Greetings St. Ignatius Families,
We have successfully wrapped up another week of school. The students are busy learning and growing with each passing day. We look forward to meeting with you via Zoom for our fall conferences next Wednesday and Thursday. Students in grades three through eight attend their fall conference.
Renaissance STAR testing is a nationwide standardized testing program used throughout the Archdiocese of Portland to monitor student learning progress. Students are tested at least three times per year. STAR testing results will be sent home with your student on Monday. Please remember the testing results offer only one small glimpse into your student’s learning progress. Your student’s teacher will review your student’s progress so far this year during your conference time next week.
We are continuing to work through our dismissal procedures and adjustments. Thank you for parking on the church side of 43rd Avenue to decrease the number of students and families crossing the street. We must continue to reduce how many people cross 43rd Avenue during our arrival and dismissal times. The drive up dismissal line is moving quickly and smoothly taking no longer than ten minutes from start to finish. If you wish to use the car line with virtually no waiting time, drive through at 3:20 PM. The drive up dismissal line is the safest pick-up option for our students.
We are noticing more parents are ‘dropping off’ their students in the morning well before 8:15 AM, however there are no staff outside to supervise students before 8:15 AM. Please keep your child in your car until 8:15 AM when you see staff out on duty. Please use the drop-off car line for the morning. Please remember before school care is now available through Vermont Hills Family Life Center and takes place in Dillon Hall starting at 7:30 AM.
We are planning an outdoor Halloween Festival for our students on Monday, October 25th. Game and craft stations will be set up outside and led by our 8th graders. Classes will move through the stations at their designated time of day. Special thanks to Kristin Jost for heading up this fun event for our students! Thank you to Zora and Gavin Sharkey, John and Char Sharkey, Francine Morgan, Dan Dulley, Joey Dulley, Tom Trapold at Trapold Farms, the Lloyd family, and the Collins family for donations to this special event. Please make sure your student has a raincoat on Monday as this festival will take place outside rain or shine.
We will have our traditional Halloween parade on Friday, October 29th as an outdoor event socially distanced by class. We will host this event at the time of day when the weather looks the most favorable. Unfortunately, we are not able to invite parents to this event this year as we do not have the capacity to check guests for their proof of vaccination. We will take loads of pictures and share them with you!
We are blessed to have a supportive, diligent community during this challenging time. As Halloween approaches, please take a moment to consider safe ways to enjoy this fun-filled tradition. Proper masking and maintaining social distancing are the best ways to keep our community safe both in and out of school.
We have follow up information to share for our lead testing results. We followed the guidelines given to us from the Early Learning Division of the State of Oregon, and we replaced the two sink faucets that did not meet the state scale of 15.0 ppm. We have received the new test results, and the two sinks tested at .66 ppm and 3.95 ppm. We are pleased to announce that all of the tested sinks and drinking fountains in the school are now below the state limit.
Thank you for all of the ways you help your students at home!
“Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”
Peace be with you,
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Carol Pausz, Principal