Family Update

Week of February 1st - February 5th, 2021

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This Week at Academy of St. Benedict

Good morning,


This week we celebrate Catholic Schools Week and the things that make the Academy of St. Benedict the African special. Let me first say, that begins with our families! The support each of you gives the school and your child/ren is top-notch. We look forward to the time we can safely welcome all of you physically back into the building to celebrate our parents. Until then, we will do it virtually!


We have some fun activities planned for the students and staff this week! Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Instagram feed!


As a reminder school opens for morning care at 6:15 AM. The doors open for students at 7:30 AM. Breakfast will be available until 7:50. Classes start promptly at 8. Students must be in class at 8 AM. Tardiness disrupts the entire class. Tardiness was an issue this past week. Students must be in school and on-time. Please help us improve our on-time attendance rate!


As a reminder, any person who is on our property must have their mask on properly (up over the nose) as we work to keep everyone safe.


Students are continuing to complete the iReady winter diagnostic tests. For those students who are taking it at home, please do not help. Remind your child to do their best and eliminate choices when they're stuck. Getting a good picture of student progress is needed as we make plans moving forward.


It's time to begin registration for the 2021-2022 school year. It will open for our current families, in good financial standing, on February 1st. The first step will be to complete the registration Google form and pay the $50 fee (toward the registration fee). Please click the link here. After the form is complete and the deposit is paid, we will contact families to review financial plans and other information. On February 8th, we will open registration to new families. There are limited seats available. Be sure to reserve your child's seat!


Today is the last full day of the popcorn fundraiser! It ends at 6 AM on Monday morning! There's still time to set up your store and send the link to your family and friends! See the flyer below!


There is a pizza day scheduled for February 5th as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Orders have been placed and no late payments are accepted. Students who didn't purchase last week may bring $8 on Friday, and if there are extras, potentially purchase pizza then.


Families may not go back and forth between e-learning and in-person learning. If your child is an in-person learner and is absent for a day or two, they may not move over to elearning. They will be marked absent. However, if the child is sick for an extended period of time, we will make individual arrangements as necessary. Please contact me if you have questions about that policy. As stated, February 22nd is the next time elearners may return to in-person instruction for the year. If you choose to have your child/ren stay elearning at that point, they will continue it through the end of the school year.


The school office is open from 6:30 AM to 4 PM. Please call the office to make an appointment before stopping in.

Tuition


If you need help with your tuition plan, there are a few options. All begin with a phone call or email to Ms. Murphy or to me. From there, we can set up an income tax agreement. Many families will be receiving a refund at tax time after filing their FY20 taxes. Another option for some families may be using some of your Federal stimulus money. We certainly understand and respect that either of these may not work for your family. The most important thing is that you contact us so that 1. we know there's a problem and 2. we can develop a plan with you.


Exclusion letters were sent to all families with past due balances. If a plan wasn't made, we will have to exclude students until we can speak with you. Please know that this isn't something we do lightly, but the financial health of the school has to be a priority.


We value you and your family. These unprecedented times are challenging for everyone.

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Last day of Our POPCORN Fundraiser

Today is the last full day of the fundraiser as it ends at 6 AM Monday morning! This is a completely contactless fundraiser! We will be using the Double Good company. Families will download the DoubleGood app (see attached PDF) or go to doublegood.com and enter code VJTWAW. Each family can set-up a pop-up store within our organization and share the information with your family and friends along with your social media. From there, interested people order, pay online and the popcorn is shipped directly! This is a completely COVID-safe fundraiser!

Tips for Successful e-Learning

There are some things families can do to help children during their learning from home.


  • Have a designated space for schoolwork, ideally a table/desk.
  • Ideally, students are wearing one of their school shirts.
  • Be ready to begin instruction at 8 AM daily.
  • Students should wear headphones.
  • Have all supplies for the day at the workspace.
  • Participate in class Zooms by asking questions.
  • When not speaking on Zoom, be on mute.
  • Reach out to teachers when there is a question.
  • Stick to the daily schedule designed by the teacher.


Please discourage eating and drinking near the school-owned Chrome Books and Tablets. If your child's device isn't working properly, please contact me.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES!


  • February 1st-5th - iReady diagnostic testing grades K-8 continues.
  • January 28-February 1st - Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser
  • January 31-February 6th - Catholic Schools Week
  • February 1st - Registration for the 21-22 school year opens for returning families
  • February 5th - Pizza day! (orders must be placed by 1/29 at 8 AM)
  • February 12th - Planning day & Professional development for teachers- No school for students
  • February 15th - Presidents' Day - No school for students
  • February 19th - End of the second trimester
  • February 22nd - last day for e-learners to return to the building for the 20-21 school year
  • February 26th - Parent-teacher conferences (via Zoom) - 11:30 dismissal

PAW List!

Please remember, each family was asked to have 3 PAWS done by 1/31. The office will be calling families who have not completed the first part of the PAWS.


Families you have not taken the Virtus Protecting All God's Children class (needed to chaperone and volunteer (looking to the 21-22 school year) can earn a PAW taking the virtual class. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_0.cfm?theme=0


Families have a 6-PAW commitment for the year. We also will accept 3 Lysol wipes, disinfecting spray, or a combination of the two for a PAW.

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YouUpLift - Our Kindness Wall

Have you seen our Kindness Wall? Click and take a peek! If you'd like to submit a kindness, please go to: https://youuplift.com/academy-of-st-benedict-the-african-submission-form/