Welcome to Emmetsburg CATHOLIC sCHOOL!

Update: 

April 2, 2020

Dear Parents, 

Today, the Governor extended the school closure through April 30, 2020.  The Iowa Department of Education is providing guidelines with what we should be doing over the next 4 weeks.  We are a bit ahead of the game since we started many of their recommendations March 23, 2020.

I will be meeting with my staff, through Zoom, to determine how we continue forward.  We will have a complete plan sent out to you by Wednesday, April 8, 2020.  

I cannot understand or know what each family is going through during this time in history.  We are definitely making history with the events that are unfolding in our midst. Please know that our prayers as a staff and parish continue for each and every one of you.  If there is something that I can do or a teacher can do to make things easier for you or help your child, please let us know. We are always willing to help if at all possible.  

It is a day by day, week by week situation that is very difficult for all of us, especially those of us that like to plan everything out and know what is going to happen next.  Please continue to watch Facebook, email, and the website as plans continue to evolve over the next week.  

Prayers for you and your family, 

Jean Hyslop and Staff 

I have attached a message from Pope Francis that was shared with me.  Please share with others in your family.  

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020

“We continue to pray for people who have fallen ill in this pandemic.  Today I would like to ask for a special prayer for families…I think especially of families with a disabled person among them. The welcome centers for people with disability are closed and the person stays with the family.  Let us pray for families that they do not lose their peace in this moment and that they succeed in moving forward with strength and joy…We ask the Lord today for the grace of not falling into indifference, the grace that all the information we have about human suffering might penetrate our hearts and move us to do something for others.”   

Pope Francis 




Update:
March 23, 2020
Due to constant changes:  The school will be open by appointment only. We will not have drive through pick up services for student materials after today.  We will keep you posted on any further changes.  Please contact the student's teacher or myself with any questions.  I will still be available by appointment to scan documents for TADS/MLTF.  
Per the Bishop the church will be locked until further notice.  
The parish office will be closing on Tues., March 24, 2020, at noon.   Leave a message at the parish office or school if you need something and we will return your call.  
Prayers and blessing to you and your family.
My cell phone:  515-320-0757
Jean

Update:  March 22, 2020 
Monday, March 23, 2020 
From 10:00 to 6:00 pm pick up for students' books, assignments, spring pictures, and  requested, computers.  Here is how it will work:  
1.  No one but staff will be allowed in the building.  
2.  Drive up and a staff member will bring the items to your car.  If you let us know ahead of time you want the computer, we will bring it out the first trip.  
3.  If the line is long, pull into the parking lot.  
4.  We will work as fast as we can and as efficiently as possible.  
5. We have the lockers cleaned out so a few who haven't picked up their lockers items, we will have that ready as well. 
6.  Finally, any one needing documents scanned for TADS or MLTF tuition scholarship contact Jean Hyslop immediately, so that it can be done when I am in town.  I don't plan to be in town everyday.  Also any help needed with the scholarship form call Jean Hyslop or email.  DEADLINE IS STILL APRIL 1ST.  
Blessings to all!  See you tomorrow!  
Please share with all the families.
 
March 17, 2020

Parent Communication Regarding Covid-19 Temporary School Closure

Dear Parents,

The Department of Ed.., the Governor’s office, the diocese and the Iowa Department of Public Health have made changes in the recommendations and requirements since yesterday.  Some of these are very specific and some give us more leeway in meeting the needs of our families and students. 

  1.   The Governor has waived the requirement to make up these four weeks of school. 
    1. In an effort to maintain and move students forward in their learning during this time, ECS teachers will provide lessons on Google Classroom for grades 5-8 and videos and packets for K-4.  Be aware the state has mandated that we cannot require participation or assign grades.  In the best of the students, we feel that providing parents with curriculum for their children will benefit our students in the long term. 
    2. Teachers will post lessons or have packets available to pick each Monday for the week. There will be 3 to 5 lessons per week.  Our aim is to increase learning, but we realize some students will become anxious, so please let us know if we can help with this.  We will not be grading these lessons but will provide support and if needed answer keys to the parents.  Each teacher will provide guidance on their lessons.  We do not intend for students to have a full load each day.
    3. Students may move at their own pace but should especially in math do the work consecutively. 
  1. Meals – at this time we will not be providing meals. 
  2. All church services and activities in the parish have been cancelled for 8 weeks This includes the use of all buildings on campus, even the gym.  NO use of the gym at all.  This is Diocesan ordered. 

Our goal is to keep everyone healthy and safe.  We know that this is a difficult time for all. Please encourage your children to use the social media, etc. to get help with questions they have regarding the lessons.  While this is voluntary, we hope that our families will take advantage of the learning opportunities provided by the ECS staff. 

We will continue to update you as information is given to us.  We expect that changes will be ongoing.  We encourage you to provide feedback on how we can better serve you. 

Prayers and Blessings,

Jean T. Hyslop
Principal

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the

present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

Thomas Merton





Jean Hyslop jhyslop@e-irish.org

9:41 PM (1 minute ago)
to me
Monday, March 23, 2020 
From 10:00 to 6:00 pm pick up for students' books, assignments, spring pictures, and  requested, computers.  Here is how it will work:  
1.  No one but staff will be allowed in the building.  
2.  Drive up and a staff member will bring the items to your car.  If you let us know ahead of time you want the computer, we will bring it out the first trip.  
3.  If the line is long, pull into the parking lot.  
4.  We will work as fast as we can and as efficiently as possible.  
5. We have the lockers cleaned out so a few who haven't picked up their lockers items, we will have that ready as well. 
6.  Finally, any one needing documents scanned for TADS or MLTF tuition scholarship contact Jean Hyslop immediately, so that it can be done when I am in town.  I don't plan to be in town everyday.  Also any help needed with the scholarship form call Jean Hyslop or email.  DEADLINE IS STILL APRIL 1ST.  
Blessings to all!  See you tomorrow!  
Please share with all the families.

Jean Hyslop jhyslop@e-irish.org

9:41 PM (1 minute ago)
to me
Monday, March 23, 2020 
From 10:00 to 6:00 pm pick up for students' books, assignments, spring pictures, and  requested, computers.  Here is how it will work:  
1.  No one but staff will be allowed in the building.  
2.  Drive up and a staff member will bring the items to your car.  If you let us know ahead of time you want the computer, we will bring it out the first trip.  
3.  If the line is long, pull into the parking lot.  
4.  We will work as fast as we can and as efficiently as possible.  
5. We have the lockers cleaned out so a few who haven't picked up their lockers items, we will have that ready as well. 
6.  Finally, any one needing documents scanned for TADS or MLTF tuition scholarship contact Jean Hyslop immediately, so that it can be done when I am in town.  I don't plan to be in town everyday.  Also any help needed with the scholarship form call Jean Hyslop or email.  DEADLINE IS STILL APRIL 1ST.  
Blessings to all!  See you tomorrow!  
Please share with all the families.

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