Updates from St. Martin de Porres Marianist School
Please click the links below for information regarding the school reopening plans.
August 7, 2020
Moments ago the Governor of New York State announced that schools may re-open for in-person instruction in September. St. Martin de Porres Marianist School submitted plans for re-opening to the Department of Health and the Department of Education. These plans can be found in the links above. Both of these plans allow St. Martin’s to be open five days a week and serve all of our students from PK to 8th grade. If there are any parents that have concerns regarding in-person learning, please give me a call to discuss other options that will be available for your child.
All of the Department of Health and Department of Education guidelines will be followed and implemented through our creative faculty and staff and done with the joy of our vocation as Marianist educators.
Next week we will send more information regarding schedules and special procedures. Please call me with any questions or concerns regarding the re-opening of school.
Mr. John Holian
July 20, 2020
Last week St. Martin’s received the New York State Department of Education guidelines for reopening schools. St. Martin de Porres Marianist School Administration, in conjunction with an outside consulting company that specializes in emergency planning, has created a reopening plan for September 2020, which is presently under refinement. This plan will allow for all of our students in grades Pre-k to 8 to physically attend school 5 FULL DAYS a week in the school building.
Our safe reopening plan fully complies with the guidelines provided by the Department of Education and Department of Health. We continue to follow the guidelines, plan creatively, and teach with joy.
Governor Cuomo has communicated that he will make a decision during the first week of August regarding the physical reopening of schools in person or through distance learning for the 2020-21 school year. We are fully prepared for any decision that the governor makes regarding fully reopening schools or distance learning.
The faculty and staff continue to assist Our Blessed Mother in her mission to bring Christ to the students and families of St. Martin de Porres Marianist School.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Mr. John Holian
We are well aware that many families purchased laptops, computers, and iPads these past few months. We are offering the option to purchase a Chromebook for any family that might still need a device for their child.
Below are a few clarifications regarding the email that was sent this week.
- It is not mandatory for families to purchase a Chromebook through SMMS.
- Every student in grades Pre-Kindergarten – 8 will be required to have their own device at home. This means a computer, laptop, or iPad. It is OPTIONAL for families to purchase a Chromebook from SMMS.
- We are offering families the option of purchasing a Chromebook through SMMS since we are able to receive an educational discount and offer the Chromebook at a lower cost than the list price.
- If you choose to buy a Chromebook through SMMS, it will be yours to keep.
- All devices will be kept at home and never brought to school.
- The cost of the Chromebook is $240. A deposit of $60 will be required at the time of order. All orders must be placed by June 26, 2020.
June 18, 2020
We hope you and your family are doing well and getting some well-deserved rest!
As you are aware our remote learning these last few months has gone very well and we look forward to implementing these tools in the classroom for September. Whether the students are in school or learning remotely, beginning in September every class will have a Google Classroom and each student in grades pk- 8 at SMMS will be required to have their own Chromebook or similar device to access web-based learning and to be used for parental communication.
SMMS will be ordering Chromebooks that are comparable to an HP 14″ Chromebook. The list price of the Chromebook is $279.99. We look forward to receiving an educational discount, so the final price should be lower than the list price. If you would like to purchase a Chromebook through SMMS, please let us know by June 24, 2020.
All orders will require a 25% deposit no later than June 26, 2020. The remainder of the cost will be added to your child’s tuition and the balance will be divided into 9 monthly payments with 0% interest.
Please call me with any questions or concerns.
Mr. John Holian
A STATEMENT FROM THE MARIANISTS OF THE PROVINCE OF MERIBAH
Dear Members of the Marianist Family,
“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold”
A century ago, the Irish poet W.B. Yeats wrote these prophetic words as he contemplated the societal upheaval wrought by the violence of World War and the ravages of the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. The disruptive events of the past few months, compounded with the distressing and disturbing death of Mr. George Floyd and so many others, leaves us feeling confused, uncertain, and angry. Can the center hold?
“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”
Two months ago, Pope Francis stood alone in the rain in St. Peter’s Square and preached on the gospel story of the disciples tossed fearfully in a storm with Jesus asleep in the boat: “Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets, and our cities; it has taken over our lives; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other.”
“Teacher, do you not care if we perish?”
Today, injustice is startlingly revealed; chaos threatens our streets. Our faith is challenged; our hope is nearly exhausted. Fear, anger, and confusion wash over us like the waves that nearly overwhelmed the storm-tossed disciples. Can we still have faith? Do we dare to hope? Where do we stand?
As men vowed to live and teach the gospel, the Marianists of the Province of Meribah believe in the dignity and sanctity of every human life. We affirm the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church that “racism is not merely one sin among many, it is a radical evil dividing the human family;” thus “every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.”
As educators, we are committed to educating all of our students at Chaminade High School, Kellenberg Memorial High School, and St. Martin de Porres Marianist School to strive for justice and peace and to form them as young women and men committed to service, leadership, and transformation. We strive to create an environment of respect where growth and goodness can flourish and where every student is cherished and challenged. With Pope Francis we believe that “The most effective antidote to every form of violence is education about discovering and accepting difference as richness and fruitfulness.”
As Christians, we are called to listen and know the stories of our brothers and sisters. We must create opportunities to hear, with open hearts, the tragic stories that are deeply imprinted on the lives of our brothers and sisters, if we are to be moved with empathy to promote justice. As teachers, we pledge to work with all our students and their families to strengthen the commitment of our schools to our core values:
One Heart and One Mind
Fortes in Unitate – Strength in Unity
Above all, Charity
Finally, as members of the Marianist Family, we turn to Mary for hope and intercession. She is the Mother of Sorrows who stood in silent witness as her Son suffered violence and degradation on the cross. She is the Mother of Mercy who wraps all her children in her mantle of protection. She is the Woman of Faith who trusts in the Father’s promise and opens herself to the workings of the Holy Spirit. Most importantly, she is the Mother of the Church who intercedes for her children in their every need:
Mary, Mother of the Church,
you are enthroned as queen at your Son’s right hand:
we ask your intercession for the needs of our country,
that every desire for good may be blessed and strengthened,
that faith may be revived and nourished,
hope sustained and enlightened,
charity awakened and animated;
guide us, we pray, along the path of holiness.
Mary our Mother,
bring everyone under your protection
and entrust everyone to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
At each of our schools, we speak of ourselves as a family, and “family spirit” is an animating principle of Marianist education: “In this way a community of learning becomes an experience of grace, where the teaching program contributes to uniting into a harmonious whole the human and the divine, the Gospel and culture, faith and life”
To all our students, all our families of every skin color and background: you are valued as men and women made in God’s image; you are treasured as people who seek peace and strive for justice; you are loved as brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ and beloved children of Mary. We stand firm in this belief despite the darkness that engulfs our world.
In the spirit of Jesus who reassures us: “Do not be afraid. I am with you always.”
The Brothers of the Marianist Province of Meribah
Bro. Timothy Driscoll, S.M., Provincial
- The teachers will be using Google Class Pages. Parents and students should view the class page on the school website each day for assignments, homework and Zoom Meetings.
- Academic Days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
- Wednesday’s will be Enrichment Day- Art, Music, Physical Education and will include Mrs. Kenney’s Reading Class.
- All students in grades Pre-k – 6 will be receiving a book called Top Student. The books will be available for pickup on Saturday, April 18, 2020 in the Sacred Heart Commons from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
- Students in grade 6, 7, and 8 will be receiving a novel for Literature that will be available for pick up on Saturday, April 18, 2020 in the Sacred Heart Commons from 8:00 am- 4:00 pm.
- The assignments that are given by the teacher will be collected via email.
- The students should wear their school uniform while they are in a ZOOM meeting.
- Please have your child sit at a desk or table while doing their schoolwork.
- The schedules for grades 4-8 are located on the Assignments page.
March 27, 2020
March 26, 2020
Our most important job as parents is to care for and lead our children to heaven. During this Lenten Season, our spiritual development is so essential. May we all use this opportunity to grow as a Holy Family. Our school website has wonderful spiritual resources available for you and your family. The spiritual resources can be found under the virtual links tab on our school website. I hope these spiritual resources enable you and your family to share your faith and become closer to Christ during this Lenten Season.
Important information regarding 2nd trimester grades and exams:
- All 2nd trimester grades will reflect the work your child has completed from January 6- March 12, 2020.
- The 2nd trimester exams will not be counted towards your child’s 2nd trimester grades.
- The students in grades 2-8 will take the 2nd trimester exams on April 3rd, 6th, and 7th. If SMMS has reopened the students will take the exams at school these days. If SMMS has not reopened the students will take the exams through Google docs on their class page.
- The students will be responsible for all of the material that has been assigned to them by the teachers. This material will be on the Comprehensive Exams in June.
- It is very important that the students do their best to finish the work that is assigned to them by their teachers by April 20, 2020. These grades will be reflected on the 3rd trimester report card.
Our teachers have been working very diligently and will continue to prepare for whatever circumstances come our way. We realize that each family dynamic is different and has its own rhythm. We all do the best we can do. Most importantly remain a Holy Family. Please continue to stay in contact with the teachers and do not hesitate to call us with any questions. We look forward to the day we can all be together!
Please continue to pray, work, and trust in God’s merciful goodness!
Mr. John Holian
- Our morning prayer to our Blessed Mother
- Noon Angelus
- The Three O’Clock Prayer