SJF Summer ’20 SAM


Everything You Wanted To Know
Week of July 27, 2020

Happy Summer SJF Families! I know a large topic of conversation around the nation right now is
what school will look like this fall. We have been working hard all summer to develop creative ways to safely return to school. I have been working collaboratively with Father Richard and a number of faculty, staff, and medical professionals to help develop a plan that ensures a safe return for all faculty, staff, students and families.

We have been using the guidance from the Archdiocese of Portland’s Department of Catholic Schools, Oregon Department of Education “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” requirements, Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah Education Service District Communicable Disease Management Plan, and parent and teacher surveys to develop this comprehensive plan.

Last week the Oregon Department of Education released its second version of their “Ready Schools, Safe Learners protocols. Thanks to our Return to School committees’ work on creating conservative plans from the beginning, there were minimal items we had to update from our first draft of our Return to School plan.

Therefore, we are still on track to open in September, 5 days a week, with all students every day on campus .

Next Monday, August 3rd, our School Advisory Council and Parent Teacher Club Executive Committee will be meeting to review the complete details of our Return to School Plan. We will be sending all families a summary of our plans next Tuesday, August 4th. Additionally, I anticipate another update from the Oregon Department of Education on August 11th and our “final” plan is due to the Archdiocese on Friday, August 14th. Therefore, I will be hosting grade level Zoom sessions at 5:30pm on August 18th (6th – 8th), 19th (3rd – 5th) and 20th (Kindergarten-2nd) to address any changes to the plan we roll out on August 4th.

Enjoy your summer vacation and I look forward to seeing you all this fall!

The preparations we are making to have a safe and healthy return to in-person learning at SJF have resulted in some changes to the school supply lists. One item that has been added to ALL students (and faculty/staff) is the requirement of wearing a face covering (a cloth, paper, or disposable face covering that covers the nose and mouth; may or may not be medical grade). We ask that face coverings follow “free dress” requirements and must be clean, presentable, modest and without inappropriate slogans or pictures (e.g., non-Christian in nature, or promoting drug/alcohol, sexual connotations, “put down” phrases, etc.).

Some of our resident medical professionals recommend the following brands for youth: Old Navy , Gap , Etsy , Vistaprint , Vida , Mabel’s Labels , F-Stop or Craft Warehouse. Additionally, for individuals that are crafty, you are welcome to make your own. They recommend a double layer (at least) with bendable nose piece or a “neck gaiter” with bendable nose piece to help with comfort.

The most important thing…find the best covering that works for your child. I have a feeling masks
will be the hottest accessory for school this fall!

Summer camp is underway! There are spots available for some weeks, although the final week of camp (8/31-9/4) is full. Contact Susan Robinson at for the details. As a reminder, summer camp can not accept any drop-in campers this summer.

M.U.S.E. will be moving forward to offer “live” online instruction in the fall. Registration will be sent as the school year approaches and if you have any questions, please contact Bryant Allard at .