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On Friday night we held our annual ArtsFest, a celebration of the arts, our artists, and the creative spirit at St.ARTS FESTFish Inspired Tee Shirts Michael’s.   Family, friends, alumni and staff came to witness our students’ artistic talents. Everything from visual to performing arts were presented.  Artwork ranging from drawing and painting to collage, sculpture, pottery and digital work was exhibited in every corner of campus, with each student having at least one piece on display. In addition to the art work, there were performances from our drama class as well as the chorus and A and B bands. Individual and small group student acts featured singers, instrumental, dance performances, karate and gymnastics exhibitions. The night ended with a surprise flash dance by faculty, staff and students. It was truly a memorable night for all.

The kindergarten students finished learning all the letters and sounds of the alphabet and celebrated with their annual Alphabet Day Party.  The children made special alphabet hats, listened to alphabet books and played one of their favorite games, alphabet bingo.  During lunch, they were ALPHABET 2treated to a special letter themed feast. The menu items included alphabet crackers, alphabet soup and letter shaped jello jigglers for dessert.  What a fun and memorable way for the kindergarten children to acknowledge this big accomplishment!

Last week Mr. McMahon’s 8th grade class had the opportunity to study human behavior through the “Facing History and Ourselves” program.  Hannah Brennan, Nik Schools and Lilly Molinary performed the, “Nazism Puppet show”, which demonstrated the power of political propaganda in IMG_0284government and culture.  The students learned how it was used in teaching the populace to hate Jews and as a result, polarize the population and create a dynamic of “We and they”.  Through this demonstration, the students can now see how propaganda can be used to influence and control even in our modern era.  Thank you to all involved for producing a great show.

The 5th Grade annual Fakes and Forgeries exhibition took place this week. Each student researched an artist of his/her choice and “forged”photo(2) a replica of the artist’s work. Students were asked to learn about the life of their artist beyond the art work. A new twist this year was the addition of an audio/video about the artist on the student’s ipad.

On the final day of the exhibition, a panel of local artists came in to judge our young artists. We would like to thank our judges this year: Lisa Goddard (Executive Director of the Newport Art Museum), Dana Swist, and Brenda Riggly. Dana and Brenda are both accomplished artists themselves.
The 2014 winners of the Fakes and Forgeries Exhibition were: Chloe Craig (Franz Marc) in 1st place, Elmer Sola (Paul Cezanne) in 2nd place, and Darcy Weber (Claude Monet) in 3rd place.

For the third year in a row St. Michael’s 8th grade students had a strong showing at The URI Gandhi Essay Contest. This is a photo(2)statewide contest open to all 8th grade students in public and private schools. There were over 160 entries from across the state. At the ceremony Wednesday evening 20 finalists were recognized. Three students from Tim McMahon’s history class were amongst the finalists. Julia Ludwig and Grace Siwicki received honorable mention, and Tia Delgiudice placed third. Students were asked to respond to the Gandhi quote ” Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” SMS 8th grade students student Gandhi as part of their non-violence unit.

After months of planning, meetings and countless emails, the 14th Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour was deemed a huge B13_Omi6OR73W2NFw88XFi0cVKmP3qz5aJsJOjgWNAip0CzK0R3eyAfscuMBujG5B_8M_dsKLVj0D0fVEPlhcwVsZPJQYpxQN6_pY-RY1QFMeN0ewRBxg_s3tb6d1wNZ0EgRt3q6vrerDFo1g4WcVh6qzlmxyUGy7LxnGLYYbKG7FRzsa2Q27karMg=s0-d-e1-ft-2success by all who attended.  Almost 400 people purchased tickets this year and our final proceeds are still being tallied.   A percent of our proceeds benefits the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

We absolutely could not host an event of this scale without the help of the entire St. Michael’s Community including parents, teachers, staff and spouses.  We are deeply grateful to the level of commitment displayed by all involved and were proud to represent our united and beautiful school to the community at large.

We thank all of the 130 volunteers who gave of their time, and we especially thank the Committees, House Captains, bus drivers and those who worked a full day:

House Captains:  Tamara Farrick, Kim Fleming, Zulekha Ludwig, Bronwyn McDermott, Kelly Richards, Julia Richardson, Linda Supron

Drivers of buses:  Bob Tavares, Scott Lyons, Andy Kagan, Leslie Keohane, Bernadette Griffin, Lucy Goldstein

Volunteers who worked all day:  Whitney Slade, Lauren Abraham, Bethany DiNapoli, Amy Gallagher, Karen Cadwalader, Ken Anderson, Peter McConnell, Ken Hileman, Ellyn Eaves-Hileman, Mary LoPresti, Joseph McLaughlin, Rebecca Postma

Floral Coordinator:  Terry Lanza
Volunteer Coordinator:  Kimberley Little
Finance Coordinator:  Laura Dukat

Advertising Sales:  Andrea Breyer, Patricia Carrellas, Tricia Frary, Kimberley Little, Mary Migliori, Linda Supron, Kathleen Vanderveer, Nikki Vazquez

House Selection Committee:  Rebecca Berta, Stephan Boneu, Patricia Carrellas, Will Dewey, Bethany DiNapoli, Molly De Ramel, Tamara Farrick, Kim Fleming, Leslie R. Grosvenor, Zulekha Ludwig, Nikki Vazquez

Website:  Jim Ewing, Jeff Day
Writer and Editor:  Jill Connors Cooper

Map Design:  Lynne Rey

Printing of program, maps and mailing cards:  Marianne and Peter Gaige

Thank you to Sheila Powell who organized the well received raffle – winners have been notified.

BOOKS STILL AVAILABLE.  We still have books available from the book signing reception with Barclay Butera.  They are now on sale in the lobby for $30 each and 2 for $50.  Please help support the PA and purchase one of these beautiful books – they make great gifts and Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11.

Thank you also to Paula Larimer for her photography of the event with Ramona Rodgers – coming soon to Facebook.
With our sincerest gratitude,

Roselle McConnell and Clare Craig
Co-Chairs, Newport House Tour 2014

DSC09519The lunch room was transformed into a travel agency as the fourth grade invited the school to take a trip to Africa. Throughout the year students in Mrs. Joubert and Mrs. Weiner’s classes have immersed themselves in the study of this continent and its culture. Each child became an expert on an African country and animal of their choosing and then shared their knowledge with  fellow students, faculty, and parents at their African Travel Agency.

This thematic study incorporated many of the fourth grade’s specials classes. They were able to extend their knowledge in drama through the performance African folktale plays and music, and they printed the fabric for their costumes in art class. They delivered their presentations with the aid of their iPad. Using the iBook Author app, they were able to create postcards and brochures to showcase their country.

During this time the students also researched and chose an African charity to support. This year the classes selected Heifer International to donate livestock to an African community, and Clean Water Solutions, and organization that launches sustainable water businesses that provide safe drinking water to nearly 35,000 people.

To wrap up the busy morning, the fourth grade sat down to a celebratory feast. Each child brought in a traditional African dish to share at the potluck-style meal.DSC09523

DSC07444Students in the third grade are the designers of tomorrow! Professional inventor and designer Bobbi Jarvis has paid weekly visits to St. Michael’s as part of an 8-week project with Mrs. Loughborough’s class.

Ms. Jarvis, who has worked for Hasbro, Fisher Price, and Little Tykes, is leading the children through the design process. Each student will create a push/pull toy for a toddler based on a children’s book. The project culminates when the class presents their creations to a panel of designers.

We can’t wait to see what these bright young minds dream up!

SMCDS all jpegs 0032St. Michael’s will be hosting a Story Time & Clay Craft play date for children ages 2.5 – 5 years old on Thursday, April 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am. We will read and act Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar and make caterpillars from clay in our ceramics studio.

Space is limited for this free community event. Interested parents can RSVP with Rebecca at 401-849-5970 ext. 300 or