• OLVCS Student Materials Ready - 3.18

    Posted by Samantha Weakland on 3/17/2020
    Good evening,

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope all is well, and that you are moving into a ‘new normal’. 

    Today, we had another great and productive day. This morning we had another ZOOM mtg with the Faculty along with the Preschool Teachers. We worked on how remote learning will work, discussed expectations, asked and answered lots of questions, and really just enjoyed being together. (whether in person or remotely) Teachers then met with in their grade level groups; K -1; 2-3; 4-5 and Middle School. 

    The bottom line for the remote learning plan is to keep it simple, to not overwhelm and create meaningful experiences. One of our goals is to maintain consistency within those groups and of course across all grades. 

    I do want to take a moment and thank all the teachers for their time and dedication, they were just incredible today. Unbelievably, we did gather all students’ materials and will be ready for pick-up beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, 3/18. 

    Pick-up Times for materials:

    • Wednesday 3/18: 11:30 - 4:00
    • Thursday 3/19: 7:00 am - 11:00

    Please enter the front drive of the school and pull to the gym doors. We will come out and deliver your children's materials. It is my hope that with the two blocks of time that we will not have cars backed onto Westerly Parkway. 

    If it looks like we are getting backed-up pull to the backlot, park and wait to pull around, or walk to the front, where we will hand you the material. No one will be permitted to go into the building, and please do not come if you have symptoms. We have gloves, and carts to assist with the hand-off. 

    Food Bank Collection: St. Joe’s student Aiden Cross is collecting items for the food bank in the hope of helping during the COVID-19 situation. If you are able to assist, you may drop off items when you pick up student materials. Please see details below. 

    If you are unable to pick-up materials during those designated times please do not worry, I can make another arrangement. Or if you are in need of another family to pick-up your children’s materials that is fine too. We will not begin remote/online learning until Monday, March 23rd. 

    Also, please take note….. you may be shocked at the amount of ‘stuff’ we have gathered for your child. In our discussion this morning we are planning a week at a time, and pray that this is not long lasting. However, we want to prepare for the long haul. 

    All student devices (4th - 8th) are ready to go, along with chargers. As you know we have not sent the 4th & 5th grade devices home in the past, but we want to ensure everyone has access. I may be sending a device agreement home to 4th & 5th Grade families. 

    Families with students in K - 3 we will have iPads available to loan. Please email me if you would like to borrow an iPad. They should be ready to go tomorrow as well. 

    A few details about the remote learning. 

    • It is important to stick with the plan the teachers have for your child. 
    • Please do not work ahead.
    • Email your teacher with questions or concerns as the instruction begins and moves forward.
    • Remote/online learning starts Monday, March 23rd 

    All classrooms will set up Google Classrooms. Here is a great link for information in regards to gaining access. 

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/

    Google Classroom requires a Google login for all students. Our tech guy… Mr. G, as students know him, has set up the accounts for K - 3. I will email those lists out, with instructions tomorrow. 

    I thank you for your patience and grace as we navigate through this unprecedented time. We are all entering uncharted territory. We may need to make adjustments and changes to our plan, we just don’t know what will come next. The changes we have seen in just the past week are unbelievable. 

    It is our hope that we will be instrumental in providing some normalcy and meaningful learning. I will send another email later in the week with additional thoughts, as we prepare for Monday.

    Please let me know if you need anything, if we can not help, we can find someone who can. 

    Finally, I wanted to share with you this yesterday but in my haste to get that email out, with my video, I forgot.  My daily devotional; The Word Among Us discussed Trust. It spoke of everyday trust that we have each day that leads us to trust in the Lord. It just hit home. The one line that I felt was so meaningful … “You can experience a chain of trust today. Your life and your faith have an impact on the people around you. When you trust God, it has a ripple effect beyond your own life.” 

    It is important that we remember to place our trust in God. 

    You have been and continue to be in my prayers. 

     

    - Samantha

     

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  • Updates and Material Distribution

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 3/17/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

    We are a family and I am grateful to all of you for your prayers and patience at this critical time. Our hope is absolutely to reopen and to welcome you back with open arms as soon as safely possible! Today, we had another great and productive day. This morning teachers and staff from OLVCS and OLV Preschool had a ZOOM meeting to discuss plans moving forward. 

    Our teachers are continuing to work to best serve our students during this difficult time. We are blessed with incredible and passionate educators and I am so grateful for their time and dedication. 

    We remain in communication with our partner schools, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School and Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy and the State College Area School District and continue to evaluate our school’s needs as updates are available. 

    Your child’s teacher has been preparing materials for you to use during the break. 

    Pick-up Times for materials:

    • Wednesday 3/18: 11:30 - 4:00
    • Thursday 3/19: 7:00 am - 11:00

    Families are to remain in their car as they do for parent pick up.  If you have made arrangements to print your child’s materials at home, there is no need to drive to the school to pick up. 

    When picking up materials, please enter the front drive of the school and pull to the gym doors. We will come out and deliver your children's materials. It is my hope that with the two blocks of time that we will not have cars backed onto Westerly Parkway. 

    If it looks like we are getting backed-up pull to the backlot, park and wait to pull around, or walk to the front, where we will hand you the material. No one will be permitted to go into the building, and please do not come if you have symptoms. We have gloves, and carts to assist with the hand-off. 

    Food Bank Collection: St. Joe’s student Aiden Cross is collecting items for the food bank in the hope of helping during the COVID-19 situation. If you are able to assist, you may drop off items when you pick up student materials. Please see details below. 

    Additionally, our teachers will be making connections with their families through video chats through Zoom meetings. Zoom allows your teacher to set up a video conference call with her class and connect with students while we are out of school. More information will be coming directly from your child’s teacher later this week. 

    Please, continue to remember in your prayers all of our priests, and work on your acts of kindness to support Fr. Antony’s school in India for our Lenten project. 

    I am also asking you to remember especially Monsignor Philip Saylor and his friends at Harmony at State College. As they live in a retirement community, access from visitors is limited at this time. If your child would like to send a card to one of the residents I am sure it would be most appreciated. You may send a card directly to Monsignor, or to any Harmony resident. The address is Harmony at State College, 121 Havershire Blvd, State College, PA 16803. 

    I am grateful for your prayerful and financial dedication to our school. Without regular tuition, we would not be able to continue to pay our teachers during this difficult time.  For this reason, we will not be reimbursing March tuition. However, we know this virus is affecting many businesses and families.  Should your family be experiencing financial hardship (job loss, decreased income, etc.) as a result of COVID-19, please do not hesitate to reach out. If there is anything you need, please let us know. 

    Unfortunately, at this time, our Color-a-Thon will be rescheduled as a school event to be held at a later date once we return to school. You may continue to fundraise during this time off. Updates will be provided as they are available. 

    It is my prayer for all of our children and families for a safe and healthy return to school soon. In the meantime, I encourage you to access up to date information on our OLV Preschool webpage under “Resources” and utilize materials provided from your child’s teachers. 

    Please make sure to read all communication from OLV Preschool as I will be providing updates regularly.  

    Our Lady of Victory, Pray for Us.

    Blessings,

    Dawn

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  • Update - 3.16.2020

    Posted by Samantha Weakland on 3/16/2020
    Good afternoon,

    This email will provide you an update. Attached is also a link to a video. As we look at planning for remote instruction, it is important to investigate the many ways in which this can happen. Taped video messages are possibly one of those ways.   

    Having the COVID-19 repercussions hit while we were on Spring Break was both a blessing and a challenge. 

    The blessing was that we were not in the building and many were away. While I am not a doctor, my thought is this may limit the number of cases we have within our community.

    The challenge is almost the same, all teachers were out of the building or away, so developing a meaningful plan will take us a few days now that we have returned.  

    As mentioned in previous emails, we will take the lead from SCASD and develop our remote/online learning this week. Today, we had a ZOOM meeting with the teachers, it was great seeing everyone and begin the plan moving forward. Tomorrow the faculty and myself will meet again to further develop that plan. 

    It is our hope that on Thursday & Friday families can pick up student materials needed for remote learning. We anticipate having two days with different time periods available. Families can drive up to the gym entrance and we will deliver the materials to your car. (Pierogi Sale Style)

    You will hear from the homeroom teachers either today or tomorrow. Within those emails there will be resources available for families.

     
     
    --
    Peace,
    Samantha
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  • Pierogi Sale Cancelled

    Posted by Samantha Weakland on 3/13/2020
    Good afternoon,
     
    The Pierogi Sale has been cancelled until further notice. The Rectory personnel thanks the students and parents for their help with the first two sales. They mentioned that this was the best year yet with the support from our families. 
     
    Thank you!
     
     
    Peace,
    Samantha
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  • Governor Wolf Statement

    Posted by Samantha Weakland on 3/13/2020

    Good evening, 

     
    As many of you have heard, Gov. Wolf has announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for two weeks effective Monday, March 16. 
     
    The only change to our original plan is that we will definitely be out of school for at least two weeks. As stated in the previous email we will work on our remote/online learning plan the beginning of next week.
     
    I will keep you informed as new developments occur and we finalize our plans.
     
    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted.
     
    Our Lady of Victory.... pray for us!
     
    Samantha 
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  • OLVCS Activities & Athletics

    Posted by Samantha Weakland on 3/12/2020
    Good evening, 

    In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we will cancel all extracurricular activities including athletics, field trips and clubs beginning Saturday, March 14th through next week while the school is closed.

    I apologize for the multiple emails, but want to make sure we take care of all the details and that we are all on the same page.

    As we stated yesterday, OLVCS will not be in session next week, we will update our status on Thursday, March 19, in conjunction with SCASD. This will give us better information to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 and spring break travel on our community as well as develop online/remote learning plans should they be needed.

    I will continue to send updates out as we work through this situation. I thank you all for your patience, support and understanding.

    We pray for all involved.

    Peace,
    Samantha
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  • COVID-19 Further Details for OLVCS

    Posted by Samantha Weakland on 3/12/2020

    Good morning,

    As you are aware, we will be closed March 16th - March 20th, 2020. 

    This truly is an unprecedented time. Our primary concern is the safety of our students, families and staff. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation. 

    As I mentioned in my email yesterday, SCASD researched and monitored the rapidly changing COVID-19 coronavirus health issue, reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) worked with with PA Department of Health, and other groups when making this decision. In addition SCASD had kept the non-public schools in the loop by hosting multiple Zoom meetings in which I participated. 

    We will spend this week training and working out any details should we have to remain closed for an extended period of time. We will make a plan to have meaningful remote/online learning and to distribute educational materials to our students. 

    Moving forward, OLVCS, as well as SCASD, will monitor the situation weekly and proceed on a week-by-week basis. They will make a decision about the week of March 23-27 on Thursday, March 19. Regardless, the goal is to resume instruction on March 23, whether that’s in our classrooms or via remote learning.

    As of this email, we are unsure if any of these days will need to be made up.

    In following the lead of the PIAA and SCASD, athletics will proceed as planned. Our track team may hold practice this week. 

    However, the IU10 administration has cancelled the Reading Competition, that was to be held Monday the 16th.

    We will continue to communicate updates moving forward. 

    Peace,
    Samantha
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  • COVID-19 Further Details for OLV Preschool

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 3/12/2020
    Dear OLV Preschool Family,
     
    As you are aware, we will be closed March 16th - March 20th, 2020. 

    This truly is an unprecedented time. Our primary concern is the safety of our students, families and staff. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation. 

    As I mentioned in my email yesterday, SCASD researched and monitored the rapidly changing COVID-19 coronavirus health issue, reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) worked with with PA Department of Health, and other groups when making this decision. In addition SCASD had kept the non-public schools and early childhood education programs in the loop by hosting multiple Zoom meetings in which I participated. 

    We will spend this week training and working out any details should we have to remain closed for an extended period of time. We will make a plan to distribute educational materials and resources to our students and families. 

    Moving forward, OLV Preschool/OLVCS, as well as SCASD, will monitor the situation weekly and proceed on a week-by-week basis. They will make a decision about the week of March 23-27 on Thursday, March 19. 

    Both Samantha Weakland and I will continue to communicate updates moving forward. 

    Blessings,

    Dawn

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  • OLVCS and OLV Preschool to Remain Closed 3/16 -3/20

    Posted by Dawn Lorenz on 3/11/2020

    Dear OLV Preschool Family,

     
    Please see the note below from Samantha Weakland. I have been working closely with her, and with our SCASD this week to determine the best course of action moving forward. In accordance with recommendations we will be closed March 16th-March 20th, 2020. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health issue and keep you up to date as the situation changes. 
     
    Blessings,
    Dawn
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    Good afternoon,
     
    OLVCS will be closed March 16th through March 20th, 2020.
     
    Throughout the week I have been included in conference calls with SCASD. The district has been researching and monitoring the rapidly changing COVID -19 coronavirus health issue and have determined the closure to be the best decision at this time. 
     
    I will send additional information out later, but certainly wanted to get this message out quickly.
     
     
    --
    Peace,
    Samantha
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  • OLVCS Additional Information on Travel & COVID -19

    Posted by Samantha Weakland on 3/6/2020
    Good morning,

    As we get ready to leave for Spring Break, I wanted to send an update in regards to travel and the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are planning to travel out of the country, we ask that you abide by the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for travel to CDC Level 3 countries. 

    CDC Travel Precautions

    Let me know if you will follow the after-travel health precautions, and if you will be keeping your child home. 

    The PA Department of Health will notify us if we have a student or employee test positive for COVID-19. We will then notify our families. Please note that we will follow recommended protocols in regards to school closures if we do indeed have a student or employee test positive. 

    The CDC website has a wealth of information. Centers for Disease Control

    An article you may want to check out from Psychology Today titled, Why Your Doctor is Not Panicking has great information.  Psychology Today Why Your Doctor

    When a new situation presents itself in our lives, it is the uncertainty that may be unsettling. It is important to follow the health and safety policies and procedures that we have in place and that we know are effective. See below. 

    What can I do to help prevent the spread of illness?

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Take flu antivirals if prescribed by your healthcare provider if you have the flu.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    For tips about talking with children, please read this article from Psychology Today titled, "Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to Talk About with Your Child."

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