Saint Kateri School's Newsletter - November 3, 2021


Principal Newsletter

Hello SKS families ~ Happy Spirit Shirt Day!

It is great to see all the fun happenings at Saint Kateri School ~ It has been nice to see families attending School Masses, children walking the hallway with new books from the Library, parents in classrooms helping teachers and Parent's Association organizing and sorting Save Around books. The simple joys of normalcy ~ at least we are on our way to normalcy.

We will have in-person Christmas Concerts this year and we could not be happier! In order to be able to follow our school guidelines in Church and welcome family members to attend, it was necessary to split our Christmas Concert into two different nights. We will share more details very soon as our Advent committee meets next week to plan all things Christmas.

Please SAVE the DATES:

  • Monday, 12/20 (10:00am and 7:00pm) ~ Kindergarten-2nd grade
  • Tuesday, 12/21 (10:00am and 7:00pm) ~ 3rd-5th grade

Next week we will have Half-Day Dismissal on Wednesday, November 10th. These monthly Half Days allow all of Diocesan schools the opportunity to meet together virtually as a grade level or as a specialty area. This is much needed support to our teachers and our students will benefit from the sharing of best practice between these teaching professionals.

A reminder that as we turn the calendar to November students are no longer able to wear shorts to school as part of their uniform. All K-5 students will need to wear pants from November 1st through May 1st. Thank you for your cooperation.

God bless you all ~

Mrs. Terri L. Morgan, Principal



Phone: (585) 467-8730

Upcoming Calendar Dates:


  • 11/3: Hot Lunch for December opens
  • 11/3: Parent's Association Meeting (Virtual-Zoom link below)
  • 11/5: Special Touch Bakery and Wreath/Poinsettia orders are due to school
  • 11/9: Quiet Mass (3rd/K)
  • 11/10: Hot Lunch for December closes (9:30am)
  • 11/10: Veteran's Prayer Service CANCELLED
  • 11/10: Half Day Dismissal (Preschool @ 11:00am and K-5 @ 11:30am)
  • 11/11: No School - Veteran's Day
  • 11/16: Quiet Mass (5th/2nd)
  • 11/19: Report Cards go home
  • 11/20: Special Touch Bakery Pie Pick-Up 10:00-2:00
  • 11/22: Half Day Dismissal (Preschool @ 11:00am and K-5 @ 11:30am)
  • 11/22: Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:30 - 6:30pm)
  • 11/23: Half Day Dismissal (Preschool @ 11:00am and K-5 @ 11:30am)
  • 11/23: Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:30 - 3:00pm)
  • 11/24 - 11/26: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
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Trunk and Treat

We had a successful 2nd Annual Trunk and Treat this year ~ even as blustery weather loomed overhead! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our school and the scouts ~ Thank you to Philip Schroeder for organizing this community event ~ it takes a lot of work and planning but it was so appreciated. Such creativity with trunk decorating ~ a good time was had by all!

Thank you to the Twig Gift Shop of Rochester General Hospital Association for donating Treats to pass out! Everyone loved the Halloween Peeps and Popcorn Balls. Very yummy!

Volunteering in the school

We are continuing to open up volunteer opportunities in our school and ways for parents to attend Masses with our school community. We invited a limited number of guests to attend the Mass with the Bishop and it was limited to only members of the grades participating. We will do the same with the Masses going forward this year. They will need to wear their mask at all times, as this is considered a school event and we need to follow our school guidelines. Anytime we are participating in a school event, even if it is not in school (i.e., in the Church) ~ we need to follow our school guidelines ~ the ones shared at the beginning of the year.

Classroom volunteers will also be allowed back into school to help with support of instruction (i.e., running a center, working with a small group of students, preparing work for student projects, etc.) and Room Parents will be able to come in to help with the various activities teachers have communicated. (i.e., holiday celebrations, preparation for projects, etc.) Anyone helping in classrooms will need to wear their mask at all times ~ even if they are socially distanced. Volunteers will need to come to the Main Office, sign in and complete the COVID Daily Health Check questions.

As mandated by NYS, anyone working in a school must be vaccinated or submit to testing each week. This is not a NYS requirement for volunteers in the classroom. As we begin to allow volunteers into the building we will not require them to be vaccinated but they will be required to follow our 2021-2022 School Guidelines.

Volunteers will be required to:

  • Sign in and complete the COVID Health Check form when entering the building. Please do not come to volunteer if you have ANY of the listed COVID questions.
  • Wear a face mask at all times
  • Socially distance

From the Main Office:

  • There is no After Care on Half Day Dismissals
  • K-5 students, please contact your Public School Department of Transportation to confirm busing for any Half Day Dismissals

Scholastic Book Fair Coming Soon!

It's Back! We are having our first in-person Book Fair since COVID - Yay!

Students will be able to shop at the Book Fair in the Library ~ during their Library Time as well as during the week ~ to make purchases.

We are also offering the opportunity to donate $1 or any loose change ~ see flyers below

Poinsettia and wreath orders DUE 11/5

Each year the Parish offers parishioners the opportunity to purchase Christmas wreaths and poinsettias as a holiday fundraiser. This year SKS is joining in ~ please see the flyer below with details and pick-up dates. #itisnottooearlytothinkaboutChristmas

Pie Sales are due THIS FRIDAY!

Saint Kateri School and Parish are selling pies from School of the Holy Childhood. All pies purchased will benefit our School, Parish and the School of the Holy Childhood.

Please keep those pie sales coming! Our proceeds will be split between Saint Kateri School and Parish

  • For Saint Kateri School the deadline for returning order forms will be Friday, November 5th by the end of the school day.
  • You can Pick up your pies on Saturday November 20st between the hours of 10 and 2. When you arrive, please drive to the Parish Center entrance (in the back). A volunteer will come out to your car, determine the pies you ordered and bring them to your car.
  • Thank you for participating and helping to make this fundraiser a great success!!!
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Meeting Tonight!


We will have a Parent's Association Meeting TODAY... Wednesday, November 3rd ~ 6:00-7:30pm. Meeting ID: 860 8522 8244, Pass Code: SKSRocks!

To make it easier ~ this Zoom Meeting information is the same for all of the Parent's Association Meetings this year. ~ See you soon!

Email Katie ( or Nicole ( with any questions or items to add to the agenda.

News from the Nurse

Dear Saint Kateri Families,

I am writing to address the return to school policy for students after being absent with a COVID-19 symptom. Please remember that these guidelines are provided to us by the Monroe County Department of Public Health. These guidelines are ever evolving. I will do my best to keep you informed of the changes as they occur.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Temperature GREATER THAN 100 degrees, Chills
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cough
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches

If your child is home with one of these symptoms, please call the Main Office at (585) 467-8730 expect a call from the Main office or myself.

Before your child can return to school, one of the following three things must occur:

1. Your child must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test ~

  • This MUST BE a PCR test or a NAAT (molecular) test.
  • Your child must be fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications) for 24 hours.
  • Your child must have a significant improvement in symptoms.

2. Your child must see a medical provider
  • If COVID-19 is not suspected, the medical provider must provide documentation explaining the alternate diagnosis.
  • Your child must be fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications) for 24 hours.
  • Your child must have a significant improvement in symptoms.

3. Your child may return to school 10 days after the date of first symptoms
  • Your child must be fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications) for 24 hours.
  • Your child must have a significant improvement in symptoms.

Please be aware that if your child displays symptoms at school, they will be sent home and will not be able to return until the one of the above protocols have occurred. Hand washing, sanitizing and proper mask wearing is something that is being enforced all day, every day at school.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Elizabeth Trimaldi, RN, School Nurse Saint Kateri School