Closure Update: Distance Learning Through June 3

There are no adequate words to share my pride, appreciation, and respect for the entire Rosarian Academy community. Faculty and staff have ventured into this new world of distance education without skipping a beat. Students are engaging in their learning at a superior level. The support of parents, alumni, and friends has been overwhelming.

As wonderful of a job that our community has done in embracing distance learning, we were hopeful it would end sooner than later. Given Governor DeSantis’ recent announcement that all K-12 schools in Florida will be closed through the remainder of the school year, Rosarian will follow suit and continue distance learning through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. As planned, school will end on Wednesday, June 3. I want to reiterate that we are striving to continue to honor our students and their Rosarian experiences as best as we can:

  • We are in the process of putting together the Virtual Talent Show. We are extending the deadline for submissions to next Monday, April 27.

  • NJHS Inductions will take place this Friday, April 24 at 8 AM via Zoom. Instructions to join the ceremony will be emailed.

  • We are also working on moving the annual Art Show to a virtual show that will be shared with our school community.

  • The 8th-grade graduation ceremony will take place as scheduled on Thursday, May 28. Whether graduation will be virtual or a “socially distant” ceremony is to be determined closer to the date based on what the local government allows us to do. Stay tuned!

  • We will provide updates related to May Crowning, yearbook distribution, textbook/chrome book collection, end-of-year awards ceremony, summer book fair, and other events once plans are finalized.

  • We are continuing to plan for summer camp sessions to take place from June 4 through August 25. Click here to view the schedule and camp descriptions. Registration for these programs is open with the options to pay in full now or pay at a later date.  If you register and pay now and programs are canceled, you will be fully refunded

FINAL UPDATED ZOOM SCHEDULES & MORNING MEETINGS

Thank you to all who filled out the parent survey over the weekend. As a result of your feedback, we are making final adjustments to the class Zoom schedules and Morning Meetings.

Morning meetings will now take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for all students. Tuesday and Thursday morning meetings will be for faculty only. Therefore, teachers only will join the morning meeting tomorrow. We will see all students Wednesday morning!

MID-TRIMESTER PROGRESS REPORTS

Mid-trimester progress reports will be available through Raider Connect this Wednesday. We will send out a text when reports are available in your parent portal. Please note that Lower School teachers are posting student grades to their Google Classrooms, and Middle School teachers are posting grades to Raider Connect. For help navigating Raider Connect or computer technology-related problems, contact [email protected].

SCHOOL GUIDANCE

The mental health of our students is of utmost importance, and we recognize parents and children alike may need help navigating social distancing and isolation. Mrs. VanDyke is doing Guidance lessons in the Google Classrooms and working on putting together a page on our website with resources to help your family as you transition to a more sedentary life during this stressful time. In the meantime, if your child would like to speak with Mrs. VanDyke, she is available Monday – Friday, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

FINANCIAL COMMITMENT & BUDGET

During this transition in learning, our financial commitments to operating our school and paying our teachers and staff have remained similar. We also remain committed to all of our current families. We are working on revising next year’s budget and are making efforts to increase support for Rosarian Academy’s need-based financial assistance. Please contact the administration if you need any further concerns or questions.

SUPERHERO SHOUT OUT

We started this week with a shout out to all of the superheroes of today who are on the frontline of fighting the COVID pandemic. Thank you first responders, doctors, nurses, restaurant workers, delivery persons, grocery store workers, and all other essential employees who continue to go to work each day and risk their lives to help all of us and those affected by coronavirus. Our Rosarian community challenge for the week is for students and families to write a message of thanks with sidewalk chalk to today’s superheroes. Please take a picture and post it to social media, tagging @rosarianacademy, or email the photo to [email protected].

We hope that all of you enjoyed the gesture of the signs in your yards. The delivery was an awesome operation of many of our faculty and staff who received great joy going home to home to deliver the signs. Our students and families are our superheroes as you remain steadfast and resilient during this difficult time. Thank you for your continued support!

United together in Christ, we are accomplishing something greater for the children we serve. Prayers continue throughout all of our school communities for those impacted by the virus and for the safety of those in the health care and service sectors.