Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

We are grateful to remain open with face-to-face instruction.  We appreciate the families that have kept children home when ill as well as the families that erred on the side of caution and kept children home as they waited to hear about COVID-19 results.  These measures have helped keep St Mary’s open.  Please keep doing your part and we’ll keep doing ours – wearing masks, washing and/or hand sanitizing hands, social distancing, and cleaning/disinfecting.

Report cards will be issued Tuesday, November 10th.  Within the report card will be your parent/teacher phone conference date and time notification.  Please remember when speaking with your child’s teacher that she/he will need to keep each conference to no more than fifteen minutes in order to contact the next family.  Teachers may use timers to assist with keeping to the schedule.  If you need additional time to discuss your child’s progress, please make arrangements with the teacher to speak again another day.

Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th are both half days due to parent/teacher conferences.  Staggered dismissal will take place from 10:30-11:00 a.m. on the 12th and 13th.  

Face Masks
Starting Monday, all students will be required to wear masks.  Neck gaiters will no longer be allowed as too many students have difficulty keeping them up covering nose and mouth.  Please check that face masks cover your child’s nose and mouth before sending him/her to school – please adjust straps behind ears as needed to assist with keeping the mask in place .  If the mask does not stay over the nose, your child will be provided a different mask.  Thank you for your cooperation.  

Face masks will now be worn during PE.  Our PE teacher is a shared time teacher from the Sault Schools and we are grateful to continue having this service provided to our students.  This is a requirement with Sault Schools via their school nurse and the Chippewa County Health Department.

Lunch
Sault Schools will continue provided the lunch program to SMCS.

Veterans Day
We will be honoring our military heroes and creating a bulletin board with photos of family and friends who are serving or have served in the military.  Please find the flyer here for more information. 

Vaccines
Please see here for the vaccines required for school entry in Michigan as well as information on the Meningococcal vaccine.

Reminders

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.

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.

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.
11:00-12:30 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

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 

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.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

Wednesday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Break Early Dismissal 11:00AM (staggered dismissal begins at 10:30am)Thursday & Friday, November 26th & 27th: No School – Thanksgiving BreakMonday, December 14th: Picture Retake Day
Tuesday, December 22nd: Christmas Early Dismissal 11:00 (staggered dismissal begins at 10:30am)
December 23rd-January 3rd: Christmas Break
Monday, January 4, 2021: School Resumes