Message from the President
Dear Parents,

Today our Governor announced an order to “Stay at Home” for 14 days in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our plan is to get report cards out today and to continue to provide meals every Wednesday at Cardinal Ritter.

We are asking you to please stay home and adhere to the order until April 7. We know that our Spring Break would have begun this Friday anyway so hopefully this order will expire on that Tuesday. I have included a letter from our Superintendent, Gina Kuntz-Fleming, further supporting our efforts to partner with you through this difficult time.

Additionally, after our first week of e-learning, we believe that some restructuring is needed for the benefit of our students. Please read Mrs. Ramos’ message below.

Please know we are here to help you and your students navigate these troubling times. We have great teachers, awesome students and supportive parents. What a great combination for success! We will get through this!

God Bless,

Mrs. Hoy
March 23, 2020

Dear Families,

As we continue to navigate this unfamiliar territory with e-learning and distribution of learning packets we thank you for your patience and understanding. Our priority is to ensure your child(ren) receive the best quality Catholic education and formation possible despite the challenges of doing so remotely. This remains the commitment of all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis:
  • We continue to follow the mission of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. We support the formation of young people through holistic, engaging, and academically excellent programming that integrates faith, culture, and life as modeled by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • We continue to fulfill our obligation to administrators, teachers, and staff by continuing to pay salaries and provide benefits, as they, in turn, provide your family with the best education and formation possible.
  • We continue to provide a quality Catholic education given the resources each school has available during these challenging times.
  • Teachers continue to prepare lessons and to be available to their students and families in a multitude of ways.
  • Administrators continue to work daily to lead their staffs and families through this unfamiliar situation.
  • We are committed to our Catholic Social Teachings, specifically the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers as well as Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.
 
We remain incredibly grateful for your choice as parents/guardians to have selected Catholic education for your child(ren). As the first teachers of your children, we continue to ask this of you as partners in your child’s growth:

  • Join us in daily prayer. We know that through God, all good things are possible. Let’s rely on Him!
  • Recognize your school leaders and teachers are working innovatively and tirelessly in the best interest of the children they are called to serve; they continue to be committed to your child(ren) and family.
  • Contact the school if:
  • o   you are struggling with finances at this time. Leaders of school ministry will work with all families to the best of their ability.
  • o   daily nutrition for your family is a concern. Your Catholic school will work with you to help provide meals.
  • o   you or your children are having difficulty with the lessons being provided. Teachers can help if you let them know the challenges you are experiencing.
  • With public Mass being suspended, many churches will likely feel the impact of lower contributions. This affects multiple ministries, including schools. Please continue your weekly tithing if you are able. And remember, our priests continue to hold daily Mass for the people of southern and central Indiana.

We trust you will continue in this partnership with your school and the archdiocese by continuing your tuition payments. The salaries we are continuing to pay makeup approximately 85% of school budgets. We ask for your continued prayerful support during this unprecedented time. May God continue to bless you, your family, and your parish and school community.
In Christ,

Gina Kuntz Fleming
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Dear Families,

We understand that this is a very difficult time for everyone in our community, and each one of us has had to make adjustments that have not been easy. 

While we ask that our students continue to work on completing their E-learning that has been assigned through this Thursday, we know that there are still some questions that many of you have about the work that has been assigned. I cannot stress enough that communication with your student’s teachers is of the utmost importance right now. If you don’t have packets or books that you need, or you find you do not understand a concept, then please reach out to your student’s teachers so that we can figure out a way to get your student what he or she needs as best as we can. As noted in our communication last week, these assignments do serve as our documentation of attendance for your child. 

Please know that I have been in contact with many parents and teachers to see how this process has been for everyone. While it is easy to prepare and work through a day or two of E-learning, many of us never anticipated having to plan for six weeks of this. Understand that we are listening to your concerns and frustrations, and we are looking at additional platforms and ways in which we can continue the learning process during this time. If you see that this is becoming too stressful for your student, consider ways in which you can include more breaks or time outside for your student throughout the day. Remember that after this Thursday, we all get to enjoy a much needed break from school with Spring Break through April 5th.

After Spring Break, we will implement a new plan for E-learning, requiring students to work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This gives students a break in the middle of the week and allows them time to catch up, if needed. For our junior high students, they need to know that Mondays and Thursdays will be designated as White days, and Tuesdays and Fridays will be designated as Red days. To keep our schedule consistent, April 13 (Easter Monday) will now be a day of E-learning.

Thank you for all you are doing to foster the education of your student, and as always, we will keep all of you in our prayers. 

God Bless, 

Mrs. Ramos