I pray this letter finds all families doing well. The unprecedented 2019-2020 school year has come to an end, and while many families (and teachers) might be breathing a sigh of relief, preparation for the coming school year continues. Plans for returning to the building in August are underway, as are alternate plans should the State mandate continued facility closure. While no plan can guarantee 100% risk free for anything from a scraped knee, to a cold, to COVID 19, Emmanuel is taking your child’s safety seriously. A letter outlining safety measures for students and staff will be sent to all families in a few weeks. This mailing contains items usually sent in June with information students and parents need for the summer and to plan for the coming year. Items include:
- School Calendar
- Supply List
- School Dress Code
- Summer Reading Information (Grades 3 & 4 only)
- Accelerated Reading Program Information (Grade 5 & Middle School only)
The School Calendar:
There is a significant change to the academic calendar. Emmanuel will transition to a trimester school year. The 2020-2021 academic year contains 179 school days being divided by three marking periods rather than the traditional four marking periods. This will allow time for review, especially in the critical first marking period, as well as the learning of new content. Trimesters are routinely used in other school systems, especially the Catholic Schools. Parents of eighth grade students who will be applying to public magnet high schools will be able to use the mid-semester grade report with their application and send the report card when it is issued. The current calendar is very basic as many items, such as the opening school picnic, have been left off. As health issues in our State hopefully improve through the school year, programs and events might certainly be added back to the calendar.