Family Update

Week of February 8th - February 12th, 2021

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This Week at Academy of St. Benedict

Good morning,


We ended last week with an all-school virtual Bingo game! It was a lot of fun and a nice way to end #CSW21.


Throughout February, classes are studying prominent African-American figures and learning more about Black History. Each morning, we share a brief biography of a different person researched and narrated by a junior high student during the morning announcements. Different rooms are celebrating in different ways! Look for information from your child's teacher!


As a reminder school opens for morning care at 6:15 AM. The doors open for students at 7:30 AM. Breakfast will be available until 7:50. Classes start promptly at 8. Students must be in class at 8 AM. Tardiness disrupts the entire class. Tardiness was an issue this past week. Students must be in school and on-time. Please help us improve our on-time attendance rate!


As a reminder, any person who is on our property must have their mask on properly (up over the nose) as we work to keep everyone safe. Please check Class Dojo each afternoon before dismissal, especially this week. With the extreme cold, we will not take the children out to wait for pick-up. We ask the parent to come to the main entrance and we will call for each student/family, Thank you!


It's time to begin registration for the 2021-2022 school year. It will open for our current families, in good financial standing. The first step will be to complete the registration Google form and pay the $50 fee (toward the registration fee). Please click the link here. After the form is complete and the deposit is paid, we will contact families to review financial plans and other information.


Today, we will open registration to new families. There are limited seats available. Be sure to reserve your child's seat!


Families may not go back and forth between e-learning and in-person learning. If your child is an in-person learner and is absent for a day or two, they may not move over to elearning. They will be marked absent. However, if the child is sick for an extended period of time, we will make individual arrangements as necessary. Please contact me if you have questions about that policy. As stated, February 22nd is the next time e-learners may return to in-person instruction for the year. If you choose to have your child/ren stay elearning at that point, they will continue it through the end of the school year. If you plan to send your child back into the building on 2/22, please send me an email. We like to plan ahead.


The school office is open from 6:30 AM to 4 PM. Please call the office to make an appointment before stopping in.


There is no school this Friday, February 12th as our teachers have a professional development day. There is also no school on Monday, February 15th in honor of Presidents' Day.

Family Plans for Spring Break

As we work to keep our faculty, staff, and children as safe as possible, we do need to have an understanding of each family's plans for spring break (April 1 - April 9).


At this point in time, there are many travel restrictions in place. If your family is an in-person learning family, please complete this form, to the best of your ability, as soon as possible.


https://forms.gle/RzGJdyTDjbJzJAEf8


Thank you!

Collaborative Class Art Work Done Following COVID Safety Protocols!

Tuition


If you need help with your tuition plan, there are a few options. All begin with a phone call or email to Ms. Murphy or to me. From there, we can set up an income tax agreement. Many families will be receiving a refund at tax time after filing their FY20 taxes. Another option for some families may be using some of your Federal stimulus money. We certainly understand and respect that either of these may not work for your family. The most important thing is that you contact us so that 1. we know there's a problem and 2. we can develop a plan with you.


Exclusion letters were sent to all families with past due balances. If a plan wasn't made, we will have to exclude students until we can speak with you. Please know that this isn't something we do lightly, but the financial health of the school has to be a priority.


We value you and your family. These unprecedented times are challenging for everyone.

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Tips for Successful e-Learning

There are some things families can do to help children during their learning from home.


  • Have a designated space for schoolwork, ideally a table/desk.
  • Ideally, students are wearing one of their school shirts.
  • Be ready to begin instruction at 8 AM daily.
  • Students should wear headphones.
  • Have all supplies for the day at the workspace.
  • Participate in class Zooms by asking questions.
  • When not speaking on Zoom, be on mute.
  • Reach out to teachers when there is a question.
  • Stick to the daily schedule designed by the teacher.


Please discourage eating and drinking near the school-owned Chrome Books and Tablets. If your child's device isn't working properly, please contact me.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES!


  • February 12th - Planning day & Professional development for teachers- No school for students
  • February 15th - Presidents' Day - No school for students
  • February 19th - End of the second trimester
  • February 19th - 8th, Kindergarten, and PK4 graduation picture day.
  • February 22nd - last day for e-learners to return to the building for the 20-21 school year
  • February 26th - Parent-teacher conferences (via Zoom) - 11:30 dismissal

PAW List!

Please remember, each family was asked to have 3 PAWS done by 1/31. The office will be calling families who have not completed the first part of the PAWS.


Families you have not taken the Virtus Protecting All God's Children class (needed to chaperone and volunteer (looking to the 21-22 school year) can earn a PAW taking the virtual class. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_0.cfm?theme=0


Families have a 6-PAW commitment for the year. We also will accept 3 Lysol wipes, disinfecting spray, or a combination of the two for a PAW.

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YouUpLift - Our Kindness Wall

Have you seen our Kindness Wall? Click and take a peek! If you'd like to submit a kindness, please go to: https://youuplift.com/academy-of-st-benedict-the-african-submission-form/