FROM the desk of MRS. SCHWEITZER
Our journey of Lent is well underway now. This is a great time to stop and reflect on our theme: “Trust and Mercy.” Before Jesus was even born, Mary and Joseph trusted in God and everything his angels had told them that God was calling them to do for us. They listened and said “yes” to God. After Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph continued to listen to God and what He called them to do to keep Jesus safe from harm. When Jesus grew into a man and began his ministry, He showed great mercy to all who believed in Him and His teachings by forgiving sins and healing and helping those in need. Jesus trusted in His Heavenly Father, knowing He would be asked to suffer and die for our sins. Jesus is truly our role model for how to live with trust and mercy!
UPDATED DIOCESAN GUIDELINES ….. The Diocese has once again updated its COVID19 Guidelines and added a new section for quarantine exemption questions and answers. Below I have highlighted the updates:
• Travel Update – There was a lot of confusion and challenges when Kentucky added every state to their travel advisory. As a result, the Diocesan task force has decided to return to previous guidance which mandates quarantines for travel to states where the positivity rate is 15% or higher (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/tracker/map/percent-positive). We would still like families to communicate their trips like they have done all year to ensure the trip activities remain low risk. You may still be required to quarantine due to high-risk trip activities.
• Quarantine Exemption Questions and Answers:
1. I have already had COVID19, do I have to quarantine again if I am deemed a close contact?
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days you will not have to go into quarantine as a result of being a close contact. It is important to note that while it is rare, you can still get COVID-19 during this 90-day period and beyond so you should always follow the symptom protocols regardless of a previous diagnosis.
2. If I have a positive antibody test may I be exempt from quarantine? No, the current guidance does not recognize positive antibody tests as a reason to be exempt from a close contact quarantine. You can read more information about antibody testing from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html
3. I have received the vaccine, may I be exempt from quarantine? No, at this time the guidance from the health department does not allow for an exemption to a quarantine if you have been vaccinated.
4. Our entire family has previously tested positive for COVID-19, can we avoid the school travel quarantine? At this time, the travel quarantine will apply to all students regardless of a previous COVID-19 positive test. While there may be a 90-day immunity to COVID-19, it is still possible to get and transmit the virus and travel may increase that risk. The travel quarantine ensures that families who choose higher risk activities do not impose those same risks on school families who are not choosing to take the same risks.
I thank you for your continued cooperation and honesty about your family’s activities. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Return to School Requirements - January 22th - click here
St. Anthony Reentry After Absence - click here
Decision Tree for COVID -19 Response - click here
Father Eric Andriot - pastor
Veronica Schweitzer - principal
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TRIMESTER 2 REPORT CARDS – will be available in Sycamore on Tuesday after school. A note or email should be sent in by Friday – March 5th to let us know that you viewed your student(s) report card. If you need login information, please contact the office.
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR – Registration forms were sent home with students last week for next school year. Please help us determine the number of students we will be serving by completing the form and / or letter and the After School survey and returning it as soon as possible. Current families that register by March 5th will be entered in a drawing for a Texas Roadhouse gift basket.
TUITION ASSISTANCE-2021-2022 - Although tuition has not yet been set for next school year, if you received assistance this school year, you should have received information about reapplying for next year via an email from FACTS. If you would like to see if you qualify for assistance for next school year, you can click on the following link to start the application process: https://online.factsmgt.com/aid
ANNUAL BOOK FAIR - Our annual Book Fair is up and running from Monday, March 1st through Friday, March 5th. Students will be able to purchase books and items during the school day during this week. Due to COVID protocols, if you would like to shop the Book Fair, you must sign up for a time after school – see link below. The Book Fair will be open after school by appointment from 2:30 until 4:00 PM. A portion of the sales are returned to school for classroom supplies, books, etc. Thanks for your support of the Book Fair!
SCHOOL HOUSE SYMPHONY will hold a virtual performance for students Tuesday, March 2nd. Due to last week’s weather, we had to reschedule. This performance is made possible by a grant for ACUE schools.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM GRADES K-4 …. As a part of the Diocese of Covington Safe Environment Program, I must provide students with instruction about different forms of abuse. “Kids on the Block” is a program offered by the Family Nurturing Center to help young children understand what abuse is and what to do if they are being abused or they know someone who is being abused. This program will be offered to our students in grades K-4 as a virtual program. If you choose to have your child opt out of this program, please contact the school office so the proper paperwork can be filled out and kept on file.
LAROSAS BUDDY CARDS – PTO is continuing the sale of buddy cards. Please contact the office if interested in buying one. The cost is $10 for 14 buy one get one free cheese pizza deals.
HCHS MULCH & PINE STRAW SALE – Holy Cross High School’s 23RD Annual Mulch Sale is underway offering 3 kinds of mulch in 2 cubic foot bags for $4.25 per bag and pine straw for $8.00 per bale. All prices include free delivery and sales tax. Students will deliver to your home, business or rental property anywhere in Kenton, Boone and Campbell counties beginning April 15th. Contact any Holy Cross student (A number of St. Anthony graduates and current 8th grade students are selling the mulch) or visit www.hcmulch.com.
HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL FISH FRY – Will be held on Fridays during Lent 5:00-8:00pm - CARRY OUT ONLY. Visit our website for menu options. www.hchscov.com.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
March 8th - March 22nd SPRING FLOWER SALE - St. Anthony PTO will hold a Spring Flower Sale from March 8 th until March 22nd. We will have planters and hanging baskets for sale. Students will soon be bringing home information and order forms. There will be a donut party and extra recess for the homeroom that sells the most flowers!
MARCH 16th - FRISCH’S NIGHT - St. Anthony School will host a Frisch’s Night at the Frisch’s on 3L Highway on Tuesday, March 16th from 4 PM until 9 PM. A portion of receipts that night will be donated back to our PTO when you present a flyer stating that you are from St. Anthony. This flyer will be attached to next week’s newsletter.
MARCH 19 – Professional Development Day #4 – NO SCHOOL
MARCH 31st – EARLY DISMISSAL @ 11am – No lunch served
APRIL 1st & 2nd – HOLY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY – NO SCHOOL
APRIL 5th – 9th – SPRING BREAK – NO SCHOOL
Please remember to perform your student’s Daily Personal Health Assessment each day
Masks and water bottles should be taken home nightly for cleaning and sanitizing. Additional St. Anthony Masks (adjustable) are available for purchase in the school office.
TUESDAY – CHEESE CONEY
WEDNESDAY – MINI CORN DOGS
THURSDAY – HAMBURGERS
FRIDAY – SOFT PRETZEL
MONDAY – FRENCH TOAST STICKS
VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practice programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. “Protecting God's Children® for Adults” is training conducted by VIRTUS® certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. The Diocese requires all adults who enter the school building or are around school children in any capacity, must be in full compliance with the charter. This requires completed paperwork on file with the Diocese, attendance at a one-time Virtus Live Training session and maintenance of monthly online bulletins. More information can be found at www.virtus.org. A list of the live training dates in our area is attached.
In summary, ALL ADULTS who would like to be involved with our school children must be Virtus certified and in compliance with the National Charter, “Protecting God’s Children” program. This means that all volunteers are required to be VIRTUS trained -- this includes classroom volunteers, field trip sponsors, room mothers, cafeteria workers, coaches, and substitutes, etc. New parents wishing to be VIRTUS trained should register online at www.virtus.org. If you are transferring from another parochial school, please make sure you add St. Anthony School to your VIRTUS account. If you already have an account with VIRTUS and it has been suspended or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bottom.
REMKE CARING NEIGHBORS – As part of the Remke’s Caring Neighbor program, they will donate up to 2% to St. Anthony for every purchase made when you use your Remke Rewards card if you have designated St. Anthony. It has been brought to our attention that even if you had previously chosen St. Anthony, you may need to log into your account and verify that St. Anthony is still designated.
Sign in to your account at www.remkes.com
Go to My Account in the top right corner of the page
Choose St. Anthony as your favorite Caring Neighbor Non-Profit Organization from the drop down box toward the bottom of the page
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS – Please designate St. Anthony as your Kroger Community Rewards partner.
1. Login or create your digital account at www.kroger.com
2. Link your Card to an organization.
Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the Kroger Community Rewards selection on your digital account.
1. Sign in to your digital account.
2. Enter the name or NPO number of the organization you wish to support.
3. Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save”.
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