CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School is tracking news and information about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region, and will continue to follow the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as ISD 728, for updates and recommendations.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

Parent Resource Talking to Children about COVID-19

COVID-19 Fact Sheet provided by CDC


Distance Learning Extended Through 5/1/2020 – March 25, 2020

Dear MQP Families,

In light of the recent address from the Office of the Governor, Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School and Preschool will continue to implement distance learning through May 1st. We are all praying that we can resume in-person instruction on Monday, May 4, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated and follow the recommendations for the health and safety of our students, staff and families.

During the next day, we will be reviewing the recommendations of the Stay at Home Order. For those who have not been able to watch today’s press conference, you can read more Here  Details are given regarding next steps and the critical nature of staying home these next 2-5 weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19 in MN.

Thank you for your prayers, love and support for our special MQP community. Let us continue to pray for each other and all those affected by COVID-19.

Peace,
Mrs. Hamill


Distance Learning Plan at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School and Preschool – March 20, 2020

Dear families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these unprecedented times. Below is an outline of our plan to transition to Distance Learning at MQP.  More information will be coming from classroom teachers in the upcoming days as we continue to work in this fluid situation.

Communication
Teachers will be providing daily communication via email by 8:00 each morning (an email may be sent the evening before) beginning, Monday March 30th. Teachers will be available by email, FaceTime and/or Zoom to answer questions and provide help with assignments.

Students should plan to check their assignments each day, paying particular attention to when assignments are due and how they are to be submitted. Students are not required to be on their computer all day, every day, nor are they required to be on their computer doing work at the regularly scheduled class time. Instead, students may work at their pace and in coordination with other siblings who may have work to do too. However, make sure to plan ahead so you meet assignment deadlines! Note that most content can be downloaded for use offline. Also, although a computer may be easiest to complete assignments, tablets and cell phones may also be used to access videos and other materials. Teachers will be available each day from 8:00-3:00 to respond to student questions.

Here are two important steps to help your student be most successful: 

  • Establish a clear routine and schedule. Students have a regular schedule for the normal school day and it is important for security to establish a schedule at home. This will include getting dressed and ready every morning, eating meals at regular times, and scheduling playtime and breaks.
  • Determine a physical space for your child to complete work. There should be good lighting and solid surfaces to write on such as a table or a desk.

Please understand that there will be bumps in the road, so I ask that you communicate this to your child as well.  There are no mistakes, we ask that each student tries their best while we navigate our way through a different style of learning at Mary Queen of Peace. You can certainly call me on my cell phone with any urgent questions and/or concerns, Kate Hamill, cell phone at 612-803-2465.

Technology 
As you may have imagined, the national demand for online learning platforms will increase significantly. Teachers have been made aware of this and will be flexible and adaptable in their lesson plans. Please note that all devices should be used for academic use only. Student safety is our priority. Please monitor the online history daily, yes daily.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal
Seesaw is an app that provides a convenient format for posting daily assignments in the form of videos or assignments for students to complete. It has the ability for students to upload pictures of their work to accompany teacher’s lessons.Teachers can also record audio instructions and feedback of student work. Your child may also record questions and send them to teachers in an audio/video clip. Each day teachers will send an email with the list of daily activities which can be found on the Seesaw app. New assignments will be posted under the “Activities” tab in the app. Please take some time to play around in the app. We understand that there will be a learning curve as we are all getting used to this new structure of learning. There are absolutely no silly questions at this time.

Formed.org
Formed is a wonderful resource with religious materials for all ages. There are fabulous books and audio books, videos, movies, podcasts, talks and Bible studies. In addition to the great content, our teachers will be sending links to videos through the Seesaw app. An account is needed to access the materials, and it is free because we have a parish account. Here are the steps to set up an account: go to https://formed.org/signup and enter our parish zip code:55374, select Mary Queen of Peace. All that is required for this account is a name and email address. Fr. Kaluza refers to this account as the Catholic Netflix.

Preschool-Mrs. Cummings, Mrs. Glover, and Mrs. Jones
Email: kcummings@mqpcatholic.orgcglover@mqpcatholic.orgnjones@mqpcatholic.org
Our Preschool will be operating on the same online communication app, Seesaw, to provide daily lesson plans for your child in the same structure and high quality learning that they are used too. We will work hard to provide several different options including video, audio, printable and online materials to facilitate learning in areas such as: writing, math, reading, literacy, science and faith formation. Our program will continue to challenge your child to grow academically, socially and spiritually. Please know that we will continue to be the teachers and your role will be the guide. We will continue to plan challenging and engaging curriculum that both you and your child will enjoy. We are hoping to have online interaction with you and your child. We would also appreciate your input and feedback.

Kindergarten-Mrs. Johnsen 
Email: mjohnsen@mqpcatholic.org
Daily email will be sent by 8:00 am (or the evening before). The email for the day will include any necessary instructions for the schedule/lesson.  In addition to work we have sent home already, we will be utilizing a variety of apps and online components.  You and your child can communicate to us through email.

  • -Daily login to Seesaw
  • -Daily assignments sent via email
  • -Completion of work as assigned
  • -Compliance with the Technology Usage Policy

First Grade-Mrs. Bolduc
Email: jbolduc@mqpcatholic.org
Daily email will be sent by 8:00 am (or the evening before). The email for the day will include any necessary instructions for the schedule/lesson.  In addition to work we have sent home already, we will be utilizing a variety of apps and online components.  You and your child can communicate to us through email.

  • -Daily login to Seesaw
  • -Daily assignments sent via email
  • -Completion of work as assigned
  • -Compliance with the Technology Usage Policy

Second and Third Grade-Mrs. Weinkauf
Email: Jweinkauf@mqpcathlic.org
Daily email will be sent by 8:00 am (or the evening before). The email for the day will include any necessary instructions for the schedule/lesson.  In addition to work we have sent home already, we will be utilizing a variety of apps and online components.  You and your child can communicate to us through email.

  • -Daily login to Seesaw
  • -Daily assignments sent via email
  • -Completion of work as assigned
  • -Compliance with the Technology Usage Policy

Fourth and Fifth Grade -Ms. Kempinger
Email: Akempinger@mqpcatholic.org
Daily email will be sent by 8:00 am (or the evening before). The email for the day will include any necessary instructions for the schedule/lesson.  In addition to work we have sent home already, we will be utilizing a variety of apps and online components.  You and your child can communicate to us through email.

  • -Daily login to Seesaw
  • -Daily assignments sent via email
  • -Completion of work as assigned
  • -Compliance with the Technology Usage Policy

Thank you for your continued support. We ask for your continued prayers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Peace,
Mrs. Hamill


IMPORTANT: MQP 2nd Material Pickup Thursday, March 19 4:30-6:00 pm – K-5 students only

Dear MQP families,

We hope, during this extraordinary time, that you are all adjusting to life at home. We miss you! As you know, information that we receive is changing quickly even from this Sunday afternoon while meeting with our superintendent, Dr. Dan Bittman. In order to take all precautions, we are requesting a second pick up of materials for K-5 students at MQP this afternoon, Thursday, March 19 from 4:30-6:00 pm to ensure your children have ALL of the necessary supplies and materials during this time of uncertainty until further notice.

Packages are organized by last name and are located in the following areas:

A-M: Main Entrance of the School
N-Z: Main Entrance of the Preschool/Parish Office

Times like these provide us a great opportunity to practice flexibility and patience. This is new for all of us and is likely to take time to adjust.

We look forward to Monday, March 30th when we start this new educational adventure. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

It takes a village and we have an amazing village!


COVID-19 Masses Suspended – March 18, 2020, 7 pm

Dear MQP Families

We have just received an email from Archbishop Hebda regarding the immediate suspension of regularly scheduled public Masses in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Click here to read his letter https://www.archspm.org/archbishop-hebda-suspends-masses-in-archdiocese-of-saint-paul-and-minneapolis/

In accordance, Mary Queen of Peace has suspended daily and weekend Masses effective immediately, until a time we are informed otherwise.

Peace,
Mrs. Hamill


School Eblast March 18, 2020, 3 pm

A Message From the Director of Catholic Education:

Dear families,

In the midst of the many planned communications we have with you during this time of school closure, I am writing to extend an important invitation to our Catholic school students and families. Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens are urging all Catholic school students, their families, teachers, and the entire Catholic school community to join them in praying daily the Litany in Time Need.  You may click on the following link to access this prayer: http://online.flipbuilder.com/tvlw/wqee/ or click for a printable copy here.

A litany is a prayer that we can offer in any circumstance: when we are alone, at home together as a family, or gathered as a virtual community. In the face of all uncertainty, struggle and fear, this Litany is a real spiritual tool. It teaches our children that through prayer we can remain in relationship with God and each other. We remember that God—the only one who can truly help and save us—remains close. Our lives belong to him and we depend on him for all things.

This litany will be carried daily on Relevant Radio around 11:05 a.m. each day. Please tune-in to AM 1330 or at www.relevantradio.com. You can also pray this Litany at any time of the day.

We are grateful for this uniquely powerful opportunity to act in solidarity through our united prayers for the sick, for those who care for the sick, for those who are alone, for the dead, and for the deliverance of the human family from sickness and evil.

Set an alarm on your phone to join us daily in prayer, beginning tomorrow March 19!


MQP School Update March 17, 2020

Dear MQP Families,

I hope you are well, and adjusting to the new realities of today.  I know this isn’t what any of us was expecting, but we will make it through this. Thank you for coming in to pick up your child’s supplies and materials. Our teachers and staff are working many long hours to create new Distance Learning lesson plans. The note home with the supplies mentioned that Distance Learning begins on March 30, after the originally scheduled spring break from March 23-27th. Just to be clear, we encourage and promote creativity, thinking outside the box and differentiated learning at all times. Please challenge your children to do the same. We couldn’t do all that we do without your support, so please understand that we are here for your family.

Our community is strong, our faith in God is strong, and I have great confidence in our teachers and students. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of how our teachers are pulling together to create the best Distance Learning experience for our students. There will be some bumps along the way, but we will be responsive and make adjustments as needed. Please watch for an email tomorrow morning from your child’s teacher with ideas and recommendations to help supplement learning through March 27th.

Distance Learning plans will be sent out this Friday. The plan will include student’s preschool through 5th grade information via email and Seesaw. Seesaw is a platform for student engagement.  This allows teachers to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, we miss you!

Peace,
Mrs. Hamill


MQP School Update March 16, 2020

Dear MQP Families,

Our teachers and staff have been busy today planning for Distance Learning. We made a significant amount of progress today for our preschool through 5th grade students and parents.  As much as we would LOVE to visit with each of you this afternoon or tomorrow morning, we have been asked to follow the social distancing guidelines by limiting the amount of time spent in the school building. ISD 728 has also requested that each family limits the number of family members when coming in to pick up supplies.

I completely understand that this request sounds very unwelcoming which is the opposite of who we are and the pride that we take in our special family community. Please don’t take this request personal, we are simply following the recommendations to keep you and your family healthy and informed.

Peace,
Mrs. Hamill


MQP School Closure Update – March 15, 2020 5:30 pm

Dear MQP Families,

We are grateful for your patience and support as we continue to navigate the ever changing situation regarding the COVID-19. As you know, your child’s safety is our first priority. This commitment has caused us to consider very carefully how we can best serve our families during this time of state emergency.

This afternoon, I attended an ISD 728 meeting with Dr. Dan Bittman, superintendent, to learn more about what distance learning looks like and to find clarity for the short term and long term planning of curriculum and instruction. After the meeting, MQP teachers and staff gathered at MQP this evening to come together as a staff.

As mentioned earlier this morning, following the guidance from the Office of the Governor, the Center for Disease Control and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, our teachers and staff will be at Mary Queen of Peace in the school building full-time, working to plan and prepare for online/distance learning. Governor Walz has asked all schools to create a thorough plan so we can begin Distance Learning starting March 30, 2020 for students in grades K-5. Please visit this link to read the Emergency Executive Order by Governor Tim Walz, shared this morning in a press conference.
https://mn.gov/governor/assets/EO%2020-02%20Final_tcm1055-423073.pdf

The school building will be open tomorrow, Monday, March 16 from 3:00-6:00 pm, and Tuesday, March 17 from 8:00 am – noon for all families to pick up school supplies, text books, consumable workbooks and materials to be prepared to start Distance Learning on March 30.

Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School leadership will be meeting early this week to create a plan to assess the greatest needs of our school and preschool program. Please be assured of our continued prayers and support for each of our families. Please continue to pray for the health and safety of each of our families and all of those who are affected by the COVID-19. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself with any hardships or concerns you may be experiencing because of the current situation.

At this time, this is the information that we currently have. We will continue to send updates as we receive more information. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and Tuesday.

Peace,
Mrs. Hamill


COVID-19 MQP School and Preschool Closing – March 15, 2020 – 10:30 am

Dear MQP Families,

In consultation with ISD 728, all schools in the district, including Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School and Preschool, will be closed starting Monday, March 16.

At 10:00 a.m. today Governor Walz and Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Ricker informed Minnesotans schools will be closing until further notice, and that school officials are to create and finalize plans for distance learning, which is to begin March 30, 2020 in response to COVID-19. District officials, and MQP teachers and staff will be creating plans during this two week period and will provide additional guidance in the coming days.

Peace,
Mrs. Hamill


A Message from Mrs. Hamill, School Principal – COVID-19 – March 12, 2020

Dear Families,

As you know, the information that we continue to receive and hear about the Coronavirus is changing on a daily basis, if not more frequently. The safety of your children, teachers and staff is our first priority at all times. We appreciate your patience as we try to anticipate and adjust to a changing situation. There needs to be a careful balance between fear and caution. Please understand that we will notify you immediately if we become aware of additional information from ISD 728, along with the CDC and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneaplis, that would affect the regular school schedule updates, changes, and/or closures.
At this time we continue to emphasize and focus on the importance of good hygiene and frequent hand washing. If you’d like more information on how to talk with your children about Coronavirus, the CDC has put together the following information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
There are no silly questions,  please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have additional concerns that we can assist with at this time.
Peace,
Mrs. Hamill

A Message from Father Michael Kaluza – March 11, 2020

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners,

Please join me in praying for the full recovery of the Minnesotans and around the world who have been diagnosed with COVID-19/coronavirus.  Mary Queen of Peace will be implementing the precautions listed below:

 ·Stay home if you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms. You are relieved of your Sunday obligation if you are ill or are caring for someone who is sick.

·Please refrain from handshaking or touching at the Sign of Peace.

·Please refrain from hand-holding during the Our Father.

·Holy water fonts will be emptied.

·Anti-bacterial hand-sanitizer will be placed at the entrances of both churches.

Please continue to pray for all of those who have died, those who are sick and those who are caring for them here in Minnesota, in the United States and around the world.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office.

 May God bless you and keep you,

Father Michael Kaluza


School Eblast February 28, 2020

In consultation with ISD 728, it is important we communicate the information shared with Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School.

We’re in the middle of flu season and we’re also tracking available information about the emerging and quickly spreading coronavirus. ISD 728 follows guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. The available information about coronavirus suggests a low immediate health risk for the general public and the guidance at this point is to take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu.

Minnesota Department of Health advises people to:
1. Stay home when they are sick
2. Cover their cough
3. Practice good hand washing

These precautions are also practiced at school – for our students and staff – and we invite you to do the same with students at home. If you have questions, feel free to contact your school health office.

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