What a crazy spring break it has been! Just a week ago, we were planning for the possibility of having a few days off of school because of COVID-19.
So much has changed in a short amount of time. Now, we need to plan for the possibility of multiple weeks off of school. Throughout all of this, the most important thing to remember is that our gracious God is still with us! Turn to Him in prayer. Spend time with your family reading the Bible. That will give you the greatest comfort through this difficult time.
Since school will be out for the foreseeable future, the teachers have met (via Google Meet) to discuss how to still provide education to your children. Here is what you can be expecting to receive over the next few days and how your children will be educated:
You will all be receiving an email from each child’s teacher over the next few days. This email will explain how distance learning will be conducted for your child.
On Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, stop by St. Paul between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Information about distance learning, report cards, and student school supplies will be available to pick up. The teachers in grades K-6 will have activity packets ready for each student. Grades 7-8 will be completing all of their work via Google Classroom. The packets will be on tables in the gym entry way. Please enter through the gym doors. In order to keep everyone safe, please be quick when picking up your packet. It is best if only one member of your family enters the school to pick up your packet.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25 at 9:00 A.M., tune in to the St. Paul Lutheran School Facebook Page for a daily devotion. This is a great opportunity for you and your children to spend time in God’s Word and to connect as a school family. Besides daily devotions, we will use Facebook as a way to stay connected together as a school family.
School will start on Wednesday, March 25. For the first three days, our goal is to get everyone adjusted to this new way of learning.
We understand that distance learning is different from in school learning. In the email you will receive from each teacher, you will find out ways that your child will be able to still be connected to school. Each teacher will be in frequent contact with all of their students and families. We are here to help each child and the parents during this period away from school.
There is a lot going on right now. It is not realistic to expect each student to complete the typical amount of work he or she completes while at school. The assignments and activities will be slightly different from what has been done throughout the year. While it is different, each child is still expected to complete the work that is being assigned and to be in regular contact with the teachers.
While there will not be as much school work as each child typically has, there will still be a lot of beneficial learning going on. Use this time to reconnect as a family. Teach your child different life skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and other hobbies you enjoy. Make sure you stay connected to family members and friends you are not able to see in person during this time of quarantine. And most importantly, spend time as a family in God’s Word.
Please watch out for an email from each of your children’s teachers. If you have any questions at all, please contact the teachers or contact me at 920-461-2822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout this difficult time, may you find peace in the good news that Jesus has won you forgiveness and that you are His child.
Your Brother in Christ,