|FROM THE DESK OF MS. BRESLER...
PTO BOARD MEMBER OPENINGS:
I want to thank everyone who took the time to take the survey over the weekend. We had a total of 262 responses. While there were many additional comments made, the one thing that came through loud and clear was that most parents want school to return to in-class learning with as little change as possible. I was so happy to hear this because that is what the teachers want as well and that is what we are planning for as the summer unfolds. Of course, this depends on any directive we receive from the State.
When asked about safety procedures that should be implemented, some of the highest percentages across the levels were:
- Sanitizing stations at all school doors
- Frequent cleaning of high touch areas around the building
- Limited sharing of items
- Temperature checks on entering and during the day
- Touch-free water fountains (using only the filling bottle sections not the drinking spouts)
Some of the lowest percentage across the levels were:
- Have students wearing facemasks
- Changing or staggering the drop-off and pick-up times
- Use of physical barriers
- Suspension of special classes (shortening maybe)
Other things that most people agreed on were:
- Lunch in the cafeteria with an option for hot lunch
- Minimum switching of classes/using block scheduling in the middle school
- Keep tracking in the 7th and 8th grades in middle school (block scheduling should help this)
- Keep recess outside, if at all possible
- Bussing will be a problem for some but not for most
During our committee meeting on Wednesday, we discussed the possibility of wearing face masks and if all students should/would/could wear them, could they be optional, would students wear them only at times when social distancing was not possible, like in the hallway changing classes?
We agreed that face masks for the younger students may not be feasible on an all-day basis. Just trying to get the students to keep it on their face vs other places on the body may be too difficult. If students are going to have playground time together anyway, are masks even necessary? We could see it at the middle school level working more effectively, especially in large groupings like the hallway. No final decision has been made, yet.
Based on these questionnaires and the additional reading our committee has been doing, the committee is working on the following items:
- Parent Guidelines - including when to send you child to school and when to keep him/her home, notification to the school of temperatures and or sickness at home
- Parent sign-off form that states the school is being proactive in keeping students and staff safe, and parents understand the risks of sending your child to school during a pandemic situation.
- Protocols on how and when and where temperatures will be taken
- Protocols for what to do when a student is found with a temperature
- Protocols for what to do if Coronavirus is detected in a student (this may come from the state)
- Working on how block scheduling would look for middle school
We will work to keep you informed throughout the summer as we work through the different steps of preparing for reopening. We will also be watching how the number of cases increase or decrease, as the state opens things up even further. Know that we will work to makes things as safe as possible within the feasible parameters of what the school and parish can do.
Once we have mixed all the surveys together the results will be accessible to parents who are interested in seeing the results.
FACULTY CHANGES FOR 2020-2021:
Ms. Chelsea White will be heading back to first grade in the new year. She has been so willing to move where she has been needed in recent years, but her first love is first grade and we are happy to have her back in the primary wing!
You should receive your students report card in the next few days. IOWA test results are included along with a letter explaining how to interpret them. If you want to see your child's actual test papers, let the school office know and we can schedule time for you to come in and see them, because they cannot leave the building.
The PTO would like to thank departing board members, Erica Carpenter and Molly Gibson, for their contributions to the PTO's mission and the families of St. Veronica. Both have been a part of the PTO board for several years, and they will be greatly missed! Linda Conour has completed her term as President, but will remain on the board in an advisory Past-President capacity. As a result of these changes, the following board positions are open for next year, and we are currently collecting letters of interest from those who would like to volunteer. The following positions are open for the 2020-2021 school year:
- President Elect
- VP of Events
The Letter of Interest is
, as well as a description of each officer's responsibility. Letters of interest are due via email by August 15 to PTO President Victoria Biehle at
Voting for new officers will take place at the September Sharing Session. Please consider joining the PTO. We would love to have you on board!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR
HONOR ROLL RECIPIENTS
Please join us for a special virtual PTO session on Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 PM to vote on the allocation of PTO funds to pay for the replacement and installation of the St. Veronica School playground equipment.
This is the second phase of making the school's playground usable and safe for the students. The drain installation was completed last year via PTO funding, and now we need to get the play set equipment replaced and upgraded.
Items that need to be replaced include:
* 6' Wave Slide
* Rock Climber Wall
* Ring Trek
* Swing Chains and Hooks
* Mats below Swings
* Border and Stake
The PTO has the funding for this major project, but due to the budget being already approved in September 2019 at the first Information Sharing Session of the school year, we need a vote to allocate these funds for this project and would like to get started on it now vs. waiting until the fall.
We will be sending a link to the Zoom session, so please mark your calendars and plan on joining us on Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 PM. Thank you in advance!
St. Veronica School PTO is excited to announce that we are partnering with Bright SchoolKitz® to provide school supply kits customized to your teacher's supply list. Kits are available for all grades from preschool through 8th grade! The website is available for families to order now at
, and eliminates the back-to-school shopping hassle.
Kits are filled with brand names (Crayola, Elmer's, etc.) and quality products that are competitively priced with local and large retailers. Orders need to be placed by July 7, 2020, in order to receive the kits in time for the start of school. All of the supply kits will be shipped directly to St. Veronica, and are individually packed for each student. If you have questions about the program, you can contact Bright SchoolKitz by email at
, or by phone at 1-844-937-5489.
The Summer Music Class are back! However, this time they're going to be VIRTUAL! Summer Music Classes are designed to be a fun way for your creative child to explore and advance in the areas of music and theater while having a GREAT time. This summer, all classes will take place on Zoom with options for pre-recorded and virtual live performances. Students will have a great time learning how they can enhance their musical skills over the internet. All classes will be taught by Mr. Gardner.
While we don't know every detail yet of how our fall sports seasons will take place, we are planning to move forward with registrations at this time. Fall Sports registrations are open now and extended to June 28th for the following:
· Girls Volleyball (Grades 3-8) - $75 Registration fee
· Boys & Girls Golf (Grades 6-8) - $130 Registration fee (includes hat/shirt to keep)
· Boys & Girls Cross Country (Grades 6-8) - $75 Registration fee
A $75 Booster fee is also required to be paid once per family per calendar year.
Fall sports practices generally begin in early August with games/matches/meets beginning in late August.
Additional information will be provided at a later date regarding volleyball evaluations (3rd-5th) and tryouts (6th-8th) and the fall schedule.