Principal's Newsletter 2020-2021
Important Travel Notice for Thanksgiving
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks to God for the abundance of blessings in our lives, we would like to remind families of the Massachusetts policy regarding out-of-state travel. Per the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting or returning from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health (n.b. effective November 21, 2020 at 12:01 am, the only low risk states will be Vermont and Hawaii)
Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result
Please complete this form no later than noon on Tuesday, November 24 if you plan to travel out of the state of Massachusetts. Students who travel to high-risk states over Thanksgiving break will be granted access to remote learning beginning on Tuesday, December 1 when school resumes only if this form has been submitted by the deadline of noon on Tuesday, November 24.
As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released data-based guidance that small indoor gatherings of family and friends continue to be extremely risky and ill advised. If you decide to get together with family members who do not live in your household, we strongly recommend that you follow this holiday guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
December Lunch Orders
Lunch orders for the month of December can now be placed online at orsgonline.com. The deadline for submitting the December order is Tuesday, November 24 at 11:59 pm.
If you already have an account with OrgsOnline, click here.
To create a new account, click here and use school code 442SMOTASMA when registering.
All students in PreK - grade 8 may place orders for lunch or milk.
* Since there is no school on Monday, November 30, those who placed orders for that day will see a credit on their account when they complete the December order.
NO SCHOOL - Monday, November 30
As a reminder, Father Shawn has designated Monday, November 30 (the Monday after Thanksgiving) as a Pastor’s Holiday. This means that there will be no school on this day. Father Shawn felt it was important to do this in gratitude to our faculty and staff for all their hard work these past two months, and I couldn’t agree more.
Throughout our return to in-person instruction, our faculty and staff have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to providing our students with a high quality Catholic education while implementing a wide range of new protocols to promote the health and well-being of our school community. Many of our teachers are balancing the challenge of teaching in-person learners in conjunction with teaching remote learners. In addition to teaching a full day and spending extra time planning on most evenings and weekends, our teachers and specialists eat lunch in the classroom with their students every day, rather than having a traditional lunch break away from the classroom as in years past. And our wonderful school nurse and office/support staff have been absolutely amazing – always willing to take on any additional task that comes up, and always doing it with a smile on their face.
Father Shawn and I are so grateful to our faculty and staff for the work they have done. If you haven’t done so already, please consider dropping a quick note to your child’s teacher(s) to thank them for their work. Our return to in-person instruction truly would not have been possible without their dedication and love for the students of St. Mary’s School.
Picture Retakes - Tuesday, December 1
Lifetouch will be at St. Mary's School for a retake/make-up day on Tuesday, December 1. This is for any student who was absent on the original picture day, forgot their envelope, or was not satisfied with their portraits. If you would like to have your child’s picture retaken you must return your complete package to the photographer (please remove any classroom picture). Your child will be re-photographed and a new portrait will be printed for you. If your child is participating, please remember to send in your envelope on Tuesday, December 1. As a reminder, students who are having their picture taken may come to school out of uniform. Thank you!
Trimester 1 Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences
The attendance and grading period for the first trimester officially ends on Wednesday, November 25, which leads into Thanksgiving break. Report cards will be sent home with in-person learners on Thursday, December 3. Report cards for remote learners will be sent electronically on the same day.
This year parent-teacher conferences will be held virtually through the Zoom platform. Understanding the logistical challenges of scheduling and managing several individual Zoom meetings, the teachers and I have agreed to spread conferences out over the course of a week - beginning on Friday, December 4 and running through Friday, December 11 if necessary. Your child's homeroom teacher will be sharing sign-up information with you prior to Thanksgiving break.