03.17.2020

WE WILL BE POSTING UPDATES ON THIS PAGE AS WE GET THEM. PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL OFTEN, AS WELL, FOR UPDATES FROM THE SCHOOL. 

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April 1, 2020

Dear SLS Families,

While Governor Cuomo has instructed all NYS public schools to continue providing distance learning for students during the upcoming scheduled Spring Break, St. Louis School will not be following suit!  All schools within the Diocese of Rochester are considered nonpublic school and were given the direction to have Spring Break as planned by Superintendent  Jim Tauzel.  Additionally, we began providing academic service to our students for a full week before our districts started.

Per Superintendent Tauzel, "Our teachers, parents, and students are entitled to a well-deserved break and we need to use this Holy Week to center ourselves on our faith." I could not agree with him more!

In preparation for Easter.

God’s Blessings on each of you always!

Fran Barr

March 30, 2020

School Closure Extended

Governor Cuomo has extended the school closure until  Wednesday, April 15, due to the level of COVID activity in the state. St. Louis School will not reopen until at least April 15. We will keep you informed of any updates to this as we receive them.

Mental Health Resources

Feeling anxiety during the global pandemic is normal and natural for everyone. As adults, it's critical that we take care of our own mental and physical health, and that will help us to better support our young people. The NYS Education Department has compiled numerous resources offering guidance for self-care as well as strategies for talking about COVID-19 honestly and effectively with young people. You can find these resources at: Resources for Mental Health and Talking to Young People About COVID-19.

March 27, 2020 - NO (HOME) SCHOOL!

Mrs. Barr has declared Friday, March 27, a St. Louis School Spirit Day, and our teachers' Google Classrooms will be closed. Students, wear your class shirt, enjoy your families with some outdoor time, and just take the time to relax and regroup. Have a great weekend!

March 26, 2020

Hello St. Louis School Families!

Given the challenges we are all experiencing, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your very kind messages, calls, and emails of support for our wonderful school.

I also thank you, your children, and our teachers for how efficiently and effectively you are working together to ensure that our strong level of quality education is being delivered despite closings, social distancing, and understandable anxieties.

Parents, please don’t stress over the amount of work your child/children have been assigned!  Our goal is to keep our students practicing their skills and giving the opportunity to expand on their knowledge and skills.  They should not be spending more than 3 hours each day on assignments.  Have them take breaks often.  If there is too much to do today, revisit it tomorrow.  If it piles us just keep at it a little at a time – they will not be penalized for not completing EVERYTHING.  If you have questions, email the teacher.

Together, when permitted, we will successfully reopen our school with our faith in God, and each other, that is strengthened by the spirit that is St. Louis School

In the meantime, I would like for you to take a break from school tomorrow.  I am asking the teachers to close their Google Classrooms on Friday and declare a St. Louis School Spirit Day!  Students, wear your class shirt, enjoy your families with some outdoor time, and just take the time to relax and regroup.

I am missing all of you every day and look forward to a happy reopening soon.

Be well and be at peace

We are in God’s hands and His love will see us though!

I MISS YOU!

-Mrs. Barr

 

St. Louis families -  We hope and pray you are all doing well physically & mentally. SLS teachers & staff miss you all! We've created a video to highlight how students are staying #slspittsfordstrong while social distancing. You can watch the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/MhOWnOFHQlI

SLS students and families are the BEST! God's blessings to all!

March 25, 2020

 

A Message from Nurse Shalabba

Those of you who have doctors in the RRH system (I am going to presume the URMC system too), many offices are now using tele/video appointments, otherwise known as telemedicine. You need to have access to ‘My Chart’ in order to do this. In certain cases you may qualify for this option. You won’t need to leave your house. If you need to see your doctor, ask them if you can have a telemedicine appointment. You need a working camera and microphone that works on you electronic device. You go into ‘My Chart’, click on appointments then your appointment. There are directions to follow along. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or ask the staff at your doctors office. It doesn’t replace a really good exam but the doctors can put their eyes on you which is huge in patient exams. Hope all is well. Remember to rest, drink plenty of fluids, wash your hands and make time for fresh air. I miss all my little friends and hopefully will see everyone soon!

MARCH 23, 2020

A Message from Principal Barr

Good Morning St. Louis School!!!!!!

What a beautiful weekend we had. I hope you all took advantage of the sunshine. I had a visit (from afar) from the Cranston family who sang to me and Mr. Barr and Lolli (our dog). It was very funny! Thank you Becca, Olivia, and Peter (also Irene and Katie and Todd)! I posted their visit on Instagram if you would like to see it.

Today is a bit gloomy but a great day to practice math facts and do a bit of reading. Keeping your skills sharp with the help of your teachers and your families through Google Classroom will keep you ahead of the game when we return to school.

Holy Father, bless these SLS children and their families. Keep them well and happy. I ask this in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen

MARCH 2O, 2020

**New York State has suspended all of its assessments for grades 3-8 for the 2019-2020 school year.**

 

A Message From Principal Barr

Good morning St. Louis students and families! We have successfully made it through the first week of our quarantine! Remember to cherish this precious time with your family. Their love and care for you are special gifts from God. Be patient and, above all, be kind. Remember that “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

MARCH 19, 2020

This morning Bishop Salvatore Matano issued a brief statement to our Catholic school families and staff. If you missed it, you can watch it  here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_cnRVLeang

MARCH 18, 2020

Distance learning begins today. Students may begin logging into their Google Classroom at 8:30 am to receive their daily instruction from their teacher. Use the instructions and log in information you received when you picked up your belongings on March 17. You can begin the day with a morning announcement with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at https://youtu.be/hWPLd2FWQ60.

MARCH 17, 2020

All personal items, desk belongings and education materials have been collected and bagged with your child’s name.  If there is an item missing because it was not labeled, please email Mrs. Aldred and we will arrange a time for you to pick it up. Between the hours of 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, teachers will be at their door for you to pick up your child’s personal/classroom items ON MARCH 17.  No students, nor parents are allowed in the building.

PK3 – Grade 5 will pick up their items at their teacher’s classroom door.

PK4D & PK4J will pick up in the drop off loop by the Rectory (usual drop off area) KS, KSP & K5 will pick up at the FRONT entrance of Reddington

MARCH 16, 2020

St. Louis School Parents – 

Thank you for your patience as we finalized details on the school closure, as well as distance learning. Our teachers have been working all day to learn the best way to administer learning to all of the students, including our pre-school students.  Following are the details:

Tuesday, March 17 • All personal items, desk belongings and education materials have been collected and bagged with your child’s name.  If there is an item missing because it was not labeled, please email Mrs. Aldred and we will arrange a time for you to pick it up.

• Students will be receiving instruction through Google Classroom.  All students in grades PK-5 have their own logon to access their classroom.  Log-ons will be in the packet of information that is being sent home with your classroom/personal items.  PLEASE TRY to logon to your classroom as soon as possible.  If you have any issues, please email Mrs. Hutchins at Rachel.hutchins@dor.org 

Between the hours of 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, teachers will be at their door for you to pick up your child’s personal/classroom items ON MARCH 17.  No students, nor parents are allowed in the building.

• You will drive to your oldest student’s classroom door and the teacher will bring all items out for you.

• If you have medicine that needs to be picked up from the nurse, please notify the teacher and she will contact Mrs. Schalabba, who will come to your car.

• If you or a designated person is unable to pick items up tomorrow, please contact Mrs. Aldred via email to make other arrangements.  We urge you to do your best to come tomorrow.

PK3 – Grade 5 will pick up their items at their teacher’s classroom door.

PK4D & PK4J will pick up in the drop off loop by the Rectory (usual drop off area) KS, KSP & K5 will pick up at the FRONT entrance of Reddington

Wednesday, March 18 • Students may begin logging into their Google Classroom at 8:30 am to receive their daily instruction from their teacher.  This will mimic their normal schedule.  For example, if they have PE on Wednesday, Mr. Pritchard will have an activity for them.

As of Wednesday, March 18, after 3 p.m., NO ONE will be allowed in the building - staff, students, etc.

Tuition • Tuition will continue to be paid through the closure.  Our teachers are still instructing, and school is still “in session”.

Hot Lunch / Milk • A credit will be given for all hot lunch orders missed. • A credit will be given for all days that milk is missed.

Enrichment Courses • We have spoken with our vendors and either classes will be made up, or credits/refunds will be given.

The safety, social and emotional well being our students is of the highest priority.  Our School Social Worker, Mrs. Jessica Serensca from Pittsford Youth Services would like you to contact her should the need arise.  She can be reached by email at Jessica_serensca@pittsford.monroe.edu or at her office 280-6623.

We will still be observing Spring Break and no work will be given for that week. 

Thank you for all the emails of support.  They are greatly appreciated.  We will get through this in St. Louis School fashion…as a family.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Barr at fran.barr@dor.org

Please stay safe, stay healthy and above all stay calm.  This too shall pass. We will continue to update you through email, the website and your Google Classroom