Knightly News 09.17.21

September 17thGirls Volleyball Home Game vs. St. James
6:00 PM 5th/6th Grade
7:00 PM 7th/8th Grade
September 20thHot Lunch begins (Pizza) 
September 22ndChicken Tender Lunch
September 23rd NO SCHOOL – Teacher Work Day 
September 24th Crusader Day 
Hot Dog Lunch 
Girls Volleyball Home Game vs. All Saints
6:00 PM 5th/6th Grade
7:00 PM 7th/8th Grade
September 25thDad’s Club Golf Outing
September 26thShawarma Lunch
September 28thNO BUS SERVICE 
September 29thGrilled Cheese Lunch
October 1stFun Run 
Jimmy Johns Lunch
Girls Volleyball Home Game vs. Our Lady of Victory
6:00 PM 5th/6th Grade
7:00 PM 7th/8th Grade

Dear St. William Families,

Announcements:

Please join us on September 30, 2021 for a virtual parent presentation titled  Kids Empowered. Our PSA will be sponsoring a series of very empowering steps parents can take to strengthen their child’s social and emotional learning.These series blend well with our mission to be disciples to one another , our all school virtues program, and our discipline rubric.

The details regarding the first presentation are below.

Office inquiries

Please note the following regarding the school office staff in order for your inquiries to be taken care of in a timely manner.

Mrs. Sam Wren-  M/W/F FACTS and Tuition

Mrs. Tammy Hobbs- T/TH Parent Participation and facilities reservations.

We appreciate it when you call the office and leave a message. Sometimes we are unable to answer your call because we are on the other line.

Please note that the office staff has lunch from 12:30-1pm daily.The office is always covered for emergency purposes.

We ask that you leave a message and we will return your call asap.

Absence / Change in Transportation

The number parent(s) and guardians will call or text to report a student absence is:

(248) 238-8009

When leaving a message or texting, please provide the date, your child’s name and Homeroom teachers name. You may also email us at absence@stwilliam-school.com.

Please note if you have a change in transportation you must contact the classroom teacher! Please do this in the morning by note labeled CHANGE IN TRANSPORTATION or email. You should also notify the office by using the above phone number or email instead of calling the office. Office staff will retrieve the messages daily before 12:00 PM. We will not be able to accommodate changes in bus transportation after 12:00 noon. Please use the above number/email for all changes in transportation before 12:00 PM.

Student Absences due to an illness. 

If your child is ill and will be out of school we ask that you call the absence line to let us know in the office. Per the COVID 19 Clearance document that you signed at the time of enrollment we ask that your child return to school with a Doctors note. This document can be viewed on FACTS Family Portal. 

In addition please refer to the school handbook page 9 for all other illnesses 

Proper Masking Protocols per Mandate

Please read the guidelines for masking per the mandate from Oakland County and the AOD.

The Educational Institutions shall ensure that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, providing service to any persons in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve properly and consistently wear a facial covering while inside any enclosed building or structure of the institution.

Proper masking is as follows:

**Please be sure to have an extra mask in your child’s backpack daily. If they don’t have an extra mask one will not be provided for them. You will be asked to pick your child up or bring an extra mask to school.

St. William will promote proper masking per the mandate. If your child is not properly masked we will need to use the quarantine guidelines for unmasked individuals.

High School Placement

HSPT registration opens on September 15. Please visit the High School website for more information. The AOD testing dates are:

  • Saturday, November 20
  • Saturday, December 4 (accommodations date)
  • Saturday, January 8 (new January test for this year, scheduled in case of students possibly being sick for the November and December test)
  • Saturday, February 5
  • No March test this year. Schools may administer e-Score testing after the February 5 test

Updates:

Lunch Volunteers:

Thank you to all the parents who helped so far with lunch. I am grateful for your time as this allows for our classroom teachers to have lunch and our children to have the help needed for their lunch and recess. Next week Hot lunch begins and we will continue to need lunch help for the children. Please consider helping Mrs. Gabrish with lunch from 11:30-12:30 on a weekly basis. Please make sure you have your Protecting God’s Children course and background check in and come join us for lunch!

BasketBall Sign up

Basketball registration is now open for the upcoming winter season.  Please go to the Dad’s club website to get more information and to register. St. William Dads’ Club (saintwilliam.net)

Crusader Grille Volunteers Needed

Love food and sports??? The CRUSADER GRILLE is looking for you! 

The Crusader Grille is our well-known concession stand that offers families and fans delicious hot foods and snacks during our Friday night athletic events. Many of our Crusader fans look forward to the famous Crusader burgers, fries, drinks and other treats for our home games nights.  Our concession stand is typically run by our supportive school families, with help from our generous volunteers. 

Sadly, this year the Crusader Grille is temporary closed until we can find new volunteers. The Dad’s Club is looking for one-two people to become Crusader grille managers to help run the concession stand during our basketball and volleyball seasons (5 home games per season, per sport).  It is YOUR TURN to be a part of our famous Crusader Grille!   Step up and help keep our Crusader fans coming for more! 

Please use the link below or contact Mark Westemeier, our Athletic Director at ad@stwilliam.net.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49acab2aa6fd0-parent

Parent Sacramental Prep Meetings

Sacrament Prep Parent Meetings are on Sunday, September 26th, at 11:15 a.m. and Monday, September 27th, at 6:15 p.m.  They are in Upper Zepf Hall.  This is an informational meeting.  You only need to attend one of these.

Uniform Checks  

This week we started our uniform checks to be sure students were in uniform according to our policy and all school rubric. After this week I would like to draw your attention to adhering to this policy and in particular the following areas.

Girls K-4

Uniform Jumper: Navy(logo on) or Uniform print

Socks: must be worn that are ankle length or knee high in white, navy,or hunter green

Leggings: Girls may wear uniform leggings that are navy under their jumpers during the cold weather (ONLY). Legging needs to reach the ankle and are not acceptable at calf length.

Hair and accessories: Hair accessories in uniform plaid, navy, forest green, or white are acceptable. No Hair dye of any type is acceptable. No Fad hair styles or cuts are acceptable. No nail polish or tattoos.

Girls 5-8th

Socks: must be worn that are ankle length or knee high in white, navy,or hunter green

Hair and accessories: Hair accessories in uniform plaid, navy, forest green, or white are acceptable. No Hair dye of any type is acceptable. No Fad hair styles or cuts are acceptable. No nail polish or tattoos.

Boys K-8

Socks: must be worn that are ankle length 

Hair  Hair must be trimmed and worn above the collar. No hair dye of any type is allowed. No tattoos.

Birthday Dress Down Days

Please review our handbook policy and keep in mind that on Wednesdays we have All School Mass.

OUT OF UNIFORM DRESS 

These days may be announced throughout the school year.  “Crusader” day will be the first Friday of each month.  The dress code will be clearly reviewed with parents and students to define the appropriate dress for a non-uniform day and will include the following guidelines:

  • Students may wear any casual clean pants (no holes, frayed edges, or low hanging pants) 
  • Skinny jeans and/or yoga pants are not acceptable on any dress down day
  • .Appropriate length skirts (no shorter than 2 inches above the knee) are also

acceptable for girls

  • No pajama pants are allowed.
  • Shirts may have appropriate logos and must have sleeves, long or short.
  • Tank tops of any kind are not to be worn
  • The wearing of jewelry should follow the regular dress code guidelines
  • On Crusader Day, the student must have a visible shirt or sweatshirt of some kind that has a logo in reference to St. William.

PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO SEE THAT STUDENTS ARE PROPERLY ATTIRED.

  • All students are expected to be well groomed, neat, and presentable at all times. Clothing should be clean, properly fitting, and modest. Out of uniform slips will be issued and/or parents called when appropriate. 
  • Hair styles, jewelry and make-up should be neat and suitable for school activities for young Catholic students. Only small hoop and post earrings are permitted. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings. 
  • All pieces of the school uniform should be marked with the student’s name. 

Since it is impossible to identify in advance all possible deviations from acceptable dress and grooming, the Administration reserves the right to determine what is acceptable. Ordinarily, students will be given a reminder or warning regarding appearance before discipline is imposed for dress code violations. However, in cases of flagrant and/or willful violation discipline may be imposed for a first violation. 

Wear your Jersey on Game day

This is a privilege for our students who play sports in the fall and winter. On game day our athletics may wear their game jerseys with their uniforms. This is not considered a dress down day.

Gym Uniforms/Back orders

Please read Ashgroves letter regarding Gym Uniform orders.

I am aware of back orders on uniforms and gym uniforms and Ashgrove is working hard to fill the orders. Parents who have not had the opportunity to receive a uniform order have contacted me and I have noted these names in the office.  

Dads Club Golf Outing 

Don’t forget the Dad’s Club Golf Outing which will take place at Links of Novi on Saturday 9/25 at 1:30 pm.  See attached flier for more details. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Tom Kenyon at 248-207-7550.

REMINDERS:              

Volunteers  

All St. William parents who volunteer for any one of our activities must complete Protecting God’s Children and a Criminal Background check. Please see the attachment below if you have not completed these forms. All forms are available on our FACTS FAMILY PORTAL for easy access as well.

Notes from PSA:

WOW!  We are one week into our Crusader Fun Run Fundraiser and we are at 82% registration with 63% of those registered receiving donations.  As of this morning, we have raised $18,225 or 76% of our goal! 1st grade is in the lead raising $4,245!  JK is in 2nd place and 4th grade is in 3rd place.  Top earners are Emma and Michael Ankawi!  Keep up the great work and help us to meet our goal of raising $24,000 for PSA events, enrichment, and new school furniture.  If you still have not registered, please do so asap here: CRUSADER COLOR RUN REGISTRATION.  We are still looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event – Friday, October 1st from 12:30 – 3:00 pm.  If you can volunteer to help, please sign up via the signup genius here COLOR RUN EVENT DAY VOLUNTEERS.  If you have questions regarding the Crusader Color Run, please contact our chairperson, Dina Kiram at 4dinakarim@gmail.com or (248) 227-6582.  Thank you for all of your help and support and keep those donations coming!

Reminder to sign up for our 4th annual Trunk or Treat by Tuesday, September 21st.  The event will be held on Thursday, October 7th in the St. William Catholic School Parking lot from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Cost to attend is $7 per family.  We are offering an optional dinner from Princess Mediterranean.  If you are interested in ordering individual food bowls for dinner, they are $10 per person.  Gluten Free and Vegetarian options will be available.  Please indicate on your order form, how many food bowls you will be ordering for your family.  We are accepting check payment only.  Please make checks payable to St. William PSA.

Trunk or Treat is one of our most popular annual events.  We encourage students and their parents to dress up, decorate their trunks, and join us for this fun celebration.  If you are decorating your trunk, please plan for approximately 165 treats to cover trunk or treaters.  If there are any questions, please contact our chairperson, Nelda Shunyia at nelda214@yahoo.com or (248) 342-7390.  See flier for more information.

PSA is proud to announce a free virtual parenting workshop, entitled “12 Ways to Bully-Proof Children through Empowerment” on Thursday, September 30th from 7 – 8:30 pm.  All parents are welcome to attend.  You are also welcome to invite others who might be interested. Our speaker, Kimber Bishop-Yanke has been guiding children since 1988, with the tools and strategies needed to build confidence, character and set boundaries —so they’re inspired to stand up for themselves and others. In that time, she has supported children far and wide — providing counseling, workshops and camps to over half a million kids, parents, teachers, and scouts in 6 different countries through her organization Kids Empowered.

Kids Empowered offers programs and training to empower children, teens, parents and professionals to deal with unfriendly classmates and friends, bullying and to build confidence, emotional intelligence, character, leadership, self-esteem, fitness and social skills. Programs include: one on one coaching, counseling, summer day camps, classroom and assembly programs, community/private/Scout workshops and professional development! https://kidsempowered.com/

See attached flier for more information which includes the zoom link and password.  Please contact Ann Kenyon (313) 405-2461 with questions.  We hope you can join us for this informative session courtesy of the PSA.  Our hope is to provide additional parenting resources throughout the school year.

Sign-up is still underway for our Afterschool Drama classes offered by Sunset Theater Company. Classes begin the first week in October from 3 – 4 pm in Upper Zepf Hall and continue for 10 weeks. Grades K – 5 will be working on an adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” and students in grades 6 – 8 will be participating in an Improv Comedy Class focusing on individual acting technique and developing spontaneity in performance.  This is a great way for of  kids of all ages to have fun and build self-confidence.  Steve Neuman, owner of Sunset Theater Company will be the instructor for the Middle School Improv Class.  As a performer, Steve has been in numerous productions including on stage in “Cabaret”, “Chess”, “Twelfth Night”, “Comedy of Errors”, “Henry V”, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, and as the title role in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”. He also stars in the highly acclaimed web series, “The Land Pirates” where he plays Captain John Denver III. He also performs regularly with his Improv Troupe, “The Omelettes”. Steve is also an accomplished writer who is a Dramatists Guild member and is currently working on publishing his original musical, “Wonderland The Rock Musical”. This is an exceptional opportunity for our kids to learn from a highly acclaimed theater professional!No previous acting experience is required for either class.  Grades K – 5 will meet on Tuesdays and Grades 6 – 8 on Wednesdays in Upper Zepf Hall.   Link to the class registration is here: https://sunsettheatrecompany.com/product/enrichment/ See attached flier for more information.  Please contact Ann Kenyon (313) 405-2461 with questions.