COVID-19 Communications

COVID-19 Update – March 27, 2020

Dear SJPIICA Families,

We hope this email finds you healthy and staying positive during these unprecedented times.  We realize this time is incredibly challenging for our families. We are so grateful for your support and communication with the changes due to this pandemic.

I wanted to share a few updates.

Remote learning has been implemented in all grades and our wonderful teachers are doing their absolute best to stay connected to our students and families, making sure high-quality learning is happening for our students.

At this point, the Governor has mandated that all schools are closed until May 4th and this includes SJPIICA.  At our January MAP testing, our Academy tested above average in relation to the national averages in growth in reading, math, language and science. We know that time out of school has not been optimal for learning yet learning has been happening. We are hopeful we will be able to return in May and we will work to assess gaps and make adjustments with instruction to prepare our students for the fall. Our fall MAP testing will continue to identify areas of need and we will use this data to guide instruction and support to help our students

Our families are doing a tremendous job of working with our students at home and sharing their progress! We miss our students and your photos, emails and social media posts have been affirming and helpful. Please reach out to our team if you need any assistance, we are here for you and we will get through this together!

As a school, we take great pride in employing the most talented and competent teachers and caring staff. While we are committed to compensating our team while we are closed, we also understand that making tuition payments at this time is challenging for our families. All of us at SJPIICA need and rely on tuition payments to operate our school and serve our students and families even through remote learning.

If this situation is significantly impacting you financially, we definitely understand and ask that you reach out to us to Judith Walker at tuition@sjp2ca.org or Mark Hegarty at mhegarty@sjp2ca.org. We are able coordinate a delay or hold on your tuition plan. The Catholic Schools Foundation is offering emergency funding for K2- grade 8 students who are in need of special tuition assistance due to COVID-19 situation.  Please continue to reach out to us and share with us your situation so we can help. 

On behalf of our leadership team and teachers, thank you to all parents and guardians as you walk this journey with us. We would also like to thank all family members who are working on the front lines of this pandemic. We have created a video as a way of letting you know that you are loved, appreciated and are held in prayer. The school song in the background is sung by our Fine Arts Director, Mary Hebard. Link is: https://youtu.be/R1jxobBZMyA

The Dorchester Reporter highlighted SJPIICA in their recent issue. https://www.dotnews.com/2020/st-jpii-academy-prepares-long-haul-online

SJPIICA is a family and together with God, we are stronger than any pandemic. Thank you for working with us. May God continue to protect all of us as we move through these days.

God bless,

Kate Brandley

Regional Director

COVID-19 Update: Title 1 – March 16, 2020

Good afternoon,

Title One teachers will be sharing intervention materials weekly with families during the school closure.  Instructors will also be available via email to answer questions, provide explanations for activities and make additional recommendations for remediation.  Instructors will be electronically available via email during the school day that your student received services.  For example if your child had intervention on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:30-11:00. Please expect email response to any questions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Full time title one instructors will be available during the school week electronically via email Monday through Friday.   If you have any questions please contact your student’s title one instructor!

We, as always will be working to support your child’s educational needs.

God bless,

Kristyn Joy                                                                     Kate Brandley

Title I Coordinator                                                         Regional Director

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COVID-19 Update – March 16, 2020

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Change: 

We will only be open tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th for the distribution of lunch and breakfast between 9-11 am at the Regional Office.

We will give out all breakfast and lunch tomorrow for the entire week or you can visit one of the BPS distribution sites between 8:30 -11 am located at:

  • Boston Latin School
  • Lee School
  • Mildred School
  • New Mission High
  • Community Academy of Science and Health
  • Frederick Pilot Middle School
  • McCormack School

We hope this helps.

God bless,

 

Kate Brandley

Regional Director

 

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View the 3/15/20 letter here >

View the 3/13/20 letter here >

COVID-19 Update – March 16, 2020

Dear‌ ‌Parents, ‌

‌As of now Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy will be closed until April 7th. ‌Due‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌fluidity‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌situation,‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌stay‌ ‌in‌ ‌communication‌ ‌when‌ ‌any‌ ‌other‌ ‌decisions‌ ‌are‌ ‌made.‌ ‌Please‌ ‌check‌ ‌the‌ ‌website‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌updated‌ ‌information.‌ ‌Parents‌ ‌should‌ ‌note‌ ‌that‌ ‌students‌ ‌should‌ ‌not‌ ‌come‌ ‌to‌ ‌campus‌ ‌and‌ ‌there‌ ‌will‌ ‌not‌ ‌be‌ ‌any‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌buildings.‌ ‌The‌ ‌SJPIICA‌ ‌faculty‌ ‌diligently‌ ‌prepared‌ ‌meaningful‌ ‌academic‌ ‌work‌ ‌for‌ ‌your‌ ‌child‌ ‌to‌ ‌complete‌ ‌while‌ ‌we‌ ‌go‌ ‌through‌ ‌this‌ ‌unprecedented‌ ‌health‌ ‌issue.‌ ‌Your‌ ‌child ‌brought ‌home‌ ‌work‌ ‌in‌ ‌all‌ ‌subject‌ ‌areas,‌ ‌and‌ ‌this‌ ‌work‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌combination‌ ‌of‌ ‌review‌ ‌and‌ ‌new‌ ‌material.‌ ‌Please‌ ‌know‌ ‌that‌ ‌your‌ ‌child’s‌ ‌teacher(s)‌ ‌is‌ ‌available‌ ‌to‌ ‌answer‌ ‌any‌ ‌questions‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌may‌ ‌have‌ ‌during‌ ‌our‌ ‌normal‌ ‌school‌ ‌hours of 8 am to 2:30 pm. The‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌you‌ ‌support‌ ‌your‌ ‌child’s‌ ‌learning‌ ‌while‌ ‌we‌ ‌navigate‌ ‌this‌ ‌situation‌ ‌remotely.‌ ‌ ‌We are looking into online resources to support their learning and any extended time.We know that not all students have access to technology so teachers will be reaching out with assignments and updates via RENWEB and other platforms that students currently use. We will not be expecting any family to use a platform or complete assignments that use a new technology. Our teachers and staff are sensitive to and know our students and families. Teachers will be communicating with families on a consistent and regular basis. If you have any concerns, please contact your campus principal.All principals and staff will be available by email each day from 8 am to 2:30 pm for immediate questions. All staff will be responding to emails after hours with an expectation of a 24 hour turn around. Principals will continue to communicate weekly with families during this time off with updates, news and information.Our business office will keep normal hours of 8-4 pm. Please communicate via email to them. We are unable to communicate through the phones but are looking into some alternatives.

Tuition: Mark Hegarty: mhegarty@sjp2ca.org
Judith Walker: jwalker@sjpc2a.org
Finance Director: Tina Higgins: thiggins@sjp2ca.org

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all BOSTON students from any school at the following locations beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th

  • Boston Latin School
  • Lee School
  • Mildred School
  • New Mission High
  • Community Academy of Science and Health
  • Frederick Pilot Middle School
  • McCormack School

For more details about food services visit: https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098

SJPIICA will continue to serve food tomorrow for the week at the Regional Office

Tuesday: 9-11 am and Thursday: 9-11 am

This situation is unprecedented and we are all in this together. We will be adjusting and working with all families and ask that you to continue to communicate with as take this one day at a time.

We will continue to keep you and your loved ones in prayers. Please keep us in yours.

God bless,

Kate Brandley

Regional Director

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COVID-19 Update – March 15, 2020

Good afternoon,

Boston Public Schools will have distribution centers for breakfast and lunch meals for our students who participate in the free and reduced lunch program.

These centers are as follows:

Boston Residents:
Pick up Locations for Free and Reduced Lunch Locations:

  1. North End at Gassy Park/DeFillippo Playground 135 Prince St. Boston
  2. Charlestown at the Boys and Girls Club 15 Green St Boston
  3. Food and Nutrition services Central Distribution Warehouse (loading dock on Quincy St) 370 Columbia Road, Boston
  4. YMCA
    215 Bremen St. Boston

SJPIICA will distribute food on Monday at our campuses between 9-11 am. Please bring a bag for your items.

We will distribute bagged lunches for two days of food at the Regional Office on Tuesday and Thursday between 9-11 am. Beginning the week of March 23rd, families will need to go to a distribution center until otherwise notified.

We are closing the Regional office to protect our employees and the public. We will continue to monitor the needs of our families and help as much as we can.

Please continue to communicate with us as we move forward. Let us continue to pray for each other and our world.

God bless,

Kate Brandley
Regional Director

Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

COVID-19 Update – March 13, 2020

Good afternoon,

If you ordered lunch for the next few weeks and are NOT on the free and reduced lunch program. You will not be charged for lunch.

If you ordered lunch and your child participates in the free and reduced lunch program, your breakfast and lunch will be available as listed:

Monday, March 16th between 9-11 am: at your child’s campus

After March 16th, all food will be distributed from the Regional Office between 9-11 am on Tuesday and Thursday.

We will let you know the schedule for the week of March 23rd next week.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Duggan at kduggan@sjp2ca.org

God bless,

Kate Brandley
Regional Director