St. Mike's Matters- Notes
October 13, 2022
Action on Fund-A-Needs and Security Updates
We have finally reaped the fruits of all last year's Fund-A-Needs! New blinds for heat control in kindergarten and the library have been installed. The Quiet Grove/Sensory Garden (the second Fund-A-Need) is ordered and we’re just waiting for supply chain issues to actually see it out front. You also probably haven’t noticed, but our building was repainted just before school started. We went with the same body color, except for changing the maroon trim for a more modern gray. It looks the same, only a LOT cleaner. Thank you for making all this possible through your amazing generosity.
On the continued updates list, is a bid for eight security cameras to be installed around our campus. The price tag is reasonable but high: just under $47,000. This will be our #1 ask at Fund-A-Need tomorrow at the Family Night auction. The #2 goal is a long jump pit for our track athletes. #3 goal is that you all come and enjoy the fellowship and fun! Please thank the amazing chairs, Laura Dietz, and Courtney Williams for their extraordinary work making this happen - and don't forget the huge group of volunteers - THANK YOU all.
Lastly, did you know that our facilities department sweeps the interior and exterior of our campus every morning ensuring that it's safe for faculty and students each day? As we have security updates, we'll pass them on, and if you have concerns, please let us know. Your children's safety, growth, and security remain our number one job.
Kathi Rafferty and Roseann Feldmann
Individual School Pictures 10/19/22
Please have your order in by Tuesday October 18th so that payment is received in time for picture day.
Click on the link button below to place your order for school pictures online.
Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Application Site Now Open
Tuition assistance will only be granted for the next year by completing the online application process. If you plan to apply for the 2023/2024 school year, your application must be submitted by January 6th, 2023.
Award letters from the Fulcrum Foundation will be mailed to applicants in March 2023.
The Fulcrum tuition assistance application can be accessed at: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4CDW0
Fall Coat Drive
As you know, St. Teresa of Calcutta Saint House holds a coat drive annually for those who are in need of coats. This year the coat drive will begin Tuesday, October 4, 2022, and will end on Friday, October 21, 2022.
We will collect and count the coats every Friday to deliver them to the Saint Vincent de Paul Ministry. The coats you donate should be gently worn rain coats, thick jackets, and heavy duty winter jackets.Whichever class donates the most coats by the time the end of the coat drive will receive a prize. This will be decided by your homeroom teacher.
Thank You Volunteers!
On the last Saturday of September, five families gathered together to add 20 cubic yards of new, playground-certified mulch to the Pre-Kindergarten playground area and the School playground. A sincere "thank you" to the Schwan family, the Oberc family, the Kerrigan family, and the Boyd family for providing the muscle to spread the mulch and to the DeBord family for organizing this event. Both of these areas are much safer with the addition of the mulch.
Updated Sports Eligibility
In an effort to better support student athletes, changes have been made to the Sports Eligibility section of the Family Handbook. A specific timeline has been included that indicates when the student and parents will be notified of eligibility. The policy also clarifies how long a teacher has to grade the late/missing work after it is submitted. The cut off for the class grade needed by student athletes has been updated. The updated text to the Family Handbook is below:
Academic Eligibility for Participation in Sports/Extracurricular Activities
St. Michael Parish School encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities offered by our school. We realize that making the choice to participate in our sports programs or other extracurricular activities is a large commitment. At the same time, we expect students to be accountable for their schoolwork.
The following plan is in place to help students meet their academic responsibilities while still being able to participate in their chosen extracurricular activities.
Students who have a 73% or below in any subject will be ineligible to participate in their chosen extracurricular activity.
Students, parents, and coaches will be notified of a student’s ineligible status on Fridays. After all assignments have been handed in and all grades are 74% or above, students may resume participation in St. Michael extracurricular activities (practices, games/contests, rehearsals, etc.). Upon receipt of completed assignments, teachers will score and update the student’s grade within 24 hours.
The principal has final discretion in these matters.
Place Your Yearbook Order
The 2022-2023 Yearbooks are available for pre-order.
As in previous years, yearbook orders can only be placed on the Jostens website.
Please remember to order by 1/27/23 to guarantee your yearbook this year. We will not be ordering any extras for selling at the end of the year.
Click the button below, or call 1-877-767-5217 to place your order.
$30 book (no free icons) through 11/19/22
$40 book through 01/28/23
Please contact Mrs. Swenson if you have any questions.
SCRIP - Support Our School While You Shop
What is SCRIP?
SCRIP is a program where you buy a gift card at face value and we earn a percentage back for our school. Use SCRIP gift cards for things you already buy like food, clothes, entertainment, and gasoline. SCRIP sales go to PTSA which provides funds to support teachers and programs.
How Do I Participate?
- Purchase SCRIP gift cards in the school office. We can also place special orders if we do not have the physical cards you want on hand.
- Set up an online account at RaiseRight.com. Order eGift cards, received instantly, or reload an already purchased physical gift card from the office.
Click here for more information on how to set up your account: SCRIP Gift Card Program
Email questions, requests for enrollment code, or to volunteer: email@example.com
School Volunteer Agreement
Library Volunteers Needed
What Is A Birthday Book?
Birthday books are added to the collection at St. Michael School library in honor of someone's birthday. Any student can select a book from the collection of new books waiting to be added to our library. The book will be presented at Monday Morning Opening and the birthday boy or girl will be the first person to check out the book!
If you would like to celebrate your student's birthday by donating a birthday book, please complete the form. A $5.00 donation is requested to help defray the cost of the book. Please check if you want your FACTS account charged or you can send in cash or check (payable to St. Michael School and marked "birthday book" on the memo line). If the cost is prohibitive, please contact Mrs. Quebedeaux (school librarian) firstname.lastname@example.org, as we do not want any child to be excluded who wishes to participate.
A special Birthday Club bookplate will be printed and placed inside the book cover with your child's name and year the book was donated.
St. Michael Parish School Covid-19 Policy
If a student or staff member is ill or COVID-19 positive:
Students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and should get tested. Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate at home. Individuals may return to school on Day 6 if they test negative on that day (Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or, if without symptoms, the day of the positive viral test). Those individuals need to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days (day 6 through day 10) if they return to school after the end of their 5-day isolation period. If an individual is unable to wear a well-fitting mask, they need to continue to isolate for a full 10 days. To further protect other school children and staff, individuals who test positive using antigen or at-home tests towards the end of the full 5 days of isolation, and/or on days 6-10, are required to complete the full 10 days of isolation. Testing after day 10 is not recommended.
If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19:
DOH no longer requires exposed students and staff to quarantine. To protect the school, students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 should:
• Monitor for symptoms, AND
• Test as soon as possible after exposure and then repeat testing every 24-48 hours through at least the first 5 days after exposure AND
• Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure.
Covid-19 positive cases and exposure cases need to be reported to the St. Michael Parish School Health Office (email@example.com). Covid-19 testing is available through the Health Office if home testing is not available.
Ron Feldmann MD
St. Michael Parish School Health Office
POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches