May 18, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for participating in the surveys we did over the past couple of weeks. As for the structure we would offer next year, there were two (2) choices on the surveys. The first was to have students in school on either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, or, second, to continue as we are with packets of work sent home each week. In both structures, food service will continue. The first choice will have assigned work on the days students are not in school. The second choice will have some phone or online contact during the week.

The results were about evenly divided. So, I have decided to offer both options. Parents/guardians will have a choice at the time of enrollment. For option 1, families will be scheduled rather than students so that parents/guardians will only have to make trips twice a week instead of four times. For option 2, packets will be made each week for pickup on Mondays.  

These are our plans to date. Of course, directives from the State and/or the Diocese could change our plans, but this seems to be the direction the CDC is going. Students in school will have to practice social distancing, but may not be required to wear a face covering. Teachers and support staff will wear a face covering. We will continue frequent hand washing, surface cleaning, and disinfecting materials between use. Daily operation will also include assigning seats at lunch tables to maintain distancing, creating exercise stations for recess on the grassy area behind the school, and so on. If you have an idea for our in school days, please let us know. 

More information will be coming. The summer packets, sent home today, are not optional. Please be sure they are completed and returned on the first day of school. A calendar was sent home with the enrollment packets. Check our website for updates and, as always, please call the school if you have any questions or concerns. I will be on campus for the summer.

May God bless you and keep you safe and healthy! Be sure to laugh at least five (5) times a day if not more!

Sincerely,

Madeline Lyon

Principal


Dear all,
The online meeting platform, Zoom, has security issues they have not addressed, according to Craig. It can be easily hacked by pedophiles. So, it may no longer be used by St. Francis teachers or students. Remember Virtus training and our pledge to protect our students. An alternative to Zoom is Go to Meeting, approved by the Diocese of Gallup.


April 1, 2020

Dear Parents & Guardians,

These are challenging days for all! I attended an online Principals’ Meeting yesterday. The schools in the Diocese of Gallup are generally following the same protocols for distribution of work and social distancing. Because we are going to send work through our Easter break, we will shorten our school year by one week. The last day of the quarter is now Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Pick Up and Drop Off Schedule

Time: 4 to 6 PM to accommodate those who are working

Monday, April 6th: Food distribution, breakfast and lunch for two (2) weeks

                               School work packets

Monday, April 13th: School work packets only

Monday, April 20th: Food distribution, breakfast and lunch for two (2) weeks

                                  School work packets

Monday, April 27th: School work packets only

Monday, May 4th: Food distribution, breakfast and lunch for two (2) weeks

                              School work packets

Monday, May 11th: School work packets only

Monday, May 18th: Food distribution, breakfast and lunch for one (1) weeks

                                Summer work packets

To receive credit for the quarter, all work must be turned in on or before Monday, May 18th. No work will be accepted after this date. Chromebooks may be returned or kept to continue working through the summer months.

Pick Up and Drop Off Instructions

Vehicles line up as you do for dismissal. Only 1 person enters the building at a time. There will be plastic containers for each grade on a table outside. On the cafeteria tables, food boxes will be categorized by number of school children in the family. Each family’s name will be on a box.

Please take your box with your food and your child(ren)’s work packet(s) and return to your car. The next person may then enter the building. Ms. Winkler will be in the building to assist you. No other teacher will be in the building. If you need to contact a teacher, please call or text. Phone numbers are on our website. All updates are posted on our website.

Online Instruction

Some teachers are, or will be, using Zoom, an online meeting program. If possible, please create a Zoom account; it is free. (go to Zoom.com) When a teacher sets up a specific meeting, the teacher will then send you a meeting ID code, via email, for you to sign into the meeting at the specified time. So, if you do not have an email account, it is important that you set one up and send it to the school for our files. The school email is: stfrancisoflumberton@gmail.com. Students who participate in the meeting will be able to talk with and see their classmates if they have a webcam. They still will be able to hear one another’s voices even if using a Chromebook or other device without a webcam. This connection with one another is important during this challenging time. It will also take some of the pressure off caregivers and relieve some anxiety of the young ones. 

Monthly Statements

Please send tuition payments by mail. Another option is to call with your credit card information which I destroy after using. Feel free to call my cell in case I am not in the office. My cell number is: 970-398-0372. I will not charge late fees during this critical time. I do appreciate timely payments as I still have utilities to pay and payroll to meet.

During this time, our breakfast and lunch program has been changed to SSO – Seamless Summer Operation. You will see this meal designation on your statement. Prices have been lowered for reduced and full meals.

Our Wishes for You

Most important of all, we continue to pray for our students, their families, all the St. Francis stakeholders. You are all near and dear to us. We pray for your health and safety, continued learning, and a steadfast faith in God, our Father and Creator.

Sincerely,

Madeline Lyon

Principal


March 27, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are all aware, the Covid-19 is continuing to spread. In accordance with State requirements and the mandate from the Diocese of Gallup, school will remain closed for the remainder of the year.

We will continue making packets of work and will have a schedule ready for you on Monday, April 6th.

Student packets for the week of April 6th will be ready for pick up between 12 and 1 PM on Monday, April 6th. All work in the packets which were picked up on Monday, March  23 are due on the 6th of April. 

The 4 weeks of closure will take us to the middle of the 4th quarter. Students are accountable for all work, to the best of their ability, in order to pass to the next grade. Food packages will also be ready.

We are grateful for any assistance you can give your student(s). We are also aware of the burden this may be putting on you since you may still be working and are not able to spend a great deal of time overseeing the students’ work. We are asking for the work in the core subjects which are required for advancement to the next grade. Teachers, who know their students, will be able to grade according to the work completed. 

Please be assured teachers will be fair in their assessment. We have no desire to retain students due to this state of emergency, but we also must have some basis on which to make academic decisions. 

PLEASE CONTACT TEACHERS WITH ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE. TEACHERS’ CONTACT INFORMATION FOLLOWS. ACCORDING TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY, PARENTS MUST BE PRESENT IF A STUDENT MAKES THE CONTACT WITH A QUESTION OR PROBLEM.

Madeline Lyon – 970-398-0372

Bridgette Hanrahan – 201-694-5528

Sherry Winkler – 517-927-9890

Deborah Flynn – 270-320-2518

Valerie Gomez – 505-634-0735

Manuel Gomez – 505-634-0735

Sincerely,

Madeline Lyon

Principal


March 26, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are all aware, the Covid-19 is continuing to spread. In accordance with State requirements and the mandate from the Diocese of Gallup, school will remain closed until Monday, April 13th, unless further direction is given.

Student packets for the week of April 6th will be ready for pick up between 12 and 1 PM on Monday, April 6th. All work in the packets which were picked up on Monday, March  23 are due on the 6th of April. 

The 4 weeks of closure will take us to the middle of the 4th quarter. Students are accountable for all work, to the best of their ability, in order to pass to the next grade. Food packages will also be ready.

We are grateful for any assistance you can give your student(s). We are also aware of the burden this may be putting on you since you may still be working and are not able to spend a great deal of time overseeing the students’ work. We are asking for the work in the core subjects which are required for advancement to the next grade. Teachers, who know their students, will be able to grade according to the work completed. 

Please be assured teachers will be fair in their assessment. We have no desire to retain students due to this state of emergency, but we also must have some basis on which to make academic decisions. 

PLEASE CONTACT TEACHERS WITH ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE. TEACHERS’ CONTACT INFORMATION FOLLOWS. ACCORDING TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY, PARENTS MUST BE PRESENT IF A STUDENT MAKES THE CONTACT WITH A QUESTION OR PROBLEM.

Madeline Lyon – 970-398-0372

Bridgette Hanrahan – 201-694-5528

Sherry Winkler – 517-927-9890

Deborah Flynn – 270-320-2518

Valerie Gomez – 505-634-0735

Manuel Gomez – 505-634-0735

Sincerely,

Madeline Lyon

Principal



UPDATE: March 19, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are expanding student work drop off and pick up hours to 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please remember that we are just beginning quarter 4. The work is mandatory so that students can complete the year and move on to the next grade. 

The coronavirus is a very serious health threat and, based on the growing number of cases in the U.S., it is possible that we may be closed more than three weeks. I make this point only to emphasize the necessity of completing work that is sent home and that it be returned to school on schedule. Teachers, of course, will be grading the work. 

We will also be sending home lunch food as we did last week, during the 11-2 time frame.

Thank you for cooperating in this effort to stay healthy and to keep on learning!

Many blessings,

Madeline Lyon

Principal



Dear Parents/Guardians,

Below are listed some suggestions for at home learning and activities.

KidsActivities.com

Scholastic Learn at Home– This free resource provides all students with 20* days’ worth of exciting learning journeys carefully created by our editors that span the content areas, to reinforce and sustain student learning should their buildings close.

Twinkl.com– To support your community, Twinkl is offering teachers access to all of our teaching resources at www.twinkl.com with a completely free one-month all-access membership. We’re also extending this to every parent in your community so that students can have access to high-quality learning materials during school closures.Setting this up is easy to do. Go to www.twinkl.com/offer and enter the following offer code: USATWINKLHELPS (This code will only work for new memberships. Existing members should contact twinklcares@twinkl.com)

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