Dear St. Isaac Families,
I think that one of the biggest adjustments many of us have had to make during this time, is the fact that we cannot plan. For many of us who are planners and organizers, the idea that we are operating basically on a week to week or day to day basis, can be stressful. It’s one of those things that we have to let go of and know that we are doing our personal best to “go with the flow.” That being said, I’m hoping to shed some light on a few things to help you in the best way that I can, PLAN.
Now that we are all aware of the extension of at home learning for the remainder of the school year, I am able to give you an end date for e-Learning; e-Learning will conclude on Friday, May 22nd. We will use the following week, May 26-29, for returning iPads and picking up books and other belongings your child/children still have at school. You’ll be assigned a pick up time and procedures for keeping socially distant and safe will be put into place. More information regarding this will be coming over the next few weeks. It is my hope that you can support your children and remain positive knowing that you can mark the calendar date of May 22nd as the end of our academic year.
In addition, Bishop Pates has given the directive that all end of the year gatherings be cancelled at this time including any activity in the church parking lot or basically on the parish/school campus.
Here is the email that came directly from Father Belmonte, Superintendent of Schools:
Following Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement on April 17 that Illinois will continue its suspension of in-person instruction until the end of the academic year, Bishop Pates mandated that schools operated by the diocese should also remain closed until the end of the academic year. Each individual school will determine the date to finish At Home Learning.
The decision to extend the closure of schools until the end of the academic year applies to all Catholic schools operated by the Diocese of Joliet. All schools not operated by the diocese, such as those sponsored by religious orders, will make decisions individually.
Thank you for your commitment to our Catholic school mission. Let’s continue to support one another as we move forward through this difficult period.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. John Belmonte, S.J., Ph.D
Please know that I will continue to work with our teachers to deliver rigorous, quality instruction until the end of our academic year. I am extremely proud of our students, and all of you for supporting your children, and of course, our teachers, who have gone far beyond my expectations of honoring our commitment to learning. In addition, depending on the situation over the summer, we will make sure opportunities for continued learning are accessible over the summer either via a summer camp, if permissible, or virtual experiences to enhance skills.
You know I will continue to communicate with all of you as we look forward to the reopening of our school for 2020-2021. There will be an excitement in the air as the energy and enthusiasm and chatter of our children once again fill a lifeless building. After all, what is a school without children!
One of our parents sent me an email today and said that it seemed that each morning one of her children would always say, “…do I have to go to school today?”…never thinking that going to school would be taken away. I think we all agree, being together can’t come soon enough. As I write this I was reminded of the concert my husband and I watched on Saturday evening, “One World At Home Together”, and I honestly was pretty impressed with the Rolling Stones well in their 70’s, belting out “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”! How true is that today!
Every day you are always in my thoughts and prayers and at some point, hopefully sooner than later, we all will get what we want: to fill St. Isaac’s with your children who make our school such a very special place.
Blessings to all,