February 5, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!

Another Catholic Schools Week has come to an end.  Thank you for your support throughout the week.  As a result of the snow day today, we have rescheduled popcorn, classroom movies, and the non-perishable food drive for Friday, February 26th.

We have early dismissal a week from today, Feb 12th.  The afternoon is dedicated to records to prepare for parent/teacher conferences by request, from either parent or teacher.  If you are concerned about your child’s academics or wish to confer with your child’s teacher on other topics, please contact your child’s teacher to set up a phone conference.  The  staggered dismissal on the 12th runs from 10:30-11:00am. 

P2021-2022 Enrollment Packet

Registration for 2021-2022 opened to all in our community February 1st.  Thank you to those families who have returned their enrollment packets for next year as it helps our budgeting process.  Click here for your fillable PDF.  Thank you.

2021 Jackpot Raffle

Here is the 2021 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. 

As you sell your tickets, please consider turning them in along with checks/cash.  There is a bin labeled “office” in the south entrance (playground side).  When you are buzzed in, just indicate you are dropping off tickets and funds, then place them in the bin.  Someone from the office will remove them straight away.  Thank you.

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.

Student Absences

If your child(ren) will be absent, please contact the school no later than 9:00 a.m.  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.

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

Diocese of Marquette or Parish

Ignite Your Faith: St John Paul IIs Theology of the Body February 13th.  For further details, please see the flyer

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

February 12: Records Day, Early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
February 17: Ash Wednesday; School Mass, grades 4-8; 9:00 a.m.; distribution of ashes at the school to grades preschool-3rd after Mass
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 26: Color Day; $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform; Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
February 27: Holy Name of Mary First Reconciliation

March 5: SMCS Kindergarten Round-up Cancelled – new date TBD; Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
March 12: Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
March 19: End of 2nd quarter; Records Day, early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
March 23: Report Cards Issued
March 26-29 Holy Week
March 26: Color Day; $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform; Spring Break early Dismissal; 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
March 29 – April 5: Holy Week & Spring Break 

April 1: Holy Thursday
April 2: Good Friday
April 4: Easter Sunday
April 6: School Resumes 8:00 a.m.; Beginning of 4th quarter

Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

January 29, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families! 

   

Catholic Schools Week Is Here!

Catholic Schools Week is here!  We are looking forward to a week of fun activities and learning.  You can see  the flyer here where you will find the schedule of activities for the week.  Please share it with your child(ren).  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. 

Feast of St. Blaise

Blessing of throats will take place in the morning on February 3rd.  The Church recalls a miracle cure associated with St. Blaise and celebrates the blessing of the throats with candles.  St. Blaise was a physician and bishop.

Year Long School Theme

Our Catholic Identity Committee is initiating a year-long school theme as a way to unify the school year while building school spirit.  Our first theme however will be slightly longer as it will be the theme for the remainder of this academic year as the 2021-2022 school year. Our first theme is Family!  For the rest of the school year we will focus on Our Family – What does family mean?  What does family mean to you?  We will end our school day with the Family Prayer as seen below.  The opening line reads, “God made us a family.”  Over the course of the Family theme we will focus on different families: our school family, The Holy Family, the parish family, our community family.  Each day as we recite the Family Prayer we will be reminded of the precious God-given gift of family.

Family PrayerGod made us a family.
We need one another.
We love one another.
We forgive one another.
We work together.
We play together.
We worship together.
Together we use God’s word.
Together we grow in Christ.
Together we love all people.
Together we serve our God.
Together we hope for heaven.
These are our hopes and ideals.
Help us to attain them, O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

SMCS February Lunch Menu

Here is the lunch menu for the month of February. 

 2021-2022 Enrollment Packet

We are very grateful to our families who have returned their enrollment packets for next year!  Please keep them coming.  February 1st opens enrollment to the community.  Click here
 for your fillable PDF.  Thank you!

 2021 Jackpot Raffle

Here is the 2021 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. 

As you sell your tickets, please consider turning them in along with checks/cash.  There is a bin labeled “office” in the south entrance (playground side).  When you are buzzed in, just indicate you are dropping off tickets and funds, then place them in the bin.  Someone from the office will remove them straight away.  Thank you.

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.

Student Absences

If your child(ren) will be absent, please contact the school no later than 9:00 a.m.  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.

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.
SCRIPSMCS 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 

SMCS Calendar at a Glance 
February 1: Registration opens to the public, Preschool-8.
February 3: Feast of St. Blaise; blessing of throats
February 1-5: Catholic Schools Week
February 12: Records Day, Early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
February 17: Ash Wednesday; School Mass, grades 4-8; 9:00 a.m.; distribution of ashes at the school to grades preschool-3rd after Mass
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 26: Color Day; $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform; Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
February 27: Holy Name of Mary First Reconciliation

March 5: SMCS Kindergarten Round-up Cancelled – new date TBD; Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
March 12: Stations of the Cross, grades 4-8, 1:30 p.m.
March 19: End of 2nd quarter; Records Day, early dismissal, 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
March 23: Report Cards Issued
March 26-29 Holy Week
March 26: Color Day; $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform; Spring Break early Dismissal; 10:30-11:00 a.m. staggered dismissal
March 29 – April 5: Holy Week & Spring Break 

April 1: Holy Thursday
April 2: Good Friday
April 4: Easter Sunday
April 6: School Resumes 8:00 a.m.; Beginning of 4th quarter
 Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

January 22, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  


Today brought the end to the 2nd marking period as well as the 1st semester.  How time flies.  Monday starts the 3rd quarter and 2nd semester.  Tuesday, report cards will be issued.  Please take some time to review your child’s report card and if you have any questions, comments, concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or the teacher of that particular subject.  Thank you.
Catholic Schools Week

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. 

Feast of St. Blaise

Blessing of throats will take place in the morning on February 3rd.  The Church recalls a miracle cure associated with St. Blaise and celebrates the blessing of the throats with candles.  St. Blaise was a physician and bishop.

2021-2022 Enrollment Packet

We are very grateful to our families who have returned their enrollment packets for next year!  Please keep them coming.  January 16-31, enrollment is open to Catholic parishioners of The Diocese of Marquette, Preschool-8.   Click here for your fillable PDF.  Thank you!

2021 Jackpot Raffle

Here is the 2021 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. 

As you sell your tickets, please consider turning them in along with checks/cash.  There is a bin labeled “office” in the south entrance (playground side).  When you are buzzed in, just indicate you are dropping off tickets and funds, then place them in the bin.  Someone from the office will remove them straight away.  Thank you.

RemindersRecess 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.

Student Absences
If your child(ren) will be absent, please contact the school no later than 9:00 a.m.  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.

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 

SMCS Calendar at a Glance 
January 16-31: Registration opens to Catholic parishioners of the Diocese of Marquette, Preschool-8January 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 29: Color Day

February 1: Registration opens to the public, Preschool-8.
February 3: Feast of St. Blaise; blessing of throats
February 1-5: Catholic Schools Week
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 Cancelled until further notice Jackpot Raffle Sponsors

January 15, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

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.

January 9, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent – Joy.  (R) My soul rejoices in my God. 

Congratulations to the Paoli family on their new addition.  Welcome, baby Holden!  

Progress Reports will be issued Tuesday, December 15th.  If grades are not where they should be, please know your child has several more weeks to raise his/her scores.  If you have any questions regarding the progress report, please contact your child’s teacher.  

Thursday, December 17th, is our school penance service following Mass.  

Friday, December 18th is a color day.  $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform.  Please remember, color day clothes are to follow the modesty guidelines as indicated in the parent-student handbook.

 Traditionally at this time of year we would be completely engrossed in preparation for our Christmas program.  Also traditionally, our second grade class would end the program with the nativity scene.  This piece of the tradition will continue and will be part of our community outreach Christmas/Thank you cards; thus, even though our Christmas program will not be held, a piece of our Catholic Identity will continue and shared within our community.  

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.

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

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.

December 11, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent – Joy.  (R) My soul rejoices in my God. 

Congratulations to the Paoli family on their new addition.  Welcome, baby Holden!  

Progress Reports will be issued Tuesday, December 15th.  If grades are not where they should be, please know your child has several more weeks to raise his/her scores.  If you have any questions regarding the progress report, please contact your child’s teacher.  

Thursday, December 17th, is our school penance service following Mass.  

Friday, December 18th is a color day.  $0.25 minimum donation to dress out of uniform.  Please remember, color day clothes are to follow the modesty guidelines as indicated in the parent-student handbook.

 Traditionally at this time of year we would be completely engrossed in preparation for our Christmas program.  Also traditionally, our second grade class would end the program with the nativity scene.  This piece of the tradition will continue and will be part of our community outreach Christmas/Thank you cards; thus, even though our Christmas program will not be held, a piece of our Catholic Identity will continue and shared within our community.  

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.

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

Sunday, December 13th: Third Sunday of Advent –  (Joy) Gaudete Sunday
Monday, December 14th: Picture Retake Day CANCELLED until January 2021
Thursday, December 17th: School Advent Penance Service
Friday, December 18th: Color Day $0.25 minimum donation
Sunday, December 20th: Fourth Sunday of Advent – (Love)
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 January 1-15, 2021 Registration opens for school families for the 2021-2022 academic year

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.

December 4, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

December 6th – 2nd Sunday of Advent.  (R) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.  It is also the Feast of St Nicholas.  To read a little about St Nicholas, please click here

Tuesday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception . (R) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation which means our students in grades 4th-8th will also attend Mass on Tuesday.

Lifetouch Photography has cancelled our picture retake day until after the new year.  We will notify families of the new date when it is scheduled. 

We have one $10.00 Family Video SCRIP card in stock.  Family Video is apparently going out of business and is liquidating their inventory – DVDs, games, etc.  If you are interested in this gift card, please contact the office.


THANK YOU!

Thank you, Central Savings Bank, for donating masks with our school logo!  Thank you for your support in keeping our students, teachers, and staff safe. 

SMCS Calendar at a Glance

Sunday, December 6th: Second Sunday of Advent – (Peace) Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths
Tuesday, December 8th: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Sunday, December 13th: Third Sunday of Advent –  (Joy) Gaudete Sunday
Monday, December 14th: Picture Retake Day CANCELED until January 2021
Thursday, December 17th: School Advent Penance Service
Sunday, December 20th: Fourth Sunday of Advent – (Love)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

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

Sunday, December 13th: Third Sunday of Advent –  (Joy) Gaudete Sunday
Monday, December 14th: Picture Retake Day CANCELLED until January 2021
Thursday, December 17th: School Advent Penance Service
Friday, December 18th: Color Day $0.25 minimum donation
Sunday, December 20th: Fourth Sunday of Advent – (Love)
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 January 1-15, 2021 Registration opens for school families for the 2021-2022 academic year

November 20, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

Next week brings a short week, Monday through Wednesday, with Wednesday being a half day.  The staggered dismissal on Wednesday (Nov. 25th)  runs from 10:30-11:00am.  Prayers for all of our school families for an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

SMCS has been blessed to remain open with face-to-face instruction since August.  We are certainly praying we continue through Christmas break (and beyond!).  As a gentle reminder to all of us, please remember any SMCS family choosing to travel during the pandemic, upon returning home, will need to keep their children out of school for an additional 3-5 school days to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms.  If during the 3-5 days after returning home signs/symptoms of Covid-19 develop, students are to remain at home and the family should seek advice from the Chippewa County Health Department and/or seek testing.

The Sunday following Thanksgiving is the first Sunday of Advent, November 29th.  Advent begins the joyful waiting for the Lord.  Something so dearly needed right now in our world, a joyful waiting.

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

November 13, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

Thank you to those who participated in parent/teacher conferences yesterday and today.  The goal was to have 100% participation and we came very close to it.  A common statement during conferences was showing gratitude for our school remaining open.  A common question was, is there a plan for remote learning?  Our remote learning plan was written last summer in our return to school plan which may be found here under Phase 1-3, page 11, Remote Instruction Accommodations.  In the event we must transition into distance learning, the school and each teacher has prepared for it.  If SMCS needs to move to remote learning, we will let our families know as soon as possible.

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

November 6, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

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