October 9th, 2020

Dear Fatima Parents,
It feels like everyone, parents, students, and teachers are adjusting to the new pandemic procedures and we are getting into a regular school day routine. Just having a routine can be a beautiful thing!
Halloween Pumpkin Event
I am so happy to announce that Our Lady of Fatima School in partnership with OLF's Columbiettes will this year present A Halloween Pumpkin Event.  This Halloween event will take place on our field over two nights:  Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st from 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Pre-purchased tickets with time reservation will be required. 
As part of this event, each student will receive a pumpkin to create their very own Jack O'Lantern. Families can submit additional Jack O'Lanterns. Pumpkins are due back to school Thursday, October 29th, or Friday, October 30th: 8 :00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Prizes will be awarded to the top three favorite pumpkins.  A separate email will be sent with ticket purchase information. 
Entrance fee:  $10 per household. Costumes are encouraged and face masks are required.
We live during an anxiety-producing time.I am happy to let you know that Ms. Amber Murphy started today and will be in our school every Friday to meet with our children as needed. Ms. Murphy is a certified school counselor and will be available to work with your child and offer support on any emotional, social, or behavioral issues that may arise. Ms. Murphy's introduction letter is attached.
Recycling will begin at OLF this month on Saturday, October 31st. Please bring your refundable cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles in front of the school building between 8:30-10:30. The Middle School students will be helping to collect and sort the recyclable materials; this is a great way to earn Community Service hours.  A sign-up sheet will be available via Sign up Genius.  The funds raised help to purchase school and classroom supplies for all grades.
Keep collecting all year and drop off as much as you can, every nickel counts! If you have any questions please reach out to [email protected] Thank you, Laurie, for spearheading this initiative!
Cross-country practice has expanded. With the additional two volunteer coaches Marissa Lowthert and Magdalene Pariza, joining Amber Pace and Joanne Salageanu, we are offering 5th through 8th grade cross country practice on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00 to 4:00. Safety procedures will be followed and all 5th through 8th grade students are invited to join with no special running talent needed to be on the team. Thank you, Marissa, Magdalene, Amber, and Joanne!
In the rush to begin school this year, we have forgotten to ask for Classroom dues.
Classroom dues for the year are $40 per child. The classroom dues this year will serve two main purposes. The first $20 will go toward the Classroom Baskets which will be included in our December Silent Auction. This auction is a major fundraiser for our school. Since we do not anticipate normal class field trips this school year, the remaining $20 will be used to fund class-specific events like bringing in a speaker, hosting an enrichment assembly, or funding a Holiday class party. You can just send in your check to your child's homeroom teacher.
We are still getting requests for Fatima Spirit Wear so we have extended the deadline. Please see the link below for details. (Early Christmas shopping hint: the pajama pants would make a great gift!)
We have been having some beautiful fall days where the days begin a little cooler in the morning but then it warms up by midday. The end result of this is that many children come out to recess with their sweatshirt or OLF fleece on but they then take it off as they get warm. If you have their name written on the tag, it makes it so much easier to return it to their owner. Otherwise, the clothing ends up on the Lost and Found table at the back entrance.
Reminders, if your child is out ill, please call the Nurse's office in the morning to let her know. Your help is greatly appreciated. The nurse's number is 762-8100 ext. 104.
This year's flu clinic will not be held in its traditional way as it has in prior years. Visiting Nurse & Hospice is collaborating with the Town of Wilton to do a drive-through clinic on October 10 & 11 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Miller-Driscoll.  Unfortunately, this clinic is only available to Wilton residents. Pre-registration and pre-clinic appointment booking is available at the Visiting Nurses website. https://visitingnurse.net/ If you are a non-resident of Wilton and are interested in a flu shot, I encourage you to reach out to your doctor or local pharmacy.
Our Diocese is offering medical support through MyCatholic Doctor, a leader in the telehealth industry. With parental consent, MyCatholicDoctor can provide in-school telehealth visits that include the child and the parent. The parents see the child and the whole exam. Then the parents, the school, and the pediatrician have a conversation about how best to meet the needs of the child. This is done using state-of-the-art equipment, including a virtual care stethoscope to listen to heart and lung sounds, and a video otoscope to look at ears and throat. Their pediatricians can:  
    • Order lab tests at Quest Diagnostics or your lab of choice;  
    • Order x-rays and other imaging studies at your local imaging center or hospital; 
    • Prescribe medications to your pharmacy of choice; 
    • Coordinate care with the family's primary care physician. 
Please contact me if you are interested in this service.
Lifetouch will be here on October 20 to take individual student pictures. Students dress up in their best clothes for their picture. We will be sending home ordering information from Lifetouch for each family this week. Because of the pandemic, we will not be doing group class pictures this year, but Lifetouch will prepare a composite for each class. Mark your calendars for October 20th!
On Tuesday, Father Reggie visited Mrs. Rooney's 8th-grade religion class. Father Reggie responded to a range of thoughtful student questions on everything from "Do atheists go to hell?" to "Does God make mistakes?" to "Is homosexuality a sin?" It was a wonderful chance for our students to ask questions they have been thinking about and hear directly about Church teaching. Thank you, Father Reggie, for taking time from your busy schedule to talk with our students!
Due to popular demand, Dress Down Days are back. You can either purchase a single Dress Down Coupon for $5 or a group of five for $40. Just send your check to the office. Here are the dates that the Dress Down coupon covers:
Tuesday, November 24, the last school day before Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, December 23, the last school day before Christmas Break
Friday, February 12, the last school day before the Winter Break
Wednesday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day
Wednesday, March 31, the last school day before the Easter Break
Coupons can be purchased from Miss. Stephanie in the school office.
A reminder that Wednesday evening is the cut-off to order pizza for that Friday. This is of great help to both us and Leitizia's Pizza. Please find attached the link to the October ordering form. I will make sure we have it sent out earlier in future months.
October 12 - Columbus Day - No school
October 20 - LifeTouch is here for individual student pictures
October 26-30 - Walkathon in gym class all week
October 30/31 - Halloween Event
October 31 - OLF Can and Bottle Recycling from 8:30 to 10:30 in front of the school
November 2 - First day of winter uniforms
November 3 - No School Election Day/Teacher PD Day
November 6 - End of the first marking period
November 19/20 - 11:30 Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences
November 21 - OLF Can and Bottle Recycling from 8:30 to 10:30 in front of the school
November 24 - Dress Down Day for students who purchased coupon
November 24 - Thanksgiving Pies arrive at school
November 25/26/27 - No School for the Thanksgiving Break
November 30 - Safe Environment Training K-8
December 8 - No School for the feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 19 - OLF Can and Bottle Recycling from 8:30 to 10:30 in front of the school
December 23 - Dress Down Day for students who purchased coupon
December 24-31 - No School for Christmas Vacation
A parent told me this story this week: at night as she settles her children down to go to sleep, she will threaten them if they are not listening. Do you know what her threat is to make them listen? She tells her children that if they don't behave she will not let them go to school in the morning! Now I know parent experts advise never to threaten something that you are not willing to follow-up and do. That said, I do love the part that coming to school is seen with such positive regard by her children!
Enjoy the long weekend!