Principal’s Letter

The children are quite amazing in how quickly they adapted to temperature checks, wearing masks, social distancing, hand-washing, and sanitizing.  You are great at completing your QR code. One would think that we have been doing daily health screening all our lives! Speaking of safety, please use the crosswalks during arrival and dismissal. I appreciate your efforts to socially distance at student pick-up but we must also model good pedestrian habits. When I reflect on how well our community members are taking the necessary precautions, I am hopeful. We can go forth and spread good habits – wearing our masks, monitoring our contacts, social distancing – we can do our part in keeping the number of reported cases from increasing.  Together we can!

Today we are celebrating our Jog-a-thon winners! The success of the event is another example of the St. John community pulling together for the sake of our children.  Congratulations, participants!   It sounds like I have to prepare myself for an onslaught of water balloons from the fifth grade later this month.

Student/Parent/Teacher virtual conferences are approaching.  Students in K-8, link here to sign up.  Preschool students will be contacted directly by teachers.  Please sign-up for a conference with your child’s homeroom teacher.  If you need to meet with another teacher, please contact them directly to schedule a meeting during that teacher’s office hours. Meetings will be held via Zoom. To prepare for the conference, chat with your child to learn what is going well and where they may need assistance.  Some teachers may have the students present that information themselves at the conference.  Together you will set some goals and discuss ways to meet those goals.  These meetings are growth opportunities.  Be sure to sign up!

We had a mini-retreat with teachers this afternoon and attended Mass with Fr. Crispin. Teachers will be re-charging tomorrow and reviewing new resources from the Diocese for Responding to Racism.

On Monday, the principals will meet once again with Patti Hayes, from Public Health – Seattle & King County.  I will keep you apprised of any pertinent information.  In the meantime, we have a long weekend ahead. Good luck to our cross-country runners this weekend!

Enjoy the crisp autumn air, and as always, be safe and mindful.

Bernadette O’Leary