St. Viator Parish School

Viator Voice, Summer Update Vol.3: August 10, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-21 Academic School Year!

Dear Parents,


On behalf of our Pastor, faculty, and entire staff, we extend a joyful “welcome” to all of our Parish School families. While we must endure change in this global pandemic to safely return, we are eager to begin this year’s journey serving Our Lord by joining with you as partners in educating your children. Last week, we offered our Reopening Framework (below). If you did not have a chance to read, please do so and acknowledge as soon as possible.


As a reminder, the 2020-21 School Calendar, Monthly Calendar, Parent-Student Handbook, and Student Supply lists have been placed on our school website: stviatorschool.org to print at your convenience. This information may be found under "Parent Life" and "Student Life". Please email the office at svsschool.org with any questions.


Next Monday, you will be picking up a yellow folder with important information. Our next Viator Voice is scheduled for Monday, August 24th.


Blessings,

Mrs. Tracy Brunelle, Principal

Reopening Safely: A Planning Framework for the 2020-21 School Year

Please Join Us for a Back to School BBQ from our Backyard & Yours! This weekend: August 15th or 16th! Share pictures please!

Back to School BBQ

Classroom Supplies

The classroom supply list may be found on the school website: https://www.stviatorschool.org/supply-lists.html


It is not feasible for young students to carry all on the first day of school. Please send only what students can bring in their backpack each day until all needed supplies arrive on campus.


The student supplies to be purchased at school will be handed out the first day of school and an invoice for the supplies will be in your student's yellow folder. Here is the supply list: https://www.stviatorschool.org/uploads/1/1/7/1/117157963/school_store_list.png

Please Review Maps Again for Arrival and Dismissal Changes

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Arrival and Dismissal

Until directed by your teacher to use the loop, please plan to park in the Church MAIN lot.


PREK: Walk up sidewalk closest to neighborhood. Students will meet their teachers at the East gate. Students will enter the gate with teachers.


KINDERGARTEN: Walk up sidewalk closest to neighborhood. Meet teachers at the two glass doors in front of cafeteria.

PK through 4th Grade: School starts at 8 am. Gates are open at 7:45 am. Please do not congregate at the gate. Keep socially distanced.


5th Grade through 8th Grade: School starts at 7:45 am. Gates are open at 7:30 am. Please do not congregate at the gate. Keep socially distanced.

Please, we don't want to be GRINCHES...

We are truly looking forward to seeing you and we are confident you are looking forward to seeing your SVS friends! Please remember that our SAFE PLAN TO RETURN hinges on small group cohorts, hygiene, and social distancing. We prefer not to be a GRINCH and ask people to wear masks, keep distance, avoid intermixing cohorts after school as much as possible. Help us stay well and stay in school! Thank you!

Junior High Students

For those students choosing in-person instruction, please log into PlusPortals for your subject teacher assignments, including homeroom locations:


6A: Please report to Mrs. Vena's room. We may need to use the lab for a cohort group.

6B: Please report to Mrs. Gafner's room.

7th: Please report to Mrs. Manfredi's room. A-L will be in 7A; M-Z will be in 7B

8A: Please report to Mr. Mertzman's room.

8B: Please report to the gymnasium


Locations will change in November when Distance Learning students return.

For Distance Learning Students

We have scheduled a meeting on Friday, August 14th at 1 pm to generally discuss the upcoming school year for those choosing to be at a distance.


On Monday, August 17th at 1pm, you may come to school and pick up your textbooks, course materials, and Google Classroom login instructions.


Please reach out to your teacher to schedule a virtual meeting during the first week of school to discuss specific student needs and distance education plan.

Distance Learning: return signed permission slip to: svsschool@stviator.org

Required: CLICK HERE for DISTANCE LEARNING PERMISSION

If you are electing to start your student at a DISTANCE, it is imperative to print, complete, sign and return. Your student MAY NOT participate until this signed form is received.

***It is imperative that we receive permission prior to August 17th! ***

Office

There is a sign that hangs above our entry door: Be it known to all who enter here, that Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen, but ever present teacher in the classrooms, the model of its faculty, and the inspiration of its students.


We take comfort in that statement daily. We are confident that Christ is present and we trust Him. Yet, there has been much that has challenged our faith these past few weeks. The inability to come to school or church has been unbearable. We are looking forward to returning safely this school year. In doing so, we must change what was "normal" as we start this new school. We must minimize visitors on campus. Only one visitor at a time will be permitted in the office.


If you have anything for the office such as signed copies of forms or tuition payments, we ask that you give to your student to bring to school in the yellow folder. If you need to make an appointment with faculty or staff, we ask that you email them directly to schedule a virtual meeting. Thank you for your patience during this challenging time.

Parish Office Visits

Please call 702-733-8323 to schedule an appointment for the Parish Office, including Youth Ministry. If you have something to simply drop off, you may do so through your child's yellow folder.


At drop off or dismissal, we are asking that you park in the MAIN church lot rather than in front of the Parish Center. The spots in front are reserved for handicap visitors entering the Parish Center ONLY.

Deliveries

Unfortunately, NO DELIVERIES will be permitted to the office under the current protocol. If a student forgets a backpack or iPad or notebook, they will have to wait until the end of the day. If they forget a lunch, a hot lunch, if available, or a snack will be provided for a fee. No lunch deliveries from parents, UberEats, Postmates, etc., will be allowed onto campus.


Please make arrangements the night before to insure students have all that they need walking into school each day.

Extended Care Program

We are pleased to announce that St. Viator Parish School offers an Extended Care Program to support of our children and parents. The program is staffed by school employees, and on rare occasion, volunteer personnel. The program begins on the first official day of school with supervision from 6:45 a.m.to 7:45 a.m. and again from 2:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on early dismissal days from 12:00 p.m. –6:00 p.m.


Due to new protocols on socially distancing, capacity will be limited this year and registrations will be taken on first come, first serve basis. Space is VERY LIMITED this year.


Parents MUST register for the Extended Care program. See the Extended Care Handbook for more information: https://www.stviatorschool.org/uploads/1/1/7/1/117157963/parent_student_handbook_final_2020-2021.pdf


If you have questions, please contact the program director Claudia Escobar at 702-732-4477, ext 126.

Before Care

The before-school program will be available from 6:45 AM to 7:30 AM. At 7:30 AM students will walk directly to their classes. Students will be at the outside tables-please enter through the Courtyard gate. Students will be asked to sit at the tables outside and work quietly. The tables will be assigned based on their classroom cohort. If students are attending the before school program please make sure they bring a book, extra work, and coloring crayons.


Due to new protocols on socially distancing, capacity will be limited this year and registrations will be taken on first come, first serve basis.


Parents MUST register for the Extended Care program. See the Extended Care Handbook for more information: https://www.stviatorschool.org/uploads/1/1/7/1/117157963/parent_student_handbook_final_2020-2021.pdf

After Care

The After Care program runs from 2:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on early dismissal days from 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. This year, students will not be together in the cafeteria. Instead, we will be using a few classrooms on campus grouped by cohorts and socially distanced. At 3:00 pm each day, students will be directed to the shade structure on the playground to check in and receive a snack. This will allow us to properly disinfect and sanitize the rooms that will be in use. We have four staff and four rooms. Pick up will occur at the Courtyard gate. When you arrive, please park and call 702-732-4477, extension 126, and your student will be directed to meet you at the gate.


Due to new protocols on socially distancing, capacity will be limited this year and registrations will be taken on first come, first serve basis.


Parents MUST register for the Extended Care program. https://www.stviatorschool.org/uploads/1/1/7/1/117157963/extended_care_handbook.pdf

Uniforms

You may have noticed that we added an OPTIONAL PE uniform for next year. We had feedback from our older students that the royal uniform was too hot or bulky. Thus, we added a navy and grey dri-fit option for students who prefer. For additional information or to order uniforms: https://www.dennisuniform.com/schools/J4M
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Parents, we need your help...

As we learn more each day about COVID-19, the information evolves and we need to be flexible. Due to new CDC guidelines and after conferring with Diocesan medical experts regarding Governor Sisolak’s mandate on “face masks,” face shields are not an acceptable substitute for cloth facial coverings. Nor are they to be used as the sole method of face covering if at a distance of less than six feet from other individuals. Teachers may use face shields when teaching or lecturing for short periods of time. If closer than six feet to another person, at any time, especially in a classroom setting, a face mask covering is required.


It is unreasonable to expect children to follow the American Pediatric recommendation or Governor Sisolak's mandate if they are not wearing face coverings now. Please start now. Start slow, 15-20 minutes, build from there each day.


We want to be successful in our safe return; we cannot do without your support!

New Guidance from Bishop Advisory Restoration Council based upon NVDOE and SNHD Directives

Q: Can face shields be used INSTEAD of masks?

No. Face shields cannot be used instead of masks, as per directives from the Nevada Department of Education and the Southern Nevada Health District.


Students who are not able to wear masks should consider starting the school year in distance learning.

From our School Nurse...

Pre-Kindergarten News

Pre-Kindergarten students must have their Health Form completed by their doctor/nurse and returned to the school office prior to attending school (August 17, 2020).

Are your IMMUNIZATIONS up-to-date?

As a reminder, immunizations will still be required per Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 392.435 and 394.192 especially for students going into Pre-K, K and 7th grade. This will ensure children will continue to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Per Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 392.435 and 394.192, if a parent or legal guardian fails to provide their child’s immunization documentation, the student must be excluded from school and may not be admitted until the requirements for immunization have been met.


Let’s work together as an immunization community to ensure children are protected against vaccine-preventable disease and ready to return to school.


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What's Happening!

Friday, August 14, 2020


  • Pre-Kindergarten through 1st Grade Curriculum Presentations. Details will be emailed prior.
  • 1 pm: Distance Education meeting to generally discuss the upcoming school year for those students that will start online. Details will be emailed.


Monday, August 17, 2020

  • First Day of School!
  • Dismissal is at noon. Please plan to meet your student at their classroom door. On campus, Parents must maintain social distancing and are required to wear masks. Please exit promptly.

  • Extended Care starts today. If you are registering, look for update next week.
  • Grades 5 through 8 iPad Distribution - please do not forget protective case today.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to start the year with our normal orientation in the gym.

  • At the end of the day, you will receive a family communication folder containing important information. The signature page of your admission contract, acknowledging receipt and agreement with school policies will need to returned by Monday, August 24th.

  • At 1pm, Distance Education students may arrive to pick up their books and yellow envelope. The envelope will contain instructions on how to log into their classroom. Your teacher will arrange to virtually meet you to discuss needs.


Tuesday: August 18, 2020

  • Students will enter gates and proceed to classrooms.
  • Noon Dismissal - Please continue to plan to meet your student at their classroom door at dismissal until further directed. On campus, Parents must maintain social distancing and are required to wear masks. Please exit promptly.
  • 2nd through 4th Grade Curriculum Presentations. Details will be emailed prior.


Wednesday: August 19, 2020

  • Noon Dismissal
  • 5th Grade through 8th Grade Curriculum Presentations. Details will be emailed prior.


Thursday: August 20, 2020

  • Full day of School
  • Don't forget your lunch, including drink! All Hydroflasks or Thermos must be labeled with student name and grade.


Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Full day of School
  • Don't forget your lunch, including drink!

Hot Lunch

Beginning September 7th, hot lunch will be offered each day. Similar to previous years families will need to order for one day for the entire month. Lunch orders are non refundable. Due to COVID-19 vendors must individually wrap each lunch and all will be contained in a bag or box.


Because we cannot share food from one container, we have eliminated Pizza Friday and replaced with a favorite: CANES! Lunches will be delivered per CDC guidelines.


Drinks must be provided by parents. Milk will be offered at a later date.

As you plan lunches, please consider...

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The Vending Machine will not be available for a few weeks. Please plan accordingly.

Picture Day: August 25th

Bartolo is now accepting online orders.


Formal Dress Uniform, shorts acceptable.


Distance Learning Students: Your picture day will be scheduled at a later date and time. Stay tuned!

If you did not see the Summer Updates, please read as each contain important information for our Safe Return to School