August 11, 2020 Memo

“Sacred Heart Catholic School is phenomenal! As a parent who wants to know what’s going on with my child, Sacred Heart is fantastic at communicating with parents weekly. My child LOVES going to school because her teachers really care about her education. It’s fantastic to see my preschooler come home with arts and crafts, and show me the songs and skills she’s learning.”

- Cassandra – Parent

Parent Session Zoom Meeting Tuesday, August 11, 2020

We have an Emergency License that Denise Cole, our Director of Early Childhood Education, obtained that enables us to open Preschool and Prekindergarten and provide these two classes with Daycare.  A final documentation from the Oregon Early Learning Division will be out this week to confirm the group numbers.

In terms of the metrics, we are starting to see the numbers come down from last week.  Next Tuesday’s numbers will be the first week of the three weeks that our numbers need to stay below 5% in terms of the tests for Jackson County, less than 10 active cases per 100,000 and below 5 % statewide to open 4th – 8th grade. Our current results are:

For K-3, same positive tests for Jackson County below 5%, less than 30 active cases per 100,000 and no statewide requirements. We are starting to see a lot of tours for the younger grades.

The plan for the fall will be posted on School Speak for all the parents. It will be in two formats but both formats will contain the same information. One of the plans is the Operational Blueprint for Reentry and the other plan follows the template of the Archdiocese.

One of the key items if we open person to person or through distance learning, is for our students to be tested. We plan on doing our Renaissance testing September 8th through the 25th. It is critical for our educators to have the results of these tests to know what the students know and what they do not know so that lessons can address the needs of the students. We will also be looking at creating Individual Learning Plans for those students in need. Another key item our counselor Mrs. Silvia Stanton will be offering the students either through distance learning or person to person is our Second Step Program. We have purchased updated materials to assist all students in ways of dealing with the changes and challenges in life as a result COVID-19 and Mrs. Stanton will be providing this to your children. For those students who may be high risk and it would be better for them to stay at home utilizing distance learning, that opportunity will be available for them.

Kindergarten class is looking at ways to engage the students more if we are to go to distance learning. One of the ways is through smaller groups. Mrs. Byrd is wanting to assess all the students to see where they stand in the beginning of the school year. Afterwards, she is planning on breaking down the class into smaller groups for both synchronous (teacher and students at the same time) and asynchronous (materials provided online) schoolwork.

K-8th grade has a back to school date for Monday, August 31, 2020. Early Childhood Cole\Lloyd (preschool and prekindergarten) have a back to school date for September 8th. We are currently brainstorming ideas about jogathon. Instead of receiving t-shirts, students might receive a fit bit, have a certain number of steps to complete weekly, try to get as many pledges as possible and compete against the various grades. More detailed and final information will be given out later.


On Sunday, our Gospel Reading from Matthew 14:29-31, stated:

“Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord,’ he cried, ‘save me!’ Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘You have so little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?”

We are in a storm of uncertainty. We are somewhat scared and maybe we too begin to sink. Jesus is there for us. He was there for Peter. Let us never doubt Him and continue to have faith that He too will help us make it through this storm too. Amen.