School of Saint Mary FYI
November 11th, 2022
Notes from Mrs. Maricle
1. Discover School of Saint Mary Week: Monday begins the nationwide Catholic Schools promotional week sponsored by NCEA. I have attached the schedule below for SOSM. Please share our posts and encourage potential families to attend the Open House.
2. Holidays: I LOVE to decorate and our Advent/Christmas decorations are definitely lacking. Before I make some purchases, I thought I would send out a request for items. If you have ANY religious holidays items that you no longer want, please consider donating them to the school. They can be dropped off in my office.
3. Scholarship Granting Organizations(SGO): GO for Catholic Schools and Veritas are the two SGO's that we work with locally. More information attached below.
Guardian Gift Fund
As of 11/11/2022, the fund is at $45,476.27! We are almost halfway to our match goal!
If you have already given and would like to edit or add to your post on the GGF page, you can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get it updated. This includes comments, photos and affiliations.
Please share the link to the fund homepage on your social media pages to help get the word out about our amazing Guardian Gift Fund.
Here are a couple of things you can share:
"The School of Saint Mary is a very special place-please consider supporting it with a donation to the Guardian Gift Fund today!"
"I just made a gift to the Guardian Gift Fund to support the School of Saint Mary. Consider joining me in making a gift as well-your contribution supports the school's greatest needs each year and makes a lasting impact on current and future Guardians!"
I have posted some tutorial videos in ParentSquare and will continue to do so for the rest of semester. If you ever have any issues, please contact the office.
***Reminder, ParentSquare is a web-based program that will send all posts to a designated email. You do NOT have to use the app.
December 1st: Volunteer Sign-up for Cafeteria will be housed in ParentSquare. Parents can start signing up for second semester dates on this day.
January 9th: Teachers will move all class and home communication to the ParentSquare platform. This will lessen emails and texts/calls.
Here is a short synopsis of the newest edition of our COVID policy.
- Student is positive – Day 0 is the day the student tests positive (even if asymptomatic) or displays symptoms and Day 1 is the first full day of COVID.
- Parent/Student chooses not to test for early release: The student should isolate at home for 10 days.
- Testing options to return to school on day 8:
- 2 negative antigen tests (1st negative test on day 6, 2nd negative antigen test on day 8 and return to school)
- Negative PCR collected on day 6 and return to school on day 8
- School Exposure – Parents will be notified that there has been a positive case of COVID in the student’s class. No masking or quarantine is necessary, but parents should monitor their child for symptoms and keep them home and test for COVID if symptoms occur.
- Positive Case of COVID in the student’s house, but student is not ill: Student may still come to school, but must try to isolate from the person in the household who is positive and must mask at school for 5 days after the last contact with the positive family member. Day 0 would be the last day the student had contact with the positive family member and Day 1 would be the following day. Please note that the count will begin again if the student is re-exposed.
Ordering Portal Dates:
Week of November 14th: Portal closes Friday, 11/11 at 12pm
Week of November 21st: Portal closes Friday, 11/18 at 12pm
Week of November 28th: Portal closes Friday, 11/25 at 12pm
There will be no orders listed on days that school is closed and when there is a Home and School prepaid pizza day.
***NEW ADDITION TO GRAB AND GO: Chef Lisa will be offering grilled chicken as an addition to a salad order. It can be added the day of and will look like a GG $1.50 charge.
Grab and Go items will be available for purchase . Below is a list of items and their price. You DO NOT need to pre-order these items. Students need to have a permission slip on file to purchase these items. If you completed one last year, it is still valid. If you need one, I have attached the form below that can be downloaded and returned to the office.
Fruit Snacks $.50
Veggie Puffs $1.00
Applesauce Pouch $1.00
Pop Tart Bites $1.00
Rice Krispie Treat $.50
Slim Jim $.50
I have created a video showing the steps on how to order as it would show on your screen as a parent. Here is the link: https://www.loom.com/share/cb49e8b4f12b4d43a79871b43541f1ed
Important School Reminders/Announcements
Long Hair, Short Skirts Oh My!: If I had any creative juices left after this week, I would have made up a little song for this. But alas, I did not so I am just giving a gentle reminder to check skirt/jumper lengths at all grade levels. We are having some serious growth spurts- we have tons of items on the uniform cart so come and shop! Also, hair length over the face is becoming an issue, especially with our young men. When the ladies have longer bangs, they can wear a headband or pull some hair back in a pony. However, the young men are letting it hang across their eyes and believe it or not, it is interfering with the learning process. We, as teachers, need to see student's eyes to help us evaluate learning. Thank you for your attention to these concerns.
Technology Update: iPads and tablets do not work well with Google Classroom. Therefore, if your students is using one of those devices for homework, it will not always be reliable and we do not have a way to fix it.
Uniform Cleanup: It seems many students have become somewhat lax on following our uniform dress code. I have listed the main violations that I have been experiencing. I have told teachers to have the student remove the outerwear or call home to change if they see a violation.
a. Socks are to be a solid navy, black, white or grey unless they are a no show style and we cannot see any of the sock.
b. Sweatshirts/Fleeces MUST be navy and sweaters can be navy or white. They need to be blank or have the approved SOSM crest on them.
c. Only 8th grade is allowed to wear BKHS or Cascia outerwear.
d. Skirt lengths should be 3 inches from the top of the knee or longer. We are experiencing a significant growth spurt in the middle school so please check all skirt lengths this weekend.
e. Shoes must have a secure back (eg. no crocs). even on free dress days.
Christmas Program: The program will be Tuesday, December 20th at 8:30am in the Church. All K-8 students will be involved in the program. Please save the date.
Kindergarten and 1st grade: Students will dress as sheep or other farm animals. The costumes can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. There are some absolutely adorable ideas for this on Pinterest!
2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade: Students will dress as shepherds or angels. Again, these costumes can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Note: boys may dress as angels, too. There are some nice ideas for this on Pinterest.
5th-8th Grade: Students may dress up as shepherds or angels if they wish. Otherwise, they should plan to wear holiday church free dress for the performance.
Marian House System
The November challenge is 'thankfulness'. Students are awarded points for their house when they are thankful for the gifts provided to them. Points are updated on the house board outside of 2nd grade.
COMING THIS MONTH....
House Food Drive: Starting Monday, 11/7/22, homeroom classes will be collecting items for the food drive. Each item counts for one point. The house with the most points at the end of the drive will get a special privilege in December. There is a flyer below that highlights the items we are collecting. PLEASE do not drop items off at the office unless you do not want them to count for points.
House Assembly: On Tuesday, November 22, leadership will be hosting a House Assembly at 2pm in gym. Houses will be competing in some fun games for house points. Parents are welcome to attend- please enter through the exterior gym doors.
Prayer Cards: The house leaders designed a prayer card for their house. Each student will be receiving one at the assembly.
Upcoming Drives: We will be hosting a Coats for Kids Collection from 11/28-12/2 and Kindergarten will host their annual Stuffed Animal Collection from 12/5-12/9. Stay tuned for more details.
After School Opportunities
PS Tippi Toes Program (Note: This is a parent pay program)
MOLTO: String Orchestra After School Program (Note: This is a parent pay program)
Grades: for students in Grades 5th-8th.
Mercy Rose, (918) 704-2631, Mercy’s Email: email@example.com
Midtown School of Performing Arts has a theater class on Tuesday evenings. Caitlin is a St. Pius, Bishop Kelley, and OCU grad and she is our instructor for this musical theatre class called "Centre Stage". The class is geared for 1st-8th graders, boys and girls! Flyer attached to previous FYI's.
Physical Campus Updates
November 14th: Home and School Meeting, 7pm
November 15th: Pizza Day
November 17th: Open House for Interested New Families, 9:30am
November 7th-18th: House Food Drive
November 21st: 2nd Quarter Progress Reports in FACTS
November 22nd: House Assembly, 2pm (Open to Families)
Always current FYI: located in ParentSquare
Always current school calendar: located in ParentSquare
Always current lunch volunteer calendar: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a9ac22a3fdc52-20222023
Home and School Notes
- ParentSquare: Communication is coming through ParentSquare now. Please make sure you are connected and receiving announcements.
- November Meeting: We will be meeting on Monday, November 14th. Please join us!
Guardian Gift Cards Scrip Program
Scrip is a fundraising program for home and school and our families. We offer a 50/50 split once you have earned $50 on rebates. You can also always opt to donate 100% of your rebates back to the school.
Contact Michelle Walker for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
Start your Christmas Shopping early....new items!!! Orders must be placed by November 30th to be guaranteed for Christmas.
SAVE THE DATE: Breakfast in Bethlehem is December 18th!
Together in Holiness Conference: My name is Ellen Clements, and I am with the St. John Paul II Foundation. We are working alongside the Diocese of Tulsa to bring the sixth annual Together in Holiness marriage enrichment conference to the diocese on February 18, 2023.
A flyer is attached below.
This conference will focus on the theme of Family, a Seedbed of Vocations, with presentations from Lisa Cotter and more! Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered throughout the day, and on-site childcare and scholarships are available. The conference will be a marvelous day for married and engaged couples—a chance to step away from the busy-ness of everyday life so you can encounter God and rediscover the beauty of the sacrament of marriage.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based approach designed to help a child fall in love with God through scripture and liturgy. Registration is now open for ages 3-12 years old! For more information and how to register, please visit https://www.churchofsaintmary.com/catechesis-of-the-good-shepherd/.