Mrs. Hayslip’s Letter–March 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

It’s survey season! Thank you to everyone that completed the recent bus survey. We had 144 responses for a 63% rate of return. Of those responding, 54% said they would be interested in using a bus service. The subcommittee working on this project will continue to review the detailed data with regard to zip codes / routes, committed users, and pricing. A presentation will be made to the school board next week and next steps will be taken under advisement. Thank you to Jennifer Roth and Ann Campbell for leading this proposal.

This week you will find another survey opportunity. Every three years we are mandated by the Archdiocese to create a technology plan. This is a comprehensive plan that looks at infrastructure, device acquisition, curriculum, safety, professional development, inventory, etc. Overall, I’m happy to report that our previous plan from 2016-2019 was successfully executed. Now we need to look to the future. The technology survey will give us valuable data on what parents perceive about our current program as well as what they desire for their children as they progress through St. Aloysius. At the end of your survey, you will see a special “code word.” Send your child to school with the code word written on a piece of paper and he/she can trade it in for a treat in the office. Bribery? Of course! Be warned, this is not my first rodeo so the code word will change throughout the next week. Talk in carpool all you want, but please complete your own survey. The survey will remain open through spring break so if you remember to do it while you’re on the beach, go right ahead.

In addition to the parent survey, we are also administering a teacher survey to see where staff find areas of concern or areas of strength and how they can be best supported in their continued technology endeavors. If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen the PTO post that showed their support of online subscriptions that are widely used at school such as Brain Pop, Gizmos, and Discovery Education . We are thankful for their continued support. We are also thankful for the wonderful job Mr. Akers has done as our technology coordinator the last few years. I regret to share with you that he will be leaving St. Aloysius at the end of the school year. Due to family responsibilities, he will be moving out of town and we wish him all the best. Interviews are underway for his replacement so if you know a techie who could teach, too, send him/her my direction. Stay tuned for further announcements.

There will be no Friday letter next week as we all look forward to a well deserved spring break. Keep up with your Best Lent Ever videos and take time to enjoy some quiet conversation (that means speaking AND listening) with God during your vacation.

Wishing you Christ’s peace,
Mrs. Hayslip

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