Town Hall – K-2 Curriculum

In place of a traditional curriculum night, we hosted a virtual town hall, featuring all teachers, assistant teachers, and specialists tasked with educating St. John School’s Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Unfortunately, we missed recording the first 5 minutes of the meeting, but Mrs. Tsagalakis singing our school song can be found here. Also in attendance were Principal O’Leary and Vice Principal Kelley, who announced a tentative reopening date for these grades. None of this is possible without our immensely supportive community – thank you, everyone, for always showing up (and wearing masks).

Here are some time-stamped moments we’d like to highlight:

0:40 – Tentative K-2 Reopening Date Announced, October 5th. More details here.
7:19 – Community: Backpack Blessing, Jog-a-thon, Curbside Lunch, and more.
11:24 – Teachers, Assistant Teachers, and Specialists.
34:06 – Thank You to Faculty/Staff, Q&A starts
35:04 – If we reopen, what will happen to lunch?
36:35 – Covid Protocols
39:58 – Remote Learning Plan for families who opt out of in-school instruction.
42:19 – Vice Principal Kelley remarks on at-home assessment testing.
44:38 – Reading Specialist and other small group scheduling.
47:35 – Update on Preschool’s reopening and lessons learned.

St. John Parent Association

Welcome Parents! The St. John School Parent Association (PA) looks to you – our vibrant parent community – to come together to support activities, events, and service opportunities at our school. Your support is more vital than ever this year. Get involved and join us!

All St. John Parents are members of the Parent Association. Learn more about PA-sponsored events and how you can be involved by using the navigation links on the left side of the page. Monthly PA meeting dates are currently being held by Zoom and will be published on both the PA and the school calendars – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Questions? Contact your PA co-chairs, Tricia Kane-Yi and Allan Quiaoit

Town Hall – Preschool

This was a smaller town hall on August 27th to introduce our new preschool teachers, Allie Baber and Tasha Boldon, as well as discuss in-person instruction for preschool students. Also in attendance: Principal Bernadette O’Leary, Vice Principal Paul Kelley, Development Director Jonna Skokan, Parent Association Co-Chairs Tricia Kane-Yi and Allan Quiaoit, and teachers and staff members Vanessa Castillo, Roisin Halley, and Rachelle Overby. Unfortunately, we only have audio for this one, but we’ll make sure to capture video for the next one.

Here are some moments to highlight:

00:00 – Welcome, Remembering Mrs. Flood
04:02 – Introduce New Teachers, Ms. Boldon and Ms. Baber
05:56 – Begin Discussion Re: New Protocols and Covid
15:02 – Begin Questions
16:53 – Requests to Change AM/PM/XDC
17:26 – Cohorts, Separation, Use of Space
18:30 – Snack and Lunch
19:55 – Mask Wearing
21:48 – Screenings, Day-to-Day Logistics
25:32 – Protocols in the Case of Suspected Covid Infection, Checklist
30:04 – Orientation
32:18 – Keeping Each Other Healthy
35:05 – STEAM, Class Plans
39:52 – Remote Learning
41:12 – Chef Michael’s Hot Lunch
43:14 – Curriculum, AM vs PM
45:51 – Drop-off, Pick-up
48:52 – Preliminary Teacher Assignments

Once again, thank you for all of your thoughtful questions. If we didn’t get to them, our staff has certainly read them and is considering them with the same weight as if they were asked in our live session. And as always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Tricia Kane-Yi and Allan Quiaoit, PA Co-Chairs

Town Hall – Remote Learning

Remote Learning and Our Response to Covid-19, hosted by the Parents Association, Principal Bernadette O’Leary, Vice Principal Paul Kelley, and Development Director Jonna Skokan.

Thank you for your thoughtful questions and words of encouragement. We covered a wide range of topics and we unfortunately ran out of time before we could get to all of your individual questions. Hopefully between this virtual forum and Ms. O’Leary’s August 20th Principal’s Letter, you’ll be able to plan and prepare a little bit more for September. Here are some moments from the town hall we’d like to highlight:

02:15 – Prayer and Introduction, Opening Comments
10:20 – Begin Remote Learning Plans Discussion
15:55 – Attendance, Instructional Hours
17:17 – Testing/Assessments
22:15 – Virtual Platforms, Synchronous vs Asynchronous Discussion
28:47 – Teacher Expectations of Parents, Students
34:13 – Pod-Learning
37:22 – XDC
38:30 – Plans for Re-Opening and In-Person Instruction

Please know that even if your question wasn’t raised at this event, it was certainly seen and discussed. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Tricia Kane-Yi and Allan Quiaoit, PA Co-Chairs

Parent Association: Call for 2020-2021 School Year Volunteers

It’s time to start planning for a hugely successful 2020-2021 school year!  The Parent Association is calling all parents interested in being part of classroom leadership teams next year.  Are you interested in being a Room Parent, PA Representative, Auction Liaison, or Hospitality Chair?  Many of the roles require minimal time and can be done from home or office.  Please read the descriptions of each role carefully and sign up here