Hello everyone and welcome back to school on campus!
It was not welcome news to quarantine for two weeks, but we have come out of all of this healthy, and that is a blessing. Thanks to everyone for all the extra work and cooperation it takes to teach and learn in the virtual world. We are staying strong in our commitment to one another and to our beloved school. I appreciate all that everyone is doing to show their very best in all that you do and say, and in your support of your children and their teachers.
We've made it to October and lovely Maryland fall days! As we return to campus this October we will now transition to the 4 day on campus learning plan. This plan will take us through the end of November. (Wow, time is flying!) The students who were in the blended learning option (3 days in person and 2 days virtual) will now have 4 days in person learning and 1 day of independent work, asynchronous activities, and completing assigned work. Students in our virtual learning plan will have 4 days of virtual learning through recorded lessons, asynchronous activities, independent work, teacher check-in sessions, and meetings with the subject or homeroom teachers. Monday is an independent learning day for all our students.
Adding a fourth day on campus is a great step that we are all very excited about, but it does put a heavier load on every one of our teachers. Keeping the students in their cohorts, eating in the classrooms or outside, teaching inside and outside, wearing masks, social distance, scheduling bathroom breaks and cleaning times, have all impacted what we remember as a normal school day schedule. We have made plans for art and music classes to be held in all grades (no singing in music, but lots of movement, music appreciation, and so much more!), we have staff and teachers helping to cover recess and lunch responsibilities so teachers can have a break, and more. Monday will be a teacher professional day for planning, grading, recording instructional videos, parent communications, preparing classroom materials, and the list goes on.
Virtual learning families will receive an email with new schedule information and these schedules are also posted on our website.
Parents, please continue to keep up your vigilance as you monitor your child's health and keep us informed of any changes. We take care of ourselves and our families by taking care with one another, wearing masks, keeping distance, limiting our exposure to large crowds or unfamiliar places, and monitoring ourselves and our children for symptoms, fever, etc. We appreciate your continued cooperation and support.
A note about Halloween:
We are working on a fun, creative way to celebrate and "treat" our students, but we will not have our traditional Halloween Parade or school parties. We can not manage what it normally takes to bring parents into the building to help with costumes, parties, and marching around the school. We will share more of our plans for a fun celebration with you in the next week.
Calendar (we plan a few weeks at a time)
I am so grateful to you all for your strength, patience, and cooperation as we move forward in this unusual school year. I have high hopes for a great year. We are more than a building, we are more than parents, children, teachers, administrators, we are brothers and sisters in Christ, we are the family of Our Lady of Lourdes and we thank God for the blessings of each day. I pray that you have a restful and blessed weekend.
Ms. Amy Moore is the Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School.