Aloha STS Families!
Week 2 of Spring Break is bringing a spirit of ADAPTATION to our school. All head teachers are back to work, and the objective is online learning with a personal touch from Preschool through 8th grade. Our morning meeting solidified our plan: 9 days of “roll out” lessons (phase 1) followed by increased activities, scheduling optional in-class time, implementing video interaction and instruction, refining our assessment procedures and providing resources to keep learning and progress in motion (phase 2).
I know this is a stressful time for our families on so many levels. Our goal is to make STS a positive part of your child’s daily routine. We are confident in our ability to provide a platform that meets academic objectives and provides valuable resources for alternate methods of learning for all grades. We will grow from this experience and become a better school because of it.
A few notes:
March 25, 26, 27 - supply pick up (see digital learning plan post on SS)
March 30 - Google Classroom initiated.
March 30-April 9 - Phase 1 roll out period. Teachers will be working on best practices for instruction, parents will be creating learning routines, communication will be critical. Please direct questions, ideas, and constructive criticism to your teachers. Our aim at this time is improvement, and we must all be on board to make this work!
April 13- Phase 2 in action. We expect to have ironed out any rough edges and increase our instruction and support methods. We will be guided by CDC and County rules regarding in-person support. Although Hawaii Catholic Schools has not announced an extended shut down yet, we will be ready for it if it happens.
Teachers will be at work all this week preparing our Digital Learning. Here is how you can prepare at home:
Request a chromebook if needed. Google classroom is workable on iPads, tablets, PC’s, and iPhones. Every child enrolled at STS has a Google account they will log in to.
Prepare a learning environment. Where will work take place? Set the stage, let your child help set up their “classroom.”
Review the routine. Build in reading time, flash card time, lesson time, and don’t forget recess! Create some home classroom rules together.
On Friday, a complete guide to navigating Google Classroom will be published on School Speak and you will be receiving passwords and log in information if you have not already. We will also offer a directory for IT support.
There are many decisions to be made regarding Carnival, fundraisers, May Day, and in person classroom options. These decisions will be weighed carefully and announcements will be made accordingly. This week, our main priority is providing high quality, targeted academics to our learners at home.
Finally, thank you for the outpouring of support and ideas for keeping our school thriving during this trying time. We are blessed in the community we serve.
Blessings of health and safety to all….