Week of September 13, 2021
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Need To Know Now
Click here for 2021-2022 Back-to-School Forms to be completed now
Click here for the School Faculty & Staff Directory
Click here for the latest COVID-19 information
Click here for the 2021-2022 School Calendar, revised August 1
Click here for the 2021-2022 Dress Code
Click here for the 2021-2022 School Handbook and Amendments, including important health and safety information, school policies and procedures, and more
MASKS MANDATORY AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 17
All St. Hilary School students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks August 23 - September 17. Conditions will be re-evaluated at the end of this four-week period. Click here for details. Please make sure your child has enough masks to wear a clean mask each day. During warm, humid weather, you may want to send several masks in case your child needs to change during the day. A spare mask should be kept in the student’s backpack at all times. Please make sure your child’s name is on each mask either with a Sharpie or with labeling tape that won’t wash or wear off. The school will provide a face shield for each student in grades K-2 and by individual request in other grades. It is the responsibility of parents to provide face masks. Lanyards will be available to help contain masks while eating or drinking.
DIOCESAN STATEMENT ON MASKS
On August 20, the Diocese of Cleveland issued a statement strongly recommending masks in its Catholic schools. Click here to read the statement.
DID YOU KNOW?...
- Students who need to participate in distance learning while quarantining or isolating at home for five days or more must allow 24 hours for set-up , including preparation of materials that will be necessary to learn from home.
- Under the CDC guidelines, students exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom setting who consistently wear a mask at school do not need to quarantine.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR RETURNING TO SCHOOL DURING COVID-19
Below are some tips for families as we return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Things to have at home:
- Thermometer for daily temperature checks
- Working printer and paper in the event of distance learning
Things to bring each day:
- Individual snack (birthday and other treats must be factory sealed or from a bakery - nothing home made)
- Water bottle - disposable or refillable (we have bottle filler fountains)
- Extra mask(s)
What to wear to school:
- Gym uniform if gym day - students will stay in gym clothes all day
- Velcro shoes for kindergarteners / first graders if unable to tie shoes
Hot Off The Press
Parents, we have communicated several times about safety during our morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, but unsafe driving continues. We continue to witness near misses on a daily basis. Please help us keep your children safe on our campus. Please be sure every person dropping off and picking up your child is aware of these points, as well.
- When dropping off on the parking lot side of the building, please STOP BEFORE THE CROSS WALK in order to leave the cross walk clear for pedestrians crossing from the lot to the building. Please DO NOT STOP ON THE CROSS WALK to drop off. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CROSS WALK WHILE PEOPLE ARE STILL CROSSING!
- When pulling forward, please MAKE SURE YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD and that the path in front of and around your vehicle is clear before moving the vehicle.
- Please BE SURE YOUR CHILD IS COMPLETELY CLEAR OF YOUR CAR before pulling away. Water bottles are often dropped and may roll under cars. Please instruct your child not to reach under the car or run back to the car for a forgotten item - especially masks, which are available in the office. Adults on duty will assist.
- Please DO NOT PUT YOUR CAR IN PARK AND GET OUT OF YOUR CAR in the drop off lines. If your child needs assistance getting out of a car seat or unbuckling, please park in the lot, help your child get out, and walk him or her to the building.
- If you are walking a student from the parking lot to the building, PLEASE CROSS ONLY AT THE MARKED CROSS WALK. Many parents and children are walking from other areas into the stream of traffic, creating a dangerous situation.
- Please DRIVE SLOWLY on our campus at all times.
- We are a CELL-PHONE FREE CAMPUS during drop-off and pick-up. Please refrain from using your phone during these few minutes.
DAILY LOGISTICS TO NOTE
- If your child will be absent, tardy or picked up early for any reason, please call the school office at 330-867-8720 to report this. You may speak with a secretary during school hours or leave a message on the attendance line 24/7. Absences must be reported to the school office by 9:30 am on the day of the absence. We are required by law to follow up with families who do not do so. You may also notify teachers and Latchkey as a courtesy. It is not necessary to email other school staff.
- If there is a COVID-19 related situation in your household at any time, you must notify Mrs. Woodman ASAP at email@example.com to help determine next steps for your child. This includes your child being exposed, your child having symptoms, your child being tested, your child testing positive, a member of your household being exposed, a member of your household having symptoms, a member of your household being tested, or a member of your household testing positive. Your cooperation is imperative.
- If a student needs to be picked up for an appointment or is ill and being picked up to go home, please pull up to the Moorfield Road door, call the school office at 330-867-8720, and your child will be signed out with your permission and released to your car under staff supervision.
- Students who are ill may not return to school until they are symptom free for a full 48 hours (2 days) without fever reducing medication OR they have a negative COVID-19 test (must provide test results) OR they have a note from the attending physician stating that symptoms are not the result of COVID-19. There is no incentive to come to school when ill. The perfect attendance award has been eliminated. The policy on excessive absence will be reviewed and applied on a case-by-case basis during the duration of COVID-19.
- The drop off bins have been relocated to the Moorfield Road side of the building to allow 24/7 access. If a lunch or other forgotten item needs to be dropped off to a student in a time-sensitive manner, please call the school office at 330-867-8720 or ring the bell at the Moorfield entrance door, let the secretaries know what you are dropping off and for whom, and leave the item – clearly labeled with the student’s name and room number or teacher – in the drop-off bin. A staff member will retrieve the item and get it to the student.
- Parents and visitors will have very limited access to the school building and every effort will be made to conduct business in a contact-free / virtual manner when possible. Masks are required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
MASKS REQUIRED AT SCHOOL MASSES
Parents and grandparents of students participating in school Masses may attend Mass in person. Masks are required at all school Masses regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GOLF OUTING SEPTEMBER 27
Come Golf with the St. Hilary Knights of Columbus at Firestone Country Club on September 27!
Please join us for a fun day of golf at the beautiful Firestone Country Club North Course. The event starts with lunch then moves into golf (includes a golf cart) and ends with a sit-down dinner, awards ceremony and silent auction. We will be playing a scrambles format which means that the best ball from your foursome is used each time you hit or putt. This keeps your team competitive while making for a fun and relaxing event. Sign-up as a foursome or as a single player. We will put single players together to create a foursome.
The cost is $250 per player or $1000 for a foursome. Sign-up on our website at: https://one.bidpal.net/sthilarykofcgolf/welcome. Lunch and sign-in run from 11:30 – 1:00 with golf beginning at 1:30 PM on September 27. All proceeds from the event will be donated to local charities including St. Hilary School and Parish.
For questions call Bernie Geary at 330-285-6837.
The Main Event
Click here for the school Google calendar
~ September 13-October 1: MAP Testing for grades K-8
~ September 24: First Quarter Interim Reports
~ September 25: Grade 2 First Reconciliation Retreat 1:30 - 5:00 pm
~ September 30: Kindergarten to Ramseyer Farms
SCAN AND SUBMIT RECEIPTS FOR "BOX TOP" PRODUCTS TO EARN MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL
The Box Tops program has gone digital! Now it's even easier to support our school with your grocery purchases! Click here for details!
ACME RECEIPTS NEEDED TO EARN MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL
We are collecting Acme receipts again this year! Please save your Acme receipts from August 5 through December 25, 2021. Send them into school anytime to Attn: Tara Reuscher; c/o Alex Reuscher Room 107. If you prefer, take a picture of your receipts (be sure to include the bottom portion of the receipt that includes the cash back amount) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Did you know 19% of Akron school aged children are food insecure and lack regular access to nutritional food? Akron Blessings in a Backpack is looking for volunteers to assist with packing food for Akron Public School children for the 2021-2022 school year. This is an easy way to give back to the community. Volunteers are requested to sign up for 1 Thursday per month, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Children are welcome, and encouraged! Volunteers pack bags of food at a local Akron Public School. Students pick the bags up from the school they attend on Friday to carry them through the weekend. If interested, please email email@example.com and a Team Leader will be in contact.
HOT LUNCH HELP NEEDED
Our Hot Lunch program is in need of volunteers to fill open spots to ensure we can offer Hot Lunch every day. If you can help, please email Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability.
CLASSROOM VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS
There will be limited in-person volunteer opportunities this year, but sign-ups will be available via the classroom Sign-Up Genius. Watch for more information.
Growing Together in Faith
SCHOOL MASS THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Our next school Mass for the 2021-2022 school year will be THIS FRIDAY, September 17 at 9:30 am. Grades 1, 5 and 7 will attend in person. The school Mass will be planned by grade 7, and will be live streamed and available to view at http://sthilarychurch.org/live/. You will be able to view all live streamed Masses through this site. A copy of this year’s liturgy schedule can be found in the Forms and Documents section under the Red Folder on the school website. Masses are also posted on the school Google calendar, with the grade level planning the Mass listed. Upcoming Masses are September 24 planned by grade 6 (grades 2, 4 and 6 will attend in person), October 1 planned by grade 5 (grades 1, 5 and 7 will attend in person), October 15 planned by grade 4 (grades 2, 4 and 6 will attend in person), October 22 planned by grade 2 (grades 1, 5 and 7 will attend in person), and October 29 (All Saints Day observed) planned by grade 3 (grades K, 3 and 8 will attend in person). There is no school on October 8.
We will continue to celebrate Mass together each week and on holy days. Students will attend school Mass on a rotation with other select grade levels (not the whole school). Only parents / grandparents of the participating class may attend Mass in person, and must sit in the back of the Church away from students. THOSE ATTENDING SCHOOL MASSES MUST WEAR MASKS.
Masses will be live streamed and available for all to watch, and students not attending Mass in person will watch live streamed Mass from their classrooms. Eucharistic ministers will come to the classrooms to distribute Holy Communion. We will handle other religious services and events in a similar way.
JOIN US IN OUR APPEAL TO GOD TO CRUSH COVID
Fr. Cameron and St. Hilary's Healing Waters Ministry invite you to pray with them on Friday, September 24, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm. Adore and praise God through song before the Blessed Sacrament and implore God to destroy COVID in all its forms. To conclude, pray the Healing Rosary for those afflicted with the virus and other infirmities.
SCHOOL ROSARY SERVICE OCTOBER 5
We will have a school Rosary service on October 5 at 1:45 pm. The service will be live streamed and available to view at http://sthilarychurch.org/live/.
ST. HILARY TO HOST HSPT PREP COURSE
St. Hilary School will host an HSPT prep course for 8th graders on Saturday, September 18. Please click below for a flyer with complete details. The location will be determined based on the number of students who register.
CYO FALL SPORTS PICTURES SEPTEMBER 14 & 15
CYO Fall Sports Pictures - Tuesday September 14th and Wednesday September 15th
(does not include Munchkin or All Saints Soccer)
Individual and team pictures for CYO sports grades 1-8 for the yearbook are scheduled! Please see schedule below for times and locations.
Please be in uniform and masks (all COVID protocols apply), and arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time.
We ask that all pictures be ordered online with the exception that if your athlete is in multiple spring sports, you cannot pre-order online. If your athlete is in multiple spring sports, and would like to pre-order, you must bring cash (exact amount) or check (made out to Lifetouch) at the time of pictures.
Pre-order pictures by going to mylifetouch.com website and entering the code: EVTFT7M8G. Pre-orders can be placed online now and up to 48 hours after the pictures are taken. Orders may also be placed after proofs are received back from Lifetouch (4 to 6 weeks). If you have any questions, please email Marlinda Bonus at email@example.com
Tuesday Sept. 14th - Schneider Park - 351 Schneider Park Drive, Akron, 44313
4:00 PM 1st grade Boys Flag Football Kurzweil
4:10 PM 2nd grade Boys Flag Football Alaburda
4:20 PM 2nd grade Boys Flag Football Taylor
4:30 AM 3rd grade Boys Flag Football Denholm
4:45 PM 4th grade Boys Flag Football Beiting
5:00 PM 5th Grade Boys Tackle Football LaCause
Tuesday Sept. 14th - Allardale Park - 401 Remsen Road, Medina, 44256
6:00 PM 3rd - 8th grade Boys Cross Country Mosher
6:15 PM 3rd - 8th grade Girls Cross Country Mosher
Wednesday Sept. 15th - St. Hilary School (Horning Hall Hallway in case of rain)
4:00 PM 3rd grade Girls Soccer Varian
4:10 PM 3rd grade Girls Volleyball Oldham
4:20 PM 4th grade Boys Soccer Knoll
4:30 PM 4th grade Girls Cheerleading Kistler
4:40 PM 4th grade Girls Cheerleading Quester
4:50 PM 4th grade Girls Soccer Inglett
5:00 PM 4th grade Girls Volleyball Jukanovic
5:10 PM 5th grade Girls Soccer Oldham
5:20 PM 5th grade Girls Volleyball Bockstoce
5:30 PM 6th grade Girls Soccer Wenzlik
5:40 PM 6th grade Girls Volleyball Higley
5:50 PM 7th grade Girls Volleyball Johnson
6:00 PM 7th grade Girls Volleyball Kennedy
6:10 PM 6th and 7th grade Boys Soccer Palumbo/Nonno
6:20 PM 8th grade Girls Cheerleading Maykut
6:30 PM 8th grade Girls Soccer Peterson
6:40 PM 8th grade Girls Soccer Wenzlik
6:50 PM 8th grade Girls Volleyball Johnson
7:00 PM 8th grade Girls Volleyball Woodburn
NEW DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP BIN LOCATION
In order to better serve our families, our drop-off and pick-up bins have moved. The bins are now located outside the Moorfield Road entrance and can be accessed any time. This replaces our original drop-off and pick-up bins that were located at our main entrance, which is now enclosed and accessible only during school office hours. If you need to pick something up, or drop something off, you can again do so at any time by accessing the bins outside the Moorfield Road entrance.
ONLY 15 CRYSTAL COMMEMORATIVES LEFT!
ONLY 15 Crystal Commemoratives are remaining to fill the window in the Horning Hall alcove! There are 5 – 12" x 6" crystals available for $5,000 each and 10 – 6" x 6" crystals available for $2,500 each. Crystals can be paid for over 5 years. These beautiful etched glass panels are a great way to honor a special person or occasion or memorialize your family's name as part of the St. Hilary community. Crystals are going fast so don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this lasting legacy. Contact St. Hilary Parish Foundation Development Director Diane Sarkis at 330-608-4787 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Acme Community Cash Back and Box Tops for Education benefit our school every time you shop or purchase qualifying products. Please click here for more information.
VERIFY & UPDATE ONE CALL NOW INFORMATION VIA SELF-UPDATE PORTAL
As the new year begins, please make sure we have your current telephone number(s) and email address(es) in our One Call Now database. Doing so will ensure you receive the latest mass email updates, as well as phone calls in the event of snow days or school emergencies.
New families: Please make sure you have returned the yellow One Call Now form contained in your child’s acceptance packet so your One Call Now account can be set up.
Returning families and new families who have returned yellow One Call Now forms: Please click the My School button at the top right corner of the school website, login, and click the One Call Now link to be directed to our new One Call Now Self-Update Portal. Click the green SIGN UP button as a first-time user to create your login for the secure portal. Users will be able to view only their own information. Follow the prompts to verify and update your information as needed. Please retain your login information so you can return to the portal and simply login to make any necessary future updates.
Please contact Mrs. Smith at email@example.com with questions.
A FEW REMINDERS - PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH CAREGIVERS
- We are a cell phone-free campus during drop-off and pick-up. We are already seeing drivers on phones during these times. For the safety of our children, please refrain from using your phone during these few minutes.
- When dropping off on the parking lot side of the building, please stop before the cross walk in order to leave the cross walk clear for pedestrians crossing from the lot to the building. Please do not stop on the cross walk to drop off.
- When pulling forward, please make sure you are looking forward and that the path in front of and around your vehicle is clear before moving the vehicle.
- Three to four cars can fit in the drop-off zone. All cars in the drop-off zone can unload at the same time to help keep the lines moving.
- Please be sure your child is completely clear of your car before pulling away. Water bottles are often dropped and may roll under cars. Please instruct your child not to reach under the car or run back to the car for a forgotten item. Adults on duty will assist.
- Please do not put your car in park and get out of the car in the drop off lines. If your child needs assistance getting out of a car seat or unbuckling, please park in the lot, help your child get out, and walk him or her to the building.
- If you need to report an absence, please be sure to call the school attendance line at 330-867-8720, ext. 1. You may also email your child's homeroom teacher, but absences must be reported to the attendance line. If your child will be absent due to a COVID-19-related reason, you must also notify Mrs. Woodman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-867-8720, ext. 343.
- If your child has any symptoms, no matter how slight, that could be COVID-19 symptoms, you must not send him or her to school. Please also notify Mrs. Woodman at email@example.com or 330-867-8720, ext. 343 or the school nurses at 330-867-8720, ext. 225. In addition to the symptoms we have all been aware of for months now, a new symptom, fullness in the ears, has been added to the list and is becoming common in children who test positive for COVID-19.
- If you need to pick your child up for an appointment, please call the school office at 330-867-8720, ext. 4 to notify the secretaries that you are here, but pull up to the Moorfield Road entrance to pick up your child. This is also the location students are to be picked up if they become ill during the school day and need to go home. Students will not be dismissed from the new office area.
- Please make sure your child knows what bus he or she rides home from school in the afternoon. We have had quite a few students confused about what bus they are to board at dismissal time.
- If you allow your children to play on the playground after school, you must supervise them. We have had reports of inappropriate behavior on school property.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MEDIA RELEASE FORM
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we will be using live streaming as a tool to gather together as a school community in situations where we will not be able to have large in-person events: when we want to gather our community for prayer, for events where parents would normally be invited, and as a way to connect our community. When a student appears in a live stream, we will not identify the student by his or her full name so as to protect his or her identity. Any live stream with students on camera will only be viewable live and will not be recorded or available after the live stream is over. This will be to more readily ensure that the live image does not stay as something that can be downloaded. A live stream will simply be a way to “attend” as the event occurs, not to view it later.
For our weekly school Masses and any other live streamed events, only students whose parents have given consent on the Media Release form on Gradelink will be able to participate and appear on camera. To be clear, that means that if you do not give us permission to have your child participate as part of live streamed events, he or she will be unable to participate as a singer or reader at school Masses and other religious services, and unable to participate in school assemblies and academic contests, parades, and any other events we may choose to live stream. This would be done not to exclude any student, but to respect parents’ wishes. Similarly, if you have consented on this form, you now need to understand the additional implications of your consent for your child if he or she participates in an event that is live streamed.
IMPORTANT! Whatever choice of consent or lack of consent you have indicated on the Media Release form on Gradelink will apply to live streamed events as indicated above, unless we hear otherwise from you. You may change your consent at any time, even during the school year and even for only a particular event, by emailing Mrs. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival & Dismissal
ARRIVAL TIME EXPECTATION
It is our expectation that students will arrive by 8:20 a.m. This bell signals our morning arrival time, at which time students begin to prepare for the day. (Please note that during COVID-19, students not attending morning Latchkey should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m. as we cannot allow students to congregate outside the building, in the hallways, or in the Multi-Purpose Room.) The 8:30 a.m. bell is not intended to provide a ten-minute grace period after the 8:20 a.m. arrival bell, but signifies the point at which students are marked tardy. Please help your child prepare for the school day in a stress-free manner by ensuring that he or she arrives at school by 8:20 a.m. each day.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
- Students not attending morning Latchkey should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m.
- Students will be scanned for temperature and screened for symptoms upon arrival before entering the building – those with a temperature over 100°F or COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter.
- All students in every grade must wear a mask.
- Students will report directly to classrooms, not to Multi-Purpose Room.
- In order to ensure social distancing during dismissal, we will follow a staggered dismissal schedule as follows:
2:50 pm - Kindergarten students and their siblings
Non-Kindergarten Families Alphabetically by Last Name:
2:55 pm - Last names S-Z
3:00 pm - Last names N-R
3:05 pm - Last names G-M
3:10 pm - Last names A-F
- Students will not be released until their designated time, so it is important that you make every effort to arrive as close to that time as possible, rather than lining up far in advance. We also ask for your cooperation in picking up your child on time, or calling the office in advance if you will be a few minutes late. In addition, we ask that the family last name of students being picked up be prominently displayed in the passenger side window of each car to help us efficiently match students with cars.
- If you prefer not to go through the car line, you may park in the far back parking lot and stand in the red “box” painted on the parking lot where you can safely reunite with your child.
- All students in every grade must wear a mask to exit the building.
- Students should go directly to car or bus – no loitering in hallways, restrooms, visiting other rooms.
- Morning Latchkey will be available beginning at 6:50 a.m. Students being dropped off for morning Latchkey will be dropped off at the Art Room Door - PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE!
- Afternoon Latchkey will be available until 6:00 p.m. Students being picked up from evening Latchkey will be picked up at the Art Room Door - PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE!
- Students attending either session of Latchkey will have temperatures checked upon arrival.
- The door used for Latchkey morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will be clearly marked with a large sign as school begins to help parents and students easily find the new location.
Four districts provide bus transportation for our students who reside in those districts: Copley-Fairlawn, Highland, Revere, and Woodridge. We anticipate that when the districts are providing in-person instruction and transportation for their own students, they will provide transportation for St. Hilary School students as well. If any of these districts move to online learning at any time, there is the potential that bus transportation for St. Hilary School students who ride the affected district’s bus may be lost. We encourage all families to have an alternate transportation plan in place as this could happen without warning. For more information, you may contact the transportation departments listed below:
Highland: 330-239-1901, ext. 1235
Revere: 330-523-3118 or 3119
Please also visit our Bus Transportation page on the school website.
The Admission Policy of St. Hilary School is in accordance with the student acceptance regulations of the Diocese of Cleveland. St. Hilary School admits qualified students of any gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.