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Principal's Message

February 25, 2022

Dear Mater Dolorosa Catholic School Families,

As we begin to enter our Lenten season, I am reminded how fast time flies. I started at MDS in November and these past four months that I have been Interim Principal have been very rewarding. Let me start by expressing my gratitude to the staff, students, and parents for a wonderful experience thus far.

I quickly learned that Mater Dolorosa School provides an excellent Catholic education in a positive, caring, and safe environment. We are blessed with a well-qualified staff, dedicated to educating every student as an individual, guiding each student to reach their highest potential spriritually, academically, socially, and emotionally.

COVID-19 Procedures Updates:  We, along with the Diocesan Schools Office and Bishop’s Office, are constantly monitoring the situation with the pandemic; therefore, the below are our current protocols, and we would like to restate that these can change, if needed, for the health of our school community.

  • Masks will be optional for all students, faculty, and staff effective Monday, February 28, 2022. If a family, student, or employee feels more comfortable wearing a mask, we of course welcome it and encourage it.
  • We will follow the federal order for mask wearing on school buses
  • We will be following our local health department regarding quarantines and contact tracing.
  • We will continue the best practices of sanitizing classrooms, buildings, and especially high-touch surfaces.
  • Students, staff and visitors will continue to sanitize hands when entering the school and throughout the school day.
  •  We reserve the right to check a student’s temperature if a fever is suspected. We will continue to ask for your assistance in keeping children home when they are sick, and to follow our health protocols in our handbook. 
  • We are grateful that our school has remained open throughout the pandemic.

 

Starting and Ending Times

  •  Kindergarten thru 8 grade will continue to do drop-off from 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. at the front door.  Parents will drive down Maple St. and do a QUICK drop-off at the sidewalk leading to the school.  If you need to park, to assist your child getting out of the car, please pull up further to do this.  It holds up others if you stop and get out of the car.  The loop is for drop and go traffic only.  If you want to walk your child to the door, or into school, we ask that you park in the social center parking lot and come down the sidewalk along Maple St.  Thank you for your understanding!
  • Kindergarten thru 8th grade will continue to do drop-off from 7:30 to 7:55 a.m. at the front door.  Parents will drive down Maple St. and do a QUICK drop-off at the sidewalk leading to the school.  If you need to park, to assist your child getting out of the car, please pull up further to do this.  It holds up others if you stop and get out of the car.  The loop is for drop and go traffic only.  If you want to walk your child to the door, or into school, we ask that you park in the social center parking lot and come down the sidewalk along Maple St.  Thank you for your understanding! Students that are tardy, must sign in at the office.
  • Dismissal begins at 2:30p.m. for K-8 grade students and 2:15 for preschool.  Parents will park in the parking lot off Lyman St.  K-8 Teachers will walk students out and across the street.  Parents must come to the yellow painted box to gather their student.  Children will not be allowed to walk through the parking lot, down the sidewalk or cross the street without a parent with them.
  •  Students in Preschool can be dropped off between 7:30-7:50 at the social center door.  Parents will park in that lot and walk their student to the door.  Teachers will greet you and students will be handed off in the social center lobby. 

 

BUS: If you reside in Holyoke, and your child will ride the bus for the new school year, please make sure you have completed the bus survey sent via email. The bus routes and stops will be posted on the website when we receive them.

Uniforms: In good condition, uniforms are available to be swapped.  Parents may stop by the school to drop-off or pick-up uniforms that have been donated or swapped.  All students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade must wear the school uniform outlined in the student handbook, posted on the website.   Shirts will need to have the MD embroidered on them.  We have some volunteers who are going to be doing the embroidering soon.  Parents may drop shirts off at school to be done for a minimal fee.  Our female students may wear the navy blue pants, as well as the skirts and jumpers.  On PE days, students will wear their PE attire to school and must wear athletic shoes. This is a safety and a health issue.  As long as the weather is warm enough for a student to wear shorts, they may do so.  We trust that parents will know when this transition should happen for their student.  Just be aware that students will be going outside for recess when the temperature permits.

Water Bottles: Our water fountains are still fitted for water bottles only, so don’t forget to send your child to school with a water bottle with their name on it!

Communication is very important to us.  A few important ways we share information are my Principal Weekly Updates and FACTS Parent Alerts and the Parent Portal. Please make sure we have a correct email and phone numbers for you on file. Teachers also post to their individual webpage on the school website and/or use a classroom communication tools like Bloomz or Class DoJo.  Your child’s teacher will let you know what they do in their class.  I also like to use Facebook so make sure you “friend” us! 

iPad & Chromebook Program-We have a 1-to-1 Computer Device Program in K-8. All kindergarten students will receive iPads and students in grades 1-8 will receive a Chromebook.  All students and parents must sign the Acceptable Use Policy in order to be assigned a device. Students will be using their device in the classroom and will be able to take the device home during the school year.

Breakfast and Lunch We have a federal USDA lunch program. ALL lunch and breakfast meals are still FREE to all students. We will post the monthly breakfast and lunch menus to our website. Students may arrive at 7:30 a.m. to eat breakfast.  Breakfast will continue to be “grab & go” style and eaten in the classrooms.  We will continue to have two lunch periods in order to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.

FACTS SIS: We use an online web-based school gradebook program called FACTS, where you can access your child’s grades. If you are a new family, log-in information will be sent to you during the first two weeks of school. If you are a returning student, please remember to keep your student(s) FACTS Username and Password from the 2020-2021 school year. These FACTS Usernames and Passwords will be enabled for the 2021-2022 school year in September. This is a very important tool in monitoring your child’s progress.

Our PTO: We would like to welcome you and ask for your participation in our wonderful PTO.  Many hands make light work as the saying goes!  The PTO will meet monthly. The PTO also has a Facebook page and website.  We are looking forward to the activities of our fabulous PTO this year!

I am looking forward to some Spring like weather as I continue to serve our school community as your Interim Principal. If you have any questions, or if I can be of any additional service, please do not hesitate to call the school at 413-532-2831. Together, we will continue to have an outstanding school year!

God Bless,

Mrs. Eileen Jachym, Interim Principal

ejachym@materdolorosaschool.org