January 14, 2021 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
It is such a joy to be in school with your children everyday! I hope we never take in-person learning for granted again. Our mitigation efforts have been successful, and we feel blessed to be nearing the mid-way point of our school year.

Our enrollment for the 2021-22 school year opened early this year, and registrations are coming in at a pace we haven’t seen in years. We have a lot of interest in our excellent school, and we expect that to continue. Our children have been enjoying learning, playing, growing, and praying together at school everyday - something so normal, but not something every child is able to do this year. Word is getting out, and that is exciting. However, we really want to get our current families registered before classes fill up. If you are used to waiting for the last minute, please make a new habit this year--register now (or better yet, register yesterday!). If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to reach out to Darlene Casey. Any family who registers a kindergarten student in the month of January will receive a $150 early signing bonus from CSCOE once school starts in the fall!

We continue to update our COVID policies and procedures as new information becomes available. We have asked families to quarantine for 10 days following out of state travel, even if it was just to their own cabin in a bordering state. Now that Minnesota has reopened restaurants, we will no longer require families to quarantine following a car trip to their own private cabin. Those traveling by air and staying in hotels and rental properties will still be asked to quarantine for 10 days with no COVID test or symptoms. Students may return after 7 days with a negative COVID test taken 5 days after returning home. This is because air travel is still considered a significant risk, as is visiting hot spots and areas without mask requirements. This will be revisited on February 1st, as we know families would like to begin planning for Easter break. We will continue to ask families to keep your children home if you may have been exposed to COVID under any circumstances. It is much easier for one student to miss a few days waiting for a test than it is to quarantine classmates, so please err on the side of caution.

Our robotics club installed an obstacle course on the floor of the preschool through first grade hallway. It is so cute to see our littlest Blues hopping, jumping and skipping through the course. Occasionally an adult or two is also lured in to try it. A big thanks to our Coach McRaith and the kids who came up with a great solution to the challenge of kinesthetic learners!

Last week we learned that St. Michael families are eligible for free school lunch! Everyone may order lunch at no charge at least through April 30, 2021. This will be retroactive to October 1st, and Darlene Casey is working on reimbursing families for single lunches and single milks purchased in October and November. These will appear as credits in TADS accounts.

If you have not participated in school lunch before, please watch for the weekly email for ordering. You must order the lunch to participate in this federally funded program. Only single entrees with one milk are covered, extras must be purchased.

God bless your families this blustery weekend, and enjoy the fresh snow. Go Blues!

Mrs. Kerr
Decision Tree Updates
We have received a new decision tree from the MDH which requires us to change our protocols for quarantining when a member of a household tests positive for COVID-19. The new guidelines were put in place because of confusion about quarantine vs. isolation.

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.

The new decision tree is attached, but basically it deals with these scenarios for 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.
St. Michael Ski Club is Soon To Resume!
If you are interested in being part of the ski club, but haven’t yet had a chance to fill out this form, please do so asap. Information will be coming early next week. Please feel free to reach out to Jessica Zalusky for more information.

Uniform Donations Needed for Nurse's Office!
Our school nurse is in need of gently used uniform shirts size medium and size 8 boy's pants to replenish the supply of extra uniform items given to students to use during the day in the event of a spill, accident, or wet clothes after recess. Your donations are appreciated and can be dropped off in the school office. Thank You!
Wednesday Early Release Days

Wednesday Early Dismissal Care & Homework Time - February 2021

Please let us know if your child(ren) will need Wednesday Early Dismissal Care (12:15 - 2:15) in February by completing this form as soon as possible, and no later than Friday January 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.

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.
School Office: (952) 447-2124
24/7 Absentee Line: (952) 447-2230