Please the link below to read Mrs. Kursonis’ end of year letter.
It is also posted here.
Our 2019-2020 school year has officially come to a close…not the way that we expected to say the least. On March 13th our teachers learned how to teach remotely, our students became more independent and you became part-time teachers. We zoomed, video-taped, googled and video conferenced all with the unified purpose of staying focused and connected. All of it worked well sometimes and not so well at other times. We did learn one thing for sure, no matter how good technology becomes it can never replace the teacher in the classroom. I am proud of all of us.
Most importantly, we learned that if we all did what was asked of us and isolated and quarantined that one day when the doors opened again, we would all be here to enter this new world together.
We await recommendations from the state as to the expectations as to what the school house will look like in late August, when we re-open. We are busy ordering Personal Protective Equipment, electro-static cleaning vessels and making changes to the interior of SPCC, all the while hoping that we will not need such drastic measures.
We are excited to announce that we have ordered a new reading, writing and math system. It is blended learning and will allow us to teach seamlessly from paper on one day to digitally the next, should the need arise. We have been eyeing these materials for a while waiting for the latest updates. This was made possible through a monetary gift to the school.
If you were not able to pick up your child’s belongings and report card last week, please call the school to set up an appointment to do so.
This morning I was notified by the manager of JB Pride (our uniform supplier) that they had to close their small store in Auburn. This will be a huge inconvenience for our families. But there is not enough time, to choose another uniform company. You will have to order on line. The clothes will be brought to St. Peter’s to avoid a shipping charge and you will have to come here to pick up your orders. I am disappointed but understand that as a small business they were hit hard by the pandemic and the closing of several Catholic schools across the state. We will monitor the situation this year and form a committee to study where we go in the future if this is not satisfactory.
This year, recognizing the fact that everyone has completed many projects and spent a great deal of Screen time, we are changing the Summer Reading project. The reading lists are posted on the web site by author only. Please chose two books of your liking and ability and curl up in the shade and read for enjoyment. We will talk about the books when we come together. Please look for our virtual Scholastic Book Fair on Facebook.
We were able to graduate a great group of eighth graders on Friday at St. Peter’s Church. It was so good to see them. I know that you will join me in praying for their success on the next leg of their journey.
Thank you to a dedicated group of parents who serve on various fundraising committees., They have rallied and began several fundraising efforts. Our web site www.stpetercentralcatholic.com sports a donor button encouraging families, friends, alum to donate to our educational program. Another parent is selling tee shirts on social media and another is hosting a Pampered Chef party, with all proceeds coming to our school.
In closing, I would ask your prayers for those who have lost loved ones as a result of the virus. In Thanksgiving let’s thank God for all we have especially the joy of being with one another.
God’s blessings on all,
Mrs. Meg Kursonis