Our school is not a building! It is a community. We are the school– our students, teachers, faculty, staff, volunteers, parents, grandparents, community collaborators, alumni– the list is long. The building closed on Friday, March 13, 2020, and not-so-distant learning started happening on Monday, March 16th.
My son’s teachers have done an incredible job. The Seesaw platform is awesome!
Our classroom changed but what happened in the classroom did not. The distance did not keep our teachers from teaching our students in PreK – 8th Grade. Our students were learning and thriving. Our students still prayed the Examen every Monday morning. Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Spanish classes all happened and so did PE, art, band, and music. Through distance learning, students developed valuable skills for today’s world of Zoom meetings and working remotely.
I was so impressed watching my little grandsons scanning QR codes, uploading work, and recording messages at 6 and 7 years old.
Our events and activities looked a little different, but we still celebrated Grandparents in April, crowned Mary in May, thanked our teachers during national Teacher Appreciation Week, presented end-of-school-year awards to students, celebrated the 8th-grade class of 2020 with graduation, albeit a little different and closed our the academic year with an all-school Mass on the last day– joining together in prayed via livestream rather than in person. When we could not celebrate in our traditional ways, we found new ways to celebrate. While we could not physically be together, we were certainly together in spirit– in Google classroom and on Zoom. Check out our Facebook page and our Youtube Channel for a glimpse into the excitement that happened since the school building closed in March. You will quickly see that our staff and teacher with our students and their families collaborated successfully to keep teaching.
No distance is too great for Saint Patrick Catholic School. If you are interested in learning more click here, fill out a quick information request form. We’ll prepare a packet especially for you and connect with you on the phone, via Zoom or some other way that works for your family.
I have never been prouder of our Saint Pats School community than I am now watching how gracefully our teachers and administrators have handled the Covid-19 school closures…. Saint Pats swiftly and efficiently rolled-out distanced learning throughout the whole school. While the kids are missing some face to face interaction with their peers, they are receiving daily videos from their principal, teachers and specialist with assignments and activities to keep them proficient.