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April 29, 2020

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16

We are an Easter people.  It is so important to remember that Easter is not just a day, but a daily encounter with the Risen Christ, 24/7. It is this gift that gives us hope in these uncertain days.

While our physical building remains closed, our Becahi family continues to be active in school life.  The teachers continue to hone their technological and teaching skills in this remote learning environment with weekly faculty meetings and training.  The faculty attended a workshop last week to standardize their LMS pages. This step should eliminate some of the confusion regarding assignments and due dates.  Be sure to utilize the global calendar function on LMS. It is located on the upper left-hand of each teacher’s class page.  Just click on the three parallel lines and then on the calendar to view the calendar which contains all posted work.  You can access the actual assignments by clicking on it in the global calendar.

Classes continue to be held Monday thru Thursday.  Students should attend as many classes as possible either live or recorded. The teachers are available to answer questions via email anytime or during the Friday office hours.  We are here to help with content or technical issues.  The students are responsible for the classwork, homework, papers, projects, and assessments.  Students should try to use this time wisely so that nobody is faced with a heavy workload at the end of the quarter.  There will not be final exams this year, so the work done now will be used to calculate fourth quarter grades.  Let’s make it a great one!

We are developing possible options for our non-academic activities.  Committees have met and surveys have been sent to seniors and their parents.  As soon as we have some concrete information, we will let you know.  It is so difficult to have these unknowns but be assured we are exploring all feasible possibilities.

Thank you, parents, for keeping your children on track while you too navigate a new home routine. We know that the continued social distancing effects everyone spiritually, physically, mentally.  Please take advantage of the many resources available online take care of yourself and your families.  We will get through this together.

“Wellness During Quarantine” – Workshop presented by Dr. Ron Prator, IU 20, April 18, 2020

  1. Share your thoughts, concerns, worries, and joys with a good listener
  2. Stay informed – but not too much, seek reliable sources
  3. Create positive distractions – movies, books, projects, family dinners, a new hobby, play board games, devote some time to yourself – self-care is often neglected
  4. Develop a routine – it provides stability
  5. Socially Distance – but stay connected virtually, telephone old friends
  6. Physical Activity – get outdoors, download an exercise app, have a competition, dance
  7. Practice meditation and mindfulness – easy to learn, small time commitment, many apps available
  8. Back to nature – hike, birdwatch, garden, photography
  9. Reframe your thoughts – look at situations from different perspectives
  10. LAUGH!!!! – it releases stress, watch funny videos, bloopers, cartoons
  11. Gratitude – be positive, think about all the good things you have
  12. Surrender expectations of normality – limit your expectations
  13. Be of Service to others – the giver gets more back than the receiver…

Most especially, PRAY, pray for an end to this pandemic, pray for those who are sick, pray for those who have died, pray for caregivers…pray for all.  Take advantage of all the Liturgies that are available online…celebrate with the Bishop, your parish or church, a parish in a different part of the country, pray for our common world…just PRAY!

“May the Word of God take root in us, transform our hearts and minds, and bear fruit in love, through Jesus our brother, Amen.” Give us this Day Devotional, April 22, 2020.

God bless and be safe,

—Mrs. DeNofa

 

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April 4, 2020

Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest.”  Matthew 21:9

The Holiest Week of our Liturgical year has begun.  May we use this time to ponder and celebrate the great events that occur during this blessed season.  We are all feeling like we are in a world that has been turned upside down.  That is probably how Jesus felt as He was hailed as a King, as He rode into Jerusalem on the donkey, and the crowds hailed Him with palm fronds.   Days later, He instituted the priesthood and gave us the gift of His body and blood in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  The next day He died for our sins. Next Sunday, we will be able to rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord, who gives us the promise of everlasting life. Remember, He calmed the sea for the apostles, and He is with us now to calm our turbulent sea.

This past school week has seen its ups and downs as well.  Our faculty and staff have worked extraordinarily hard to bring live classes online. It has been wonderful to pop into live sessions and view our teachers and students interact.  Learning new methods can take some time, but our teachers, students, parents, and administrators jumped right in to make this happen.  Watching teachers help students, and students help teacher was awesome.  As can be expected, there were some technological challenges to be met.  The faculty and administration met two afternoons after school (virtually), in order to address the concerns.  It was a tiring, but inspiring week.

Many thanks go out to Mrs. Lackman who has worked tirelessly to mitigate problems and train teachers.  Her patience is incredible. Mr. Henrich, Mr. Culligan, and Mr. Gomez continued to get books to students.  Many thanks to you for your continued support of our students and families.

As planned, we will be off for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Monday.  These are sacred days for all Christians.  Sadly, we are unable to celebrate these Holy Days in our churches, but we do have many opportunities to view the Liturgies, the Passion of Jesus, and the Stations of the Cross online.

Please see the special schedules posted for the weeks of April 6th and April 13th. On Tuesday, Father Bobbin will celebrate the Eucharist enabling us to participate as the Becahi family of faith.

One other special change to procedure and some very exciting for students: Students will NOT take Final Exams this year.  The second semester grade will be based upon the 3rd and 4th marking period grades only.

Many thanks to you for your support, patience, and prayers as our journey continues.  So many lives have been turned upside down during this crisis, please keep praying for all.

“Be not afraid.  I go before you always.  Come follow me and I will give you rest.”

 

God bless and be safe,

—Mrs. DeNofa

 

April 2, 2020

Dear Becahi Community,

“May God bless us with every gift of the Spirit so that we may seek after peace and pursue it, all the days of our lives. Amen”  Give Us This Day Devotional, March 30, 2020

I am hoping you all continue to be safe and sound in this constantly changing environment.  We are now in Day Four of online classes. It has been exciting to watch the learning that is taking place.  Not only are the students learning, but our teachers, staff, and administrators are discovering new sources of information and platforms by which to deliver their lessons.  As a group, we were able to hold a faculty meeting via Zoom.  It was so nice to hear how the first lessons went.  We shared screens in order to share tips with one another.  We watched Mr. Kelly juggle his baby while attending the meeting, and we laughed together.  As important as the information sharing was, the connection was just as important.

In the past two weeks, many of you came to school to get your books and pick up computers.  Much gratitude goes out to Mr. Henrich, Mrs. Lackman, Mr. Culligan and the Facilities team for all the hard work that went into that effort.  It was a tremendous, successful undertaking. Thank you all for your efforts, kindness, and patience.

As you know, Gov. Wolf has extended the Stay-at-Home indefinitely.  It is so disappointing for us all, but we will continue to be together in our virtual world.  So many companies have stepped up to the plate to offer services for families and students.  There are also many resources that can help us with the effects of “social distancing.” As the days and weeks pass, please take care of your spiritual, emotional, physical health.  Call an old friend, take a virtual vacation, play a board game, and pray together.  We appreciate the fact that we are all trying to take care of the needs of many in limited space and time…be good to yourselves!

Please continue to read the email blasts and visit the website for updates.  We know that there will be bumps in the road, but with thought, good communication, and most especially with steadfast prayer and the Grace of God we will meet the challenges we face.

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it’s going on when you don’t have the strength.” –Theodore Roosevelt

 

God bless,

Mrs. DeNofa

March 27, 2020

Greetings Golden Hawks,

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

As a family of faith, we need to hold on to the blessings of our God as we navigate the changes in our daily lives. We want to continue to give updates and reminders about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on school life. First and foremost, the prayers of the Bethlehem Catholic community continue for the safety, health, and well-being of all.

According to Governor Wolf’s most recent mandate, schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed for two more weeks, April 6 at the earliest.

Currently, our teachers will continue to post supplemental assignments and students should continue to maintain focus and look for updates from their teachers. Monday, March 30th, our teachers will begin to offer instruction, provide practice, assign work and assess students. More information regarding the specifics of this new phase of time away from BECAHI will be communicated soon.

We are so grateful for all of their hard work and diligence in providing this enrichment for our students. Many are attending webinars in order to learn new methods of providing enhanced online instruction for our students. Students should continue to check LMS daily for updated assignments. Students who have missing grades from assignments prior to March 12, 2020 should contact their teachers directly to determine how that work/test/quiz can be made up.

Stay connected with us on our social media channels and through email blasts for updated information. Please check your family portal to ensure that your email address is current.

If you do not have internet service at home, please see the free WIFI vendor list included on this page.

This may not clear up all questions that you have, but the words fluid situation have been mentioned repeatedly during these last few weeks. We cannot think of any better way to describe it. There are many, many unanswered questions. As information becomes available to us, we will share it with you.

Please continue to take solace from the beautiful reflections Father Bobbin sends daily. Take care of yourselves spiritually, emotionally, and physically. These are difficult days with constantly changing norms, but with the promises our Lord has given us, we will get through this. Remember His words: Be not afraid.”

God Bless,

Mrs. Holly DeNofa
Principal