January 19, 2017
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
It’s so wonderful to be back together and to have the week of snow and ice behind us. Though we’re prepping the Cardinal Call with all of our news for tomorrow, there are a few things we wanted to get out and share a day earlier because of their timeliness.
Friday, January 27 to return to a regular school day
Earlier in the school-year, we shared that Friday, Jan. 27, would become a noon dismissal day. With the loss of class time we’ve experienced in the past two months, we’ve now decided to return Friday, Jan. 27, to a full day of school. We will dismiss at our normal dismissal time of 3 p.m. We will be looking at the calendar these next two weeks and will likely have additional changes to the school calendar to share with you at the end of January or beginning of February. We’re sorry for any inconvenience the changes bring, and we appreciate your understanding of the changes to accommodate this unusual winter.
Support the Project Homeless Connect supply drive
With the snow days, we’re behind in sharing some news about a supply drive we have in place for the homeless who will be attending the St. Joseph Parish Project Homeless Connect day next Thursday, Jan. 26. Each grade level has an assigned item for their families to collect and bring to school if they’re able.
Kindergarten: Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
1st grade: Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
2nd grade: small Kleenex packets
3rd grade: small Kleenex packets
4th grade: granola bar/snack
5th grade: granola bar/snack
6th, 7th, 8th: lip balm
Items should be brought to your child’s classroom by Tuesday, Jan. 24. Some of our middle school classes will then pack the items into small bags that will be available to the event attendees.
We’ll have more details to share about Project Homeless Connect and some morning logistics information for Thursday, Jan. 26, as we start this next week. Be on the lookout for a Newsflash.
Lockdown and earthquake drills practiced today
We continue to practice safety drills throughout the year, and today we practiced lockdown and earthquake drills. Recall that we’re using some new terms this year as part of the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) that is being used in many schools throughout the country. Here’s a parent and student overview of the four main elements of the SRP - lockout, lockdown, evacuate, & shelter.
To review these terms, a lockdown is a classroom-based protocol that requires locking the classroom door, turning off the lights, and placing students out of sight of any corridor windows. Student action during a lockdown is to remain quiet. Lockdowns are put into place when there is a threat or perceived threat inside the building. This is different than a lockout. A lockout recovers all students from outside the building, secures the building perimeter, and locks all outside doors. This would be implemented when there is a threat or hazard outside of the building. Criminal activity, dangerous events in the community, or even a vicious dog on the playground would be examples of a lockout response. While the lockout response encourages greater staff situational awareness, it allows for educational practices to continue with little classroom interruption or distraction.
We encourage you to continue the conversation with your child or children regarding emergency drills. Although they are essential to the safety of the students, parents might need to help students with the emotions these drills, especially lockdown drills, can cause or the questions that they bring up.
As always, our priority is the safety of the children entrusted to our care. If you have any questions regarding today’s lockdown drill or any of our safety procedures, please contact me or vice principal Anna Raineri at firstname.lastname@example.org.