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.

Self-Screening Checklist – please monitor your child daily for the following symptoms:

If your child is experiencing one of the following symptoms, they need to stay home for ten days or until they receive a negative result on a COVID-19 test, or an alternate diagnosis. Their sibling(s) all need to remain home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 or higher
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • difficulty breathing
  • new onset or worsening cough (for students with a chronic/asthma/allergy cough, look for a change in their norm)

If your child is experiencing two or more of the following symptoms, they need to stay home for ten days or until they receive a negative result on a COVID-19 test, or an alternate diagnosis. Their sibling(s) all need to remain home.

  • sore throat
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • chills
  • body aches/muscle pain
  • excessive fatigue
  • new onset of severe headache
  • new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose

Updated Decision Tree from the MN Dept of Health – November 5, 2020

MDH Decision Tree – English

MDH Decision Tree – Spanish

MDH COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families

Important Information: Decision of ISD 728 moving to Distance Learning ~ November 16, 2020

In an Eblast to all enrolled families, Mrs. Hamill communicated the following information:

The Superintendent of ISD 728, Dr. Dan Bittman, notified MQP leadership late today, announcing that all ISD 728 public school students, K-12 (including Early Childhood) will be moving to distance learning starting Tuesday, December 1 through January 2021. Our plan at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School and Preschool at this time is to continue with in-person learning for as long as we are able to, in accordance with the CDC, MDH and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  We understand that things are changing by the hour. As of today, MQP has not had a positive case in K-5 or Preschool. Again, we know this can change quickly, so I am cautious to share this information, but it is important to be transparent in including this information for our families.

MQP students will continue to receive bus transportation to and from school through this Thursday, November 19, 2020.  Please note, after November 19, there will not be transportation to and from school until further notice from ISD 728. However, hot lunch will be provided to all MQP students as long as we are in the building for in-person learning. 

The rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in our area reminds us of the need to be cautious in caring for yourself and your family. We ask everyone to follow the safety protocols. Thank you for your support, patience, and flexibility to ensure we are able to be at MQP for in-person learning.

Important: MQP Parent Information ~ November 3, 2020

In an Eblast to all enrolled families, Mrs. Hamill communicated the following information:

As you may or may not know, ISD 728 will be going to a hybrid model for students in K-5 beginning November 16th. Based on the information that we know today, MQP will not be taking additional calendar days off from school at this point. However, there will be a change to the specialist schedules: Music, Phy Ed and STEM. To be clear and transparent, when the committee created the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for reopening the building, schools were advised to have specialist teachers travel to each classroom/cohort of students to help mitigate the risk of spreading germs of all students going in and out of a single classroom. Now, this information has been updated due to the change of social distancing from MDH and the CDC.

For example, if a specialist teacher were to test positive for COVID, the whole school could potentially need to quarantine because of specialist teachers having direct contact with every student, which is due to an update in the contact tracing guidelines from the CDC.  We have been notified of this specific example taking place in other nonpublic schools, therefore we are taking the necessary precautions to remain in school full time for as long as possible.

Phy Ed will remain the same schedule outdoors; Music will be integrated into the classroom in collaboration from Mrs. Krueger and the classroom teacher; STEM will be on hold until this spring.

Updated Decision Tree from the MN Dept of Health – September 16, 2020

We continue to receive questions about what to do if your child or family member has COVID-19 symptoms.  Recently, the Minnesota Department of Health updated its COVID-19 Decision Tree for schools. We will be using this updated chart as a guide for when students, staff or families have COVID symptoms or a lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

MDH COVID-19 Decision Tree

MQP School Communication ~ August 12, 2020

In an Eblast to all enrolled families, Mrs. Hamill communicated the following information:

Below are some questions that we  received over this past week that I thought qualified as frequently asked questions that would be helpful to share in the weekly Eblast.


TRAVEL – If a parent is traveling and your MQP students are not, then there is no need for them to quarantine.  It would be applicable with the children traveling to areas of concern.  Should the traveler become ill, we will have the family follow the CDC guidelines for testing, based on their doctor’s advice and quarantine requirements.

MASKS – Masks will be required and mask breaks will be provided as we are able in the classrooms. More information will be coming as we watch the developments of the CDC and MDH. The Governor and the Archdiocese have mandated that all K-12 students are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth.  A face shield (clear plastic shield worn in front of the face) may be used for students who cannot wear a face mask. If a child cannot wear a regular mask due to a medical condition, they will need to wear a face shield that covers from the forehead down below the chin.  A shield would be the exception and not the norm. Teachers will be instructed in proper techniques for wearing face masks and will use positive behavioral strategies to encourage the safe wearing of face masks in school.  Students will not be wearing coverings while learning outside, during recess, physical education class, or lunch.  We will be scheduling additional “mask breaks” for students. I strongly encourage you to try a few different face coverings for your child to find one that is comfortable and fits well.  I personally have purchased several different masks to find one that fits well, breathable and less distracting.

POSITIVE TESTS AND QUARANTINE – We will follow the CDC/MDH guidelines for testing and quarantine. We will also follow the same guidelines for contacting families if we have a positive case in a classroom. The school would need to follow HIPAA guidelines and names will not be provided regarding a student or staff member that has tested positive.  Families would only be informed of the need to follow the quarantine guidelines.  Here are the CDC guidelines:

POSSIBILITY OF MOVING TO DISTANCE LEARNING – The decision to move to distance learning in the case of a declining situation would be discussed with and follow the protocols set by the CDC/MDH and the Archdiocese. This may or may not happen depending on the fluidity of the pandemic.

BUSING AND SCHOOL TIMES – Once I have the information on busing from ISD 728, communication will be sent with the drop off/pick up plans and the doors that will be used for the students to enter the building.

EXTENDED DAY – We had very few responses to our Extended Day parent survey. With the information we have, there is not enough interest for before school care in K-5. However, we are committed to staffing after care five days a week.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY – We are hoping to purchase additional portable sinks and air purifiers in the classrooms.  If you would like to help with these two purchases, please send an email to Mrs. Hamill.

We are a phone call away. There are no silly questions and we look forward to talking with you. Should you have further questions, please feel free to reach out to me at

MQP School Communication ~ August 6, 2020

In an Eblast to all enrolled families, Mrs. Hamill communicated the following information:

I am grateful for the work of our Re-Opening Task Force this past month! Following guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Archdiocese, we created our Pandemic Preparedness and Readiness Plan for Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School (found below). Our goal is to return to campus with protocols and procedures in place that will significantly lower risks to students, staff and families while providing a safe school building for students to continue to learn and love school. We will implement safety and health measures and place temporary restrictions on some aspects of daily routine at MQP. We are committed to working in partnership with you to move forward with confidence and optimism as the new school year begins on Tuesday, September 1st. We will continue to reevaluate our plan as we learn more through the recommendations of our expert partners.

The Walz Administration, through Executive Order 20-81, has now required that all K-12 students, including Catholic school students, wear a mask/face coverings inside the school building for all children over the age of five years old. In the preparations for the start of a safe and healthy school year, our Building Reopening Task Force Committee developed a reasonable and thoughtful approach to wearing mask/face coverings in school. We also recognize that some students and families may have health concerns that require distance learning as we begin the new school year.  We are still working through how our teachers can best provide a distance learning option to those at home while also teaching in-person. In order to plan for this, please let me know by August 12th if your family would prefer to start the year via distance learning so we are able to plan accordingly with staffing. Feel free to email me at or call the school office at 763-428-2355.

There is still much unknown about COVID-19 and how it will impact our community in the year ahead.  Our plan is flexible and will adapt to significant shifts in the risk levels related to major surges close to and within our community. We will be prepared to shift to short or longer term periods of distance learning. Our teachers and students will be prepared to adjust quickly in these events to ensure continuity in learning for our students.

MQP Re-Opening Campus 2020 Preparedness Plan

MQP School Communication ~ July 30, 2020

MQP Catholic School Re-Opening At-A-Glance PDF

Dear MQP Families,

I hope and pray that you are enjoying these summer days with your family.  Although the world wide COVID-19 pandemic has kept us distant, the academic, faith, and social-emotional development of MQP students and families remain our top priority. Each of you are in our prayers daily. We are doing and we will do ALL that we can to maintain a normal schedule, routine, and culture as much as possible while keeping our students and staff healthy.  I ask that you trust our leadership and understand the significant collaboration that has taken place with parish leadership, trustees, parents, and teachers to consider a wide range of diverse perspectives to come back to school next month. To be clear, we have spent a significant amount of time thinking through considerations, measuring classrooms, planning while also preparing with the guidance of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Each school is very different. MQP is not one size fits all.  MQP is an amazing community because of each of you so we will do all that we can to welcome students back for a great school year with as few changes as possible, while implementing the mandated requirements to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As you may know, we have been waiting for Governor Walz to make an announcement at 2:00 this afternoon, Thursday, July 30th regarding the recommendations, guidelines and requirements for Re-Opening Schools in MN for Public and Non-Public Education. Based on the information that we know this morning, a Re-Opening At A Glance plan, created by the MQP Task Force, provides a snapshot of what is included in the planning that will be shared in greater detail by Friday, August 7, 2020.  This will allow us time to be intentional to finalize the plan after becoming aware of COVID-19 requirements for a safe return.

  • Teachers will remain as a cohort with their students. This means that lunch will be outside (weather permitting) when possible or in classrooms. There will be a staggered recess, specialists will travel to classrooms/outside, Phy Ed will be on MQP campus outside and there will be limited interaction with all school assemblies. We are fortunate to have a large campus to allow for 3-6 feet social distancing in the classrooms and/or in the Parish Life Center.
  • Students will not wear a mask while following social distance guidelines outside. Students will be required to wear a mask in common spaces such as entering the building, hallways, and where 6 feet social distancing is not an option. Again, I know and understand that many of us would choose not to wear a mask. We are considering the best options for the younger grades to effectively learn with a clear face shield for teachers and social distancing.  Unfortunately, this mandate has become the new normal for all children over the age of five years old. We are still waiting on further clarification, and we hope to find out more information this afternoon.

We are working hard to determine how we can safely offer Extended Day for the upcoming school year to follow the cohort/classroom model. In order to do this, we need to have enrollment information soon. The Extended Day Registration form (see button below) for Preschool and K-5 is due by Friday, August 7th to be considered for before and after care.

While the hope is every question will be answered this afternoon, we know the finer details will take a bit of time to clarify. We know this decision is significant for all students and families in our communities. Please do not hesitate to call me at any time. There are no silly questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Mrs. Hamill

A Letter From the Office of Auxiliary Bishop Cozzens – July 24, 2020

Dear MQP Families,

As you may have heard on the news, Governor Tim Walz signed an Executive Order on July 22nd requiring face covering in private and public indoor spaces.  Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School is working to better understand the specific application of the Executive Order for our school.  Please watch for additional communication on how this will be included in our Parish’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Mitigation Plan and our school’s Pandemic Preparedness and Readiness Plan (PPRP).

I would like to share with you an update from Bishop Cozzens, Vicar for Catholic Education and Dr. Jason Slattery, Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This letter reviews the essential steps that all our 79 Catholic schools have been taking to help support the health and safety of students, teachers, and our entire community as they return to Catholic school buildings. It affirms our commitment to families to provide children with a Catholic education in the best and safest way that we can. Please see the attached letter below from Bishop Cozzens.

I understand that there are many questions right now, please don’t hesitate to call me or email with additional questions. I appreciate you taking time to ask important questions to ensure the safety of the MQP community for students and staff. We miss you and we look forward to welcoming your family back to school in four weeks starting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Please watch for the MQP Pandemic Preparedness and Readiness Plan (PPRP) that we are working hard to complete and share next week.

Mrs. Hamill

Letter to Catholic School Parents and Families

Important Letter from Bishop Cozzens Regarding Fall 2020 – May 28, 2020

As we are ending this school year, I know that you continue to have questions about the 2020-2021 school year. I have discussed our commitment and desire to figure out how we can safely educate our students in person this fall. We will be working extremely hard this summer to figure out the best plan. As I have shared with many of you, MQP is in a very good place because of our enrollment size, building capacity and the safety procedures and precautions that the parish has already put in place.

I would also like to share with you today a letter from Bishop Cozzens, Vicar for Catholic Education, and Dr. Jason Slattery, Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. In this letter, they affirm the commitment to reopening Catholic school buildings at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  At the recommendation of Catholic Schools Task Force and in partnership with our Catholic schools, the Archdiocese has begun responsible and prudent planning for a safe return to our Catholic school buildings with the safety protocols and ongoing monitoring in place. Please see this letter for more details.

A Letter from the Archdiocese Office of Catholic Education

Thank you, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, thoughts or ideas.

Mrs. Hamill

Distance Learning Updates – May 5, 2020

At the beginning of this season of hope, I’d like to lay out a practical plan for the end of this school year. We are dedicated and committed to providing Distance Learning for our students in preschool – 5th grade until the end of the year.  After much consideration and collaboration, the last day for all students will be Thursday, June 4th as originally planned. Teachers have been working hard to provide meaningful lessons for the remainder of the year.  We are in the process of coordinating a family drop off/pick up on June 4th to return textbooks, devices and any other materials. Every family will receive a packet with end of the year celebration awards, report cards, and a special treat!   We ask that you stay in your cars to follow the guidelines for social distancing. We absolutely miss you and look forward to seeing you then!

The safety of our community is our top priority. Our ability to implement a plan for the fall is dependent on two important assumptions. First, that authorities permit our private schools to make their own decisions about reopening. Second, that safety guidelines issued by health authorities by that time enable responsible and creative implementation. With these assumptions, MQP looks forward to and intends to welcome students back to campus to drop off school supplies and meet teachers on Thursday evening, August 27th for the new school year, starting with the first day of school on Tuesday, September 1st.

We will share our plan for the fall in the upcoming weeks. There will certainly be needs for elevated hygiene and sanitation requirements as well as innovative scheduling. Mrs. Genna Haddad and our custodian, Anthony Dehn, have been proactively working hard to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.


Mrs. Hamill

Distance Learning Extended Through the End of the 2019-20 Academic Year

Dear MQP Families,

As you may be aware, yesterday Governor Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Riker announced the extension of the school building closures through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  The health and safety of our school community continues to be our top priority.  After much consultation with Parish Leadership, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and ISD 728,  MQP will plan to extend Distance Learning.  We are confident that we will continue to provide quality Distance Learning plans that work best for each of our families. We will continue to stay connected in creative ways as we continue to adapt to this new reality.

Please note, there will not be Distance Learning for students on Friday, May 1, 2020 or Monday, May 4, 2020 as teachers and staff will be participating in professional development. These two days of professional development were ordered by the Governor and are meant to provide an opportunity for all Minnesota teachers to collaborate and to refine their Distance Learning practices.

We are working hard to come up with the best plan for the remainder of the year in the next few days, so I thank you for your patience and all that you are doing during these unprecedented times.

Mrs. Hamill

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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
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 
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
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
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
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.

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

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

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: 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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:
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.
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.