May 14th Newsletter
We are so pleased that so many of you turned out for the open house last night. It is the first time that we have opened our doors to the public. We had 23 groups of visitors come through. The children were very excited to show off their work and their school.
Once again, we have been doubly blessed. The family of Delores Speiser gave a gift as a memorial to this wonderful lady. We also received 2 gifts in memory of Jerome Eischens - Dave Eischens' dad. Some of this money will be used to update our technology. What a wonderful blessing for our school! YEAH! Jeff Seidl is the Nuvera Territory manager for our area. He alerted us to the availability of getting more Chromebooks. With his help, we were able to get 15 more devices. That means that next year each of our 2nd through 5th graders will have their own Chromebook to use. It also means that the iPads those students have been using will be available for our kindergarteners. They will then each have their own. DOUBLE YEAH!
We have 2 people celebrating their birthday this week! Jacquelyn McCann and Mrs. Roers both have birthdays on Monday, May 17th. God bless both of them!
Each year, we have 2 graduation celebrations. The Kindergarten class will celebrate completing their year the afternoon of Friday, May 21st. These 11 children have worked hard and are looking forward to celebrating their accomplishments. Our 5 fifth graders will celebrate their graduation on Wednesday, May 26th. This will be a bittersweet blessing as they complete not only their year but also their time at the School of St. Philip. This day is also the last day of school.
Our Small Steps Big Intentions marathon thank you will look very different this year. It is being held during our carnival on Tuesday, May 25th. Please drive by school from 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. and let our students show their appreciation.
Governor Walz announced an end to the statewide mask requirement following the new guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The following is our guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education:
"The CDC has not yet provided clear guidance for school settings, but has stated that they expect to update guidance for children in school and summer camps soon. Additionally, our youngest Minnesotans remain ineligible for vaccines and eligibility for 12- to 15-year-olds was just announced this week. As a result, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year (last teacher contact day), masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus. "
We will continue to follow this guidance and require masks for the remainder of the school.