November 6, 2020
Dear Saint Paul School Community,

This year our food drive collected 1163 items!  Unfortunately, we missed last year’s total by 187 items.  Thank you to Grade 3 for counting and Mrs. Naughton and her committee for delivering! 

This week there were two updates/changes regarding COVID19 and schools.  Saint Paul School has been and will continue to abide by any changes.  We are fortunate that we have already exceeded theses recommendations!  You will see that I have made some comments that specifically pertain to our school 

The first came from the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education - Frequently Asked Questions, Week of November 2nd, 2020

As the weather grows cold, what is the guidance for ventilation in classrooms?
Schools and districts should continue to ensure effective implementation of the five most important core mitigation strategies for reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 as specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, and contact tracing. Additionally, the CDC recommends that schools and districts adopt secondary mitigation strategies, such as maintaining building ventilation systems, to the extent feasible.

While the guidance on ventilation released this fall is still applicable to schools, DESE is providing these additional considerations for schools without operable HVAC systems or Unit Ventilators (Univents), especially as it may not be feasible to keep windows fully open due to cold weather:
  • Open windows and doors to the extent the building’s design permits. On cold weather days, keep windows open at least a crack to provide some supply of fresh air. This is the only change to previously released guidance. 
  • Communicate with your school community that increasing outside air will affect schools’ indoor temperatures. Encourage families and caregivers to send their students to school with plenty of warm layers in winter, as classroom temperatures could fluctuate throughout the day. Students are reminded to be in Saint Paul School uniform. 
  • Consider using portable HEPA air purifiers in occupied spaces.  Saint Paul School has been using since school started! 
As stated in our Fall Reopening Plan:
Saint Paul School DOES NOT HAVE a facility-wide HVAC system.
Every room has a univent air intake system.
The first floor classrooms have exhaust fans. This means it is pulling air out of the room to the
outside. The second floor classrooms do not have that ability. They have univents and ductless
split AC units. This means there are no ducts to clean. Instead it has filters mounted to the
ceiling that get cleaned regularly. 

The second was a Response to questions about Governor Baker’s November 2 revised executive order on masks via Commissioner of DESE

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has received questions about Governor Baker’s Revised Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places, COVID-19 Order No. 55, issued on November 2, 2020. In particular, school districts are asking whether and how this Executive Order – which generally requires all persons over the age of 5 years old to wear a mask or cloth face covering when in a public location – applies to schools. In response, DESE provides the following information:
  • The Executive Order provides a few exceptions based on sector-specific COVID-19 safety rules, including rules issued by DESE. As a result, public school districts in Massachusetts should continue to follow DESE’s requirements on masks, as set forth in the Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance on June 25, 2020. Specifically, 
Students in grade 2 and above are required to wear a mask/face
covering that covers their nose and mouth. 
Students in kindergarten and grade 1 should be encouraged to wear a mask/face
covering. At Saint Paul School, Kindergarten and Grade 1 students wear masks while
in the classroom and throughout the school. 
Adults, including educators and staff, are required to wear masks/face coverings.
Exceptions to mask/face covering requirements must be made for those for whom it is
not possible due to medical conditions, disability impact, or other health or safety factors.
Mask breaks should occur throughout the day. Breaks should occur when students can
be six feet apart and ideally outside or at least with the windows open.
Masks/face coverings must be worn by everyone on the bus during school bus
  •  Consistent with the Executive Order, if a student who is participating in in-person learning is unable to wear a mask or face covering because of a medical or disabling condition, the school may require documentation to verify the condition. Similarly, the school may require documentation from an employee or other worker who is required to wear a face covering and requests an accommodation due to a medical or disabling condition.

We have AWESOME families at Saint Paul School and cannot thank you enough for keeping the faculty and staff well fed.  

The Walsh Family - Jack, Hadley, Claire (2) and Finn (PK) – Thank you for a delicious lunch on Wednesday – just what we needed during conferences!

As the holidays approach I remind our families that Massachusetts continues to have travel restrictions.  Students will be required to provide a negative test 72 hours before return to Massachusetts and/or quarantine for 14 days.  More information can be found on the website.  

If you are planning to travel over the holidays, I ask that you please use the following link to complete a short survey.  This is for the safety of our students AND faculty.

Feedback from “Better than a Suggestion Box” ….
My children are so happy and joyful in their return home today from a week or fun, Halloween activities. The staffs’ efforts and PTO contributions have been so wonderful and so appreciated. My kids are loving school, their friends and their teachers. Thank you so, so much. 

Loved the Halloween balloons, pumpkin and faculty/teacher spice girls!

TEAM SPS: Embarking on a new adventure together! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Drew Schmitt
Lauren Hayes
Tripp Disch
Lilah Flike
Grade 1
Liam Parnell
Grade 2
Braeyln McCarthy
Grade 3
Caela Jamali
Grade 4
Daniel Pichay
Grade 5
Declan Farley
Grade 6
Megan Naughton
Grade 7
Ned DeGraan
Grade 8
11th Annual
Monday, Nov. 9 ~ Sunday, Nov. 15

Please present this flyer at Fruit Center Marketplace checkout between Monday, November 9, and Sunday, November 15 and 20% of your total purchase will be donated to Saint Paul School. 

Also available for Curbside pick up orders!
When you get to the checkout page, there should be a box where you can add instructions and/or comments. Just type in "I'm shopping for St. Paul School for Fundraising Week" and we'll add 20% of that online order total to the school total.

Support our school by shopping at Fruit Center Marketplace. Shop as often as you like.

...and share these coupons with your
 friends & family!
via Zoom
Mondays at 9:00a
Every Monday morning Saint Paul School families and friends join together for a weekly rosary prayer group.  We welcome anyone who would like to join!  You may sit silently and pray or decide to be an active participant.  It starts at 8:55 am for volunteer assignments and begin praying at 9:00 am. 

Please join using the below information: 
Meeting ID: 846 0847 7021 
Password: Rosary 
Please remember that the Flu vaccine is a requirement for school attendance this year.  A proof of vaccination must be sent to the school nurse before December 31st.

For further guidance please click the link below
To ensure the well-being of our prospective families, all 2020 admissions events will be held virtually. We hope you will join us to learn about Saint Paul School, our mission, our offerings and most importantly, what makes our community so special.  

Please call the Admissions Office at 781-749-2407 with any questions about our events.
Prospective families are invited to join us for a Virtual Open House. 

This event offers an introduction to our community and mission and is a great opportunity to meet with our Principal, teachers, parents, and Admissions staff! 

This week, Saint Paul School conducted its first Virtual Open House. We were so pleased to have over 25 attend and are so grateful for the support of Principal Fasano, our teachers: Ms. Barnes, Mrs. Lagrotteria, Mrs. Melcher and Mrs. Polvere, and SPS parents: Mr. and Mrs. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Oravitz.
The application for our 2021-22 school year is now open.

In January we will follow-up with all applicants to schedule required screenings.

Should you have any questions when completing, please contact a member of our Admissions team at (781) 749-2407.
Our Admissions staff look forward to prospective families getting to know our school better and responding to any inquiries. Please click below to to schedule a time to talk or Zoom with the Director of Enrollment, Jean Schnorr, as she welcomes the opportunity to secure a block of time to discuss your questions and interest. 
IMAGINE DAY: Virtual Class Visit
for applicants entering Grade 1 - Grade 8

In addition to our Virtual Open House, we are also glad to offer students entering Grade 1 -Grade 8 the opportunity to get to know Saint Paul School and the class they would be joining next Fall by attending a virtual class.

Parents and students are asked to register to join us for this Zoom class. Attendance is optional.

Please use this online form to offer virtual compliments, shout outs, concerns, suggestions and solutions. Ms. Fasano will check weekly and either respond individually or include in her Friday newsletter. 

Thank you for your patience and care.
As a reminder - please keep your name placard available for staff to see and keep to this arrival & departure schedule.

8:00 am: Families last name A - F 
8:10 am: Families last name G - Q 
8:20 am: Families last name R - Z

2:15 pm: Families last name A - F
2:25 pm: Families last name G - Q
2:35 pm: Families last name R - Z
2:45 pm: All walkers / bikers & students
on buses to be dismissed 
Over 1,150 food items have been collected for the Hingham Food Pantry by our SPS students. There is much joy and excitement about being able to support our neighbors.
Principal Lisa Fasano is featured in the November issue of Crow Point Living (pgs. 24-25) Check out this great article and new publication (for article - click picture)!
for Grades 5 - 8 
“If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes!"

The sunshine is back and what a spectacular time to get out for a run. The SPS Cross Country team has done a fabulous job these past few weeks trying to keep up with their training schedules - especially when the weather was so unpredictable. "Cross training" is a huge piece to their keeping healthy and fit.

So fun to see them enjoying the beautiful Fall days!
Max on a tempo run!
Liam proudly sharing his accomplishments!
Trail running adventures for Jake.
He's Innocent!
Today the 8th Grade students conducted the Mock Trial they have been preparing for over the last few weeks: The State of Massachusetts v. Jamie Peale. They transformed themselves for one hour into their new roles as judge, prosecution and defense lawyers, witnesses, bailiff and defendant. Grades 6 and were able to watch the trial, with some 7th graders taking on the role as members of the jury. Family and friends watched via Zoom. We are so proud of their hard work and excited to see the active interest in our legal process.

At all Masses, wearing of a mask properly over nose and mouth is required

Weekend Masses:

Saturday Vigil, 4pm
Sunday 7am, 9:30am, 11:30am and 5:30pm Life Teen Mass
Outdoors at Resurrection, weather permitting
Advance registration required in the event that Masses must be inside
ADDED: Indoor Mass at St. Paul, Sunday 10am
Advance registration required

Daily Masses:
9am Monday - Friday, Indoors at St. Paul 
please wear a mask - you may choose to bring a chair to sit outdoors in the courtyard
Doors open at 8am, Rosary at 8:30am
7pm, Monday - Friday, outdoors at Resurrection
please wear a mask and bring a chair

Adoration and Confession:
Following the 7pm Daily Mass at Resurrection until 9pm,
Wednesday through Friday only


6 Grade 8 Mock Trial
11 NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
16 Toy Box sale to support SPS
25-27 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

8 Admissions: Virtual Open House @ 9a 
9 Admissions: Imagine Day Virtual Class Visits ( click here to register)
10/11  Christmas Bazaar   
21 - 31 NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break

Parents please check ParentsWeb
for the most up to date class calendars.
We welcome all SPS families to join us.
Please note for your calendars the following PTO meetings planned this school year:
Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ 6:30pm 
Thursday, January 7, 2021 @ 9:00am
Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 6:30pm 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 9:00am
Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 6:30pm
Thursday, May 6, 2021 @ 9:00am 
June End-of-Year Social/Thank You Event, TBD 
Enjoy our the activities and fun at Saint Paul School.
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