Dear Families,

This is just a reminder that the students have their Chapter 5 Social Studies test on Friday.  The students have notes, their practice book, and their textbook from which to review.  They need to spend a few minutes each day looking over these materials.  There is way too much material if they leave it for the night before the test.  They can also use “Quizlet” which is a website that allows them to take mini-tests as well as practice their vocabulary.

We will have our first vocabulary test on “Rules” on Tuesday, January 23rd.  They have all of the vocabulary and definitions as well as the part of speech.  Again, it is easier to learn a couple of words a day rather than wait until the night before the test.

Parent Teacher Conferences are going well and I look forward to seeing many of you this week.

Ms. Hayward

P.S. We are all enjoying this amazing Tucson weather. This is a picture from 5 years ago on 1/15/13!


¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Happy New Year!  This week the fifth graders started working out of a new book “Para Empezar”. They will continue to work through this book in their sixth grade year. The book starts out with a mid-year review of  greetings, time, weather, numbers, the calendar and the Spanish alphabet. The students will be performing in skits relating to these various topics. This will help them not only review their vocabulary but with pronunciation as well. Have a great week!

¡Hasta luego!

Sra. Van Straalen

January 8, 2018 Welcome Back!

Dear Families:

    I hope everyone’s break was restful as well as filled with family and celebrations.  As we return to school, we have much to accomplish with only 28 school days left in the 2nd Trimester.  

I will begin having Parent Conferences on Wednesday of this week.  At the conference we will go over your child’s Progress Report and perhaps set some additional goals.  It is a good time to look at the first half of the year and decide what we still need to accomplish.

We will be starting a new literature book this week – Rules by Cynthia Lord. Some students may have read it already, but we read it in an entirely different way paying attention to vocabulary, characters, messages, as well as figurative language. I think everyone will enjoy it.

Our Spelling Bee is this Friday at 8:10.  Delaney, Griffin, and Malina  will be our class representatives.

Good luck to them.  

    There will also be a Coffee Corner out in front of the school on Friday.  Stop by for a hot cup of coffee.

I look forward to meeting with each family over the next week and a half.

A Request from the ART ROOM:

Donate to the Art Room – please donate empty soda pop bottles, 20 oz. preferred, to the art room. We would like bottles with lobed bottoms, such as Coke or Pepsi products. We will return them to you in the form of adorable ceramic sea urchins! Thanks, Elisabeth Monsma


Happy New Year 2018

I hope everyone is enjoying a GREAT holiday break. We are so lucky to have this amazing weather.

I want to thank everyone for the very generous class gift! I was so surprised to get that gift card and I put it to good use I promise.

I purchased a new top, some of my favorite perfume, and also used it for a small river cruise on the Colorado River.

See everyone on January 8th! Don’t forget your PE Uniforms!

I mailed the sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences which take place from January 11th – January 19th.


Did anyone get a chance to see the movie THE STAR?

Our former alum Timothy Reckart was the director and we enjoyed his visit to school right before our break.




Last few days of 2017!

We have a lot going on this week!

Today Tuesday we had our special art class with the Tucson Museum of Art teacher Mrs. Scovil. We learned about Van Gogh. Please stop by and see our work.

Tomorrow Wednesday the choir is going to sing at Atria Gardens from 12:15-2:15. They need to wear official school uniform (no shorts).

On Thursday we have the Geography Bee at 8:10 (congrats to Lance and Virginia; our 5th Grade Reps).  We will have a traditional Mexican lunch while we listen to the mariachis; beginning at 12:20pm for the 5th Grade.  

Las Posadas (Ethan and Delaney are our shepherds) starts at 1:40 followed by Lessons and Carols in the church. Students will be dismissed as soon as the Advent service is over. (This could be a bit earlier than 3:20pm)

PLEASE REMEMBER there is NO Aftercare on Thursday.  

Thank you again for all you do to support us and all of our activities!

Ms. Hayward

P.S. School resumes on January 8th and Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from Thursday January 11 – January 19th. At this time we will discuss your child’s progress report for the 2nd Trimester. I will have sign up sheet available starting on Thursday when you pick up your student.


Geography Bee 12/21/17 at 8:10am

Congrats to our 5th Grade Geography Bee representatives:

Lance Kaye and Virginia Kimme-Hea 

and to our alternate: Christopher Lundin.

We had six students tied going into the final round. Everyone did an amazing job.

Try your luck:  (NO you can not ‘google it’)

  1. The southern shore of the Black Sea is bordered by which country?
  2. What British overseas territory is located on a peninsula in southern Spain?
  3. Finland was the only Nordic country to adopt what currency when it was introduce in 1999?
  4. In what country do the Blue Nile and White Nile Rivers meet?
  5. What country grows most of its coffee on Andean slopes between the Magdalena and Cauca Rivers?



Spelling Bee

Our Bee is the first step of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Our winner goes on to compete in the
Pima County Spelling Bee. The winner of the Pima Bee will participate in the Arizona State Bee, and so
Our Bee will be held on Friday, January 12 at 8:10 a.m. in the Student Center.
St. Michael’s has three contestants from each of the grades Fourth through Eighth. We also name an
alternate to fill in incase one of the contestants is ill.

Our spellers for this year are:
4th– Adalyn Chue, Preston Miller, Samia Posadas……alternate Owen Brosanders
5th– Griffen Birkinbine, Delaney Reuter, Malina Willard….alternate Nico Levine
6th– Riley Egan, Ryan Hays, Luke Peterson….alternate Chris Wilds
7th– Harper Gibbs, Mac Rodriguez, Natalie Son … alternate Hayden Dovi-Smit
8th– Tanvi Narendran, Linden Solgonick, Jace Springer ….alternate Carmen Roe

You are welcome to join us for the Bee on Friday, the 12th of January in the Student Center.