Lisa's Monday Musing
Dear 2020-2021 Confirmation Formation Parents,
As the summer winds down and we look toward fall I hope this email finds you happy and healthy.
This message is intended to serve as an outline for families who've already registered for Middle School Confirmation Formation and for those who've held off while awaiting more information.
As mentioned in my previous email, St. Paul is poised to provide Confirmation Formation (CF) students with a robust Confirmation preparation program that is designed to withstand many of the zigs and zags.
The announcement by local schools to resume remote learning has brought us to the conclusion that an e-learning model, augmented with an online curriculum and Zoom-type classes is our best option. We have committed to this approach until Christmas Break, at which time we will re-evaluate the manner in which the program is delivered. We hope to return to in-person classes as the Archdiocese allows.
Below please find some general information about how the Confirmation Formation program will be implemented.
Confirmation Formation (CF) Class Timeline
1. Classes will begin in October after each grade attends a socially-distanced kick- off meeting in the church sanctuary (last week in September).
2. At the Kick-Off, we will distribute supplies, introduce catechists, discuss details
of how the programs will be implemented, and offer Q&As.
3. Meeting Times
6th Grade - Monday, September 21st at 6:30pm
Year 1 - Thursday, September 24th at 6:30pm
Year 2 - Monday, September 28th at 6:30pm
4. All classes begin
Thursday, October 1st (Thursday classes)
Monday, October 5th (Monday classes)
CF Class Curriculum & Format
1. Curriculum by grade/year
6th Grade: Finding God, Grade 6 (a continuation of FSF’s curriculum)
Year 1: Chosen, Your Journey Toward Confirmation, by Ascension Press
Year 2: Chosen, Your Journey Toward Confirmation, by Ascension Press
ALL LEVELS will receive a book and will have access to online curricular resources.
2. Flipped Classroom Model
A Flipped Classroom is a learning model in which students interact with new material prior to their Zoom class. Then class time (in this case, Zoom classes) will be used for discussion, fellowship, new information, and FUN.
Zoom meetings will be on days your student would normally meet for class.
Classes will have no more than 8 students and a catechist (or two)
Zoom classes will be MUCH shorter; 20-30 minutes each. Some classes will begin at 6:30 and others will begin at 7:15.
CF Class Schedule
1. The schedule of specific lessons and meeting times will be detailed at the Kick-
Off Meetings. However, below is the class schedule:
CF Student Expectations
1. All pre-work must be completed prior to the Zoom call.
2. There will be attendance and classwork requirements.
3. Students and parents will be required to sign a Zoom Code of Conduct prior to the beginning of Zoom classes.
4. Service Projects/Volunteerism will look different this year due to COVID. However, there will be a service requirement. Any previously approved and completed work will qualify.
5. Year 2 students have a retreat scheduled for January 23, 2021. All students are asked to attend. Those who cannot attend the January retreat will be grandfathered in if they’ve attended a prior retreat.
6. We hope to offer group service opportunities such as the Coat Drive, following the guidelines of the CDC and the Archdiocese. Stay tuned!
Thank you all for your support as we continue through these uncharted territories. While the 2020-2021 school year involves yet more change, I am confident this program will provide your child with a wonderful, spiritual Confirmation experience. Please continue to pray for the church and a return to “normal”, and be assured that I am praying for you!
You are Precious and Loved. Isaiah 43:4
We've heard people say "these are new and interesting times," a LOT in the past few weeks. And at this time you may indeed be fearful, or lonely, or uncertain. The pandemic is not something anyone has gone through, especially not in our lifetime. For several years now, I've been meditating on the 43rd chapter of Isaiah where the Lord tells us, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Why does God say this? And does He mean it? The answer to "does he mean it" is an unequivocal YES; and the "why" is found just a few lines later when He says, "because you are precious in my eyes, and honored and I love you."
During these times of stress, take a few minutes and repeat to yourself, "I am precious and loved. I am precious and loved. I am precious and loved." Repeat it until it sinks in, as you truly are so very precious and infinitely loved!
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