Principal's Pad (3/27/22)

Updates for the St. Stan's Community

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What's in this Newsletter?

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Here is what's new...

  • A Few Words
  • Gentle Reminders
  • Home-Learning Hub
  • Weekly Parent Survey
  • Summer Camp Info

What's still here from last week?

  • Spring Fundraiser: Casino Royale
  • CHAMPIONS Enrollment 2022-23
  • Important Dates
  • Covid-19 Protocols
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A Few Words On...

As the leader of St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy, I would just like to share a few words and thoughts on several topics and happenings in our school community.


Father-Daughter Dance Thank-You

It was amazing to see so many of our girls dressed up and having fun with each other and their guests at the Father-Daughter Dance this past Saturday! I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves and that the Dads are not feeling too sore from a night of dancing with the youngsters. I want to say a special thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help and anyone who donated items to the event. We truly could not have had such a wonderful night without your gifts of time, talent, and treasure. A special thanks goes to our Marketing Director, Mrs. Jen Edwards, for organizing much of the evening.


More Information on Casino Royale: Betting on Bright Futures

This past week, every family should have received a letter and information on how you can contribute to our spring fundraiser, Casino Royale: Betting on Bright Futures. If you did not receive any information, please click on this link for the ticket and donation forms. To purchase tickets or donate directly to the event, you can click on this link to our website.


In order for our event to be a success, we will need the help of every family at St. Stan's Academy. We are expecting every family to contribute to the event in some way. Your assistance could come in the form of:

  • Donating items or experiences for the Silent Auction
  • Donating your time or talent to plan for and set-up the event
  • Buying/Selling tickets for the event to family, friends, and co-workers


We have created three sub-committees for those willing to help out in the planning and set up of the event. These committees are Food/Drink/Decoration, Silent Auction, and Outreach & Advertising. If you are willing to donate your time and/or talent, please reach out to the Committee Chairs listed below as soon as possible.


School Counselor Update

This past week, Mrs. Ryan Edwards returned to St. Stan's from her maternity to continue in her role as school counselor. I want to thank Ms. Audrey Jewett for filling in admirably for Mrs. Edwards while she was away. Ms. Jewett met with numerous students and classes during the last few months and helped them to work out conflicts as well as to develop better social and emotional skills. For the remainder of the year, however, parents should expect to contact or hear from Mrs. Edwards. Just as a reminder, her email is redwards@ststanschicago.org.

Gentle Reminders

After School Pick-Up

Please plan on picking up your child as close to 3pm as you are able to unless your child is involved in an after school activity such as a club, sport, or is enrolled with the Champions aftercare program. Over the last few weeks, we have had numerous students left at school and who have not been picked-up until after 3:30pm. This causes several issues for our staff and faculty who cannot be supervising students because they have other duties they must attend to immediately after school.


Moving forward, if students are not picked-up by 3:20pm, they will be placed in the Champions aftercare program and a parent/guardian will need to sign them out. We understand that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances and that issues arise which might prevent you from getting to school by 3pm. In these instances, please make sure you contact the Main Office ahead of time and let us know of your expected time of arrival.


Spring Break is Next Week

Spring Break will be the week of April 4 - April 8. There will be no school as we encourage our teachers, staff, and students to take a well deserved break. We hope that everyone can return to school on April 11 feeling good and ready to finish our school year strong.

Weekly Parent Survey - Coffee with the Principal

I would like to open more direct dialogue with the parents and families of St. Stan's Academy. As such, I will soon be hosting "Coffee with the Principal" events where we can directly discuss the wonderful happenings at our school.


Please click on this link for this week's survey. I would like to know what time(s) are best to host such an event so that we can maximize participation.

St. Stan's Academy Summer Camp 2022

St. Stan's Academy will again be hosting Summer Camp for the summer of 2022. Enrollment is now open! If you are interested, please click on this link to fill out registration forms. Directly contact Ms. Abby Torres via phone at 773-278-4560 if you have specific questions. For more information on the Summer Camp, please visit our website by clicking here. The camp will run from June 21 through July 29.


Official Rates and Payment Options
Registration Fee = $75 per family
1 student = $1225 ($205/week)
2 students = $2275 ($190/week/student)
3 students = $3150 ($175/week/student)

  • The total 6-Week Summer Camp Fee is due by June 1st.
  • If you are choosing the Weekly Rate, then you must preselect which weeks you will be choosing for the entire summer and pay the total Weekly Rate of all weeks selected by June 1st.

Spring Gala & Fundraiser

Please click on this link for for a form and more information on how you can donate your time, talent, or treasure to our spring fundraiser. Print off, fill out, and return this form to the main office as soon as possible. Click here to directly purchase tickets or donate to the event.

Champions Enrollment for 2022-23 School Year

Enrollment for the Champions aftercare program is now open for the 2022-23 school year. Please register your child(ren) as soon as possible to make sure you receive the best enrollment deals. Champions will also be providing aftercare services from 3pm-6pm for St. Stan's Academy Summer Camp. You can enroll for one or both programs by following this link.

Home-Learning Hub

Upcoming Events & Important Dates at St. Stan's

Spring Break Begins - April 4

There will be no school the week of April 4 - April 8. Staff and students will be on Spring Break.


Easter Break - April 15 to 18

In observance of Good Friday and celebration of the Easter holiday, there will be no school on Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18.


First Communion - April 30

Our students will be receiving the sacrament of First Communion on Saturday, April 30. The Mass and sacrament will begin at 3pm in the afternoon.


Spring Gala & Fundraiser - May 7

Our spring gala/fundraiser is Casino Royale: Betting on Bright Futures. Please join us for food, fun, and fundraising to help support St. Stan's on Saturday, May 7.


Chicago Dogs "Homerun for Education" Field Trip - May 10

We are planning on bringing of Kindergarten through 8th grade students to a Chicago Dogs baseball game on Tuesday, May 10. The team will provide educational programming for students on the trip and during their game.

Athletics

St. Stan's has joined a new athletic conference, the City-Suburban Catholic Conference!


If you are interested in helping coach or in having your son/daughter involved in athletics at St. Stan's, please contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Ryan Reed, via email at rreed@ststanschicago.org

Champions Afterschool Program

All K-8 families wishing to use aftercare services must register with CHAMPIONS as soon as possible. Use this link to enroll and begin the registration process. For a look at the CHAMPIONS program and what it has to offer, please click on this link. Any other questions should be directed to the CHAMPIONS Area Manager, Paula Short. She can be contacted at pshort@discoverchampions.com or 847-850-9817.


All families of a PK student should contact Ms. Abby Torres at atorres@ststanschicago.org to schedule your days of care and plan for payment. Tuition rates will be the same as the CHAMPIONS program since all students will have similar access to the same resources.

Covid-19 Protocols & Guidelines (as of 1/30/22)

Fully Vaccinated Status

The CDC defines fully vaccinated individuals as those who have done either of the following:
  • have received a booster of vaccine
  • have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
  • have completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.


5-Day Isolation/Quarantine

The updated CDC quarantine guidance requires the following:

  • If someone tests positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, the individual must:
    • Isolate for a full 5 days regardless if symptoms are present or not and regardless if symptoms resolve before the 5 days are complete.
      • For symptomatic people, Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms develop.
      • For asymptomatic people, Day 1 is the first full day after the positive test is administered.
    • The individual must be fever-free for 24 hours before leaving isolation. The 5-day rule still applies, but if a fever is present after 5 days, the individual must remain isolated until fever-free for 24 hours.
      • There is no need to test before leaving isolation. While individuals could remain COVID positive for some time, they are no longer contagious.
  • If a vaccinated individual is a close contact with a positive individual:
    • There is no need to quarantine at home as long as the vaccinated individual is not symptomatic.
    • Testing is recommended 5 days after exposure OR if symptoms develop.
  • If an unvaccinated individual is a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person:
    • The individual must quarantine at home for 5 days.
    • Testing is recommended 5 days after exposure OR if symptoms develop.


Test to Stay Option

Students who are deemed to be "close contacts" to positive Covid-19 cases have the option to either quarantine for 5 days or "test-to-stay" in school. This is being done in the interest of allowing our students the best opportunity to continue their learning uninterrupted while also providing safety measures to prevent virus transmission. Please note the important details below:

  1. Any test being used as part of the "test-to-stay" protocol must be administered by a clinic, doctor's office, or pharmacy such as Walgreen's or CVS. Home tests administered at home will not count as valid.
  2. A home test may be used only if it is conducted in the presence of a school official (the Principal or Administrative Assistant) at the beginning of the school day. If the test shows a negative result, the student may remain at school so long as they are not showing any symptoms.
  3. The "Test-to-Stay" protocol will not apply should I see it necessary to quarantine an entire classroom due to overt spread of the virus.


Travel Guidelines
We continue to follow the state classifications designated in the City of Chicago Travel Advisory.
  • Domestic Travel to an “Orange” State:
    • Fully vaccinated students/teachers/staff do not need post-travel COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine as long as they are not symptomatic and provide proof of vaccination.
    • Unvaccinated students/teachers/staff must quarantine for 5 days OR provide proof of a negative test, taken after travel and as close to the start of school as practical, but no earlier than 72 hours prior to returning home. Persons must quarantine until a negative test is received. If the test result is negative, no further quarantine is required.
  • International Travel:
    • The CDC currently requires a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to board a plane to the United States. Because of this requirement, no quarantine is required upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

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Please reach out to us if you have questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions. We love feedback from those we serve in the St. Stan's community!

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