CHRONICLE
February 11, 2021
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.
PRINCIPAL CORNER
Dear Parents,

  Now that Catholic Schools Week is over, teachers are turning their attention to celebrating Black History Month. Grades 5 through 8 will be working on a ‘Periodic Table’ display of famous African Americans in all walks of life and will display it in the school cafeteria. Each student will research a person on the Periodic Table and write a brief essay. The students will then read their essay over the school PA system at morning announcements. We look forward to hearing their inspiring stories.  
During Monday’s PTO meeting, it was brought to my attention that the notifications regarding the Covid shot plan for the faculty sent through Constant Contact were not being received by all parents. Typically, Constant Contact is used for important emails that I need to send out as a stand-alone, so that it does not get lost in other communications. I will now post news in both the Chronicle and Constant Contact in the hopes that everyone will receive the information.

Vaccine Update: The faculty and staff have the opportunity to receive the first dose on Saturday, February 20, and the second dose on Saturday, March 13. Some parish schools plan to be remote prior to their scheduled day so that all teachers will be healthy for the shot. At this time, I do not plan to close, unless we begin to see a breakout of infectious illnesses. I respectfully urge you not to send your child to school with what may seem like a minor case of the sniffles so that the faculty and staff will be able to be vaccinated. Please watch for Constant Contact emails for updates that may occur before next Thursday.
If you review your emails and have never received anything through Constant Contact, please notify the office immediately so that we may verify your email information is correct.   

Speaking of the PTO meeting, it was such a pleasure to see so many in
attendance! The PTO is actively seeking new officers to fill the positions of Co-President and Treasurer. Please consider getting involved and actively participate in this fine organization. For more information, contact Jeanne Gordon. Our school and PTO need you! Even though the passage below was printed last week, it still holds relevance with regard to the families of Communion of Saints and the PTO volunteers!

“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5

Let us continue to pray for those affected by the pandemic and for front line
workers who make sacrifices daily for the sake of others.
         
Sincerely,
Mrs. Whiteley 
IMPORTANT DATES
Fri., Feb. 13- Red/Pink Accessories with Unifrom

Sun., Feb. 14- Happy St. Valentine's Day

Mon., Feb. 15- No School- Presidents' Day

Tues., Feb. 16- Progress Report- please check in with your student(s) on DA

Wed., Feb 17- Ash Wednesday

Fri., Feb. 18- Mass live-streamed 8:00am
LUNCH DUTY -Help Needed Asap
COS School is in need of Lunch help for the remainder of the school year. This paid per hour position is Mon.-Fri. from 11am-1pm. Please contact Mrs. Whiteley, asap, if you are able to help: gwhiteley@communionofsaintsparish.org.
CONGRATS! 8th Grade-SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Congratulations!
Our 8th grade students continue to shine! We are so proud of your accomplishments.

Eddie S.-Merit Award Benedictine
YEARBOOK 2020-2021: ON SALE NOW
The COS 2020-2021 Yearbook is on sale. Yearbooks are $20. The easiest way to order is online. Go to: ybpaylifetouch.com use the code: 11609421

ORDERS DUE BY MARCH 1st!

Paper order envelopes were sent home in today's Thursday folders for those who prefer to pay via cash/check.
REGISTRATION 2021-2022: Due March 1
Registration Materials for the 2021-2022 academic year were sent home last week. Electronic copies are available here

Forms and registration fees are due by March 1st. Registration fee: $225 per student.

Open registration for new families will begin March 1st.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Borally in the school office.
Power of the Pen & Pencil Awards
Hello Power of the Pen and Power of the Pencil Families and COS supporters!!

You're invited to attend the live awards ceremony this Saturday evening to announce the winners from the University School District Competition, where our team competed last month. The Panzas and myself don't have results yet either--we'll all be hearing results at the same time! 

THIS LINK willl go live beginning at 8:00 p.m. It's attached to YouTube, so you're able to share that with other family and friends who have been rooting your writers on from a distance. If you can't make it live-that's where the announcement will be housed, and it will also be on the Power of the Pen Facebook page.

We are excited to hear the results! Congrats to all Power of the Pen/Pencil students for their hard work and dedication!
EdChoice Expansion & EdChocie- Renewals and Requests
The EdChoice Expansion program opened on Feb. 1 for renewals. Please be sure to sumbit both the form and a copy of a current utility bill.
Click HERE for the Expansion renewal form. These are the updated Income Guidelines for the 21-22 academic year.

The Traditional EdChoice program will not open until March 1. Information and guidelines will be available at that time. If you are renewing your students EdChoice Scholarship, you may submit the renewal and copy of the current utility to the school office anytime. Submissions receieved will be uploaded on March 1.
Click HERE for the renewal form. Hard copies will be sent home next week.
PTO MEETING MINUTES- Feb. 8th
Thank you to all those who attended the February PTO Meeting. The meeting minutes are available here

Next Meeting Monday, March 8th

There is still time...Click the links below to donate!


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: 21/22 Academic Year
The opportunities below were posted by the Diocese of Cleveland. Please be sure to read them carefully. They are from outside sources and the deadlines are firm.

Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence: Due to COS March 1, 2021

The Martin T. Glavin Memorial Scholarship Fund for Catholic High School Students:
Due date: March 15, 2021- CLICK HERE

M. Thomas Moore Scholarship for Elementary Students; Due to COS by March 1, 2021 CLICK HERE
Diocese of Cleveland- Financial Aid App.
To apply for Diocesan financial aid, visit https://online.factsmgt.com/aid
Families applying for Diocesan Financial Aid, through the Diocese of Cleveland for the 2021-2022 academic year, will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by March 15, 2021.  

More Info can be found HERE
John Carroll Univeristy -Lobo Learning Lab
Your after-school virtual hub for learning adventures & creative engagement for students grades K-12!

The Lobo Lab is a space for children to experience exciting virtual after-school programming at no cost. JCU students develop and lead 40-minute activities each week to keep children engaged and connected. Choose from a variety of activities such as digital movie making, STEM adventures, virtual tutoring, and more! Activities run from February 15 through April 23, 2021. These activities are planned to take place outside of normal instructional times, from after school to just before dinner time. Click HERE for more information