March 16, 2020

Dear St. John’s Families,

The teachers and staff at St. John’s have worked hard to bring you a comprehensive distance learning plan that we hope is engaging for you and your children. Distance learning will look different for each developmental level. Please read this message in its entirety. This will help us work cooperatively to ensure continued learning in the event a prolonged school closure.

We know this looks like a lot. Please let us help and don't let it overwhelm you. Take it piece by piece and let the Lord lead you like the psalmist in Psalm 142:3, says, “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path.”

You have what it takes! Your are the first and most qualified educators for your children!


The school building will be open for parents to pick up additional learning materials and personal belongings on Tuesday, March 17th from 2pm - 6pm.  If you are a family that does NOT have a device at home for student use, you will be able to check one out at this time as well. If you have not filled out the SJB Family Tech Check Form, please do so.

For March 16 & 17

Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness

  • Read a book together and ask your child questions about what happened in the story (early literacy).

  • Get outside and play, or take your child for a walk.

  • Pray! Say a simple prayer together and be sure to include…

    • Thank God 

    • Praise God

    • Say you’re sorry 

  • Write a letter or draw a picture as a prayer

  • Pick out some non-perishable foods (together) to donate to your local food shelf

  • Focus on and pray for our heroes (doctors, nurses, police, firefighters, etc).

  • Play board games, sort items, set the table, cooking (measuring), count items in the home (legs on chairs & tables, windows), look for shapes (early numeracy & geometry)

Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade

  • Create a journal entry in your prayer journal (2nd grade: Use “Blessed My Little Mass Journal”), or create your own prayer book

  • 2nd Grade: Finish up Reconciliation/Blessed at-home lessons and worksheets

    • Look for further information coming soon about continued sacramental preparation

  • Read with your child, and have them read aloud to you

  • Use SuperKids app to review or read

  • Get outside and play! Build forts in your home.

  • Play board games to practice numeracy, logic, and taking turns

  • Practice music from Mrs. Lucic

Third and Fourth Grade

  • Measure items in your homes (use inches)

  • Practice telling time using an analog clock

  • Pray with your family…

  • Practice multiplication/division facts

  • Run laps outside around your house, have a family member time you

  • Read aloud to a family member

  • Practice music from Mrs. Lucic

5th and 6th Grade

  • Check your email for assignments from Mrs. Colling & Mrs. Stocker today after 2 pm (students)

  • Continue Gratitude Journals

  • Pray a decade of the Rosary every day for an intention close to your heart

  • Pray with your family using your “Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paull II”

  • Practice music from Mrs. Lucic

  • Run, jump rope, run stairs in your home, volley with self, using volleyball or tennis racquet and tennis ball

March 18 - March 27 Enjoy your spring break, and continue learning activities as much as able.

Distance Learning Plan in case of Extended Closure Beyond March 30th

Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness

  • Please look for weekly themed unit activities communicated via email (Kindergarten Readiness printed materials available on Tuesday, March 17).


  • Kindergarten: Please look for weekly lessons emailed on Sundays from Mrs. Wondra 

First and Second Grade

  • Look for weekly emails from Mrs. McGuiggan Ficklin and Mrs. Klecker on Sundays

  • Mrs. Klecker and Mrs. McG will use Seesaw as another form of communication and for the delivery of some lessons

Third and Fourth Grade

  • Look for weekly emails from Ms. Oeffling and Mrs. Daniel on Sundays to include a weekly plan

  • Ms. Oeffling and Mrs. Daniel will alert you to technology needs weekly

Fifth and Sixth

  • Check the homework page on Mrs. Collings website for assignments and due dates

  • Parents and students look for weekly emails from Mrs. Stocker and Mrs. Colling on Sundays

  • Google Classroom & Google Meet will be used for  instruction, materials share, and as a vehicle for students to turn in their work

Do not hesitate to reach out to us for questions and to communicate needs. Again, we are thankful to the Jordan School District who has plans to continue services for our students who benefit from the free/reduced lunch program and special services, as well as providing for the childcare needs of emergency workers. Jordan School District representatives will be in touch as to how these services will be delivered.

Please be assured that all of us at St. John’s have your child’s best interest in mind. Let us extend Grace with each other as we navigate challenging times. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

In Christ,

Courtney Bierlein, Principal


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