"The Messenger"


          September 11, 2020
     Vol. VIII, No. 2
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Everyone was happy: students, teachers, staff, parents...all for their own reasons. But I think the happiest of all were the students. After a six month hiatus, they were ready to see their friends, listen to their teachers, do their work! Their happiness brought joy to everyone else. Thank you parents for all your efforts and for supporting this transition back into the school routine. We had a good first week, establishing routines and procedures for both safety and general classroom business and we're looking forward to continuing on next week.

Our remote learners will join us next week. Their online presence will add a new dimension to the classroom environment that will be sure to keep everyone engaged! Grade level teachers have been testing out the technology to see how it will hold up, and so far so good. We'll see what happens next week when we have everyone on all at once. Like I said last week, keep your fingers crossed.

Sent home today with your child was the sign off sheet for the Parent/Student Handbook, Media Release and New Parent Alert System. The Parent/Student Handbook has been posted on the SMA website and I would ask that you take the time to review the handbook with your child(ren) and then sign and return the sheet.

Also sent home today is the registration form for the Extended Day Program. Our goal is to provide before and after school care for the students of working parents in as safe an environment as possible. To begin with, from 3:30-4:30, our plan this year is to house Grades 4-8 students in the cafeteria, the students in Kindergarten-Grade 3 in their grade level classrooms and the Preschool in the gymnasium. This will allow us to keep them as socially distant as possible, when the number of students is at its greatest. At 4:30ish, the remaining students will be gathered in the cafeteria. Please note, we're not ruling out outside play, we're just taking it one step at a time. Throughout the program, we will have procedures in place for proper sanitation. 

If you are in need of the program, and you are comfortable with our plan, I would ask you to complete the registration form and return it to school ASAP, so that we can plan appropriately. At this moment, we're on track to open both the before and after school on Monday, September 21st. More specific pick up details will be forthcoming next week.


Beginning next week, both the free breakfast and lunch programs will begin. Both meals will be eaten within the homeroom classroom. Recess periods will also begin. During recess, students will be separated by grade level. Grade level teachers will be working with their students to establish reasonable, safe mask wearing guidelines for this time.

This successful first week of school is due to a lot of hard work by everyone. As parents, you have clearly modeled safe behavior for your children as well as supported the guidelines set forth by the school. In school, I am grateful to our administrative staff, maintenance personnel, support staff and faculty for their tireless efforts and boundless enthusiasm for thinking out of the box, as we responded to the challenges of this pandemic, and prepared for the opening of school. However, our work has just begun. We need to make up for some lost academic ground this year, and home and school will need to work very closely together and support one another as we move forward. Students will work hard at school, and will need the support of their parents as they continue their studies at home, through their homework. If you haven't already done it, please establish both a study area and an appropriate homework time schedule. Students flourish when routine, consistency and support are in place. Let's do everything we can to support them as they settle into the hard work of learning.

Again, it is a great joy to be back in school. Working together we're sure to have a successful year!

Enjoy a restful weekend!


Ms. Ann E. Dougal
Principal

 Safety First!
 
 Safety Is Priority!

We cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to follow all safety procedures and protocols. A few smart changes can make a huge difference.  They include:

Wearing A Mask


Washing Hands Frequently

We have installed touch free facets in all bathrooms.

Frequent Use Of Hand Sanitizers

All classrooms have hand sanitizer stations.

Social Distancing

All desks and students are 6 feet apart

Water Bottle Filling Stations

Water fountains have been replaced with touch free water bottle filling stations.


And speaking of wearing masks, here are some tips about choosing the right masks:


How to Clean Masks

Masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.
  • Include your mask with your regular laundry
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry

Remote Learning

 Attention Remote Learners!

All students learning remotely are reminded that they must submit a remote learning contract and user agreement. This is required.  If you need another copy of these required items, please click here.

Also, if you haven't picked up your child's books and materials yet, please do so as soon as possible!

Questions?  Consult your remote learning handbook.



Yearbooks

 2019-20 Yearbooks

Are you regretting that you didn't order a yearbook last year? Well here is some good news...there are still a few copies left to purchase if you would like one.  Cost is $26 and copies are available in the main office.



Social Media



 Have You Liked Us On Facebook?

St. Michael's Academy's Facebook page is a great way to learn about the fantastic educational experiences our students are experiencing.  

Have you "liked" the Facebook page yet?  And don't forget to "share" the posts with your friends and family.  The more posts are shared, the farther they will travel!

Remember....Like and Share!



Back At School!

 Photos From Our First Week Of School!





To view all the photos from the first week of school, please click here.

Food For Thought

"Do not be anxious: go straight on, forgetful of self, letting the spirit of God act instead of your own."

                                    - St. Julie Billiart
 
 Prayer Corner
  

 
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us! 

We pray for our brothers and sisters across our nation and across the world. May God give everyone strength during these especially stressful times.

We pray in a special way for all of our families and friends.

We pray for our recently departed and for all those lives that have been taken by the Covid-19 virus across the world.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 





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