Dear Catholic Academy and Parish School Families,
Since September, our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools have been open and operating safely and efficiently. Thank you for your support in ensuring our guidelines for health and safety have been followed. Every person in our extended Catholic Academy and Parish Schools’ community has the responsibility to observe social distancing and wear a mask. This is what will keep the doors to our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools open; this is what will continue to keep everyone at our Catholic Academies and Parish Schools safe and healthy. Our principals, teachers and health aides have rigorously enforced health and safety protocols in our Catholic Academy and Parish Schools. For all this is being done on a daily basis, we are most grateful.
This Saturday, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. This day was observed for the first
time on October 10th in 1992 and has been observed ever since. The purpose of World Mental Health Day
is to create awareness around mental health, as well as to remove feelings of shame and encourage those
who are struggling with their mental health to receive support. The theme of this year is ‘mental health
for all’. Due to COVID-19, many have been experiencing feelings of anxiety, fear and emotional distress.
Hence, practicing self-care is crucial during this time. It is critical for families to encourage open dialogue
with each other to discuss how they are feeling, as well as to share what emotions they are experiencing.
We all have been facing obstacles that we have never faced before and it’s important to support one
another and keep in mind that we are all in this together.
I hope you are all well. It’s hard to believe that the first month of school is finished already. I want to thank you for your cooperation and compliance with all the new protocols. The children seem to be adjusting as best as they possibly can. I know that it can’t be easy for them, but they are handling things very well. There have been times when I walked around the school just marveling at what I was seeing. Pods of students engrossed in their work and teachers managing them so skillfully, as well as, engaging our remote learners on the screen. I am quite proud of them all. Throughout all of what has been going on, there is hope for the future. Our children are rising to the occasion, strengthened by the resilience and fortitude of the adults who love them. For this, I am truly grateful. Continue reading “From the Principal’s Desk – October 2020”
I hope all has been going well and all are settled in to these new practices and schedules. Here is what is going on with PDHP’s Parents As a Resource.
Early Childhood caregiver workshop, “See You Later Alligator”, is wrapping up on our Facebook and YouTube sites. Of course, the videos are still accessible and related posts as well. There was some sharing of happy memories from the adults’ own early childhood days and tips on how to organize for homework! Continued engagement, resources, conversation starters, family activities and wellness tips are still being provided through Facebook. There is also a weekly reflective piece I post on Thursdays – this week, I am focusing on transitions – extending knowledge of transition along the school day to that of daily family life. Continue reading “PDHP News – October 2020”
We are happy to announce that our After School Program will begin on Tuesday, October 13th. Below you will find a link to all of the pertinent information as well as a registration form.
The After School Program is offered Monday through Friday each week from dismissal to 6pm sharp.
Please note that the Registration Form is a fill-in form. You can either fill it in using your computer or print it and return it through school. Remember if you choose to fill it in on your computer you must a) download it, b) fill it in, and c) save it before you email it back. Make sure you submit payment as indicated with your registration.
Thank you for your interest.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy will begin providing yellow school bus service to eligible students October 5, 2020. For the students who received service last year, the transportation began on Monday September 21. We were granted several stops on 3 different bus routes.
We know that there is so much on your mind regarding the re-opening of school, mostly importantly, the health and safety measures and learning standards that will be in place for your children. These measures and standards have been our focus and we can now share our school plans with you.
DESIGNATE A LEARNING SPACE
Help your child find a space wherever they can be productive. Sure it would be nice to hang out in the bedroom all day, but they need to “get up and go to work” too.
CREATE A SCHEDULE
Kids are used to routines when it comes to learning. Help create consistent routines at home as well. Things may throw off the schedule now and then, but do your best to stick to it.
Our 6th Grade Co-Hort B students are getting comfortable in their new classroom space, the SFACA library. They are practicing social distancing and still getting down to school business. We are so proud of them and all of our students for adjusting to all of the new spaces they now call home.