The Trekker Times

September 14, 2020

Principal's Pen

Dear Bishop Baraga Trekkers,

We are already beginning our fourth week of school. Although some things have changed this year our focus on practicing virtue has not. We will be highlighting one virtue a month school-wide. For September, that virtue is kindness. We normally chose a service project or activity related to the virtue of the month to do in our family groups. We are not able to do the traditional family groups this year - but we are still working to practice these virtues in our classrooms, with our friends, and in our families.

We will also continue to acknowledge students we see practicing virtues with our weekly Caught Being a Christian Award. How does this work? When a teacher or staff member sees a student practicing a certain virtue, they nominate them for this award. Their name is placed in a drawing. Once a week we choose a name. This year we will be giving this award during our Wednesday or Friday Masses. The student's name is also placed on the sign board outside the school. Our first Caught Being a Christian Award this year is going to Riley Couper for practicing generosity with her classmates!

This year we need to make some changes to our middle school band due to the Covid-19 restrictions. During our first semester, the students in the middle school will be focusing on percussion and a drum corps. Students will be provided with drum pads and sticks for that purpose. In the second semester we hope to have the necessary equipment in place to allow for instruments.

We have one more change in our Mass schedule this week. Father Michael is not able to celebrate Mass for us at 8:00 a.m. this Wednesday, so we will have our first Mass for our kindergarten through third grade next Wednesday, September 23rd. Father Janusz is celebrating a 7:00 a.m. Mass on Wednesday if any family would like to attend Mass before school.

I would like to thank all of you for following our safety precautions in school and ask that each family also act prudently when away from school. We know some of what we are asking is inconvenient, but our goal is the health and safety of our community. We want to ensure that school will remain open and all of us will remain healthy. If you have not turned in your form regarding permission for medication at school/allergies, you will find that form in the Monday Mailer. Please fill that out and return it to the office.

Have a wonderful week!

God bless,

Angela Oller

Kindergarten Fun

The kindergarten is getting to know the Superkids in their reading program. The first superkid is Cass, who loves to cook and has a cat named Coconut. This week the kindergarten had fun making Cass's coconut balls. Here are some of the kindergarten students enjoying their cookies.

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First graders enjoying their math class!

Portable Desks for Outside Learning

This year we purchased portable desks that allow the students to have some of their classes outside. The third graders have used them to do field journaling for science class while the first grade practiced their handwriting in an outdoor class.

SchoolSpeak Quick Guides

We use an online communication platform called SchoolSpeak to communicate with our school family. This platform is not public. Only registered families have access to this resource through your personal login. SchoolSpeak is the best way for you to see what is happening at Bishop Baraga as well as what is happening in your child's classroom. If you have not logged into SchoolSpeak, please do so. Report cards, progress reports, and homework are posted on your child's classroom page. If you need your username or login, please call the office. We will email it to you. Below are links to the parent guides for both the desktop and mobile versions of SchoolSpeak. I have also attached them to the bottom of this newsletter in case you would like to print them for references.