March 18, 2020
Dear SNCS Community,
Today marks our first official day of distance learning! SNCS will be open tomorrow from 9:00 – 12:00 noon for you if you need to contact us for any reason. Our mission remains steadfast: "to provide our children with an excellent integrated religious, academic, and social education in order that they may develop a Christian attitude, a solid work ethic and respect for themselves and their community." Please take some pictures of your distance learning adventure and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can post some of them on our Facebook and/or Instagram page; or just tag us at #SNCSathome.
By now (or very very soon) the teachers have sent packets and/or sent contact emails about how they will be handling our “Distance Learning” at St. Nicholas. If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to email your child’s teacher. I do encourage you, the parents, to ensure that your child is following good digital citizenship and are keeping their electronics in a prominent place in the home so that you can keep an eye on their activities, as well.
The next step in this adventure is for the DEEP CLEANING of SNCS. After virtually meeting with other Catholic principals and our Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr, Sarah Quilici, I have determined the following plan:
- We will start the deep cleaning immediately after the school closes (Tuesday, March 17). The first places cleaned will be the restrooms.
- After restrooms, we will clean hallways and common areas including the lunchroom.
- After common areas, we will start in on classrooms. The goal is to disinfect the surfaces that are frequently touched by humans: desks, chairs, door handles, etc.
- Once the deep clean is finished, we will monitor the length of the closure. Approximately 72 hours before students return, we will go through the school and disinfect/sanitize a second time. This will ensure the cleanest possible environment to which our students can return.
- WE MAY NEED HELP!! If you are willing and able to help us disinfect the school before we start up again, please email me at email@example.com. Any help is welcome! Thank you!
Bishop Peter Christensen announced yesterday that he is supsending all public Masses starting on March 21st and extending to Palm Sunday (April 5th). Masses are available to stream online and different parishes are working through plans to continue to serve our communities. I know that Pope St. Pius X is planning to stream its Sunday masses on its webpage at https://stpiuscda.org/. The faithful of the Diocese of Boise are asked to pray a daily Rosary. We are also encouraged to not only watch the Mass, but to make a Spiritual Communion. From the Bishop's letter: "While following along a live-stream or telecast of Sunday Mass, you can make the following Spiritual Communion: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen."
In case of a prolonged closure of school past Monday, March 30, I am working with the teachers to choose a day where you can drop off any “work at home” assignments and pick up any new packets of work that are available. I will keep you posted as we make more decisions.
Please keep in touch with us! I'm really hoping to see some #SNCSathome pictures today! Please tell your kiddo(s) that I miss seeing each smiling face here in our hallways, in our classrooms, and on our playgrounds. Stay safe and healthy!
Finally, in the words of St. Pope John Paul II: "I plead with you! Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. BE NOT AFRAID."
Wed Remaley, Principal
St. Nicholas Catholic School
Mission Statement: The purpose of St. Nicholas Catholic School is to aid families in bringing their children closer to Christ
by providing the children with an excellent integrated religious, academic, and social education in order that they may
develop a Christian attitude, a solid work ethic and respect for themselves and their community.