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Principal Rucinski's 4.29.22 message

Message from the Principal
April 29, 2022
Dear St. Mary's School Parents and Guardians, 

On Friday, May 6th, we will be celebrating our Mother Mary with our annual May Crowning.  All students are encouraged to bring in a flower on this day to present to Mary before our First Friday Mass.

Each year our school calendar allows for three emergency days built in.  This year we only used one of those days.  Therefore, school will be closed on May 26th and May 27th for an extended Memorial Day weekend.

As our school continues to relax our COVID-19 protocols, it is very important that we have your support in following our general health and safety policies.  In particular, if your child has a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, please keep them home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without medicine.  Thank you for helping to keep our entire school community healthy!

On a related note, having your child attend school attending school when they are healthy is still very important!  While last school year NYS relaxed its attendance mandate, this year students may not pass to the next grade level if they have more than 40 absences.  Please reach out if you have any concerns about this attendance requirement.

Thank you for your continued support,
Mr. Matthew Rucinski
Parent Workshops for Supporting Social-Emotional Learning
Catapult Learning, in partnership with the Albany diocesan schools, will host three (3) Parent Workshops to support the social-emotional learning of our students and families.  Attached, please find a flyer to share electronically with your families.  A registration link is embedded in the flyer.
The following virtual workshops are available: (sign up:

Dealing with Anxiety ~ Tuesday, May 10 6:30-7:30pm
The coronavirus pandemic is stressful for everyone, including parents and children. Fear and anxiety about a disease, especially one that is unknown, can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. How you cope with the stress and anxiety, however, can make you, your child, your family, and your community stronger. This workshop offers tips for recognizing anxiety across age groups and strategies for dealing with it. 

Managing Conflict ~ Wednesday, May 11 6:30-7:30pm
Just like adults, children experience some form of conflict, whether small or large, as they grow.  It is important to support our children with the tools to manage conflict as they grow through their elementary and adolescent years. This presentation will support the participants with strategies to help our children. 

Supporting Your Child with Learning at Home ~ Thursday, May 12 6:30-7:30pm
We all know that learning does not stop at the classroom door, and that there are a number of things that we could do to support our children at home. This workshop will support parents with suggestions, activities, and routines to aid in supporting your child with their academics at home. 
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Scenes From Around School
(clockwise, upper left) 5th graders enjoying a game of Artist Bingo, 4th graders exploring earthworms during STEM, 7th graders enjoying the weather and a good read during Book Club, Pre-K students having a blast keeping balloons in the air!
Student of the Month
Nicholas Marro, 1st Grade
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Waterford, NY 12188-2306

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