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Friday, May 29 – Summer Conditioning Update

In compliance with COVID-19 recommendations, Marian is hosting weights and conditioning beginning June 1. Due to size limitations, student-athletes have been assigned to groups by their sport’s head coach. If you missed the notice for responding to the training schedule and would like to see if there is room for you in a group, please contact the head coach of your sport. Multiple sport athletes will condition with the sport that occurs first in the school year.
 
Some sports are able to have open gym skill sessions. If you are interested in attending volleyball, golf, softball or tennis skills training, please contact the head coach.
 

More information on summer conditioning can be found here.

Friday, May 22 – Summer Camp Dates Moved to July

We continue to monitor and respond to COVID-19 recommendations. All camps are currently scheduled for July. Full refunds will be issued if a camp is canceled or if a camper is no longer able to attend. 

More information on summer camps can be found here.

Wednesday, March 18 – Student Reminders for Online Learning

Thank you for your support these past few days. I know how hard this situation must be for everyone, especially our seniors. The Marian community is strong and I know we will all get through this together. We are 24 hours away from starting our virtual learning! I know some of you are nervous, but together we can accomplish anything! The faculty have been working hard to convert their lessons to a total online environment. I have a few tips and guidelines to help you navigate this adventure.

Please respond to emails, even if you just state “okay” or give a “thumbs up” emoji. You are going to get several emails in the coming weeks, it is important for you to stay up on them each day.

  • Please download the Zoom app to your iPad. I have attached instructions. You will need this for virtual class meetings. Your homeroom teacher will also add the instructions to your homeroom CANVAS folder.
  • If you do NOT have an app that converts documents to PDF, please download Genius PDF creator to your iPad. The directions are here.
  • If you are having difficulty getting some of the technology to work, try to use a different browser.
  • Check your homeroom folder each day, along with your course folders in CANVAS.
  • Stick to a schedule! I sent a course schedule to follow each day. I have attached it to this email, in case you lost it! I have also asked homeroom teachers to add it to the homeroom folder.
  • Have a family meeting about the schedule and how it will work for everyone in your household.
  • Create a work space. Create a space for learning, which is free from distractions, so you can concentrate. Take a picture of your learning space and email it to Mary Catherine Ruesch at mruesch@omahamarian.org. We plan to share your work spaces on social media!
  • Get up and get dressed, just like a regular school day. You do not have to wear your uniform, but if it helps you to concentrate, go for it!
  • We start each day at Marian with a prayer, and we will continue to do so. Each day you will receive an email with a video of one of our students, faculty, staff or a Servant of Mary leading a prayer for the day. Please watch it each day!
  • Please communicate with your teacher if you are confused. Your teacher will be online regularly, so reach out through email with questions. Over-communicate!
  • If you are having difficulty in math, our math tutor, Ms. Abel, can set up a video-conference to help you. Ms. Abel will send a google doc out to schedule these appointments. You can also email questions to her at jabel@omahamarian.org
  • If you have a research project to do, our librarian, Mrs. Raabe, has set up a library folder in your CANVAS account. Everything you need for a research project is located in this folder. There is even a space for “Ask a Librarian” and Mrs. Raabe will respond to you!
  • Our counselors are available through email. There will be one counselor in the building each day to trouble-shoot and provide guidance either over the phone or through email. Please reach out to your counselor if you have concerns. We will add some tips from our counseling department to your homeroom folder and also a Go Yogi schedule!
  • Our website has page dedicated to COVID-19. It includes Frequently Asked Questions, along with other info related to our school closure. Please check out the website for more information.
  • Make sure you are eating healthy and getting some exercise. It is difficult to sit at a computer for long periods of time. Move around, have a dance party, clean your room, just move!

As we launch virtual Marian, I am confident you will rise to the challenge and, in true Marian girl fashion, conquer all that needs to be done! All of these new expectations can be a little anxiety inducing, however, we will help you every step of the way! I will continue to check in with you and I am planning several videos to keep everyone engaged in our community! We can do this! Take care.

Stay home. Stay safe. Stay Servite.

Principal Susie Sullivan

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Wednesday, March 18 – Parent Reminders for Online Learning

 

Thank you for your support these past few days. I know how hard this situation must be for everyone, not just our schools. The Marian community is strong, and I know we will get through this together. We are 24 hours away from starting our virtual learning! The faculty have been working hard to convert their lessons to a total online environment. I will send parents any communication I have with the students, so that you can stay in the loop. I have a few tips and guidelines to help you navigate this adventure with your daughter. 

  • Please tell your daughter to respond to emails, even if they just state “okay” or give a “thumbs up” emoji. They are going to get several emails in the coming weeks, it is important for them to stay up on them each day.
  • Stick to a schedule! Your daughter was sent a course schedule to follow each day. You can view the course schedule here, so you are also aware of what she should be doing at what time of day.
  • Have a family meeting about the schedule and how it will work for everyone.
  • Create a work space.  Have your daughter create a space for learning, which is free from distractions, so she can concentrate.
  • Make your daughter get up and get dressed, just like a regular school day. She does not have to wear her uniform, but if it helps her to concentrate in her uniform, go for it!
  • We start each day at Marian with a prayer, and we will continue to do so. Each day your daughter will receive an email with a video of one of our students, faculty, staff or a Servant of Mary leading a prayer for the day.
  • Remind her to communicate with her teachers if she is confused. They will be online regularly, so have them reach out through email with questions. Over-communicate!
  • If she is having difficulty in math, our math tutor, Ms. Abel, can set up a video-conference to help her. Ms. Abel sent a google doc to your daughter for these appointments. You can also email her at jabel@omahamarian.org.
  • If she has a research project to do, our librarian, Mrs. Raabe, has set up a library folder in a CANVAS account. Everything she needs for a research project is located in this folder. Your daughter has access to this folder of information.
  • Our counselors are also available through email. We will have one counselor in the building each day to trouble-shoot and provide guidance either over the phone or through email. Please reach out to your daughter’s counselor if you have concerns.
  • Our website has a dedicated page to COVID-19 with Frequently Asked Questions, along with other info related to our school closure. All announcements and updates are posted here. Please check out the website for more information.
  • If your daughter is having difficulties with technology, please have her try a different browser. If that does not work, please contact your teacher first and she can help troubleshoot.
  • Make sure your daughter is eating healthy and getting some exercise. It is difficult to sit at a computer for long periods of time. She needs to move!

Again, thank you for your continued support of Marian. As we launch virtual Marian, I am confident our students will rise to the challenge and, in true Marian girl fashion, conquer all that needs to be done! If she is stressed out or is struggling, please know we are here to help. Please reach out to her counselor and they will find her the assistance she needs. We realize this is all new, so we are happy to help. I will continue to check in with parents, students, faculty and staff to keep everyone engaged in our community! 

Principal Susie Sullivan 

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Tuesday, March 17 – A Message from President Mary Higgins 

We hope this message finds you well. Those of you who don’t have a current student, may not know that Marian’s campus closed effective March 16, in cooperation with the effort to slow the spread of Corona virus.  Beginning March 19, “Online Marian” will be up and running as we transition to an e-learning delivery. Our students, faculty and staff will continue to study and work from home. 

Yes, this is an exceptionally challenging time but we have much to be thankful for: 

  • Thank heavens Marian has a tremendous faculty who have spent countless hours on professional development focusing on the best uses of technology in teaching.
  • Thank heavens Marian switched to a new learning management system (LMS) in December that provides all the tools necessary for 100% online learning.
  • Thank heavens our students are now familiar with this LMS and can seamlessly adapt to the online delivery of their courses.
  • Thank heavens Marian has a principal, Susie Sullivan, who had the foresight and fortitude to create an academic plan for all students and faculty well before the closure was officially announced.  Her communication has been outstanding as she has regularly assured students, parents and faculty that “It is not going to be perfect. Things will go wrong.  But be flexible and patient, and we will get through this!”

I am in awe of our faculty who have stepped up enthusiastically and professionally to insure that the quality of a Marian education is upheld. 

The Advancement and Business offices are open and functioning but from their kitchen tables rather than their desks on the third floor of MHS. 

All of us will certainly struggle at times with this “new normal.” However, my hope is that we can open ourselves up to the possibility of inspiration….through reflection, music, a lovely walk outside, poetry, reading a meaningful book, enjoying a kind conversation, finding a way to help someone else, designing or enjoying art, practicing meditation, creating new culinary dishes (that is one of my goals, but my husband is rather frightened).  The possibilities are endless. 

Finally, I would like to share with you part of a blog written by Marian junior, Naomi Delkamiller. Please take just a few minutes to read her thoughtful and perceptive words about both “Angst” and “Hope.” 

May you be happy, may you be safe! 

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Thursday, March 12 – School Closure Notice 

Following the recommendations of the Nebraska Department of Education, Marian High School will be closed effective Monday, March 16, until further notice, due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

On Monday, March 16, the school building will be open from 6:30 a.m until 7 p.m. to allow students, faculty and staff to pick up any necessary items they may need during the closure. Students should have all textbooks, notebooks, iPad and iPad charger in order to continue learning during the closure.

Online learning will begin Thursday, March 19.  An email with complete instructions will be sent tomorrow.

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Thursday, March 12 – COVID-19 Update  

The Marian administration has been receiving information on a regular basis from the Nebraska Department of Education and the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Office regarding COVID-19 in the Omaha metro.  We have been following their guidelines and take what is happening across the country very seriously. 

As we prepare for returning to school, I want to remind students, parents, faculty and staff that we must be vigilant in following the recommended precautionary measures. Our maintenance staff has spent hours cleaning and disinfecting the building. They will continue to clean common spaces and areas throughout each day. In addition, classroom teachers will be assisting with wiping down classroom desks after each class. We have hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol content in each classroom and on tables in the cafeteria.  

There are some simple, everyday steps you can take to reduce your chances of exposure and to protect others. Fortunately, those steps are the same that you would take to prevent the flu, the common cold, and other respiratory illnesses: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or sleeve) and throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Take care of your health overall.

Many of our students traveled over spring break, so I ask parents to monitor their health closely. Please consider keeping your daughter home if she traveled to a foreign country, went on a cruise, traveled to an area highly impacted by COVID19 or if you have people living in your home who would be at greater risk if your daughter returned to school.  Please do not send your daughter to school if she has a cough, fever or any upper respiratory symptoms. Our building will be open tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. if your daughter needs to pick up books, notebooks, iPad and iPad charger from her locker. She will need these to stay caught up with classes. She is also welcome to come in Monday to get the items she needs. 

We will utilize CANVAS, our Learning Management System, so that students can be kept up to date on course information. We will work with any student who is sick or must quarantine. The final decision on whether you send your daughter to school is yours. The school will support you if you want to keep your daughter home. 

Finally, I do have some specific cancellations that we are implementing for this week. 

  • Monday, March 16 – No ACT prep classes for the junior class. We will have a regular schedule on those days, which will be sent to them directly.
  • Tuesday, March 17 – Marian Moms lunch is canceled.
  • Thursday, March 19 – Parent-teacher conferences are canceled. Teachers will contact parents of any student who has a D or F in their class. Parents, please be patient as teachers will not do this until next week.
  • Friday, March  20 – The pre-ACT test scheduled for sophomores will be canceled and rescheduled for another time.
  • Friday, March 20 – Senior Retreat is canceled.
  • Sophomore Review will be canceled. We will contact parents about rescheduling these in April.
  • Ms. Rochelle Rohlfs will contact coaches with information about NSAA events. The coaches will then contact their student-athletes.

I realize how disappointing this is for our senior class, but we have to consider the bigger picture. At this time, I do not have a date to reschedule retreat, but we will certainly try to find one. If we are successful, the retreat will be an optional event since we realize that some students will not be available. 

Please be sure to check email frequently, as this situation changes rapidly. We will continue to evaluate future Marian events on a case-by-case basis and will communicate with families through email, text and Marian social media accounts. I have several emails and phone messages that I have not been able to return. I will get to those soon, but know that I must communicate first with our stakeholders. Please know we will update you immediately as changes are made. 

This is not a perfect solution. All Catholic schools could eventually be asked to close, which we will comply with if asked. 

We encourage you to check out the following resources regarding Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Principal Susie Sullivan

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Monday, March 2 – COVID-19 Precautions 

I wanted to update you on some precautions that Marian is taking in preparation for the potential spread of COVID-19 (previously called the coronavirus) in the United States.  We are fortunate that Dr. James Lawler, a Marian parent and Director of International Programs & Innovation and Global Center for Health Security at UNMC, has provided an update on how we can prepare.  We will continue to monitor the situation, and we will follow guidelines outlined by Dr. Lawler. 

It is important to follow hand-washing protocol at all times, and we will continue to stress this with our students.  Over spring break, we will have a thorough cleaning of the entire building and will continue to wipe down common surfaces throughout each day.  Hand sanitizer is located in each classroom. 

In the event that we would be asked to shut down school for a period of time, we are developing a plan to continue school through the use of our 1:1 iPad program and CANVAS student learning system.  This would only happen if we were ordered to remain at home for a period of time.  Please know that we are hopeful this will not happen, but we want to be prepared. 

I will keep you informed as I receive information. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Principal Susie Sullivan