SJPDS was engaged in Distance Learning for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.

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Distance Learning Program

St. John's Parish Day School provides exemplary continuity of learning with our purposefully planned curriculum delivered through innovative instructional strategies allowing our students to continue to learn and grow remotely.

St. John's shifted to Distance Learning for all grade levels during the time of campus closure due to COVID-19. We continue to provide a meaningful curriculum that is a continuation of our lessons, along with easy to implement learning tools. We treasure our spirit of community and make every effort to engage students, inspire learning, and provide the connection to friends and teachers that is so important during this time of social distancing. Take a look at what Distance Learning looks like at St. John's.

Lower School Distance Learning (Kindergarten - Grade 5)
  • Daily Zoom or Web Ex scheduled with homeroom teachers in whole group or small group instruction, specialists and/or violin instructors
  • Sunday access to updated Google Sites for each Grade Level (K-5thExplore one of our exemplary Google Sites
  • Google Sites with weekly assignments in all core domains (Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies) and specialist areas (Science, Spanish, Violin Music, Technology, Art, P.E. and Media)
  • Links to teacher-made video lessons
  • Interactive My-Math Program with video clips, assessments and write/draw feature
  • Technology: Coding, Dance Mat Typing and Typing Without Tears
  • Studies Weekly to support Science and Social Studies curriculum with video clips, articles and online assessments
  • Headsprout and Raz-Kids to meet students at individual reading levels with the capability to record and assess our students’ reading fluency & listening comprehension
  • Rozzy Career Adventures Program with their recently uploaded remote-friendly additions
  • Attachments of graphic organizers, grids, charts, etc. to support reading comprehension and writing strategies
  • Periodic, car drive-through-pick-up line to collect reading group novels, art materials, educational packets, etc. and to drop-off completed work
  • Recorded chapels twice weekly
  • Weekly e-mail spotlights unique distance-learning additions: i.e. Time Capsules, Remote Assemblies, Spirit Week Celebrations, Green School Initiatives, etc.
  • Weekly all-school newsletter
  • Frequent social media posts to showcase student projects
  • Weekly staff collaboration meetings to plan, evaluate and modify delivery of instructional methods to support this new and ever evolving way of teaching and learning!
  • Celebrating and connecting our community is our priority at SJPDS! 
Early Childhood Distance Learning ( Three Year Old – Transitional Kindergarten)
  • Frequent Zoom schedules with homeroom teachers and specialists
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday E-mails with assignments in core domains, fine and gross motor development, and specialist areas i.e. Art, Music, Science, PE, etc.
  • Links to teacher-made video lessons and book readings
  • See Saw interactive learning
  • Attachments of graphic organizers and worksheets to support development of handwriting skills, phonemic and phonological development, reinforcement of math concepts, etc.
  • Periodic car-drive-through pick-up line to collect art and academic materials, Let’s Find Out publications, etc. and to drop-off completed work
  • Daily recorded chapels
  • Handwriting Without Tears lessons
  • Weekly e-mail spotlights unique distance-learning additions: i.e. Time Capsules, Remote Assemblies, Spirit Week Celebrations, Green School Initiatives, our community at a glance, etc.
  • Weekly all-school newsletter
  • Frequent social media posts to showcase student projects
  • Weekly staff collaboration meetings to plan, evaluate and modify delivery of instructional methods to support this new and ever evolving way of teaching and learning!
  • Celebrating and connecting the SJPDS community is our priority at SJPDS!
Our students and educators engaging in Distance Learning
2020-21 Campus Reopening Plan
 
SJPDS is committed to the safety of our children, families, and staff. Visit our  2020-21 campus reopening framework to learn about all the safety practices that we are implementing to make sure your child and our staff are safe at our school.
Distance Learning Parent Reviews
 
At the completion of our first month of Distance Learning, we surveyed parents for feedback and learned that while a few are still adjusting, most are managing and learning how to work sustainably. We appreciate the parents' commitment, flexibility, and partnership to navigate this new learning environment. We have received very positive feedback from parents on our Distance Learning Program.
 
"The Distance Learning Program from St. John's has been a good balance of providing resources and materials without overwhelming families. We like how parents are being provided with just enough schoolwork to fulfill academic requirements in a manageable way. I also appreciate how responsive and understanding the teachers have been with this whole situation." - Early Childhood Parent
 
"The daily zoom meetings and periodic specialist zooms have kept us feeling connected. I also appreciate the week's assignments being broken down by day. It doesn't feel overwhelming when it's laid out in that manner. This also helps my child take responsibility for completing their work. We've been impressed overall with the transition to distance learning." - Third Grade Parent
 
"We have felt so connected to SJPDS during this time of remote learning and social distancing. The communication from faculty has been fantastic. I can't say enough great things! I feel that there's a great variety of activities that we receive each week and we look forward to receiving the emails. I really appreciate that the activities that Mrs. Boarman sends are realistic for us to do in the home environment and involve materials and supplies that we're likely to have on hand. My daughter and I have really enjoyed completing the activities and projects together and she's been really excited and proud to do her school work. I also really appreciate that everyone seems to recognize that we're all just doing our best. " - Early Childhood Parent
 
"Since this pandemic, we have come to appreciate you all even more. As a mom who is juggling 3 different schools with distance learning you all have by far exceeded them all. When parents have asked how it's going I have told them SJPDS should be the model for them all!! We are truly proud to be a part of this community even if it has only been for a short time!!" - Fifth Grade Parent
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