November 20, 2020 Wildcat Wire
MR. VANCE'S NEWS TO USE THIS WEEK
NOVEMBER 20, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
If I am honest, I am amazed but proud and grateful that we have made it to Thanksgiving with face to face instruction. I had hoped we would make it this far, and now I am ecstatic for the staff and students that we have created a safe environment for in-school instruction. A big thank you to everyone who practices all the Covid precautions; it has paid off for all of us!
This week we saw an uptick in the number of students who have tested positive. Currently, eight students are at home in isolation because they tested positive.
All eight students were exposed outside of the building, and the positive cases were traced to their families. I want to explain the steps and how students are being affected when one tests positive.
1. The parent notifies us that their child has tested positive.
2. We do the contact tracing in the child's homeroom. The students who sit around that student (typically six) are sent home to quarantine.
3. If the child rides the bus, 7 more students go home to be quarantined.
4. If the child is on a sports team, the entire team goes home in most cases.
5. Possibly, two staff members also go home.
At a minimum, we average 13 students go home for one positive student. Also if they are in a special math group or sports teams, the numbers go up from there. I think it is essential for all of us to know the impact on the student body, so this is why it is vital to continue to practice all the Covid-19 precautions.
I know I may ruffle some turkey feathers here, but please continue to practice frequent hand washing, wearing a face covering, and socially distancing. Also, please highly consider practicing what the CDC is proposing for events at Thanksgiving (
Click here for the CDC Information
) so that we can keep the school open as long as possible. Continuing with face to face instruction is what the staff and students want; they know they do better in person.
The school Administration and medical personnel met last evening to discuss our current status of St. Ignatius and how we are dealing with Covid-19. We also discussed if we should remain open or go remote. After reviewing the facts and statistics of what is happening at St. I's, we feel it continues to be safe for us to remain open at this time.
Reasons for this decision include the following:
1. There has been no student to student transmission in the building.
2. There has been no adult to student or student to adult transmission.
3. Most student and staff positives have been traced to family members or people outside of the St. Ignatius community.
4. All students and staff who have quarantined have stayed negative for the virus.
5. The American Academy of Pediatrics affirm that face to face instruction is the
best for children.
These are unprecedented times, but we are resilient.
These are challenging times, but we are hopeful.
These are stressful times, but we place our trust in Christ to carry us through.
Please continue to keep all St. Ignatius students, staff, and families in your thoughts and prayers.
In Christ's Peace,
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND GENTLE REMINDERS
COVID 19 CASES IN YOUR FAMILY?
If Covid 19 affects your family, we ask that you contact our school nurse, Mrs. Kathy Reder.
Please let her know if someone in your family has tested positive or that they have been quarantined due to an exposure to the virus. This information will help us track how prevalent it is in our community and plan for the future of your child's education. You can contact her by email at
NORTHWEST LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT GOES REMOTE
FROM NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 4
NWLSD announced last night that the district will go remote from November 23-December 4 due to Covid-19 staff shortages and the spread in the community. The district is continuing to provide transportation for our students during their remote learning.
GOOD LUCK MRS. TIMMONS!
Mrs. Samantha Timmons, the 7th-grade Intervention Specialist, has been on maternity leave for her daughter's birth. She has decided to take a new position at Children's Hospital to work "the job she has always dreamed of." She accepted a position where she will do the educational work with children who are hospitalized. We wish her the very best!
THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Catholic Education Foundation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is once again providing needs-based tuition assistance to elementary school students for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications will be accepted through February 8, 2021. For more information and to apply, please visit
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH IS
"Being thoughtful of others"
Week of November 23
Double Entree (grades 4-8) $1.50
Every meal includes fruit and milk
Salad of the Week - Cobb Salad
Chocolate chip pancakes, gogurt, hashbrown
Cheese quesadilla, corn
Week of November 30
Salad of the Week - BLT Salad
: Grilled Cheese, carrots w/ ranch
Rotini, Breadstick, salad
Pancake & Sausage on a stick, hashbrown
Hot Dog, Baked Lays
Popcorn chicken, corn
CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THE
ST. IGNATIUS FACULTY AND STAFF
Each year, the PTO collects donations from families towards the gifts for ALL of the St. Ignatius staff, which includes teachers, specialists, music, physical education, art, nurse, cafeteria staff, aides, office and administrative staff. All contributions are pooled together and staff are able to select gift cards from the TRP program with the money collected, which is greatly appreciated! Especially this year, the faculty and staff are working tirelessly to ensure our students are in the building, are safe, and are learning! Let's really show them how much we appreciate them and all they do for our children! This is also a great way to give a gift to ALL involved in your child’s education.
Participation is voluntary, and if you want to give individual gifts, that is also fine.
Pre-labeled envelopes came home with your child last week. (Please check your child's backpack.)
If you plan to contribute, please send your donation to school in these envelopes by Monday, December 7.
Please write your child’s/children’s name(s) on the envelope along with the grade(s) and send it to school. Checks are welcome and should be made payable to
St. Ignatius PTO
. The gift cards will be presented to the staff with a box of candy on the last day of school before Christmas break. Thank you in advance for your participation and contribution to help show our faculty and staff our appreciation! Please contact Stefanie Kathman at
or 226-9183 with any questions.
SPIRIT SHOP SALE UNTIL DECEMBER 6
The Spirit Shop is having an amazing sale so you can get everything on your Christmas wish list! Now until December 6 you can get
20% off any order of $50 or more using code
Excludes uniform and sale items
All proceeds go to the St. Ignatius PTO. Visit our online store at
today for some great bargains!
SUPPORT SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY ON
campaign for 2020 will support the addition of new safety and security measures throughout our school building. This will ensure the safety and security of students and staff, as well as peace of mind for our parents and families. Please prayerfully consider making a donation to St. Ignatius School on or before December 1 for #GivingTuesday.
Remember, donations to the school are never assessed by the Archdiocese.
or use the
option by texting the keyword “
We thank you for joining us for #GIVECatholicAOC!
HELP OUR TEACHERS WITH THEIR WISH LISTS!
With a school year unlike any other, the staff at St. Ignatius School needs our support more than ever. This year they have learned to instruct in a whole new way and have risen to the challenge. Throughout these first few months they have found out that there are some items that they could use to make their year more successful, and you can help. To show our appreciation for their everlasting efforts and nonstop devotion to our children, they were asked for ideas that could increase their instruction this year.
Please see the Sign-Up Genius link at
for their “Wish List” items. (
If you are opening this on a mobile phone please see the drop down box for the three sign ups: 1st, 2nd, 3rd priority items. If you are opening on a computer you should see these priority tabs at the top.
Thank you for supporting our teachers!
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
School children will be unable to attend Mass on Tuesday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. If you would like to attend with your family, here are the Mass times for the Holy Day:
Monday, December 7:
7:00pm Vigil Mass
Tuesday, December 8:
9:15am (no students)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS 2020
St. Ignatius Parish invites families with young children to celebrate Advent together at our
Happy Birthday, Jesus
Event on Sunday, December 6 in the Ignatius Center. Families will choose staggered start times to help prevent overcrowding and allow time to clean between groups. Masks are required for this event!
Our theme this year is "Christmas Around the World". Please review the available slots at
Happy Birthday, Jesus Event sign up
and reserve a video time for your family! Please indicate your children's names and ages in the comment section of the sign up. SPACE IS LIMITED!
Cost is $10 per child
(Free for children under 1). Mail or drop payment, cash or check, to the parish office or collection basket in an envelope marked "Happy Birthday, Jesus" along with your family name by November 29. If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Kroger at 661-6565 x2725 or
Are your 6-12 year old children struggling to pray and follow along during Sunday Mass?MagnifiKid magazines may be able to help! Every week, MagnifiKid offers:
**All the readings and the prayers of the Sunday Mass with explanations of the difficult words and the meaning of the rituals;
**A suggested prayer for morning and evening;
**Many suggestions on how to live the entire week with the Lord;
**Various games, a comic, and activities to help children learn about Christian life and culture;
**A page intended for the parents with suggestions for family prayers.
For $14-19* per year, each subscriber will receive a monthly package that contains a booklet of 16 color pages for each Sunday as well as special issues for major feast days. These monthly packages will be reserved for your family in the parish office lobby so that you can pick them up on your way into Mass once a month.
St. Ignatius Parish is offering a bulk ordering rate, so the price is dependent upon the number of subscriptions received by December 7.
To reserve subscriptions now for 2021, click
by December 7
. You'll be contacted about the payment once all reservations are made and the bulk rate is determined. Please call Mrs. Elaine Kroger in the parish office at 661-6565 x2725 with any questions.
ALTERNATE THANKSGIVING ACTIVITIES.pdf
CATHOLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION.pdf
on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 2:44PM