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Principal Notes ~ October 26, 2020

Principal's Desk

Students looked wonderful for our fall picture days!

This week we had our first Chat with the Principal. I was joined by about 10 families and we were able to talk about the status of the school year. It is my hope that Chat with the Principal will be held monthly. At this time the meeting will be virtual through Google Hangouts. STMM also hosted our Recess Volunteer Meeting to review the guidelines for volunteering for outside recess.

As a reminder, we will need to make a change to our arrival procedures. Starting Monday, November 2, 2020 student temperatures will be taken directly at the vehicles. There will be two car lines: 1) the normal car line at the top of the stairs and 2) an additional car line will be added to the bottom of the stairs. Students and families will not be permitted to walk up to have temperatures taken. Temperatures taken at the vehicles will give a more accurate reading during the colder weather. Thank you in advance for making the adjustment.

In Faith,

Brenna L. O'Hearn


Spirit Wear Reminder

Wednesday, October 28 is Spirit Wear Day. Please be sure to follow the guidelines found in the handbook.


Halloween is an exciting time at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School. We would be preparing for our Annual Halloween Fun Fair and 8th Grade Haunted House. Unfortunately, we will not be having these events but we will still be having other fun and exciting activities for our students.

Orange and Black Day (Thursday, October 29): Students are invited to get in the Halloween spirit and wear orange and black. Students can also wear Halloween t-shirts, however, the t-shirts must be appropriate for STMM. Students should follow the out of uniform guidelines (see picture day for more details). Students in grades K-8 will not be permitted to wear costumes.

Pumpkin Contest (Thursday, October 29): See below for additional information.

Halloween Classroom Celebrations (Friday, October 30): All grade levels will be celebrating Halloween with a classroom celebration/party. Students must be in uniform this day and costumes will not be permitted.

Pumpkin Contest

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 9pm

This is an online event.

Students in grades Preschool - 7th grade can participate in our Annual Pumpkin Contest.


1. Students in Preschool – 7th grade may enter the contest.

2. Pumpkins must be smaller than a basketball.

3. Pumpkins cannot be carved, cut, or sliced in any way.

4. Pumpkins must be a creation of the student.

5. A completed entry form must accompany the pumpkin to school with the student on the day of the contest.


1. Students must be able to carry his/her own pumpkin into the school building.

2. Parents will not be permitted in the school to assist with carrying the pumpkins to the classroom.

3. Pumpkins will need to be transported in a plastic or brown paper bag to school.

4. Pumpkins will be returned to each child by the end of the school day (Friday, October 30, 2020).

All Saints Day Parade

Friday, Oct. 30th, 10:30am

This is an online event.

Students in grades kindergarten - 2nd grade will participate in the All Saints Day Parade. The parade will be live-streamed through Facebook Live.

COVID-19 Update/Remote Learners

St. Margaret Mary remains ever so diligent in the safety of our staff and students. As things change and updates are given by IDPH or the McHenry County Health Department we will make adjustments at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School.

Updates and Reminders:

Rapid Tests: Per IDPH and the Health Department negative rapid tests are no longer valid testings means for the school. Students and staff being tested for COVD-19 must have an RT-PCR test. The RT-PCR test takes between 3-5 days. When you are waiting for results all family members must remain home and quarantined. If any person in your household is taking a COVID-19 test for any reason, all members in the household must remain out of school until the results of the test are received and notice is given to the school.

Close Contact Exposure: If a family member has been exposed to COVID-19 or identified as close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, the entire family must quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. You will need to contact the school office and let them know your family was exposed to COVID-19. At that time, your children will be transitioned to remote learners.

Remote Learners: The remote learning option is available to students that will be out of school for an extended period of time due to COVID-19 or illness. Students will not be put into remote learning for appointments or vacations. If your child will be out for an extended period of time you will need to contact Mrs. O'Hearn, additional information will be given to the family of the remote learner at that time. Students will be placed in remote learning within 24 hours of the notice.

Student Illness: If your child is feeling unwell, he or she should stay home and you should contact the school office directly. Please do not email the office. You will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. These questions will help determine the next course of action. If it is determined that your child should see a doctor or have a COVIS-19 test, all siblings will remain out of school until there is a test result or a doctor's note to return. Students will need to stay home for 48 hours from the onset of any sickness and 72 hours for a fever. Once a student is symptom-free he/she may return to school, if a COVID-19 test or doctor's note was not required.