The Digital Classroom
March 20, 2020
Weekly Update for Families on Catholic Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dear School Families,
We all are adjusting to the changes in our lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we have tried our best to transition as quickly as possible to creative ways to continue your child’s education despite the closure of schools.
Our goals during closure include: keeping students engaged in high-quality learning; ensuring they can interact virtually with school friends; creating opportunities for their faith to grow; and maintaining a sense of community.
Across the Archdiocese, school leaders and teachers have been working very hard. We all thank you for your patience as we adapt and try out a variety of approaches, seeking to find the right balance as we educate your children and address their social-emotional needs while trying to avoid making any of this too burdensome on parents. Thank you for supporting this effort at home — we know that it has not been easy.
This newsletter, which I will send weekly, includes highlights of digital instruction from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston from throughout the week; educational and faith-based resources; and useful links.
Thomas W. Carroll
Superintendent of Schools
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
Reflection of the Week
Resources for Speaking with Your Children
- PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families During COVID-19
- New York Times: 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
- New York Times: Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus
Meals for Students In Need
A small sampling of the digital and remote learning that took place this week in the Archdiocese
Sacred Heart School, Weymouth
Ste Jeanne d'Arc School, Lowell
Mount Alvernia Academy, Newton
Saint John School, Wellesley
Notre Dame Academy, Hingham
Faith connects us all. Despite studying remotely, Ms. Laborde's 7th grade Theology class worked collaboratively in groups to give Zoom presentations on the sacraments. Even when we are apart, we are never truly apart, as we are one in Spirit. Credit: @notre_dame_academy
Saint Mary of the Assumption School, Brookline
Saint Mary of the Annunciation School, Danvers
Digital Resources for Virtual Education
- From St. Columbkille Partnership School, Brighton: Remote Learning Resources from Families
- Science Bob, for at-home science experiments! The website has video tutorials, clear directions, and explanations of why the experiments work
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: At-Home Learning Resources
- Kid Lit Authors Step Up To Help Educators, Students, and Parents
- PBS: It's Ok to Be Smart
- Free Comcast internet for two months
- Scholastic Learn At Home for PreK- Grade 6+
- A great youtube video from a Seminarian named Colin who teaches Middle School Religion Classes at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Lynnfield
- Pray the coronavirus novena to end this pandemic
- The Augustine Institute has given all of us in the Archdiocese of Boston free access to FORMED.org for 40 days. Instructions for joining are in the PDF below.
- Catch a livestream of Eucharistic Adoration on www.savior.org
- The Hallow app is offering three months free (typically $8.99/month)
- Sign up for daily virtual evangelization resources from the Office of Evangelization and Discipleship by visiting www.flocknote.com/boston.
Picture: Students from Saint Paul School in Hingham answered Pope Francis’ call to pray the rosary at 4 PM yesterday