Notes from the Principal's Desk: Gratitude, Flu Clinic, and more

The start of the school year has begun. We cannot express our gratitude enough for how the community has joined together to make for a smooth transition from the remote learning environment over six months ago to the hybrid model we have currently employed.

A special thanks to Msgr. Woy, School Board Chair Julie Cain, CASPA President Kim Gunkel, Assistant Principal Rosanna Czarnecki, the SCMOQ Task Force, and the faculty and staff who have all worked together to create a plan that ensures the successful launch of the school year. This group's work has been vital in mitigating risk and creating a safe environment for the students, faculty, and staff.

By this point in time, each family should be receiving the Morning Wellness Form text message and email. This form is pushed through the Department of Catholic School's Power School LMS, and the contact data is collected from School Admin. If you are still not receiving the morning text message/email, please let Sue Seiler know at SSeiler@cmoq.org, so we can make sure you get the message in the future. 

We thank everyone for their patience as we begin the school year with this hybrid model. Morning arrival is getting smoother. The instructional technology issues with the cameras and soundbars are steadily getting resolved. Perhaps most importantly, the students are doing a great job wearing their masks! We ask families to continue supporting our social contract of mask-wearing, proper handwashing, and limiting contact with others. I want to remind parents to please send in two or three extra masks with their children, in case a student needs to switch to a new one.
 
We are in the process of deploying the Middle School ChromeBooks and discerning the technology needs in grades K-5. Next week, we will have a better idea of the devices available for families who do not have access to a home device. Stay tuned for updates.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that we can offer a free community Flu Vaccination Clinic. The clinic's date is Thursday, October 15th, from 2 PM until 6 PM in the Parish Center (socially distanced). Registration is required. Please visit www.umstjoseph.org/flu or call 410-337-1337 for more information and to register.
  • UM SJMC will provide vaccination to anyone age nine or older
  • Ages 9 - 17 require a parent/guardian signature
  • High-risk individuals are especially encouraged to be vaccinated

*Only standard dose quadrivalent vaccine provided 

God Bless,
Michael Wright