Monday Memo

We Are Family - August 16, 2021

Dear Parents,


As you noticed this morning, preparations for the parish festival are well underway. I hope to see you there this weekend. Admission to the festival is free. There will be entertainment and games for children (and adults) of all ages, great food, and rides. Ride and food tickets can be purchased on-site.


CYO Girls Basketball registration closes on August 20th. See below for registration information.


God bless,

Janet Abdoulaye, Principal

Events This Week

Monday


Tuesday


  • See today's parent email for car rider and EDM pick up instructions



Wednesday


  • Remote learning for all grades
  • Festival setup



Thursday


  • Remote learning for all grades
  • Festival, 6 - 10 PM



Friday


  • Remote learning for all grades
  • Festival, 6 - 11 PM



Saturday


  • Festival, 6 - 12 AM
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Girlfriends in God Information

Girlfriends in God is a parish group that invites women of all ages and stages to join in fellowship. It is a great way to become better acquainted with other women in our community.


Monthly Evening Gathering: Dinner at Opa! In Avon

Monday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m.

  • We will meet at the restaurant. If the weather permits, we will sit outside as a large group.
  • Join us and bring a friend if you can!


Weekly Friday Morning Bible Study: Faith & Friends on Friday

Fridays, 9:00 - 10:30 AM in the Parish Center

  • No meeting Friday, August 20th due to Parish Festival.

COVID Update 8/2/2021

In case you missed it from last week's Memo....



As you may know, the CDC recently updated its guidelines for schools this fall. The CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Indiana State and Hendricks County Health Departments all strongly recommend that students wear masks indoors in educational settings.


I thought I would take a moment to explain why we support this recommendation based on what we have learned in the past year.


  • Students learn best in person at every age. Education is a deeply social undertaking. Students and teachers need in-person interaction in order to provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Students do not social distance well at any age. From three years old to 14 years old, students are often in close proximity to one another as they talk, work, and walk through our building. They thrive on discussion, working in groups, and being together, all of which require they be in close proximity to one another.
  • Our classroom sizes are not large enough to permit 6 feet of distance between students. Several of our classrooms are at capacity in enrollment which presents an additional challenge in distancing students.
  • Students wore masks last year with little difficulty. It provided an important individual layer of protection on top of additional layers such as increased handwashing, social distancing to the extent possible, improving ventilation, and enhanced sanitation.
  • Last year, we had 22 cases of COVID among students and staff throughout the fall and winter months, but we did not have any evidence of spread within our building due to consistent masking and contact tracing.
  • With masking, we are required to contact trace and quarantine students based on close contact to a positive case at a 3-foot radius. Without masking, the radius is at 6 feet which will result in more quarantines when we have a case in the school.


At this point, our health and safety plan states, "face coverings may be required for all unvaccinated students in the future if conditions in the community change, i.e. increased cases, contagious variants, etc." We are seeing increased cases in the Hendricks County area and the very contagious Delta variant is now the predominant strain of COVID. I am watching the state dashboard carefully for data on the spread of COVID in our area.


In the event that cases continue to increase dramatically in our county, we may move to required face coverings. Our commitment to in-person learning is strong and we will take whatever steps necessary to continue in-person throughout any challenges presented this school year.


At this time, I am simply asking each family to consider sending their children to Saint Susanna in face coverings. Please consider the reasons presented by these professional organizations as well as what we have learned from the past year. As a community, I believe we can ensure a safe learning environment for our students and maintain in-person education throughout the year.

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CYO Sports

  • Registration is open for boys and girls CYO cross-country grades 3-8 now thru mid-August.
  • Girls CYO Basketball registration is also open now thru August 20th for girls grades 4-8.
  • To register simply log on to the website: www.saintsusannaschool.com and choose CYO Registration under the athletics tab. Once on-site, click: St. Susanna Online Sports Registration Form
  • For questions or concerns please email: cyoboard@stsusanna.com

Volunteer Opportunities

The service hour tracking form can be found here and a copy will be sent home in the back-to-school packets. We ask that each family complete five service hours this school year. These hours can be completed during school or parish events.


Upcoming events include:

Easy Fund-Raising for Saint Susanna Catholic School!


Box Tops for Education


Here’s how it works:


  • Step 1: Download the new Box Tops App (iTunes or Google Play) – it’s free
  • Step 2: Create a username and connect it to your child’s school
  • Step 3: Scan your grocery store receipt. Items with the new Box Tops label will be automatically credited to your school


Does this mean I should stop sending in my paper Box Tops that I have already clipped? No! Continue to send those to the school!


Kroger Community Rewards


Information on the Kroger Community Rewards program can be found here on their website or under the "rewards" tab in your Kroger app. You will need to search for the exact name of our organization as SAINT SUSANNAS SCHOOL PTP . From there, you can link your Kroger card with our organization and a portion of your spending at Kroger will come to us.

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About Us

St. Susanna Catholic School's mission is to provide a Christ-centered, quality education that prepares and inspires its students to excel as they progress in their scholastic careers. Based on Catholic teachings, our students and staff exemplify the value of faith, service, love, and respect in all situations and with all people.