St. Anne School Newsletter

May 15, 2020

A Note from the Principal

Dear St. Anne Families,

This newsletter is coming to everyone a few days later than usual. There is a great deal of information regarding our end of the year. Please read it over carefully so you do not miss out on what is happening in the coming weeks. Thank you.

Plans are being made for our last week of school. The teachers and the Student Council are preparing an activity for each of the final four days of school. Bingo is our Tuesday activity. Wednesday there will be a Scavenger Hunt. Thursday we will hold a school-wide Prayer Service. On our final day, June 5, we will be bringing the entire school together for a "moving up to the next grade" ceremony. More information will be in our Newsletter next week. Be sure to look for it.

THANK YOU TO OUR RETIRING TEACHERS

With the close of this year, we will have a number of teachers retiring after many years of service to our students, families and school. I know you will join me as we extend our sincere thanks to each of these outstanding educators and wish them good health and happiness as they begin their new journey. God bless them for all of their dedicated years of service. I have attached the announcement letter below.

RETURNING RE-REGISTRATION FORMS

On Sunday, May 3, re-registration forms for next school year were emailed to all families. Realizing that everyone is operating at different speeds these days, we know that many parents have not gotten their registration in by today, which was our original deadline. Please make every attempt to get the form and fee in the mail as soon as possible. If you are going to be delayed, please email Mrs. Finnegan (finnegan@stanne.com) and let her know so we can include your child in our next year's roster. Thank you.

MSP GRADING PORTAL WILL BE CLOSING MONDAY NIGHT, MAY 18

The MSP Parent Portal will be closing Monday night and remain closed for the remainder of the year. If you haven't checked your child's grades recently, be sure to login over the weekend.

TEXTBOOK DROP-OFF / RETURN

When our students left their classrooms in mid-March, they took their school textbooks with them in order to continue their studies at home. Now that the year is concluding, we need to get those textbooks back and ready to distribute to our students for next year. I am setting up a drop off system over two days, June 10 and 11, where specific grades will be allowed to come at a designated time block and drop off their child(ren)'s textbooks. Parents are to drive into the yard from Irving Street and proceed over to a grade-specific location and drop off their bagged textbooks. Each grade location will be clearly marked with a sign posted on the fence or walls around the school yard. If a child has left PERSONAL items in his/her classroom desk, those items will be at that same location with the child's name for the parent to pick up. Teachers will be talking to your children about this procedure and the actual date and time for each class' drop off will be shared next week. Please begin to gather up any school textbooks that might be "hanging around" under a desk, sofa, or table as we must have all those texts returned.

SCHOOL CHROMEBOOK RETURN

At the same time that parents will be dropping off school textbooks on their assigned day, I am asking those parents who have borrowed one or two of the school's Chromebooks to please return the Chromebook(s) at that same time. A special location will be designated for that drop off. Please remember to return the Chromebook charger with the Chromebook.

INSTALLATION OF 2020-2021 SAPTO OFFICERS and GRADUATE PARENT NIGHT

Please mark your calendars and join us on Monday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. on a ZOOM for the installation of next year's SAPTO officers and also the acknowledgement of our Graduating Parents whose last child or only child is graduating this year. Although we cannot be together for this event, it will be a great way to see the faces of some old friends. It is also a way to say "Thank You" to our outgoing officers and graduating parents. I hope you and you family will join us for this fun event. PLUS Every parent who attends this Zoom SAPTO meeting will be virtually given a free-dress pass for their child(ren) to use any day between May 26 and June 5. : )

The Zoom link for this event will be given out in next Wednesday's Family Newsletter.

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THESE FUN SITES?

If you are looking for something to interest your child while s/he is on the computer, I would recommend that you go to our school's homepage, click on the Students' Corner, scroll down to Student Resources and look over the new items that Ms. Creedon has added to the list. Your child can register for coding or keyboarding. Additionally, you will find that there are different sites which will take your child on Virtual Tours, Live Animal Web Cams, as well as many other fun activities and games. If your child loves music, go to the music site and click on "Chrome Music Experiments." They are a composer in no time!! There are a lot of fun things to explore...Enjoy! Thanks, Ms. Creedon, for gathering that information and putting it up on our site.

SHOW US WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Thanks to the students and parents who have shared pictures for our Distance Learning activities site. I invite everyone to take a look and share pictures of whatever you are doing. To view the page, you must be logged into your child's Google account.

https://sites.google.com/stanne.com/distance-learning-pictures/home

AGREE OR DISAGREE...LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

All San Francisco principals received this information from the Archdiocese. We were asked to pass it along to our parents so you can express your opinion to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors. This proposal was put forth by Richmond District Supervisor Sandra Fewer to put homeless encampments in Golden Gate Park. I, personally, do not think that officially sanctioning homeless encampments in Golden Gate Park is a good idea. Dianne Feinstein is opposed to this policy and has written a letter opposing it.. Please see opinions and thoughts below.


This is a link to a column by CW Nevius and a Next Door post with all the information including contact information for elected officials.


Nevius:

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/HERE-S-THE-REAL-PROBLEM-IN-GOLDEN-GATE-PARK-2579670.php


Sandra Fewer (Supervisor Richmond District) is proposing allowing tent encampments in Golden Gate Park. Here's part of her announcement:

"My staff and I have been working to create safe places for those sleeping on our streets, including the hotel rooms and other alternative housing sites the City is currently scaling up. At today's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, I announced that Supervisor Mar and I are working with the City Attorney to explore emergency legislation that would open up suitable public sites, including on land owned by Rec Park, for the purpose of establishing safe sleeping sites.
70% of Golden Gate Park is in our district, and I have identified specific areas which could be perfect for safe sleeping sites. These sites would provide bathrooms and enough room for tents to be spaced out so that residents could have access to the hygiene and social distancing practices necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which is our top priority. Though this is not a permanent solution to homelessness and not as good as a hotel room, it is certainly better than leaving our unhoused folks crowded on our sidewalks. I look forward to exploring this further with Supervisor Mar and the City Attorney and hope to have legislation ready for introduction by next week."

Since Supervisor Fewer's announcement, the legislation has been drafted and is pending committee action.
https://sfgov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4454638&GUID=7503A8BE-C933-4799-AE9A-1B839C293D45

What do you think? Let our mayor and our supervisors know your opinion. Phil Ginsburg is the head of Rec & Parks and it would be good if he heard our opinions prior to responding to the Supervisor's legislation.

Email:
MayorLondonBreed@sfgov.org
Phil.Ginsburg@sfgov.org
Gordon.Mar@sfgov.org
Sandra.Fewer@sfgov.org
Norman.Yee@sfgov.org

You can also send a copy of your email to the Clerk for the Board of Supervisors and request that it be included as Public Comment in the record for the next meeting of the full board:

EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION

The decision has been made to recognize our eighth graders on Friday, May 29 with a Zoom graduation exercise. We would like to invite all our families to join us for this event. Information will be coming in next week's newsletter.

SUMMER SCHOOL CANCELED

Due to the uncertainty of how long we will be Sheltering in Place, I am canceling our Summer School Program for this year. Parents who have signed their child(ren) up for the summer program will have their full summer school payment returned. We look forward to offering another opportunity to our summer students to "Reach for the Stars." I apologize for any inconvenience.

SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

As you know, our school's Learning Expectations: Well-rounded Individual, Active Community Member, Lifelong Learner, Christ-centered Individual, are the four pillars which we hope every child will achieve by the time they graduate from our school.

Congratulations to these third quarter students who have been recognized as "Lifelong Learners."

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