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Dear Parents,

We hope you are well and staying safe.  We continue to be very busy getting the school physically ready for the start of school on August 24th.  The teachers have also been very busy receiving training for our virtual platforms and preparing for the new procedures and the COVID 19 protocols.

Our first day of school, August 24th, will be a 12:00 dismissal.  Please remember that parents will not be allowed to walk children into school.  UPON ARRIVAL, ALL STUDENTS MUST REMAIN IN THEIR CARS UNTIL THEIR TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN. 
Please be patient the first week of school.  The carpool line is going to be very long and will take some time but we promise--it will get better after we get "into a routine". 

Many, many, many thanks to all of our parent and student volunteers who have been helping us these past few weeks.  Our volunteers have helped create the plexiglass shields, they have cleaned, they have moved furniture from one building to another--in short they have been wonderful and we wouldn't have been able to do all of this without their help.

The parent/student "Drop In/Open House" is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, August 20th and 21st.  You may come either day.  As a means of limiting the number of people in the building at one time, families have been assigned a time to come to school to meet the teacher, pick up supplies and materials; middle schoolers can set up their lockers if they choose.
Here are the assigned times:
A - E --- 8:30 am - 9:30 am
F -- H --- 9:30 am - 10:30 am
I -- L -- 10:30 am - 11:30 am
M -- P -- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Q-- U --  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
V -- Z -- 2:00 pm -- 3:00 pm

(Go to original email for link to) information on COVID Exposure at School, Quarantine Protocols and guidelines on When to Return.  In addition, we have sent a Q & A which we hope will answer many questions before school begins.

The ExceptionalSC is a scholarship for children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or ADHD.  Information and applications can be found at  Please let Mrs. Splendido know if you are applying for this grant (for tracking purposes).

SAFE GRANTS is a program, developed by Governor Henry McMaster, to address the educational needs of eligible K5-12 students who attend a participating independent school in South Carolina.  Please go to for more information.  We encourage you to do this as soon as possible.  

As a means of assessing the need for After School, parents have been asked to complete a survey which was sent out this past Tuesday.  Please complete this survey by the end of today (Friday).

We are looking forward to seeing all of our school families next week!  Thank you for all you do!  Stay safe!

John Byrnes and Susan Splendido


Dear Christ Our King – Stella Maris Family,

Welcome Back!

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable and safe summer break.  We are very excited that the 2020– 2021 school year is about to begin and we wanted to provide you with important information that will help jump start the year as we get ready for the first day of school on August 24th.

As you wind down these last remaining days of summer break there has been a lot of hustle and bustle happening at school preparing for your child’s first day.  The information below will give you insight into some of the activities while also giving you notice of important dates and times happening in the next few weeks.  Also note that most of the following information is posted on our school website as well (

Faculty Changes: We firmly believe that we have a very strong and dedicated faculty here at COKSM.  Each year we (administration and faculty) create a “Continuous Improvement Plan” which provides a road map for continued school growth.  One of our goals is to never stop striving to make COKSM the best that it can possibly be.  We will achieve this through our partnership with great parents, an excellent faculty and administration and wonderful students so that COKSM will remain the best choice for a top notch Catholic School education for our students.  

Each year we have to say goodbye to some of our faculty because of retirements and relocations.  We are excited, though, to announce that we are opening a third first grade classroom!  Listed below are the changes to individual teaching assignments and our new teachers joining our faculty:

Mrs. Catherine Marret will be our school librarian and will be teaching one sixth grade Humanities class;

Ms.Lauren Croghan will be teaching kindergarten;

Mrs. Susan Finnerty will be teaching first grade;

Mrs. Vicky Tringali will be teaching lower school computers;

Mrs. Brittney Carimi will be teaching sixth religion and middle school  computers;

Mrs. Jeanette Rossiter will be teaching middle school humanities, language arts and religion;

Ms. Natalie Kopald will be teaching middle school Spanish;

Ms.Carson Carroll will be teaching art;

Mr. Louis Roskowski will be teaching middle school P.E.;

Ms. Le Chau Thai will be supervising the Testing Center.

FACILITY / GROUNDS UPDATE: As you know from our summer updates, a great deal of work was done in the school to create additional space for social distancing.  Walls separating the locker areas from the classrooms were removed and all lockers have been replaced.  The school has been completely disinfected (thank you to all of the volunteers who cleaned and moved furniture!).  All the floors were stripped and waxed while the classrooms and hallways were painted or touched up.   Cameras and TVs have been added to each classroom to allow for live-streaming instruction and plexiglass partitions have been placed between the rows of desks for added protection within the classrooms.  Many thanks to Sean and Holly Mummert at The Office People, for their help acquiring the materials and supplies necessary for our Reopening Plans.  Through our partnership with The Office People, we have also purchased enough Chrome Books for the entire middle school school.

SCHOOL SECURITY/SAFETY: Our school Reopening Plan was sent to our families in July.  Unfortunately the safety protocols that we are putting in place will bring about changes for our students and our parents.  These changes include the following: temperatures will be taken for all entering the building (teachers, students, parents, staff and visitors); those with temperatures will not be allowed to enter the building.  Parent volunteers will be limited to essential school business.  Masks will be mandated for anyone entering the building.

Please note-per our safety protocols, parents will not be allowed to walk their children into school.  In addition, parents will not be allowed to walk up at dismissal to collect their children.  All parents must wait in their cars in the dismissal line.

In order to keep everyone safe, students should stay home if they are feeling sick.  Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a fever, an upset stomach or cough/cold.  We will be lenient with the absentee policy.

HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION: Many thanks to our HSA (Home and School Association) for all they do for our school.  You should have received an email on Saturday for the HSA Virtual Info Fair.  We are attaching it again here if you did not get to see it.  We are also including even more information about how to get involved with the HSA and ways to help support our school. Also included here is a link to the HSA website.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: In order to determine the proper time to offer our After School Program this school year, we will be sending parents a short survey to help us identify the current need for After School.  Please note that if there is an After School Program, the children will be required to wear masks at all times.  Please look for the survey within the next few days.


We will be holding a Drop In Open House/Meet the Teacher on Thursday, August 20th and Friday, August 21st.  Families are invited to come to school either day to meet the teachers and see their classrooms.

“At Home Students” will be able to pick up their books, supplies and ChromeBooks at this time.

The Middle School students may set up their lockers if they choose. 

As a means of limiting the number of people in the building at one time, times will be assigned alphabetically.  Please see the following times:

A - E -- 8:30 am - 9:30 am

F -- H -- 9:30 am - 10:30 am

I -- L -- 10:30 am -- 11:30 pm

M -- P -- 12:00 pm -- 1:00 pm

Q -- U -- 1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm

V -- Z -- 2:00 pm -- 3:00 pm

CHROMEBOOK distribution will take place during the first week of school during middle school homeroom.  Students being issued ChromeBooks for the first time (All 5th Graders and any new 6th – 8 grade students) will need to pay their $75 ChromeBook insurance fee before the ChromeBook will be distributed to them.  Checks may be sent to the front office.  Please note that the replacement cost for broken ChromeBooks will be strictly enforced.

CLASS LISTS will be opened up on SISFacts (Renweb) at the close of business on Monday, August 17th.

LUNCH ORDERS: Schoolhouse Fare will once again be offering “hot lunch” for students and faculty.  Registration for the lunch ordering program can be found on our website under the “Parent” link.

COVID 19 Waiver:  The Diocese of Charleston has created a COVID 19 Waiver that must be signed by parents and returned to school by August 24th.  The waiver is attached to this email. 

Parent-Student Handbook: The link for the Parent-Student Handbook is listed below.  All parents are asked to review the handbook and return the signed acknowledgement to the front office by the first day of school.  We would like all forms returned to the office by Friday, August 28, 2020.

Here are links to download the Handbook and Handbook Acknowledgement Form - SEE ORIGINAL EMAIL FOR LINKS

Back to School Information/Forms

The following order forms/information pages are linked in this email:

Diocesan COVID Waiver

Parent /Student Handbook Signature Page

Photo Opt Out Form for Families

Ice Cream Order Form for Grades K-4

The forms listed above, the Diocesan Waiver, the Handbook signature page, the 4K-4th grade Ice Cream Order Form and the Photo Opt Out Form for families, should be returned to school by the first day of school.  We would like all forms in by August 28, 2020 at the very latest.  We will begin selling ice cream on September 4th.

Student Emergency Contact Forms will be sent home via your children the first day of school.  We are asking all of our parents, returning and new, to fill out a new form.  Please return this form to the office no later than Wednesday, August 26th.

Please note:  if your child requires medication at school, we  must have an updated medication form each year.  These forms can be found on our website. 

Parent Orientation Schedule for Grades 4K-8

Parent Orientation will be held Tuesday, August 25th.  These will be live-streamed from your child’s classroom.  We will send out the codes/links for the live-stream on Monday, August 24th.

4Kindergarten (pre-school), Kindergarten and first grade presentations will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The second, third and fourth grade presentations will begin at 6:00 pm.

The Parent Orientation for grades fifth through eighth presentations will begin at 7:00 pm.

Uniforms: Our Uniform Swap Shop is loaded!  Please stop by to pick up uniforms for your children.  New uniforms can be purchased at Stagecoach located in Mount Pleasant.   PE uniforms can be purchased from the front office.  Spirit wear can be purchased through our website. 

The uniform shoe for grades 4K-4 should be black or brown leather tie or strap shoe with heels that do not exceed one inch.  Ballet flats and moccasins are not acceptable.  

The uniform shoe for grades 5-8 should be a tan leather or suede shoe.  Options are the Dirty Buck, Wallaby or Sperry topsider (or similar brands).

Tennis shoes of any color should be worn on PE days with the PE uniform.

4K Schedule

Tuesday, August 25th – Parent and Student Open House – 8:30 – 9:30 am

Wednesday, August 26st – 4K classes begin @ 9:00 am and end at 12:00 pm

Thursday, August 27nd  - 4K classes begin @  8:00 am and end at 12:00pm

Monday August 30th – Extended Day begins (12:00pm-2:50pm)

Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Dismissal

Parents of students in grades 2-8 should enter the campus area via Russell Drive.  Teachers will be on hand to direct and assist in the arrival or departure of students.  For the efficiency and safety of all, please cooperate with the teacher’s directions.  Temperatures will be taken before students enter.

Parents of carpools with K4, K5 and 1st students will always use the Camellia Drive side of the school.  Please enter Camellia Drive from Shem Drive for  drop off/pick up.  Temperatures will be taken before students enter.

Parents of carpools entering on Russell Drive proceed to the church, turn sharply left (making a U-turn) and return to the drop off /pick up area on Russell Drive at the front of school.  They should always carefully move forward as much as possible to maximize the number of cars dropping off or picking up students. 

Drivers are asked to not block our neighbor’s driveways and other side streets.


Pick up vehicles must have a large, easily readable card with the student’s name (carpool name) printed in large letters and placed on the passenger’s side of the car.

Please note: Carpools with mixed families are asked to wear masks in the cars.

The start of school is just days away.  We wish you well as you rush around these remaining days getting your child ready for the First Day of School.  We congratulate you on deciding to provide your child with a strong Catholic education.  We fully understand the sacrifices involved in doing so.  Thank you for making those sacrifices and for choosing Christ Our King – Stella Maris Catholic School. 

Thanks for all you do!

John Byrnes, President & Susan Splendido, Principal 


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