*Online Resources*

  • ThinkCentral: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do
    • District: Archdiocese of Phil Ed Office
    • School: St Helena School – Blue Bell
  • IXL: https://www.ixl.com/signin/sainthelena

 

Welcome Back!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to Second Grade! I hope you have enjoyed some summer fun and are as excited as I am for the year ahead of us! SHS has missed you!

I am Miss Montgomery and I am thrilled to be your partner this year as we guide your child through the many new and exciting (and different) experiences ahead. Second grade is a busy year, bringing with it many new milestones. Together, we will work hard, try our best, grow in our Catholic faith, build new friendships, and learn a lot! My hope is that our classroom will be a safe, happy place where we can create many magical memories together!

Hopefully, this letter will answer some questions you may have about this school year and help make it a smooth transition for you and your child. You will be able to find this information on the 2AM page on the school website, as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can email me at amontgomery@sainthelenaschool.org. There will surely be many unanswered questions, as well, so keep an eye out for further updates over this coming week, especially from Mr. Jankowski.

A Note Regarding Our New Normal

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with and adherence to our new guidelines, protocols, and procedures. Please remember that masks are required to be worn at all times. “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.” In order to remove masks, we need to be in a space that allows us all to be more than 6 feet apart from anyone else. Lunch, recess, and mask breaks will be outdoors as much as possible. Please remind your children of mask expectations and perhaps practice wearing a mask for extended periods of time in these last few days before school begins. Hand-washing will happen frequently throughout the day, as well as cleaning of our desks, chairs, and other high-touch surfaces. Please also help remind your children that there will be no sharing of materials of any kind. Each child’s belongings will be kept at their desk at all times (the closet will not be used for storage). Please be cognizant of our updated sick and absent policies and protocol. If you need to travel, please do not return to school until after the appropriate quarantine period. The health and safety of all members of our community is the number one priority and will require everyone’s efforts, transparency, and commitment. You can expect much more detailed information from our Task Force in the coming days. I encourage you to have gentle conversations with your child about what to expect when returning to school and some of the differences they will see and feel.

Stationery Fee for Supplies from School

Your child will receive the following items at school, which must be purchased through the school. Please send in the amount below in an envelope labeled Stationery Fee 2AM with your child’s name. This can be paid by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to St. Helena School.

4 copybooks @ $1.85 each                            $7.40

1 assignment book @ $3.50 each                  $3.50

3 plastic folders @ $2.00 each                        $6.00

1 pair of scissors @ $2.00 each                       $2.00

Scholastic News and Science Spin –             $8.72

Total Supply Fee————————————-$27.62

Art Fee

Please send in a fee of $10 in an envelope labeled Art Fee with your child’s name on it. This will be used for art projects in the classroom using special art supplies.

Other Supplies your child needs to bring from home:

Please bring your school bag and pencil case with multiple sharpened pencils and an eraser. Other needed supplies are listed below:

*Please remember to label all materials with your child’s name.

  • Masks – wear 1 to school and bring 2 extras every day
  • 1 bottle of white glue
  • 2 large glue sticks
  • Standard 8 pack of markers
  • Many sharpened #2 pencils
  • 2 handheld pink erasers
  • 1 zippered pencil case to fit in desk
  • 1 box of 24 crayons
  • 1 container of cleaning wipes
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 2 individual packs of tissues
  • 1 art smock or old t-shirt
  • 1 plastic art box (no larger than a shoe box)
  • Clear contact paper to cover workbooks
  • 1 box gallon sized Ziplock bags
  • 1 beach towel for outdoor use
  • 1 100-pack of brown paper lunch bags
  • 2 small bottles of individual hand sanitizer
  • 1 water bottle (to be brought to school filled each day)
  • 1-2 activity or coloring books for use during rainy day recess
  • 1 or 2 picture/chapter books – Your child needs to always have an extra book in his/her desk every day. There will be a silent reading period during the school day.
  • *Please do not send in a seat sack this year.

Books

Please cover workbooks and assignment books with clear contact paper. Cover hardcover books with brown paper only. “Book sox” cannot be used this year. Label each book with your child’s name and the subject on the front outside cover.

Homework

Children will now copy homework in their assignment book daily. This is a new responsibility and can be a challenge. Please sign the assignment book each night. Your signature tells me that the homework has been checked for accuracy and completion. In the beginning, it is helpful to cross-check our website each night. I realize that school nights are hectic. If you establish a homework routine and your child is responsible for packing and unpacking his or her school bag, this will enable you to have the time you need to check and sign everything. Homework is a review of that day’s school work and, ideally, should take about 30 minutes. If your child is having difficulty with that night’s assignment, please write a note in the assignment book for me. Any loose homework papers will be sent home in the H folder. Other completed school work will also be sent home in this folder and can be removed and kept at home. Any tests, quizzes, and other important school communication will be sent home in the T folder for your review, signature, and return to school. Please keep in mind that homework is subject to change as we determine what is most appropriate to assign during this time.

Absence

If your child will be absent, please remember to call the office. Upon your child’s return to school, please send in a note with the date and reason of the absence. Your child will bring home any missed work to be completed. Typically, your child will be given the amount of days absent to complete the assignments (e.g., your child is out for two days, they have two days from the time they receive the assignment to return it to me completed). I know extenuating circumstances sometimes occur, and this can be discussed when/if needed.

Birthdays

Birthdays will be recognized and celebrated, but please do not send in treats to share at this time.

Names, Names, Names

Children often have identical lunch boxes, jackets, and school bags. As you might imagine, gym sweatshirts and other uniform items tend to look the same once they are taken off and need to be clearly labeled with your child’s name. There will be no Lost and Found collection.

Snacks and Lunch

No items will be available for purchase. Children will need to come to school with a packed snack, lunch, and drink each day. Only send in items that your child is able to open independently. Our school is completely NUT FREE, so please keep that in mind when packing snack and lunch. Remember to also pack a beach towel to be used for outdoor seating. This will be sent home at the end of each week to be washed.

Dismissal

Be sure to inform me how your child will be going home each day so I can ensure he or she gets to where they need to be. Please email me your child’s primary source of transportation. If your child will be taking an alternative form of transportation home at any time, please remember to send in a note or call the office (no later than 2:15PM). Very detailed information will be sent regarding how arrival and dismissal will operate this year.

Please Save These Important Second Grade Dates

  • First Day of School for Grades 1-4: Wednesday, September 9
  • Grades 1-8 Report: Friday, September 11
  • VIRTUAL Back to School Night: Tuesday, September 22
  • First Reconciliation: Tuesday, December 1
  • First Holy Communion: Saturday, May 1
  • May Procession: Monday, May 3
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, June 17

I realize that this is a busy time of year for all of us – much more so now than ever before. I am grateful for everything you have done to get your child ready for this new beginning! Thank you again in advance for your help and cooperation this year. Again, please feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns. I look forward to getting to know all of you and having a wonderful year! Please know that I will do everything possible to support your child as we navigate this very different school year together.

Sincerely,

Miss Allison Montgomery

 

Mrs. Danielle James & Mrs. Robin Melvin

djames@sainthelenaschool.org