St. Michael’s: A Caring and Respectful Community
St. Michael’s is a school that is committed not only to preparing students academically and intellectually for the future, but also to preparing them personally, morally, and ethically to be active leaders in our growing, diverse and ever-changing communities.
St. Michael’s Caring and Respectful Community Plan Stresses:
- Respect for Individual Differences
- Diversity Awareness
- Student-Centered Dispute Resolution
- Respect and Responsibility
St. Michael’s Achieves a Caring and Respectful Community Through:
- Service Learning
- Peer Mediation
- No Tolerance Bullying Policy
- Sportsmanship and Citizenship Recognition
- Character Building Programs and Activities
- Student and Parent Participation
- Morality and Theology Education
- Retreat Program
Service Learning allows children to combine what they are learning in the classroom with opportunities to serve their community. Students benefit academically, socially and emotionally. They not only learn about civic responsibility, but they also become active participants in their community.
On-Going Service Learning Projects
The children collect books and toys for children in Third World countries as part of the Seeds to the World – Toys to the World program. Someone from the organization comes each year to talk to the students to let them know how their toys impact children in other parts of the world who do not have toys. During the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, the Busy Bee students also visited a retirement home on Valentine’s Day to sing songs and hand out valentines.
Kindergarten collected shoes for the Neighborhood Wellness Foundation as part of their unit on empathy. The students read books about shoes, wrote about their favorite shoes, learned to tie shoes, ran the Kindergarten Mile, counted by 2s, 5s, and 10s, and produced some amazing pop-art. Then the students collected new and gently used shoes from the St. Michael’s community.
The first grade works with Project Linus a nationwide, non-profit organization. The Sacramento chapter has been in existence since 1997. The students make handmade blankets that are given to children in need, including children in hospitals, in foster care, homeless, or just going through a difficult time.
Second Graders pack lunches three times a year for students at Mustard Seed School, a school in Sacramento for homeless children. St. Michael’s students work to earn the money for the lunch supplies and send notes to the Mustard Seed students along with the lunch.
The Third and Fourth Graders coordinate the school-wide recycling plan for the school. They collect all the recyclables at school weekly, and they encourage the community to bring cans and bottles for recycling as well. The students sort all the bottles and cans and turn them into a recycling center. The money that the classes earn from recycling is given to another local school to help them build a school garden.
The fifth grade students are honoring veterans and active duty military as their service learning project, which connects to the American history curriculum. Students visit the Veteran’s Administration hospital to visit, bring cheer, and learn more about the people who serve our country.
Sixth grade students individually propose personal community service projects to complete during the school year. With the help of the teachers and their families, students make service choices related to their interests and complete five hours of service. Students reflect on their service experiences, write speeches, and present their service projects to the entire school during special chapel presentations. Some recent community service projects include bringing holiday cheer to the homeless, making blankets for children’s hospital, American River clean-up, and helping family members with physical limitations due to illness.
The Seventh Grade participates in an inter-generational service learning project with Eskaton Independent Living Facility. The students are paired with seniors, spending time together throughout the year. The project culminates with the students presenting in chapel about what they learned about history and life from their senior buddies.
Eighth Graders participate in several service learning projects during the year. First, they helped with Empty Bowls, a fund raiser for the River City Food Bank by painting bowls and serving at the luncheon. Second, with the help of the Grandparents Club, the students sewed bags and filled the bags with scrapbooks and disposable cameras for patients at Sacramento Shriners Hospital. Students delivered the goodie bags and toured the hospital. The eighth graders also have a buddy program with Starr King Elementary School where they prepare and teach science lessons to elementary school students.