Welcome St Mark's Students to At-Home Learning
Based on recommendations from governments and health officials around the world, St. Mark's Catholic School closed on March 16 to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Closing school is putting our faith into action by practicing the Catholic Social Teaching principles of Solidarity, Life and Dignity of the Human Person, and Care for the Vulnerable. During this closure, we are committed to creating the best remote learning experience possible for our students and families. Our staff is dedicated to creating systems and structures that will provide the greatest amount of support, learning and engagement to students during this time. Our primary goal is to establish some normalcy and structure for our students during this time while maintaining strong academic growth.
Our plan includes:
Weekly Remote Learning Plan outlining each student’s daily tasks and weekly tasks (PreK-5 only).
Live weekly face-to-face check-ins with teachers and support staff using ZOOM or Google Meetings
Live weekly class gatherings
Daily Video lessons using Google Classroom, Zoom or SeeSaw
Daily Online assignments through Google Classroom or via emails
Weekly and, when needed, daily communication from principal and teachers
This plan will be evolving as needed to meet families and students’ needs
Blended learning software: Renaissance, MyOn, Spelling City, Khan Academy Newsela, etc (Your child will use the existing programs they are already accustomed to using at school)
All of these tasks will be spelled out in your child’s weekly Remote Learning Plan which you will receive each week from your child's teacher. You will want to access this Remote Learning Plan for your student (s) each week to help them keep track of their schedule and tasks to be completed. Most of the tasks will be able to be completed at any time throughout the day (allowing you to plan your own child’s schedule as needed). However, live meetings and check-ins will happen at a designated time each week. We hope you will do your best to schedule these times to your day so that your child can benefit from the human interaction and real-time support that the live meetings will provide. We recognize that every family will face their own challenges to these remote learning plans. Please keep us posted on how things are going at home.
We ask our St. Mark's Catholic School community to pray for all those being seriously affected by the COVID-19 virus. We ask that you pray for our health care workers, scientists, first responders, and leaders as they work to protect our communities. We ask that pray for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities who are most heavily impacted by the disruptions caused by this global health emergency.