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Message to Parents 3-25-20

Dear Parents,

During this time of much uncertainty and change, I am grateful for the strength of our Catholic High faith community. I have been inspired by the faith, hope, and love that I have seen in the messages from you and your children as they contact me and their teachers with emails filled with gratitude and notes that they miss us at school! As an adult, I have to remind myself to rely on my faith in God’s plan and scripture such as Deuteronomy 31:6 – “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

As we continue to adhere to the advice and mandates set before us by our state and local officials, as well as the Diocese of Lafayette, the faculty and staff remain focused on creating a virtual learning environment that exhibits consistency, grace, and compassion. We are aware that learning at home is different from learning at school for all involved, but please know that we are here to help you and your child(ren)!

Teachers are using Google Classroom and other platforms that students have used multiple times over the years. Even our youngest students are using digital tools to which they are accustomed in their daily classroom routines. While they may need a little help getting started in a different setting, we are confident that they can be successful.

How You Can Help

Begin by creating a supportive workspace/mindset at home. Here’s how:

  • Regular attendance is important. Students should log into their Chromebook by 8:30 am each morning to begin work. The daily schedule runs until 2:00 pm (2:30 if they need additional assistance). Teachers and Administrative Assistants will contact you if students do not log in or submit daily assignments.
  • Establish a routine and help your child stick to it. Our learning timeframe is based on 30 minutes per subject each day, with a full hour planned for lunch. This schedule allows plenty of time for work while teachers are available to answer questions. It also includes time for restroom, snack, and stretch breaks.
  • Ask for help. If you have questions or concerns, please ask teachers or administrators. Better yet, encourage your child to ask! We are all available via email, and our contact information can be found on our Web site at https://chspanthers.com/new/faculty-and-staff/.  We are all in this together, and we want to work WITH you, but we can’t help you if we don’t know you are struggling. We have worked hard to create reasonable expectations for learners, but we know reality may look different from even the most carefully laid plans.

Inside the Distance Learning Classroom

Grading guidelines:

  1. We are five days into our virtual learning plan.  We are working to be flexible and compassionate, and we adjust throughout this process.  Please actively communicate with teachers and administrators.  Please have patience with us, as we pledge to have patience as well.
  2. Students must complete a daily 5-10 point assignment graded on effort/completion. Students will be given the opportunity to complete this work for full credit if/when more time or additional clarification is needed.
  3. Please note that a “0” or “M” in RenWeb is meant to serve as a score placeholder to inform parents and remind students to complete work that was not turned in. You will receive a RenWeb notice but this is only intended to help you monitor your child’s progress. Students will be allowed to resubmit/submit assignments for full credit.
  4. Grades will be adjusted as completed. Of course, students should turn in assignments in a timely manner in order to receive feedback on their efforts.
  5. Students may see small, cumulative assessments in some classes. These can come in the form of subjective quizzes or projects that may take multiple days to complete. Students who do not perform well will be given targeted intervention by the teacher and will be given the opportunity to retest.

Increased communication:

This is intended to help to keep parents and students informed. All lessons and information will be listed in RenWeb and Google Classroom or Moodle, but things may change more quickly than normal. Each day, teachers will send an overview of the day’s work. All teachers have been asked to send personal and encouraging messages as well as reminders of work not completed.

Helpful Resources

We have created a dedicated page on our Website for updates and tips for families and students during the closure. It includes resources for parents and students, a listing of closure contacts, tips for Chrome, and full details of the CHS Distance Learning Plan. We put everything in one place for easy access for you. You can find it at https://chspanthers.com/new/blog/2020/03/17/covid-19-information/

Please keep in touch!  Please contact teachers and administrators for help. We are in this together! Prayers that we can follow the example of our children and focus on the positivity, faith, hope, and love of the CHS faith community!

With Panther Pride and trust in God’s plan for our lives,

Stella J. Arabie, Ed.D.
Principal

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