3/27/2020, 3:05 PM
Message from the Principal
Good afternoon, SMS Parents!
We’ve completed our first full week of distance learning, and are now 14 days into our “shutdown” with no apparent cases of COVID-19 originating or having spread from school. That’s great news and augurs well for continued good health, now that we are being more vigilant in our social distancing.
Distance learning goes both ways and we’d like to garner your feedback regarding our work and your children’s work. Please access the link below for a 2-minute (or less) survey that will help us to better serve you and our students:
Our faculty continues to meet daily to share and discuss our methods and experiences. Out of that, we’ve determined some tips for being prepared for distance learning that we’d like to share with you:
Tips for DIstance Learning:
1). Be up, dressed and breakfasted before the 9:00 a.m. session begins.
2). Be sure to not have food or drink near the Chromebooks during our 20-minute
3). Find a quiet space to work: bedrooms are great, as long as you’re not in bed! Sitting
up — even on the floor — with a backrest really helps maintain focus. If you’re able to
sit at a table or desk, that’s even better!
4). Take frequent stretch breaks — Ms. Young has some great (and fun!) exercise videos
ready for you!
5). Be sure to make time and take time to get fresh air outside during this wonderful
6). Talk to your teachers! Let them know if you are having a problem finishing work!
We’ve built two 1-hour breaks into your day, but we need to know how you’re doing!
We hope these recommendations will help in the weeks ahead as we all become more comfortable with distance learning!
Be assured that as news of our status after April 19th unfolds, we’ll be updating you with anticipated changes to our school schedule. There are many activities that we may be called upon to postpone, but we have every intention of continuing to celebrate our students in every possible way!
Let’s have a St. Mary School Spirit Day to celebrate our SMS Family on Monday, March 30th! Let’s ALL wear SMS spiritwear/PE shirt/royal blue to show our school pride! It won’t even cost $1.00 😉
God bless you and keep you safe and healthy in the palm of His hand!