Online Learning Reflection Week Three

Online Learning Reflection Week Three

As we enter into Week Four, we thank everyone for their patience, understanding, and support of our system.  This has been a new process for us all but as we head into a shortened week and our Spring Break, we feel we have a strong framework in place.  

A couple of reminders-

Spring Break begins on Thursday April 9 and goes through Sunday April 19.  Even though the last official decision was to resume school on April 20, this decision will most likely be extended, especially considering the national social distancing regulations through April 30.  So at this time, it’s safe to say that our Online learning will resume at its regular schedule on Monday April 20 with a Monday-Thursday full instructional week and Friday for enrichment.  

As we also head into our holiest week of the year, we will be posting regular information and reflections for the days ahead.  It is highly suggested to attend virtual mass/services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.   This certainly is a trying time, but in God all things are possible and good (for those who love Him — Romans 8:28). There are a lot of graces and blessings to be received this last week of Lent, and as recommended to the students at the beginning of the season, now is the opportunity to increase our prayer and daily sacrifices.  Put that smartphone and social media away until Easter. You will find yourself with extra time and a great opportunity to grow closer to God in many ways.  

Wishing you a blessed week.

Mr. Morris

SONYC Update from Ms. Diaz

Dear Families,

 
I hope you are well and staying safe.   I would like to inform you that the GRYC staff has been busy preparing remote afterschool activities for your child to participate in when they are finished with their school work. Some activities are also designed with families in mind in order for everyone to participate.  I am reaching out to you today to ensure that you and your child do not miss out on these opportunities.  Please respond to this message by e-mail and include the best way we can reach you to keep you informed on what is happening during this time.
 
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your children again.  You may reply to me directly at cdiaz@thegryc.org.
 
Thank you,
 
Ms. Cynthia Diaz
SONYC Program Director

School Buildings Closed – Sign-up to use Remind- St. Adalbert Announcements for all communication

School Buildings Closed – Sign-up to use Remind- St. Adalbert Announcements for all communication

I know many classes already use Remind or ClassDojo.  However this would be the easiest way for schools to instantly notify/update parents.  Please click on the link below for your grade, type your name and number on the screen, select PARENT, and you’ll automatically receive the messages.  Downloading the Remind app is extremely beneficial for the overall communication, but not required for receiving the messages.

 

Grade K&N https://www.remind.com/join/67af9g

Grade 1 https://www.remind.com/join/9a3h49

Grade 2 https://www.remind.com/join/4g936f

Grade 3 https://www.remind.com/join/37a396

Grade 4 https://www.remind.com/join/kf29kh

Grade 5 https://www.remind.com/join/73d8dd

Grade 6 https://www.remind.com/join/fd84893

Grade 7 https://www.remind.com/join/94g8edf

Grade 8 https://www.remind.com/join/366k37

Grade PreK https://www.remind.com/join/gradeprek

Middle School Math Announcement

Dear Parents of Grade 6, 7, 8 students,

 

As we begin our transition into Online Learning, I have decided to take over the role of Math instruction.  Once school resumes in-house, the Middle School math program will be split between Mrs. Barbara Sauli and myself, depending on the day and schedule, for the rest of the school year.  

 

We know firsthand the importance of consistency and stability in an academic program, especially in Mathematics.  The year started strong, but due to unforeseen personal decisions, instability arose. Mrs. Sauli graciously took on the position from mid-October through December.  A wide search took place for a strong candidate, and unfortunately not many candidates emerged. Instead of re-opening the search at this time, we feel that this is the best decision to create stability and consistency going forward.  

 

For those wondering about my math background, I left my job as a business analyst in Corporate America to accept a position to teach Secondary Math Education through the NYC Teaching Fellowship in 2003.  I eventually changed this path to Elementary Education and taught 5th grade Math for 12 years. However, I have experience teaching junior high math, tutoring 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade math students in the Bronx.  Math was my favorite subject throughout my schooling, which stemmed from my great love of following sports and their statistics.  

 

Your students will get assignments and instructional videos that I create each day.  If they ever have any questions, they should send me an email. I strongly welcome and encourage them to take videos of the problems at which they struggle and I will respond promptly with instruction and support.  There are applications that allow students to join in a webinar-like setting which we can consider and explore eventually, but for now, I think the videos I create for each lesson will help. Just so you are aware, I am going to be using assignments where they have to show work and explain their process, so I can understand where they are coming from, in order to best help them.  I will keep you posted if I have any issues with a lack of effort, cooperation, or if students are failing to turn in assignments. However, I anticipate nothing but great achievement from a group of students that is very bright and capable.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.  I am looking forward to working with your students each day.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Morris

Upcoming Leap Year Bingo Event

Leap Year Bingo Night – Saturday February 29   Starting at 6:30pm in the lower cafeteria. Parents, students, and friends are all welcome to this fun evening!

˗       The entry cost is $10, which includes a pad of bingo games and a chance for a door prize.

˗       Additional bingo game pads can be purchased for $10 each.

˗       There will be 3 specialty games for larger prizes; these pads will be sold for $5 each.

*** Due to limited space, only children who will be playing Bingo should attend

 

Snacks and soda will be sold.

Minutes from HAA Meeting January 9, 2020

Thank you to all who were able to attend the HAA meeting.  Below is a recap of what was discussed.

Mr. Morris opened the meeting with a reflection on the Christmas season and the end of it on Sunday Jan 12 on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Mr. Morris then provided some updates:

  • New middle school math teacher has started and has been positively received.
  • 5th grade – Ms. Curtin is leaving on Jan 10 and the grade will be combined under Ms. Temkey with Mr. Morris assisting, particularly with writing.
  • Strategic Plan – action plans, which are the last steps of the 3 year Strategic Plan, are due on Jan 17. (The Strategic Plan focuses on the 5 domains of Academic Excellence and Programs, Finance and Development, Marketing and Enrollment, Governance and Leadership, and Catholic Identity).
  • DeSales Technology Grant – the Chromebooks are in.
  • Catholic Foundation grant –Junior Great Book Program is here!   This is an amazing program which the 6th grade started this week with great results thus far.
  • STREAM lab – a proposal for a has been submitted to the diocese for consideration for a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion Engineering, Arts and Math) lab. The initial set up would be the science based Lab Learner program. The lab would be set up in the 2nd floor classroom to the left of the computer room.
  • Tablet Jr. – the Tablet is introducing a section of the newspaper which is written by students. The March edition will feature St. Adalbert!
  • Catholic Schools Week is during the last week of January.
  • Principal evaluation – Mr. Morris, as a second-year principal, will be evaluated over 2 days in February. The evaluator will meet with various groups, including parents. If any parents are willing to be a part of the committee to provide feedback, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the school to let them know.
  • Uniforms – Maria Morelli showed examples of the new uniform for the 20-21 school year post meeting with Flynn & O’Hara.
    • The boys’ polo shirt will be burgundy and the pants will be dark gray.
    • The girls’ shirt and tie will be eliminated; only white polos will be used.
    • The summer shorts for boys and girls will be gray.Lorraine Casey provided some updates:
    • More information about the uniforms will be forthcoming.
  • Our last 3 events (Halloween party, Dance for grades 5-7, Christmas party) were successful and brought in approximately $1,200.
  • Social media – we have 144 followers on Instagram and 246 on Facebook and actively posted pics from our events and from Christmas.
  • Catholic Schools week
    • Theme will be about Making a Difference.
    • We will be holding a contest for students to design a school tshirt which will be able to be worn for dress down days. Some examples of tshirt designs were presented. Designs will be submitted and voted on by students (with administration approval).
    • The contest winner will be announced at a School Bingo on Friday Jan 31 at 7pm.
    • Tshirts will be made and sold for $10 each.
  • Marketing campaign – the Board is working on a marketing campaign with a slogan to use for marketing materials, a banner on Grand Ave., and tshirts. Some sample ideas were presented. Parents indicated that they would be in favor of multiple designs.
  • Gym shirt – one of the marketing slogans will be made into a gym shirt with the St. Adalbert colors and will be sold through the school rather than Flynn & O’Hara.
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Sweetheart Dance Feb 14 7-9pm for grades PreK-4
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          • Adult and child (PreK-4) will be $25. 2 guests may be invited and each guest will be $5 each.
          • Attendees will get 1 slice of cheese pizza and 1 water. Additional pizza and water will be available for sale for $1 each.
          • We will have a bake sale and will be asking for contributions.
          • A flyer with a ticket form will be distributed.
    • Spring Fling dance for grades 5-7 date TBD
    • St. Adalbert Ladies Night Apr 3

Our next meeting will be at the end of February. An announcement will go out on Option C.