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Principal Rucinski's 1.1.21 message

1/4/2021
Message from the Principal
January 1, 2021
"Reach each child, teach the whole child"
Dear St. Mary's School Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year!  As we begin to welcome our students and faculty back to the building next week, I'd like to draw your attention to a few new safety updates.

On Monday, you will see a couple of changes to the Daily Health Screening.  Please help keep our school community safe by accurately completing this each morning.  If you have any questions or feel as though you need to answer YES to any of the questions, please reach out to Nurse Ann or myself before the start of the school day.  As additional layer of precaution, please do not send your child into school if someone in your household is awaiting a test result due to experiencing symptoms or being exposed.  Again, if you know that your child may have been exposed, I urge you to keep your child home from school until you are able to discuss the situation with Nurse Ann and myself.

This week New York State has adopted the CDC's new quarantine guidance.  Quarantine is now ten days from the most recent exposure if no symptoms develop.  Quarantine can be limited to seven days if a negative test result can be produced.  This test must be administered within 48 hours of the end of the seven day period and no symptoms have developed.

I would like to provide you with a few updates and reminders below:

The winter season is upon us!  This year especially, giving our students the opportunity to get some fresh air is very important.  Students will go outside for recess as long as the wind-chill is 20 degrees or above.  Please make sure that your child comes to school appropriately dressed, including hats, gloves and legs covered.  Students in Pre-K through Grade 4 should also bring snow pants to school when appropriate.

Thank you for your generous support of Mrs. Green during Green Week!  If your family would like to continue supporting Mrs. Green and her family, you can sign up for the Green Team Meal Train by clicking here.  Thank you for your support.

Thank you for your continued trust and support.

Sincerely,
Mr. Matthew Rucinski
January 2021 Message from the Principal
Welcome Mr. Riccio!
Mr. Luke Riccio will be joining St. Mary's as the Remote Support Teacher.  He is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose who began his teaching career in environmental education. Mr. Riccio holds a Bachelor’s degree with a focus in  Educational & Adventure Leadership, and a Master’s degree in Childhood Education with  a Biology Concentration. As an avid outdoorsman and equity-driven educator, Mr. Riccio  has always sought to bridge the gap between nature and traditional academic subjects.  He has worked with students ages Pre-K through 12th grade in a variety of subjects; however, he has a particular passion for biology.
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