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A Note from the Principal 9-11-20

Friday September 11

A Note from the Principal 9-11-20

Welcome back to a new school year at Seton Catholic School. I hope that your summer has been a memorable one with friends and family; even is this time of COVID. All of our staff and I are blessed to be able to open another school year with your children. Our theme for this school year will be “Do unto other as you would have them do unto you”. This is also known as the Golden Rule. It fits so perfectly with how we choose to live our lives at Seton. Every day during our Morning Prayer time, I talk to the children about the importance of treating others as you want to be treated. We talk about kindness and patience and compassion. As I walk the hallways I see our children treating each other in just these ways! Thank you for reinforcing at home these same values.

 

With that thought in mind, I’d like to thank everyone who has gone above and beyond to help us get our school ready for opening. I hesitate to name names for fear of leaving someone out.

If you:

  • Worked on the Re-opening Plan
  • Built barriers
  • Spread mulch and sand
  • Moved furniture
  • Broke down boxes
  • Worked on the gardening at the front of the building
  • Drew chalk drawings to welcome us
  • Welcome the students off the buses
  • Volunteered to act as a classroom liaison
  • Provided an opening day luncheon for the staff
  • Marked our sidewalk for social distancing
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!

Yu truly made a difference! Thank you all for helping us to make the start of school one to remember.

 

SCHOOL HOURS

Our school day begins at 8:00 am for Kindergarten –grade 6. Preschool begins at 8:45. School age children begin coming to school around 7:40 am and preschoolers start coming at 8:30. Please be sure your child is here at the beginning of the day. So much learning goes on even in those first few minutes! Our school day ends at 2:15. We have been calling our school age students for pick-up starting at 2:00 pm because of congestion in the parking lot and street. We will soon be pushing that time back to closer to 2:15 to give our children every minute possible to spend on learning.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Earlier this week, I sent out a google form asking for recess volunteers. We were unable to get many helpers so we are going to change course.  If you can help out with grades K-6 lunch time support, please let us know! I hope to send out a Sign-up Genius soon too! Please remember, all volunteers who work with children, need to be CASE trained. Mrs. Johnson can help you get started with that training. (Karen.johnson@dor.org).

The first lunch will be at 11:00-11:30 for kindergarten and first grade.

Second lunch will be at 11:30-12:00 for grades 2 & 3.

The last lunch will be at 12:00-12:40 for grads 4-6.

 

Another volunteer opportunity is helping with dismissal. If you are picking your child/ren up, please consider parking and helping to get all of the cars through!

 

Please call or email the office if you’d like to help out with either volunteer job.

 

GREEN ENVELOPE

This year our Green envelope will come out on Fridays! In an effort to keep everyone healthy, we have decided to only go “virtual” this year. Less paper means less chances of transmission of any unwelcome germs! In these bi-weekly virtual envelopes you will find a lot of information about school events and other topics of interest.

 

This first brown envelope includes an incredible amount of information. Many of the paper flyers in the envelope are items that need to be filled out and returned. Please consult our website often for more communications. Our website is https://setoncs.org/.

Items to be returned:

  • Academic Honesty Policy
  • Emergency Dismissal Form
  • Family COVID Commitment Form
  • Milk Order Form
  • Health Office OTC Letter

All of these documents, and more can be found in the Green Envelope section of the Parent’s Tab on this website.

 

END OF THE DAY PICK –UP

Today was the best pick-up day so far! Thank you to all parents who patiently waited your turn. Please remember to avoid going down Rhinecliff past the buses! Almost everyone remembered today. Turning onto Rhinecliff from Monroe Ave is a bit out of your way but it makes getting into line so much easier for everyone.

 

PICTURE DAY

Wednesday September 30th is School Picture Day! All orders will be handled on-line this year. There is information in the attachments!

 

MILK ORDERS

It’s time to place your order for milk for lunches! The deadline is this coming Friday. This order encompasses September 21, 2020 – January 29, 2021 and is charged to your FACTS account if you choose to participate.

 

REMINDERS FROM THE OFFICE

As you know, because of COVID, no one but school personnel and students are allowed into our building this year. Please remember to call from your car to pick your students up for an appointment, or if they are leaving the building due to sickness.  If you are unable to call from car, please ring doorbell and wait by front door for Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Selig to greet you.  Upon re-entry remind your student to report back to nurse Anne for their temperature check.

 

*When a student forgets an item this year, the homeroom teacher will contact their parent via email or the Remind app.  Parents, please ring the bell and place the missing item on the grey shelf just inside the front door to the right. We will be sure your child gets their belongings.

 

*Please remember, any changes to a student’s dismissal must be reported before 1:30 pm to homeroom teacher and Mrs. Johnson (Karen.johnson@dor.org).  An email is recommended or again the Remind app to the homeroom teacher.

 

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

Today was the first of many chilly days! Many students came to school with no coats and were cold when they went outside for recess and outside learning.  Please help your child remember their jacket so they can better enjoy themselves outside!

 

PTA MEETING

The first Parents Association meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 16th, at 7:00 p.m. via zoom. Please see the attached letter from our PTA President, Stacy Shea. Thank you for supporting our PTA! Everything done by the PTA is to benefit your children!

 

STAFF NEWS

During the summer we were able to add more staff! Please welcome:

Kindergarten: Mrs. Marissa Smith

1st Grade:       Mrs Stafford has return after a one year leave

5th Grade         Ms. Mary Beth Sullivan and Ms. Jessica Cole

 

CHILDCARE ALTERNATIVES

Are you in need of child care this coming school year? Brighton CSD has compiled a list of resources and links for area programs. Please note that the District is sharing these community resources for families in need of child care. Each of these opportunities have a limited capacity for students. The District does not sponsor nor endorse these community resources that have been shared with them. The information here is provided as a courtesy service to the community during this unique COVID-19 time. https://www.bcsd.org/Page/15695

 

F O L L O W  U S !

Check out our website for calendar information and other important notices! https://setoncs.org/

Friend us on Facebook! Seton Catholic School

Follow us on Instagram! @setoncatholicrochester

 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

As we begin the school year, please remember that all sacramental preparation is done in your home parish. The Diocese of Rochester’s Policies for the Administration of the Sacraments states: “… Sacramental preparation programs of Baptism, First Penance, First Communion, and Confirmation are parish-based”. Please contact your home parish for more information about

First Communion and Reconciliation classes.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Sept 30            Picture Day

Oct 9               No School: DOR Fall Conference Day

Oct 12              Columbus Day No School

Nov 3               No School: Election Day

Nov 11             No School: Veteran’s Day

Nov 25-27      Thanksgiving Break