The goal of remote learning is to be able to provide a continuous learning experience for T-SJ students when access to the brick and mortar school and face to face access to teachers (in the traditional sense) is not possible. Students will use chromebooks or their own device for remote learning, as well as textbooks and other materials that were sent home Monday March 16th. An additional packet pick up will be held on Monday March 30th, 8AM- 6PM and Tuesday March 31st, 8AM- 3PM, for families to get the next two weeks of lessons and any additional materials students may need.
Teachers will use multiple learning websites and tools to help students to continue learning from home. T-SJ is committed to making remote learning participation available to all of our students. If you do not have reliable internet access and need paper and pencil resources, please email or call your child’s teacher, so they may provide an alternative solution.
We are “Partners in Christ” and I truly treasure the T-SJ family that we are all a part of. I miss seeing everyone and giving high fives in the morning. Many classes have held virtual meetings using “Zoom” and I know the teachers and students have loved getting to see each other this way. PreK, 1st grade and 4th grade have created Facebook groups as a place to stay in touch and share ideas. Of course, we also have the T-SJ Facebook page as a place to communicate as well.
We are praying for each of you as you continue to work your daily jobs, some from home and some having to leave home each day and then come home to take an active role in your child’s learning in addition to your family responsibilities. As the first educators of your children, we know you are more than capable, and we plan to do all we can to remotely support you and your students through this period of separation! We are jumping into an unknown situation, but we do know that God has this under control. You can be confident that God used all of His power, all of His love, and His life to save you from sin. His love for you cannot be doubted. He will work this out for His glory and our good. Our God is holding us all in His care.
Your children may be confused by all of the recent changes. I encourage you to discuss all these changes to our routines, reminding them that God is using these changes to protect us and keep us safe. Keep in mind that children need your guidance and care in ensuring they get enough sleep, healthy food, physical activity, family devotion and prayer time and time together with you. Dr. Kim Marxhausen has written a blog post with more guidance on these topics; I encourage you to give it a read: http://faithparent.marxhausen.net/
Teachers will be available to you virtually Monday- Friday from 8- 3. E-mail, phone calls, texts, and google classroom are all great ways to contact your child’s teacher. Please use the preferred method that each teacher has shared with you. I am available through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as phone or text (901-237-7759).
Teachers in grades K-4 will take attendance through a daily check in, either on a paper included in your packet, or an email. Individual teachers will communicate how they plan to take attendance. Students in grades 5-8 are expected to check in by answering their homeroom teachers daily question on Google Classroom. 5th graders will answer the question in their Science classroom, 6th graders will answer the question in their Language Arts classroom and 7th and 8th graders will answer the question in their Social Studies classroom. Teachers will reach out to you if a student is not attending or checking in. Please contact your teacher if you are unable to access the Google Classroom daily, to arrange an alternate way of attending class.
Daily Work and Assignments
Classroom teachers will use e-mail or Google Classroom in addition to the paper packets to communicate daily assignments. Teachers that are using Google Classroom with post new assignments by 8:30AM each day. There may not be a new post each day, if you are concerned that you may have missed something please contact your child’s teacher. Some activities may stretch over multiple days; in that instance a due date will be indicated.
Daily work will total three hours or less depending on grade level. PreK through 4th grade students should expect to spend 15-30 minutes per subject and 5th-8th grade students should expect to spend approximately 30 minutes per subject each day. Setting up a routine will help students remain engaged with academic coursework. Identify a time and place in your home where your child will focus on and complete remote learning. Take breaks as you need them: take a walk, play a game, have a nutritious snack or do a Go Noodle dance! Physical activity and breaks from looking at a screen are necessary and highly recommended.
Teachers will provide feedback about work completed on a regular basis, either through comments on Google Classroom, e-mail or another form of communication. This will vary depending on the tools each class is utilizing.
Grades will be taken for assignments. They will be recorded as “Pass” or “Incomplete”. Incomplete work will need to be re-done (if the grade was a 65 or below) or completed if not turned in. Pay attention to due dates and the method that your child’s teacher requires homework to be turned in. Encourage students to do their best as our main goal is that they continue to learn. Teachers are available to help and answer questions, we do not expect students to learn alone nor do we expect parents to have all the answers.
All students in grades 5-8 are utilizing Google Classroom for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies in addition to paper resources. Other classes may be using it based on teacher preference. Parents should receive an invitation to their child’s google classroom from the teachers. This would give you access so you can see lessons that are posted. If you did not receive an invite, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
“Come and go with me to my Father’s house.” Join us on Facebook at Trinity-St. John Lutheran School each Wednesday at 2:20p.m. for a virtual chapel service.
T-SJ will continue to be a pick up spot for grab and go breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday during the school closure. District 49 provides these meals for all PreK-12th grade students in the community. Breakfast is available from 8:30-9:15. Lunch is available from 11:45-12:30.
Tuition will continue to be collected during this time. If your family is experiencing hardship due to COVID 19, please contact me, Mrs. Kurtz, at (901-237-7759) so we can work together.
The requirements for standardized testing have been suspended for this school year. We will not do the ITBS tests in April as we had planned before COVID-19. The 7th and 8th graders will continue their study of the Illinois Constitution, however the formal testing requirement has been lifted at this time. The 8th graders may expect to take the test as high schoolers.
Return to the Classroom
What a joyful day it will be when the “Shelter in Place” is lifted and we are eventually able to have school in our school building again. We will continue to provide remote learning until that time. Currently, we plan to resume school in our building on April 8th, and will inform you of any changes that are made to that date. When the time comes, we plan to assist students with the transition from home learning to school learning. Teachers will assess student progress after we return to the classroom to determine student learning needs. We recognize that our normal timeline and curriculum will need to be adjusted for this spring.
Thank you for your patience, cooperation and communication during this time. It is very important that we all communicate openly with each other. Reach out to your teachers and myself to share your struggles and successes. We want this experience to be successful and depend on your feedback so we can learn and grow through this also.
I pray for each of your health and safety daily. Please let me know of any specific prayer requests you may have during this time as we will include it in our own prayers. Please pray for all of us as we work through the challenges that COVID-19 brings.
Mrs. Amy Kurtz