9-29-2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Congratulations to our Summer Book Champions win Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 who read quite a few books over the summer.  They logged in titles and authors and commented on each book.  These logs are hanging near the Main Office so if you have a chance take a look.  Look for pictures in next week’s communication

Safe Students Online has sent an invitation to our Fifth through Eighth Grade families to participate in this online program.  As a school community, we made the decision to provide this program to our families.  Parents are able to monitor their children’s social media activity for inappropriate or potentially dangerous posts and will receive alerts to help them take action when necessary.

Safe Students Online balances protection with privacy to encourage collaboration and communication between parents and children.  The cloud-based solution helps parents keep their children safe from online threats such as cyberbullying, online predators, and damaged reputations.  Parents never need to ask for their children’s passwords, and the online activity is monitored privately by parents, with the school having no access to the content. This program is valuable also for the monthly communications which offers updates or suggestions on keeping our children safe while online.  Here is a link which gives you an overview of the program.

http://safestudentsonline.com/welcome

GENTLE REMINDER:  We cannot let anyone go on a class trip or participate in school activities until we have your clearances on file.  The class is only attended once; clearances need to be updated every five years.

CLEARANCES If you have not been a resident of Pennsylvania for the last 10 years, you are also required to get an FBI Clearance.  Go to www.pa.cogentid.com to begin this process. N.B. this is only for volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for less than 10 years.

Criminal Record Check  – can be completed on line and printed immediately.  https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Child Abuse Clearance  – https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

Protecting God’s Children / Safe Environment class is offered at different parishes.  Go to www.virtus.org  to find a session.

Mandated Reporter Training on line. If you have not completed this training, please visit the following link: http://childyouthprotection.org/learning/login/index.php. Once you have completed this training, a certificate will need to be printed. This certificate will go into your Safe Environment file.

Just a gentle reminder for you and your child to review the school handbook.  For fourth grade and up please take note of e-Reader and internet access policies.

Finally, our Class and Mission Representatives are being inducted into Student Council during Mass next Friday.  Everyone is most welcome to join us.

As always, thank you for all you do!

Gratefully,

Celie Magee