March 25, 2021 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
At our school Mass yesterday Fr. Tom talked about the upcoming Holy Week and Easter Triduum which include some of the most meaningful liturgies of the Church year.  If you haven’t attended these liturgies as a family, please consider doing so this year. The Triduum begins on the night of Holy Thursday when we celebrate the Last Supper and the washing of the feet (7:00pm liturgy);  continues into Good Friday when we venerate the cross (7:00pm liturgy) and remember the death of Jesus (3:00pm Stations); and culminates in the Easter Vigil on Saturday night (my favorite Mass of the year!). The Easter Vigil is long, so maybe not the best for younger kids, but for everyone else it is beautiful and meaningful. We begin in the dark and process in with candles, hear several readings that proclaim our Salvation History, and sing the Litany of Saints. It’s an excellent Catholic infusion! Thank a priest, a musician, a liturgist, or anyone who makes these experiences possible for us (and offer them virtual hugs). Lent, Holy Week, and the start of the Easter season is especially busy for them. 

We have experienced a bit of an uptick in positive COVID cases as numbers have risen in Scott County. Three different grade levels were affected over the past week, 3rd, 4th and 7th; and a few students in other grade levels were identified as close contacts. We still have not experienced any spread to close contacts in our school community, and will remain vigilant with our mitigation efforts. Everyone is feeling fatigue around this, and we understand it causes stress for families, teachers and our students. Again, let’s all assume the best in one another, and give each other grace through these stressful times. Our teachers are carrying on with their usual “we’ll get it done for the kids” attitude. Our team may make it look easy, but everyone is making heroic efforts behind the scenes so things can feel normal for our students. Easter will feel especially celebratory this year, and offer a well deserved respite for all.

Many families are planning travel for Easter break, and we are updating policies as we receive information and resources from the MDH and CDC. Later today we will send a detailed update on travel recommendations and what to expect after we return. As always we will be reasonable, rational and practical in our planning to remain open for in-person learning through the end of the school year.

Our principal search committee has been reviewing resumes and will begin interviews over the next few days. Please keep this process in your prayers as we look for an awesome fit for this amazing community!

Gala class parties and lunches have begun, and the kids are really enjoying the special treatment. Thank you for supporting these fundraising and spirit-building efforts!

Spring school pictures are set for Tuesday, April 13th, the week after Easter break. Many folks will still be travelling or quarantining after travel. These pictures are completely optional, more casual than the fall photos, and are not used in the year book. It is perfectly OK if you do not participate.

God bless your families this final Lenten weekend and go Blues, go Gophers!

Mrs. Kerr
Spring Picture Day is Coming!
Spring picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
These photographs will be taken with students OUT OF UNIFORM.
Please use this link http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/EVTV76DSC to order photos. Thank you!
SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL OPEN POSITIONS
School Advisory Council (SAC) is looking to fill 2-3 open positions for the ’21-’22 school year. Applicants do need to have child(ren) currently enrolled at the school and be a practicing Catholic. Please fill out the attached application by April 30, 2021.
Scholarship Opportunity
Father John Deere Council Catholic High School Scholarship

The Knights of Columbus, Father John Deere Council 4914, is offering a total of (4) scholarships to students who will be entering 9th grade at a Catholic high school. The value of each scholarship is $250.00. You must apply no later than May 3rd, 2021. 

Your application, typed on an 8.5 x 11 sheet will include your name, address, the school that you graduated from, the school you will be attending and an essay of 500 words or less on “How will I express my love for Jesus throughout my high school career”. The application is to be mailed to: Thomas Esterl, 9233 W 123rd St., Savage, MN 55378.

Scholarships will be awarded on May 21st, 2021. The checks will be presented to you and will be made out to the school that you will attend.
Thank you in advance for applying.

Thomas Esterl
 Knights of Columbus
Father John Deere Council 4914
Wednesday Early Release Days

Wednesday Early Dismissal Care & Homework Time - May 2021

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

It's Time to Order School Supplies for 2021-22!
Orders placed by June 10, 2021 will ship directly to school FREE and arrive before school starts in September. Supply kits can be customized by removing items or adding additional supplies as needed.
Register for Summer Adventures Plus 2021 

Our program is open to kindergarten through eighth 
grade for our entire community.

Summer Adventures Plus (SAP)
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
SAP reserves the right to close due to lack of enrollment.
SAP will be open June 14-August 20
PLEASE NOTE: SAP will be closed the week of July 5-July 9 for routine building maintenance.

Fees
Registration Fee – $60 per child
Session Fee – $50
All fees will be billed via TADS Billing Management

Why choose our program? 
Each week a new theme will be introduced. The following special events and activities will tie in with each weekly theme.
-Community service project
-Spiritual theme and bible verse
-Virtual or in-person field trips
For more information please see the Summer Adventures Plus Handbook or visit the school website. Please direct questions to Julie Herbst at advplus@saintmpl.org or 612-619-7484.

St. Michael Catholic School’s Summer Adventures Plus is waiting for new decisions or announcements from the Governor’s office to help guide our 2021 summer plans. Guidance around social distancing, group size and venue availability will be critical for our decision-making regarding the structure of our summer offerings. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Updates will be posted as soon as more information is available about the program.
Preschool Summer Program
Summer Tutors
Don't let learning stop over the summer!

  • Summer tutoring provides an opportunity to review difficult material.
  • Working with a tutor during the summer helps students retain past content for a smooth transition into the following academic year.

Teachers are available to provide summer tutoring to students. Please email them directly for more information or to schedule tutoring.

Mrs. Kelley DeGross, K-5 Math and Reading (Orton-Gillingham trained), degross@saintmpl.org
Mrs. Amy Peterson, 1st grade teacher, K-1 Math and Reading,T-W-Th, peterson@saintmpl.org
Ms. Deanna Vochoska, All Grades and All Areas, vochoska@saintmpl.org

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.
COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families

The MDH recommends that all youth attending school in-person, and their families get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Information and resources are available here: COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families

Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families

Students are now able to send their Vault-at-Home tests back to the lab through St. Michael.

How this works:
  • Students or families order tests through the Vault-at-Home program (remember tests are no cost to Minnesota residents).
  • Students complete their test at home.
  • Students seal their sample tube and place it in the biohazard bag. The biohazard bag then gets sealed in the shipping bag that came with the test. The shipping label sticker is attached to the bag.
  • Students bring their sealed shipping bag with the shipping label to school on your designated onsite testing day (every other Thursday).
  • Students will test on the same schedule as staff every other week. Our next scheduled staff testing day at St. Mike’s is Thursday, March 25.
  • Students will need to have a Vault-at-Home kit on hand at home to complete and bring to school on staff testing day.
  • Once students receive notice that their sample is being processed at the lab, they can order another Vault-at-Home kit for the next screening day.
School Office: (952) 447-2124
Fax: (952) 447-2132
24/7 Absentee Line: (952) 447-2230