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March 26, 2020

“Whatever you do for your family, your children, your husband, your wife, you do for God.” ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

Dear SMCS Families,

As we’re sure you already know, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced a “Safer At Home” emergency order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As part of that order, all SMCS schools, along with all other schools in Wisconsin, will remain closed and home-based virtual learning will be extended until at least April 24.

What does this mean for at home learning for us here at SMCS?

  • We’ve prepared through April 6 and will continue with those plans that have already been shared with you.
  • April 6 is the start of Holy Week.  We’re asking every family and every teacher to take some time during this week to focus on our dependence on our God and the suffering and sacrifice made by his Son, Jesus.  What a great time for all of us to take a deep breath and remember that, at all times, our God is near!
  • April 10 – April 19 is Easter/spring break.  Our teachers, staff, and principals have run headlong into this new learning format with all of their energy and talent even though they may also be dealing with their own children being home or their own families needing their support as well.  You and your children have accepted the changes and challenges and have run headlong into it as well.  This week will be an opportunity for all of us to re-charge.
  • The Safer at Home order will continue for one more week after spring break unless it is extended or changed in some fashion.  You can expect to hear from your child’s principal and teacher(s) related to virtual learning as it resumes on April 20.
  • At this point, we have not adjusted any dates or school events scheduled in May (concerts, awards ceremonies, etc.).  Please know that we’re constantly looking at those events and are pre-planning for multiple scenarios so we can inform you of any changes as may be required.

Some reassurances:

  • This fourth quarter will look like no other fourth quarter that you ever experienced in your own childhood, or that your children have ever experienced.  We know that, the teachers know that, even the College Board knows that as they have adjusted the AP testing for this spring to accommodate the loss of class time that students in our AP courses will have had.  We’re asking you to be reassured in that knowledge so that you can also reassure your children that it will be ok.  While we’re doing our best, all we ask is that you do your best, your children do their best.  If what we’re doing or what you’re doing doesn’t look like it’s enough or “right”, that’s ok.  We’ll get through this TOGETHER!
  • If you’re feeling stressed with your own work, taking care of your household, and now supporting your children’s education in a much more direct way, reach out to your child’s teacher, your child’s principal, or to us.  We want to listen; we want to help.
  • Give yourself permission NOT to click on every link you see in every newsletter, on Facebook, on every news site, on every educational site.  Know that information is there for you when you need it and want it.  It’s a support.  It’s not an obligation.  Click judiciously!
  • If you’re feeling financial stress and have questions about your obligations to the system, reach out to tuition services in our SMCS business office.  Our intent is always to work with every family, in every situation, and certainly at times when situations change.

To close, we offer the following meme that you may have seen floating around social media. The child’s memories as stated in the last paragraph are worth keeping in mind.

Mary, our Patron and Mother of us ALL … Pray for us!! Live Jesus in our hearts … Forever!!

Patrick D. Batey                                            Helen Englebert
SMCS Superintendent                                   SMCS President


March 24, 2020

Zephyrfest 2020 (originally scheduled for May 2, 2020) has been postponed due to the restrictions implemented to stop the spread of Covid-19.

We are looking forward to celebrating in Zephyrfest style in early fall 2020.

Our key club and pre-sale raffle tickets are still available for purchase onlinepurchase online.
Watch for more information on our website, Facebook or email Marsha Britt with questions.


March 23, 2020

We have made the decision that this will be the last week that we will offer Scrip order pickup. Given the order that is to come from the governor tomorrow, we need to further limit contact for the safety of our staff and our Scrip users. This week’s Scrip will be available for pickup at the high school office (there will be no orders sent to the parish offices) on Wednesday (3/25) from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Please enter the office area one at a time and follow social distancing while waiting in line.

We encourage you to purchase ScripNow through the Scrip site!

We look forward to providing you Scrip cards again in the future! Please watch for emails and Facebook posts for updates on resuming our Scrip schedule and contact Jaime Frink at [email protected] with any questions.


March 19, 2020

WIAA Board Cancels Annual Meeting; Postpones Decison on Spring Sports Seasons 
Big East Statement


March 19, 2020

A message from SMCS President Helen Englebert and SMCS Superintendent Pat Batey

Good afternoon,

Thank you for the positive feedback from so many of you during this time.  This is a true testament to the strength of our school/family partnership.

As we have stated previously, things are changing rapidly but we are trying hard to work within the confines of what we currently know to be true. When we started preparing for digital/packet learning, we anticipated being back in classrooms on April 6. We now know that we will remain closed for the duration of the public health emergency or until a subsequent order lifts this specific restriction which could extend beyond April 6.  We will keep you apprised as more information becomes available regarding school closure mandates.

With spring break approaching, we have had several questions regarding quarantining if students leave the area or state.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  has put out a directive for anyone who has traveled to countries identified as a Level 3 High Risk Region to self-quarantine for 14 days. We want you to know that there is the potential for this area being extended to leaving the state or the area by either the CDC or SMCS.  We want you to be able to make educated decisions when weighing your potential vacation options.

If you are available….The Pope announced that Catholics should unite and say a rosary today at 9:00 p.m. in Italy (3:00 p.m.) here. Let’s unite as a school community and pray together today at 3:00 p.m.!


March 18, 2020

SMCS Scrip Update
We will continue to process Scrip for as long as we are able, however with school buildings now closed, those who pay for Scrip by check will NOT be able to drop off payments on Mondays.

We can not process unpaid orders, so please plan ahead if you are not utilizing autopay!

We encourage Scrip users to sign up for the online autopay/PrestoPay through shopwithscrip.com or to pay by credit card at checkout in order for us to process your orders.

Looking ahead: No Scrip the week of April 13.


March 17, 2020
Message regarding 8th grade trip to Washington D.C.


March 17, 2020

A message from SMCS President Helen Englebert and SMCS Superintendent Pat Batey
Good afternoon,
We would like to update you with information determined at our COVID-19 steering committee yesterday. Things are changing rapidly but we are trying hard to work within the confines of what we currently know to be true. Please watch for similar communications updating these issues and addressing others as this situation unfolds.

Our system  website will be updated with more information as it becomes available. We have a COVID-19 blog page set up at: https://smcatholicschools.org/covid-19-updates/ as well as several updates on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/smcatholicschools/

School Schedule: Wednesday, March 18 begins digital/packet learning, with students scheduled to return to school on Monday, April 6 (or the duration of the public health emergency).
Co-curriculars: There will be NO co-curricular activities of any sort taking place through the balance of the closure.
Report Cards: Report cards will be mailed for elementary students, Powerschool will push out grades for middle school and high school.
Free Lunch: In order to meet the needs of our students who may not have access to lunch, we are sharing options through Neenah, Menasha and Appleton school districts.

Campus Cleaning:  Every building has a different cleaning process taking place with each being deep cleaned and sanitized.
Internet:  Spectrum cable is offering free wi-fi for families during this time period. Call 1-844-488-8398. Installation and equipment are also free.
SMCS Issued Device Issues:  Email and work with your campus principal with any device issues your student may encounter.
Scrip: At this time we will continue to process Scrip orders on Mondays with pickup of ALL orders from the high school office on Thursday (1:00-3:00 p.m.) afternoons or Friday (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) mornings. Contact  Jaime Frink at [email protected]. with questions.
Office Coverage:  All offices will be closed effective Wednesday, March 18 with the exception of the high school office being open for Scrip pick-up with times noted above. Students and parents are not permitted in any campus building during this closure with the exception of the Scrip pick-up.
Employees: We recognize the hardship that lost work can mean for our employees. As a result, all employees will be paid consistent with their typical pay schedule (including independent contractors) through April 5.

We will release more information as this situation unfolds. Thank you for all that you are doing to adjust to this situation.


March 16, 2020

Lion King Families,

We want to pass along information about our production of the Lion King Jr.

Due to the recommendation by the CDC regarding the cancellation of events, April 28 and 29 are no longer options for performances. Our previous system wide response indicated that ticket sales have been suspended until further notice. All tickets purchased on ShowTix4u.com will be refunded within the next few days. This may take 5-10 business days to show on your credit card statement.
At this time, we are not in a position to announce anything. We are in discussion about alternative plans.
We want to ensure you that our students have gained so much knowledge about what it takes to put on a production. Not only have they been working on their music, storytelling and choreography, they have also learned a lot about teamwork, dedication and self-confidence, which is our number one goal for our middle school theatre program. Thank you to our hard working production team and volunteers who have given time and energy to create a positive learning environment for our students!

Best, Hayden Kraus


March 15, 2020
At this time we will continue to process Scrip orders on Mondays with pickup of ALL orders from the high school office on Thursday (1:00-3:00 p.m.) afternoons or Friday (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) mornings. Contact  Jaime Frink at [email protected] with questions.


March 13, 2020
Effective Wednesday, March 18 all SMCS schools/facilities will be closed and there will be absolutely no athletic/co-curricular practices, open gyms or competitions.  Practices will resume or start the day that SMCS would resume classes (earliest Monday, April 6).

Only In-Season practices will continue on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.  Coaches have been instructed that these practices are not mandatory and student-athletes will be excused if they can’t attend.

High School Track Practice
Monday/Tuesday
3:30pm – 5:30pm
SMCHS – McClone Gymnasium

High School Softball Practice
Practices cancelled and will start when classes resume

High School Baseball – Catchers and Pitchers Only Practice
Information will be shared at the parent meeting on Sunday at SMCMS (4:30pm)

High School Powerlifting
Monday and Tuesday
3:30pm – 5:30pm
SMC Fitness Center

Zephyrs Basketball Club
Monday and Tuesday practices as scheduled unless instructed otherwise by coaches.  No practices starting on Wednesday, March 18.

Middle School Sports
Practices will start when classes resume

The WIAA Board of Control is monitoring the situation and updating administrators.  At this time, it is the intention of the WIAA to have a spring sport season. The Big East website will continue to be updated as schedules change.


March 13, 2020
SMCS will transition to digital learning on Wednesday, March 18 per Governor Evers’ order.  There will be no classes on March 16 or 17; however, teachers will report for Professional Development.

A copy of the Department of Health Services order can be found here. Additional information will follow early next week.


March 13, 2020
Family Communication


March 11, 2020
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending Americans prepare for the possible spread of the Coronavirus, now called COVID-19. We have formed a steering committee to plan and respond to emerging communicable disease
concerns following the guidance of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and CDC recommendations.
The situation with COVID-19 is changing rapidly. The following are factual and reliable sources of information:
CDC
DHS
DPI
Some quick take aways:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Do not bring your sick child to school.
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
We will continue to be transparent and share relevant updates related to COVID-19 with you.