Today we celebrate the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Their message goes out through all the earth.PS 19:2-3, 4-5

Friday, September 25th, is color day.  $0.25 donation to dress out of uniform.  Funds collected on color day support charities sponsored by the school, either Unbound – to support our student in Honduras – or Catholic Relief Services.  Please remember, students must follow the modesty guidelines as written in the student/parent handbook.

Monday, September 28th is picture day.  It is a FREE color clothes day.  Some families choose to have their child in our school uniform for picture day, while others do not.  Either way works!  As always, modesty guidelines are to be followed.  This year this will not be hard copy order sheets.  Instead, you may find the order sheet here.  Orders need to be placed online.

Please do not forget about recess.  We can use your help.  The link to sign up can be found below under the recess header.Phase 4 Possibility
You may have seen or heard that the governor has indicated the Upper Peninsula may move backward into Phase 4.  If this takes place, we are ready.  Phase 4 tightens some restrictions for St Mary’s.  Under Phase 4, as written in our return to school preparedness plan, students will eat lunch in the classroom, masks worn everywhere (essentially as they are currently), but a notable change would be to our After School Program.  If the Upper Peninsula or Chippewa County is moved into Phase 4, SMCS would no longer provide extended care/after school program while in Phase 4.  If the governor moves us into Phase 4, our families will receive notification from the school.

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!