Dear SPC Families,
It is wonderful to have the campus alive with students and teachers again! Thank you for all your patience with the arrival and dismissal information. We have made a slight change to the dismissal for the EGC to help decrease the congestion in the Safe Zone; please see below.
As a parent, I know the beginning of the school year is always exciting; I look forward to hearing about my child’s day, the new teachers, new friends, and new learning. However, often my questions are answered with “everything was fine” or “not much happened.” To be honest, those responses often didn’t fly in my house--since for most of their lives, my children have attended the school where I was the administrator, and I know what happens at school! In an effort to have a better dialogue with my kids, I learned early on that I need to use more carefully selected questions rather than “How was your day?” I have included two brief articles below that may be able to help you gather some more information about your child’s school day than the standard “it was fine” or “ we didn’t do anything.”
I am looking forward to a great school year. Thank you for entrusting the faculty and staff of SPC with your child’s education! Each week the Thursday Mailing will provide important information about the overall school program and events. On the weekend, your child’s teachers will send a weekly classroom newsletter that contains essential classroom information. Thank you for reading both mailings carefully.
In this week’s Thursday Mailing:
- Dismissal Door Changes for Grades Preschool-2nd Grade
- Save the Dates-upcoming events
- Reopening Protocols & What to do if Your Child is Sick?
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL- Change in the dismissal doors for Preschool-2nd Grade.
Thank you for your cooperation in following the procedures. We have evaluated the dismissal doors for grades preschool-2 as there is quite a bit of congestion in the safe zone at the end of the day. Please note the new dismissal doors; the new doors will begin on MONDAY, AUGUST 30.
To aid in the congestion, we ask parents to leave campus immediately after they pick their child up as we want to prevent as much congregating as possible.
STARTING MONDAY, AUGUST 30
SAVE THE DATES:
Wednesday, September 8th – Back to School Night for Parents 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, September 10 – 7:00-9:00 pm Parent Mingle
We are excited to send you this invitation to kick off the 2021-22 school year with a Parent Mingle. We hope you can join us! RSVP links are below.
Friday, September 24 – All School Tiger Fun Run!
REOPENING PLAN 21-22 KEEPING THE SPC COMMUNITY SAFE:
Please remember the following procedures and protocols:
WHAT TO DO IF MY CHILD IS SICK:
- Keep your child home.
- If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, students must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school.
- COMPLETE THE SPC ATTENDANCE FORM
REMINDER: OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR (previously sent)
Isolation and Quarantine Procedures
All individuals must remain at home when sick or experiencing any symptoms to minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19 or other germs and viruses. Specific to COVID-19 quarantines:
Symptomatic or COVID-19 Positive Individuals
- All symptomatic individuals must remain home, regardless of vaccination status. Families are obligated to report COVID-19 diagnoses, or close contact cases, to their school office
- If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, an individual must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school.
- Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared or the date of a positive test result.
Quarantine Procedures for Close Contacts
- Students/faculty/staff who are masked and maintain three feet of physical distancing from the positive individual do not need to quarantine.
- Vaccinated students/faculty/staff do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.
- Unvaccinated students/faculty/staff who are close contacts to positive household members, including siblings, must quarantine.
- There is no longer a need for the Catholic grade school to notify the high school of a sibling of a confirmed positive case – this will be the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
Quarantine guidelines continue to be fluid and we expect to issue updated guidance closer to the start of the school year.
Last year we published a weekly covid dashboard detailing current numbers regarding quarantines and cases. We will resume the weekly COVID Dashboard next week so that families are informed regarding current cases.
Please read below my letter each week for more announcements and school information.
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh
HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
Welcome to the new school year! We are excited to get to know all of our new families. Please stay tuned, and we will announce upcoming meetings. In the meantime, if you are looking for a way to be more involved at SPC, we have the committee for you!
Since we get to go back to in-person tours and parent events this year, the Welcome Committee is excited to plan for this year, and we would love new volunteers to join us! This committee helps to welcome new students and new families and sends out communication to help with important information and events that occur during the year. The Committee will also help with Admissions events, such as New Family Night and Early Childhood Night, and helps keep all families feel welcomed and part of this wonderful community through fun parent mingles! If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete the form linked here.
Register NOW for the Fall Session of Chess-Ed’s Chess Enrichment Program
Registration for the Fall Session of the after-school chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm and runs from 9/14/21 to 11/16/21. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to students in 1st through 8th grade and students of all chess abilities. Professional instruction will include the basics for beginning and novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students. Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more! The benefits of chess last a lifetime!
To register, please go to www.2021-2022spcchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this Fall!