Notes from the Principal's Desk: social contract, new survey, new first grade teacher, and more

As week two comes to a close, I want to thank the parents, students, and teachers for remaining resilient. From my observations and feedback from parents and teachers, it appears that the technology issues are steadily getting resolved. Next week, instead of holding department meetings after school, the faculty and staff will be in professional learning communities to share best practices regarding instructional technology and troubleshoot remaining issues.

We want to remind parents of the importance of the social contract. We have observed a few instances of parents not wearing their masks and social distancing during dismissal time. Although inconvenient and perhaps uncomfortable, I challenge everyone to model for the children the importance of wearing masks. The students are doing a great job wearing masks in school, and it is beneficial when they see adults wearing masks during dismissal. There have been no reports of students, faculty, or staff with COVID-19 as of this writing, Thursday morning. We want to sustain this momentum through the year, and we can only do this with your help.

There have been several occasions of students forgetting their lunches and water bottles. Now more than ever, it is essential to ensure that your child has all of their supplies, including their lunch and water bottles, so that we can limit movement around the school.

Each year the Archdiocese sends an income survey to families through school. The income survey will allow the Department of Catholic Schools to collect data for Title I submissions, federal textbook funding, and grant requests. Collecting family income data is a requirement of MSDE and must be done annually. 

This year the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be using a Google form survey to collect family income data for the 20-21 school year. This safe and secure electronic income survey will automatically collect a family's data as they complete the survey eliminating the need for a school to enter collected data into Powerschool. Families will need to complete one survey per student. The survey takes approximately 2-4 minutes to complete. The deadline for the completion of the survey is October 15, 2020.
 
Click here to take the Family Income Survey for the 2020-21 school year.

We are happy to announce the Cathedral Faculty's newest member, Mrs. Bromley, who is the 1A first grade teacher. Mrs. Bromley comes to us from RPCS, and we are so excited to have her on the team!

Finally, I want to provide a status update for when we will bring all students back for in-person learning. As you recall from the school's reopening plan, we cannot bring all students back for in-person learning because we do not have the staff to cover the additional classrooms needed to accommodate social distancing requirements. Next week, the SCMOQ taskforce is scheduled to meet. One of the agenda items will be what benchmarks and metrics are available for the school to determine when it is advisable to bring all students back to school without social distancing. Furthermore, the school anticipates getting more information from the Department of Catholic Schools and the Maryland Department of Health in the future, and we will follow the guidelines set forth. As we wrap up the second week of school, the plan is to stay the course and continue with the hybrid model.  

I pray that everyone remains healthy and can enjoy some time with their families this weekend.

God Bless,
Michael Wright