School and Camp are Almost Here!!
The teachers are officially back on campus next week, though they have been at the campus and working hard for weeks now. Things are starting to look like an actual school. We just need those adorable kiddos!! Next week, we are doing a lot of "teacher training" (professional development) and will be going over Google Classroom, Zoom, and other apps/platforms (in more depth) to support remote instruction. The teachers have already done a couple of days of Seesaw training, too. They are so excited to get started but we all miss the students. For Pre-K and K, please scroll down to the next section for info on the start of your school year.
Since school has to begin remotely, please remember that 1st through 8th grade will be taking remote classes in the mornings and have access to onsite tutoring cohorts 1 - 2 afternoons per week. Some of you have already signed up. If you haven't, PLEASE email Nina (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or myself (email@example.com) and we will do our best to plug you in where you want on the schedule. We have up to 5 spaces each day with each of the teachers. The options are Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Fri from 1 - 3pm. It will just be the one block with the same max of 5 students daily. Everyone will have health screenings and be wearing masks. It is a way to make sure students get the additional help they need and the teachers can keep them on track, so they don't get behind. Once we get people in for their first session (and determine who WILL NOT be attending tutoring sessions), we can start to add sessions to get students on site more than once. If you know that you WILL NOT be using the tutoring sessions, please just send us an email so that we know not to save your space. Parents are welcome to also receive a health screening and sit in the gym (socially distanced with a mask, of course) if they would like to work on their laptop or just hang out while the kids are in their cohort. Wifi is provided!! So, if you have not signed up and received confirmation or you know that you do not need a space saved, PLEASE email us. We want to make sure to get you on the schedule.
Also, we need to get the students in grades 1 - 8 their Chromebooks and any necessary curriculum materials. Please make plans to stop by next Wed, Thurs, or Fri to pick up your student's materials. Wed and Thurs, hours are 8 am - 3 pm. Fri, you can stop by between 8 am and 12 pm. See you next week!
Have a wonderful weekend and don't hesitate to contact us if we can help you with anything. Also, please help us slow the spread and get the kids back to school by masking up, social distancing, and washing hands.
School vs. Camp??!!
With all that said, however, Pierce County and the Governor both realize that parents need to work and that childcare and camps need to be made available. Therefore, we are able to open PK and K as "camps" until the case counts go down. What is the difference? Camps run 12 weeks at a time, but can keep running back to back all year. Additionally, camps can have the same educational content that we have (reading, math, science, bilingual instruction, etc.), but grading is not part of the process. We will still assess children to measure their growth and give feedback to parents. Outdoor time is encouraged in camps and it is encouraged during COVID, so that is the same. So, fear not. While we will be running a camp for now, your child will continue to have a high quality educational experience (Spanish only in PK and Spanish/English in K) in a safe and fun Catholic environment, Mon - Fri from 8 am - 3 pm. If you have any questions on this, don't hesitate to let us know. We are happy to answer any questions. As a recap, here is what you can expect from your child's camp experience:
- Spanish/English Instruction
- Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Religion
- Outdoor Activities
- Arts and Crafts
- Faith-Based Learning Environment
- Safe and Fun