March 23 Letter from AOD Superintendent
March 23, 2020
Dear Catholic School Parents, Educators, Students, and Supporters,
This is a generation-defining moment. Like every such moment that has gone before, it is not only the crisis itself but also how we respond that matters most. Through prayer, we entrust to God our school communities, as we share Mary's conviction: "Nothing will be impossible for God" (Luke 1:37).
All 87 Catholic school communities of the Archdiocese of Detroit have responded to the challenges heroically. Challenges remain, and as we move forward, we will be guided by the best understanding and evidence for what will protect and serve our students and what will best contribute to the health, safety, and welfare of the members of our school communities. While we must keep social distance at this time, please know we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (Heb 12:1) as we heed Archbishop Vigneron’s call to remain spiritually and academically close.
Archbishop Vigneron and I are especially proud of the thousands of Catholic educators that spent all of last week developing detailed, methodical, and effective distance learning plans so that all of our schools are well prepared to meet this challenge starting today. As this situation is dynamic and given Governor Whitmer’s new executive order issued today, please know that the Department of Catholic Schools and all of our 87 Catholic schools are also ready to complete this academic year via distance education technology, along with thousands of universities and other educational institutions. As I shared with you this past Friday, all distance learning instruction will count toward our instructional requirements.
Recognizing how difficult this situation is for every member of our Catholic school family, Archbishop Vigneron and I thank each and every one of you for the sacrifices you’ve made and the work you’ve done in meeting the challenges we face and will continue to face.
I know every parent and student is deeply concerned and uncertain about what comes next. Many events are canceled or postponed, goals remain uncompleted, plays are not being performed, sporting events and competitions are not taking place, trips are canceled, projects are interrupted, and many, many other activities and events are or will be canceled or postponed. It is deeply challenging to have so much changed so quickly. I understand and empathize, it is difficult. Please know though, that the education of our students will continue unabated.
To the Class of 2020, your Catholic school journey will not end this way, I promise. It will be some time before we know the specifics for formal graduation ceremonies, but we will do our utmost to give your achievements and time in our Catholic schools the fullest celebration possible.
I cannot begin to say enough in praise of our principals and teachers, who continue to keep our Catholic schools functioning. Archbishop Vigneron and I are tremendously grateful to each of you and proud of how you’ve risen to the challenges. In addition to your school responsibilities, you have children at home, aged parents, and family members at risk, and are concerned for your own health and safety. We recognize and appreciate that, as you give your all so that we can meet the needs of our students.
Recognizing your personal needs and as Superintendent of Catholic Schools, I am permitting chief administrators at our local school communities to shorten their respective academic year if and when called for by the local situation. Any decision by a school to take this action will be communicated by your school’s chief administrator in the coming weeks.
It is unfortunate that this semester has been so upended. Archbishop Vigneron and I appreciate your patience and understanding, as our school communities work their way through these challenges and as we deal with new challenges and difficulties. Looking to the future, please know that as we move past this current challenge, you will be hearing from us about our plans and programs for next year.
We know in faith that as Jesus has promised us in John 15, when we abide and remain in him, we will bear much fruit, and apart from him, we can do nothing. Together, I ask that you join the faithful around the archdiocese in prayer for an end to COVID-19. As well, I ask that you pray for Governor Whitmer and government officials as they lead the people of the State of Michigan through this time. As Archbishop Vigneron has said, “people of prayer are never helpless – never hopeless.”
I am grateful and honored to be able to work with each and every one of you. There’s no other community in the world I’d rather stand with. Stay strong, stay safe, stay in touch with each other, and stay in touch with Jesus Christ. Together, we will meet this moment.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Kevin D. Kijewski, J.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
11Bishop Kelley School is currently closed until April 13, 2020 in accordance with the Archdiocese of Detroit's guidelines. This coupled with All Mass in the AOD being canceled is unsettling to say the least. Pope Francis asks that we join him in praying the rosary to ask Our Mother, Mary for protection against the coronavirus.
The application to apply for the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Grant for grades K-8th
is now open. All applications must be done online.
Parent Referral Program-New
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We are celebrating 70 years, 1950-2020, of Catholic Education at Bishop Kelley. Students will once again design the front of the shirt. Stay tuned for the “theme” this year!
We will once again be using Remind App to help keep you informed about important news and updates. Remind is a free service that allows you to get messages directly on your phone. We will still send out The Beacon, etc. by email but this is yet another mode of communication. It will also be used for important school messages, snow day information, school closings, etc.
Joining BKCS Families 19-20 on Remind is easy. You can choose whether you prefer text messages or Smartphone notifications.
Signing up for text messages:
• Text the class code @4ge6bd to the phone number 81010.
• Reply to the text messages from the Remind team.
Signing up for Smartphone notifications:
• Download the Remind app on your Android or iOS device. Click here for a link to the apps: rmd.me/a
• Open the app and create an account (or log in if you already have one).
• Tap the + by classes joined and enter my class code @4ge6bd.
That's all you need to do to start receiving messages!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-664-5011.
Please download Remind and join the group.
Thank you for taking the time to sign up and stay informed.
Please pray for:
Safe and educational school year
Fr. Hurley, Deacon
An increase in enrollment
Complete financial healing for our school and parish for the next 10 yrs.
Continued Healing of:
Our Student Body