Week of January 25th

Dear 4A Families,

In person learning is finally here! We are so thrilled to welcome our fourth graders back to campus on Wednesday. We have lots of information to share about the return, and our remote learners as well as Catholic Schools Week.

Returning to School:

Our official “first day” is this Wednesday, January 27th. You received an email with more details about the return to school plan on Friday, and you can get all the information by clicking on the “In Person and Remote Learning Information” tab at the top of the page. Don’t forget, starting this week, Fridays are completely asynchronous. Students will still receive a checklist with work for the day.

4A students will enter at the front kindergarten doors. Each student will be assigned a cubby for their backpacks, lunches and coats.  

Students returning to school need to bring:

  • Box with all materials: including Reindeer Writing, Cool School News and MLK Quote Poster.
  • iPad and charger
  • Filer
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Raincoat with a hood
  • Students should wear their red Holy Rosary sweatshirts, or sweaters on uniform days. (Not gator gear). The classroom will be cool, as we will keep the windows open.  Students can wear their coat in class if needed.  If they have a coat (other than the raincoat) that might be more comfortable to wear in class they could bring that along with their raincoat.

Staying Remote?:

If your child is staying remote, s/he will continue to participate through Zoom. Students will log on to zoom every morning at 8:30 and log off at 2:45 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and at 1:45 on Wednesdays.  Students will continue to follow the schedule provided on the daily checklists.  We will be setting up regular times to check in with remote students on Fridays along with ongoing check-ins during the school days. For this week only, all remote learners will be partly asynchronous on Wednesday, 1/27 and Thursday, 1/28, as the in-person learners go through campus expectations and routines. Please use the daily checklist for a suggested schedule and assignments when not online with the class.  Thank you for your understanding as we adjust to in-person learning.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns!

Return-to-School Reminders from the Office:

Attendance: If your child needs to leave school early for an appointment, please email or call the office ahead of time. We will do our best to have your child waiting for you in the office when you arrive. It is also less disruptive to the class if the teacher is aware in advance. When sending absence and tardy announcements to the teacher and copy the office at office@holyrosaryws.org.  The office records the attendance and this will avoid us from having to call you to find out the reason for the tardiness or absence.

Medication Forms: If your child needs to take medication during the school day, whether is it daily or on an as-needed basis, please fill out the Archdiocese form. Have your doctor sign it and return it to the office with the medication clearly labeled with your child’s name. Medications such as ibuprofen, antacids and even cough drops cannot be administered without the official form.

Forgotten Items: If your child forgets their lunch, coat or homework, please leave the item with your child’s name on it in the box outside the main office doors. It will be delivered to your child.

Materials Pick-Up Days For Remote Learners:

If your child is continuing with remote learning (now to be called “Zoomers”) this Friday, January 29th, 12:00-4:00 and Saturday, January 30th, 9:00-12:00 are the next pick up days.   All remote 4th grade students will receive materials labeled for each subject area and other miscellaneous items. Prior to pick-up day, please help your child organize their filer and materials. This includes removing completed papers that have been submitted and neatly putting them in the red “Completed Work” folder. After receiving materials, please assist your child with carefully filing packets and organizing the new materials. Plan on weekly pick ups as we move forward. For those of you that are not able to get in each week we will mail materials to you.

Please drop off your child’s…

1. MLK Poster

2. Cool School News

3. Reindeer Writing (If not already turned in)

4. Origami Doves for auction project

Thank you for your support!

4th Grade Auction Project: 

The kids should have received their first auction project kit (origami paper and instructions) at last materials pick-up.  Each 4th grader should make 3-4 doves each, using the paper included.  Please know that they do not need to be perfect. Also, we may send home a second project kit in February if needed.

Here are 2 links for video instructions if you prefer:
Students returning to in person learning can bring their doves to the classroom in the provided ziplock bag. Remote students can turn in their doves to the office or deliver them during the drop-off pick-up days.  If you have any questions, please let Amanda Roberts know. Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week Certificate Delivery Service Project:

Thank you to those families who volunteered to deliver certificates to local businesses!. This week, we will provide a script for your 4th grader to read as they deliver the certificate along with the certificates you are to deliver. We ask that your child wear his/her Holy Rosary uniform (with the red sweatshirt) when these deliveries are made. We would love any pictures you would be able to take as the certificates are delivered. Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for your support of these very special deliveries!  The certificates will come home with in-person learners on Thursday, and for remote families in the Friday/Saturday pick up.

A note from Ms. Corrigan:

Hi 4th grade families! Starting Monday, I’ll be taking on a 3rd grade homeroom as the children come back for in-person learning. That means I will no longer be teaching reading to 4th graders. Ms. Simpson will teach reading to all students in 4A and Mrs. Benson will teach reading to all students in 4B. While we are all so excited for the students to come back, I’m sad that I won’t be working with your children any more. It’s been a joy and a privilege to teach these kids. This particular group of students as well as you parents have a very special place in my heart. Thank you for the ongoing support you have given to the children and to me as one of their teachers over the past few years. I look forward to greeting them in the halls and seeing you all in person soon!
–xo, Mary Corrigan

Catholic Schools Week Schedule:


  • Sunday, January 31st:  Mass and Virtual Open House.  All weekend Masses will celebrate our school and include student readers and the Champions of Holy Rosary Award. Families are encouraged to sign up to attend a Mass in person, or watch Mass online.  Students that do attend Mass in person are asked to wear their uniforms to represent our school. The Open House is virtual this year so that prospective new families can talk with teachers and learn about the school.
  • Monday, February 1st–Celebrate our Parent Community:  Students can wear Gator Gear/CYO/athletic gear today.   Look for some special letters of appreciation for parents today—one in your child’s filer and one in your email. We will also have an All-School Bingo the last hour of the day.  This is a no-homework night!  Enjoy the special treat that will be coming your way.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd:  Community Appreciation/Outreach:  Every class is participating in some type of service today.  Thank you to the families that will be delivering the certificates of appreciation to our local businesses!  The students will decide on a special free dress theme for the day.  More to come on this!
  • Wednesday, February 3rd:  Honoring our Grandparents and Families: Students will be working on a craft/card to give to their grandparents or a special senior from the Holy Rosary community.
  • Thursday, February 4th: Appreciation of Lifelong Learning and Staff: Perfect uniform day. We will complete our classroom Spelling Bee (Bees may have started earlier in the week). Each class in the school will be honoring a special staff member today.  From 2:00-2:40 we will have an all-school read in.  Students should bring a special book or two they would like to read during this time.
  • Friday, February 5th:  Appreciating our Students: Because Fridays are asynchronous for the students, we will be including some fun events Monday-Thursday (these will be surprises). There will be an 8th grade vs. staff trivia game today via Zoom. This Zoom will be recorded and shared out later in the day to the K-7 students if they would like to watch.
  • Sunday, February 7th: Appreciating our Parish Family: This will be the wrap up Mass for Catholic Schools Week. 8th graders will be speaking at Mass to thank the parishioners and there will be a Fr. Mallahan Endowment Fund presentation after all Masses.

Look for additional information in the eFC. Most importantly, Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to celebrate our wonderful school and community!

I know that was a lot of information.  Thank you for your patience and support as we all adjust to our new schedules and routines.  On Tuesday I will be sending out the updated schedules that will begin on Wednesday.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have!