Ms. I's Update
St. John School - Empowering for Excellence
Dear St. John School students and families,
St. John School is very excited to welcome you back to school on August 20th, 2021 (12pm dismissal). Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter for important information regarding the new school year. Please ensure to update your profile on SchoolSpeak. Our website also has a wonderful list of important FAQs (here).
The first day of school will be an orientation day for all of our students. Our protocols and procedures will be covered that day. During the first few weeks of school, teachers will focus on building a class community by helping our students feel engaged and comfortable.
First day of school
Start time: 8am
End time: 12pm
Drop off: 7:45am-8am
Pick up:: 12pm-12:15pm
Drop off and pick up is in our school parking lot or on Burnside Ave (gym doors). We highly recommend that TK-5 use the school parking lot for pick up and drop off. If you plan to use Burnside Ave- please ensure that both your child and the teacher knows.
Thank you in advance for:
- Being on time
- Following the directions of our traffic coordinators
- Driving slowly
- Turning on the turn signal when wanting to enter our lot
- Respecting our neighbors by not parking in their driveways
There will be a COVID19 Safety meeting on August 10th from 6pm-7pm. Zoom link is posted on SchoolSpeak. It will be recorded. Thank you for your patience as we begin a new school year. Please take the time to read through the rest of the newsletter.
Emergency: Please update your emergency information
Extended Care: There is no Extended Care on the first day of school. Extended Care begins on Monday, August 23, 2021. Please see SchoolSpeak for information on how to register for Extended Care.
21/22 Registration: If you have not yet registered your child(ren) for this year, please contact our finance manager, Jessica Guevara (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP.
SchoolSpeak: This is our main communication portal. Please ensure to log in and check SchoolSpeak. We highly recommend syncing the calendar.
Lunch: We heard your feedback and are excited to offer a lunch program for next year through SchoolFoodies. To register and open an account with SchoolFoodies, visit: schoolfoodies.com St. John registration code: SF-SJS
7th Grade: Every incoming 7th grader needs proof of a TDAP booster before they can be allowed to attend school. More information here. Please send an updated immunization form to email@example.com
Uniforms Express: Still need a uniform? We have plenty. Stop by to pick up a gently used, clean uniform. August 13th and 17th. 10am-2pm at St. John School. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
1st Communion and Confirmation: For second graders who are going to receive First Communion this year and for 8th graders who will be confirmed, the forms given to you at the end of the school year need to be returned by September 30th. If you need new forms they are on SchoolSpeak (here). After the 30th of September Father Agnel will not be accepting forms.
Health and Safety
Health and Safety
As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. If you are able to get vaccinated, please do so. Many of our COVID19 safety protocols and precautions from last year will remain in place until further notice.
Health Screening: All staff/students must screen for symptoms at home and stay home if they feel sick. Contact the school immediately, even on a non-school day if your child has any of the following symptoms or tests positive for COVID19:
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or experiences change in their ability to taste or smell in the past 10 days.
Masks: Masks must be worn by all students/adults on campus indoors and outdoors regardless of vaccination status unless they are actively eating or drinking. More info on masks here. (CDC)
Cohorting/Distancing: We will continue to cohort our students for the beginning of the year. Students will also be distanced within their classrooms at the beginning of the school year.
Hygiene: Proper hand washing techniques and the use of hand sanitizer will be taught and enforced.
Clean Environment: Every classroom will continue to be ventilated with air filters and open windows. Daily cleaning of the school will continue.
Please always check SchoolSpeak for the most updated calendar.
10: School Covid19 Safety 6-7pm Zoom (info on SchoolSpeak)
13: Uniform Express 10am-2pm @St. John School
17: Uniform Express 10am-2pm @St. John School
18: Jr. High Leadership 1pm-3:30pm
19: All 6th Grade and new 7th and 8th grade orientation 1pm-3:30pm
19: New New Parent Info Night 6-7pm (SchoolSpeak Bulletin w/ Zoom info)
20th: 1st day of School 12pm Dismissal (No Extended Care)
*All Wednesdays are 2pm dismissals*
*Please note that the calendar is subject to change. SchoolSpeak will have the most updated version*
Extended Care is offered every school day until 6pm. Students must be pre-registered for each three-week session. If you are interested in signing up your child- please contact the front office (email@example.com).
Fundraisers: Please check SchoolSpeak for more information.
PTG Meetings: Links are posted on SchoolSpeak. Come join us! (Attending counts towards volunteer hours.)
Questions? Want to get involved?: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue to look at SchoolSpeak under the PTG tab for updated information.
We love our St. John School community and feel that our parents and families know us best. Our school has thrived when current families have referred their friends/acquaintances to us.
Referral Incentive: Refer a family to us! If they enroll- your family will receive a $250 tuition deduction per newly enrolled student. We have just a few more spots available in most grade levels.
Travel: St. John School is following CDC travel guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals (Linked here). Please note that since our students are not fully vaccinated, they will still be asked to quarantine.
COVID Updates: St. John School will continue to update our community on any positive cases among our in-person learners.
Trust: Thank you in advance for helping us maintain trust in our community. We are a small community and everyone is connected. You have the right to make choices that are best for your family. Thank you for wearing your masks.
Please do not knowingly send your child to school if you or your family found themselves in a situation that did not follow the health guidelines. Our teachers thank you.
Together we can help mitigate the spread of this virus.
Links to local, regional, state, and federal guidance on travel:
California Department of Public Health Travel Advisory:
Get vaccinated if eligible
Wear a face mask when indoors.