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Lower School Director's Notes

A message from Lower School Director Erin Nemetz:

Erin Nemetz meeting Virtually with LS Student

Greetings Lower School Families,

As we end our 2019-20 school year, the Visitation administrative team is planning and preparing carefully for the next school year. We are hopeful that we will have students and faculty together on our campus. We are preparing new health and safety protocols. In addition, we are working closely with the CDC, National Association of Independent Schools, Minnesota Department of Health and the Archdiocese schools in our planning and preparations. We are exploring many different models of instruction and are committed to delivering a rich and academically rigorous program for our students. Please know that we will communicate our plans for next year as they are established.

In our final weeks together, we have many fun and exciting activities planned. Please be sure to carefully read through the information below regarding the end-of-year events.

***Please note that the Goodbye Parade on May 28 moved to a new time of 5:15-6:15 p.m.***

Academic Calendar
The last day for our Lower School Distance Learning is Friday, May 28.

  • May 27 will be the last day of new assignments and weekly grade-level classroom Google Meets.
  • May 28 will be a catch-up day and the last day to submit assignments.
  • The week of June 1-5 will include fun events and celebrations as well as learning materials pick- up and drop-off days.
Lower School student with her completed  Lessons Learned sheet

Upcoming Events
May 27:
Move Up Day

Students will get the opportunity to meet the teacher they will have next school year. Our "guest" teachers will join the normally scheduled Google Meet Meetings.

May 28: Lower School Goodbye Parade

***Please Note New Time*** Now from 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Lower School Families: Please join us for our Lower School Goodbye Parade on Thursday, May 28 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. View the information flyer here. See the parade route here.

June 1: Virtual Talent Show Convocation - Monday, June 1, 10-11 a.m.

LS students: Do you have a talent you would like to share with your Lower School friends? This is your chance! On Monday, June 1 from 10-11 a.m. we will have an all LS school convo and watch each other's talents. You can come to the convo and just watch or you can submit a flipgrid of your talent. Please submit your talent on the flipgrid here - there is a one-minute time limit. All flipgrids are due by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Access the talent show here.

June 2: Fifth Grade Celebration Walk - Tuesday, June 2, 4 - 6 p.m.

Fifth grade families are invited to join us for a 5th Grade Celebration Walk. More information can be found here.

June 3: Learning Material Pick-Up/Drop-Off Days - June 3-5 (By Appointment)

Information on Pick-Up/Drop-Off Learning materials Day can be found here. Sign up for an appointment here.

Report Cards and Grading

With the sudden move to Distance Learning, our assessment of student learning has changed. Our philosophy of student growth and academic excellence remains core to our teaching. At the same time, the Lower School faculty understands that we are operating in unprecedented times and will continue to relax their policies so as to allow more flexibility and ensure that students are not penalized for extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

As a result, our Trimester 3 Report Cards will be emailed home on Friday, June 14 and will look as follows:

  • Traditional grades for core subjects like math, reading, social studies, science and religion.
  • Pass/Fail grades for specialist classes will be used because we prioritized core academic work.
  • No assessment marks on social growth and work habits, but rather narrative feedback.

As we conclude this academic year, it is my goal to support each and every student and family. If there is anything I can do for you, please reach out to me. I wish you a blessed Memorial Day weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone in person at our Goodbye parade next week!

My best,

Erin Nemetz
Director of Lower School