ROYAL REVIEW

To be Christ-centered in your words, thoughts and actions.

Queen of Angels Families,

Welcome back to a new school year. It is so wonderful to have all of the children back into the school building. Whether you are joining us in-person or virtually, we are so blessed to be trusted to care for your children. With the new year comes some changes as well. Mrs. Eastep, our Spanish teacher, decided to stay home with her family and is no longer teaching Spanish for us. We shared her with St. John the Baptist, in New Haven, and due to the late notice, we are not able to fill this position for the 2020-2021 school year. However, this has brought about an opportunity to provide a different type of class to our students. Mrs. Meyer has taken on the task to teach a Catholic Identity course for all students K-8. In this class, she will use resources for Virtue = Strength as well as taking time to focus on Saints, and other important Catholic sources that we want to familiarize your children with. We are very excited for this course!


We also have had to make some changes in regards to our drop-off and dismissal procedures. I will discuss this more further along in the newsletter. Please take notice of those procedures and make sure that you show us Grace and Patience during this transition.


As shown in the video before school started, many of our teachers have new classroom floors, our gym has new metal walls to cover the torn insulation. Finally, we were able to put a nice wood covering over our pillars down in the cafeteria as well as the railing going up to the hallway leading to the church. We thank Mr. Kearney and Mr. & Mrs. Sharp for their handiwork.


The new school year will bring new challenges, but we look forward to taking on these challenges head-on. When we trust in the Lord, great things happen and there are many great things happening at Queen of Angels Catholic School.


Mary Queen of Angels, Pray for US!


Many Blessings,


Mr. Dennis G. Wiegmann, Principal

EARLY DISMISSALS THIS YEAR

Last year we began dismissing at 2:00pm on Wednesdays. This year we have changed our early dismissal day to 2:00pm on Thursdays.

DROP-OFF and PICK UP PROCEDURES

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for how smoothly drop-off and pick up has been so far this year. Just a reminder on the procedures, especially during morning drop-off. As you know, we have to complete a brief screening in the morning along with a temperature check on each child who comes into our building. Due to this, we ask that you have your child stay in the car until we can come over and complete the screening. We know that this takes a little more time, however, it is imperative that we follow the guidelines set forth by the Health Department and ensure the safety of all.


Thank you for your patience and flexibility with this matter.

NEW WEBSITE

Along with many of the physical changes that have happened here at Queen of Angels, there has also been some digital changes. We recently switched our website provider, which in turn has changed our website. Please make sure that you visit our NEW website at:


www.school.queenofangelsfw.org


On this website there are different toolbars that can assist you with the school calendar, virtual learning, online payments for lunches, tuition, as well as before and after care. There are many other features that are included.

POSTPONED or CANCELLED EVENTS

Due to restrictions from COVID-19, we have had to postpone some of our major events this year. Please note that the following events have been postponed and we hope to do this in the Spring.


September 8th: Windy City Players (Rescheduled for 2021-2022 School Year)


September 18th: Grandparents Day (Hoping to reschedule for the Spring)


October 13th: ALL SCHOOLS MASS with Bishop Rhoades at the Coliseum (Cancelled)


October 27th: Pastries with Parents (Hoping to reschedule for the Spring)


December 15th: Advent Program (Moving to a Spring Concert)

NO SCHOOL COMING UP!

On Friday September 4, 2020, there will be no school as the teachers will be participating in their annual Mission Day professional development provided by the Diocese.

WATER BOTTLES

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, all students should make sure that they are bringing their own water bottle for the school day. There is time allotted where staff will re-fill during the day.

MASS & ADORATION TIMES

MASS & ADORATION TIMES

WEEKDAY MASSES:


Tuesday: 8:30 am 5th Grade - Middle School


Wednesday: 8:30 am Kindergarten - 4th Grade


Thursday: 7:00 pm


Friday: 8:30 am 5th Grade - Middle School; 2:00 pm Kindergarten - 4th Grade


RECONCILIATION:


Thursday: 6:30 - 6:50 pm


Saturday: 9:00 am & 3:00 pm


SATURDAY VIGIL MASS: 4:00 pm


SUNDAY MASSES: 8:00 am & 10:30 am


ADORATION:


9:15 am - 5:00 pm Tuesdays


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Family hour for Adoration

COVID-19 REMINDERS

As stated in the Back to School Plan, the situation with COVID is always fluid. The health department continually updates regulations and information, so we thought that we would update you as well:



  • Clarification on guidance stating what a high-risk close contact is. What counts as a close contact:
    • You were within 6ft of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. This is now 15 CUMULATIVE minutes, not consecutive minutes. This can include single encounters of more than 15 minutes during the day OR multiple interactions within a single day adding up to more than 15 minutes. This may really affect some of your processes and the contact tracing you are doing.
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • You had direct physical contact with a confirmed case (hugged or kissed them)
    • You shared eating/drinking utensils
    • A confirmed case sneezed/coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
    • You live with or stayed overnight for at least one in a household with an infected person.
    • These close contact criteria apply regardless of mask use, face shields or physical barriers. The only exception is if it occurs in a healthcare setting with appropriate PPE.

  • New Symptom Screening Guidelines – the CDC has updated the symptoms you are checking to rule out some of the more common/mild symptoms that are often attributed to many other things outside of COVID-19. You are now asked to focus on the following symptoms:
    • Temperature of 100.4 degree F or higher when taken by mouth
    • Sore throat
    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
    • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
    • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
    • Loss of taste or smell

  • Updated guidance on when a person who has tested NEGATIVE can return to school: anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 who had a negative test and is NOT a close contact of someone with confirmed COVID-19 may return to school under the following guidelines:
    • Must be 24 hours fever free without the use of medications
    • Other symptoms resolved
    • No doctor’s note required
    • REMINDER THOUGH – if this person is a close contact to a confirmed case they MUST complete the 14-day quarantine even if they test negative

  • Updated guidance on isolation/quarantine of symptomatic people and their siblings or family members:
    • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 who is NOT tested must isolate for 10 days and anyone in their household (including siblings) are considered close contacts and must quarantine for 14-days. No contact tracing will be done at the school – it will only include household contacts.
      • If the symptomatic person without a positive test is diagnosed with another condition that explains the symptoms, or tests negative, then no quarantine for close contacts is necessary
      • If not tested, a provider’s note with alternate diagnosis will be needed to return to school before the end of isolation/quarantine
    • A symptomatic person and anyone living in their household should quarantine while waiting for test results – This is a pretty big change that will affect many of you. You now need to advise not only the symptomatic case, but also the other siblings and family members associated with the school to stay home until the appropriate criteria are met to return.