November 20, 2020

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 Break
Monday, 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

2020-2021 School Year

11.13.20 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

11.06.20 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

10.30.20 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  

Half Day of School
Next Friday, November 6th, is a half day.  On the afternoon of the 6th, teachers will create the parent/teacher conference schedule as well as work on report cards.  Dismissal is typically at 11:00AM on a half day, but with staggered dismissal currently taking place, dismissal will run from 10:30-11:00AM.

November Lunch Menu
May be found here.

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. 

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.

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 StudentsThe flyer for Taco Night, October 24th, may be found here.  
ALL SAINTS DAY, NOVEMBER 1, COVID-19 REMEMBRANCEIn 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 1Please 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.

10.22.20 Weekly Newsletter

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 StudentsThe flyer for Taco Night, October 24th, may be found here.  
ALL SAINTS DAY, NOVEMBER 1, COVID-19 REMEMBRANCEIn 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 1Please 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.

10.16.20 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Friday, SMCS Families!  As you now see, the weekly e-letter will be sent at the end of the week. 

We have adjusted to the new routine Phase 4 brought.  Daily lunch in the classroom took some tweaking as we figured the delivery of the hot lunch program, garbage collection/removal, wiping and disinfecting of desks, and vacuuming classrooms.  SMCS is blessed with a great team!  

Brrrr.  It’s getting cold outside.  Please be sure your child is prepared for outside play.  Students will be going outside when weather permits.  Now is the time for jackets, hats, mittens/gloves, and very soon, winter boots and snow pants.

School Lunch Program Update
Free lunch has been extended for the entire 2020-2021 school year!  Please see here regarding this news.

2020-2021 Candidates For PRIESTHOOD Diocese of Marquette
You should find in your child’s backpack today a mini poster from Fr Ben Hass, Vocations Director.  The mini poster shows the men who are studying for our diocese during the 2020-2021 school year.  Fr Ben asked the posters be given to every student and asked our students and families to pray for our seminarians and for vocations. 

School Photos
School photos have arrived. You should find the photos in your child’s backpack today.  If you wish the photo to be taken again, or your child missed picture day, there will be a photo retake day.  We do not have the date for retakes yet, however once we do, we will be sure to let you know.

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.  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. The notice indicating your confirmed conference day and time will be included within your child’s report card on November 10th.

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 SCHOOLAmazon 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 StudentsThe flyer for Taco Night, October 24th, may be found here.  
ALL SAINTS DAY, NOVEMBER 1, COVID-19 REMEMBRANCEIn 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 1Please 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.

10.09.20 Weekly Newsletter

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.  PS 117:1BC, 2

Month of the Holy Rosary
The month of October is the month of the Holy Rosary.  Classes will be reciting the rosary together throughout this month.  Holy Name of Mary Parish is participating in Rosary Coast to Coast and you are invited!  Rosary Coast to Coast takes place on Sunday, October 11.  Please click here for further information.

Progress Reports
Progress reports will be issued Tuesday, October 6th.  This is the half way point of the first term.  If your child’s grades are not where they should be, your child has plenty of time to raise his/her score before grades go on report cards.  If you have any questions regarding progress reports, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

No School Friday
It is a four day week.  Friday, October 9th, SMCS does not have school due to teacher professional development.

Phase 4
Each SMCS family received an email with the SMCS COVID-19 Preparedness Plan as well as a hard copy of it.  Once more for your convenience, you may find it here.  If needed, any updates regarding Phase 4 will be sent in an additional email later in the week.

Recess Help
We continue needing help with monitoring recess, especially Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  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.Family Vacation/Trips During This School Year
SMCS often receives word from families that they are taking a vacation during the school year.  Parents request the school work their children would miss while away so their children do not fall behind, and we have always accommodated these requests.  This year, due to Covid-19, traveling during the school year and removing students from school brings additional concerns besides falling behind in school work, and if traveling is planned, families need to know what to expect upon their return home.

Throughout the summer, many hours were put into planning and preparing for the reopening of SMCS.  Thousands of dollars have been spent to help ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  We continue to spend hours each day following through on our health and safety procedures such as cleaning, disinfecting, and monitoring the building in an effort to keep everyone safe.  Due to all the time and safety measures put into practice, the following expectancies have been developed regarding removing students from school and traveling this year.  We do not take these precautions lightly and we realize the additional burden they may place on families; however, in an effort to keep students, faculty, and staff safe, the precautions have been deemed necessary.

Any SMCS family choosing to travel out-of-state or to in-state hotspots during the pandemic will need to keep their children out of school for an additional 3-5 school days to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms once they have returned home (the incubation period is thought to be 2-5 days).  An additional responsible act would be to get tested after the incubation period.  A family seeking Covid-19 testing may find information here regarding local testing.  However, 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.

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.  

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 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.
11:00-12:10 Closed – office personnel are monitoring cafeteria 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

Hope you have a great week.

10.07.20 Phase 4 Update

Good Afternoon,

Attached here is a letter from Mark Salisbury, the Superintendent of Diocese of Marquette Catholic Schools.  Within it you will find information pertaining to the Diocese of Marquette Catholic Schools, wearing masks, and Phase 4.  Please take a few moments to read it.  Thank you.

Mr. Salisbury indicated students in some of the diocesan schools have tested positive for COVID-19 which resulted in five classes among various schools being quarantined for a period of time.  Please know, St. Mary’s is not one of these schools.  Our school families will be notified of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst students, teachers, staff members, volunteers, or any other person who was present on school property.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an epidemic order on Monday, October 5, 2020 which may be found here.  Additional information you may find helpful is the Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 – Reporting of Confirmed and Probable Cases of COVID-19 at Schools.

Finally, SMCS COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan may once again be found here.  We will be moving into the SMCS Phase 4 plans starting Monday, October 12, 2020.  A couple of weeks back to help prepare for this change I had indicated differences that were the most notable between our Phase 5 and Phase 4 plans.  Again, I note them below.

  • All students and school personnel will wear masks
  • All school personnel and students in grades preschool and up will wear facial coverings when in indoor hallways and common areas; students will wear masks when using the restrooms
  • All teachers and students in grades Kindergarten and up will wear facial coverings in classrooms.
  • Students will eat lunch in the classroom or outside weather permitting
  • The After school Program will cease.

Accommodations for off-campus instruction

  • Students in Kindergarten and up unable to participate in on-campus classes with their in-person classmates, due to either home quarantine or parent preference, will be provided course resources to maintain coursework.

As some of you are aware, another local school in the Sault announced this morning they are closing the school due to “one probable COVID-19 case”.  We keep that individual and school in our prayers.

Please continue to check the temperature of your child(ren) before they leave for school.  If your child is not feeling well, keep him/her home.  Please reinforce and remind your child(ren) of the importance of proper handwashing, coughing or sneezing into elbows, using a tissue when needed, using hand sanitizer, etc. and we will at school as well.

Please keep SMCS, its students, teachers, staff, and school families in your prayers, and know you and your families are in mine.

God Bless,

Hedy

10.02.20 Weekly Newsletter

Picture Day
Picture Day is today!  If your child is out today no problem, there will be a retake day.  As soon as we know the date of retakes, we will announce it.

Flu Clinic
Monday, October 5, 2020, from 9:30-10:30 flu shots will be available for our students, teachers, and staff.  Please click here for further information.  Please find the Flu Shot form here.  This form must be completed and returned to school prior to your child receiving the flu shot.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Recess Help
Please keep signing up for recess duty!  We want students to continue getting outside to play but we need help, especially Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Please see below for further information and the link to sign up.Family Vacation/Trips During This School Year
SMCS often receives word from families that they are taking a vacation during the school year.  Parents request the school work their children would miss while away so their children do not fall behind, and we have always accommodated these requests.  This year, due to Covid-19, traveling during the school year and removing students from school brings additional concerns besides falling behind in school work, and if traveling is planned, families need to know what to expect upon their return home.

Throughout the summer, many hours were put into planning and preparing for the reopening of SMCS.  Thousands of dollars have been spent to help ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  We continue to spend hours each day following through on our health and safety procedures such as cleaning, disinfecting, and monitoring the building in an effort to keep everyone safe.  Due to all the time and safety measures put into practice, the following expectancies have been developed regarding removing students from school and traveling this year.  We do not take these precautions lightly and we realize the additional burden they may place on families; however, in an effort to keep students, faculty, and staff safe, the precautions have been deemed necessary.

Any SMCS family choosing to travel out-of-state or to in-state hotspots during the pandemic will need to keep their children out of school for an additional 3-5 school days to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms once they have returned home (the incubation period is thought to be 2-5 days).  An additional responsible act would be to get tested after the incubation period.  A family seeking Covid-19 testing may find information here regarding local testing.  However, 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.

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 socials 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 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.
11:00-12:10 Closed – office personnel are monitoring cafeteria 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

Blessings for a great week!  Lots of color in the trees.  Could be a good week or weekend to come for a fall color drive.

09.25.20 Weekly Newsletter

Today we celebrate the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Their message goes out through all the earth.PS 19:2-3, 4-5

Friday, September 25th, is color day.  $0.25 donation to dress out of uniform.  Funds collected on color day support charities sponsored by the school, either Unbound – to support our student in Honduras – or Catholic Relief Services.  Please remember, students must follow the modesty guidelines as written in the student/parent handbook.

Monday, September 28th is picture day.  It is a FREE color clothes day.  Some families choose to have their child in our school uniform for picture day, while others do not.  Either way works!  As always, modesty guidelines are to be followed.  This year this will not be hard copy order sheets.  Instead, you may find the order sheet here.  Orders need to be placed online.

Please do not forget about recess.  We can use your help.  The link to sign up can be found below under the recess header.Phase 4 Possibility
You may have seen or heard that the governor has indicated the Upper Peninsula may move backward into Phase 4.  If this takes place, we are ready.  Phase 4 tightens some restrictions for St Mary’s.  Under Phase 4, as written in our return to school preparedness plan, students will eat lunch in the classroom, masks worn everywhere (essentially as they are currently), but a notable change would be to our After School Program.  If the Upper Peninsula or Chippewa County is moved into Phase 4, SMCS would no longer provide extended care/after school program while in Phase 4.  If the governor moves us into Phase 4, our families will receive notification from the school.

OptionC Parent Alert System
SMCS uses a parent alert system to send out notifications and reminders to our school families.  When there is inclement weather and the school is closed, the notification will come from OptionC.  Please complete the parent alert form and return it to the school as soon as possible.  Doing so will provide accurate contact information and let us know the method by which you would like the alert to reach you – email, text message, and/or phone call.  You will find the OptionC form here or please look for it in your child’s backpack.  

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 these 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.  

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 these 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 socials 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

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.
11:00-12:10 Closed – office personnel are monitoring cafeteria 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

Blessings for a great week!

09.18.20 Weekly Newsletter

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Do not forget the works of the Lord! PS 78:1BC-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38

We enter our 4th week of school and our first full week.  We hope increasing the days each week helped students, families, and school personnel acclimate to being back in school. 

The weather is looking to be cool this week, especially in the morning.  Please be sure to send in a solid navy blue sweater/sweatshirt with your child to wear if needed; the building is cooler in the morning but warms throughout the day.

If you have not completed the OptionC Parent Alert System information page, please do so!  We want to be sure we have your current contact information.  The link to the form may be found below.

Please consider helping with recess.  Sign up is easy and convenient.  The link to do so is found below under the recess information.   

OptionC Parent Alert System
SMCS uses a parent alert system to send out notifications and reminders to our school families.  When there is inclement weather and the school is closed, the notification will come from OptionC.  Please complete the parent alert form and return it to the school as soon as possible.  Doing so will provide accurate contact information and let us know the method by which you would like the alert to reach you – email, text message, and/or phone call.  You will find the OptionC form here or please look for it in your child’s backpack.  

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 these 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.  

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 these 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 socials 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

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.
11:00-12:10 Closed – office personnel are monitoring cafeteria 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

Blessings for a great week!

09.11.20 Weekly Newsletter

Happy Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sept 8. 
(Isaiah 61:10) With delight I rejoice in the Lord.

School Mass
Our first school Mass is this Thursday.  Our school Mass time has changed to 9:00 a.m. to accommodate our classes sitting with social distancing.  Currently, it is a private Mass for our students only.  We begin with students in grades 4th-8th attending Mass.  Eventually, we will alternate additional grades into the Mass schedule.  We will follow the directions given by the Diocese of Marquette regarding Mass.  Click here to learn more.

Facial Coverings
Some area schools have decided students in K-5 classrooms do not need to wear masks.  We are not following the decision of other schools but rather the recommendation of area health departments.  CCHD continues their recommendation to wear masks in the classrooms; thus, we will continue wearing masks in our classrooms with breaks as needed while social distancing.

Health Screening
Please do not forget to use the health screening form daily to assess the health of your child prior to sending him/her to school each day.  Please remember, if a child comes to the office reporting to be ill, we will call you to pick up your child.  To see the health screening tool again, click here.

Art, Reading Support, Computers, Title I, Phys. Ed., Music, & Band

  • Art begins this week – Tuesday/Thursday; Mrs. Michelle Breen will teach Art again this year.
  • Reading support will be offered again this year to students needing additional reading support; Sr Peggy Fornicola (retired SMCS elementary teacher) returns this year as our reading support teacher.  If a student needs this service, based on testing and teacher recommendation, a letter from the school requesting parental/guardian permission to work with the student will be sent home.  The intent of this program is to work one-on-one or in small group in order to bring students to their grade level reading ability, then release the student from the program.
  • Computer class will be taught by Ms. Nancy Larsen who returns once more as a shared time teacher from Sault Schools.  Ms. Larsen is also our Title I teacher.  For those unfamiliar with Title I,  if a student needs some additional academic support, based on testing and teacher recommendation, a teacher may request Title I services for the student.  Typically, these services focus on reading but occasionally math.  The time allocated for Title I is minimal which is why we are fortunate to offer our additional reading support program.
  • Physical Education also begins this week with our PE day being Friday; Mr. Del Craven returns to us once more as a share time teacher from the Sault Schools.
  • Music and Band are on hold.  We will reevaluate these two specials near the end of the first semester.

Lunch
USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
On August 31, 2020 the USDA announced that all meals are free of charge to all children ages 18 and under following the Summer Food Service Program meal pattern.  This applies to all non-public schools currently participating in the National School Lunch Program and will continue at least through December 31, 2020.  Click here to learn more.

Birthdays
We are asking families NOT to send in any special treat or goodies this year for student birthdays; we will acknowledge birthdays over the PA during morning announcements per our norm, but will have students refrain from distributing treats to their classmates and teacher/staff.

OptionC Parent Alert System
SMCS uses a parent alert system to send out notifications and reminders to our school families.  When there is inclement weather and the school is closed, the notification will come from OptionC.  Please complete the parent alert form and return it to the school as soon as possible.  Doing so will provide accurate contact information and let us know the method by which you would like the alert to reach you – email, text message, and/or phone call.  You will find the OptionC form here or please look for it in your child’s backpack.  

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 these 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.  

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 these 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 socials 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

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.
11:00-12:10 Closed – office personnel are monitoring cafeteria 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

Blessings for a great week!

09.02.20 Weekly Newsletter

Our first two days of school went well!  Thank you so much for your patience during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.  Just a note and friendly reminder to families using the drop-off lane on Armory Pl in the morning, please be aware of vehicles pulling into our parking lot to drop off our youngest students, our preschoolers.  No problems so far, but let’s work together to keep it this way; please look out for each other!

Fr. Nick Thompson celebrates his birthday today.  Happy Birthday, Fr. Nick!

Cleaning and Sanitizing
To assist with keeping our school as clean and healthy as possible, we have purchased HEPA filter air purifiers for each classroom as well as ultra violet sanitizing lights for each floor.  The UV lights are being used after school hours when rooms are empty.

Classroom Sound Systems
As we prepared to open the school we realized teachers would be speaking behind masks, making it more difficult for students to hear them.  To help with this, we decided to upgrade our existing classroom microphones as well as purchase new microphone sound systems for two classrooms that did not have systems.  

Lanyards
An additional preparation for school opening revolved around ways to keep student masks from being dropped or lost.  To assist with this, we purchased mask lanyards for each student and adult in the building.  Snack/Lunch/Recess should prove a bit easier when masks are removed.  With the lanyard, a mask can hang loosely or it could be tucked into shirts.

HASA
Both the above mentioned purchases were made possible by our Home and School Association (HASA).  A big shout out of gratitude to HASA.  Please click here to see a letter to families from HASA.

Running Club
Due to the current restrictions, we are not having our usual SMCS Cross Country Team.  However, there is still an opportunity for our students in grades 4th-8th to participate in a running club.  Please find a note here from our coaches.

OptionC Parent Alert System
SMCS uses a parent alert system to send out notifications and reminders to our school families.  When there is inclement weather and the school is closed, the notification will come from OptionC.  Please complete the parent alert form and return it to the school as soon as possible.  Doing so will provide accurate contact information and let us know the method by which you would like the alert to reach you – email, text message, and/or phone call.  You will find the OptionC form here or please look for it in your child’s backpack.  

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 these 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.  

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 these 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 socials 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

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.
11:00-12:10 Closed – office personnel are monitoring cafeteria 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

Blessings for a great week!

2019-2020 School Year

03.09.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,

E.U.P Reads is this evening at LSSU Cisler Center from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This is a community family reading event and our very own Ms. Margaret and Mrs. Bauer will be there representing St. Mary’s!  This event is to promote reading in the E. U. P.; everyone is welcome to attend.

Boys 6th grade basketball begins this week.  Thank you, Coach Matt DeWildt, for coaching our boys!  Any boy in grade 5 or 6 is welcome to play.  Please see the side bar for the practice schedule for the next two weeks.

Special Agent Todd Wilton, assigned to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in SSM, MI, will be presenting Project iGuardian to interested adults in our community on Wednesday, March 18th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Our school parents/guardians who attend may claim volunteer hours.  Whether you have younger children or teens, his presentation is very informative and worth your time.  Please see enclosures for further information and if you will attend, please contact the school office to let us know so we may be plan accordingly.  Special Agent Wilton will present online safety to students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 on Friday, March 20th.

On Thursday, March 19th, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our SMCS Catholic Identity Committee is hosting a St. Joseph Altar/Tiered Table during the lunch hour and is looking for bakers who are willing to bake some baked goods for the altar.  If you would like to earn some volunteer hours for baking, please see the enclosed flyer regarding the St. Joseph Altar/Tiered Table.

Friends of St. Mary’s School is holding a “Spring Paint” fundraiser.  Please see flyer for further information and how to register for this fun painting event.

God Bless,

Hedy A. Yanni
Principal

03.02.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,

Happy Reading Month!  SMCS reading month theme is Embracing Diversity.  Please see enclosed calendar and information pages regarding up and coming events during March.  The books noted on the calendar are books teachers are reading throughout the month to their classes in order to participate and vote during March Readiness Madness; March Reading Madness stats may be seen in the gym.

Our Virtue for March is Prayerfulness.
Definition of Prayerfulness is being still, listening, and being willing to talk to God as a friend
Prayerfulness Looks Like:
(Ages 6 and Up) – Fold your hands while you pray
(Ages 10 and Up) – Maintain a spirit of stillness with your body, mind, and heart while praying; make visits to the Chapel; create a place of payer in your home
(Ages 12 and Up) – Foster a spirit of interiority in your body, mind, and heart; participate in the sacraments regularly; make a place of prayer in your home.

Prayerfulness Sounds Like: “I love you, Jesus.”
Education in Virtue

Thursday is the talent show and potluck.  Potluck dinner begins at 5:30pm with the show starting at 6:00pm

Kindergarten Round-up is Friday.  There are still spots available for assessing, one would just need to phone the office.

We are looking to host some family fun nights.  One of these nights would be game night.  If you should have some gently used games you would like to donate, we would be happy to accept.  Or, if you do not have games but would like to help us build our inventory of family games, a monetary donation would be welcome as well.  All games/donations may be brought or sent to the school office.  Thank you.

The lunch menu was changed due to the snow day last Friday, and mistakenly said we have a half day this Friday – this is not accurate.  Friday, March 6th is a full day for St Mary’s.

Please find attached information regarding statistics in schools and the 2020 Census.

God bless,
Hedy A. Yanni
Principal

02.24.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,

SMCS spellers who move on to the state competition in Ishpeming/Negaunee are Chris and Sam Kiekhaefer.  Congratulations!

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states during Lent we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season.  In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).  Today, please find enclosed in your Monday folder the CRS Rice Bowl, a letter regarding this project, a Lent calendar, and regulations for fast and abstinence for Catholics during Lent.  May your family have a prayerful Lent.

Reminder: Mass is on Wednesday this week.  If you arrive at 8:00 o’clock or after, please take your child directly to the church.  Thank you.

Friday is color day and popcorn Friday.  Please return your popcorn orders as soon as possible so we may prepare.  Thank you!

Stations of the Cross, 5:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Parish – soup and sandwiches to follow; St. Joseph Parish, 5:15 p.m. with a meal to follow.  Please find enclosures regarding seven reasons to pray the Stations of the Cross.

Our FIRST Robotic Team is presenting their robot and sharing the robotics program with students in grades preschool through seventh.  They are looking to recruit a few more members to grow the 2020 team and program.

God bless,
Hedy A. Yanni
Principal

02.17.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,

Progress Reports issued Tuesday.

Good luck to our spellers heading to the regional competition being held in Pickford on Thursday.

Friday is a half day with dismissal taking place at 11:00 a.m.  Parent/Teacher conferences, by request – either by parent or teacher – will be held in the afternoon.  If you need to speak with your child’s teacher regarding academics or behavior, please contact him/her directly to set up a conference.  Thank you.

Looking ahead, February 26th is Ash Wednesday which will cause our school Mass to take place on Wednesday next week rather than Thursday.  Regular school Mass time, 8:15 a.m.

HASA’s next event is our student talent show/potluck.  Please see the enclosed flyer for further information.

Reminder that our Kindergarten round-up is Friday, March 6th.  Any family considering their child for Kindergarten in fall 2020 should schedule an appointment by calling the school office, 906-635-6141.  Thank you.

Our “Caught Living the Virtue” board is filling up with pictures of our students.  It’s wonderful seeing virtues in action!

Hope all of you have a great week.
God bless,
Hedy A. Yanni
Principal

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02.10.20 Letter from the Principal

Dear Families of St. Mary’s Catholic School,
We have an updated website!  Same address, stmarysup.org, just a great new look.  Please visit the site when you have a moment.  Thank you, Thu Nguyen-Mosey for taking on this project.

Congratulations to our spelling bee winners who move on to the regional competition February 19th in Pickford. 

5th grade – Sam Kiekhaefer, Maddie Korson, 
6th grade – Eleanor Maloney, Owen O’Connor 
7th grade – Sophia Bush, Jordan Doghmi
8th grade – Chris Kiekhaefer, Audrey Laitinen

For your convenience, attached today is the fillable pdf 2020-2021 enrollment packet.  Completing the enrollment packet is a yearly task (some of our families from time-to-time have indicated they did not know they had to enroll their children each year).  2020-2021 sounds so far away, and yet it is just around the corner.

Enclosed today is the latest schedule for selling raffle tickets after Mass.  Please refer to it and reach out to Deb Campbell to schedule your family to sell in one of the available spots.  Thank you.

A hardcopy of the 2019-2020 Candidates for Priesthood mini poster has been placed in your Monday folder.  It is asked, from the Diocesan Vocations Director, that each family pray for our seminarians and for vocations!

Friday is a half day with dismissal taking place at 11:00 a.m.  Late morning and afternoon are planned for teacher professional development.

Summer Solutions books may begin being placed.  Please see the enclosed flyer for information regarding how to prevent the summer learning gap.

Congratulations to Jenn Sheldon who was brought fully into the Church yesterday during the 8:00 a.m. Mass at St Joseph Parish. 

God bless,  
Hedy A. Yanni
Principal 

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