Dear St. Anne Catholic School Parents, Guardians, and Parishioners,
Happy summer to you all! We pray you have enjoyed the outdoors this summer with family and friends, staying healthy and distancing appropriately! Many exciting things are happening at St. Anne Catholic School and we are eager to share them with you. As we draw closer to the start of a new school year, we are continually amazed at the blessings that God has given us.
We currently have full classes in kindergarten and the 4th/5th class with students on a waiting list. We are still giving tours and speaking with prospective families. We are excited to announce the addition of a new teacher, Katie Alderman, who will be teaching 2nd and 3rd grade students. We continue to be blessed with donations and grants to help with the budget. And more than that, we are excited to welcome back our returning St. Anne families.
In this unprecedented time, things often change daily. With the new school year approaching, we are busy planning and preparing for the education of our students whether it be in person, online, or a combination thereof. Thanks to our Return to School Committee, we have the protocol in place for bringing our students back to school safely. We are very grateful to Shawna Prestianni, Fr. Bill, Stephen Voehl, Susan Hermes, Eileen Amaranthus, Dr. Sharon Forde, Dr. Judy Black, Juliet Fisher, Kathy Johnson, Cathleen Price and Kim Bath for their hard work and dedication.
With our emergency child care license, we have been able to offer child care throughout the summer. This license will extend into the school year covering our ECE program and the Just 5 class as well as allowing us to continue to offer after-school child care and child care on select no-school days. This is a valuable service to our families and we are thankful to be able to continue these programs.
Josephine County is currently on track to meet the standard that would allow our kindergarten through 3rd grade students to attend school in person with the appropriate protocol in place. We are praying that this will be the case even as we plan for the very real possibility that our 4th and 5th grade students will be receiving comprehensive distance learning until such time as we meet the standard to bring them back to campus also. On Monday, August 24, the state and county metrics will be released that will let us know for sure if kindergarten through 3rd grade will be able to start the year on campus.
The teachers will be returning to work on Monday, August 24, in order to have plenty of time to finalize the Comprehensive Distance Learning plan, prepare for student in-person instruction under the Return to School protocol, and anything else that may come our way. Please join the St. Anne family in prayer for the decrease in COVID-19 cases, increase in successful medical treatments, the social and emotional health of our students during this difficult time, and for the staff, students, and parents as we prepare for the new school year.
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
May the Lord continue to bless you and your family with his love and grace,
Mrs. Colleen Kotrba