Bernie's Bark
3.24.2020
Dear Parents-
 
Tomorrow is the Annunciation of Our Lord ! In the uncertainty of the current day-to-day, I almost lost sight of this great feast. What could be more important to our own salvation than Mary saying “Yes!” I am always filled with awe at the courage Mary had as a young woman to give herself over to God, to live her life in service to Him. We need to look to Mary for guidance in these worrisome times.
 
I have been praying for our community. I pray that we all feel God’s presence and that we find strength to face our current challenges. The Governor’s announcement that schools will close for the remainder of the school year is hard news to hear, but we know that we can handle the distance learning. With God, all things are possible.
 
Please consider ordering a yearbook! Provine is accepting ONLINE ORDERS only until April 3. Cash and checks are no longer accepted.
 
Mr. Sawasky is working with Mrs. Hatley to create google classrooms so that the band and instrument instruction can continue to move forward. Mr. Sawasky will reach out to his students once he is ready to go!
 
Spring Break is still on the calendar and will be observed as scheduled. This means that students will have a half-day of distance learning on Thursday, April 9. Distance learning will be turned off until distance classes resume on Monday, April 20. This will be a welcome break and hopefully you will be able to see loved ones in person, rather than in Google Hangouts!
 
We have many important events that help us close out each school year, and this year, all are in a state of uncertainty. I mentioned the 8th grade graduation, and the 2nd grade First Holy Communion. Also on my mind is the 8th grade musical, the candle-passing Mass, the Kindergarten Graduation, and the Spring Fling….the list is endless... As I get information on these, I will pass it along. It is not possible to plan anything at this time, we just have to take one day at a time.
 
Friday, April 3, Father Tom will live stream Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament , from 9:30-10:00AM, including recitation of the rosary at 9:45. Access the Adoration stream on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Facebook page…. https://bit.ly/3bqOqXZ . Father Tom and Father David have acquired professional-grade live-streaming skills, so look for announcements concerning “school Mass,” and Stations of the Cross. In the meantime, Mass is live streamed every morning at 8:30, (and this Mass can be replayed later in the day, if more convenient), and Stations of the Cross is available on YouTube…. https://youtu.be/Yf38u_vzJJs
 
Keep the faith! This ordeal will one day be behind us. Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Welcome one another....as Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                 (Rom 15:7)
 
Denise Rutledge
Principal

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The deadline for 2020-2021 elementary FACTS Grant & Aid applications has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2020 . Families are encouraged to submit as soon as they are able in advance of that deadline. In addition, families should know that applications received after the new deadline in April will be considered on an as-available basis determined by any remaining available funds.
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Due to the closure of school and school building for the rest of the school year and certain logistics and restrictions due to the pandemic, your child's medication will remain locked in the school clinic until after the restrictions are lifted and the building is reopened. If there are any concerns please let us know. We apologize for the inconvenience and thankful to you for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty. 
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