SPICE Weekend in Review
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make the SPICE Drive-Thru Dinner a success. A special thank you to the Santorsola family for organizing such a meaningful event, Bob & Mary Ginn Ryan, and all of the staff, parents, and alumni that made it possible. It was great to see so many families participate on Saturday which directly assists our students at St. Catharine School.
Mark your calendars, the 2021 SPICE Dinner will be Saturday, March 13th in the Parish Hall.
A special thank you to SPICE for organizing such a beautiful and meaningful mass this past Sunday.
You can re-watch the livestream of the Mass of Inclusion
, including the beautiful hymns, the amazing job of our student lectors, Bishop Brennan's powerful homily, and Deacon Augustine's farewell message.
“To welcome the weakest, helping them on their journey, is a sign of civilization. These persons belong in every way to the category of the poor who will inherit the kingdom of heaven.”
- Pope St. John Paul II
Clarification with Travel, Vacations, & Assignments
This has been an very unique school year to say the least. Families have made many sacrifices, adjusted schedules on the fly, and have been forced to quarantine without much notice to keep all of our school children healthy.
At the same time, I would argue to say this has been one of, if not, the most challenging calendar year for teachers in the history of K-12 education. Teachers have also been forced to pivot without much notice to the ever-changing environments and requirements, have worked longer and harder than any year prior, and have had to accept even more responsibilities to best serve our students.
Teachers and Parents alike have been accommodating and understanding when it comes to the simultaneous (and often conflicting) role of keeping students safe and academically engaged.
One specific policy that we have kept consistent with past years is sending school assignments home with students due to an illness or family vacation. Assignments will NOT be sent home ahead of time for the previous two instances.
If a student is sick, it is important that student has the opportunity to get healthy in order to return to school.
If a student is on vacation during scheduled school days, that student should enjoy their vacation with their family.
In either scenario, assignments will not be sent with the student or a sibling while the student is sick or prior to vacation. Our teachers will work diligently to address any standards that may need taught and assessed that a student missed.
This policy is still relevant and important this school year. Although we are all more familiar with remote learning, the added stress of students transitioning between learning models is something we are trying to minimize. Teachers have been working extremely hard to best instruct, assess, and support multiple groups of students simultaneously. Lines of communication should stay open and enrichment is encouraged, but all assignments will be postponed until the student returns.
This year, there are four distinct attendance designations for students.
Student Attendance Codes
Present In-Person includes:
- Students are are present in-person for face-to face instruction
Present Remote includes:
- Students of families who have committed to Remote Learning for a 4-week period
- Students who are quarantined due to a Positive COVID test in the household
- Students who are quarantined due to a known close-contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- Students who are themselves or a have a household member who is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
Absent Excused includes any student that has a medical excuse from the doctor or teacher for missing school .
Absent Unexcused - Student does not have an excuse for missing school. This would also include a family vacation, tournaments, or any other reasons for traveling out of town.
School Assignments for Students on Vacation
Assignments will not be sent home with students prior to going on vacation. Please encourage your child to relax, recharge, pray, and read during the time off. School assignments can be made up at the teacher's discretion upon the family's return.
If a student must quarantine for any reason after traveling, the student will receive their coursework once they return from vacation and start their quarantine.
Any days missed while on vacation will be marked as an unexcused absence.
Any days a student is not in school due to quarantine, those days will be marked “present remote”.
Quarantine after Travel
Students will need to quarantine if…
Their family travels to a state with a 15% or more positive COVID-19 rate. Please refer to this website
for an updated list of states that fit in this category and for more information.
If anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
If anyone in the household has knowingly been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and they are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
If anyone in the household is waiting on the results of a COVID-19 Test