School Closure

School will be closed for students for 2 weeks with NO academic instruction.

**  Please make these changes to your calendars.  **

  • Spring Break has been moved to next week, March 16-20
  • School will be closed March 23 – 27
  • Students will return to school Monday, March 30
  • School will be in session April 14 – 17
  • Thursday, April 9     Noon Dismissal (No lunch. No Extended Care.)
  • Friday, April 10    No School
  • Monday, April 13     No School
  • Tuesday – Friday     School is open

Student Led Conferences have been canceled. Report cards will be sent home with your student when they return on March 30, 2020.

Distance Learning: If we are mandated to remain closed after March 30, we will begin distance learning via internet and/or packets of material for our younger students.

CYSL soccer games have been postponed at this time.

Campus Cuisine has been canceled March 16 – March 27

Blessings,

Mrs. Elizabeth Snow

Mrs. Mary Adams

Mr. David Kimbell

Dyna Boland

Sidney Poller

Dana Drummond

 

Letter regarding Coronavirus

March 10, 2020

Dear Diocesan School/Early Learning Center Families:

Our principals and directors met last week and discussed the topic of the Coronavirus. In addition, there has been communication among diocesan offices within the ecclesiastical province of Florida.

Please know that the diocese and schools/early learning centers are treating this virus seriously and are creating plans now on how to react in the case of local confirmed outbreaks. Communication will be cascaded down from the Office for Catholic Schools within the next few days regarding emergency planning including virtual teaching, if a school closure happens to be necessary. In the meantime, we want you to know what we are doing at the school level in an immediate response to the virus.

We have either trained employees who clean or a commercial cleaning company who come into the school/center twice a week after hours to clean our classrooms and bathrooms.

We have bottles of hand sanitizer and are ordering more to spread throughout the school.

 We have boxes of tissues in each classroom.

We are posting instructions sheets near all sinks for the children on proper handwashing procedures.

We have scheduled a safety-training with the Coronavirus as the topic for our staff meeting.

School parents, please remember our school policy that if our local school district closes for weather-related or health-related issues, we also will close that day. We may have a different opening date due to the needs of our specific community, but we defer to the local public school superintendent in regards to school closures, as do the other private schools within our diocese.

PLEASE NOTE: For the remainder of this school year, if a child stays home sick and turns in a doctor note (emailed to the school office), that absence will not be counted against the student in regards to perfect attendance. It is more important to us that you keep your sick children home rather than send them to school in an effort to achieve any perfect attendance award that may exist at your school.

Please remember that our parent/student handbooks state that if a student is ill with anything contagious or has exhibited a fever of 100 degrees or more, rash, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours, the student may not be sent to school. Please make sure your children are fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours before sending them to school.

Anyone traveling to Level 3 countries (currently China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) should self-quarantine upon return and avoid contact with others for 14 days.

We are taking a proactive approach, and if nothing else, hurricanes have taught us the importance of being prepared and having a plan in advance. There is nothing to fear at this time, and we want to make sure that everyone is sure to get information from good sources. The CDC and WHO, along with state and local health departments, are our sources of information.

Please see current information on the diocesan website at the following link:

https://ptdiocese.org/coronavirus

What you should know about the Coronavirus: https://bit.ly/3aKLSDD

Coronavirus Factsheet: https://bit.ly/2TXjnLZ

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Faculty Retreat

On Monday, the faculty and staff gathered for our Lenten retreat.

We started with 8 a.m. Mass with Father James. Then, while we shared fellowship, we reflected on our faith life.

Presentations were given by Dave Kimbell, director of Catholic Immersion, Father Jacob Jaks and Mr. James Reding.  Topics included identifying our spiritual gifts through an online survey, how we can grow in faith, foster vocations and renovate our faith lives.

After lunch, prayer and adoration we concluded our time together at 2 p.m.  It was a restful and insightful day for everyone involved.  We thank you for your support as we spent time bringing our spirituality to one another.

TerraNova Testing

Parents,

Standardized testing (TerraNova) begins for students in 2nd – 8th grade on Monday, February 24th and will continue through Tuesday, March 3rd.

There will be no school on Monday, March 2nd due to a Faculty Retreat.

We will administer 1 test per day beginning at 8:15 AM, so PLEASE have students to school on time.  PTO is providing snacks to all students in grades 2-8.  Please ensure your children get a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast before arriving at school to help them perform their best.

Meals for Burkina Faso

On Thursday, February 20th, students may participate in a School Colors Out of Uniform Day in exchange for a $2 donation to our mission to send meals to Burkina Faso.  We will be packing these meals on March 29th.

Students who make the $2 donation may dress out of uniform, but should be in school colors (red, white and black).

Trivia Night

Our annual Trivia Night Fundraiser will be held on March 7, 2020. Proceeds from this event benefit the students and faculty by providing support to capital projects that improve school buildings and grounds, as well as other classroom needs.  Last year more than $24,000 was raised.

  • Have or know a business that would like to sponsor the event? Please have them contact Sidney Poller at 850-637-6174 or Spoller@shcs.ptdiocese.org
  • Room parents are putting together their classroom baskets, which will be raffled off at the event. Be on the lookout for e-mails from your room parents!
  • Do you want to volunteer but have not been contacted? Please message Alice Caldwell at Circdecaldwell@gmail.com. Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated!!

Please contact Trivia@shcs.ptdiocese.org with any questions!!!