January 15, 2021

 

Dear Fatima Parents,

It is great having the kids back in school and we are excited about 2021!

FIRST, THANKS TO EVERYONE:

Over the break, I had a chance to reflect on what a historic, challenging, and productive first half of school we have had together. With everyone’s help during this pandemic, we have been able to achieve 19 weeks of in-person education with only minor disruptions at some grade levels. This is no small accomplishment! This is due to everyone’s efforts, vigilance, and cooperation! Thank you!

 

STAY VIGILANT:

This said, and with vaccinations, hopefully, in our near future, we must all still keep doing the things that we know are working. We know that taking daily temperatures, frequent washing of hands, social distancing, and open communication between families and the school are key components for us being able to continue in-person education. As we all wish for a speedy end to this pandemic, let us all not tire and let us remain vigilant.

 

MID-TERM EXAMINATIONS:

As we return to school, our middle school students are preparing for their mid-term examinations. These examinations will take place next Tuesday through Friday. Students have been reviewing this week and have a study guide as their “road map” for these tests. We feel that the experience of the rigors of mid-term exams will be an important building block as our students move into high school and beyond. The mid-term exam schedule was given to our students last Friday, and I have attached it for our middle school parents.

 

MidtermExams

 

SOMETHING SPECIAL STORE NEEDS YOU:

Our school is very fortunate to have the financial support from the boutique store, Something Special. Do you like beautiful and unusual household items? Something Special is the place for you. The store is located just south of the school on Parish property. It operates from 12:00 to 4:30 on the weekends. It is staffed entirely by our parent volunteers. The store is managed by Joanne Salageanu who has instituted this year a number of safety procedures such as limiting the number of people in the store due to the pandemic. Joanne in her other job, is a research scientist and was an important member of our Safety Team this past summer as we developed our school reentry protocols. If you can provide a block of time to help at Something Special, it would really help support the school. Here is the link to the sign-up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A45ADA92FAAF49-something

 

SCHOOL YEARBOOK:

Thank you to Jennifer Poku for agreeing to be the point person to coordinate this year’s school yearbook. We are going to look back at this year as a historic year in education and we want to be able to remember it with a great yearbook. However, this is a daunting task with the loss of so many of the usual school events. So Jennifer needs our help. Jenifer is especially in need of 8th-grade family pictures! Photos can be sent to olf2021@gmail.com.

 

SCHOOL COUNSELING AVAILABLE:

In these stressful times, we are very fortunate to be able to offer school counseling services to interested students. Ms. Amber Murphy is here every Friday. If you are interested in your child seeing Ms. Murphy, just contact me or your child’s teacher.

 

RECYCLING AT OLF:

Our next recycling event will take place Saturday, January 30th. Please bring your refundable cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles to the 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 laurie.vallerie@gmail.com Thank you, Laurie, for spearheading this initiative!

 

TYLER UGOLYN EVENT- SAVE THE DATE:

Returning families know that one of the highlights of a normal year at Fatima is the Tyler Ugolyn Basketball Tournament. For two weeks every winter, the school community gathers to cheer on our athletes and to eat delicious meals together. As you know, because of the pandemic, basketball has been canceled his year. The school’s Athletics Committee does want to acknowledge Tyler Ugolyn this year by hosting a special Virtual Tyler Ugolyn Game Night on Friday, February 5. More information will be out next week. It will be a fun community event, a fundraiser, and a way to keep honoring the memory of Tyler Ugolyn. 

 

SUMMER PROGRAM:

We once again are planning to offer our primary age students a summer program this summer. It will be open to present Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first-grade students and will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 each day. More information will be sent home shortly.

 

MY FAVORITE CLASS THAT I VISITED THIS WEEK:

I was in the Pre-K class on Wednesday. It was a joy to watch the students interact, share, and work with their teachers Miss Mariah, Miss Katelyn, and Mrs. Dela. This is definitely a room that has the students hearing and learning receptive language and self-monitoring skills while also experiencing joy in the classroom. Bravo!

 

“SHOUT-OUT I”

Dr. Jay Dobos (Wilton Pediatrician and school medical advisor) and Barry Bogle (Director of Wilton Health). We have been blessed this year to be able to consult with these two experts as we work to follow all the latest CDC guidelines during the pandemic. For whatever reason, most of our events have occurred on the weekends and, Dr Dobos and Mr. Bogle have made themselves accessible for consultation at any hour, on any day. Bravo and thank you, Dr. Dobos and Mr. Bogle.

 

PIZZA FRIDAYS

  • Here is the February order link: http://pizza.respond2survey.com
  • Please remember to order your pizza by the Wednesday evening prior to the Friday you would like your child to receive pizza for lunch.

 

NOTE FROM DR. CHEESEMAN:

OLFCA Parents please click the link below to read the New Strategic Plan from The Diocese of Bridgeport. DOB has published a new strategic plan called "To Make All Things New" and is inviting you to read it .

https://www.dioceseofbridgeportcatholicschools.com/strategic-plan-2021-2024/

 

COMING EVENTS:

January 18 – No school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19-22 – Midterm exams for the middle school

January 22 – End of the second marking period

January 28 – Bishop Caggiano here to celebrate Mass with our school

January 30 – Recycling in front of the school

January 31 – Virtual Open House at 2:00 p.m.

January 31-February 6 – Catholic Schools Week

February 5 – Tyler Ugolyn Community Zoom Event at 7:00 p.m.

February 15-19 – Winter Break

February 27 – Recycling in front of the school

March 27 - Recycling in front of the school

April 1-9 Easter Break

April 16 – End of the third marking period

April 24 - Recycling in front of the school

May 7 – Teacher Professional Development Day – no school for students

May 29 - Recycling in front of the school

May 31 – Memorial Day – no school

June 11 – 8th-grade graduation

June 11 – Last day for Pre-K

June 18 – Last day of school for Pre-K through 7th

 

AND FINALLY:

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday on Monday here is a great quote that makes me think about and be thankful for Catholic education:

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.