Dear St. John’s Parents:
I want to send some updates to you regarding the things we are able to determine right now.
First, we have decided to freeze tuition at this year’s rate. The raised amount that you were given in your contract packets for next year will not be in effect. Unfortunately, this means a freeze on teacher increments for next year, but it is the prudent thing to do.
Also, we will extend the deadline for signing up for next school year to May 30. That means that anyone registering by May 30 will be able to apply the $500 registration fee to tuition for April, 2021. Also extended is the deadline for applying for financial assistance. That new date will be May 30 as well. Enrollment data is crucial as we make plans and commit to teacher contracts for next school year, so I encourage all of you to register as early as you can. If you will be submitting an application for financial assistance for the first time, please refer to our website for that information and email mfinona@stjohnsguam or me if you need further assistance.
To review report cards for 3
rd quarter which ended March 20, parents with students in grades 3 through 12 may simply access their Blackbaud accounts. Since our school office remains closed, report cards for the primary grades (pre-K through 2) will be mailed with the 4
th quarter report cards. Teachers, however, will email those reports to parents who request them prior to the end of the school year. Please continue to communicate directly with teachers regarding current academic performance.
Expect information from teachers and Assistant Heads of School regarding end of the year schedules and closing dates. We will also determine a plan for the return of textbooks and school property after classes end.
Our Class of 2020 seniors have expressed a preference for waiting until such time that we can hold a physical graduation ceremony rather than conducting a virtual ceremony on the scheduled date of May 23. Those plans will be made and announced when we can. However, kindergarten graduation and the eighth grade promotional ceremonies will not be held this year.
Finally, while much of what we are experiencing right now has the power to discourage, I implore all of you to hold on to faith--in our school and in our future. We are resilient, and we are determined, and we will move forward with more wisdom than we have ever had before.