ASA — St Rose Philippine Duchesne
Important Instruction as we Reach the End of the Year
Closing out the 2019-2020 School Year
As we approach the end of the rather turbulent fourth and final quarter of the 2019/2020 school year there are a few thoughts which I would like to share with you as well as a few instructions for wrapping up the school year. Please take a few minutes to read this letter as you won’t want to miss any of the upcoming events.
First let me say that our teachers were thrust in a position of having to prepare for distance learning with very little time to prepare or training. They worked tirelessly to reach out to the students with instruction. As time passed their instruction became more creative and effective. Communication between students and teachers occurred at all times of the day. Our students with the help of their parents rose to the challenge. We thank you all for your outstanding effort during this pandemic.
Having said that we also recognize that there has not been a level playing field throughout many households. Some parents still had to work outside the home allowing them much less time to help their children. Some of the older students had to watch younger ones while parents worked outside their home, and many households with students in multiple grades did not have a computer for each to be able to use. Recognizing all of this makes assessment and grading somewhat difficult. The younger the student the more difficult it is to accurately and fairly assign grades. Some of the younger students will receive “T” for taught but not graded. All teachers will be compassionate in their assessments and take special circumstances into account as they determine grades. The teacher comments will be the most critical part of the fourth quarter grades. This all is okay, because grades in this particular quarter are not nearly as important as us working together to assure that the students learned and retained as much knowledge as possible in accord with their own individual circumstances.
In the following section, I will outline some of the end of the year events and give instruction as to how and when books, and chrome books (if you have a school chrome book) should be returned as wall as student’s items retrieved. There are still some issues such as graduation, and first communion that cannot be addressed yet, because we still do not know when restrictions will be lifted, but we will be in touch with you regarding these as soon as possible.
Finally, I will share with you some pictures of some of our graduates receiving a surprise last week that was delivered by the teachers and staff and provided by the parent association.(Picture shared for those students for whom we have a media release.) I thank you all for your support. It has truly been an honor to serve as your principal for the 2019/2020 school year.
Mark Gilligan, Ph.D.
Principal, All Saints Academy/St Rose Philippine Duchesne Campus
End of Year Events and Year End Instructions
- Thursday, May 7th — Last day new assignments issued.
- Friday, May 8th — Last day of Distance Learning
- Monday, May 11 to Wednesday May 13 — Student Work Days
- Wednesday, May 13 — Last Day of School for 2019-2020 School Year
2:55 to 3:10 — End of year parade — please drive your students through the parking lot — faculty and staff will be standing six feet apart to say good-bye to students. Nobody should get out of their cars.
- Monday, May 18 — 1:00 to 4:00 PM — Families with last name beginning with A to M
Monday, May 18 — 6:30 PM Parent opportunity to Zoom with the new principal
(See instructions below)
- Tuesday, May 19 — 1:00 to 4:00 PM — Families with last name beginning with N to Z
(see instructions below)
Instructions for Returning Books and Chrome Books and Picking up Supplies
- Put all books in a paper or plastic bag with your child's name on it. Do not put chrome book in bag.
- At the assigned time, see above, drive books and computers up to school.
- Pull up to the curb and wait for your turn.
- There will be ten parking spots marked designated by cones. When one of the spots open up pull your car into it. It is now your turn.
- Only one person should get out of the car and carry books and computer into the building.
- Leave chrome book on table inside door.
- Take the bag of books to your child's homeroom classroom and leave on any empty desk.
- Your child's supplies along with anything that was left in their locker will be in a bag with their name on it next to their locker.
- Retrieve bag and exit the building.
Many thanks for your cooperation. Be safe and God Bless.