Ongoing Information (1.12.23)

Saint Catharine of Siena, pray for us.

ONGOING INFORMATION

Below is the information that we posted previously that is still prevalent.

Car Line Gentle Reminders


  • Cars may enter the lot after 3:00 pm.
  • Please have your number clearly visible to our staff, thank you.
  • Please do not double park on 24th Street or Fairview Avenue. This prohibits the buses from progressing towards 23rd street, which delays children getting home at their scheduled time.
  • Please proceed up "the scary hill" with caution and turn right onto 23rd street..

Revised Absence/ Illness Policy 2022-2023

November 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,


I am happy to inform you that our health protocol for the 2022-2023 school year has been revised. I thank you for your support and cooperation over the last few years regarding school health, and I look forward to continuing to work together to keep our students, staff, and school families as healthy as possible. Please carefully review the attached information for changes, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns at any time, as always!


Erin Miller

SCS School Nurse

(610)779-4431

Emiller@scsreading.org


Saint Catharine of Siena School Contact Information

Main Office: (610) 779-5810

Fax: (610) 779-6888

Mrs. Kraycik (mkraycik@scsreading.org)

Mrs. D’Achille (mdachille@scsreading.org)


*Please see our school directory below for teachers' and aides email addresses.


PreK - jsneeringer@scsreading.org / lmontowski@scsreading.org / ltranvu@scsreading.org

Kindergarten - pmiravich@scsreading.org / mparks@scsreading.org

1st - gward@scsreading.org / lstrunk@scsreading.org

2nd - cwilliamson@scsreading.org / mgriffin@scsreading.org

3rd - akeefe@scsreading.org / mgriffin@scsreading.org

4th - jcasas@scsreading.org / Chill@scsreading.org

5th - edempster@scsreading.org / Kvoelker@scsreading.org

6th - klavanga@scsreading.org

7th - sstroud@scsreading.org

8th - scieniewicz@scsreading.org

ILA - lchrist@scsreading.org

MS Aide - jtanaka@scsreading.org


PLEASE EMAIL all of the following if your child is SICK

  • Mrs. Miller (our nurse)

  • Mrs. Kraycik and Mrs. D’Achille (Office)

  • along with your child’s teachers



St. Catharine of Siena School Absence/Illness Policy 2022-2023


  • Please call or email the school office and your child’s teacher by 8:00 am if your child will be absent for any reason. If his or her absence is illness related, please also send the email to the school nurse. If we know why your child is absent, we will not need to interrupt you during the day with a phone call. (It is also important that we know that all children who are expected to be in school have arrived safely, and that parents are aware of their child’s absence).


  • Please continue to call your child’s pediatrician for guidance as needed.


  • If your child has a fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), please keep your child home until 24 hours have passed since his or her last fever without fever reducing medications.


  • If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, please continue to keep your child home until 24 hours have passed since his or her last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.


  • Please continue to keep your child home with symptoms of contagious illness until symptoms have improved. If your child returns to school with lingering symptoms, a doctor’s note may be requested.


  • If your child has been ill and is returning in less than three days, please send a note or email to your child's teacher and the school nurse upon return explaining the reason for absence as well as current status.


  • If your child is absent due to illness for three consecutive school days, a doctor’s note will be required upon his or her return to school. Notes may be emailed to staff or faxed to (610)779-6888.


  • Covid tests are welcomed and encouraged, but are not required at this time.(Subject to change.)


  • Students will continue to be sent home with symptoms of illness, at the discretion of school staff.


  • If your child is absent, please contact his or her teacher(s) to arrange a time to pick up work, as needed.

SCS Flexible Instruction Day Plan 2022-2023

Procedures to notify students, parents, and employees of the Flexible Instructional Day Program in general and specifically of the use of the FID when implemented on a particular day:

Parents will be notified through the following methods regarding Saint Catharine’s participation of the Flexible Instructional Day Program:

  • Hard copy letter from the Principal describing the approved use of Flexible Instructional Days (FID) as an alternate form of instruction in place of a day otherwise canceled due to inclement weather or building emergency.

  • The same hard copy letter will be sent via Facts using email and will also be posted on our Smores Newsletters.

  • An FAQ will be posted on our new and improved website.

  • Students will also be re- trained regarding what a Flexible Instructional Day is in their classrooms. It will be stressed that the work must be completed for a grade and attendance.

  • The SCS Community (Staffers, Parents, etc) will then be notified again as we use our built in snow days in anticipation of using an FID. Packets can be sent home prior with children should we come closer to using an FID and we are aware of when we may possibly use the FID.

  • Notification will be sent via Facts (all call, text, and email), WFMZ, ABC Channel Six News, Facebook, and our Website stating, “Saint Catharine of Siena School Closed-Flexible Instructional Day. Students and Parents, please check Google Classrooms for detailed instructions from your student’s teachers by 8:15 am.”


Please describe the procedures for posting of materials and assignments, as well as collection of the materials and assignments:


Classroom teachers will treat the Packet and Google Classroom assignments as a regular classroom assignment. Teachers will post the packet via Google Classroom to their families by uploading the packet into a classroom assignment posting or if there is notice, a hard copy of assignments will be given to students. Teachers will then enter grades for each subject into Facts after student completion, collection, and assessment of assignments. Teachers can also utilize Google Classroom or their teacher website (DOJO, etc) to post assignments for students and enter grades into Facts as “FID (date) assignment” upon completion, collection, and assessment. Assignments will be due two days after returning to school from FID for attendance purposes.


If students are unable to print assignments off at home due to technology issues, a hard copy will be given to students upon return to school. Students will have two days to complete the assignments.


If there is an advanced warning that Saint Catharine of Siena may be utilizing an FID, hard copies of the packets will be sent home prior to the weather event.


Some of our teachers will utilize First in Math, Mathletics, or Khan Academy. These have electronic due dates on them. Teachers will assign, set the due date, and assess upon completion. Some of our Middle School Teachers are very versed in Google Classroom and use this as their communication methods. Teachers will allow 48 hours for completion of Online Assignments


Please describe the expectations of teachers in providing office hours and the schedule of their availability:


Teachers are available via email or Google Classroom to answer any questions from students. Teachers may also make a zoom option available for students if needed on FID days for small group instruction.


Teachers are responsible for posting assignments in Facts, Google Classroom or their websites for student access. Teachers are responsible for collecting, assessing, and entering grades into Option C as well. Teachers are also responsible for tracking completion just as they would any other assessment given to students.


When implementing a FID, what accommodations are made for students/employees without internet access?


All teachers have internet access and school assigned laptops. If students are unable to print assignments off at home due to technology issues, a hard copy will be given to students. Students will have two days to complete the assignments. If students do not have internet access, they will have time to complete in school prior to the due date. Either way, students will be given ample time to complete assignments.


What is the expected student schedule on a Flexible Instruction Day?


It is in the students best interest to complete the assignments because incompletion could affect the students grade. Students are responsible for completing the assignments prior to the due date regardless of the method they obtain the assignment.


What are the teacher’s responsibilities on a Flexible Instruction Day?


Teachers are responsible for posting assignments in Facts, Google Classroom or their websites for student access. Teachers are responsible for collecting, assessing, and entering grades into Option C as well. Teachers are responsible for answering communications from Teachers are also responsible for tracking completion just as they would any other assessment given to students.


What is your policy for student participation for the purpose of enforcing attendance?


Students are required to “Check in” to Google Classroom by 8:15 and complete all assignments issued on the FID. If they are checked in, they are marked present. In addition, students are given 48 hours for completion of all assignments. If the assignment is not handed in on the due date, the student will be marked absent for not completing the assignment. The student’s grade will also be affected by the lack of completion. If an assignment is late, the student will also be marked absent.


Please verify the following subjects will be covered during the Flexible Instruction Day:


Elementary (K-8) Please check to verify. Yes, all of these subjects will be covered. Elementary (K-8): Reading, Language Arts (English), Mathematics and Religion. Grades 5-8 must also include Social Studies and Science. Assignments should be 20-30 minutes per subject for the middle school and high school students. For students in the early elementary grades, recommended cumulative time is 1.5 hours for K-2 and 1.75 hours in grades 3-4

  • Reading

  • English - Language Arts

  • Mathematics

  • Religion

  • Social Studies (Grades 5-8)

  • Science (Grades 5-8)

WINTER UNIFORM

From the first Monday in November until the first Monday in April, students are required to wear the Fall/Winter Uniform.

Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms or McGinn School Apparel are the distributors for our school uniform. Sneaker Villa is the distributor for the gym uniform. Please put your child’s name in all pieces of clothing. Pre-K and Kindergarten wear the Gym Uniform throughout the school year. (See Gym Uniform below.)


BOYS: GRADES 1 – 8 Fall/Winter Uniform

● Dress navy blue uniform slacks (worn at the waist)

● Belt – Black, navy, or dark brown leather

● Navy blue V-neck sweater vest with school insignia

● Light blue long-sleeved oxford shirt

● Navy blue tie

● Navy blue or white socks (must cover the ankle)

● Shoes: Brown or Black


GIRLS: GRADES 1 – 5 Fall/Winter Uniform

● Blue plaid jumper (the length - not more than 2 inches above the knees) with school insignia patch

● Light blue long-sleeved uniform blouse (rounded collar)

● Navy blue V-neck cardigan sweater, or round collar neck sweater with school insignia

● Navy blue knee socks or tights

● Shoes: dress black or blue


GIRLS: GRADES 6 – 8 Fall/Winter Uniform

● Navy blue two-panel uniform skort (not more than 2 inches above the knees)

● Blue Plaid skirt

● Light blue long-sleeved button-down collar blouse

● Navy blue V-neck cardigan sweater with school insignia

● Navy blue knee socks or tights

● Shoes: dress black or blue


Girls Grades 1-8 may choose to wear the navy blue uniform pants, blue socks, the winter collared shirt and the SCS blue sweater in place of the jumper and winter skort.


Please note, navy blue uniform pants are to be worn. They may not be substituted with jeggings, super skinny pants, any type of jeans, or leggings.


Fall/Winter GYM Uniform

● Black sweatpants (Grades Pre-K – 5) – with school insignia

● Black warm up pants (Grades 6 – 8) with school insignia

● Red sweatshirt (Grades Pre-K – 5) – with school insignia

● Black jacket (Grade 6 – 8) – with school insignia

● Black regulation gym shorts – with school insignia

● Red regulation (cotton or moisture wicking) T-shirt – with school insignia

● “Modestly styled or simple” white, grey, blue, or black sneakers with white or black laces (No light-up sneakers or high-tops)

● White socks – must cover the ankle

Please check out link to view pictures

ST CATHARINE OF SIENA SCHOOL
Event Code: FE193322
Secure access code distributed by school


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HSO Wawa Fundraiser

St. Catharine’s HSO is sponsoring a Wawa Hoagie Fundraiser!

Great for busy nights with sports, lunch for work, a hike to watch the leaves change and a quick stop during a road trip! Order a stack of coupons and have them ready for your next adventure!

6” Shortie Hoagie Coupons are $4.50each

(Retail Value - $4.79 to $5.59)



see form below for ordering

SCRIP Program Year began on May 1st and ends on April 30, 2023

In order to keep tuition cost low and to provide subsidy to our school, we have implemented a mandatory fundraising program called SCRIP. If you do not participate in the program, the Scrip Fee will be added to your FACTS account.


If you have any questions, please email Cristina Schmehl, our Scrip Coordinator at scripprogramscs@gmail.com.


Please see attached documents for:


  • Scrip Program Packet
  • Scrip Order Form
  • RaiseRight (formerly Great Lakes) Ordering dates for the 2022-2023 School Year

School Store...New Fundraising Program

When your school's families and friends shop at their favorite online stores through SchoolStore.com, everybody wins! Online retail sales are approaching $200 billion this year, and 80% of all Americans are online. Now is the time to earning money for SCS with no extra cost to you.

SchoolStore.com is an online shopping mall where over 350 nationally-known merchants have agreed to give a percentage of sales to K-12 schools. Companies like Walmart, Kohls, Sears, Disney Store, Family Book Store, and Barnes & Noble participate.

Customers help your school by making everyday purchases from the nation's top online merchants...with NO COST and NO RISK for your school. Click on the link for more information.


Please be on the lookout for SchoolStore.com informational packets coming home with your students this week!


https://www.schoolstore.net

From Nicky Smith, Director of Admissions at Berks Catholic High School

Please take a few minutes to learn about Berks Catholic High School.

We are committed to working with all families who want a faith-based education for their children.

Thank you for choosing Catholic Education.
Nicky Smith
Director of Admissions

https://www.berkscatholicopenhouse.org/

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Box Tops for Education

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.


You can still clip them and send them to school. Physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Send your clipped Box Tops, along with any unexpired clips you may have at home, to SCS.


Twice a year, your school will receive a check and can use that cash to buy whatever it needs!

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