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February 11, 2022
February Calendar Reminders
Feb 13 (11:00a) - K, 1, 2 sing at Messiah Church
Feb 14 (2:00p) - Elementary Valentine Parties
Feb 16 (9:00a) - Preschool leads chapel
Feb 16 (11:30a) - Elementary Early Dismissal
Feb 17 & 18 - NO SCHOOL (Best Practices Conference)
Feb 21 - NO SCHOOL / NO CHILDCARE (Presidents Day)

Feb 23 (1:00p) - Preschool leads chapel
Feb 26 (10:00a) - Discover Messiah


Link to Messiah School Calendar
Job Posting:
Director for Messiah's new
Preschool and Childcare Center

We are excited to expand our ministry to young children at Messiah, while continuing the tradition of an excellent Preschool led by Mrs. Thimijan!
Click here to review our job posting.
First Annual Color Run
is April 23!

Now seeking event sponsors.
Click here to learn more.
Your sponsorship and funds raised by the Messiah Color Run will go to support school activities and functions such as mom's night out, teacher appreciation meals and gifts, special assemblies, and more!
Childcare next week is
at capacity

If you signed up for childcare next week, but no longer need it; or, if you didn't sign up yet and would like to added to our waiting list; please be sure to let Miss Hoppe know so that she can contact families who are on the waiting list for care.

Dance Clinic on March 5
The Lincoln Lutheran Blue Angels Dance Team invites all Elementary kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade to a Dance Clinic!
The theme this year is 'Encanto'.

The clinic will include learning dances, playing games and lots of fun! Kids will be broken into age groups to learn a routine to perform at the Blue Angels dance show.

Performance info:  Blue Angels dance show is Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 at 7:00p,
Discover Messiah events are for existing and new families to connect with one another and with your school ministry team.
If you've never been to a Discover Messiah event,
we encourage you to invest in this hour with your Messiah family.

This week's Covid-19 Case Count Summary
Staff:
New positive cases this week: 0

Students:
New positive cases this week: 0

New cases traced to contact at school: 0
New cases of students missing school due to close contact at home:
5

Updated COVID-19 protocols begin tomorrow

A note from Mr. Stueber -
   From the beginning of this pandemic, Messiah has been committed to the health of your whole child and that of your family. Balancing physical health with emotional health has been difficult. Balancing personal choice and respect for authority (and modeling this for our kids) has been difficult. And God has blessed, sustained, and grown our work together along the way. 
     We are thankful for your careful attention to your and your child's health and depend on that to continue moving forward. As shown in the data below, the downward trend in Covid-19 cases in Messiah's staff and students has held steady for several weeks. 
     We have an opportunity and responsibility to renew and maintain a focus on emotional health. Relaxing universal masking guidelines is an important component in maintaining our overall well-being. Our current data trend at Messiah indicates consistently good physical health among our staff and student body. After consulting with our executive team and with schools who have already begun to relax masking requirements in our community, we are excited to return the choice of how face coverings are used to you. We continue to encourage face coverings, especially for non-vaccinated individuals and those who are not feeling 100%, but we will not be requiring the universal use of face coverings at this time (effective Saturday, February 12).
     As we begin to again move away from universal requirement of face coverings, we also know that exceptions could occur in specific classrooms in cases of close contact exposure and certainly with individuals. The use of face coverings to protect ourselves and others from viruses has been a common practice in many settings since long before Covid and, I expect, will continue to be one tool to combat the spread of this and other viruses in the future.
     Current protocols (see below) for isolation and quarantine for close contacts have been working well and still apply. Remember that the protocols for isolation and close contact response are unique for the school setting and may not be the same as those provided by your employer.
     Thank you for making great choices when you our your child are not feeling well! And thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate these challenging waters. Finally, thank you entrusting your most precious gifts, your children, with our team at Messiah. We are blessed to partner with you!


Serving Him and you,
Matt Stueber
Director of School Ministries
Week ending January 7
New positive cases: 6
Newly quarantined due to close contact off campus: 4

Week ending January 14

New positive cases: 17
Newly quarantined due to close contact off campus: 11

Week ending January 21

New positive cases: 2
Newly quarantined due to close contact off campus: 3

Week ending January 28

New positive cases: 0
Newly quarantined due to close contact off campus: 3

Week ending February 4

New positive cases: 0
Newly quarantined due to close contact off campus: 2

Week ending February 11

New positive cases: 0
Newly quarantined due to close contact off campus: 5
Isolation and close contact protocols in school settings

For Individuals That Test Positive for COVID-19 - ISOLATION
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they need to stay home for 5 days. The start of the days differs depending on if the person was symptomatic or asymptomatic. For a person who is asymptomatic, but tests positive, Day 0 is the date the sample was collected. For a person with COVID symptoms, Day 0 is the day the first obvious symptom occurred. 
  • If they do not have symptoms or if symptoms are resolving (meeting the school’s regular illness criteria for returning to school), they can return to school on day 6. However, they must wear a well fitting mask through day 10 starting on the day the test sample was collected.
  • If a student or staff cannot wear a well fitting mask, they must be excluded and must isolate for 10 days.
Managing Close Contact Exposures – QUARANTINE 
Students and staff do not have to be excluded if they have had a close contact exposure but must wear a mask for 10 days while at school or participating in school activities and should, if possible, be tested (PCR test) on day 5 after the exposure.
  • Students and staff who have on-going high-risk exposure to a positive individual who is unable to isolate (example: household) should remain at home until the positive individual completes 5 days of isolation. Extra vigilance on screening for symptoms when they return is advisable.
  • If symptoms develop, they must be excluded and be tested using a PCR test. 
  • If a student or staff cannot wear a well fitting mask, they must be excluded for 10 days.

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Lunch Menu
Family Portal
LiveStream Channel
Messiah Church
Newsletter Archive and Subscription Link
Wednesday Nights At Messiah
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