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Dear Faith Academy Families,
Since Friday, the pace to curb the spread of COVID-19 has increased significantly with an emphasis on each of us to do our part to slow the spread, or “flatten the curve,” by practicing social distancing such as avoiding public spaces, eliminating large gatherings of more than ten people, and basically limiting movement.
Under the guidance of the CDC, our national and state leaders, TEA, and NAUMS, I write to inform you that the Faith Academy Board and the Executive Leadership Team have determined that Faith Academy will do the following:
- Extend Spring Break two additional days through Tuesday, March 24, 2020;
- Operate all academics online through Canvas beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020;
- Close campus through April 12, 2020; and
- Postpone all extracurricular activities including athletics and social events until further notice.
During the week of April 6, the Board and ELT will meet to reassess the situation and inform you of any changes.
While students are on an extended Spring Break, teachers will be creating detailed assignments for you to follow at home. Academic excellence will not waiver or decline. New concepts will be introduced, instructions for online group meets will be provided, and learning will continue. The first week of assignments will be posted by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Please allow our teachers time to adjust to the changes, and if at all possible, do not contact them until Wednesday.
As we walk through this time of confusion, uncertainty, disappointment, and loss, please remember that we are walking through this together. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to the appropriate individuals. I have provided a list below:
Head of School: Amy Cozby email@example.com 830.385.7142
Director of Administration: Kim Hansard firstname.lastname@example.org 512.698.4033
Admissions Coordinator: Carol Griffin email@example.com 512.913.0748
Registrar: Kim Hansard firstname.lastname@example.org 512.698.4033
Director of Operations: Donna Wilcox email@example.com 512.914.8479
Accounting Manager: Rebecca Kuker firstname.lastname@example.org 307.286.3349
IT: Elizabeth Vaughn email@example.com 512.923.6500
Director of Academics: Amy Cozby firstname.lastname@example.org 830.385.7142
Elementary Chair: Rebekah Silvers email@example.com 512.350.7023
Secondary Humanities Chair: Celia Merrill firstname.lastname@example.org 830.385.2601
Secondary STEM Chair: Elsa Benac email@example.com 518.894.5888
Counselor/Testing Coordinator: Nicole Poage firstname.lastname@example.org 806.777.2594
Director of Athletics: Steve McCannon email@example.com 512.775.6089
We love you and are here for you!!!
Here are some tips to help you and your student be successful during this time!
1. Begin with prayer.
Before starting your school each morning, begin in a time of prayer and worship as a family. This will not only set your mood right but will be a God-honoring way to start your day.
2. Get organized.
Make sure you have a space in your home dedicated for school time. This space should be orderly, organized, and tidied up after each subject. A messy area can create a messy brain, which is unhelpful in trying to complete a task. Try labeling folders/sections in order of how you plan to execute them that day. Print off a calendar and insert daily assignments that need to be done that day (before you begin). Then you can check them off as you go!
3. Establish a routine.
Try to make each school day look similar to the best of your ability. Even if you spend some time at work and some at home, make sure your child understands the daily routine that is expected to complete their school work. Print out a schedule and tape it above your school table, so they are able to see how long they are expected to do a certain task before moving on to something else (i.e. lunch, playtime, etc)
4. Set goals.
These don’t only have to be school related. Set family goals to go for a walk every evening, cook a new meal together, or have your closets cleaned out by a certain day!
5. Make the most of your resources.
Know that each teacher and staff member is here to help you! Don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone on staff with a question, concern, or help. We are also here if you are just feeling overwhelmed and need a listening ear. We are all the body of Christ and can not work without each other!
6. Limit your time online.
Even though we are using online forms and tools for this time, try to refrain from taking extended “social media” breaks. These can easily last beyond your original planned timing! When you take breaks from school work, walk around, stretch, play with your dog! When you return to your screen you’ll feel refreshed and ready to start again.
7. Print out notes when available.
This seems tedious, but switching screens back and forth between two pages online becomes very confusing to keep track of. If you have the option, print out a few pages of a power point or online notes your teacher provides. It can greatly reduce your stress!