Happy Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sept 8. 
(Isaiah 61:10) With delight I rejoice in the Lord.

School Mass
Our first school Mass is this Thursday.  Our school Mass time has changed to 9:00 a.m. to accommodate our classes sitting with social distancing.  Currently, it is a private Mass for our students only.  We begin with students in grades 4th-8th attending Mass.  Eventually, we will alternate additional grades into the Mass schedule.  We will follow the directions given by the Diocese of Marquette regarding Mass.  Click here to learn more.

Facial Coverings
Some area schools have decided students in K-5 classrooms do not need to wear masks.  We are not following the decision of other schools but rather the recommendation of area health departments.  CCHD continues their recommendation to wear masks in the classrooms; thus, we will continue wearing masks in our classrooms with breaks as needed while social distancing.

Health Screening
Please do not forget to use the health screening form daily to assess the health of your child prior to sending him/her to school each day.  Please remember, if a child comes to the office reporting to be ill, we will call you to pick up your child.  To see the health screening tool again, click here.

Art, Reading Support, Computers, Title I, Phys. Ed., Music, & Band

  • Art begins this week – Tuesday/Thursday; Mrs. Michelle Breen will teach Art again this year.
  • Reading support will be offered again this year to students needing additional reading support; Sr Peggy Fornicola (retired SMCS elementary teacher) returns this year as our reading support teacher.  If a student needs this service, based on testing and teacher recommendation, a letter from the school requesting parental/guardian permission to work with the student will be sent home.  The intent of this program is to work one-on-one or in small group in order to bring students to their grade level reading ability, then release the student from the program.
  • Computer class will be taught by Ms. Nancy Larsen who returns once more as a shared time teacher from Sault Schools.  Ms. Larsen is also our Title I teacher.  For those unfamiliar with Title I,  if a student needs some additional academic support, based on testing and teacher recommendation, a teacher may request Title I services for the student.  Typically, these services focus on reading but occasionally math.  The time allocated for Title I is minimal which is why we are fortunate to offer our additional reading support program.
  • Physical Education also begins this week with our PE day being Friday; Mr. Del Craven returns to us once more as a share time teacher from the Sault Schools.
  • Music and Band are on hold.  We will reevaluate these two specials near the end of the first semester.

Lunch
USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
On August 31, 2020 the USDA announced that all meals are free of charge to all children ages 18 and under following the Summer Food Service Program meal pattern.  This applies to all non-public schools currently participating in the National School Lunch Program and will continue at least through December 31, 2020.  Click here to learn more.

Birthdays
We are asking families NOT to send in any special treat or goodies this year for student birthdays; we will acknowledge birthdays over the PA during morning announcements per our norm, but will have students refrain from distributing treats to their classmates and teacher/staff.

OptionC Parent Alert System
SMCS uses a parent alert system to send out notifications and reminders to our school families.  When there is inclement weather and the school is closed, the notification will come from OptionC.  Please complete the parent alert form and return it to the school as soon as possible.  Doing so will provide accurate contact information and let us know the method by which you would like the alert to reach you – email, text message, and/or phone call.  You will find the OptionC form here or please look for it in your child’s backpack.  

Student Absences
Reminder – if your child/ren will be absent, please contact the school.  Either call the office, leave a message if necessary, or email the office/your child’s teacher.  We need to know your child is safe and to not expect him/her at school that day.

Recess
Please click here to sign up to help with monitoring recess.  Recess runs from 11:20-12:40 Monday – Friday.  The booking page is password protected for the safety of our students, please do not share it. 

ALL RECESS VOLUNTEERS MUST HAVE A DHS BACKGROUND CHECK, A BACKGROUND CHECK THROUGH THE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE, AND HAVE COMPLETED THE VIRTUS (PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN) ONLINE TRAINING BEFORE VOLUNTEERING.  If there is not proof of these background checks and completed VIRTUS training on file in the school office, you will not be allowed to help.  Please contact the office if you still need to complete the two background checks and VIRTUS training.  

Recess
Please click here to sign up to help with monitoring recess.  Recess runs from 11:20-12:40 Monday – Friday.  The booking page is password protected for the safety of our students, please do not share it. 

ALL RECESS VOLUNTEERS MUST HAVE A DHS BACKGROUND CHECK, A BACKGROUND CHECK THROUGH THE DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE, AND HAVE COMPLETED THE VIRTUS (PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN) ONLINE TRAINING BEFORE VOLUNTEERING.  If there is not proof of these background checks and completed VIRTUS training on file in the school office, you will not be allowed to help.  Please contact the office if you still need to complete the two background checks and VIRTUS training.  

Anyone who enters the building to help with recess will be required to check their temperature and complete and sign a health screening form.  There is a designated health screening area in the entryway on the Armory Pl (playground) side.  Please wear a mask, buzz into the building, sanitize hands, check your temperature, complete and sign health screening form, place completed form in the locked drop box, re-sanitize hands.  Please maintain socials distancing.

There are three mid-day recesses each day.  We ask you to plan on staying for all three recesses; total duration one hour and twenty minutes; 11:20 a.m. -12:40 p.m. 
Recess times are as follows (ten minute discretionary time is for staggering students leaving/entering lunchroom, building, and sanitizing eating areas between each lunch period).
11:20-11:40 
11:50-12:10
12:20-12:40

Office Closures Due to Monitoring
7:45-8:00 Closed – office personnel are monitoring north and south doors as students arrive.  If you call during this closure, please leave a message.
11:00-12:10 Closed – office personnel are monitoring cafeteria and recess procedures.  If you call during this closure, please leave a message.
2:30-3:00 Closed – office personnel are monitoring north and south doors during dismissal.  If you call during this closure, please leave a message

Blessings for a great week!