Week of August 15, 2022
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A Message From Mrs. Woodman
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We have so much to be excited about! For starters, our enrollment is strong! We will begin the school year with an enrollment higher than we ended last year, welcoming over 525 students to learn with us each day! Almost all of our staff is returning, too, and we are happy to welcome a few new faces to join us. Probably the most noticeable new thing this school year will be the bright, fresh paint throughout our building and the complete overhaul of our junior high classrooms, including new lighting, carpet, paint, lockers, and seating! These improvements were made possible by your charitable financial support through WeGiveCatholic 2021, Celebration 2022, and other fundraisers during the year. Thank you!
Also new this year is our Digital Academy platform that will be a one-stop portal for all of your school-related needs. You will be able to access grades and assignments, order lunches, register for Latchkey, complete school forms, and much more with just one login, all in one place. Digital Academy will also be sending each parent an email every Saturday with an update on all pertinent information for his or her child. It is our hope that you find these updates, and the information in Digital Academy in general, to be helpful in monitoring your child's progress. Having said that, you can monitor your child's progress only if you log into the site, and we will be tracking that activity. We look forward to sharing this new platform with you beginning this school year.
Schools in general have faced some tough times in the past few years, and ours has been no exception. COVID-19 and its many ramifications, staffing shortages, school safety issues, and more have threatened to impede the business of educating children. We have stayed strong, though, and we expect nothing less as we move into a new school year. Please know that in all we do and in every decision we make, we have the best interests of your child and every St. Hilary School student at heart. We know there will be decisions we will have to make during the course of this year that not everyone will agree with. We know there will be questions that will arise. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns as best we can. All we ask is that you show us the same degree of politeness and respect when communicating with us as you would expect of us. We will be able to work together much better if we start from a point of kindness and respect.
To that end, we have implemented a new Parents as Partners Code of Conduct that will be the driving force behind all actions and interactions in our school community. This code was shared with all parents via email on August 1, but if you missed it, please click here to read it. All parents will be expected to abide by this code. The code has been established to foster the partnership between parents and the school, as well as among parents themselves, and is grounded in respectful actions and interactions that align with our school mission. Please note that behavior that undermines our mission will not be tolerated and violations of the code may cause a family to be removed from the school. We trust that all of you will be true partners with us and with each other so that none of you will find yourselves in that situation.
Additionally, we all need to continue to be cheerleaders for our school, for one another, and especially for our students. We need you to be positive in your interactions with your children and on social media. Your support is vital. We are aware that there are many social and cultural issues at the forefront right now, and divisiveness is at a heightened level due to current events in our world and right here in our own community. While our teachers may discuss current events in factual terms as appropriate during lessons, we will not engage in opinionated rhetoric related to any such issue in our school. We ask that you support us in reinforcing this with your children at home.
Mrs. Alexander and I are excited to begin our fifth year as your administrative team. As St. Hilary School alumni, we are incredibly proud to continue serving the school we once attended. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with you and your children. Together with our dedicated staff and you, our amazing school families, we hope to continue our school's long tradition of excellence as we maintain and challenge our high standards for the future while keeping Christ at the center of all that we do.
Thank you for entrusting your children to us. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, we look forward to partnering with you to make this a successful school year!
Need To Know Now
Click here for the School Faculty & Staff Directory
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 latest COVID-19 information and related school policies
Click here for the 2022-2023 School Calendar, revised August 15
Click here for the 2022-2023 Dress Code
Click here for the 2022-2023 School Handbook
Click here for the Parents as Partners Code of Conduct
Hot Off The Press
WELCOME NEW FACULTY AND STAFF
We have some staffing changes for the 2022-2023 school year:
- Mrs. Alexander will continue as our assistant principal in a part-time capacity, but will now be in the building on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Please remember that you can always email Mrs. Alexander on her days away, too!
- Mrs. Hamlin will join Miss Malick as a secretary in the school office. Mrs. Hamlin has served as a classroom and one-on-one assistant for many years, but we look forward to having her work with us in this new position.
- Mrs. Smith will move to the administrative office area in a new role as administrative assistant. She will actually continue to do much of the same work she always has, but will be more accessible to the administrative team now, as well as to our intervention team for the extensive clerical support she provides in that area.
- New to our staff will be Mr. John Conner, our Director of Social Emotional Wellness. (You will hear more about this new position at our Currriculum Nights on September 7 and 8, but for now, know that some of Mr. Conner's duties will be facilitating positive student mindsets, behaviors and interactions.) Mr. Conner comes to us from Old Trail School, where he has been a physical education teacher alongside numerous other roles. His administrative licensure will also allow him to serve as a support to Mrs. Woodman and Mrs. Alexander in an as-needed administrative capacity, as well.
- Two new faces in the intervention area are actually veteran members of our faculty and staff. Mrs. Morrocco will be joining the intervention team as a tutor, as well as managing student data and coordinating RTI meetings. Mrs. Schiavoni will be serving as an intervention specialist to fill the position vacated by Mr. Drought in January. In addition, Miss Emma Chartier has been hired as an educational aide and Miss Molly Norris will be working as an occupational therapy assistant.
- We have quite a few new teachers and teaching assistants this year. Starting with kindergarten and working our way up, please help us welcome Mrs. Melissa Beck, who will join Mrs. Olack to assist Miss Bennett. Ms. Stanley will also be joining Mrs. Keller to assist in Miss Faetanini's room. (Mrs. Olack will be reducing her days in the building, and Mrs. Kwieciak has decided not to return as a teaching assistant.)
- Moving on to first grade, Mrs. Shannon Walsh has been hired to teach along with Mrs. Monea and Mrs. Walters. Mrs. Walsh comes to us from St. Vincent Elementary School and we look forward to having her join our first grade team!
- Also new to the first grade team will be Mrs. Francesca Chase, who will join Mrs. Kaut in assisting Mrs. Walsh, and Mrs. Brittany Root who will join Ms. Stanley to assist Mrs. Walters. (Mrs. Houser, Mrs. Kohrs and Mrs. Winkelmann have decided not to return as teaching assistants.)
- Moving to our intermediate area, Mrs. Joy Quernemoen has been hired to teach third grade alongside Mrs. Starkey and Mrs. Salamone. Mrs. Quernemoen was one of our building substitute teachers this past school year, and we are excited to have her join us in this new role!
- Some restructuring in grades 6, 7 and 8 will include three new teachers and a few returning teachers shifting subjects and grade levels. Mrs. Lisa Cingel will join our faculty to teach sixth grade ELA. Mrs. Cingel comes to us from Sacred Heart of Jesus School. Joining us from St. Joseph School is Miss Megan Fearon. Miss Fearon has been hired to teach seventh grade religion and sixth grade science. Mrs. Joanna Miller will join the junior high team to teach seventh and eighth grade science. Mrs. Miller previously taught at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
- Teaching the remaining sixth, seventh and eighth grade subjects will be Miss Buzzi, teaching sixth and seventh grade social studies; Mr. Dougherty, teaching sixth grade math and religion; Mrs. Bennett, teaching seventh and eighth grade math; Mr. Gadus, teaching seventh grade ELA; Mrs. Osborne, teaching eighth grade ELA; and Mr. Sherry, teaching eighth grade religion and social studies. We are very excited about our new sixth, seventh and eighth grade team!
- Mrs. Kelly Gupta will head up our media center along with Mrs. Weber, who will work 3 days per week, and Mrs. Orr, who will work 2 days per week. Mrs. Gupta comes to us from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and St. Sebastian School prior to that, and Mrs. Orr assisted in our media center following Mrs. Slanina's departure last spring.
- Miss Bailey Puhalsky has been hired as our "building substitute teacher", meaning that she will be our first call in the event a teacher becomes ill.
- And last but not least, we happily welcome back Mrs. Ann Welty as our lunchroom supervisor! Mrs. Welty kept our lunchtime running smoothly pre-Covid, and we look forward to having her back with us!
Thank you for making all of these staff members feel welcome in their new positions!
SCHOOL OFFICE NOW OPEN
The school office has re-opened for the 2022-2023 school year.
CLASS LISTS NOW AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL ACADEMY
Class lists are now available in Digital Academy.
To view Class Lists:
- From the mobile site: Click Classes & Assignments on the bottom menu bar
- From the desktop site: Click Classes from the left navigation menu
If your child's name does not appear on a class list, please contact the school office. Please note that any classes or other information you may see listed for your child is still in progress and may not reflect final information. Please disregard any information other than homeroom information at this time.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL FORMS NOW AVAILABLE IN DIGITAL ACADEMY
Back-to-school forms are now available in Digital Academy. All forms must be completed by August 22 for your child to begin school on August 29. PLEASE CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO PROPERLY COMPLETE YOUR FORMS. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND ENSURE THAT YOU ENTER INFORMATION COMPLETELY AND ACCURATELY.
- Click here to access the 2022-2023 back-to-school forms.
- LOGIN with the DIGITAL ACADEMY ACCOUNT that was sent to you via a "Welcome email" in May (or resent to you in August if you requested this). If you cannot find the welcome e-mail, please contact the school. If you cannot remember your password, please click “Forgot Password” on the Login Page.
- On the page that shows your children’s names, check all of your children who are attending St. Hilary School in 2022-2023 and press CONTINUE. If you do not see a child listed, please contact the school.
- Press CONTINUE on each page to move between pages. You will not be able to move to a new page until all required information is filled out on the current page. If a field is required and you do not know or have the information, please type N/A or Unknown.
- Some pages require a signature. Please sign by typing your name and selecting today’s date.
- Please go all the way to the end and press SUBMIT. You will receive an e-mail confirmation. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, please make sure that you clicked “Submit” on the final page.
- You can save and come back to finish the forms at any time. Simply click Save & Close. Go to https://auth.digitalacademy.org and there will be a reminder to finish the form in the upper left corner of your home page in the section titled “Needs Attention”. Click the link to continue working on your form.
- If you have any questions, please contact the school office. If you cannot access the forms or for technical support, contact the Digital Academy by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 833-222-3359 during normal business hours.
LATCHKEY REGISTRATION COMING SOON IN DIGITAL ACADEMY
Registration for the Latchkey before- and after-school care program will be open soon in Digital Academy. Please watch for a separate email with instructions. YOU MUST COMPLETE BACK-TO-SCHOOL FORMS (SEE ABOVE) PRIOR TO COMPLETING LATCHKEY REGISTRATION. Complete information about the Latchkey program can be found here. Please contact Latchkey Director Mrs. Marissa Melton at email@example.com with questions.
UPDATED 2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Our 2022-2023 school calendar has been revised effective August 15 to include the complete Kindergarten opening schedule and other updates. Click here to view the calendar.
FIRST DAY AUGUST 29
Our first day of school will be August 29. In the interest of school safety, parents / caregivers will not be permitted inside the building. For new students in grades 1-8, or returning students who will be going to a different part of the building this year, we have a team of helpers who will be waiting just inside the door for the first week of school to assist students with finding their way to their classrooms and anything else they may need. Once they arrive at their classrooms, each of our new students will be welcomed by a class buddy! Please see Kindergarten-specific information below.
As we always do at this time of year, we are beginning to receive questions concerning the school dress code. As a reminder, the dress code guidelines for all clothing, shoes and accessories are contained in the family handbook*, and can be found here. These dress code guidelines will be enforced, and your cooperation in following them is appreciated. Should you have questions about school uniform items or shoes being in compliance with our dress code, please contact Mrs. Alexander, Assistant Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For new uniform items, please contact Michelle Wolski at email@example.com. We also have gently worn uniform items available for free through our Recycled Uniforms program. To request any plaid items (jumpers, skirts, skorts), polo shirts, blouses, and/or sweaters contact Jen Warmus at 216-308-0630 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To request pants, shorts (navy and khaki), sweatshirts, gym uniforms (shirts and black shorts) contact Ronda Powers, 330-590-0128 or email@example.com.
*The 2022-2023 dress code was emailed to returning school families last spring and included in acceptance packets for new families.
The Diocese of Cleveland Curriculum Guides are available here.
The complete family handbook for 2022-2023 is available here on the school website.
Please take note of the following policies/procedures:
We will revert to our original 24-hour-symptom-free policy for students returning to school following an illness. This means that a full 24 hours must elapse from the last symptom, not 24 hours from when the symptoms began, before a student may return to school.
Our absence policy has been updated to reflect greater detail about how absences will be addressed. Please note that parents of students absent 20 or more days per semester will be required to have a conference with administration. Please refer to page 3 of the school handbook for details.
Families using the playground outside of school hours are expected to follow the same rules in effect during the school day. Children must be actively supervised by an adult who is present on the playground - not waiting in a car - at all times. We ask that you be respectful of our equipment and the rules we follow at school during the day. Running up the slide is not permitted, and older students are not permitted on the bridge. Your cooperation in following these rules will help us to maintain consistency in playground expectations.
School rules also apply to the Latchkey program, as this program is an extension of the school day. Please refer to page 18 of the handbook.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS CODE OF CONDUCT
We have implemented a new Parents as Partners Code of Conduct that will guide all actions and interactions in our school community. You can read the Parents as Partners Code of Conduct here. All parents will be expected to abide by this code. The code has been established to foster the partnership between parents and the school, as well as among parents themselves, and is grounded in respectful actions and interactions that align with our school mission. Please note that behavior that undermines our mission will not be tolerated and violations of the code may cause a family to be removed from the school. We trust that all of you will be true partners with us and with each other so that none of you will find yourselves in that situation.
COMING SOON TO A SCHOOL NEAR YOU!
We are excited to offer something new this year - Parents' Nights Out! These evening events will feature an opportunity to socialize with other parents from your child's grade level over adult beverages and snacks, as well as discussion about a topic or topics of interest. Please watch for more information as planning takes shape!
Mass emails containing school news will be sent on Monday mornings when school is in session. Information to be included in these emails must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:00 p.m. on Friday for the following Monday. The first regular mass email update will be sent August 29. Information to be included in this email must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on August 26.
DAILY SCHEDULE AND STUDENT SCHEDULES
Our daily schedule, including grade level lunch and recess periods, can be found here. Student class schedules for grades 5-8 will be available in Digital Academy shortly before the start of the school year.
With the move to Digital Academy, we will no longer publish a compiled school directory. Directory information will be available on Digital Academy. Please watch for additional information.
DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP ITEMS
The drop-off and pick-up bins are located on 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. Items you may need to pick up can be left for you in the pick-up bin.
NEW ANGEL SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS WIN-WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITY!
The new Angel Scholarship established by the Catholic Community Foundation offers a win-win-win opportunity for taxpayers, scholarship recipients, and our school! Click here and see the infographic below to learn how you can turn your taxes into tuition!
ASBESTOS COMPLIANCE NOTICE
Federal law requires all schools to inspect their buildings for asbestos containing materials and to develop management plans for those materials found. Our school has completed this inspection/management plan and has submitted a copy to the Ohio Department of Health. This asbestos inspection/ management plan is available for review, by appointment, during regular business hours. Please know that we are making every effort to comply with all laws and regulations pertaining to asbestos and the safety of our children.
ARRIVAL, DISMISSAL, LATCHKEY, AND BUSING
PLEASE SHARE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WITH CAREGIVERS!
Please note: We are a cell phone-free campus during drop-off and pick-up. For the safety of the children, please refrain from using your phone during this time.
- Students not attending morning Latchkey should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m. Families using Latchkey pay for this service. Supervision for all other students is not available until 8:00 am.
- Our tardy bell rings and homeroom period begins at 8:25 a.m. Students arriving after 8:25 am will be marked tardy.
- Students will report directly to classrooms upon arrival.
- Please help your child prepare for the school day in a stress-free manner by ensuring that he or she arrives at school by 8:25 a.m. each day.
Traffic Safety Logistics for Morning Arrival:
On Both Sides:
- 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.
- Please pull up to the sign at the end of the drop-off area. This allows more cars to stop between the two signs. Three to four cars can fit in the drop-off zone. All cars that fit within the zone between the signs may unload at the same time to help keep the lines moving.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please remember that students should never get out of the driver's side of the car and cross in front of the car during morning drop-off. There have been tragic accidents resulting from this practice and we want to make sure all of our children are safe. If your child is unable to get out of the passenger side in the car line, please park and walk him or her to the building.
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 or stop on the cross walk to drop off. Please keep the crosswalk clear for pedestrians.
- We will follow a staggered dismissal schedule:
- 2:55 pm - Kindergarten students and their siblings
- 3:00 pm - Non-Kindergarten Last names A-M
- 3:05 pm - Non-Kindergarten Last names N-Z
- Students will not be released until their designated time, so it is important that you make every effort to arrive as close to that time as possible, rather than lining up far in advance. We also ask for your cooperation in picking up your child on time, or calling the office in advance if you will be a few minutes late.
- If you prefer not to go through the car line, you may park in the far back parking lot and stand in the red “box” painted on the parking lot where you can safely reunite with your child.
- All kindergarteners and siblings will be walked to the red "box" by school staff rather than being picked up at the car line.
- Students should go directly to their car or bus – no loitering.
- Morning Latchkey will be available beginning at 6:50 a.m. Students being dropped off for morning Latchkey will be dropped off at the Art Room Door.
- Afternoon Latchkey will be available until 6:00 p.m. Students being picked up from evening Latchkey will be picked up at the Art Room Door.
Four districts provide bus transportation for our students who reside in those districts: Copley-Fairlawn, Highland, Revere, and Woodridge. We anticipate that these districts will provide transportation for St. Hilary School students barring driver shortages. In that case, there is the potential that bus transportation for St. Hilary School students who ride the affected district’s bus may be lost. We encourage all families to have an alternate transportation plan in place. For more information, you may contact the transportation departments listed below:
Highland: 330-239-1901, ext. 1235
Revere: 330-523-3118 or 3119
Please also visit our Bus Transportation page on the school website.
KINDERGARTEN OPENING SCHEDULE
MONDAY, AUGUST 29 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 – Kindergarten students will arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am, after our regular drop-off time. This will allow time for saying goodbyes in our “hug zone” outside our main entrance before our Kindergarten team takes children to classrooms. Look for your child’s teacher and teaching assistants holding signs indicating where each class should meet near the main entrance / Jesus statue. Each class will be color coded and have a designated area to meet, and each student will have a color-coded dot to stand on to maintain social distancing:
101 - Miss Faetanini: Green, Meet in front of main entrance
102 - Mrs. Haskins: Blue, Meet in first row parking spaces to left of main entrance
105 - Miss Bennett: Red, Meet by large garage door to right of main entrance
If your Kindergartener will ride the bus to school during the first week of school, please email his/her teacher so arrangements can be made to assist your child in getting to the classroom
Beginning Tuesday, September 6, Kindergarteners will report at the same time and follow the same procedures as all other students.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29 & TUESDAY, AUGUST 30 – First half-days of school for Kindergarten.
Kindergarten students (half of each class) will attend school from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm as follows:
Monday, August 29
Students with last names: Students with last names:
101-Miss Faetanini: Last names A-Mc
102-Mrs. Haskins: Last names A-H
105-Miss Bennett: Last names A-K
Tuesday, August 30
101-Miss Faetanini: Last names O-Z
102-Mrs. Haskins: Last names L-V
105-Miss Bennett: Last names L-T
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 - ALL kindergarten students will attend from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 pm.
ON AUGUST 29, 30 AND 31, Rooms 101 and 102 will be dismissed from the Moorfield Road doors. Room 105 will be dismissed from the doors by the Jesus statue. There will be no buses to take kindergarten students home on these days and no Latchkey available for kindergarten students these afternoons. Please be sure your child has a ride home. The child’s name should be displayed prominently in the passenger window. Please email the teacher if someone other than a parent will be picking up your child.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 - FULL-DAY kindergarten program begins. Please make sure your child has arrangements for lunch, a snack, a rest time towel, and a ride home or Latchkey arrangements at dismissal time. Kindergarten students who ride the bus may ride home from school for the first time on September 1. Adults will escort the children to the appropriate buses and other dismissal locations. Please remimd your child to wear his or her "bus" tag to help us direct your child to the appropriate location.
COVID-19, ILLNESS / ABSENCE AND MEDICATION
PLEASE NOTE: THE INFORMATION BELOW REFLECTS WHAT WAS ISSUED LATE LAST WEEK BY THE CDC AND ODH. WE EXPECT SCPH TO ADOPT THIS GUIDANCE THIS WEEK AND WE ANTICIPATE THAT THIS IS WHAT WE WILL BE FOLLOWING AS WE BEGIN THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR.
On August 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on how people can protect themselves and others from COVID-19, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if you have symptoms or test positive with the virus.
As a result, on August 12, ODH also updated its guidance for Ohio K-12 schools and recommended the CDC’s general guidance to best protect Ohio’s students in the school setting.
- First, because contact tracing and case investigation has shifted to focus on high-risk environments, such as long-term care facilities and healthcare settings, ODH is no longer recommending the Mask to Stay, Test to Play quarantine alternative for schools.
- Instead, ODH recommends schools follow general isolation procedures from the CDC for confirmed cases. If students or staff feel sick or suspect they might have COVID-19, they should stay home and take a rapid test. If positive, students and staff should stay home from school for at least 5 days and longer if necessary until fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. Additionally, after isolation ends, students and staff should continue to take precautions as they resume normal activities by wearing a mask for 5 days (or after two negative tests 48 hours apart).
In addition, it is recommended that schools continue to work closely with their local health departments to monitor community spread and make decisions about the best measures to protect students and staff based on what is happening in their communities.
Like all schools, St. Hilary School is no longer required to contact trace or report positive individual cases to SCPH, but we are still required to seek guidance in the case of cluster cases. Parents still need to state that a student has tested positive for COVID-19 if applicable as the reason for an absence when reporting the student absent on the attendance line. If you have a COVID-19 situation in your household, please contact school administration or nurses to help determine next steps for your child.
Jennifer Woodman, Principal - email@example.com
Darcy Alexander, Assistant Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Bauman, School Nurse - email@example.com
Abby Laughlin, School Nurse - firstname.lastname@example.org
Masking is optional at this time and we will follow the updated guidance issued August 11-12 by the CDC and ODH, and expected to be adopted by SCPH. However, students may be asked to wear masks in the school clinic at the discretion of the school nurses, if there is an outbreak within the school, or in other limited situations as warranted.
All four school districts that provide busing for St. Hilary School students have communicated to us that students are no longer required to wear masks on their buses, but may do so if they choose. In some cases, drivers may continue to wear masks. Please note that in relation to school field trips involving buses, while students will not be required to wear masks on the buses, we will respect the mask policy of the field trip location during our time there.
All students, staff, and parents are expected to respect the masking decisions an individual or family chooses.
We continue to be mindful of social distancing where appropriate, proper hand washing, sanitizing of highly touched areas, and symptom monitoring at home. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school. These may be refilled at our bottle filler stations.
SCHOOL RESPONSE SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
The CDC has stated that COVID-19 community levels and public health prevention strategies can be increased when communities are experiencing more severe conditions and decreased when things are more stable. Our school response will continue to follow the guidance we are given as conditions change and if more restrictive measures are warranted. For more information and resources to monitor community spread, read more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Community Levels here.
REPORTING AN ABSENCE, TARDY OR EARLY PICK-UP
If your child will be absent, tardy or picked up early for any reason, please contact the school office. We have two options:
- Call our school attendance line at 330-867-8720, ext. 350 and leave a message 24/7, or
- Email email@example.com. Although not necessary, you may also notify your child's teacher and Latchkey 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, tardy or early pick-up, including specific symptoms if due to an illness. Absences must be reported to the school office by 10:00 am on the day of the absence. We are required by law to follow up with families who do not do so.
- 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 24 hours without fever reducing medication. There is no perfect attendance award or other incentive to come to school when ill.
- 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.
- Please refer to the school handbook and our table detailing the procedure for handling excessive absences.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOLIf your child will need medication, an Epi-pen, etc. stored or administered in the clinic this school year, please be sure to complete the necessary forms in Digital Academy (see Back-to-School Forms above and follow complete instructions) BEFORE the start of the school year (i.e., schedule physician visits now). It is important that the clinic has these forms from the first day of school in order to legally store and administer medication. Please do not wait until school starts to complete these forms and have them signed by a physician. NEW FORMS FOR MEDICATION, WHETHER PRESCRIPTION OR OVER-THE-COUNTER, ARE REQUIRED EVERY SCHOOL YEAR... SO EVEN IF YOU FILLED OUT FORMS FOR LAST SCHOOL YEAR, WE MUST HAVE NEW FORMS FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
The Main Event
Coming up next week are our Back-to-School Nights! See details below.
KINDERGARTEN BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
Please come at the following time based on your child’s last name:
- 5:30 pm – A-F
- 6:00 pm – G-L
- 6:30 pm – M-R
- 7:00 pm – S-Z
To ensure that each family can have a safe, beneficial visit, please limit those accompanying your child to 2 adults, adhere to your assigned time, arrive on time, and understand our need to limit visits to 30 minutes. The end of each session will be announced. Please bring your child’s supplies to drop off, meet the teacher, and become familiar with the classroom. Please be sure to share your child's usual method of transportation home from school with his/her teacher. Latchkey information and Spirit Wear sales will be available in the main hall at this time.
GRADES 1-8 BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Please come at the following time based on your child’s last name:
- 5:30 pm – A-F
- 6:00 pm – G-L
- 6:30 pm – M-R
- 7:00 pm – S-Z
To ensure that each family can have a safe, beneficial visit, please limit those accompanying your child to 2 adults, adhere to your assigned time, arrive on time, and understand our need to limit visits to 30 minutes. The end of each session will be announced. Please bring your child’s supplies to drop off, meet the teacher, and become familiar with the classroom. Please stop by Horning Hall between 5:30 and 7:30 pm to purchase school uniform, gym uniform, and spirit wear items, or pick up free recycled uniform items. Latchkey information will be available in the main hall during this timeframe, as well.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATE AUGUST 20
Kindergarten families are invited to come to the school playground on Saturday, August 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to play together and get to know one another before the start of the school year. Feel free to bring snacks, drinks and favorite toys. Siblings are welcome. Parents / caregivers are responsible for actively supervising children and ensuring any trash is cleaned up. We ask that you be respectful of our equipment and the rules we follow at school during the day. Running up the slide is not permitted, and older students are not permitted on the bridge. Your cooperation in following these rules will help us to maintain consistency in playground expectations.
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEARBOOKS SENT HOME AUGUST 29
2021-2022 yearbooks for students who ordered them last year will be sent home with students beginning August 29. Yearbooks for last year’s eighth graders will be available for pick-up in the pick-up bins by calling 330-867-8720. If the graduate has a sibling in the school, the yearbook will be sent home with the sibling. If you have a record of ordering a yearbook (online payment receipt) and do not receive one, or if you believe the order you receive is incorrect, please do not contact the school, but contact Lifetouch directly via www.lifetouch.com. If you did not order a yearbook but wish you had, a limited number of hard cover ($30) and soft cover ($25) books will be available for purchase through September 9 or until sold out. Cash or checks payable to St. Hilary Parents’ Association will be accepted. We cannot accept credit cards. We cannot hold books without payment. To purchase a yearbook please send a check in an envelope with your child’s name and room number marked on it so the book(s) can be sent via backpack. Please do not come to the school office to purchase a yearbook.
OCTOBER HOT LUNCH ORDERING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 1
MILK ORDERING AVAILABLE
Hot Lunch ordering for October begins September 1 and will be open through September 10. You may notice a new item on the menu each month - a special item that is a favorite of a student! The student whose favorites are listed purchased this exciting privilege as a Celebration auction item last spring. If your child would like to join the fun, watch for this item up for auction again at Celebration 2023!
Milk ordering for the first semester will be offered again in this round of ordering for those who missed it. If you don't want to wait and would like your child to receive milk at lunchtime beginning this week, please email Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at firstname.lastname@example.org. All orders must be placed and paid for online by the deadline. All lunch orders are placed on Digital Academy. Simply login, locate the Cafeteria Calendar on the right, and click the Order button to begin. Click here for more information about our Hot Lunch program. Please contact Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at email@example.com with questions.
NO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 5
There will be no school on Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY SEPTEMBER 7
School pictures will be taken on September 7. Students should dress up for pictures. No jeans, T-shirts or tennis shoes (except kindergarteners). All-white or all-black school uniform tennis shoes may be worn. The following guidelines from our school handbook will apply for dress-up days:
Dress Code for Dress Up Days:
- Modest and appropriate attire
- Dress pants or shorts (quarters 1 and 4 only for shorts, modest cargo pockets permitted for pants and shorts) and collared shirts for boys
- Dresses, skirts, dress pants, dress shorts, or dress rompers (quarters 1 and 4 only for shorts, modest cargo pockets permitted for pants and shorts), collared shirts, or blouses for girls
- Dresses and skirts must be of a modest length not to exceed the height of a soda can from the middle of the knee. Rompers and shorts must come down to fingertip length on the thigh
- Sleeveless dresses or tops with a sweater, shrug, or cover up
- Open-toed sandals with a back or strap around the heel
- Tennis shoes (except for Kindergarten students) or sandals with no back (school uniform-approved all-white or all-black tennis shoes are permitted)
- Uncovered shoulders
- Per Lifetouch, only those students and staff members who are photographed on September 7 will appear both in class composite photos and in the yearbook. Those having photos taken on retake day (October 20) will appear in the yearbook, but not in class composites.
- Lifetouch has also streamlined photo packages, and to eliminate handling of paper order forms, checks, and cash, we are using an online-only ordering system. To view the Lifetouch packages and place an order, please go to www.mylifetouch.com and enter Picture Day ID code EVT98XRWX. Questions about ordering school pictures should be directed to Lifetouch via their website linked above.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR BEGINS SEPTEMBER 7
The Scholastic Book Fair will return to St. Hilary School September 7-13. Here's what you need to know about our upcoming Fair:
Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly.
You can sign up for Book Fair eWallet, a convenient digital payment account, so your child can shop the Fair cash-free. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute to the eWallet to help build your home library.
Save these dates and view our school’s Fair site:
- Fair Dates: September 7-13
- Book Fair Website
Here's the schedule:
Wednesday, September 7: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 8: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, September 9: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, September 12: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, September 13: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Gupta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CURRICULUM NIGHTS SEPTEMBER 7 & 8
Please join us for our Curriculum Nights on Wednesday, September 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for grades 6-8, and Thursday, September 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for grades K-5. We will begin in Horning Hall and parents will be dismissed from there to classrooms.
- These evenings are intended as informational events for parents only.
- For grades K-5, there will be three 15-minute sessions in each classroom to accommodate parents with multiple children going to more than one classroom.
- For grades 6-8, parents will follow the students’ schedules, with each “period” lasting 7-8 minutes.
- Changes from one session to the next will be announced over the PA system.
ROOM PARENT MEETING SEPTEMBER 12
There will be a meeting for all Room Parents on September 12 at 10:00 a.m. in the Spiritual Center Lower Level. Room Parents for each classroom will be notified soon.
Click here for the school Google calendar
~ August 20: Kindergarten Playdate 10 am-12 pm
~ August 24: Kindergarten Back-to-School Night 5:30-7:30 pm (see assigned times above)
~ August 25: Grades 1-8 Back-to-School Night 5:30-7:30 pm (see assigned times above)
~ August 29: First Day of School
~ September 1: October Hot Lunch ordering begins (open through September 10)
~ September 1: Full Day Kindergarten Begins
~ September 1: Faculty/Staff Meeting
~ September 5: No School - Labor Day
~ September 6 - Grade 8 Retreat
~ September 7: School Picture Day
~ September 7: Curriculum Night - Grades 6-8 - 6:30-8:30 pm
~ September 7-14: Scholastic Book Fair
~ September 8: Curriculum Night - Grades K-5 - 6:30-8:30 pm
HOT LUNCH HELP NEEDED
Our Hot Lunch program is in need of parent and grandparent volunteers to fill open spots to ensure we can offer Hot Lunch every day. There are still a few spots open, especially on Tuesdays, as well as a few other various days. The shift is approximately 10:50 am to 1:10 pm. This is a great way to meet new friends and the kids love seeing you in the kitchen! If you can help, please email Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at email@example.com with your availability.
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 2022-2023 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com as soon as possible.
CLASSROOM VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS
Classroom volunteer sign-ups will be available via the classroom Sign-Up Genius. Watch for more information from teachers when school begins.
PARENTS' ASSOCIATION SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR 2022-2023
Part of what makes our school so great is the amazing efforts of our parent helpers. Click here to volunteer! Please contact Parents' Association Secretary Lindsey Yoder at TLM456@aol.com with questions.
Growing Together in Faith
FIRST SCHOOL MASS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Our first school Mass for the 2022-2023 school year will be FRIDAY, September 2 at 9:30 am. The school Mass will be planned by our faculty. The 2022-2023 Liturgy Schedule can be found here. Masses are also posted on the school Google calendar.
Space is limited, but parents may attend school Masses.
USE FORMED TO ENHANCE FAITH FORMATION
Make faith a priority and enhance your children's faith formation by using FORMED. Click below for complete instructions on how you can access this valuable tool for your family.
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.