Updates from the Principal!

Dear St. Charles Parents,

Here is the promised update! There are a number of random things that I want you to know about. With respect for your time, I’ll be as succinct as possible. I’ve provided an order of topics for your convenience!

Thank you,
Danny Kieffer, St. Charles Prinicpal

1. New School Counselor

St. Charles has a new Masters level counselor provided by Dr. Steve Kahn and the Phoenix Group.  Joy Wedan was our counselor for the past couple of years. This year she has decided that she would like to have more time with her family.  Our new counselor is Victoria Stein, and she will be with us on Wednesdays from 7:45-2:45. We share Ms. Stein with Our Lady of Grace and St. Alphonsus. Please find an introduction letter from her attached.  If you would like to email Victoria to discuss service on a specific topic, her email address is vstein@stchbs.org

2. Middle School Birthdays

We have discontinued the practice of allowing students in grades 5-8 to bring treats on their birthday.  This became difficult to manage and a bit chaotic. We have come up with a new way for middle school students to celebrate birthdays. One day each month will be designated as a birthday out-of-uniform day for those students in grades 5-8 whose birthday is that month. We will recognize August and September birthdays on September 20th with future dates to be communicated and added to the calendar.

3. Aftercare Changes

We are hiring more staff for our aftercare program. Please refer any candidates to dkieffer@stchbs.org.  As the St. Charles teachers phase out of working in the aftercare program and new staff moves in, we are taking the opportunity to update some of our protocols and practices to increase safety for our children.  When you arrive to pick up your child from aftercare, have a valid state ID with you to verify that you are the parent. Students will only be released to parents or other individuals listed on the approved pick up list.  Individuals on the approved pick-up list must also have a valid state ID to pick up your child.  Your cooperation and adherence is crucial to maintain the safety of our children during this transition.

4. Health Office Volunteers Needed! Plus Health Office News

We have a need for health office volunteers on Mondays this year.  Please email dkieffer@stchbs.org if you are interested in taking on some Mondays. We will provide training!  In the weeks to come Mrs. Larson will be in the health office less regularly and eventually become a sub.  Mrs. Slattery’s days will increase. It is possible that we will be hiring an additional health aide for 1-2 days per week in the near future.

5. Band Day moves to Wednesday!

Band Day used to be Thursday, now it is Wednesday.  Please plan accordingly; band begins on Wednesday, September 13th.

6. Salad Bar!

We have a salad bar in the lunchroom that will be available to staff and grades 5-8 once the inspection is complete.  We are planning to try making it available to the younger grades, starting with 4th  grade to see how it goes.  Our salad bar will contain all of the components required to meet MDE guidelines for a healthy lunch.

7. Pick-up Hiccups

Please remain patient with pick-up procedures; we are working out the kinks as we do every year.  Please enter the parking lot in 2 lanes, merge into one, and pull up as far as you can when picking up your child.  Please avoid parking in the middle of the pick up line. If you have to exit your car to assist your child, please use caution for the safety of you and your child.  If you are picking up a preschool student, please wait to park until you reach the end where the students are waiting and then sign out your child.

8. Thank you to Jansma Family and 8th Graders of Last Year!

Thanks to the Jansma family for building us a beautiful box around our sign for flowers and plants!  Thank you to last year’s 8th graders and the Abel family for filling it with soil and planting some beautiful plants in the new box. I receive a lot of compliments about the appearance of our grounds and this just increases the beauty! Check out our Facebook page if you haven’t seen the photos!

9. Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

Please fill out these forms sent over the summer and submit them to the school office as soon as possible!  The forms will help your family receive subsidized prices on lunch and it helps the school to receive federal funding through Title 1.  If your family receives financial assistance you are likely to qualify, please help us out and apply!  This is important even if you do not use the school lunch program. Call the office if you need the forms re-sent to you!

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