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Principal Rucinski's 10.16.20 message

10/16/2020
Message from the Principal
October 16, 2020
"Reach each child, teach the whole child"
Dear St. Mary's School Parents and Guardians,

I would like to provide you with a few updates and reminders below:
 
School masks can be purchased through the school for $10.  You can reach out to main office or use our updated gym order form.
 
Picture day for in-person students will be held on Monday, October 19th.  All students should wear their full dress uniform including white shirts, and ties for the boys.  Sweaters are optional.  Remote students will have their pictures taken on December 2nd.

On Friday, October 30th, the 8th Grade Class will participate in a Hit-a-thon Fundraiser for their class.  More information on how you can support our 8th graders will be forthcoming.

October 30th is a Dress Down Day for our students in celebration of Halloween.  However, students are not permitted to wear costumes to school that day.  A small celebration consisting of prepackaged food may be organized by each classroom teacher.  Unfortunately, we will continue our policy of no volunteers in the building during school hours.

 
Beginning Monday, November 2nd, students will be expected to wear their regular uniforms on non-gym days.  Polos are allowed as part of the regular uniform.

Don't forget to purchase a ticket in PTO's 10K Raffle.  You can get your ticket by filling out this form.  The top selling families will receive a prize!  The winning ticket will be drawn on November 6th at 8:00 AM during our Morning Meeting.

Thank you for your continued trust and support.

Sincerely,
Mr. Matthew Rucinski
Mr. R's Virtual Office
Health and Safety News
New York State released a new toolkit to help better determine if you should keep your children home from school and when a student showing COVID-19 symptoms may return to school.  This document can be viewed below.

This has prompted a slight change in the questions that you will see each morning as part of the Health Screening Questionnaire.  Thank you for continuing to complete the health checks for your children each morning.

The CDC has determined that masks with exhalation valves or vents are not effective in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 to others.  As such, we are asking that you do not send your child to school with those types of masks.  Neck gaiters are still allowed as long as they fit properly over the students' nose and mouth.

Nurse Ann needs physicals for students in Grades K,1,3,5 and 7.  Any physical completed after 9/14/19 is acceptable.
NYS Toolkit for Parents
Scenes from Around School
(clockwise from upper left) Mrs. Wilcox works with her students both in-person and at-home, Middle School students enjoy an outdoor art project, 3rd graders create a chain as part of a STEM experiment, Pre-K students test out whether objects sink or float in water.
October Student of the Month
Meaghan Finn, 8th Grade
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