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Parent Update March 23

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your families are well!  Please know that we continue to pray for all of you daily.  During challenging times like these, we are reminded of the love of God, family, friends and community!

Welcome to Week 2 of “At Home Learning” , “Distance Learning” or “Remote Instruction”. I hope it is going as well as can be expected.  By now, I’m sure you’ve noticed what a gifted and unique faculty and staff we have!  They are keeping in mind that no two families at Sacred Heart are the same.  What works for one family, with regard to technology and teacher contact does not work for another.  Some children are staying with grandparents while their parents, who may be necessary personnel, are working.  Toward that end, I have asked the teachers to be in touch with you daily and to have on-line “office hours”.  They will also continue to provide instruction through, e-mails, videos, on-line web-sites, Zoom and Google classroom, as well as other sources.  If you know someone, who still hasn’t heard from us, could you please let me know. We are here to support you in any way we can!

On Friday, we had a faulty meeting on  Zoom, to discuss our continued goals and objectives for the year.  We will meet this way at least two times a week.  The faculty and I are taking webinars to improve instruction, and in addition I am in meetings with other principals and the Catholic Schools’ Office.  Fr. Sean and I are in frequent contact and meetings, also. In Wednesday’s newsletter, I will include information for applying for financial aide.  During this very uncertain time, I know some of you are troubled, and we understand and want to support you.  We are in constant contact and dialogue with others to give you information that will be of help and will support you and your families.

Report Cards for Term 2 will be issued on April 3rd.  These grades had already closed when we left so abruptly last Friday.  MAPP testing will not take place this year, but we will continue to meet the goals and objectives of each grade according to the MA Frameworks.  Teachers will begin to assess your children if they haven’t done so already.  There will be a wide variety of assessments.

I miss seeing your children everyday!  I miss visiting their classes, seeing them at lunch and in the schoolyard but most of all I miss them at our own morning prayer and meeting.  I will be sending you morning e-mails and videos as we continue our time in isolation,  Today, however, I have included this video for them, and the prayer below for you.

FOR PARENTS

https://www.sacredspace.ie/pope-francis-coronavirus-prayer

FOR CHILDREN (Video for the Pope’s Prayer)

https://youtu.be/Mdcc1gJI7mA

Finally, Cassandra Chavez, a mother in our school community, e-mailed me because her husband works at the VA and they don’t have enough masks.  Here is a link she sent to show how to make masks, if you sew.  I will get back to you and let you know how these will be collected.)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W7apbKmOIPhtcuftCq12uE7E_V0sBOe7/view?usp=drivesdk

God Bless You and Your Families!

Peace!

Dr. Gretchen Hawley

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