CALLED TO BE SAINTS -EVERYDAY HEROES
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
I would like to begin by wishing you all a happy Memorial Day, especially to those of you who have served, or are currently serving in, the US armed Forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day got its start in the period right after the Civil War. Over the years it became a way to honor the sacrifices made by those who served our nation protecting our way of life and our freedom. There is a popular saying that states, “freedom is not free.” We know this to be true not only as Americans, but as Christians. As Christians we also acknowledge and celebrate the fact that our spiritual freedom, our very souls, were won through the sacrifice Jesus made on the Cross.
If this past year has taught us anything, it is the value of sacrifice. We all have had to give more, sacrificing much in the face of all that has transpired. But through it all we have continued to be a people filled with fortitude, perseverance and hope.
Memorial Day has also become, for many, the unofficial start to summer. With only a few days remaining until the start of summer break, I am filled with immense joy as I look back at all that we as a school and faith family have overcome this year! Being a part of this school community has been a true blessing for me and I look forward to the coming school year with great hope at what more we can accomplish!
Have a blessed and enjoyable final week of the school year!
Grade 2 enjoys their onsite field trip
Part of the onsite field trip involved rootbeer floats and bingo
Mr. C sits with Kindergarten students to enjoy a good book
Important information for this last week of school
- 8th Grade Retreat (Onsite)
- Grades 1-3 Awards Ceremony in the Church. There will be limited seating and the event can also be viewed via Zoom (link below).
- 8th Grade Awards @ 10:30am. This event will be held in the Church and is open to 8th grade parents and family. Zoom link below to view the awards.
- 4-7 Awards @ 1:30pm. This event will be held in the Church. Limited seating is available in the in Church. Zoom link to view the awards is below.
- SHS Cleaning Day. Students may wear grub day clothes for cleaning. Also a number of classes will be partaking in games and other end of the year activities.
- MASK FREE - Students will not need to wear masks this last day of school.
- Grub Day - Wear the team color decided on by your class.
- Field Day.
- Pizza lunch sold by grade 7 (needed to be previously ordered) or students may bring their own lunch.
- Closing Spirit Rally and Student Council Officer Induction at approximately 1:15. DISMISSAL at 2:00pm.
- Busing - Cloverleaf WILL provide busing but Wadsworth CANNOT provide busing.
Mask Wearing and Other Safety Protocols for the Last week of school
As has been stated before, we as a school community (parents, teachers and students alike) have done an outstanding job remaining healthy and open in the face of this global pandemic. We have met the challenges head on with a spirit of strength, cooperation and perseverance and in doing so, have found success!
Now, as we enter this last week of school, we wish to remain consistent and vigilant in the procedures and protocols that have led to an extremely successful year in terms of keeping our students safe and secure. While Governor Mike DeWine still plans to lift the masking mandate this coming Tuesday, we feel that finishing out the remaining days of the school year with current protocols and procedures in place will ensure our students remain healthy and safe headed into the summer.
The CDC recommends that schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies for the remainder of the school year. This is primarily due to the fact that the majority of the school population will not be vaccinated. This guidance is also supported by the Diocese of Cleveland’s Office of Education, University Hospitals, Akron Children’s Hospital, Medina County and our own COVID-19 Planning and Response Team members.
Protocols and strategies remaining in effect this week include:
- Students and staff will continue to remain masked while indoors and less than 6 feet Wednesday and Thursday.
- Friday will be a mask free day as we will be outdoors, participating in Field Day activities. Of course, if students wish to wear their masks on Friday, they may do so.
- Students will continue to remain spaced at more than 6 feet at lunch
- Recess will continue to remain mask free while students are actively playing
- Enhanced daily disinfecting procedures will continue
- Contact tracing guidelines will remain in effect
Teachers are also planning a number of other outdoor activities throughout the week that will allow our students to be mask free and properly spaced during those events. While indoors, students will be allowed to remove masks if they are spaced beyond 6 feet.
We understand the desire to move beyond the restrictiveness of the COVID-19 protocols and finish the year in a more traditional manner, but our commitment to our staff and students’ safety is still at the forefront of our decision making!
We thank you for your continued help and support as we head into these final days of the school year!
Zoom Links for Awards this Week
Topic: Grades 1-3 Awards Presentation
Time: Jun 1, 2021 10:15 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 980 1181 9372
Topic: 8th Grade Awards
Time: Jun 2, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 972 9587 4911
Congratulations to our new student council officers
Students step forward to accept the challenge of leadership
President - Dominic Fortunato
Vice President - Alistair Jonke
Secretary - Rebecca Mangan
Treasurer - Chris Miller
Publicity - Michelle Witschey, Justin Eterovich, Leah Gambaccini
We will induct our new student council officers on Friday after field day activities conclude.
Field Day Lunch Ordering
IMPORTANT BUS INFORMATION FOR HIGHLAND AND CLOVERLEAF
COVID-19 Updates and Reminders
Below are some important reminders and updates
Optional Mask Removal at Recess: Students are allowed to remove their masks while actively playing and participating in games at recess. Students may remove their masks once they exit the building for lunch and will put them back on when lining up at the end of recess. Students who wish to sit in close proximity to another student for the duration of recess and who are not actively moving and playing should keep their mask on. Students always have the option to keep their masks on at recess if they choose.
Outside of School Activities, Contact Tracing and Quarantining
As many families resume a more normal set of activities like getting together with friends and family, hosting parties and gatherings and participating in more robust travel, it is important to remember that while many guidelines have been loosened and adapted to reflect the current trend of the pandemic, our State and county imposed quarantining procedures have remained much the same.
A student who partakes in any activity outside of school where they are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will still be required to quarantine from school. Quarantine options include 10 days, returning on the 11th day if no symptoms appear or quarantining 7 days with a negative test given after day 5 and continued monitoring for symptoms.
The Contact Tracing Process: We will continue to follow the contact tracing process established by the State of Ohio and the Medina County Health Department . During the contact tracing process COVID positive individuals will be asked to identify any and all persons they have had close contact with (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of total time) in the 48 hours prior to symptom onset. Those individuals will be notified by the school or the Medina County Health Department and will need to quarantine. In the event of a disputed claim the school will follow the county's guidance and quarantine the identified individuals. Identified individuals can elect to take a COVID test after 5 days and return after 7 days so long as no symptoms exist.
For students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms:
- One low risk symptom - Parent monitors and child returns to school when the symptom clears.
- Two or more low risk symptoms OR one high risk symptom - Child and siblings will remain home until sick child is cleared by doctor. Note from the doctor is required prior to your child returning to school.
Fever of over 100 °F
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Loss of taste/smell
Students who exhibit these symptoms while at school will be isolated and sent home.
We ask parents to be extremely careful with their child attending any large group activities where widespread exposure could occur. We have a number of wonderful events planned through the end of the school year and we would not want to have students miss these important events.
If you have any questions regarding quarantining please contact either our school nurse, Mrs. Fortunato or Mr. Czaplicki.
New Student Referral Form
If you have any questions related to the program please contact Mrs. Mary Gegick at 330-336-3049 ext. 2006.