April 15, 2020
Table of Contents
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
– Not a Teacher by Kathy Oaks
– COVID 19 And Mental Health Resources by Amy Key
– Need Help/Want to Help?
– Calendar of Events
– Chapel Notes
– Online Chapel
– Junior Ambassador Program
– Former Patriot Commits to MSU
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
– Share Distance Learning Pics
– Admissions Live Chat
– Dining Out in April
PLC / LS NEWS
– We Miss You
– Pre-Engineering Project
– Tumbling Update
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
– Sixth Grade Biographies
HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
– Division Head Update
– Coaches Corner (TAPPS All-City Team)
VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK
Three All Saints Players Nominated
West Texas Boys Private School Basketball Player of the Year
Attention Patriot Nation! It’s time to VOTE for the West Texas Private School Basketball Player of the Year. Three of our Patriot athletes have been nominated: Senior Jackson Janes and Juniors Ash Bumstead and Britton Stoffregen. The voting will run through Tuesday, April 21 @ 7pm. It appears that you can vote for more than one… let’s support all three. Congratulations to each of you!
This is a great tool for our All Saints community. This page of our website will hold schoolwide communications and resources regarding Distance Learning. There is a link at the top of each page of the school’s website, or you can access it directly at https://allsaintsschool.org/about-all-saints/situation-overview/.
Health and Wellness
Not a Teacher (This will make you laugh out loud)
Shared by Kathy Oaks, Parent Group President
This is just a wild guess, but perhaps you’re feeling a little overloaded with the stress of keeping everyone alive and healthy, being home together All. The. Time, overseeing school, and maybe even working a full-time job. And if you’re an essential employee and/or a healthcare worker, you’re trying to do alllll that while still maintaining your sanity and venturing out to a job where you have to worry about your own health and safety, probably with limited resources and new policies to contend with.
I get it. I totally do. I’m writing this after working a full 8 hours in which I barely got up from my desk and sent my second grader to fly solo to his first Zoom meeting. < Nervous laughter, I apologize to Mrs. Morris for whatever he told you and the messy house you probably had to virtually tour.>
But here’s the thing. It’s not possible to do it all. It’s just not. With very, very few exceptions, you are not a teacher. The people who educate our children are trained professionals with years of experience. They go school supply shopping for giggles and spend lots of time outside of school thinking about what to do INSIDE of school. They probably read nerdy teacher books…for fun!
YOU? Probably do none of these things. You likely have no teacher training. I’ve seen what you read and it’s a little closer to Danielle Steele or Rachel Hollis rather than John Hattie (<-see, you probably don’t even know who that is. I didn’t. I had to ask an ACTUAL TEACHER.)
All that to say: it’s okay if you’re kinda sucking at this. (Can I say “suck” at an Episcopal School?)
(Sidebar conversation: I hope this experience spotlights the value that teachers bring to society. Teaching is a career, but it’s also a vocation, a calling, and a profession. Teachers are TRAINED PROFESSIONALS and we as a society should treat them as such. Ok, rant over.)
So. Knowing that this is not your wheelhouse, I’m giving you permission to not be great at homeschooling, and I think our teachers would agree with me here. It’s okay to throw your children at the mercy of their actual teachers and just trust that whatever curriculum they’re facilitating is going to get us all through. It’s okay if you choose to do school after your workday or on weekends, and it’s okay if you are relying on Disney+ and a small army of nannies or family members to shepherd your kids through each day. It’s okay to not have a Pinterest-worthy color-coded schedule and colorful educational posters on your walls. But know that your teachers – who are trained professionals, I can’t emphasize this enough – WANT to help you. They’re working around the clock to think of new ways to connect with our kids and bring some semblance of normalcy to all of our lives. If something isn’t working or if their instructions or methods are making you crazy, just tell them. (And likewise, if they are doing something really great or implement a new method or resource that you love, tell them that too!)
Finally, if you are an essential worker or a front-line healthcare worker or are otherwise having to show up on the front page of this crisis, tell your teachers that too. I think parents like me who are just merely inconvenienced by working & schooling from home would all agree: we want your family to have more time with our teachers. The last thing we want is for you to come home from the hospital or your workplace and feel like you have to take on the responsibility of teaching sixth grade math or kindergarten phonics. You don’t. You are not a teacher. You are a doctor or a retail manager or whatever it is you do – and we are grateful for you.
This is a crazy time for everyone and know that we all, this whole village, are doing the best we can to show up for each other. If you need help, please ask, whether that’s educational support, groceries, or just a friend to talk to.
Sending buckets of grace to you all!
Need Help/Want to Help?
Please respond using this form if you need help or if you are in a position to offer help to someone else. Forms will be submitted to Chaplain Paige who will then share with those who can best provide assistance.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” ~ Proverbs 3:27
COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources
Shared by Amy Key, All Saints Teacher, Parent & Licensed School Psychologist
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and our entire community has been impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. We are all experiencing varying degrees of stress, fear, and anxiety. Amy Key offers tools to help us cope. Click Here COVID-19 Mental Health . This information can also be found at All Saints Online under Health Resources.
Calendar of Events
March 26 – May 4
All Saints Online Classes
2:30pm: Virtual High School Chapel Begins (Zoom Link has been sent to all High School students)
Virtual Preschool Tricycle Rodeo: When the video is completed (thank you Angie Lane), the rodeo will be shared on the school website and social media.
Virtual Spirit Week Begins: Hat Day
Don’t Brush Your Hair Day
Bring Your Pet to School Day (Send a Picture of You and Your Pet to Your Teacher)
Wacky Shirt Day
House Shoe Day
7th Annual Swing for the Future Golf Tournament – Rescheduled for October 4, 2020
Patriot Fun Run – Postponed
High School Chapel Starts Tomorrow!
Coach Brashear will be using the book Stay Positive by Jon Gordon; it seems right on target with what our students are facing right now. It focuses on self-improvement, team building and helping us all to embrace servant leadership. We hope to have some great discussions and give students certain positive ideas and insight to hold on to each week. High school chapel will take place each Monday and Thursday at 2:30 pm. High school students have already received an invite to be a part of this from Coach Brashear. Coach Brashear, Chaplain McKay, Mrs. Belk and Ms. Edmonson and other faculty and staff members look forward to having some time to connect together with all of the high school students.
Daily chapel features prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 80.
Patriots Chosen For Junior Ambassador Program
All Saints Patriots, Kennedy Franklin (8) and Rowe Osborne (9), as well as former Patriot, Emme Hocker, have been chosen as Junior Ambassadors for the City of Lubbock’s 2020 Friendship Delegation Goodwill Program from a city wide application process in which only 16 students were selected. Junior Ambassadors were scheduled to travel to Lubbock’s sister city Musashino City, Japan during the summer of 2020, but due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the trip has currently been postponed to the summer of 2021. During the months leading up to the trip, students will prepare by meeting weekly for lessons on the Japanese language and culture. Accompanied by the City of Lubbock staff and leaders, the Junior Ambassadors will learn about Japanese culture from a local perspective, often building lifelong personal relationships with international families and friends. Congratulations Patriots!
Robertson Commits to MSU
Congratulations to Sawyer Robertson! On March 31, Sawyer committed to play football under former Texas Tech Football Coach Mike Leach with the Mississippi State Bulldogs!
Sawyer is a former Patriot and son to Preschool Teacher Angela Robertson. This offer from MSU was one of several that Robertson received. He has also committed to play baseball at MSU. Like his mother, this kid is a rock star!
Your Patriot family applauds your hard work. We look forward to following your career. Go Bulldogs!
All School News
Distance Learning Pictures
We are working on a project to commemorate this online experience and would love to have a “distance learning” picture of every student at All Saints. Please send your pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW – Live Chat with Admissions
Do you know of a family that is interested in joining our school? To make it easier to stay in touch with prospective families, we’ve added a Live Chat option to our website. Families can Live Chat with our Admissions team every day from 9am-11am. If a family wants to communicate outside of these scheduled times, they can always use the Chat Line (it just won’t be “Live”) and someone from our Admissions team will respond soon or they may always email our Admissions Director Paige Mckay @ email@example.com.
Some of our Pre-Kindergarten students were charged with building a robot from recycled material found around their house. They rose to the challenge and came back with some creative and well-built robots. Well done, Patriots!
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
Biographies Go Virtual
Sixth Grade Biographies are a much-anticipated part of the sixth grade educational experience at All Saints. This is a tradition that wasn’t going to be missed in the transition to distance learning. Mrs. Cooper’s English class has taken the biographies to the virtual world. In the last few weeks, Zoom meetings have been joined by some familiar faces from our past. It has been a fun and creative way to keep this tradition moving forward. The biographies continue to be shared, but below you will find a sampling of what has been presented so far.
HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
Even though our seniors are not able to physically set up their “senior” table at school, we still want to showcase our seniors and celebrate them by highlighting these special upcoming graduates for the All Saints community to see! Senior parents, if your senior would like to participate in this special event, we need you to help. Please work with your senior to collect memorabilia to display on a table (pictures, items that identify certain activities they have participated, awards they have received, the future college they will attend, etc.); anything meaningful your student wants to showcase. Then, take a picture or two of the table and send it to Shelly Smith at 806-438-4618 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the coming weeks, we will spotlight these senior tables through our All Saints social media sites.
AP Testing Information
With distance learning, there are several changes and information that has been sent out regarding the AP exams. Please read over the below documents carefully and contact Gwen Belk at email@example.com with any questions.
HIGH SCHOOL COACHES CORNER
“We are proud of the individual all-city recognition given to Jackson, Ash, Britton and Chloe by Hub City Preps, but these honors really speak to the overall strength of our boys and girls basketball programs. All Saints is so fortunate to have such a great group of committed players, and they all benefit from the leadership of our coaches. Coaches Chapman, Simons, Smith, Waters and Binion are some of the best basketball coaches I have ever had the privilege to work with. The future of All Saints basketball is in good hands, and I am excited to be a part of it. It is great to be a Patriot!” Robert Brashear
Congratulations to freshman Chloe Conover who earned a spot on the Hub City Preps/TAPPS All-City Team and named New Comer of the Year. Quotes shared from HubCityPrep.com
Third Team & New Comer of the Year:
Chloe Conover(9) “Chloe made a big splash in her debut varsity season with 13.4 points and 10.6 rebounds a game to anchor a young Lady Patriots crew. Also led the team with 4.2 steals a contest”
Congratulations to senior Jackson Janes and juniors Ash Bumstead and Britton Stoffregen who earned a spot on the Hub City Preps/TAPPS All-City Team. *Quotes shared from HubCityPrep.com
Jackson Janes (12) “The Patriots’ talented swingman delivered a huge final season with a city-best 24 points a game to help his team advance to the Class 2A state championship game. Earned all-state honors after also snaring 11 rebounds a game and dishing out 4 assists. On defense, he came up with 2 steals a contest.”
Ash Bumstead (11) “Ash was a dynamic floor general for All Saints supplied 6.7 assists a game to go along with 10.1 points and 2.2 steals a contest. Claimed second-team all-state recognition.
Britton Stoffregen (11) “Britton was a strong secondary scoring option for the Patriots with 14.3 points a game and also corralled 4 rebounds a game on the way to second-team all-state honors.”
Coach of the Year:
Robert Brashear “Robert guided the Patriots through a rugged schedule and held them together until they got to district play where All Saints dominated. Anchored by Janes, Bumstead and Stoffregen, the Patriots found their groove when it mattered and made a strong late-season push before falling in the state championship game.”