September 18th, 2020
This week while listening to one of my favorite education podcasts, the author had titled the year 2020 and it resonated with me. He titled 2020 as the "Year of the Learner" and I can't help but recognize the appropriateness of it. He titled 2020 as the "Year of the Learner" because everyone, students, teachers, principals, parents, EVERYONE, is learning new ways this year. With all of the changes, new guidelines, new recommendations, and new ways of communicating challenging students, teachers, and parents we are all learning something new and with learning new things, there are always growing pains. I thought this was an excellent reminder to give grace and understanding this year as we are all learning something new!
I want to say thank you to parents as we are now journeying through the school year in the midst of the pandemic. Please continue to let us know when your child(ren) are not feeling well as this helps us make the appropriate decisions regarding the health and safety of not only your child(re) but also the school community as a whole. However, please be diligent in doing temperature and symptoms checks each morning. These checks are two of the best proactive measures to ensure the continued health and safety of St. Mary School.
Also, it was great welcoming our preschool students this week! It is wonderful to see all of the excited and happy faces each morning. I look forward to being a guest reader and spending time with our preschool classes!
Keep up the great work with hand washing, wearing our face coverings, and social distancing. Keep working hard to keep St. Mary School safe and healthy! Hope everyone enjoys a restful weekend.
School Advisory Committee
Membership is open to any adult registered parishioner or to any parents of children who are currently a student or alumni of St. Mary School. The terms of membership is three years, with an option for an additional consecutive two years. Attached below are both the School Advisory Committee Guidelines and application. If interested, please complete the application and deliver in person to the school office or email to Miss Settie at email@example.com by Thursday, September 24th. Thank you!
Final Forms - Media Release
Lunch and Recess Volunteers
We will be continuing MAP testing this week. We have had some issues with technology and NWEA's side, but are managing to continue along and get through testing.
The MAP Growth test is designed to identify where our students are at present for Math, Reading, and Science. Grades K-2 take only Math and Reading, grades 3-6 will take Math, Reading, ELA, and Grade 5 will also take Science. Attached below is a letter further explaining the test and how it works. Students should try to be well rested and have eaten a breakfast prior to days with testing and above all else, just be ready to try their best!
NWEA Family Tool-Kit This is a resource that provides a lot of information regarding the MAP Growth tests.
Covid-19 Acknowledgement of Risk
AM Preschool start time will be 8:15 instead of 8:30. This is an effort to ensure we have ample time between preschool groups to sanitize the classroom.
AM Schedule - 8:15-11:15
PM Schedule - 12:30-3:30
Face Coverings - Preschool students will be required to have a face covering (mask) at school. However, they are not mandated or required to wear them throughout the day. Our preschool staff will work with our students to understand the purpose and procedure of wearing face coverings and will have the discretion to allow preschool students to not wear face coverings throughout the day. It will be highly encouraged that they wear them while moving through common areas of the school, but with the understanding of student-by-student needs with the face coverings for our preschool students. If there are any questions regarding face coverings please reach out to Mr. Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mary School 2020-2021 Reopening Plan
Temperature and Symptoms Checks Reminder
Masks and Hygiene
Update: students may wear the gaiter scarf type face coverings, although the cloth masks are recommended.
Also, please practice proper hygiene as well. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html for guidelines.
If there are any questions regarding face coverings, please contact Mr. Mitchell at email@example.com
September 15th - First day of school Preschool 4's
September 15th - First day of School Preschool 3's
September 14th - 25th - Fall MAP Test
September 18th - Mission Jeans Day
October 13th - All School Pictures *includes Preschool 3's and 4's
October 16th - Mission Jeans Day