Switzerland Point Middle School
From Mrs. Brunet
Donations Requested for Teacher Appreciation Week: PTSO would like to make this year's staff Appreciation Week (May 3-7) extra special, and we would love the help of all parents! You can donate in one or two ways:
1) PTSO will will be collecting gift cards to give to teachers -- our goal is a gift card for each staff member! Please put your gift cards (ideally in at least $10 increments) into an envelope marked PTSO Teacher Appreciation and have your student drop it off in the front office by Mon. May 3.
2) We're also collecting desserts for a "dessert day" for teachers on Friday. May 7. Please see the sign up genius link below to sign up to bring a pre-packaged dessert. Thanks in advance for your support of our amazing Swiss staff members!
A HUGE Thank you to the 12 famlies that have already signed up to bring treats. I'm sure the staff will love ending their week in such a sweet way.
Thank you to the Funk, Gioffre, Blutcher, Miller, Harvey, Marquinez, Cantona, Wilson, Paredes, Whiteside, Senthil and Tray families for signing up to provides sweets to our staff.
** Don't Worry..... if you have not signed up yet, there is still time. You can also drop off a gift card at our front office to be won by our staff throughout staff appreciation week.
The School Board approved a new calendar for the 21-22 school year, which pushes the school start date back to Monday, August 16th. Click here to view 21-22 District Calendar
This year both teams have done a wonderful job and are rated as the top teams in their respective leagues - Varsity and Junior Varsity. Both teams have moved to the playoff round where they will play with the second seed team in their respective leagues for the title.
Congrats to the following tennis players:
SPMS Varsity Black Team:
SPMS Gold JV Team:
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Attention 8th Grade!
8th grade photos needed! Please send in some of your favorite photos from your 8th grade year at Swiss for our memory video. They can be pictures with your friends while participating in sports, band, hobbies, or any other fun activities. Please e-mail your pictures to Jennifer.Wilkie@stjohns.k12.fl.us by May 12th! All pictures turned in to Mrs. Wilkie for the 8th grade video are considered cleared for public viewing for inclusion in the 8th grade End-of-Year video.
8th Grade Event- Staff vs. Students Sports
Are you ready to rumble? On Friday, 4/30, 8th grade students will watch their fellow students take on their teachers and staff in a competition for the ages. Students will attend either the Dodgeball tournament during 3rd period or the Basketball Game during 7th period based on their last name (to follow COVID protocols). Students will be separated into two groups by their last name as follows:
Dodgeball spectators: A, C, E, G, H, J, L, N, P, Q, S, V, Y, Z
Basketball spectators: B, D, F, I, K, M, O, R, T, W
Requests to change event will not be accepted. Only student players, who previously signed up, will be excused during alternate events.
Special Message on the Marquee
SPMS National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring an opportunity to send a special birthday or congratulations message to your student via the marquee in the front of school. Cost is $25. Complete the form here to submit your request (there's a separate link in the form to pay via Schoolpay upon submitting your request). Requests are due the Friday prior to the event and will display the following week (Tuesday through Monday).
SPMS PTSO Updates
MEETING: MAY 17th, 10 AM hosted via Zoom
Feel free to join us to see what PTSO is all about.
SPMS PTSO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Meeting ID: 736 1757 7187
8th GRADE FIELD DAY
SPMS will be hosting an 8th grade field day May 28th to celebrate our graduating class. The PTSO is helping with the planning and hosting of this event. We cannot do it without you.
DONATIONS - Parents if you or your business is interested in contributing to this event, we are looking for fun activities, games, crafts, snacks and prizes to help make this event fun. If you are interested in donating goods and services or monetarily, please contact:
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We need your help. The following board positions will be opening in the 21-22 school year. The PTSO is a great way to connect to the staff and students. And the best thing is it doesn’t take much time. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in finding out more.
VP of Fundraising
VP of Membership
Spirit Wear Chair
Business Partner Chair
PTSO MEMERSHIP - IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN PTSO
Please support our students and teachers by joining the PTSO. Memberships are only $20 per family. Memberships are a donation and do not require volunteer hours. Your donation helps fund many important things that take place during school like the PBIS Rewards Raider Store, Teacher Classroom Grants, and Teacher Appreciation.
Thank you to the 85 Raider Families who have joined the PTSO to date.
Sign up here:
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT PTSO
AmazonSmile - Shop through the PTSO link on AmazonSmile!
Click this link to find out more! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3741022
Now while you do your regular shopping on Amazon thru AmazonSmile, .5% of your purchase will be donated to SPMS PTSO! It is that EASY! Thank you for your support!
Box Tops – Please download the Box Tops app and start scanning your receipts for SMPS PTSO to get Box Top credits. Please turn in any valid paper box tops to the front office.
Keep an eye on the PTSO website, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on what is coming up throughout the year!
For up to date happenings LIKE us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SwissPointPTSO/
SPMS PTSO is on INSTAGRAM! Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/spmsptso/
Check the PTSO website for all the latest news! http://www.swisspointptso.com/
**********************District Information regarding COVID 19 & Quarantining***********
PLEASE check to see if your child can answer any of the following questions each morning. If yes, please keep them home, so they are not spreading germs.
Student Health Screening Entry Form
Please assess your child daily for the following symptoms and answer the contact questions.
• Fever of 100.4 or higher
• Uncontrolled cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Sore throat
• Loss of sense of smell or taste
• Muscle aches
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Is your child currently awaiting COVID-19 test results?
If yes, please keep your child home and notify the school nurse when test results received. Further instructions will be discussed at that time.
• Does your child live in the same household with someone positive for COVID-19?
If yes, your child must quarantine for 10 days from the last date of contact with the positive individual. The quarantine period may be shortened to as few as 7 days if a negative PCR test result is obtained on day 6 or later from exposure to the positive case. The Dept. of Health will assist in clearing your child to return to school once they have received the negative test result.
FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE REGARDING NEW GUIDELINES FOR QUARANTINING
The CDC and the Florida Department of Health continue to recommend quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. However, there is new guidance that allows for a close contact to return to school earlier. There are two options that may allow the close contact to return to school/work before the full 14-day quarantine period has been met:
1. The quarantine period may be shortened to 10 days from last exposure to the positive case if daily symptom monitoring indicates the close contact remains symptom free. The contact can return to school or work on Day 11. HOWEVER, it is extremely important that the contact continues daily monitoring for signs and symptoms through 14 days, as well as, practice social distancing, always wears a mask, and washes hands frequently. If signs or symptoms develop at any point, the contact should immediately isolate, seek medical care, and call the Health Department.
2. The Quarantine may be shortened to as few as 7 days if a negative PCR test result is obtained on day 6 or later from exposure to the positive case. A PCR test is required and a rapid antigen test CANNOT be substituted. The test must be collected on day 6 or after, and if it is negative, the contact can return on Day 8 of quarantine, if he or she remains symptom free. HOWEVER, it is extremely important that the contact continues daily monitoring for signs and symptoms through 14 days, as well as, practice social distancing, always wears a mask, and washes hands frequently. If signs or symptoms develop at any point, the contact should immediately isolate, seek medical care, and call the Health Department.
DO I HAVE TO GET MY CHILD TESTED?
No, assuming your child remains symptom-free, he or she does not need a negative test to return to school on Day 11. If they develop symptoms you should seek medical care and call the health department.
HOW DO I GET PCR TESTING?
· You can obtain PCR testing through your medical provider
· You can obtain PCR testing at a public testing site
· REMEMBER: the rapid antigen test is not accepted, it must be a PCR test
· If your child develops symptoms, seek medical care and call the Health Department
· Make sure results can be provided within 24 to 48 hours. If the results are likely to take longer than 48 hours, it may be better to quarantine through day 10 and return to school on day 11, if no symptoms. CHILDREN WITH A KNOWN PENDING TEST RESULT SHOULD NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL
IF I GET A NEGATIVE PCR TEST RESULT, OBTAINED ON OR AFTER DAY 6 FOLLOWING EXPOSURE, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Call the Health Department to check if the result has been reported electronically in their system. If the result is reported, they will let the school know that your child may return, assuming they remain asymptomatic. If you have been notified that the result is negative but it has not yet shown up in the DOH system, you will need to provide a copy of the lab directly to the Health Department. NOTE: Please DO NOT fax or drop off copies of labs without first contacting the Health Department to make appropriate arrangements.