An update from our Principal:
Like all local schools, we have temporarily closed our campus for the safety of students and teachers. Our teachers implemented our active Distance Learning Program on Monday, March 16th, not missing a single day of academic instruction. From Kindergarten to 8th grade, our students have continued with all aspects of their education. Core subjects including reading, language, math, social studies and science continue so that students stay on track with meeting state requirements. Additionally, the enrichment courses that make our program strong continue as well! Students are still receiving all of their instruction in Spanish, art and physical education.
Our campus may be closed, but our SJCS community continues to thrive both academically and socially during this time of distance learning! From its initial launch, the goal of our Distance Learning Program has been to continue providing the highest quality curriculum to each of our students in a manner that is best suited for each family we serve. From Kindergarten through 8th grade, our students receiving direct instruction virtually from their teachers, keeping them on track to meet grade-level standards and prepare them for the next grade. Teachers are using Zoom, online learning resources, YouTube, Google Classroom and more to help effectively teach from a distance. All students and their teachers are connected daily through email, phone calls, group video chats and social media.
We are impressed and humbled by our SJCS families who have diligently and gracefully stepped into their new roles as educational facilitators. They receive daily communication from administration and teachers via email including lesson plans, weekly goals, an outline of core standards, plus additional resources and optional enrichment activities. It is their continuous cooperation that has made the hard work put in by our faculty and staff so worthwhile, and our program so successful!
Our Catholic faith remains at the center of our education, both in subject matter and in practice. Students’ faith-centered learning has been enhanced by our weekly Family Religion Activities, and their Education in Virtue practice has provided spiritual formation as they follow in the servant-leader footsteps of Christ. As a community, we are called to be Christ’s disciples – especially during these times of isolation for so many in our broader community. Our weekly community service projects have continued our mission to serve as the Body of Christ.
True to our SJCS mission, we have also retained and even enhanced our mutual commitment as an active community during this time of social distancing. Our families remain engaged with one another through our private social media groups, Google Meet and Zoom. These platforms have allowed all of us – faculty, students, and families – to share photos, videos, and ideas, and most importantly, to seek and find support. This network of support has allowed us to show the very best of our Catholic identity as we unite in this time of social isolation.
#SJCSSunshine: Teachers and staff delivered “Sunshine Bags” to each of our families. Full of sunny goodies for the students, each bag also encouraged students to spread kindness in their own way.
Care Packages: We assembled care packages for the frontline workers at Sutter Medical Center. Baskets of protein bars, beef jerky and trail mix were delivered to hard working nurses and doctors in our community.
Virtual Field Trips: K - 2nd grade students hung out with some new friends at the San Diego Zoo. 3rd - 5th graders visited the Smithsonian Museum to check out mammal fossils and dinosaurs. Middle school students stamped their virtual passports with a visit to the Louvre in Paris.
Feast of the Annunciation: We invited our families to reflect on Mary’s great “yes” using a guided reflection. Students responded in creative ways using art or writing to express their wonder and praise.
Holy Week: Family Religion Activities, rich in scriptural references and special prayers, were provided during Holy Week to remind us of Christ’s Passion. For example, families took part in the Holy Thursday Washing of the Feet accompanied by the traditional servant hymn “As I have Done For You”. These daily activities prepared each of us for an Easter celebration of the Resurrection, complete with family fun and rejoicing.