THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE
October 15, 2020

St. Robert Catholic School students love God, science, technology,
engineering, math and learning so they can be the best they can be.


This Week at
St. Robert Catholic School!
Dear Parents,

The inspiration for today’s message came from the conversations I had with our students this morning during my virtue talks.

Your children are currently learning about the virtue of courtesy at school each day. The virtuous definition we learned for courtesy is: “Treating other people with respect, recognizing that all are made in God’s image and likeness.”

When I first talked about this virtue with the students, I explained to them that God is in all of us, that he is in all of our hearts, so we need to treat each other just like we would treat God if he stood next to us. They have really responded well to this explanation and shared with me all the ways they can use courtesy at home during our break. Here is what I heard…

“I will pick up my toys without being asked.”

“I will share my toys with my brothers and be nice to them.”

“I can help do the dishes.”

“I will make my bed.”

“I will stop what I am doing and go to bed without arguing about it.”

“I will treat my Mom and Dad nicely because Jesus is in their hearts.”

Yes…your children told me these and many other things today! They understand that it is important to be kind and respectful to others because each of us is made in the image and likeness of God! When I listened to the students in our school share how they can live a virtuous life, I know that our future is very bright! You are raising amazing human beings!

Peace,
Liz 
Virtue of the Week...Courtesy
Treating other people with respect, recognizing that all are made in God's image and likeness




Mighty Shepherd
Moment

A peek at special moments of our school day...
Special Playground Wish List

As we look for ways to continue social distancing in a healthy way, we are planning to convert a portion of our parking lot to a safe, open play area for recess. As a result, we have asked Beth Russell, our Gym Teacher, to identify some additional play items that would enhance our outdoor play area. Here are a few items that would be very helpful...

  • Jump Ropes (singles and double sizes)

  • Skip Its (plastic)

  • Chinese Jump Ropes

  • Side Walk Chalk
Battery Fairy?

Due to the need for daily temp screenings we are finding that our AAA battery costs are really climbing.

We would definitely welcome the donation of a few packages of AAA batteries!



Important Parent Reminder!



Evacuation Drill
and
TEST of Emergency Text System Using REMIND.COM

Please note there will be an Evacuation Drill for the school on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:15 am. A very important part of this drill is the test of our emergency contact system using REMIND.com.

When the drill occurs, you will receive a TEST text message on your phone from REMIND.com. ***We ask that every parent send us an EMAIL message to confirm their receipt of this TEST text message.***

Please do NOT respond by sending a text. Here is the email address that should be used to confirm your receipt of the TEST text... gdewildt@strobertschoolada.org.

If you do not currently have a REMIND.com account, please send a message to Mrs. DeWildt via email requesting info on how to initiate a REMIND.com account.
Parent Teacher Conference Information

It's time to schedule your Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please use the link below to get more information about scheduling conferences as well as the link to sign up with your student(s) teachers using Sign Up Genius.

Conferences will be held on Thursday, 11/5/2020.




Important Safety and Health Reminder!

All student cloth masks must be taken home and washed every day. We should not see any facemasks hanging on student hooks in the hallway at night as all cloth masks must be washed every night to insure cleanliness and best /safe health practices, per
the CDC guidelines
Uniform Policy for
Elementary Students
(Y5s - 2nd Grade)


It's great to be back in school and we are thrilled to be finding some sense of normalcy. However, we are seeing many students arriving at school not dressed in the proper school uniform and/or not following the uniform guidelines. Our school uniform policy is intended to create a school identity and sense of community. Adhering to the school uniform policy teaches our students to respect rules and guidelines

Please note that all Elementary students (Y5s - 2nd Grade) should be wearing actual uniform tops and bottoms purchased from Lands End at Landsend.com.

Lands' End has all acceptable uniform pieces on their website. If you purchase from our school section you will have exactly what you need.
Amazon Smile!

To our school families, if you are Amazon shoppers, we have a great opportunity to raise money for our school. If you are planning to make any purchases on Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile when purchasing as our school will receive .05% for each purchase.

Here is how it works...

  • Sign in to your Amazon or Amazon Prime account and then paste the link below for Amazon Smile up in your browser. Link https://smile.amazon.com/
  • Then Click the "Get Started" button near the top of the page
  • Type in the name of the Charity and Location as follows: Greater Grand Rapids Independent Catholic Elementary Schools
  • Begin shopping!

You should only have to do this one time and then each time you sign in to your Amazon account, at the top of the page you will see the option to select this Amazon Smile, but in order for each purchase to be applied to Amazon Smile you must select it at the top of the page.

Home and School News



Coming Soon!


The Pumpkin Parade!
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM


Start practicing your pumpkin carving skills and making plans to decorate your car!

The Pumpkin Parade is just a few weeks away!

Here are the details...

  • The parade begins at 6:45pm on Thursday, October 29. 

  • Students can carve or decorate a pumpkin and bring it to school that morning (please write your child’s name on the back of the pumpkin)

  • Wear your Halloween costumes, decorate your car if you’d like! 

  • Pumpkins will be displayed along the parade route for all to see!

  • Prizes will be awarded for the best pumpkin in each class as well as the best decorated car. Our official Pumpkin Judge will be Fr. Dominic.

  • Teachers and staff will be there with goody bags, photo ops, and fun, all while you stay in your car. 

  • “Riding for Ryan” will also be there to pass out free bike flags to promote safety of young bike riders. 

  • This event is for the the whole family - goody bags and flags for all students and siblings! 


Get ready!

...for the 

Good News!
Book Fair 

Nov 2 - Nov 15th. 




This year the book fare will be 100% online and books will be delivered to your home! Watch your email for the flyer from HSA with more details coming soon...

Use this link to access the list of Box Tops for Education products... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MjvRwNFRnZWz5fameHjXxCzMrc6IQHKW/view?usp=sharing


Preschoolers Learning Shape Matching
Shapes and Pumpkins
Skip Counting in
 Mr. B's class...




Water Bottles Available for Purchase

$10 each


Available in the
School Office
( cash and checks only please)
More After Care Fun!

Wednesdays

are
Lego Days!

Brickz for Kidz!
Building with Legos
Many thanks to Mrs. Kohn, our new After Care Lead Teacher for enriching our After Care Program!





Learning Building Skills and Creativity...
Donations Welcomed
for the Parish Food Pantry...

Please see the lists below of donation items needed. Feel free to drop off your Pantry Item donations to the School Office and we will make sure your donations get to the Parish.
St. Robert School
Respect Pledge


October Birthdays

Maddox MacFarlane - October 4
Andrew Smigielski - October 7
Henleigh Paul - October 9
Raegan Mott - October 18
MegBlum - October 22
Eamon Baylog - October 23
Everett Volmer - October 26
Maddie Dondzila - October 27
Evelyn Smith - October 31


Upcoming Dates

Thursday, October 15 - Friday October 16
Diocesan Staff Days - No School

Friday, October 23
1st Quarter Ends

Thursday, October 29
Pumpkin Parade - 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm - More details to come soon!

Tuesday, November 3
Election Day - No School

Thursday, November 5
Parent /Teacher Conferences - Conference Sign-Up Genius available now - see above for link to conference info and
sign-up

Friday, November 6
Half Day Dismissal at 11:00 am for All Students - No School in the afternoon and no After School Care
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