Dear Parents – 

We hope you have had a great spring break despite all the Coronavirus restrictions. As many have already stated, we are in unprecedented times. There are no books or resources that can provide answers to every facet of this unusual and historic situation. Thank you for your patience while we worked to develop a plan and during the coming weeks as we transition to online learning. 

During the Online Learning period, try to keep your child’s day as routine and scheduled as possible. Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Read books with your child. It’s not only fun but reading together strengthens your bond with your child AND helps their development.
  • Make time for active play. Bring out the blocks, balls, jump ropes and buckets and let the creativity go. Play games that kids of all ages can play and encourage older kids to make up a workout or dance to keep them moving.
  • Keep an eye on media time. Whenever possible, monitor screen time and don’t allow students to use technology as their sole means of entertainment during this extended time at home.
  • Schedule time for school. While it doesn’t need to be as structured as a school day it is recommended that students stick to a schedule and work on school work. Here is a sample daily schedule that your family may find useful to provide some structure in new daily routines

How Online Learning Will Work

  • Teachers will be online each day from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm
  • New assignments or information about current assignments will be posted each day in Google Classroom by 10:00 am  
  • Teachers will be available via email, Google Classroom, and Google Hangouts Chat

Next Steps

  • Verify that your child has accepted the invitation to join Google Classroom. Go to https://classroom.google.com/and login with your child’s Nativity Account. Click “Join” on any classroom that they have not yet joined. This will ensure that your child is in all the classes before Monday.
  • Please accept the Guardian Invitation you received via email to receive updates on your child’s classroom. You can choose daily or weekly email updates. If you have not received one, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher and they can assist you.
  • If you are not using a Nativity Chromebook, make sure Google Hangouts is installed. Click here for information on how to install (https://support.google.com/hangoutschat/answer/7653601?hl=en&ref_topic=7649316)

Chromebooks at Home

We want to make sure your child has a device that will allow them to be productive in an online class environment. Please note, phones do not qualify as a productivity device. Recommended devices include, but are not limited to: Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, tablets, and iPads. If you need a device to support your child’s learning, please fill out the form below. These Chromebooks can only be used by Nativity students for educational purposes. https://forms.gle/721yLcwhsxSuXJQv5

Getting Technical Support
 Should you need technical assistance during this time please use the Help Desk System so that we can track all issues and resolve them as quickly as possible. You can find the Help Desk at https://helpdesk.nativity-cincinnati.org and click “Submit Ticket”.

What if my child needs something from school?
Unfortunately, at this time, we are only letting essential staff into the building. If your child has an emergency need for something they left at school, please contact the school office. 

This information can be found on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates and we will continue to send updates as we receive them. If you have any questions, please contact Rudy Gruenke at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org.

Sincerely,

Rudy Gruenke                                                                                 
 Director of Systems & Special Projects