February 26, 2021
Good afternoon SMS families,
I hope all is well and you are enjoying the sunshine! At the start of our week we had snow (I wonder if this will be the last time I say that word for the school year) and by Wednesday we had a “balmy” (as Mrs. Dengler said) 50 degrees! It is hard to believe that we are beginning the month of March and completing trimester two next week. I am so proud that we could offer our school community both in person and remote learning since day one! We appreciate all of the support, cooperation and positive feedback that we have received from our dedicated families during this journey!
The Department of Catholic Schools in partnership with Johns Hopkins has designed a School Climate Survey to assess the school culture in our Archdiocesan schools. There are TWO DIFFERENT LINKS below. The first link is for parents of in person learners. The second link is for parents of remote learners. The survey should take about 15 minutes of your time and will close on March 8th. Please consider offering your important feedback regarding St. Margaret School. Thank you in advance for your time!
Parents of in person learners please use this link:
Parents of remote learners please use this link:https://jhuedu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Muu3JyzMhIsHpc?Source=St.MargaretSchool(BelAir)ParentsRemote
Virtual Learning on Thursday, March 4th - The second dose of the vaccine for the majority of our teachers and staff is on Wednesday, March 3. We have been given the approval to close school and be virtual on Thursday, March 4. The second dose of the vaccine impacts each individual differently - some have little to no reaction and some can become quite ill for 12-24 hours. The teachers will communicate with their class parents any alternate plans if asynchronous learning is necessary on Thursday, March 4th. Thank you for your support and understanding as our teachers and staff receive their Covid vaccines!
Return to In Person Learning - The next available date for virtual students to return to campus will be Monday, March 8th as that is the beginning of our final trimester. The final return to campus date will be Monday, April 12th as that is after our spring break. Please note, no additional dates will be offered for remote learners to return to the classroom after April 12th.
Lenten Outreach - Paper Drive for toilet paper and paper towels! The collection will continue throughout Lent. We will not be sending Rice Bowls home this year due to Covid restrictions. Please use the following link to learn more about the Rice Bowl collection and for other Lenten family resources.https://www.crsricebowl.org/families
Tuition Assistance - All applications for tuition assistance through the Archdiocese of Baltimore must be received by this Sunday, February 28. Applications are filed through FACTS using the link https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3QDJ0.Remember that the receipt of a grant for the current school year does not guarantee a grant renewal. You must reapply each year.
Covid Updates and Important Information - Please review the information in the weekly Principal's Post regarding our Covid guidelines. We ask for your continued cooperation following our Covid procedures in order to keep our students, teachers and staff safe and healthy.
Upcoming Activities- We will celebrate “Read Across America” next week March 1st- 5th! Our Scholastic Book Fair will have to be online this year. It will take place the week of March 8th-21st. We will send more information as the date approaches. Please prayerfully consider supporting this fundraiser for our school. Thank you.
Please continue to pray for Fr. Kevin’s full recovery and ask for God’s blessings to keep him healthy! Have a wonderful weekend!
Anna C. Shanahan
St. Margaret School
"Be a light for all to see." Matthew 5:16