Dear Saint Margaret Mary School Families,
Thank you to all the parents that helped make the supply pick-up a success. In one day we were able to collect STMM items and return student belongings. It was wonderful to see all the families, if only for a moment. But now, summer is officially here, and we are hoping that you are beginning to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. The office staff and I are back in the office and are busy preparing for the upcoming school year; it will be here before you know it. Our June hours will be Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
As we prepare for the next school year, I wanted to share with you some of the changes that will take effect for the 2020 – 2021 academic school year. We would like to wish Mrs. Wendtland all the very best on her new adventures, as she will not be returning next year. I am very excited the announce that Mrs. Retzer will be moving into the music teacher roll as well as teaching junior high math with Ms. Rozynek. I know that both teachers will do an excellent job in their new grade levels. Mrs. Nemes will also be changing rolls next year, as she will be our new technology teacher for kindergarten – 8th grade.
As always, we will be evaluating our academic programs to ensure that we are providing quality education to our students. Sometimes schools are required to change and adapt due to the increase or decrease of enrollment numbers, with this said, our current numbers would reflect one class kindergarten through seventh grade. I am confident that the teachers and support staff of St. Margaret Mary will continue to provide quality education to all our students. St. Margaret Mary will continue to provide additional academic support using instructional aides in several classrooms. These instructional aides are placed in classrooms where additional academic help may be required. The other significant change for next year is in our junior high. Next year our junior high will include 5th – 8th grade classes to make it a true middle school. We are excited and welcome 5th grade into the middle school. This change gives our 5th grade students the opportunity to switch classes and better prepare for high school. Ms. Rozynek will be moving into the 5th grade homeroom teacher roll as well as being the 5th – 8th grade math teacher. Our middle school team is very excited to have 5th grade in the upcoming year.
2020 – 2021 Calendar Dates:
*Please note that these dates are subject to change. A more detailed calendar will be sent to families in the mid-summer.
August 17, 2020 – First day of school (P4 – 8th grade)
August 18, 2020 – First day of school (P3)
September 7, 2020 – No School (Labor Day)
October 13, 2020 – No School (Columbus Day)
November 23 – 27 – No School (Parent Teacher Conferences/ Thanksgiving Break)
December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021 – Christmas Break
January 18, 2021 – No School (MLK)
March 29 – April 2, 2021 – Spring Break
May 28, 2021 – Last Day of School.
Summer Health Forms Reminder:
New Preschool – Physical forms
Kindergarten – Physical, dental, vision forms
2nd Grade – Dental forms
6th Grade – Physician and dental forms
Athletes – Physical
*All forms are due on or before the first day of school.
This year we have broken the fees into three installments – registration (April), textbook/technology/preschool material (July), and Home and School/Milk (August). The purpose of breaking the fees into three installments was to provide families with some relief and not hitting them all at once. The July fees have been assessed to your FACTs account with a due date of July 15. If your family needs additional payment options, please reach out to my office. We are willing to work with our school families on a payment plan for these fees. We have also finalized all tuition payment plans for the 2020 – 2021 school year. The first payment is schedule for August.
I understand that the start of the year may seem uncertain at this point. We are preparing to have in person classes starting at the end of August. With that being said, St. Margaret Mary understands that there may be new rules and regulations that come with starting in person classes. We will be closely following the guidelines set by the CDC, McHenry County Health Department, Illinois State Board of Education, The Rockford Diocese, and local and federal governing bodies. These guidelines will be communicated throughout the summer as they are available to St. Margaret Mary.
Principal – STMM