February 11, 2021 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr

It was time to get back to work after the fun of Catholic Schools Week. Thank you to all who donated socks for the Sock Throw. With your generous donations, we collected 3,744 pairs of socks for Sharing and Caring Hands! It was also a week to be jealous of bears, we would have loved a bit of hibernation through this cold. We’re looking forward to a warming trend--indoor recess is just not the same!

Lent begins next week, and we are discovering new needs for COVID protocols. 8th grade students will distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday, both at church for the 4th through 8th grade graders, and in the classrooms for the pre-k through 3rd graders. Mrs. Hinker is working on a new format for Living Stations of the Cross and planning to livestream. We will have use of Archangels Hall to help keep everyone safely distanced at these well attended school liturgies. The school-wide Lenten service project will benefit Pregnancy Choices in Apple Valley with Cents for Socks, Dollars for Diapers, and baby outfits being collected. Reconciliation services are planned for March 4th and 11th. Father Tom reminded the kids at Mass this week to start thinking about giving something up for Lent, and also to think about whether there are things they should give up forever (like not listening to your parents when they ask you to do something!).

Congratulations to our St. Michael 5th and 6th grade Robotics Team! They won 1st place for their project in last week’s tournament and have qualified for the state tournament on March 20. Team members are: Colin L, Mason B, Nola M, Michaela C, and Vivienne S, good luck at State Blues!

This is Virtual Blues and White Gala weekend, it is finally here! Watch the magic unfold via live stream on our school YouTube channel: Saint Michael Catholic School Prior Lake where you will hear from our fabulous faculty (truly hometown heroes this year), see some of the bidding action, and hear about our fund-a-need for teacher laptops. The live stream will also be linked to the events page on our website. Bid up those silent auction items, support our fund-a-need, see our new recruiting video featuring the Wiese family, and then sit back and see if you won any of the items. We have so many fun restaurants and gift items, you are bound to find something you simply must have. All bidding and giving happens at OneCause, which is linked here. https://one.bidpal.net/stmikes2021gala/welcome

 
Just a reminder about returning from travel. Students, faculty or staff who have traveled outside Minnesota must either quarantine for 10 days upon return or wear both a mask and a shield for 10 days after returning from the trip. One exception: traveling to your own vacation home in a bordering state. We want to see in-person learning going all the way through to the end of this school year, and not a repeat of last spring. We will continue being vigilant with hand washing, sanitizing, air exchange and ionization, social distancing, and the rest of our COVID mitigation strategies for as long as it takes to keep us all together in school. Any travel out of the country will require a quarantine in keeping with CDC guidelines.

It’s going to be cold this weekend, so hunker down and enjoy the Gala. As always go Blues, and go Gophers!

Mrs. Kerr
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Decision Tree
Quarantining is staying home and away from others because you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Isolating is completely avoiding close contact with others because you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Please see the decision tree above, but these are important questions to determine close contact with COVID-19:

Were you exposed to COVID because you live with someone who has COVID? 
Yes: Quarantine for 14 days (with COVID positive individual isolating)

If you were exposed outside your household ask:
Will you test after 5 days?
If yes, return with negative result and no symptoms on day 8.
If no, return after 10 days if no symptoms develop.
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Wednesday Early Release Days

Wednesday Early Dismissal Care & Homework Time - March 2021

Please let us know if your child(ren) will need Wednesday Early Dismissal Care (12:15 - 2:15) in March by completing this form as soon as possible, and no later than Friday February 15, 2021. We are offering this for families who do not have other options available for Wednesday afternoons. If you are able to have your child come home at 12:15, please do so, as the teachers are finding the Wednesday afternoon planning especially necessary this year.

If you are picking up your child before 2:15, we ask that you call the office so that one of our staff members can bring your child safely to their car line pickup zone.

In order to ensure proper staffing and the safety of all students we request no late enrollment.

Please complete one form per student.

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It's time to order a yearbook for your St. Michael Catholic School student. Yearbooks are distributed to students at the end of the school year. Don't miss out!
Order before March 19, 2021

Yearbook ID code: 12368121
Lunch and Recess Volunteers Needed!
We still have many empty spots to fill; your help is appreciated!

  • Lunchroom and kitchen every day from 10:30am - 12:45pm. If you are available midday, please sign up using the Sign-Up Genius button below.
  • Recess from 11:10am - 1:10. Please use the Sign-up Genius button below.

All volunteers must be up to date on Virtus training. Please visit virtusonline.org to log in or to create an account and complete the required steps to be a volunteer.
Resources for St. Michael Parents

Parenting with Executive Functioning Skills in Mind:
Simple Strategies to Build Skill
 
Many children procrastinate, lack organization, have emotional outbursts, get “stuck” in their worries, are poor planners, or demonstrate other Executive Functioning difficulties. If your child frequently struggles in these areas, it might be impacting his/her school or social success. During this talk, parents will learn about the role of Executive Functioning in child and adolescent development. They will better understand the areas of Executive Functioning and take away simple, concrete parenting strategies to help their children develop lagging skills. Participants will also gain insight into their own EF skills and how the parent/child interactions can be improved through attention to these areas in ourselves and in others.  
Thursday Feb 11 at 6:30pm
Monday Feb 22 at 6:30pm
Reminder: Be Aware of Students at Bus Stops!
Bus
Just a Reminder:
Public school students are back in school and will be waiting at bus stops again. Please watch for them as you head to school in the morning, especially along our carline routes. There are no sidewalks on Colorado Ave. and some of our neighbors have school bus stops there. With snow and ice along the sides of the road it can be especially dangerous!
Thank you!
School Office: (952) 447-2124
24/7 Absentee Line: (952) 447-2230