April 3, 2020
This Week at
St. Robert Catholic School!
Dear Parents,
I had my letter to you all written when I heard the Governor's announcement this morning. I was in a meeting with the teachers when we learned the news from Governor Whitmer that schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year. I can tell you that this news brought tears to our eyes and we began to mourn the loss of the hugs, smiles, and sweet voices that filled our days. I had a big agenda of things that I wanted to discuss, but after the news briefing, we prayed together and signed off for the day.
Your children's teachers have been working incredibly hard over the past few weeks to learn new technology for lesson delivery, creating instructional videos, activities, and meaningful projects. We never imagined how much more difficult remote teaching would be! I have never been prouder to be part of a school than I am today.
I am equally thankful for and proud of our parent partners! If it were not for your dedication to the Catholic education of your child(ren) we would not be successful. We recognize now more than ever what your role as the primary educator of your child looks like. So, as we turn the corner that leads us toward finishing our school year remotely, I have one important question to ask. How are we doing regarding the workload that has been placed in your laps? Please click on this link to take a 2 question survey.

As we move into Spring Break and Holy Week next week, let's take a rest from our new schedules and focus our attention on God and the season of Easter. He is Risen and is revealing his plan for us as we manage our current situations. We need to open our hearts and minds to hear His voice and be ready to follow Him through this storm. With Him, we will be alright!
Peace and Blessings,

Virtue of the Week... Foresight
This week we are learning about the Virtue of Foresight- Consideration of the consequences of one's actions; thinking ahead.

St. Robert School
Respect Pledge
We miss you all so very much!
Next week is Spring Break !
Monday, April 6 - Monday, April 13

Students can take a break from online learning next week for Spring Break. We hope your family can use this time to decompress and focus on Holy Week. The teachers will be back online on Tuesday, April 14.
Check out the attachments to this newsletter for some activities to do during the break! The Holy Week Retreat Calendar was shared with me by the principal of St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville. Thank you Dr. Marsha Wharton, Colton Huggler's grandmother, for sharing this with our community!
Here is a link to an edible craft! :
Mrs. Russell create two videos to keep you moving during Spring Break! Follow these links to go to them. Take a video of you and your family doing the activities and maybe even singing her original song!
12 Days of Spring Break Video:
We are so proud of our
Kindergarten and
1st Grade students continuing to learn online with Ms. Wiser!

We appreciate the time and energy you are putting into the lessons the Miss Wiser is providing! Please make sure to have your child complete each lesson and activity so that she is able to assess their learning. These days are being counted as instructional days for your students!
Mrs. O'Hearn's
Young 5s are very busy working
on school projects.

Can you guess
what Mrs. Sass' Preschoolers
are learning about?

 Mrs. Dinneweth's Preschoolers learning and staying connected
Calling All
A r t P r o j e c t s !

Ms. VerDuin (Ms. V) wants to see your student's art projects! Please send Mrs. V photos of your art projects featured in Ms. V's teaching videos... or any art projects your student has completed! You can send your photos to Ms. V at...
D iocesan Parent Program Effectiveness Survey

School Parents - Please take a few minutes to complete the Parent Program Effectiveness Survey 2019-20 for the Diocese of Grand Rapids Schools. Please use the link below...

(Note: this survey is available in both English and Spanish. The first question will determine in which language the survey will appear).

The deadline for completing the survey is  April 24 .
Staffing News

Recently, Mrs. Zawacki shared with me her desire to take next year and be home with her family. Her kids are getting older, and she does not want to miss a thing! We understand and will certainly miss her beautiful smile and the loving care she gives the students.

I am excited to share with you that Mrs. Sass has decided to remain in preschool for the 2020-2021 school year! She will be the lead teacher in the 3 and 4 year old classroom.

We are in search of a First/Second grade teacher for next year! I am looking for an experienced, Catholic, early elementary teacher with a strong STEM background. If you happen to know of someone who fits this description, have them contact me: . A formal job posting will be on the diocesan website after Spring Break.

Upcoming Dates

April 5-11, 2020
Holy Week
No School - Spring Break

April 13, 2020
No School - Easter Monday

April 14, 2020
Online instruction resumes!

St. Robert Catholic School provides a premier Catholic STEM based education where students are immersed daily in their faith which empowers them to become the individual God created her/him to be.   
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