• Joey Scaffidi

May 4 Weekly Message

Updated: May 5

May 4, 2020


Dear Parents:


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  Please join me over the next few days in recognizing the men and women who teach at Christian Brothers School.  The Ladies Club has prepared a different activity each day this week to celebrate our educators.  I hope you and/or your child are able to participate in the activity designated for today, Monday, which is to send an email to the teacher with a message/video of gratitude. (By the way, you can send that email at any point this week if it’s not ready for Monday.  The teacher will love it whenever it is received.)  Next to the students, our teachers are the heart and soul of the CBS experience.


While most have honored their tuition obligation as per the deadline this past Friday (thank you!), there are a number of families from whom we have not heard.  You can reach us in the office this week between 9:00 and 11:00 daily.  If a tuition account is not current, the business office will be reaching out to you this week for an inquiry.  For many in this situation, the tuition deadline is an oversight.  For others, a student may not be returning.  Once again, please contact me immediately if your child is not returning next school year or if you need to discuss your tuition obligation further.  Thanks so much!


The following information is from the cafeteria (School Food and Nutrition Office) for graduating seventh graders and students who are not returning to CBS for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you still have funds remaining in your cafeteria account, please complete the attached form to request a refund.  The completed form should be sent directly to Ellen Gauthreaux, program director, via email at egauthreaux@schoolcafe.org or via fax at 504-596-3459.


Now that we are in the month of May, I remind you of some important notes for the end of the year.   The final day of instruction is Friday, May 15 leaving us with only two more weeks to go.  If your child (or you) simply cannot push through these last two weeks, please connect with the teacher.  We understand that this quarter has been challenging for many, and we remain committed to you until the end. 


During the week of May 18-22, we will begin to close the school year.  Middle school students on both campuses will have a review day on May 18 followed by a window of time spanning May 19-22 to submit their last assessment of the school year.  Lower grade students will have their last virtual meetings with their teachers.  Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will be assigned a day and time to report to campus to return school supplies to their classrooms and collect personal belongings, report cards, etc.  During the week of May 25-29, students in grades 1-7 will be assigned a day and time to report to campus for the last time this year to return school supplies to their classrooms and collect personal belongings, report cards, etc.  More information on the assigned dates and times for each class as well as detailed instructions for the last visit to campus are forthcoming.  We know that we will be calling the seventh grade girls back to campus on Tuesday, May 26 and the seventh grade boys on Wednesday, May 27 – the original graduation dates.  We hope to make their last day on campus something special.  While more details are forthcoming, seventh graders should clear their calendars for the respective former graduation dates so that they are able to participate.


We continue to plan for summer programs.  Assuming that our region is in Phase 2 of the reopening plan in June, we are going forward with a summer day camp and specialty camps.  Because enhanced social distancing measures are to be in place during Phase 2, day camp and specialty campus will look a little different this summer.  Enrollment will be limited.  Group sizes will be smaller.  Activities will be campus-based.  Use of the grounds and equipment will be staggered.  Hand washing will be the norm.  Daily cleaning and disinfecting of the campuses is guaranteed.  And there will likely be some sort of medical screening by medical professionals at the start of each day to ensure that those who are on campus are void of fever, cough and shortness of breath.  Of course, we will share more on the daily guidelines and protocol as they are refined.  Meanwhile, timely registration is a must before we close out the enrollment. Go to our website for Summer Camp online registration.


Many continue to ask about August.  Again, we plan to return to campus in August (physically present in the buildings and with in-person instruction) but with enhanced social distancing measures in place.  We will take the lessons learned from our summer camp experiences to devise an effective, efficient plan for the return to school in August.  Details will be shared in the July mailing containing opening of school information.


As you have likely heard recently, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans is filing for Chapter 11 Reorganization under the bankruptcy code.  Please know that this will in no way impact Christian Brothers School.  Although Christian Brothers School is a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, it is privately owned and operated.  Specifically, it is individually incorporated with reserved powers belonging to the Christian Brothers.  Should you have any concerns regarding this matter, I invite your call.


With the approach of Mother’s Day this coming weekend, we remember all CBS moms – living and deceased.  We understand and appreciate the difference that mothers make in our lives.  We are grateful for the blessing of all moms, particularly those who are so special to CBS.  To these special women and on behalf of the Brothers, faculty and staff of Christian Brothers School, Happy Mother’s Day!


Live Jesus In Our Hearts,

Joey

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