Parent Memo: October 2, 2020
Please be reminded that the students’ mid-trimester progress reports are completed and online for viewing through their Gradelink portal. Please take a look at them prior to your parent/teacher conference and contact your teacher with questions or concerns.
HALLOWEEN DRESS DOWN CLARIFICATION
I realized after I had noted on the calendar below regarding Halloween Dress Down Day that “masks” mean different things around Halloween time. When I noted that kids can wear Halloween-themed masks, I mean the Covid 19 facial protection masks that we have been wearing since school started. NOT REGULAR HALLOWEEN MASKS. Yikes!! Bummer, I know, but regular masks don’t provide the level of protection to meet our protocol, they are a huge distraction in class, and they can often be a safety issue because they can block vision and hearing. So, Halloween-themed Covid 19 protection masks are allowed on the Halloween dress down day, but not regular Halloween costume masks. Kids can buy the cloth masks already made (I’m sure some entrepreneur is already on that), or kids can decorate their own masks. Fun!
Regarding Halloween celebrations at school, we again have to consider our Covid 19 restrictions. All the kids will be receiving store purchased treats and having little celebrations in class, but the teachers are preparing those for the children. We cannot accept goody bags or homemade treats from parents to be distributed in class. Our parents are so generous and always want to help, but the fewer hands that are involved, the safer it is for the kids. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation.
ANNUAL IOWA TESTING
The annual administration of the Iowa Test for grades 3-8 will be the week of October 5th. If an onsite student is absent during a test, he/she can make up the test later in the week or the following week when he/she returns. Parents of online students have been sent emails outlining how the online students will be able to take the test.
VETERAN’S DAY PROGRAM
Our Veteran’s Day Program is still going to happen! Even Covid is not going to keep us from expressing our gratitude and thanks to those who have dedicated themselves to serving our country. This year, however, the Veteran’s Day Program will have to be a virtual program. Each class is contributing to the final product which will be sent home for viewing and linked to our school and parish websites. Stay tuned for more information about that to be coming home from your homeroom teachers.
We took the school pictures yesterday. You may order pictures by sending the completed form into the school that was sent home previously, or you may order online via the following link. Picture Day Preorder
Below, you will see the reservation form to send your child a special message on a special day by painting the SHAM-ROCK. The kids always get the biggest kick out of it. Instructions below.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Sept 25 – No School – Diocesan teacher workday
Sept 30 – Picture Day
Oct 1 – 12:15 dismissal – Parent/teacher conferences in the afternoon/evening
Oct 2 – No School – Parent/teacher conferences
Oct 5-16 Iowa Testing (and make up testing)
Oct 20 – School Rosary 10:00 – onsite and online
Oct 30 – Halloween Dress Down Day – Halloween T-shirts and jeans (Halloween masks…Covid 19 cloth face mask style…are ok too)
(Please note: Nothing violent, gory or objectionable, please)