From the Desk of Ms. Clark
February 13, 2020
Today our children are experiencing a world full of new possibilities, endless options, and an amazing amount of resources through advances in technology. Though technology has proven to do great things, it can also be harmful by making it more difficult for families to spend genuine time together without interruption of TV, cell phones, and other devices.
Here are a few tips on how to help establish a healthy balance of technology and family time.
- Make a point to have family dinner every weeknight. Having dinner as a family is one of those traditions that can get lost in the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. Try to have dinner as a family every weeknight during which your family prays together, shares the same meal, shares their stories from their day, and everyone puts away their cell phones.
- Establish a family game night. Having a regularly scheduled family game night is a great way to have genuine, fun, and tech-free interaction as a family. Keep your game nights fresh by letting a different family member pick the game each time. The games can be as formal as monopoly, or as improvised and creative as 20 questions or make-your-own Pictionary.
- Have a “tech-free” room in your house. Designate an area in your home to be “tech-free,” meaning that there is no TV or computer in the room. This could be in the basement, living room, or even the backyard, depending on your preference and space. Have this room be a place in which you don’t use cell phones or other devices- a place for face-to-face conversation, reading, or board game.
-Today’s Catholic Teacher
We know that technology is a real part of our lives in this day and age, and can be a valuable source of information, entertainment, and communication. However, it is so important that we do not let it replace genuine conversation and family time. “The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing!”
Gala Update and important reminders:
**Below is a link to the Mardi Gras Gala Wish List. For so many of you whom have asked how you can contribute to the Gala, here is your answer! Should you wish to donate, kindly have all items submitted by February 28th. Any questions can be directed to Erin and Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Continue sending in those RSVPs and table sponsorships. We are so excited to see the room filling up! It's going to be a great night!
**We are still accepting event sponsorships and advertisements. Please forward any interests to email@example.com.
Snow Emergency Procedures
By this time last year, we already had a snow day. We have been very lucky so far, but I am not sure how long this luck will last. Please make yourself familiar with our school closing procedures. You can view these procedures in detail on our school website under Parent Resources. Please be sure to have a Back-up Plan for child care in the event that our school is closed or is dismissing early.
In the event of a Snow Day, our students and teachers (grades 3-8) will once again participate in their Virtual Classrooms with the main goal of not losing instructional time and momentum. In this digital age, where the technology exists, if we do not utilize online learning in these types of circumstances, it is truly a missed opportunity.
I thank our dedicated teachers for always striving for our mission of academic excellence by embracing this 21st century learning strategy and developing short but thoughtful and meaningful lessons for our students. Some lessons will include viewing a simple video, sharing a reflective response, or reading for a short period of time.
Sunny Days Summer Camp
We are incredibly excited to be conducting SKD's Sunny Days Summer Camp for the Summer of 2020. Please go to the Sunny Days Summer Camp Website listed below and read and fill out all registration forms.
All registration forms must be completed in full and turned in with the $25 registration fee. All registrations are on a first-come, first serve basis and space is limited, so please get your registration completed as soon as possible.
For any questions, please contact our Camp Director, Ms. Casey at 215-322-5275 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Information
Important information and applications for need-based grants and merit-based scholarships are now available.
Please visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab on the AOP Catholic Schools website to access the online applications for the Maguire Scholars Program, Howley Family Foundation Scholarship and all other opportunities available.
Important Dates to Remember
2/14: NO SCHOOL, Teacher PD Day
2/17: NO SCHOOL, President's Day
2/20: Good Time Ticket Jean Day
2/21: Spirit Jean Day
2/26: Ash Wednesday, Mass 9am
2/28: Community Homeroom
3/6: Mass 9am
3/11: 7th Grade High School Visitation Day
3/13: End of 2nd Trimester
3/14: Saint Bede's Confirmtion
3/16: 3rd Trimester Begins
3/20: Terra Nova Testing Begins