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Updated: April 22, 2020 10:00 a.m.

DCES DIGITAL LEARNING & END OF THE YEAR 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR

In all of this, it can be tempting to feel despair and even a sense of hopelessness.  However, we are a people of Hope.  Hope in the light at the end of the tunnel, hope (and conviction) that God is present, walking with us, sometimes carrying us, through these uncertain times.  We are here for a reason and, though we do not know fully or understand with full clarity why, we are hopeful in God's promise to us all. He implores us to "Be not afraid" and to put our trust in His plan.  I have read and reflected on Pope Francis' Homily from March 27 several times, and I encourage you, in these times of need and uncertainty, to do the same.  It has definitely helped me. So, as a community of Hope, rooted in faith, let us look towards the light at the end of this tunnel together. 

End of Year
After careful consideration and having received input from the community members, in consultation with the Father Bob and AOD, and taking into consideration the numerous end of year celebrations, field day, class field trips and half days, all of which we cannot enjoy this year, we will be ending our academic year as follows:   

  • May 22:   Last day of Digital Classes

  • May 29:  Grace Period - Submission period of missing/delayed work

  • June 5:    Grades finalized

  • Specials classes will continue to offer enrichment opportunities through the week of June 5 for students to engage in.  

  • BUILDING ACCESS:  We will, once state allows, have a plan for students/parents to re enter building to gather materials, while maintaining Social Distancing

  • DCES Summer Programming:

    • We can provide online platforms recommendations for continued summer enrichment, such as Khan Academy, etc.  

    • Details will be coming about DCES Summer Enrichment and Remediation programs in the near future as well

Grading & Report Cards
Next year our students will be promoted to the next grade level based on successful achievement in the first 3 quarters as well as successful participation and completion of the 4th quarter distance learning program. The students are working really hard and we are extremely proud of them!  They have shown great strength, resiliency and, we hope, are gaining independence, confidence and 21st century skills!  Keep it up, students!

We understand that next fall we will have to, as a community of educators, address the needs of the children by meeting them where they are in their academic journey.  We anticipate and will be prepared to review, reteach and assess critical lessons from this current quarter in order to fill in any educational gaps that this crisis has caused.  We anticipate that this will be a process, over not just the first few weeks, but most likely the first months, if not throughout the entire year. 

  • 4th Quarter: all assignments for 3-8 will be in the practice category.  This eliminates the 80/20 assessment/practice divide for 4th quarter. 
     

  • K-2 will address the report cards as narratives with benchmark checks per usual.  

2019-2020 Special Events

  • Sacraments - 1st communion and Confirmation

    • Our DRE and Religion teachers have been preparing the students to receive these sacraments through our distance learning phase.  However, given the Governor's Executive order and restrictions on public gatherings, the scheduling of these events has been delayed.  Once these orders are gradually released, and in coordination with the Archdiocese and the Bishops' availability, we will schedule these sacraments accordingly.  We are very much looking forward to celebrating these cornerstone sacraments with you and your children.   

  • 8th Grade Graduation

    • Similar to our planning for the sacraments, we are awaiting the easing of Governor Whitmer's executive orders.  We are tentatively planning for 8th grade graduation to take place in August on the following dates:

      • Monday, August 10:  Rehearsal, 2 pm

      • Tuesday, August 11:  Graduation, 7 pm

    • Please note that we share these dates as being VERY TENTATIVE and subject to change depending on how and when restrictions are eased by the Governor.  We also are aware that many more details will need to be arranged and we will communicate those as things become more clear.  

  Other News:  Medical and Cleaning Supply Donations


We have had many questions and suggestions to donate our extra cleaning supplies / wipes to medical facilities.  Our operations department worked with the parish staff at the beginning of the shutdown to gather our extra Clorox wipes and any other supplies that might be useful for the medical profession.  They were donated to Angel Hospice and Beaumont. We hope that this small donation has helped in some way as our medical providers face this crisis head on.


Updated: March 13, 2020 1:25 p.m.

To comply with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order issued the evening of March 12 regarding coronavirus and to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of all students, staff, and faculty the Archdiocese of Detroit has closed all Catholic Schools from March 13 through April 6.

Please click the link below to read the letter from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools regarding school closures and modifications to our existing calendars.

SUPERINTENDENTS LETTER

Important details from the Superintendent's letter:

  • Schools will move their customary Easter Break (April 13 - 17) to the week of March 16 - 20. Students will not need to report physically or virtually to school at this time. 
  • Provided that there is no extension or modification of Governor Whitmer's order, students will return to schools on April 6 - 8 followed by two days off for Holy Thursday and Good Friday (April 9 and 10).
  • Students and instructional staff will return on April 13 for their first full week of school.
  • For additional updated from the Archdiocese, please click here.

We will continue to communicate and keep you updated as needed.  We appreciate your cooperation with this fluid situation! 

Thank you,

Divine Child High School & Elementary School Administrations


CYO SPORTS 

Updated:  March 13, 2020 1:20 p.m.
 
Late in the evening on March 12, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all K-12 school buildings — public, private, and boarding — would be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students on Monday, April 6. This includes all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit, both archdiocesan and independent.
 
SPRING SPORTS:
At this time all spring sport scheduled athletic contests through April 5 are cancelled. There are to be no practices while school is not in session.  As plans are determined, this site will be updated with that information.  
 
OUT OF SEASON SPORTS:
For the out of season coaches, we also will not be holding any form of out-of-season workouts (weights, etc.) during this time. 
 

As new information is received, this site will be updated.

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