April 3, 2020
Dear Parents-
As we close the third week of our distance learning, we are settling into our routines. Teachers have mastered the online platforms and each day, modify their in-class lessons to target only essential content, and at the same time create digital ways to deliver the content. I am in awe of the effort the teachers are taking to serve their students. Every day is a new day and every day needs to be created out of thin air -- the online teaching playbook does not exist.
Teachers are targeting essential content only, and parents should expect that students are working more than four hours every day. In the classroom, students work at different paces, and have a variety of learning needs. It is no different with online learning. What is taking some students 4 hours to complete takes others two hours, and others six hours. For early finishers, please work on the encore class assignments.
Thank you, parents, for being amazing partners in this journey. It does not go unnoticed that you, too, are putting in many hours to help your children. If you are looking for enrichment activities, there are many virtual field trips and coding challenges for students to engage in while staying home. It is also a good idea to push back from the computer and start a garden or other outdoor activities.
The Resource department has created a google classroom with access code: fmdfjof  All students and parents are invited to visit the page for brain break activities, and links that provide additional practice as well as learning games.

Several parents have mentioned a torrent of email from google classroom. Seemingly, parents are notified every time teachers update the classroom. If you are receiving messages that look like this, you can unsubscribe.
In keeping with the Superintendent’s letter, shared with parents Tuesday evening, students are learning new content until the end of the school year, June 10, 2020. Teachers are assigning grades and taking attendance. To support teacher skill development, the Office of Catholic Schools has set aside five additional professional development days for teachers. In the coming days I will announce those dates, for your planning purposes. Students will not have distance learning on those days.
All our families are in my prayers. Please let me know if you need anything.

Welcome one another...as Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge
Zoom Safety Update

Zoom has made changes to their online video conferencing in regards to students being admitted to zoom rooms. The default setting is that students will be admitted to rooms by their teacher instead of previously being automatically admitted to the rooms. Teachers have been provided with information to protect our students while using Zoom.
Motivational Monday
Send us pictures or short videos (less than 20 seconds, please) with words of encouragement and
Easter blessings for our students, teachers, and families! We want to hear from you and so do your
fellow students and families!
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Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross is available on YouTube…. https://youtu.be/Yf38u_vzJJs
SJC Mass 8:00am Every Morning
Sunday Mass at 10:00am

Mass is live streamed every morning at 8:00 , (and this Mass can be replayed later in the day, if more convenient)

Sunday Mass is celebrated at 10:00AM
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Yearbook Orders - DATE EXTENDED!
Order your SJS 2020 yearbook today! Price for the yearbook is $22 and can be ordered online. To order online, click HERE . Enter your school name: Saint Joseph Catholic School.

Make sure to order before April 3 . Cash and checks are no longer accepted.
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750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA. 20170