Newsletter Week of January 25th

Dear 4B Families,

Welcome to the last week in January. It’s finally here! We are so thrilled to welcome fourth graders back to campus on Wednesday.

Returning to school: Our official “first day” is this Wednesday, January 27th. 4A will enter through the front Kindergarten doors, and 4B will enter through the back Kindergarten doors.  You received an email with more details about the return to school plan on Friday, and you can get all the information by clicking here. You can also click on the “In Person and Remote Learning Information” tab at the top of the page. Don’t forget, starting this week, Fridays are completely asynchronous. Students will still receive a checklist with work for the day.

Students returning to school need to bring:

  • Box with all materials, including the following projects: Reindeer Writing, MLK Quote Poster, Cool School News
  • iPad and charger
  • Filer
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Raincoat with a hood
  • Students should wear their red Holy Rosary sweatshirts on uniform days (not Gator Gear). The classroom will be cool, as we will keep the windows open. Students can also wear their coat in class, if needed. If they have a coat (other than the raincoat) that might be more comfortable to wear in class…

Staying Remote?: If your child is staying remote, s/he will continue to participate through zoom. Zoomers will log on to zoom every morning at 8:30 and log off at 2:45 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and 1:45 on Wednesdays. They will continue to follow the schedule provided on the daily checklists. We will be setting up times to check in with remote students on Fridays as well.

For this week only, all remote learners will be asynchronous on Wednesday, 1/27 and Thursday, 1/28 as the in-person learners go through campus expectations and routines. Please use the daily checklist for a suggested schedule and assignments. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We are very eager and excited!

Return-to-School Reminders from the Office:

Attendance: If your child needs to leave school early for an appointment, please email or call the office ahead of time. We will do our best to have your child waiting for you in the office when you arrive. It is also less disruptive to the class if the teacher is aware in advance. When sending absence and tardy announcements to the teacher and copy the office at office@holyrosaryws.org.  The office records the attendance and this will avoid us from having to call you to find out the reason for the tardiness or absence.

Medication Forms: If your child needs to take medication during the school day, whether is it daily or on an as-needed basis, please fill out the Archdiocese form. Have your doctor sign it and return it to the office with the medication clearly labeled with your child’s name. Medications such as ibuprofen, antacids and even cough drops cannot be administered without the official form.

Forgotten Items: If your child forgets their lunch, coat or homework, please leave the item with your child’s name on it in the box outside the main office doors. It will be delivered to your child.

Materials Pick-Up Days for remote learners: If your child is continuing with remote learning (now to be called “Zoomers”, this week is the next pick-up for materials. All 4th grade Zoomers will receive materials labeled for each subject area and other miscellaneous items. The pick-up days are Friday, January 29th, 12:00-4:00 and Saturday, January 30th, 9:00-12:00. Prior to pick-up day, please help your child organize their filer and materials. This includes removing completed papers that have been submitted and neatly putting them in the red “Completed Work” folder. After receiving materials, please assist your child with carefully filing packets and organizing the new materials. Please drop off your child’s…

1. MLK Poster

2. Cool School News

3. Reindeer Writing

Thank you for your support!

A note from Ms. Corrigan: Hi 4th grade families! Starting Monday, I’ll be taking on a 3rd grade homeroom as the children come back for in-person learning. That means I will no longer be teaching reading to 4th graders. Ms. Simpson will teach reading to all students in 4A and Ms. Benson will teach reading to all students in 4B. While we are all so excited for the students to come back, I’m sad that I won’t be working with your children any more. It’s been a joy and a privilege to teach these kids. This particular group of students as well as you parents have a very special place in my heart. Thank you for the ongoing support you have given to the children and to me as one of their teachers over the past few years. I look forward to greeting them in the halls and seeing you all in person soon! –xo, Mary Corrigan

Catholic Schools Week Service Project: Thank you to those families who volunteered to deliver certificates to local businesses!. This week, we will provide a script for your 4th grader to read as they deliver the certificate along with the certificates you are to deliver. We ask that your child wear his/her Holy Rosary uniform (with the red sweatshirt) when these deliveries are made. Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for your support of these very special deliveries!

4th Grade Auction ProjectThe kids should have received their first auction project kit (origami paper and instructions) at the last materials pick-up.  Each 4th grader should make 3-4 doves each, using the paper included.  Please know that they do not need to be perfect. Also, we may send home a second project kit in February if needed.

Here are 2 links for video instructions if you prefer:
https://youtu.be/CqWE5tp4Do0
Please return your 4th grader’s doves to the school office or to the classroom (for returning students) next week. You can put the doves in the provided ziplock bag. If you have any questions, please let Amanda Roberts know. Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week Schedule:

  • Sunday, January 31st:  Mass and Virtual Open House.  All weekend Masses will celebrate our school and include student readers and the Champions of Holy Rosary Award. Families are encouraged to sign up to attend a Mass in person, or watch Mass online.  Students that do attend Mass in person are asked to wear their uniforms to represent our school. The Open House is virtual this year so that prospective families can talk with teachers and learn about the school.
  • Monday, February 1st–Celebrate our Parent Community:  Students can wear Gator Gear/CYO/athletic gear today.   Look for some special letters of appreciation for parents today—one in your child’s filer and one in your email. We will also have an All-School Bingo for the last hour of the day.  This is a no-homework night!  Enjoy the special treat you will receive in the January 29-30 pick up!
  • Tuesday, February 2nd–Community Appreciation/Outreach:  Every class is participating in some type of service today.  Thank you to the families that will be delivering the certificates of appreciation to our local businesses! Please send us any pictures you are able to take when you deliver the certificates.
  • Wednesday, February 3rd–Honoring our Grandparents and Special Seniors:  This would usually be the grandparent luncheon day. We will honor grandparents and special seniors by making something special for them.
  • Thursday, February 4th–Appreciation of Lifelong Learning and Staff: Perfect uniform day. We will complete our classroom Spelling Bee (Bees may have started earlier in the week). Each class in the school will be honoring a special staff member today.  From 2:00-2:40 we will have an all-school read in.  Students should bring a special book or two they would like to read during this time.
  • Friday, February 5th:–Appreciating our Students: Because Fridays are asynchronous for the students, we will be including some fun events Monday-Thursday (these will be surprises). There will be an 8th grade vs. staff trivia game today via Zoom. This Zoom will be recorded and shared out later in the day to the K-7 students if they would like to watch.
  • Sunday, February 7th–Appreciating our Parish Family: This will be the wrap up Mass for Catholic Schools Week. 8th graders will be speaking at Mass to thank the parishioners and there will be a Fr. Mallahan Endowment Fund presentation after all Masses.

Look for additional information in the eFC. Most importantly, Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to celebrate our wonderful school and community!

Have a great week everyone!

Ms. Benson

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