LD News: 5.14.20

Lower Division Events

Important Links

Head of Primary & Lower Divisions

Ana Ibanez

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Dear Lower Division Parents,

Thank you so much for attending the Lower Division virtual chapel this morning, what a wonderful gathering.  Unfortunately, we could not all be together in one room, I was happy to feel your love from your homes!  We will send your child’s certificate/award home next Wednesday. If you would like to pick your child’s award up before Wednesday, please contact me.  Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, May 20th-LOWER DIVISION

Last Day of School-(No classes) Textbook, library books, iPad return

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please plan on coming through the carline to drop off textbooks, iPad, library books and USED UNIFORMS. We will give you the contents of your child’s cubby his/her yearbook, and awards. You don’t even need to get out of the car!

We will have stations set up at certain places in the carline to drop off textbooks and the iPad.

It is very important we get the textbooks, library books, and iPad back on this day. We have to set up Ipads for the next school year! Your child’s teachers will send an email about what items need to be returned.

 Quarter Four Grades-Lower Division

If you tuned into last week’s Facebook Live event, we discussed how we are grading quarter four. Since we are unable to return to school and have tests, students who complete all assignments will earn a satisfactory grade (“S”) in the space on the report card where you would normally see an A, B, C. Some schools are using the pass/fail model, but I don’t feel this model represents the philosophy of St. John’s. The pass/fail model allows for some missing assignments, and we felt it would be difficult to move students through the curriculum if they were skipping or missing assignments. 

Our goal throughout quarter four was to focus on all of the parts of student work that create a successful and diligent student who is well prepared. Emphasis has been placed on completing work in complete sentences with proper grammar and punctuation to the best of the child’s ability. We expect the students to turn in their work showing effort and time. In mathematics, students are expected to go back to correct missed problems and solidify concepts, ask questions. Teachers have spent hours grading assignments and giving feedback on student work with the expectation of the student making corrections and working to their best ability. Your children have worked hard this quarter!

As I have said many times, we are very pleased with the quality of the work and the students’ commitment to learning. If your child is missing an assignment, we understand that your children are working hard and at their own pace. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers should you have any questions.

Schools across the nation are faced with how to quantify this quarter of school, so please do not be concerned.  Student transcripts will have a note saying the grading scale was altered due to Covid 19. It will also say the “S” represents the completion of all assignments with the quality and effort expected of a St. John’s student. 4th-grade students will not have exams.