September 11, 2020
Dear Saint Paul School Families and Friends,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  
It has been an adventure the past six months and well worth the time and energy to be able to open our doors to 195 students on campus! 

Each Friday our school newsletter is published.  I highly recommend printing and catching up on school happenings with a cup of coffee and your planner.  Some are longer than others but I promise you won’t want to miss everything we have planned this year.  

Today’s newsletter is a bit long but full of very IMPORTANT back to school updates and reminders.  

Parent Alert – On Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 pm I will send a “test” of our Parent Alert system via text.  If you do not receive please contact the Main Office via email at hbreen@spshingham.org

Back to School Nights – Back to School Nights will be held via ZOOM this year.  In an effort to accommodate families with multiple children you will notice they are spread-out this year.  I will kick-off series of dates addressing the 2020-2021 school year and will be joined by Saint Paul School staff (Director of Enrollment, School Nurse, Director of Academic Enrichment and Support Center) and PTO members.  Zoom links will be sent out under separate email.    

Thursday September 17 – Principal to Kick-off 
Monday September 21 - Grade 6-8
Tuesday September 22 - Grade 4-5
Wednesday September 23 - Grade 3
Thursday September 24 - Grade 2
Monday September 28 - Grade 1
Tuesday September 29 - Kindergarten
Wednesday September 30 - PreKindergarten 
Thursday October 1 - Preschool 

NWEA MAP Testing – MAP® assessments are used to measure your student’s progress or growth in school. MAP® tests are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. They let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom.

Please make sure your Kindergarten through Grade 8 students are well rested and have a good breakfast on their testing days.  Students will take these tests during their Instructional Technology class starting next week.

Schedules – We are working hard to input schedules into the Family Portal.  In the meantime, attached is a master schedule for art, Instructional Technology (IT), library, music, physical education, Second Step Curriculum (SSC), and Spanish PK-Grade 5. CLICK HERE FOR SPECIALIST SCHEDULE

Remote Learning Day – October 7 was previously scheduled for an Early Release Day. Instead, it will be a “remote learning day” for all Saint Paul School students. Teachers will instruct from their classrooms and students will login from home.  This will allow us to troubleshoot any potential problems, should a class or our school have the need to move remotely.  ZOOM links to be sent out closer to this date. 

Volunteers – Volunteers are an integral part of our special community but due to this pandemic we are limited to the outdoors.  We are hoping to arrange for parent volunteers at outdoor lunch and recess.  Policy and protocols for assisting teachers and students during this very important part of the school day will presented by the end of the month.  

Health and Safety: Masks – We are finding the buffs/gators are not staying put on students.  For the safety of all, starting Monday, we are asking that they be replaced with masks for ALL students.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

Out of School Get-Togethers – In an effort to keep our school safe and healthy, we continue to advise parents to limit the interactions of students outside of school.  

Paul Effman Music Lessons - Band and violin lessons will still be offered this year to students in grades 2 - 8, but lessons will take place via Zoom, once a week after school. Below is a link to a page to view and listen to all instruments they offer instruction on. Make sure to watch the full band video at the end of the band instrument demonstration - it will hopefully inspire everyone!

If you sign up before 9/14, you will receive a discount on your instrument rental and the registration fee will be waived!"

Link to sign up and view instrument videos: https://pemusic.com/join

“Better than a Suggestion Box” – Please use this online form to offer virtual compliments, shout outs, concerns, suggestions and solutions.  I will check weekly and either respond individually or include in my Friday newsletter. 


We are so fortunate to have a supportive school community of teachers, staff, students and parents.  Thank you!

TEAM SPS: Embarking on a new adventure together! 


Sincerely,
Principal
FALL NWEA TESTING
KINDERGARTEN ~ GRADE 8
September 14 – October 2

MAP® assessments are used to measure your student’s progress or growth in school. MAP® tests are important to teachers because they keep track of progress and growth in basic skills. They let teachers know where a student’s strengths are and if help is needed in any specific areas. Teachers use this information to help them guide instruction in the classroom.

Students will take these tests during their Instructional Technology class. NWEA Testing will begin on
Monday, September 14th.
UPDATE OUR SCHOOL
Please send notes to teachers / changes in dismissal / absence updates using these NEW yellow pads.

This week each school family has received a gift of a school message notepad. We ask that you use these notes to share updates about changes in dismissal or absences.

We ask that you do not send updates to our teachers during the school day via email. If there are any emergency / day-of changes needed, please contact the Main Office at 781.749.2407 and we will relay the message.
This is your chance to learn more about school updates and your student's daily life at SPS-- including meeting their teachers and hearing curriculum presentations.

PLEASE NOTE NEW ZOOM DATES
 Zoom links will be sent out under separate email.  

Thursday September 17 – ALL SCHOOL / Principal Kick-off 
Monday, September 21 - Grade 6-8
Tuesday, September 22 - Grade 4-5
Wednesday, September 23 - Grade 3
Thursday, September 24 - Grade 2
Monday, September 28 - Grade 1
Tuesday, September 29 - Kindergarten
Wednesday, September 30 - PreKindergarten 
Thursday, October 1 - Preschool
TESTING TEXT ALERT:
Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 pm
 
If you do not receive please contact the Main Office via email at hbreen@spshingham.org
SWEATER WEATHER
Welcome to New England - and our quickly changing weather! Please be sure to send your student in with a fleece or sweater on cooler school days as all window in classrooms are open.
Allergies or Covid-19?
What to do?
For students who suffer from fall allergens such as ragweed, this time of the year can be especially tough.  Now that we are monitoring our children for Covid-19, how can we tell if that runny nose is a symptom of Covid-19 or allergies?  The CDC has released a graphic that shows the key differences between the two:
If you know that your child suffers from allergies, please send in a note from their doctor that we will keep in their file in the Health office.  This will help us in determining if your child needs to be sent home if they should appear with respiratory symptoms. We are required to send children home who demonstrate  any of the active Covid-19 symptoms.  This is why it is prudent to have a note from the doctor diagnosing seasonal allergies.
If your child needs to be sent home they will need to be evaluated by a doctor and get a test for active Covid-19 infection prior to returning to school.    We require that the students receive the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as this is the gold standard because it is very specific and rarely gives a false poitive.  
A link to testing sites provided by Mass.gov is below:
Please feel free to contact the School nurses at nurses@spshingham.org with any questions.
MASK UPDATE
 
We are finding the buffs/gators are not staying put on students.  For the safety of all, starting Monday, we are asking that they be replaced with masks for ALL students.  

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

September Hot Lunch and Milk
begin on Monday.
You may review your student orders and our menu at any time via ParentWeb (student / lunches).

Updates about October lunch ordering will emailed to our parents the last week of September.
 
Pizza Fridays begin next Friday.

If you have any questions about this program and offerings, please contact our Food Service Manager, Mrs. Jennifer Knobloch. 

Paul Effman
MUSIC LESSONS  
Band and violin lessons will still be offered this year to students in grades 2 - 8, but lessons will take place via Zoom, once a week after school. CLICK HERE to view and listen to all instruments they offer instruction on. Make sure to watch the full band video at the end of the band instrument demonstration - it will hopefully inspire everyone!

If you sign up before 9/14, you will receive a discount on your instrument rental and the registration fee will be waived!

Link to sign up and view instrument videos: https://pemusic.com/join
GYM SCHEDULE
Please have students wear Gym Uniform to school on "gym day.". Gym class will be held for the following classes on:
TUESDAYS: Preschool ~ Grade 3
FRIDAYS: Grades 4 ~ 8
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7
REMOTE LEARNING DAY

October 7 was previously scheduled for an Early Release Day. Instead, it will be a “remote learning day” for all Saint Paul School students. Teachers will instruct from their classrooms and students will login from home.  This will allow us to troubleshoot any potential problems, should a class or our school have the need to move remotely.  ZOOM links to be sent out closer to this date. 
CAR DROP OFF / PICK UP
It has been a great week of getting this new routine in motion. 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.

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

AFTERNOON PICK UP
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: Students on buses to be dismissed 
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BUS SAFETY
Many thanks to the Hingham Police Department, including Officer Kilroy and Officer McGillicuddy, our crossing guard, Maryann, and the Hingham Transportation Department for all your support this week as we evaluate new procedures and transport students.

This morning Officer McGillicuddy reminded our bus riders of important bus safety rules when riding the bus.
REMINDERS & UPDATES

NEW MASS SCHEDULE
When September comes, we tend to fall into new routines. Make the Eucharist one of your routines.....
SEPTEMBER
All Weekend Masses are celebrated outdoors at Resurrection
Saturday at 5pm
Sunday at 7am, 9:30am and 5:30pm

Daily Mass is celebrated
Monday through Friday at 9 AM at Saint Paul and again
at Resurrection (outdoors) Monday through Friday at 7 PM.
Adoration and Confession
Monday through Friday after 7 PM Mass until 9 PM
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Overnight adoration at Resurrection - Friday, September 18 begins after the 7 PM Mass and continues throughout the night
until Mass at 9 AM on
Saturday, September 19.
Come and be refreshed by God’s own love
SCHOOL CALENDAR
SEPTEMBER
14 Lunch begins
17  Back to School Night: Principal Kick-off / All School 
21-25 Virtual Book Fair
21 Back to School Night:Grade 6-8 
22 Back to School Night:Grade 4-5 
23 Back to School Night:Grade 3 
24 Back to School Night:Grade 2 
28 Back to School Night:Grade 1 
29 Back to School Night:Kindergarten 
30 Back to School Night: PreKindergarten 

OCTOBER
1   Back to School Night: Preschool
7 SPS Remote Learning Day
11 NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day
12 Traditional Uniform Begins

Parents please check ParentsWeb
for the most up to date class calendars.
PTO UPDATES
Join us this week for our kick off to the new school year.
Please note for your calendars the following PTO meetings planned this school year:
Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 9:00am 
Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 6:30pm
Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 9:00am
(note this is also a P/T Conference day in the afternoon/evening)
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 
THIS WEEK AT SCHOOL...
A full week of activity and fun at Saint Paul School.
Watch us on:
HAPPENINGS IN OUR HOME TOWNS
COME CHEER ON MS. ROHNSTOCK
THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th
starting at 8:00a

Ms. Rohnstock is (finally!) running the Boston Marathon this Saturday, September 12th!

The route is starts at the purple dinosaur playground in Scituate, down Country Way, through North Scituate, through Cohasset Village, over Forest Ave (rollercoaster road!), and into Hull. Then, all the way down Nantasket Ave past the beach and out to Hull High School. Then, that entire route back!

She welcomes the cheering and support!

WAY TO GO, MS. ROHNSTOCK!!
SCOUTING MEETING OPEN TO ALL
Pack 27 welcomes everyone to join!

Cubscout Pack 27 Joining/Orientation Program
SATURDAY, September 12th
Location: Carson Field Basketball Court. 
Time: Noon to 3 PM. 

Representatives from all of the Local Hingham Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops will be available to answer questions regarding Scouting.

We are all inclusive Pack accepting boys AND girls in grades 1-5
Any quesrtions?
Please contact Chuck Culpin, the Cub Master of Pack 27,