Excerpt from a June 1, 2018 from Superintendent Buell:
“The human heart plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
We now know that the new elementary school building will not be ready for occupancy until late fall. The care of our students and their well-being is our most important priority, and we have therefore revisited the drawing board to determine a “Plan B” for the upcoming year. With the help of reflective prayer and much consultation, we have designed and will put into action this contingency plan. We understand it will require sacrifice on the part of our faculty, staff, and families, but believe it will best serve our students.
For the beginning of the 2018/19 school year:
- Incoming 4th graders will move to classrooms reconfigured at the Holy Angels/St. Francis campus.
- Incoming 5th graders, with the opportunity to use a shuttle established for their needs, will attend class in reconfigured space at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, which already has a shuttle service.
- Immaculate Conception Principal Maureen DeYoung will spend time at both the Holy Angels/St. Francis campus and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School campus.
- Once vacated and abatement is complete, the old Immaculate Conception school can be demolished, allowing important site work to continue.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Plan B will be necessary for only a few months during the start of the school year. When the building is ready, these grade levels will be the first to be welcomed to the new elementary building. We look forward to that day! As we developed this plan of action, please know that providing a loving environment where your child is challenged academically was at the forefront of our decision-making. We understood that the functionality of where classes would be held would create a need for sacrifice and flexibility on the part of individual families and faculty members. We can assure you that the academic, spiritual, and emotional care of your child will not be compromised during this time of transition.
I ask that you keep the faculty, staff, construction workers, and all others associated with the project’s success in your prayers during the coming months.
Back to School Information Night: Our 5th grade families will attend the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Open House on Wednesday, August 29th. However, we will have just our 5th graders and parents come the first hour and visit their classrooms and attend an mini orientation session, and then join the rest of SEAS in the gym for general information with SEAS Principal, Mr. Carl Scholten and Mrs. DeYoung,
Transportation: We will be running a shuttle bus (free of charge) for the 5th graders from the St. Francis campus to SEAS daily. I sent home a form with your students today to return tomorrow. It is also attached. Thank you for giving this your attention so that we can plan on the number of students who may be using the SEAS shuttle bus. Please note that all 5th graders will ride together and not with other SEAS students. I will be at the bus at the beginning of the year to ensure a smooth transition. Sign up information will be sent out after school is out for those families who will be using the shuttle buses.
Uniforms: Our 5th graders will continue to follow the elementary uniform code, not the SEAS one. SEAS students can wear khaki pants and navy shirts in 6-8 grade; however, we are still elementary and will therefore continue to wear the K-5 options. This will be ensure a smooth transition when we move into the new Immaculate Conception Elementary.
St. Joseph’s Club: For 5th graders needing after school care, it will be provided at the Holy Angels site after school. Students will ride the shuttle bus and be in a room with upper elementary students for after school care. This will make it easier on parents to pick up all of their children at one site who use our St. Joseph’s Club after school care.
5th Grade Teachers: Our 5th grade teaching team will remain the same: Mrs. Erin Bach, Mr. Ben Beckwith, Ms. Casey Droste, and Mrs. Sharon Taylor. They are excited to welcome your students into their new temporary space for the fall.