As we enter into this second week of Advent, I want to share with you a message that was shared with me, by Sister Perpetua when I was a young mother. Sister Perpetua was member of the staff on Ursuline Campus and my son became very attached to her when he was in pre-school. She said, "I want to urge you as parents of young children, whether compliant or strong-willed, to provide for them an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ. This is your most important task. How can anything else compare in significance to the goal of keeping the family circle unbroken in the life to come?"
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith. Hebrews 11:1-2.
We are continually moving forward with the goals for this school year. As part of our theme, "Everyone Matters" a survey will be sent to each family by next Monday. Please know service is very important to me. I look forward to your feedback and comments. Another one of our goals is better communication. Today, KNIGHTS NEWS will not only be sent via email, but will be printed and given to each family. Beginning the week of January 5th, upon our return to school, each grade level will send home a paper copy of the their newsletter which include all that is going on during the week for each grade level. This will continue weekly throughout the school year.
This year we are implementing inclement weather Distance Learning Days. The plan for these days has been sent home. Tomorrow will be a Distance Learning Day practice day for homework. The purpose is for students and parents to practice signing in to Sycamore and locating the assignments for each class for this day.
For Tuesday, the Distance Learning practice day, the expectations are outlined below:
• Homework will not be given during class. Students will be directed to go to Sycamore to get their assignments
• All classes for the day including special area classes for Tuesday will be given an assignment.
• Assignments will be posted by 4:00.
• Assignments may not necessarily reflect the same type of assignment or length given for a real distance learning day. We are just practicing procedure.
• Students should bring the assignment to class the next day for a grade or points and to be reviewed. Extra time will be given with no penalty to any student who had difficulty accessing the assignment.
•Parents/students may email the teachers questions and concerns.
Tonight the School Advisory Board will meet to discuss the results of the Kentucky Center for School Safety Assessment Report. The School Safety Team was here at St. Michael on November 18th. This report will be shared in its entirety with the St. Michael School staff and discussed in our next faculty meeting. Any pressing issues will be identified, prioritized and an appropriate action plan will be implemented. I want to thank Jeremy Krieger, our SAB president, for all of long hours he puts in to help make St. Michael the best it can be.
Please know that my door is always open. I love serving the families of St. Michael and I feel blessed to be here. Have a wonderful week.