Bi-Weekly News from SFDS

Bi-Weekly Blog from SFDS

It is a quiet couple of weeks at St. Francis de Sales High School but those in the building are hard at work getting ready for the first day of school next month. This week, we welcomed families for Pioneer Village packet pick up. We are also getting ready to mail the summer packet for new and returning families. Look for that next week! 

Community News 

We have had questions from people about where COVID testing is offered. This link includes a list of all Federally qualified health centers, including the Chicago Family Health Centers on the South and East Side that offer COVID testing. Other information on free testing can be found here //chicago.curativeinc.com/welcome

Big Shoulders Fund is offering a variety of virtual classes for students! Sign up by this Friday for these virtual Summer Enrichment classes for K-12 that start next Monday. See the list here and register here.

Archdiocese Plans for Catholic Schools in Chicago to Open In August

Dear Families,

The beginning of June is always an exciting time, filled with celebrations and natural transitions. This year, because of COVID-19, we are celebrating in different ways, but appreciating our relationships on a deeper level and treasuring the support we have around us.

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However, the question on everyone’s mind is: Where do we go from here?

Cardinal Cupich shared the following good news with us:

”We want you to know that we have every expectation that our schools will be open in the fall. And that we will employ measures that keep the safety of your children a top priority. We are working with experts in this area, as well as state and local public health officials. Anyone returning to one of our school buildings can have confidence that we have taken every measure we can: enhanced regular cleaning and disinfecting of high contact areas, the use of plexiglass barriers in common spaces such as main offices, the availability of adequate supplies of sanitizer and PPE, and temperature checks on anyone showing symptoms.

We also know that some will prefer or need to stay at home. Remote learning will be available for these students, so they can keep pace with their class.

Our decision to plan aggressively for reopening our schools this year is based on the value we place on face-to-face instruction and the community learning environment that has been a hallmark of Catholic school education over the years. Over the summer we will keep you up to date as our plans develop, but we are sending this first message to assure you we will do whatever is needed to open our schools this year.

We can only do this with your continued support. So, if you have not yet registered at your school for this coming year, please do so immediately. We are only as strong as the partnership we have with parents who enroll their children in our schools. We have a proud history of education and we should not allow this challenge to undermine or diminish that tradition. What we do in this moment will have an impact on Catholic school education for years to come.”

The cardinal and I will pray for you and your families, asking God to keep all of you safe over the summer months. We want to see everyone return to our schools this year, healthy and ready to get to work. God bless you all.

John Kimec, Principal

 

Social Justice Resources

Yesterday, George Floyd was laid to rest to be with our heavenly father in heaven. Around the world, voices are heard praying for change and people are seen working to make those prayers and pleas heard. Within the past two weeks, there has been a lot of news coverage around the protests, looting, and the inequality within our society. Along with our world still dealing with a global pandemic, this is a lot to take in at once.

Thanks to the help of Ms. Ollie and Big Shoulders Fund, we have collected resources for our students and families to use to help them during this time. Resources include an educational anti-racism guide, free mental health guide, and ways to work with your students/children on taking in the news from the past two weeks.

Free Mental Health Resources

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Free Educational Anti-Racism Resources

//oyc.yale.edu/african-american-studies/afam-162

//www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2020/06/02/books-to-learn-more-anti-racism-adults-kids/5306873002/  

Free Teacher Resources to do Anti-Racism Education

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Volunteer Opportunities

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