Mariner Minutes

September 11th, 2020

Principal Message

Dear St. Mary School Families,


What a first week back! It has been amazing getting to meet all of the students and see the excitement to be back in school. This fills me with excitement for what the rest of the school year will be like!


Also, a huge thank you to PSO for providing the awesome Hawaiian Ice treat for our students Friday! Just a great way to end the first week back to school.


I also need to express my gratitude to each and every family for bearing with us and providing positive spirits in line during the dismissal process. We are still try to get the procedures just right to accommodate the social distancing while in the building. We are sending home new dismissal placards for cars to help make the process a bit more smooth. Each family will receive two placards and if more are needed don't hesitate to ask.


I am looking forward to the awesomeness of week two! 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.


Thank you,


George Mitchell

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Lunch and Recess Volunteers

We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with lunch and recess supervision. In order to be a volunteer you must have VIRTUS training and must pass a background check. If interested in volunteering, please email Mr. Mitchell, gmitchell@stmaryvermilion.org.

MAP Testing

We will begin MAP testing this week. 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.

Spanish/Specials

I would like to welcome Jimena Dominguez to be a part of the St. Mary School team! She will be our Spanish teacher this year and students will still have Spanish on Thursdays.


Gym will also begin next week on Monday. Be prepared with gym clothes and a great attitude! Mr. Huber is excited to start the year!

School Lunch

Attached below is the flyer that went home regarding school lunch now being free for all students. This is a venture by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free and nutritious lunches for school children. Lunch will be free under this program until December 31st, 2020. Please check out the flyer for more information.

Covid-19 Acknowledgement of Risk

Every family is required to complete this form. Each student in a family is also required to sign this form and return it to school. You may scan and send back in email or drop it off in the office. This needs to be completed prior to the first day of school. If you have questions or need a copy of the form, please email George Mitchell at gmitchell@stmaryvermilion.org.

Final Forms

If you have not registered with Final Forms, please use the attached directions below to complete that registration process.

St. Mary School 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

Preschool Update

First day 4's - Tuesday, Sept. 15th

First day 3's - Tuesday, Sept. 15th


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 gmitchell@stmaryvermilion.org.

Temperature and Symptoms Checks Reminder

Stated in the reopening plan were the policies regarding temperature and symptoms checks for students prior to coming to school. We are working to implement a system for parents to track those checks in order to provide the school with timely information in the event symptoms are present. Ultimately I implore you as parents to perform that temperature and symptoms checks EVERY morning in order to ensure our students, staff, and families remain safe. If the temperature is 100.0F or higher and/or Covid-19 symptoms are present (symptoms list in the plan) the student, as well as siblings, needs to remain home. Please ensure consistency with following this policy!

Masks and Hygiene

The Ohio Department of Health issued a mask mandate for all students K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. St. Mary School will require masks in accordance with the state mandate as well as for the preschool (please reference preschool update in this newsletter for further guidance). Parents, please begin to work with your children on wearing masks properly and becoming comfortable wearing them.


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 gmitchell@stmaryvermilion.org

How to Wear a Mask
What You Need To Know About Handwashing

Upcoming Events

September 8th - First day of school K-6

September 15th - First day of school Preschool 4's

September 15th - First day of School Preschool 3's

September 14th - 25th - Fall MAP Test