February is drawing to a close and looking back on last year, this was the calm before the storm. It is hard to believe that we have been able to operate, for the most part, in person as well as synchronously since the start of the school year. I applaud the teachers and you parents for creating the quality educational experience for all students regardless of their learning location.
Time to get out your calendars! There will be no instruction on Friday, March 5, Monday, March 8, and Monday, March 15. The first two dates were placed on the calendar last year and were set aside as a professional development and teacher work days. March 15 has been added to give teachers recovery time after the second Covid shot. I am hopeful that we will not need March 16 as well, but we need to remain flexible. Fortunately, when the calendar was developed last year, there were enough calamity days built in that taking these days does not shortchange the number of minutes required for the school year.
Although Easter Sunday is not until April 4, I am sure many of you are beginning to think about your plans for Spring Break. The school will be closed as usual for Spring Break - April 1 through April 11. Unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, we will be returning in person on April 12. However, if you have an occasion in which you are socializing ‘outside your bubble’, whether traveling or hosting company, I respectfully ask that you send your child to school after a five-day buffer. For some that means you will return on the 12th; for others, you may return later in that week, whenever your buffer ends. Communion of Saints has been very successful in that the last reported cases that required a shut-down happened before Thanksgiving. This has only been possible because families have been very considerate in keeping their children home when needed.
Tomorrow, February 26, is the kick-off day for our advertising campaign on Fish radio. During March, we will be advertising through the Fish website, streaming, direct email, and radio spots. Miss Nicoletti represented our school in a virtual kindergarten open house and has already received interest and given a tour. Please help spread the word that Communion of Saints has been faithfully offering an exceptional educational experience and will continue to do so in the future!
Classes will again livestream the 8:00 mass tomorrow. Join us ‘in spirit’ from home and livestream as well. The link is: HERE
Registration for current families is due tomorrow. Remember last week’s flyer offering a referral credit for families who refer a new family to Communion of Saints School which results in a registration and enrollment for at least six months of the new family. Open enrollment will open on March 1. That does not mean existing families no longer have the chance to register, it just means that class space will be allotted to those next in line. Feel free to hand me your registration in the car line!
The Virtual Power of the Pen was a smashing success. Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Panza and Mrs. Sluzewski for working with the students with both Power of the Pen and Power of the Pencil! Students, we are proud of you for representing our school.
Lenten reflection: Matthew 7:7-12
7 'Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks the door will be opened.’.
Have a wonderful weekend and continue to keep the students, faculty and staff, families and the world in your prayers!