Update Center

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

Update – Spring Travel Protocols

Dear Nativity Families,

We want to thank everyone who shared their thoughts with us on the Travel Policy we issued yesterday.

From the start of the pandemic, Nativity has closely followed CDC guidelines and has at times taken a more proactive approach to help protect the safety of our faculty, staff, and students. After careful consideration and discussion, the COVID team based our guidelines on the most current information from the CDC published on Feb. 2, 2021. 

Travel During COVID-19
Updated Feb. 2, 2021

COVID-19 Alert: Cases are Extremely High. Avoid Travel

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are extremely high across the United States. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet/2 meters apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you and others around you are protected against COVID-19. View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.

You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and the community during and after travel. Check your state, territorial, or local health department for information about local quarantine requirements.

Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

You can read the full CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

In an effort to address your concerns while still remaining true to the intent to keep our students, staff, families, and the greater community at large safe, we have made the following modifications to our travel protocols.

The Ohio Department of Health advises that those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Using the CDC Options to Reduce quarantine we are suggesting a 10-day self-quarantine after return from travel while monitoring for symptoms for 14 days. Students who quarantine after such travel would attend their classes remotely during this time.

There are many “normal” routines that we take for granted that actually create more risk in regards to Covid. Here is a list of many such activities https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html

If you do anything high risk, including local activities,  we recommend you quarantine 10 days after and watch for symptoms for 14 days.

We are still asking families to complete the following form if you are traveling or if you decide to quarantine after a break (https://forms.gle/kT79UkBGPHF8Fdwv7) this will help us better understand who will be in quarantine when they will be returning and allow the teachers to better plan for the remote learner. 

We have communicated this information to all faculty and staff and are holding them to the same standards as our families in regards to travel and keeping everyone safe and healthy. 

Our efforts to remain in-person have been very successful.  Thank you for your help in making this possible!  We are hoping to keep this status as we move forward, and are anticipating the challenges to maintain this in light of the upcoming holiday travel season.  Therefore, we feel that these guidelines will help us to ensure that we can continue to remain fully in person for the rest of the school year.  Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.  Together, and with God’s grace, we can make this possible! 

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation with the guidelines and COVID protocols and look forward to finishing the year out with in-person education.  


The Nativity School COVID Team

Dave Arbogast – Principal
Rudy Gruenke IV – Director of Systems & Special Projects
Sarah Crane – School Nurse
Claudia Kimura – School Secretary
Barb Meirose – Office Support Staff

Spring Travel Protocols

Dear Nativity Families –

We want to thank all of you for helping us keep Nativity School open during the pandemic! We would not be able to do it without the help of families taking the guidelines and protocols seriously and reporting information to the school when students are exposed.

With the upcoming time off of Presidents Day, Spring Break, and Easter we wanted to take a minute and remind everyone of the protocols related to out-of-state overnight travel. As we all know,  the safest thing to do for your family and for the Nativity community is to stay home, but if you do decide to travel here are the protocols for returning to school.

  • Complete the online travel plans form (https://forms.gle/kT79UkBGPHF8Fdwv7) if your family plans an out-of-state overnight trip at any point this spring so that we can notify the teachers and track if and when your student will be out of school for quarantine.
    • Additional days taken off specifically for travel are considered unexcused absences regardless of if the student is online remotely or not.
  • Make sure your student takes everything with them from school before you leave for your trip.
  • Students will be able to do remote learning while they are in quarantine due to travel.
  • Quarantine will be 10 days starting on the day you return home and begin quarantining from others.
  • There is an option to have a COIVD test 5 days after you return home, however even with a negative test, our school policy is that the student must stay home and quarantine for the full 10 days.
  • If anyone in the household tests is positive, you should isolate to protect others from getting infected.
  • Monitor for symptoms and avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days after returning.

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation with the guidelines and COVID protocols and look forward to finishing the year out with in-person education.

If you have any questions please contact Barb Meirose at (513) 458-6767 or barb.meirose@nativity-cincinnati.org.


The Nativity School COVID Team

Dave Arbogast – Principal
Rudy Gruenke IV – Director of Systems & Special Projects
Sarah Crane – School Nurse
Claudia Kimura – School Secretary
Barb Meirose – Office Support Staff

School Reopening Plan

Dear Parents,

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,

Dave Arbogast

Spirit Day 2020

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!!   

A google meet for your team meetings has been sent out by your teacher leader. If you haven’t received your invite, please email your teacher leader, as soon as possible.  
Students and families participate in activities between 9-11:15 am
Don’t forget:  HAVE FUN
Thank you:)  
Your 2020 Spirit Day Team 

Pre Team Meeting Videos

Instructional Videos

Drop Off / Pick Up Day Details – May 29

Dear Parents,

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.



Family Names

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:

  1. Chromebooks & chargers
  2. Textbooks
  3. Kindergarten Readers
  4. Violins
  5. Library Books
  6. 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!


End of the Year Information

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/updates you can also contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org if you have any questions about our response to the coronavirus.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we all work through this unique and historic time.

Fr. Paul Deluca                                  Rudy Gruenke                                   Dave Arbogast

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

New Grading Procedures for Online Learning

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:

  1. Teachers will continue grading under the 1,2,3 standards-based report card
  2. The students will not be issued a “1” on the third-trimester report card.
  3. The teacher will be utilizing more comments as a formative tool to assess the students.

Grading Procedures for Third Grade:

  1. Teachers will continue grading under the system of O, S, N  of grading for report cards.
  2. Report cards will be entered as normal, but no N’s for the third trimester.
  3. The use of; exceeds expectations, satisfactory and unsatisfactory will be used for many assignments.
  4. 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:

  1. Teachers will be utilizing a system of exceeds expectations, satisfactory, and unsatisfactory for assignments during the remainder of the third trimester.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. The teacher will be utilizing more comments as a formative tool to assess the students on assignments and the report card.
  6. 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.org/updates you can also contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org if you have any questions about our response to the coronavirus.

Peace and good health,

Mr. Arbogast

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 rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org.


Church Access

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


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Additional Resources

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