Holy Redeemer Temporary School Closure Due to COVID-19
Dear Holy Redeemer Parents,
It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that the Archbishop has extended the school closure dates. Archbishop Carlson writes, “Following the announcement of a stay-at-home order, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will extend the closure of all archdiocesan elementary and high schools-including all grades preschool through 12-from now through Wednesday, April 22. Pending continuing updates and guidance from local and state government and health officials, we have preliminary plans to allow teachers to return on Thursday, April 23, and students to return on Monday, April 27.”
First, I pray that the first couple of days of homeschooling is going smoothly. I want to reassure you that we will be here with you throughout this process. If you have any challenges with technology, please contact Mr. Biggs. (Be sure to check out Mr. Biggs Morning Announcements. This will help the students continue a routine we had at school.) Also,your child’s teacher will be available to address any concerns or questions you have related to the curriculum. If you need any supplies or things left at school, please contact me directly. Also, I would like to remind you of what I mentioned in my last letter. If you have a need with food or financial assistance, you can contact St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis at 314-881-6000 and Catholic Charities of St. Louis at 314-367-5500.
Second, I want to make sure we do not create any unnecessary anxiety in your home. This is uncharted territory and while I expect things to go well-there is a lot of unknown variables. We cannot control the internet providers in your homes nor do we know how the entire network will react to this many people learning and working remotely at one time.
Third, we will be trying to strike a balance between providing enough work for students to do and not overwhelming students or their parents. We understand this is going to be a challenging time for families so please communicate with us any issues or concerns you have.
As we have just learned of the extended time out of school, we will continue with our e-learning plans. I am certain there will be additional packets and a need for a drop-off of completed work for the primary grades. After I have had a chance to communicate with these teachers, we will share this information with all of you.
I do want to send a BIG Thank You to the teachers who have worked so hard to get this distance learning program up and running in so little time. I am grateful and feel truly blessed to be working alongside such dedicated and hard-working educators.
I am praying for all of you. It is amazing to think that I could never have imagined a time when I could not go to church, and now I wish I could go there more than anywhere else! It is my sincere wish that we come out of this with closer relationships with our families and a greater appreciation for the many blessings we have in our lives.
God bless you,
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Holy Redeemer School seeks to live out and pass on the virtues of Jesus Christ in the context of academic excellence. We recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children, so with Jesus as our teacher and example, we form a partnership among families, faculty, pastor and parish in which students are guided toward a productive, mature, Christ centered adulthood. Compassion, responsibility, and mutual respect are considered essential, as is an active and growing sacramental life, true to the Gospel.
In a safe and secure environment, we nurture each child’s unique qualities and abilities, encouraging and guiding them to fulfill their God-given potential. Academic excellence, citizenship and service to others are the main focus of our educational experience.
Maintaining our Catholic identity, we celebrate diversity and ecumenism. Knowing our limitations, we promote reconciliation and forgiveness. All is done knowing Christ is our Redeemer.
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