Welcome Back 1st Grade!

We hope you all had a great summer and are ready for the year ahead! All of us are looking forward to a “return to normal” this year, which means the return of many beloved SPA traditions.

We are your 1st Grade Room Moms and if there is anything we’ve missed below or you have additional questions at any point this year, please feel free to contact us directly at any time.

Leah Smith | leah@leahjsmith.com | (310) 916-6829
Jessica Rebholz | jessica.a.rebholz@gmail.com| ‭(816) 590-3863

Don’t forget to say hi to our new students and their families!



A few important points to keep in mind as we prepare for the first week of school:

  • First day of school is Tuesday, August 24, 2021.
  • Tuesday and Friday are half days with dismissal at 12:30pm.
  • Wednesday and Thursday are full days with dismissal at 2:45pm.
  • After-School Care will be available beginning the first day of school.
  • For the first day of school only, parents may park in the neighborhood and walk their child to his or her classroom through the Selby entrance. Parents are asked not to linger on campus, but you are welcome to catch up with friends at the back-to-school coffee in the JCPC.


Morning drop-off will be in the traffic circle in the yard between 7:15-8:00am (same location as last year). Cars may only approach the Selby Avenue driveway entrance from the south (turning right) and there will be no drop-off stations on Ohio Ave. There are no time slots assigned this year; however, we urge younger students to arrive in the later part of this window.

You will need to complete your child’s wellness check on the SchoolPass app prior to drop-off. However, you will no longer need to show proof of “wellness” while in the drop-off line. There will also be NO temperature checks. Students dropped off between 7:15am-7:30am will be directed to the gym. After 7:30am, students will go directly to class.

Pick-up is at 2:45pm. There will be no traffic circle. You will need to park your car and enter the school for pick-up. Remember to check out your child on the SchoolPass app prior to pick-up. Teachers will be confirming on their end that the child was been checked out before releasing them. Also, remember to add those authorized to pick up your child as “drivers,” this includes older children authorized to pick up siblings.

At 3:05pm, teachers will release students to a supervised area at the lunch tables in the yard where they may be picked up.

At 3:30pm, all students still on campus will be signed into After-School Care and charges will apply. Please refer to the After-School Care information sheet for further details. If you do you anticipate, using After-School Care, please complete the registration form and return it to Mayora Hiney at mhiney@sp-apostle.org before the first day of school.


As described in 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 (Patient Consent and Blanket Consent Forms) and deliver to your child’s homeroom teacher on the first day of school.

Along with your paperwork, please include either a copy of your insurance card (front and back) or a completed CARE’s Act form.

For more information, contact Nurse A at vanderson@sp-apostle.org

If you have not already done so, please review and sign theHealth and Safety Agreement for In-Person Instruction. When complete, email it to Mitchell Lord at mlord@sp-apostle.org. This must be turned in before the first day of school.


Your child will be sent home with a piece of paper from their Homeroom teacher on the first day of school.

LABEL EVERYTHING! So important: hats, sweaters, lunch containers, pencil packs, water bottles, backpacks, ANY personal items.

BRING A SNACK AND LUNCH ON FIRST DAY!  Even though it is early dismissal on the first day of school please provide a snack and packed lunch for your child.  First grade lunch time is 11:30am daily.



If you haven’t already heard, there are some new festival wear items that can be worn ALL YEAR LONG! Also, if you placed an order before August 16th, you can pick up your things before or after school on Tuesday. For more information on what you can wear and when you can expect a Festival Pop-Up Shop, click here.



On Tuesday morning, August 24th, the PWC Hospitality Committee will host a coffee social at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish Center.  All of our parents are welcome to attend.  Coffee, juice, and pastry will be served.  This is the perfect time for our new families to meet the “veteran” families of our school community, and for everyone to become reacquainted after the long summer months.