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Catalyst Maria Q1 SY20-21 letter to families August 2020

Hello Catalyst Maria community,

We hope that you are safe, healthy and doing well. Regarding the decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year with remote learning, please find a letter from Catalyst Maria leadership linked below. Additional information on scholar and family support during remote learning will be forthcoming. Please contact the Catalyst Maria school school leadership with questions or concerns at the contacts linked at Catalyst Maria. Thank you and stay safe!

Catalyst Maria Parent Letter August 2020

Catalyst Maria Parent Letter August 2020 (Espanol)

Catalyst Academic Committee Meeting 8.13.2020

The Catalyst Board of Directors' Academic Committee will hold a meeting August 13, 2020 from 10-11:30 am. The agenda and meeting information are below. If you have questions, please contact Catalyst's Director of Administration Michael Kasang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catalyst Board Academic Committee Meetings:

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/ttp-edfe-zry

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 505-636-0084 and enter this PIN: 896 628 501#

Agenda:

  1. Principal Presentations (20 min each school)
    1. Summary of Monthly Data Analysis  and Action Plan
      1. FORMAT Strengths, Weaknesses, and Opportunities

  1. Committee Discussion (20 min)

  1. Close: next meeting (5 min)

CEO Letter to Catalyst Community and FAQs on SY20-21 Q1 Remote Learning

Hello Catalyst community,

We hope that you are safe, healthy and doing well. Regarding the decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year with remote learning, please find a letter from Catalyst CEO Gordon Hannon linked here and an FAQ regarding on-site activities linked here.  Additional information on scholar and family support during remote learning will be forthcoming. Please contact our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our school school leadership at the contacts linked below:

Catalyst Circle Rock

Catalyst Maria

Catalyst Schools SY2020-2021 Remote Learning Q1

Dear Catalyst families,

We hope that you are safe, healthy, and doing well.  The safety of our scholars, staff, and school communities is Catalyst’s highest priority and of the greatest importance to our mission of teaching minds and touching hearts. After carefully considering advice from public health experts and feedback from Catalyst parents and staff, Catalyt Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria will begin the year learning at home through the end of the first quarter (November 6, 2020).

We are listening to public health officials and affording families time to plan 

We have committed to Catalyst families that our decision to reopen schools would prioritize the health and wellness of our school communities and be driven by the guidance of our public health officials. As dedicated educators, we all want our scholars to be in school, but at this time, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) believes that current COVID-19 transmission trends would not allow us to reopen schools in a safe and responsible manner given the number of scholars, staff and communities members on-campus every day. And rather than waiting until the end of August to make a decision on reopening schools, we wanted to afford our parents, families and staff ample time to plan for the fall. 

Listening to Catalyst families and educators

Through surveys and discussion, Catalyst families and staff members provided feedback on returning to school in a hybrid learning format or a fully remote learning format in the fall. While some families and staff expressed a desire to begin the year in a hybrid model, a large number of families did not feel comfortable sending their children back to school.

Lessons learned in the spring wll lead to improved remote learning for scholars

Scholars will be learning at home this fall, but Catalyst is committed to providing students with an engaging learning experience that is significantly different from what students and families experienced last school year. Each day, students will be engaged for the entirety of a typical school day through a combination of live real-time instruction with classmates and teachers, small group activities, and independent learning. Established daily expectations, including classroom attendance and graded assignments, will also help students develop routines. A more detailed set of expectations for remote learning will be shared with families by each school team.

More information from each school team is coming soon

Families should expect to receive detailed information from each school in the coming days. This month teachers will receive additional training and guidance on expectations for remote learning, and we will follow our remote learning plan beginning on September 8, 2020 through the end of the first quarter. Later this fall, Catalyst will consult with CPS and CDPH on the possibility of adopting a hybrid learning model for the second academic quarter, which will begin Monday, November 9.

We remain committed to helping every student reach their full potential, even under these unprecedented circumstances, and we are confident that with your support, Catalyst will make the the 2020-21 school year as strong as possible.

We hope that you are safe and healthy and please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and  our school teams with any questions or concerns you may have.

Catalyst SY2020-2021 Update 7.30.2020

Dear Catalyst families,
We hope that you are safe, healthy and doing well. The Catalyst team has used information from Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health to prepare multiple scenrios for the 2020-2021 school year over the last several months. Our highest priority is the safety of our scholars, our Catalyst families, our staff members and their families. 
 
We are working on potential scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year that include a hybrid (in-person and remote) and solely remote learning plans to start the year. Catalyst campuses have sent surveys to ensure that Catalyst families persepctive inform the planning process for these scenarios, and if you would like to complete a new survey or have questions, please reach out to iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Catalyst Maria Principal Ms. Sandoval (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Catalyst Circle Rock Principal Ms. Jamison-Dunn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Thank you again for trusting us with your child and their education and we hope that you are safe and healthy.

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