LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL PERSONIUS APRIL 15, 2020

Dear Livingstone Families,

As you are aware, Governor Brown issued an order that recently extended school closures or inperson learning for the rest of the school year. We also heard from our Oregon Conference Assistant Superintendent last Friday indicating that all Oregon Conference schools would continue e-learning through the end of the school year, which for our LAA students is June 4.

 

I’m sure that we are all disappointed in the way things are going regarding Covid-19 and having to remain sheltered in our homes. On behalf of Livingstone Adventist School and its staff, I want to express to you our sincere appreciation for your continued support of Livingstone and Adventist Christian education through your child’s continued enrollment with us through this crisis. We realize the sacrifice you are making. I know this pandemic has been difficult on your children and certainly difficult on you as parents trying to juggle work, added financial worries, children being at home full-time and a need to increase supervision of your child’s schoolwork.

 

We just want you to know that we will continue working hard to create the best educational experience possible under the current conditions. We also will do our best to maintain a balance on keeping your child moving forward in their learning but remain mindful that we don’t overwhelm students or families in the process. Please let your child’s teacher know how we are doing in that respect.

 

Since we now know e-learning will continue until the end of the school year, if your household is struggling to establish a routine for your students at home, consider setting up a little school area for them that is as free from distractions as possible and where your child knows is their special place to be serious about school. Consider putting up a visual schedule for your kids of when their class(es) meet, and when they should be working on schoolwork. This will help your child get into a school mind-frame and help establish routines that should make things easier for everyone. Even for our high school students, distance learning is a new experience and no doubt, will need you to check in with them more frequently to ensure things are getting done properly and that they are staying on top of their work.

 

Our teachers and staff have set up contact times with each of their classes whereby your child can get individualized help if they need it. They have also increased communications and promptings with those students that we can see may need more attention or require closer monitoring. I’m sure this is not how any of us envisioned things would look like coming into this spring. The good news is that we are in the homestretch of the school year and hopefully our ability to get out and once again be with others is also just around the corner. If your child has school needs or your child needs extra attention, we are here for you. Our prayer is that God will put his wings of protection and comfort over you and your family during this difficult time.

 

Sincerely,

 

George Personius Principal,

Livingstone Adventist Academy

503-363-9408

 

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall [c]bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” (Psalms 91 1-12)

LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL PERSONIUS MARCH 20, 2020

 

Dear Livingstone Families,

As many of you have heard through the news media, Governor Brown has extended Oregon School closures through April 28.  Oregon Conference Leaders have informed all Oregon SDA schools to follow this executive mandate in closing our schools.  Just know that your children and families are in our prayers as we find our way through these uncharted times. 

Despite instructions stopping for all Oregon public school students, I am happy to report that Livingstone Adventist Academy will continue with daily electronic or packet learning and will be moving toward offering even more to our Christ centered E-learning opportunities for our students.  Our Teachers are busy testing and becoming acquainted with new and innovative ways to reach and teach our students on-line to ensure our children continue to offer meaningful and relevant learning opportunities for our students.  It puts a smile on my face to hear of our resourceful high school student leaders beginning to lay future plans and brainstorm ways to hold electronic student get-togethers with their peers.

Your child’s teacher(s) will continue to be in contact with you or your middle-school, High School student to keep informed regarding specifics of virtual classroom meeting times, daily expectations, assignments and times they will be available to answer questions or offer additional instruction to your child.   Our teachers and administration will be working on getting revised e-learning schedules out to you and your students so that we can routine to a learning routine.

Despite the unusual learning path we are now on, we want to reassure you that your child’s educational needs are being looked after and LAA will continue to offer specially designed instruction to continue your child’s education.

Next week is our normally scheduled Spring Break, so there will be no school and the school office will also be closed.

When we return from Spring Break, Livingstone Adventist Academy’s revised office hours for e-learning will be 9:00-1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.   We continue to stay in close collaboration with our colleagues across the conference to increase our effectiveness.

Again, please know that during these trying times, our prayers are with you and please remember that our almighty father has us in the palm of his hands.

Sincerely,

Mr. Personius

 

“Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.  Tell God your needs and thank him for all he has done.”  Philippians 4:6-7

LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL PERSONIUS MARCH 13, 2020

 

Dear Livingstone Families,

In light of the latest announcement by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordering all K-12 schools included in the state are to close from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31.   Livingstone Adventist Academy along with all of our Oregon Conference Schools will follow this directive to close school.  

During this time of school closures we will go to electronic learning for our high school students and packet learning or electronic learning for our elementary/middle school students.  High School students will know to monitor their school emails for assignments.  We will be taking a break from e-learning for Spring Break (March 23-27).  E-learning will resume for Monday, March 30th and 31st.  We anticipate seeing our students back on campus on Wednesday, April 1.

For elementary student assignments next week, most teachers will be communicating with you by Monday through parent email (Mrs. Galvez has indicated that she will be using Facebook announcements), so please be mindful to routinely check your emails.  There may be a few elementary teachers who will be sending learning packets home today (Friday) for next week’s assignments.  Our elementary teachers will be given Monday to put together packets or design electronic lessons for lessons to begin on Tuesday.  Teachers will be available throughout next week to speak to (preferably by phone).

Our goal is to ensure our children, families, and communities are as safe as possible.  These are trying times and our prayers are with you and your families as you adjust to these changes.  We continue to be hopeful that no further interruptions to learning are necessary, and we are already looking forward to seeing you back at school on April 1.

We know that the many conversations regarding Corona virus in our communities may have caused some anxiety in our children.  Also, we know that children rely and do best when given a routine and that when we break routines it can cause stress and anxiety.  Therefore, included below are ways to help communicate and relieve possible anxiety for your child that you may find helpful.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call and let us know.  We have the assurance that God is our anchor in times like these and that he will see us through difficult and changing times.  We pray that all of you will remain healthy and safe during this break and look forward to seeing you all back April 1st. 

Sincerely,

Mr. Personius

Principal, Livingstone Adventist Academy

FROM THE OREGON CONFERENCE MARCH 12, 2020

Dear Oregon Conference School Families and Staff,

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Brown announced new guidance last night regarding group gatherings and social distancing. This follows a recent similar statement given by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.  We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. In accordance with these announcements and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together as well as canceling all field trips including our mission trips. This action is not related to a presumptive case. At this time, there are no presumptive cases in our schools.

Suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect for 30 days. This includes the suspension of all school-based assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, and professional development meetings and events. With regard to athletics, we are following new state guidance denying audience admission at all school-based events, with the exception of essential personnel and credentialed media. The list of affected activities will grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will update you as we make those decisions. 

To be clear, we are taking every step possible so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for all of our students and keep our schools open.

We realize that this decision will impact every school community, and we know that many of the events, student performances, and other gatherings that we are suspending are those that schools, students, and families look forward to all year long. Suspending these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and we believe it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time. We will be working with trip planners, event organizers, and others who are responsible for the affected activities. 

The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. We will continue to prioritize the cleaning of high-touch surfaces in classrooms and common areas. And we are making sure schools have adequate cleaning supplies. 

Students, families, and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.  We all collectively share the utmost concern for the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities.  Please know we all are in the hands of Jesus and it is reassuring to know that He in charge.

Gale Crosby

VP Education

Oregon Conference of SDA

How to support your child:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/here-we-are/202003/the-dos-and-donts-parenting-

your-child-through-covid-19

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-

safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

 

Elementary Age-appropriate explanation of Covid-19:

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

 

Exercises to Support an Anxious Child:

 

  • Take a walk outside together, see if you can match the inhale and exhale of

your breathing with your steps.

  • Sing together, especially songs that are filled with gratitude and hope.

  • Square Breath

           -Breathe in, to the count of four.

           -Hold the breath for four seconds.

           -Breathe out to the count of four.

           -Wait for four seconds before taking in your next breath.

 

To help your child keep track, show them how to draw a square in the air with their finger, taking four seconds on each side.

 

  • Balancing on One Foot

  • Tell your child to focus her gaze slightly below eye level.

  • Tell her to stand on one leg and keep her gaze fixed on that focal point.

  • Challenge her to see how long she can stand on one leg like this.

  • Tell her to try the other leg.

Challenge him/her to stay focused while you engage him/her in conversation, ask her to sing a song, or tell her to close her eyes.

 

  • Use meal time to practice the five senses, focus on sense at a time

  • Read comforting Bible verses together

  • Pray together

Check out this app for providing pauses during the day to reconnect with our creator: 

 

https://www.pauseapp.com

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/sissy-goff-anxiety-kids-coronavirus

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