St. Joseph - St. Pius X

Catholic Parish of Leicester, MA

Religious Education - Information and Program Guidelines

Thank you for registering your child for religious education classes!  We hope to be able to see all of you next Sunday, September 19th, when our classes begin. Here is some basic information and program guidelines.

  • K-4 will be meeting at St. Joseph School from 10:15-11:15am 
  • 5 & 6th grade will be meeting at Mother St. John House 10:15-11:15am, the office building with the purple door.
  • 7th, 8th and High school, will be meeting at St. Pius X, Teen mass at 4:30, following by class at 5:15-6:15pm

Religious Education Guidelines:

Masking and sanitation policy:

We will be following Leicester Public schools, DESE and the diocese of Worcester guidelines for masks and sanitation.  Therefore, masks must be worn by all students and catechists no matter the vaccination status, until further notice.   Masks will also be required by all guardians  while entering the building for drop off/ pick up. 

Hand sanitizer and hand wipes  will be available in all classrooms.   Classrooms are sanitized prior to use, and disinfectant wipes are also available in each classroom.   Supplies are also separated so sharing of supplies will be very limited.

Drop off/ Pick Up Procedures:

Grades K-4 will be meeting at St. Joseph School.  Parents will need to walk them into the school to the door of the appropriate classroom.   Please do not arrive prior to 10 minutes prior to the start of class, as catechists need to arrive and organize prior to the start of class.  Please also make sure catechists are present prior to dropping off your child.

Pick up procedure:  K-4 Please stay in the main hallway until your child’s catechists open the classroom door.  Then you can proceed to the classroom to pick up your child.  No child will be released to a sibling, an adult must pick up your child.  If another parent is picking up your child, we must have written permission prior to pick up.  Please email your child’s catechists and the director at religioused.leicester@gmail.com

Grades 5-6 will meet at Mother St. John house.  You may drop your child off at the front door of  MSJ house, after confirming your child’s catechist is present.

Pick up procedure:  All students will be picked up at the front door of MSJ house.  No child will be dismissed into the parking lot without adult supervision.

Absence-

If your child will be absent from class for any reason, please notify your child’s catechists and cc religioused.leicester@gmail.com , or you can text / call Michelle at  508-304-2685. A listing of catechists’ emails are at the bottom of this email.   If we do not hear from you and your child is absent, then you can expect a call later that day to check in with a guardian.  We will be keeping track of all absences due to COVID.

If your child is not feeling well, no matter what the cause please have them stay home.  We can send a makeup packet with them the following week or arrange for a make up session if needed.  No child can learn when they are not feeling well, and we do not want the spread of germs to others.

We will also follow the same guidelines for quarantining as Leicester Public School.  Please reach out if you need a copy of these guidelines.

Snow Day/ Cancellations

If we cancel class due to snow or other reason, then emails will be sent to the email on file, it will also be posted on our church Facebook page, @stjosephstpiusxparish.  If you feel that it is unsafe to drive, please stay home.

Contact List:

 

Director, Michelle Herbert

religioused.leicester@gmail.com

 

Parish

stjosephstpiusx759@gmail.com

 

Fr. Rob Loftus

robloft2012@gmail.com

K

Jen Valinski

kindergarten.st.joseph.st.pius@gmail.com

1St

Lori Zinkevich

lori.zink2@gmail.com

2nd

Michelle Grant & Michelle Herbert

2ndgrade.st.josephst.pius@gmail.com

3rd

Catherine Doyle

catdancer1234@yahoo.com

4th

Jennifer Saari

jennifer26saari@gmail.com

5th

Julie Loosemore

5thgrade.st.joseph.st.pius@gmail.com

6th

Wayne Choquette

waynechoquette@gmail.com 

7th/8th

Felicia Vidito & Kate Tuson

7th8thgrade.st.joseph.st.pius@gmail.com

9th/10th

Michelle Herbert & Morgan Flodman

religioused.leicester@gmail.com

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to another great year!

 Sincerely, 

Michelle Herbert

Director of Religious Education  @ St. Joseph-St. Pius X Parish

Cell: 508-304-2685