SaberSpeak

Week of January 31, 2022

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We are happy to publish appropriate information in this newsletter. Information must be relevant to the St. Hilary School or St. Hilary Parish community, and cannot promote a personal interest or a school other than our own. To avoid confusion, if you are requesting publication of information on behalf of a group, please be sure you have coordinated with others in the group and that you are authorized to speak on their behalf. The school reserves the right to determine what content will be included. Information to be considered for inclusion in the newsletter must be emailed to dsinopoli@st-hilary.org by 3:00 p.m. on Friday for the following week. Thank you for helping us keep mass emails to a minimum by remembering this deadline as you plan.

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Dear Parents,


Moving further into the second half of our school year, we continue to live out our theme, What Faith Can Do. As we celebrate Black History Month this month, seeing what our faith can do to make a difference in the world is especially meaningful as our students will be doing grade-level-appropriate reading, research and projects on the topic of Black history and learning about the people who have helped to shape our country and world. We look forward to learning together about the past and instilling hope for the future.


Our students continue to be light to others in many ways. Keep an eye out for information on our upcoming participation in the Souper Bowl of Caring for just one example. This year, with COVID-19 still a part of our lives, we have again had to simplify our annual Catholic Schools Week service projects, but at the same time this gave us an opportunity to serve local nursing home residents who have been affected by the pandemic. Many of our classes will be making gifts for or interacting virtually with local nursing home residents. We look forward to returning to broader service projects next year, but are also grateful for the chance to be able to support local seniors in this way.


We are excited to celebrate Catholic Schools Week this week, and loved seeing so many of you at our Catholic Schools Week Open House! It was such a blessing to be able to come together in person once again to celebrate our wonderful school, after not being able to hold our open house last year. We thank you for embracing Catholic education and partnering with us to provide the very best for your children.


Next week, we will begin registering new students online and conclude re-registration of current students for the 2022-2023 school year. The deadline to re-register returning students online is February 10. Instructions for applying to receive tuition assistance were emailed on January 5 and can also be found on the school website. Applications must be submitted online through FACTS by March 1.


Students in grades K-8 have completed our second round of MAP testing. Our final MAP testing will take place in April and May. CAT testing for grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 will take place February 14-25. Thank you for avoiding scheduling appointments during testing.


We are grateful for the planning efforts of our Parents' Association and the support all of you have shown for our fundraisers this year. Our Dress Down Day Coupon books were a hit, and we are grateful to those who supported our school by purchasing delicious Boar's Head hams for the holidays! Funds raised from these fundraisers will be combined with our annual spring fundraising efforts. We are very excited to bring back our in-person Celebration event this year! Check out the Celebration section below for the latest details! We are so grateful for all of your continued support of our school and all that we do together.


We look forward to working with you to make this a successful second semester. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.


Sincerely,


Mrs. Woodman
Principal

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Need To Know Now

Click here for the School Faculty & Staff Directory


Click here for the latest COVID-19 information


Click here for the 2021-2022 School Calendar, revised August 1


Click here for the 2021-2022 Dress Code

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Hot Off The Press

AFTERNOON LATCHKEY IN HORNING HALL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Afternoon Latchkey will be in Horning Hall Friday, February 4. Students may be picked up at the Horning Hall doors.




REGISTRATION FOR NEW STUDENTS BEGINS FEBRUARY 7
RE-REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS ENDS FEBRUARY 10


Registration for new students entering grades K-8 for the 2022-2023 school year at St. Hilary School will begin NEXT MONDAY, February 7 at www.st-hilaryschool.org. Please click here for a checklist of items required for registration. Appointments for Kindergarten Screening will be made at this time. Incoming kindergarteners need to be registered by February 25 to be included in planning for Kindergarten Screening. Questions? Please email Debbie Sinopoli at dsinopoli@st-hilary.org.

Re-registration for returning students has been underway since January 5. The deadline to complete re-registration is NEXT THURSDAY, February 10. Complete information about re-registration was emailed to all school families on January 5 and can also be found here.

Thank you to all who have already gone online to Gradelink to complete the re-registration process for the 2022-2023 school year. We have noticed that many of you have begun the process online but have not yet submitted your $150 per child registration fee and voucher, which is the necessary last step to complete your registration. Also, many have not begun the process at all. The system automatically flags anyone who has not completed all the steps in the process. We are monitoring the system and you will be notified if you have not initiated the process close to the February 10 deadline, as well as if you are missing any steps in the process. No news is good news, so unless you hear from the school office or receive a notice through Gradelink, you can consider the process complete.


You will need to access the Gradelink system to complete online re-registration. If you have misplaced or forgotten your Gradelink code, please contact Mary Smith at msmith@st-hilary.org.


If you have questions about re-registration, please contact either Debbie Sinopoli at dsinopoli@st-hilary.org or Mary Smith at msmith@st-hilary.org.




KIDS HEART CHALLENGE KICKS OFF THIS WEEK!

We are excited to kick off this year's Kids Heart Challenge! We will be taking a road trip this year across the country to learn more about all of the Heart Heroes out there that need our help. We will be learning about the heart and how to keep it healthy all while helping to support those kids who have special hearts.


Over the next three weeks, your student will be participating in this great learning opportunity. As we learn, we will also be asking you to join us in raising donations for the American Heart Association. There are a few ways to help to secure donations for the AHA:


  1. Register online at www.heart.org/khc and find our school.

  2. Download the “Kids Heart Challenge” App from your mobile devices app store.

  3. Checks placed in the provided envelope and returned to school.

  4. Post your individual fundraising link on Social Media accounts.


Students, once you register, you will instantly receive your red AHA bracelet and when you get your first $5 donation, you will receive the first Heart Hero Character, Crew! Mrs. Palumbo has an inventory of all of the characters and we want to see you collect them all. Ask your friends and family to help support the AHA with you, and one easy way to get in touch with them is sending 10 emails with your parents'/guardians' help!

Thank you for helping us with the Kids Heart Challenge!



THE MESSY FAMILY PROJECT FEBRUARY 11-12

St. Francis de Sales Parish is hosting The Messy Family Project on February 11 and 12. Click here to learn more about The Messy Family Project. Click here for event information and to register.

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The Main Event

This week's main event is Catholic Schools Week! We are excited to celebrate !


Monday 1/31- Out of Uniform - Spirit Day

  • CSW kick-off assembly
  • St. Hilary T-shirts distributed to wear on Friday 2/4


Tuesday 2/1 - Out of Uniform & Accessory Day

  • All students will receive Italian Ice as a special treat!

Wednesday 2/2 - In Uniform

  • Adoration
  • What Faith Can Do videos and letters to Kutless
  • Classroom activities about Blessed Carlo Acutis


Thursday 2/3 - Out of Uniform - Grade Level / Buddy Theme Dress

  • Service project day
  • Buddy Bingo


DRESS DOWN THEMES FOR FEBRUARY 3

On February 3, as part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, students will dress down in various themes. The themes are listed below. Please do not feel you need to purchase anything special for this day! Please remember all clothing must be school-appropriate.


Kindergarten/8th Grade

  • Haskins/Osborne - Pajamas

  • Bennett/Sherry - Hawaiian

  • Faetanini/Durkin - Sports


1st/7th Grade

  • Houser/Bennett - Pajamas

  • Monea/Gadus - Tie Dye

  • Walters/Hoffmann - USA theme


2nd/6th Grade

  • Collins/Buzzi - Beach attire

  • Alexander/Dougherty - USA theme

  • Conley/Buzzi - Pajamas


3rd/5th Grade

  • Salamone/Angle - Pajamas

  • Schiavoni/Sollenberger - Sports

  • Starkey/Murphey - Athletic (SHS/favorite team)


4th Grade

  • Comfy sweats



Friday 2/4 - New SHS Shirts from PA with Uniform Bottoms

  • Mass
  • Staff vs. Student Soccer Game
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Plan Ahead

GOOGLE CALENDAR

Click here for the school Google calendar


OF NOTE

~ January 31 - February 4 : Catholic Schools Week

~ February 3: Grades 6-8 Youth Group 3:15 pm

~ February 4: Ski Club

~ February 7: New Student Registration for 2022-2023 begins

~ February 9: Grade 2 First Communion Parent Meeting 6:30 - 8:30 pm

~ February 10: Re-registration due for returning students

~ February 10: Grade 1 Reading Party

~ February 10: Spelling Bee 1:15 pm

~ February 11: Ski Club

~ February 11: Junior High Dance 7:00 - 9:00 pm

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CELEBRATION 2022: A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us May 21 from 6 to 11 pm as we enjoy Celebration 2022: A Night Under The Stars in the party tent on our very own campus! As we ease back into normal, we look forward to bringing our school community together for this exciting night of friendship and fundraising!

You've never been to a Celebration like this before! Join us for a casual, al fresco evening featuring a variety of food, a bar serving beer and wine, appetizer stations, dessert stations, live music, and so much more! Come enjoy getting back together with friends old and new in this fun, festive, fuss-free setting! Casual attire is perfect for this laid-back event!

Save the date now, and watch for more information!

Ticket purchase is open to anyone, not just St. Hilary School families, so invite your extended family and friends to join in the fun, too!


HELP NEEDED!

We are still in need of volunteers! If you are interested in helping with Celebration this year please click here. Want to learn more before signing up? Contact any of the Celebration chairs: Brianne Alaburda at 330-770-8207, Erin Klaus at 330-322-7568, or Tara Reuscher at 330-618-6508. We have a team approach this year and duties are being divided so no one person has to do too much. We would love to have you join our team and help make this a night to remember!


DONATIONS NEEDED!

Want to help with Celebration but don’t know how? Consider donating an item for our silent auction! In addition to our Amazon wish list items (see below), we are accepting and encouraging additional donations. Please use the form attached below to let us know about your item. This will help us keep accurate records so we can appropriately acknowledge your donation for your tax purposes. Questions? Contact Erin Klaus at erincklaus@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your help in making this event a success!


AMAZON WISH LIST!
Not sure what to donate? Check out our Amazon Wish List!
Back by popular demand we are encouraging anyone who would like to donate a silent auction item to check out our Amazon Wish List. Don’t forget to take advantage of Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals this month! All of our items will be shipped directly to us and stored until our event in May. We will be updating it and adding new items throughout the remainder of the school year. Thank you for your support!

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Help Wanted

PLAYGROUND MONITORS NEEDED

Looking for a fun way to be involved at school, see your child during the school day, get some fresh air, and make some extra money? Consider being a playground monitor! Help is needed for the 2021-2022 school year in order to ensure that our students are properly supervised during recess. Monitors work just a couple of hours each day, so this is the perfect part-time job for those with limited time! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Cassie Samaan at csamaan@st-hilary.org.



SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

We are always in need of individuals to serve as substitute teachers. A summary of requirements would include the following: a bachelor's degree in any subject, Virtus training, a background check including fingerprinting, and a substitute teaching certificate. If you meet (or are able to complete) these requirements and are interested in being added to our pool of substitute teachers, please email a current resume to Miss Malick at smalick@st-hilary.org as soon as possible.



SCAN AND SUBMIT RECEIPTS FOR "BOX TOP" PRODUCTS TO EARN MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL

The Box Tops program has gone digital! Now it's even easier to support our school with your grocery purchases! Click here for details!

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Growing Together in Faith

SCHOOL MASS FEBRUARY 4

Please note that during the current spike in COVID cases, grade levels attending Mass in person are subject to change.

Our next school Mass for the 2021-2022 school year will be February 4 at 9:30 am planned by grade 4 (grades K, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 will attend in person). The school Mass will be live streamed and available to view at http://sthilarychurch.org/live/. You will be able to view all live streamed Masses through this site. A copy of this year’s liturgy schedule can be found in the Forms and Documents section under the Red Folder on the school website. Masses are also posted on the school Google calendar. Upcoming Masses are February 11 planned by grade 5 (grades 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 will attend in person), February 25 planned by grade 8 (grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8 will attend in person), and March 2 (Ash Wednesday) planned by grade 6 (grades K, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 will attend in person). There is no school on February 18 and no Mass on March 4 due to Ash Wednesday Mass.


We will continue to celebrate Mass together each week and on holy days. Students will attend school Mass on a rotation with other select grade levels (not the whole school). Only parents / grandparents of the participating class may attend Mass in person, and must sit in the back of the Church away from students. THOSE ATTENDING SCHOOL MASSES MUST WEAR MASKS.


Masses will be live streamed and available for all to watch, and students not attending Mass in person will watch live streamed Mass from their classrooms. Eucharistic ministers will come to the classrooms to distribute Holy Communion. We will handle other religious services and events in a similar way.

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Called to be Christ to Others

Called to be Christ to Others will be featured in our SaberSpeak newsletter each week and will include your requests for prayers, meals and other ways we can come together as a community of faith and friendship to serve one another. Of course, one of the best ways we can be Christ-like is to attend Mass with our families each week. In addition to this, we welcome you to submit your prayer requests, meal requests and other requests for help in times of need to dsinopoli@st-hilary.org.


PLEASE PRAY FOR...

...third grader Paige Iovine, as she awaits medical test results and prepares for further testing.

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Student Life

Information about sports, clubs and other activities for students will be published here as it becomes available. We are in the process of evaluating what clubs and activities we can safely offer to students this school year and will share that information as it becomes available.



YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE

Mr. Schechter, our Director of Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults, is excited to announce that "New Fire", our youth ministry program for grades 6-8, will return on Thursday, February 3! Details are as follows:

Participating students need to meet at 3:15 pm in the main hall by the new school office. Mr. Schechter or Fr. Cameron will walk students over to the Spiritual Center.

Parents, please park in the lot and walk to the sidewalk outside the parish office to pick your child up promptly at 4:30 pm.

Meetings will take place every other week on the following dates:

2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26

Light snacks will be served at the February 3 meeting.

Questions? Please contact Mr. Schechter at mschechter@sthilarychurch.org.

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Reminders

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 4

We will celebrate Catholic Schools Week the week of January 30-February 4. Please click here for our schedule of events.



MARCH HOT LUNCH ORDERING BEGINS FEBRUARY 1

Hot Lunch ordering for March begins February 1. All orders must be placed and paid for online by the February 10 deadline. Late orders cannot be accepted. Questions? Please contact Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at bvieltorf@st-hilary.org.



2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR

We are beginning to receive inquiries about our 2022-2023 school calendar. We have just received the information needed from the Diocese of Cleveland to begin building our calendar and that process is underway. Once the calendar is created, it must be approved by the Diocese of Cleveland. As soon as we receive approval, we will be able to publish our calendar. We hope to be able to share that with you by the end of February.



MORNING DROP-OFF REMINDERS

On Both Sides:

  • Please pull up to the sign at the end of the drop-off area. This allows more cars to stop between the two signs. All cars that fit within the zone between the signs may unload at the same time.
  • Please make sure students are ready to exit the car when they arrive. Seatbelts need to be unfastened, backpacks need to be loaded and zipped, masks and winter gear need to be ready, and last minute discussions about the day need to be handled before the point where students need to exit so as not to hold up the line.

On The Moorfield Road Side:

  • Please do not pull around stopped cars when they are dropping off students. Occasionally, a driver may need to exit from the non-curb side, and passing creates a dangerous situation.

On The Parking Lot Side:

  • Please do not pull up to areas other than the designated car line to drop off. If you do not want to wait in the line, you may park in the lot and walk your child to the building.
  • Please do not pull beyond the sign at the end of the drop-off area. Please keep the crosswalk clear for pedestrians.



ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLY WITH HAIR POLICY

All students must comply with the school hair policy as set forth in the dress code section of the school handbook. Students not in compliance will receive a MIN.

Hairstyles should be clean, neat, and conventional in style and remain the student’s natural color. Highlighting must be subtle and a natural shade of the student’s hair color. Hair beading that is not excessive or distracting is permitted for girls. Fad or trend haircuts, shaved lines, tails, or bi-level cuts are not permitted. Young men’s hair should be above the eyebrow, off the collar and at or above the opening of the ear; hair should be tapered with no excessive fullness. The difference between the length of the sides and back versus the top must be less than 2”. Facial hair is not permitted for young men. Hair styles and length are subject to the administration’s approval.



A FEW REMINDERS - PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH CAREGIVERS

For the safety of the children, please take a moment to read these reminders. Thank you!

  1. We are a cell phone-free campus during drop-off and pick-up. For the safety of our children, please refrain from using your phone during these few minutes.
  2. When dropping off on the parking lot side of the building, please stop before the cross walk in order to leave the cross walk clear for pedestrians crossing from the lot to the building. Please do not stop on the cross walk to drop off.
  3. When pulling forward, please make sure you are looking forward and that the path in front of and around your vehicle is clear before moving the vehicle.
  4. Three to four cars can fit in the drop-off zone. All cars in the drop-off zone can unload at the same time to help keep the lines moving.
  5. Please be sure your child is completely clear of your car before pulling away. Water bottles are often dropped and may roll under cars. Please instruct your child not to reach under the car or run back to the car for a forgotten item. Adults on duty will assist.
  6. Please do not put your car in park and get out of the car in the drop off lines. If your child needs assistance getting out of a car seat or unbuckling, please park in the lot, help your child get out, and walk him or her to the building.



POLICY FOR SPORTS ON SNOW DAYS

With wintry weather around the corner, just a reminder that on days when school is closed due to the weather, sports practices are also cancelled.



REMINDER! ONLY SCHOOL-APPROVED UNIFORM SWEATSHIRTS MAY BE WORN

As the weather turns colder, just a reminder that students in grades 1-8 may wear only school-approved uniform sweatshirts in the classroom. These items may be purchased here.



MASK AND WATER BOTTLE REMINDER

We have had an increasing number of students forgetting to bring masks and water bottles to school. While we do have a supply of both for occasional needs, please be sure your child has these items before leaving home in the morning. Thank you!



PLEASE DO NOT SEND TOYS FROM HOME

Last year with all of the various COVID-related restrictions, we departed from school policy and permitted students to bring toys from home to play with during recess. This year, we ask that students do not bring toys from home unless a teacher specifically requests this for a class activity. Your cooperation will help curb the disappointment caused by personal toys going astray on the playground.



ATTENDANCE EMAIL ADDRESS NOW AVAILABLE

We now have two options for reporting student absences:


  1. Call our school attendance line at 330-867-8720, ext. 350, or
  2. Email attendance@st-hilary.org. Although not necessary, you may also email your child's teacher as a courtesy. Please do not email other school staff regarding absences, as our dedicated attendance email inbox is checked each morning, but other emails may not be immediately received.

Whether calling or emailing, please state your child's name, grade, and the reason for the absence, including specific symptoms if due to an illness. If the school has not been notified of the absence by 10 am by either call or email, a call will be made to parents.


Please contact teachers directly regarding requests for homework; however, please understand that requests may not be able to be filled until the next day if the teacher does not see your request until late in the day. Thank you for understanding that our teachers' first priority during the day is teaching.



GOING FAST! DON'T MISS OUT!

ONLY 11 CRYSTAL COMMEMORATIVES LEFT!

ONLY 11 Crystal Commemoratives are remaining to fill the window in the Horning Hall alcove! All of the 12" x 12" crystals are SOLD OUT, and very few of the two other sizes remain! There are 3 – 12" x 6" crystals available for $5,000 each and 8 – 6" x 6" crystals available for $2,500 each. Crystals can be paid for over 5 years. These beautiful etched glass panels support the St. Hilary School Endowment Fund and are a great way to honor a special person or occasion or memorialize your family's name as part of the St. Hilary community. Crystals are going fast so don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this lasting legacy. Contact St. Hilary Parish Foundation Development Director Diane Sarkis at 330-608-4787 d.sarkis@sthilaryfoundation.org for more information.



TIME TO ORDER 2021-2022 YEARBOOKS

Ordering is now open for our 2021-2022 school yearbook! This beautiful full-color book is available in a soft cover format for $25 or a hard cover format for $30. All ordering must be done directly through Lifetouch at ybpay.lifetouch.com. The order code is 3685722. The deadline to order is May 27, 2022. Please keep a record of your order - the school has no access to or record of orders.



DAILY LOGISTICS TO NOTE

  • If your child will be absent, tardy or picked up early for any reason, please call the school office at 330-867-8720 to report this. You may speak with a secretary during school hours or leave a message on the attendance line 24/7. Absences must be reported to the school office by 9:30 am on the day of the absence. We are required by law to follow up with families who do not do so. You may also notify teachers and Latchkey as a courtesy. It is not necessary to email other school staff.


  • If a student needs to be picked up for an appointment or is ill and being picked up to go home, please pull up to the Moorfield Road door, call the school office at 330-867-8720, and your child will be signed out with your permission and released to your car under staff supervision.


  • Students who are ill may not return to school until they are symptom free for a full 48 hours (2 days) without fever reducing medication OR they have a negative COVID-19 test (must provide test results) OR they have a note from the attending physician stating that symptoms are not the result of COVID-19. There is no incentive to come to school when ill. The perfect attendance award has been eliminated. The policy on excessive absence will be reviewed and applied on a case-by-case basis during the duration of COVID-19.


  • The drop off bins have been relocated to the Moorfield Road side of the building to allow 24/7 access. If a lunch or other forgotten item needs to be dropped off to a student in a time-sensitive manner, please call the school office at 330-867-8720 or ring the bell at the Moorfield entrance door, let the secretaries know what you are dropping off and for whom, and leave the item – clearly labeled with the student’s name and room number or teacher – in the drop-off bin. A staff member will retrieve the item and get it to the student.


  • Parents and visitors will have very limited access to the school building and every effort will be made to conduct business in a contact-free / virtual manner when possible. Masks are required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status.



MASKS REQUIRED AT SCHOOL MASSES

Parents and grandparents of students participating in school Masses may attend Mass in person. Masks are required at all school Masses regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation.



FUNDRAISERS

Acme Community Cash Back and Box Tops for Education benefit our school every time you shop or purchase qualifying products. Please click here for more information.



VERIFY & UPDATE ONE CALL NOW INFORMATION VIA SELF-UPDATE PORTAL

As the new year begins, please make sure we have your current telephone number(s) and email address(es) in our One Call Now database. Doing so will ensure you receive the latest mass email updates, as well as phone calls in the event of snow days or school emergencies.

New families: Please make sure you have returned the yellow One Call Now form contained in your child’s acceptance packet so your One Call Now account can be set up.

Returning families and new families who have returned yellow One Call Now forms: Please click the My School button at the top right corner of the school website, login, and click the One Call Now link to be directed to our new One Call Now Self-Update Portal. Click the green SIGN UP button as a first-time user to create your login for the secure portal. Users will be able to view only their own information. Follow the prompts to verify and update your information as needed. Please retain your login information so you can return to the portal and simply login to make any necessary future updates.

Please contact Mrs. Smith at msmith@st-hilary.org with questions.



REMINDER: "TEACHER REQUESTS" NOT PERMITTED

As student registration for 2022-2023 approaches, we are beginning to receive questions about "teacher requests". Please be reminded of the following information that was announced August 1:


"TEACHER REQUESTS" COME TO AN END

Under previous leadership, information began to be published at re-registration time each year to clarify the manner and deadline to make concerns known regarding class placement that may affect student learning needs. Such concerns were to be communicated in writing to teachers by March 1 each year. Over the years, parents began to interpret this yearly notification as an invitation to request particular teachers for students. As leadership changed and we moved together through the COVID pandemic, every attempt was made to accommodate families' needs when special requests were made due to the challenging times we were all experiencing. However, we have been inundated with requests for months, continuing into the summer, and we simply cannot continue to accommodate requests if we are to achieve properly balanced classes. While some concerns shared have been valid, requests have been coming in for reasons such as "I've heard great things about teacher X", or "All my other children had teacher X", or, in many cases, for no reason at all. Requests have been received not just from parents, but from aunts, grandparents and other well-meaning relatives and friends. Therefore, as we return to normal, we also need to end what was never intended to be license for parents to request particular teachers for their children. In other words, "teacher requests" have come to an end.


KEEP LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN

Instead, we encourage every parent to have open and ongoing dialogue with his or her child's teacher about the child's needs beginning at the start of the school year. Things that can and should be shared with teachers include concerns about the child's learning or social-emotional well-being, as well as changes in the family situation, illness in the family, and similar matters. We want to clarify that this dialogue should be between the teacher and the parent, not other family members or friends. In reality, children spend more time interacting with their teachers and classmates than with their own parents during the school year, so our teachers get to know your children quite well. Teachers are generally very good judges of your children's personalities, learning styles / needs, peer relationships, and more, and they work hard to make sure all of those factors are considered when placing students in classes for each subsequent year. If you have kept the lines of communication open with your child's teacher throughout the school year, there should be no doubt in the teacher's mind about which placement will be best for your child for the coming year. Teachers begin creating classes in the spring; hence, the previously communicated March 1 deadline. Please do not wait until the spring to begin a conversation with your child's teacher about a situation you feel may impact your child's learning.


MANY FACTORS AFFECT CLASS PLACEMENT

We realize how important it is to you that your child be placed in a classroom setting that will be the best fit for him or her. This is our priority as well, as it is for each of the more than 500 students we educate each year. When class lists are created, your child is one piece of a much larger puzzle with many factors that must be considered to ensure the best placement for every child. These dynamics control which students can be together, which students should not be together, and which students need to be with which teachers. There are a myriad of reasons behind each and every decision that goes into creating each class. We are blessed to have three classes in every grade level, which allows us greater leeway in creating balanced classes that aim to foster the spiritual, academic and social-emotional growth of every student. Additionally, our administration monitors the "big picture" to ensure that every angle is considered as classes are created. However, it has been challenging for us to work around the overwhelming number of requests while still weighing every other factor that must be considered in creating classes that work for every student and teacher. We need you to trust us, as educators, to do our jobs and make the best possible decisions for your children.


EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

We understand that there may be times when extenuating circumstances create a situation for your family that you did not expect and that may significantly affect your child's learning needs. Please share that with us if it happens, and we will do our best to work with you.

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COVID-19 Central

COVID-19 REPORTING FORM

Please click here for easy access to our COVID-19 reporting form.



COVID-19 DASHBOARD & REPORTING

Please click here to view our COVID-19 Dashboard.

Beginning the week of January 10, we will report the total number of student and staff COVID-19-positive cases for the week each Friday. We will no longer break down the cases by grade level as affected families are notified individually.



UPDATE! NEW ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 5

Effective January 5, 2022 we will follow the following protocols:


  • ISOLATION FOLLOWING POSITIVE TEST: Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for 5 full days from the date of their positive test. If asymptomatic on day 5, these individuals may return to school on day 6 from the positive test and must wear a mask at all times for 5 days upon return. While we are requiring masks for all students and staff through February 4, the 5-day mask requirement for positive individuals returning to school would include settings in which being unmasked is normally permitted. You may have also heard that the CDC is considering adding a testing requirement for these individuals on day 5, but at this time, this requirement is not in place.

  • QUARANTINE FOLLOWING UNVACCINATED EXPOSURE: Students and staff who are unvaccinated and exposed to a COVID-19-positive individual must quarantine for 5 full days from the last date of exposure to the positive individual. These individuals must complete a proctored test on the 5th day following exposure and may return to school on day 6 following exposure if the test result is negative. These individuals must wear a mask at all times for 5 days upon return. While we are requiring masks for all students and staff through February 4, the 5-day mask requirement for exposed unvaccinated individuals returning to school would include settings in which being unmasked is normally permitted.

  • QUARANTINE FOLLOWING VACCINATED EXPOSURE: Students and staff who are fully vaccinated and exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual may return to school immediately without needing to quarantine. These individuals must wear a mask at all times for 10 days upon return. These individuals must also complete a proctored test on the 5th day following exposure and may remain at school if the test result is negative. While we are requiring masks for all students and staff through February 4, the 10-day mask requirement for exposed vaccinated individuals returning to school would include settings in which being unmasked is normally permitted.

  • NEW COVID REPORTING FORM: In order to assist us in the additional tracking and contact tracing that will be required of us to ensure that the guidelines are followed accurately, if your child tests positive or is exposed to a positive individual, you will be asked to complete this form immediately upon learning of the positive test result or exposure. You must still contact Mrs. Woodman immediately at jwoodman@st-hilary.org, as well.

  • 48-HOURS SYMPTOM-FREE POLICY: Our 48-hours symptom-free policy remains in place for all other symptoms. As a reminder, this means that your child cannot return to school until a full 48 hours have passed from the last evidence of symptoms, NOT from the start of symptoms.


To further assist you, please see the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) flow chart below.



UPDATE! MASK REQUIREMENT EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 4

All St. Hilary School students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to continue to wear masks through February 4. Conditions will again be re-evaluated prior to February 4. Please make sure your child has enough masks to wear a clean mask each day. During warm, humid weather, you may want to send several masks in case your child needs to change during the day. A spare mask should be kept in the student’s backpack at all times. Please make sure your child’s name is on each mask either with a Sharpie or with labeling tape that won’t wash or wear off. The school will provide a face shield for each student in grades K-2 and by individual request in other grades. It is the responsibility of parents to provide face masks. Lanyards will be available to help contain masks while eating or drinking.



COVID-19 TEST KITS & DRIVE-THRU TESTING AVAILABLE

In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 activity in our school community, we want to remind you that we have a limited supply of proctored "at-home" COVID-19 test kits available in our school clinic. Kits can be obtained by contacting either of our school nurses, Mrs. Bauman at jbauman@st-hilary.org or Mrs. Laughlin at alaughlin@st-hilary.org. Additionally, test kits are available through Summit County Public Health, which is currently offering up to 4 kits per request. Local public libraries in Summit County also have test kits available on a call-ahead basis. Finally, Akron Children's Hospital is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing by appointment. Click here to learn more.



STUDENTS MOVING TO DISTANCE LEARNING OVER THE WEEKEND

Parents, if you contact us between Friday evening and Monday morning with news that will require your child to move to distance learning, please understand that materials will not be ready to make this change until 3:30 pm on Tuesday. Thank you for your understanding of the time needed for teachers to prepare materials while also teaching classes.



DIOCESAN STATEMENT ON MASKS

On August 20, the Diocese of Cleveland issued a statement strongly recommending masks in its Catholic schools. Click here to read the statement.



DID YOU KNOW?...

  • If there is a COVID-19 related situation in your household at any time, you must notify Mrs. Woodman ASAP at jwoodman@st-hilary.org to help determine next steps for your child. This includes your child being exposed, your child having symptoms, your child being tested, your child testing positive, a member of your household being exposed, a member of your household having symptoms, a member of your household being tested, or a member of your household testing positive. Your cooperation is imperative.


  • Students who need to participate in distance learning while quarantining or isolating at home for five days or more must allow 24 hours for set-up , including preparation of materials that will be necessary to learn from home.


  • Under the CDC guidelines, students exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom setting who consistently wear a mask at school do not need to quarantine.



IMPORTANT TIPS FOR RETURNING TO SCHOOL DURING COVID-19

Below are some tips for families as we return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Things to have at home:

  • Thermometer for daily temperature checks
  • Working printer and paper in the event of distance learning


Things to bring each day:

  • Individual snack (birthday and other treats must be factory sealed or from a bakery - nothing home made)
  • Water bottle - disposable or refillable (we have bottle filler fountains)
  • Extra mask(s)


What to wear to school:

  • Gym uniform if gym day - students will stay in gym clothes all day
  • Velcro shoes for kindergarteners / first graders if unable to tie shoes


Additional information can be found on our COVID-19 webpage and in our School Handbook COVID-19 Appendix.

NEW ISLOATION AND QUARANTINE FLOWCHART

This ODH Flowchart contains new isolation and quarantine guidelines issued by the CDC 12/27/21 and adopted at St. Hilary School 1/5/22.

Archives

Click here for 2021-2022 Back-to-School Forms


Click here and here for important Back-to-School information, including arrival and dismissal procedures, the Kindergarten opening schedule, and more


Click here for information about our drop-off and pick-up procedures (note exception for Kindergarteners as shown on opening schedule)


Click here for the 2021-2022 School Handbook and Amendments, including important health and safety information, school policies and procedures, and more

About Us

Our mission is to keep Christ at the center of all that we do. In solidarity with our parish and school community, we will inspire our students through inclusive, innovative, and challenging academic and spiritual experiences, to be leaders capable of making a positive change in the world.


The Admission Policy of St. Hilary School is in accordance with the student acceptance regulations of the Diocese of Cleveland. St. Hilary School admits qualified students of any gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.