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September 28, 2022

To our St. Martin of Tours School Families:

Here is a list of some upcoming activities here at school:

Thursday, September 29 – Mass, 8:00am
Monday, October 3 – Conference Sign-Ups begin on Option C
Wednesday, October 5 – Progress Reports released on Option C
Thursday, October 6 – Mass, 8:00am Friday, October 7 – Spirit Wear
Wednesday, October 12 – Conferences 2:45pm-8:00pm (dinner break 5:00-5:30)
Thursday, October 13 – Conferences 10:00am-6:00pm, NO SCHOOL for students
Friday, October 14 – NO SCHOOL

As some of you may be aware, the principal at St. Aloysius Gonzaga (St. Al’s) and the St. Al’s parish decided to part ways last week, leaving St. Al’s without a principal. On Friday, I received a phone call from Fr. Matt asking me if I would be willing to step in at St. Al’s and help them during this transitional period. After some pointed prayers, discussion, and contemplation, I have decided to take on this responsibility. What this is going to look like is still in the planning stages, but I am thinking my days will be on a weekly rotation – 3 days here, 2 days at St. Al’s, then 2 days here, 3 days at St. Al’s. That will certainly not work out every week, but that is my preliminary plan.

Please know, that during my days at St. Al’s we have a very competent staff here with 3 former administrators and 2 aspiring administrators who will be able to deal with any issues that may arise if I am not here. Of course, if there is some “major” emergency or issue, I am always available, but there will be day-to-day issues that will be dealt with by other staff members, perhaps even without my knowledge. During this time, I would like to ask for your patience and understanding regarding my communications with you. If you need to contact me, the best way will be through email at jfightmaster@saintmartin.org, if you decide to call, please understand that phone messages will take longer for a response, as I may not be at St. Martins that day or even the following day. I will do my best to continue my weekly communication to you as well! I ask that you please pray for the St. Al’s and St. Martin’s school communities, our Parish Family community, and for me as we navigate this transition period.

Parent (Guardian)/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 13 (please see times above). Sign-ups for conferences will be through Option C and will open on Monday, October 3. You will need to login to your Option C parent account and there will be a link on the front page. Times are “first come, first served”!

Our Parish Family is holding the annual pet blessings on Sunday, October 2 at St. Martins at 1:00pm and then on Tuesday, October 4 at Our Lady of Lourdes at 6:00pm.

Thank you for all you do!

September 21, 2022

 

To our St. Martin of Tours School Families:

Here is a list of some upcoming activities here at school:

Thursday, September 22 – Mass, 8:00am
Friday, September 23 – Picture Day – students out of uniform, see information below
Tuesday, September 27 – Confirmation Candidate/Parent Meeting, 7:00pm in Parish Center (Gym)
Thursday, September 29 – Mass, 8:00am

The month of September certainly seems to be zooming right along and so are things here at school! In the news the past few weeks, there have been many stories about threats being made against schools by young people in our area. We talk about internet and social media safety quite a bit at school, but things that are posted on social media are most often posted outside of the school setting. Please talk to your child/children, if they have access to social media, about the consequences of these actions. In the latest news story, there was an elementary student here in Cincinnati that was arrested and charged with multiple criminal violations due to a threat posted on social media – even though the threat was not substantiated. I think we can all agree that the safety of our children is a very high priority and it certainly is a team effort!

This Friday, September 23, is Picture Day! Everyone will get their picture taken whether they are buying photo package or not. Photos can ONLY be purchased ONLINE using our school code: EVTP6CWQS at https://my.lifetouch.com. All students will be permitted to be out of uniform Friday for pictures – please keep in mind that out of uniform rules apply – NO holes, rips, or tears in clothing (whether you can see skin or not), NO hoodies, shoulders/belly/back must be covered, closed toed/closed heeled shoes must be worn, etc. If you have any questions about the out of uniform policy, please refer to page 17 in the Family/Student Handbook. If a student is in violation of the out of uniform policy, the parent/guardian will receive a phone call and need to bring other clothes for that student to change into. The student will also be subject to disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by school staff.

Please remember that we have a Uniform Code and a Personal Appearance Policy at St. Martin of Tours School (Family/Student Handbook, pgs. 15-17). Part of the Personal Appearance Policy is that there is to be NO extreme colors/highlights in any students’ hair. We are starting to get a number of students who are coming to school with colors and highlights in their hair that are in conflict with this policy. Any hair color or “decoration” other than a student’s natural hair color is considered an extreme color/highlight. Please keep this policy in mind – warnings have been given and students will be subject to disciplinary action if this policy is deliberately/continuously violated.

Thank you for all you do!

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Jason Fightmaster

Principal St. Martin of Tours School

September. 14, 2022

 

To our St. Martin of Tours School Families:

Here is a list of some upcoming activities here at school:

Thursday, September 15 – Mass, 8:00am
Thursday, September 22 – Mass, 8:00am
Friday, September 23 – Picture Day

Our morning drop-off procedure still needs a little work – please remember that there is NO staff supervision outside until 7:20am. I have been noticing that some families are dropping of their child/children and leaving before 7:20am. We are having an issue with one of our buses coming very early, dropping the students off, and then leaving. We are trying to rectify that situation, but I assume that people are seeing those bus riders at the door and then think it is OK to drop other children off as well. Please DO NOT drop your children off and leave if you do not see an adult staff member outside! We are aware of some issues and we are addressing them, but please do not add to the problem by dropping children off and leaving before there is staff supervision. I do ask that if you see any children not being respectful outside and there is no staff member present, please let me know – an email is fine – jfightmaster@saintmartin.org.

Next Friday, September 23, is Picture Day! You will receive envelopes for pictures next week. Everyone will get their picture taken whether they are buying photo package or not. If you want to purchase a photo package, you can do so with the envelope or by using our school code online: EVTP6CWQS at https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/. All students will be permitted to be out of uniform NEXT Friday for pictures – again, please keep in mind that out of uniform rules apply – NO holes, rips, or tears in clothing, NO hoodies, shoulders/belly/back must be covered, closed toed/closed heeled shoes, etc. If you have any questions about the out of uniform policy, please refer to page 17 in the Family/Student Handbook.

Thank you for all you do!

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Jason Fightmaster

Principal St. Martin of Tours School

September. 7, 2022

September 7, 2022

To our St. Martin of Tours School Families:

Here is a list of some upcoming activities here at school:

Thursday, September 8 – Mass, 8:00am
Sunday, September 11 – Spirit Wear order deadline
Thursday, September 15 – Mass, 8:00am

I hope you all had a great long holiday weekend! Now that September has come, we get to a stretch of full weeks here at school and we are looking forward to all of the wonderful work that we will be doing.

The St. Martin of Tours Spirit Wear ONLINE Shop is OPEN! You have until Sunday, September 11 to order any Spirit Wear items. All orders will come to the school and we will distribute them to you as soon as we get them. Here is the link for the shop: http://stmartin.undergroundsportsshop.com/st_martin/shop/home. Remember that only grades 6, 7, and 8 are permitted to wear the Maroon Polo shirt. Also remember that the Uniform Policy states that hooded sweatshirts cannot be worn during the school day – whether they are Spirit Wear or not. Hooded sweatshirts can be worn to school, at recess, and home from school, but they cannot be worn in the building during the school day.

For our EdChoice families – we have sent home a form for you that will make your life easier! The form allows the school to sign the EdChoice checks for you, but we need your permission to do so. If you don’t want this to happen, then you have to come to the school to sign the check yourself. Please fill out, sign, and return this form to the office as soon as possible.

Basketball signups are now open for boys in grades 3-8! Please go to this link: https://sports.bluesombrero.com/saintmartinathletics and click on “REGISTER” at the top right hand corner of the page.

We seem to be doing well with our AM drop-off and PM pick-up routines – thank you for that! Most students are getting to their classrooms on their own and are doing a great job with it. If you have a child that is still struggling with leaving you, the best thing to do may be to join the drop-off line in the morning (it really doesn’t get too bad) and let them out of the car there. Sometimes walking young ones to the door makes it more difficult for them to say “goodbye” to you. We always have teachers on duty outside and one of us can help with whatever you need.

Thank you for all you do!

Sincerely,

Mr. Jason Fightmaster

Principal St. Martin of Tours School

 

New School Mission for the New Year

The bell is ringing at St. Martin of Tours for the 2022-2023 school year!

With Christ at the center of all we say and do, our chosen prayer theme comes from Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus tenderly reminds us, “Know that I am with you always.”  Together in sharing God’s love and goodness, let us hold on tight to Christ the Teacher, as our anchor this new year!

Read the Mission Statement and the Foundational Statements fo the Home, School and Church Partnership ...

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