St. Viator Parish School

Viator Voice: August 17, 2020

WHILE OUR FACES ARE COVERED AT ST. VIATOR JUST TO BE SAFE, PLEASE KNOW WE ARE SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR!

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WELCOME TO THE 2020-21 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR!

On behalf of our Pastor, faculty and staff, I am thrilled to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year!


As I enter my sixth year as principal at SVS, I have recognized that we are truly blessed to have a Catholic community of parents, grandparents, and extended families who work together to enrich the educational experience of our students.


Once again, this year we are looking forward to a productive partnership to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our students need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in their education and we ask for your guidance and support by ensuring that he/she:

  • Follows the campus arrival and dismissal procedures as well as adheres to safety and hygiene protocols in place.
  • Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience.
  • Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
  • Reads daily to develop a love of reading and to improve literacy skills
  • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of the daily school life.
  • Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject as we are here to assist in many ways.


Finally, we ask for your prayers and your patience. Please allow us to adjust to our "new normal". Stay tuned for weekly updates. Be assured that we are here to support you and your children - we remain in this together.


Blessings,

Mrs. Tracy Brunelle, Principal

OUR NEW NORMAL FOR NOW

WE ARE READY FOR OUR SAFE RETURN!

We have always stated that the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families will be our top priority when re-opening our campus. Our administrators, faculty, and staff have been working extraordinarily hard planning for in-person instruction while focusing on making our campuses safe for everyone. In constructing our reopening plans, we have closely studied the recommendations from federal and state authorities, as well as medical professionals who have provided guidance as members of our Diocesan Restoration Advisory Council.


We remain confident that our school is ready and well prepared to meet the challenges of our ever-changing public health conditions as the first day of the school year begins tomorrow.

PLEASE, we don't want to be GRINCHES...

We are truly looking forward to seeing you and we are confident you are looking forward to seeing your SVS friends! Please remember that our SAFE PLAN TO RETURN hinges on small group cohorts, hygiene, and social distancing.


We prefer not to be a GRINCH and ask people to wear masks, keep distance, avoid intermixing cohorts after school as much as possible. Help us stay well and stay in school! Thank you!

EACH DAY, ASK: CAN MY CHILD GO TO SCHOOL TODAY?

(Print for your fridge or exit door to consider each morning)

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It is not feasible for young students to carry all on the first day of school. Please send only what students can bring in their backpack each day until all needed supplies arrive on campus.

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Carefully Review Maps for Arrival and Dismissal

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Arrival and Dismissal

Until directed by your teacher to use the loop, please plan to park in the Church MAIN lot.


PREK: Walk up sidewalk closest to neighborhood. Students will meet their teachers at the East gate. Students will enter the gate with teachers. On Monday, August 17th, students will be starting at 8:05 am to allow students more time.


KINDERGARTEN: Walk up sidewalk closest to neighborhood. Meet teachers at the two glass doors in front of cafeteria. On Monday, August 17th, students will be starting at 8:15 am.

USE DIRECTED LOOP PICTURED ABOVE TO DROP OFF STUDENTS

Stay in your car until gate is open

Remind students to stay socially distanced


1st through 4th Grade: School starts at 8 am. Gates are open at 7:45 am. Please do not congregate at the gate. Only students will enter the gate.


5th Grade through 8th Grade: School starts at 7:45 am. Gates are open at 7:30 am. Please do not congregate at the gate. Only students will enter the gate.


Any student on campus prior to the gates officially opening will be directed to Morning Care for a small fee.

Junior High Students

For those students choosing in-person instruction, please log into PlusPortals for your subject teacher assignments, including homeroom locations:


6A: Please report to Mrs. Vena's room. We may need to use the lab for a cohort group.

6B: Please report to Mrs. Gafner's room.

7th: Please report to Mrs. Manfredi's room. A-L will be in 7A; M-Z will be in 7B

8A: Please report to Mr. Mertzman's room.

8B: Please report to the gymnasium


Locations will change in November when Distance Learning students return.

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All Parents: Student Staggered Dismissal

When you arrive on campus at the end of the school day, please park in the MAIN church lot. Stay in your car, we will be sending out a text message to let you know when to pick up. This will allow us to stagger the number of people on campus. If someone is regularly picking up your child, please add them to the alerts by emailing svsschool@stviator.org. Otherwise, when you get your text, contact the ride.


On Monday, August 17th, we are testing the following grades/times:


11:45: 8th & 3rd


11:49: 7th & 2nd


11:53: 6th & 1st


11:57: 5th & PK


12:00: 4th & K


If we find too much time or not enough, we will adjust accordingly.

If you have more than one student on campus, please pick up the first child from the text, then proceed to the next classroom to pick up siblings.

Dismissal for Students in Grades PK - 3

Parents: Enter through the two small east gates and stay on the asphalt. Please do not walk on the concrete in front of the classroom. Once your student has been dismissed, exit promptly through the large gate. There is signage to direct you.

Dismissal for Students in Grades 4 - 8

If picking up a student from the courtyard (grades 4-8A), enter through the small gate and stay on the aggregate away from the classroom. Please do not walk on the side walk in front of the classroom. Once your student has been dismissed, exit promptly through the large gate.


8B: Parents, please enter the east gate closest to the neighborhood. Meet your student at the double doors next to the gym stairs.


If you need to pick up a student in Grades PK - 3 next, please travel through the south gate towards the playground and around to the classrooms.

Classroom Supplies

The classroom supply list may be found on the school website: https://www.stviatorschool.org/supply-lists.html


It is not feasible for young students to carry all on the first day of school. Please send only what students can bring in their backpack each day until all needed supplies arrive on campus.


The student supplies to be purchased at school will be handed out the first day of school and an invoice for the supplies will be in your student's yellow folder. Here is the supply list: https://www.stviatorschool.org/uploads/1/1/7/1/117157963/school_store_list.png

For Distance Learning Students

On Monday, August 17th at 1pm, you may come to school and pick up your textbooks, course materials, and Google Classroom login instructions. The earliest live, synchronous instruction will start is Thursday, August 20th. All permission slips will need to be returned prior.


Please reach out to your teacher to schedule a virtual meeting during the first week of school to discuss specific student needs and distance education plan.

Distance Learning: return signed permission slip to: svsschool@stviator.org

Required: CLICK HERE for DISTANCE LEARNING PERMISSION

If you are electing to start your student at a DISTANCE, it is imperative to print, complete, sign and return. Your student MAY NOT participate until this signed form is received.

***It is imperative that we receive permission ASAP***

What's Happening!

Monday, August 17, 2020
  • First Day of School! We are SO excited to see our students!
  • See plans above for Staggered 1/2 Day Dismissal

  • Extended Care starts today for those who have returned paid registrations and signed up.
  • Grades 5 through 8 iPad Distribution - please do not forget protective case today.
  • At the end of the day, you will receive a family communication folder containing important information. The signature page of your admission contract, acknowledging receipt and agreement with school policies will need to returned by Monday, August 24th.


Tuesday: August 18, 2020

  • See plans above for Staggered 1/2 Day Dismissal
  • 2nd through 4th Grade Curriculum Presentations. See yellow folder for virtual code.


Wednesday: August 19, 2020

  • See plans above for Staggered 1/2 Day Dismissal
  • 5th Grade through 8th Grade Curriculum Presentations. See yellow folder for virtual code.


Thursday: August 20, 2020

  • Full day of School/Staggered dismissal will continue
    beginning at 2:35 for Grades 5 - 8 and 2:45 for Grades PK - 4
  • Don't forget your lunch, including drink! All Hydroflasks or Thermos must be labeled with student name and grade.


Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Full day of School
  • Don't forget your lunch, including drink!

Does your child need After Care?

Due to social distancing protocols, space is VERY LIMITED. It is imperative that you register and sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4ea8ae2fa7fe3-week


See last week's Viator Voice for more information.

If you did not see the Summer Updates, please read as each contain very important information for our Safe Return to School

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