Monday Morning Memo
September 18, 2023
Letter from the Principal
Good afternoon St. Mary of the Assumption Community,
I am writing to notify you of a fire evacuation that took place this morning. All members of our community are safe and were throughout the incident.
At 10:20 a.m., there was a loud bang from one of the exterior HVAC units near the gym/Pre-K playground and it was accompanied by a small flame, which was contained within the unit, and smoke. While the fire was visibly contained and extinguished itself within 30 seconds, we evacuated the school building out of an abundance of caution. The staff and the students evacuated to the soccer field quickly and calmly and remained there until the fire department arrived and determined the building was safe to re-enter.
I spoke with all the students to let them know the details of what occurred to hopefully alleviate any worries. I wanted to share this with you in the event that your child has any remaining questions or concerns when they come home today.
Fall Picture Day is Wednesday September 20th for Grades PK through 3 and Thursday September 21st for grades 4 through 8.
Fall pictures will be taken out of uniform. Students should arrive to school dressed out of uniform in their picture day outfit. Pictures will be available for purchase through the online portal. Information will be sent home with your child on the day of their pictures and emailed to the address in TADS.
Spring pictures will be taken in uniform for the yearbook, so this is the only opportunity for pictures out of uniform this year.
Dress Down Days (from the Family/Student Handbook)
Parents are asked to assist the students in choosing attire that reflects the dignity of their human body made in the image of God. Attire must be appropriate in size, fit, and coverage.
Shoulder straps must be at least the width of three fingers and shorts must go down to the mid-thigh. Arm holes are expected to fit the circumference of the arm and not expose torso skin or undergarments. Low-cut tops are not permitted. Students must be able to raise their arms and move freely without exposing any midriff skin.
Shorts must fall to the mid-thigh. Skirts must be no shorter than three inches above the knee. No inappropriate wording or images may be on any article of clothing worn. Bottoms should not be overly-tight. Leggings are permitted with a dress or a shirt that falls below the hips.
Pajamas are not acceptable dress-down day attire unless specifically indicated.
If the administration determines that a student’s attire is inappropriate or disruptive to classroom instruction and learning, a parent or guardian will be contacted to bring in a change of clothing. The student will be asked to change his/her attire before attending class and may have future dress-down day privileges revoked.
Reminder About Virtus
With field trips and the Halloween party coming up, please make sure you have started the process for Virtus certification. NO PARENT/GUARDIAN may attend the Halloween celebration unless they are Virtus certified. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Catholic Schools Night at Audi Field
Service Hour Opportunities
Traffic Light Help: The traffic light outside of the school is manually changed during arrival and dismissal. We are looking for parents to assist with manning the light from 7:40-8:15 a.m. and 2:55-3:20 p.m. Please contact Mr. O'Brien at email@example.com with your availability.
St. Mary's Ryken Honors Choir
St. Mary’s Ryken is offering the Youth Honors Chorus and Knights Music Mentors for students in grades 5-8. Registration is open!
A welcome letter has been sent out with instructions on using SchoolPass. For more information, please watch the following instructional videos.
- App Download & Login Steps - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563262139
- Updating Your Profile in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563264147
- Enabling Push Notifications in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563262835
- Adding & Removing Drivers in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563263754
- Making Virtual Attendance Changes in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563263289
- Making Carpool Changes in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563259380
- Making Activity Changes in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563261431
- Making Early Pickup Changes in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563259864
- Making Late Arrival Changes in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563260196
- Making Absence Changes in the App - https://player.vimeo.com/video/563261126
- Using Drop Off & Pick Up Buttons in the App -https://player.vimeo.com/video/563260486