Sacred Heart Weekly Digital Newsletter - September 28, 2020
THEME - CALLED TO BE SAINTS.............. EVERYDAY HEROES
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Faith and Fun
Dear Sacred Heart School Families,
I had the great pleasure this past Friday to join our 8th graders on retreat. Even with the many restrictions imposed by COVID-19, our retreat planning team was still able to create a day filled with both faith and fun for our most senior students.
The focus of the retreat was to reinforce the importance of trusting in God. Beyond this the goal was to create an encounter experience that would allow the Lord to reveal himself in a deeper and more personal way in the hearts of these young men and women. For me, it was a chance to get to know our students better and to share with them my own encounter experience when I was about their age.
The day began with Mass celebrated by Fr. Joe followed by a delicious Pancakes with the Principal breakfast. Afterwards Fr. Pat took us on a riveting walk through the Kerygma, or the Good News of the Gospel and of what God has done for us. Students then had a chance to work in small teams reflecting on what they learned about God and His love for them. Afterwards the kids enjoyed a pizza lunch and some serious playground gaming action. After lunch Deacon Rich helped the students understand the importance of trusting in God and growing in their relationship with Him. The day wrapped up with Eucharistic Adoration and prayer allowing our 8th graders time to experience the Lord presence.
It is events like these that fill my heart with joy and remind me of why I love working in Catholic Schools. Praise God for the gift of our faith and the gift of our students!
Have a blessed week!
PHOTOS FROM THE HEART
Here students enjoy Phys. Ed outdoors and mask free thanks to some creative planning by Mrs. Kovick.
Our Merciful God
Mrs. Gerschutz and her 6th grade religion class spent time outdoors learning about God's merciful love.
Math on the Patio
Mrs. Bott and her second graders enjoyed the Parish Center patio while brushing up on some math.
Our Merciful God
8th Grade Retreat in the Pavillion
Making use of the pavillion, 8th graders listen to Fr. Pat speak about the life changing news of the Gospel.
PreK gets some driving time on the blacktop
Mrs. Robinson gave our youngest Tigers some time to test their driving skills on the blacktop.
REMINDER - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON OCTOBER 9th due to Diocese of Cleveland PD
Congratulations to our New Student Leadership Team
President - Gabby Witschey
Vice President - Carson Linder
Secretary - Ava Bennett
Treasurer - Alistar Jonke
Publicity Officers - Jillian Norman & Alayna Dykes
Remote Student Representative - Kate Johnston
Last Week's Challenge WINNERS
They will receive a sweet treat gift bag. The correct answer is 9 blocks
This Week's Challenge
Free Lunch for Wadsworth City & Sacred Heart Students
Good afternoon. I'm writing to share good news about a temporary change to our breakfast and lunch programs. We were recently notified that the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services published nationwide waiver extensions that allow all students to receive a free breakfast and/or lunch on school days. The waiver extensions are scheduled to end on December 31 or whenever the funding is depleted, whichever comes first. We applied for the waiver extension and we found out yesterday that our request was granted. As a result, all of our students are now eligible to eat both breakfast and lunch for free during the period of the waiver extension. This only applies towards full meals. A full meal must contain a fruit or a vegetable option, and two other items, such as milk, protein or grain item. All five options can come with the meal. A la carte items are still charged at full price. Milk only is still charged at $.50 when a full meal is not selected. Adult prices still apply.
This great benefit applies to the students in the Wadsworth Wired program as well. For students in Wadsworth Wired, please continue to sign up for your meals weekly. Pick-up is now available at the high school on Thursday and Friday from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Finally, the waiver extensions are allowed to be applied retroactively to our first student day of school (August 31). As a result, if your child has purchased a full lunch or breakfast since the beginning of the school year, his/her account will be credited accordingly. As we are just beginning to work with PaySchools to apply the credits, we do not have a date by which the credits will be applied, but they will occur.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kelly Gnap, Food Service Supervisor (firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-335-1436) or me (email@example.com or 330-335-1300). Thank you for your continued support of our school district.
Retreat Planning Team
I also want to thank Karen Flanigan, Susie Gambacini, Teresa Merkle and Eliana Witschey for helping me prepare and serve the pancake breakfast.
Not to be forgotten is our maintenance staff. A huge thank you to Mr. Ben and Mr. Chris for making sure our outdoor spaces were prepped and ready!
Aftercare Has Returnd to Sacred Heart
We are happy to announce that we will be able to offer After Care beginning Monday, September 14th! Our prayers have been answered and Mrs. Cantwell, a Sacred Heart parent, has stepped in to fill the position. We are so thankful!
Morning Care is available from 7:00- 8:35 a.m., and After Care is 3:25- 6:00 p.m. If you would like to register your child please send in the form (located on the school website) and fee. Please contact the Program Director, Mrs. Kelley ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with any questions or to register.
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STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF BEFORE 8:35AM
AM DROP OFF DIAGRAM
Remember to have your childen exit on the RIGHT SIDE of your vehicle.
Pull forward to allow more vehicles in the lot.
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PM PICK UP DIAGRAM
Remember to come to the steps to get your children.
Wear a mask when you exit your vehicle.
Recess Monitors Needed
Recess Monitor Volunteers needed to assist watching students while on the playground. Our ability to expand activities for our students is impacted by the number of adults on the playground.
Though COVID-19 guidelines require schools to restrict access to the building which includes volunteers, there are exceptions for select individuals who would consistently provide assistance in a situation like the playground. If you are able to volunteer on a regular and consistent basis please contact Mrs. Sobnosky with your days of availablility. Times would be 11:15 - 12:30.
We will continue to review and revise our recess activities as the school year progresses. Currently students will be cohorted in their homeroom classes. This means that they will be playing in specific zones with only the students in their homeroom. These zones will have designated activities and will include the limited use of equipment. We also are opening the playscape and grades K-4 will have rotational access to this area.
In order to give our students more flexibility in activities on the playground, we will be having students wear their masks. If students would like to take their masks off they will be allowed to in designated mask break areas of the playground. Students in these areas will need to sit or stay on designated markers that will allow for proper physical distancing.
These changes have been made after additional consultation with the county health department. Again, we plan to continue to evaluate and make changes as the year progresses.
THE COUNTY HAS AGAIN REAFFIRMED THAT STUDENTS SHOULD WEAR MASKS, EVEN OUTSIDE, IF A DISTANCE OF 6 FEET CANNOT BE MAINTAINED.
Recess Plan 2020-21
SACRED HEART SCHOOL RECESS PLAN 2020/21 (as of 9/14/20)
Recess is a less structured time during the school day that allows for a child’s physical, social and emotional development, all of which are foundational for mental well-being, school engagement, and learning, therefore Sacred Heart School is scheduling a modified daily recess for all students K-8.
A schedule has been created allowing each grade level to have access to different areas of the playground / blacktop, track, and field at least once a week.
Students DO have to wear their face coverings during recess because we cannot guarantee that they will keep the 6-foot distance while moving about. We were hoping masks would not be necessary, but with multiple classes in the playground area at once and moving about, masks are safer. There will be areas for a mask break or to sit with out a mask if a student would prefer this over playing.
Each class will be assigned to a designated color ZONE and will be assigned their own limited equipment.
▪ ZONE 1 - they will have the option to play a modified kick ball game, 4 square, play a basketball shooting game at the hoop in their zone OR take advantage of a relax zone where they may take their mask off while sitting on a designated spot. There are NO competitive Invasion type games allowed due to social/physical distancing requirements. These students will use their class assigned playground equipment. Students will wash and/or sanitize hands as they enter and exit the playground.
▪ ZONE 2 - they will have the option to play basketball shooting games, 4 square, cross-net (a 4 square in the air game), or take advantage of a relax zone where they may take their mask off while sitting in a designated spot. There are NO competitive/Invasion type games allowed due to social/physical distancing requirements. Students will wash and sanitize hands as they enter and exit the playground. Students will use their class assigned play equipment. Equipment will be cleaned and rotated in between each use.
▪ ZONE 3 - they will be playing on the playground play structure, swings and a small grass area for free play or moving. We hope to add a pool noodle obstacle course to this small grass area as well. The play structure will be cleaned at the beginning of the school day.
▪ ZONE 4- they will be playing in the grass field inside the track and they will also have access to the walking track (maintaining physical distance and using only the inside and outside lanes, no one will use the middle lane) They will be allowed to play catch with their assigned equipment, games for social distancing that have been taught in P.E. class, or they will also have a relax zone where they may sit on a designated spot and remove their mask. They will not be allowed to play any competitive/invasion type games due to social/physical distancing requirements.
▪RELAXATION ZONE - in the grassy area and memorial gazebo in between the blacktop/parking area/playground and the woodchip play area there will be boxes or circles, >6 feet apart, that a student may sit in for the recess period, remove their mask, and just relax or read. The space is limited, therefore the number of boxes and circles is limited, so we hope to accommodate any student who would prefer this choice over playing/moving in their zone.
We are aware this is quite different then we are used to, but it is a way to still give some play time and stay within the guidelines of the health department and the CDC.
RECESS ZONE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THIS WEEK
County Health Department STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE of Home Health Checks & KEEPING SICK CHILDREN HOME
In our meeting this past week the county health director again stressed the importance of conducting home health checks and KEEPING SICK CHILDREN HOME.
As students return to the classroom for on-site learning here at Sacred Heart one of the things our families must do is to screen their children each morning. This is done to ensure that your child is healthy and not exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
Fever of over 100 °F
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Students who exhibit these symptoms while at school will be isolated and sent home for a quarantine period as directed by local health guidelines. Siblings may also be sent home.
While it is understood that there are no guarantees in preventing COVID-19 cases in our building, we all can take steps to help mitigate the spread. These procedures and policies will not necessarily be easy and will require effort and sacrifice on all our parts. We thank you in advance for assisting us to keep our school as safe and healthy as possible.
COVID Identification, Reporting and Illness Management Process
Important Fall Paperwork
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If you haven't signed up but would like to help, please contact the main office.