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Principal Rucinski's 1.14.22 message

Message from the Principal
January 14, 2022
Dear St. Mary's School Parents and Guardians,

As always, please monitor your children for symptoms each morning and keep your child home if they are sick.  If your child is restricted from school with either a positive test result or a symptomatic exposure, then remote learning will be offered for the duration of their restricted period.

St. Mary's School has launched our Test To Stay Program.  This program will provide asymptomatic school-based close contacts to avoid school exclusion by testing negative through serial testing during a seven-day period following exposure.  These tests take place at the beginning of the school day in the nurse's office.  If you have not yet provided the school consent to test, please complete and return the form found here.  If a student is deemed eligible to be a part of the Test to Stay Program, parents will be notified the day before.

We are looking for families to assist at our Open House for prospective families on January 30th.  Please take a look at this form to view the different ways your family can help make this day a success!  We also appreciate any families who are willing to display our Open House yard sign, which are available during drop-off and pick-up.

Please make sure your child comes to school with weather-appropriate clothing.  Our policy is that students are able to go outside for recess as long as the wind-chill is above 20 degrees.

Mr. Matthew Rucinski
Accreditation Parent Survey

The Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools achieved system accreditation from AdvancED in 2016.  In November 2018, AdvancED changed its name to Cognia as a result of a merger.  Currently, our twenty-one Catholic schools fall under the umbrella of system accreditation through Cognia and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.  This designation serves as an acknowledgement that our schools meet a certain standard of quality worthy of accreditation.        

We have been preparing for a visit from a Cognia Engagement Review Team, which has been scheduled for Sunday, April 3, 2022 through Wednesday, April 6, 2022.  This continuous improvement journey has been going on since 2016, but you will notice an increase in activities over the next several months in preparation of the visit.  You should also be aware that all schools have at least one representative on the Diocesan Accreditation Steering Committee (DASC).  Our DASC member works with me to ensure that the process at our school remains on the correct path.  You can always speak with me or our DASC representative if you have questions about the accreditation process.     

Our ask today is that you take some time to complete a brief survey, which can be found at the following link:

The purpose of this survey is to find out what your family’s beliefs and opinions are about engagement with our school.  All respondents will be participating anonymously, and we ask you to complete the assessment as honestly as you can.  You may have filled out a Cognia survey last year and may be asking yourself if it is necessary to repeat the process.  Your perspective may have changed since last year and comparing results from year to year assists us in developing strategies for our continuous improvement process.  The Survey will close on Friday, January 21, 2022.  

Scenes Around School
(clockwise, upper left) 7th graders working hard on their career projects, Forensic Investigator Mr. Brian Sanvidge shares his experiences with the Middle School as this week's Crusader in the Community, 1st graders enjoying time spent in the STEM Lab, Elementary students watch "Encanto" during Indoor Recess this week.
Student of the Month
Cal Reo- 1st Grade
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