The SPIRIT of SKS

Saint Kateri School's Weekly Newsletter ~ April 15, 2020

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Hello Saint Kateri School families!


Happy Easter! ~ I hope you all were able to enjoy this past Holy Week and had time to celebrate your Easter family traditions and maybe even create some new ones.


As we begin our 5th week away from our school and our teachers and our friends, we continue to be hopeful that we will return to Saint Kateri School this school year. The Governor has set the earliest return date as April 30th, beyond that we are unsure at this time. While we wait for further updates, our teachers are continuing to teach and our students are continuing to learn ~ from their homes.


Our schools were closed on Friday, March 13th and we began our Distance Learning on Monday, March 16th ~ through email and website updates and newsletters. Our teachers were regularly checking in with students and families, to support learning but more importantly to support our families. This has not been an easy time for anyone and we have been asked to do hard things ~ and we are doing amazing things!


  • Preschool teachers learned a new platform online. See Saw allows teachers to stay connected with their students and for students to be able to show their learning at home.
  • This week our Grade 3-5 teachers and students will begin using Google Classroom as a learning platform.
  • All teachers have participated in Zoom Meetings as well as run them with their students.
  • Mrs. Viscardi and Mrs. Payne work with teachers to support students that are in need of extra instruction similar to what they do in the classroom.
  • Sr. Pat Trovato meets 1:1 with her students through Zoom Meetings ~ with the help of Sr. Pat McDermott.
  • Student Support teachers from West Irondequoit and BOCES continue to instruct their students each week.
  • Saint Kateri School has been able to help families without electronic devices to borrow from our inventory. We hope to be able to help all of our students to have access to the online learning teachers are providing.


Teachers do their best when they are with their students, and they miss them. Moms and Dads just want to go back to being Mom and Dad and not the teacher too. It has been hard on both sides of the ZOOM meeting but I want you to know you are all doing a great job! It is only by supporting each other and working together that we will come out better than ever on the other side.


We continue to hold true to our motto of Values Beyond Academics ~ striving to foster a growing faith in God and service to others while holding our educational expectations high. The education of our students is important and preparing them for their next step is crucial for their success. With all the changes and extra demands this time has presented us with, we understand that families are experiencing a wide range of stress and concern. We know that you are having good days and days that are not so good. Please reach out to me if you need support ~ I would be happy to call or meet online with any student or parent that may need some support.


We miss you and we love you! Take care of yourself and each other! Thank you for all you are doing to support your children and their school during this time!


God bless ~


Mrs. Terri L. Morgan, Principal

Terri.Morgan@dor.org

A voicemail messages can be left at (585) 467-8730

In Case You Need A Dose of Humor

Jim Gaffigan: Lessons from "distance learning"

Letter from Superintendent Jim Tauzel

Please see below an update from our Superintendent Jim Tauzel, to all of our Catholic School families. Information regarding learning expectations, attendance policy and Report Cards during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3rd Quarter Report Cards

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak Report Cards were scheduled to go home with K-5th grade students on Friday, April 24, 2020. Please see the above newsletter from our Department of Catholic Schools Superintendent to see specifics on how report cards have been updated to reflect the learning before and after school closures.


Teachers will be sending out emails to all families in their class that will contain an attachment which includes the Report Card. There will not be a paper copy going home for the 3rd quarter. All families will receive a final paper copy at the end of the 4th Quarter, as usual.


Thank you!

Last Call for Yearbook Orders and Business Advertising!

It is not too late to order a Saint Kateri School Yearbook or to purchase an AD to be included in the Yearbook! Please email sks@dor.org if you would like to receive a Yearbook order form or a Yearbook AD form electronically. Deadline is Monday, April 20th by 3:00pm.


Julie Schroeder, our Yearbook Coordinator, continues to work on our 2019-2020 Yearbook. She is looking for candid photos of Saint Kateri School events from this school year.


Calling all 5th grade parents! Please send in your child's baby picture and Yearbook message as soon as possible.


We are unsure at this time how/when SKS Club pictures will be done this year. If you have any group pictures from any of our SKS Clubs, please send them to Julie at jmm9412@hotmail.com

Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

We are continuing to register both new and current families for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration paperwork can be found on our website, https://www.saintkaterischool.org/ .


Saint Kateri School and the Diocese of Rochester-Department of Catholic Schools offer a variety of scholarship and financial aid opportunities, click below to find out more.


Ambassador Program
Building a Brighter Future Scholarship

Reddington Scholarship (Deadline was extended from April 30, 2020 to June 1, 2020)


Saint Kateri School continues to receive mail, as well as any voicemails left on our Main Office phone number. Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding Registration or Financial Aid process.


Thank you!