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At SRS and SRNS, the Learning Continues

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, the Archdiocese of Washington has closed all Catholic school campuses. In light of this decision, schools, including St. Raphael School, are providing distance learning for students for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

During this time of uncertainty, you can be assured that the learning continues for the students of St. Raphael School and Nursery School. Using no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech methods, our teachers are staying connected with students to ensure uninterrupted academic success.

Accepting Applications

St. Raphael School and Nursery School are continuing to accept applications for the 2020-21 school year.

We Want Our Families to Stay Safe: Helpful Resources for Information and Tips

CDC.pngCenters for Disease Control: Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services: Covid-19

Archdiocese of Washington: Coronavirus Resources and Information

PEP Webinar Series (free): Parenting Support During Coronavirus

Managing Screen Time: A Parent Survival Guide by Clifford Sussman, M.D.

A Letter from SRS Principal Teri Dwyer

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My dear St. Raphael School parents,

We find ourselves in unchartered territory and I must begin by thanking you for your spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Your positive spirit and words of gratitude go a long way to making our teachers’ extra hours and increased workload feel noticed and appreciated. Thank you!

Our goal is to achieve a balance in our approach that respects the increased demands you are feeling at home while ensuring that we achieve the necessary educational milestones for your child to move to the next academic level with confidence. To meet these goals, we will be communicating regularly and counting on you to participate in our surveys so we can adjust instruction and expectations to better serve our students. We are using a combination of live instruction (which will be available to view later if there are technology limitations in your home), independent online work, as well as work that is pen and paper or research. Our teachers are attempting to create opportunities to come together as a school family to share—joys and worries. There is nothing too mundane to bring to the meeting. What has been uplifting is the amount of laughter that I am hearing! Keep it up! We will get through this and look back on these days as an opportunity to stretch.

Each day is opening with prayer. As we pray together, we lift up our leaders and our loved ones. We pray for those who are caring for the sick. We pray for those who are most in need of our prayers. We pray for each other, and we pray for ourselves. These are challenging times, but we are in it together. May God bless us, and may we be together soon.

Thank you! I am proud of how you are honoring the restrictions being asked of us. We can do this!

We are St. Raphael!

~ Teri Dwyer

Additional Communication

 

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A Picture Says 1,000 Words

We are incredibly proud of our community during this challenging time. View our album on Facebook of our students and teachers engaged in remote learning. Parents, send your photos to MJ Garcia to include on our social media. If you post directly, be sure to tag us (@SRSrockville) and use the hashtags #WeAreStRaphael and #ADWFamily. Photos of your child in uniform (occasionally) are welcome and encouraged.

 

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Ideas Central

Looking for more ideas for remote learning, coping tips, activities, etc., from fellow SRS parents? View the suggestions from our community (located in the comments of the post), where you can contribute your own resources.

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Using Zoom video, Leo listens to a story being read by SRNS teacher Francine Krivka

Catholic Schools Stay Connected

Read how ADW families, including ours, are engaged in remote learning during the covid-19 crisis.