Mariner Minutes

November 19th, 2020

Principal Message

As you may be aware, Ohio and especially Northeast Ohio, are witnessing an increase in community spread of the coronavirus. According to local health department information, spread is more prevalent amongst adults and young adults with less prevalent spread happening at younger age groups. We are seeing schools and school districts beginning to switch to remote learning because of spread among staff and dealing with quarantined staff. At this time we are remaining as in-person learning, but we are dependent on everyone helping with their part in remaining healthy. As I was in ordered quarantine, it became obvious how tenuous remaining open for face-to-face can be. Therefore it is imperative of everyone, from our families to our staff, to follow recommended guidelines of social distancing, wearing a face covering, and practicing good hygiene if we are to remain in a face-to-face environment. We will continue to practice those recommendations while in school and continue nightly sanitizing and surface sanitizing throughout the school days. Also, continue to let the school know in the event there is an illness or potential exposure to Covid-19 so we can provide proper guidance. The Erie County Health Department (or local county of residence) is always available to answer questions you may have. We are committed to remaining in face-to-face instruction, we are just asking that everyone at St. Mary School continue to do their part to help us remain healthy.


Thank you for your continued support!


George Mitchell

Busing

Although Vermilion Local Schools will be moving to remote learning, they will still provide busing for our students. If you are a VLS bus rider and have questions, please reach out to the VLS Transportation Department.



Transportation Supervisor

David Johnson

440-204-1705

djohnson@vermilionschools.org

Needed: Student Testimonials

We are requesting volunteers, student volunteers, to be able to provide a short video testimonial to use for marketing purposes. If your child would be willing to record a short (approx. 1 minute or less) video clip for the school to use in marketing, specifically to answer "Why STEM is important, how has STEM impacted them, or why STEM is fun?" please let Mr. Mitchell (gmitchell@stmaryvermilion.org) know by Sunday evening. Thank you!

Wreath Pickup

Wreaths pickup is Tuesday 11/24 after school in the gym for all families that placed an order. There are extra wreaths for purchase to help support the sixth grade class. The extra wreaths will be available for purchase during the wreath pickup. Additional wreaths will also be sold after all Masses the weekends of 11/28 and 12/5.

STEM

We will be resuming our STEM and Technology specials, but with some changes. Mrs. Robinson is not resuming these classes, due to personal reasons is no longer with St. Mary School. We wish her health during this time and success in future endeavors.


Mr. Huber will be stepping in to teach those specials. Mr. Huber is excited at the opportunity to bring his science background to our STEM and Tech classes. Both of those specials will begin after Thanksgiving break.

Recess

I am a firm believer in physical activity, including recess, as a very important ingredient to a student's success in school. We will make every attempt possible to have outdoor recess so long as it is safe for students to be outside. So far we have been very blessed with amazing weather, but it is fall here in NEO and weather can be unpredictable. Please begin sending your children to school with weather appropriate clothing in the event there is outdoor recess.


Here are some guidelines we will follow:

- Outdoor recess if Real Feel temperatures are 25 degrees or above.

- Inclement weather (rain, snow) we will not go outside


As we approach winter weather, we will have further guidelines and rules regarding outdoor recess.

Change of Routine

As a reminder, if you are sending a note/call regarding a change of routine (transportation, early dismissal) please provide details if it is a transportation change and/or involving students dismissing with another family. Thank you!

Final Forms - Media Release

In Final Forms, a media release form was uploaded. Please complete this form whether releasing or opting out. I would love to begin showcasing our school and students to show the great things happening at school by posting pictures on the newsletter, website, and social media! Our students are doing great things and I want to be able to share that with everyone.


Thank you!

School Lunch Update

Attached below is the flyer that went home regarding school lunch now being free for all students. This is a venture by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free and nutritious lunches for school children. Lunch will be free under this program until December 31st, 2020. Please check out the flyer for more information.


Also attached is the Free and Reduced Lunch form. We ask that this form is still completed if necessary and returned back to the school. Even with the free lunch program in place until the end of the 2020 calendar year, this information is needed as we enter 2021.


Thank you!

Symptoms and Quarantine Information

Attached is a document which gives instructions and guidelines in relation to quarantining. This is a reference guide for future reference.


Also attached here is a daily symptoms checklist provided by the Erie County Health Department. This document also provides the most up-to-date guidelines regarding symptoms and how to proceed with presence of listed symptoms. Please carefully look it over and please use this as a reference each morning.

Temperature and Symptoms Checks Reminder

Please continue practicing temperature and symptoms checks EVERY morning in order to ensure our students, staff, and families remain safe. If the temperature is 100.0F or higher and/or Covid-19 symptoms are present (symptoms list in the plan) the student, as well as siblings, needs to remain home. Please ensure consistency with following this policy!


If you have questions regarding symptoms, quarantines, or other Covid-19 related areas, please feel free to contact Mr. Mitchell or the Erie County Health Department.

Masks and Hygiene

The Ohio Department of Health issued a mask mandate for all students K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. St. Mary School will require masks in accordance with the state mandate as well as for the preschool (please reference preschool update in this newsletter for further guidance). Parents, please begin to work with your children on wearing masks properly and becoming comfortable wearing them.


Update: students may wear the gaiter scarf type face coverings, although the cloth masks are recommended.


Also, please practice proper hygiene as well. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html for guidelines.


If there are any questions regarding face coverings, please contact Mr. Mitchell at gmitchell@stmaryvermilion.org

How to Wear a Mask
What You Need To Know About Handwashing

Upcoming Events


November 20th - Mission Jeans Day

November 24th - 6th Grade Wreath Fundraiser pickup

December 1st - #IGiveCatholic Annual Fund

December 8th - Picture Retakes