St. Mary's Newsletter
St. Mary's Preschool and Elementary School
A Special Thank You
I want to send a special thank you to the St. Mary's school community. The care and attention you are not only giving to monitoring your own health, but also the health of your family is helping to keep our school community healthy. As of this morning, we have 2 students and 0 faculty and staff member who have Covid at St. Mary's. In our school community of just over two hundred members, this is roughly 1% (.0099 to be precise). We decided to cancel school for our originally scheduled half-day to allow time away from campus and to ensure our school is deep cleaned by the time students and staff return on Tuesday. The trusting and loving partnership our school has with our parents and grandparents makes all the difference, thank you!
As a reminder, if you or anyone in your family is under the weather, please keep your child home from school. If you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or tested positive for Covid, you should be following the new JACS Covid Guidance that was emailed to all parents on Tuesday, January 11 by Sister Julie. Your commitment to following the guidelines and notifying the school if someone in your household has tested positive helps to keep not only your family healthier, but our entire school community healthier as well.
No School on Monday, January 17
Updated St. Mary's Protocols
- Students in Miss Teresa's Early Learners do not have to mask unless a parent requests for his or her child to wear a mask during the school day.
- Students in Advanced Learners - 5th Grade and all faculty and staff will return to masking if and when 3 feet of distance cannot be maintained during the school day. My recommendation is that all students, faculty, and staff remain masked continuously throughout the school day, but students and staff are required to mask at the minimum when the distance between others is less than 3 feet.
- On Tuesday, January 18 we will return to the car line system for dismissal. This means that all students, whether they are half-day preschool students dismissed at 11:00 a.m. or full-day preschool and all elementary students, will be dismissed by car line. We will return to the car line procedures used for the last 3 semesters at least through Friday, January 28.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for parents to contact the school office if you or someone in your family has tested positive for Covid or been in close contact with someone who has. Unfortunately we have had several families keep students home in quarantine for the above reasons without contacting the school, which is disappointing. Please remember that before any student who has been quarantined or has tested positive for Covid returns to school, the school office must receive a negative Covid test result to keep on file.
Updated JACS Covid Guidance
If you or anyone in your family is exposed to or tests positive to Covid, please contact the school office immediately. It is important that the office is contacted so we can remain aware of quarantines and any positive cases, our school community depends on this honest information. Depending on your child's vaccination status, we will help guide you with what JACS expectations are and what the timetable looks like for your child to return to school. If your child is not fully vaccinated, any child exposed to Covid must quarantine for a minimum of 5-days, receive a negative medical Covid test on day 5, and fully mask for an additional 5 days. We require that parents bring proof of the negative Covid test to school so we may have it for our records. Please remember that JACS only accepts medical tests, at-home tests are not accepted forms of Covid testing.
It goes without saying that if you or anyone in your family is not feeling well, do not send your child to school. If you or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms of Covid, your child should not attend school until AFTER negative tests results are confirmed.
As we receive information from parents, I will contact parents of any affected class to notify them of the positive case. When this happens, we require all students in the class and any staff who come into contact with the class to stay masked for the 10-day quarantine period regardless of the Parental Request for Masking form. In addition to
masking in any affected classroom, we ask parents to monitor their child’s health carefully to ensure he or she does not show any signs or symptoms of Covid. If in doubt, please contact the school to notify us of your child’s symptoms and consult a health care provider for possible testing.
Please know that we are staying updated with local and state Covid cases, as well as what is happening in other school districts. Please know that if the number of cases in our area continues to grow and has a greater impact upon our school community, we will review our Covid procedures and adjust our protocols if deemed prudent.
St. Mary's Welcomes Mrs. Junkins!
Auditions for Newsies, Jr.
Attention! Attention! Mrs. Kristen Stremel is holding auditions for "Newsies, Jr." on Wednesday, January 19 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Middle School. The auditions will take place in Mrs. Stremel's second floor classroom located at 931 South Byers Avenue. This musical is open to any JACS student in 2nd - 12th grades. Performances of the musical are scheduled for Friday, April 1 - Sunday, April 3.
If Wednesday, January 19 does not work out well for your family's schedule, Mrs. Stremel has said students may audition any day next week (January 18-21). If you have any questions about the musical and/or need to schedule an alternate audition date, you may reach out to Mrs. Stremel at (417) 627-2351. We are all looking forward to another wonderful theatre production from Mrs. Stremel!
St. Mary's Spelling Bees
The three classroom spelling bees will be conducted separately in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms and the format will follow the same guidelines as the final spelling bee. Parents may not attend the classroom spelling bees, but parents of the spelling bee finalists are invited to attend the final spelling bee on February 4th. There will be three winners from Mrs. Lone’s and Mrs. Staton’s classrooms, so there will be a total of 6 students in the final spelling bee.
I hope this information helps explain the procedures for the spelling bee this year. If you would like an additional list of the 2022 Joplin Globe Spelling Bee words, the following link will provide each of the 6 lists used in the 4th and 5th grade spelling bee:
Revised January Lunch Menu
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship
Important Dates to Remember
Monday, January 17: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wednesdays January 19, 26, February 2: 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Spelling Bees
Thursday, January 20: Free Dress Day
Tuesday, January 25: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Spiva Art Center
Saturday, January 29: K of C Free Throw Championship, 9:15 a.m. at McAuley
January 30 - February 5: Catholic Schools Week
Tuesday, February 1: Catholic Schools Week Mass with Bishop Rice, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, February 4: St. Mary's Spelling Bee, 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 9: Charity Dress Day
Monday, February 14: Valentine's Day Parties
Tuesday, February 15: Dr. Wilson's Dental Office visits Preschool classes and Kindergarten
Thursday, February 17: Free Dress Day
Friday, February 18: Noon Dismissal, Faculty PD Day
Monday, February 21: No School, Presidents' Day