Week of September 13th

Update 09/13/21: Back to school night is TONIGHT via zoom.  Zoom links for all of tonight’s presentations are available HEREOpening remarks begin at 6:30pm, and the 7th/8th grade teachers’ presentation begins at 7:00pm.

Picture Day is this Thursday, September 16th.  Children must wear regular uniforms.  To order pictures, complete the order form that was sent home with your child last week, or complete the online order form.  Parents will have a second opportunity to order prints after pictures have been delivered to school, but those orders will be shipped directly to your home for an additional fee.

Thank you all for your great response to our sign ups for festival shifts, traffic duty, and for your generous contributions to our grade festival basket.  BUT… we still have traffic duty slots that haven’t been filled!  If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for October traffic duty, please do so HERE.  Each family is required to take one shift, and families with two children in 7th grade must take two shifts.  

In other news, the festival talent show sign-up is open! The show will take place on  Saturday, September 25th on the main stage from 2:00-3:30PM.  Submission forms are due at the front office by September 17th.  Any requested music must be submitted to Mrs. BJ by that day, cued to the exact spot needed in an iTunes or mp3.  Masks are required for all performers.

Week of September 6th

We hope that the continued transition to daily in person learning is going smoothly for all of you.  We have a couple quick reminders for you.

First, October is Traffic Duty for 7th Grade.  Please remember that traffic duty is mandatory.  Each family needs to sign up for a weekly shift.  Families with twins need to sign up for 2 shifts.  Please utilize this sign up genius LINK to sign up for your shift.  

Second, ALL volunteers, including those for traffic duty AND festival, need to submit either: (a) proof of vaccination, or (b) proof of a negative Covid test result within 72 hours prior to each volunteering opportunity.  Please email your required documents to Nurse A at nursesoffice@sp-apostle.org as soon as possible.   

Third, festival is right around the corner! Please see the festival page for all of the latest and greatest.  Festival booth sign ups will be circulated next week.  Please send Nurse A your vaccination card (or an email stating your intention to provide test results) PRIOR to signing up for festival shifts.  If she does not have that information, your festival shifts may be deleted and you will have to sign up again.

Fourth, per Ms. BJ’s September 2nd email, next week morning traffic procedures will essentially revert to those used pre-Covid, with some slight modifications.  After Festival, the administration will survey parents to gather their opinions regarding morning traffic procedures.  

The following system will be used beginning Tuesday, September 7th:

  • Vehicles will NOT drive onto campus for morning drop-off.
  • There will be two curbside drop-off locations: (1) Selby Avenue in front of the school, and (2) South side of Ohio Avenue, just east of the church entrance.  These two curbside drop-off locations will be overseen by parent volunteers who will open car doors and assist students with exiting the vehicles. Students will then walk through the front entrance on Selby Avenue, or through the gate on the east side of the church.
  • Students MUST exit on the passenger side of the car.
  • Parents of students from all grades may choose to park in the neighborhood and walk students into the front entrance on Selby Avenue, or through the gate on the east side of the church.
  • Security officers will be positioned at the front entrance on Selby as well as at the crosswalk on Holman and Selby Avenues. There will also be a staff member on the church plaza.
  • There is no crossing guard at the Ohio/Wilkins/Selby intersection. Therefore, there is NO DROP-OFF on the NORTH SIDE of OHIO.
  • Drop-off procedures will begin at 7:15 a.m. Upon arrival to campus, students will proceed to the playground where they will be supervised by school staff.
  • All students are expected to be on the playground by 7:50 a.m. (This start time has been selected to avoid traffic conflicts with Emerson School, whose start time is 8:00 a.m.)
  • At 7:55 a.m., the bell will ring for students to proceed to their homeroom classrooms.
  • NOTE: Afternoon pick-up procedures will remain the same as they are currently. Staggered dismissal times will remain in place.

Week of August 30th

We hope that everyone had a great first week back, connecting with friends and returning to familiar routines.  Please keep an eye out for a forthcoming email from the administration with updates and clarifications regarding the Covid testing process at the school.  

Hopefully everyone received the recent email from our 7th Grade Festival Basket captains, Staci Puryear and Kelly Wiggins, who are planning a “Movie Night” basket theme.  Please reach out directly to Staci and Kelly (stacilathamcross@yahoo.com, kellycwiggins@hotmail.com) if you did not receive the email, if you have suggestions, or if you would like more information about the basket. Participation is completely voluntary, but for those who would like to contribute, a suggested amount is $25.  If you decide to participate, please send your contribution via Venmo to Staci @StaciLathamCross by September 3rd.  

Welcome Back!

We are delighted to be your 7th grade room parents this year, and to welcome our 7th grade students and families back to school! All of us are hoping for a “return to normal” this year, where many of our beloved community traditions can once again take place.  That includes:

  • Back-to-school coffee in the JCPC after drop-off on the first day of school (8/24), and 
  • Back-to-school night in the church at 6:30pm on September 13th.  

It also means the return of festival booth duty (9/24-26) and traffic duty (October)!  Sign ups will be circulated in the coming weeks.  As a reminder, volunteers need a Virtus certificate, TB test results, and fingerprints on file. (LINK ) The administration will be providing additional information regarding Covid vaccination status for school volunteers. 

Ms. Garibaldi and Mr. Santos are asking that 7th graders have a signed note from their parents/guardians allowing them to sign themselves out at the end of the day for the 2021-2022 school year. Please send your child with the signed note on the first day of school.

Refer to Mrs. Pinkofsky’s and Mayora Hiney’s emails for all the details regarding daily drop-off and pick-up procedures. Morning drop-off will be via the traffic circle in the yard, from 7:15-8:00am. Although there are no assigned timeslots, younger students should arrive closer to 8:00am.  You must complete the wellness check via the Schoolpass app prior to drop-off.  Afternoon pick-up will largely return to pre-Covid procedure. *7th graders MAY sign out both themselves and younger siblings, but you MUST provide written permission via a note to your child’s homeroom teacher.* (Written permission should also be provided to the younger sibling’s teacher.)  7th graders with permission to sign out should be designated as a “driver” on the Schoolpass app.  

On a typical school day, classes will end at 2:45pm and students can be picked up on foot from their classrooms at that time.  7th graders with permission to sign out will be allowed to leave campus at 3:05pm to meet you at a location you have agreed upon with them, or they can first pick up younger siblings at the lunch tables in the yard, and then proceed to that location. On the first day of school, students will be dismissed at 12:30pm.   

Please remember to complete and submit the Health Agreement Form for 2021-22 to Mitchell Lord (mlord@sp-apostle.org) before the first day of school. Per Mrs. Pinkofsky’s August 17th email, all students will be tested for Covid-19 each week. Please print and complete the required Covid testing paperwork and deliver it to your child’s homeroom teacher on the first day of school. Remember that health insurance information or certification of uninsured status is also required.

Reach out to either of us with any questions, and we’ll do our best to answer.  While we are all hoping and planning for a normal school year, there are still many unknowns and circumstances may change.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.  

Jessica Gunderson (Harley) & Allison Woods (Joseph)

Thank you message from Miss Danielski

Message from Graduation Committee

 

Dear 7th Grade Families,

It is a special and long-standing tradition at St. Paul the Apostle School that the 7th grade families help “host” the 8th grade graduation events as a gift to the departing 8th graders and their families. Typically, there would be a courtyard reception, a mass, and a dance. This year, with so much uncertainty, we still do not know exactly what those events will look like. Particularly given the challenges we all faced this year, we want to assure that our 8th graders have a beautiful send off. The 8th Grade Graduation Committee is asking for your contribution to the cost of events as a gift to the 8th graders.

If each of our 7th grade families makes a donation of $35, we can cover the estimated cost of the typical events and prepare for the unknown.

Your family’s participation is completely voluntary but we are hoping for 100% participation! This tradition carries forward each year and our Class of 2022 will receive this gift from next year’s 7th grade class.

We have tried to make participation as easy as possible. Please click on the button below or the link found on the 7th Grade Page to make your donation:

 

We appreciate and thank you in advance for your generosity!

8th Grade Graduation Committee

Zelin’n Gartlan, Tiffany Jamison, Patty Musitano & Alice Segars