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Updates on School Closing & Remote Learning as of 4-7-20

School Closing and Access to School

4-7-20: Thanks to our teachers as they opened up their schedules Wednesday, April 8 in order to participate in special training with Elevated Learning. We anticipate that this training will be helpful in expanding our insights on all things remote! It will provide ideas and tips on how to translate your in-person lessons online without losing your personality and connection with your students!

A quick scheduling note: We will be having a full day of school...9 am - 4 pm... on Thursday since we will not be having a "noon dismissal." But as our calendar already indicated, there will be NO SCHOOL on Good Friday, April 10, 2020. Please allow our students to enjoy their Easter weekend!

4-1-20: Please see the attached letter to parents from Mr. Shukis

Building Availability:

As of Saturday, March 21, Governor Pritzker declared a Shelter in Place for the state of Illinois, which means in-person instruction will continue to be suspended through at least April 7, per the ISBE. Although personnel who are ensuring that students have access to remote learning instruction are performing essential functions that are exempt from the "Stay at Home" mandate, we would still suggest that you limit your time at school to running in and out for something you need to do your job (is at all)... but nothing more. The school's alarms will still be off (allowing access) between 7 am - 7 pm Monday through Friday... but please, only come if there are no other alternatives. Please remember...NO MORE THAN 10 people grouping together...which means that if you need to meet with someone from your department, you can, but keep it small and keep it short!


>>3 Ways to Use Video Conferencing during E-Learning

>>Best Tutorial for Teaching Remotely

>>Read Lights, Camera, Action: How to Command the Virtual Classroomto learn more about the value of:

  • Encouraging engagement through digital chats
  • Taking moments of silence during class
  • Varying the tone of your voice while presenting
  • Looking warmly in the camera

>>GoToMeeting: On Friday, March 27 you should have all gotten an email with the subject heading of Join a team account for LogMeIn products


LogMeIn <>

This is a Diocesan License for the video conferencing tool "GoToMeeting" and the Diocese is requesting that everyone use this tool.

If you did not see or respond to this email, please look in your spam or even trash folder and once you find it, please create your account. In case you can't find it, the Diocese has requested another push out of the email should have been done just a few moments ago for your convenience. Gotomeeting allows teachers to video conference with students. They are doing 90 day free accounts for schools. Here is a video that shows how it works.

Click here for updates to GoToMeeting security features.

Microsoft Teams for video conferencing!

This is a great short video from Alice Keeler which explains Teams meetings with students. Alice Keeler actually has a lot of short You Tube videos on getting started with Teams.


There are many resources providing FREE training to help educators transition to an online learning environment. Try some out in your spare time (and who doesn't have that!)

Here's a great webinar (recording) on Engaging Students in Virtual Learning that I felt was a good overview of how to keep students engaged while we are Distance Learning.

>>Google’s Teach from Home Webpage

Delivering instruction synchronously and asynchronously, simple to use technology

This was amazing! Here are the links from it!

Formative and summative assessments in blended environments

Another very interesting presentation!

Resource Information

We are working hard to find beneficial resources for you to be able to provide engaging and meaningful work for our students throughout this situation.

*** Wondering how to connect your Google Classroom with Rediker? Click here to find out how!

>>Did you know that you can develop lesson plans, create and push out assignments and quizzes, provide resources via attachments and links, have students participate in online discussions, and even have students submit work through your Rediker Plus Portals? Check out this video that explains how!

>>Rediker has a feature called Lesson Planner that is open up for teachers. Click here for an overview of it.

Other Resources:

>>The College Board has begun posting lectures for AP courses that are outstanding. They are available on the AP youtube channel.

>>ALBERT: Albert is an instructional companion that personalizes and accelerates learning. Marian has recently signed up for an entire school pilot that will continue through at least the duration of the current school closure. Please follow the directions here to get started!

1. First things first, check out this video Colin made explaining how to set up your account.

2. Next, we would like every teacher... the entire team, to sign up for a set-up webinar by clicking here. Very highly recommended to avoid frustration and effectively implement Albert.

Get started in less than 5 minutes by following these instructions today.

>>Kaplan: Kaplan is offering a free month of SAT On Demand, which helps students master the exam in a little as 30 minutes a day. They also have free live lessons for the AP exams including World History, U.S. History, and Biology. There’s a lot more in our full resource hub—including free ACT prep.

>>Quizlet: Quizlet is now providing free access to Quizlet Teacher through June 30, 2020. Quizlet Teacher includes Class Progress, a formative assessment tool that can help track students' progress. You'll also get access to advanced content creation tools, such as diagrams and audio, which enable you to create custom study materials for your class. Get free Quizlet Teacher

>>Remember that you have this resource available to you!

Your SchoolShelf URL:

>> www.ISBE/keeplearning: ISBE is providing some free or temporarily free resources to assist districts, teachers, and parents

Updates on Remote Learning at Marian

Beginning on Monday, April 13, Marian Central will be implementing our new Remote Learning Plan, as laid out in the remote Learning Guide linked here. (This is still a draft copy that has some updates since it was shared with teachers.)

This plan lays out a clear and consistent schedule for pushing out your lessons so there will be no conflict with any other teacher/subject, revised guidelines on student submission and attendance times, and important guidelines on how to provide a balanced lesson delivery that will help you provide the best possible instruction to your students.

This plan (the parent/student portion) is going to be pushed out to Marian families at the end of this week so they are aware of the changes.

Thank you for continuing to provide a strong curriculum, holding your students accountable for their education, and keeping the needle of education moving for all your students!

In addition, please note the various meetings on the schedule... We will begin these virtual meetings, as per the schedule starting next week. You will be receiving the meeting invites via your email.

Continuing Education

Concordia University Chicago is offering fully online Master’s, Endorsement, and Doctoral programs for Illinois teachers this summer and fall. Join us online for an information meeting to learn more about our programs, benefits, and ways to pay.

Online Meetings

Thursday, 4/9/2020 at 2PM & 3PM


Monday, 4/13/2020 at 3PM & 4PM

To RSVP, visit our Information Meeting Page.

It is also worth mentioning that we offer discounted tuition rates for all Master’s programs, and are waiving the application fee for meeting attendees!

Like many of you, we are working remotely, and have limited access to our phone line, but I can always be reached via email at

Stay in Touch with your Department Heads & Administration

During Remote Learning, please check emails often for continual updates or important information.