September 11, 2020 - News & Notes
From The Desk Of Principal Kerr
We had a really great first week! The kids seemed happy to be back and the teachers were back in their element! The first couple days were about learning all the new classroom routines and safety protocols, we welcomed our littlest Blues on Thursday when the preschool and kindergarten children started, and by today we were getting in the groove. 

Our goal is to be here with in-person learning every day. To do that, we all need to remain vigilant about the safety protocols. Please make sure your children have a clean mask every day and a ziplock baggie to keep it in during lunch and outdoor activities. We discovered that face shields are great in the classroom, but not so great anywhere else. At lunch and recess, and during gym class, they become a nuisance for the kids. So even if your child prefers a shield, please also send a mask. 

Water bottles are key this year, as we have capped the drinking fountains, and only have bottle fillers available. Please help your children to get in the habit of packing a water bottle every day.

Our Curriculum Nights, originally scheduled for next week, will be pushed back one week to Tuesday, September 22 for K-5, and Thursday, September 24 for 6-8. We will have virtual meetings for K through 5 families at 6:00 on Tuesday, September 22. These will be held via Zoom or GoogleMeet, and invitations will come from each classroom teacher. The teachers will present on expectations for curriculum and instruction, classroom behavior, and will highlight special grade level traditions. It will be a chance to get to know the teachers and learn about grade level specifics.

The middle school teachers will each record a video highlighting their content areas: middle school behavioral expectations for a safe, positive and productive learning environment, and some special middle school traditions.

Tomorrow, September 12, is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary always points us to God, reminding us of God’s infinite goodness. She helps us to open our hearts to God’s ways, wherever those may lead us. Honored under the title “Queen of Peace,” Mary encourages us to cooperate with Jesus in building a peace based on justice, a peace that respects the fundamental human rights of all peoples. We prayed the Hail Mary this morning for justice and peace in our world.

Congratulations to Mr. Ryan Olson, 2nd grade teacher, who completed his first week as a teacher today! And to Mr. Erik Amundson, 4th grade, and Ms. Breanna Raske, 1st grade, who both completed their first weeks as teachers in the US. We are thankful for our entire faculty and blessed to have them here at St. Michael!

God bless your families this weekend, and virtual hugs to our teachers, and to the Prior Lake public school teachers starting next week. Please hold all educators in your prayers.

Go Blues!
Important Drop off and Pick up Reminders
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If you are driving your children to school, please review and follow the protocols sent in the Back to School booklet on pages 11 or 12 and shared at Back to School Night. The booklet is on our website and contains a lot of important information about new routines this year. Thank you for your patience as we work through this new procedure. Drop off begins at 7:25am. Students should go directly from their vehicle to their classroom. All students must enter through car line doors. The school's main entrance is not to be used until after 7:35am.
Wednesday Early Release Care
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St. Michael Catholic School will have an early release every Wednesday afternoon with bus transportation available only at the early dismissal time of 12:15. We will plan to have Wednesday Early Dismissal Care and Homework Time available for students who need to stay at school from the early dismissal time (12:15) to the end of the regular school day (2:15). At 2:15 students will go to their normal car line pickup lot or to Adventures Plus (AP). Students wishing to attend AP must be pre-registered. (Regular Adventures Plus fees will apply after 2:15).
If a child needs to be picked up prior to 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.

If your child will be attending Wednesday Early Dismissal Care and Homework Time in October please click the link above to complete the form no later than Sept. 15th. We will continue to send monthly signups for Wednesday Early Dismissal Care and Homework Time, and these will be due the 15th of the previous month.

In order to ensure proper staffing and the safety of all students we request no late enrollment.
Please complete one form per student.
Marathon Kick-off

UNITED IN CHRIST
Today we kick off our first major fundraiser, Service Marathon 2020!! Beginning Friday, September 11th through Friday, October 2nd, our St. Michael School students are being challenged to each perform 26 acts of service (mimicking 26 miles of a marathon). As we have done in years past, some of our acts of service will be completed with our class, and others are performed by each student independently.

Our goal this year is $45,000, and these funds help us fill the gap between tuition and the true cost of education here at St. Michael Catholic School. Some exciting news for this year’s Marathon, after our successful summer matching grant, the Schulze Family Foundation has offered us an additional $15,000 matching grant. Let’s turn our $45,000 into $60,000!

To help our school obtain this grant we are asking all students to participate! NEW this year: If our Middle School students raise a combined $18,500, each of them will receive new sweatshirts approved to wear as part of the uniform.

When we meet our $45,000 goal ALL students WIN! Each and every Friday students will have the choice to wear their Marathon Shirt or St. Michael Spirit Wear.

Watch for more information in the Marathon Booklet which will be
sent home Monday with the students!
We Need Your Help!
LUNCH AND RECESS VOLUNTEERS 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.
  • Looking for a part-time job? Please contact Darlene Casey: casey@saintmpl.org if you are able to commit to helping in the lunchroom everyday. There is a possibility that this could be a paid position.

All volunteers must be up to date on Virtus training. See section below for more information.
Are you interested in volunteering at St. Mike's? Volunteers will need to have Virtus training completed and up to date prior to volunteering. Please visit virtusonline.org to log in or to create an account and complete the required steps.

We're Hiring!
Adventures Plus Child Care Aid:
Two positions are open for an Adventures Plus Child Care Aide at St. Michael Catholic School. Candidate must be available to work 2:00 – 5:00 when school is in session, have strong communication skills, enjoy working with children and have or be willing to get their First Aid/CPR certification. Please contact Julie Herbst at 612-619-7484 or julieherbst@saintmpl.org for more information.


Preschool Substitutes Needed!
Faithful Beginnings Preschool at St. Michael Catholic Church is looking for qualified subs for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Substitutes are required to have the following in order to sub in preschool:
 -Essential 3 through the Archdiocese
  -DHS background study and fingerprints
  -Pediatric first aid/CPR
  -Child development training
  -Orientation/policies/procedures/allergies
  -Abusive Head Trauma
  -Cultural training
  -Disability training

Full job description available by contacting our Preschool Director Ashely Lind. To apply, please send your resume to ashleylind@saintmpl.org.

Full Time Custodial Position: Please contact Sue Kerr (952)447-2124 or kerr@saintmpl.org for more information.