Principal's Pad (2/13/22)

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
  • Weekly Parent Survey
  • Celebrating Black History Month
  • Home-Learning Hub

What's still here from last week?

  • Lil' Wildcat Sports Club
  • Afterschool Opportunities: Science Club
  • Important Dates
  • Covid-19 Protocols

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.


Technology Updates

I am excited to announce that we have and are receiving some major upgrades to the technology our students will have access to at St. Stan's. Earlier this year, each classroom received new Newline TRUTOUCH Interactive Board which replaced some of our older SmartBoards and projectors. These interactive boards allow teachers and students to more easily collaborate and share ideas, projects, and information.


Recently we acquired 90 new Lenovo Chromebooks. These Chromebooks will replace some of our older models as well as give the opportunity for each student in grades 4-8 to have their own. We are also in the process of acquiring 90 new iPads for the use of our K-3 students. These iPads will replace our classroom sets which have been shared between classes over the course of the year. I am hopeful that these upgrades will give our students and teachers greater access to many unique learning opportunities and assist in developing the 21st Century skills which will be required of our students in the future.


It will take some time to set-up and inventory our new Chromebooks and iPads as well as to obtain proper charging stations and protective equipment. Once we are ready to distribute to students, parents should expect to see a new Technology Agreement come home. We will expect students and families to take extra care with our new technology and hope to emphasize greater responsibility and accountability.


Fundraising Updates

I want to say one last "thank you" for all who participated in our Double Good Popcorn fundraiser this past week. We sold $12,868 worth of popcorn of which $6,434 will be coming back directly to St. Stan's Academy. These funds will go towards general operations and repairs within the school.


Some of our past fundraisers have been small, but fun. Earlier this year the students taped me to the wall and just two weeks ago they got to pie me as part of our Catholic Schools Week activities. Those two events raised about $750. The money from the "Tape the Principal" fundraiser will be put towards supporting our influx of new technology with proper charging stations and cases. The "Pie" fundraiser money is being used to help support the motivational rewards for students doing well week to week and month to month as they progress towards their i-Ready goals. This will culminate in an ice cream or pizza party in March for all classes who have reached the goals we set out in the beginning of January. Whatever is left will be put towards a school field trip in May to see a STEM inspired Chicago Dogs baseball game called "Homerun for Education."


Enrollment Contracts

Later this week, I will be sending out Enrollment Contracts for the 2022-23 school year. You will receive both an email and your child will bring a paper copy home. It is important that this information is filled out as soon as possible to secure your child's seat in a classroom for next school year. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our main office.

Gentle Reminders

No School - February 18 & February 21

On Friday, February 18 we will be having a "Wellness Day" as prescribed by the Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools. School will also be out of session the following Monday in observance of Presidents' Day.


Valentine's Day Spirit Wear

To celebrate Valentine's Day, students may wear red, pink, or something related to the holiday. Students should continue to wear their informal uniform if they choose not to participate in the spirit day.

Weekly Parent Survey - Mask Wearing

Please click on this link to answer this week's survey question. We would like to know your feelings on mask wearing at St. Stan's Academy.


Currently, masks are still required for Archdiocesan schools in the city of Chicago. If this policy changes, however, school communities may be allowed to determine what is best for their students, teachers, and families if there are strong feelings as far as maintaining a mask requirement or making masks optional. Should masks become optional, certain protocols around close contacts and quarantining will most likely change to include the following:


  • Any student who is unmasked and unvaccinated while being within 6 feet of a positive Covid-19 case will be asked to quarantine or undergo "test-to-stay" protocols.
  • Classrooms may still be required to wear masks should a rash of cases make it necessary to prevent further spread of the Covid-19 virus. This will be done at the discretion of the Principal.
  • Students may be required to wear masks for large, all school gatherings at the discretion of the Principal.

Celebrating Black History Month

As Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian Institution, said at the opening of the Washington D.C.'s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016...

"There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering."


Throughout the month of February, our teachers and students will be taking extra time to examine the important contributions of Black Americans to our society and their impact on the world. Since many prominent stories of Black Americans have been forgotten or neglected in the past as part of our national narrative, it is important that our schools seek to remind our communities of the world-changing impact these stories have had.


Please consider engaging in conversations with your children at home about prominent Black leaders, movements, and accomplishments. Feel free to utilize any of the resources below to assist in these discussions. Do not hesitate to reach out to St. Stan's Academy should you desire additional resources or have your own ideas as to how our community could best honor the contributions of Black Americans to our society.


Lil' Wildcat Sports Club

St Stan’s Academy is excited to revive the Lil’ Wildcat Sports Club for PreK - 2nd Grade students. This sports club will provide your child with the opportunity to learn several skills in soccer and basketball. Students will meet every Thursday from February 17th - March 31st.


Please have permission slips, shirt order forms, and a full payment of $100 submitted by February 17, 2022. Forms were sent home with students last week.


Times & Schedule

PreK - Kindergarten students will participate from 2:45 - 3:45pm

1st - 2nd Grade students will participate from 3:00 - 4:00pm


If you have any questions, you can email our Athletic Director, Mr. Ryan Reed, at rreed@ststanschicago.org.

After School Science Club: 3rd-6th Grade

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Home-Learning Hub

Upcoming Events & Important Dates at St. Stan's

Valentine's Day Classroom Celebrations - February 14

Each grade-level classroom will have their own party to celebrate Valentine's Day. Room Parents, please be on the lookout for more information regarding party guidelines.


No School: Wellness Day & Presidents' Day - February 18 & 21

On Friday, February 18 we will be using one of our allotted "Wellness Days" to allow students and staff to focus on their physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Monday, February 21 is also a day off of school in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.


End of 2nd Trimester - March 4

Friday, March 4 will mark the end of the 2nd academic trimester at St. Stan's Academy.


Parent/Teacher Conferences - March 11

Parents and guardians will be able to discuss their student's progress with teachers on Friday, March 11. There will be no classes on this day so that teachers can meet with as many families as possible.

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.

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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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