THE SHEPHERD'S VOICE
January 6, 2022

St. Robert Catholic School students love God, their neighbors, science, technology, engineering, math and learning so they can
be the best they can be.
Welcome to the world Nolan Sass!


This Week at
St. Robert Catholic School!
Dear Families!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2022! What a blessing it is to start another new year at St. Robert Catholic School!

The first week back went pretty smoothly! The kids seemed anxious to get back to school and see their friends. I was certainly ready to return to a regular schedule! 

I am happy to let you know that we are going to start gathering as a school community each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning in the main church to for Pledge and Prayer. We will not gather on Wednesdays since we go to Mass at 9:00am. 

Starting Monday, January 10, students will accompany their teachers to the church and be seated for Pledge and Prayer by 8:15. We will have our regular pledge and prayer and announcements, and then I will talk to the kids about our current virtue.

If you are running late for school and Mrs. DeWildt or I are not out front, please be aware that you will have to walk your student into the building and escort them to the church.  This new schedule will not allow us to stay outside past 8:00am.

Prior to Christmas break, I communicated to you that the Kent County Health Department mask mandate would expire when we returned to school. As a school, we have consistently followed the mandates and guidelines from Kent County Health Department, and the decision was made to continue this practice. Although the mask mandate has been lifted, the majority of the students came to school wearing masks this week, and a few even requested one after arriving. We will continue to encourage the use of masks while emphasizing classroom sanitization strategies, hand washing, and respecting personal space. We have created a very safe learning environment at St. Robert where students understand that each of us gets “what we need” and that each person has the right to these things. Students whose families want them to wear masks will continue to and be encouraged to wear masks. This understanding and teaching will continue as we navigate the latest statement from the health department.

Liz
Virtue of the Week...Perseverance
Taking the steps necessary to carry out objectives in spite of difficulties.



Mighty Shepherd
Moment


Pajama Drive Pick Up

We are so blessed to have such generous families in this school!

Here's what we collected for our Christmas Giving Project...



93 Pajamas
92 Underwear
112 Socks

Donations were given to
United Church Outreach Ministry
Important Reminder!


Please label all of your student's snow gear including hats, mittens, boots, jackets.
Many students are "missing" their hats, mittens, etc... and then we find them later in the wrong backpack.

Friday, January 14
Half Day of School
Dismissal at 11:00 am - No Aftercare
and
Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King Day
No School

Mid-Year Teacher/Parent Conferences
(Optional and by request only - parent or teacher requested, as needed)

Mid-Year Teacher/Parent Conferences will be scheduled, as needed, on Thursday, 1/13 between 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Mid-Year Conferences are optional and are only scheduled as
needed by either parent or teacher request.

Conference time is not the only opportunity for parents and
teachers to meet. As always, teachers are always available to discuss concerns about your student(s). Please don't hesitate
to reach out to your student's teacher at any time if you have
any concerns to discuss.

Important Note! The HSA is seeking silent auction donations.

If you are interested in donating an item to the silent auction, please contact the HSA via email at hsa@strobertschoolada.org.

How to be a Sponsor of this Fundraiser Event...

Saint Robert School is excited to share details of the adults event, the Mighty Shepard Mini-Golf. This event will kick-off Catholic Schools week, and will be held on Saturday, January 29th beginning at 6 PM. We will send additional details and how to purchase your tickets in the coming weeks!
 
We are seeking business and family sponsors. Proceeds will go to the Father Len Scholarship Fund, supporting catholic education for those otherwise not able to afford it and for other school needs. If you, your business or someone you know may be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Aly Dondzila (parent of Maddie, 1st grade & Will, young-5’s) through HSA email address.
 
Sponsorship levels and details:
 
Event Sponsor - $1,000:
  • Business or family name highlighted on event materials
  • Sponsor “Spotlight” on St. Robert Catholic School social media
  • Event Putt-Putt hole dedicated to your business or family
  • 4-tickets to event
 
Gratitude Sponsor - $500:
  • Business or family name on event materials
  • Event Putt-Putt hole dedicated to business or family
  • 2-tickets to event
 
Putt-Putt Hole Sponsor - $250:
  • Business or family name on event materials
  • Event Putt-Putt hole dedicated to business or family
 
Tickets will be $50 each (includes 1 drink ticket)
Catholic Schools Week 2022 is Almost Here!
January 30 - February 6

The teaching staff members are busy planning our
Catholic Schools Week activities. Each day our special activities will be designed to honor a specific group in our Catholic community as well as our wider community.

Stay tuned for more details regarding this special
week as we get closer.
Continuous Enrollment Update for
School Year 2022-2023


Hard to believe it's that time of year again!

Continuous Enrollment Letters will be sent home via email and via hard copy to all school families at the end of this week.

Please check your email messages and backpacks for this letter.

If you have any questions or concerns about the continuous enrollment process, please don't hesitate to reach out to the school office,
See the link below to make a donation toward his Polar Plunge!
 
 
Home and School News
A few notes from the HSA...


LOOKING FOR SPONSORS FOR THE GOLF FUNDRAISER - see article above for information on how to become an event sponsor.

NEW DATE! Saturday, 1/29 - The Mighty Shepherd Putt Putt Golf fundraiser originally scheduled for November has been moved to 1/29. Still seeking sponsors and silent auction items. Email hsa@strobertschoolada.org for any questions.

COFFEE MINGLE - Monday, 1/10 - Mark your calendars for this coffee mingle in the PLC - Enter Door H by the preschool playground and come enjoy some coffee and community!

TEACHER/PARENT CONFERENCES (Optional and by request of teacher or parent, as needed) - Thursday, 1/13 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. See above for more information.

FAMILY SKATE - Saturday, 1/22 - See the details above!

SCRIP - sign up for SCRIP on the RaiseRight app using the school enrollment code B73466F963125 and start using today to save on your student’s tuition! 

HSA is Selling Mask Lanyards for sale $5. If you would like to purchase lanyards for your student(s) please contact Becky Mott at RebeccaMott.RM@gmail.com or Suzanne Fuchs at SuzanneFuchs1@gmail.com.


Are you using our AmazonSmile account tag on your Amazon Prime account?

See below for details that could help our school earn free money!


Please consider adding Amazonsmile
to your Amazon Prime Account for your summer purchases...

Every purchase you make on Amazon
using Amazonsmile will give our
school .05% of your purchase as a
donation from Amazon.

See below for instructions on how to add amazonsmile to your account.

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


Thursday, January 13 - Teacher/Parent Conferences 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Optional and on a teacher or parent request basis as needed)

Friday, 1/14 - Half Day - Dismissal at 11:00 am - No Aftercare

Monday, 1/17 - Martin Luther King Day - No School

January 30 - February 6 - Catholic Schools Week

Sunday, February 6 - "Pack the Pews" and "School Open House" - 9:00 am - 11:00 am


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