June 7, 2020

Reflections

This was a most remarkable year! There were challenges at every turn, and our students, families, and teachers rose to meet them. We experienced learning in ways we never could have anticipated. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, and through the course of the last few months, we found some better methods of teaching and learning. Earlier this week I shared a message from CDOW Superintendent Lou DeAngelo regarding possible scenarios for the return to school in September. I feel without a doubt that no matter what happens in September, some ways of doing things will be forever changed. I commend the resilience and fortitude of all of you who shouldered the burdens at home during this time. Thank you again for all your cooperation and flexibility; together, we made it through. 

This will be the last weekly memo until school resumes on Sept. 1, but it is unlikely to be the last time you hear from me. We will be planning throughout the summer for a successful re-entry to school and will advise in early August what we expect that to look like. Rest assured we want nothing more than to be back in full session on Sept. 1; but we will follow whatever state and diocesan guidelines are in effect at the time. -- Principal Pat Grant

 

SCHOOL NOTES

by Principal Pat Grant 

Our students have found beauty and inspiration during this time in quarantine. Art teacher Amanda McLain compiled SAS student artwork in this Spring Art Challenge video. Take a few minutes to view it and you will be impressed by how talented our students are and be reminded how art can lift our spirits and let us look at things through a different lens. 

Our students will have another chance to showcase their creativity during the annual Talent Show, which will be presented via FlipGrid videos on June 10th starting at noon. We will let you know how you can view. I have heard we have more than 20 amazing acts -- Talent is not cancelled

We had a fun time this morning with our PreK3 and PreK4 families. It was so nice to see the children again, even if they were confined to cars. It was also nice to see our teachers--who are such good sports-- wearing  sandwich board messages to the students. 

The 8th grade virtual graduation link will go live at 9 pm on Sunday night. We wish this Class of 2020 our heartfelt congratulations. This class of 22 students earned 14 merit scholarships including two full high school scholarships. Next year these students will be attending Archmere Academy, Ursuline Academy, Salesianum School, St. Mark's High School, Tower Hill School, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware Military Academy, and Appoquinomink High School. Wherever they go, we know they will make us proud!

Does your child need summer learning support?  Would you be interested in support sessions at home on Zoom with a teacher or at school with the proper health protocols? What subject(s) would be of help?  How often if it was offered? Please reach out to me if you are interested in exploring some options. 

 

Reminders


2020-2021 Official CDOW School Calendar is available here. This comes from the Catholic Schools Office. First day of school for students is Sept 1, 2020. NOTE: This is before Labor Day. 

You  received an email regarding the June 12 schedule for how to return to retrieve medications and any personal items and to return textbooks and chromebooks... and any other item that belongs to the school. Everyone has a specific time slot this is designed to keep the process moving and also keep everyone safe. Now is a good time to review the checklist to make sure you can locate all the items. 

** If you have medication that needs to be picked up from Nurse Kerr, please enter the Rectory parking lot on Grant Ave. before getting into the drop off/pick up line.  Nurse Kerr will be there with your medication and you will be required to sign for it.  Please wear a mask and gloves for this exchange.
We are asking you to complete the following tasks before you arrive in the car line:
    • Post your family name in a clearly visible spot in your car (in the window, on the dashboard). 
    • Please use disinfectant wipes to wipe down the outside of Chromebooks, hardcover textbooks and English literature books.  These are the ONLY items that should be returned, with the exception of 8th grade graduation gowns (please place clean gown in a plastic bag and label with name) and ukuleles (please wipe down) in the possession of Middle School students.
    • Please place all items being returned to school in a paper grocery bag, if available. Please clearly label the bag on the outside with Student First and Last Name, Grade and a list of contents.  We will be checking in Chromebooks and their chargers, so please make sure that it is visible on top of the filled bag and that your student name is on it with a sticky note.  Bags should be placed into your trunk for drop off on 6/12.
    • Each student should have their own bag as described above.  This will be of great assistance to us as we return these items to the appropriate classrooms and check in the Chromebooks and chargers.
 

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