Saturday, August 1, 2020
AUGUST 1 UPDATES
As you continue to enjoy the summer, here are the latest news updates from St. Hilary School:
CLASS LISTS POSTED
Class lists for 2020-2021 have been emailed to families signed up for the One Call Now email service, and posted on our school website, www.st-hilaryschool.org. To view the lists online, you must have an active account. (If you ordered hot lunches last year, you have an active account.) To create an account, simply click the MySchool button at the top right corner of the home page and follow the prompts for account setup. Please allow up to 72 hours for account activation. All new accounts created prior to 6:00 a.m. today have been activated.
Click your child’s grade level to view the lists for each classroom. If you do not see your child’s name on a class list for his or her grade, please email email@example.com.
VERIFY & UPDATE ONE CALL NOW INFORMATION VIA SELF-UPDATE PORTAL
As the new year begins, please make sure we have your current telephone number(s) and email address(es) in our One Call Now database. Doing so will ensure you receive the latest mass email updates, as well as phone calls in the event of snow days or school emergencies.
New families: Please make sure you have returned the yellow One Call Now form contained in your child’s acceptance packet so your One Call Now account can be set up.
Returning families and new families who have returned yellow One Call Now forms: Please click the My School button at the top right corner of the school website, login, and click the One Call Now link to be directed to our new One Call Now Self-Update Portal. Click the green SIGN UP button as a first-time user to create your login for the secure portal. Users will be able to view only their own information. Follow the prompts to verify and update your information as needed. Please retain your login information so you can return to the portal and simply login to make any necessary future updates.
Please contact Mrs. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
WELCOME NEW FACULTY AND STAFF!
We have many additions to our faculty and staff for the new school year! Mrs. Ashley Haskins and Miss Gia Faetanini will join our kindergarten teaching team, and Mrs. Lauren Palumbo will join Mrs. Jessica Kwieciak to assist in Miss Faetanini’s room, as well as helping in various other classrooms, especially grades 2 and 3. 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. Dana Salamone will join the third grade teaching team, and Mrs. Laura Murphey will become a fifth grade teaching team member. Mrs. Elise Bennett has been hired to teach seventh and eighth grade math and will have a seventh grade homeroom, and Mrs. Miranda Osborne will join the junior high faculty to teach seventh and eighth grade reading and language arts with an eighth grade homeroom. Mrs. Kathleen Gibson will serve as a math tutor in our grades 6-8 classrooms and Mrs. Abby Laughlin will work alongside Mrs. Cathy Hammersmith in the school clinic. Last but not least, Mr. Adam Glaus has stepped into the role of maintenance manager, and Mr. Pedro Avalos has joined our maintenance staff. Thank you for making these staff members feel welcome in their new positions!
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR RETURNING TO SCHOOL DURING COVID-19
Below are some tips for families as we return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 webpage and in our School Handbook COVID-19 Appendix (see below).
IT’S OUR 60TH ANNIVERSARY!
The 2020-2021 school year marks St. Hilary School’s 60th anniversary! Due to COVID-19, we are planning some fun but simple, low-key activities to celebrate our school’s 60th anniversary. Please watch for more information as we begin the school year.
UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR
Our 2020-2021 School Calendar has been revised to include our revised Back-to-School Night details, the complete Kindergarten opening schedule and unfortunately, the revision or cancellation of previously scheduled events. Click here for the revised calendar. Due to COVID-19, please note the following changes to our calendar:
August 20 – Back-to-School Night will be held in a modified format. See below.
August 24-28 – Kindergarteners will follow a modified arrival schedule the first week. See below.
September 2 & 3 – Curriculum Nights will be held in a virtual format. More information to come.
September 8-25, January 4-22, April 19-May 7 – MAP Testing dates subject to change, may be virtual
September 24-25 – Grade 5 Camp – Plan to attend for day only, no overnight – subject to change
October 2 – Grandparents’ Day cancelled – rescheduled for October 1, 2021
January 14 – Kindergarten Kaleidoscope will be held virtually – watch for information
January 20 – Parents’ Association General Meeting / School Board Meeting – may be virtual
January 24 – Catholic Schools Week Open House will be held virtually – watch for information
February 1-5 – New Student Registration -By appointment only, dates extended – watch for information
March 20 – Celebration cancelled – watch for information about a replacement fundraiser/virtual event
April 15-16 – Kindergarten Screening – May be modified or virtual – watch for information
May 13 – Kindergarten Parent Orientation – May be virtual – watch for information
May 28 – Grade 8 Farewell Mass & Awards – May be virtual – watch for information
June 1 – Grade 8 Clap-Out & Graduation – May be modified or virtual – watch for information
June 2 – Field Day – Will be held if can be done safely – subject to change – watch for information
We will continue to keep you posted as to updates to our calendar and events as we move through the school year. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We are in the process of fine-tuning our schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. COVID-19 has created some additional scheduling logistics to be worked out in order to ensure proper social distancing. Our daily schedule, including grade level lunch and recess periods, will be posted on the website as soon as it is finalized. Student class schedules for grades 5-8 will be available on Gradelink shortly before the start of school. Gradelink is currently locked so that it can be updated for the coming school year.
As we always do at this time of year, we are beginning to receive questions concerning the school dress code. As a reminder, the dress code guidelines for all clothing, shoes and accessories are contained in the family handbook*, and can be found here. These dress code guidelines will be enforced, and your cooperation in following them is appreciated. Should you have questions about school uniform items or shoes being in compliance with our dress code, please contact Mrs. Alexander, Assistant Principal, at email@example.com. For new uniform items, please contact Marie-France Londa at firstname.lastname@example.org . We also have gently worn uniform items available for free through our Recycled Uniforms program. To request any plaid items (jumpers, skirts, skorts), polo shirts, blouses, and/or sweaters contact Jen Warmus at 216-308-0630 or email@example.com. To request pants, shorts (navy and khaki), sweatshirts, gym uniforms (shirts and black shorts) contact Ronda Powers, 330-590-0128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The 2020-2021 dress code was emailed to returning school families last spring and included in acceptance packets for new families.
The complete family handbook for 2020-2021 is available here on the school website. Please pay particular attention to the COVID-19 Appendix which has been added and which supersedes many sections of the handbook during the pendency of the COVID-19 situation.
HOT LUNCH ORDERING OPENS TODAY
ORDER MILK FOR FIRST SEMESTER ONLINE BEGINNING TODAY
The Hot Lunch program will begin serving lunches on August 24, the first day of school. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, and in consultation with Summit County Public Health, the program will serve a modified offering of lunch items that can be easily wrapped, individually bagged, and delivered to classrooms. Thank you for your understanding of our need to make these modifications during this challenging time.
Ordering for August/September is open as of TODAY and will remain open through Monday, August 10. Due to the short turn-around time before school begins and lunches are served, NO LATE ORDERS CAN BE ACCEPTED.
***SPECIAL NOTE FOR KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES: If you will be ordering hot lunches for your kindergartener, please keep in mind that kindergarteners will not eat lunch at school until August 27, the first full day of school that they will attend. You do not need to order or send lunches prior to that date.
***SPECIAL NOTE FOR GRADE 5: Students in grade 5 will have camp on September 24 and 25, and should not order lunch on those days.
Milk orders will also be placed online. Milk orders will be accepted for the first semester beginning TODAY, and can be placed through the Hot Lunch ordering system as a part of the Hot Lunch order, even if milk is the only item being purchased. Milk ordering for the second semester will be open in December. Please watch for information about free milk for qualifying families later this month. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE ORDERED AND PAID FOR MILK THROUGH THIS SYSTEM WILL APPEAR ON THE CLASSROOM LISTS TO RECEIVE MILK AT LUNCHTIME. ALL OTHERS WILLNEED TO BRING A DRINK FROM HOME.
Orders for lunches and/or milk are placed on the school website, www.st-hilaryschool.org. To place an order, you must have an active account. (If you ordered hot lunches last year, you have an active account.) To create an account, simply click the MySchool button at the top right corner of the home page and follow the prompts for account setup. Please allow 72 hours for account activation. Please note that the automated ordering reminders emailed from the Hot Lunch system will be the only reminders sent.
Once you have placed your Hot Lunch order, remember to print the calendar showing your orders so you will know which days to send a lunch from home. Here’s how to access the printable lunch calendar feature:
1. Login in MYSCHOOL
2. Select Hot Lunch
3. Click Current Meals
4. Select the name(s) for whom you would like to view orders
5. Select the month for which you would like to view orders
6. Click Printable Calendar
7. Select the name(s) for whom you would like to view orders
8. Click Update
9. Print the calendar
***OTHER HOT LUNCH NEWS: We are happy to continue to offer a selection of excellent quality, homemade lunch items again this year.
FOR THOSE NEW TO OUR HOT LUNCH PROGRAM, please note that all lunches include sides, so if you order extras you will be ordering extras of the main meal item (i.e., extra slice of pizza, extra order of nachos, etc.).
Payment must be made online as the final step in the ordering process before your order will be submitted through the system. Please click here for complete Hot Lunch program information, including ordering / payment instructions.
Additional Hot Lunch volunteers are needed! Please contact Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at email@example.com to learn more about dates help is needed.
For Hot Lunch questions, please contact Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at firstname.lastname@example.org. For assistance with your website account, please email email@example.com.
PLAYGROUND MONITORS NEEDED FOR 2020-2021
Looking for a fun way to be involved at school, see your child during the school day, get some fresh air, and make some extra money? Consider being a playground monitor! Help is needed for the 2020-2021 school year in order to ensure that our students are properly supervised during recess. Monitors work just a couple of hours each day, so this is the perfect part-time job for those with limited time! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Playground Supervisor Laura Pszonowsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-289-9678.
SCHOOL COMMUNICATION UPDATE
We are streamlining communication this year. Mass emails containing school news will be sent on Monday mornings only. Information to be included in these emails must be emailed to email@example.com by 3:00 p.m. on Friday for the following Monday. The first regular mass email update will be sent August 17. Information to be included in this email must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on August 14.
IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION ABOUT MEDIA RELEASE FORM
Back-to-School forms for 2020-2021 have been posted in the Red Folder on our school website, under Forms and Documents. Please refer to this page for the list of necessary forms and the instructions for completing and correctly submitting them. Please be sure to follow the instructions to ensure that your forms are received. You may begin submitting forms now.
***Additionally, we need to make you aware of new implications of your consent or lack of consent on the Media Release form completed on Gradelink at the time of registration / re-registration of your child.*** Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we will be using live streaming as a tool to gather together as a school community in situations where we will not be able to have large in-person events. We will use live streaming only when we want to gather our community for prayer, for events where parents would normally be invited, and as a way to connect our community. When a student appears in a live stream, we will not identify the student by his or her full name so as to protect his or her identity. Any live stream with students on camera will only be viewable live and will not be recorded or available after the live stream is over. This will be to more readily ensure that the live image does not stay as something that can be downloaded. A live stream will simply be a way to “attend” as the event occurs, not to view it later.
Having said this, for our weekly school Mass, which will be our most frequent live streamed event, and for any other live streamed events, only students whose parents have given consent on the Media Release form on Gradelink will be able to participate and appear on camera. To be clear, that means that if you do not give us permission to have your child participate as part of live streamed events, he or she will be unable to be chosen to sing or to read at school Mass. He or she will also be unable to participate in events including but not limited to the spelling and geography bees, leading school assemblies as a speaker or cheerleader, performances such as the kindergarten or 1st grade shows or any sort of theater, the Halloween parade, shadow stations, the Mime of the Passion, or any of the other times we would choose to live stream. This would be done not to exclude any student, but to respect parents’ wishes. Similarly, if you have consented on this form, you now need to understand the additional implications of your consent for your child if he or she participates in an event that is live streamed.
IMPORTANT! Whatever choice of consent or lack of consent you have indicated on the Media Release form on Gradelink will apply to live streamed events as indicated above, unless we hear otherwise from you. You may change your consent at any time, even during the school year and even for only a particular event, by emailing Mrs. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORIENTATION FOR GRADES 3 AND 6 FAMILIES
Last year, we introduced orientation meetings for parents and students entering grades 3 and 6 in connection with our Back-to-School Night. Students entering these grades face more involved transitions than most other grades, and these meetings provided an opportunity to share valuable information and expectations for parents and students in order to ensure a successful and positive school year. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, these orientation sessions will be conducted as virtual events, with video links to be emailed to grades 3 and 6. Please watch for this information.
CLASSROOM VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS
There will be limited in-person volunteer opportunities this year, but sign-ups will be available via the classroom Sign-Up Genius. Watch for more information from teachers when school begins.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT AUGUST 20
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have revamped our traditional Back-to-School Night for this year. Please refer to the sections below for information about how details normally handled at Back-to-School Night will be handled this year.
MEET THE TEACHER: Between August 1 and August 14, homeroom teachers will provide virtual opportunities to welcome students and get acquainted with one another and the classroom.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DROP-OFF: In order to allow students to drop off supplies in a safe manner, we will hold a drive-through event on August 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. You may come any time during this time frame. If you cannot come during this time, please contact the school office for alternate arrangements to drop off your school supplies. IF YOU ORDERED A SCHOOL SUPPLY KIT, your kit will be delivered to the school and taken directly to your child’s classroom. Teachers will assist students with sorting and labeling items in their kits. You do not need to do anything further if you ordered a kit.
*Everyone in the car must be free of fever and other symptoms of illness. We strongly encourage masks to be worn.
*All items must be in heavy duty tote style bags (preferred) or sturdy shopping bag style bags with handles so staff members can easily carry supplies to classrooms. Each bag must be clearly labeled with the child’s name and room number.
*PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR CAR. Proceed through stations listed below. Staff members will retrieve school supplies through your car window.
1. Enter only from West Market Street driveway. Proceed to stations as listed below. ALL STATIONS WILL BE IDENTIFIED WITH SIGNS. Please do not pull around cars to jump ahead in line. Please follow signs and respect directions given by those directing traffic and manning stations.
2. Grades 3-5: Stop car at Jesus statue/main door.
3. Grades 6-8: Stop car by Junior High door.
4. Exit only from Blue Ribbon Drive and onto Moorfield Road.
5. Grades K-2: Stop car at Moorfield Road steps/door.
RECYCLED & NEW / SCHOOL UNIFORMS / GYM UNIFORMS / SPIRIT WEAR: In order to allow families to pick up uniform and spirit wear items in a safe manner, Wear Number One and our Recycled Uniforms volunteers will be available in Horning Hall on August 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. You may come any time during this time frame. Please enter (one way) and exit (one way) only through the designated external Horning Hall doors. These areas will be marked with signs. One family at a time will be permitted at each station. If the station you need to visit is occupied, you must wait outside to enter. If a line forms, you must observe social distancing of six feet in the line. If you cannot come during this time, or need additional information, please email Jen Warmus at email@example.com or Ronda Powers at rondapowers916@ gmail.com for recycled uniforms, and Marie-France Londa at wearnumberone@ gmail.com for new uniforms, gym uniforms and spirit wear (including Sabers masks).
CLINIC: School nurses will be available in the pavilion from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for families needing to drop off medication or who have health-related questions/concerns. Please park near the pavilion and respect social distancing rules. One person/family at a time. If you cannot come during this time, or need additional information, please email Mrs. Hammersmith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LATCHKEY: For information about the Latchkey before- and after-school care program and to register, please click here. If you have questions or need to speak with our Latchkey Director, Ms. Decker, please email email@example.com or call 330-873-1282.
BUS TRANSPORTATION: Bus transportation information can be found here on the school website.
KINDERGARTEN DISMISSAL ARRANGEMENTS: Kindergarten parents, please be sure to complete the survey via the link that was emailed to you. If you need assistance with the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRADES 3 & 6 ORIENTATION: A video link will be emailed to families in these grade levels.
OFFICE: Please email Miss Malick at email@example.com or Mrs. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
ARRIVAL TIME EXPECTATION BEGINS AUGUST 24
Beginning August 24, it is our expectation that students will arrive by 8:20 a.m. This bell signals our morning arrival time, at which time students begin to prepare for the day. (Please note that during COVID-19, students not attending morning Latchkey should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m. as we cannot allow students to congregate outside the building, in the hallways, or in the Multi-Purpose Room.) The 8:30 a.m. bell is not intended to provide a ten-minute grace period after the 8:20 a.m. arrival bell, but signifies the point at which students are marked tardy. Please help your child prepare for the school day in a stress-free manner by ensuring that he or she arrives at school by 8:20 a.m. each day.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL STARTING AUGUST 24
Morning Latchkey will be available beginning at 6:50 a.m.
Students not attending morning Latchkey should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m.
Students will be scanned for temperature and screened for symptoms upon arrival before entering the building – those with a temperature over 100°F or COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter
All students in every grade must wear a mask to enter the building
Students will report directly to classrooms, not to Multi-Purpose Room
Once in classrooms, students in grades 3-8 will wear masks with shields available for breaks; students in grades K-2 will change from masks to shields for classroom time
In order to ensure social distancing during dismissal, we will follow a staggered dismissal schedule as follows:
2:50 pm - Kindergarten students and their siblings
Non-Kindergarten Families Alphabetically by Last Name:
2:55 pm - Last names A-F
3:00 pm - Last names G-M
3:05 pm - Last names H-R
3:10 pm - Last names S-Z
Students will not be released until their designated time, so it is important that you make every effort to arrive as close to that time as possible, rather than lining up far in advance. We also ask for your cooperation in picking up your child on time, or calling the office in advance if you will be a few minutes late. In addition, we ask that the family last name of students being picked up be prominently displayed in the passenger side window of each car to help us efficiently match students with cars.
If you prefer not to go through the car line, you may park in the far back parking lot and stand in the red “box” painted on the parking lot where you can safely reunite with your child
Walking to the main entrance and waiting either inside or outside for your child is not a dismissal option
All students in every grade must wear a mask to exit the building
Students should go directly to car or bus – no loitering in hallways, restrooms, visiting other rooms
Afternoon Latchkey will be available until 6:00 p.m.
Four districts provide bus transportation for our students who reside in those districts: Copley-Fairlawn, Highland, Revere, and Woodridge. We anticipate that when the districts are providing in-person instruction and transportation for their own students, they will provide transportation for St. Hilary School students as well. If any of these districts move to online learning at any time, there is the potential that bus transportation for St. Hilary School students who ride the affected district’s bus may be lost. We encourage all families to have an alternate transportation plan in place as this could happen without warning. For more information, you may contact the transportation departments listed below:
Highland: 330-239-1901, ext. 1235
Revere: 330-523-3118 or 3119
Please also visit our Bus Transportation page on the school website.
KINDERGARTEN 2020-2021 OPENING SCHEDULE
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.
Kindergarten students who ride the bus may ride home from school for the first time on August 27. Adults will escort the children to the appropriate buses and other dismissal locations. Please remind your child to wear his or her “bus” tag to help us direct your child to the appropriate location.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY SEPTEMBER 2
PLEASE NOTE IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2020-2021
School pictures will be taken on September 2. Lifetouch has made some changes this year. Only those students and staff members who are photographed on September 2 will appear both in class composite photos and in the yearbook. Those having photos taken on retake day (October 15) will appear in the yearbook, but not in class composites.
Students who are participating in distance learning have the option to come to Horning Hall to have photos taken on September 2 at 8:30 a.m. (before classes are called for photos) in order to be included in composite photos and the yearbook. Students who do not come for photos may submit a photo taken against a wall from the waist up, but this will be included only in the yearbook, not in class composites. This is per Lifetouch. If your child is participating in distance learning and you plan to bring him or her to Horning Hall to have school pictures taken on September 2 at 8:30 a.m., please email Mrs. Alexander at email@example.com by August 20 so we can plan accordingly. If your child is participating in distance learning and you prefer to submit your own photo for the yearbook only, please email the photo to Debbie Sinopoli at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 8. Submitting photos is an option only for those participating in distance learning.
Lifetouch has also streamlined photo packages this year, and to eliminate handling of paper order forms, checks, and cash, we are moving to an online-only ordering system. To view the Lifetouch packages and place an order, please go to www.mylifetouch.com and enter Picture Day ID code EVT3M9SK9. Questions about ordering school pictures should be directed to Lifetouch via their website linked above.
ROOM MOM MEETING SEPTEMBER 1 VIA ZOOM
There will be a meeting for all Room Moms on September 1 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Room Moms for each classroom will be notified in early August.
CURRICULUM NIGHTS SEPTEMBER 2 & 3 - VIRTUAL STYLE
Please join us for our Curriculum Nights on Wednesday, September 2 for grades 6-8, and Thursday, September 3 for grades K-5. These will be virtual events with video links emailed for the various grade levels on each date. Please watch for more information.
NEW STUDENT CHECK-IN WEEK SEPTEMBER 8-11- VIRTUAL STYLE
By suggestion of some of our new families in past years, we will again offer “New Student Check-in Week” the week of September 8-11. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these will be offered in a virtual format. Each teacher will schedule time during this week to meet virtually with parents and students new to the school to address any questions or concerns about classroom procedures and general adjustment to a new school setting. Teachers will provide information about the New Student Check-in Week for their specific classrooms as school begins.
Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, and watch for further updates as we approach the start of the 2020-2021 school year!