School Communications From Administration During Closure

May 16th Update

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.

May 12th Update

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,

With thanksgiving,

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.

Philippians 4:6-7

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.

Calendar

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.

Finances

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.

Stay well.

May 7th Update

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:

  • Deferring the first tuition payment until August
  • Offering a twelve-month payment plan from June 2020 through May 2021 (instead of the current ten month plan)
  • Lowering the first three months’ tuition payments, with the rest of the tuition balance paid in the remaining months

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!

April 29th Update

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 krussogarcia@shgschool.org .

Thank you.

Sincerely in faith,

Jeanne Cossentino, Principal

Attached Files

Corrected Letter to school parents and guardians regarding catechesis.pdf

April 26th Update

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.

April 15th Update

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 tkrammer@shgschool.org. 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 krussogarcia@shgschool.org

Attached Files

Primary and Intermediate Zoom Schedule beginning April 16.docx

April 4th Update

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)

https://youtu.be/bTlmHnnr1BU

ENJOY!

May you and your family enjoy a blessed Easter.

Sincerely in faith,

Mrs. Jeanne Cossentino

Principal

March 30th Update

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, gdarby@shgschool.org.   

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,

Jeanne Cossentino

Principal

March 28th Update

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 jdanielson@shgparish.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

March 25th Update

Dear Families,

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 tkrammer@shgschool.org . 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

Letter to Parents 3.25.2020 Sellinger and Hargens.pdf

March 24th Update from the Superintendent

Dear Parents:
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
Superintendent
Department of Catholic Schools

ACCEPTABLE USE Acceptable Use Policy for the Internet and Technology Tools From Dr. Donna Hargens.pdf

March 22nd Update

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.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cqFCbtRz1Z0&feature=youtu.be

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,

Jeanne Cossentino

March 17th Update

Dear Parents,

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhVad8ToCiU&feature=youtu.be

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. Krusso-garcia@shgschool.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:

  • a suggested schedule for parents to use with their children during these days to create a sense of order and calm
  • a delightful way that children  in Spain are posting art work in windows to encourage each other
  • some fun "brain breaks" for student to take during their "school day" at home

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,

Jeanne Cossentino

Principal

Coping with stress during outbreak.pdf

From the Reading Specialist.docx

Resources for parents including daily schedule, windows from Spain, brain breaks.docx

March 16th Update

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.

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic

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.

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

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