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November 23, 2021
Welcome Back, Volunteers!
Treats for Troops
American Education Week
Has a staff member gone above and beyond for you or your child? Let us know so that he or she can be recognized!
From Our Counselor, Miss Everngam
Hello STMS Families! We have had a great start to our 2021 - 2022 School Year. As the year is progressing, our students will encounter various accomplishments and challenges. In order to further support families, attached is a flyer for a free virtual parent support group for families of the mid shore region through Maryland Coalition. Discussion topics include:
- Mindfulness activities
- Anxiety coping skills
- Benefits of journaling
- Planful organization
Calling all "Math-letes!"
Book Fair: November 29 through December 3
The Book Fair is coming to STMS, and sponsored by our wonderful PTSA. Students will be visiting the Book Fair between Tuesday and Thursday in their ELA classes. There are lots of great selections to stock up on, so be sure your reader grabs their favorite or two! Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 pm, the Book Fair will be open for families to visit.
November Reading Challenge
Please join us in our first Reading Challenge for the month of November. Students should turn them in to Ms. Zimmerman by November 30, 2021. Be on the lookout for a December Reading Challenge, too! Research shows reading helps brain connectivity. More importantly, it boosts self esteem and promotes concentration, just to name a few! As we enter the time of cooler temperatures, let's embrace the opportunity to curl up with a good book. All students who turn in their challenge papers will receive a sweet treat. More details are attached. Happy reading!
*If a student needs a printed copy please contact Ms. Zimmerman, email@example.com.
This holiday season, the PTSA needs your help to bring a little cheer to our entire STMS staff. Please select a staff member (or two, or three :) that you would like to "adopt" for the holiday.
Updates from the Health Room
** You MUST pre-register for the Rapid Covid test in order for it to be performed at school. No tests will be performed without pre-registering, with your child sent home from the health room without a test. Please, PRE-REGISTER your child at this time using the link below.
Guidance for when your student should stay home from school ~ Covid 19
Please, only send your child to a QACPS school building/activity if:
· They are not exhibiting any signs/symptoms of COVID-19
· They have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19
· They do not have a pending COVID test
Please review symptoms with your child and monitor your child’s temperature every day. Students should not attend school (or participate in any QACPS activity) if their temperature is 100.4 F or higher AND/OR have any listed symptoms.
Students who are ill are not permitted to be transported home via QACPS buses and will need to be picked up promptly, please.
ALL students must be fever and vomit free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications per the Maryland Department of Health’s current COVID-19 guidelines.
Please, notify the school as soon as you are aware that your child has tested positive for COVID-19, or that your child has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19:
· Fever (100.4 F or greater)
· New cough
· Sore throat
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
*Additional Symptoms per CDC:
· Congestion/runny nose,
· Muscle or body aches
Registration Link for COVID Testing
Please find the link to register your child for Covid-19 testing: https://schools.coquihealth.com/registration/d7ca5527-f347-49bd-8944-e930f687e6aa
A FAQ was emailed to you to assist with many questions regarding the swab testing. Each school has their own link. If you have children in different QACPS schools, you will receive a link for each school as you need to register each child at their own schools.
This registration should take less than a minute to complete. You will be able to select how you would like to receive the results (either phone or email) should your child need to be tested.
Should you have any further questions, please email our Health Services Supervisor, Michele Morrissette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11/24-11/26: Schools closed for Thanksgiving break
11/29-12/3: Book Fair
11/29: Carson Scholar Applications Due to Miss Everngam
12/1: Book Fair Family Night from 4-7pm with Food Truck Fundraiser for PTSA
12/3: Early Dismissal
12/13: Winter Concert
12/18: PTSA Sponsored Holiday Scavenger Hunt 11 am-1 pm
12/23-1/2: Winter Break