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Principal Notes ~ November 16, 2020

Principal's Desk

This week we will continue to have remote learning for all students in preschool - 8th grade. Morning announcements will be through Facebook Live until we can add additional participants to Google Meets. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through some of our technical glitches.

The school office will be open from 9:00 - 3:00 daily this week. They are here to help answer questions and assist you during remote learning. If you have materials that need to be picked up or dropped off, it can be done during these hours.

LOU MALNATI'S Fundraiser:

A few weeks ago we kicked off our Lou Malnati's Fundraiser to help support our school. This fundraiser will continue even though we are in remote learning. We will only have one collection date - Friday, December 4, 2020. All orders with payment are due on this date.

In Faith,

Brenna L. O'Hearn


COVID-19 Update

St. Margaret Mary remains ever so diligent in the safety of our staff and students. As things change and updates are given by IDPH or the McHenry County Health Department we will make adjustments at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School.

Updates and Reminders:

Rapid Tests: Per IDPH and the Health Department negative rapid tests are no longer valid testings means for the school. Students and staff being tested for COVD-19 must have an RT-PCR test. The RT-PCR test takes between 3-5 days. When you are waiting for results all family members must remain home and quarantined. If any person in your household is taking a COVID-19 test for any reason, all members in the household must remain out of school until the results of the test are received and notice is given to the school. It is also recommended that if you carpool with someone who is being tested for COVD-19, your child would remain out of school until there is a test result.

Close Contact Exposure **UPDATE**: If a family member has been exposed to COVID-19 or identified as close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, only the person identified as the close contact must quarantine14 days from the date of exposure. You will need to contact the school office and let them know your family was exposed to COVID-19. As long as no one in the house is exhibiting COVID symptoms and/or there are no outstanding tests, the family members that are second-hand contact may return to school. If at any point, during the 14 days, symptoms arise or a family member goes for a test, all family members, will need to remain home from school. At that time, your children will be transitioned to remote learners.

Remote Learners: The remote learning option is available to students that will be out of school for an extended period of time due to COVID-19 or illness. Students will not be put into remote learning for appointments or vacations. If your child will be out for an extended period of time you will need to contact Mrs. O'Hearn. Additional information will be given to the family of the remote learner at that time. Students will be placed in remote learning within 24 hours of the notice.

Student Illness: If your child is feeling unwell, he or she should stay home and you should contact the school office directly. Please do not email the office. You will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. These questions will help determine the next course of action. If it is determined that your child should see a doctor or have a COVID-19 test, all siblings will remain out of school until there is a test result or a doctor's note to return. Students will need to stay home for 48 hours from the onset of any sickness and 72 hours for a fever. Once a student is symptom-free he/she may return to school, if a COVID-19 test or doctor's note was not required.

Reporting to the school positive COVID cases: Please contact the office if you or anyone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19. Even when we are remote, this is important information to share with the school.

2020 Christmas Card Contest

This year we are inviting our students to submit a design for our 2020 Christmas card. The card will be sent to the school families, deanery Catholic Schools, and businesses.

This year’s theme is “Spreading the good news” from Luke 2:17-20

“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

Submission Guidelines

Art is due: Friday, November 20, 2020, by 12:00 p.m.

· Artwork considered for the Christmas card should match the spirit of this year’s theme.

· The artwork should fit on a standard piece of paper (8 ½ x 11) (horizontal or vertical)

· Please include the student’s name and class on the back of the paper.

· The contest winner’s artwork will be posted on the St. Margaret Mary website and Facebook page.

Teachers will be voting on the selections after school on Friday, November 20. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 30, 2020, during morning announcements.

Due to the fact that we are remote this week. All submissions can either be dropped off at school or submitted electronically. Electronic submission can be sent to Mrs. O'Hearn (

Report Cards

Report cards will be electronically posted on School Speak on Friday, November 20 after 3:00 p.m. If you have questions or concerns about your child's report card, please contact the classroom teacher directly.

Spirit Wear

Our next Spirit Wear Day is Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Below are the Spirit Wear Guidelines.

Spirit wear is a type of alternate uniform offered to students on certain days which allows the students to express and cultivate a sense of pride in our school community. For this reason, spirit wear is considered an alternate uniform. Thus, students will have a limited set of options for their attire these days. We recognize that there are many types of St. Margaret Mary clothing options that families have purchased and collected over the years. Without limiting the options, however, the variety of colors and styles the students are wearing makes it difficult to adopt the concept of an “alternate uniform”.

Official spirit wear, in general, consists of t-shirts of classic navy, gray, and/or true red which are plain (no text or design) or references St. Margaret Mary Catholic School in the above colors will be acceptable for spirit wear.

If families or groups want to make a t-shirt for use on spirit wear days, they must first be approved by the principal.

Non-uniform and spirit wear pants and shorts:

Students can wear jeans, athletic pants (not yoga or tight-fitting), chino pants, or capris pants. Legging will not be permitted unless the dress or top worn is at least one inch above the knee or longer. Pants cannot have rips or holes.

We are increasingly sensitive to the fact that measuring short length is a process that can invite unwelcome attention to students. Unfortunately, measuring shorts length is not a science; therefore, to eliminate problems surrounding these judgment calls, uniform shorts will be the only shorts permitted for spirit wear days and out of uniform days. Female students can also wear their uniform skirts.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

This year Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held virtually through Google Meets. Prior to the conference, the homeroom teacher will send a conference invitation with the meeting link. This will be the link for that particular conference. If you would like to meet with another teacher please reach out directly to that person.

The sign-up for conferences can be found on School Speak. Be sure to select a conference time by the end of next week so that all meeting invites can be sent out by out teachers.