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March 2020


Federation of Catholic Schools
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Alive in Christ
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Pray! God is Always With Us

As we pray for all those most closely affected by the coronavirus through illness, caring for the ill, loss of employment, etc., let's also remember our pastors, principals and teachers who are working very hard to prepare distance learning plans and online prayer and workshop opportunities to help keep all of our students, families and parishioners stay safe, healthy and remotely connected to their faith community and academics during this time of social distancing.

See below for a few resources that may be helpful to parents preparing to support e-learning students as we all "Stay at Home" for a while.

TOMORROW! 
Transitioning to Distance Learning for Parents
The National Catholic Educational Association is hosting two sessions of a webinar tomorrow, March 24th, at 11AM and 5PM CDT - see below for an invitation to join.

Dear Friends in Catholic Schools,
 
Seemingly overnight, you have become a homeschool parent, while also trying to figure out how to transition yourself to working from home or facing other stressors. Schools are trying to quickly adapt by setting up virtual lessons, online planning and keeping the learning going but all of this can be overwhelming, especially if you don't have a teaching background! This webinar event on Tuesday, March 24 at 12 PM EDT and again at 6 PM EDT, is open to parents, educators, administrators, caregivers or anyone who needs some practical help RIGHT NOW managing a transition to distance learning, establishing routines, discipline, navigating all the online tools that are out there and trying to keep sane. Share this event with your parents, networks and friends.  
Objectives:
  • Creating a learning space for your children
  • Establishing and keeping routines
  • Managing multiple grade levels
  • Communication with the school
  • Tools and Tips for keeping organized
  • Time for Q&A with our presenters
  • Resources
 


Living Faith Kids - Daily Catholic Devotions

Dear Families and Friends,

With children home from school, we want to help families spend some special time each day with Jesus. That’s why we are making Living Faith Kids Daily Catholic Devotions free for all families to access online right now. This means you can read the colorful, kid-friendly devotions found in our print magazine online—free—through the end of March. You can get free temporary access here: 

Living Faith Kids March 2020

Please spread this bit of good news with families, teachers, parishes and everyone you know.

(In addition, the editors of our family of publications have compiled a list of resources to help parents provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure. You can see the link below.)

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Connie Clark
Editor, Living Faith Kids


"STAY AT HOME CARE PACKAGE" from 
THE BIG LIFE JOURNAL

If you are looking for some ideas to help kids use their imaginations, check out The Big Life Journal's Stay at home care package:

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The printable pack includes: 

  • Indoor Games & Activities to get your children moving 
  • "I'm Bored" list of indoor activities for children (both alone and with their siblings)
  • "Things I Can Do" for teens and older children
  • Stay-at-home resources including growth mindset movie, TV shows, and book lists 
  • My Daily Learning Projects template for kids
Click here to download the Stay at Home Care Package from The Big Life Journal, and feel free to share with others who may be interested.



Diversity Theme (1)

Core Teams Begin Work on Diversity Plans
Dr. Alice Prince met with 30+ people on February 25th at our Diversity & Inclusion Core Team Information and Orientation Meeting.  Each school has formed a team who will work on developing at least 3 SMART Goals for their individual school's Diversity and Inclusion Plans.  Each team received copies of the survey results from teachers, parents and parishioners.  They will also receive the student/youth survey results when complete in March. Stay tuned to your school's newsletter and this Federation e-mail for updates. The Core Teams are doing their best to continue working on this effort during the time of social distancing.  

Dr. Prince Offers Distance Learning Support for Teachers
In the past week, Dr. Prince has also been holding Zoom video conference calls with teachers and principals to assist those who would like extra help getting situated into the new distance learning endeavor.  Dr. Prince has taught in an online setting for several years and is happy to share her experience and offer tips and techniques to help smooth the transition.

Questions? Contact Dr. Alice Prince at aprince@federationofcatholicschools.org or Cara Koen at advancement@federationofcatholicschools.org or 314-537-3174.

 

Diversity & Inclusion Core Teams


North County Community News & Events:
2020Census

North County, Inc. Regional Development Corporation invites everyone learn more about Census 2020 and why it is so important to North County.  Help bring dollars back to our community by encouraging others to participate and getting the facts out about Census 2020. Click here for more information and resources.


i270North

Public Meetings and Hearings are a way for the I-270 North Design-Build team to keep community members informed about the project and obtain their feedback. The meetings are held in a publicly accessible location and set-up in an open house format. Stations providing information are available for viewing and project team members are on site to answer any questions. All members of the public are welcome and invited to the meetings including residents, business owners, elected officials, and other interested persons. Click here to view information at the virtual public meeting.




Spread the Word! Follow our Schools and Parishes on Facebook

Many of our Federation schools and parishes are becoming more active on social media, especially Facebook.  Please consider "Liking" these pages on Facebook and sharing their posts when something may be of interest to your network! By "Liking" and "Following" you can also catch a glimpse of the many great academic programs and service opportunities that our Catholic school students engage in throughout their days!

Think about why you choose (or chose if you have alumni) a Catholic school for your children. Share your thoughts on social media or simply in conversation with friends and family members.
    And, most importantly, PRAY for our students, teachers, principals, pastors, parishioners and all who support Catholic education in our community.

    Other North County Catholic institutions are also on Facebook - be sure to follow them, too!
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