School of Saint Mary FYI

December 3, 2021

Notes from Mrs. Maricle

1. Jesse Tree: I am reading a bible story each day during daily prayer that corresponds with an ornament that we are adding to our school Jesse Tree. I do not read the stories that fall on the weekend so I have attached the list of stories if you want to read them at home.


2. Class Christmas Parties: With COVID holding it's ground, we have decided to remain cautious and limit parents at class parties. If a teacher requests assistance at the party, I am allowing up to two parents. Please check with your teacher on their wishes.

COVID-19 Updates

Updates are in BOLD.


*Week of December 3, 2021-

3 NEW student positives and 1 NEW staff positive (all in mandatory quarantine)


Statistical Update: Since November 13th, the school has been notified about 8 positive cases of COVID. 7 of those cases are students and 1 is staff. 50% of the positive cases can be attributed to family transfer and/or activities outside of the school. The 50% left is connected to the initial positive case in 5th grade in early November. Based on data, we are doing the best we can with a highly contagious virus. Thankful for God's hands of protection!


*Note: These statistics are for PS-8th Grade.


Policy Change: An amendment has been made to the School of Saint Mary COVID Quarantine Policy that aligns with the Diocese of Tulsa amended policy of no longer mandating quarantines for close contact cases. The SOSM and Diocese of Tulsa policy documents are attached below.


COVID Testing: The Task Force has given approval for families to use either a PCR Test or a Molecular ID Test to return from quarantine. Saint Francis offers a free drive thru clinic that yields results in 24 hours.


Grace and Understanding: This is a gentle reminder that we need to be following in our Heavenly Father's footsteps in giving people grace and understanding during these difficult times with COVID. We field so many calls a day asking for guidance to ensure everyone is doing the right thing. Yes, COVID is real and scary, however, we also have students and staff suffering from seasonal allergies, head colds, pink eye, stomach bugs and various other ailments that could present as COVID. So much is unknown so we need to unite as a community to lift each other up each day and trust that each of us is doing their best for our school.


Note: We want families to be our partners in navigating school during a pandemic. If you have COVID comfort concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's homeroom teacher. We are doing our very best to make accommodations as we can.


The School of Saint Mary Health and Wellness Plan for 2021-22 is posted below. We want to remind everyone that we review data often and we are committed to our plan being an evolving document based on trends in our area.

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Reminders....

Students may dress up for the Christmas Program. More details to come from Mr. Hutchings.


As the holidays approach, please be aware of germs and the spread of illness. We love being in seated school and want to keep moving forward in a positive direction.

Thank you to TPD and Officers Butterfield and Eric Johnson for bringing the, Jugger, service dog out to visit 5th Grade!

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Ask, Seek, Knock School Highlights for 11/29-12/3/2021

Upcoming Events

December 3rd - Early Dismissal, 1pm

December 7th - Free Dress Day and Advisory Council Meeting, 7pm

December 8th - Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8th/9th - Preschool Christmas Programs

December 10th - Kindergarten Stuffed Animal Drive Ends

December 13th - Prayer Service for Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 16th - K-8 Christmas Program, 8:30am, Church of Saint Mary and Christmas Class Parties

December 18th - January 3rd - Christmas Break


Grandparents Day has been set for April 29th- mark your calendars!


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Lost and Found...it's growing! If not claimed by December 17th, all items will be washed and donated to Goodwill or the SOSM Uniform Closet.

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Announcements


  • Tulsa Alliance Lacrosse(formerly Comets Lacrosse) is offering lacrosse for K-8 students in Catholic schools around the area. Flyer is attached below.

  • Brookside Library "After School Homework Club"

    • free, one-to-one homework help
    • in-person tutors available at select libraries
    • for students in 3rd through 8th grades
    • up to 30 minutes per student, per week
    • registration is required


    The flyer is attached below and for additional details, the website is... https://www.tulsalibrary.org/after-school-homework-club



Home and School Notes


  • If you have not joined our Facebook page for Current Families, please consider doing so! Lots of information is pushed out on the site!
  • Congratulations to our Grandparents Day postcard winners, Callie Turner and Andrea Azadi! All participants will receive a coupon for 2 cookies in the cafeteria.
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Guardians Sports and Activities

Basketball: Games for K-5 start this weekend. Go Guardians!


Robotics: Bots are moving and missions are being solved! Students are working hard for the winter internal competition.


Chess Club: Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30pm in the Kindergarten room. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Allen at fish.class@schoolofsaintmary.com.


Academic Bowl: Competition dates have been set. Stay tuned for results!

Parish-School News


  • The Bishop Kelley Speech and Debate Team invites preschool through 8th-grade students and a parent or guardian to our Seventh Diocesan Family Holiday Ball. Tickets will go on sale Monday morning, November 1, at 8 a.m. and are $25 per couple (one parent and one child), $5 for each additional child and $10 for each additional parent. Contact Erin Clark at eclark@bishopkelley.org for more information. Bishop Kelley reserves the right to require masking, if the need arises. If this is the case, masks will be provided. Flyer attached below.

  • Breakfast in Bethlehem: The flyer for the Church sponsored event is attached. Event is close to selling out!

  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma is finding creative ways to find housing for our new Afghan neighbors. While they work on housing, they are asking us to help them furnish the dwellings. To date, Church of Saint Mary parishioners have furnished five apartments. Want to help? Visit www.churchofsaintmary.com/furniture to see our parish wish list!