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Presentation BVM School Goes the Distance with Great Success

Teachers Use Technology To Carry Out Lesson Plans

05/14/2020

Students at Presentation BVM continue to adapt well to at-home Distance Learning.  Our school building may be closed for the rest of the school year, but Presentation BVM stayed open for learning since March 16, 2020. 

Teachers use technologies like Zoom, Google Classroom, Discovery Education SeeSaw and FlipGrid to carry out their lesson plans, teach students and see students, face-to-face. Students are also able to see their friends and classmates using these technologies.Teacher-guided instruction and the ability for students to engage and interact with one another helps the learning process in that there is still a sense of togetherness, even if we are all apart at home. 

In the last two months at home, students have shared their artwork, gardening projects, science projects, book reports, hobbies and much more with their classmates and teachers through pictures and videos. 

Presentation BVM is proud of our school community for coming together at such an uncertain time. We remain dedicated to teaching our students, and putting in place a digital community that helps students get by day-to-day and make schooling as normal as possible. 

While we will remain apart for the rest of the school year, we can’t wait to see you all in the fall! Please continue to share your school work and other hobbies with each other!


A Note from the Principal

As you know, on March 13th, Governor Tom Wolf closed all schools in Pennsylvania due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The immediate challenge, for both Presentation BVM School and all the schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was to move learning from the classroom to the home. I am proud to say that in a matter of just three days, our faculty and staff rose to the challenge, with distance learning beginning on March 16th.

It s important for our families to know that while our building is closed, we are still open for learning. Teachers are using a variety of tools such as Google Classroom, Zoom, Discovery Education, SeeSaw and FlipGrid to plan lessons, teach curriculum skills and engage students. Teachers and students are also being supported in distance learning with resources from the Office of Catholic Education.
How can parents support their children in distance learning? Help them stay on top of their schoolwork. Encourage them to read and to develop a hobby. Praise them for coping with all the change in their lives. And remind them that their teachers miss them and look forward to seeing them once again in the classroom!
Above all, stay safe, stay well and stay informed!

Marianne Garnham
Principal


Please check here for more resources regarding digital distance learning.

Tune into WHYY’s main channel from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for content that will both entertain and educate your children. WHYY 12.1 is available on Comcast 812 and FiOs 512. Y2 is available on 12.2 or 64.2, Comcast 257, Verizon Fios 474. YKids 12.3 on Comcast is 258 and FIOS, 473. Visit whyy.org/learning for more information on programming.

For online and digital content content, visit PBSkids.org and PBSLearningMedia.org, and download the PBS Kids App.  

Additionally, Pennsylvania’s State Library System offers various electronic resources through the Power Library. To access, you will need either your local public library card number or you can create a Power Library ecard number. We ask that you sign up with a personal email when creating an ecard. 

It is important to help your child stay on top of their school work, their learning in the classroom and outside of the classroom and encourage them to continue reading and finding other activities to help them through this difficult time.