“Two are better than one….for if they fall, one will lift up the other.” -Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
The above verse speaks to me because of the times we are currently living in. Many of us are relying on one another for help and guidance. It is essential we work together with the online learning initiative. The best way to create productive and positive change is for us to hear from you and to do our best to accommodate all of our families. As I have made phone calls this week related to our parent survey responses, it has been wonderful to speak with each of you! The best way to move forward in unprecedented times is to know what is working and what we can alter to make the online student experience even better. I greatly appreciate your feedback and most importantly your time. I know how busy families are with working from home, homeschooling, and maintaining a sense of normalcy for our families. With that being stated, I send a resounding THANK YOU to all who filled out the survey. We hear you and our administrative team is working diligently to make the necessary accommodations for our students in the coming weeks. What our learning looks like now, will be different in the fall, based on what health guidelines we must follow and on the curriculum plan administration creates moving forward.
With regard to the survey questions parents have asked, one of them is why elementary PowerSchool is not active. This is due to all elementary teachers using Google Classroom to grade assignments. Assignments are being graded on a pass/fail basis for the fourth quarter. Your child’s attendance within Google Classroom and work submitted are what we are basing the fourth quarter completion on. For a weekly summary of your child’s work, please email your child’s teacher and have them send you a parent/guardian invite so you will be able to receive updates regarding your child’s work. These invitations have already gone out to parents, however sometimes emails go to spam or may be undelivered if an email address has changed.
Many parents have asked questions about the online work itself. The school work required are mathematics, religion, and reading: one assignment per week, per subject. When in school, each teacher within a classroom teaches differently. With regard to an online classroom, this still holds true. The work will look different at each grade level, dependent upon the teacher. As an educational leader, it is necessary to look at the demographics of all of our families and create a learning plan which works across the board for all students. It is a seemingly difficult task because each student is working from home in a different learning environment. For example, a household with a parent who does not work outside of the home, may feel the current level of school work is too easy. A parent with multiple children, who is working outside of the home or currently working from home, may feel overwhelmed with the current school work their child must complete. A truth within education overall is that a “one size fits all” model never works because every student and every family has different needs and varying factors involved in how they learn. Please know we are always working to create a plan that is fluid and will accommodate all students. Norwalk Catholic School is a community based upon faith and we are essentially an extended family to one another. We will get through these trying times and persevere because of our faith, our resilience, and our support within the St. Paul community. Again, I will reiterate: “Two are better than one….for if they fall, one will lift up the other.” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Together, we are stronger.
May God bless you and keep you healthy,