E-Learning Updates

Updated: 9:00pm, 5/31/2020

Hello PengWINNER Families,

It is hard to believe the finish line is in sight! Considering everything going on right now, it is so important to keep to some feeling of comfort and “new” normalcy.  It is more critical than ever to pull together as a community and support each other.  Continue to love, pray, and seek mercy and peace for all. 

Friday, May 29th, was our all school viewing party for Seussical Jr.  This was an incredibly special performance.  The kids were amazing!  If you have not been able to view it yet, please go to our school website and click on the Seussical tab. Again, loud cheers of many thanks to Kyle Schwartz and his team of professionals for being so generous with their time and talent to help us pull this together.  I also wanted to thank everyone that had a hand in this production or any of the productions in the past.  This is an unique experience and incredible opportunity for our students.  Oh, the incredible things we can do…together!  What an awesome experience and memory for all of us!

Quick recap- Our Hello To Summer and Blessings Week of Celebration start on Monday!

Monday June 1- Final Wrap-up (morning) and Talent Show

The Talent Show will be available on our website and/or Facebook page at 1pm.

Tuesday June 2- Virtual Field Trip- Big River Journey on the Mississippi River! 

Classroom teachers will guide the students throughout the day with commentary and fun, interesting activities to enhance the learning experience.

Wednesday June 3- Virtual Track and Field Day

Coach Sicora has an amazing day planned!  All the events are pre-recorded and will be posted on Seesaw.  Please be sure to post your pictures and videos on Seesaw and/or Facebook. 

Thursday June 4- Hello to Summer and Blessing Celebration   11:00am-12:30pm

This is a special day to honor our fifth-grade graduates and our students for all their hard work.  Invitation details are posted on the website and on our Facebook page. 

All School Mass LIVE on the St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church Facebook page at 9:15am. 

*Fifth Grade Families, Mrs. Ryan will be sharing more details with you regarding mass attendance in the Church. 

            Graduation ceremony and Celebration at 11am in the school parking lot.

Friendly reminder, during this event it is important that all parents and students remain in their cars, practice social distancing, and ensure a safe environment for all.   Please roll your windows down and/or open your sunroofs so you can hear and cheer!  No one will be permitted to walk around the campus, the parking lot, or other parts of the building during this time. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

The celebration will be streamed LIVE and slideshow will have a link on Facebook and our website for everyone’s safety, convenience, and viewing pleasure.      

Lunch and Materials Pick-up   11:35am

Lunch will be delivered to your car.  Please bring your own beverages.

Please place all the class materials in a bag in your trunk.  Pop open your trunk, and someone will be by to pick the bag up before you head over to the circle drive. Items to be returned are:

·        Textbooks

·        Library Books

·        Miscellaneous materials teachers shared throughout the year.

·        Musical Instruments and/or Uniforms for the Laker Lender

Few last fun things before we say “Hello Summer!”        11:35am-12:30pm

Please drive around to the front circle drive to drop off your student(s) device(s) and cord(s), pick up your SUMMER FUN bag and T-shirt, and get your ice cream truck frozen treat!

Several students were able to retrieve their locker or desk contents on May 20. The items were bagged with each student’s name on it in the atrium.  If you did not already pick these items up or the items were not available, they will be available on June 4.  Someone will run the items to your car and place them in your open trunk during lunch.

Please don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook.  You can visit our school website to complete your purchase.  The books will be available later this summer for pick-up.  For any yearbook related questions, please contact Ann Clark at annsclark2003@gmail.com.

As always, if your family finds itself in unexpected financial hardship and you’re worrying about paying tuition for the remainder of this year or next, please reach out to me.  We have options!  

On behalf of everyone at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School, thank you for sharing your family with us.  We have embraced these crazy times and made our community stronger and even more amazing!  We have held each other up.

Stay well…Stay safe…Stay connected…Stay active…Stay in prayer…and KEEP THE PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!

Cheerfully In Christ,

Carrie Hackman, Principal


Updated: 9:30pm, 5/24/2020

Hello PengWINNER Families,

 It is hard to believe we are coming around to the final
stretch!
  It has been fun to continue to
look for different and unique ways to navigate the challenging times and add
more joy to the mix.
  We hope your
student(s) and family will get into the excitement these last two weeks of school
will bring.

 As I shared before, this week is Wrap-Up and Assessment
Week, as well as the showing of our virtual school play, Seussical Jr.
For the
assessment portion of the week, consider this time as a reward for all your
hard work!
  Please resist the urges and
begs for help from your student(s).
  In
most cases the student will not even know an assessment is going on.
  We want to get the most accurate picture we
can in order to best support our students during the summer and starting for
the fall. We are exploring the possibility of offering tutoring options and
other learning experiences over the summer.
 
Details will be shared as they become available.  Everyone should have received their play
viewing package on May 20. On Friday, May 29th, wear your t-shirt, pop your
popcorn, grab a seat, and fire up your computer for an all school viewing
party!
  Tune into our school website
and/or Facebook page at 7pm for the big premiere of Seussical Jr.
From what I
am seeing and hearing, this is going to be an incredibly special
performance.
   Loud cheers of many thanks
to Kyle Schwartz and his team of professionals for being so generous with their
time and talent to help us pull this together.
 
Oh, the incredible things Kyle and his team can do!  What an awesome experience and memory for all
of us!

The following week, starting June 1, will be the start of
our Hello to Summer and Blessing Celebrations.

 Monday June 1- Final Wrap-up (morning) and Talent Show
The Talent Show will be available on our website and/or
Facebook page at 1pm.

 Tuesday June 2- Virtual Field Trip- Big River Journey on the
Mississippi River!
Classroom teachers will guide the students throughout the
day with commentary and fun interesting activities to enhance the learning
experience.

 Wednesday June 3- Virtual Track and Field Day
Coach Sicora has an amazing day planned!  All the events are pre-recorded and will be
posted on Seesaw.
  Please be sure to post
your pictures and videos on Seesaw and/or Facebook.

 Thursday June 4- Hello to Summer and Blessing
Celebration
   11:00am-12:30pm
This is a special day to honor our fifth-grade graduates and
our students for all their hard work.
 
Invitation details are posted on the website and on our Facebook page.
All School Mass LIVE on the St. Jude of the Lake Catholic
Church Facebook page at 9:15am.

            Graduation
ceremony and Celebration at 11am in the school parking lot.
Friendly reminder, during this event it is important that
all parents and students remain in their cars, practice social distancing, and
ensure a safe environment for all.
  
Please roll your windows down and/or open your sunroofs so you can hear
and cheer!
  No one will be permitted to
walk around the campus, the parking lot, or other parts of the building during
this time. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

The celebration will be streamed LIVE and slideshow will
have a link on Facebook and our website for everyone’s safety, convenience, and
viewing pleasure.     

Lunch and Materials Pick-up  
11:35am
Lunch will be delivered to your car.  Please bring your own beverages.

Please place all the class materials in a bag in your trunk.
 Pop open your trunk, and someone will be
by to pick the bag up before you head over to the circle drive. Items to be
returned are:

  • Textbooks
  • Library Books
  • Miscellaneous materials teachers shared throughout the year.
  • Musical Instruments and/or Uniforms for the Laker Lender

Few last fun things before we say “Hello Summer!”        11:35am-12:30pm
Please drive around to the front circle drive to drop off
your student(s) device(s) and cord(s), pick up your SUMMER FUN bag and T-shirt,
and get your ice cream truck frozen treat!

Several students were able to retrieve their locker or desk
contents on May 20. The items were bagged with student’s name on it in the
atrium.  If you did not already pick
these items up or the items were not available, they will be available on June
4.  Someone will run the items to your
car and place them in your open trunk during lunch.

Please don’t forget to order your 2019-2020 yearbook.  You can visit our school website to complete
your purchase.  The books will be
available later this summer for pick-up. 
For any yearbook related questions, please contact Ann Clark at
annsclark2003@gmail.com.

As always, if your family finds itself in unexpected
financial hardship and you’re worrying about paying tuition for the remainder
of this year or next, please reach out to me. 
We have options! 

 On behalf of everyone at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic
School, thank you for sharing your family with us.
  We have embraced these crazy times and made
our community stronger and even more amazing!
  
We are truly blessed!

 Stay well…Stay safe…Stay connected…Stay active…Stay in
prayer…and KEEP THE PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!

 Cheerfully In Christ,
Carrie Hackman, Principal


Updated: 10:30pm, 5/17/2020

Dear PengWINNER Families,

I hope you found this week’s learning activities fun and engaging. We are working hard to keep with the rich traditions and opportunities our students and families have come to love and enjoy at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School. In the current climate, it is so important to stay connected to things that are familiar. I think I can speak on behalf of the entire Staff: we were so excited to see you at the Trout Release Event on Wednesday. We miss the energy, enthusiasm, funny banter, bedheads, and milk mustaches the kids bring into the building each day. Our prayers continue that we will all be back to OUR HAPPY PLACE in the Fall! Until then, we continue to grow stronger and make incredible memories together each day!

I imagine you are anxious to know what our school days are going to look like as we wind down the year. While it will look different than what we were originally planning on, we have organized several fun-filled activities that we think will support our students, keep our families connected, and create some pretty fantastic memories along the way. This continues to be unchartered territory for us, but we are embracing the challenge of thinking out of the box.

Below is a snapshot of what you can expect in the upcoming weeks.

May 18, 2020: 5th Grade VIRTUAL Get-Together (aka Overnight)

May 20, 2020: Play Viewing Packet Pick-Up Day in the Atrium from 9 am to 4 pm.
This was previously planned for the following week, but the shirts are in and ready to be shared! The outside door will be open for you to visit at your convenience. There will not be a staff member present during this time. Please take one packet per student. Please see the invitation link on the website for all the details! https://www.stjudeofthelakeschool.org/2020/05/15/seussical-jr/

ATTENTION Kindergarten and Fifth Graders and Parents: Please pick up a graduation hat, white paint pen and yard sign for our Hello Summer and Blessing Celebration on June 4th. Teachers will give further directions for hat decorating. Please put the sign in your front yard. Thanks!

May 25, 2020: Memorial Day- No Distance Learning
Enjoy a fun-filled safe holiday!

May 26- May 29, 2020: Wrap Up and Assessment Week starts.
For grade reporting purposes, we will consider Friday, May 22 the last day of Quarter 4. Students can continue to submit any owed work to their teacher by Friday, May 29. We plan to send Quarter 4 report cards home and post on TADs June 4th, as originally planned. Even though students will not receive formal grades for this quarter, it is still essential that they engage with each lesson and do their best. A separate addendum will accompany the report card explaining the “distance learning” reporting/grading process. As a friendly reminder, in an effort to identify any gaps in learning that have developed as a result of the COVID-19 school closure, we are currently making curricular adjustments for the Fall 2020 semester. We are planning on providing an assessment during the week of May 22 and again at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year to determine each student’s needs and develop targeted plans as needed. During this week of May 26, it is most important that parents take a hands-off approach while assessments are being conducted. You have provided amazing support throughout the entire on-line learning experience. THANK YOU! Consider this time as a reward for all your hard work! In most cases the student will not even know an assessment is going on. We want to get the most accurate picture we can in order to best support our students during the summer and starting again in the fall. We are looking into possibly offering tutoring options this summer. More information will be shared as decisions are made and details become available.

May 29, 2020: VIRTUAL OPENING NIGHT- Seussical Jr. 7pm in your home theater
Put on your t-shirt, find your seat, grab your popcorn and let’s tune in together either on our school website and/or Facebook page to watch it all together!

June 1- 3, 2020: Activities and Celebration-
In keeping with our rich and super fun traditions at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School, we have a robust schedule of events planned. A separate and detailed agenda will be sent at the end of this week.

June 4, 2020: Hello To Summer and Blessings Celebration in St. Jude of the Lake parking lot from 11am-12:30pm, following on-line, all-school mass at 9:15am.
We will be practicing social distancing in the most creative ways! Stay tuned. You will not want to miss this memorable occasion! Please watch for an evite to RSVP. A very detailed invitation will be sent May 24th with information on device and materials return, student’s personal belongings retrieval, ceremony LIVE and pre-recorded link details, to-go lunches, and the favorite frozen desserts at the end!

June 13, 2020: St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church and School VIRTUAL Spring Dinner and Auction
An event you won’t want to miss! Please click on the link below for all the details. This is an awesome way to support our amazing community. It’s free to attend and bid on any of the wonderful auction items. Dinner is also available, catered by Lake Elmo, for pick-up. This year our Fund in Need will support campus security and our playground renovation and addition. https://www.stjudeofthelake.org/annual-dinner-auction/

Speaking of our playground, I am excited to announce Option #2 was the favorite and construction will begin mid-June!

Please check out our school website that has been re-designed to better support our families and students. It includes resources and links to most everything you and your family will need to stay in the know and connected. The site is updated weekly. www.stjudeofthelakeschool.org

My thoughts and prayers continue to be held up for our very special community. Virtual fist bumps all around. The St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School parents, students, teachers, and staff are shining bright!

Stay well…Stay safe…Stay active…Stay connected…Stay in prayer …and KEEP THE PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!

Cheerfully In Christ and Prayer-

Carrie Hackman, Principal


Updated: 8:30pm, 5/10/2020

Dear PengWINNER Families,

We are hitting our stride in Week 8 of this new routine and really working together to maximize and make the best of the distance learning experience. I have great respect, love and admiration for our teachers, students, families, and our entire PengWINNER community. I do believe we will look back on these times and be so proud of how we supported each other and our community. WE ARE ALL SHINING BRIGHTER!

I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few details regarding all the wonderful things that we have coming up, express my gratitude, and give a shout out to all the Moms and Like-A Moms out there.

First, to all Moms and Like -A- Moms: Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you have an opportunity to sit back, relax, and let others take care of you! I wish you a fabulous day filled with love, laughter, and good food made possible by someone other than you.

Secondly, Home and School, you hosted an amazing Teacher Appreciation Celebration! I think you might have outdone yourself this year. The community support brought and still brings tears to my eyes. On behalf of the entire staff, thanks for all the time, effort, support, kindness, and joy you shared. It was such a memorable experience! We are blessed.

Lastly, we have an amazing calendar of opportunities coming up.

The LIVE virtual Trout Release Event is THIS Wednesday May 13! You will receive a separate invitation highlighting all the details of the day following this communication. The two biggest take-aways are: Trout viewing and activity materials pick up. Materials pick-up will be Wednesday May 13 from 9-10am in the STJ circle drive and the actual event will start virtually LIVE at 11am. Our school website and Facebook will have the link for you to tune in. The activities bag will have all the materials and supplies the students will need throughout the day. PLEASE let me know if this time will not work for you to pick up the materials. Other arrangements can be made.

May 11 starts preparations of our VIRTUAL All-School Play, Seussical Jr. Kyle Schwartz, our amazing Director, will be orchestrating our very own virtual version of our play. Further communication from Kyle will be shared on or before May 11. Play viewing packets will be available for pick up Wednesday May 20 in the Atrium from 9-4pm. One packet per student. The virtual show will be May 29 at 7pm in YOUR home theater! Our school website and Facebook page will have the link for you to tune in.

May 18th is the 5th Grade VIRTUAL Get-Together. More details for our Fifth Grade Families ONLY will be shared separately from Mrs. Ryan. I got a glimpse of the activities and they are FUN!

Wrap Up and Assessment Week starts Tuesday May 26. Students have been receiving feedback from teachers and grades for their assignments throughout the distance learning time. Our goal has always been to keep student’s minds actively engaged with school and to connect with teachers and classmates. For grade reporting purposes, we will consider Friday May 22 the last day of Quarter 4. Students can continue to submit any owed work to their teacher by Friday May 29. We plan to send Quarter 4 report cards home and post on TADs June 4th, as originally planned. Even though students will not receive formal grades for this quarter, it is still essential that they engage with each lesson and do their best. A separate addendum will accompany the report card explaining the “distance learning” reporting/grading process.

In an effort to identify any gaps in learning that have developed as a result of the COVID-19 school closure, we are currently making curricular adjustments for the Fall 2020 semester. We are planning on providing an assessment during the week of May 22 and again at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year to determine each student’s needs and develop targeted plans as needed. During the week of May 26, it is most important that parents take a hands-off approach while assessments are being conducted. You have provided amazing support throughout the entire on-line learning experience. Consider this time as a reward for all your hard work! In most cases the student will not even know an assessment is going on. We want to get the most accurate picture we can in order to best support our students during the summer and starting again in the fall. We are looking into possibly offering tutoring options this summer. More information will be shared as decisions are made and details become available. Please remember, there was no right or wrong way to manage through our current situation. The priority is/was to keep ourselves healthy and support our kids in trying to process and navigate what is going on in the world all while trying to get some learning in. We all did our best. Our best might have looked different every day, but it was our best. As a school and staff, we are prepared to meet and support each student where they are at. We got this!

The week of June 4th Activities and Celebration– In keeping with our rich and super fun traditions at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School, we have a robust schedule of events planned. A separate and detailed agenda for the week will be sent May 17th. Just a heads-up for those planners in the group, we will be holding our Hello To Summer and Blessings Celebration in St. Jude of the Lake parking lot starting at 11am, following on-line, all-school mass at 9:15am. We will be practicing social distancing in the most creative ways! Stay tuned. You will not want to miss this memorable occasion!

In times like these I try to remember that happiness ought not be dictated by what happens, but rather how we choose to act and respond to difficult and even unprecedented situations. Our collective grace, patience, empathy, understanding, and compassion are holding us up and continues to get us through this. We are a stronger community!

Continue to take care of yourselves, each other and OUR HAPPY PLACE!

Stay well…Stay connected…Stay positive…Stay active…Stay together…Stay in prayer and KEEP THAT PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!

God Bless You All-
Carrie Hackman, Principal

Updated: 9:00am, 5/1/2020

Dear PengWINNER Families!

Happy May Day!  For me, the first day of May always brings a mixture of emotions.  I love that Spring is in the air! The sun is out, the leaves, grass, and flowers are growing, but all that means the school year is starting to wrap up. I miss the kids and the energy they bring to my days.  I am sure you would agree, this year has been filled with many wonderful memories and a big surprise.  I would not have guessed back in September that we would be in the middle of a global pandemic. Over the years, I have learned that most challenges come with many blessings and silver linings weaved into them, and this is no exception. All over the world we are seeing not only the sadness brought on by this virus, but the beauty of humanity coming together for each other.

As we begin the final month of our school year, let us continue to bring God’s love, grace, and joy into all that we do. In keeping with the rich and exciting traditions of St. Jude of the Lake, we have many fun activities on the calendar, starting with May Crowing TODAY at 2pm in the back-parking lot. We will wrap up with our Hello Summer and Many Blessings Celebration on Thursday June 4th in the front circle drive.  The revised calendar is attached to this announcement. 

A couple friendly reminders: Our plant and yearbook sales are underway!  You should have received separate emails that included all the details and live links to complete your orders.  You can also visit our Facebook page and website to locate the information and make your purchase(s).  The Costa’s Plant Fundraiser will help support our all-school play, Seussical Jr., this year. The production will look a little different because of our current situation, but I am super excited with how we worked together to make something amazing and memorable happen for the kids.  Stay tuned for more information on our digital production!  Kyle Schwartz, our Director, will be reaching out starting the week of May 11. If you have any questions regarding the yearbook in general, or about the opportunity to personalize your order, please reach out to Ann Clark at annsclark2003@gmail.com.  Thanks again for supporting St. Jude and our incredible community!

I hope and pray we’ll all be able to meet back at our HAPPY PLACE very soon. Until then, let’s hold each other up in prayer. 
On behalf of everyone at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School, thank you for sharing your family with us.  We have embraced these crazy times and made our community stronger and even more amazing!   We are truly blessed!.

Stay well…Stay connected…Stay active…. Stay in prayer…And KEEP THAT PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!

God Bless.
Cheerfully In Christ-
Carrie Hackman, Principal

  St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School
Countdown To Summer Calendar 2019-2020

May 4- May 8                           Distance Learning continues

May 5– Materials Pick-Up Day- (Individual teachers will advise if needed)
            (Atrium- circle drive)
            H&S Appreciation Parade 3:30pm (back parking lot)
May 6– Lunch with Fr. Chad 12:15pm (LIVE on Facebook)
May 7– All School Mass 9:15 (LIVE on Facebook)
May 8– Rosary and News with Fr. Chad at 3:10pm (LIVE on Facebook)

May 11- May 15                        Distance Learning continues

May 13– Trout Release Day Event
 Activities Pick-Up from 9:00am-10:00am (Atrium- circle drive).  Come see the trout before they are released and get the materials   for all the activities for the day!
LIVE Field Trip to Browns Creek starts at 11:00am on-line (more details to follow)
Lunch with Fr. Chad 12:15pm (LIVE on Facebook)
May 14– All- School Mass 9:15am (LIVE on Facebook)
May 15– Rosary and News with Fr. Chad at 3:10pm (LIVE on Facebook)

May 18- May 22                        Distance Learning continues

May 20 – Lunch with Fr. Chad 12:15pm (LIVE on Facebook)
May 21– All School Mass 9:15 (LIVE on Facebook)
May 22– Rosary and News with Fr. Chad at 3:10pm (LIVE on Facebook)

May 25- May 30                        Distance Learning continues
Wrap Up and Assessment Week

May 25- Memorial Day – No Distance Learning
May 27– Play Package Pick-Up 2:00pm-3:00pm (Atrium- circle drive)
 Lunch with Fr. Chad 12:15pm (LIVE on Facebook)
May 28– All School Mass 9:15 (LIVE on Facebook)
May 29– Rosary and News with Fr. Chad at 3:10pm (LIVE on Facebook)
                        St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School
presents Seussical the Musical 7pm
            (All the details for our digital production to follow!)

June 1-4                                  Let’s Finish Strong!

June 1– Class Wrap-Up and Talent Show
June 2– Class Wrap-Up and Virtual Field Trip
June 3– Virtual Track and Field Day
June 4– All- School Mass at 9:15am (LIVE on Facebook)
Hello Summer and Many Blessings Celebration
starting at 10:30am (Atrium- circle drive)
            Detailed invitation to follow.
            Device and Materials drop-off

Updated: 8:00pm, 4/17/2020

Dear PengWINNER Families,

The impact and spread of the COVID-19 virus has turned our families, schools, cities, states, and world upside down. It is more important than ever to protect the health and well-being of our students, families, friends, and school and parish communities. At the heart of this is our beautiful faith that allows us the opportunity to continue to pray to God for peace, grace, comfort, and a healthy resolution to these unprecedented times so we can once again be together in our Happy Place.

It’s crazy to think that just last month we started this remote learning adventure.  For the most part, the teachers and staff were pleased with how it all quickly was put into motion, especially having just a few days to get set.  All of them spent hours of their Spring Break and weekend to make sure they were prepared enough to get the remote learning program started and devices home.  There was not, and still isn’t, an instructional manual for this situation!  

Over the last four weeks, we have learned a lot and the days are, for the most part, going smoother now that there is a routine the students, families, and teachers are getting familiar with. When many of you do not have a teaching background or are having to work from home while managing your student’s needs, it adds a new layer to the challenges and stress factors. Our teachers are in similar boats trying to teach and help with their own children’s learning and family struggles.  For these reasons and many more, we want to hear from YOU.  We are all in this together.  If there is something we can do to make this incredibly unique experience easier for your child(ren) and family, we would like to know about it and help in any way we are able.  I am sure you feel the same way about supporting the staff.  To that end, attached is a short survey asking for your feedback. It is important to us to continue to assess and improve the remote learning program.  Please take a minute or two to help us out.

I cannot thank everyone enough for all the patience and flexibility in trying to adapt to this unfamiliar territory.  This has been hard for everyone. We will look back and be proud of the way we grew even stronger in our faith, and as a family and community, supporting one another the best we can with every step of the way.

Again, thank you!  Please know how much we appreciate all your prayers, support, and efforts at home. 

Stay well…Stay connected…Stay positive…Stay active…Stay in prayer…and Keep the Penguin Power shining bright!

Cheerfully In Christ and Prayer- God Bless!
Carrie Hackman, Principal 

Updated: 8:00pm, 4/13/2020

Hello PengWINNER Families,

As we return from Easter Break, we will enter the next phase of our remote learning.  It is our goal to continue to provide each student with high quality remote learning.  We know that families have varying needs at home, and we know there will be no perfect fit for everyone, but we are making all efforts to continue refining our remote program to better serve you.  In this light, we’re asking for feedback from families to guide us in our next steps.  This Friday there will be a short online survey sent to all of our families.  Please take a few minutes to complete it.  We are all this this together and we truly appreciate the support!

Check out our Facebook page for our virtual spirit wear fun this week and post your videos waving so you are included in the all-school video.   Please expect a check-in call from me this week to hear how things are going. Don’t forget you have my cell number if you would like/need to reach out directly anytime.  New this week, our Drive Thru Pop-Up/In “Easter Baskets In The Boot” is on Wednesday April 15 from 2pm-3pm.  HOP on over and POP open your boot (trunk)!  Your favorite teachers and staff members will be filling your Easter baskets with surprises, books, and schools’ supplies (on-site request).  When you return home, you can check out all your treats!

Also, as a friendly reminder, if your family finds itself in unexpected financial hardship and you’re worrying about paying tuition for the remainder of this year or next, please reach out to me to discuss the options.  

On behalf of the St. Jude of the Lake School Staff, we wish you all the peace, comfort, and love only the risen Christ can bring.  We hope your family enjoyed a very blessed Easter and will continue to celebrate the season over the next several weeks!

Stay well…Stay positive…Stay active…Stay in prayer …and Keep the Penguin Power shining bright!

Cheerfully in Christ,
Carrie Hackman, Principal 

Updated: 6:00pm, 4/5/2020

Dear PengWINNER Families,

We are getting ready to start Week 3 of our learning adventure.  Congratulations on all your successes this week!  I know this new normal is not easy.  While talking with so many of you over the last two weeks, I am grateful to hear your voices and stories.  As I lay my head down each night and hold each one of you up in prayer, the reality sinks in that the threads in the new fabric are complicated.  I am extremely thankful for all of you and the AMAZING community that we have built together.  As the challenges of the current situation continue to intensify, I wanted to take the time to spread gratitude throughout our community.

To our parents and families, I want to thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. We recognize the pressures of working from home, helping and supporting your child(ren), and maintaining your homes. These are tough times.  Your willingness to rise to the occasion is inspiring, and is helping your child(ren) and strengthening our community immensely.

 To our students, we love you and we miss being with you!  We are all here for you and we will do everything we can to make this situation the best it can be for you. Your parents and teachers are working together to support you.  Please continue to keep doing your best, and let us know if you need any additional help or just need someone to talk to.

 To our teachers and staff, we are thankful for your commitment to the students and each other. You have done a remarkable job in the uncharted waters of remote learning. The professionalism, grace, commitment, and flexibility you have shared are admirable.  You are in a unique position of balancing your new normal in your own homes and remotely with our school families.  We know it’s been hard, and it will get harder, but we have full faith that together we will take great care of the students and get through this.
There are a couple areas I would like to address now that the newness of the extended school closure is over and the new normal has set in: screen time and emotional health. 

Since eLearning has started, it seems like our children are spending lots of time in front of screens.  Between television and personal devices, this may not appear to be the healthiest scenario.  As with many things in life, it is important to keep everything in moderation. Because of the unique times we are in, screen usage is going to go up due to the eLearning teaching format.  To that end, it might mean television and gaming screen times are going to need to go down and be limited for the time being. It is crucial kids interact with their peers and teachers. These relationships are an important piece to maintaining security and comfort in these unprecedented times.  All screen time are not created equal and some screen-based activities are healthier than others.  Again, balance and moderation are the key thoughts here.      

Below are a few Q-TIPS (QuarantineTips) to help with screen time moderation:

  • Setting up a screen-free area or times to unplug in your homes
  • Model healthy electronic usage
  • Use parental controls
  • Encourage other activities

With the implementation of e-learning, parents/guardians are being asked to do even more than before to support a healthy and productive learning environment at home.  Kids and adults alike thrive on routine. With today’s reality, all that has been disrupted. Together, we can help ourselves and our students by providing the framework that keeps their minds, bodies, and spirits healthy and active.

Please keep in mind that each day is going to look a little different and maybe somedays will look a lot different.  Some will go smoothly and the next day might feel like everything is falling apart.  That’s normal and perfectly okay.  There’s no “perfect” or “right” way to manage through this situation.  The priority is to keep ourselves healthy and support our kids in trying to process what is going on in the world.  Your child will not fall behind if they need mental health breaks. Frankly, we all need mental health breaks.  Be sure to take them, for you and for your kids. 

Below are a few friendly reminder Q-TIPS for supporting emotional health:

  • Cook together
  • Get outside
  • Read together
  • Have a lunch break together
  • Family game and/or movie night together
  • Pray together
  • Check in on everyone’s feelings

One helpful concept that we instill at school is very relevant to our current situation:  we may not be able to change someone’s situation, but we can change how they feel going through it.  Let’s all keep that in mind as we interact each day and try to make every day enjoyable and productive.  As I shared in previous communications, we are going to look back on these times and be proud of how we supported our community.  If we learn nothing more than how much we love and appreciate each other, and our happy place, then we will have succeeded.  Our collective grace, patience, empathy, understanding and compassion will get us through this.  We will come out the other side a stronger community (with some new strengths and great stories). 
Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, take care of our HAPPY PLACE.

Stay Well…Stay connected…Stay positive…Stay active…Stay together…Stay in Prayer

 God Bless- Carrie Hackman, Principal

Updated: 3:00pm, 4/30/2020

Dear PengWINNER Families,

I am sure many of you have heard that this afternoon Governor Walz announced an extension of the Stay at Home Order for the state of Minnesota until May 18, 2020. Details about the Stay at Home Order can be found on the Minnesota COVID-19 Website.

Please watch your email tomorrow morning for an all-school communication containing details of our school calendar through the end of the school year.

Stay well…Stay…connected…Stay active…Stay in prayer…and continue to KEEP YOUR PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!

God Bless!Carrie Hackman, Principal

Updated: 4:00pm, 4/23/2020

Dear PengWinner Families-

You have likely heard the news announced by Governor Walz’s press conference today that the school closure will be extended through the end of the year.  While many of us suspected this was coming, it is very disappointing to our entire community. As a staff, in addition to carrying on with improving the academic experience, we are working together to continue to provide fun and engaging community building activities that the kids enjoy and are able to continue to connect with one another.  I know we will be stronger when we are able to meet back at our HAPPY PLACE together once we are on the other side of this COVID-19 pandemic.  I pray each day that we look back and are proud of how we walked the journey and we wrote our history together!

On behalf of myself and the St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School Staff, thank you for walking the journey with us. 

Stay well…Stay safe…Stay active…Stay connected…Stay in prayer…and KEEP THE PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!

God Bless!
Carrie Hackman, Principal

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