November 12, 2020 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
We have had quite a week! Snowfall, Veteran’s Day celebration, end of quarter busyness, and a switch to distance learning for our middle school students through the Thanksgiving holiday. The decision for the middle schoolers was necessary because of faculty needing to quarantine, but being healthy enough to teach. The teachers are using today to develop a schedule and instruction delivery plan. We will be distance learning for 7 school days, and will return to in-person learning on November 30. The timing is actually a bit of a blessing since we had a positive COVID case and it takes a while for MDH to work through contact tracing. This way, everyone is home in case symptoms develop, and by the time the kids return, more than 14 days will have passed since the last contact. Shout out to Julie Herbst who is serving as our COVID point person and Nurse Hayley Kulstad. They have been doing a great job keeping up with all the protocols and communications.

I want to reiterate that our plan is to stay with in-person learning, and go to distance learning only as a last resort. Up to now the Governor has left it up to districts. Our district is the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and we have chosen to do our best to remain open with mitigation efforts in place, and with the input of MDH. Our School Advisory Council meets tonight and we will be discussing the circumstances that might lead us to consider distance learning.

We celebrated Veterans at our Mass on Wednesday. The tribute was on a smaller scale this year because of our need for social distancing, but it was still very meaningful. Students invited family members who currently serve in the military or have in the past; our cantors sang patriotic songs; and a slideshow with pictures of military men and women in our families who were not able to attend the service was shown. The church and school halls were decorated with children’s art and posters with Veterans’ Day themes. It was a fine tribute to those who have served and fought for our country. What a cool St. Michael tradition, and many thanks to Mr. Bill Olson and Mrs. Roseen for putting it together.

Tomorrow our teachers will be doing some curricular professional development and working on grade reports. Tomorrow night our Golden Gophers head to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes. Enjoy your snowy weekend, and go Blues, go Gophers!


Mrs. Kerr
Not Sure When To Stay Home?
We have shared this before, and will keep sending reminders about when to stay home. We follow the decision tree developed by MDH.

  • Students and staff must stay home if they are experiencing ONE of the following more common (major) symptoms: a fever of 100.4 or higher (without fever reducing medicine); new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste/smell.

  • Students and staff must stay home if they are experiencing TWO or more less common (minor) symptoms: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.

  • Students and Staff must stay home if they have close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Please note:
  • Allergy and cold symptoms appear on the less common symptom list, and will be considered COVID-19 symptoms until a doctor gives an alternate diagnosis that is shared with the school.
  • Siblings must also stay home when a family member has symptoms.

This decision tree is part of our mitigation efforts. We are trying our best to avoid the spread of COVID-19 at St. Michael. We are trying to stay open for in person learning, 5 days/week, for the full 2020-21 school year. It is a pain in the neck wearing masks, trying to keep the kids at a safe distance from one another, hand washing and sanitizing constantly, maintaining learning cohorts, monitoring symptoms, and rethinking so many of our routines. We are all experiencing fatigue around these efforts. However, it is ALL worth it if we can keep our kids in school where they belong. Please hang in there with us, be vigilant, keep up the mitigation efforts and stay home if necessary. Do it for the kids!
Wednesday Early Release Day

Wednesday Early Dismissal Care & Homework Time

Please let us know if your child(ren) will need Wednesday Early Dismissal Care (12:15 - 2:15) in December by completing this form as soon as possible, and no later than Sunday, November 15, 2020. 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.

*REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please complete one form per student. In order to ensure proper staffing and the safety of all students we request no late enrollment.

Please note there is no school on December 23 and December 30.

Sign-up for November is closed.
November Early Release Care is full.
Give to the Max is coming!

Save the date:
Thursday, November 19, 2020

What is Give to the Max?
Give to the Max is a statewide outpouring of support for thousands of nonprofits and schools across Minnesota! 

Please consider St. Mike's on November 19

St. Michael Alumni-please consider posting this to your social media platforms and inviting your former schoolmates to Give to the Max for St. Mike's!
2020 St. Michael's Blues & White Gala is NOT cancelled!  

Save the Date:
February 13, 2021

With the pandemic, rules and restrictions around gatherings and how many people venues can hold, we will be having a Virtual Gala.
We need volunteers to make this event successful. The more volunteers, the lighter the workload and the bigger the success.
Plus this is a great way to connect with our parent community!

For questions please contact, Brandi McColm Director of Advancement mccolm@saintmpl.org

Volunteers Needed!
LUNCH AND RECESS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
We still have many empty spots to fill; your help is needed!

  • 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. See section below for more information. Please visit virtusonline.org to log in or to create an account and complete the required steps to be a volunteer.
SCRIP GIFT CARDS CAN BE SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOUR HOME!
School Office: (952) 447-2124
24/7 Absentee Line: (952) 447-2230