April 1, 2020
Dear St. Raymond Families,

Last evening, the Archdiocese of Chicago communicated information regarding the continued closure of its Catholic Schools until April 30th which includes St. Raymond School – School Closure Update from Dr. Rigg, March 31st.  My letter is to ensure that all families have received word.

While this news brings on many challenges, our main priority is the health and safety of our students and faculty.  Our goal with e-learning is for students to continue learning at all levels and keep up connections with other students and faculty. Our teachers will work daily with our students to learn new and exciting things via our new platform. We have incorporated a check in system for homerooms to provide an outlet for students to see their friends and teachers. Mrs. Smithe, our school social worker, continues to share activities for helping our students and families that may be experiencing stressors – see our e-learning resource page for more information. Our faculty are meeting in their teams to collaborate on how to best support our families.

During this Lenten Season, our community has the opportunity to worship together with mass and stations of cross hosted by the parish on-line as well as other reflections shared by parish staff.  With Holy Week approaching this upcoming week, the following are materials that may help families to reflect and celebrate this time of the year.

Holy Week at Home:

1. Holy Week at Home: This provides an opportunity for families to come together during this special time .  It guides the family through an introduction, a ritual and reflection to foster conversation about Holy Week and the Tridium.

2. Holy Week at Home Retreat:  This provides families with scripture and activities from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday.

Please stay safe and keep those effected by COVID-19 in your prayers.

Mary Eileen Ward