that the SMA school uniform for the past year may be worn until September 2015. You do not have to purchase a new uniform for the 2014-2015 school year. The new uniform items for SMA School will be mandatory for September 2015.

 

 

 

LUNCH

 

SMA School will continue the NDS Hot Lunch Program. Lunch regulations and rules will be sent home in an information pack and will be online. Please note: no fast food lunches or soda products are permissible in the SMA Lunch Program.

 

 

 

PRETZELS

 

Beginning on 9/8/14 pretzels may be bought each day. We are again keeping the fee per pretzel at 50 cents.   Children may also bring a healthy snack for recess.

 

 

 

DISCIPLINE

 

Please note: SMA School has a very strict no-bully policy. VIOLENT / THREATENING/ HARASSING AND INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT will not be tolerated.

 

 

 

EARLY PICK_UP

 

Parents/Guardians must send a note to the teacher if a child is being picked up early. If your child is going home with someone other than parents/legal guardians or if a student is changing the way they are going home, SMA School must be notified in writing. This is a very important security issue.

 

   Finally, I look again forward to the new school year serving as your principal.   We are partners in the education of our most precious gift, our children. I anticipate a tremendous year! Thank you for choosing SMA School! See you soon!

 

                                                                                           God’s Peace and Love!

 

                                                                                 Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

 

                                                                                             Principal

 

  

 

Loving God,
Our creator, our savior, our companion,
bless this journey of our new school and school year that we undertake today.
Refresh our souls and renew our spirits
as we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to.
We welcome those who are new to this community and
ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them.
Lord, make our hearts pure as we prepare for the return of students to our school,
and may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn.
We ask this in Your name,
Amen
 

 

SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

 

FAMILY RECORD

 

PLEASE PRINT

 

(One per family.)

 

Family Name: ___________________________________ Phone: __________________

 

Address: _____________________________________________ Zip: ______________

 

Emergency Contact Name: _________________________________________________

 

Phone: __________________ Relationship: ____________________________________

 

Children in Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School:

 

Child’s Full Name                                                       Grade                         Date of Birth

 

_______________________________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________________________

 

_______________________________________________________________________

 

Father's Full Name: ________________________________________________________

 

Place of Employment: ______________________________________________________

 

Work #: _____________________________

 

Cell Phone #: _______________________

 

E-Mail Address: _________________________________________________________

 

Mother's Full Name: ______________________________________________________

 

Place of Employment: _____________________________________________________

 

Work #: _____________________________ Cell Phone #: ________________________

 

E-Mail Address: __________________________________________________________

 

Transportation to and from school:

 

Please circle one.

 

Bus                  Walk                           Car

 

Due Friday, September 5th, 2014 TY!

 

SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL SCHOOL

POLICY AGREEMENT FORM

Dear Parents/Guardians,

     Greetings! Please read the school handbook carefully. (It is online at www.sma-pa.org) When finished, please fill out the bottom form and return it to school with your child by Friday, September 5th.

                                                              Thank You and God’s Peace,

                                                              Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

                                                                        Principal

-------------------------------------------------

We have read and understand the contents of Saint Michael the Archangel School Handbook. We agree to abide by the policies and procedures established by Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School.

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature                                                                       Date

 

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature                                                                      Date

 

Student’s Signature                                                                                           Date

 

Student’s Signature                                                                                                   Date

 

Student’s Signature                                                                                           Date

 

Student’s Signature                                                                                                   Date

Please sign and return by Friday, 9/5/14.

 

 

    

 

If students are to be productive members of the 21st Century workplace, they must move beyond the skills of the 20th Century and master those of the 21st Century. The characteristics of the 21st Century classroom will be very different from those of the classrooms in the past because the focus is on producing students who are highly productive, effective communicators, inventive thinkers, and masters of technology.

 

During your children’s formative years at the elementary and secondary levels, an understanding of technology includingWeb 2.0 tools will be used that will assist them in their learning over the course of their school experience. New tools arise every day. Some common tools that your children may encounter and use are, but are not limited to:

 

  • Elluminate Live!   Now called Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual web-conferencing and collaboration tool that allows individuals to “meet” in a virtual space to talk and share content.
  • Blogs -   A blog is a website where student work can be published online. It is also a tool often used for collaboration and communication among students and teachers. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
  • Google Apps: A online suite of productivity and digital tools
  • Wikis - A wiki is a website that allows visitors to add, remove, and edit content online.
  • Podcasts - A podcast is a digital audio file that is distributed over the Internet for playback on portable media players (such as .mp3 players) and personal computers.
  • Videos – a video is a recording displaying moving images and audios. Digital video files can incorporate photos, voiceovers and music.
  • Social bookmarking - Social bookmarking is a way for internet users to store, classify, share and search Internet bookmarks.
  • Really Simple Syndication - RSS is used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, or podcasts. It allows users to “subscribe” to internet content. A commonly used tool for RSS is Google Reader.

 

Also your child’s image may be used in a photo or video posted on:

 

  • School website and/or communications
  • Archdiocesan or Office of Catholic Education website and/or communications
  • Parish website and/or communication

 

Your child’s safety and security are our number one priority. All websites and tools have been and will continue to be thoroughly examined by experienced educators and are used commonly in education today. The Acceptable Use Policy for Technology is posted on our Archdiocesan website.  .

 

Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School

 

130 Levittown Parkway Levittown, PA 19054 ~ www.sma-pa.org
215-943-0222 Fax: 215-943-9068 ~ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mr. Stephen D. Di Cicco ~ Principal

 

Parental Permission Form

 

General Technology Use including

 

Web 2.0, Online Collaboration, Photos and Media Release

 

 
  1. I grant permission for my child to sign up for a personal account on approvedsites and in accordance with site and school guidelines.
  2. I grant permission for my child to use his/her school created student email address or a teacher created class accountwhen signing up for accounts.
  3. I grant permission for my child’s work to be published on the school web site, the classroom wiki, and/or on other student classroom sites as prescribed by the teacher.
  4. I grant permission for my child’s photo to be published on the school web site, the classroom wiki, and/or on the other classroom sites as prescribed by theWhen photos are used in almost all cases names are not included. Names will be included with photos rarely and only in cases where there is special recognition such as with academic or sport awards/recognition..
  5. I grant permission for my child’s photo to be published in the school newsletter, in the local newspapers, the Catholic Standard and Times, on school brochures, printed materials and the Archdiocesan website.
  6. I give permission for my child’s photo to be posted on the school or Archdiocesan website or social network page associated with the work of the classroom.
  7. I give permission to the school to permit my child to participate in supervised interviews with the news media concerning events related to the school and its programs.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

I have read, understand, and agree to all of the above

 

Student’s Name:                                                                                                   Grade:

 

Parent’s Name:

 

Parent Signature:                                                                                                  Date:

 

 

  1. I grant permission for my work to be published on the school web site, classroom wiki, and/or on other classroom sites as prescribed by the teacher.
  2. I grant permission for my work to be published in the local newspaper and on school promotional materials
 

 

Student’s Signature __________________________________________Date _____________Please return 9/5/14 TY!

 

Student Internet Access Contract And Policy

 

Student Internet Access Contract

 

 

 

   I understand that when I am using the Internet or any other computer/ telecommunications device, I must adhere to all rules of courtesy, etiquette and laws regarding the copying of information as prescribed by Federal, State or local laws, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Saint Michael the Archangel School.

 

            My signature below and that of my parent(s) or guardian(s) mean that I agree to follow the guidelines of this Acceptable Use Policy for Internet access at all Catholic schools. 

 

Student Name (PLEASE PRINT)

 

Student Signature

 

 

 

Parent or Guardian:             

 

We ask that you review this policy with your child and sign this Student Access Contract.

 

            I hereby release Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, its personnel and any other institutions with which it is affiliated, from any and all claims and damages of any nature arising from my child’s use of, or inability to use, the Internet Access, including but not limited to claims that may arise from the unauthorized use of the system to purchase products or services.

 

            I will instruct my child regarding any restrictions against accessing materials that are in addition to the restrictions set forth by this Acceptable Use Policy. I will emphasize to my child the importance of following rules for personal safety.

 

            As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the Acceptable Use Policy for Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School. I hereby give my permission for my child to use the Internet and will not hold Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School or the Archdiocese of Philadelphia liable as a result of my daughter’s/son’s use of the Internet on school premises. I understand that my child has agreed not to access inappropriate materials on the Internet.

 

Parent/Guardian Name (PLEASE PRINT)

 Due 9/5/14

Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                   Date

 

 EMERGENCY EARLY SCHOOL CLOSING PLAN

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

     When adverse weather conditions warrant, the Parochial and Public Schools may have to close early. Neither the Pastor nor the Principal of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School makes this decision. We, like you, must listen to the local media outlets for the announcement. Please listen to KYW for the announced closing time. Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School will close at that announced time.   If the announced closing time occurs during the Lunch Period, students who normally go home for lunch will be asked to stay home. SMA School signed up for School Reach. This means a phone call or text message will be sent to notify you of any dismissal time changes. Parents/Guardians should not pick up students before the announced closing time. This helps prevent further disruptions for the children. Do not call the school or rectory. Please check our web site (www.sma-pa.org) and the Special Announcment page for details.Please note: In the event of early dismissal CARES will be cancelled.

 

     Every child should be aware of what he/she should do in the event of an emergency early school closing. Every child must also hand in the EMERGENCY EARLY SCHOOL CLOSING PLAN FORM to her/his teacher by Friday, September 5th.

 

                                                                                           Thank You And God Bless!                                                                                                                                                                    

 

                                                                                             Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco          

 

                                                                                                        Principal

 

 

 

EMERGENCY EARLY SCHOOL CLOSING PLAN

 

STUDENT’S NAME__________________GRADE____ROOM______

 

     In the event that there is an Emergency Early School Closing at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School, this is the plan that my child will follow:

? will go home in usual manner.

? other: Please explain (Please note, your child’s plan may not involve making a phone call from the school.)

_________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

BUS ONLY;

Please explain what procedure you would like us to follow for dismissing your children in the event that bus service is cancelled:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian’s Signature                         Date

Please return to school office Friday, 9/5/14. TY!

 

August 2014

 

Dear Boys and Girls,

 

     Greetings! I am happy to announce that we will be hosting a Grandparents’ Day on October 19th.   I want to invite you and your grandparents to attend the 10:00 Mass on Sunday, October 19th.     Following the Mass there will be a social reception in the Church Hall for grandparents and children featuring cakes, cookies, tea, coffee and juice.

 

     Boys and girls please give your grandparents a call and invite them to join you. If they would like to attend, please complete the attached form and return it to your teacher by Friday, September5th . Each child whose grandparents will be attending will help to make a little keepsake for her/his guest/s to take home.

 

     Thank you. I hope that many of you will be with us on October 19th at 10:00 AM.

 

                                                                          God Bless!

 

                                                                   Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

 

                                                                               Principal

 

*******************************************************

 

Names of my Grandparents:

 

My name is ___________________

 

         Grade ___________________

 

There will be a photographer available.

 

If interested, please check box ?

 

Please fill out the above form and return it to your teacher by Friday, September 5th. Thank you!

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

            Greetings! Please take a few minutes to review the arrival policy with your child/children. The safety of your children is a top priority for our school.

 

****** THE SAFETY OF OUR PARKING LOT DURING CAR LINE DISMISSAL IS ALSO OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO US. PLEASE REALIZE THAT NO ONE MAY PARK NEAR CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES OR BEGIN MOVING WHILE ANY CHILD IS STILL WALKING BETWEEN CARS. EVERYONE MUST EXIT USING THE DRIVEWAY WITH THE TRAFFIC LIGHT.

 

 

 

            The car line moves out quickly enough so no one needs to be inconvenienced. If everyone follows the correct procedures things will move smoothly and efficiently.

 

            Morning car line procedures: All cars are to go around the convent and stop at the main door. The children will go directly to their classrooms. Morning prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance will be announced over the PA system. (All children are to enter using the main front door. Children may get out of the car between A and B door and walk along the side of the building to enter using the correct door. For the safety of the children, children should exit the car on the side closest to the school. Please keep the car line moving, you should stop only one time, allowing the children to exit wherever the car stops. Children will then enter through the front door. They will then go directly to their classroom for morning prayers. Front doors will close at 8:30 and our morning prayers will begin.

 

Any student who is not present by 8:30 will be considered late.

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in making our entrance and dismissal run smoothly!

 

God bless,

 

Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

 

Principal

 

Saint Michael the Archangel SIP

 

(Shelter in Place) PLAN

 

  • Implemented when directed by the police/fire department.
  • All staff and students will move to school hallways.
  • Windows and doors will be closed and sealed with duct tape.
  • Emergency kits will be utilized.
  • Because of Police and Fire Department directives, no person may leave or enter the shelter area to avoid exposure under the SIP Plan.
  • Wait until the all-clear signal is given. Parents are asked to listen to media (radio/tv/internet) for this signal to come and pick up their children.
  • During the emergency event, SMA School (if possible) will post important information on our SMA web site. (www.sma-pa.org.)

 

 

 

September 2014

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

     Greetings in the Lord! Attached is the SIP (Shelter in Place Plan) for SMA School.   Please review it carefully.   We are in the process of updating our SIP (Shelter in Place) supplies. Here is where we need your help. We are requesting that you prepare an emergency kit for each of your children. Please use a gallon-sized clear zip bag with each child’s name clearly marked on it.

 

Include in the bag the following items:

 

  • Bottle water
  • Snack to eat (non-peanut ingredients)
  • 2 napkins
  • Book to read or coloring book and crayons
  • Students who must take medication beyond school hours should have an extra dose.

 

Please send to your child’s teacher by Friday, 9/14/14.      The Emergency Kit will be returned to you at the end of the current school year. Thank you for assistance in our important safety plan!

 

God’s love,

 

Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

 

Principal

 

Date: 9/11/14

 

Place: SMA GYM

 

Time: 7:00 PM

 

We will start with a short presentation in the SCHOOL GYM. Parents/guardians

 

will then go to child’s grade for a

 

group class meeting.

 

Come on out!

 

We look forward to meeting you!

 

God’s joy!!

 

SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

 

BUS POLICY

 

 

 

These rules apply to students riding ALL buses. They also apply when students are riding a bus during a class trip or school function. Please review the rules with your child.

 

  • BE AT THE BUS STOP ON TIME. You should not have to run to make the bus.
  • WAIT FOR THE BUS IN AN ORDERLY FASHION IN YOUR ASSIGNED AREA. Pushing, shoving, or creating a disturbance might result ininjuring someone or inbeing late for school.
  •  TAKE YOUR SEAT IMMEDIATELY. Remain seated while the bus is moving or when instructed to do so by the bus driver.
  • ENTER AND LEAVE THE BUS ONLY AT THE FRONT DOOR AND ONLY AFTER THE BUS HAS COME TO A FULL STOP. (In case of emergency, the driver may give you other instructions).
  • KEEP YOUR HEAD AND HANDS INSIDE THE BUS WINDOWS AT ALL TIMES. Throwing objects, no matter how small, on the bus or out the windows is extremely dangerous.
  • SAVE YOUR LUNCH AND SNACKS UNTIL YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DESTINATION. Eating and drinking are not allowed on school buses.
  • AVOID SHOUTING AND OTHER LOUD NOISES. In addition to disturbing others, loud noises could distract the driver and cause unsafe operation of the bus.
  • LEAVE THE BUS IN A QUIET AND ORDERLY MANNER. Join your schoolmates in the schoolyard or go to the office if school has begun.
  • GET OFF AT ASSIGNED STOP.

 

Failure to comply with these rules may result in loss of bus privileges and/or further disciplinary action at school.

 

SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY

 

  •         Students are expected to be cooperative and exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. Faculty members will issue demerit and detention slips. The slips should be signed by a parent or guardian and returned the next school day.
  •         A detention will be issued following the reception of a third demerit slip.
  •         Further action may be taken by the administration should a student receive a third detention. That action may include, but is not limited to: in-school suspension, out-of- school suspension, issuance of a probationary conduct contract.
  •         After two formal suspensions, a student is liable to be dismissed.
  •         In certain circumstances an infraction, because of extraordinary circumstances, may warrant an immediate dismissal.

 

 A DEMERIT will be issued for the following:

 

  • Inappropriate behavior - Being unprepared for class - Chewing gum - Eating candy at inappropriate times

 

Failure to return signed disciplinary forms, test papers, etc. after one day grace period. - Disobeying bus and lunchroom rules. N.B. Repeated infractions may result in the loss of bus or lunchroom privileges. - Repeated, unexcused lateness.

 

Bringing electronic devices such as Game Boys, beepers, personal CD or tape players, etc. to school. These items will be held in the school office until picked up by a parent or guardian.

 

A DETENTION will be issued for the following:

 

  • Unchristian or disrespectful attitude or behavior toward another person. - Cheating.- Fighting.- Forging a signature.- Failure to report to detention.

 

Accumulation of three demerits.

 

N.B.    Detentions will be served on Wednesdays from 2:30 PM until 3:15 PM.

 

Parents/Guardians assume responsibility for transportation for the student on the day that the detention is served.

 

Formal suspension is a serious disciplinary action taken by school authorities against a student whose actions constitute a major disciplinary infraction and are contrary to the good order of the school. (Archdiocesan Policies & Procedures #S319.1)

 

Suspension IS a major step toward possible dismissal.

 

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A SUSPENSION will be given for the following:

 

  • Vandalism (restitution must be made). - Theft (restitution must be made).

 

Truancy (this includes leaving school grounds during the school day without permission). - Possession of drugs, alcohol or tobacco products. - Acts of intimidation, retaliation or threat making.

 

N.B.    Students are responsible for completing all assignments during a suspension.

 

Students will be admitted to class only after a parental interview has been held with a member of the administration of the school.

 

SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

 

LUNCHROOM POLICY 

 

                                                                             

 

In order for a smooth-running, successful lunch program, good behavior and manners are expected. The following policies and procedures are needed to ensure an orderly, calm lunch period

 

for all:

 

  • Students are to follow the directions of the lunch parents in the lunchroom and in the schoolyard.
  • Students are to sit in the assigned seats.
  • Students must ask for permission to get up from the table.
  • Students are to clean up after themselves and take their turns as table captain. Students may speak to one another using a quiet tone of voice.
  • Students are to use proper table manners.  
  • Students are NOT permitted to have fast food lunches.
  • Students are to remain seated until their table is called.

 

Keep in mind that repeated infractions of the school or lunchroom rules during lunch period may result in the loss of lunchroom privileges.

 

* Parent volunteers are always welcome.

 

SMA SCHOOL SPECIAL LUNCH

 

THURSDAY, September 18TH

 

Saint Michael the Archangel School is sponsoring a

 

Pizza Special Lunch: Lunch includes Pizza, a Snack, and a Juice Drink

 

Order Form and Payment is due Tuesday, September 17th.

 

Please return the bottom form and payment in an envelope marked

 

SMA SPECIAL LUNCH with your child’s name and grade

 

**************************************************************

 

PLEASE CIRCLE YOUR CHOICE:

 

$5.00 – 1 SLICE OF PIZZA, SNACK, & A JUICE DRINK

 

$6.OO - 2 SLICES OF PIZZA, SNACK, & A JUICE DRINK

 

$7.00 – 3 SLICES OF PIZZA, SNACK, & A JUICE DRINK

 

CHILD’S NAME____________________________________________________

 

CHILD’S GRADE_____________________________________________________

 

AMOUNT ENCLOSED_________________________________________________

 

EXACT CASH AMOUNT ONLY ~ NO CHECKS ONE ORDER FORM FOR EACH CHILD

 

Please note: any student who already ordered a NDS Hot Lunch, will receive that as well.

 

THANK YOU!!!!!

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our SMA Flynn & O'Hara Night!!!!   The new SMA uniform is available to buy now at  Flynn O'Hara, 10905 Dutton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154

 

SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

 

2014/2015 UNIFORM POLICY

 

Please note that the SMA school uniform for this past year can be worn until September 2015. You do not have to purchase a new uniform for the 2014-2015 school year. The new uniform items for SMA School will be mandatory for September 2015.

 

All of the new uniform options will be available for purchase
beginning July 1, 2014.

 

Flynn & O’Hara will sell any remaining SMA exclusive inventory at 50% off retail price. Flynn & O’Hara will not embroider any additional merchandise with the old SMA logo.

 

TY!

 

Any student not in compliance with the dress code will receive a demerit form.

 

Personal appearance that constitutes a distraction in not permitted. Final approval/disapproval is at the discretion of the Principal.

 

A. Hair styles/Grooming

 

Student’s hair is to be neat and clean, and groomed conservatively. No extreme

 

styles. Hair should not cover the eyes. Boy’s hair may not touch their shirt collar

 

and ears must be cut out. The Principal has the final decision on correct hairstyles.

 

B. Jewelry

 

Although jewelry is not part of the school uniform, post earrings of a small and

 

conservative style are permitted to be worn by the girls (one earring only in each

 

ear). No other visible piercing is permitted. Bracelets, both ankle and wrist,pins and buttons are not part of the school uniform. This includes all rope, yarn and

 

beaded neck, wrist and ankle bands. A religious medal or cross is permitted.

 

C. Out of Uniform

 

If at any time during the year an exception in uniform is necessary, a note of

 

explanation must be sent to the child’s teacher who will forward it to theprincipal.This note should indicate the expected date when the uniform will be complete.

 

D. Make-up

 

No make-up or nail polish is acceptable. Sculptured nails may not be worn in school.

 

E. Shoes

 

(Boys) Brown “Dirty Buck” or “Oxfords” ~ (Girls) Black “Dirty Buck” or “Maryjane’s

 

No sneakers, sneaker-type shoes, moccasins, dress boots, hiking boots, heels, platforms or canvas shoes are to be worn.

 

 

 

F. Gym Uniform

 

·SMA Green tee shirt

 

·Light Gray sweatpants,

 

·SMA Silver Gray Micro-mesh gym shorts in spring and fall

 

·Light Gray sweatshirt with the school logo

 

·Sneakers.

 

 

 

G. Girls Uniform Grades 1 - 4

 

·Plaid Jumper

 

·White peter pan blouse either short sleeve or long sleeve

 

·Black or Hunter Green Knee socks or tights

 

·Optional: sweater – green crew neck cardigan with school logo.

 

 

 

Please note: 4th graders who grow and need to purchase a new uniform may purchase 5th grade uniform.

 

H. Girls Uniform 5-8

 

·Plaid Kilt

 

·White or hunter green polo shirt with SMA logo

 

·White short-sleeve or long-sleeve oxford cloth blouse

 

·Sweater Options

 

oGreen Crew Neck Cardigan with SMA logo

 

oGreen V-Neck Pullover Sweater with SMA logo

 

oGreen V-Neck Sweater Vest with SMA logo

 

·Optional plaid tie

 

·Black or Hunter Green Knee socks or tights

 

I. Boys Uniform Grades 1 - 4

 

·Khaki pants

 

·White or green polo long or short sleeve with SMA logo

 

·Sweater Options

 

oGreen V-Neck Pullover Sweater with SMA logo

 

oGreen V-Neck Sweater Vest with SMA logo

 

·Brown crew sock

 

·Black or brown reversible belt

 

J. Boys Uniform Grades 5- 8

 

·Khaki pants

 

·White Oxford Cloth shirt either short sleeve or long sleeve

 

·Green striped tie

 

·Sweater Options

 

oGreen V-Neck Pullover Sweater with SMA logo

 

oGreen V-Neck Sweater Vest with SMA logo

 

·Brown crew sock

 

·Black or brown reversible belt

 

K. Pre-K Uniform

 

·SMA Green t-shirt

 

·SMA Ash gray sweatshirt (Optional)

 

·SMA Ash gray sweatpants

 

·SMA Silver Gray Micro-mesh gym shorts in spring and fall

 

·Sneakers (No fashion)

 

L. Kindergarten Uniform

 

·Embroidered Green or White SMA polo shirt

 

·SMA Green t-shirt

 

·Light Gray SMA sweatshirt (Optional)

 

·SMA Silver Gray Micro-mesh gym shorts in spring and fall

 

·Light Gray sweat-pants

 

·Sneakers (No fashion)

 

 

 

M. Spring Uniform (This uniform is optional.)

 

 

 

SMA Spring uniforms may be worn from the first day of school until November 1st and from March 25th until the last day of school.

 

 

 

Boys:

 

·Khaki walking shorts

 

·White or Green SMA short sleeve polo shirt

 

·Black or Brown belt

 

Girls:

 

·Khaki skort

 

·White or Green SMA short sleeve polo shirt

 

 

 

(All shirts should be tucked in shorts or skorts.)

 

 

 

SMA Spring Uniform Shoes

 

·White/black socks with school shoes or low-cut black or white sneakers (with black or white matching sneaker laces) are worn with the SMA spring uniform.

 

Spring uniforms must be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara.

 

 

 

Children who are not in proper uniform will be issued a demerit. If a child receives three demerits for the same violation, he/she is liable for a school detention. Continued failure to comply with the dress code will make a child liable for suspension. Children who are not in proper uniform will have points deducted from the Personal Development grade on their report card.

 

 

 I am please to announce we are exploring a SMA School Violin program for our students. See below! God bless, Mr. "D".

Re: Violin Program

July 2014

 

Paul Effman Music Service -

 

web: pemusic.com       hysonmusic.com              

 

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

To the Parents and Students:

We currently have a band program in your school and are planning to start a violin program in the fall. Paul Effman Music serves several schools throughout the area and is pleased to bring the violin program to your school. Students in grades 1-8 are eligible to enroll in the program. This letter is to survey possible interest.

Lesson groups will be divided into small groups by age/ability levels (which usually consists of 5 – 8 students per group depending upon enrollment). Lessons will occur duringschool once a week. No experience is required.

The cost of the lessons will be per student is $56 per month October-May. We offer discounts for families with more than one child in the program (band and violin). Instruments can be rented or purchased through Paul Effman Music. Rental prices for violin are $159.00 (per school year).

This is not a Registration form; it is only to survey interest in this program.

 

Please return this portion to the school office or  email to Mr. DiCicco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , if you have interest in this program.

 

Return Date; Friday, August 15

_________ Yes, I’m interested in the Violin Program          

 

Name_________________________________________________   Grade____________

*****

 The entire staff of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School wishes you a safe, holy, and relaxing summer!

God bless! Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

  

SMA SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY
10:00 - 2:00

 Congratulations to Our SMA School

 

First In Math

 

Top Performers!!!

 

Grade 2 Dakota Sizemore

 

Grade 3 Dylan Kristopher

 

Grade 4 Aden Zogorski

 

Grade 5 Madison Chapman

 

Grade 6 Jonathan Rodriguez

 

Grade 7 Tyler Leiby

 

Nice job!

Thank you everyone for your SMA Walkathon contributions!

 

Hats off to our Top Ten Contributors! (A prize will be sent home to each of them.)

1. Tyler Pinkham

2. Charlotte Marcel

3. Tyler Sholly

4. Tessa Jerome

5. Mackensie Ferguson

6. Rusell Jerome

7. Christopher Spurka

8. Katherine Centeno

9. Ryan Stanya

10. Andrea Duran

 

 

 

                                          

 

               

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in
battle, be our protection against the
wickedness and snares of the devil; may god
rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, o
Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of
God, thrust into hell satan and all evil spirits
who wander through the world for the ruin
of souls. Amen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in
battle, that we may not perish in the fearful
judgement.

Saint Michael, first champion of the
kingship of Christ, pray for us.

God our Father, in a wonderful way you
guide the work of angels and human being.
May those who serve you constantly in
heaven keep our lives safe from all harm on
earth. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Pledge for Peace

With the help of Jesus, I pledge for this day to have a peaceful heart and a peaceful mind. I will try to keep peace in my school, in my home and in my world.