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Circular from the School President: December 1, 2020

Dear Marist Parents and Guardians:

May God’s peace be with you and your family!

Almost three weeks have passed since Typhoon Ulysses triggered massive flooding in several areas in Luzon, notably in Marikina City. Based on the survey conducted by Marist School among its stakeholders, a significant number of the members of our school community have been adversely affected by the floods. Majority of those affected have already recovered but others are still on the final stage of cleaning up and dealing with the destruction the floods have caused on their well-being and properties.

Taking cognizance of the present situation of our school community, we would like to inform you of the following:

1. Marist School continues to observe the directive of the local government of Marikina City concerning the suspension of classes from November 16 to December 16, 2020.

  • It should be noted, though, that suspension of classes for Marist School extends up to December 18.
  • Resumption of classes is on January 4, 2021.
  • Consequently, the school calendar is adjusted to comply with the 200 – 220 non-negotiable class days set by the government (Republic Act 7797). Kindly take note of the adjustment as presented below.

2. Starting on December 2 (Wednesday) sessions of Kumustahan with the Guidance Counselors will be conducted.

  • The kumustahan session is meant (1) to allow the pupils/students to express their thoughts and feelings about the recent calamity and (2) to enable them to realize that they are not alone and that there are ways on how to manage their thoughts and emotions.
  • Students are encouraged to attend and join the kumustahan session scheduled for their respective groups (Group A and B) in the homeroom.
  • Schedule of the kumustahan session is posted on the Google Classroom of the homeroom.

3. In lieu of the online classes for December 7 – 18, subject teachers will be posting weekly supplemental materials on Google Classroom.

  • Parents and guardians are highly advised to encourage their children/wards to make productive use of their time by accomplishing these supplemental materials or by finishing the pending projects/performance tasks that had already been given/assigned to them before the suspension of classes.
  • Though the students are not required to accomplish the supplemental materials, they are highly encouraged to do so for these materials will greatly help reinforce and enrich the learning they have gained since the start of the Second Quarter.
  • Also, there are no set due dates for turning in the outputs. If the students are done with the supplemental materials, they may submit these outputs. The teachers will check the outputs and give the students feedback, but these outputs will not be graded and will not be part of the requirements for the quarter.
  • If students have questions or clarifications re the past lessons in the second quarter or the content of the supplemental materials, they may contact and consult their respective subject teachers by sending the teacher a private comment/message through the Google Classroom or send him/her an email using the TechnoKid account.

4. Parent-teacher conference (PTC) is scheduled on December 14 – 17, 2020. Arrangements are to be made based on the instructions stated in the email given you accompanying the report card.

5. The Campus Ministry Office has organized the following mass celebrations, especially in observance of the Advent period. We invite you to attend these masses—to be live streamed thru the Facebook pages of the Campus Ministry Office – CMO Marist School Marikina and Marist School Marikina—as we continue to pray for one another and for the intentions of the Marist School Community.

  • December 6: Second Sunday of Advent (10 AM)
  • December 8: Feast of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (To be announced)
  • December 13: Third Sunday of Advent (10 AM)
  • December 15 – 23: Anticipated Dawn Masses (8 PM)
  • December 20: Fourth Sunday of Advent (10 AM)
  • December 25: Christmas Day (To be announced)

We wish you and your family a blessed Christmas. In the midst of these trying times, may you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love.

Thank you very much and God bless.

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

 

(Signed)

Br. Allan J. De Castro, FMS

School President