Happy Friday, SMCS Families!

God gave us an absolutely beautiful spring day today!  Physical education for many classes was held outside, recess was outside – plus extra outside recess for many classes, and Kindergarten even had an outside picnic.  I am grateful for every day we are in school and the weather today was just one more reason to give thanks!

The following is a review from last week, just in case you did not have a chance to read the newsletter or simply a reminder if you did.  We do not want anyone to miss this information. 

Please send in sold tickets and money.  The raffle is less than two weeks away.  May 6th!  You are more than welcome to drop them off during morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up.  If it is easier to stop during the day to place them in the office bin in the south entrance, this works as well.  Thank you!

As many of you know, Pope Francis has named this liturgical year – Dec 8, 2020 through Dec 8, 2021 – the Year of Saint Joseph.  May 1st (which falls on a Saturday this year) is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  Bishop John and Superintendent Mark Salisbury have offered the schools in the Diocese of Marquette “a day off as a way to thank the entire community, beginning with school staff, as well as students and families for everyone’s awesome generosity, hard work, and teamwork during this very difficult year.”  This day of appreciation will take place Monday, May 3, 2021, which means St. Mary’s Catholic School will be closed on Monday, May 3rd; a three day weekend to spend with your family in honor of St. Joseph. 

SMCS Kindergarten Round-up will take place Tuesday, June 8th.  Each prospective student will attend round-up; each appointment takes approximately 1 hour; students are assessed in motor skills (skipping, jumping, cutting, writing), conceptual skills (knowledge of colors, counting), and language skills (knowledge of letters, words, ability to solve problems); hearing and vision screening will take place; and immunization record verified.  More information will come soon regarding scheduling an appointment and what a parent/guardian needs to bring to the appointment. 

If you are looking for a taco meal this weekend, please consider the taco night fundraiser St. Mary’s Parish is holding for their high school students.  Further information regarding this fundraiser may be found below. 

New MDHHS Epidemic Order

There has been an update regarding masks which primarily impact preschoolers.  The information is as seen below.  

This order is an extension of the previous order, with one important change for child care providers. The mask mandate is being expanded to include children ages 2-5, beginning Monday April 26. Here’s what that means:
* The general mask mandate now applies to children ages 2 and up (instead of ages 5 and up). That means that younger children will be expected to wear masks in public places.
* The order also updates mask rules for child care providers and camps. Now, child care providers and camps must not allow gatherings unless:
* A good faith effort is made to ensure children age 2-4 wear a mask when participating in gatherings.
* Children age 5 and up wear a mask when participating in gatherings.
* As a reminder, a gathering is defined as “any occurrence, either indoor or outdoor, where two or more persons from more than one household are present in a shared space.” Previous orders clarified mask use in different spaces because the masking requirements varied on age and environment. This gathering definition includes all of the areas that were previously referenced (e.g. homes, classrooms, transportation, hallways.)
* Staff are still required to wear masks.
* License And Regulatory Affair (LARA) Mask Overview

Summer Materials

If you are looking for materials to use during the summer months to prevent summer learning loss, please consider Summer Solutions.  Please see this flyer for further information.  If you would like to place an order, use promo code SUMMER3 before April 30, 2021, and receive 10% off orders with 3 or more books.

2020-2021 Yearbook

 SMCS 2020-2021 Yearbook orders may be placed.  Please see the order information sheet for further information; the link to the ordering site within the flyer is not working, please use this link.
Have a great weekend, everyone!

God Bless,
Hedy 

Reminders 

Recess Duty Please continue signing up to assist with 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.  

Recess duty information may be found here.

Diocese of Marquette or Parish

 Taco Night fundraiser for St. Mary’s Parish, April 24th.  Please see the taco night flyer for further information.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance April

Color Day: Friday, April 30th, $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform; please follow modesty guidelines as indicated in the student/parent handbook.

May
Appreciation Day to all Faculty and Staff – No School: Monday, May 3rd
Progress Reports Issued: Tuesday, May 4th

Jackpot Raffle: Thursday, May 6th, drawing at 7:00 p.m.  The raffle will again this year be recorded and shared on our website and FB.  Once the recording has been posted, all winners will be phoned.  

Jackpot Raffle Sponsors