St. Michael the Archangel Salutes Military

 

Retired Army veteran Ken Langer salutes sixth-grade student council representative Aden Zogorski, after presenting him with a flag for St. Michael the Archangel school. The school held a “Salute to Our Military” appreciation assembly as part of Catholic Schools Week. 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

St. Michael the Archangel Salutes Military

Retired Army veteran Ken Langer speaks with students from St. Michael the Archangel school during a “Salute to Our Military” appreciation assembly as part of Catholic Schools Week. 

 

 

Greetings and Welcome

 

to the Saint Michael the Archangel

 

Catholic School Website!

 

Thanks goes to Rev. Michael C. DiIorio for his fine support of our awesome website

 

(www.sma-pa.org) for SMA  school.  There are many 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.  

 

There is a special feature for emergency situations.

 

  A warning icon will appear on this main page with the

 

latest important information posted.  

 

Be sure to check the “Special Announcements page for current news 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".  (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 home work 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

 

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Latest News!!!

 

 We had an wonderful SMA Salute to our Military Day.

 God bless our Armed Forces!!! There is a great article in the Bucks County Times!!!

 

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SMA School Update!!!

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SMA Online Spirit Sale Is On!! Check it out at

 

  https://kampusklothes.tuosystems.com/mslp/online-team-stores 

 

 

SMA Jr Flower Show Winners!

 

Winner in the Artistic category: Jadyn Buchanan

 

Winner in the Horticulture category: Jonathan Rodriguez

 

Both students will have their entries displayed at the Philadelphia flower show and will receive two free tickets to go and see their works of art on display.

 

 

 

   

We are proud to present our

 

SMA STUDENTS OF THE MONTH!

 

January 2016 – School Spirit

   

PreK Rm. 13 ~ John (JJ) Chapman

   

PreK Rm. 15 ~ Indie Stroup

   

Kindergarten ~ Tiffany Pinkham

   

Grade 1 ~ Robert Goldey

   

Grade 2 ~ Sofia Adamo

   

Grade 3 ~ Manuel Landaverry

   

Grade 4 ~ Emily Capella

   

Grade 5 ~ Max Force

   

Grade 6 ~ Aden Zogorski

   

Grade 7 ~ Paige Shaefer

   

Grade 8 ~ Hannah Ward

   

Congratulations to these spirited students!!!

      

  

 

 

SMA School Re-Registration

 

2016 / 2017 School Year

 

                                February 2016

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

     Greetings! We are very happy to announce we are beginning re-registration for students enrolled at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School for the 2016/2017 school year. We had so much good news this year!

 

    • Our school enrollment has increased again and we are proud of the new additions to our SMA school programs.

 

    • Our new SMA Alumni & Friends is established and had a wonderful first event in October. A second event is planned for the spring. A new SMA Alumni & Friends room is now in our school.

 

    • The new SMA American Sign Language Club is operating nicely.

 

    • Our new SMA uniform looks awesome!!!

 

    • We provided IPADS for each of our 8th graders. COST: $12,000.

 

    • Our SMA Fire Alarm System is upgraded.   COST: over $11,000!

 

  • A 3D printer was purchased to add to our curriculum.

 

    • Homework assignment books, test folders, and book covers were given free to the students of SMA School.

 

    • Our SMA Family Quilt is complete and on display!

 

  • New SMA Spirit Shop is up and running with the new SMA spirit apparel wear.

 

  • There are also many plans coming for the New Year: “SMA Little Angels Child Care”.

 

  • Our Levittown area is on the upswing as well with the multimillion dollar renovation of the local train station, Route 13 and a recent demographic study that states younger families are moving back to our area.

         In this exciting atmosphere of SMA spirit, we are beginning re-registration for the 2016/2017 school year.

 

  • To re-register simply complete the re-registration form and return it with a $100.00 non-refundable fee per family by Friday, 2/26/16.    Payment of this fee will secure a place for your child for the 2016/2017 school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Finally, thank you for putting out the “good news” about Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School and your constant great support.

    You are keeping

 

“SMA School Moving Forward!”

 

God’s Peace and Love!    Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco ~ Principal

 

 

 

2016/2017 RE-REGISTRATION FORM ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL SCHOOL

 

NEW THIS YEAR! IF PRESENTLY IN OUR PREK, JUST SEND IN THE RE-REGISTRATION FORM

 

LEVITTOWN, PA

 

Academic Year 2016– 2017

 

REGISTRATION FEE: $100.00 PER FAMILY - Payment must be received at the rectory either by mail or in person by April 1, 2016, along with this signed registration form.  

 

LATE REGISTRATION: $125.00 All registration must be completed by April 30, 2016                            (Non-Refundable)

 

TUITION PAYMENTS

 

I will be making the initial payment by August 12, 2016

 

I understand that the monthly payments will start September 15, 2016 and the last payment is due May 15, 2017.

 

I understand that the tuition for my child/ren must be paid on time each month and must be paid up-to-date for a re-admission card/s to be issued for January 2017.

 

                                                                                       Name(s) of Child/ren Grade 1-8

 

Signature: ________________________________  ___________________________

 

              

 

Address:   ________________________________   ___________________________                                         

 

City/Zip: _________________________________  ___________________________

 

Phone: ______________________________________________________________

 

N.B. September 30, 2016– After this date there will be absolutely NO REFUNDS of tuition for any reason whatsoever during the remainder of the year.

 

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TY for a wonderful SMA School Open House 6:00 – 8:00 ~ Registration for the 2016/2017 school year on February 8 and 9.  We have many ideas for the new 2016/2017 school year at Saint Mike’s!

 

2016/2017 SMA PreK 3/4 and K Registration is open!  

 

SMA School 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 have their own websites linked to the school’s main website at www. sma-pa.org at the Faculty Page.  The Kindergarten program is also  linked.

 

If you are interested in registering your child in one of our fine programs, please call our school at 215-943-0222,

 

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Thank you!
God bless! Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco ~ Principal

  

Congratulations To Our 2016

 

SMA Principals For The Day!

 

PREK 1 ~ Brooklyn Demi

   

PRE-K 2 ~ Kellam Slavin

   

Kindergarten ~ Maya Bilek

   

First Grade ~ Matthew Merkle

   

Second Grade ~ Sarah Becker

   

Third Grade ~ Erin Byrne

   

Fourth Grade ~ Amber Szagola

   

Fifth Grade ~ Miracle Zaza

   

Sixth Grade ~ Mayangay Marley

   

Seventh Grade ~ Michael Reis

   

Eighth Grade ~ Melanie Dykes

 

   God’s love!

 

Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

 

Principal Until the New Principals Take Over

 

 

  

It’s Time for Another

 

Boxtop Contest!

   

This time everyone is a winner!

   

Bring in ten or more boxtops

 

in an envelope or baggie

 

well-marked with

 

your name and grade

 

and

 

you’ll be given a surprise!

   

This will run for the next two weeks.

   

Don’t delay. Bring in your boxtops today!

   

Prizes will be awarded starting next week!

 

 

 


SMA School Proudly supports all branches of the United States’ Military. Please help us show our appreciation!

 

              SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR
AMERICA’S SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

Since 1941, the United Service Organizations has stood by our troops through every step of their service. Regardless of whether service members belong to the Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, or Marines, from the day of their deployment through the process of rehabilitation from an operation or invisible wounds, all the way through to reintegration, we're there for soldiers and their families. Because the USO not a government agency, they rely on generous support from donors like you to fund programs and services that best fit the needs of our brave troops.

 

Donations Benefit:

 

            Troops and Veterans in Transition

 

            Deployed Troops

 

            Military Families

 

            Wounded, Ill, and Injured

 

            Families of the Fallen

 

Honor their sacrifice by making a donation today.

 

Please send your donation to SMA in an envelope marked: Supporting our Troops and send it to school during Catholic School’s Week. All donations will be sent to the USO from St. Michael the Archangel Students and Families. Due by 2/5/16.

 

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CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS 2016!

 

 

SMA Veterans Service Project

   

     Greetings! We at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School are establishing a service project honoring our veterans during Catholic Schools Week this year. The children would like to collect items that they may need and then deliver them to the

 

Delaware Valley Veterans Home.

   

Items needed:                   Large Crayons

 

Markers

 

Themed Coloring Books

 

Colored Pencils

 

Water Based Paints

 

Colored Poster Board

 

Puffy Posters

   

If you wish to donate an item(s) please mark it “For Veterans” and send to SMA school by Friday, 2/19/16.

   

Donations may be made directly to:

   

William A. McGoldrick | Volunteer Coordinator

 

PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs |Delaware Valley Veterans Home

 

2701 Southampton Road | Philadelphia, PA 19154

 

Phone: 215-856-2743 | Fax: 215-856-2777

 

www.dmva.state.pa.us

     

Thank you so much!!! God bless!!!

 

                                              

 

 Tuition Rates 2016 – 2017

 

 

 

Registration Fee $100.00 per family if paid by April 1, 2016

 

$125.00 if paid after April 1, 2016 Non-Refundable

 

Grades 1 - 8

 

                **Parishioner     Non-Parishioner     Non-Catholic

 

1 Child             $3,200.00                 $3,800.00                       $4,100.00   

 

2 Children        $4,800.00                     $6,000.00                   $6,850.00

 

3 or more          $6,025.00                     $7,825.00                     $8,625.00

 

                                                Kindergarten

 

                **Parishioner     Non-Parishioner  Non-Catholic

 

Half Day           $2,625.00                   $3,050.00                     $3,225.00

 

Full Day           $3,600.00                   $4,025.00                      $4,225.00

 

Pre-School   3 or 4 year old

 

Half Day           $3,075.00                             Full Day     $3,900.00

 

**Parishioner - $7.00 weekly in church envelopes.

 

Families with a child in grade 1-8, deduct $100.00 from half-day kindergarten rate or $200.00 from full-day kindergarten rate.

 

The family registration fee did not increase. The tuition rate for kindergarten thru grade 8 went up less than $3.25 per week per child.

 

St. Michael the Archangel School

 

2016 – 2017 Tuition

 

Non-Refundable Registration Fee $100.00 per Family if paid by April 1

 

$125.00 if paid after April 1, 2016

 

Grade 1-8 Payment – Registered Parishioner plus $7.00 weekly in church envelopes

 

     

Initial

9 Monthly

   

Total

Payment

Payments

 

1 child

$3,200.00

$1,040.00

$240.00

 

2 children

$4,800.00

$1,245.00

$395.00

 

3 or more

$6,025.00

$1,390.00

$515.00

         

Non-Parishioner      

Grade 1 - 8

Initial

9 Monthly

 
 

Total

Payment

Payments

 

1 child

$3,800.00

$1,100.00

$300.00

 

2 children

$6,000.00

$1,860.00

$460.00

 

3 children

$7,825.00

$2,560.00

$585.00

 
           

 

Non-Catholic         

Grade 1 - 8

Initial

9 Monthly

 

Total

Payment

Payments

1 child

$4,100.00

$1,130.00

$330.00

2 children

$6,850.00

$2,080.00

$530.00

3 children

$8,625.00

$2,685.00

$660.00

 

Kindergarten Payment - Registered Parishioner plus $7.00 weekly in church envelopes

 

   

Initial

9 Monthly

 

Total

Payment

Payments

Half Day

$2,625.00

$ 825.00

$200.00

Full Day

$3,600.00

$1,080.00

$280.00

 

Non-Parishioner  

Kindergarten

Initial

9 Monthly

 

Total

Payment

Payments

Half Day

$3,050.00

$ 980.00

$230.00

Full Day

$4,025.00

$1,280.00

$305.00

 

Non-Catholic  

Kindergarten

Initial

9 Monthly

 

Total

Payment

Payments

Half Day

$3,225.00

$ 975.00

$250.00

Full Day

$4,225.00

$1,210.00

$335.00

 

Pre-School Payment – 3 or 4 Year Old – Monday to Friday

 

 

Total

Initial

Payment

9 Monthly

Payments

Half Day

Full Day

$3,075.00

$3,900.00

$ 960.00

$1,065.00

$235.00

$315.00

 

Families with a child/children in grade 1-8, deduct $100.00 from half-day kindergarten rate or $200.00 from full-day kindergarten rate.

 

There is a $50.00 deduction for early payment of total school tuition (Kinder – Grade 8) if paid in full by August 12, 2016.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMA School Update!!!

SMA Online Spirit Sale Is On!! Check it out at

 

 https://kampusklothes.tuosystems.com/mslp/online-team-stores 

 

TY! 

One of our former students, Gabriella Jones (Gabby) presently attending Conwell – Egan Catholic High School, was selected as a delegate to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders held in Boston. Criteria: outstanding grades, leadership potential, and determination to serve other. NICE!

 

SMA OPEN HOUSE and Jr. Flower Show EXPO 6:00 – 8:00 PM Student Council Tours ~ Come visit our great school! You can register your child for the 2016/2017 school year!

   

As an art project, Mrs. “O" took extra chairs and had students paint them in various themes. They are now distributed throughout our school. Check them out at our SMA Open House. They look great!

 

   

 SMA American Sign Language Club Meeting Dates All Wednesdays:  2/10 - 3/9 - 4/13 5/11 (our last meeting!)

 

Thank you to everyone who has already sent in a Winter Festival donation for your child's class!  If you want to contribute, please send to SMA School ASAP. We are still in need of donations to fill the baskets. Thank you very much!!!

   

We had an awesome 5th Grade DARE Graduation. The children received their DARE diplomas, there was a class picture power point presentation, guest speaker, and DJ dance party after the ceremony to celebrate. Thank you Mrs. Anderson, the 5th grade parents committee, and all involved! Corporal Dave told me, “We have wonderful people at St Mike’s.” I agree!

 

Yours in Christ, Mr. “D”.

 

SMA Saint Valentine’s Red and Pink Casual Dress Color Day” 2/12/16 Permission Form

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

     Greetings!   We would like to continue Casual Dress days at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School. Students will be permitted to wear modest casual clothing matching the color of the special day. All monies collected will benefit our school. Please read and sign the permission slip below and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

   

                                                                                              God Bless!

 

                                                                                  

 

                                                                                       Mr. Val InTine

 

                                                                                              Principal

   

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Casual Dress Day Permission Form

 

My child has permission to “dress down” in appropriate colors for the “SMA Saint Valentine’s Red and Pink Casual Dress Color Day” on Friday, 2/12/16. I will ensure that she/he is dressed in a modest Christian manner. The donation is $1.00. All monies collected for this Color Day will benefit SMA School. TY!

 

STUDENT NAME_______________________________

 

GRADE________________________________________

 

PARENT SIGNATURE___________________________________

 

Please return to your child’s teacher by

 

Friday, February 12th. TY!

 

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day!!! God Bless!!!

     

 

 

 

 

We are proud to present our

 

SMA STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

 

December 2015 – Charitable

   

PreK 1 ~ Jarrod Exume

   

PreK 2 ~ Kellam Slavin

   

Kindergarten ~ Anthony Wiley

   

Grade 1 ~ Chloe Secoda

   

Grade 2 ~ Nicholas Silvestro

   

Grade 3 ~ Dylan Foxhill

   

Grade 4 ~ Johhny Wiley

   

Grade 5 ~ Rylee Joyce

   

Grade 6 ~ Keiran Kelly

   

Grade 7 ~ Jeneyan Marley

   

Grade 8 ~ Nicholas Schneider

   

Congratulations to these generous students!

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SMA EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

   

BROADCAST SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION 

 

FOX NEWS 29 / CHANNEL 6 ABC /NBC10 NEWS AND WEATHERThe above websites lists weather delays and school closings for the surrounding area.

 

Or, listen to KYW 1060 AM News Radio for weather related closings.  Our broadcast number is 764.

 


 

Parents must listen to KYW #764 in order to know when or if Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School will be closed, or closing early due to inclement weather or other emergency.

 

When it becomes necessary to close the school for an emergency during the school day, your child will be expected to follow THE SCHOOL CLOSING PLAN YOU HAVE FILED WITH YOUR CHILD’S HOMEROOM TEACHER IN SEPTEMBER. PLEASE REVIEW THE PLAN DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.  Please listen to KYW #764 for the announced closing time. Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School will close at that announced time. Please checkfor the warning icon on the main page of our website www.sma-pa.org with the latest important information posted. You may also check the “Special Announcements” page of our school web site (www.sma-pa.org) for details. A School Reach phone call may be sent by SMA School. Parents/Guardians should not pick up students before the announced closing time. This helps prevent further disruptions for the children. Please inform your child where he/she is to go in an Emergency Dismissal.

 

In an Early Dismissal, Afternoon CARES is cancelled.

 

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR RECTORY. Thank you!

 

 

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“SMA SCHOOL 1 or 2 Hour

 

Opening Late Policy”

 

  • Due to certain weather conditions Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School may open one or two hours late.

  • Please check FOX 29 NEWS / CHANNEL ABC 6 NEWS / NBC10 NEWS AND WEATHER The above websites lists weather delays and school closings for the surrounding area. Or, listen to KYW 1060 AM News Radio for weather related closings.  Our broadcast number is 764.

  • Please check for the warning icon on the main page of our website www.sma-pa.org with the latest important information posted. You may also check the “Special Announcements” page of our school web site (www.sma-pa.org) for details. A School Reach phone call may be sent by SMA School.

  • PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR RECTORY.

  • School doors will open at 9:15 (1 Hour) and 10:15 AM (2 Hour) delay.  Morning Announcements and teaching will begin at 9:30 (1 Hour) and 10:30 AM (2 Hour).

  • Please do not send your children to SMA School before 9:15 on a 1 hour delay or 10:15 on a two hour delay schedule. Adult supervision will begin at 9:15 (1 Hour) and 10:15 (2 Hour) delay AM. It cannot be guaranteed before that time; therefore, the school cannot be held accountable before the above posted times.

  • SMA Morning Cares is cancelled on a

                           one or two hour opening late schedule.

  • Bus riders should wait at their pickup stops one or two hours from their regularly scheduled assigned time.

  • Please note: if bus transportation is cancelled, students are responsible for their own transportation to and from school.

    If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact me. God’s love! Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco ~ Principal

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SMA American Sign Language Club Meeting Dates

Hello Parents,

 

Below are the dates we will be meeting so that you can add them to your calendar.

 

All Wednesdays:

 

 

2/10

 

3/9

 

4/13

 

5/11 (our last meeting)

 

Thanks!

 

 

God’s Peace,

   

Mrs. Dawn Marie Staneivezius

 

7th Grade Teacher

   

Mr. Stephen D. DiCicco

 

Principal

          

    

SMA SCHOOL SPECIAL LUNCH

THURSDAY, February  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 Wednesday, February 17th.

Please return the bottom form and payment in an envelope marked

SMA SPECIAL LUNCH with your child’s name and grade

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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!!!!!

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Volume 1, Issue 4 January 2016

 

The Secret

 

Life of the

 

“Average”

 

App

 

If you spend any time with a tween or teen, then you

 

know how often they’re snapping a quick picture with a cell

 

phone or tablet. From selfies to photobombing, Generation Z

 

documents their lives in pictures.

 

However, there are times when having this awesome

 

capability may not be used in a responsible manner. There

 

has been much news recently regarding tween and teen use of

 

hidden picture apps, commonly called “ghost” or “vault” apps.

 

These apps allow students to secretly take, store, and share

 

pictures from apps that appear to have a different function,

 

like a calculator. To access the photos, a user must enter a

 

password or code. Any pictures taken while in the app

 

bypasses the standard camera roll, making the photos harder

 

to detect.

 

This past November in Colorado, a school district

 

investigated over 100 middle and high school students using

 

these type of apps to share sexually explicit photographs.

 

Specifically, students used an app called Calculator%. This

 

case included not just in school consequences, but also police

 

involvement and the possibility of Class 3 felony charges.

 

(Martinez, 2015)

 

Tweens and teens are most likely not thinking about the

 

consequences, or the possibility of police involvement, when

 

engaging in this activity. While we try to think the best of

 

our children and always encourage them to be respectful

 

AoP Tech Parent Letter 2016

 

Alissa DeVito, Technology Integration Coach AOP PreK-12

 

     

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,    

 

  

 

 

 

Big News! Our new SMA Spirit Shop is open!  Hours 8:15 -8:30 Monday – Wednesday – Friday for students. SMA Spirit Store is open school hours for parents/guardians. Check it out! (Located behind  SMA Swap Shop)

 

            

     
 

 
        
 

Issue: #17

 
 

February 2016

 
 
      
     
 

Greetings! 

   

Today marks the beginning of Catholic Schools week, a celebration of Catholic schools across the nation. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service." Schools throughout our area are observing the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, our schools focus on the value that a Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our communities and our nation.

   

It is thanks to our donors and supporters that many of these schools are able operate and prepare the next generation of leaders in our area and around the world. 

   

I would like to express my gratitude for the thousands of individuals who have committed their lives to the education of Philadelphia area students. Be sure to thank a teacher! Without them, all of our efforts would be in vain.  

   



 

Bill O'Brien

 

Executive Director

 

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  Announcing the premier celebration of CatholicSchools in Philadelphia

   

We are excited to jointly announce a collaborative event that celebrates the past, present and future of Catholic education in the Philadelphia area. The BLOCS Scholarship Dinner and The Distinguished Graduate Dinner have joined with Faith in the Future and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to create a premier signature celebration... (Read More) 

 
       
 

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  Archdiocesan Schools of Special Ed Receive Tour and Special Moment with "Pope Francis' Philly FIAT"

  

The Archdiocesan Schools for Special Education, whose students Pope Francis expressed such love and care for during his historic visit to Philadelphia, offered special experience with the "Philly FIAT" ...(read more)

 
       
 

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Our Mission

 

BLOCS bridges the business community and Catholic schools to establish financial assistance to families in need, bolster school infrastructures, and expand educational opportunities for families.  

 
 
 

 

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Volume 1, Issue 5 February 2016

 

Our Kids, The News, and

 

Difficult Conversations

 

Today we have access to the news in ways

 

generations previously couldn’t imagine. From 24/7

 

television news stations to push notifications on

 

our phones, the news is everywhere. Your children

 

may need help in processing and comprehending

 

breaking news. These events are often emotionally jarring and overwhelming; be the

 

trusted adult for your child’s questions. In discussing news with children, it is

 

important to consider both their age and maturity level. AoP Tech would like to offer

 

the following tips for discussing the news at every age level:

 

• Ages 7 and under:

 

Minimize exposure to disturbing news stories - Not all children these ages need or

 

can handle these types of stories. Consider turning off the news for the first 15

 

minutes of the broadcast when most breaking news is discussed. Alternatively, be sure

 

to watch together as a family.

 

Stress safety - Children will look for reassurance at this age; stress that your family is

 

safe. This could open up a conversation about staying safe in your own neighborhood,

 

such as stranger danger.

 

• Ages 8-12

 

Avoid repeated showing of the same news story - 24 hour news stations can trigger

 

fear and anxiety in children. Watch together, monitor their exposure, discuss, and

 

walk away.

 

Be available for questions - Children of this age will have many questions and

 

concerns; help them to process this information by having an open dialogue on their

 

terms. When needed, seek out resources like the websites listed, or your child’s

 

teacher for way to approach sensitive topics. The questions may not flow for a few

 

hours or days, but be ready and open when your child is.

 

•Teens

 

Help teens express themselves - Teens will most likely have strong opinions,

 

thoughts, and concerns on the latest news. Along with open conversation that does

 

not dismiss their emotions, help teens find outlets that allows them to express their

 

feelings. This can be as simple as going for a walk with a parent to chat in a more

 

relaxed setting to artistic expression, such as drawing or painting.

 

"How to Help Kids Feel Safe." PBS Parents. PBS, Dec. 2015.

 

Knorr, Caroline. "Explaining the News to Our Kids." Explaining the News to Our Kids. Common Sense Media, Dec. 2015.

 

AoP Tech Parent 2016

 

Alissa DeVito, Technology Integration Coach PreK-12

 

 

SMA School NDS HOT LUNCH PRICES Regular Price is $2.30 a day and includes milk.  If purchase milk alone: 50 cents. If eligible: reduced lunch is 40 cents or free.

  

SMA SCHOOL

 

ACADEMIC HONORS!!!

     

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

 

  • Pastor’s Award: One student per grade who models Christian values and exhibits good character traits from the honors/efforts students for that trimester.

 

 

  • 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.

 

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 SMA SCHOOL IPAD TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

   

SMA School Issued Technology: This section refers to the student’s responsibility with respect to technologies issued to them by Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School.

 

• Unless otherwise stated any and all technology issued to a student is the property of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School.

 

Should a student, for whatever reason sever ties with Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School, they must return any and all technology issued to them. Should the technology not be returned, the student will be charged the cost to replace the issued technology and all records/transcripts will be held until such time that the obligation has been met. Should any SMA issued device be lost or stolen the replacement of that device is the sole responsibility of the student. (Note: For stolen items, a police report must be filed and a copy of the report must be given to the SMA Director of Technology.)

 

• Any technology issued to students is issued for the sole purpose of supporting and enhancing the educational process.

 

• The issued case must be on the IPad at all times.

 

• Unless otherwise stated, it is expected that the student will keep any and all Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School issued technology in working condition (i.e. in the same condition as when it was first issued). To that end, when applicable, insurance policies or maintenance contracts will be offered to the students and their parents/guardians. Repairs to SMA School owned equipment must be authorized and initiated through the school. Parents or guardians may not take it upon themselves to effect repairs on any SMA School owned device as doing so may void existing warranties or agreements. Abuse (excessive number of repairs) of Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School issued technology could result in disciplinary action (i.e. demerits and/or detention).

 

• Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic School reserves the right to perform unannounced inspections of any and all SMA School owned technology issued to students. Students who fail to present any SMA School owned and issued technology for inspection in a timely manner (when requested) will be subject to disciplinary action (i.e. demerits and/or detention).

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Great news! Just received notice that Saint Michael the Archangel  

 

 Catholic School is a

 

TOP RANKED SCHOOL in the First In Math Online Program

 

for 2104/2015 school year!  We received a very nice plaque that will

 

be put on display!  Congrats everyone!

 

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Class Trip Requirement

All chaperones participating on Catholic School class trips must have:

A. (PA. Police Check) and B. (PA. Child Abuse Clearance)

How do you receive them?

A. Pa. Police check can be completed online (pa.guv.) with a credit card.

B. Pa. Child Abuse Clearance Form takes 3 to 4 weeks. To expedite the process - fill out the form then “fed ex” to Child Line and Abuse Registry Dept. of Public Welfare Hillcrest Building 53 5 Magnolia Drive Harrisburg Pa. 17110 This should save about two weeks in the process.

TY!

 

 

 

 SMA School Facebook Page

 

www.facebook.com/SMACATHOLICSCHOOL Just go to the above internet address.  TY!

 

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MSP (My Students Progress) SMA Online Grading  Link    https://philadelphia.mystudentsprogress.com/MSP/index.cfm

 

 

 

Conwell Egan Catholic High School Link!  http://www.conwell-egan.org

 

 

 

SMA EMAIL LINK:  

 

http://mail.nni.net/

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

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.