It has been an eventful week! I will continue to update each day if there are more COVID-19 cases in our school family to report. The only way we can try to stay ahead of this virus is through transparent communication about how it may be moving through our school community. It is still my hope that we can be back together on November 30th and finish the year 2020 together.
In order for this to happen, we must, as a community, stay home, especially over the Thanksgiving holiday. Attending a big family gathering is just too risky for me personally. Back in September, my mother and three siblings, who were together at my mom's house, all came down with COVID. Luckily, none of my family had to be hospitalized, though one of my sisters had a pretty rough go of it for over three weeks.
As the Governor said last night, we are in the middle of a big spike with this virus and we should and need to take it seriously. Please be vigilant and cautious.
By the time you read this newsletter, you will have experienced two days of virtual learning. I hope you are finding it different from last spring. While nothing can compare to actually being in the classroom on a day to day basis, I know the teachers have worked and planned to keep the students learning during this brief time apart.
Be sure to read over the document Total Online Learning, it has lots of information, including when your student should login for their special classes. These days will be different from when they were attending school in person so make sure you are aware of the days and times so your student doesn't miss any classes.
It is important that students keep on top of assignments as they become due. I know the teachers practice how to do this with their students, but working from home, you may experience some glitches. If your student is having trouble turning in assignments, please let your teacher know so you can work together to overcome any difficulty. Unfortunately, with the students not in the building, teachers must rely on parents to make sure assignments are completed and turned in on time.
I want to thank those parents who have taken the time to share their positive thoughts and support during this week. I have forwarded your comments to teachers to let them know you understand and appreciate their efforts during this difficult time. Know that you and your students are appreciated as well.
Veterans' Day holds a special place in my heart as so many of my relatives have served, across many generations and branches (though mostly army). I hope that you were able to honor a veteran in some way yesterday: thanking a veteran personally or saying a prayer for those who have and are serving, and for eventual peace around the world. Our thanks and gratitude can and should continue year round.
We had hoped to continue Karate classes until Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this was not possible since we have gone virtual. I want to thank US Marshal Arts Academy for being such a wonderful community partner with St. Veronica. I know the students enjoyed learning about karate and the ways they could defend themselves if they needed to. I attended several sessions and whether is was kindergarten or 7th grade, the students were active and smiling during the classes. I hope many of our families were able to take advantage of making a visit to the academy. Here is a link to a flyer for US Marshal Arts,if you are in the market for a "karate home" please consider US Marshal Arts on Beechmont Ave. ADVENT IS COMING:
When we return to the building on November 30th, the Advent season will have started. It seems like we have all been waiting since March 16, for something to happen - and we have, relating to COVID, but starting November 29th we can begin quietly waiting for the coming of Jesus into our homes and hearts. I know we are already seeing ads for Christmas and thinking about presents that we hope to purchase for our loved ones. Some of us may already be watching the new season of Hallmark Christmas movies, but let's not forget to keep Christ in Christmas.