September 25, 2020
Dear Saint Paul School Families and Friends,

As we finish week four we have had our ups and downs with technology.  Many of the “issues” were not directly related to Saint Paul School’s info-structure and during this process we have learned a lot!  Below is a quick list of encounters and remedies.  

·      Internet (Comcast vs. Wi-Fi) – All remote learners are now connected to classroom via ZOOM on a dedicated laptop that is hard wired to the Internet. This will alleviate any Wi-Fi issues. 
·      Internet Service with our provider, Comcast – There was an outage in Hingham this past Wednesday and as a result, we have increased our speed.  
·      ZOOM – ZOOM continues to be spotty.  You can access https://downdetector.com to determine when there is an outage or problem. 
·      AV Equipment – All classrooms are up and running with cameras that have preset positions and capabilities to have tilt and wide angles and sound bar with built in microphone within the classroom. There is a dedicated laptop connected to the Smartboard and in combination with AV equipment remote learners have a better “classroom” experience. 

As we prepare for our October 7 Distance Learning Day (8:30-11:30 am) we ask that you do the same at home.  A more complete list will be sent home next week but in the meantime do you have …

  • A student centered area for school.  We suggest not in the bedroom or in a home office with another sibling or family member. 
  • A device for each student – Chromebooks work well but a laptop/desktop/iPad can also work.   
  • To ease any frustrations before October 7, ZOOM should be pre-installed on the device.  I suggest testing ZOOM for audio and video with another family member.  

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

Hume Family – Thank you for providing the faculty and staff with lunch and dessert on Wednesday!
McKenna Family – Thank you for providing the faculty and staff with breakfast this morning!

Students and Teachers - THANK YOU for you hard work and determination this first month
of school. On Friday, October 2 we will have a DRESS DOWN DAY! 

Windows / Uniform – We have been advised to keep windows open as long as possible.  That being said, the cooler weather is upon us.  ALL students should be in proper school uniform.  Please send students to school with their Saint Paul School fleece and/or sweaters.  I should not be seeing students in jackets or logo sweatshirts or wrapped up in towels. 

Remote Learning – At this time, if a student is not feeling well enough to be in school we are not offering remote learning as an option.  Remote learning takes preparation beyond that of getting a student onto ZOOM.  It will be used on a case-by-case basis when related to COVID19 or long-term illness.  I will work with the school nurses and teachers to evaluate and get students up and running. Thank you as we navigate this unchartered territory.  

Feedback from “Better than a Suggestion Box” ….
My son loves this school and is always very excited when I come and pick him up. Shout out to everyone involved in making it a safe, fun and exciting place. 

Above and Beyond! We are so blessed and grateful for all that the SPS faculty are doing to educate our kids!

TEAM SPS: Embarking on a new adventure together! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,
Principal
FALL NWEA TESTING
KINDERGARTEN ~ GRADE 8
September 14 – October 9 (new date)

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 continue next week.
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. 

Please keep an eye out for a complete list of items to prepare at home that will be shared with SPS Parents / Guardians next week.
ANNUAL VOLUNTEER FORMS
PARENTS / GUARDIANS IN ALL GRADES

All staff and volunteers at SPS are required to complete the compulsory screening and training programs established by the Archdiocese of Boston to ensure the protection of all our children.
ALL SPS parents, guardians and/or care givers are required to complete the following before providing service for our students:
  • CORI FORM (annually)
  • Code of Ministerial Conduct Form (annually)
  • VIRTUS ("Protecting God's Children") Training (one-time, only)

All of these have been sent home TODAY with your students. To make processing easier, we ask that you
  • complete forms at home
  • attend one of the following drop off days (weather permitting) with your forms AND license:
MONDAY, September 28 (8:30a - 9:30a)
TUESDAY, September 29 (8:30a - 9:30a)
(upper lot will be kept open for parking)

Thank you for your help with trying to complete this important start of school year effort. We look forward to involving our families with as many classroom and school events as possible this school year.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Students and Teachers - THANK YOU for you hard work and determination this first month of school. 

On Friday, October 2 we will have a
DRESS DOWN DAY! 

(Don't forget to wear your sneakers if it is your gym day.)
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: ZOOM Links in parent email

Monday, September 28 - Grade 1
Tuesday, September 29 - Kindergarten
Wednesday, September 30 - PreKindergarten 
Thursday, October 1 - Preschool
PREPARING FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Monday, September 28 at 6:30p

Grade 8 students and their families are invited to join a ZOOM call next Monday, September 28 at 6:30p as Mrs. Deitsch and Ms. Fasano review the Grade 8 high school admssions process and planning that will take place this academic year.
See your email for ZOOM details.
CONGRATULATIONS
ON YOUR
FIRST COMMUNION
It brings us so much joy to celebrate our Grade 3 students and recognize them for receiving the blessing of their First Communion this past Saturday, September 19th.

God Bless You!
TRADITIONAL UNIFORM
begins: Tuesday, October 13

October 13 is the first day all students are required to wear Traditional Uniform.
Click on button below for
  • Uniform Guidelines & Vendor contact information
  • Additional information about opportunities to donate to the Uniform Closet as well as the link to submit new requests. 
  • SPS tie order update
SWEATER WEATHER

Welcome to New England - and our quickly changing weather! Please be sure to send your student in with a Saint Paul School fleece or sweater on cooler school days as all window in classrooms are open. Students should not be wearing jackets or logo sweatshirts. 
SUPPORT OUR:
VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR
HOW IT WORKS

  • Free Shipping with a $25+ purchase
  • Anyone can shop the link above, please share with family and friends
  • We are not doing a teacher wishlist/basket this year due to Covid19; if you would like to purchase a book for your child(ren)'s classroom, please ask your child to pick out a book and bring it in once it ships to you. Also, please have your child sign the inside of the cover to keep the tradition alive. 
ANY questions or problems please reach out to our terrific PTO Coordinators: 
Janelle Hussey janellekel@yahoo.com or Christina Baker christina.olayon@gmail.com
READING APPS FOR HOME LEARNING 
In honor of our virtual book fair this month. The Ms. Barnes and the Academic Excellence and Support Center have gathered some resources to support reading within the home.  

Our teachers in the lower grades are trained in the Orton Gillingham program to support phonics, reading and writing skills.  
Reading Apps for Home Learning 

EPIC- For kids 12 and under

Hoopla- great for graphic novels 

Libby 

Wanderful- Pre-K and Early Readers 

Homer- ages 2-8 

Tales2Go- audiobooks in both English and Spanish 


Handwriting/Letter Recognition Practice Worksheets 


Pronouncing Letter Sounds/Phonemes Practice 

Phonemic Awareness Lessons for Home Learning 

At Home Literacy Activities 

Home Library Ideas
Kids Healthy Minds Initiative
Many of us have been affected by the events occurring in our communities or the images being shared in the media. Children and adolescents are equally effected and seemingly know what is happening. Whether through peers, social media, or overheard conversations, children and teens are experiencing the consequences of what is currently occurring. Without guidance, they may have difficulty understanding what is happening and navigating their feelings.

Attached are a few strategies for helping your child or teen cope with current events.
CAR DROP OFF / PICK UP
We are getting our routine in synch. 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: All walkers / bikers & students
on buses to be dismissed 
OCTOBER 
ORDER FORM OPEN
closes 
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 @ 12noon 

Visit your ParentWeb account to order OCTOBER hot lunches and treats for your student(s).

The order site closes at 12noon on Tuesday, September 29.
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
BETTER THAN
A SUGGESTION BOX

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. 

REMINDERS & UPDATES
MASS SCHEDULE
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
SCHOOL CALENDAR
SEPTEMBER

28  CORI form drop off (8:30 - 9:30a) - parking lot
Back to School Night: Grade 1
Preparing for High School: Grade 8 
29 CORI form drop off (8:30 - 9:30a) - parking lot
Back to School Night: Kindergarten 
30 Back to School Night: PreKindergarten 

OCTOBER
1   Back to School Night: Preschool
7 SPS Remote Learning Day (@ home classes)
8 PTO Meeting 6:30 pm ZOOM 
12 NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day
13 Traditional Uniform Begins
14 Picture Day

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, 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 
IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Saturday, September 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m
Members of Saint Anthony Parish (Cohasset) will host a drive thru food drive to benefit local food pantries preparing for the fall and winter seasons. The food drive will take place, Saturday, September 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the parish. Enter the parking lot on South Main Street, drive to the parish center, leave your nonperishable items outside your car and exit to Summer Street. They will come out and get your donations. Here is a list of needs:
  • tea bags (regular, decaf, herbal)
  • flour (smaller bags preferred)
  • sugar (smaller bags/containers preferred)
  • white vinegar (pint-size bottles)
  • brownie mix
  • juice boxes
  • snacks for children
  • tuna (solid white in water)
  • raisins
  • crackers (saltines, Ritz)
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • peanut butter
  • cookies
  • pasta (all types, but especially spaghetti)
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body wash
  • laundry detergent (unscented preferred)
  • dish detergent
Saint Anthony Parish
10 Summer Street
Cohasset, MA 02025
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