E-Learning Updates

RESOURCES:
Please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for more detailed information about COVID-19.
Parent resources for talking with children about COVID-19.

Updated: 1:00pm, 3/26/2020
Please be sure to read the FAQ section below the letter.

Dear PengWINNER Families,
 
Our new reality gives a whole new meaning to the words: grace, strength, flexibility, patience, and resilience. 
 
I am sure you are now aware that the school closure date has been extended to May 4, 2020.
 
Thank you to all our awesome teachers, wonderful parents/guardians, and super students for working so hard this week.  We are driving to make our educational experience even better.  We are firming up our daily schedules, pacing our activities, and improving our assessment and grading procedures.  We are working together to create additional resources for families as we move to remote learning for the longer term.  We are offering an opportunity to loan out the IPADs to our community this Friday starting at 8:30am.  As you can imagine there are a lot of moving parts to this endeavor.  There are many hands making this possible.  We are always looking to improve how we are delivering OUR HAPPY PLACE remotely. 
 
In the spirit of deeply missing the day-to-day contact our school community offers, we are working incredibly hard behind the scenes to build new ways to stay connected even while we are physically in different locations.  Look for future communication on Thursday morning as we begin to tell our story of how remote learning is working and to surface new ideas to successfully sustain us going forward.  We are also making a shout out for stories from the HOME HAPPY PLACE and creating easier ways to share how remote school and home life are looking in your world!
 
St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School has endured many challenges over the  58 year history and 2020 will provide its own story of perseverance.  I am overwhelmed and humbled by the grace and understanding with which our community is handling the inevitable ups and downs of this new reality.  Thank you for being a part of our community.  We will continue to walk this crazy journey together!
 
Stay well…Stay connected…Stay positive….Stay in prayer …..and KEEP THAT PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!
 
God Bless your family and days!
Carrie Hackman
 
 
Most Frequently Asked Questions and Answers TODAY 

Now that the school closure has been extended until at least May 4, is there a possibility of checking out an IPAD to help facilitate learning at home? Going forward, what will be expected of my student and me?
The expectations remain that students try their best and complete the assignments in a timely manner.We are in this together.The staff is working tirelessly on improving daily schedules, pacing, number of activities, and assessment strategies.As always, we greatly appreciate the time, support, and positive attitude.In addition, we would be very interested in receiving and be thankful for your feedback and creative ideas to help make this situation even more of a success. 
Will the weekly lessons and instructions continue to look the same?
Basically, yes.Communication and assignments will be coming from the classroom teachers on Mondays.Follow-up emails and/or personal phone calls will be made on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays or by request.Each day the classroom teacher will be available by email from 9am-12pm and 1:00pm -3:50pm to assist and answer any questions.Individual classroom teachers will continue to communicate on how to turn in completed assignments. We are currently looking into group meeting platforms, like ZOOM or Microsoft Meeting, that will allow the student to get a more classroom feel.Your child’s classroom teacher will provide you more information as it becomes available. In addition to classroom instruction, please be sure to watch Facebook and the website for fun community building activities.The FUN starts Monday!
Remember, I’m not a teacher and/or I have to work from home while my student is expected to be completing assignments – How do I manage all of that during the day?
Agree on a schedule that best suits your family and lifestyle.Choose a quiet place, free of distractions, to work on school assignments.  This should be a dedicated space for school only.  Keep all materials and supplies convenient and readily available.  This will help kids get into the mind set to get to work.EVERYDAY check your family email first thing in the morning.  ATTENDANCE IS BEING TAKEN.Be sure to check-in with your child each day and evening on his/her assignments.  Keep a journal of assignments and activities to use as a checklist.Be sure to take breaks.  Go outside and get some exercise, use an online exercise app, play games, cook, garden, draw, color, work with play dough and enjoy the family time.  Watch our St. Jude of the Lake Facebook page for lots of community building activities!
Is it safe to get items from school?
During the last couple weeks, the building was sanitized, and guests were not allowed in. Now that the closure has been extended, we have set up THE PENGUIN SPACE to help facilitate drop off and retrieval of materials, resources, and assignments.We have taken every precaution and measure to ensure the health and safety of our community.The Penguin Space is located at Door 18, the students know it as the Atrium. There are bins assigned to each grade level for your convenience.The Atrium hours will be from 7am-7pm, Monday-Wednesday-Friday.The outside doors to the Atrium will be open but the inside doors will be locked. The school building will still be closed to the public.The space has hand sanitizer and wipes available for your safety and convenience. In the event there are other people visiting the space, please practice social distancing.
What if my child is sick and not able to participate in remote learning?
Teachers will still be taking attendance.If absence is due to illness, parent work and/or travel, or some other reason, the parent/guardian should notify the school attendance line prior to the absence if the student will not be participating that day.Remember school is still in session remotely out of your homes.Assignments will still need to be completed and turned in.
What happens if my child’s teacher is sick?
Great questions!If your child’s teacher is sick, they will let you know first thing in the morning and share the plans for the day.There will not be a substitute provided for any staff member.
What about all school Mass?
In addition to daily and Sunday masses, Fr. Chad will be offering an all school mass stream, available on Facebook and the Church website, every Thursday for you and your family to view.  It would be fun to all watch together at 9:15am, but if the timing does not work for you, please feel free to watch at your convenience. 
Are events continuing to be canceled due to the virus?
Yes, ALL Parish and School events through April have been canceled.  This includes Parish masses, Spring Dinner, and Grandparents/Special Persons Day.  Decisions regarding cancellations are based on current information at the time and will be shared as things change.  At this time the dates for the Communion Retreat and the day of Communion celebrations are being re-scheduled.  We are currently in discernment with Kyle, our play director, about what the all-school play, Seussical Jr, and what it could look like this year.  Please stay tuned for more information. 
What if I am not able to make a tuition payment?
Please be sure to contact Carrie Hackman at chackman@stjudeofthelake.org if you have any concerns or are in need of any assistance. We are all in this together!  
How are we going to keep fostering the great community feel while school is not in session?
We are super excited about some of the fun activities we have planned.Please be sure to check our school Facebook page and school website for all the fun details and be ready to participate! The FUN STARTS MONDAY! 
My kids are going stir crazy inside!  What are some ideas to get some of the energy out?
Unfortunately, even right now, playgrounds are not the safest place.There are other options for independent outdoor play, like riding on a scooter or a bike, going on a hike/scavenger hunt, running or walking around the block, or kicking a soccer ball around. There are also options for indoor movement — for example, there are kids’ yoga and dance videos all over YouTube you and your family can enjoy together for FREE! 
I have so many questions, where should I start?
Please feel free to reach out to your child’s classroom teacher and/or Mrs. Hackman for any reason and at any time.We are all traveling this crazy journey together!You should already have your child’s classroom teacher’s information and just in case, here is Mrs. Hackman’s,  chackman@stjudeofthelake.org or 651-470-9531

Updated: 8:00pm, 3/25/2020

Click here for a Video Update from Mrs. Hackman
More details and information to come tomorrow. Stay tuned to your email for the latest communications. Update from Mrs. Hackman this evening. More details coming via email tomorrow; stay tuned to your email. Don’t forget that you have the opportunity to stream our all-school Mass tomorrow via St. Jude of the Lake Church and our parish’s website www.stjudeofthelake.org. Watch it together at 9:15am with us if you like!

Updated: 10:35am, 3/20/2020

March 19, 2020
  
Dear PengWINNER Families,

As you are aware, the decision to close all Minnesota schools beginning March 18-27, 2020, was made last week by Governor Walz and the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul. In anticipation of this closing, our amazing teachers have created distance learning lessons and opportunities for students to complete them while they are off campus. Please see the attached Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for now guide to help provide answers to most of your questions.  While I don’t have all the answers, especially with things changing by the hour, I will continue to update you frequently and I am confident that we will collaboratively figure this out.  As I shared in my last communication, we can do this and do it amazingly well.  Let our PENGUIN POWER shine bright! 

At conferences, some learning materials and activities were given out. Currently, the daily/weekly learning lessons will include all subjects: religion, writing, reading, math, social studies, science, library, gym, Spanish, music, and art. The teachers will be posting more specific directions using Seesaw, with accompanying videos and other resources online using your family email address.  Classroom teachers will also be making personal check-in phone calls.  You can also expect a weekly communication from me on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. 

Additional resources for fun community-building and online learning will be available on our St. Jude of the Lake Facebook page, the Parent RAFT page, and on the school website beginning Monday morning, March 23, 2020. If you are not on the RAFT page yet, please request an online invitation to the page. If you need assistance accessing these sites, please email Stephanie Jakoblich at sjakoblich@stjudeofthelake.org. Still needing to connect with Seesaw, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.  Teachers will also be available via email Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:50 pm for questions regarding learning activities. If your child has any questions or is experiencing any difficulty completing the assignments, please reach out to the appropriate classroom teacher for guidance.

Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens, and Father Chad would like our families to come together in solitary and pray every Wednesday the rosary in your homes. For those who can, they would also like us all to fast on Wednesdays. It is a time for us to all come together in prayer and surround each other with love and support.  In addition to daily live streamed masses Tuesday-Friday and Sunday at 9am on YouTube.com,  Fr. Chad is looking forward to celebrating our all-school masses with everyone as well.

This is a learning opportunity for all of us. I am confident that we can work together as a community to successfully navigate this new experience. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this very trying time. Please contact me at chackman@stjudeofthelake.org or on my personal cell number (651) 470-9531 with any questions or concerns.

On behalf of Fr. Chad, the teachers, staff and myself….Stay well…Stay Positive…Stay Connected…Stay in Prayer!

Carrie Hackman, Principal




  Most Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for now
•    How long is this going to last?
This will last at least until March 30, 2020.  My best guess is after watching the trends, series of emails, and data, it is likely to last somewhat longer.  I will post as I get more information.  
•    We are a smaller community-why can’t we keep our school open?
The Governor and the Archdiocese decided to close all schools to aid the social distancing efforts.  The CDC is now recommending that we all avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.  
•    What will be expected of my student and me?
The expectations are that students try their best and complete the assignments in a timely manner.  As always, we greatly appreciate the time, support, and positive attitude.  In addition, we would be very interested in receiving and be thankful for your feedback and creative ideas to help make this situation even more of a success.  
•    What will the weekly lessons and instructions look like?
Communication and assignments will be coming from the classroom teachers on Mondays.  Follow-up emails and/or personal phone calls will be made on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays or by request.  Each day the classroom teacher will be available by email from 9am-12pm and 1:00pm -3:50pm to assist and answer any questions.  Individual classroom teachers will let you know how to turn in completed assignments. In addition to classroom instruction, please be sure to watch Facebook and the website for fun community building activities.
•    I am not a teacher and/or I have to work from home while my student is expected to be completing assignments – How do I manage all of that during the day?
o    Agree on a schedule that best suits your family and lifestyle.
o    Choose a quiet place, free of distractions, to work on school assignments.  This should be a dedicated space for school only.  Keep all materials and supplies convenient and readily available.  This will help kids get into the mind set to get to work. 
o    EVERYDAY check your family email first thing in the morning.  ATTENDANCE IS BEING TAKEN.
o    Be sure to check-in with your child each day and evening on his/her assignments.  Keep a journal of assignments and activities to use as a checklist.
o    Be sure to take breaks.  Go outside and get some exercise, use an online exercise app, play games, cook, garden, draw, color, work with play dough and enjoy the family time.  Watch our St. Jude of the Lake Facebook page for lots of community building activities!
•    What if I need something from school?
If you need something from school, please email Mrs. Hackman.  The building is currently being sanitized and guests are not allowed.  If this situation is extended, we will be setting up a drop off and pick up area to allow families to safely retrieve items.  
•    How do I turn in completed assignments?
Your classroom teacher will determine the best way to turn in assignments.  Please watch for further communication.
•    What if my child is sick and not able to participate in remote learning?
Teachers will be taking attendance.  If absence is due to illness, parent work and/or travel, or some other reason, the parent/guardian should notify the school attendance line prior to the absence if the student will not be participating that day.  Remember school is still in session remotely out of your homes.  Assignments will still need to be completed and turned in.  
•    Have any events been canceled due to the virus?
o    Yes, ALL Parish and School events, through March and some April dates, have been canceled.  This includes masses for the next two weeks, the Lenten Fish Fry, Egg-cel-LENT Event, Spring Dinner, and Grandparents/Special Persons Day.  Decisions regarding cancellations are based on current information at the time and will be shared as things change.  At this time the Communion Retreat is still on for April 18 with the hope that First Communions would still go on as planned on April 25/26.
•    What if I am not able to make a tuition payment?
Please be sure to contact Carrie Hackman at chackman@stjudeofthelake.org if you have any concerns or are in need of any assistance. We are all in this together!  
•    I am a healthcare provider or emergency responder- Will there be childcare/school provided?
If you are in one of these professions, please contact Carrie Hackman at chackman@stjudeofthelake.org to discuss possible options.  We will need to work together to figure alternative options out. Currently, there are regional area sites to help accommodate the request.  
•    How are we going to keep fostering the great community feel while school is not in session?
We are super excited about some of the fun activities we have planned if the break is extended.  Please be sure to check our school Facebook page and school website for all the fun details and be ready to participate!  
•    Is it ok to meet kids at the park for a playdate?
According to the CDC, you can’t be sure that popular public spaces like playgrounds are risk-free — the virus is estimated to survive on metal, glass and plastic surfaces for anywhere from two hours to nine days.  At this point, restaurants, movie theaters and malls are closing; considering school is out and we don’t want children congregating all together.   Right now, playgrounds are “probably not the safest place.”  It is recommended instead to go to big, wide-open green spaces and not touch any equipment. Remember there are other options for independent outdoor play, like riding on a scooter or a bike. There are also options for indoor movement — for example, there are kids’ yoga videos all over YouTube you and your family can enjoy together for FREE!
•    Should I talk to my child(ren) about COVID-19?
Yes, Concern over this new virus can make children and family members anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. Children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety.  Additional information and specific guidelines can be found at: Talking to Children about COVID-19.  


 Mahtomedi School District Offering Free Breakfast and LunchStarting March 23, Mahtomedi Public Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch, regardless of need, to make sure all youth in our community have access to nutritious meals when school is closed. Meals are available to any child age 1-18, regardless of whether or not they attend our schools. 
To help in that planning, we are surveying families about needs for meals when school is closed.
If your family would benefit from this program, please provide us with additional information. This will be used for planning purposes to help us best determine where and how to distribute meals. Families will not be asked to fill out any paperwork and no names will be recorded.
Click here to complete the Student Meal Request Form

Updated: 10:35am, 3/15/2020

Hello PengWINNER Families,

As the pace of the various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates in order to try to minimize the spread of the virus, Minnesota’s governor and the Archdiocese have ordered schools to close starting this Wednesday, March 18 th through Friday, March 27th.  St Jude of the Lake will follow this direction.

What an opportunity we all have to pull together, support one another and for new learning! 

The school staff has been working over the past few weeks on how best to maximize learning in the event we needed to close school.  Together, I’m confident we will be able to do this effectively.  I know that you will have an abundance of questions – for now, just write them down. 

While I don’t have all the answers yet, we will collaboratively figure this out – we can do this and do it amazingly well.  I’ve already been collaborating with other Catholic School principals in the area to share ideas on how we can effectively manage this rapid change in how we do our craft.  It is a time of uncertainty, that is for sure, and uncertainty is going to be our new normal for awhile.

At conference time, you should have received instructions and supplies to start this new distance learning process.  Please be sure to check your personal email, the school website, and the school RAFT on social media EVERYDAY.  The staff is ready, prepared, and has a fun way to keep spirits up and our community connected. 

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and work hard.  Once we clear this, we will be able to look back and be proud of how we served our Catholic School Community.  Please stay as positive as you can for our students, our families and for one another.  This is going to be a challenge for all of us!! 
 
We will start the new process on Monday March 23 rd, 2020.  
 
Stay Well…Stay Safe…Stay Connected…Pray Often!

In Christ and In Prayer!

Carrie Hackman

Updated: 4:00pm, 3/13/2020

Dear PengWINNER Families,

In a press conference this afternoon, Governor Walz declared Emergency Executive Order 20-01 declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19.  Click here to view the Executive Order. The Governor encourages individual Minnesotans to help protect all Minnesotans by continuing their individual prevention efforts such as staying home when feeling sick, frequently washing their hands, and monitoring information about COVID-19.  He urges and advises Minnesotans to follow MDH guidance regarding hygiene, public gatherings, social distancing, and healthcare use. Minnesotans should regularly check MDH’s COVID-19 webpage.

During Spring Break, we will explore social distancing measures for our school operations when students and staff return.   We will also review upcoming events and activities and explore cancelations or online viewing opportunities. 

The decision to close our schools due to Coronavirus would involve the Minnesota Departments of Education and Health. St. Jude will consult the District but ultimately it will be up to St. Jude of the Lake for implementing our closure. The Department of Health decides the need for quarantining people on a case-by-case basis. Next week, please be sure to check your personal emails, the school website, and social media for the latest updates. We will keep the community closely informed.

On behalf of Fr. Chad, the teachers, staff, and myself, please stay well, safe, and enjoy the time off!

God Bless!
Carrie Hackman, Principal 

Updated: 4:00pm, 3/12/2020

Update on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

We are continuing to monitor information about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and intend to provide our community with updates on our preparations and any new guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it becomes available. Please review our latest update below.

Travel Information
• Next week, March 16-20, 2020, is our Spring Break and we will not have school.
• We encourage families to follow the CDC’s travel information and recommendations.
• If you have questions about whether or not you should travel, please visit the CDC’s FAQ travel section of their website.

Safety of our School Community Going Forward
• We will closely monitor the health conditions of students and employees while they are in school in order to detect any potential for the presence of an infectious illness, including Coronavirus.
• We ask that families and staff work with us to help prevent any spread of the Coronavirus if it comes to our community. We ask you to immediately notify us of any family member who exhibits any serious symptoms that could impact students or staff members.
• The Minnesota Department of Health has the primary responsibility for the overall monitoring of Minnesota residents who may be exposed to the Coronavirus, and they will inform us of any steps they expect us to implement, including school closure.

The Potential of School Closure
• The decision to close our schools due to Coronavirus would involve the Minnesota Departments of Education and Health, and St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School would be responsible for implementing the closure. The Department of Health decides the need for quarantining people on a case-by-case basis. Please watch your personal email, voicemail, and our website for the latest updates.
• If a school closure is necessary, teachers will begin implementing lessons on-line. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Preparations Tips from MDH
• Think about backup plans for childcare when a school is temporarily closed or when parents, children, or a childcare provider is sick.
• Think about necessary items to have at home, including prescription medicines (check your refill dates), and non-prescription medications, such as fever-reducing medications.
• While it is less likely in a mild to moderate outbreak that we would see shortages of food in stores, health officials suggest that people gradually build up at-home supplies of non-perishable foods over the course of the next few weeks. This may help make it easier to stay home if you or a family member becomes sick, or if you want to avoid sick people during more intense waves of transmission at various times in each community.

On behalf of Fr. Chad, the Teachers, Staff, and Myself, stay well and God Bless!

Carrie Hackman, Principal

Updated: 5:00pm 3/6/2020

Dear PengWINNER Families,

Your families health is very important to us, and we want to be sure we are doing our part to keep our church and school campus healthy as possible. We wanted to let you know what steps we are taking to protect each of our staff, students, family members and visitors against the spread of germs, especially the Coronavirus.

While most of us are probably healthy enough to recover with ease from the Coronavirus, there are measures we can take to prevent the spread of germs to others that we have contact with that may be more at risk. Truth be told, these measures are just good practice to prevent the spread of all germs, not just the Coronavirus. 

The protection measures from all respiratory viruses are similar, so this is a good time to review strategies we can all use to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the common cold and/or the flu:

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. This is a great opportunity to say a Hail Mary or Our Father.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home as well. Children need to be fever-free for 24 hours, without any fever reducing medication in their system,  BEFORE they can return to school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with an elbow or tissue, and immediately discard the tissues after use.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces. Currently, our wonderful maintenance staff is paying extra attention to high traffic areas.

We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families in the future.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school nurse, Mary Collins at mcollins@stjudeofthelake.org.
In Christ and Prayer-
Carrie Hackman