School is closed tomorrow Friday, October 16!
Halloween: Due to the pandemic and following health and safety protocols at this time, for Halloween this year:
Parent/Student Handbook: Attached please find the Parent/Student Handbook for 2020-2021. Please read it with your child(ren) and return the attached Parent/Student Handbook Verification form to the teacher of your youngest or only child as soon as possible. Your signature indicates that you have read the handbook and understand its contents. The return of the verification form is required for both remote and in-school learners.
Out-of-State Travel Guidelines: If you have any out-of-state travel plans for the holidays, you need to be fully aware of the policy in this document and all that it requires of you upon your return. (Please read attached letter for more information.)
As we are in the COVID-19 season and about to enter the FLU season, a few friendly reminders are needed.
-vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain
-acute cold, sore throat or persistent cough
- elevated temperature (100.4 or higher)
- red, inflamed eyes or eyelids or discharge from the eyes
-unusual lethargic behavior
-fever, children must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school
-wheezing that requires nebulization/inhaler more frequently than every 4 hours
If your child receives a flu vaccine, please notify email@example.com.
For anything COVID-19 related: Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org to report:
1. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19
2. If anyone in your family tests positive for COVID-19
3. If anyone in your family is exposed to anyone that is diagnosed positive COVID-19 (contact)
4. If your child becomes symptomatic with a COVID-19 like illness (new onset cough or shortness of breath or at least 2 of the following: fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, shivering, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. (will need to be evaluated by your health care provider)
Per protocol, if your child comes in contact of a positive case, he/she will need to stay at home for 14 days from last exposure to contact. He/She can continue with school via virtual. Please consult with your child's teacher for that process.
If your child becomes COVID-19 positive, he/she will need to stay home for 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared and must be asymptomatic without medication prior to returning to campus. Depending how the child is feeling, he/she may continue via virtual during that time.
If your child becomes ill while at school with a COVID-19 like illness, he/she will be taken to the Isolation room and discharged to parents/guardian ASAP via the Kindergarten drop-off area. The child will need to be evaluated by your health care provider. If your child is diagnosed with an alternate diagnosis, he/she can return when symptoms improve or fever free for 24 hours without any medication. If an alternate diagnosis (ex. flu, strep throat, etc) is not provided, he/she will need to be tested for COVID-19. Your child and siblings, if applicable, will remain at home until the results are received.
To ensure the health and safety of our staff and students, it is imperative you communicate any health-related concerns to email@example.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We are here to help guide you and your family during this pandemic.
Oct 05 Update
Please take a moment to read an important message from Principal Cossentino regarding the latest on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Sacred Heart School of Glyndon.
Free Lunches Extended!
I am pleased to announce that the free meal program we were approved to participate in has been extended until October 31, 2020. This program provides 1 free meal per school day to all enrolled students (in-school or virtual learning). This only pertains to meals. Students will still need funds on their account to purchase extra items or a la carte (if available). In-school students need only let their teachers know they would like hot lunch that day. Virtual students, please fill out the order menu form attached and send back to Ms. Edie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On November 1, 2020 all meals will return to $3.50 for paid and .20 for reduced lunch. You will receive notice if this benefit is extended past October 31, 2020.
That's all for now. Have a glorious day basking in the sunshine!
Sept 28 Update
Just a reminder - Middle School Scantron Testing Begins Tuesday, September 29.
Sign Up to Volunteer for Drop-off/Pick-up
The sign up genius has been updated for the month of October. Please consider giving a few minutes of your time to assist our school children and parents. If you volunteer on school-side in the morning, your children may exit the car and go into the building a few minutes before the bell rings so they are safely across. Any questions please contact Cathy Kirby, email@example.com or 443-928-4768. All volunteers must be VIRTUS approved.
School-Side Drop off Reminders:
Kindergarten Drop off Reminders:
Please watch the video message from our superintendent, Dr. Donna Hargens. As she so clearly conveys, staying well this school year involves a true partnership between all of us.
As an added reminder, please don't forget the importance of getting flu shots this year for your entire family.
I have also copied below some reminders from the AOB on masks.
Face Mask Usage
As we enter the 5th week of the 20/21 school year, now is a good time to remember the importance of properly using face coverings.
To receive the maximum benefit from wearing face coverings.
Many thanks to all of you for such a smooth start to our school year. Let's continue to work together to stay well.
Virtual Band Lessons 2020-2021
All lessons for both remote and in-person students will take place virtually and after school hours this school year. Interested students were asked to complete a Google form on Google Classroom so that our Band Director, Ms. Natalie Gries, can contact them about their interest. The link to the YouTube video and the Google Survey is below. Attached is both the “Join the Band” letter and a Rental Flyer for your information. If you have questions about the Band Program this year, please contact Ms. Natalie Gries at firstname.lastname@example.org
YouTube Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zljzFD-H9kA&t=1s
New Standardized Testing Platform!
Students in grades 2-8 always take a standardized assessment each year at Sacred Heart School.
In the past, this occurred only in the spring, and it spanned an entire week for several hours each day.
This year, we will begin using a new assessment instrument named Scantron that will be given in the fall, winter and spring.
Testing will only take place on 3 separate mornings and the session on each day only lasts about 1 hour. There is a math test, a reading test, and a language test.
Please read through the attached letter for detailed information about the test, how it is different from the previous IOWA test, and how the data from these assessments will help our teachers and our students.
The testing schedule is as follows:
Grades 6-8 will test on Tuesday 9/29, Wednesday 9/30, and Thursday, 10/1
Grades 2-5 will test on Tuesday 10/6, Wednesday 10/7, and Thursday 10/8
Students do not need to study or prepare in any way, but it is important they arrive at school on time, fueled by a good night's sleep and a good breakfast.
Our remote learners will take the test on the same days and times as our on-campus learners.
The fall testing will provide an initial experience and exposure to the test while also yielding data to assess learning gaps and to inform instruction, while the winter and spring test will allow us to assess student growth and progress.
More communication about the test will follow after testing and results will be shared with parents.
Thank you for your support of our efforts to help all of our students rise to their potential by using assessemnt data as one tool in our instructional toolbox.
2020-2021 Family Directory
We are now compiling the information for the Sacred Heart School of Glyndon 2020-2021 Family Directory.
The information in the directory includes: child’s last name, first name, homeroom, grade level, home address and phone, mother’s name, father’s name, and a legal guardian email. Please make sure the email that you want listed is correct in Power School under “Guardian e-mail”. If you want to check on your Guardian e-mail in Power School, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Helen Smith at 410.833.0857 ext. 122. She will be glad to assist you.
We also ask you to contact us if you want any or all of the above information withheld from our family directory. You can choose to have all of this withheld, or select pieces which you do not want published. If this applies to you, please email Mrs. Helen Smith at email@example.com by Monday, October 12. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you are fine with us releasing this information to our school families.
Art Supplies Needed - Grades Pre-K through Grade 8
Date Needed: Wednesday October 7, 2020
Our Art Teacher, Mrs. Melina Blackwell, is working on some really creative and exciting art projects with our students this school year! Now that she has had the opportunity to meet with all of her classes, Mrs. Blackwell would like both our in-school and remote learners to purchase the following supplies so that they are ready for some fabulous future art projects. Please see the attached list. You’ll notice that the list contains some items that your child may already have at home or here in school. There is no need to purchase duplicates of these items. Mrs. Blackwell just wants to make sure that all students have these supplies available by Wednesday, October 7, 2020. If you are an in-school learner, please bring these items to school clearly labeled with your first and last name by October 7th. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Blackwell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Sincerely in faith,
Mrs. Jeanne Cossentino, Principal
* The Home School Parent Association will hold its first meeting next Tuesday evening, September 15th at 7:00 pm.
The Zoom link was sent Wednesday, September 9 to all of our families. Please contact the School Office if you did not receive it.
* Also attached is an important reminder message for all of our remote learners. Additions and clarifications to this list are in bold.
I look forward to seeing you next Tuesday evening at the Home School meeting.Sincerely in faith, Jeanne Cossentino, Principal
Labor Day Weekend Travel & School Safety
As a Catholic School community, we have safely returned to face-to-face instruction. Our reopening is critical to our students’ academic growth and to their spiritual, social, emotional and physical development.
To continue to promote the health and safety of our school community, and to mitigate risk so that all students can continue to come to school, we ask our families to work together and to limit out-of-state travel and avoid large social gatherings. We are just returning to in-person instruction after learning remotely for 160+ days and do not want to jeopardize our ability to do so. However, if your family does travel out-of-state for the Labor Day Weekend, please travel safely and remain vigilant and disciplined. Additionally, please notify the school office of your travel plans.
Strict adherence to all recommended safety protocols including appropriate social distancing, hand washing and the wearing of facial coverings, will mitigate the exposure to the virus in our schools.
Of paramount importance is the partnership between our parents and their school’s administration, faculty and staff. Please remember that our ability to be able to continue providing in-person instruction to your children depends on your cooperation.
The following website provides information regarding the positivity rate for all 50 States, US Territories and popular international destinations.
Yearly Survey to Help SHG Receive The Funds We Deserve
Please download and fill in the survey below completely, save it to your own device, and then send it back as an attachment to our records manager, Mrs. Helen Smith at email@example.com NO LATER than September 20th. If you prefer to print it, handwrite and scan it back, that is fine as well.
WHY DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THIS SURVEY? HOW DOES IT HELP ME OR MY SCHOOL?
The Baltimore County Public School Title I Office collects income survey data from private schools in order to determine the LEVEL OF FUNDING that SACRED HEART SCHOOL receives. This funding helps us purchase technology and textbooks and provides E-rate discounts and rebates for large facilities upgrades as related to technology infrastructure. Without this money, the enrollment fees we charge each family would be much higher.
YOU ARE ALL TAXPAYERS, AND AS SUCH, YOUR CHILDREN DESERVE TO RECEIVE THIS MONEY! It is vital that all of our students are counted. This allows for the MAXIMUM AMOUNT of federal dollars to be allotted to the states and counties, and then to us, private/non-public schools.
PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT THE INFORMATION YOU SUPPLY IS CONFIDENTIAL.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact me.
Thank you for completing and returning this survey to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will make a difference for our school and for our students.
Thank you for your support and partnership!Enjoy the long weekend. Sincerely in faith, Mrs. Jeanne Cossentino, Principal
Aug 30th Update
Some important tidbits:
Safety Task Force> Student Safety and Wellness Greeters We have a critical need for volunteer support during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. This is a unique opportunity for VIRTUS approved volunteers to help our children locate their classroom entrances, ensure physical distancing, and verify the status of the morning wellness screenings done at home. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to help our children stay safe and feel welcomed and comfortable! Below is the link to Sign Up Genius. Please take a look at it and sign up to help. We need you!
We ask our arrival Parent Volunteers to come to the main lobby at 7:40 so that you can sign-in with the Wellness Check and be at your post when the bell rings at 7:50. Thank you!
Whole school: https://youtu.be/rY-pYYZ0pp4
Kindergarten Arrival and Dismissal: https://youtu.be/T8fsfBBGeQw
Welcome Back, Sacred Heart!
Can’t wait to see both our remote and in-school students!
Yippee! School starts on Monday! We’re so excited! Here are some news items for our families:
Sacred Heart School Traffic Video and Student Safety and Wellness Greeters Needed!!
Our utmost priority is to ALWAYS ensure the safety of our students. With that in mind, we have created a traffic video that is concise and comprehensive; covering arrival and dismissal procedures, as well as traffic patterns. Please watch and review the video with your children. It is extremely important that you share the video with other family members or friends who may be picking your children up from school—particularly on our half days (next Monday 8/31 and Tuesday 9/1 are 12:00 noon dismissal days) so that they are aware of our traffic patterns and rules. All persons dropping off and picking up children at school MUST follow the traffic rules for the health and safety of all of our students. The video is entitled “Sacred Heart of Glyndon's Morning Routine, Arrival, and Afternoon Dismissal - Aug 2020”. The link is below. ENJOY!!
An addendum to this video will follow shortly.
Safety Task Force, Student Safety and Wellness Greeters
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This year, we have a critical need for volunteer support during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. This is a unique opportunity for VIRTUS approved volunteers to help our children locate their classroom entrances, ensure physical distancing, and verify the status of the morning wellness screenings done at home. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to help our children stay safe and feel welcomed and comfortable! Below is the link to SignUpGenius. Please take a look at it and sign up to help. We need you!
Wednesday, Aug. 26
9 am-12 pm and 4-7 pm
No kids while shopping or on playground!
Hello Parents of Remote Learners!
On Friday, August 28th, we will be offering material and technology pick-up for our remote learners. Each grade level has a time slot listed below, however if you have multiple children, please come during one time slot for one of your children.
Some grade levels (not all) have materials that are to be purchased as part of the supply list. Please bring a check made out to Sacred Heart School for those items. Exact cash amounts can also be accepted; however, check is preferred for record keeping purposes. The costs are as follows:
A Chromebook will be amongst the materials you will receive if your child is in grade 3 through 8. Similarly, if you’ve requested a device for a younger child, an HP Stream will be provided. To go along with these devices, there is a user agreement as well as our acceptable use policy. Those forms are attached to this email for you to preview and keep for your files. The agreement will need to be signed upon device receipt, or you may choose to bring a signed copy with you to pick up.
During the allotted time, you will drive into the school parking lot and loop around like morning drop off in previous years. If you are unfamiliar with that procedure, there is a diagram attached to this email. Please be sure that you and anyone in your car are wearing a mask to help protect our teachers and staff. Please also create a simple dashboard sign with your child’s last name on it so we know which items to give you. Faculty and staff will be there to place items in your trunk, obtain signatures for technology as needed, and receive the payment for those extra materials if necessary.
As we are making so many preparations for this unprecedented school year, we as that you make every effort to pick up materials during your child’s allotted time. Our faculty and staff are working very hard to prepare, so we’d like to make this just an hour out of their day so they can return to their preparations.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at 410-833-0857.
To clarify, this information for materials pick-up is relevant to ONLY families who selected remote instruction.
Assistant Principal, Middle School
Sacred Heart School Uniform Exchange
Our Uniform Exchange will take place on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 in the school side parking lot from 9:00-noon and again from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. See below for the sign-up genius form to sign-up for a shopping time. As noted on the form, we will be following all safety protocols for this event as listed below:
Many thanks to Mrs. Clifford for being the HSA contact for this exchange, setting up the sign-up sheet, and making sure this continues to be a great event for our families!
Here is the link for the sign-up sheet to schedule a time to shop:
Dear Sacred Heart Families, Faculty & Staff,
Our new school year is fast approaching!
I hope you have been reading all the plans and FAQ’s sent out in recent weeks. If not, you can always find the latest communications from administration on the school website.
I’m excited for our Town Hall tomorrow night at 6:30.
The Master Calendar for the 2020/2021 school year is attached. Keep in mind that this is subject to change as needed, but most of the major dates, such as begin and end dates, and Christmas and Easter closings, will remain the same.
Another very important attachment to this email is the guidelines and expectations for all of our remote learners. We believe we have included the most important information you will need, but please let us know if you have additional questions. Chromebooks for remote students in grades 3-8 plus all textbooks and materials will be picked up by parents on Friday, August 24th. A schedule for that pick up will be sent shortly.
Now for a strong plea to all of our families, faculty, and staff. I ask you to prayerfully consider self-isolating in family groups between now and the opening of school. Please avoid public spaces as much as possible as well as large gatherings or travel to places with high COVID positivity rates. If you are planning a vacation the week before school begins, perhaps your child/children could start a week later. I know this request is hard, but it will go a long way in keeping us all safe. It is already apparent that exposures to COVID are happening in communities and being brought into schools—not the other way around. You and your child’s risks to exposure are higher when you go to the grocery store or the swimming pool than when your child attends school. Let’s work together to keep the virus out of our school.
Below you will find the link to our gathering tomorrow night.
The entire administrative team, the school nurse, and many faculty members will be present.
I look forward to seeing everyone!
Sincerely in faith,
Jeanne Cossentino, Principal
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
As promised in my letter of July 29th, I am writing today to share with you all the final details you want to know and need to know as we prepare for our school's reopening.
Mrs. G, Mrs. Noll, and myself worked every day last week from 9-3 pm with a group of 8 teachers from across the grades to revise and create daily schedules, individual schedules, specials schedules, arrival and dismissal procedures, cohort groups, Zoom meeting dates, revised supply lists; the list goes on and on. Truly, nothing could remain the same. EVERYTHING had to be recreated. I can't thank them enough for their hard work with us, their expertise, their perseverance, and their positive "can-do" attitude. We got it done thanks to Mrs. Kim Zaccagnini, Ms.Brigid Klein, Mrs Maggie Kartanowicz, Mrs. Rebecca Potis, Mrs. Lynn Fletcher, Mrs. Lynn Rodgers, and Mrs. Sue Surine. And I can't go without thanking every member of our incredible support staff who are working in overdrive to keep up with all the changes and enter it all in multiple databases, set up new technology, etc . Whew! We've been very busy.
I have attached a 3 page FAQ sheet that should give you a very clear picture of those missing pieces you have been loooking for. Please print if off and keep it. Read it thoroughly. We will have a Town Hall meeting for all parents on Monday, August 17th at 6:30. Bring any additional questions with you to that meeting. Please see the link to the meeting below later in this email.
We are also hosting parent education nights on Seesaw and Google Classroom to help you help your chiudlrenn more effectively. Those zoom invitations willl go out soon. Information about the dates, times, and teacher hosts are on the last page of the FAQ document.
I have attached all the revised and updated supply lists by grade. We will be posting them on the school website shortly, but I wanted you to have them now.
I will be sending out the revised Master Calendar in another communication along with some other documents.
There have been a few other changes since my last communication. Mrs. Susan Madden has left to pursue another job opportunity, and Mrs. Megan Kush has joined our first grade faculty in her place. Mrs. Kush attended Sacred Heart herself and has been teaching in our religious ed program for years. She has expereience teaching in both the Catholic AOB system and also in a local independent school. It has always been her dream to teach here, and we are thrilled to have her back here at SHG!
Mrs. Diana Schulz also left SHG to care for her husband, and in her place we welcome Mrs. Stacey Aisquith who will be coming on board in the next weeks to help us with admissions, marketing and advancement. Her passion for her work, her degrees in marketing and public relations,and her experience in both the corporate world and in AOB schools will help us ensure a bright future for SHG school.
Finally, our art teacher, Mrs Chris Smith, decided to retire after a very long career at SHG. We wish her all the very best. We will miss her. I am looking for her replacment and would greatly appreciate it if you can get the word out that we are looking for an art teacher. If you know of someone, please have them contact me immediately. We also need one more teaching assistant in our primary grades, so again, please get the word out for us.
I look foorward to seeing you next Monday evening.
Sincerely in faith,
Mrs. Jeanne Cossentino, Principal
Dear Sacred Heart Community,
Thank you for your patience. We have been working very hard to put together a comprehensive, site-based plan that adheres to AOB guidelines for reopening while also recognizing and allowing for the unique nature of our school community and facilities.
This plan is the result of many meeetings, discussions, and input from multiple stakeholders. It is also a living document that will continue to change and grow.
Schedules with exact times and grade-specific guidelines and practices will be further developed by a group of 10 teachers and administrators who will be coming together next week to work on these.
My goal today is to provide you with what we do know and to hopefully provide answers to the many questions you have posed. I pray this will help you make an informed decision as you choose your option for an on- campus or a remote experience for your child for the 2020/2021 school year.
Please know that if I did not respond quickly to your emailed questions, or if I gave you a brief response, it is because we have truly been working "round the clock here at school to pull together a safe and robust plan for our return to school. I knew your questions would shortly be answered, and it is my hope that this document provides many of the details you have been seeking.
I plan to host a Zoom Town Hall for parents after we finalize a few more details in next week's meetings.
I look forward to seeing you then.
As you know, you will have the option to keep your child at home for remote learing OR to send them to school for in-classroom learning.
Please click on this link In Person and Remote Learning Intent Form - DUE AUGUST 4 to take you to the the Google Form. Please read it carefully.
Once you've completed the form, don't forget to click SUBMIT at the bottom.
We need to hear from each family as to the choice you are making.
If you have more than one child, please submit a form for each child.
This form is due no later than Tuesday, August 4th.
We are setting up classrooms and need a firm count.
Thank you for your attention to this.
July 24th Update
Dear Sacred Heart School families,
I pray that this email finds you doing well. We realize that you are eager to learn what our reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year will look like. We are happy to share with you the Archdiocese of Baltimore Department of Catholic Schools Reopening Plan. Please take the time to carefully review the details via the link below. Many of the questions you have recently posed are answered in this document. The recommendations outlined in the plan will provide guidance and support to our school and assist in the development of our plan for reopening. In the coming weeks, we will provide information on how this plan will be implemented at Sacred Heart School.
The health and safety of our students, faculty/staff, and families will continue to be our first priority and serve as a guiding principle in the development of our plan. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this extraordinary time together.
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
The Department of Catholic Schools has provided an updated link to the survey to provide feedback to their recent newsletter..
The link on yesterday's communication from them was not working.
I have attached the newsletter again with a working link at the bottom.
Thanks to those of you who called this to our attention.
Dear Sacred Heart Community,
I write today to share that Sacred Heart School, along with all other schools in the AOB, will be opening our doors to all students in Pre-K through grade 8 on August 31st as scheduled. Please read the attached letter from the Department of Catholic Schools announcing this decision.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an extraordinary challenge for all of us. We rose to that challenge together in partnership. We will be relying upon that partnership more than ever as we work together to protect each other’s health when we come together in community once again.
The Department of Catholic Schools will release a detailed comprehensive plan for re-opening for all schools in the diocese later next week. That detailed plan will be shared with all of you. I will now highlight a few key components that have been developed and drafted thus far.
Safety will continue to be our primary concern. We will implement all recognized best practices for health and safety. All of those details will be shared with you.
We will need all of our families, faculty, and staff to fully commit to all standards and protocols of our plan to enable us to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and in order to keep our school OPEN.
Schedules will be a full academic day, five days a week. These schedules will include all subject areas and special area classes.
All available spaces needed in the school building will be utilized in a different way to provide for social distancing. Some satellite classrooms will be set up in to provide for social distancing. We have purchased the technology needed for teachers to deliver instruction to their students anywhere in the building as well as remotely for students who will need remote access for a variety of reasons.
Cohort groups will be formed with a reduced number of students in each group. These groups will stay together to minimize exposure. This will also help if the need for a quarantine arises due to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19.
Student travel within the building will be limited to minimize exposure. Where needed, teachers will travel to cohort groups to deliver instruction.
Students will eat lunch in their classrooms with their cohort groups. Visitor access will be limited as will the sharing of the building with groups not part of the school.
Parents will be dropping off on a school-specified side of the school to enable students to enter and exit the building through designated doors for each grade level and cohort group.
Masks will be required for all along with wellness checks which will be conducted daily for all faculty, staff and students. These checks will be accomplished via technology and individual reporting along with onsite checks. A quarantine space will be established for any member of the community who needs to be immediately isolated due to any suspicious symptoms. Those individuals will be required to leave campus immediately.
As our mission states, The Sacred Heart School of Glyndon develops the unique, God-given gifts of each student in a safe, nurturing, and diverse environment through innovative academics, service to others, and spiritual preparation for a fulfilling life that follows in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Safety, nurture, diversity, innovation, service, spirituality---these key words will continue to inform and guide all that we do as we move forward.
As an additional note, it is more important than ever that you finalize your commitment to our school by immediately submitting your enrollment agreements, fees, and by setting up your FACTS tuition accounts. We do not consider a family fully committed and enrolled until all of this has occurred.
We will be using these fully confirmed numbers to guide our set up of classrooms and satellite spaces as we determine our capacity for students. We want to be sure you are in the count!
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
I hope your summer is off to a great start and that you are finding time to refresh and relax a bit.
I have all kinds of news and information to share with you after the July 4th holiday, but today I am contacting you on behalf of the Department of Catholic Schools, Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargans, and Chancellor James Sellinger.
Please read the attached document to learn what the AOB Planning Ahead Task Force is working on to ensure that we are ready to open and return to school in late August.
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
Whew! Looks like we made it! AND we couldn’t have done it without YOU!
On this last day for our faculty and 10 month staff, we presented everyone with “Zoom University Diplomas” and T-shirts. We don’t have enough for you all of you, but each and every Sacred Heart parent and child deserves one, too.
What a group effort! What a beautiful coming together as a community! What am awesome partnership between parents and school.
Let’s pray that things continue to move in the right direction in our state and county so we can all be together again, on campus, in late August. In the meantime, please check for emails from the school throughout the summer. I will be sending updates and important communications to you each time I have any new information to share. Be on the lookout for calendars, any COVID related changes to our policies, protocols,schedules, teacher updates, and more.
For now, I just want to say thank you and send you off with the knowledge that together WE accomplished something unique these last few months, and we should all be so very proud.
Stay well, be safe, have fun, and enjoy the summer.
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
As we end one school year and prepare for the next, we want you to know that no matter what happens in the fall return to school, Sacred Heart School will be ready!
Here are some of the preparations and planning going on right now at SHG:
Scenario #1: We are all together on campus, socially distanced throughout the building by utilizing all available spaces for instruction including the gym, the cafeteria, and other areas. We are blessed to have a large facility and we are exploring how we might best use our space.
Scenario #2: A rotation where some of us are on campus at certain times while others are learning at home. There are a variety of schedules being explored for different grade levels for this.In this case, there is a recognition that younger learners need more face-to-face time than our older, more independent learners.
Scenario #3: There is an uptick or second wave of COVID-19 and our state and county shut down again for periods of time in the fall and winter. If this happens, we will be ready to pivot from on campus instruction to much-improved, comprehensive distance learning quickly.
Please know that we want nothing more than to have all of our students back with us on August 31st, the opening day of school for the 2020/2021 school year. That being said, but we are preparing for everything and anything as we confirm our commitment to you to provide you and your children the high-quality Catholic education you have come to expect from Sacred Heart School.
We miss you.
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
We have put together the following dates and guidelines for you to enable a smooth pick up and return of student belongings, books, and medications.
(Parents in Pre-K and K have already received information from their teachers).
Parents of students in grades 1-3 will be invited in to pick up materials and medications and return textbooks on the afternoon of Thursday, June 11th from 12 noon to 3:00. A schedule will be sent out soon with family names listed at staggered intervals so you will know exactly what time to arrive at school.
Parents of students in grades 4-8 will be invited in to pick up materials and medications and return textbooks on Friday, June 12th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. A schedule will be sent out soon with family names listed at staggered intervals so you will know exactly what time to arrive at school.
If you are not comfortable coming in and would prefer curbside pick up, or if you receive a time that is not convenient for you, please email our administrative assistant, Mrs. Shaffrey, at email@example.com and let her know. She will help make different arrangements for you at a different date and time.
The procedure will be as follows:
At their designated scheduled time, parents are asked to arrive on the school side lot and wait to be notified by school staff when they may exit their cars. Then, parents will line up on the sidewalk along the school building on Log House Way. Distances of 6 feet will be marked on the sidewalk. As parents line up for entry, administration and support staff will monitor and maintain these lines. One door will be used for entry into the building, and one door will be used for entry into the gym. School staff will be at both doors to direct parents. Only 7 parents at a time will be allowed to enter the gym in addition to the two teachers and the nurse. We can’t exceed a total of 10 people gathered at any time.
All parents must be wearing masks or face coverings of some kind in order to enter the building.
There will be tables set up around the perimeter in the gym with signs on the tables indicating grade level and homeroom teacher name. Student belongings and materials for pick up will be already bagged and labeled and placed on the tables for easy identification and quick pick up.
Additional tables for each grade level and homeroom will be placed in the middle of the gym where the homeroom teachers will be standing, 6 feet apart, masked and gloved, ready to receive the books back and check them off from a list so we can be sure that all the textbooks, novels, readers, and other materials that were assigned to students are returned and accounted for.
Once items are collected and returned, parents will exit through the gym lobby doors and get back into their cars and exit the parking lot.
No students will be allowed out of the cars or into the building, and parents may not leave their cars to mingle when they arrive or leave the parking lot.
Thank you for your understanding and support of these rigid guidelines as we work together in partnership to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Be on the lookout for another email with the scheduled times coming very soon.
Stay well. We miss you!
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
NO CHANGE: As communicated before, Sacred Heart School will be “closed” for remote instruction on Friday, May 22nd and Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day weekend.
CHANGES: We will now be “open” for remote instruction on Wednesday, May 27th and Thursday, May 28th.
We will be “closed” for instruction on Friday, May 29th.
Parents should not plan to come to the school on May 28th or 29th.
We will send another email next week with a schedule for book returns and materials and meds pick up at a later date.
We apologize if this causes any inconvenience, but we are in a position where we must constantly re-evaluate and recommunicate as plans and directives change. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
I hope this email finds you well! As people of faith, let us take comfort in the certainty of God’s love.
Do not be anxious about anything,
But in everything, by prayer and petition,
Let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace that surpasses all understanding,
Will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
None of us knows exactly what the future holds, but we are already busy discussing and planning what the summer and fall might look like and exploring every option possible to keep our wonderful Sacred Heart School community together: Loving. Learning. Serving.
In recent days, following the announcement that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, you have raised some excellent questions regarding next school year. I recognize that you are understandably anxious and seeking information to help visualize just how summer and fall might look at Sacred Heart School. I will do my best to address those questions now.
First, here are some highlights of the May/June calendar for you.
Friday May 22nd and Monday, May 25th: No instruction. Memorial Day Weekend.
Wednesday, May 27th and Thursday, May 28th: No instruction. These are usually our Field Days. This year the teachers will use Wednesday the 27th to pack up, organize, and label all student belongings. Then on Thursday the 28th, we ask that parents come to the school at pre-assigned times to receive their student belongings and to return textbooks. All of this will happen curbside with masks and social distancing in place.
June 5th: Last day for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. More details on the Kindergarten Celebration will follow soon.
June 11th: Last day for all other students. More information to follow.
Summer and Fall
We want nothing more than to be able to hold our summer camps. If the Governor lifts the stay-at-home order by then, perhaps the camps can be held outside in small groups with more social distancing and masks for all. Perhaps they will be held virtually. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to enrich your child’s summer learning and to provide fun activities for them. Our teachers are looking into several different options. We are also considering the possibility of some new types of virtual educational offerings for students and parents alike, to help expand skills and comfort levels.
Additionally, our faculty will continue to provide summer reading recommendations along with some additional enhancements and resources to help kids avoid the typical summer slide.
Our reading specialist will send out information to help parents identify age-appropriate books for their children to enjoy this summer.
Our faculty will be proactively planning for the fall with summer teacher work groups and committees at each level exploring best practices for remote learning and the best technology options. Topics will include consistency of experience within grade levels and how to choose appropriate levels of online instructional time for our younger learners. We recognize that our teachers are working hard to provide virtual learning now; but we also acknowledge that we can provide a more structured and comprehensive virtual learning experience by using the summer to plan and research best practices for all grade levels.
Our administration is looking at a variety of creative scheduling and calendaring options for the fall in case we need to create a blended learning environment for our students. There are A/B day block-type schedules, alternating weekly schedules, and rotating schedules in which students come into school in smaller grade level groups on certain days and then log in remotely on others. There are 2 day a week and 4 day a week options. So many things to consider! We also recognize that our youngest learners need more in-person instruction in order to process new learning, so that fact will also be taken into consideration as we plan. We will provide more explanation and detail as we move further along this path in our planning.
Safety and Health
Here are the latest and most up-to-date recommendations SHG would follow in a re-entry situation:
Students will be placed in small classes with desks placed six feet apart.
Other large spaces in the school could be utilized for classrooms.
Temperature checks will occur regularly and the wearing of masks will be required.
All recommended disinfection protocols and guidelines from the CDC and the AOB Office of Risk Management will be followed.
Sacred Heart School recognizes that tuition adjustments might need to be made in the fall and the winter if the Sacred Heart educational experience remains totally online for an extended period. Families may also need additional individual relief in the fall and winter if this pandemic continues to devastate earnings and financial stability.
Our Goal Moving Forward
Let’s restore all that we love about Sacred Heart School and then re-design the rest to come up with the best experience possible for our students and families during these extremely challenging times.
Most importantly, let’s keep praying for each other and remain steadfast in our faith, compassion and commitment to one another.
May God continue to bless us and send his angels of protection to watch over us.
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
Community and faith are two of the most important aspects of our life here on earth. Perhaps as never before, we have learned this during this pandemic. We, at Sacred Heart School, value these two principles and you have told us of their importance in your life as well. This period of isolation has reminded us even more how we are “better together” and how important each and every member of our community is to the whole. We now are striving to do everything we can to help our families return and rejoin us once our doors are open again.
Our school community, though physically distant, continues to move forward in partnership to ensure a robust continuous learning platform. Faculty, staff, and parents, all working together, enable us to remain focused on our mission of loving, learning, praying and serving, as we commit to provide the best Catholic education possible in these challenging circumstances. We couldn’t be prouder or feel more blest.
We are very aware that many families may be feeling the financial impact of the pandemic. Given these unforeseen circumstances and the uncertainty of the future, we are thrilled to let you know that we are able to provide each returning Sacred Heart student with a $500.00 Faith-Full-Ness Grant for the 2020/2021 school year!
To assist you further, we are excited to offer the following new payment options:
Our first priority is that you are able to remain a part of our community.
The $500 Faith-Full-Ness Grant will appear as a credit in your finalized FACTS account.
Some families, who feel more blest, may desire to gift their $500 Faith-Full-ness Grant to another specific school family. Gina Darby will be happy to assist you with that.
We know financial concerns are one of the issues on peoples’ minds during this time and hope these bold steps will serve as a measure of relief, and gratitude for your loyalty to our school. Sacred Heart is rooted in a faith that reminds us that while we do not know what the future holds, we do know Who holds it! Trusting in God’s mercy and providence, we ask Him to bless and keep our families safe and healthy. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom in the fall!
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
Please read the very important attached letter from school superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens, and Jerri Burkhardt, Director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection. The letter regards safe environment education included in the Catechesis for Family Life in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Our guidance counselor, Mrs. Kathleen Russo-Garcia will be meeting with students during religion classes in the primary and intermediate grades and during social studies classes in the middle school grades to review the 8 “Messages That Protect”. These meetings will occur once a week, and will be brief, perhaps lasting 10 minutes or so during regularly scheduled meeting times already established.
As always, we recognize that parents are the first educators of their children. We ask that you please follow the link provided in the letter to go over the lessons and videos with your children at home.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mrs. Russo-Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sincerely in faith,
Jeanne Cossentino, Principal
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
Thank you so much for last week’s parent Zoom meetings. It was great to see you and have the opportunity to communicate with each other. What a turnout we experienced! I am sorry that some of you were not able to enter due to us reaching capacity at 100 attendees at two of our meetings. We will try to divide it up differently next time.
The topic of today’s email is special area classes, assignments, grading and online interaction with the teachers of art, music, physical education, and Spanish.
Thank you for your emails and patience with this. We have developed some guidelines for students and parents as follows.
We believe that the special areas are an integral part of our curriculum. Therefore it is expected that all students will participate to some extent or form in music, art, and physical education. We understand that we are all spread very thin right now, but we also know that some students love these subjects and will likely complete more assignments and participate more than others. That is fine.
Optional FUN Zoom meetings will be held for primary, intermediate, and middle school in art, music, and physical education once a week. Several of the specials teachers will be offering these on Saturday mornings so they don’t conflict with content area classes. Specials teachers will email parents and students with Zoom times.
As for assignments, grades and comments will be included in the trimester 3 progress report for these subjects, but grading will be very flexible.
So where do you find these assignments?
ART, MUSIC & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Grades Pre-K to 2nd will be posted on Seesaw and also on the school website.
Grades 3 to 8 will be posted on Google Classroom and also on the school website
SPANISH is a little bit different.
Students in Pre-k to 2nd will receive NO instruction in Spanish.
Students in grades 3-8 will find all of their assignments posted in Google Classroom and will have their Zoom meetings during their regularly scheduled class time on Tuesdays.
If you have questions or concerns about any of this, please contact the special area teacher directly.
Stay well! Here’s hoping and praying for a smooth week for all.
Primary and Intermediate Zoom Schedule beginning April 16, 2020
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
We pray that everyone had a wonderful and joyous Easter as we celebrated our risen Lord!
As we move forward with remote instruction tomorrow, we want to make sure that all families have devices and that students are attending all scheduled Zoom meetings with their teachers. New information and skills are being introduced all the time now, and we don’t want anyone to miss out. Students should continue to check email, Seesaw/or Google Classroom daily. The assignments and specific Zoom meeting information will be posted on Seesaw or Google Classroom account.
The primary and intermediate Zoom meeting schedule is attached to this email for easy reference. Middle School Zoom schedules were sent out before Easter break to individual grade levels. If you can’t locate that, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Anne Purnell.
Our hope is that having a school wide list of these meetings will make it easier for all of our families. If you have questions about the schedule, please be sure to contact your child’s homeroom teacher via e-mail.
If you still need a device, please let us know so we can help. We still have Stream devices available for any families who need them. If so, please email Mr. Ted Krammer, our Technology Director, at email@example.com. He will send you a contract and also make arrangements to meet you at school for a hand-off outside the Main Lobby door.
Notice to Parents Regarding Remote Counseling and Survey
Despite the physical closures of schools due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to ensuring that our school’s guidance counseling services are available to students and families who may need assistance during this time. Although we cannot provide in-person meetings, our guidance counselor is available for remote meetings over the phone or through video counseling while schools remain closed.
Please be advised that you will soon receive an email from our guidance counselor that contains a survey designed to identify students who may benefit from a remote meeting with the guidance counselor. If indicated by your survey response, she will contact you to arrange an appointment. Additionally, parents/guardians may reach out to our counselor Mrs. Kathleen Russo-Garcia at any time to schedule a remote session by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
As we enter Holy Week, I pray that each one of us can turn to the Lord to find PEACE and JOY in God’s presence and HOPE in the knowledge and certainty of Resurrection, even in the midst of so much turmoil and suffering in the world.
We have received many affirming emails over the past weeks citing our wonderful teachers and the incredible way they have stepped up and transitioned to remote learning. Amazingly, they have been engaged in remote instruction for three full weeks already! They welcome and deserve this coming break to re-fuel and re-energize.
For clarity, Sacred Heart School follows the AOB calendar for Easter break, thus no remote instruction will take place from Monday, April 6th through Wednesday, April 15th. Instruction will resume for students on Thursday, April 16th. During this time, some teachers have sent home optional learning activities, and we also suspect that many students and parents will be exploring some of the wonderful online educational resources now made free and available through a variety of websites and apps. Please be sure to continue to monitor your children during this time. We recommend that parents take a look at Protect Young Eyes, https://protectyoungeyes.com/a website for parents, churches, and schools that will help you keep your kids safe from online dangers.
Important Information about Zoom Meetings
Schedule of Zoom Meetings for Parents: Before Easter break ends, we will be sending all parents a copy of a school-wide Zoom meeting schedule for you to print and keep handy each day. We hope this will help you with creating your own family schedule. There will be some time changes for several grades whose meetings were overlapping. Your child’s teacher will also be sending parents a letter no later than April 14th which will list all their Zoom meeting times and their remote classroom expectations moving forward.
Attendance: After Easter break, participation at all Zoom meetings is strongly encouraged barring extenuating circumstances. New curriculum content material will be presented, and students will fall behind quickly if they are not participating. The teacher will take attendance at each meeting. If a student cannot attend, they or their parent should let the teacher know in advance. During the meetings, the teacher will verify the presence of students by instructing them to use the reaction button to “raise” their hands”, offer a “thumbs up” or a “yes/no” response.
Safety of Zoom: Some of you have also emailed us with concerns regarding ZOOM and the recent news regarding several vulnerabilities that allow unwanted/uninvited participants to join meetings and share images or content that is inappropriate or alarming. Please know that we are taking every recommended precaution by doing the following:
All teachers have been advised to update and run the latest Zoom software. The most recent update forces meeting organizers to use passwords by default, and bars unwanted users from randomly scanning for meetings. Links to join are only provided to intended participants and never shared on social media. Some teachers are also using the Waiting Room feature to further control access.
How can you and your children help to keep these meetings running smoothly? First, please tell your 3rd-8th grade children to use their own real names only, first and last. Many are joining meetings under their parents’ names or silly nicknames and this can be confusing for teachers. (The parent name is fine for primary age students).
Here is what they need to do to change their names in the video screen. Go to the top of the video screen where they see themselves and click on the 3 dots. A drop down menu item appears that says “rename”. This is where they enter their own names. Siblings sharing the same device need to remember to do this as well as they hand off a shared device so their brother or sister’s name doesn’t show up.
Other Information for You
Communications: If you want to see if you have missed any important updates from administration or the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, please go to our school website www.shgschool.org homepage and you will find all the communications that have been emailed out to our community thus far. We hope this makes it just a little bit easier to stay informed as you wade through all the emails that flood your inbox!
Please also visit our school Facebook and Instagram pages for photos and other news.
Updated BOOST Scholarship Deadline
The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) school year 2020-2021 program application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020 - midnight. The program will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will make adjustments if necessary. We encourage applicants to complete and submit your applications as soon as possible.
JOY and Encouragement
To end on a joyful note and to provide a Coronavirus Praise Break, I am happy to share this uplifting video of 6th grade SHG student, Victoria Pearson, and her dad, Lee Pearson (the awesome drummer)
May you and your family enjoy a blessed Easter.
Sincerely in faith,
Mrs. Jeanne Cossentino
Dear Sacred Heart Families,
I write today to share with you important information about re-enrollment contracts and fees, and the Parent Service Hour Program initiative. I will write again tomorrow with additional information regarding academics and calendar.
First, even though the school building is closed, we are in the midst of re-enrollment here at SHG. Contracts were emailed out over a month ago, and they were scheduled to be due back to us during early April along with the accompanying fees. Due to the pandemic, we have made several adjustments with the aim to help our families who are experiencing furlough or temporary layoffs.
Therefore, the re-enrollment fees will not increase as scheduled on April 4th. We have extended the deadline, to help families that have been impacted by COVID-19, to May 1st. If you are unable to pay the enrollment fee due to loss of income from COVID-19 please email Gina Darby, email@example.com.
Even if your family income has been impacted by COVID-19, and you are unable to pay the fees at this moment, we ask that you please return a signed enrollment contract to us asap as it is critically important for us to know whether or not you plan to return for the 2020/2021 school year. This information enables us to move forward with textbook ordering, staff and faculty positions, contracts, etc.
Secondly, in an effort to further ease the financial stress on families, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend the Parent Service Hours program initiative until further notice. When tuition payments for next school year begin again in June, the $460 fee will NOT appear on your FACTS tuition account statement. We will reevaluate this at a later date when these uncertain times have passed.
We hope these changes will serve to alleviate a small portion of your stress. We are committed to being sensitive to every family’s situation, and we will work with individual families as needed.
May God keep you and your family in his loving care. Be well.
Sincerely in faith,
Dear Sacred Heart Families
I am sending this out today in case you have some more time during the weekend and are looking for something fun AND meaningful to do with your children.
Sacred Heart Parish has strong ties with two local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Future Care and Best Care.
As you know, many of our seniors in these facilities are suffering from extreme isolation and depression. They can no longer socialize or eat meals together, nor can they have any contact with their families.
If you are able and interested, I ask that you consider working with your child/children, to make a short video of encouragement for these senior folks.
Something simple would go a long way in sending cheer and support. Some suggestions are:
Have your child offer a message of encouragement letting the seniors know they are prayed for and thought of
Have your child read a poem or a prayer
Have your child share a talent: sing, dance, play an instrument, do magic tricks, show a picture they have drawn, show their pets, etc. The sky is the limit here.
These can be MP4 or ABI video.
Please email these videos to our parish Director of Mission, Ms. Jamie Danielson at firstname.lastname@example.org
She will put them together into a montage presentation that will be sent to Future Care and Best Care residents and streamed to their room tv's.
These will not be shared on Facebook. No names will be shared.
If you have any concerns or questions, please direct them to Jamie.
Thanks for considering this optional opportunity to encourage our students to serve others.
Sincerely in faith,
Jeanne Cossentino, Principal
I apologize for the many emails coming your way today. I hope to receive these communications all at once in the future and send them as one with multiple attachments.
Please see the attached letter from the Superintendent regarding the continuing closure of AOB Catholic schools through April 24th.
As we face these additional weeks of home learning, one thing I know for sure is that I am proud to be the principal of a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore right now. Our students are more than half-way through their second week of remote instruction while many other schools in the state have not even yet begun. I do not say this to boast or to belittle the very daunting tasks that other school systems face right now. They are doing amazing work, from feeding children who rely on their local schools for meals, to finding ways to provide equal access to devices needed for remote learning.
I am just so very proud of our teachers and how hard they have been working to keep learning in place for our students. They have hardly missed a beat.
You can help us further to help you by supplying us with additional information. First, we are trying to determine how many of our families might need a device for their children. We have some "retired" Stream devices which we can update and get into the hands of our families who have no access or who might have multiple children struggling to share the same device. If you find yourself in that situation, please email our IT DIrector, Mr. Ted Krammer, to let him know. He can be emailed at email@example.com . Once we have some idea of need, we will see what we can provide.
Please also begin to check Power School if you have not already done so. Teachers are beginning to record grades for assignments that have been turned in. These postings will increase next week. This is a good way for you to keep tabs on your child's progress, especially in grades 3-8.
We are also working on an addition to our school website homepage where we will post links to a variety of resources for you to access.
Please also visit our parish website at www.shgparish.org for a complete listing of streamed Masses, Stations of the Cross, virtual Rosary gatherings, etc. Parents are the first teachers of faith for their children and we can help them so much to develop and strengthen their relationship with God through participation in these opportunities this Lenten season.
Thank you for all you are doing to help your children stay on track and focused on learning.
May God continue to bless all of us with patience, perseverance, and good health.
Sincerely in faith,
Jeanne Cossentino, Principal
As you know, COVID-19 has caused drastic changes to the way in which educational content must be delivered, as social distancing prevents in-person classes. By necessity, we must rely more heavily on web-based education tools to facilitate remote learning.
We thought it important to emphasize again that the School’s parent/student handbook, including its disciplinary policies, behavior and conduct standards, and harassment and bullying policies, apply with equal force during this remote learning period. In particular, students and parents should familiarize themselves with the School’s Acceptable Use Policy for the Internet and Technology Tools, which I have attached to this email for your convenience.
The Acceptable Use Policy explains parents’ responsibility to review the Policy with their students, and to support the School in its enforcement: by monitoring their students’ internet use, by modeling appropriate Internet behavior for their students’ technology use, and by reporting any concerns regarding their students’ technology use to the School. Now more than ever, please make sure to be aware of your students’ activities on the Internet.
As this period of remote learning brings the classroom into the home to a greater degree, it is vital that you impress upon other household members the importance of maintaining appropriate language and dress during video learning sessions. While the school uniform is not required, students should be fully dressed and wearing clothing that does not contain inappropriate words or content.
Considering the necessary reliance on web-based learning tools to deliver remote learning, we thought this a good time to remind parents that the School uses Google Apps for Education and other web-based education tools, sites, and services to provide students with remote learning and enhanced opportunities to communicate and share collaboratively with their teachers and one another. Google Apps for Education provides students with access to Google Meet, which provides secure and encrypted video conferencing capabilities, along with a student calendar, word processing and spreadsheet apps, web design tools, and email. Information about other web-based services used by the school may be requested from the School’s principal.
As a part of students’ use of web-based services for learning, certain educational records may be created, collected, or stored by web-based services, such as Google Apps for Education. Information about Google Apps for Education’s privacy practices is available here, https://www.google.com/edu/trust/. Directory information, such as a child’s name, email address, grade/age, and enrollment status, may also be shared with web-based services. Students should not have any expectation of privacy with respect to any communications or activities through such services.
If you have any concerns regarding your student’s use of web-based services, please contact the Principal. Otherwise, you will be deemed to have consented to your student’s access and use of web-based services and to allowing your student’s education records to be created, collected, or stored by such web-based services, including Google Apps for Education, as described above.
Thank you again for your continued trust and support. It means the world in this difficult time we all are facing.
Yours in service,
Dr. Donna Hargens
Department of Catholic Schools
Dear Sacred Heart Families and Staff,
As I was putting the finishing touches on an email to you, the email below from a colleague popped up in my inbox:
As Catholic school leaders, we turn to God and prayer to ask for the strength to lead and to be strong for our communities. We ask that you take a minute and view the video at the link below. We hope this beautiful rendition of the Prayer song brings a moment of comfort to you. Please feel free to share with your teachers and/or parents. As people of God, we understand the power of prayer. May God bless you and keep you safe!
If you do nothing else for yourself today, please click on the link below to experience a little bit of heaven, so beautiful and true.
I hope this brings some kind of peace and calm into your lives in the midst of anything but.
We will begin our second week of remote teaching tomorrow, and the entire faculty and staff have been working hard to smooth out the wrinkles and streamline a bit of what we rolled out last week.
Thank you for your feedback; it has really helped us.
The most important message I want to deliver to our parents this week is to take it easy on yourselves. We know that most of you are not trained educators. You are juggling work, household chores, and other commitments all while trying to help your children complete their assignments and learn. Slow it down, take your foot off the gas pedal a bit, and be flexible. Focus on what matters most and what is doable and then communicate with the teacher to let them know if it is too much. Also, encourage your children to communicate with their teachers and learn to advocate for themselves if they are old enough to do so. This is the perfect opportunity to develop that skill.
Beginning this week, our teachers will be offering Zoom meetings with your children. If you don’t already know, Zoom is a video conferencing platform that allows your children and their teachers to interact in real time. They can see their teacher and each other and feel connected. This is a great opportunity for them to ask questions about current or upcoming assignments as well.
Our primary teachers will be sending out invitations and links via Seesaw. Intermediate and middle school teachers will be posting links on Google Classroom. It is truly as simple as noting the time for the meeting and clicking on the link to join the meeting. We have staggered the times when different grades and subject areas will be offering the video meetings so that families will multiple children sharing the same computer won’t be fighting over the device.
As we move through this together, let’s remember what matters most in our lives. The beautiful father/daughter duo in the video shared above reminds us of the glorious gifts and blessings that parents and children are to each other and the amazing things we can do together in prayer and communion with God.
Sincerely in faith,
Wonderful resources have been flooding my inbox today. I write now to share them with you here, as many of them are geared towards helping students and parents during this stressful time as we all face more and more restrictions.
First, from our counselor, you can click on the link below to view a helpful video on how to talk with your children about what is going on.
I am also attaching a guide for parents for coping with their own stress levels. Please know that you can contact Mrs. Russo-Garcia directly if you have any questions about coping strategies for your children and your family. Krussofirstname.lastname@example.org
Our reading secialist, Ms. Molly Wheltle, has shared some EXCELLENT and very simple ways to keep your kids reading and engaging in literacy activities. Most exciting of all is her very creative idea to stream story time two nights a week at 7:30 pm where she and other Sacred Heart faculty will be reading bedtime stories to your children via Facebook Live. Please read the attachment from our reading specialist to get all the details.
We all know that most children and adults thrive on routine, and right now, our lives are anything but routine!
In the attached resources for parents document, you will find:
Now to some other important school- specific information to help facilitate the best possible communication between parents/ teachers and teachers/students:
Parents, please check your school email every day. I will send a text along with this email to ensure that it gets read, but please let your child’s teacher/s know if you have a different or preferred email.
Please email teachers and let them know directly if the work they are providing is too much, too little, or if the kids need help with daily pacing (how much to do each day).
Teachers are available by email every weekday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
To other news---I am in daily contact with our parish staff. On our conference call today, concerns about the elderly of our parish emerged. We know that many of them are feeling extra isolated at this time, with Masses cancelled and them not being able to go out for fear of exposure to the virus. Jamie Danielson, our parish Director of Mission, has asked that any parents, faculty or staff who are able to make a few phone calls to these folks just to say hello, to pray with them, or to offer a listening ear, should please contact her and let her know. You can reach Jamie by calling the parish office at 410-833-1696. She will give you a smal list of names to call. Thank you for considering this way to serve others.
I apologize for the length of this email, but I hope to keep you in the loop as much as possible and to offer any assistance I can. Please know that Mrs. Gurkovich, Mrs. Purnell, and I are in daily communication and all of us are here to serve you and your children in any way we can.
Be well. Keep us in your prayers and we will keep you in ours.
Sincerely in faith,
Dear Sacred Heart Families, Faculty and Staff,
Tomorrow is the official beginning of remote learning for our students.
We appreciate all the work that our teachers are putting into this new learning environment, and we also recognize and appreciate the time that families are devoting to their children’s education as well.
We continue to pray each day for the health and safety of our entire community, and for all of the individuals in our nation and abroad who have been and will be impacted by this unprecedented pandemic.
As we are made increasingly aware of resources that can be utilized to make this transition smoother for our families, I share the following link to free internet and higher speed access to Comcast for eligible families.
I’d also like to make you aware that the school has a site license to Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For our students in grades 3-8 who all have a school account, it is easy for them to log into Discovery Education via those accounts. Once logged in, this wonderful resource should automatically open for them.
My favorite section of this site to visit is “Virtual Fieldtrips” where students can truly access the outside world online and visit amazing historical sites and exotic locations all from the comfort of their homes.
Please don’t forget the critical importance of monitoring your children while they are online. They need your guidance to make good decisions as they navigate the internet. Please utilize parental controls and make sure you have their passcodes and passwords so that you can do a daily check of sites visited and conversations taking place.
Please remember as well the value of a good book. As Dr. Suess once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
For parents to read, I am attaching Parent Connection Newsletters for February and March. There are a few tidbits that you might find helpful.
My goal is to keep all lines of communication open for you in the coming weeks and to take the opportunity to share information that sometimes gets lost in our very busy lives. Some upcoming topics will include our anti-bullying program, standardized testing, and the importance of the arts in brain development.
Please know that I will be at school in the Main Lobby briefly tomorrow from 11:00 to 11:15 to meet a few parents who have contacted me because they were not able to pick up their child’s materials on Friday afternoon. The building is officially shut down to all except for essential personnel, so no one is allowed to enter
Please stay safe and healthy as we all navigate these uncharted waters together.
Please stay in touch with your children’s teachers with any questions about student work and encourage your kids to give it their all to keep the learning going!
Sincerely in faith,
Mrs. Jeanne Cossentino
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by Sacred Heart - Published on 3/27/2020 12:00 AM