Principal’s Corner

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Psalm 59:16-17  “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.  O my Strength, I  sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”

***Before going on, take a little more time to reread the Psalm and meditate on it until it gets through your brain and into your heart.  You can take just a couple of minutes now in order to have the rest of your day be under the influence of God’s Word!***

Good morning,

It has been an interesting week having had our first encounters with COVID cases.  Everyone’s approach, cooperation, and encouragement have been a blessing.  We have had great guidance from the Health Department. Teachers showed their preparation, flexibility, and diligence.  Parents have provided great communication and transparency as they deal with all the various colds, stomach aches, allergies, and viruses being experienced.  This is also true when dealing with COVID symptoms, testing, potential exposures, and all that goes with that. I am proud of our parents for looking out for their classmates, teachers, teammates, and families by keeping children home to monitor their symptoms and talk with pediatricians.

As expected there have been a lot of questions too.  I will see if I can concisely update you on where we are today.  Needless to say, there are any number of rumors, fears, and conjectures that can fill us with doubt and lead us to seek answers in all sorts of places.  Some are good and reliable, others may not be.

I will keep this simple and not use any names as I share this recap.

The 1st-grade teacher tested positive on Sunday the 20th.

The 1st grade transitioned to at-home learning.

Two positive cases from 1st grade have been confirmed while the class has been in quarantine.

A couple of additional students from other classes were showing various symptoms and were tested.

As of this morning, no positive cases outside of 1st grade have been identified at Redeemer.

Siblings of first graders are being monitored.

Their status is checked on and will be adjusted if 1st graders test positive or become symptomatic.

I have just been informed of recently discovered possible “contacts” (these have come from activities outside Redeemer),  that have been in attendance in their classrooms over this past week. The Health Department suggests that these students simply be monitored, and no further action is required, at this time.  Action is taken based on confirmed “cases” and “contacts” of confirmed cases.  So far, that has been effective and working as it should. I will keep you informed of changes and potential for action that we may need to take as I continue to receive information and use my very helpful contacts at the health department.

As we travel more and see more activities starting up, Redeemer students will come into contact with community cases. It is very important that Redeemer families help out by being aware of their possible contact with confirmed or potential cases. Remember that a “contact” is defined as being closer than 6ft for 15 or so minutes with someone considered a “case”.  A “case” is one who has a confirmed positive test with or without symptoms.  A “case” may also be one who has not been tested but has symptoms and has been in contact with a known case.

If you or your child has been a “contact”, as defined above, with a known “case”, as defined above, the “contact” would be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of last known contact. This has been the standard step taken in trying to minimize spread. If symptoms develop or a positive test is confirmed the family all becomes contacts and is to quarantine for 14 days.  If symptoms are present, stay home until symptom-free for 24 hours. Help protect everyone from getting what you have.

I hope this helps clarify a few things and helps us avoid being filled with information that does nothing to serve the greater good.  If you have any questions, please ask the source or me so I can get the answers you need.  There will be some things that I will not be able to speak to you about, but you are welcome to ask the questions.

Additional notes:

September:

30 – 8:35 am Chapel Pastor Dave

October:

2 – Redeemer Spirit Shirt Day

7 – 8:35 am Chapel – Kindergarten Class

9 – End First Quarter

9 – Redeemer Spirit Shirt Day

9 – 9 am-11 am Children’s Museum “Dig It” (4th grade)

12 – Spirit Night @ Chipotle 4pm-8pm

13- UFO day, must bring UFO pass to school.

15- Picture retake day. Students must bring their proof or a note from home if they have already gotten their picture taken and want a retake. This is also picture day for 3s and 4s.

16 – Early Dismissal at 11:30 am

19- 1st quarter report cards are emailed.

Banner Sponsorships are still available! Please consider helping our students and school by purchasing a business banner! The banners are placed along our carline loop for all to see for a full year. Funds raised by sponsoring a banner will help with our school improvements and promote your business at the same time! Artwork and images may also be saved and used for ads in our school pamphlets and yearbook. Please email Kristin Reagle at kreagle@rlcsrams.com if you have any further questions.

Reserve October 12 from 4 pm-8 pm to enjoy something from Chipotle’s wonderful menu.  It is our first Spirit Night at Chipotle and Redeemer Lutheran Church and School will receive 33% of all proceeds from everyone who brings a flyer or mentions Redeemer to their cashier.  Flyers will be coming home closer to the October 12 event date.

Praying God’s grace, goodness, and peace fill our hearts to overflowing,

Tim Mirly