December 3, 2020
Mission: Communion of Saints Catholic School serves a diverse community and fosters life-long learners and witnesses to the Gospel who are committed to worshiping God and serving His people.
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving even though it was probably very different from the ideal. The start of the week was eventful with the storm, power and internet outages, and fallen trees. Fortunately, for K to 8, the remote instruction proceeded as usual on Wednesday, even though some teachers were snowed in and had to work from home. The preschool classes resumed as usual on Wednesday.
              Thank you for your generosity on Giving Tuesday! The donations to Communion of Saints School were more than double last year’s contributions. The faculty and staff feel very blessed for this wonderful community we serve.
              On Monday, December 7, we plan to return to in-person instruction. Please review the symptom check list that was sent at the beginning of the year before delivering your child to school. For those of you planning to study remotely until the end of the second quarter, please be sure to follow the guidelines in the Distance Learning Agreement. Most importantly for our learners at home, you must be on time, in uniform, have a dedicated distraction free workplace, and have your cameras on for the entire class in order to be marked present. When your camera goes off, you will be marked absent.
              These next two weeks we will have even stricter guidelines for safety. We ask that all grades do not bring anything from home to play with at recess.  We are trying to limit germ transmission by avoiding any materials that will cause students to gather and touch surfaces. Playground balls and toys need to be left at home at least for the next two weeks.
              Students must wear a clean mask which completely covers the nose and is sealed at the chin.  As younger students tend to get their masks wet around their mouths during the day, it would be a good idea to send a clean spare.  Bandanna masks should be replaced as they leave a large opening at the mouth and chin. Evidence suggests that gaiters are not effective, so I ask that your child be masked instead. As I walk through the classrooms, I notice a few students here and there who consistently do not have their noses covered. For the safety and well-being of the teachers and fellow students, we will no longer give multiple reminders to pull the mask up. Instead, we will call you and send your child home with materials to continue learning remotely until the end of the second quarter.  The practice of wearing a mask is so important that we cannot waiver on this.
Please use the time over the weekend to see how your child wears his/her mask, find a mask that fits, and decide whether your child is capable of wearing it properly for an entire day.   
As of today, there are no new reported cases of Covid-19 in addition to the five that were present before Thanksgiving.  Our goal is to keep it that way during the next two weeks!
Please continue to have those in the medical field and those affected by Covid-19 in your prayers.
Mrs. Whiteley

Fri. Dec. 4 *Progress Reports- check DA!

Sun., Dec. 5 * 2nd Sunday of Advent

Mon., Dec. 7 *In-Person students return

Sun., Dec. 13 *3rd Sunday of Advent

Sat., Dec. 19 * Christmas Break Begins
As stated in Mrs. Whiteley's letter above, these items are required for distance learners:

  • Must be in uniform
  • Must have a dedicated distraction feespace for learning
  • Be on time
  • Have Cameras on the entire class period

Additionally, if you student will be absent, a parent must call or email the school office. Students may not report their own absence.
Now more than ever it is important for parents to perform a daily health assessment on their student prior to coming to school.

If your student has ONE of the following symptoms, please keep them home from school. The student will be marked absent and can make up the work on their return.
Temperature over 100 degrees F
shortness of breath
body aches
loss of taste or smell
sore throat
congestion or runny nose
nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
8th graders-
Zoe O and Eva P.!
Zoe qualifed for the Beaumont Presidential Scholarship with an entrance exam score of 95!
Eva scored in the 95 percentile for Reading on the very difficult ISEE exam.

We are so proud of you and your hard work!

8th grade Parents-Please feel free to send in your students good news/accomplishments as they continue with their high school applications.
  • It is important for families who think they qualify to still submit the Free/Reduced Meal Application as student(s) status will affect any additional pandemic EBT funding that may occur this year! If you think you qualify, please conact the school office for an application- or Click the application pic on the left!
We have received word from the Cleveland Diocese and the USDA that all students will be able to receive free hot lunch through the end of the school year, regardless of financial status.

You will still need to complete the order from that is sent home monthly.

The DECEMBER LUNCH FORM has been sent home in today's folders and is available by clicking HERE. The form is posted in Digital Academy and on the school website.
2160 Stillman Road Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Phone: 216.932.4177 Fax: 216.932.7439