St. Anthony High School Continues Business As Usual
Dear St. Anthony High School Families,
Our SAINTS community continues to be united in our faith and prayer. We pray daily that you and your family are blessed with health and well-being. As you know, during this time of the Coronavirus threat, we have all had to make adjustments to our daily lives. In most cases, it has not been easy or stress free. We do, however, adjust and have faith that God is in control.
We also want to thank you for continuing to entrust St. Anthony High School with your student’s education during this turbulent time. We are committed and prepared to meet today’s challenges with great confidence. St. Anthony High School has been a leader in technology, and being an IPAD school gives our campus an advantage for remote online learning with minimal disruptions. We thank you for your support during this transition.
Below we have important updates for your review.
Our students and teachers have done a commendable job in the transition to Remote Learning. We are receiving positive feedback from teachers who have been using video conferences, recorded lectures, and online discussions through Schoology. In an effort to support your child, please remind him/her to constantly check in with teachers and feel free to over communicate via Schoology and emails - our teachers are ready and available! So, too, are our counselors, who are continuing to input student class schedules for next year. Mr. Jondle, Mrs. Squier, and Ms. Martinez are sharing and confirming proposed schedules for next year and are available for questions via email. Administratively, we are available for questions you might have. Please reach out via email or phone call, both of which are available through our website.
During the COVID-19 school closure, the School's Activities program has cancelled or postponed several events in order to keep students safe and to maintain social distancing. The following co-curricular activities scheduled through April 5 have been cancelled: March 28 Sadie Hawkins Dance, April 1 on-campus Red Cross Blood Drive, and the April 2-5 Spring Musical. Spring Fest has been postponed to an undetermined future date. The ASB/Class Election Cycle has begun, but online. Election process information and digital candidate applications can be found on Schoology. Completed digital applications are due April 1. Encourage your students to demonstrate their leadership and get involved. The Prom is still scheduled for May16 from 7:00pm-11:00pm at Crevier Classic Cars Event Center in Costa Mesa. More information will follow and tickets are scheduled to go on sale at the end of April.
CIF Southern Section has not made a decision on spring sports at this moment. They will re-evaluate the season on April 3rd. Once a decision is made by CIF, we will update all families and students.
Several questions have come up regarding student service hours. Because we are unable to do our typical service projects in public places, we have suspended the service hour requirement until further notice. Students are still required to turn in their complete service hours to this point to their Religion teachers. The form can be downloaded from the school website or by clicking HERE.
Understanding that graduation honors and scholarships rely on service hours, we have amended the service hour guidelines to include "at home" hours. Because of the nature of public gatherings, students can now count "family service hours" for any extra work done at home, outside normal chores. Students can also write letters or create cards for residents in nursing homes. Cards can be saved and emailed to Mr. McGuiness to be printed and mailed. Email cards to firstname.lastname@example.org. Time spent creating cards can also be counted as service hours.
A prayer chain has been established and we are asking families to consider signing up for a 1 hour prayer shift over the next 2 weeks. If you are willing to lift our school and world in prayer and join other parents who have already signed up, please click HERE to choose a 1 hour time slot.
Because the return to school may change, the upcoming Junior class overnight retreat is pending. We are booked and ready to go, and have every intention to have that retreat should school resume in April.
Christ selected 12 apostles as his direct followers. In the years they were together, Christ was healing the sick. At no time did any of the 12 ask Jesus to teach them how to heal. Instead, they asked Christ to teach them to pray. They recognized that the power of the actual healing came first in the power to be prayerful. There is power in prayer, and it is through prayer that the healing was made possible. Like the apostles, let us continue to strengthen our own prayer life in anticipation for the healing.
Principal Marcelo Eureste