Just like many of you, Santa Sophia Academy has been called to adapt during this Covid-19 Pandemic. For example, our students were asked to learn from home during the last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year. Our community rose to the challenge, and I thank the community immensely for that. Immediately, our teachers began to learn new platforms and taught virtually utilizing Zoom. The students and their families had to work together to balance their home life, work and school schedules. While our students and families made it work, when surveyed, we found that a lack of electronic devices in the home caused scheduling conflicts and made it difficult for some students to be able to access the wonderful lessons being provided by the faculty. We also discovered that there are many academic advantages to adding a blend of technology and traditional paper/pencil tasks to students’ learning. As we plan for the upcoming school year, with all its uncertainties, we know that we must be prepared to return to a distance–learning model should the need arise. We would also like to provide a blended learning model in the classrooms this year and in the years to come.
We are starting a fundraising campaign to purchase Chromebooks for in–class use in grades 4-8. Should we return to a distance–learning model, these devices would be loaned out to families who need them. Each Chromebook costs $185. In order to provide Chromebooks for 5 classes, we would need a total of 150 devices, for a total of $27,750. We would be grateful for donations of any amount. This will ensure that we can continue to provide the students of Santa Sophia Academy with a stellar education. It will also help our children to respond and adequately prepare for the uncertainties that we are most likely to experience in the coming months. Donations can be sent to Santa Sophia parish with a memo that the donation is for Chromebooks. For more information please see the attached flyer below.
It is with a grateful heart that I thank you for your contributions and support of our Academy and its students and faculty.