THE March 27th PARENT PULSE
WEEKLY UPDATE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL, JIM BOPP
It would be impossible for me to overstate how proud I am of the entire Prep community. Our faculty and staff have done a remarkable job rebuilding the airplane while flying it. Students have taken their part in this work seriously, as well, which is the best fuel for our teachers’ ambitions. And parents have become even greater partners for us in our mission to educate and form our students. The dean’s office and counselors are especially grateful for all that parents are doing to help them in their work.
After a week of conferencing with principals from other schools around the region, it is clear that we have become a model for many other schools who have asked to consult with us on a wide variety of issues, allowing us the opportunity to act as a force multiplier for the common good. I conclude this first week of being an entirely online school leader with a deep sense of gratitude and respect for everyone’s efforts.
I wish that I could segue into an optimistic announcement about returning to regular life in the near future, but that is not the forecast we have received from the Governor, the Nebraska Department of Education, or our local health officials. Instead, state officials have recommended that all schools make plans to finish the year with their students learning from home. All of us are holding out hope that this will not be the case, but it is only prudent for us to begin to plan for this likely outcome. To that end, I would like to share the following:
We have developed some guidelines for online learning for parents and students that will serve as an update to the Student-Parent Handbook. More details below.
In an effort to ensure all students’ needs are being addressed, we have created a Student Support Services Call Team that will reach out to every family through a phone call to check-in with each of our students. More details below.
We will be creating a revised calendar that will take us through the end of this school year using our online learning schedule. We expect to release that to everyone early next week.
We are working on new student activities and campus ministry programming that will create opportunities for students to engage in the types of formative experiences that foster the sense of brotherhood, servant leadership, and fun that are all hallmarks of the Prep experience. Information will be made available to students via daily announcement emails.
We are developing plans to provide special opportunities for seniors to celebrate and commemorate the conclusion of their experience as Prep students and will communicate those plans once they are solidified.
Please keep in mind that teachers and counselors want nothing more than to care for their students. The limitations of online learning make this quite a challenge because they are not able to pick up on all the nonverbal cues they used to have access to. If your student is struggling, please make sure that he lets his teachers and counselor know that. And if he does not, please feel encouraged to do so for him.
We have all been asked to make some pretty substantial sacrifices. I found this recent letter from Dr. Daniel Johnson, Prep grad and current UNMC critical care doctor, an important reminder of what we are trying to do together as a community. I think it is worth reading and discussing with your family.
Thank you for your continued efforts and ongoing partnership. The Prep community is only growing stronger as we face these challenges together.
COVID-19 AND ONLINE LEARNING UPDATES
Student Support Services Call Team
Starting next week, staff members from the Prep Student Support Services Call Team will be calling all parents to find out how our students are dealing with the move to online learning. We want to check on our families, make sure they are okay during this time of transition, and identify where we can provide support. We will begin calling freshmen and work our way up toward seniors and we expect it to take about two weeks to get in touch with every family. If you have anything you need us to address, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time.
Please review our Online Learning Plan: Guideline for Students and Parents found here. This document serves as an update to our Student-Parent Handbook and outlines some important changes to policies and procedures for our online experience. Mr. Brown sent this document in an email to all students with a request to review, as well.
School Calendar Changes and Updates
The school calendar has been updated through April 17. We will have a new calendar available next week that outlines the schedule for the remainder of the year working under the presumption that we will finish the school year via online learning.
The Student and COVID 19: Depression and the Impact on the Individual
Kevin Kaminski, Prep’s mental health practitioner, offers some tips on how to help ourselves and others to reduce the risks of depression during this time of social distancing.
Trying Times: And the Impact of E-Learning and Screen Time
We all know the significant impact technology and screen time has had on this current generation but this has become compounded with our current situation. “Screenagers” founder Dr. Delaney Ruston, MD can help you navigate the tech boundaries that we all need through Tech-Talk Tuesdays.
Prep COVID-19 Communications Summary
A comprehensive list of all emails sent to students and parents.
BASH 2020 UPDATE
For 49 consecutive years, we have hosted BASH, our annual dinner and auction, to help provide financial assistance to deserving young men who would not otherwise be able to attend Prep.
While our 50th BASH will be different, it will happen! Prep's VIRTUAL BASH 2020 will include an online auction and sponsor recognition, raffle drawing and raise the paddle.
Watch for an email from Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ on Monday with more details!
Winter Season Academic All-State
Congratulations to the following Creighton Prep students for being named Academic All-State in their respective activities:
Swimming: Daniel Peery ‘20 and Ethan Schmaderer ‘20
Basketball: Brendan Buckley ‘21 and Spencer Schomers ‘20
Speech: Dominic Mendlik ‘21 and Nathaniel Reyes ‘21
Wrestling: Francisco Beccerra ‘21 and Tony Pray ‘22
Daily Student Prayer
Today's Morning Prayer comes to us from our very own James Chapman ‘20. Thank you James for putting this together and representing Prep well!
Other CP Prayer Opportunities:
Registration Fee 2020-2021
The registration fee for the 2020-2021 school year has been billed to all families and is due April 15. If you have any questions, please email Debbie Novotny or call her at 402-548-3849
2020-2021 School Calendar
We’ve officially released the calendar of events for the school, Advancement and Prep Community events for the 2020-2021 school year. You can download this PDF for your reference and also find it on the website.