ROYAL REVIEW (8.9.21)

To be Christ-centered in our words, thoughts and actions.

VERIFICATION DAY

This is just a friendly reminder that we will be having our Verification day on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. We ask that all parents attend this day. We finalize all paperwork, plus we have an opportunity to sign up to help with HASA and School Board events. Also, this is the time where you will purchase your child's planner and if you have a boy, purchase their tie for their church uniform. There will also be a representative from the LEARN Resource Center in attendance to help sign your child/ren up for After-Care. This year after-care is not going to be ran by the school, it will instead be ran by this organization.


Also, please do not bring your children to Verification Day as there will not be anything for them to do at this event. We will have a meet the teacher night in order for the students to come in and for them to bring in their things. Verification Day is NOT the night to bring in school supplies.


We look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday.

MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT

We will have our Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This is a great time to bring in your children's school supplies as well as meet their teacher for this year. We are very excited to meet all of you and welcome you back for a new school year.

COVID-19 BACK TO SCHOOL MITIGATION STRATEGIES

As you all know, COVID mitigation is a fluid situation. We will follow the following protocols for the beginning of the school year. Please know that these can change at any time based on safety concerns. Queen of Angels will:


1) Begin the 2021-2022 School Year with masks being optional for adults and students.


2) Require that students and adults wear masks when traveling on a school bus to a field trip or event.


3) Have students distanced at 3 feet or more when possible.


4) Continue to promote frequent hand-washing (at least 20 seconds) and good hygiene (before and after: meals, recess, sharing supplies, use of equipment, going to the restroom, etc.).


5) Use soap or hand sanitizers with 60% or more alcohol.


6) Thoroughly clean within 24 hours, areas where someone has been sick or tested positive for COVID-19.


7) Follow a daily cleaning schedule for routine cleaning, cleaning high-touch surfaces.


8) Encourage parents to monitor their children daily and keep students home if symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses are present.


9) Send home any student we believe has COVID-19 symptoms and encourage parents to get a COVID-19 test.


10) Continue to screen volunteers, construction workers, and guests when they enter the building.


11) Although all fully vaccinated asymptomatic students and staff do not need to quarantine they should monitor for symptoms throughout the 14 days following their exposure.


12) Follow our local health department guidelines for contact tracing.


13) Quarantine students who are unvaccinated and close contacts to someone that tests positive for COVID-19.


14) Follow IDOH: Guidelines for isolation, quarantine, testing, and return to school.


15) Open and hopefully remain in person for the school year.


16) Have procedures for students’ absences so they are able to keep up with their academics. (Teachers will either send a packet of work or post on Google Classroom)


17) NOT offer a virtual learning option this year unless an entire classroom or the school is out for an extended amount of time. (This will be a case by case basis)


18) Continue to monitor the spread of Covid-19 in our area and respond accordingly regarding layered mitigation prevention strategies

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FRIENDZY

This school year, we will be adding FRIENDZY to our curriculum in religion. This will be used one day a week and it is a Biblically-based Social-Emotional learning curriculum. Each elementary class will go through the Friendzy curriculum. There have been concerns because Friendzy and CASEL use the five core competencies for Social-Emotional learning. Below is a correspondence from NCEA (National Catholic Educators Association) and the Co-founder of Friendzy to better explain the Friendzy program. We help this correspondence will help in explaining this program we will be using. We will also be integrating our Catholic beliefs into the discussions that will be had when teaching this program.


Friendzy does not share data, or feedback to CASEL. We do utilize the common accepted language in education on the five core-competencies. These five core competencies are found in Scripture. I’ve listed some examples of those connections below. I understand the tension around this conversation. I appreciate having these conversations as they come up with current or potential partners. SEL tends to be a title that can be catch all for many topics like gender, sex education, and now CRT.

As I mentioned below Friendzy teaches emotional intelligence skills through the lens of Scripture that equip students to engage in healthy relationships and build positive school climate and culture. This is the kind of work that Catholic and Christian school historically invest in. Catholic schools specifically teach the “whole child” as part of their core emphasis. Friendzy provides a unified language and framework that folds in with the good work that is already been done. Our starting place is Genesis 1:27 where all humanity is made in the image of God.

At Friendzy we are all about building the skills needed for positive relationships. We start with this priority; our program is centered on what unites instead of what divides. We DO NOT categorize, or segregate students based on race, ask students to classify themselves or others, apply different expectations for various groups, etc.

We teach the five-core competencies of social-emotional learning through the lens of Scripture. These core competencies can be found throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Below I've have noted a few examples of Biblical connections for each competency.

  • Self-Awareness - Psalm 139:23-24, Genesis 1:27
  • Self-Management - James 1:19, Genesis 4:7
  • Responsible Decision Making - Colossians 3:8, 12, Ephesians 5:15-16
  • Social Awareness - Philippians 2:4, Romans 14:19
  • Relationship Skills - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Romans 12:18

I appreciate any feedback you have. We view our schools as partners and come alongside to support their priorities with their students and families.


Joy Roberts
Friendzy Co-founder



COMPUTERS

With the access of Chromebooks in the school, we will be removing the desktops in the computer lab and making that space another classroom. We have around 20 computers that are reimaged that will be available for parents that do not have a computer at home. These computers do not cost anything, however they will not have any type of warranty with them. If you are interested please see Mr. Wiegmann at Verification Day in order to get yours. The computer will come with a keyboard.

QUEEN OF ANGELS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Guiding students, as children of Mary, to be disciples of Christ through faith, knowledge and service.