February 4, 2021 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
What a Catholic Schools Week we are having! The kids looked full of spirit in their blue and white on Monday, so comfy and cozy on Tuesday, totally dressed for success on Wednesday, and black and white today! Everyone is looking forward to wearing fan gear from their favorite teams tomorrow. Some highlights of the week included the Masses last weekend, the spirit-filled pepfest running through the school, watching the basketball games, playing BINGO, having a comfy Drop Everything and Read time, and the robotics demos. We are looking forward to our field trips tomorrow, and will go ahead with sledding, even though it will be cold. Minnesotans know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing! Please remind your child (kindergarten through fourth grade) to dress appropriately tomorrow with plenty of layering. The buses will stay on site and serve as warming houses if needed.

This year we are especially thankful to celebrate our Catholic school community. If you didn’t see the bulletin at church on Sunday, we included a thank you to our parish for their extra generous support this year. We could not have achieved a full semester (so far!) of in person learning without the many safety measures our parish has funded including the air exchange units, extra staffing for dealing with COVID issues, the live streaming of school liturgies, weekly deep cleaning/sanitizing of the school building, extra portable sinks for handwashing, automatic hand sanitizer dispensers in every classroom, and much more. The parish investment has been substantially more than it would be in a “normal” school year. Please join us in sharing your appreciation with our parish. They believed we could pull this off and supported every effort to get our kids in school where they belong!

We just entered the second half of our school year and our faculty will be doing a “reset” in classrooms. We will be reteaching, modeling and reinforcing behavior expectations. As we started the year, we were a little more lax as students were returning to school during pretty uncertain times. Now that we know we can do this safely, we need to tighten things up a bit, so classroom management is not overshadowing instruction and learning.

The teachers will be sending out parent communications about expectations at different grade levels. Please watch for your teachers’ emails and spend some time talking with your children about the importance of respectful behavior at school and being a positive, productive member of the classroom. We have a lot of learning to do, and time spent redirecting behavior is time taken away from teaching. 

God bless your families this cold and blustery weekend, and go Gophers, go Blues!

Mrs. Kerr
St. Michael Catholic School
Blues & White Virtual Gala

Our Blues & White Virtual Gala is just around the corner,
Saturday, February 13

This year the Gala looks different, but we still want to create a fun, energized atmosphere with our interactions with our patrons!
We are looking for volunteers to help make our evening a success!!
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.
CONFERENCES COMING SOON!
Sign-up link will be sent to all families tomorrow, Friday, February 5th.
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.

Order Yearbooks Now!
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