Ms. I's Update
St. John School - Empowering for Excellence
Dear St. John School community,
Somehow we are already at the end of January. So much has happened in our small community. I would like to begin by welcoming our new families to St. John School. We have had five new students join our wonderful small community in January. (K & 3) If you have students in kindergarten or third grade, please take the time to reach out to our new families and welcome them.
Our community also had a great loss. As many of you heard, Sr. Shirley’s mother passed away recently. She was a key part of our community for many years and it was always wonderful to have her on campus. Our whole school community holds Sr. Shirley and her family in our hearts and in our prayers. We will miss her presence at all of our functions, especially at our annual Crab Feed.
On that note, we have some exciting news to share with you: Our annual sold-out Crab Feed will still be happening in March. We are currently working out the logistics for Crab & Go. Save the date: March 6th, 2021 and spread the word. More information will follow.
It is application season. Our school has been inundated with requests for this school year and the next. We are busy giving tours, processing applications, and assessing potential students. Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open on February 1st, 2021. An early bird discount will be applied to all new/returning families that complete registration between February 1st, 2021 and April 30th, 2021. Regular fees will apply between May 1st and June 15th. A late fee will be added for returning families who complete the registration after June 15th. As always, completing registration secures a spot for your child next year. Returning families must be up to date on all tuition fees in order to register for the 2021-2022 school year.
We are currently in the process of updating all of our emergency binders. Please take the time to update your profile and your child(ren)’s profile(s) on SchoolSpeak. We keep a soft and hard copy of your child(ren)’s medical and emergency information. In case of emergency- it is extremely important that information is up to date. The next time you log into SchoolSpeak, you should be prompted to update. (Click here if you'd like to update now.) Thank you for taking the time to also update the profile(s) of your child(ren).
Our students all learned about the inauguration last week and many classrooms showcased different parts of the ceremony. As all inaugurations are, it was a historical day in US history. I was particularly moved by Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb.” Regardless of our political differences, I pray that our community is able to be the light that we need for ourselves and for others, “For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it.”
Vaccinations- Get Notified
If you live or work in SF and are interested in receiving the vaccine, sign up to get notified when you are eligible to get vaccinated. Click here for the link.
Covid-19 Safety Plan
SFDPH and the Archdiocese held meetings on Friday 1/22 to go over recent updates that apply to schools that are open for in person instruction. There are several updates that will occur over the next few days in order for St. John School to remain compliant. Given that we have already implemented many of the measures that are now mandated, these updates will be minimal and mostly require the school to post documentation that they are occurring on our public website. I am in the process of updating our Safety Plan Operations Plan to reflect the State of California’s COVID-19 Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year.
There are also updates to how our school COVID liaisons submits information for exposure events. It will be through a new portal, SPOT- School Portal for Outbreak Tracking. We will also now provide reporting data on our reopening status to CDPH every other Monday.
Covid-19 Cases since 1/4/21
We have had no positive cases for any of our in-person learners/staff since returning from winter break. Thank you to everyone who is symptom checking. Please continue to notify the school if there is a positive case, your child has symptoms and you are keeping them home, or your child is a close contact. As always, thank you for helping mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Please always check SchoolSpeak for the most updated calendar
1/25/21: 12:30pm Dismissal
1/28/21: Spelling Bee (Go to SchoolSpeak calendar for Zoom info)
2/8-2/9: Fall Photos- More info to follow
2/15/21: No School
2/16/21: New window to opt-in for in-person learning
2/17/21: Ash Wednesday
2/22/21: 12:30 Dismissal
Easter Vacation: 4/2/21- 4/9/21 (4/1 is a 12:30pm dismissal)
Last Day of School: 6/10/21
*All Wednesdays are 2pm dismissals*
*Please note that the calendar is subject to change. SchoolSpeak will have the most updated version*
Extended Care is offered every school day until 6pm. Students must be pre-registered for each three-week session. If you are interested in signing up your child- please contact the front office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fundraisers: Please check SchoolSpeak for more information.
PTG Meetings: Links are posted on SchoolSpeak. Come join us! (Attending counts towards volunteer hours.)
Questions? Want to get involved?: Email email@example.com
Please continue to look at SchoolSpeak under the PTG tab for updated information.
Photos from St. John School
Ways to engage with your child(ren):
1. Do masks really stop the coronavirus?
2. What did this lesson make you curious about? What other questions do you have about the coronavirus?
Bonus Activity: Masks help protect us from germs. But sometimes the straps can hurt your ears or the mask can fall under your nose. Sometimes you can even smell your own stinky breath! Can you create a better mask? Think like an inventor! What could you do to make masks more comfortable? Can you add something to the mask? Change what it’s made of? Describe or draw your new and improved mask!
Ways to engage with your child(ren):
1. How are video games made?
2. What did this lesson make you curious about? What other questions do you have about video games?
Bonus Activity: Suppose you want to make a video game. Most video games are made by a team, but you can get started by yourself. Think about what the player will do in the game. Will they explore a strange world? Will they solve puzzles? Think about what the player will see on screen. How will the game change when the player moves to a new level? How can a player win the game? Draw or write about your ideas. What will you call your video game? Describe your video game to a friend!
Ways to engage your child(ren):
1. What were the first computers like?
2. What did this lesson make you curious about? What other questions do you have about computers?
Bonus Activity: What if there were no computers? There would be no smart phones. No internet. No video games. How would that change what you do every day? Draw a picture that shows all the things you would do differently if there were no computers. Need some ideas? Talk to an adult who remembers what life was like before computers were around!
We love our St. John School community and feel that our parents and families know us best. Our school has thrived when current families have referred their friends/acquaintances to us.
Referral Incentive: Refer a family to us! If they enroll- your family will receive a $250 tuition deduction per newly enrolled student.
COVID Updates: St. John School will continue to update our community on any positive cases among our in-person learners.
Opt-In for DL Reminders: St. John School will send a reminder prior to the additional opt-in window for in-person learning for Trimester 2. (2/16)
Trust: Thank you in advance for helping us maintain trust in our community. We are a small community and everyone is connected. You have the right to make choices that are best for your family. Though not advised by SFDPH, those choices may involve travel outside of the Bay Area or congregating with people outside your household.
If you find yourself in any situation that falls outside the guidelines set forth by SFDPH, your child(ren) has/have the option to distance learn and we thank you in advance for making that decision.
Please do not knowingly send your child to school if you or your family found themselves in a situation that did not follow the health guidelines. The responsible thing is to keep your child(ren) home and engage in distance learning. It may not be convenient- but it is the right thing to do. Our teachers thank you.
Together we can help mitigate the spread of this virus.
Wear a facemask and stay 6 feet away from people you do not live with, including family members.
Avoid spending time indoors with people you don’t normally live with, including family members, to the extent possible. The risk of getting COVID-19 is generally much greater indoors that outdoors because the virus that causes COVID-19 can travel in the air more than 6 feet and collects indoors and in enclosed spaces. If you must spend time indoors, choose a larger room that is well-ventilated or where windows and doors can be opened, and wear a face mask at all times. See more at www.sfcdcp.org/indoorrisk.
Try to limit the number of people you interact with. For example, if you are travelling to see family, avoid in-person interactions with neighbors or friends.
Don’t share vehicles with people you don’t live with. Vehicles are small enclosed spaces where COVID-19 can spread easily between people. If you must share a vehicle, try to ride with the same people each time, make sure everyone wears a facemask, open windows, and maximize outdoor air circulation as much as you can.
Avoid or limit holiday meals or gatherings with people you don’t normally live with, including family members. Eating and drinking together is higher-risk because people must take off their masks to eat or drink, are more likely to touch their mouths 3 while eating, often sit within 6 feet of each other, and talk while eating, creating more respiratory droplets. If you do have a holiday dinner or gathering, it is safer for people in different households to sit outdoors at least 6 feet apart and to wear masks when they are not actively eating or drinking (such as when talking).
Per SFDPH recommendations, students will be asked to not return for two weeks if they have engaged in high-risk activity as outlined in the travel advisory.
Links to local, regional, state and federal guidance on holiday travel:
SFDPH travel advisory
SFDPH guidance on Safer Holiday Celebrations:
Association of Bay Area Health Officers Association:
California Department of Public Health Travel Advisory: