Principal's Weekly Update
A Message from Mrs. Enrique, Assistant Principal
What a beautiful November we have had so far! It has been heartwarming to see students and families carrying in food for our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and serves as an excellent example of charity for your children. The Middle School students are looking forward to helping with the Food Drive on Monday!
I wish you all a restful Thanksgiving break and thank you again to our Room Parents and Parent Volunteer Council members for all their help this upcoming week! Don’t forget to come to get some cider and pick up an individual pie graciously donated by Table Talk Pies on Wednesday, November 23rd starting at 10:45 at the back entrance in the parking lot.
Thanksgiving Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. (PreK-8)
Thanksgiving Reception at 10:45 a.m
Early Dismissal at 11 a.m.
No School Thanksgiving Break
K2-8 Report cards go home
- Parent-Teacher Conferences begin
- Christmas Tree Lighting-Scholastic Book Fair Launch at 4 p.m.
- Coffee with the Principal at 8 a.m.
Immaculate Conception Mass (PreK-8) 12:10 p.m.
Admissions Open House/ Discovery Day
School-wide Christmas Concert and Pageant at 8:45 a.m.
- Last Day of school before Christmas break
- EDP closes at 4:30 p.m.
December 17th-January 2nd
A Message from Nurse Wu
Please continue to monitor your student for Covid-19 and flu and cold symptoms. Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well or have a fever. Children must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before they can return to school. If your child has nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea they can not come to school. Children must stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours and can tolerate eating and drinking.
If your child has a rash of unknown origin please let me know. Children with rashes should be seen by a doctor and have a letter clearing them to return to school.
The weather is once again feeling like Boston in November!! It is very important that your student is dressed appropriately for outside recess. Students should have a warm coat, hat, and gloves. Please make sure that all items have their name or initials on them.
Update on Covid cases for November:
Week of 11/07: 1 case
Week of 11/14: 1 case
Week of 11/21: 1 case
If anyone would like free Covid-19 tests please let me know. I have some in my office. I can place them in your child's backpack or you can request them at the office. Please consider testing your child before visiting with family for Thanksgiving and returning to school after the holiday.
Enjoy your weekend,
A Message from our Director of Advancement, Dan Griffin
1) The Fund for St. Mary's. Thank you to our families that have given towards our Annual Fund, The Fund for St. Mary's, after receiving our Fall mailer. We sincerely appreciate your generosity. If you work for a company that matches employee charitable contributions please contact Daniel Griffin, Director of Advancement, firstname.lastname@example.org and he can assist you in arranging the matching gift.
2) Giving Tuesday, 11/29. St. Mary's Giving Tuesday Countdown has begun. If you have not already given to the Annual Fund, I encourage you to consider supporting the Fund for St. Mary's on Giving Tuesday.
A Message from our Director of Admissions, Renalyn Te
1. Our application portal is now live! If you know of any families who are interested in enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year, please ask them to visit our application portal via the link on St. Mary's website:
**Please note that we'll keep you posted regarding when the 2023-2024 re-enrollment packet will be available to complete.
2. We are hosting another Discovery Day on 12/9. Please spread the word! Attached is the link to share with any families that you know that may be interested in joining us. https://forms.gle/QrDU7H9UUWh1tPXQ9.
Winter Club Update
Early Childhood Spanish
Mrs. Curley’s K1 class continued working on their Thanksgiving Stories. Students illustrate a page each day leading up to Thanksgiving. On this day, students created a Mayflower collage using cut paper shapes, glue and blue paint sticks for the ocean. Another table activity that Mrs. Curley introduced during centers was the Grocery Store Letter Search. Students flipped cards over with letters on one side and stamped the coordinating letter on the worksheet.
Grades K2 and 1 Field Trip
Students in Ms. Fragola's Grade 1 class made turkeys to display what they are thankful about this season! Mrs. Fragola also made a turkey to share why she is thankful for each of her students.
The last couple of weeks we have been reading and talking about the five regions of the United States and their different environments. They were assigned into groups and a region and students brought recycling items from home that they are using to build their regions. The start today is amazing!
We are looking forward to having Mr. Ferrari transition into apprentice principal and welcoming Mrs. Palmer back from her maternity leave on Tuesday!
Middle School French
Middle School Spanish
Grades 7 and 8 had one-on-one with Ms. Noelia to review their performance and to get ready for their test on Wednesday. When students met with Ms. Noelia, they set goals by identifying their personal strengths and areas of improvement. On Thursday, students played a board game practicing conjugations. They also reviewed their test results and "played teacher" by picking a question of the test they got wrong and sharing it with the class, offering the correct answer so everybody could learn from each others' mistakes.
Ms. Noelia shared "It turns out that some of them had the same mistakes but different ways to explain why those were happening! This is how we approach success and areas of improvement, as a constant part of the journey of learning a new language!"
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