Divine Providence School

January 1, 2021 Home and School Connection

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Virtual School - Starting January 4 - January 15

The teachers and staff have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming weeks of remote learning! As our two weeks of remote learning approach; please read through these suggestions and guidelines to aid your child in making a smooth transition.

-Check to make sure that you have all necessary codes/logins before going home for Christmas break on Friday.

-Verify that your student can access Seesaw (K-4) or Google Classroom (5-8) on a device from your home. Devices borrowed from Divine Providence School will be distributed on Friday, December 18th.

-Designate a specific location in your home where your student will "attend school" each day. This could be a desk, the kitchen table, a card table but the same spot each day is best practice.

Guidelines for zoom calls:

-Be on time for zoom calls. Teachers may not be able to admit students to zoom if they are late. Logging on a couple of minutes early is strongly advised.

-Student should remain seated upright while in zoom calls. Absolutely no student should be "Zooming" from their bed.

-No eating during zoom calls.

-Camera must remain on with the student visible during zoom calls.

Thanks for your help in getting your child prepared for remote learning. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Beth Heil

Virtual Learning Coordinator


Virtual School expectations

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How to unpack your ChromeBook

This video will show how to prepare the school ChromeBook for virtual learning January 4-15, 2021.

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DP Christmas raffle

Parent and Teacher Conferences

On January 15, 2021, we will conclude virtual learning at 11:30 for parent and teacher conferences. We will continue to use the Zoom platform to conduct these conferences. These conferences are by parent or teacher request. If you would like to request a conference with your child's teacher (s), please contact them directly to set up at time.

IMPORTANT - If anyone in your family tests for COVID-19 INCLUDING OVER CHRISTMAS BREAK

If you or a family member in your home is tested for COVID- regardless of the reason for the test- we must know about it and document it. Please email Mrs. LeTourneau. lynn.letourneau@archchicago.org Your child and all siblings in school should stay at home until you receive the result (even during break). If a family member is found positive, your child will need to be in quarantine. The quarantine would last 14 days providing the positive person is in isolation. If they break isolation, it is labeled a "complex quarantine" and students will need to be in isolation and quarantine. This is 24 days total. Final decision regarding how long a student must miss school is decided by the Archdiocesan nurse. Her decision is based on the information you provide to us. It is imperative that families be truthful in their position. Our goal is for our students to be learning and growing, whether it is in school or in our virtual school.

The reality is that children may be positive with the slightest of symptoms. Always keep our school in your communication.

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Communication to families about Protocols

From Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools

Happy Birthday!

January 2 - Santiago in Grade 5

January 7 - Damari in Junior Kindergarten

Half Birthdays! (These birthdays will take place when we

release for the school year in June!)

July 1 - Madison in Kindergarten

July 3 - Matthew in Grade 6

July 3 - Daniel in Grade 8

July 6 - Madison in Junior Kindergarten

July 6 - Natalie in Grade 6

July 7 - Frank in Preschool

Travel Guidance

Per Archdiocese protocol, we ask that you check states that require a 14 day quarantine if you are traveling. To view which states this applies to click here. Please pay special attention that surrounding states are on this list. Please refer to the map below.
Suburban Cook County* Travel Quarantine List

Click here to see the list of states requiring quarantine

Tax Credit Scholarships

Details on what a tax credit scholarship is. See if you qualify or if you are looking to donate

Archdiocese of Chicago COVID-19 Case Protocol

The Office of Catholic Schools’ Infection Protocol Guide details the steps required of school administrators

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January Lunch

There are no lunches during virtual learning

January 19 - Breaded Chicken Sandwich

January 20 - Mini Corn Dogs

January 21 - Deep Dish pizza

January 22 - Nacho Combo

January 25 - Chicken tenders

January 26 - Hot dog

January 27 - Deep Dish Pizza

January 28 - Popcorn chicken

January 29 - Classic Hamburger

Calendar changes

We recently have made a few changes to our school calendar. This year, the responsibilities of teachers have drastically increased. The amount of planning time has decreased. For this reason, we are going to begin some early dismissals to allow teachers more time to effectively plan. Dismissal time will be 1:00. Students will have time to eat a snack at school but will not have lunch. Early dismissals will take place on the last Thursday of each month. After care will be available. Students going to after care may bring their own lunch to eat.

2021 Early dismissal dates:

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

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Phone Number for Extended Care (To call or text during extended care hours) 773-682-6196

Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish Bulletin

Click here to see the Sunday Parish bulletin.

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All winter Sports have been canceled/ spring is pending

Important Dates

December 18 - Christmas Break starts at end of day

January 4 -15 - All school remote learning

January 12 - Late start 9 AM

January 15 - Virtual classes until 11:30AM - Parent Teacher Conferences

January 18 - NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King

January 19 - Return to in person learning

January 28 - Early 1:00 Dismissal, no lunch

Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021

Please CLICK HERE for the faculty for 2020-2021

Click on the documents below to view.

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