SFSS Family Newsletter

Friday, April 14, 2023

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Spring is in the air!

We had a great week enjoying the warm weather and outside learning.

A reminder: The summer uniform (shorts and skorts) does not start until May 1st. We are staying with this policy until May 1st although it was warm this week. It will be in the 40's next week. April is a lot of up and down weather. We have fans and a/c units that were installed to keep the students cool if needed.

With the recent events of the Nashville and Louisville shootings and swatting calls that have been made to local school districts, we have reviewed our safety procedures and protocols again. Our faculty met with city police to ask questions and go over plans.

We had completed all our required practices before December 1st, but since then we have new students and teachers join our school. This week, we practiced an evacuation and lockdown/lock in drill so everyone is reminded as to what to do.

If we truly had a real situation or emergency that required us to evacuate or lock in, you would be notified via our parent alert system which is tied to your cell phone number entered into FACTS. The alert will give you an update on the situation and give guidance as to how to pick up your child.

Safety is always a priority and it is ever evolving in how we plan and respond.

Below you will find more information about upcoming events this week and some future notices.

Divine Mercy Sunday and the Divine Mercy Chaplet

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. A feast given to us by Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and for the release of souls.

This past Thursday, our students prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet on the Church lawn with Fr. Mull.

It is a beautiful and short prayer that is easy to pray individually or as a family. A rosary can help keep track of where you are in the prayer. Below find a graphic to help you pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

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Notes from our Lunchroom Coordinator

Please note that hot dog meals must be ordered by Sunday 6 am of the week ordering. Pizza must be order before 6 am on Wednesday mornings. We place orders and buy and do not have enough if people want to order after the fact. We cannot accept call in or email orders. Orders must be placed through the family portal.

Please make sure your child has a water bottle for school. Students typically bring it to lunch if they do not have a juice box.

PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 18 @ the school- All welcome to join us.

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Don't forget to turn in your yearbook order forms by Wednesday, April 19.

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The Euchre Tournament is back on!

The Knights of Columbus need our help to make the event successful. Here's how you can help:

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Parish/School Festival Help Needed

The festival committee is working very hard to make this festival count. The school stands to make a great amount of our fundraising goal, but they cannot do it alone.

There is still a need for 3 booth captains who will be responsible for running and getting workers for the booth- 2 Moon Bounces and 1 game booth.

If interested, please contact Bill Greco at 315-315-719-1840 or billgrecojr58@gmail.com.

America Reads

Our America reads students will be with us until May 4th as their semester ends.

Three more weeks for this year's program.

Quarter 3 Report Cards will be sent via email and open on Family Portal Friday, April 21st.

As you may know, New York State testing for students in grades 3 through 8 is April 19th and 20th. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with some important information about these tests and what they mean for your child.

First, it's important to understand that these tests are designed to assess student proficiency in key subject areas such as English Language Arts and Mathematics. They are administered annually to all students in grades 3 through 8 to measure their progress in these subjects and provide important data that can be used to improve teaching and learning.

The tests are not used for individual student grading or promotion purposes. Instead, they are used to help us identify areas where students may need additional support or where instruction can be improved. The results of these tests are also used to evaluate the effectiveness of our curriculum and teaching methods and to help us make informed decisions about future instructional priorities.

We understand that standardized testing can be stressful for students, but we want to assure you that we are taking steps to ensure that your child feels supported and prepared for these tests. We encourage you to talk to your child about the importance of doing their best and remind them that these tests are just one way that we measure their progress.

If you have any questions or concerns about New York State testing, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Pohorence or your child's homeroom teacher. We are here to support you and your child every step of the way.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.