School of Saint Mary FYI

November 12, 2021

Notes from Mrs. Maricle

1. Grandparents Day: The event has been set for April 29th, so mark your calendars. Attached is the information for the postcard contest. This is volunteer only for all grades.


2. Discover School of Saint Mary Week: We are participating in NCEA's Discover Catholic Schools Week, November 13-19th. A group of 8th graders have partnered with Home and School Campus Ministry and created a great week highlighting wonderful things about our school. This week is meant to promote our school and stir up excitement for the upcoming enrollment season. The schedule for the week is attached!

COVID-19 Updates

Updates are in BOLD.


Week of November 8, 2021-

6 NEW student positives (all in mandatory quarantine)


Correction from Email: Since August 14, 2021, the school has been notified about 17 positive cases of COVID. 16 of those cases are students and 1 is staff. At least 70% of the positive cases can be fully attributed to family transfer and/or activities outside of the school. Of the 30% left, more than half of those cannot be directly tied to school transfer. For a building of 300 student with 3 times that in immediate family members, we are doing okay. Thankful for God's hands of protection!


*Note: These statistics are for PS-8th Grade.



Policy Change: An amendment has been made to the School of Saint Mary COVID Quarantine Policy that aligns with the Diocese of Tulsa amended policy of no longer mandating quarantines for close contact cases. The SOSM and Diocese of Tulsa policy documents are attached below.


COVID Testing: The Task Force has given approval for families to use either a PCR Test or a Molecular ID Test to return from quarantine. Saint Francis offers a free drive thru clinic that yields results in 24 hours.


Grace and Understanding: This is a gentle reminder that we need to be following in our Heavenly Father's footsteps in giving people grace and understanding during these difficult times with COVID. We field so many calls a day asking for guidance to ensure everyone is doing the right thing. Yes, COVID is real and scary, however, we also have students and staff suffering from seasonal allergies, head colds, pink eye, stomach bugs and various other ailments that could present as COVID. So much is unknown so we need to unite as a community to lift each other up each day and trust that each of us is doing their best for our school.


Note: We want families to be our partners in navigating school during a pandemic. If you have COVID comfort concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's homeroom teacher. We are doing our very best to make accommodations as we can.


The School of Saint Mary Health and Wellness Plan for 2021-22 is posted below. We want to remind everyone that we review data often and we are committed to our plan being an evolving document based on trends in our area.

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Reminders....

Bring in new or gently used blankets in for our drive support the Church of Saint Mary Outreach Center. The drive is sponsored by 8th grade and is 11/15-19/2021. You can drop off outside the 8th grade classroom beginning Monday.
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Ask, Seek, Knock School Highlights for 11/8-12/2021

Upcoming Events

November 13 - First Reconciliation Retreat

November 16 - Sacrament of First Reconciliation for School and Parish

November 17 - Pizza Day

November 18 - New Basketball Goals Installation Begins



Popular Links:

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Always current school calendar: https://schoolofsaintmary.com/calendar/

Always current lunch menu: https://schoolofsaintmary.com/tag/cafeteria/

Always current parent cafeteria signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a9ac22a3fdc52-cafeteria1

Lost and Found...please claim us!

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Announcements


  • Field Trips Drivers: Due to the lack of bus drivers, we will likely be asking parents to drive on future field trips for grades 3-8. All drivers MUST complete Virtus training and have a valid background check. If you think you will likely be a volunteer on a future field trip and want to get Virtus taken care of, please contact Courtney Leonard at cleonard@churchofsaintmary.com to get the process started.

Home and School Notes


  • If you have not joined our Facebook page for Current Families, please consider doing so! Lots of information is pushed out on the site!
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Guardians Sports and Activities

Basketball:

Uniforms are being ordered and game schedules are being made. Get ready for a great BB Guardian Season!


Robotics: Middle School Wheel Choice Class is going strong and looking forward to an internal competition in January! The younger grades will be added during second semester.


Chess Club: Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30pm in the Kindergarten room. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Allen at fish.class@schoolofsaintmary.com.


Academic Bowl: Teachers have begun to talk with students. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Luschen or Mrs. Loerke.

Parish-School News


  • The blessing and dedication of the new building, Our Lady of Grace Center, will be Sunday, November 28th at 6:15pm. Please make plans to join us!

  • Mark your calendar for Advent by Candlelight in the NEW Parish Hall on December 2nd. More details to come next week.

  • The Bishop Kelley Speech and Debate Team invites preschool through 8th-grade students and a parent or guardian to our Seventh Diocesan Family Holiday Ball. Tickets will go on sale Monday morning, November 1 at 8 a.m. and are $25 per couple (one parent and one child), $5 for each additional child and $10 for each additional parent. Contact Erin Clark at eclark@bishopkelley.org for more information. Bishop Kelley reserves the right to require masking, if the need arises. If this is the case, masks will be provided. Flyer attached below.

  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma is finding creative ways to find housing for our new Afghan neighbors. While they work on housing, they are asking us to help them furnish the dwellings. To date, Church of Saint Mary parishioners have furnished five apartments. Want to help? Visit www.churchofsaintmary.com/furniture to see our parish wish list!