The Borromeo Bulletin - #4

Home of the Bobcats: September 11, 2020

Thoughts from Dr. Voelkl

Like most of you I remember. I remember walking into my school building that morning. Mrs. Nausley, the receptionist, was sitting at her desk, the radio on. The level of her intensity on her face gave me reason to pause. There was a plane crash she said, at least I think....I sat for a bit, listened with her. We learned the reality, felt the initial wave of sadness. I went to my classroom. My group of 4th grade students began making their way to my classroom. There was a great deal of chatter, some nervous laughter, some tears, a palpable heaviness in the air. I was 23. A newbie at my craft. I learned quickly that day ~

We are all still learning. Our students will never experience this moment in history with the same level of emotion that moved each of us that day to tears, to anger, to sorrow, to pain... They can, however, experience the knowledge and understanding that on that day we as a country as a nation came together in countless ways whether through incredible acts of bravery or silent moments of prayer.

As a now much older educator and parent, this day now serves to inspire. What an amazing opportunity to talk, share and teach our children not simply about moments in history but about people and bravery and the amazing acts of heroism exhibited on this day by ordinary individuals. They say there is a hero in us all. It never hurts to remind them ~


First, THANK YOU to all who joined us VIRTUALLY for this Weeks Back to School Nights. We did not want to overwhelm everyone with EVERYTHING all at once so we are including important information from our Home and School Organization and our Specialist Teachers!

Viewing Student Grades

I will be turning grades on for parent viewing following dismissal today. I have posted some screenshots below to hopefully walk you thru the process. A couple of items to take note of...

1. Your student MAY not have grades in all of their courses at this time.

2. In some courses the teachers have set-up their gradebooks a bit differently meaning you may see a final average or you may see scores that are more of a points total. We will look at this as a faculty to see how best to set this portion up for the sake of consistency.

3. In my review of courses I noticed a couple of kiddos missing from a specific class or a couple of kiddos in multiple classes. I am going to spend some time ironing those pieces out as well.

4. If you have questions about a score, grade or assignment PLEASE ask your child first. Sometimes they can clear up any confusion VERY quickly. If they are unsure PLEASE do reach out to the specific teacher.

5. Grades look VERY DIFFERENT at the K, 1 and 2 levels. Students are working toward the mastery of certain skills within each content area while also learning how to learn, problem solve and manage the ins and outs of a school day. We will communicate progress with you but it may at times look different.

6. We have managed the parent viewing of grades in a few different ways over the past few years. At times we have only opened them on certain dates and at others we have left them on for viewing at all times throughout the course of the year. For now, PLEASE remain mindful that checking grades occasionally makes sense. Checking grades everyday may be a bit too much and cause unnecessary added anxiety for parents and children. If you notice trends or patterns certainly talk with your child and / or reach out to your child's teacher. In the same manner, if a teacher notices trends or patterns or it appears your child is having difficulty with a certain skill, concept or content area they will reach out as well! At this time I HAVE turned on the option for you to receive a weekly progress report update. You as a parent will have to choose this as an option. (see the screenshot below)

7. Many parents liked the feature that allowed them to receive alerts when their child received a lower grade (D of F) on an assignment. I believe I have set this up to allow you to do so but will be double checking in with my "mock" account to be sure.

8. LAST, grades equal report cards which equal parent teacher conferences which are traditionally held each year in the Fall just prior to our Fall break. We will KEEP YOU POSTED regarding what format we will be utilizing to talk and share with you at that time.

Virtual Learning When Your Child is Home

With the dawn of Virtual Learning it has become much easier for students who are home to still "participate" in class. A few reminders related to this process ~

1. Your child may be able to join in class but depending on what materials they brought home with them may not be able to complete all of the work.

2. The links to participate in their classes can be found in their google classrooms. Students in higher grade levels i.e. 5th grade and up will be able to "join" in with a greater level of independence than some of our younger kiddos. In other words, most should know where to go and what to do :-)

3. Teachers are always happy and eager to help but may not be able to respond to an email first thing in the morning to walk through the process as they are preparing to start their school day. We may be able to help facilitate this process from the office but cannot guarantee we will be able to do so as soon as class starts.

4. As we have continued to move through this hybrid/virtual model we continue to LEARN and GROW more and more each day. As I have told our teachers I think we might be pretty amazing at this by next year. In other words, we are all continuing to research, practice, make new mistakes, collaborate, learn and share. These practices will lead to tremendous growth but never perfection.

5. If your child does log in and participate in class they are marked as Virtually Learning for that day and NOT marked simply as absent. If they are capable and able PLEASE have them join in.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PATIENCE! If you are a "true" virtual family I will be sending a google form link shortly to help all of us continue to reflect on our practices.

Student AIMS Web Scores and Data

This afternoon your child brought home paperwork outlining results from our recent AIMS Web assessments. This is ONE tool we utilize to help us evaluate student progress, areas for growth, while also planning for instruction. While the cover letter helps to explain this specific tool, please note that this is just one data point. It is important to have multiple points of data in order to draw meaningful conclusions. Thus, we will continue to incorporate other assessment tools into our work to gain a better picture of each individuals child's academic profile. Also, of importance is the understanding that each child's profile is comprised of many more elements than simply academics. We are also mindful of and continuously reflecting on each child's overall growth spiritually, socially and emotionally. Within the realm of academics we are incredibly BLESSED to have a team of individuals working to provide meaningful additional support to our students when we observe areas for growth. The ability to provide these tools for child is a good thing! It is a bit like a child who needs glasses. We would want a child to be able to see, thus we provide them with the necessary tools. We want all of our children to be able to read, write and compute at a developmentally appropriate level, thus we provide them with the necessary tools and resources. THANK YOU for giving us this opportunity!

A note from Fr. Dotson:

Our school is blessed with a wonderful faculty and staff that do so much for the sake of our children.

This year, they are facing even more challenges than usual. As a school family, one of the best ways that we can support them is by prayer. We are asking every school family to choose one day during the school year in which they will pray for our faculty and staff in a very particular and intentional way.

The goal is to have every school day covered between now and the end of the school year, so that our faculty and staff know that they are covered by our prayers every day as they serve our children. To help with this, we have created a Signup Genius here: Each family is asked to sign up for at least one date. There can be more than one family on a date. Please help us with our goal of having every day filled. Our faculty and staff do so much, and this is a beautiful way for us to support them and show them our thanks.

In Christ,

Fr. William Dotson


Parking Lot Procedures

When dropping off on the upper lot in the morning, please pull forward as much as possible prior to having your child exit the car. If you drop off at the first door without anyone in front of you, you have the potential of backing up cars on 5th street.

PLEASE WEAR YOUR MASK when you are on our parking lot. We need you to lead by example. I have noticed this more on the top parking lot than the bottom parking lot. THANK YOU for your cooperation!!!

If you have a K-8 child, PLEASE PARK ON THE PARKING LOT. ONLY PK families can park on the street.

Meet the Teacher- Ms Fazio

Jenny Fazio

Married? no

Animals: I have a betta fish and two dogs! One dog is named Heidi. She is 4 years old and a bichon frise which are little white balls of fluff! She loves to sleep all day and snuggle. My other dog is Lily. She is 11 weeks old milky/silkese which is a mix of silky terrier and maltese. She has that puppy energy and sharp puppy teeth! She and Heidi love to play together and it is adorable. Lily has already learned I’m “mom” and cries when I leave for work in the morning.

Who is your hero? John Williams. He is a movie soundtrack composer who created the music for some of the most famous current movies such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Jaws, and countless others. He is my hero because he is so incredibly talented, yet the nicest and most humble human being.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I would live with my family, wherever they decide to live. Family is very important to me. If family weren’t a consideration, I would move to Alaska because I love winter! The cold and snow are my favorite. I also love the Iditarod which is a dog sled race which takes place in Alaska every year.

What is your favorite family vacation? Going to different beaches in Florida!

What is your favorite thing about being a teacher? The kids! They are why I teach.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Earning my Master of Arts in Education, English degree. I love teaching but I also loved being a student. I miss going to class.

What makes you laugh the most? The goofy things my dogs do!

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Be an astronaut and go to space. I’m very curious about what is out there in the universe.

If money was no object, what would you do all day? Read and teach, so pretty much what I do now.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? Anywhere between 1580-1614 so I could watch a live original performance of a Shakespearean play.

What is the best gift you have ever been given? The love of my family and friends.

If you could share a meal with 4 people, living or dead who would they be? Shakespeare, Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, and John Williams.

What is your favorite Holiday? Christmas!

What is the most daring thing you have ever done? I’m terrified of heights so when my family was at the Grand Canyon during a vacation, and my mom told me to turn around for a picture, I actually turned my back while standing on the edge of a giant cliff. I really thought I was going to fall...

What is your favorite food? Spaghetti

Treat? Pretty much anything chocolate!

Restaurant? Any place that serves spaghetti

Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? One of my ancestors was a Vice President of the USA

What is your family motto- spoken or unspoken? Where there’s a will there’s a way

If you had a warning label, what would it say? “Nerd Approaching”

Who was your favorite teacher in school and why? My high school math teacher. Beyond teaching me how to succeed in math (I ended up going all the way through calculus), she taught me how to think.

What is your favorite family tradition? On Christmas eve my mom reads my siblings and I “The Night Before Christmas” and “The Nativity Story”

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be? Well my Harry Potter patronus is a horse, so I guess it would be a horse. That or a dog.

Messages for Mr. Di.

The social committee at school is working to put together a video for Mr. Di as a gift to help say good-bye. If you would like to record a special message to share or record a funny story or special memory it would be greatly appreciated. We are looking forward to honoring his many years of service at SCB. Please send your video clip to by September 20th in order to be included in the video. THANK YOU!!!

Social Studies Position

In light of Mr. Di's departure it was necessary to fill his role as a middle school Social Studies teacher. Mr. Dinh is looking forward to assuming this role on Monday and enjoyed getting to know the students this week! We will share more about him in one of our upcoming teacher features!


Please see the flyer and open the links below for important updates related to this year's events!
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Scrip Sales are Back!

We are excited to bring back the ability to support your SCB Family or parish ministry through the SCRIP program. As with everything else lately, new procedures are necessary to keep our volunteers and staff safe during the exchange of out gift cards. We would like to make the process as hands free as possible. Orders and payments will be made using the online system provided by One of our coordinators will then fulfill your order and it will be available for pickup or child delivery.

· Login to your account on

o If you do not have an online account set up currently, please see the attachment Joining Our Scrip Program

o Use enrollment code: 39EE714A392

o Be sure to set up PrestoPay as well for your payment method.

· Choose the retailer you would like to purchase. You can find our preferred local vendors as available for purchase as well when you search retailers.

o One option is for "Gift Cards" which will be the physical cards you will pick up

o The second option is for "eCards" which are available instantly and can be scanned at the register. This is the preferred option. If you have never used the eCards - Give it a try!

· Add you items to your cart and check out using PrestoPay or the Credit Card option

· Your order will automatically be sent to our coordinator, and will be filled for pick up.

· An email will be sent to you after your order is received asking which pickup option you would like. Pick up options will include:

o The school office

o Child delivery

I know this is a change in everyone's normal routine for purchasing SCRIP cards. If you need any help at all please reach out to us at We can walk you through your online setup.



We need to be able to properly staff BASK. Due to Covid, we have limited spots due to our staffing. It is VERY important to sign up as early as possible. Please try to avoid signing up the day of, but we do know that there are times that it can't be avoided. September

Please send any changes or correspondence related to BASK to This email is accessible by all BASK supervisors. Additionally, please drop a note to this email address if someone other than the typical pick up person is picking up. This helps us keep track of dismissal changes and keeps our kids safe.

****As a reminder, we prefer you pay with a check. If you need to pay with cash please contact the main office to discuss the process this year, as it needs to be adjusted due to Covid. Do NOT hand cash to the BASK workers, they do not have a place to lock it up.

The BASK Staff

School Board Position OPEN!

Are you looking for a way to get involved with our school? We have a position that is available. Please click on the application below. Applications must be submitted prior to Sept 19. All responses will then be reviewed starting Sept. 20.

INFO from the Nurse

If your child is sick, please notify Mrs. Quarando at

Middle Schoolers (but especially 8th graders): Please make sure you are current with your immunizations. Due to new regulations, High Schools require all students to have TDap and Meningococcal.

Middle School Females: If you daughter experiences pain at certain times of the month and requires medication, please send a doctor's note with a bottle of medication that they are allowed to take. We also try to stock the bathrooms with "supplies". If you feel inclined to donate such items, we will gladly accept :)

If your child has allergies, please get a note from your doctor. Allergy symptoms mirror Covid-like symptoms. If we do not have a note from your doctor stating they have allergies, your child we be sent home.

PLEASE go to FACTS and fill out the medical portion of each child. It is very important for us to know about your child. Please let us know any medication they may take in the morning- ADHD, Allergy, etc

Deep thoughts from SCB.....

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ~

Jim Bishop

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery over it ~

Mark Twain

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility -

Ephesians 2:14


The 9/11 Prayer of Remembrance and Hope:

Dear God, we remember before you today those whose lives were lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001, and for all those whom we love but no longer see. We give thanks to you for the selfless courage of those brave souls who ran into burning buildings and who labored in the rubble; may their courage be to us a witness of what is possible when we are guided by love and dedication to our fellow human beings.

We pray today for the continued healing of all those suffering emotional and physical scars. May your spirit breathe new breath into clouded lungs, new life into troubled minds, and new warmth into broken hearts, so that all may feel wrapped in your loving embrace. May we move from suffering to hope, from brokenness to wholeness, from anxiety to courage, from death to life, from fear to love, and from despair to hope.

Guide our feet into the way of peace. Inspire us with hope in the gift of shalom and salaam. May we receive this gift, so that we might become instruments of your peace in this world, knowing all people as equally loved, lovingly created, children of God.


Want to join the Scouts?

Here are a few words from fellow SCB families:

Kuddos Korner

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has purchased items for our teacher wish list or gifted us with other generous donations in support of our efforts to continue to provide a high quality education in a safe environment.

THANK YOU to ALL OF THE FAMILIES who continue to communicate with us openly and honestly to help ensure the health and safety of all.


We are continuing to add documents and forms to our FACTS page. PLEASE check regularly for updates and information. At this time if you have NOT clicked on the WEB FORMS tab on the left hand side of your account we do ask that you do click here as there are medical forms that document important information.

Looking for ways to get involved...

Saint Charles Borromeo has COUNTLESS ways for families to become involved in our community. Every PARENT is an honorary member of our Home and School organization. This organization, as well as our School Board and Athletic Association are often seeking new members to serve as Board Members and / or heads of various committees. As these roles become available we will share additional details with everyone. This year is an AUCTION YEAR which also means countless additional ways to get involved with this event. If you are interested in becoming involved in this event please contact Jill Kessler at

If at any time you have NEW ideas or ways for us to grow and come together as a community PLEASE feel free to share with us!

Box Tops- Help us earn money!!

Thank you to everyone that has been sending in your box tops!!!

Sign in on the computer or down load the Box Top App on your phone! It is SUPER easy!!! Be sure to choose our School (mine defaulted to another school and I had to delete and select SCB)


Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online.


Redeem anywhere, anytime within 14 days of purchase


No more clipping or sending Box Tops to school


Your school’s earnings are automatically updated online


Access special bonus offers on top of your Box Tops earnings

Teacher/Staff Wish List

THANK YOU to everyone who has already purchased some of these items!!! If an item is highlighted it means it has been recieved.

Have you ever wondered if teachers or the office needs anything? Well wonder now more! We do! If you want to make someone happy, just open up the link and see what we need! Thanks!!!!

We are SO GRATEFUL for your support

Foobadap- OnLine Spiritwear Shop

We are excited to continue with our on-line Spirit Wear store! Please see the link below in order to make purchases.

How do I add money to my lunch account?

For now, these are the ways that you can put money on your shared family lunch account. Due to Covid, we would prefer not to handle checks or Cash. We would prefer that you use Paypal, but you will be charged a fee unless you mark them as a "friend" or "personal". I am not sure exactly what it says, but do not choose them as a business otherwise you will be charged a fee. The fee will not show up until it is entered into the lunch account. If you give FSC $20 as a business, the fee will be taken out and the remainder will be added to your account. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE PUT YOUR STUDENTS NAME IN THE MEMO!!!! It is very difficult to add money to an account especially if the PayPal account name doesn't match a name at our school.

1) Send in a check made out to FSC with the students names in the memo

2) PREFERRED METHOD: Use PayPal (make them a "friend") and put into account Be sure to put students name in the memo

3) Send in cash. Put in a sealed envelope with students name(s) clearly marked.

How do I check my child's lunch balance?

Sign into FACTS:

go to "My Accounting"

then to "Cafeteria"

then to " Account"

Once you click on account, you can see what your children are purchasing.


Please check FACTS for the menu
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Important Dates

New info is Bold.. this is just to help keep you updated.... please look at our google calendar as well.


* Oct 2: Dismiss at noon

* Oct 2: 2nd: Virtual Horse Race Fundraiser ( See Facebook for details @borromeoparishpicnic) To register your team:

* Oct 5: Spirit Dress Down Day

* Oct.9: Outdoor Dinner and Outdoor Movie (See Facebook for details @borromeoparishpicnic)

*Oct10: Washers Tournament (See Facebook for details @borromeoparishpicnic) To register your team:

* Oct 23-30: Fall Break

* Nov 25: Dismiss at noon for Thanksgiving- NO BASK!!!

* Nov 26-27: Thanksgiving break

* Dec 4: Dismiss at noon

* Dec 7: Spirit Dress Down Day

* Dec 23- Jan 4: Christmas Break- No School

* Jan 18: No School MLK Day

* Feb 12- Dismiss at Noon

* Feb 15- No School- Presidents Day

* Feb 16- Spirit Dress Down Day

* March 5: Dismiss at noon

* March 8: Spirit Dress Down Day

* April 1: Dismiss at noon- NO BASK

* April 2-12: Spring Break

* April 22: Confirmation 7PM

* April 24: 1st Communion

* May 3-5: 8th Grade Camp

* May 5-7: 6th Grade Camp

* May 7: May Crowning

* May 14: Field Day

* May 21: 8th Grade Graduation 7:00 PM


Athletic Association Website

Click here for more information from the SCB Athletic Association

SCB Parish Website

Look here to see what is going on in our parish.

SCB Early Childhood Center Facebook Page

Check out our Preschool students and see what they are learning

SCB School Facebook Page

We are constantly growing and learning.... see what we do when we aren't at home!

SCB Youth Ministry Facebook page

Ever wonder what goes on with our Youth Group? Here is your opportunity!

SCB Parent Support Group Facebook Page

Great opportunity to share with fellow SCB parents. This is a closed group, so only SCB families may join

SCB Home and School Facebook Page

Stay up to date on important Home and School events and activities