I hope all of you are staying healthy and in good spirits as our lives have been completely transformed by this historical moment. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with each one of you and our students as we continue to navigate this journey together. As we begin week two of Distance Learning we have a few updates and announcements to share with you.
First, a quick thank you once again for your flexibility, patience and support. We are overwhelmed and humbled by your positive messages regarding Distance Learning. Please do keep those coming, we appreciate them tremendously and they help all of us at MDJDA feel connected and supported.
As you know, we are in this together, and as partners in the education of your child, we want to gather your feedback as we continue moving forward with Distance Learning. We ask that you please complete this parent survey. Your feedback will help us fine tune what is currently in place and provide valuable insight as we design the next stage for our school, virtual classes. Please submit a response for each child enrolled at MDJDA.
Teacher Virtual Meet-ups with each Class this Week
Just like your children miss their teachers, our teachers miss the students terribly. Please know that behind the scenes we are working tirelessly to put systems in place to support virtual meet-ups. Because we are a larger school than most parochial elementary schools, we have to put structures in place to ensure consistency across all grade levels, while also doing our best to minimize class scheduling conflicts among siblings. However, our teachers are now ready to have a virtual meeting with each class this week. You will soon get an email from the homeroom teacher with the link for a video conference via Zoom for this week. We ask that an adult please be present to support the student as this will be their first time using Zoom, and they may need help navigating the platform, muting their microphone, etc.
One-on-One Check-ins from Teachers and Aides
We are also excited to inform you that we will be offering one-on-one support with the teachers and the instructional aides. Teachers will have 15 minute individual check-ins with each student sometime this week or next week. Instructional aides will be hosting 20-25 minute individual sessions this week and next week to support students in both English and Spanish. Your family will have the opportunity to sign up for the time slot that best fits your needs. You will be receiving a separate email from the teachers with the details and links to sign up.
Social Media Connects Us
Finally, we’ve been using our Facebook page to post our daily prayer. It’s a nice way for our students to start their day, so please go to our page, check out our posts and post your own pictures and videos to share with us. This Friday at 1:00 pm we will also have a virtual dance party. It is our tradition to end every Friday with a dance party. We’re putting together a video with clips of different MDJDA teachers and aides dancing and we would love to include students. Please email me short clips 20-30 seconds of you and your kids dancing at home so we can use them in the video to be posted on Friday.
Registration Deadline Extended to April 8th
Please note that our registration deadline has been extended to April 8th to support you through these difficult times.
Parents in Prayer – Remote Rosary
Every Monday at 8am we will be praying the Rosary for our community and everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus. We will be hosting it through Zoom each week. We invite everyone to join us virtually from their homes. Thank you to everyone who joined us over the past two weeks. If you have a special intention, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a link to instructions for how to pray along with us through video conference:http://bit.ly/2WtRgXY
Thank you again for your flexibility, patience and support. Please know that we are here to support you and your family through these uncharted waters. Our strength lies in our Faith and in our trust and support of each other. Our faith and the love that makes our community so special will guide us through and give us strength. Let’s continue to work together as one school community in support of our students. Let’s also continue to pray for all those affected by this situation, in our communities, our country and the world. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any additional questions.