Easter Break: April 9-13
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Parents,
 
We have all experienced great disruption, pain and distraction as the
COVID-19 crisis continues. Every day is a good day to count our blessings and that is especially true right now as we shelter at home during a pandemic. The degree of ease or difficulty we have with this situation varies for each of us, but finding gratitude brings peace and encourages positivity. One thing I am grateful for is my faith.
 
During this holiest week of the year for Catholics, I encourage you to use the events of Christ’s Passion as a source of focus during these troubling times. I also encourage you to set aside time to experience Holy Week services online. Ask the Holy Spirit to be with you. If you find yourself with more time because you are at home, commit the time you would normally be in transit to pray. Pray for your family, friends, neighbors, our world and those who are working harder than ever right now because their jobs support the call to stay home.
Let this week and Easter become for you symbols of hope, renewal and triumph.
 
Have a blessed Easter,
Deacon Chris Campbell
Principal
Holy Week Resources From Campus Ministry

Walking With Purpose Holy Week Reflections
 
Holy Week Podcast with Fr. John Burns
 
How To Make The Most of Holy Week at Home

Holy Week Stations of the Cross on Abiding Together Podcast

Be Not Afraid Conference
(Through April 16)
Join to receive a 10-15 minute video reflecting on living our faith from a variety of nationally known Catholic presenters.

Walking Toward Eternity with Jeff Cavins
Ascension Press Facebook page
 
Andrea Botticelli Music of Hope Livestream Easter Sunday
 
Holy Week at Home, free guide.
It is written specifically for this Lent by Fr. Michael J. Callaghan and designed by Erica Tighe Campbell. 
Each day has a section on gather, reflect, pray, act.
You can find the link to download at  beaheart.com

Full of Grace , a movie made to inspire peaceful reflection and increase our love for and devotion to the Blessed Mother, will be free to view on Holy Thursday only. 
 
 Enthronement to the Sacred Heart

A message from Bishop Brennan:
I want to encourage you to pray regularly with your family during this challenging time. Regular, scheduled prayer is a very powerful habit and I hope that you continue new family prayers that you start now and continue into the future. I want to invite you to do something special this Easter: enthrone your home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. All the information that you need for Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is available at  WelcomeHisHeart.com .
Online Stats

We took a peek at the amount of activity on our bwhs.org email accounts for students and staff over the past week and found some impressive numbers on our online school efforts! More than 61,000 emails were sent and received by teachers and students.
Athletics Signing Day Going Virtual

The final college athletic signing day of the school year is April 15. Because we will not be back to school at that time, we are going to celebrate virtually. If you have a senior who was planning to participate in this day, send the following two items to Mr. Etgen, detgen@cdeducation.org AND Mrs. Mar, cmar@cdeducation.org by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8:

1)       Signing Day Form Click Here
2)      Horizontal picture (jpg format) of senior in the selected college spirit wear sitting at table signing.
 Prom Cancelled

With Ohio's bishops cancelling all Masses through May 3, we have decided to cancel prom. We know this will be disappointing to many and are sad to make this announcement. Unfortunately, we are not able to reschedule prom for later in May, assuming we will be back to school on May 4.
Senior Graduation Banners

The BWHS Band Boosters will be selling graduation banners again this year through Instant Signs, which is owned by Rob Rosati, a parent of two BWHS alumni.

Theatre Camp Save the Date

Bishop Watterson will host a Summer Theatre Camp August 10-14 from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration information will be coming soon!
 Dance Team Back for 2020-21

Bishop Watterson's Dance Team is being revived for the 2020-21 school year! We will be doing a virtual camp, instruction and tryout. Moderators are Marcia Rudzinki and Liz O'Dorisio. An informational zoom meeting will be held on April 21 at 7:00 p.m. To receive the zoom link, email lizodorisio@gmail.com.

How to Follow Dance Team
Twitter: @BWHSDanceTeam
Instagram: @BWHSDanceTeam
Remind: Send a text to 81010 with this message @bwhsdan
 Uniform Sale

School Closet/School Days will begin its summer sale on May 1.
Worth Repeating
 3 rd  Quarter Report Cards Posted Online
 
Report cards for the 3 rd  quarter are now posted online through your PowerSchool Unified Classroom parent account.  Report cards will not be mailed.
 
To access your student’s report card:
1)     Log into your account and click on  Quick Links  on the left side.
2)    Click  Portal Login Page .
3)    Click on  Report Cards   on the left side of the screen to view archived report cards.
 
The video below will walk you through the process. It can also be found by clicking on the Powerschool button at the top of our website.
 
Report Cards should be considered a snapshot in time, taken after final grades are received each quarter. Any changes to those grades will not be reflected until the next quarter’s report cards are available.
 
If you are having trouble accessing your student’s report card or have any additional questions, feel free to contact Jay Forker at  mr.forker@bwhs.org .
Online Learning

Staying Current: Students are required to check PowerSchool and bwhs.org email accounts throughout each school day.

Easter Break: There will be no instruction
April 9-13.

Class Inquiries: If your child has questions about class work, the first point of contact for students is the teacher of the class. Students are expected to take the lead in any communication. Rather than communicating for them, parents can assist students by guiding them in email etiquette (proper salutation, punctuation, grammar, etc.) which we expect. Teachers are checking email regularly.
Click here for our faculty and staff email list.

Technology Questions: Questions about school-assigned laptops and PowerSchool login issues can be emailed to Mr. Forker, mr.forker@bwhs.org or Mr. McManamon, mr.mcmanamon@bwhs.org .
Guidance News

The counselors have created a "Counseling Office" class page on Unified Classroom. The page provides updates for grade levels along with social and emotional, academic, and college and career resources. As school remains closed the counselors are available through email and by appointment through google hangouts meet.
 
All students have been added to the class automatically. You may have received a previous email with a join code, but the page has been updated so that you don't need the join code anymore.
 
 
Students are welcome to reach out to counselors if they need anything at this time.
School Closing Reminders

Facilities: Bishop Watterson campus is officially closed to students, teams, groups, etc.

Events: All BWHS events are postponed until at least May 1. Some have been cancelled. Everything past May 1 is considered on until a decision is made otherwise.

Mass Attendance: The bishops of Ohio have cancelled all public Masses
through May 3. Please check your parish website for online Mass times. Other sites offering online Masses for viewing or listening are CatholicTV , St. Gabriel Catholic Radio , and EWTN Global Catholic Network .

ACT/SAT: The April 4 ACT and May 2 SAT have been cancelled nationwide. The next ACT test date is June 13 with the next SAT date set at June 6.
Mental Health During Crisis

During the daily changes of COVID-19, it can be hard to find balance or peace. Everyone is grieving losses big and small and it's important to acknowledge that this is no different for your student. With all of this uncertainty, your student may experience increased symptoms of anxiety and depression. This can be a helpful time to start a conversation with your student about how they are feeling and navigating this pandemic. While we all are feeling unsettled, creating a calm, safe environment to express honest feelings can help your student feel grounded. It is important to take time and validate the feelings shared but also focus the small good that is happening each day. However, some feelings of depression, isolation, and suicidal thoughts (such as "Life is hopeless," "This is helpless," or "What's the point?") may arise for your student during this unprecedented time. Research shows that asking or talking about depression or suicidal thoughts does not make someone suicidal or increase their suicidal thoughts. It actually can be the first step in allowing your student to get the help they need.
The model we follow at the school is to ACT: acknowledge, care, tell a trained adult.
  • First, acknowledge there is a problem and that the feelings are not ok but getting help is.
  • Then let your student know you care about them and care about them getting help.
  • Lastly, reach out to a trained adult (school counselor, therapist, or physician) to share your concerns and observations.
There is also the national suicide prevention hot line (800-273-8255) or your student can text "4hope" to 741-741 where they can talk with a trained counselor 24/7/365.

It is important to shed light on what your student may be feeling or experiencing. We are all living through this unprecedented time together and it is now more important than ever to make space to discuss what your student may be experiencing. If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to your school counselor or the mental health counselors.
 EdChoice Update

Over the past couple of months, you may have heard about a state scholarship program called EdChoice and its proposed expanded eligibility. We have communicated directly with potentially impacted families. However, this week legislation was passed that eliminated the expanded eligibility. We will continue to keep families up to date when these types of opportunities are available.  
Athletics
Cheer Tryouts
Information about cheerleading tryouts is now available.
Click here for the packet.

Fall Sports Tryouts
Information on our fall sports for 2020 will be available this spring.
Summer Activities
ACT-SAT-PSAT Prep
Classes scheduled through May 1 are cancelled. Questions? Contact Mrs. Gallo at KarenSATtutor@columbus.rr.com.
Check our website ( Student Life-Forms & Flyers ) for registration forms and the complete list of upcoming classes.
August 17: Freshman Orientation 
August 20: First Day of School
September 7: No School/Labor Day
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
December 14-18: Semester Exam week
December 19-January 3: Christmas Break
January 18: No School/Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 15: No School/Presidents’ Day
March 15: No School
April 1-11: Easter Break
May 20: Baccalaureate
May 22: Graduation
May 24-27: Grades 9-11 Finals
May 27: Last Day of School
Calamity make-up days if needed: 2/5, 3/15, 5/28, 6/1
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