I hope that despite these stressful circumstances, you were able to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather we have been experiencing the past few days. I continue to pray that all of you and those that you hold dear, stay well.
During the week of June 8th your child’s classroom teacher will reach out to you with instructions for picking up any materials that your child might have left behind when we ended in person classroom instruction on March 13th. The items left behind will be put together and bagged up. Teachers will schedule appointments for those of you who wish to retrieve the items, and meet you at the front door.
Summer school will be in session for those students that have been deemed eligible to receive Title I services. These services will be delivered on the digital platform and be administered by Title I and the Office of Non-Public Schools. Families of students who are eligible for these services have been notified. This is an optional program that is not mandated. Families of students deemed at academic risk and or in danger of failing for the year, will be contacted with regards to summer school the week of June 15th. All summer programming will be run on a digital platform. There will be no in person summer school.
The Board of SSCA has put together a new financial aid program for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Board may award aid in addition to the scholarships made available by the Futures in Education program through the Diocese of Brooklyn, should you still demonstrate need. Under special circumstances, you may receive aid from the Board even if you are not awarded a scholarship from the Futures program. Please note that you must complete the Futures in Education through the Diocese of Brooklyn application process before applying to St. Saviour Catholic Academy’s in house tuition assistance program. The SSCA tuition assistance form is attached. To return the form and for any inquiries, please email Diane Rigobello at Drigobello@sscaparkslope.org. The deadline to apply to Futures in Education and SSCA is July 24, 2020.
Discussions continue with State Ed., the Department of Health and other varying agencies with regards to the opening of schools in the Fall. I will share information with you as I receive it.
Please see below a link and blurb from an organization which I am sure some of you are familiar with, the Child Mind Institute. It offers some ways to speak with children during these unprecedented times.
Finally, please see some thoughts from our PDHP guidance counselor, Liz Palumbo, on how to deal with feelings utilizing the five senses.
I hope all of you are able to enjoy some time with family and close friends. As a reminder, classes will not be in session on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Teachers will continue instruction for students on the digital platform on Tuesday, May 26th.
This week on childmind.org we discuss ways of helping children build healthy resilience to setbacksand learn to tolerate the uncertainty that stretches ahead of us. It starts by really listening to what they’re feeling — even though you know you can’t fix it. And with that in mind we also offer tips on ways to ask kids how they’re doing without getting that dreaded one-word brush-off: “Fine.”