I hope that you are all beginning to navigate distance learning and working from home. This transition continues to be a new experience for all of us. As always, we are here to help, please contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns.
Later this week, members of the Aquinas staff and administration will be calling each family personally, to check in and see how you are doing. It is important to us that you know that the Aquinas family continues to be present even though we are not all physically together.
Mr. Ted Mancini ’88, Principal
Maintaining a Routine
Routine is very important to success in distance learning. While it is possible that several people in your home are now all sharing the same workspace and even the same computer or tablet, creating a work schedule is important. Here are some tips:
- Remember that distance learning is still school.
- Have a designated workspace that is at a desk or table. Beds and sofas are not good places for learning. Having an attitude of learning is key.
- Set a routine wake-up time just as if you were going to Aquinas.
- Work with the family and others in your home to develop a schedule that works for everyone.
- Set times for checking the web portal, participating in discussions, interactive lessons, and messaging teachers. These may vary based on when specific interactive lessons are being conducted.
- Include time for completing written work and reading that is necessary for class work, and a time for “homework” type activity in the schedule.
- Take time to exercise and do other activities.
- Spend time with friends using social media or other devices like Skype or Zoom.
- Designate some device-free time every day, especially now, as being connected is part of the learning.
School is still in session, so attendance is important every day. If your child is sick and unable to log-in and complete work, please notify the attendance office, just as you would do on a regular school day at (585) 254-2020 x1002.
Senior families, we know this is a tough time for you especially. We are doing everything not to cancel important senior events. We have not changed the dates for Senior Ball or graduation yet. Dr. Cook ’99 and Mr. Mancini ’88 are working hard to make sure that we do not lose sight of how important senior year is. We will keep you all updated.
Junior Prom has been rescheduled to Friday, June 19, same time and place.
We continue to look at our scheduled and postponed events and will keep everyone informed of any changes.
I am hoping that everyone is participating in our Virtual Spirit Week. We are sharing your photos on The Aquinas Institute Facebook page and Instagram account (@the_aquinas_institute). The themes for the week are:
AQ Family Owned Businesses
Let’s help out our AQ family! If you have restaurant currently offering carry out or delivery, or any business that’s open and operating, we want to know so we can support one another.