St Charles School | Woburn, MA

COVID-19 Updates

January 8, 2021

Dear St. Charles Families,

Students had a busy week! They were hard at work as soon as they returned on Monday.

Here is a photo of a fourth grader that was taken a few minutes before dismissal on Tuesday.

Students in the Upper School attended Mass this morning. Grade 6 did a wonderful job preparing our liturgy and we thank Fr. Capuci for providing us the opportunity to worship frequently.

Mrs. Sarah Irvine, a registered nurse, will be here on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Because she is part-time, please continue to email me about any illness-related concerns so that we can respond quickly. I will be sure to share your correspondence with Mrs. Irvine. If you wish to contact her, her email (as of Monday) will be sirvine@scswoburn.com. Her direct contact number is 781-935-4635 x240.

Please remember we requested students to have the flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. Although the deadline has been extended until February 28, 2021, it is best to receive the vaccine as soon as possible because this is flu season. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor/clinic  prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121. If you have the documentation, please send it to the school office via email or hard copy as soon as possible. 

School lunches offered through the Woburn Public Schools will continue to be free of charge for the remainder of the school year. I send the order form for school lunch each Tuesday. 

There will be a SCS Board Meeting on Wednesday, January 13, at 7 pm. If you wish to attend, please send me an email by noon on Tuesday, January 12.

We will be collecting change for the Hero Squad, formerly Pennies for Patients, from January 11-29. Hero Squad is a community service learning program sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Since 1949, they have raised funds that are put toward research for cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, myeloma and used to improve the life of those who have blood cancers. There will be a receptacle in each classroom for any change your family may wish to donate to his important cause.

Beginning January 4, students may wear black sneakers that are in good condition as part of their school uniform. By no means do they have to wear sneakers, but Fr. Capuci, and I, based upon feedback we received, thought some may appreciate the extra option, especially when students are wearing the uniform shorts later in the spring. The sneakers need to be entirely black, including the soles.

Please continue to be proactive about communicating illness information with staff at the school. You are helping us to maintain accurate records and keep others healthy. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recommended protocols. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well, and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your household tests positive. If someone becomes ill during the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy and we thank families for being cautious in an effort to keep everyone well. 

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

It is my pleasure to share the first trimester honor roll list. Congratulations to our students who are recognized for their academic achievement!

Trimester I Honor Roll

Principal’s List

Grade 5 

William Henson

Alyssa Jamieson

Khushi Nagalla

Jamie Roussel

Grade 6

Santiago Lacson

Nora MacCutcheon

Sophie Pollard

Brianna Toka

Grade 8

Zachary Balandan

Sophia Jamieson

Ian Pham

First Honors

Grade 5

Jessica Britto

Joel Thomas

Grade 6

Sophia Joseph

Grade 7

Alexis Degenu

Daniel Sollaku

Grade 8

Nicole Clarke

Jacob Medeiros

Shaye Mulrenan

Emily O’Brien

Vanessa Privitera

Livia Robbins

Matthew Toland

Second Honors

Grade 5

Rajon Brooks

Milo Davis

Gabriel Juliano

Joseph Kreimeyer

Piper Merva

Declan Murphy

Ainsley Rogers

Angela Simeone

Hailey Snell

Ibrahim Washwell

Grade 6

Trevi Balandan

Megan Carmezin-Muniz

Nicholas Irvine

Vania Luwaga

Bree Mulrenan

Sengie Valcourt

Grade 7

Jaden Cruz

Joseph Danahy

Allison Degenu

Esteban Flores

Molly Murphy

Christine Segirinya

Matthew Smith

Grade 8

Rachel Chau

Eysha Claude

Nicholas Juliano

Matthew Kreimeyer

Brayden LaFountain

Victoria Small

Have a healthy, blessed weekend!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

January 1, 2021

Dear St. Charles Families,

We look forward to welcoming your children in-person, especially Grade 8, on Monday, January 4. As you may know, the Woburn Public Schools are going to have remote instruction January 4-8. We will still have lunch provided from the Woburn Public Schools and busses will run as usual for our students. If you plan to order lunch for your student(s), please complete the form I sent to you on December 22 and submit it no later than January 3. 

I cannot stress enough that for our students to continue learning

in-person, we all need to adhere to the safety protocols the medical professionals have outlined. We need to continue to wear masks, wash our hands, maintain a safe distance from others and not enter the homes of others, including family and friends. I know many families have been vigilant and I thank you for doing your part to keep yourselves and the rest of us safe. If you travelled during the vacation, if you visited family or friends, if you had guests in your home, or if you or anyone in your family was exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please request that your student(s) participate in remote instruction for the time being. Your child potentially exposing other students and staff to the virus because your family took chances is not fair to the many families and staff who sacrificed family gatherings and social visits to keep everyone safe. As I have said before, there are students and staff who have conditions that would prevent them from being able to fight this virus successfully. If you traveled outside of Massachusetts during the past two weeks, it is imperative that you follow the State of MA COVID-19 Travel Orders. The latest updates may be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order. Please be sure to check this order frequently to see if any of the requirements have changed. 

I am very happy to share we will have a nurse three (3) days per week beginning January 4. Mrs. Sarah Irvine, a registered nurse, will be joining our staff and we look forward to welcoming her. Because she is part-time, please continue to email me about any illness related concerns so that we can respond quickly. I will be sure to share your correspondence with Mrs. Irvine. 

All students will have a TAG Day on Wednesday, January 6. Proceeds from the TAG Day will be donated to the Woburn St. Vincent de Paul to help them support as many families as possible this winter. Please watch for an email from your student’s teacher about a few special activities some of the teachers in the Lower School have planned. Those activities will take place on January 6, Epiphany. 

Students in the Upper School will attend Mass in the Church on Friday, January 8. 

Please remember students needed to have the flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121. If you have the documentation, please send it to the school office via email or hard copy fight away. We have some families that still need to submit documentation.

School lunches offered through the Woburn Public Schools will continue to be free of charge for the remainder of the school year. 

Beginning January 4, students may wear black sneakers that are in good condition as part of their school uniform. By no means do they have to wear sneakers, but Fr. Capuci, and I, based upon feedback we received, thought some may appreciate the extra option, especially when students are wearing the uniform shorts later in the spring. The sneakers need to be entirely black.

Please continue to be proactive about communicating illness information with staff at the school. You are helping us to keep accurate records and keep others healthy. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recommended protocols. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your household tests positive. If someone becomes ill during the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy and we thank families for being cautious in an effort to keep everyone well. 

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

I wish you all a healthy and happy 2021!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

December 18, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Here is a Christmas message and greeting from Fr.  Capuci:

I extended the Christmas Vacation so that school would be closed for two weeks to give the teachers a needed break, lessen the stress of our students, and give the custodial staff time for a good cleaning/disinfecting of the building.  I want everybody to be well spiritually, physically and emotionally.  Thank you for being of the greatness that is called St. Charles Borromeo Parish School. I extend to you my blessings this Christmas and throughout the New Year. God Bless you always!

We look forward to welcoming your children, especially Grade 8, back to school on Monday, January 4. 

All students will have a TAG Day on Wednesday, January 6. Proceeds from the TAG Day will be donated to the Woburn St. Vincent de Paul to help them support as many families as possible this Christmas Season. Please watch for an email from your student’s teacher about a few special activities some of the teachers in the Lower School have planned. Those activities will take place on January 6, Epiphany. 

Students in the Upper School will attend Mass in the Church on Friday, January 8. 

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by December 31, 2020. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121. If you have the documentation, please send it to the school office via email or hard copy as soon as possible. We have some families that still need to submit documentation.

If you are travelling outside of Massachusetts during the next two weeks, it is imperative that you follow the State of MA COVID-19 Travel Orders. The latest updates may be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order. Please be sure to check this order frequently to see if any of the requirements have changed. 

Beginning January 4, students may wear black sneakers that are in good condition as part of their school uniform. By no means do they have to wear sneakers, but Fr. Capuci, and I, based upon feedback we received, thought some may appreciate the extra option, especially when students are wearing the uniform shorts later in the spring. 

Please share with family and friends! Still out there trying to locate one of the hottest gifts this Christmas? The Microsoft Xbox is sold out everywhere, but here is your chance to win one while supporting St. Charles School. SCS is raffling off one brand new Microsoft Xbox Series X gaming system. The Microsoft Series X launched in November and is considered the most powerful console in the world. 4K resolution and 120 frames per second with a built-in Blu-Ray Player. The console retails for $499.00, if you can find it.

Drawing Information:

For every $20 you donate to the St. Charles Annual Fund from now through December 20, 2020 at 8 PM, you will receive one entry in the drawing. You may donate at https://saintcharleswoburn.com/fundraising/

All proceeds go to St. Charles School.

The Fundraiser ends on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 8 pm EST.

Prize drawing will be on Tuesday, December 22, at noon.

One (1) winner will be randomly selected.

Local delivery within fifteen (15) miles of Woburn will be provided to the winner. Otherwise, shipping/pickup must be arranged by the winner.

Please continue to be proactive about communicating illness information with staff at the school. You are helping us to keep accurate records and keep others healthy. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recommended protocols. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your household tests positive. If someone becomes ill during the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy and we thank families for being cautious in an effort to keep everyone well. 

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

December 11, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Trimester one report cards were emailed to parents of students in Grades K-8 this afternoon.

Congratulations to Mrs. Carbone and our students!  They took third place in the Woburn Lions Club Tree Decorating Contest. 

I am thrilled to share that St. Charles School was the recipient of a $15,000 grant from Winning Home, Inc.. The grant will be applied to the cost of the technology we needed to purchase this summer. As you know, we needed to spend thousands of dollars to prepare our classrooms so teachers could educate students remotely. We are grateful to Atty. Margaret Pinkham, SCS alumna, Board Member and parent of SCS alumni, who prepared and applied for the grant on behalf of St. Charles School.

The Upper School will have a TAG Day on Thursday, December 17. They may wear festive Christmas clothing appropriate for school. Students in the Upper School will attend Mass on December 18 and will need to dress in formal uniform that day. Proceeds from the TAG Day will be donated to the Woburn St. Vincent de Paul to help them support as many families as possible this Christmas.

The Lower School will have a TAG Day on Friday, December 18. They may dress in festive Christmas clothing. Please watch for an email from your student’s teacher about a few special activities some of the teachers in the Lower School have planned. Students in Grades K-4 should be in uniform on Thursday, December 17. Preschool parents have received notification from your child’s teacher about special events that will take place next week for PK3 and PK4. Proceeds from the TAG Day will be donated to the Woburn St. Vincent de Paul to help them support as many families as possible this Christmas.

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121. We have several families that still need to submit documentation.

Beginning January 4, students may wear black sneakers that are in good condition as part of their school uniform. By no means do they have to wear sneakers, but Fr. Capuci, and I, based upon feedback we received, thought some may appreciate the extra option, especially when students are wearing the uniform shorts later in the spring. 

If you would like to obtain a copy of the 2019-2020 St. Charles Yearbook, please email Ms. Kovac, Yearbook Advisor, at ckovac@scswoburn.com.

Congratulations to the nine new members of the National Junior Honor Society who were inducted on November 25: Amelia Amadin, Nicole Clarke, Joseph Danahy, Alexis Degenu, Allison Degenu, Molly Murphy, Christine Segirinya, Matthew Smith and Daniel Sollaku. Our newest members were recognized for their commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and their outstanding character.

Please continue to be proactive about communicating illness information with staff at the school. You are helping us to keep accurate records and keep others healthy. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recommended protocols. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your household tests positive. If someone becomes ill during the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy and we thank families for being cautious in an effort to keep everyone well. 

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

Here is a photo of some of our preschool students, who met via Zoom with a graphic artist and learned to draw hedgehogs.

Have a peaceful and safe weekend!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

December 4, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Happy Advent! Our students have been learning about the importance of preparing ourselves for Jesus’ birth. The Lower School learned more about Advent from Fr. Capuci during Mass this morning. Perhaps you can ask your student what he/she has been discussing about Advent?

There will be a School Board meeting on Wednesday, December 9, at 7 pm. If you wish to receive an invite, please notify me by noon on Tuesday, December 8.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the 2019-2020 St. Charles Yearbook, please email Ms. Kovac, Yearbook Advisor, at ckovac@scswoburn.com.

St. Charles School is offering families the opportunity to buy spirit wear: hats, sweatshirts,flannel pants, etc.. For this year, we will allow students to wear the ¼ Zip Cadet Collar Sweatshirt order item as part of the school uniform. The hoodie will not be part of the uniform. Here is the link to order St. Charles Spirit Wear .Maybe someone would like a St. Charles School beanie for Christmas? All orders must be received by Sunday, December 6.Some sizes of the flannel pants are back ordered until January. 

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121.

December 11 is a TAG Day. Please be sure your student’s outfit is in line with what is specified in the SCS Handbook.

Congratulations to the nine new members of the National Junior Honor Society who were inducted on November 25: Amelia Amadin, Nicole Clarke, Joseph Danahy, Alexis Degnu, Allison Degnu, Molly Murphy, Christine Segirinya, Matthew Smith and Daniel Sollaku. Our newest members were recognized for their commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and their outstanding character.

Congratulations to our Student Council Officers! President- Sophia Jamieson;  Vice President- Zavhary Balandan; Secretary- Shaye Mulrennan; Treasurer- Jacob Medeiros; Commissioner of Religious Affairs- Jaden Cruz; Commissioner of Academics- Joseph Danahy; Commissioner of Community Service- Matthew Smith; Commissioner of School Spirit- Hanna Meaney.

Please be sure your student brings a coat, hat and gloves on chilly days. All students will be going out to recess. There is no “stay in” option for the upper school this year.

Please continue to be proactive about communicating illness information with staff at the school. You are helping us to keep accurate records and keep others healthy. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recommended protocols. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your household tests positive. If someone becomes ill during the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy and we thank families for being cautious in an effort to keep everyone well. 

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

Students created ornaments in art class for the Woburn Lions Club Tree Decorating Contest. The theme this year is, “Love and Peace.”  Yesterday, Mrs. Carbone decorated the tree after school. It’s beautiful! Thank you, Mrs. Carbone!

Have a safe weekend!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

November 13, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

We are postponing the School Mass on Sunday, November 15. We will try to host something later in the year.

The November School Board Meeting is November 18. The meeting will take place virtually and begin at 7 pm. All are welcome. If you wish to participate, please email me no later than noon on Tuesday, November 17.

Each Thanksgiving, St. Charles School assists the St. Vincent de Paul Organization with collecting foods for Thanksgiving baskets that are given to local families. This year, they have requested specific items, rather than all the fixings for dinner. If you are able, please ask your student to bring one or more of the suggested items no later than 8:15 am on Monday, November 23.

Needed items:

canned corn

juice boxes

soup

stuffing mix

cranberry sauce

individually wrapped snacks

brownie mix

one-pound or two-pound packages of rice.

paper towels

tissues

quick breads

toothpaste

1 lb. cans of coffee (Brazilian Coffee, if possible)

 

If your family is travelling out of Massachusetts to a high-risk state, it is important to notify us so we can be sure to follow the State of MA COVID-19 Travel Orders. I am happy to share the orders with anyone who needs them.  

 

Please continue to be proactive about communicating illness information with staff at the school. You are helping us to keep accurate records and keep others healthy. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recommended protocols. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your household tests positive. If someone becomes ill during the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy and we thank families for being cautious in an effort to keep everyone well. 

 

Each family needs to complete the Virtual Learning Agreement for Temporary Use by November 18. Families with multiple students may use one form for all signatures. You may email a scan of the completed form to me or ask your student to give it to the homeroom teacher.  I would prefer to have things in order in case the time ever comes that a student or several students need to do this. The form is a list of guidelines we follow and ask students to follow when they are participating from home. 

 

If you feel you need to request consideration of virtual Instruction for your student, please do not email teachers for a Zoom invitation. You need to call the office so we may have a conversation about the circumstances of your request.

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

 

We are in need of substitute teachers. Interested adults are asked to contact me at principal@scswoburn.com or to call the school.

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121.

 

During the couple of weeks, our eighth graders will be taking the high school placement test. Please keep them in your prayers.

I hope you enjoy the weekend!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

November 6, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

I wish to thank families who have been proactive about communicating illness information with staff at the school. You are helping us to keep accurate records and keep others healthy. I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recommended protocols. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your family tests positive. If someone becomes ill during the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy and we thank families for being cautious in an effort to keep everyone well. 

In the event a student needs to quarantine, it is helpful to have as much set up in advance as possible. One step we can take now is to complete the Virtual Learning Agreement for Temporary Use. I have attached it to this email and ask that you and your students sign it.  Families with multiple students may use one form for all signatures. You may email a scan of the completed form to me or ask your student to give it to the homeroom teacher.  By no means am I indicating that everyone will move to remote instruction, but I would prefer to have things in order in case the time ever comes that a student or several students need to do this. The form is a list of guidelines we follow and ask students to follow when they are participating from home. 

Monday, November 9, is a TAG Day. The proceeds will go to COVID expenses associated with the purchase of extra equipment for physical education. Students who participate are asked to contribute $1.00. Please be sure to follow the casual day dress code guidelines in the SCS Handbook. 

Wednesday, November 11, is Veterans Day. There is no school.

Friday, November 13, is an early-release day. PK and Kindergarten students will be released at 11:20 am and students in Grades 1-8 will be released at 11:30 am.

Please save the date! The St. Charles School Community will gather for Sunday Mass on November 15 at noon. If you plan to attend, please be sure to email me no later than Thursday, November 13, so we will be sure to have guaranteed seating. 

The November School Board Meeting has been moved from November 11 to November 18. The meeting will take place virtually and begin at 7 pm.

If you feel you need to request virtual Instruction for your student, please do not email teachers for a Zoom invitation. You need to call the office so we may have a conversation about the circumstances of your request.

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

If you or anyone you know is an RN or LPN and is interested in our school nurse position, please email me at principal@scswoburn.com

We are in need of substitute teachers. Interested adults are asked to contact me at principal@scswoburn.com or to call the school.

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121.

During the next month, our eighth graders will be taking the high school placement test. Please keep them in your prayers.

On behalf of our students and staff, thank you to those who have served or are serving our Country.

 

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

October 30, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

As we navigate through a period of increased COVID cases in our area, we need to be vigilant about taking precautions to avoid becoming infected. Please continue to wear masks, wash your hands frequently, and keep a safe distance from others. We will continue to remind students of the importance of these steps at school.  If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your family tests positive. If someone becomes ill  during the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy and we thank families for being cautious in an effort to keep everyone well.

In the event a student needs to quarantine, it is helpful to have as much set up in advance as possible. One step we can take now is to complete the Virtual Learning Agreement for Temporary Use. I have attached it to this email and ask that you and your students sign it. Families with multiple students may use one form for all signatures. You may email a scan of the completed form to me or ask your student to give it to the homeroom teacher.  By no means am I indicating that everyone will move to remote instruction, but I would prefer to have things in order in case the time ever comes that a student or several students need to do this. The form is a list of guidelines we follow and ask students to follow when they are participating from home.

If you feel you need to request virtual Instruction for your student, please do not email teachers for a Zoom invitation. You need to call the office so we may have a conversation about the circumstances of your decision.

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

Please save the date! St. Charles School Community will gather for Sunday Mass on November 15 at noon. We will share additional information next week

Please be sure your student has warm clothing for recess such as a coat, gloves and hat. . Students will be going outside if at all possible.

If you or anyone you know is an RN or LPN and is interested in our school nurse position, please email me at principal@scswoburn.com.

We are in need of substitute teachers. Interested adults are asked to contact me at principal@scswoburn.com or to call the school.

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121.

Students in Grades 1-4 will attend Mass on Monday, November 2.

Picture retakes are Tuesday, November 3.

During the next six weeks, our eight graders will be taking the high school placement test. Please keep them in your prayers.

If you are happy with your child’s experience at St. Charles, you may consider liking us on Facebook. Here is the link  to our page: St. Charles School Woburn Facebook

Please enjoy some free time and be careful this weekend!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

October 23, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Thank you to all who took time to conference with teachers yesterday afternoon and last night. We are thankful to have Zoom to keep families connected!

Please remember you are not to park on the right side of Myrtle Street at any time. This includes live parking. Thank you for your cooperation.

Friday, October 30, is the last day students may wear the summer uniform until May 3, 2021.

As you likely know, the City of Woburn and many other cities and towns remain in a high-risk COVID category. This means we need to be vigilant about taking COVID precautions. Please reinforce the importance of these necessary precautions with your child. We will not accept a student’s refusal of these necessary steps. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your family tests positive. During the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy.

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home and notify the school office. If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis.

As we enter a cooler part of autumn, please be sure your student has warm clothing for recess. Students will be going outside if at all possible.

If you or anyone you know is an RN or LPN and is interested in our school nurse position, please email me at principal@scswoburn.com.

We are in need of substitute teachers. Interested adults are asked to contact me at principal@scswoburn.com or to call the school.

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121.

Friday, October 30, will be a free Tag Day during which all students may wear Halloween colors: orange, black, green, white and purple. Students in Grades 1-8 are not to wear costumes to school. Parents of PreK3, PreK4 and Kindergarten students will receive information from your child’s teacher about how our youngest students will celebrate Halloween. Due to COVIID precautions, we are not able to have traditional classroom parties for our students.

During the next six weeks, our eight graders will be taking the high school placement test. Please keep them in your prayers.

If you are happy with your child’s experience at St. Charles, you may consider liking us on Facebook. Here is the link to our page: St. Charles School Woburn Facebook

Be well!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

October 16, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

As you likely know, the City of Woburn and many other cities and towns remain in a high-risk COVID category. This means we need to be vigilant about taking COVID precautions. Please reinforce the importance of these necessary precautions with your child. We will not accept a student’s refusal of these necessary steps. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your family tests positive. During the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy.

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home. If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis.

On Thursday, October 22, students will be released early for parent-teacher conferences. Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be released at 11:20. Students in Grades 1-8 will be released at 11:30.

Student progress purports will be emailed to families at the end of the day on Monday, October 19. In addition, Parent conferences are Thursday of next week. You will use Zoom to meet with the teacher. Your child’s teacher will contact you about scheduling a conference time.

Tuesday, October 20, is a Tag day. The proceeds will go to St. Charles School COVID expenses.

Here are the dress guidelines for a Tag day:

Depending on the occasion, students may be allowed to wear casual or dress-up clothing. On these occasions, the dress code is relaxed, but inappropriate attire will not be accepted. For example: shirts that expose the midriff, offensive or insulting T-shirts, pajama bottoms, low hung pants, low cut tops, shorts/dresses/skirts that are too short, clothes that are too tight are not appropriate for school. Leggings may only be worn with a longer shirt or under a dress. Shorts may NOT be worn when the warm weather uniform is not permitted. No underwear may show.

We ask the cooperation of the parents in seeing to it that the children are dressed in conformity with this dress code when they leave home for school. Students who choose to ignore the dress code regulations will be asked to change into a school uniform and be issued a detention. All matters of interpretation are the responsibility of the principal or someone designated by her/him.

As we enter a cooler part of autumn, please be sure your student has warm clothing for recess. Students will be going outside if at all possible.

If you or anyone you know is an RN or LPN and is interested in our school nurse position, please email me at principal@scswoburn.com.

We are in need of substitute teachers. Interested adults are asked to contact me at principal@scswoburn.com or to call the school.

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121.

Students from the Upper School attended Mass this morning. Grade 7 did a great job planning for our liturgy.

Friday, October 30, will be a free Tag Day during which all students may wear Halloween colors: orange, black, green, white and purple. Students in Grades 1-8 are not to wear costumes to school. Parents of PreK3, PreK4 and Kindergarten students will receive information from your child’s teacher about how our youngest students will celebrate Halloween. Due to COVIID precautions, we are not able to have traditional classroom parties for our students.

Stay well!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

October 9, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

As you likely know, the City of Woburn and many other cities and towns moved to a high-risk COVID category on Wednesday. This means we need to be more vigilant than ever about taking COVID precautions. Our plan is for students to continue to attend school all day, each day. The staff met today and talked about how diligently many students are about wearing a mask in school and any time they are in public, washing/sanitizing their hands regularly, and keeping a safe distance from one another. Please reinforce the importance of these necessary precautions with your child. We will not accept a student’s refusal of these necessary steps. If your student is exposed to someone who may have COVID or someone who has tested positively for COVID, please do not send your student to school and notify the school office immediately. Please do not send your child to school if he/she does not feel well and please notify the school office of your child’s illness. Please inform us immediately if your student or anyone in your family tests positive. During the weekend, please email me so I may have information in advance. We are relying on cooperation from each of you to help everyone to remain healthy.

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home. If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school office immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis.

We are in need of more parent monitors for morning drop-off. Monitors will help with student safety and traffic flow in the school parking lot each morning from 8:10-8:30. If you are able to be a monitor, please email me with the day(s) you are able to assist.

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office. If the doctor prefers to fax us the information, our fax number is 781-935-3121.

There is a School board Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, at 7 pm via Zoom. If you wish to attend the meeting, please email me no later than noon on Tuesday.

Students will celebrate Mass on Friday, October 16. This time, Grade 7 will help to prepare for our liturgy.

Planning ahead… on October 22, students will be released early for parent-teacher conferences. Preschool and Kindergarten students will be released at 11:20. Students in Grades 1-8 will be released at 11:30.

Enjoy the long weekend and be well!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

October 2, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

I am very happy to share that our Spanish teacher began with her classes today. Ms. Massini is excited to get to know your children and teach them Spanish Language and Culture.

As you can imagine, this past month has been a challenge for all our staff. In addition to welcoming children who were home for about six months, teachers need to be mindful of COVID safety regulations while meeting the myriad needs of their students. If you are grateful for the support your students are receiving, it might be nice to send an email letting your student’s teachers know how much you appreciate their efforts.

Thank you to everyone who helped to honor our safety guidelines this week. Drop-off and pick-up have been going smoothly. Thank you, also, to those who notified me that you did not receive the test call from our automated system. I have adjusted your family record so that your phones should be called.

We are in need of more parent monitors for morning drop-off. Monitors will help with student safety and traffic flow in the school parking lot each morning from 8:10-8:30. If you are able to be a monitor, please email me with the day(s) you are able to assist.

Please remember students will need to have the flu vaccine by the end of December. Once your student has been vaccinated, please provide documentation to the school office.

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home. If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school nurse immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis.

Please see the attached flyer for a fundraiser the Junior Honor Society will hold next Thursday afternoon. This event will take place during school hours and students will be socially distant during the event. All plastic ducks used will be sanitized.

Fr. Capuci celebrated Mass with Grades 1-4 this morning. Grade 3 planned a beautiful liturgy, during which we honored the Blessed Mother.

If you should wish to speak with our School Resource Officer, Joe Wells, please contact him at 781-460-9491.

Planning ahead: There will be no school on Friday, October 9, so the staff may participate in professional development. There will be no school on Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day. Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

 

September 25, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Student dropoff and pickup

Tonight, at 6:30, you should receive a call from me. The call will serve as a test of our automated call system. If you do not receive a call from me, please email me or call the school. Mrs. Looby or I will make the necessary adjustments.

We are in need of more parent monitors for morning drop-off. Monitors will help with student safety and traffic flow in the school parking lot each morning from 8:10-8:30. If you are able to be a monitor, please email me with the day(s) you are able to assist. 

MAP testing will continue for the rest of this month for students in Grades 2-8.

I need to remind some families of the student drop-off and pick-up expectations. 

  • Students may be dropped off beginning at 8:15 am.  Prior to this, there is no adult supervision in the school yard. At 8:15 am, the gates to the school yard will open and the drop off line will begin. If you arrive prior to the gates opening, you may not double park and wait in the street. You must pull completely over to the left side of Myrtle Street. If space is not available, you need to move off of Myrtle Street.

  • At dismissal, the same thing applies. When waiting for your child, cars must pull completely over to the LEFT side of Myrtle Street. If a spot is not available on the left side of the road, you must relocate. You may not park on the right side of Myrtle Street. Currently, cars are parking on the right side curb and in front of driveways. This is causing a safety issue. Someone could be struck by a vehicle very easily and parking in front of driveways is disrespectful to our neighbors.

  • Myrtle Street is one-way between the hours of 7-9 am and 2-4 pm. 

  • There is space along Summer Street and in the rectory parking lot if you are unable to find a parking spot on the left side of Myrtle Street. 

I am hopeful we will have a Spanish teacher begin in the next week. We are in need of a school nurse. We will interview candidates who have LPN or RN certification. If you know of anyone who is interested, please ask the person to contact me. 

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school nurse immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

Students in Grades 1-4 will have Mass with Fr. Capuci on Friday, October 2.

If you should wish to speak with our School Resource Officer, Joe Wells, please contact him at 781-460-9491. School Resource Officers help families with many types of concerns.

Planning ahead: There will be no school on Friday, October 9, so the staff may participate in professional development. There will be no school on Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day.

Have a safe and blessed weekend!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

 

September 18, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Thank you to everyone in Grades K-8 who participated in our Virtual Curriculum Night last evening! I am grateful to our faculty who spent time preparing their presentations.

 

We are in need of parent monitors for morning drop-off. Monitors will help with student safety and traffic flow in the school parking lot each morning from 8:10-8:30. If you are able to be a monitor, please email me with the day(s) you are able to assist. 

 

We began MAP testing today and will continue for the rest of this month.

 

Please remember that the school activities, such as the ice cream social, listed on the calendar in italics will not take place due to COVID restrictions. 

 

We could use more help at recess time. If you can help monitor morning or afternoon recess, please email me the day and whether you are available for morning or lunch recess.

 

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school nurse immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

 

School pictures for the yearbook will be taken on Tuesday, September 22. You should have received an email from me about pictures earlier this week .and paperwork from your student. Preschool families, please see information from your child’s teacher about a plan for students who do not attend school on Tuesdays.

 

If your child attends school in-person and is out for a day or two due to illness, he/she should rest to become well. We will consider having the student switch to temporary remote learning when there is a need for extended absence. Students will always have a reasonable opportunity to make up work after a short-term absence.

 

Friday, September 25 is a tag day. Students pay $1.00 not to wear their uniform and, as a school,  we donate to a worthy cause. Here is information about the dress code for Tag Days. Dress Code for Non-Uniform (Tag) Days
Depending on the occasion, students may be allowed to wear casual or dress-up clothing.  On these occasions, the dress code is relaxed, but inappropriate attire will not be accepted. For example: shirts that expose the midriff, offensive or insulting T-shirts, pajama bottoms, low hung pants, low cut tops, shorts/dresses/skirts that are too short, clothes that are too tight are not appropriate for school. Leggings may only be worn with a longer shirt or under a dress.  Shorts may NOT be worn when the warm weather uniform is not permitted. No underwear may show.  
We ask the cooperation of the parents in seeing to it that the children are dressed in conformity with this dress code when they leave home for school. Students who choose to ignore the dress code regulations will be asked to change into a school uniform and be issued a detention.  All matters of interpretation are the responsibility of the principal or someone designated by her/him. 

 

 

Beginning on September 21, the Woburn Public Schools Lunch Program will offer four (4) options available for the rest of September: 
1- Muffin Cool Kit- a blueberry muffin,strawberry yogurt, cheese stick, fruit cup and veggie
2- Bagel Cool Kit- a whole grain bagel, strawberry yogurt, cream cheese cup, fruit cup and veggie
3- Turkey and cheese on wheat bread, with fruit cup and veggie
4- Sun butter and Jelly on wheat bread with fruit cup and veggie
All meals include an 8 oz. carton of 1% milk. 
We will need to have your students selections by noon each Friday morning for the following week. Until December, there will be no charge for student lunch. Please order lunches using the Google Form I sent last week. Orders for the week of September 28 are due by noon on Friday, September 25.
As we have seen this week from the experience of area schools, those students who engage in social interaction with other students without taking COVID precautions are compromising the efforts of other school families as well as school staff members. I have received information that some of our older students are engaging in frequent social interaction at the homes of other students and not taking the necessary precautions. The staff, many families, and I, who have made sacrifices to refrain from attending social events, will be terribly disappointed if we have students and staff become ill because some parents would not say no to their child. Please, think before you host others in your home or plan large social gatherings. Many students and staff have family members who will not survive COVID if they contract it. Please remember you are responsible for doing your part to keep our school community safe.
Planning ahead: There will be no school on Friday, October 9, so the staff may participate in professional development. There will be no school on Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Donna Cargill
Principal

September 11, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

We have had a great week at St. Charles! Students are settling in, the faculty has worked hard to ensure students will optimize every opportunity to learn, and families have been helpful and supportive. Upper School  students attended Mass in the Church this morning. Students in the Lower School will have a special Mass with Fr. Capuci soon. We look forward to welcoming our preschool students next week.  Our Kindergarten students will have their first full day on Monday. They had great orientations this week!

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home.  If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school nurse immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

The school Student/Parent Handbook was emailed to each family of students in Grades K-8  on Thursday. On Friday, students were given a sheet to bring home and sign. Please fill out the sign-off sheet with your student(s) and send it back to school with your student on Monday. 

If you see Fr. Capuci, please thank him. Not only did he have two successful fundraisers to purchase a  plexiglass shield for each student’s desk, he was able to contact the Flaherty Family, who ensured  they would be delivered in time for the first day of school. Thank you to those who helped unload trucks and bring the shields to the classrooms. We are grateful to everyone who helped us obtain them! 

You may notice a member of the Woburn Police Department visiting during the next few weeks. Officer Joe Wells is the new School Resource Officer for St. Charles. Officer Wells will be introducing himself to students and staff in the school yard.

We wish to thank the Merva Family for their generous donation of hand sanitizer stands for both school buildings. 

We could use more help at recess time. If you can help monitor morning or afternoon recess, please email me the day and time you are available.

Please remember we are not able to welcome visitors in either building at this time. It will be very helpful if you will check your child’s backpack each night so nothing is left at home accidentally.

Students will need to bring lunch to school until at least September 21. I received information from the Woburn Public School about school lunch. Beginning on September 21, there will be four (4) options available for the rest of September: 

1- Muffin Cool Kit- a blueberry muffin,strawberry yogurt, cheese stick, fruit cup and veggie

2- Bagel Cool Kit- a whole grain bagel, strawberry yogurt, cream cheese cup, fruit cup and veggie

3- Turkey and cheese on wheat bread, with fruit cup and veggie

4- Sun butter and Jelly on wheat bread with fruit cup and veggie

All meals include an 8 oz. carton of 1% milk. 

We will need to have your students selections each Friday morning for the following week. Until December, there will be no charge for student lunch. We will figure out a way for you to let us know your student’s lunch choices.

I hope to have a school nurse in place in the next week.

Mrs. Molina announced on Wednesday that she has accepted a position in another school. I need to find a part-time Spanish teacher. If you know of anyone, please let the person know about this opportunity. We thank Mrs. Molina for her many years of teaching at St. Charles!

Blessings to all of you!

Mrs. Donna Cargill

Principal

September 8, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

It is hard to believe our students will be back tomorrow! For six months, we have prayed about and waited for this day. In order to keep everyone safe, please read the following carefully.

Monitoring your child’s health: Please take your child’s temperature each morning before leaving home for school. If your child has a fever, please do not send them to school. Also, if your child has any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or a runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, please keep your child home. . If your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please contact our school nurse immediately. By sending your child to school, you are agreeing that you have completed the home screening on a daily basis. 

Masks: Your student should exit your vehicle/arrive at school/get on the bus while wearing a mask. Students will be wearing masks at all times except when they are eating or taking a mask break with teacher permission. After school, students may not remove masks until they are in your vehicle. Please do not gather with other parents and guardians before or after school. Although it is difficult to refrain from social interaction, we need to place safety first. 

Students will be dropped off in the parking lot each morning between 8:15 and 8:25. At 8:15, the gates on the Myrtle Street side of the parking lot will be opened. Parents will enter the lot from Myrtle Street, pull up to the designated drop off area and exit the parking lot by taking a left on Summer Street. Preschool students will be dropped off beginning at 8:30. Once all preschool students have been dropped off, we will be closing the gates. If you need to drop off your student in Grades K-8 after 8:30, please use Myrtle Street. Tardy students will report to the Principal in the parking lot. Students dropped off on time will go directly to their classroom. Staff will greet students and direct them to their new classroom tomorrow. Students in Grades 4-8 may have supplies. If the containers of supplies are too heavy for your student to carry all at once, please send half of the supplies on Wednesday and half on Thursday. Please write your student’s name on all supplies. 

Each afternoon, students in Grades K-4 will be accompanied by staff to their class waiting areas on the Main Street side of the Lower School. Students will be released once staff see the person receiving the student. Students in the Upper School will walk from the building to Myrtle Street and go directly to their ride. Students taking the bus will be walked from both buildings to the bus waiting area. 

The school Student/Parent Handbook will be emailed to each family tomorrow. Students will be provided a copy of the Handbook sign-off sheet to bring home. Please fill out the sign-off sheet and send it back to school with your student on Thursday. In addition, students will be bringing home the following on Wednesday: an emergency sheet and a Video/Audio Recording Release Form. Please send completed forms back to school on Thursday, September 10. Your students’ homeroom teacher will accept them.

Reminder! All students will be dismissed at 11:30 on Wednesday.

There will be a School Board meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 9, at 7:00 pm. If you wish to be invited via Zoom, please email me by noon on September 9. 

Please remember we are not able to welcome visitors in either building at this time. It will be very helpful if you will check your child’s backpack each night so nothing is left at home accidentally.

Students will need to bring lunch to school until at least September 21. I will share information about purchasing lunch once I receive it.

I hope to hire a school nurse very soon. I have some interested candidates.

I look forward to welcoming your children tomorrow. 

Donna Cargill

Principal
St. Charles School, Woburn

August 28, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Here is a long list of important information you will want to review now to be well prepared for the start of school in September. I have listed information in categories  hoping the format will make it easier for you to reference. We had two candidates for the school nurse position who would have been wonderful additions to our faculty. Unfortunately, as of last night, neither candidate is able to take the job. If you or someone you know is interested in our school nurse position, please email me at principal@scswoburn.com. I have some great news! Fr. Capuci and Mr. and Mrs. McNary were able to locate someone who can make plexiglass shields for each student’s desk. They should be here in plenty of time for the beginning of school. These shields will add protection for our students and staff. We are grateful for this blessing! (Students will still need to wear masks even though we have the shields.) Sadly, at this time, we are not able to offer before or after school care. Should restrictions change once school begins and we are in a position to be able to maintain student and staff safety, we will certainly reconsider offering this option to families. 

Busses:

Busses will be provided to students in Grades K-8 as they have been in the past by North Suburban Transportation.  

If you wish for your child to take the bus, please email the following to Mrs. Looby today at secretary@scswoburn.com: your student’s name, the bus stop you use, or your address if you are unsure of the bus stop location, and whether your student will take the morning bus, afternoon bus, or both. Here are the safety protocols North Suburban will be taking: the adults will be wearing masks while driving; the buses will be cleaned after the morning run and after the afternoon run; the State is asking for one child per seat (siblings may sit together.); the buses are designed for 71 passengers but the State recommends 23 passengers per bus.

School lunch:

Box lunches will be provided through the Woburn Public Schools. For the first few weeks of school, all students will need to bring lunch as Woburn will not return to school until September 21. Students will be eating lunch in classrooms this year. Please be sure to send your child with plenty of water. The water fountains in the school buildings may not be used for COVID safety.

School Supplies:

The supply lists were posted in the parent portal last spring. Please check the list if you have not already. For students in Grades K through 3, we will offer parents the opportunity to drop off supplies to school on Thursday, September 3, from 4:30 until 6:00 pm. Please label supplies with your student’s name. You may drop them off at the parking lot door to the lower building and staff will receive the supplies.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up:

Families of preschool students will learn about the process for dropping off and picking up your preschoolers during the parent meetings. For families of students in Grades K-8, We will follow the pattern for drop off we have used  in the past with students being dropped off in the parking lot between the Lower and Upper Schools. Students will not gather in the school yard. Students will be able to go directly to their classroom from 8:15 am  until 8:30 am . Please do not drop off your student earlier than 8:15 am. 

Each afternoon, students will be walked to the outside doors by grade at 2:30. (Preschool is dismissed at 2:20.) Students should go directly to their family car. We ask that you and your student(s) do not visit with one another in the parking lot before or after school. 

Before and After School Care:

Sadly, at this time, we are not able to offer before or after school care. Should restrictions change once school begins and we are in a position to be able to follow them and maintain student and staff safety, we will certainly reconsider offering this option to families. 

Parents Entering the Building:

As much as we enjoy having guests in our buildings, we will not be able to welcome anyone but students and staff into the school. If you need to contact office staff during the school day, we ask that you call the school. If you need to contact a teacher, please email. We will have staff ready to greet your students and direct them into the lower building on the first day of school. 

Service Commitment Hours:

Each year, parents are asked to commit to helping at school events or during the school day. This year, there are many unknowns about which events we may be able to hold as the year progresses. One area where we will need help is recess monitors. We will be adding recess sessions so that only two classes are in the parking lot at one time. If you are able to help, please email me your name and availability at principal@scswoburn.com as soon as possible. I will get back to you once I create a schedule for coverage. Please know recess monitors will need to enforce social distancing requirements. 

Next week, I will send information about the flow of a school day and other updates that I hope will help you to feel informed and welcomed.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Mrs. Cargill

Principal

St. Charles School, Woburn
781-935-4635

August 21, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

First, I hope you are all enjoying this nice weather. I hope we have many sunny, cool days this fall. We have two employment opportunities for this school year. We are hoping to hire a teaching assistant (teacher aide) for one of our preschool classes. The hours are 8:30-11:30 am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The second position is for a teaching assistant for our Kindergarten class. After five years of helping our students, Mrs. Domingos is moving on to another opportunity. We thank Mrs. Domingos for her years of support to St. Charles families!  If you or someone you know is interested in either position, please email me a resume at principal@scswoburn.com.

Last Friday, I announced a virtual option for St. Charles students. As of this moment, we have eight students who will access their education virtually next year. This is a new endeavour for our staff and families. Our Technology Advisory Committee members are Mr. Kevin Murphy, Mrs. Kara Martyny and Mr. Todd Davis. They will be meeting throughout the year to be sure we use this option to the fullest potential to help students. All three of these School Board Members have extensive experience in the area of educational technology. I expect a staff member will be part of the committee once school begins. This is an exciting time in our school as we try to educate some of our students with a new format.

I know you have many questions about the beginning of school, especially around drop off and pick up, lunch, recess, etc.. I will send out a bullet list to you by the end of next week. We are still awaiting guidance about extended day programs. I hope to have an update on that next week, too.

We are going to move the PK3 class to the first floor of the lower building. They will be in the room that was our library. We will need to move the library to the second floor. Please stay tuned for an email asking for some help in doing this. There are many books and some shelving that we will need to relocate. We will do the move in shifts to assure those helping may remain at a safe distance from one another.

The used uniform sale will take place in the gym this year on Wednesday, August 26, from 5 pm to 8 pm,  and Wednesday, September 2, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Uniforms are $3 per piece and you may pay with cash or a check. We have a good assortment of pieces and sizes.

Please continue to help your student(s) to prepare for the school year by having them wear a mask for an extended time, learn what six feet of distance looks and feels like, and wash their hands effectively for twenty seconds or longer. All of these necessary  precautions will help all of us to remain healthy once school begins.

I wish you a wonderful weekend. Enjoy some family time before school begins!

Donna Cargill

Principal

August 13, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

I have exciting news for you! We have ordered the technology that will allow us to offer a virtual option for 2020-2021. This will be a big help in preserving some instruction should a student need to quarantine during the school year. I know of  a few families who have expressed interest in enrolling their children for virtual instruction only.  I will be creating an agreement for families to sign who opt for virtual learning. If you decide to go with the virtual option, please keep in mind that we may not be able to accept your child in person should you change your mind during the school year. We have limited seating capacity in classrooms with social distancing. Tuition will be the same for an in-person or a virtual enrollment. Teachers and the school office will need to be notified in advance if a student who regularly attends needs to access the classroom virtually due to illness. Once we no longer need to practice social distancing, all students enrolled virtually would have a seat in their respective class. I would ask families who wish to opt for virtual learning only to contact me by 3 pm on Tuesday, August 18.  A virtual learning sub committee has been established so that we may be mindful of how we are doing with this option. 

Families of preschool students should have received a letter from me on Wednesday evening, sent on behalf of our preschool staff. I would encourage you to reach out to the teachers with questions regarding the classroom. Check out and share the St. Charles School Facebook page! We received the opportunity for some free Facebook advertising through the generosity of Catholic Schools Office. A photographer was here last week and took photos of students and a teacher working in classrooms while distancing appropriately and wearing masks. Classroom supply lists are on the parent portal. Please have supplies ready for the first week of school. I have received questions about our school uniforms. Here is an outline of uniform pieces. Uniform clothing may be ordered at J. B. Edwards, located at 39 Cummings Park Drive, Woburn. Preschool

A t-shirt, polo or sweatshirt with the school logo paired with sweatpants or shorts. Preschool students do not have a separate uniform for gym. PK3 and PK4 students are asked to wear sneakers to school for safety.


Girls K-4 Optional Plaid Jumper Navy pants

Yellow Blouse (Short/Long Sleeve)Lt. Blue Polo w/logo (Short/Long Sleeve)

Solid navy or black shoes w/dark soles Navy Crew Neck Sweater w/logo

(no embellishments; no boots)

Solid navy tights or knee socks

Optional Warm Weather Navy Skort

Light Blue Polo with logo

Please note: Uniforms may not be “mixed and matched.”   Boys K-4 Optional Navy Pants (w/navy or black belt)*Navy V-Neck Cardigan w/logo

Lt. Blue Polo Shirt w/logo

Solid navy or black socks (above ankle; no logos)

Solid navy or black shoes w/dark soles

(no “sneaker type” shoes; no boots)

Optional Warm Weather

Navy Walking Shorts

Light Blue Polo with logo

*Please note: Belts are optional in Kindergarten and Grade 1.   Girls 5-8 Optional

Plaid Skirt Khaki dress pants (not form fitted)***

Navy Polo w/logo (Short/Long Sleeve)Navy polo w/logo (Short/Long Sleeve)

Solid navy or black dress shoes w/dark soles

(no heels or wedges; no “sneaker type shoes”; no boots)Boat shoes in solid black, navy or dark brownw/dark soles

Opaque solid navy or gray tights or knee socks (no logos)

Optional Warm Weather

Khaki Skort

Navy Polo w/logo

 

Boys 5-8 Optional

Khaki dress pants*Navy v-neck cardigan sweater w/logo

Navy polo w/logo (Short/Long Sleeve)

Solid black, navy, or dark brown dress shoes

or boat shoes w/dark soles (no “sneaker type shoes”; no boots).  

Solid navy, dark brown, or black above ankle socks (no logos)

Navy, black, or brown belt

Optional Warm Weather

Khaki walking shorts

Please note: Khaki pants must be the “JB Edwards” shade of khaki if purchased elsewhere. Enjoy the cooler weather!

Donna Cargill

Principal

July 23, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Thank you to those who attended our meeting last evening in the Church or virtually. You asked great questions. For those who may still wish to watch the meeting, you may locate it on Facebook within the St. Charles Borromeo Collaborative Page.

We needed to reorganize some school staffing this summer. We blended our school business manager and receptionist positions into one. Mrs. Karoub and Mrs. Mulrennan are going to move on. I am appreciative of all the hard work and dedication they have provided St. Charles School. They have been a tremendous help during my transition. Mrs. Lisa Looby will be the school office business manager and administrative assistant. Some of you may know Mrs. Looby. She worked with Mrs. Hayes as an assistant last school year.

I am going to bullet the major points of our discussion last evening. I wish to thank Fr. Capuci, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Ferlisi and Ms. Kovac who have answered many questions for me the past three weeks and helped reach out to new school families.

We will need to support one another this year as we never have before. There will be unexpected challenges and we will need to work together to create feasible solutions.

We can’t predict the future, but I can predict the staff and administration of St. Charles is committed to teaching and supporting your students. The staff did an amazing job moving to virtual learning last spring in record time.

We will do the best we can to recreate typical school day routines while keeping students and staff safe, and following the guidance provided to us by the Catholic Schools Office and the State.

Masks/face coverings will be required for students in Grades 2-8. They will be worn throughout the school day. We are STRONGLY recommending the younger students have face coverings as well. Please have your child practice wearing a mask now. They should practice on warm days, too! Our classrooms are not air conditioned and it is imperative they have their noses and mouths covered at all times in the classroom. We are exploring the specifics on mask breaks, when students may go outside and remain at least six (6) feet apart, remove the mask and get some fresh air. Also, please do your best to help your students to have an idea of what six (6) feet of distance looks like. You are a role model for your student. Point out the times when you are wearing a mask or social distancing. Those are teachable moments!

Students will be kept together as a grade and will not be using shared spaces such as the cafeteria, library or computer room. Students will have lunch, library time and technology instruction in their classroom. We need to reduce the number of individual and group interactions students have.

It is imperative that you keep your student home when they are ill. We cannot be irresponsible and pass germs along to others who may be or are living with vulnerable individuals. There are many protocols to follow should a student or staff member become ill with COVID. We will follow the guidance of the Health Department in Woburn should we have this situation.

We are in the princess of hiring a full-time school nurse.

Students will wash or sanitize their hands when they enter their classrooms, remove or place back a mask, consume food, use the bathroom, and before they leave at the end of the day. Please practice with your child washing hands for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is a part of our supply list for students. It must have at least 60% ethanol or at least 70% isopropyl to be effective.

Students in Grades 2-8 will have Chromebooks to use and will not be sharing them.

We are waiting for additional guidance about recess, physical education, labs, before and after school care and co-curricular activities.

It is likely students will not use the coat rooms. They will place backpacks under their desks and place their jackets on the back of their chairs.

We are preparing a virtual learning option for those who may not be able to attend school for a period of time or those who wish to enroll virtually. I will be sure to share more details about this once I have exact information.

We will be sanitizing bathrooms, door knobs, handrails, etc. throughout the school day.

Students will continue to participate in school Masses on a rotational basis. While we are not able to attend as an entire school, the classes not present in the Church will attend remotely.

There are guidelines specific to preschool. Students will not pass materials back and forth or play closely to one another. Manipulatives and toys will be sanitized after each student uses them.

We will not be taking the temperature of students as they enter school each day. Parents are asked to monitor their child’s temperature.

I do not have information about bussing or lunch from the City of Woburn yet.

Grade 8 has a large number of students. They will use the cafeteria for large group instruction.

It will be important for students to have the items on the supply lists including tissues, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and paper towels. They will not be able to share rulers, crayons, etc..

I will send you the school calendar the first week in August. Please see the attached memo from the Woburn Public Schools.

Have a safe and blessed weekend!

Donna Cargill

Principal

 

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