Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

Happy News!  Congratulations to the Bole family.  They welcomed a baby girl into their family this past Wednesday.  Welcome, baby Stella!

Color Day
Next Friday, October 30, is the last Friday of the month which means it is a color day.  Students are to follow the modesty guidelines for color day which may be found in the handbook for students and parents.

Solemnity of All Saints Observed
Students will not be dressing as saints in school this year, however we are observing All Saints’ Day next Friday in the following ways: students in older grades have been researching and writing saint reports and will share the reports with their classmates; a special afternoon snack called “angel fluff” will be provided for each student (a dairy free version of angel fluff will be made available for students with sensitivities); a saint video will be shown in each class in the afternoon.

Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Parent/Teacher Conferences are November 12th and 13th.  Please find the parent/teacher flyer here for further information regarding choosing the day and time you would like to meet, as well as your conference preference – in person or via phone.  If you select a phone conference, please give the preferred phone number where your child’s teacher may contact you.  Kindly complete the form – one form per family with student name(s) listed – then either return it to school with your child or email it to Mrs. Miller – tmiller@eupschools.org.  We do our best to accommodate families with multiple children to attend back-to-back conferences. If a parent/teacher conference form is not returned to the school, the school will choose a day and time for your conference.  The notice indicating your confirmed conference day and time will be included within your child’s report card on November 10th.

Student AbsencesReminder – 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.
Office Closures Due to Monitoring7:45-8:00 Closed – office personnel are monitoring north and south doors as students arrive.  If you call during this closure, please leave a message.
11:00-12:30 Closed – office personnel are monitoring lunch 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

Recess Duty

Please continue signing up to assist with recess.  We need help with monitoring recess, especially Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  As always, thank you very much to those folks who have been able to help!  Please see below for further information and the link to sign up.

WAYS TO SUPPORT ST MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Amazon Smile
Online shopping during COVID-19 has doubled.  Amazon.com accounts for nearly 40% of all online shopping.  Have you purchased anything on Amazon recently? These Amazon purchases can help raise money for St Mary’s Catholic School!   See these directions for how to set up smile.amazon.com to donate directly to our school.

SCRIP
SMCS participates in SCRIP, a program that helps fund the school by purchasing gift cards to popular stores.  The fillable SCRIP Order Sheet may be used to place your SCRIP cards order.  If you have any questions, please email Theresa Miller at tmiller@eupschools.org or call the school office. 906-635-6141

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 both 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 social 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

Recess duty information may be found here.


Office Closures Due to Monitoring7:45-8:00 Closed – office personnel are monitoring north and south doors as students arrive.  If you call during this closure, please leave a message.
11:00-12:30 Closed – office personnel are monitoring lunch 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
SMCS Calendar at a Glance
 Friday, October 30th: Color Day
Sunday, November 1st: Feast of All Saints (students will not dress-up as saints this year in school) 
Friday, November 6th: End of First Marking Period Early Dismissal 11:00AM (staggered dismissal begins at 10:30AM)
Tuesday, November 10th: Report Cards Issued
Thursday, November 12th: Parent/Teacher Conferences Early Dismissal 11:00AM (staggered dismissal begins at 10:30AM); Parent/Teacher Conferences PM
Friday, November 13th: Parent/Teacher Conferences Early Dismissal 11:00AM (staggered dismissal begins at 10:30AM); Parent/Teacher Conferences PM
Wednesday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Break Early Dismissal 11:00AM (staggered dismissal begins at 10:30am)
Thursday & Friday, November 26th & 27th: No School – Thanksgiving Break

 Diocese of Marquette or Parish 

Supporting St. Mary’s Catholic Church High School Students

The flyer for Taco Night, October 24th, may be found here.  


ALL SAINTS DAY, NOVEMBER 1, COVID-19 REMEMBRANCE

In remembrance of those who have died of COVID-19 in the United States and across the world, church bells will toll across the Upper Peninsula. The ecumenical effort will join Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran churches on All Saints Day, Sunday, Nov. 1.

Bishop John Doerfler encourages parishes to toll their funeral bell for five minutes beginning at noon Central, 1 pm Eastern.
All Saints Day Mass, Sunday, November 1

Please find here the flyer regarding Mass at St. Mary’s Parish.  This year, children are invited to dress up as a saint on Sunday, November 1st.