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Principal Notes ~ March 12, 2021

Important Calendar Dates

Monday, March 1, 2021 - IOWA TESTING BEGINS (3rd -8th Grade)


Friday, March 12, 2021 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)


Wednesday, March 17 - GREEN DAY (Students may wear green for St. Partick's Day)/ St. Patrick's Day Parties @ 2:00


Friday, March 19 - Feast of St. Joseph: Students are encouraged to wear his/her RED UNIFORM shirt for St. Joseph's Day


Wednesday, March 24 - SPIRIT WEAR


Monday, March 29 - Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - SPRING BREAK/ EASTER

Spring Pictures - April 12

Spring pictures are pre-order only. Only students that ordered Spring Pictures will be permitted to be out of uniforms.


A link to order the pictures will be sent to families at a later date.

Little Way

Little Way Catholic Bookstore has extended its fundraiser for STMM through the end of March.



** Shop for a variety of religious books, statues, artwork, and sacramentals


The Little Way

50 Brink Street

Crystal Lake, IL

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:


INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: Please let the school office know if you have any plans to travel internationally (including Mexico, Canada, Virgin Islands, and cruises)

After You Travel Recommendations

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.​​
  • ​If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.​



Rapid Tests: Students and staff being tested for COVD-19 must have an RT-PCR test. The RT-PCR test can take between 2-3 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 household members must remain out of school until the test results 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.


The school is able to help schedule you an appointment for a test through the health department.


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 quarantine 14 days from the date of exposure. You will need 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 symptoms arise during the 14 days 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.

** Please consider remote learning if a household member has been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19.


Remote Learners: The remote learning option is available to students that will be out of school for an extended period due to COVID-19 concerns or illness. Students will not be put into remote learning for appointments or vacations. If your child is out for an extended period, 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. All students are eligible for remote learning.


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 (if the illness is not linked to COVID-like symptoms) 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.

** Please consider remote learning if a household member feels unwell and exhibiting any COVID like symptoms.


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 essential information to share with the school.

Lent Reflection

As parents, you may at times just shake your head in amazement over your children's antics. They are a work in progress, after all, as are we. Life is an interesting spiritual journey in which God in his loving providence gives us many opportunities to help others and ourselves by turning fully to God with all of our needs. St. John Paul II encouraged us to courageously renounce whatever it is that separates us from God. Let's take some time today to ponder our lives through prayer.


Fasting - Today, ask the whole family to fast from a special treat or a favorite game or activity.


Almsgiving - With the children, give some time in prayer for the poor today.


- Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II


Resources:


Sunday Mass sign-up - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054ea4aa23abf58-weekend1


Live Mass link - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_iPQKGd_GrYnNEpFKw_L6g

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Parking lot Safety

For the safety of all of our children and staff, students will NO longer be permitted to be picked up from the parish parking lot. We ask that all families park in the West parking lot of the school. Once all children are safe in their cars the lot will be dismissed. Any child whose ride is not in the West school parking lot will be sent to the West doors and can be picked up after the parking lot has been released.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff.

STMM Signs and Hats Challenge

Let's see those front yard signs! The sun is out and the snow is melting. It's the perfect time to put out your STMM yard sign!


You can send your pictures to Mrs. O'Hearn - bohearn@stmmschool.org.

Logo Shirts for the 2021 - 2022 School Year

Starting the 2021 - 2022 school year, all students will be required to have a logo on all polo shirts, fleeces, and sweaters. These items are available through Land's End.


Be sure to join their e-mail list for the latest deals and coupons

Payment Summary Report though FACTS for 2020 taxes

  1. Log in to your FACTS account and go to the homepage.
  2. Locate “View Details” (Right across from Payment Plan and Billing) and click on it.
  3. Locate “View Payment Summary” and click on it.
  4. Choose the 2020 school year.
  5. Hit the “Print” button in the top right-hand corner of the document.