Principal's Pad (11/14/21)

Updates for the St. Stan's Community

What's in this Newsletter?

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Here is what's new...

  • Gentle Reminders
  • Vaccinations for Children 5+
  • Restorative Justice at Home (Part 3)
  • Las Posadas & Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Home-Learning Hub

What's still here from last week?

  • Toys-for-Tots Toy Drive
  • Upcoming Events
  • Extended Day Sign-up & Athletics

Gentle Reminders

End of 1st Trimester

Our first trimester of school officially ends on Friday, November 19. Parent-Teacher Conferences will follow on Friday, December 3. Parents will have the option of attending conferences either in-person or virtually. Details on signing-up for a conference will be shared next week.


Covid-19 Protocols

I want to thank our community for being diligent in following our Covid-19 protocols during the first few months of the school year. Your willingness to use an abundance of caution and follow safety guidelines has allowed us to continue with in-person education without interruption. Because of this, St. Stan's has been able to host sporting events, welcome in educational support staff, and hold classroom and school-wide parties.


As the holiday season approaches, the desire to travel and visit with family is understandable. We ask, however, that families continue to exercise caution and follow proper protocols so that our entire community can remain safe and so that in-person education can continue as normal. Please keep in mind the following guidelines as outlined by the Archdiocese of Chicago:

  • If your child is ill for longer than 24 hours and is unvaccinated, you are required to present a negative Covid-19 test to the main office prior to their re-entry to the classroom.
  • If your child travels to an "orange" state as designated by the City of Chicago or State of Illinois and is unvaccinated, a Covid-19 test must be done AFTER your return and a negative result must be submitted to the main office prior to their re-entry to the classroom.
  • If someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 and your child is not vaccinated, please inform the office and keep your child at home. Your child should quarantine for 10 days from the last date of exposure to the positive case, at which point they can return to school so long as they remain asymptomatic. The quarantine may be 7 days if the child remains asymptomatic and receives a negative Covid-19 test.

Covid-19 Vaccinations for Children 5-years-old and Over

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of the Covid-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years of age. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the pediatric vaccine in order to prevent the further spread of the virus. I encourage our families to prayerfully consider having your child(ren) vaccinated if they qualify. In doing this, we can continue to ensure a safe and productive academic year at St. Stan's Academy.


Once your child is vaccinated, or if they already are, please submit a copy of their vaccination card to Mrs. Abby Torres in our main office. This will allow us to verify whether your child needs to quarantine and miss time in class should that occasion arise. Please refer to the information in the "Gentle Reminders" section and notice that vaccinated students are not required to follow the same quarantine and testing guidelines as unvaccinated students.


Being vaccinated significantly reduces the likelihood of experiencing the most severe symptoms of Covid-19 as well as the chances of transmission from one person to the next. We ask that parents/guardians continue to exercise caution, however, even if a student is vaccinated since there is still a small chance that the virus can still be contracted. Should Covid-19 symptoms arise, please remain at home until the symptoms subside.


If you have further questions regarding the Covid-19 vaccine, please consult some of the resources below:

Pope urges people to receive Covid-19 vaccine

Restorative Justice at Home (Part 3)

This month, I am trying to bring more information to families regarding our Restorative Justice practices at St. Stan's.
  • Week 1 focused on RESPECT and how families can have productive discussions about what respect means for each of you (click here to view)
  • Week 2 introduced the concept of a "talking piece" to make sure everyone is heard as well as taking intentional time to have some fun as a family (click here to view).


The Restorative Justice at Home lesson for this week focuses on using "I" messages when discussing conflict or difficult issues. Framing conversations in this way will prevent others from becoming defensive or shutting-down during a discussion. Instead, they will be able to hear how their actions have impacted someone else. Additionally, "I" statements force the speaker to take responsibility for their own thoughts and feelings rather than attribute them to someone else. Please click on this link to view more information on how you too can implement these practices at home.

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Annual Tree Lighting & Las Posadas

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St. Stan's Toy Drive

Our school will be collecting toys to donate to needy families for Christmas. Please bring in new and unopened toys for children ages 0-17. We will have boxes set up in the main entrance of the school building. The toys will be dropped off in the 14th District CPD for their Toys for Tots drive.
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Upcoming Events & Important Dates at St. Stan's

No School: Thanksgiving Break - November 24-26

As part of the Thanksgiving/Fall Break, we will not have school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Please celebrate safely and enjoy your family.


Parent-Teacher Conferences - December 3

Parents will have the opportunity to discuss their children's progress over the first trimester with teachers on Friday, December 3. There will be no school on this day.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - December 4

We will be having our annual tree lighting ceremony as well as other activities on the evening of Saturday, December 4. Las Posadas will also be performed to commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter to prepare for the coming birth of Jesus.


School Christmas Concert at the Church - December 17

Each class will perform a song for our annual Christmas concert at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The event will begin at 6pm on Friday, December 17.

Home-Learning Hub

Holiday Season Mass Schedule at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

The holidays are busy for everyone, especially Fr. Anthony. Please click here to see a schedule of Mass times and Confession availability throughout the season.

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

Extended Day Program

The registration process for our after care program has been fixed. Please use this link to register your child for our services. If you do not already have an account through the Procare App, please email Mr. Matthew Lolar at mlolar@ststanschicago.org or our main office at office@ststanschicago.org, so that we can register you.


You must sign-up for aftercare services by the preceding Saturday of each week. To arrange your schedule through the Procare App, please click on this link.

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Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions. We love feedback from those we serve in the St. Stan's community!

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