Divine Providence School

Reopening with Trust / Home and School Connection

July 23, 2020

Reopening News

We are currently working on the reopening plan for 2020-2021. Every week we will provide updates on the plan as well as other important information about the start of the new school year.

To view the framework for our plan click here.


The Archdiocese has communicated their reopening plan to you which is the basis for our school to create our plan for reopening. We have closely examined the plan and have two teams that are working with me in two areas- Health and Safety and Academics. Our Health and Safety team consists of our pastor, operations director, a school parent and myself. We are looking at the protocols of the Archdiocese plan. The Academic Team is looking closely at various aspects of our curriculum. Working together we will have a well thought out plan of keeping our students and staff safe while maintaining high standards of learning throughout the year, which always has the possibility of having to return to e-learning.


In school, our school will be following a cohort model. Our cohort model will be defined as your child’s homeroom including their teacher and in the early childhood classrooms, their teacher aide. The children will stay together during the day. Classrooms are being kept to essential furniture needed to provide instruction. All desks will face one direction and will be distanced as much as possible. Currently our average class size is 20 students.


Masks are required to be worn by all students all day. Students will remove their mask when they eat lunch and if they social distance outside for recess or P.E. Masks must be a solid color- no pictures or graphics allowed. All students must have two masks with them in school every day.

Over the last several months, we have worked with District 92 ½ to take part in the CARES act to obtain some federal funding. We have used this funding to increase the technology in our school by obtaining 65 new touch screen Chromebooks as well as 3 no contact forehead thermometers (we will have a total of 9 new no contact thermometers). Grades 5-8 bring their own iPad to school. The new Chromebooks will be given to grades 2-4 for use in school- they will not be taken home. We expect to receive the devices by mid October and expect to distribute them to students by the end of October. We currently have iPads and Chromebooks that were shared in previous years. These devices will be distributed to first grade and kindergarten. Should we need to return to alternative learning, students will have these devices and will take them home with them. For this reason, there will be extra paperwork going home at the beginning of the year regarding the use of these devices at home. If we do not receive the signed papers from you, then your child would not be allowed to take the device home with them.


Finally, to allow us the time necessary to work with teachers regarding all of the new safety protocols and curriculum initiatives that were explained in the newsletter last week, we are moving the start of our school year. Our first day of school will be Monday, August 24, 2020 for grades 1-8 with a staggered start time for this day only. Preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten will have a meet and greet on August 24th and start classes on August 25th. More information will be sent to you regarding the first day.


Please continue to watch my weekly Newsletter about reopening our school. As a parent, I understand your need to know as much information as you can and please know that we are working hard to make school a safe place for our students to learn. As an administrator, I will communicate what we know as soon as I can. I appreciate all of the kind and supportive emails I have been getting. I feel so blessed that you have taken the time to communicate this to me.

Face masks

All students ages 2 and up must wear a face mask to school daily and have an extra mask at school. Masks must be a solid color. Masks are also available through our uniform company, Schoolbelles. Their link is below by uniform code 2020-2021

E-Learning option- Archdiocese of Chicago Virtual School

The Archdiocese is expected to have more information about e-learning. E-learning will teach the core subjects, mainly English / Language Arts and Math, and will be taught by teachers from Catapult learning. The curriculum will be the same Archdiocese of Chicago curriculum that we follow, however, it will not be aligned directly with us. If you enroll your child in e-learning, tuition would remain the same and would still be paid to us, your home school. You must register for a full trimester at a time. E-learning classes are expected to begin September 8, 2020. Your child would receive Religion instruction from Divine Providence School. This would begin at the same time as the rest of the school. We do not have any more information at this time. Please watch for an email coming straight from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Preparing Children for the Reopening of Schools

Have Questions?

If you have any questions that you need a answer to (please understand you will be receiving weekly updates regarding our reopening plan) you can email Mrs. LeTourneau at lynn.letourneau@archchicago.org or the Archdiocese of Chicago or ReopenSchools@archchicago.org

Tuition

We welcome Mrs. Toni Podock to the role of tuition administrator. She can help you with any questions you may've regarding tuition billing.


She can be reached at tonilpodock@archchicago.org

What's new?

We are pleased to be starting a few new programs this school year!


Religion Grades K-6

We will be using a new Religion text called Christ in Us. We are excited about this program because of the numerous resources it offers our students to learn to become Disciples of Christ and that we can grow in our faith anytime and anywhere! Our grades Preschool, prekindergarten, 7th and 8th will continue the programs that they have used in previous years.


Socio Emotional Grades K-8

Growing with GOD: Safe and Sacred is a comprehensive child safety and Catholic family living program that seeks to empower children to respond to troubling and potentially dangerous situations using the strategies and techniques they are taught as part of the program and to see themselves as children of God, inherently deserving of respect and care.


Social Studies Grades K-4

Studies weekly is hands on an interactive program where students can highlight, take notes and complete learning strategies right on the publication. They also can cut up and incorporate their publications into multiple assignments and activities. Every student will has access to a robust online platform, where they delve deeper into history through 100K+ primary source images and videos. Students will also love the audio reader, highlighting tools and rewards system.


Vocabulary Workshop Grades 6-8

If you have had an older child attend DP, you will already know that Vocabulary Workshop is not new. What is new is the interactive book they will be using. They will compete their lessons on their device and submit to the teacher.


Seesaw Grades Grades PK-4

Seesaw is not a curriculum, rather an online resource to allow you to see what is going on with your child. Watch the video below! Grades 5-8 will be using their Google Suite.

What is Seesaw? Introduction for Families (English)
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Health requirements

Please note carefully the areas to be completed on the form by: a) parents, and b) physician. These areas must be completed and signed by the proper persons. Please be certain also to fill in the heading of the form with the child’s name, address, age, grade, birthdate, etc. Any incomplete form will be returned to you for completion. With your cooperation, we will be able to update your child’s health record and there will be no need for additional requests for missing information.


The completed form may be returned to the school office at any time before the first day of school, and no later than September 1, 2020. The law insists that no child is to be admitted to school without a physical.


Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.

Dental requirement

All kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade students must have a dental form sign by their dentist in our school file no later than May 15, 2021. This form can be found here. While this form is not due until the end of the school year, we recommend making an appointment as soon as possible.

Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021

Principal - Mrs. LeTourneau

Preschool - Mrs. Brennan, Mrs. Santore

Prekindergarten - Mrs. Scavelli, Mrs. Caruso

Kindergarten - Miss Slayton, Mrs. Sitton

First Grade - Mrs. Galdek

Second Grade - Mrs. Southerton

Third Grade - Mrs. Mahalingam

Fourth Grade - Miss Brauneker

Fifth Grade, Math & Assistant Principal, - Mrs. Blase

Sixth Grade, Social Studies - Miss Minneci

Seventh Grade, Science - Mrs. Pavilonis

Eighth Grade, Reading - Mrs. Sautariello

Music - Mrs. Urban

Spanish - Miss Carrasco

P.E. - TBA

Mrs. Toni Podock, Tuition Administrator

Mrs. Farmar - School Office

Linda Hawkins - Director of Marketing and Enrollment


CLICK HERE for the link to staff e-mails