Sunday, August 1, 2021
2020-2021 Back-to-School Information
Here is everything you need to know to get off to a great start!
WHO'S NEW THIS FALL
Welcome to all of our many new students and their families! We also extend a special welcome to our new staff members. We have a few staffing changes for the 2021-2022 school year. Here is a recap:
- Mrs. Alexander will be our assistant principal in a part-time capacity, in the building two days per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Mrs. Rauber will be our new Director of Student and Staff Services, picking up some of the administrative load in terms of special education services, ordering instructional materials, and assisting in other ways as needed.
- Miss Angle has been hired to teach fifth grade alongside Mrs. Sollenberger and Mrs. Murphey. Miss Angle is a proud St. Hilary alum! Since leaving SHS, she has earned a BSed in Middle Childhood Education from Ohio State and completed student teaching and related experience at a variety of schools in Columbus. We are excited to have her join us!
- Mrs. Palumbo has been hired to teach physical education, filling the vacancy created when Mrs. Stamets retired last December. Mrs. Palumbo has alternative residence licensure from Ohio State with qualifications in physical education and family and consumer science. With over 10 years experience in the fitness and wellness industry, as well as extensive experience volunteering and working at St. Hilary, Mrs. Palumbo is the perfect fit for this position.
- Mrs. Parri has decided not to return to allow her more time with her family, so Mrs. Kaut will join Mrs. Pelini to assist in Mrs. Haskins' classroom. Mrs. Kaut will assist on Mondays and Tuesdays and will use some of her time during the rest of the week to assist our second grade students.
- Ms. Stanley has been hired to assist in Mrs. Morrocco's and Mrs. Walters' classrooms. She will be in Mrs. Morrocco's classroom on Mondays and Tuesdays and in Mrs. Walters' classroom Wednesday - Friday. Ms. Stanley most recently served as the Director of Fairlawn West Preschool and we are happy to have her share her experience and love of children with us!
- Mrs. Keller has been hired to assist in Miss Faetanini's classroom, job-sharing with Mrs. Kwieciak. Mrs. Keller holds a master's degree in education from John Carroll University and most recently taught at Notre Dame Elementary School in Chardon. We are excited to have her join our kindergarten team!
- Mrs. Bauman has been hired as our new registered nurse in light of Mrs. Hammersmith's retirement. She will job-share with Mrs. Laughlin. Mrs. Bauman has served as a substitute nurse in our clinic on many occasions and we look forward to having her with us on a regular basis.
- Teri Brennan, Cassie Samaan and Lindsey Yoder will share coordination of our playground supervision, replacing Laura Pszonowky who has relocated to Texas.
Thank you for making all of these staff members feel welcome in their new positions!
IMPORTANT DATES AND NEWS TO NOTE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 - Hot Lunch online ordering at www.st-hilaryschool.org is open August 1-10—NO LATE ORDERS. Please see the Hot Lunch page on the school website for ordering instructions. Hot Lunch begins August 23. Milk for the first semester will also be ordered online and will be available beginning August 23.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18 - Back-to-School Night for Kindergarten
THURSDAY AUGUST 19 – Back-to-School Night for Grades 1-8
Please click here for details.
MONDAY, AUGUST 23 – First day of school. Please click here for more information.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1– Curriculum Night for grades 6-8
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - Curriculum Night for grades K-5
Click below for information on creating an online account to view class lists or order lunches.
Creating Online Account 2021
Click below for our 2021-2022 Dress Code.
2021-2022 Dress Code
OPENING SCHEDULE FOR KINDERGARTENERS
To help ease the transition during the first week, we will follow the schedule below as we welcome our Kindergarteners.
MONDAY, AUGUST 23 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 – Kindergarten students will arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., after our regular drop-off time.
This will allow time for saying goodbyes in a safe “hug zone” outside our main entrance before our Kindergarten team takes children to classrooms. Look for your child’s teacher and teaching assistants holding signs indicating where each class should meet near the main entrance / Jesus statue. Each class will be color coded and have a designated area to meet, and each student will have a color-coded dot to stand on to maintain social distancing:
101 – Miss Faetanini: Green, Meet in front of Jesus statue / main entrance
102 – Mrs. Haskins: Blue, Meet in first row parking spaces to left of Jesus statue / main entrance
105 – Miss Bennett: Red, Meet by large garage door to right of Jesus statue / main entrance
If your Kindergartener will ride the bus to school during the first week of school, please email his/her teacher so arrangements can be made to assist your child in getting to the classroom.
***Beginning Monday, August 30, Kindergarteners will report at the same time
and follow the same procedures as all other students.***
MONDAY, AUGUST 23 & TUESDAY, AUGUST 24 – First half-days of school for Kindergarten.
Kindergarten students (half of each class) will attend school from 8:45 a.m. to noon as follows:
Monday, August 23 Tuesday, August 24
Students with last names: Students with last names:
101-Miss Faetanini: B-L 101-Miss Faetanini: M-W
102-Mrs. Haskins: B-Le 102-Mrs. Haskins: Ly-W
105-Miss Bennett: B-Sa 105-Miss Bennett: Sh-Y
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 - ALL kindergarten students will attend from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
ON AUGUST 23, 24 AND 25, Rooms 101 and 102 will be dismissed from the Moorfield Road doors. Room 105 will be dismissed from the doors by the Jesus statue. There will be no buses to take kindergarten students home on these days and no Latchkey available for kindergarten students these afternoons. Please be sure your child has a ride home. The child’s name should be displayed prominently in the passenger window. Please email the teacher if someone other than a parent will be picking up your child.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 - FULL-DAY kindergarten program begins. Please make sure your child has arrangements for lunch, a snack, a rest time towel, and a ride home or Latchkey arrangements at dismissal time.
TIPS FOR RETURNING TO SCHOOL DURING COVID-19
1. Every household must have a thermometer to check students’ temperatures before leaving home in the morning. Any student with a temperature above 100?F must not come to school and will be sent home if this temperature level occurs at school. Students will be checked upon arrival and during the school day. Assessment of temperature and symptoms at home is extremely important to avoid last minute changes of plans for parents if students are found to have a fever or symptoms upon arrival at school.
2. We will return to having one clinic this year. As much as possible, minor needs such as Bandaids will be managed in the classroom. We need your help in reinforcing with your child that trips to the clinic should be reserved for when a child is truly not feeling well – not things such as chapped lips, dry skin, and other minor issues that can be addressed at home.
3. Although in general masks are optional, every student will need to wear a mask when entering and exiting the building, in hallways and common areas, and in settings where at least 3 feet distance cannot be maintained.
Masks will be required in the following situations:
- When riding buses to and from school or for field trips;
- Entering and exiting the school building;
- In hallways and during transitions between classes; and
- In settings, situations and spaces when a distance of 3 feet or more cannot be maintained.
Masks will be optional, however, strongly encouraged especially for unvaccinated students in the following situations:
- When seated at least 3 feet from another student
- While eating or drinking
- While at recess
- While in Physical Education class
Please make sure your child has enough masks to wear a clean mask each day. During warm, humid weather, you may want to send several masks in case your child needs to change during the day. A spare mask should be kept in the student’s backpack at all times. Please make sure your child’s name is on each mask either with a Sharpie or with labeling tape that won’t wash or wear off.
4. The school will provide a face shield for each student in grades K-2 and by individual request in other grades. It is the responsibility of parents to provide face masks. Lanyards will be available to help contain masks while eating or drinking.
6. Our attendance policy has been adjusted in consideration of COVID-19. Students may not return to school until they are symptom free for a full 48 hours (2 days) without fever reducing medication (reduced from 72 hours symptom free) OR they have a negative COVID-19 test (must provide test results) OR they have a note from the attending physician stating that symptoms are not the result of COVID-19. There is no incentive to come to school when ill. The perfect attendance award has been eliminated. The policy on excessive absence will be reviewed and applied on a case-by-case basis during the duration of COVID-19.
7. Each student, including Kindergarten students, should bring his/her own individual snack to school each day. Birthday and other treats must be factory sealed or come from a commercial bakery - they cannot be homemade.
8. Each student MUST bring a water bottle to school each day. Water fountains are turned off due to COVID-19. Bottle filler fountains are available for students to refill water bottles, but we suggest sending enough water to get through the day.
9. Students having gym class on a particular day will come to school in gym clothes and remain in gym clothes for the school day. Black “gym pants” may be worn during colder weather and will soon be available to order through our school uniform supplier. This will eliminate the need for students to gather in locker rooms to change clothes.
10. A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SHOES FOR KINDERGARTENERS AND FIRST GRADERS: If your child does not yet know how to tie his or her own shoes, he or she MUST wear Velcro strap shoes to school. Due to COVID-19, school staff will not be able to assist with tying shoes. Thank you for your cooperation.
11. Parents and visitors will have very limited access to the school building and every effort will be made to conduct business in a contact-free / virtual manner when possible.
12. If a lunch or other forgotten item needs to be dropped off, please ring the bell at the main entrance door, let the secretaries know what you are dropping off and for whom, and leave the item – clearly labeled with the student’s name and room number or teacher – in the drop-off bin. A staff member will retrieve the item and get it to the student.
13. If a student needs to be picked up for an appointment or is ill and being picked up to go home, please pull up to the Moorfield Road door, call the school office at 330-867-8720, and your child will be signed out with your permission and released to your car under staff supervision.
14. In the extenuating circumstance that a parent would need to enter the building, please note that masks are required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
15. Finally, we ask for your patience as we continue to receive and provide updated information while this situation evolves. Please understand that while many businesses and offices across the country are still not open and have no definite plans to return in person, we are again being asked to safely bring 525 students and over 80 staff members into our building every day beginning in one week, and are working tirelessly to do so. We ask that you trust us and know that we have the best interests of every student in mind as we plan for our return to school. Thank you for respecting our knowledge of the many facts and nuances behind each and every decision we make.
Additional information can be found on our COVID-19 page and in the School Handbook, especially the COVID-19 Appendix.