Any families who plan to attend the SMS Middle School Girls Championship game at 4:30pm at MCC this afternoon, please note that all spectators will be seated in the stands for the games, not on the sidelines of the field. You do not need to bring your fold-up chairs on the field. Our middle school Boys Basketball team will also be playing for the Championship today at MCC starting at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. GO COUGARS!
St. Mary School has the safety of our students and staff in the forefront of our minds always. In light of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. last week, we are taking a fresh look at our security measures with our Safety Committee next week. We have always been vigilant with school safety, and we realize that we have challenges because our campus is so open. We have walkie-talkies that we carry when on the playground, at recess, and in the hall at lunch – anytime that we have our students outside the secure areas (which are inside the gates and the Early Childhood Center). We continue to have Lockdown drills each trimester, and our Safety Committee meets regularly to look at ways we can improve safety. Rockledge Police Department visited our school for teacher training a few years ago, and they also assessed our school environment for potential problem areas. We made changes at that time (notice the classroom numbers on the outside of the buildings) and continue to look at how we can make our school safer. We are in the process of seeing where we could use cameras (other than the one at the front gate) to see our surrounding areas. We are inviting Rockledge Police Department to come back for an updated training with our Aftercare staff, teachers office staff, etc. The Safety Committee will be discussing putting written classroom procedures in place for substitute teachers, parents, and coaches during after school activities. Planning drills and educating our students, teachers, office staff, Aftercare, coaches, etc. is an ongoing process. We also know that we cannot exactly predict something that might happen, where it will happen, and what to do if it does happen. Active shooters do not let schools know when and where they will show up…..so we have drills and practices knowing that the students need to listen to their teachers if we are ever put in that situation because the teachers will draw the students away from danger to try and keep the kids safe. One piece of the puzzle is to complete the fence around the playground area, close off the open space near the science lab, and connect the Early Childhood Center to the main campus by extending the fence. We have the model and the plans to complete that; however, the cost would be approximately $75,000. We also assessing where to place cameras on our campus to increase security and hope to be able to install them in different areas. Those will cost us about $250 per camera. As we move through the process of increasing security, we will let families and parishioners know what our costs will be and ask for help with funding these projects. In the meantime. please know that we are aware of our students and our surroundings. Your child’s safety is our first priority. God bless you, and pray for our school and church community, Sandy Basinger
In the aftermath of the tragedy in South Florida and with all the uncertainty (what to do, what not to do, guns or no guns, and all the political debates) about school shootings swirling around, our children can become anxious or afraid. Scholastic has published some information for teachers and parents that gives some help at appropriate age levels and lets us know how to talk with children after incidents of violence and tragedy occur, especially so close to home. Please take some time this weekend to look at the information and check out these websites that can help parents know if their children are anxious or afraid.
18-19 Registration Packets are being sent home on Friday, Feb. 23 with the youngest child in your family. Early Bird Registration will begin Friday evening for current families who can register online. Returning Families who register by March 12 will receive a $50 discount on registration fees. New families will be able to register starting March 12. Please look for an email from the school with log-in information for our online registration system. Please read all the information in your packets. Current families who have a NEW child entering Prek3 can call the office and let us know your child will be registering so we can include PreK3 information in your packet. PreK3 and VPK4 registration tuition and fees are on a separate scale and are included on the 18-19 Tuition and Fees Schedule in your packet. Families who have State sponsored Scholarships (McKay, Gardiner, AAA, Step UP) will not know the amount of their scholarships until June or July. When we receive the scholarship amounts from the State of Florida, we will apply the amounts to your tuition. Anyone applying for Financial Aid through FACTS (school-sponsored scholarships) MUST apply for Step UP or AAA Scholarships before you apply through FACTS. The deadline to apply for FACTS Financial Aid is April 15.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 321-636-4208.
Big Kids’ Lego Club will meet on *Wednesday* this week instead of Thursday