I hope that spring break went well and provided an opportunity for everyone to adjust to this new normal. The Governor put a stay at home request in place, so it looks like we will be doing our Virtual Learning through April 24th. When you look at our fourth quarter, that is 18 out of our 47 days in the quarter. We will continue to hope and pray for our return on April 27th.
We are doing everything we can to prepare engaging and appropriate lessons for our students during this time. We are aware that there is a social emotional component that is crucial to your child’s development. We know that the academics can be taught and retaught if necessary, but having our children feel safe, positive and comfortable is of great significance to their success. We will be flexible as situations arise, but we need to communicate so that this time away from the school building continues to be meaningful and provide learning opportunities.
Each team of teachers has been working together to streamline and prepare for the next round of virtual learning classes. We will begin the fourth quarter this Monday 3/30. The teachers will email you this weekend the plans and processes we have worked on this week, there have been some tweaks. We will continue to adjust as needed as we move forward.
Grade level homeroom teachers will send out daily lessons each evening for the following day. Many of our working parents have asked to see the lessons the night before so they could prepare for the next day as they juggle their own schedules and family’s needs. There will be some open-ended assignments to enhance students’ creativity, engineering and problem solving. These lessons will have checkpoints, cover several skills and will be ongoing. The students can own their own learning by choosing an area of interest for them to focus on through the projects. Then there will be other assignments that are skills based that need to be taught, practiced and eventually demonstrate mastery of skills. These assignments need to be done daily, if possible. We want to offer a balance of time between school work and home life. We recognize that there are other situations at home that may prevent assignments from being completed in 24 hours. If assignments are not completed or documented by the end of the week, we ask that you please reach out to discuss why with myself, Ms Sykora or the homeroom teacher. We must be accountable for these days of virtual learning.
Each teacher has identified at least two times a week to meet with students. This will be a time for discussion, extra help, clarification or check in on a project. These are not mandatory but are encouraged. Teachers are available daily to email or google meet to discuss any issues, please just be sure to reach out and schedule a time if you need to talk with them directly.
Report cards for the third quarter will be posted on April 2nd. You must have the parent login for Option C to see the report card. If you are logging into Option C as your child, contact Traci and she will send you your parent login, email@example.com. We will continue to send out our weekly email. If there is an update on this crisis I will send out the information directly to you as I receive it.
If your student is completing their assignments in a timely manner, feel free to access each teachers’ website for additional enrichment activities. A great opportunity is available for students to do a self-paced course on coding at, code.org.
Starting next week our morning will start with our prayers and morning announcements at 8:30. We will email you the link at 8:25, if you would like to participate. We will limit our general emails as best we can, that seemed to be the one constant that parents felt was overwhelming. Please read the emails carefully. We want to continue to connect in as many ways as possible without being intrusive or overwhelming. We have a facebook page that we would love for you to access and comment. There are some many unexpected good things happening as we walk through this crisis, we know God is with us. Keep the faith. Be patient, this is new for us as well. Keep the communication open and know we are here for your children. This is what makes SFdS such an amazing and supportive community. Stay healthy and May God Bless you, your family and our entire SFDS community.
Saint Francis de Sales Parish School
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