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Reopening Training Videos - Part 4

September 2, 2020

Dear Parents,

Today’s the final part of our online series with the CDC training videos and documents. I hope to see many of you online tomorrow with our “in Person” Zoom Meeting. Here are those links again.

Thursday Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 851 1701 4616

Passcode: P7Xq35


Friday Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 851 1701 4616

Passcode: P7Xq35

Today’s training is probably the most important of all concerning “anxiety and stress” and “social emotional learning.” As part of our prolonged orientation period this year, we will be focusing on our spiritual and emotional health in a special way.

I would like to end this final training with a prayer for each one of you - the parents and guardians of our students:

We bless your name, O Lord,

for sending your own incarnate Son,

to become part of a family,

so that, as he lived its life,

he would experience its worries and its joys.


We ask  you, Lord,

to protect and watch over this family,

so that in the strength of your grace

its members may enjoy prosperity,

possess the priceless gift of your peace,

and, as the Church alive in the home,

bear witness in this world to your glory.


We ask this thought Christ our Lord.




Anxiety and Stress

CDC shares recommendations on how to manage anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, get support by calling 1-800-985-5990 OR text TalkWithUs, to 66746. 

For more information, visit:

Date: 4/20/20

Video download link:

Social Emotional Learning  -Huda Essa- Your Name is the Key! 

Huda Essa, the founder of Culture Links LLC, has had a positive influence on countless communities through her engaging and thought-provoking learning opportunities. Essa uses her extensive experience as a cultural competency consultant, former teacher and English language development specialist to help organizations successfully meet their diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a TEDx speaker and the author of the motivational children's book, Teach Us Your Name, focused on empowering children to take pride in their many identities while showing respect for themselves and others. Essa continues to write culturally relevant children's books and produces of a series of short films focused on matters of social justice.

Inequality and Diversity

Teaching Tolerance




Social Emotional Well-Being -




We recognize that the social emotional well-being of our students and staff during these challenging times is critically important. The school has made available resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instructions. The school has done this by:



Partnering with educators nationwide as they are preparing to welcome students and adults back to school to reunite, renew, and thrive. Both students, faculty and staff have been impacted by school closures, the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis, and racial inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and amplified by the nationwide mobilization for racial justice. To aid in this transition, Mater Christi School is collaborating with CASEL to illuminate a way forward, centered on relationships and built on the existing strengths of a school community.


Counseling & Social Work Program provided by Catapult Learning:

Our school has a Counseling & Social Work Program provided by Catapult Learning. School counseling and social work services will be provided to support students, teachers, parents, and administration. The goal of the program is to educate the whole child-mind, body, and spirit. Parent and Teacher workshops will become a vital part of the program his coming school year!


Child Study Team:

Our school has a Child Study Team that identifies and assists students with academic, social, and/or emotional needs. This program has been reviewed and updated to meet current needs of students during this COVID-19 pandemic.


Parent Communication:

Faculty will be communicating throughout the year with families providing social, emotional support and resources. Faculty parent teacher communication will include strategies that will meet student social and emotional needs.



Time for students to adapt and express their needs will be built into daily lessons. Prayer time will be provided throughout the day including meditation and centering exercises.  Each Friday afternoon will provide students with engaging learning exercises, walks and free time to relieve the stress and pressures of learning in person and/or remotely. 


Professional Development:

Faculty and staff will be given professional development opportunities to assist them in supporting students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as provide support for developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff.


Faculty/Staff Communication:

Faculty and staff at Mater Christi have met weekly via Zoom Pro all summer and will continue to do so throughout the school year.  During these meetings, plans in progress have been discussed and input is taken from all the faculty and staff. Time is also spent in small group discussions. Informal gatherings have been and will continue to also be offered via Zoom Pro to provide time for faculty and staff to interact on a more personal level.


Whether in person or remotely all these programs and support will continue.