This begins your second week of Distance and Digital Learning. As your teachers and I continue to work together to ensure that there is a continuation of instruction, I advise you to do your classwork and homework every day. With God’s grace, this will end shortly, and you do not want to have to make up this work all at once. Besides, your teachers have given you a time in which you can communicate with them, ask questions, and get clarification on things you do not understand. This is not vacation time, we have just changed to a resource that allows you to continue to learn in a different way. Please know that I am forwarding many resource sites to your teachers to share with you and your parents. This will allow further explanations to help you and your parents to assist you at home.
Daily, boys and girls, I am praying for you, your families, and the world. God has not abandoned us! He loves you very much!
As many have voiced that you miss my praying with you in the morning, today at 7:00 p.m., I will be reciting the Rosary. If you join me in your homes and recite the Rosary, we will be connected. Later this week, if you download (Please ask your parents to help you.) the Zoom app, I will use this media to say the Rosary and pray with you as we did every morning in the auditorium.
May Jesus continue to bless and watch over you and your dear families.
This is the end of week one of your Distance Learning. I pray that this period of adjustment has not been too difficult for you.
I miss seeing each of you every day, but know that, with God’s grace, we will get through this and soon I will be able to see your beautiful faces in person. Meanwhile spend time with each other at home and use this time to do special things at home you didn’t have time to do before. Also, please keep up with your daily classwork and homework.
Please continue to pray as we did together every morning. We are joined together when we pray because we are all God’s children and He loves us very much!
We trust in God, and we especially must trust Him in times like this one when we feel helpless in changing a situation.
I pray for you and your dear families every day. When we pray let us ask Jesus to heal and bless all who are sick and suffering.
Superintendent of Schools Thomas Chadzutko, Ed. D., has announced that all elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will remain closed until April 20, 2020. This follows last week’s announcement that the schools would be closed this week, March 16-March 20, 2020, out of an abundance of caution. The decision mirrors the New York City public schools announcement.
“The decision to close is based on the interdependency of services between public schools and Catholic schools,” said Dr. Chadzutko.
Many families that attend Diocesan schools depend on the New York City services such as bus transportation, meals, nurses, and crossing and security guards.
“If there was a safe way for us to open sooner, we would, but we cannot function without those essential services,” said Joan McMaster, Associate Superintendent for Principal and Teacher Personnel.
The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control is to restrict gatherings of 50 or more people. Clearly, the school environment would be in violation.
The contingency pandemic plan, which is part of the Office of the Superintendent school crisis management plan, includes digital, distance and alternative instruction for students so that their education is not disrupted. A complete transition to that model of instruction will take place this week.
The Office of the Superintendent is in daily communication with city and state officials and is part of the Coronavirus Education Task Force of the NYC Department of Education. During this time, there is a constant reassessment of the situation and the necessary response in an effort to keep our school community safe.
It has been an extremely long week with constantly changing information and decision-making discussions regarding the Coronavirus. We continue to remain vigilant and take all precautions, and we are very happy to say our absentee rate remains extremely low and we have no illness to report in the building. That being said, we have been asked to prepare for the eventuality that the Mayor may make the decision to start quarantining communities and/or the entire city.
Our Diocesan Superintendent is challenging us to continue to serve our students even if we all need to stay home. For this reason, MONDAY, MARCH 16, BEGINS ONE WEEK OF SCHOOL CLOSURE. THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN HAS CLOSED ALL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 16 TO MARCH 20. With our Google Classroom (grades 4 to 8), our Homework page for each teacher on our website, Google Docs, and Class Dojo, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy is in an excellent position to continue our education. Teachers already have plans in place to do “Distance Learning” with their students.
Students in grades Nursery and Pre-K, K, 1, 2, and 3 will be bringing home packets of work to be completed IN THE EVENT THAT WE NEED TO REMAIN CLOSED. This process will vary from grade to grade, and you will be receiving instructions from the teachers directly through Google Classroom, Homework page on our website, Google Docs, and Class Dojo. Also, please understand that these instructions will ask your children or you to log in at certain times of the day every day. This will be our method of “taking attendance,” so it is very important that you follow instructions. Teachers will have “office hours” online so they are available to answer student questions. Again, this will vary by teacher, and you will be given a schedule. This also means that students will be able to communicate with each other.
Today, teachers are asking students to take home extra textbooks and workbooks so they are prepared in case of further emergency closing. We know the inconvenience of bringing all of these books home, but again, we ask for your understanding.
We will continue to update you as we receive information. We will use our Parent Relay System, as well as post information on our website and social media, when necessary. Please be pro-active in monitoring school communications. We think it is important that we do our best to prepare, but remain calm. We can only hope that we will not have to take any of these measures, but can take comfort in the fact that we have done all we can to be ready.
Lastly, and most important. Keep your children and yourself away from crowds of people. Make this a time of family fun through games at home.
Most important, please pray as a family. I continue to pray for your dear children and family. May God bless you and keep you safe.
Come and support the school! Have a great night out and be entertained by a production of a New Musical Show called BroadwayReview. Suggested donation is $10. for adults and $5. for children and seniors at the door. Please use the school parking lot, and enter to gym. This is a brand new show, being performed for the first time. Actors and singers have been practicing for many months to help raise money for the school and entertain you. Come and Enjoy!