Principal’s Letter – 9/24/20
“Please do not send your children to school if they have runny noses, sore throats, congestion, or any one of the symptoms on the list. Students who stay home because they have symptoms can still access instruction through our remote learning channels. If your children have runny noses or teary eyes due to allergies, we will need a note from your pediatrician; otherwise, we will send them home.”
If a Member of Your Family is Ill
King County’s checklist regarding your child’s ability to return to school following exposure to Covid-19 or presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms.
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.
To finish our Fall 2020 curriculum series, we hosted a town hall featuring all teachers, specialists, and staff educating and supporting St. John’s middle schoolers.
Here are some time stamps to help you navigate quickly:
0:00 – “Together We Can,” sung by Ms. Tsagalakis
5:04 – Vice Principal Kelley, Covid and Remote Learning topics
9:24 – Principal O’Leary on Re-Opening
16:56 – Community Building
20:57 – Teachers begin
31:45 – Overview of Mr. Tice’s PowerSchool scoring
36:10 – Ms. Mansfield opens up regarding the distinct opportunity to educate through these unprecedented times
41:26 – Mr. Thomas briefly touches on support for high school applications
44:59 – Specialists begin
1:02:07 – How will tests be handled?
1:05:11 – What about science experiments?
1:06:46 – Discussion regarding the Buddy Program, Mentorship
1:08:19 – Deeper conversation regarding the philosophy of at-home testing, trust
1:10:22 – Embracing remote learning format, Social Justice, and “Brave Space”
As part of our curricular department series, on September 22, 2020, we hosted a town hall featuring all teachers and support staff for St. John’s intermediate grades 3 through 5.
We’d like to highlight these moments:
6:30 – Vice Principal Kelley opening comments, school mission
7:58 – 3-5 Re-Opening Plan, click here for detailed PDF
12:26 – Community Building
16:39 – Teacher Introductions begin
22:44 – Assistant Introductions begin
25:14 – Specialist Introductions begin
40:28 – Thank You to Staff, Q&A begins
42:33 – What else can we do as parents?
44:37 – Return date for grades 3-5?
46:48 – Will city keep 1st Ave closed in front of school?
48:17 – Send pictures to Jonna Skokan
49:00 – New surveys will go out to parents if 3-5 can return
49:49 – Tips for finding the right balance between helping and hovering?
53:11 – Broaching the topic of Social Justice
54:58 – Remarks regarding logistics for families who have some portion of the family returning to school, but another portion that isn’t
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.
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.
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.
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