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Eagle-Side Chat with Father Bill
March 31, 2020 Update
I want to thank each of you for your efforts in keeping our students actively involved in their education. Recently, more than ever, I am reminded of the mission of Holy Savior Menard: We exist to form students, in collaboration with parents and parish churches, to make disciples and build the Kingdom of God. Next week, April 5 through April 12, we will take a break from E-Learning to celebrate the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Remembrance of these events shows the realization of our Christian faith and assures all believers that God is always with us.
- After Easter Break, E-Learning will resume on April 13th and continue through April 30th.
- On-campus classes are scheduled to resume on Friday, May 1st.
Assignments and Due Dates
- Weekly lesson plans are posted in RenWeb by 8 am each Monday.
- Due dates for assignments can be found in the calendar in RenWeb.
- Teachers will use Teams for posting class assignments, lectures, and online resources.
- Students will submit class assignments in Teams.
- During E-Learning, assignments are not optional. Assignments grades are posted in RenWeb. Failure to complete an assignment will result in a zero.
- Anyone having issues with the E-Learning platform should notify me (email@example.com) or Mrs. Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can make other arrangements for your child.
- All classes will be on the 10-point grading scale for the remainder of the year.
- Please contact teachers via email with any questions about the assignments.
- As Mrs. Davis stated in her State of the School address, E-Learning is replacing the 8-hour school day. Expect students to spend longer on these assignments than they would on homework.
Principal, Holy Savior Menard
COVID-19 Week 3 Update
Eagle-Side Chat with Coach Redmon
COVID-19 Week 2 Update
A message from our Campus Minister
Greetings In Christ Jesus,
During the season of Lent, the Church joins with Christ in those forty days and nights in the desert. She calls us out of the garden to the desert for a time of preparation and purification for Easter, the climax of the Church’s celebration and our Christian lives. We prepare our hearts and our lives by getting rid of the things like sin, pride, or fear that stand in the way of giving ourselves completely to Him. We ask God to purify our hearts through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and works of mercy, to make them ready for Christ’s Resurrection.
Though Masses and other parish services have been cancelled by many bishops, these are necessary measures to help keep the public healthy. However, the cancellations come with much sacrifice. As Catholics, this removes one of the most consoling parts of our lives—the Mass and the Eucharist—and isolates us from our parish community, at a time when we most need community support.
What can we do? There are many televised and live streamed Masses available, as well as Mass radio broadcasts. If you cannot find one, you can pray on your own. When we do this, we are still part of a community. There is a longstanding tradition in our church of receiving a spiritual communion. If we cannot participate in the Mass in person, we unite ourselves with God in prayer.
An Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
You can also meditate on the Sunday Gospel. The readings can be found on usccb.org. Gather your family to talk about the Gospel or call friends and share your experiences of how God is present to you, even in the midst of a crisis. The persecuted Christians in the early church prayed and shared their faith in the catacombs, and we can do the same. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Mt. 18:20). The church is not a building. It is the community.
Making The Most Out Of The Desert
God has not deserted us. We must make the most out of the desert. God is calling us into the deep. In Matthew 14, Jesus calls Peter out of the boat into the raging sea. We must keep our eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus. Lent is our invitation into a deeper relationship with our Lord. Our time in the desert is what will allow us to fully appreciate the garden of Easter.
We know that Jesus understands our suffering and accompanies us in the most intimate of ways. During his public ministry Jesus spent a great deal of time with those who were sick. He understands our fears and sufferings in these times. Jesus said many times in Sacred Scripture, “Do not be afraid.” We must continue to pray, fast, and give alms, especially during this time.
God’s voice is not one of panic and fear, but one of peace and comfort. As we continue to journey in the desert during this Lenten season, do not think God is punishing his people. God is very much aware of our sufferings and has not abandoned us. In his divinity he knows and understands all things, and through his humanity, he experienced all things. Go to him in prayer. Trust that Jesus hears you and is with you. Panic and fear are not from God. Calm and hope are. We are called by God to wait in holy patience. C.S. Lewis said, “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing yet had been done.”
The Church, in her wisdom, gives us many ways to pray through the season of Lent and uses our senses to help us fully enter in.
Touch - Hold a small crucifix or rosary in your hand while you ask for God’s healing power over your life.
Sound - Read the daily readings for the day. Sit in silence and listen to God speak to your heart. They can be accessed through usccb.org (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
Sight- Watch the livestream of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many of our local Catholic Churches in our diocese are live streaming daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Please visit diocesealex.org for a complete list. There are also many Catholic videos you can access online by Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire, Fr. Mike Schmitz, and EWTN.
These are just a few ways to follow and trust in Jesus today and always. Trust in my prayers and those of the Holy Savior Menard faculty and staff. We will move through this together, with God’s help. Jesus, we trust in you.
The most sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on us; Immaculate heart of Mary, pray for us.
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
There are many seasons throughout life. There are seasons of fear, anxiety, confusion and chaos. We must, however, re-order ourselves and see this time as you would see winter. It will be spring soon. See it as you see night. It will be day soon. See it as you see the desert. It will be Easter soon. Cling to the Cross, not out of fear, but out of love. There is no Easter Sunday, without Good Friday. May you find joy and peace in the hope that awaits us through the promise of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
In Christ and St. Catherine,
Jessica Sanders - Campus Minister
“SOAR…on wings like Eagles.” Isaiah 40:31
March 20, 2020
In response to Govenor Edwards' message yesterday and with respect to our community, the Holy Savior Menard front office will be closed at this tme. The office staff will continue to be available through email: CGatlin@holysaviormenard.com
For issues concerning our guidance department, email:
Please continue to visit our website for more information.
Thanks and God Bless you all.
A message from Father Bill
One of the main keys of the spiritual life is this: Jesus was obedient unto death. The purpose of the Eucharist is to make us obedient to the will of God. God’s will is available to us primarily through the sacraments, the Eucharist being first. At this time, church visits and prayer are just as important. We must not forget that our job is to be obedient to the will of God, just like Christ was. The church is the bride of Christ. If the church, through the bishops, has recommended certain steps in accord with reason (which is also a gift of God and is the second component in the will), then we must trust the directions coming from the church as the will of God for us, in this time. I know this is hard for many people to understand, but I learned this while doing missionary work. On many missions it was impossible to have Mass for everyone in the very remote regions on a regular basis. I am, like you, trying to figure things out in my own prayer and faith life. You are all in my prayers daily.
A message from Mr. Gatlin and Mrs. Davis
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Distance learning with Office 365 Parent Resource:
UPDATED: March 17, 2020
When will on-campus classes resume?
All faculty, staff, and students are scheduled to return in person on April 13.
How will I communicate with teachers?
The primary mode of communication will be Holy Savior Menard email. We will utilize our social media outlets to update as needed.
Do families self-report if they have a member test positive for COVID 19?
We are asking that all families communicate with HSM if they have a family member test positive. Please contact Chris Gatlin (email@example.com)
Can students come back to campus?
No, we will use the time to clean and disinfect our school for the safety of our students and staff. If you have a need, please call the front office.
Will we have graduation and baccalaureate?
At this time, we are planning to have these special events.
What if my student is having difficulty with e-learning?
If a student is having difficulty, the first step is to contact the classroom teacher via email. They may also call the school or email a counselor for help and support.
Will we add days to the school calendar?
At this point, we are continuing academic instruction through e-learning and will not need to add days to our calendar.
Will we reschedule Prom?
Yes, currently Prom is rescheduled for April 25th
What will we do with standardized testing?
All standardized testing has been postponed to a later date. We will update you as we get more information.
When will counselors be available?
A counselor will be available by phone Monday – Friday 8 am-12 pm each day. You may also email them.
How can I contact a counselor?
Laura Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Juneau email@example.com
What if I am not receiving correspondence from the school?
Follow the instructions below:
Updating Parent Contact Information
Check spam/junk folder*. If it went to junk, click not junk or create a rule, move to inbox, etc.
*If it is not there move to step 2.
Log in to ParentsWeb.
Go to Web Forms
Select Family Demographic Forms.
Click Custodial Parent Form.
Check and update email.
If you can’t sign in to ParentsWeb, follow these steps to reset your password.
Click Forgot Username/Password.
Type in the email address associated with your ParentsWeb account.
Check your email for instructions.
If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, please contact the office between 8am and 12pm (318.445.8233) or email Stacey Besselman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
March 16, 2020
Our faculty has worked hard this weekend to prepare for our E-Learning. I discussed with our faculty the importance of flexibility. We understand there are going to be questions about the process. As of now, the office will be open daily from 8:00 am to 12 noon. We are asking that people please refrain from coming to campus. If you need anything, call the front office and we will assist you.
Beginning Wednesday March 18, students will be able to log into their Microsoft Office account to see lessons. We helped students download this app to their device last week. If your child has problems logging into the program, either call the office (318)445-8233 or email Mrs. Besselman at email@example.com.
Please see the link below to our Holy Savior Menard digital library.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Log in information can also be found in your child's English Team under Files.
Zoom is a reliable and scalable webinar solution some of our teachers will use. From time to time, students will be sent an email from their teacher inviting them to a zoom meeting. The meeting is a video conference where the teacher will provide instruction and the students can ask questions. Zoom meetings will be recorded for later viewing if your student is unable to attend at that particular time.
The LHSAA has postponed all remaining winter and spring athletics events. While there is a possibility that spring sports may resume after the April 13th mandate issued by Governor Edwards, at this time there will be no practice or athletic contests at Holy Savior Menard. This decision is in accordance with the Governor’s intent behind the closing of schools – to reduce the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.
If you have a problem with internet connection or do not have a device, call the school and we will make arrangements to assist you.