Mr. Neider's Emails to Parents
Yesterday we began the process of materials exchange and report card pick up.
The first two days have gone extremely well. Thank you for your cooperation! Please remember to bring with you any materials that belong to the school. You should also bring your child’s school bag so you can carry home any personal belongings that your child may have left in their desk/cubby. For your convenience, click here for the schedule for each homeroom.
If you are not able to be here at your child’s scheduled time or if you are just not comfortable being in public, there are two other options. First, there will be a makeup day on June 1 from 9:00 - 12:00. Second, you can come to school on any day of summer camp between 9:00 and 3:00. At this time, summer camp is scheduled from June 8 - July 17. On the makeup day or during camp, please report to the school office. Please know that these dates and times are subject to change based on guidelines set forth by civil authorities.
Congratulations to our Kindergarten students who will be receiving their diplomas tomorrow. Our Kindergarten graduates will participate in a drive thru ceremony on the City Park Campus. If you are a parent of a Kindergarten student and you need more information about tomorrow’s activity, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.
Our 7th grade students were originally scheduled to graduate on May 26. Since the Archdiocese of New Orleans is allowing parishes to have mass again, we thought it would be appropriate to have a mass on this day. This mass is only open to the 7th grade students and CBS faculty. For more information, please click here to read the 7th grade letter.
In place of the annual 4th grade Step Up Ceremony, there will be a special 4th grade activity next Friday, May 29. The 4th grade homeroom teachers will be sending out an email tomorrow with information about the activity.
It was great to see so many smiling faces last Friday for How Ya Doing Hot Dogs. I enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the house and see my CBS family! Thanks to all who contributed to making the event such a success. I look forward to the day when we are able to return to our normal schedules.
I wanted to share a couple of upcoming dates with you. This Friday, May 1, is Religious Brothers Day. Religious Brothers Day celebrates the life and vocation of the religious brother, honoring the important role religious brothers play in the life of the Catholic Church. Currently, there are 5 Christian Brothers who reside on the City Park Campus. Please join me in honoring these men, along with all the Christian Brothers around the world, and the religious Brothers of other congregations by keeping them in your prayers.
In an effort to bring some normalcy and hopefully to add a bit of creativity to our CBS Distance Learning program, we have scheduled a Virtual “Twin” Dress Down day for Wednesday, May 13.
Twin Day is a fun day for the students, but normally its main purpose is to raise money for our “Twin School”. This year is far from normal! In the Twinning Program, each Lasallian school in North America is paired with a Lasallian school in Africa. Christian Brothers is paired with Bisrate Gabriel School in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Bisrate Gabriel is a PK - 12 grade school that has about 2,100 students. Last school year, Twin Day was by far our most popular dress down day. In addition to Twin Day, we also had a week of bake sales sponsored by our 3rd grade and Middle School students. All proceeds from the Twin Day dress down and bake sales were sent to Bisrate Gabriel for their financial aid/scholarship program. Even though we will not be raising money for our twin school this year, I am asking that you keep the Bisrate Gabriel school community in your prayers, especially at this time. To learn more about the international initiative, please visit https://lasallian.info/what-we-do/twinning/.
For our Virtual Twin Dress Down Day on Wednesday, May 13, students are encouraged to dress as “twins” with fellow students, as their favorite teacher, as their favorite cartoon character, etc. Last year, there were many creative costumes/outfits, and I am hoping that this year is just as fun as last year. If your child participates in the dress down day, please send pictures to email@example.com.
I would like to close with the prayer from this year's Religious Brothers Day Prayer Card.
God of mercy and compassion,
thank you for the extraordinary life, witness, and ministry
of Religious Brothers in our Church.
In your wisdom, you have called men
to generously serve, pray,
and share your healing love with others.
As we prepare for our annual Religious Brothers Day,
deepen our appreciation for the vocation
of Religious Brothers, their congregational charisms,
and their commitment to vowed community life.
Strengthened by our baptismal call to holiness,
inspire us to invite men
to consider religious life as a Religious Brother.
Grant all Religious Brothers the grace and perseverance
they need to proclaim your Holy Word
for the life of our Church and our world.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle died on Good Friday, April 7, 1719 with 23 active communities and 100 Brothers continuing the mission he started. Today, De La Salle’s mission lives on in 80 countries, with about 4,000 Brothers and 90,000 Lay Partners serving almost 1,000,000 students in 1,000 ministries. His Feast Day is April 7.
Today begins the Easter Triduum. In recognition of these holy days, we will honor the Easter holidays that are scheduled for today, tomorrow, and Monday. Teachers will resume posting assignments on Tuesday.
Thanks to the parents and the middle school students who completed the At-Home Learning survey. We have received a lot of positive feedback from the surveys and parent emails. At CBS, we are constantly monitoring our programs and looking for ways to improve. At our faculty meeting on Monday (which was held remotely), we spent most of the time reviewing the survey responses. As a result of these responses, we are asking teachers to regularly provide audio and/or video recordings of them personally teaching a lesson. We are also asking teachers to hold some live video conferences. In order for a student to participate in a live video conference, a parent/guardian must sign a “Parent Consent Form.” The consent form may be obtained from the teacher.
Fourth Quarter Progress Reports were scheduled to be distributed on April 22. These reports will NOT be issued. Please continue to monitor your child’s grades on Canvas. If you have a question about a grade, please contact the teacher for that class.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter!
St. John Baptist de La Salle...pray for us!
March 25, 2020
During this second week of At-Home Learning, I hope that you and your family are settling into a manageable routine. Please know that we are here for you! Please feel free to reach out to the teachers, counselors, and/or administrators if you or your child are having any issues…academically or personally.
Daily prayers and weekly masses are an integral part of the CBS experience. While churches are currently not offering masses that are open to the public, many of them are streaming religious services online. You can pray the rosary and/or participate in daily and Sunday masses at the St. Louis Cathedral via the internet at thedailymass.com. St. Anthony of Padua Church is streaming masses via Facebook live. Please go to St. Anthony of Padua, New Orleans on Facebook to view their masses. St. Anthony is streaming masses Monday - Saturday at 9:00 am and Sunday at 11:00 am. On Sundays, there is also a 9:00 am mass in Spanish.
Beginning Monday, March 30, the campus will be closed unless an appointment is made with Mr. Scaffidi or me. If you need to pick up any items from the school, you may do so tomorrow or Friday from 9:00 - 11:00. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
By now, you should have received your child’s 3rd Quarter Report Card. If you have not, please contact Mrs. Joy in the school office at 504-488-4426. If you have a question about a grade, please contact the teacher of record for that class. These report cards do not need to be returned to school.
In closing, Please join me in the following prayer from Archbishop Aymond:
Loving and faithful God, the coronavirus reminds us that we have no power and we are
dependent on you. We place ourselves in your loving hands. Please give eternal rest to
all who have died from the virus. Please put your healing hand on those who are ill, and
give your protection to us in this time of fear and uncertainty. Please, calm our fears and
help us to trust you as our faithful God. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us in this time of need! Amen.
March 18, 2020
I hope your family was able to successfully navigate the first day of At-Home Learning which took place yesterday. Thank you for your patience as we establish the routines and procedures to make this endeavor a reality. Please know that the teachers are working extremely hard to manage this At-Home Learning. If you are experiencing difficulties with the schoolwork in any way, please contact your child's teacher. In addition to teachers checking their emails on a regular basis, they also have designated "Contact Hours". I have attached the most recent schedule of Contact Hours for the Canal Street Campus teachers.
Our school counselor, Mrs. Roussel will continue to be available to the students. I encourage you to read the attached letter from the CBS Counselors. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Roussel. She is a great resource to help your child manage this potentially stressful situation.
Third Quarter Reports Cards were supposed to be distributed to the students today. We plan on mailing the Report Cards and any earned Honor Roll Certificates on Monday, March 23.
Until further notice, the school office will be open Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 11:00. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Canal Street Campus Principal
Live Jesus in our Hearts, forever!