UPDATE - Fri, Mar 20, 11:34 AM
Hello Parents and Students,
I wanted to pass along the times we have scheduled for each family to come in and get their child's books and packets next week. The time slots below are all for Tuesday, March 24.
- If your last name starts with A - G you can come from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- If your last name starts with H - M you can come from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- If your last name starts with N - Z you can come from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Please only send one representative from each family as we are trying to limit the amount of people on campus. Our teachers will be here to help you find the right books in your child's locker or desk. They will also have packets for your students (if applicable for your child's grade) for you to take home.
We understand that there may be a family or two that cannot make those time slots work. Please call the school office and we will schedule another time for you.
For at least the first week of distance learning, our staff will mainly be focused on the (5) core subjects. This would include, Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, History, and Bible. After we asses how the first week went, we will adjust from there. Again, we understand that some families may have limited devices for their child(ren) to work on. We are trying to take that into account by not assigning too much work. Some families may have a lot of parental involvement and supervision while other families may not. We are trying to find the correct balance but your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.
Each day brings new challenges but it also brings opportunities to encourage others through this difficult time. Don't forget to do the latter!
UPDATE - Thurs, Mar 19, 2020, 1:41 PM
Hello Parents and Students,
We have had several great meetings today and are getting closer to solidifying our game plan for distance learning starting on Monday, March 30 (if needed). At this point, it looks like our K5-12 teachers will be using Google Classroom to communicate with you and assign work for the students. More information will be coming about how to log in after we get it set up.
Also, more information will be coming soon about pickup times for books and supplies. I realize that your children pretty much left everything here in their locker or desk that they will need going forward. Next week we will have scheduled times for one representative from each family to come in and get books, etc. More than likely, these times will be assigned according to your last name. Stay tuned!
We have volunteers that are offering to help us with a courier service during this time as well. If it is impossible for you to come to the school during the assigned times, please email me and we can help you out by delivering books, etc to your home.
As we plan for distance learning, one of the things that we are constantly considering is how the plan will work for families that have multiple students. We realize that each family dynamic is unique and we are trying to make this as flexible as possible. Some families have at least one or maybe both parents at home during this time but other families have both parents working all day. We get that. Parental guidance may be tough during certain periods of time. Our teachers want to be flexible with those families and do everything in our power to support you during these uncertain days.
I am encouraged by how our teachers are pulling together to accomplish the impossible. I am also encouraged by the support we are receiving from the parents during this time. It is amazing to see people pull together and strive toward a common goal. We love you guys and miss seeing you on a daily basis. This will be over soon!
UPDATE - Tues, Mar 17, 12:24 PM
These are interesting times to say the least. It is amazing to think of the changes that have happened in our lives just over the past week. Last Tuesday seemed normal. We had a few minor concerns about COVID-19 but it certainly was not dominating our lives. This Tuesday it is all that we can think about.
We are dealing with new realities that were unthinkable just a few days ago. Not all of our new realities are bad though. During staff meeting this morning we spent a few minutes recounting some of the ways that COVID-19 has been a blessing. I suggest doing that as a family during this time. You might be surprised at the results!
Not surprisingly, the topic that is dominating our staff meetings is the plan for distance learning. I am so thankful for the creative, resourceful, hard working teachers that we have. They are working hard to put together a plan for a quality education for each student in the event that we have to utilize distance learning. The plan is very fluid at this time but as Monday, March 30 nears, we will be able to give detailed instructions for how this will work.
Here are some things that we do know...
1) Our distance learning plan will likely include the use of a computer (or tablet) and the internet. It would be wise for you to start thinking through what that will look like in your home. It is highly unlikely that classrooms will be "live". By using mostly pre-recorded lessons, families with multiple children could feasibly get by with one device. Ideally that device would have your email setup on it and be able to play videos.
2) Our main method of communication is going to be through email. It would be wise to have an email address that is readily accessible all day.
3) Relying on a cell phone as the main device for your child to be working on is probably not a good idea.
I hope you are enjoying the daily interaction with our teachers. They will be emailing you everyday. Please make sure we have your BEST email address. If we are currently using one that you only check periodically, please contact the office and let us know which one we should be using. Don't hesitate to call with any questions.
UPDATE - Mon, Mar 16, 2:14 PM
The teachers have been hard at work in back to back meetings all morning. Your child's education is on the forefront of every teachers mind here at LRCS. Over the next couple of days the teachers will be working on coming up with a plan to implement distance learning beginning on March 30th if need be. No need to rush in for books and materials at this time. We will have a plan in place so that every one can gather their materials in a safe manner.
Please continue to check your email daily. You should be hearing from your child's teacher soon with resources to help keep your child engaged in learning during this down time.
UPDATE - Mar 15, 2020, 3:36 PM
Dear LRCS Families,
The meeting this afternoon determined the following:
- No school until Monday, March 30th. This includes K3-12th grade.
- Teachers will take this time to prepare for the possibility of distance learning and to clean.
- We will offer child care for our school families that work in health care and emergency personnel. Please call the school office if you are in need of this.
- The following events have been cancelled: Fun Fair, LRCS school play and MACS Fine Arts for high school.
- Parent/Teacher conferences that were scheduled for March 26th have been postponed.
You may call the school office between 8am-3pm if you have any questions.
We encourage you all to please check your email daily. We are doing our best to keep up with the changes and to communicate with you all as soon as we know something.
UPDATE - Sun, Mar 15, 10:59 AM
Dear LRCS Families,
Mr. Ogren along with our department heads will be meeting today at 2pm. We will send out another email following the meeting with details on how we will proceed. If you are not aware, the governor declared school closings across the state of Minnesota this morning at 10am. More details will follow after our 2pm meeting.
Thank you for your patience!
UPDATE - Fri, Mar 13, 9:07 AM
Throughout the Bible there is this ever-present tension between resting in God and taking human action. I have been wrestling with this tension quite a bit this week as I have watched these events unfold. The current turmoil and fear that our world is experiencing has caused me to spend more time than I normally would seeking wisdom from God about how we should respond.
My devotions this morning brought me to Proverbs 16:9 where it says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” I believe the biblical response to our current health crisis is for us to balance “man’s plans” with the fact that all of this is unfolding under the watchful eye of our Creator. Let’s use wisdom and put into practice the safety precautions that the experts from the CDC and the WHO are recommending. They are experts on this, and we are not. Simultaneously, let’s trust in the fact that God is not worried about this. He is in control. There may be some scary times ahead, but we will not walk this path alone.
Please know that I love each of our LRCS students and any decisions that are made regarding their health and their education are made as if they were my own children. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and rely on advice from our medical community while praying for God’s wisdom and direction.
Since every news outlet, every email, and every social media post has already listed all of the recommended precautionary actions to combat this virus, I will not list them again here. Our teachers take those recommended actions seriously and will be implementing those into our daily school routine. Our teachers will also be thinking outside the box as far as continuing your child’s education in the event that we have to close our doors for an extended period of time.
I will continue to keep you informed as the situation progresses. What an awesome teaching opportunity we have as the younger generation watches how we respond to adversity. May God give each of us clarity on the correct balance between our efforts and resting in Him.