Notes from the Principal's Desk: Remote Learning, Schedule Updates, and more
Good Afternoon, Cathedral Families!
The past several weeks have been a time of uncertainty for our nation and the Cathedral community. I want to thank our students, parents, faculty, and staff for remaining flexible and rising to the challenges that have been presented before us.
We hope and pray the asynchronous learning activities and online classes have been beneficial and engaging. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from many families! I encourage you to share any photos with Beth Mayr via email at email@example.com or via private message on Facebook or Instagram.
Next week, we will continue with the remote learning environment. If it is necessary that school remains closed after the initial two-week period, families of students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will receive additional work packets. Most likely these will be shared via email or posted on Google Classroom. More details will follow next week. Online classes for grades 3 through 8 will continue and materials shared via Google Classroom as well.
The faculty and staff will meet on Tuesday afternoon as we conduct a virtual staff meeting. This time will be spent evaluating our online instructional practices and discussing our remote learning strategies as our hiatus away from school continues.
The Department of Catholic Schools holds a weekly conference call with Principals to keep the lines of communication open. As of right now, the Department of Catholic Schools has not shared an anticipated return date to school. We do know that the Holy Week/Spring break dates of April 6th - April 15th remain on the school calendar. In the event that school opens sooner, we will not use the Spring Break to make up any missed days. As more information becomes available, we will be certain to share what we know with the community.
Unfortunately, the likelihood that school will remain closed for an extended period of time has impacted several of our fundraising activities. This week I spoke with the CASPA Chairs, Nicole Diehlmann and Kim Gunkel, as well as the Cathedral Ball Chairs, Maggy Burgess and Katie Pinheiro. After much thought and consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the physical celebration of the Cathedral Ball. I am extremely grateful to Maggy Burgess and Katie Pinheiro, in addition to all of the other Ball volunteers, for the amazing job they have done so far! Below, I share a letter from the Ball Chairs, Maggy Burgess & Katie Pinheiro, regarding our path forward.
Dear Cathedral Family and Friends,
“The Show Must Go On”…except during a worldwide pandemic! We are disappointed to have to cancel this year’s Cathedral Ball due to the recent coronavirus outbreak and the CDC warnings on limiting group gatherings in the weeks ahead. While we are saddened by this decision, we are confident that our efforts of the past year will still greatly benefit the School of the Cathedral. We will surely miss our “Night Under the Big Top” in May but are excited to be able to host a “Virtual Ball” complete with our amazing auction and raffle results.
Our Steering Committee has been hard at work all year to make this event a huge success for our school. We hope that the school community will continue to support our efforts towards the Regina Plan and Physical Education/Athletic Programs by supporting our raffle ticket sales and our auction. Details regarding our “Virtual Ball” will be sent in the coming weeks. Additionally, we ask that you continue to support our local sponsors including The Corner Pantry, who have been extremely flexible and generous during this unprecedented time.
We hope that you will remember the message and purpose of our “Greatest Showman” theme—to celebrate all our students, to honor our incredible teachers and Regina Plan tutors, and to have big dreams for our school. Be safe and stay well!
Maggy Burgess & Katie Pinheiro
Likewise, after speaking with the CASPA Chairs and Amy Matteini, the difficult decision was made to cancel the Cardinal Cup. It was a painful decision to make as The Cardinal Cup is a wonderful time to bring our community together with Mother Seton Academy. However, out of an abundance of caution, we feel this is the best decision at this time. We are examining ways to hold a “virtual Cardinal Cup,” so stay tuned for more details.
Next week, I hope to share more information in regards to what the school year may look like for our students and families. In the interim, please know that our faculty and staff continue to pray for the students and work towards helping them meet with academic success. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below, we share a novena from Archbishop Lori, inspired by a prayer by Pope Francis.
A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith.
O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee.
Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died.
Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection.
Under thy protection, we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
God Bless and stay healthy!