Distance Learning Plan

Saint Joseph School - March 18th

Please join us in asking the Blessed Mother, patroness of our diocese, to intercede for us.

...in the words of Pope Francis from March 11, 2020.

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

St. Rocco, protector against the plague and all contagious diseases, pray for us.

Distance Learning Plan

It's our role to educate the students that have been entrusted to us. The Governor has given school districts the opportunity to waive up to 20 school days without penalty or making the days up (as of today). We believe using a combination of waiver days and eLearning days between March 16th and until we return to school will be the best way to accomplish this. It is imperative to keep our students engaged in the curriculum and on track to master their grade-level content standards. Grade level teachers (Preschool - 5th) will lead eLearning on Mondays and Wednesdays, while our special area teachers will send Specials eLearning for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teachers have prepared a combination of online and hard copy items for students. Teachers will post assignments by 9am on eLearning days. See the schedule* for the next few weeks below.

* I added the week of April 6th - 10th on the schedule due to all Dekalb County schools are closed that week. I'm waiting for clarification from the Catholic Schools Office on that week and will update you once I receive word from them.

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Laptop Lending Program

We are committed to students and their learning during this time and realize that having extra devices in the home could be useful to them (and you). We will be lending our laptops to students in 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade to use while the school is closed. Parents will need to sign a waiver form if/when they pick them up.

Pick-Up Belongings and Laptops

Monday, March 30th 9am -3pm

Tuesday, March 31st 9am - 3pm

Per Diocesan guidelines, students are not allowed in the school building during the closure.

The building will be open for parents to retrieve any belongings their child may need for the extended closure including medication, supplies, and education materials. If you cannot make it during those times please call (260)357-5137 or email us at office@stjosephgarrett.org. The office remains open except for Spring Break.

Weekly Meal Pick-Up

St. Joseph School students and all students under 18 years old are included in the GKB Food Service meal pick up program. Meal packages will contain a breakfast and a lunch for the week - counting only the days of eLearning and not the closed days.

They will check off your name at pick-up and the meals are free of charge. St. Joseph's will not be charged for them. Families will not need to leave their cars as this is a drive-up service.

It's a great way to save some $$$ on your increased food budget the shutdown creates.