Heritage Night, Presentations, and Art Expo! What an amazing WEEK!

Wow, it’s difficult to believe that the school year is almost over.


Art Expo is this Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.  There will be food trucks and adult beverages.  Come and see the wonderful artwork your child has created this year.  Also, A HUGE THANK YOU to Haley Ochoa, Vania Lewis, Jerry Graham, and Elisabeth Monsma for assisting in the 5th Grade Art Expo project.  Thank you for your time and effort in creating something unique for 5th Graders!  I can’t wait for parents to see it Friday night in person.


I also want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to all my parents for making this year special.  As a team, you have made our year a success. Your dedication to your child and their academic achievements does not go unnoticed.  Thanks for all you do!

Lots going on this week…. 5/13 – 5/15

HERITAGE NIGHT IS TUESDAY, 5:30 – 6:30 PM (bring a water bottle please)

Students come with their food to share. The boards will be set up and ready. Students need to dress up nicely or come in school uniform. If they have something to wear from their country they are more than welcome to dress up in that.

There will be 32 countries represented and food tastings from each. We expect about 50 + guests.

Students are responsible for their food and things to serve their food to their guests. I suggest things like paper cupcake holders, small napkins, and toothpicks. We strongly recommend you bring a bottle of water, please.

This week in class students will be giving their formal presentations (with index cards) to their classmates. This is what they have been practicing at home daily this past week so I can’t wait to hear them present their heritage reports.

Great job on your Student of the Week Shay!

Important Information about our Field Trip on Thursday!

Students may wish to investigate this website before the trip on Thursday.


The Day of the Field Trip:

Be at school, ready to board the bus at 8 am.

You may bring small Hand-Held Electronics w/ Earbuds/Headphones

Kindles, Nooks, iPads are fine BUT student is responsible. (Movies G or PG only)

There is no wifi on the bus. There are no charging outlets to recharge devices.

Students are responsible for their own items, including $$$.

Students may NOT borrow items or $$$$ from anyone else; including parent chaperones!

All items will remain on the bus while we are in the Capital and Science Center!

The bus driver stays with bus and it is locked while we are away.

This is a good day to wear a watch.



  • One small bag to hold personal items
  • One lunch
  • One water bottle
  • $$$ (optional) for the gift shop at Science Center and Capital


Parents:  We return between 5:30 pm and 5:50 pm.



Coming in May!


May 1, 2019


Dear 5th Grade Families:

As part of our rich and broad curriculum, St. Michael’s has traditionally offered a puberty and human reproduction course in the fifth grade.  During the week of May 13th, your fifth grader will have an opportunity to receive instruction and view a short video titled, “We’re Growing Up!” by Marsh Media.  The students will be divided according to gender for the first two days, and the final day will be a co-ed discussion about health, hygiene, genetics and heredity, multiple births, and viewing of the “Conception to Birth” video.   Our school nurse, Erika Huff, will lead the discussions for all of the classes, along with your child’s teacher. The girls’ class will be Monday, May 13th, 10:30 – Noon.  The boys’ class will be Tuesday, May 14th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  The last session will be Thursday, May 16th, 10:30 – Noon.  Parents are invited to sit in on any or all sessions if they wish.

Topics covered in the 5th-grade puberty and reproductive course include:

  1. To identify and give information about the parts and functions of the male and female reproductive system.
  2. To identify physical changes that boys and girls experience during puberty.
  3. To explore emotional changes associated with the adolescent.
  4. To promote good health and hygiene.
  5. To explore the responsibilities and changes in adulthood.
  6. To encourage a positive attitude toward change.
  7. Ted Talk “Conception to Birth” video (Start video at 2:07 to 5:53) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyljukBE70
  8. Conclude with a discussion of inherited traits and multiple births, subjects that students find fascinating!

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for and to encourage further family discussions at home.  It is a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts and values with your student. Please feel free to contact your teacher or our school nurse if you have any questions.  



Penelope Hayward

Patti Garcia

Erika Huff, R.N.


cc: Brendan Sullivan/Head of School

Time is flying by… Has your child shared with you lately?

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter break.  I think it was a much-needed break so we could get regenerated and ready to tackle the last few weeks of school. Only 21 school days left!

A few reminders:

  1.  Your student has all the necessary information for their Heritage Project.  The due dates are very specific, and we have talked about it daily.  Make sure that you take a look at their guidelines.  We are trying to help them prioritize a big project like this as it is a project that can’t be done the night before.  So we are being very specific with what is due and on what date it is due.  Some students have taken this project and run with it and have all of their information gathered.  Please know that we talk about it daily and it is also written on the board.  Should any questions arise, please feel free to contact me.
  2. We had our last special art class with the docent from the Tucson Museum of Art.  Some of the students’ artwork from her art instruction will be displayed at the Art Expo.
  3. April’s totaled reading logs are due on Wednesday, May 1.  May’s reading logs will be due Monday, May 20.  Because it is a shorter month, their pages will be adjusted.
  4. There is A LOT going on in the month of May. Keep your calendar close!

Thank you for all your kind words, thoughts, and prayers as I dealt with a very hard family issue before the Easter Break. You should be so proud of your students!

Last Minute News

Dear Families,

In case your child hasn’t shared this with you, the Chapter 10 Social Studies test is next Wednesday, April 17.  They should have begun studying their notes, practice book, textbook, and newspapers.  There are many vocabulary words and people in this Chapter.  There are also important documents and the purpose of each one.  Don’t forget the Amendments in the Bill of Rights!

We are looking forward to tonight’s performance.  Students should be here at 6:30 with the performance beginning at 7:00 and over by 8:30.  There will be no homework tonight.  It should be a great Fine Arts evening!

See you tonight!