November 5, 2020
Letter from the Principal
November 2, 2020
Dear St. John LaLande Parents,
Of the many things that I give thanks for, I count you and your children as among my greatest blessings. Thank you for all that you do to support our school and parish.
I am especially grateful that we have been able to be in a face-to-face model since August and that we have had no positive cases of COVID-19 for our students. We have had some families whose students have had to quarantine and I am thankful that our students and teachers were able to continue learning and teaching through that experience.
However, as you know, cases are on the rise in the Kansas City area and reports from our diocesan schools indicate that some schools are seeing an uptick in the numbers of students, staff, and parents who are positive for COVID-19. Please continue to hold these families in prayer.
As we move toward Thanksgiving, I am increasingly concerned for the health and welfare of our families and staff. I know that the tradition in many of our homes has been to hold a large gathering of loved ones during the Thanksgiving holiday, including family members who are not a regular part of your “cohort group.” And, while I know it would be very difficult to exclude anyone at this most wonderful time of the year, I am asking you to please maintain the precautions that you have already undertaken and perhaps think about how you might more safely celebrate with family and friends.
Some schools in our diocese have contemplated closing from the period Thanksgiving until Christmas. However, I am reluctant to do so and would like to keep us in a face to face model as long as we possibly can. I think it is best for children and for learning. However, we must continue to be diligent as we practice mask wearing, social distancing, and sanitizing. It’s easy to succumb to “covid fatigue” and I am tired of not being able to do the things that we all did last year at this time. However, as I continue to read about rising numbers of students who are getting sick, I am more than a little concerned. A school in Washington, Missouri, just today reported the death of an 8th grader from complications of COVID. It is clear that this disease can be devastatingly serious for some, even for some of our children.
So, as we reflect during this season of Thanksgiving on our many, many blessings, I would ask that you continue to do everything in your power to reduce the likelihood that you or your children would be exposed to COVID 19. Please carefully consider limiting the numbers of people with whom you celebrate and please continue to practice all of those things that have helped keep us safe so far.
You and your students are in my prayers, now and always.
Ann Wright, Principal
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And, they had an AMAZING team helping them! A BIG SHOUT OUT TO Michelle and Michael Hendricks who brought their company APPLIED PATH to the table and helped us through the challenges of programming AND figuring out how to make this all work! Josh Luttrall pitched in with his tech savvy! Allison Brungardt helped get our sponsorships together! (See the image below for the companies that sponsored us this year). Kate Ellis organized our Blackboard Raffle and Hollee Muller rounded up volunteers. Sharon and Michael Nations pitched in as they could as did Jennifer French! And, even though her kids graduated last year, Jill Pace, gave freely of her time and expertise to help us wade through CAS and the auctioneering process. And, of course, our very own Krista waded through a PILE of stuff to help in any way that she could! Kelley Knust organized the teacher wallet raffle! We could NOT have done it without the help of a team.
And we can't forget those parents who took on the task of organizing and producing the Classroom Projects. Allison Donahay for kindergarten; Michelle Hendricks, first grade;
Abbie Skaggs, second grade; Michelle Hendricks, third grade; Ellen Campbell, fourth grade; Claudia Corbin, fifth grade; Kate Ellis, sixth grade; Misty Kearney, seventh grade; Dana Cartwright and Lacie Brost, eighth grade! THANK YOU!
And, if you want to get involved in a GREAT cause and work with GREAT people, we are already planning for Auction 2021!
St. Michael the Archangel News
SMA FREE HSPT Prep Course
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School is excited to offer free prep courses for the upcoming High School Placement Test! This two-part class will take place on November 11 and 12; students are encouraged to attend both sessions. The first class will cover strategies for the four parts of the HSPT, and the second class will include practice tests with review. These classes are FREE and open to all 8th graders signed up to take the HSPT at St. Michael the Archangel. To sign up please visit https://www.smacatholic.org/hspt-information/
For more information please contact Admissions DIrector, Colin Karr at firstname.lastname@example.org.