Friday, January 15, 2021

Mandarino Minutes for 1-15-21

Dear Parents/Guardians, 


No School this Monday-

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. our students will not have school this Monday, January 18th.  




Return to Full Time Face to Face-

This Tuesday, January 19th, all in-person Upton and High School students will return full-time face to face.  Please remember to use caution, care, and patience in our drop-off & pick-up areas.




Wednesday Late Start -

This upcoming Wednesday, January 20th will be a late start.  School will begin at 8:45 AM.  Bus routes will run one hour later as well.




Ren Baldwin Technology Festival Logo Contest-

The 2021 Ren Baldwin Student Technology Festival logo contest is underway!  Please see the details below.  Submissions are due Friday, January 29th and can be turned in at the Upton Media Center or by emailing techfest@stjoebears.com.  We look forward to seeing the students' creativity this year!


Ren Baldwin, Retired Technology Director



Girls Basketball Meeting -

Who:  ANY 7th or 8th Grade girl interested in playing basketball

What: Upton Girls Basketball Sign ups

Where: Upton Cafeteria

When: 7:30 AM (Before school starts) Thursday, Jan. 21 




Upcoming 1/2 Days -

We will be having 1/2 days of school to end the first semester.  Dismissal time will be 11:00 AM on the following dates:

Wednesday, Jan 27th- 1st & 2nd hours
Thursday, Jan 28th- 3rd & 4th hours
Friday, Jan 29th- 5th & 6th hours

For the second year in a row we also will not be having cumulative end of the semester exams.



Guidance Resources -

Here are a few links to the latest guidance resources:

Guidance Resource Link #1

Guidance Resource Link #2

Virtual Tutoring Resource





Quote of the week -





Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Mandarino









Friday, January 8, 2021

Mandarino Minutes for 1-8-21

 Dear Parents/Guardians,


Schedule for next week -

Monday January, 11th: All students will be remote and meet with their teacher over Google Meets (link in Google Classroom) in the morning and work asynchronously in the afternoon.

9:00 - 9:23

1st Hour Morning Meeting

9:30 - 9:53

2nd Hour Morning Meeting

10:00 - 10:23

3rd Hour Morning Meeting

10:30 - 10:53

4th Hour Morning Meeting

11:00 - 11:23

5th Hour Morning Meeting

11:30 - 11:53

6th Hour Morning Meeting

 

Tuesday, January 12th: Maize Day- students with last names beginning A-K report to the building and follow the normal daily schedule. *If your family has multiple last names, please attend on the “color day” that corresponds with the oldest child’s last name.

Wednesday, January 13th: Blue Day- students with last names beginning L-Z report to the building and follow the normal daily schedule. *If your family has multiple last names, please attend on the “color day” that corresponds with the oldest child’s last name. (*NO LATE START SCHEDULE FOR 6-12 grade)

Thursday, January 14th: Maize Day- students with last names beginning A-K report to the building and follow the normal daily schedule. 

Friday, January 15th: Blue Day- students with last names beginning L-Z report to the building and follow the normal daily schedule.





No Late Start next - 

As stated above, we do not have a late start this Wednesday, January 13th for 6th-12th grades.





Breakfast & Lunch Going Forward -

FREE MEALS for all students during the 20/21 school year.

Breakfast and lunch will be FREE for the entire school year, thanks to the extension of the Summer Feeding Program offered by the USDA.   Please remember to login into your www.sendmoneytoschool.com account to order up to a week's worth of student lunches. 

We are still asking families to still apply for Free/Reduced meals through www.lunchapp.com.   Other programs also use this for free or reduced fees, but we need to have an application on file for your student to qualify.    If you have any questions please contact Demrhy Youngquist at dyoungquist@sjschools.org.





8th to 9th grade Meeting Reminder -

CLASS OF 2025 (Current 8th graders)

SAVE THE DATE: 

Informational Scheduling Meeting for current 8th Grade Students & their Parents 
who plan to attend
St. Joseph High School Fall 2021


Tuesday, February 2, 2021 
6:00pm

Location TBD





From The Guidance Department -

Guidance News

Week of 1/11/21

GOOD SLEEP

 

As we enter our second week back at school after the holiday break we hope that you are getting back into a good routine and building good habits.  An important part of any schedule is SLEEP.

 

We’d like to share a few resources to help your family get enough and quality sleep. 

These are also available on our family google site:

COVID-19, Guidance & SEL

 

Check these out in the Self-Care & Wellness section:

Check out this TedTalk Series: 

“Sleeping with Science” 

 We spend one-third of our lives doing it, but what exactly do we get out of it? And how can we do it better? In this new TED series, sleep scientist Matt Walker uncovers the facts and secrets behind our nightly slumber. Tune in weekly for better zzz's! 

 

Stop sacrificing sleep & get the rest you need!

Each of us has unique sleep needs - here are 4 strategies that can help you figure out the best plan for you. 

 

Science of Sleep Infographic

 by Happify has great tips!

Check these out in the Apps section:

Relax Melodies 

 Sleep to your own beat - endless relaxation, sleep  & meditation

 

Dreamy Kid

 In just minutes every day, help your kids live healthier and happier lives with DreamyKid, The Kids Meditation App.

 

 

Monday afternoon secondary SEL opportunities:

We are hosting various sessions for secondary students to encourage social connection, provide support and/or share SEL/college/career information.

 These opportunities are shared with students through their school email and grade level google classrooms.  

These sessions are recommended - please encourage your student to participate :)

 

Please remember we are here to support you - reach out if you have a question/concern:

guidance@stjoebears.com

 




Reminder on Free Tutoring -


If you daughter/son is in need of some academic support please consider the following resources:

St. Joseph High School National Honor Society Students:

https://forms.gle/J18HhF5Gx5mTJN7U8





No School on Monday, January 18th-

We will not have school K-12 on Monday, January 18th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.





Quote of the day -




Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Mandarino






Monday, January 4, 2021

Mandarino Minutes for 1-4-21

 Dear Parents/Guardians,


Happy New Year! -

I hope you had a great break with your family!  Hopefully it was a time of spending quality time with your children!  The staff wants to wish you a happy 2021!




Schedule this week- 

This is the schedule for this week that was sent out over the break, but I wanted to resend it again.  NOTE: 6th-12th grade does not have a late start this week.  Remember that if you have multiple last names in your household you come on the day of the oldest child's last name.  The rest of the week are full days of school.

January 4th-8th, 2021 Schedule





Procedures and Masks-

Please help us to remind your daughter/son the following items:

  • Bring a mask to school (Maybe even a backup mask)
  • Walk in a clockwise direction (We have arrows to help)
  • Hand sanitize upon entering the room & loading the bus 
  • Use caution when entering the parking lot after school





Sports Starting Back Up -

We know that an email on middle school sports starting back up on January 18th came out from Mr. Schaffer this morning.  We are waiting on an announcement on the number of spectators that will be allowed (if any) for student sporting events.  Please stay tuned for more information on athletic information.  





Guidance News for 1-4-21

Guidance Department Link for 1-4-21





Daily Student Screener -

Please remember the daily screener if your daughter/son is not feeling well. (See the link- SJPS Daily Screener). We also included the exposure to COVID graphic below.

SJPS Daily Screener




Yearbooks-

For a limited time only,  we are offering the 2020-2021 Yearbook for $35!  (name stamps are no longer available) Place your order before January 29, 2021 for this special price.  After January 29, the price will go up to $45.

This offer is ONLY for purchases made through the Upton Office.  Drop off your completed order form and exact cash or check to the Upton Office.  For more information, contact Kevin Khan at kkhan@sjschools.org.






Lunch orders -

If your daughter or son is getting a school lunch please order student lunches on the following website sendmoneytoschool.com by 7:45 AM each morning.





Survey-

If you haven't completed the survey on your daughter/son's decision on second semester we ask that you take just a few moments to please do this. Many of you have already done this and we appreciate that! The deadline is this Friday, January 8th. Thanks!

Student Instruction Decision for the Second Semester





Quote of the week-





Have a great week,
Mr. Mandarino






Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Mandarino Minutes Bonus for 12-15-20

 Dear Parents/Guardians,


Reminder on the BookHub Tomorrow and Thursday-

Tomorrow night and Thursday night is our BookHub pickup.  We would love for your son/daughter to read over the break.  Please click here for more details:

BookHub Link



If you haven't done the survey please do -

Parents, as we approach the end of the calendar year we are starting to turn our attention to the second semester.  We would ask that you complete this survey for EACH of your students that attend either Upton or SJHS.  If we do not have a response from you by January 8th, we will be continuing  the student in their current choice,  Face to Face(remote) or the Virtual school.  Thank you for your attention to this matter. 




Free Tutoring Opportunities-

If you daughter/son is in need of some academic support please consider the following resources:

St. Joseph High School National Honor Society Students:

https://forms.gle/J18HhF5Gx5mTJN7U8


Grand Valley State Virtual Tutoring:

https://www.gvsu.edu/k12connect/





Continue to Report the following Two Items -

1). If your son/daughter will miss a teacher's class have the student email the teacher and the parent should please call (269) 926-3400.

2). If you daughter/son is quarantined or is COVID positive, please let us know as we still must report our student data.





From the Guidance Department-

Please click on the following link for the latest guidance information:

Guidance Blog Information




UNPLUG -

As we approach the holiday break, we would like to ask for your partnership in reviewing the Digital Learning Agreement all students signed during their bootcamps this fall. We encourage you to talk with your middle school student about setting limits with technology use at home, especially over the holiday break.  An excellent resource that may be helpful for your family is Common Sense Media.  Our Digital Learning Agreement was adopted from their educational materials, and they have numerous resources available for families.  You may find their Family Media Contract or Customizable Device Contract to be helpful as you set limits and guidelines for technology use at home.  As always, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Mandarino or Mrs. Dirlam if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you and have a wonderful holiday break with your family.    







Quote of the week-



From the staff at UMS we wish your family a wonderful holiday season! Enjoy your family time, relaxation, and unplugging a bit!

Mr. Mandarino




Mandarino Minutes for 1-15-21

Dear Parents/Guardians,  No School this Monday- In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. our students will not have school this Monday, Januar...