Our Lady of the Rosary School

Welcome! July 29, 2020

First Things First

Dear Our Lady of the Rosary Staff,

I hope that each of you enjoyed your summer breaks and you have had the opportunity to spend most of your time with the ones you love. As things keep changing, I want to assure you that even when LA County does get off the state monitoring list, we will not jump right back to our original plan of hybrid learning.

LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) shared last week it was in the midst of developing an application process for schools interested in applying for a waiver that would allow in-classroom instruction for students in grades TK through grade 6. In order for us to reopen, every school must meet certain guidelines. I have included them here for you to preview. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O9E0EQG1FYqBG7aBH_-nME9MwexWu57C/view?usp=sharing

The classrooms have been sanitized and clean twice by Mrs. Reed. The school landscape had been trimmed. The bathrooms have been repaired and disinfected. Father Julio has added a roof to Mary's Patio and is planning to use it for Sacramental Celebrations. We began the process of getting rid of the royal blue paint on campus but that project will be ongoing. Don Carlos and Junior will be converting the drinking fountains to handwashing stations. There is much more to be done but I've been conservative on the school's maintenance expenses. I am saving the money for the personal protective equipment (PPE) that we will need once we reopen with onsite instruction. Most classrooms have last year's disinfecting supplies that can be used to start this year.

This week I took a must needed break from going to the school to work. Even though, I am still working from home. I will not be back at school until August 6th but I have scheduled the professional development/meetings that will take place in the next two weeks.

We will begin the 2020-21 school year with distant learning. Teachers will be teaching from their classrooms and students will be learning from home. Since we have a collaborative working environment I don't worry about getting the school ready and up to par The next two weeks of planning together will be crucial in having an effective school year.

In listening to educational leaders the message that I keep hearing is this is the time when we need to be most resilient. The educational system has certainly changed to a knowledge-based learning system. We will need to apply 21st-century learning skills such as flexibility, adaptability, observation, empathy, creativity, innovation, and learning how to learn. This year's goal is to learn new ways to structure the online education platform.

Welcome Faculty and Staff

We gratefully welcome back our ever-faithful teachers and staff. Our returning faculty and staff include; Ms. Deleon, Ms. Salcido, Ms. Vargas, Mrs. Barajas, Mrs. Garcia, Mrs. Diaz, Ms. Fletes, Ms. Gordillo, Ms. Lopez, Coach Dennis, Ms. Stacy, Mrs. Reed, Mario, Teresa, Mrs. Sharon Padilla, Mrs. Natally and myself, Mrs. Rivas.

To complement the continuing staff, the following teachers were hired: Mrs. Esmeralda Llamas has been employed for the 1st-grade position. This year will be her first year teaching at a Catholic school. She has taught in public and charter schools. She has a bachelor's degree in multiple subject education from California State University Dominquez Hills. For the 6th grade vacancy, Mr. Virtor Ramirez was hired he will be teaching middle school Social Studies and Language Arts to our 8th graders. He has over twenty years of Catholic school teaching experience. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature and physical education from California State University Dominquez Hills and a master's degree in coaching and athletic administration. Lastly, Ms. Arlene Estrada was hired to be part of the middle school team as our new ELA teacher. She is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, and has a master's in education and credential in special education. She has taught twenty years in Catholic schools and enjoys teaching middle school students.

Week of August 3-7, 2020

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Planning Meeting

Monday, Aug. 3rd, 9am-3pm

This is an online event.

PLC: 9:00-3:00 Time Well Spent: Online Planning, Aug and Sept Calendar, Schedule, etc.

Place: Grade Level Team Classroom (TK-2) (3-5, Gordillo) (6-8)

Day 1: C3 Conference 2020- VIRTUAL

Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 8am-3:30pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Build your personalized schedule using this link to the C3 Conference Session Schedule Survey.

PD: 8:00-3:00 Take workshops that will support the online instruction setting.

Place: Your Classroom

Day 2: C3 Conference 2020- VIRTUAL

Wednesday, Aug. 5th, 8am-3:30pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

PD: 8:00-3:00 Take workshops that will support the online instruction setting or what is of interest.

Place: Your Classroom

Writing & Beyond Training: Setting the Stage (Bring Binder)

Thursday, Aug. 6th, 8:30am-3pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Place: Grade Level Team Classroom (TK-2) (3-5, Gordillo) (6-8)

As we prepare for our Thinking Maps Day 1 Virtual Training Thursday, August 6, 2020, starting live at 9:00 a.m. please complete the following steps no later than Monday, August 3, 2020.

  1. Please go to the website address: https://community.thinkingmaps.com/register (you will see a purple screen)
  2. Your Training Event Registration Key is: yESvoiWL (copy and paste this key for ease)
  3. Complete the requested information.
  4. Click “Register” at the bottom right to complete the process.
  5. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email including Zoom log in, important pre-training documents like a webinar (to be watched prior to the training), and handouts.
  6. If you have problems logging in please contact - lpitari@thinkingmaps.com

Onward Reader Leadership Zoom Meeting: Benchmark Advance

Thursday, Aug. 6th, 1-2pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Place: Faculty Room

Attendees: Ms. Vargas, Mrs. Garcia, Ms. Deleon, & Mrs. Rivas

This session will focus on supporting principals and teacher leaders by reviewing resources and set-up for the new school year

Zoom Meeting


Passcode: 730765

Onward Reader Zoom Teacher Orientation: Benchmark Advance

Friday, Aug. 7th, 1-2pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Place: Grade Level Team Classroom (TK-2) (3-5, Gordillo) (6-8)

Orientation to Benchmark Advance Universe

This will include reviewing all of the digital resources available to teachers and the students when they are signed onto BA Universe.

Zoom Meeting


Passcode: 019181

Week of August 10-14, 2020

All Staff Retreat & Meeting

Monday, Aug. 10th, 8am-3pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Place: Church then Hall for Meeting

All Staff Retreat Human Resources Meeting 8:30-11:00

All Staff first day of work: Ms. Lopez, Ms. Stacy, Coach Dennis, Ms. Reed, & Mario

Organize and Decorate Classroom

Tuesday, Aug. 11th, 8am-3pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Classroom must be ready by Friday, August 14

Student Council Leadership Student Training

Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 8:30am-12:30pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

8:30-12:00 Student Council Leadership Training (Ms. Gordillo & Ms. Deleon)

Can be done virtually or in-person with parent permission.

PLC: Technology set up LMS Accounts

Thursday, Aug. 13th, 8:30am-11pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Place: Campus Ministry

PLC: 8:30-3:00 Curriculum Planning & Learning Management System Set up

SchoolSpeak, ClassDojo, Seesaw, Google Classroom

Finish Classroom

Friday, Aug. 14th, 8am-3pm

This is an online event.

Classroom walkthrough at 2:30 by the leadership team. Ms. Garcia, Ms. Vargas, Mrs. Deleon, Ms.Rivas

Have Ready: Each Grade Level Team needs to have a Photo Booth set-up outside for phase 1.

TK-2, 3-5, 6-8

Week of August 17-21, 2020

Phase 1: TK-8 Diagnostic STAR Testing & Picking up materials Aug 17-19

Monday, Aug. 17th, 7:30am to Wednesday, Aug. 19th, 4pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Phase 1: TK-8 Diagnostic STAR Testing & Picking up materials 8-3 pm by Appointment through Sign up Genius

Monday, Aug 17, 7:30-4 pm & Gr. 6-8 Parent Zoom Meeting 6 pm

Tuesday, Aug 18, 7:30-4 pm & Gr. 3-5 Parent Zoom Meeting 6 pm

Wednesday, Aug 19, 7:30-4 pm & TK-K Parent Zoom Meeting @ 6 pm & Gr. 1-2 Parent Zoom Meeting 7 pm

Each Grade Level Team needs to have a Photo Booth set-up outside for phase 1.

TK-2, 3-5, 6-8

Phase 2: First Day of School: Distant Learning Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 20th, 7:30am-4pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

First Day of School

Phase 2: TK-8 Student Orientation for Distant Learning Procedures

Phase 2: August 20-28

Thursday, Aug. 20th, 7:30am to Friday, Aug. 28th, 4pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Phase 2: TK-8 Student Orientation for online Learning Procedures

Phase 3: Online Learning Aug. 31 - on going

Monday, Aug. 31st, 7:30am to Friday, Oct. 30th, 4pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Phase 3: TK-8 Online Learning / Hybrid Model / Onsite Learning

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 8pm to Friday, June 18th 2021 at 3pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

**PE: Coach Dennis **Art: Mrs. Alcoy **Campus Ministry: Ms. Gordillo

  • Gr. 6-8 PE 8:30-9:30 Art 9:30-10:30 Campus Ministry 2:00-3:00

  • Gr. 3-5 PE 9:30-10:30 Art 8:30-9:30 Campus Ministry 1:00-2:00

  • Gr. 1--2 PE/Campus Ministry 10:45-11:30 Art 11:30-12:15

  • TK-K PE/Campus Ministry 11:30-12:15 Art 10:45-11:30

Virtual Back to School Night Sept. 10

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 5:30-8pm

Paramount Boulevard

Paramount, CA

Virtual Back to School Night

Mrs. Rivas 5:30 Spanish 6pm English

Gr. TK-K 6:30 or 7:15

Gr. 1-2 6:30 or 7:15

Gr. 3-5 6:30 or 7:15

Gr. 6-8 6:30 or 7:15

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Begin With the End in Mind: Strategies for Success

*Continuing Leader In Me (7 Habits Focus - Embedded Whenever Possible)

*8 Strategies for Building Connectedness Virtually


Distance Learning Playbook

This book will be sent home to all of you and used this year to help guide us.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOpN1NOWGk0

Stay tuned!!!