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Special Edition: Class Lists & Important Updates

2021-2022 Class Lists

Please click below to view the 2021-2022 Class Lists.


Class lists will also be posted on our school website, www.st-hilaryschool.org, later today. To view the lists online, you must have an active account. (If you ordered hot lunches last year, you have an active account.) To create an account, simply click the MySchool button at the top right corner of the home page and follow the prompts for account setup. Please allow up to 72 hours for account activation. All new accounts created prior to 12:00 p.m. on July 31 have been activated. Click your child’s grade level to view the lists for each classroom.


If you do not see your child’s name on a class list for his or her grade, please contact the school office.

PLEASE READ: Important Changes Regarding Student Placement & Class Lists

"TEACHER REQUESTS" COME TO AN END

Under previous leadership, information began to be published at re-registration time each year to clarify the manner and deadline to make concerns known regarding class placement that may affect student learning needs. Such concerns were to be communicated in writing to teachers by March 1 each year. Over the years, parents began to interpret this yearly notification as an invitation to request particular teachers for students. As leadership changed and we moved together through the COVID pandemic, every attempt was made to accommodate families' needs when special requests were made due to the challenging times we were all experiencing. However, we have been inundated with requests for months, continuing into the summer, and we simply cannot continue to accommodate requests if we are to achieve properly balanced classes. While some concerns shared have been valid, requests have been coming in for reasons such as "I've heard great things about teacher X", or "All my other children had teacher X", or, in many cases, for no reason at all. Requests have been received not just from parents, but from aunts, grandparents and other well-meaning relatives and friends. Therefore, as we return to normal, we also need to end what was never intended to be license for parents to request particular teachers for their children. In other words, "teacher requests" have come to an end.


KEEP LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN

Instead, we encourage every parent to have open and ongoing dialogue with his or her child's teacher about the child's needs beginning at the start of the school year. Things that can and should be shared with teachers include concerns about the child's learning or social-emotional well-being, as well as changes in the family situation, illness in the family, and similar matters. We want to clarify that this dialogue should be between the teacher and the parent, not other family members or friends. In reality, children spend more time interacting with their teachers and classmates than with their own parents during the school year, so our teachers get to know your children quite well. Teachers are generally very good judges of your children's personalities, learning styles / needs, peer relationships, and more, and they work hard to make sure all of those factors are considered when placing students in classes for each subsequent year. If you have kept the lines of communication open with your child's teacher throughout the school year, there should be no doubt in the teacher's mind about which placement will be best for your child for the coming year. Teachers begin creating classes in the spring; hence, the previously communicated March 1 deadline. Please do not wait until the spring to begin a conversation with your child's teacher about a situation you feel may impact your child's learning.


MANY FACTORS AFFECT CLASS PLACEMENT

We realize how important it is to you that your child be placed in a classroom setting that will be the best fit for him or her. This is our priority as well, as it is for each of the more than 500 students we educate each year. When class lists are created, your child is one piece of a much larger puzzle with many factors that must be considered to ensure the best placement for every child. These dynamics control which students can be together, which students should not be together, and which students need to be with which teachers. There are a myriad of reasons behind each and every decision that goes into creating each class. We are blessed to have three classes in every grade level, which allows us greater leeway in creating balanced classes that aim to foster the spiritual, academic and social-emotional growth of every student. Additionally, our administration monitors the "big picture" to ensure that every angle is considered as classes are created. However, it has been challenging for us to work around the overwelming number of requests while still weighing every other factor that must be considered in creating classes that work for every student and teacher. We need you to trust us, as educators, to do our jobs and make the best possible decisions for your children.


EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES

We understand that there may be times when extenuating circumstances create a situation for your family that you did not expect and that may significantly affect your child's learning needs. Please share that with us if it happens, and we will do our best to work with you.


CLASS LISTS NO LONGER TO BE PUBLISHED AUGUST 1

Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, class lists will no longer be published August 1. Our faculty and staff, and hopefully all of you, are still enjoying the summer on August 1, which often also falls on a weekend. Additionally, we tend to enroll many new students in late July and early August, making it difficult to include them in class lists by August 1. There is nothing special about August 1 in particular, and many schools wait until a day or two before the start of school to publish class lists. The school office re-opens two weeks prior to the first day of school each year, and beginning in August 2022, class lists will be published on that date. You can watch for lists to be emailed and posted on the school website on the Monday two weeks prior to the first day of school.


YOUR COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED

We appreciate your cooperation with these changes that we hope will reset our class placement procedures for the benefit of all.

To Mask or Not to Mask...

We are very aware of all of the dialogue taking place regarding masks in our local community, around our state, and across our nation. As with any important issue, especially one that affects the children we all care about so deeply, there are multiple points of view. We appreciate the need some of you feel to share your passionate opinions with us, and we have been hearing your points of view from all sides of the issue. We also know that there have been differing recommendations made by various health leadership groups, including the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Ohio Department of Health, over the past few weeks. Please understand that at this time, however, we have not yet received any guidance or directives from the Diocese of Cleveland or Summit County Public Health as to the establishment of a mask policy for our school for the 2021-2022 school year. When we receive this information, we will be able to formulate and release our mask policy to the entire school community. In the meantime, we are not in a position to address individual emails on the topic. Thank you for your patience and understanding as COVID-19 continues to impact our work as educators.

Welcome New Faculty & Staff!

We have a few staffing changes for the 2021-2022 school year. Here is a recap:


  1. Mrs. Alexander will be our assistant principal in a part-time capacity, in the building two days per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  2. Mrs. Rauber will be our new Director of Student and Staff Services, picking up some of the administrative load in terms of special education services, ordering instructional materials, and assisting in other ways as needed.
  3. Miss Angle has been hired to teach fifth grade alongside Mrs. Sollenberger and Mrs. Murphey. Miss Angle is a proud St. Hilary alum! Since leaving SHS, she has earned a BSed in Middle Childhood Education from Ohio State and completed student teaching and related experience at a variety of schools in Columbus. We are excited to have her join us!
  4. Mrs. Palumbo has been hired to teach physical education, filling the vacancy created when Mrs. Stamets retired last December. Mrs. Palumbo has alternative residence licensure from Ohio State with qualifications in physical education and family and consumer science. With over 10 years experience in the fitness and wellness industry, as well as extensive experience volunteering and working at St. Hilary, Mrs. Palumbo is the perfect fit for this position.
  5. Mrs. Parri has decided not to return to allow her more time with her family, so Mrs. Kaut will join Mrs. Pelini to assist in Mrs. Haskins' classroom. Mrs. Kaut will assist on Mondays and Tuesdays and will use some of her time during the rest of the week to assist our second grade students.
  6. Ms. Stanley has been hired to assist in Mrs. Morrocco's and Mrs. Walters' classrooms. She will be in Mrs. Morrocco's classroom on Mondays and Tuesdays and in Mrs. Walters' classroom Wednesday - Friday. Ms. Stanley most recently served as the Director of Fairlawn West Preschool and we are happy to have her share her experience and love of children with us!
  7. Mrs. Keller has been hired to assist in Miss Faetanini's classroom, job-sharing with Mrs. Kwieciak. Mrs. Keller holds a master's degree in education from John Carroll University and most recently taught at Notre Dame Elementary School in Chardon. We are excited to have her join our kindergarten team!
  8. Mrs. Bauman has been hired as our new registered nurse in light of Mrs. Hammersmith's retirement. She will job-share with Mrs. Laughlin. Mrs. Bauman has served as a substitute nurse in our clinic on many occasions and we look forward to having her with us on a regular basis.
  9. Teri Brennan, Cassie Samaan and Lindsey Yoder will share coordination of our playground supervision, replacing Laura Pszonowky who has relocated to Texas.


Thank you for making all of these staff members feel welcome in their new positions!

Hot Lunch Ordering Open August 1-10

HOT LUNCH ORDERING OPENS TODAY
ORDER MILK FOR FIRST SEMESTER ONLINE BEGINNING TODAY

The Hot Lunch program will begin serving lunches on August 23, the first day of school. As we await guidance from Summit County Public Health regarding COVID-19 protocols, we do not yet know all the operational details of our lunch program for this school year. We look forward to sharing these with you as they become available. In the meantime:


Ordering for August/September is open as of TODAY and will remain open through Tuesday, August 10. Due to the short turn-around time before school begins and lunches are served, NO LATE ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED.


***SPECIAL NOTE FOR KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES: If you will be ordering hot lunches for your kindergartener, please keep in mind that kindergarteners will not eat lunch at school until August 26, the first full day of school that they will attend. You do not need to order or send lunches prior to that date.


***SPECIAL NOTE FOR GRADE 8: Students in grade 8 will have an off-site retreat on August 31 and should not order lunch on that day.


Milk orders will also be placed online. Milk orders will be accepted for the first semester beginning TODAY, and can be placed through the Hot Lunch ordering system as a part of the Hot Lunch order, even if milk is the only item being purchased. Milk ordering for the second semester will be open in December. Please watch for information about free milk for qualifying families later this month. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE ORDERED AND PAID FOR MILK THROUGH THIS SYSTEM WILL APPEAR ON THE CLASSROOM LISTS TO RECEIVE MILK AT LUNCHTIME. ALL OTHERS WILLNEED TO BRING A DRINK FROM HOME.


Orders for lunches and/or milk are placed on the school website, www.st-hilaryschool.org. To place an order, you must have an active account. (If you ordered hot lunches last year, you have an active account.) To create an account, simply click the MySchool button at the top right corner of the home page and follow the prompts for account setup. Please allow 72 hours for account activation. Please note that the automated ordering reminders emailed from the Hot Lunch system will be the only reminders sent.


Once you have placed your Hot Lunch order, remember to print the calendar showing your orders so you will know which days to send a lunch from home. Here’s how to access the printable lunch calendar feature:

1. Login in MYSCHOOL

2. Select Hot Lunch

3. Click Current Meals

4. Select the name(s) for whom you would like to view orders

5. Select the month for which you would like to view orders

6. Click Printable Calendar

7. Select the name(s) for whom you would like to view orders

8. Click Update

9. Print the calendar



***OTHER HOT LUNCH NEWS: We are happy to continue to offer a selection of excellent quality, homemade lunch items again this year.
FOR THOSE NEW TO OUR HOT LUNCH PROGRAM, please note that all lunches include sides, so if you order extras you will be ordering extras of the main meal item (i.e., extra slice of pizza, extra order of nachos, etc.).


Payment must be made online as the final step in the ordering process before your order will be submitted through the system. Please click here for complete Hot Lunch program information, including ordering / payment instructions.


Additional Hot Lunch volunteers are needed! Please contact Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at bvieltorf@st-hilary.org to learn more about dates help is needed.


For Hot Lunch questions, please contact Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at bvieltorf@st-hilary.org. For assistance with your website account, please email dsinopoli@st-hilary.org.

Back-to-School Nights August 18 & 19

PLEASE WATCH FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
REGARDING COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR THESE EVENTS!


KINDERGARTEN BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18

4:30-7:30 pm

To maintain social distancing in classrooms, please come at the following time based on your child’s last name:

  • 4:30 pm – A-C
  • 5:00 pm – D-I
  • 5:30 pm – J-L
  • 6:00 pm – M-P
  • 6:30 pm – Q-S
  • 7:00 pm – T-Z


To ensure that each family can have a safe, beneficial visit, please limit those accompanying your child to 2 adults, adhere to your assigned time, arrive on time, and understand our need to limit visits to 30 minutes. The end of each session will be announced. Please bring your child’s supplies to drop off, meet the teacher, and become familiar with the classroom. Please be sure to share your child's usual method of transportation home from school with his/her teacher. Latchkey registration and Spirit Wear sales will be available in the main hall at this time.


GRADES 1-8 BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT THURSDAY, AUGUST 19

4:30 – 8:30 pm

To maintain social distancing in classrooms, please come at the following time based on your child’s last name:

  • 4:30 pm – A-C
  • 5:00 pm – D-G
  • 5:30 pm – H-K
  • 6:00 pm – L-M
  • 6:30 pm – N-R
  • 7:00 pm – S-T
  • 7:30 pm – U-W
  • 8:00 pm – X-Z


To ensure that each family can have a safe, beneficial visit, please limit those accompanying your child to 2 adults, adhere to your assigned time, arrive on time, and understand our need to limit visits to 30 minutes. The end of each session will be announced. Please bring your child’s supplies to drop off, meet the teacher, and become familiar with the classroom.

4:30 – 8:30 pm – Please stop by Horning Hall between 4:30 and 8:30 pm to purchase school uniform, gym uniform, and spirit wear items, or pick up free recycled uniform items. Latchkey registration will be available in the main hall during this timeframe, as well.

Kindergarten Opening Schedule

KINDERGARTEN 2021-2022 OPENING SCHEDULE

MONDAY, AUGUST 23 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 – Kindergarten students will arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am, after our regular drop-off time. This will allow time for saying goodbyes in our “hug zone” outside our main entrance before our Kindergarten team takes children to classrooms. Look for your child’s teacher and teaching assistants holding signs indicating where each class should meet near the main entrance / Jesus statue. Each class will be color coded and have a designated area to meet, and each student will have a color-coded dot to stand on to maintain social distancing:

101 - Miss Faetanini: Green, Meet in front of Jesus statue / main entrance

102 - Mrs. Haskins: Blue, Meet in first row parking spaces to left of Jesus statue / main entrance

105 - Miss Bennett: Red, Meet by large garage door to right of Jesus statue / main entrance


If your Kindergartener will ride the bus to school during the first week of school, please email his/her teacher so arrangements can be made to assist your child in getting to the classroom


Beginning Monday, August 30, Kindergarteners will report at the same time and follow the same procedures as all other students.


MONDAY, AUGUST 23 & TUESDAY, AUGUST 24 – First half-days of school for Kindergarten.
Kindergarten students (half of each class) will attend school from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm as follows:

Monday, August 23
Students with last names: Students with last names:

101-Miss Faetanini: Last names B-L
102-Mrs. Haskins: Last names B-Le
105-Miss Bennett: Last names B-Sa

Tuesday, August 24

101-Miss Faetanini: Last names M-W

102-Mrs. Haskins: Last names Ly-W

105-Miss Bennett: Last names Sh-Y


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 - ALL kindergarten students will attend from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 pm.


ON AUGUST 23, 24 AND 25, Rooms 101 and 102 will be dismissed from the Moorfield Road doors. Room 105 will be dismissed from the doors by the Jesus statue. There will be no buses to take kindergarten students home on these days and no Latchkey available for kindergarten students these afternoons. Please be sure your child has a ride home. The child’s name should be displayed prominently in the passenger window. Please email the teacher if someone other than a parent will be picking up your child.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 - FULL-DAY kindergarten program begins. Please make sure your child has arrangements for lunch, a snack, a rest time towel, and a ride home or Latchkey arrangements at dismissal time. Kindergarten students who ride the bus may ride home from school for the first time on August 26. Adults will escort the children to the appropriate buses and other dismissal locations. Please remimd your child to wear his or her "bus" tag to help us direct your child to the appropriate location.

Additional Updates

VERIFY & UPDATE ONE CALL NOW INFORMATION VIA SELF-UPDATE PORTAL

As the new year begins, please make sure we have your current telephone number(s) and email address(es) in our One Call Now database. Doing so will ensure you receive the latest mass email updates, as well as phone calls in the event of snow days or school emergencies.

New families: Please make sure you have returned the One Call Now form contained in your child’s acceptance packet so your One Call Now account can be set up.

Returning families and new families who have returned One Call Now forms: Please click the My School button at the top right corner of the school website, login, and click the One Call Now link to be directed to our new One Call Now Self-Update Portal. Click the green SIGN UP button as a first-time user to create your login for the secure portal. Users will be able to view only their own information. Follow the prompts to verify and update your information as needed. Please retain your login information so you can return to the portal and simply login to make any necessary future updates.

Please contact Mrs. Smith at msmith@st-hilary.org with questions.



UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR

Our 2021-2022 School Calendar has been revised to include the complete Kindergarten opening schedule and other updates. Click the link at the end of this section for the revised calendar. Due to COVID-19, there may be additional changes to our calendar. We will keep you posted as to updates to our calendar and events as we move through the school year.



DAILY SCHEDULE

We are in the process of fine-tuning our schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. COVID-19 has created some additional scheduling logistics to be worked out in order to ensure proper social distancing. Our daily schedule, including grade level lunch and recess periods, will be posted on the website as soon as it is finalized. Student class schedules for grades 5-8 will be available on Gradelink shortly before the start of school. Gradelink is currently locked so that it can be updated for the coming school year.



DRESS CODE

As we always do at this time of year, we are beginning to receive questions concerning the school dress code. As a reminder, the dress code guidelines for all clothing, shoes and accessories are contained in the family handbook*, and can be found here. These dress code guidelines will be enforced, and your cooperation in following them is appreciated. Should you have questions about school uniform items or shoes being in compliance with our dress code, please contact Mrs. Alexander, Assistant Principal, at dalexander@st-hilary.org. For new uniform items, please contact Marie-France Londa at wearnumberone@gmail.com . We also have gently worn uniform items available for free through our Recycled Uniforms program. To request any plaid items (jumpers, skirts, skorts), polo shirts, blouses, and/or sweaters contact Jen Warmus at 216-308-0630 or jenwarmus@gmail.com. To request pants, shorts (navy and khaki), sweatshirts, gym uniforms (shirts and black shorts) contact Ronda Powers, 330-590-0128 or rondapowers916@gmail.com.

*The 2021-2022 dress code was emailed to returning school families last spring and included in acceptance packets for new families.



SCHOOL HANDBOOK

The complete family handbook for 2021-2022 is available here on the school website. Please pay particular attention to the COVID-19 Appendix which supersedes many sections of the handbook during the pendency of the COVID-19 situation. However, please note that this Appendix may change as we receive new guidance and the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.



PLAYGROUND MONITORS NEEDED FOR 2021-2022

Looking for a fun way to be involved at school, see your child during the school day, get some fresh air, and make some extra money? Consider being a playground monitor! Help is needed for the 2021-2022 school year in order to ensure that our students are properly supervised during recess. Monitors work just a couple of hours each day, so this is the perfect part-time job for those with limited time! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Cassie Samaan at csamaan@st-hilary.org.



SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

Mass emails containing school news will be sent on Monday mornings when school is in session. Information to be included in these emails must be emailed to dsinopoli@st-hilary.org by 3:00 p.m. on Friday for the following Monday. The first regular mass email update will be sent August 16. Information to be included in this email must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on August 13.



CLASSROOM VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS

There will be limited in-person volunteer opportunities this year, but sign-ups will be available via the classroom Sign-Up Genius. Watch for more information from teachers when school begins.



ROOM MOM MEETING AUGUST 30

There will be a meeting for all Room Moms on August 30 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Room Moms for each classroom will be notified in early August.



SCHOOL PICTURE DAY SEPTEMBER 1

PLEASE NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES FROM PAST YEARS

School pictures will be taken on September 1. Students should dress up for pictures. No jeans, T-shirts or tennis shoes (except kindergarteners). Lifetouch made some changes last year that remain in effect:


  • Only those students and staff members who are photographed on September 1 will appear both in class composite photos and in the yearbook. Those having photos taken on retake day (October 14) will appear in the yearbook, but not in class composites.


  • Lifetouch has also streamlined photo packages, and to eliminate handling of paper order forms, checks, and cash, we are using an online-only ordering system. To view the Lifetouch packages and place an order, please go to www.mylifetouch.com and enter Picture Day ID code EVTPWF4HH. Please keep a record of your order as the school will have no records. Questions about ordering school pictures should be directed to Lifetouch via their website linked above, not to the school.



CURRICULUM NIGHTS SEPTEMBER 1 & 2
Please join us for our Curriculum Nights on Wednesday, September 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for grades 6-8, and Thursday, September 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for grades K-5. Please watch for more information.



Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, and watch for further updates as we approach the start of the 2021-2022 school year!

About Us

Our mission is to keep Christ at the center of all that we do. In solidarity with our parish and school community, we will inspire our students through inclusive, innovative, and challenging academic and spiritual experiences, to be leaders capable of making a positive change in the world.


The Admission Policy of St. Hilary School is in accordance with the student acceptance regulations of the Diocese of Cleveland. St. Hilary School admits qualified students of any gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.