The Preschool Press

February 11, 2022

A Note From the Director

We had a busy week at ECDC! We made Valentine preparations, played games, and created "heart art", along with preparing the cruets in catechesis and playing percussion instruments in music. We even enjoyed a visit from the dentist to learn about maintaining a healthy smile and the Frogs traveled to the post office and the library!

Marquette will be in session on April 18th (Easter Monday), as a make-up day for the snow day.

Today from 6 to 7 p.m. (immediately following the 5:30 p.m. daily Mass) we will pray the Rosary and have Adoration for the healing of Cody Forehand, who was severely injured in a skiing accident last weekend. Cody and his wife, Teresa, are active parishioners and their oldest child attends the ECDC. Please join us in lifting up the Forehand family in prayer during this difficult time.

Please note the schedule for next week. We will dismiss between 2:00 and 2:15pm on Wednesday. Aftercare is still in session on Wednesday for those enrolled until 5:30. School is closed Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday.

If you have not scheduled your parent/teacher conference, it is not too late. Directions for scheduling are below.

The RISE and Shine Donut and PJ day from Catholic Schools Week is rescheduled for April 25th.

Summer Play Days registration will begin March 1st. We will hold two, three week sessions on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9am to 2pm.

Session One: June 6-June 24

Session Two: July 6-July 22

The cost is $50 per day. Children enrolling in PK3 next year may attend as long as they are potty trained. Questions? Contact Mrs. Bergner or Mrs. McGough.

Next Week at a Glance


Valentine Parties

Make-Up Frog Teacher Luncheon


Valentine Parties


Early Dismissal-ECDC doors will open at 2pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences 3-6pm


School Closed

Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:30am-12:00pm


School Closed

Diocesan Inservice Day for Teachers

Father Elkin's Birthday!

February 21st is Father Elkin's birthday. In celebration MHSA is providing donuts from Hurts Donut for all Marquette and ECDC students on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND.
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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, February 16th, and Thursday, February 17th. School will dismiss at 2:15 on Wednesday, February 16th. There will be no school on Thursday, February 17th, Friday, February 18th (Diocesan Inservice) or Monday, February 21st (Presidents Day). Wednesday conferences are 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and Thursday conferences are 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Child care is not provided during conferences other than for those enrolled in aftercare which ends at 5:30pm Wednesday. There is no aftercare on the 17th, 18th, or 21st since school is not in session.

How To Schedule a Conference

Once again we will be utilizing the Pick a Time on-line scheduling system. Conference scheduling will open on 01/30/22 at 7:00 PM and will close on 02/15/22 at 3:00 PM. You will not be able to schedule before this time on Sunday, January 30, 2022. The website is: Be sure to choose February 22 Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Register (new users)

1. Enter your email address and push "Login/Create Account".

2. Fill in the required fields and register.

Sign In (returning users)

If you've previously registered, all you need to do is enter your email and password. The system will know about your appointments and the children you have added to your account.


1. Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend shows you which teacher corresponds to which color, and the times increase as you go down the page. (Note: you may not see all of the teachers at your school, just the set of teachers that your children have classes with.) Click on a square to book that time.

2. You will optionally have the choice of setting a time when you would like a reminder email delivered.

3. Click "Create Appointment".

Repeat until you have a time with each teacher you'd like to visit with.

At any time you can click on "printable schedule" and print the resulting webpage to get a hard copy of your schedule. You will also have the option to email your schedule to yourself. If you want to make changes to your schedule, you can log in at any time with the email address and password you used to create your account.

Click on "Your Schedule" to display and hide your appointments. There will be links to change the time, or cancel the appointment.

Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras is just around the corner! I invite all of you to celebrate with us on Fat Tuesday, March 1st, at 8:30am. If you have a wagon/stroller/cart/bicycle/etc., you may decorate it as a "float" and bring it to school (please take the floats home immediately following the parade). Children may wear costumes, crowns, masks, or free dress. We will parade around the gym and throw beads to our spectators. Afterward we will enjoy king cake in the classrooms. Remember the three colors of Mardi Gras: purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
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After School Art Class

Mrs. Bergner has a limited number of spots remaining as one time drop ins. See below for details.
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Instructions to Print Your FACTS Annual Payment Summary

1. Log into Family Portal

Reminder: the Marquette District Code is MS-OK

2. Click on “Financial” in the lower left hand corner (located in the red menu box)

3. Click on “Financial Home” located in the Financial Links menu box on the right

4. Click on “View Details” in the Payment Plan and Billing Menu

5. Click on the blue “View Payment Summary” button

6. The Payment Summary that appears lists all payments you have made to Marquette/ ECDC for the previous calendar year.

22-23 School Calendar

Please note our school calendar for the next school year! More details will follow later, but please see the highlights thus far.

Red Highlight-Day off School

Blue Highlight-Day in school

August 18 First Day of School

September 29-30 Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 13 Diocesan Teacher In-Service

October 14 Fall Break

February 15-16 Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 17 Diocesan Teacher In-Service

February 20 President’s Day-No School
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19-20 Memory Books

The 19-20 ECDC Memory Book is now complete. Click HERE to purchase a book.
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Volunteering and VIRTUS

Each year, we rely on volunteers to help support classroom and school activities, field trips, fundraising activities, athletics and much more. Volunteers play a critical role at Marquette, and we appreciate your dedication, time and talent.

What you need to do:

  • First, VIRTUS Child & Youth Protection Requirements have three components: 1.) the background check submission 2.) adherence to policies, procedures, and ethical standards, and 3.) the child & youth protection education training. Each component needs to be renewed every five years.

  • Registration for First-time Users:
    • Visit
    • Select “First-Time Registrant” to create an online VIRTUS account.
    • Follow the onscreen step-by-step instructions for completing the process. We require all volunteers to start this process no later than two week before the date of volunteering.


  • Update Existing Account:
    • Registered volunteers are encouraged to login at the beginning of every school year to ensure that all personal information is correct. Upon login, your account will prompt you to complete any necessary requirements. Automated emails are sent through VIRTUS approximately one week before they expire. Please ensure that the registered email address is correct.
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2021-2022 Marquette School Theme

“Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter.”


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Marquette Saint of the Year-St. Joseph

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