MAY 14, 2020:
Each different school level has communicated with parents about the process for closing out the school year (supply pick-up, textbook return, etc.) The following is an overview. Please contact your administrator for more information.
Preschool Drive-thru: 5/20 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Elementary Supply Pick-up: 5/18 (9:00 – 10:00 am – TK, 10:00 – 11:00 am – K, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – 2nd), 5/19 (9:00 – 10:00 am – 1st, 10:00 – 11:30 am – 5th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm – 6th), 5/20 (12:00 – 1:00 pm – 4th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm – 3rd)
High School Textbook Drop-off: 5/21 (3:30 pm – Seniors, 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors). For more HS information, CLICK HERE.
MAY 7, 2020:
A Message from Mr. Streelman:
First of all, thank you for your patience regarding our updates on remote learning. We were waiting for Governor Newsom’s update yesterday to see if it would include guidelines for the reopening of schools. We were hoping and praying that a plan would be laid out that would allow us to come back for the final two weeks of school. Unfortunately, it looks as if the staged re-opening of California does not include schools at this point and there are not yet clear guidelines concerning how schools could operate under the proper protocol or how our entire student body could be together safely. Given all of this information, the SVC admin team has made the decision that remote learning will be extended through the end of the school year.
Mrs. Jensen and Mr. Markum are working with their teams on various smaller group gatherings in order to celebrate graduations, say goodbye to classmates and teachers, and gather belongings. These can take place mostly outside and will allow us to operate within the guidelines laid out by the state. Information on these events will come directly from them over the next couple of days. We will do everything we can to end well and make this a very meaningful, although different, celebration — especially for our Seniors and 8th graders.
Thank you all for the patience and grace that you have extended to our entire staff. God bless!
APRIL 24, 2020:
At this time, given the mandates by the state of California, we are extending remote learning, with the first POSSIBLE return day now May 11th. As you know, the guidelines and plans are changing rapidly. We are hopeful that the state will have guidelines in place that will allow us to return to campus safely on May 11th. We will continue to keep you updated.
APRIL 6, 2020:
Attention High School Advanced Placement (AP) students! Please read this important information about AP exams, which will be conducted online May 11-22 (make-ups June 1-5): Online AP Exam Information.
APRIL 3, 2020:
In light of ongoing Coronavirus safety concerns and the statewide “stay at home” mandate, we will be extending distance education until at least Friday, May 1st. As of right now, the earliest possible return date would be Monday, May 4th. We will continue to observe next week as Easter Break as originally scheduled.
Our teachers are committed to continuing to provide exceptional instruction on a remote basis. And our entire staff is committed to praying for our SVC family during this challenging time. Please continue to pray for our school, our community, our country, and our world as we walk through these unchartered waters.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phil 4:6
APRIL 1, 2020:
Mrs. Jensen shared some websites with great activities this week:
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s new online Aquarium Online Academy, includes live webcams, fun classes for kids, printable coloring pages, and even lectures for adults on various topics. If you explore the different sections on the link below, you will be able to navigate to the various offerings for all levels. Totally FREE! The schedule changes weekly, so be sure to check the different levels of topics and ages on the left-hand side of the opening page.
For those car enthusiasts (students AND parents), the Petersen Automotive Museum is offering various online and printable experiences. The student link includes free live stream activities for all ages. There are additional activities for “building” cars and coloring activities. The student experiences are free. Please click here for the student link. https://www.petersen.org/
online-educationFor older car enthusiasts the Petersen Museum is opening its vault for live stream, interactive tours. While there is a suggested donation, this experience allows you to actually ask questions of the docent during the live stream experience. There are 3 different types of tours available, which you can select on the opening page of the link. https://www.petersen.org/ vault-purchase
For the Locals
For local history buffs, Casa Romantica in San Clemente is offering activities for both adults and students. The student activity includes an opportunity to complete a task, upload pictures of the finished product, and have your work posted to the website to be shared with a wide audience. Parent permission is required for this activity. https://www.casaromantica.org/
live-virtually/Bowers Museum is Santa Ana offers at home activities for students (you can use all of those empty toilet paper rolls and water bottles for something!)
MARCH 27, 2020:
Guideposts, a Christian resource ministry, has a dedicated website page called Comfort, Tips and Prayers for Coping with the Coronavirus Crisis.
MARCH 26, 2020:
We are pleased to report that we still have NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the SVC community.
MARCH 25, 2020:
SVC administration has been closely and continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation. As you know, our goal all along has been to protect the health of our students and staff, while also providing a platform for educational continuity and excellence. After careful consideration and much prayer, we have decided to extend remote learning through April 3rd. Our Easter break runs from Saturday, April 4th – Monday, April 13th. Therefore, while a return date has not yet been established, the earliest classroom instruction would possibly resume is Tuesday, April 14th.
It’s a blessing to see how our entire community – students, parents, faculty, and staff – has responded to the challenges that we are facing. We’ve heard so many wonderful stories about how everyone embracing distance education and supporting one another in the process. We are committed to providing the information you need to make the best of this difficult time. Please be sure to read the emails from our principals and teachers, and the updates posted on this designated Coronavirus website page.
MARCH 23, 2020:
World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a messaging service with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from Coronavirus. This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it. The service can be accessed through a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.
MARCH 22, 2020:
For our Jr. High Families: After receiving input from students, parents, and teachers, as well as anticipating changes to the date of returning to school, the procedures for SVC Jr. High during the school closure have been redesigned for better student accountability and for the integrity of the academic program. Our goal remains the same during this school closure, to ensure we are supporting student well-being and academic development in the midst of a major disruption to the school schedule. Please CLICK HERE for updated Jr. High information.
MARCH 21, 2020:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is posting daily updates on the Coronoavirus pandemic. CLICK HERE for the latest situaion summary.
MARCH 20, 2020:
The impact that social distancing is having on helping to curb Coronavirus has been well documented. We continue to encourage our families to adhere to this practice and to put other safety measures in place during this outbreak. Recommendations from CDC on ways to protect your family may be found HERE.
MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE:
If you or a member of your family has tested positive for COVID-19, please notify SVC by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information as it pertains to your family. This communication will assist us in assessing the impact on the SVC community. Should we have any communication to this extent, we will reach out to the Orange County Health Care Agency
MARCH 17, 2020 UPDATE:
First day of remote learning: please see March 16 update for student requirements and useful resources.
Helpful article on how to talk to your children about Coronavirus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/.
MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE:
Remote learning begins tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17.
Every student is required to check-in daily for attendance purposes. (We do not want to have to extend our school year into the summer, so please make sure you are checking in daily.) Check-in looks different depending on which grade your student is enrolled. Please watch these short videos on how to check-in effectively.
TK-4th grade students:
Make sure you have the SeeSaw App or SeeSaw website access.
5th – 12th grade students:
Make sure you have Google Classroom and the Google Meet App and/or website access.
Complete the projects, pages, etc. that your teacher assigns on time. Communicate through SeeSaw, Google Classroom and/or e-mail if there are any issues.
Resources and Tech Support
Please email Ashley Fitch, IT Director, with any questions: email@example.com.
We also have an amazing team of students who have a passion to help others with tech and have been given field experience with technology on our campus. These students are happy to assist and help troubleshoot as well. Students can reach out to them through email. As long as you are signed into your school Google account through Gmail, their email address will appear when you compose the message.
MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE:
On March 13th, we elevated our response level for Coronavirus to Level Three. As a result, we are currently under an organized, temporary school closure.
This action was taken out of an abundance of caution. It is important to note that there has been no indication of any cases of COVID-19 at SVC.
What does this mean for your family?
-During the closure, neither students nor parents should be on campus. All activities (e.g., athletic games/practices, powder puff, the HS dance, Legally Blonde) have either been cancelled or postponed.
-At this point, we are expecting a minimum two-week closure.
-We have transitioned to remote learning during this period of campus closure. Teachers are delivering their instruction via online platforms. Specific information about remote learning, including assignments, is being provided to students directly by their teachers. General information about each school level’s plan for instructional continuity can be found here: Elementary, Jr. High, High School. We’ve also produced videos for our students. Please click on the link which pertains to your child: TK – 4th Grade, 5th – 12th Grade.
-Remote instruction will begin on Tues., 3/17. Monday , 3/16 will be an inservice day to prepare for the online platforms we will be using.
-During this closure, the campus will effectively be closed down, with no one – including staff – on campus. This will allow us to fully clean and disinfect the campus before students return.
Rest assured … the decision to temporarily close the school was one which was made after considerable monitoring of the situation and, more importantly, much prayer. We know that this situation is disconcerting. Isn’t it wonderful that it did NOT catch our God off-guard? He is still on the Throne, and He still has us in His loving hands.
We will continue to update you as things develop. In the meantime, you may email:
-General questions about the planned, temporary closure: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Assignment-specific questions: Email your child’s teacher(s) directly
-Technology questions about distance learning: email@example.com