School News & Events

Principal Notes: October 9, 2020

Dear St. Margaret Mary Families,

Again, thank you for your quick transition from in-person to remote learning with little notice. The students and teachers did a wonderful job on Monday. The McHenry County Health Department was very pleased with our response to COVID-19 in our school and commended all our efforts to keep our students, teachers, and families safe during these difficult times. We could not have done this without your continued support, thank you. As we move into the long weekend, please remember to be safe and continue to practice healthy habits. Over a long weekend like this many families will want to take advantage of the warm weather and travel or get together with friends and family. Please be sure to pay close attention to how you and your family are feeling after traveling. If you or your family begins to feel unwell, we ask that you stay home. When you call your child in for a daily absence you will be asked a series of questions. It is important that you answer honestly. This is for the health and safety of our school community. Thank you for your continued support.

Reminder – There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 12, and Tuesday, October 13.

Things to Know:

Pumpkin Contest:

Every year students at STMM are able to participate in the annual Pumpkin Contest. Our Preschool – 7th grade students are invited to enter the contest with their decorated pumpkins.

Rules:

  1. Students in Preschool – 7th  grade may enter the contest.
  2. Pumpkins must be smaller than a basketball.
  3. Pumpkins cannot be carved, cut, or sliced in any way.
  4. Pumpkins must be the creation of the student.
  5.  A completed entry form must accompany the pumpkin to school with the student on the day of the contest.

Guidelines:

  1.  Students must be able to carry their own pumpkin into the school building.
  2. Parents will not be permitted in the school to assist with carrying the pumpkins to the classroom.
  3. Pumpkins will need to be transported in a plastic or brown paper bag to school.
  4. Pumpkins will be returned to each child by the end of the school day (Friday, October 30, 2020).

Halloween:
Due to current rules and regulations, we will not be able to host our Annual Halloween Fun Fair, but that does not mean we can’t still celebrate. On Friday, October 30th students in all grades will have a Halloween celebration in their homeroom classes at the end of the school day. Students must be in uniform on this day, as we have Mass in the morning.

Orange and Black Day = Thursday, October 29, 2020

Students are permitted to wear orange, black, or appropriate Halloween shirts and jeans. Students must follow the dress down guidelines below. Halloween Costumes are only permitted in preschool.

Picture Day:

Picture Day has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23. Students will be having their pictures taken prior to going to recess. Students must follow the out of uniform guidelines on this day and may only dress down on the classes specific picture day.

Dress Down Guidelines:

Requirements: All students are to be neatly dressed. Tops must be modest, loose-fitting, and have a sleeve. No midriffs, backs, or bare shoulders (tank tops or peek-a-boo shirts) are to be exposed. Tight-fitting clothing including tops and bottoms, are not to be worn to school. Clothing promoting objectionable products, musical groups, or inappropriate sayings are not to be worn. Uniform shorts will be the only shorts permitted on these days if a student chooses to wear shorts.

Legging will not be permitted unless the dress or top worn is at least one inch above the knee or longer. Pants cannot have rips or holes.

All Saints Day Parade:

Students in kindergarten, first, and second grade will participate in the All Saints Day Parade. The information has been sent by the classroom teachers to the students participating in the parade. This year the parade will be entirely virtual. Families are encouraged to watch the parade from the comfort of their own homes through our Facebook page. Parents will not be allowed to watch the parade at school.

COVID-19 Questions and Answers:

Below are some commonly asked questions regarding COVID-19 and STMM.

What do I do if my child comes in direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID -19?

First, you will need to contact the school office and report that your family has been exposed to COVID-19. The family members that had direct contact with the infected person will need to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. Students that need to quarantine will be placed on remote learning for the quarantine period.

Can my child come back to school if we have a negative COVID-19 test result before the 14 day quarantine period ends?

Unfortunately, students will have to remain in quarantine until the 14 days are up even with a negative COVID-19 test.

Why are there so many questions when I call my child into school sick?

The questionnaire filled out by the office helps us better understand why your child is out sick and gives direction as to when your child can return to school. It may seem like a lot of questions, nevertheless, they are all important in keeping our community safe.

Do we really have to wear masks in the parking lot?

Yes, you really do have to wear masks in the parking lot. When parents wear masks in the parking lot they set a good example for our students. When students are arriving or being dismissed from school families and grade levels might be intermixing in the parking lot and at times social distancing may not be observed. Keeping our masks on adds an extra layer of safety. We do ask that if you are leaving your vehicle that you do so with a mask on.

In Faith,
Brenna O’Hearn
Principal – STMM