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Principal Rucinski's 8.28.20 message


Matthew Rucinski via 

12:13 PM (1 hour ago)
to stmarys1
Message from the Principal
August 28, 2020
"Reach each child, teach the whole child"
Dear St. Mary's School Parents and Guardians,

The thought of having our students in our building in two weeks is one that brings great excitement and opportunity!  Our faculty and staff are looking forward to providing a safe learning environment for your children, and that begins with our Student Orientation Sessions for Grades 1-8.  There is more information on these Orientation Sessions in the email below.  I will be providing more specific details next week.

In this email you will find a Remote Learning Contract that we are asking all of our families to review, sign and return.  This outlines expectations of our teachers, students and families in the event a student will be learning remotely.

As always, please direct yourself to our Reopening Webpage for continuous updates from our school.  There is now a video message to our families from Nurse Ann that I think you will find very helpful.

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to sharing more details about our Student Orientation Sessions next week.

Mr. Matthew Rucinski
Reopening Webpage
School Reopening Update- 8/28/20
Continuity of Learning Plan
Remote Learning Contract
Aftercare Sign-up Form
Message from Nurse Ann
Please take a moment to view the video below, along with a PowerPoint from Nurse Ann.  As always, we will continue to keep our families informed as guidance changes.
Message from Nurse Ann
Reference Slides
Orientation Days
Thursday, September 10th- Grades 2,4,6,8
Friday, September 11th- Grades 1,3,5,7

8:00 AM - 2:45 PM (no morning care or after care)
Students Only

Monday, September 14th- K and Pre-K Session #1
Tuesday, September 15th- K and Pre-K Session #2

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Kindergarten in the cafeteria
Pre-K in the Parish Hall
Parents Only- sign up for either session below

Kindergarten Screenings will occur during the first days of the school year.
Kindergarten Orientation Sign-up
Pre-K Orientation Sign-up
Pre-K Program
St. Mary's School is proud to offer a Pre-K program where our youngest learners can learn and grow in a safe environment.  The hallmark of our Pre-K program is our child-centered and activity-based learning.

We still have openings for all of our programs for next year:
3 Year Olds (5 Day, 3 Day)- Ms. Beth Senecal
4 Year Olds (5 Day, Full Day)- Mrs. Flo McDonough
4 Year Olds (3 Day, Full Day)- Mrs. Jennifer Wendel
4 Year Olds (3 Day, Half Day)- Mrs. Carrie Devine

We know that our Pre-K families have many questions about how the health guidelines apply to our youngest learners.  Therefore, we are keeping document that is being updated regularly on our website that you can also access by clicking the button below.
Pre-K Addendum
Faculty Updates
Mrs. Ashley Richardson joins our Middle School staff to teach ELA and Religion as well as serving as the 5th grade homeroom teacher.  Ashley has her B.A. in Adolescent English Education from the College of St. Rose.  I am confident she will be a great addition to the third floor.

Mrs. Crystal Roberts will instruct Remedial Reading for the upcoming school year.  She is no stranger to Catholic education, teaching at Sacred Heart in Troy for 19 years, where she was awarded the St. Elizabeth Seton Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award.  Crystal has her M.S. in both Elementary Education and Literacy.

Ms. Beth Rucinski increases her role at our school next year as the Spanish teacher for Grades K-8 and will oversee the 7th grade homeroom.  Many of our students will recognize Beth as a frequent substitute in our building last year.  She has experience teaching in Madrid, Spain where she earned her M.A. in Bilingual and Multicultural Education.

Mr. Eugene Lorini joins our team as the Music and Band instructor for Pre-K to 8th Grade.  He earned his B.A. in Music Education from the College of St. Rose.  Eugene also brings his experience as Director of the Youth Choir at the Parish of Mater Christi in Albany.  I know Eugene is excited to eventually restart the band program later this school year.

Please join me in welcoming our new members to our St. Mary's Family!
School Uniform Updates
In order to allow our students to be as comfortable as possible, the St. Mary's School Board has approved changes to the school uniform for the upcoming year. 

Students will have the option of wearing a navy school polo shirt in place of the white oxford.  Additionally, boys may continue to wear the white oxford without the tie.

For the month of September all students may wear their gym uniforms.
Gym Uniform Orders
Yearbook Update
Dear Families,

Yearbooks are a tradition for schools throughout the US and Canada. At Lifetouch, we are humbled to be a part of providing that tradition. We know how important yearbooks are - especially in times like these.

We want to take a moment to acknowledge this year’s delayed yearbook delivery is not what you, as our customers expect, nor deserve, from Lifetouch.

We want you to be aware that our primary yearbook production facilities are located in some of the states that are being hardest hit by the pandemic. We have prioritized the safety of our employees; and we are following all state and local health guidelines to create a safe working environment. Social distancing requirements mean that there are fewer people available to work at any given time. These changes have impacted our production schedule in meaningful ways.

We realize this has created a lot of frustration since we are currently unable to provide an estimated delivery time frame for your school’s yearbook. Please know our teams are doing everything possible to get your yearbook to you. Shipping is monitored daily. As soon as your yearbook ships, your school will receive tracking information so they can arrange to distribute the yearbooks to the students and families in a manner that is best suited for everyone’s safety.

As we navigate COVID-19, our intent is to provide you with a yearbook that your student will treasure for a lifetime. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time together.