The Preschool Press
January 22, 2021
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
This week was short but full of "beary" good fun! The children enjoyed bear hunts, bear books, bear songs, and bear crafts. In music this week we played percussion instruments and ice skated to The Ice Skater's Waltz. In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, we learned the Parable of the Precious Pearl.
Two grades at the big school are in quarantine. While we have been fortunate at ECDC so far this year, the cases of COVID are rising in our community. Please check your child for symptoms each morning before coming to school. Symptoms of COVID in young children can mimic those of the common cold. While we are not required to quarantine a student who is an exposure to an exposure, we appreciate parents who are extra cautious. If someone in your family has been exposed to COVID or is ill and you suspect COVID, please be prudent in your decision to send your ECDC child to school. It is better to sacrifice a day or two of school/work to prevent the quarantine of an entire class. Our goal has always been to remain open, but we need healthy staff in order to achieve that goal. Thank you for your help in keeping our children and teachers healthy and safe.
Today following dismissal there will be a rosary led by Fr. Ketterer in front of the church. We will be uniting our prayers with those of people all over the U.S. for the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. You don’t need a rosary or even need to know how to say it to participate. We will have extras and you can just listen. All children are welcome and encouraged to come, of course!
Our annual Mardi Gras parade will still take place on February 16th, however, due to our COVID protocols, we will not be able to invite visitors to watch the event. The children will parade for each other and enjoy king cakes for snacks. All students have a free dress and we encourage wearing Mardi Gras colors (green for faith, gold for power, and purple for justice). In order to keep the parade simple, we will not use wagons or trikes from home this year. Check out your class Facebook page for photos and videos of the parade.
NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE
Enrollment Deadline for Returning ECDC Students
Total Confirmed ECDC Cases To Date: 2
Total Active ECDC Cases: 0
Students Actively Quarantined: 2
Teachers Actively Quarantined: 2
UPDATED QUARANTINE POLICY
After consultation with the Marquette Medical Advisory Committee and review of the CDC’s updated quarantine policy, Marquette and ECDC will be amending our individual student quarantine policy. While Marquette is not requiring a 14 day quarantine, it fully supports any family or individual that chooses to stay in quarantine a full 14 days after exposure. Effective January 10th, individuals exposed to Covid-19 without symptoms can end their quarantine:
After day 10 without testing.
After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (PCR test taken on Day 5 or Rapid test taken on Day 7). The individual will be required to wear a mask at all times on campus until day 14.
In order to use this amended quarantine procedure, after stopping quarantine, people should:
Wear a mask at all times on campus.
Continue to watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
If they have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact their local public health authority or healthcare provider.
Additionally, students or staff must eat lunch in isolation to minimize possible transmission until day 15 of exposure.
Individuals who have been in quarantine must communicate in writing the date of their exposure and the beginning of their quarantine if they were not informed by the school regarding their quarantine. In order for a student or adult to return to campus, they must provide a negative test result (PCR test taken on Day 5 or Rapid test taken on Day 7) showing they are both negative AND took the test within guidelines. Any testing not within CDC recommended guidelines will not be accepted, regardless of the test result. Additionally, anyone returning prior to 14 days after exposure will have to wear a mask at all times, including outside recess and PE.
Parent Teacher Conferences are on February 4th and February 5th. Marquette School and ECDC will dismiss at 2:15 on February 4th and there will be no school on February 5th. Thursday conferences are 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and Friday conferences are 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Child care is not provided during conferences other than for those enrolled in aftercare which ends at 5:30. Conferences will take place in each teacher’s classroom. We do ask that each parent wear a mask.
How To Schedule a Conference
Once again we will be utilizing the Pick a Time on-line scheduling system. Conference scheduling will open on 01/21/2021 at 7:00 PM and will close on 02/03/2021 at 3:00 PM. You will not be able to schedule before this time on Thursday.
The website is: https://pickatime.com/marquetteschool/client?event=358465
Be sure to choose February 2021 Conferences.
Register (new users)
1. Enter your email address and push "Login/Create Account".
2. Fill in the required fields and register.
Sign In (returning users)
If you've previously registered, all you need to do is enter your email and password. The system will know about your appointments and the children you have added to your account.
1. Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend shows you which teacher corresponds to which color, and the times increase as you go down the page. (Note: you may not see all of the teachers at your school, just the set of teachers that your children have classes with.) Click on a square to book that time.
2. You will optionally have the choice of setting a time when you would like a reminder email delivered.
3. Click "Create Appointment." Repeat until you have a time with each teacher you'd like to visit with.
At any time you can click on "printable schedule" and print the resulting webpage to get a hard copy of your schedule. You will also have the option to email your schedule to yourself. If you want to make changes to your schedule, you can log in at any time with the email address and password you used to create your account. Click on "Your Schedule" to display and hide your appointments. There will be links to change the time or cancel the appointment.
- Re-enrollment at ECDC Deadline-Online enrollment, fees, and required documents must be submitted by this day to ensure your child's spot in the 21-22 school year.
February 4th and 5th
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Transitional Kindergarten Deadline-Last day to enroll your child in TK for 21-22.
- Kindergarten Application Deadline-In order to be considered in the initial round of enrollment, applications to Kindergarten must be submitted by this day.
Late February/Early March
- Initial Kindergarten Offers-Marquette begins notifying families regarding Kindergarten enrollment decisions.
Join The Alcuin Institute as we celebrate the feast day of the Doctor Communis, St. Thomas Aquinas, with a lecture held in his honor!
Dr. Donald Prudlo, Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, will try to situate St. Thomas in the context of his profoundly Incarnational focus, discussing especially how St. Thomas' deeply Incarnational perspective can speak to our struggles today during the COVID pandemic. St. Thomas, as we'll see, is able to do this by calling our attention to an embodied humanity; one created in the image of God and redeemed in Christ.
The event will be held Thursday, January 28, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the St. Philip Neri Newman Center at the University of Tulsa, beginning with the talk in the chapel and followed by a social. Dr. Prudlo will also be selling and signing copies of his new biography, Thomas Aquinas: A Historical, Theological, and Environmental Portrait. To RSVP for the event, fill out the form on our website by clicking here
17/18 Christmas Parties
19 Christmas Break Begins
4 Classes Resume
8 Kindergarten Open House
16 ECDC Entrance Screenings
18 MLK Day-No School
30 Entrance Screenings
31-Feb 6 Catholic Schools Week
3 Blessing of Throats; Feast of Saint Blaise
4 Early Dismissal 2:15
4 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3-6pm
5 Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:30-12pm
5 No School
10/11 Valentine Parties
12 Diocesan Inservice-No School
15 President's Day-No School
16 Mardi Gras Parade
17 Ash Wednesday Service 9:15
1 Summer Registration opens
1 Lenten Project Collections begin
15-19 Spring Break
30/31 Spring Pictures
2 Good Friday-No School
5 Easter Monday-No School
8 Spanish and Art Show
8 Book Fair opens
30 Lunch at the Rectory
4/5 ECDC May Crowning
7 Field Day
28 Last Day of School-Noon Dismissal