Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

Catholic Schools Week runs Feb 1-5.  Please find the flyer here for further information.  We have included 3 color days with one being a comfy pajama day (modest pants and tops).  All 3 days must follow modesty guidelines according to the dress code in our parent/student handbook – color day specifics are as follows:  

Color Days follow the same rules of modesty as Uniform Days in regard to the length of skirts and shorts, tightness of pants, and the requirement of sleeves on shirts, etc.  Leggings/jeggings, yoga pants, skinny jeans/pants may not be worn without a long tunic or skirt with length of either no more than 2 inches above the knee. Sweatpants are allowed on color day as long as they are neat in appearance, not tight, and do not have rips/holes.  Again, shorts are only worn during September, October, April, May and June.
 
Compliance with the Dress Code is the responsibility of parents and students.  For any violation of the uniform policy, parents will be called to bring appropriate clothes to the school for their son or daughter.  If violations persist a student may be asked to withdraw from the school.

EARLY DISMISSAL

Friday, January 22 is the end of the first semester and it is a half day so teachers may work on report cards in the afternoon.  We have the staggered dismissal from 10:30-11:00 a.m.

NEW PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER

We have a new P.E. teacher, Mr. Brandon Tomkinson.  Our former teacher retired at the end of December.  I met Mr. Tomkinson today and he brings several years of teaching experience, he’s excited to be here, and I believe he will be a great addition to our school.  

SCHOOL UPDATE

As you know, I send a separate school update regarding Covid-19 cases.  Yesterday my notification read, “There is no new update for you this week.” so I thought I would add the news within this email.  Great job, St Mary’s Family!

ONE PAGE 2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

The one page school calendar is given at the beginning of each school year, but as we start a new calendar year, it is offered once again here for your convenience so you have it as you start to plan various family activities.

2021-2022 ENROLLMENT PACKET

So grateful to our families who have returned their enrollment packets for next year!  Please keep them coming.  January 16, enrollment opens to Catholic parishioners of The Diocese of Marquette, Preschool-8.   Click here for the fillable PDF.  Thank you!
olunteer Service HoursReminder, the volunteer service hours commitment has been waived for the 2020-2021 school year due to activities/events not being held; however, please volunteer for recess help if you are able.  Thank you!

2021 Jackpot Raffle

Check out this Jackpot Raffle incentive to sell more tickets!  Let’s sell all the tickets to make for a successful fundraiser once more for our school.  If you have sold your tickets and need more, please contact the office.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

 January 1-15, 2021: Registration opens for existing school families for the 2021-2022 academic year
January 16-31: Registration opens to Catholic parishioners of the Diocese of Marquette, Preschool-8
January 22: Semester end, Early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
January 25: 2nd Semester begins
January 26: 2nd quarter report cards
January 25-29 Catholic Schools Week 

February 1: Registration opens to the public, Preschool-8.
February 12: Records Day, Early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
February 17: Ash Wednesday
February 19: Parent/Teacher Conference by request, Early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
February 22: Teacher Professional Development, No school
February 23: Progress Reports
February 27: Holy Name of Mary First Reconciliation

March 5: SMCS Kindergarten Round-up

2021 Jackpot Raffle

Check out this Jackpot Raffle incentive to sell more tickets!  Please find the flyer here for further details.  Let’s sell all the tickets to make for a successful fundraiser once again for our school.  If you have already sold your tickets and need more, please contact the office.

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.