October 5, 2022
I want to bring up a subject that will pull at the heart strings of many of you and, at the same time, has had a temporary, yet life altering effect on all of us since March of 2020. I apologize for the length of this message, but I feel that all of us need to take a hard look at what the long term fall out might be with our children around wearing a mask now.
As parents and as educators I know that you will agree that we have a responsibility to keep our children and our students healthy and safe. Knowing that, all of us have followed the protocols that the various departments of health have put out. Now that most of us and our children have all been vaccinated and boosted, we all have a level of protection that we did not have two years ago. The masking mandate was lifted last school year for those who wished to not wear a mask. I believe that the time has come for all of us as parents and educators to take a hard look at why masks are being worn. Is there someone in the family who is physically compromised? Are masks being worn because we don't want to get a cold or flu? When I asked a few families about why their child was wearing a mask, their response was that their child said..."Other students are wearing their mask." To be mindful of not wanting to get a compromised family member sick is one thing, but to wear it because other students are wearing a mask does not seem to be a healthy way to look at mask wearing. Our reality has always been and will be ...... we all will continue to get colds and flus...some light and others a little more debilitating. Wearing a mask to prevent something that we have all been living with and experiencing since our birth seems to be potentially sending the wrong message to our children and students. I feel we need to live out through our example and our actions with our children/students that realiity...We all will get sick... our bodies have the ability and will fight off the viruses with or without medicine and we will get better and return to our normal routines. I feel we all need to be realistic and clear as to our reasoning for our students/children to wear a mask. Our students/children need us to help them cope with the reality of a normal life....getting a cold or flu and knowing that they will get better and their life WILL GO ON when they do get sick!!
All parents have the right and the duty to decide how they can keep their children healthy and safe. I just felt that the time has come for every parent to look at the whys of mask wearing for their child and any potential long term effects it might have on their son(s) or daughter(s). Thank you for taking the time to think about this reality.
10/7 Archdiocesan Inservice Day; Student Holiday
10/9 Blessing of the Animals, 11:10-11:30 after Mass
10/10 Columbus Day Holiday
10/12 Parent Tour
10/13 Picture Make-up Day
10/17 SAPTO Meeting 7:00
10/19 Bake Sale
10/21 5K WAT & MSP Portal Closes (1st qtr.)
10/21-23 Parish Festival
10/26 Parent Tour
10/28 End of First Quarter
PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY ~ THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13
Students who missed picture day can have their photo taken on Thurs., Oct. 13 - please remember to send your child in full dress uniform.You will receive an email from the company letting you know that you can go on-line and view your child(ren)'s pictures. Please note that we will not have a group class picture taken in the spring this year as we did last year. Class composite pictures will be made available, however, later on. Please be on the lookout for Still Light Studios email.
PET BLESSING FOR FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS
PARISH MEDITATIVE PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES
5K WALK-A-THON - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
The walk is in 2.5 weeks and we are all looking forward to the day when we get to wear our 5K shirts and walk together! We have raised over $35,000 (and more through MATCH donations) so let's keep this momentum going. There's no limit as to how many people you add to PledgeStar (www.pledgestar.com/stanne). Keep adding names and let the app send your requests and reminders for you.
Reminder to turn in your child's Walk-a-thon Permission Form this Friday, October 7th. The form is on the last page of the 5K info packet.
We are still looking for volunteers!
These are important roles to ensure the safety of the 5K and for everyone to enjoy a successful BBQ and ice cream treat. Please sign up now through SignUp.com (https://signup.com/group/574467338096).
- 2 spots for food & prep roles (9:30am-2:00pm)
- 2 spots for 6th grade crossguards (1:00-3:00pm)
- 1 spot each for 7th & 8th grade crossguards (1:00-3:00pm)
- 2 spots for event clean up (3:00-5:00pm)
Questions? Email Miyabi Leu at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Festival is a few weeks away, and we need your help! Get your service hours here: https://signup.com/go/ZtOaMgp. There are still many shifts open at the carnival on Saturday, 10/22/22. Congratulations to Preschool, 7th, and 8th grades for selling the most raffle tickets thus far! The top selling class will earn an Ice Cream Party and game wristbands to the carnival! The first 100 St. Anne families who sell 5+ raffle ticket books will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to Andronicos or Little Original Joe’s. The “winning” class and families will be determined on 10/12/22. Free dress passes for students who sold raffle tickets by 9/30/22 will be passed out the week of the Festival (limit 5/student).
Coming to Movie Night? Reserve a parking spot to see “Paws of Fury, the Legend of Hank” by contacting email@example.com. Suggested donation is $20/reservation. Consider pre-ordering food and tickets for the entire Festival. Please note a correction to the Pre-Order Form: the Dinner Dance is for guests 21+ only since alcohol will be served. The carnival features a jumpy house, games, and delicious food! Enjoy thick crust pizza from Pizza Squared, and Mister Softee Ice Cream. After the kids have their fun, dance the night away at the Oktoberfest Dinner, featuring live entertainment by Groove Ride Band! The Pancake Breakfast, a Festival favorite, is back courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 15!
Don't forget to check out the Festival Facebook Page for details and event updates. Thank you!