March 16, 2020
I hope you and your families are safe. It is a very strange time right now. I have never seen anything like this, and I hope that it goes by quickly. I am trying to keep up with all the information and pass it along as soon as I get it. At this time, the Superintendent’s Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens is meeting to decide the length of time that schools/academies of the diocese will be closed. I will send you the information as soon as I receive it.
We have been asked to begin distance learning for the students of St. Joan of Arc. We will be taking a two-pronged approach to achieve this. First, we will be posting all assignments/homework on the school’s website.
The assignments will be posted under the Class Pages tab on the right side of the webpage. Click on your teacher’s name and the assignments will be posted daily. Secondly, we will also be taking daily attendance. This is for accountability purposes to the federal, state and city governments. To accomplish this, teachers will be using Class Dojo and Google Classrooms. The teachers and I are having a professional day, today, to set these things up. Grades PreK-3 to 2 will be using Class Dojo. Grades 3 to 8 will be using Google Classroom. Using these two applications teachers will be able to take attendance, communicate with students, and answer questions regarding the assignments. Parents in PreK-3 to 2 will be receiving invitations to their parent emails to sign up for Class Dojo. For Grades 3 to 8, students already have username and passwords. They use these each week during Technology Class. The username is their first name and last name (as one word) @sjaschoolny.net
If students are having difficulty logging you can email our Technology teacher, Mrs. Lauterbach at email@example.com. She is our Technology teacher and will help with any technical issues.
Students should log in and answer the attendance assignment each day between 9AM and 11AM. Teachers will be online at this time to answer any questions the students may have regarding any assignments. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS SIGN IN AND COMPLETE THE ATTENDANCE ASSIGNMENTS DURING THIS TIME. The school will have to report attendance numbers during this time. For Grades 3 to 8 to sign in they will need to add classes via class codes. I will post class codes in the teacher pages later today. Students have been taught how to do this as well. Again, if there is any difficulty please email our Technology teacher, Mrs. Lauterbach.
I will try to post any information I receive, quickly, through OptionC and our school website. My email is Raffaele@sjaschool.org. Please email me if you need anything. This is very new for all of us and I hope that it goes by quickly. I ask for your prayers and your patience. The students, teachers, staff and families have been in my prayers since I was hired to be principal at SJA. This is something we could have not foreseen and no amount of “principal/teacher/parent books” could have prepared us for this. I do know that we are a strong community and we love each other. So together we can get through this. I do hope to see you soon and tell the students I miss them already.
Yours in Christ,
Mr. Raffaele Corso