April 24, 2020
Dear Parents-
Distance learning restarted smoothly after our well-deserved Easter break, and I send a heartfelt thank you to the entire team- teachers, parents, students!
As we move on through the last few weeks of school, it’s essential to remember that what we are doing now is extremely important. Everyone is aware that the teachers are planning and providing lessons that complete the current grade-level, and prepare students for success in the fall. Time and effort spent now will make the transition back to school in August much easier.
As to internet safety for our students, please remember that parent control of student access to the internet is still appropriate. All of our platforms will work with parental controls on iPads, chromebooks, etc., that limit free access to the internet. Additionally, by default, ZOOM has implemented many safety upgrades, listed here. Please do not post ZOOM links on any website.

Requiring a password upon entry (students who use a link do not need a password)
Enabling a waiting room
Muting all participants

These safety upgrades are teacher driven, and in place:
Requiring students to use their names
Disabled chat
Screen-sharing disabled for students
Teachers record all sessions so students can access lessons at a later time.
For further information on cyber-safety, please consider attending Denise DeRosa’s Cyber-Sensible workshop on Parenting in the Digital Age. This Digital Wellness Day Virtual Workshop is free and “parents will get step-by-step instruction on privacy and safety settings across popular mobile devices, apps, browsers, games and search engines.” Information and registration can be found below. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, May 1, from 1:00-2:00PM.
I sent an email to all families regarding the yearbook and a link to purchase online…. https://sales.yearbookmarket.com/stores/saintjosephcatholicschool/products . The link is live until Saturday, April 25th, and is the last chance to order a yearbook! As to picking up, or when you might get your copy of the yearbook, that remains to be determined. Nothing will happen until the stay at home order is lifted.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance.

Welcome one another...as Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge
Parenting in the Digital Age
Friday, May 1, 2020 from
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A FREE virtual workshop in support of Digital Wellness Day! Link and Learn with
me on Zoom. 
Practical Advice for
Parenting in the Digital Age
Guide your kids / students to develop safe, savvy and ethical digital skills.
This workshop begins with understanding what your kids are doing online so you are empowered to set reasonable limits and expectations for tech use in your home.
Parents will get step-by-step instruction on privacy and safety settings across popular mobile devices, apps, browsers, games and search engines.
You will learn strategies for encouraging healthy tech habits and raising kids who are able to use technology and social media safely, responsibly and productively.
In this workshop emphasis will be on modeling good digital habits, mentoring your family to make good choices, listening to your kids and how my practical solutions will help you lose the guilt over not being perfect.
The Great Friar Baking Show
with Chef Laura
S1:E1 - The Great Cookie Bake Off
DATE : April 24, 2020 (6 Mins)
GENRE(S) : Cooking, Family
CAST : Father Tom, Father David, and Chef Laura

Father Tom, Father David, and Chef Laura show off their baking and cookie decorating skills. Watch out, Brother Andrew!
No School - May 1

Just a friendly reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Enjoy your day off!
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St. Joseph Catholic School
750 Peachtree Street
Herndon, VA. 20170