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Dear St. Charles Parents,

You’re in my thoughts and prayers as we make our way through a completely new challenge.  In light of our current pandemic situation, St. Charles preschool through 8th grade will be closed March 23rd through 27th. These actions are in line with direction from our archdiocese as well as the state and federal governments.

We would like to honor a request by the leaders of our archdiocese and government to ensure child care for first responders and health care workers. If you fall into one of these categories and would like to request support with child care, please contact me directly.

I am now gathering information and resources that support “at-home learning.” On Monday, March 23rd, our staff will meet to decide which resources and tools will be best for our various subject areas and grade levels. On Tuesday, March 24th, at-home learning will begin and continue through Friday, March 27th. We will send an email on March 23rd providing direction about how and when assignments and instruction will be delivered, as well as about the availability of teachers. Students in preschool through 4th grade will likely receive assignments through their parents’ email accounts, and grades 5 through 8 will likely receive assignments through their school Gmail account.

There is a very good chance that this closure will continue beyond March 27th.  If an extension is necessary, I will communicate with you as soon as we make a decision, which will be based on recommendations or orders from our government and archdiocese.

School closure is a challenge facing most everyone in our state right now. We at St. Charles want the learning process and spiritual development to continue. Your partnership and support will be crucial in making this happen. Now, more than ever, we as the school and parents need to work together for the good of your children.

Thank you for your support and God bless you,
Danny Kieffer, St. Charles Principal

UPDATE from March 20:

Dear St. Charles Parents,

I’m sure this spring break has been very different from any spring break you’ve had. Next week, we will work toward a new way of learning for our kids. We hope to be back in school soon but want to plan well so we’re able to continue learning if it doesn’t go that way.

Earlier, I communicated that distance learning would begin on Tuesday, March 24th. After further review, we will begin on Thursday, March 26th. On Monday, I will be connecting with the staff through a virtual meeting. From there, we will be going over training for the online tools we will be using. Our teachers are going to be calling households on Monday and Tuesday to check in, see how you are doing, and hopefully, speak to students and parents for just a few minutes to see what needs you have in terms of technology access. Access to technology will be important for students during this time.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll be communicating with families about the online tools we will be using and providing instructional videos on how to use the tools. Teachers will be planning lessons for Thursday and we will be checking out devices to families with no device or a shortage.  Phones will not be enough for what we want to accomplish, you will need a laptop, desktop, or tablet.

There are three attachments to this email: A note from our school counselor Keri Brenden with resources for talking to your children about Covid-19, Online learning information for all of our band students, and Online karate information for those in our Sterling Karate classes.

Here are some events that are postponed until further notice:

  • School Advisory

  • Jr High Bible Series

  • Jr High Open Youth Room

  • Confirmation Refuel Gr 7 & 8 – w/8th Gr Sponsor

  • State of the School

  • Jr High St JPII Society

  • Middle School Honors Assembly

  • Lenten Day of Renewal

  • 8th Grade Re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross

  • Grandparents Day

I really appreciate the flood of support we’ve received from our parents and look forward to working together.  There will be bumps and hiccups, but our commitment to our students and mission will give us peace of mind, calm, and focus.

Plan to hear from me on Monday and Tuesday of next week, and plan on hearing from the teachers as well.

I’m sharing one of my favorite prayer tools, please consider using it with your kids at home. There is a new on each day! https://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer

God bless you,
Danny Kieffer, St. Charles Principal

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