From the Desk of Mr. Kealy
“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ, her Son and the Son of God!” - St. John Paul II
May 22, 2020
Dear Star Parents and Families,
As we approach the end of the school year, I know there are many questions about the beginning of school this Fall. We are all praying that the Fall sees us once again in our classrooms with our students. However, we are also actively planning for the possibility of opening online. Meetings are currently being held at the Office for Catholic Schools to develop a set of plans for the various possibilities for the beginning of school in September. I will share the official plan as soon as possible. Please know that whatever the Office of Catholic Schools directs, the safety of our students, families, teachers and staff will always be the deciding factor.
Another end-of-the-year concern is how to return school materials and collect student belongings from the classroom. We have set-up a drop-off/pick-up schedule which will allow staff to accurately account for all materials while maintaining appropriate social distancing. Tables will be placed in the front of the school and will be designated for books, computers, and other materials borrowed from the school. Student belongings will be placed in bags and labeled for pick up. The classroom teacher will be present to help with directions and transport materials back inside the building. Unfortunately, due to restrictions, only school staff will be allowed in the building.
June 8th: 8th Grade from 9 am - 10 am
7th Grade from 11 am - Noon
June 9th: 6th Grade from 9 am - 10 am
5th Grade from 11 am - Noon
June 10th: 4th Grade from 9 am - 10 am
3rd Grade from 11 am - Noon
June 11th: 2nd Grade from 9 am - 10 am
1st Grade from 11 am - Noon
June 12th: Kindergarten 10 am - 11 am
Please be sure to come on the designated date & time for your student’s grade. We understand that this may be an inconvenience for families with multiple students, and we apologize, but an established schedule is the safest and most efficient way for us to accomplish the drop-off/pick-up event. Thank you for your cooperation.
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is currently underway. If you haven’t re registered your child for the Fall, please complete soon so we can accurately plan for next year's numbers. If you have any questions about whether or not you have completed the registration, please contact either Mrs. Shetler (email@example.com) or Mrs. Geske (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are looking for volunteers to fill the following positions for the 2020-2021 school year:
I am looking forward to seeing all of the contributions to our annual Talent Show! From what I understand a number of entries were sent in, and I have no doubt they were great! A big thank to Mrs. Powell and Sr. Daniela for gathering the videos and getting them ready for us to view. Also, yearbooks can be ordered from the publisher by going to their website at https://star.picaboo.com/ .
Kevin M. Kealy
“Actions speak louder than words; Let your words teach and your actions speak.” - St. Anthony of Padua
May 8, 2020
Dear Star Parents and Families,
This week we have been working to fully integrate our new internet/Chromebook security system, “Securly”. The Securly program will help the school provide a safe internet experience while using the school’s Chromebooks. Unfortunately, we have noted that if a student accesses his/her school Google account on a home device, Securly is not able to offer internet protection. With this in mind, Father Lappe and the Sisters have recorded a video discussing the dangers of unmonitored internet access. Please take the time to view the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD_yvq6IUkA&feature=youtu.be) Thank you Father and Sisters!
Next Friday is our annual SCOPE Auction! This year, of course, will be the first time we will conduct the auction completely online. Below is all the information you need to know about the auction and how you can participate. The SCOPE Auction is our biggest fundraiser and we really need your help to make the event successful.
Another SCOPE reminder: raffle tickets are due Monday, May 11th. Please drop off ticket stubs, unsold tickets and money at the Parish Office before 4:00 pm.
Exciting news...this year’s Talent Show will be online! Audition videos can be emailed to either Mrs. Powell email@example.com or to Sr. Daniela firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3:30 pm on Monday, May 18th. The video should be no longer than 2 minutes and students must be dressed appropriately. If students would like to sing, the audition video must not have vocal accompaniment. The Talent Show show will be aired on May 25th.
Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher are working hard to finalize the School Yearbook. Due to the current situation, we have decided that placing a large school order would be too difficult to coordinate. Therefore, we will publish a link where families can order their own yearbooks. As soon as the final copy is ready we will send out more information about ordering. Please stay tuned!
Stay safe and enjoy your weekend! God bless!
Kevin M. Kealy
“Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” - Is. 41:10
May 1, 2020
Dear Star Parents and Families,
I hope this email finds you all safe and healthy!
This week steps were taken to strengthen the security of the school’s Google accounts/Chromebook internet access by employing a new program named Securly. This program allows the school to monitor what internet sites are being accessed by our students. Securly also has the ability to block inappropriate sites.
Since the start of the school’s online learning platform, we have become aware of certain holes in our online security that would allow students to access sites that are not education related. This revelation caused us to take a deeper examination of our students’ online activities which revealed some “off-task” usage. Please remind your students that the school Chromebooks and Google accounts (school.starofthesea.net) are to be used for school work only. Students should not be accessing gaming sites, social media sites or sites such as Youtube, unless directed by a teacher.
In addition to “off-task” usage, we have discovered that some students are using their devices late into the evening. We would like your help in minimizing screen time for your child. Students should not be online doing school work late into the evening. Please have your child sign out of their accounts and turn off their device at a reasonable hour in the early evening.
Unfortunately, we are not able to extend the school’s internet protection if your student is accessing their school Google account from a family owned computer. We are relying on you to provide the internet security for your children at home. There are programs available for use on your home devices such as Securly Home Version and GoGuardian. Please contact me if you would like more information about available programs for home internet safety.
I encourage you to take a look at our school’s Facebook and Instagram, as we have been posting daily challenges for our school community, along with pictures sent in by teachers, students and family members. Today we featured Camryn B, our longest attending 8th grade girl at Star who was given the honor of crowning Mary.
Plans for the end of the school year are currently being made. We will keep you informed as to when school equipment can be returned, as well as give you the opportunity to collect your student’s personal items from desks and lockers.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during online learning. We deeply appreciate all that you are doing to help us in the education of your children! Have a wonderful, restful and safe weekend.
Kevin Kealy, Principal