April 9, 2020

Dear St. Raymond Families,

As we begin the Triduum with Holy Thursday, please know that our faculty and staff are praying for our families as we approach Easter Sunday. Our school community is strong and our faith will help us as we continue to move through these uncertain times. We are so thankful to have the technology to be working with you and your children through remote learning. Our St. Raymond families are important to us and we miss all of you.

The Archdiocese of Chicago and St. Raymond Parish are broadcasting Triduum Services so we can still unite in prayer during Holy Week. Please join these virtual services:

  •  Archdiocese of Chicago: Triduum services with Cardinal Cupich will be held at Holy Name Cathedral, please join us in watching:https://radiotv.archchicago.org/television/broadcast-masses.  Holy Thursday 5PM (4/9/2020), Good Friday 3PM (4/10/2020) and Saturday Easter Vigil 8PM (4/11/2020)
  • St. Raymond Parish will celebrate Easter Sunday mass at 11am on Sunday, April 12th on the website:
  • Father Scott is sharing a Reflection Series podcast daily during Holy Week on the parish website www.st-raymond.org

School Updates 

Our video conferences with homeroom teachers have continued the close connection with students. The creativity and efforts of our faculty during this e-learning time have made the teachers a positive presence in our students’ lives. Their lessons and activities allow students to continue to grow in knowledge and faith. We appreciate our parents understanding as our teaching staff is working to balance their school responsibilities along with their own home responsibilities. Thank you for your understanding.

Beginning next week, our Related Studies e-learning format will be adjusted. Related studies subjects include gym, art, music, technology and library resource. These teachers are working hard to create engaging activities and lessons for the students during our remote learning. In order to allow more time for students to complete assignments, related studies lessons can be finished in a two-week time frame instead of weekly. Some teachers may share extra activities that are optional for students. Please see the Related Studies website for lessons at:

 https://sites.google.com/st-raymondschool.org/related-studies

Just a reminder, there is no e-learning on Good Friday or Easter Monday due these planned holidays. Please enjoy this Easter with your family! See our Holy Week resources for activities at home for children at http://www.st-raymondschool.org/easter-week-activities-at-home/

Many blessings to our families.

Ms. Mary Eileen Ward

Principal

 


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

Principal