Dear SJCS Families,
The weather this weekend was glorious! I hope you were all able to get out and enjoy the sun for a few more days as we know what’s headed our way over the next few months. We continue to be vigilant with our COVID protocols, including the daily screenings, hand hygiene, sanitizing the bathrooms, and taking other various measures each day for school safety. Please make sure your child’s mask is clean each day. We’ve been open for 50 days this year and continue to pray for low numbers around our specific school community so that we can continue in-person instruction. We believe there is no substitute for being in-person with our students, but we know the possibility is still very likely that we’ll have to operate remotely in the near future. We pray daily for the health of our families, our community and for those world-wide who have been affected by this virus.
It has been increasingly common over the past few weeks for some of our students and families to arrive after 7:45am. The second bell rings at 7:45am and morning prayer starts shortly thereafter. Every time Mrs. Snow has to let in a student child after 7:45am, the morning prayer is interrupted. This can be very distressing to the students as they try to unpack while listening to the prayer, and knowing that they’re walking into their classroom late. In order to avoid interrupting the school’s prayer each day, we will be asking students who arrive AFTER 7:45am to remain outside until the prayer is finished. Mornings can be hard, as a mother of 3 children, I understand! We ask that you do your best to get your children there before 7:45am, but if you don’t, please understand that they will be asked to wait before marching into their classrooms during the morning prayer. It usually takes 2 minutes or less for us to complete the morning prayer routine. Thank you for your understanding.
Unfortunately, we will be cutting our Mass numbers back to 50 this week. This means that our first-grade class will not be able to attend Mass until the group gatherings within a building move back up to 100 per the Governor’s orders. Grades 5-8 will attend Mass in person this week, and Grades 2-4 will attend Mass in person next week.
Here are a few highlights of things to remember:
- Despite this week’s expected nice weather, we know that it can be very cold during the month of November and our students should be prepared. We are outside for morning care, morning recess, lunch recess, and learning center each day when the temperature and/or wind chill is above 15ºF. Please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat, and mittens or gloves.
- Even though this week will be warm, shorts are no longer acceptable for daily wear. Students legs must be covered from November 1 – March 31. This means our young ladies should have tights or leggings on underneath their skirts and jumpers. We understand that it may be warm this week but dealing with exceptions is so much more challenging than staying the course. Thank you in advance for your attention to this.
- If you ordered pies from our fundraiser, the pies will be delivered on Wednesday, November 18. You can pick them up in car line or at learning center – but you must bring them home that evening.
Monday, November 9
Tuesday, November 10
Mass Uniform for ALL
SJCS School Mass – 8am (No guests, only students and faculty)
Lectors – Grade 8
Cantors – Grade 5
Livestream Available on Facebook: @SJCSBME
Grades 5-8 attend in person
Grades 1-4 attend via livestream
Photo Retake Day –
If you intend on having your child’s photo retaken, please send your package back in to school. If you have not had your photo taken yet, please plan to do so on Tuesday even if you are not ordering a package. All students need to have their photo taken for our school yearbook. Please order online at MyLifetouch using Picture ID EVTVPVWCD
Wednesday, November 11
No School – Veteran’s Day
Thank you to all of our Veterans within the SJCS family! We appreciate your service to protect our country!
Thursday, November 12
PTA Meeting, 6pm – Virtual – Link will be sent via email on Thursday afternoon.
Friday, November 13
Pizza Friday – sign up in ParentWeb
Nov. 18 – Pie order pickup
Nov. 20 – End of First Trimester
Nov. 21-22 – Midcoast Tree Festival (SJCC) – Status TBD
Nov. 23-27: NO SCHOOL – THANKSGIVING BREAK
Nov. 24 – First Trimester Report Cards (emailed home)
Nov. 27-28 – Midcoast Tree Festival – Status TBD
Nov. 30 – Read-a-thon starts!
Dec. 22 – Early Release, 11:30am, NO LEARNING CENTER AVAILABLE
Dec. 23 – Jan 3: NO SCHOOL – CHRISTMAS BREAK