Back-to-School Information

Saturday, August 1, 2020


 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 several changes to our faculty and staff for the new school year!

Mrs. Ashley Haskins joins our Kindergarten faculty after 15 years teaching at St. Matthew School.  Eight of her years at St. Matthew were spent teaching kindergarten, and she is well-versed in the curriculum used in our St. Hilary kindergarten program.  Mrs. Haskins is certified in elementary education (PreK-3) with a reading endorsement, and also has a master's degree in library science.  She will begin her 18th year of teaching in the 2020-2021 school year. 

Also new to our Kindergarten faculty will be Miss Gia Faetanini.  An honors graduate on the Dean's List and President's List at Kent State University, Miss Faetanini holds licensure in early childhood education (P-3).  She most recently worked as a first grade classroom assistant at Seton Catholic School.  Her substitute teaching, student teaching and field experience includes Pre-K through eighth grade in a variety of settings.  A St. Hilary School alumna, Miss Faetanini also serves in the Army ROTC program at Kent State where she honed her skills as a multicultural leader and volunteered at the Latvian Orphanage.

We also have several new teaching assistants in our primary grades this year.  Joining the team in Miss Faetanini's room will be Mrs. Lauren Palumbo, who has served our school in numerous volunteer capacities over the years and has recently served as a long-term substitute teacher in the Copley-Fairlawn School District.  Mrs. Palumbo will also assist in various classrooms, especially grades 2 and 3, to help with social distancing and other needs.  Mrs. Mary Ann Kaut will divide her time assisting in both Mrs. Morrocco’s and Mrs. Walters’ (formerly Miss DiPronio) first grade classrooms, alongside Mrs. Elyse Houser and Mrs. Shelly Kohrs.  Mrs. Kaut comes to us from St. Matthew School where she worked as a preschool and kindergarten teaching assistant and helped with the school’s before- and after-school care program.

Two new teachers will join our intermediate faculty for 2020-2021.  Mrs. Dana Salamone will join the third grade teaching team.  Mrs. Salamone is well-known at St. Hilary School from her work as a math intervention specialist and substitute teacher.   Having taught and tutored extensively in math across numerous grades and school districts for 25 years, Mrs. Salamone is the ideal person to teach our third grade math curriculum.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mount Union College and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University.  Mrs. Laura Murphey will become a fifth grade teaching team member.  Mrs. Murphey has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education, both from John Carroll University, with licensure in grades 4-9 math and science.  She previously taught grades 5 and 6 math and science in various school districts, and many of you are familiar with her from her work as a trusted substitute teacher who has served our students well in classrooms throughout our building.  Mrs. Murphey will teach fifth grade math and science, while Mrs. Rauber will shift to teach fifth grade reading and religion.

In junior high, we have two more new teachers, as well. Mrs. Elise Bennett has been hired to teach seventh and eighth grade math and will have a seventh grade homeroom.  Mrs. Bennett comes to us from St. Matthew School where she taught middle school math for three years until the school closed.  A graduate of Kent State University, Mrs. Bennett holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education with licensure in integrated mathematics 7-12.  She also serves as an auxiliary math tutor for the Akron Public Schools and as a summer math tutor, and has taught summer school math.  Mrs. Miranda Osborne will join the junior high faculty to teach eighth grade reading and language arts with an eighth grade homeroom.  Mrs. Osborne has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Kent State University and a master of arts degree in English composition and rhetoric from The University of Akron.  She has taught 7th and 8th grade language arts in North Carolina since 2004, and previously held teaching and substitute teaching positions at The University of Akron and area public school districts.

Mrs. Abby Loughlin will join Mrs. Cathy Hammersmith in the school clinic.

Finally, Mr. Adam Glaus has stepped into the role of maintenance manager, and Mr. Pedro Avalos has joined our maintenance staff as the maintenance supervisor.

Thank you for making these staff members feel welcome in their new positions! 


  

IMPORTANT DATES AND NEWS TO NOTE

THURSDAY, 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 24.  Milk for the first semester will also be ordered online and will be available beginning August 24. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 – Back-to-School Night.  Please click here for details.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 24 – First day of school.  Please click here for more information. 



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Curriculum Night for grades 6-8   THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN A VIRTUAL FORMAT.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - Curriculum Night for grades K-5  THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD IN A VIRTUAL FORMAT.

 

Click below for information on creating an online account to view class lists or order lunches. 
Creating Online Account 2020 Creating Online Account 2020


2020-2021 Dress Code 2020-2021 Dress Code


 

OPENING SCHEDULE FOR KINDERGARTENERS

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents will be unable to walk children into the building and to classrooms.  To help ease the transition during the first week, we will follow the schedule below as we welcome our Kindergarteners.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 24 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 – 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 by Jesus statue

102 – Mrs. Haskins: Blue, Meet in first row parking spaces to left of Jesus statue

105 – Miss Bennett: Red, Meet by large garage door to right of Jesus statue

 

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 31, Kindergarteners will report at the same time
and follow the same procedures as all other students.***

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 24 & TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 – 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 24                                          Tuesday, August 25
Students with last names:                                  Students with last names:

101-Miss Faetanini: A-Ma                                  101-Miss Faetanini: Mc-T
102-Mrs. Haskins: A-He                                     102-Mrs. Haskins: Ho-V
105-Miss Bennett: A-J                                        105-Miss Bennett: M-W

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 - ALL kindergarten students will attend from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

 

ON AUGUST 24, 25 AND 26, 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 27 - 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 have two separate clinic areas this year, with a triage area to determine which clinic will be used in each case.  Our primary clinic will be the traditional clinic next to the office, and our additional clinic will be referred to as our “little clinic”.  In order to keep the primary clinic in use for students with other health issues, students identified as having a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 will be taken to the “little clinic”.  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.       Every student will need to wear a mask when entering and exiting the building, and in hallways and common areas.  Students in grades 3-8 will need to wear masks in classrooms.  (Students in grades K-2 will wear face shields in classrooms.)  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-8.  It is the responsibility of parents to provide face masks.  We have ordered lanyards that the school will provide for students to wear to contain masks while eating or drinking.


5.       Should the need arise to move to distance learning at any time during the school year, or should a family opt into distance learning at any time during the school year, there may be some work that requires hard copies to be printed and completed.  We strongly recommend that every household have at least one working printer.  If your family needs assistance with this, please contact the school office.


6.       Our attendance policy has been adjusted in consideration of COVID-19.  While every student should be learning either in person or at home while he or she is well, there is no incentive to come to school when ill.  Students may not return to school until they are symptom free for a full 72 hours (3 days) without fever reducing medication 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.  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.  For the duration of COVID-19, there will be no sharing of group snacks, no birthday treats, and no holiday treats.  The school will provide a small item to each student to observe his/her birthday, and holidays will be observed in ways that do not involve food.


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 to the left of 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, a mask must be worn, and the individual will be screened for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms.


15.   Finally, we ask for your patience as we partner together during this unprecedented situation and as we continue to provide updated information while this situation evolves.  Please understand that while many businesses and offices across the country are not open and do not plan to return in person until sometime in 2021, we are being asked to safely bring over 500 students and over 80 staff members into our building every day beginning in just a few weeks, and are working tirelessly to do so.  This is not business as usual, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate these new waters, especially if we ask to communicate or meet or handle paperwork with you by phone or email or virtually, and possibly outside of traditional school or business hours.  We also thank you in advance for understanding that we cannot accommodate parents who simply stop by and ask to meet on the spot.  We further 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, and as we also plan for the very real possibility of a closure at some point during the school year.  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.