The Preschool Press

October 30, 2020

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

It was a wonderful week of pumpkin exploring and Halloween celebrating at ECDC! Have a safe and happy Halloween and All Saints Day!


Request from teachers: To save time in our mornings, please send a water bottle with your child each day already filled with water. We also prefer the type of water bottles that have an easy to press button for popping the lid. This allows children to open the bottles independently and reduces the risk of contaminating the mouthpiece from touching.


Thank you to those who have sent us updated immunizations. If your child has new immunization records, please forward them to sarah.bergner@marquetteschool.org.

Next Week at a Glance

Sunday

Daylight Saving Time Ends


Monday

Blizzard Bag Collections Begin


Tuesday



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Friday


Saturday

Entrance Screenings for 21-22 Prospective Students

COVID UPDATE

Because flu symptoms and COVID symptoms can overlap, our attention to health and safety becomes even more important during the upcoming flu season. At ECDC we have decided that increasing the time frame for children to recover from illnesses will help reduce the spread of germs and viruses. For this reason, our usual 24-hour rule on returning to school after fever, vomiting, or diarrhea is being temporarily extended to 48 hours unless a doctor’s note is provided releasing the child from exclusion. The school does not require flu or COVID testing, however, parents may choose to obtain a test in the event of exposure. Please know that a negative COVID test does not always eliminate the requirement for quarantine. It is important to communicate with the administration about illnesses so we can provide you with accurate information and recommendations. So far this year we have been able to limit exposures and quarantines and I thank you for your efforts to keep this up!

Total Confirmed ECDC Cases To Date: 1

Total Active ECDC Cases: 0

Students Actively Quarantined: 0

Teachers Actively Quarantined: 0

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Meals On Wheels Collections

Next week we will begin a food drive for Meals On Wheels. This project is a tradition at ECDC. We make blizzard bags for the MOW team to deliver to their clients. These bags contain nonperishable items that clients can use on days when the weather prohibits the drivers from delivering meals. See below for more information.
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Auction Details


Marquette’s No-Show Auction will begin on Friday, November 13th at 6 pm and conclude on Friday, November 20th at 6 pm.


The only way to bid on or purchase auction items is online through BidPal.

You must register a credit card with BidPal to participate in the online auction.

To register online please go to bidpal.net/marquetteauction2020.


Auction items may be previewed beginning on Monday, November 9th.

This year rather than having a live auction, a few of our items will be auctioned off Dutch style. This means the bidding for a particular item will start at a premium price, then that price will drop once daily for a week until that item sells. The first person who bids on the item wins!


This year’s Dutch auction items include:

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment from Carter & Higgins Orthodontics

An Evening with Bishop Konderla

The ECDC Art Project

Guardian Angel Kindergarten Quilt

Around Tulsa Kindergarten Quilt

A Week Stay at a Beachside Condominium in Santa Rosa, Florida

ECDC Parking Spot

Marquette Parking Spot

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment from Griffin Orthodontics

Chris Mantle Artwork

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Halloween Candy Donations

Not sure what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy?? You can donate it to ECDC! We will use it to decorate our gingerbread houses in December. Simply drop your donations off in the classroom baskets at arrival or dismissal. Candy must be wrapped and unopened. Hard candy like smarties, skittles, starbursts, and suckers work best for decorating.
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Inclement Weather Notice From Mr. Luetkemeyer

As we enter the winter months, I think it is appropriate to take some time to discuss my approach to closing school due to extreme weather before it happens. All families handle weather differently and I strongly encourage families to make their own decisions regarding whether or not it is safe to travel to school. On a bad weather day or a potentially bad weather day, the school will make a decision to hold classes or not no later than 6:15 in the morning. The school will send a text message through RenWeb and post on the Marquette Facebook page. I always prefer to make a decision about school closure as early as possible, however, sometimes the timing of incoming weather can make the decision difficult. Often times a decision is made during overnight hours, so check your phone/email or social media early in the morning or even the night before.


Once I determine to open school, I will not close the school early barring a major catastrophe or loss of power/heat. Although the school will not be closed mid-day, we do encourage families to make their own decision on picking up their children early. Please do not delay picking up your child(ren) early if you have concerns, we will not make judgments on your personal family decision. Any child picked up after 12:00 will not have any penalties apply to their attendance. To keep phone lines open, however, please do not call ahead to check out your child. We ask that you arrive in the school office and we will call your child down with their things.


Late starts are an option the school may choose to use in the case of bad roads or the potential for bad weather hitting around arrival time. Theoretically, a late start allows families and teachers to begin driving after the sun comes up and could better allow individuals to navigate icy or snow packed streets. While we understand a late start can disrupt a parent’s ability to get to work on time, our hope is that a shorter day at work is better than taking an entire personal day to watch children. During a late start, the school will indicate through email communication what time the building will open and when drop off can begin.

While the school will not ever close early once the day has begun (barring a major catastrophe), the school may choose to close Extended Care early. In the event of bad weather or potentially bad weather later in the day, Extended Care may be closed early. In the event that Extended Care closes early, we ask families to make every effort to pick up their children as soon as possible so that our employees can drive home safely. We will do our very best to make an announcement about extended care as early as possible.


If you should have any questions about our winter weather closing, please contact me at jay.luetkemeyer@marquetteschool.org or simply call the school office. The decision to close school is not made easily and I will always try to make a decision that is in the best interest of all of our students, families, and staff. I implore you to never go against your better judgment when making a decision to bring your child(ren) to school. I am making a decision that meets the needs of all our students and families, you must make the decision for your specific family.

Employment Opportunities

Middle School Math

Marquette Catholic School is taking applications for a full-time Middle School (6th-8th Grade) Math Teacher. The position is available immediately, however, we are also accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Marquette’s Middle School math program offers class sizes that average fifteen students or less and employs two full-time math teachers. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with certification for high school algebra. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, please submit all information to the principal at jay.luetkemeyer@marquetteschool.org and include a resume.

ECDC CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER

7 Labor Day-No School

24 Early Dismissal 2:15 pm

24 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3-6pm

25 No School

25 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:30-12pm

OCTOBER

1/2 Spirit dress days

5/6 Picture days-free dress

9 Mobile Dairy Classroom

15 Teacher In-service-No School

16 Fall Break-No School

25 Trunk or Treat

29/30 Halloween Festival

NOVEMBER

2 Collections Begin for Blizzard Bags

5/6 Spirit dress days

13-19 "No Show" Online Auction

20 Blizzard Bags Donated to Meals on Wheels

23/24 Thanksgiving Feasts

25-27 Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER

2 Christmas Programs (Bees 9am, Raccoons 10am, Frogs 11am)

3 Christmas Programs (Otters 9am and Owls 10am)

7-8 Pajama Days

17/18 Christmas Parties

19 Christmas Break Begins

COVID-19

View our safety protocols for COVID-19