St. Finn Barr Weekly Bulletin

Week of October 12th - 16th

Dear St. Finn Barr Families,


I hope this weekend provided exactly what you needed during this time. Some of our families may have needed rest, others may have needed to get outside and explore, and others may have just needed a moment to pause in the midst of unexpected events. Whatever the case may be, please know that you are all on my heart and in my prayers as we prepare for another week.


Though this week is a short week for students, we have a lot of things in store as we eagerly anticipate the return of our kindergarten, first, and second-grade students during the week of October 19th.

Considerations When Returning to Campus

St. Finn Barr Catholic School is following the guidelines set forth by the health officers of San Francisco County, which requires all faculty and staff members to be tested for COVID-19 monthly. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the procedures as we and/or the county health officer see fit. At this time, more frequent testing is not being recommended except in cases where there may have been exposure to COVID-19. This is not only to ensure the health and safety of our faculty and staff, but also the students and the families we serve.


We strongly encourage you to have your students tested for COVID-19 and get their flu shot before returning to campus. By having your child tested before returning to St. Finn Barr's campus, you're showing consideration for the teachers and all students who will be on campus. In doing this, you are communicating that we are all doing our part in keeping our campus safe and healthy as we move into this next phase of learning.


As we move forward, our top priority continues to be meeting the spiritual, academic, physical, and emotional needs of every child entrusted to our care while ensuring the safety of our community. This is one protocol we can participate in that will help us meet our goal.

Kindergarten, First, and Second-Grade Reopening Plan Information Night

This Thursday, October 15th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm, we will hold a Reopening Plan Information Night for K-2nd parents.


Please feel free to review the presentation slide deck and submit your questions prior to the meeting here so I can be sure to address them during the night's presentation.


The Zoom link will be resent to all K-2nd families on the morning of Thursday, October 15th.


Thank you and looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday at 7:00pm.

K, 1st, and 2nd Grade Lessons for Returning to School

This week I will share two lessons with the kindergarten, first, and second-grade students regarding their return to campus. During these lessons, I will teach students the new way they will enter our campus as well as all of the measures we have put into place to make sure school is as safe as it can be for their on-campus learning.


These lessons will be available to the kindergarten class through video on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I will meet with first and second grade during their scheduled lesson times.


On Tuesday, I will teach them what they can expect when they are at school and on Wednesday, I will give them a tour of what the campus looks like and what they can do while they are at school.


There will be a meeting this Thursday, October 15th at 7:00pm for kindergarten, first, and second-grade parents to review the reopening plan.

REMINDER: No School on Friday, October 16th

The teachers are attending a professional development through the Archdiocese of San Francisco Department of Catholic Schools on this Friday, October 16th.


Students will not have class on Friday, October 16th.

Parent-Teacher Conferences : Oct 19th - Oct 23rd

We are very excited to see all parents through our virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences, which will be held the week of October 19th - 23rd from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.


Please make sure you have signed up for Parent-Teacher Conferences through SignUp Genius.

Staggered Return Schedule Recap

The San Francisco Department of Public Health encourages us to slowly rollout our return to campus schedule. Therefore, we will begin with our youngest learners and gradually introduce new groups to campus over the next eight weeks.


It is important to keep in mind that the activities in school will mimic activities the students became accustomed to while learning from home. By engaging in class in the same way as students did in Remote Learning, we can minimize the use of paper and contact between individuals.

K, 1, & 2 Return the Week of October 19th

All Kindergarteners and First Graders are welcome back to campus on Monday, October 19th. We made sure our youngest learners have the opportunity to learn from campus every day by utilizing the church hall for the first-grade class and breaking the kindergarten class into two classrooms (kindergarten and first-grade classrooms).


2nd Grade Cohort A will return to school on Monday, October 19th, and 2nd Grade Cohort B will return to school on Thursday, October 22nd.


The day's structure for students who will continue in the Remote Learning Model will be discussed further in our meeting on Thursday, October 15th, at 7:00pm.


REMINDER

The week of October 19th is Parent-Teacher Conferences. Each day is an early dismissal.

Kindergarten and First Grade's dismissal times are at 11:30am each day Oct 19th - Oct 23rd.

Second Grade's dismissal time is at 11:45 each day Oct 19th - Oct 23rd.

3rd, 4th, 5th Return the Week of November 2nd

All third, fourth, and fifth graders may return to the school campus the week of Monday, November 2nd.


Cohort A will return on Monday, November 2nd. Cohort B will return to campus on Thursday, November 5th.

Middle School Students Return the Week of Nov 30th

All Middle School students may return to the school campus the week of Monday, Nov 30th.


Cohort A will return on Monday, November 30th and Cohort B will return on Thursday, December 3rd.

Cohort Calendar (October - December)

Air Quality & Proper Ventilation

Since St. Finn Barr Catholic School relies on natural ventilation through open windows and doors, we will carefully monitor the air quality.


If the air quality falls between 0 - 150 AQI, we will still offer school on campus with all windows and doors open.


However, since our ventilation system and air circulation relies on open windows and doors, we would move to our Remote Learning Model if the air quality goes to 151 AQI or above.


Families may choose to keep students home to participate in the Remote Learning Model if they are concerned about air quality for the day.

Reminder: Forms Needed to Return to Campus

The Permission Form for Online and/or Live-Streaming Instruction, The Agreement to Abide by COVID-19 Protocols, and The Risk Acknowledgement Form are available on SchoolSpeak today.


To foster the safety of our students, staff, and parents in the St. Finn Barr community, we will all commit to upholding the COVID-19 Protocols by doing our part to keep our whole community in good health.


All three forms must be on file for each student before returning to campus.

Thank you for your continued partnership, patience, and understanding as we prepare to move into our next phase of Remote and Hybrid Learning.


My prayers continue to be with each one of you as we walk through this journey together.


Best,

Ms. Megan Kimble

Principal

St. Finn Barr Catholic School

Preparing young, diverse minds for the future

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