We have had a few questions from parents and students about online learning that I wanted to address to help clarify and hopefully resolve some issues. If you have any questions please let me know.
Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects
- Printing From Nativity Chromebooks – Currently, there is not a way for students to print from their Nativity issued Chromebooks. We will do some further investigation into if this is possible but currently it is nor.
- Assignments not showing as turned in or graded in Google Classroom – At this time we are not using the grade book feature in Google Classroom. As a result, it may not show that a student turned in work or has a grade in Google Classroom. Please check RenWeb to see if the assignment has been posted and remember that the timelines for grading work still apply.
- Frequent Emails – Please remind your students that while the teachers are working 9-3 they may be busy teaching a class, helping other students and may not be able to respond to an email or chat immediately. They will get back to them as soon as possible.
- If you are experiencing any issues with online learning please submit a help ticket. This will ensure a timely response. The help tickets system can be found at http://helpdesk.nativity-cincinnati.org
We are happy to announce Nativity School’s Reopening Plan for the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.
Nativity has once again proven what a strong and caring community that we are. This plan is, of course, subject to change as it pertains to announcements from the Ohio Board of Health and local health agencies.
Peace and good health,
Thank you all for your eager participation. The day you have been waiting for is finally here. We are excited to see everyone’s Nativity School Spirit tomorrow at the 2020 Nativity Virtual Spirit Day!!
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We have reserved Friday, May 29 as the day families can return textbooks, Chromebooks, and other school items to school, and pick up their personal belongings left behind, as well as awards or other items they may have earned.
Here are the details:
- Parents will be asked to come to school on May 29 according to the time schedule below. The schedule is set to prevent our process from blocking traffic on the street, as well as to help our staff process the materials being returned in an orderly fashion. It is important to know who has returned what so we can follow up if items are not returned, especially the high priced items like textbooks and Chromebooks.
- Vehicles should follow the normal car line entering from Woodford and leaving on Pandora.
- Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles. Bringing an older student who can hand things out the window would be helpful.
- There will be two stations for dropping items off: One for Chromebooks (and chargers) that were borrowed, and a second one for other items. See the list below for things that should be brought to school.
- There will be a third station where all of your children’s belongings will be brought to the vehicle. These will include things like personal items left in desks or lockers, artwork, awards and certificates, portfolios.
8:00 – 8:30
Acklin-Byrd – Byerly
8:30 – 9:00
Caldwell – Dwyer
9:00 – 9:30
Elliott – Friend
9:30 – 10:00
Gable – Guyer
10:00 – 10:30
Harris – Jones
10:30 – 11:00
Kaeppner – Long
11:00 – 11:30
Madaris – Mysock
11:30 – 12:00
Naberhaus – Putnam
12:30 – 1:00
Raleigh – Singer
1:00 – 1:30
Singh – Trotta
1:30 – 2:00
Uihlein – Washington
2:00 – 2:30
Webb – Zubelik
Items to bring back to school:
- Chromebooks & chargers
- Kindergarten Readers
- Library Books
- School novels (Number the Stars, Bud, Not Buddy, Goodnight Mr. Tom, etc.)
If you have questions about items that should be returned, please contact your teacher.
If you have any other questions, please contact me. I’ll send a text message reminder the day before this event, because we all need reminders!
Dear Nativity Community –
This week Governor DeWine officially announced that schools will remain online for the rest of the school year. While we are sad that we won’t get to be together again this school year, we know that this is best for reducing the spread of this virus.
The Nativity staff has been working for the last month knowing that this might happen and making plans for various end of year activities like awards assembly and graduation, as well as how to get things cleaned out and returned to students so that regular summer maintenance can occur.
Below are details about some of the end of year events, additional details about these events will come as we get closer to them.
- Online schooling will continue until May 15th – No new assignments will be given the week of the 18th to allow students to turn in any late items by Tuesday, May 19, as well as teachers’ time to work on report cards.
- First Communion – is on hold until we know more about when we can have Mass again. While the current guidelines state the Mass may resume May 4th, we are anticipating that it will be extended. As soon as we have more information we will share it.
- Spring Sports – All spring sports are canceled. Boosters will be issuing refunds for all registration fees. Please allow 2 weeks for these to be processed.
- Upper School Exams – There will be no Upper School exams for the third trimester.
- Walk-a-Thon and Spirit Day – PTA is working on plans to hold both events virtually. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.
- Awards Assembly – Awards Assembly will be a virtual event and will be posted on the website on May 18th. Certificates will be sent home with students’ personal items at the end of the year.
- Graduation – Graduation will be posted on May 18th for families to watch, the church bells will ring at 8pm to honor the class of 2020. We will also be creating a special website for the Class of 2020. 8th grade parents and students be on the lookout for additional information next week.
- Closing Prayer Service – The closing prayer service will be posted on May 21st. 7th Grade parents (and students) will receive additional information about their participation in this virtual event.
- Report Cards – Will be distributed via email on May 27, 2020
- Personal Item Pickup – We are working on a detailed plan for this and will have more information in the coming weeks.
We are continuing to post updates about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus and will post additional information in the Update Center on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we all work through this unique and historic time.
Fr. Paul Deluca
As the angelus rings at 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00 pm, please pray the following prayer
Prayer for a Time of Public Health Concerns
Since the moments of our life unfold, O God,
according to your good pleasure,
receive the prayers and sacrificial offerings
by which we implore your mercy
for our brothers and sisters who are ill,
that, having been anxious for them in their danger,
we may rejoice at their recovery of health.
For scientists, health professionals, public officials,
and all who are serving the common good in this
difficult and uncertain time, may they be
filled with wisdom and understanding.
Pray: Our Father – Hail Mary – Glory Be
Dear Nativity Parents and Students,
First, let me say I hope you and your family are safe and healthy as you read this letter. The teachers, administrative staff, and Parish staff want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the changes we have made in our lives over the last few weeks. I am extremely appreciative of our students, parents, teachers, and staff for their positivity, flexibility, and support during our online learning process. It has become evident that in order to continue to educate our students in a compassionate manner, we take into consideration the variety of difficulties that our families and teachers have been enduring during this time.
After consultation with our teachers, parents, teachers/administrators from our cluster schools, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we are implementing new grading procedures for the remainder of the school year. These changes are necessary as a result of our students, teachers, and families being placed in circumstances beyond their control. Many of our students need, “face to face” interaction with their teachers and classmates to promote their growth as learners.
These changes to the grading procedures start from now until the end of the school year. The teachers will begin this process on Monday, April 20. The new system of grading is not reflected in the Interim reports that went out today for students in grades 4 through 8. Interims include the four weeks that classes were held in school before the shutdown. The final grades for the year will take into account all the changes to grading that are listed below.
Grading Procedures for Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade:
- Teachers will continue grading under the 1,2,3 standards-based report card
- The students will not be issued a “1” on the third-trimester report card.
- The teacher will be utilizing more comments as a formative tool to assess the students.
Grading Procedures for Third Grade:
- Teachers will continue grading under the system of O, S, N of grading for report cards.
- Report cards will be entered as normal, but no N’s for the third trimester.
- The use of; exceeds expectations, satisfactory and unsatisfactory will be used for many assignments.
- The teacher will be utilizing more comments as a formative tool to assess the students.
Grading Procedures for Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades:
- Teachers will be utilizing a system of exceeds expectations, satisfactory, and unsatisfactory for assignments during the remainder of the third trimester.
- Grades will be entered on the report card for the third trimester using the following scale:
Assignments for the Third Trimester Report Card Grades for Third Trimester 85-100 Exceeds Expectations A+ to B 77-84 Satisfactory B- to C- 70-76 Unsatisfactory D+ to D
- Teachers will not be issuing F’s for the third trimester, D is the lowest grade the student will receive on the report card for the third trimester.
- Students with a D- will have the grade rounded up to a “D” on the report card for the third trimester. Note: This is for D- only
- The teacher will be utilizing more comments as a formative tool to assess the students on assignments and the report card.
- Report Card grades will be entered as normal for the school year.
Important Note: Under this amended system of grading, turning in assignments can actually improve a student’s yearly average, as well as help them grow academically by completing the work.
If you have any questions, please contact your student’s teacher or Mr. Arbogast. Nativity School is working toward transitioning to Online Learning Grading as a means to minimize the already existing stress for our students, parents, and teachers.
We are continuing to post updates about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus in the Update Center on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.
Peace and good health,
To Students of Nativity School,
This has been an interesting week in unexpected ways. Usually we focus on things like the Young Americans, Variety Show, State Testing and Lenten Practices, Mass, praying, giving alms and our celebration of the most important days of our lives… Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.
We have much to learn as new life peaks out around us. This year is quite different. We are now learning at home, events like father/daughter dance, mother/son bowling, and others have been called off.
All this may leave us feeling a little unsure, however we are the people who are the body of Christ and trust God and know that he is our shepherd, our leader and our guard always.
I am proud of all of you having been working hard on your lessons and keeping in touch with your family and friends through technology.
I hope you will keep up your Lenten prayers and actions, continue to be kind to your families, make sure you use the words please, thank you, I’m sorry, often.
My dear students, always be like Jesus and tell only the truth.
Your Pastor, Fr. Paul
*As another way of staying connected in prayer, I ask you to pray the 23rd Psalm:
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Systems & Special Projects
Concern or question?
Safety is one of our top priorities at Nativity. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please contact Rudy Gruenke IV, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 513-3164 or email@example.com.
The church building will be open each day for private prayer. Please practice proper social distancing of 6 feet per person in all directions.
- Monday-Friday 7:30 am-2:30 pm
- Sunday 9:00 am to Noon