SJS School Year Update: E-Learning for the Remainder of this School Year

Hello SJS Parents,

I hope you are staying healthy and are surviving the crazy weather that is upon us. I cannot tell you enough how I miss being in school and seeing the students smiling faces as they enter the building each day. Please, continue to remind your children that all their teachers miss them and we cannot wait to see them in person as soon as we can.

This afternoon, our state Governor announced that all schools, public and private, will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This means we will continue our E-Learning program through the end of the 2019-20 school year. As of today, there is no news regarding the 2020-21 school year. With this being said, we are continuing to plan for the next school year under the assumptions that we will open as usual, unless told otherwise. Next week, we will be sending out tentative 2020-21 calendar information.

Although this is not an ideal situation, I know our SJS community will continue to FIND A WAY to support each other and be stronger than ever before. I have full confidence in our faculty and staff, who have already displayed a fantastic job of building this E-Learning program in such a short amount of time. We will continue to refine our program to ensure that all our students will continue to learn at a high level for the remainder of the school year.

With school remaining closed for the 2019-2020 school year, this affects many special events held in the next two months. At this point, we are going to look at each event independently and will try our best to make these events happen digitally or happen within any social distancing guidelines that may come out in the near future. We will keep you updated on our plans as we get closer to each of those events. We are St. James Bulldogs, we do not go down without a fight.

This leads me to my next topic, our 8th grade bulldogs. We all know this is a very strange way to end their educational journey at SJS. Although the events surrounding our 8th grade class may look differently than expected – I can assure you that the staff and faculty at SJS are going to work hard and thinking creatively to make the best out of this situation. I cannot stress enough that we want each outgoing 8th grader to still feel pride in their time at SJS and to be honored for their hard work.

Again, I cannot tell you how much I miss being with the teachers, students, and families at our amazing school. However, I am confident that this community will continue to come together to FIND A WAY to do everything in our power to make this last trimester of school the best it can possibly be. Please keep praying for our school, our leaders, and those affected by this virus. We will come out of this stronger than ever.

-Mike Kendrick
Principal
mkendrick@stjamesschoolah.org