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Coronavirus Information and Updates

Beaumont School is following news and information about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region. We continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health, and Cuyahoga County Public Health in our response to COVID-19. Because the situation is changing and evolving quickly, we ask you to check this page regularly for updates.

Beaumont School has cancelled all on-campus classes and activities through the end of this school year.

May 28, 2020: Beaumont School May Update

 
Dear Beaumont Community,

Pick-up/Drop-Off Sign-up
We know students are excited to finish up this year and begin the summer! The final task before we can officially end the 2019-20 school year is for each student to drop off all school textbooks and supplies and pick up any remaining materials from their lockers. In order to do this in an organized manner that is respectful of social distancing measures and the health and safety of all involved, we have organized a drive-thru approach with a specific day for each class. In a staggered approach, each family will be coming during a time of their choosing. Below are the dates, with the link to sign up for a scheduled time between 8 am- Noon.

Dates:
Tuesday, June 2 – Junior Class Sign-Up Here
Wednesday, June 3 - Sophomore Class Sign-Up Here
Thursday, June 4 – Freshman Class Sign-Up Here

Specifics:
Arrive during your scheduled appointment time at the Foyer Entrance along North Park Blvd. Wearing a mask, please have all of your school books and supplies bagged and labeled in your car trunk. You will then open your trunk and we will remove your supplies and return any materials left in your lockers. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you soon!

Summer School
We will be offering two virtual courses for students who are seeking to free-up space in their schedules to pursue other electives or participate in special programs. Each of the classes will involve both synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous (recorded) instruction and learning. These virtual sessions will demand a daily two-hour commitment from students over a 5-week period and cost $200. Links to sign up for the course will be included in our next newsletter. Each course will require a minimum of 12 participants to run. 

Class: PH220: Health
Time: 10 am -12 pm
Dates: June 22nd– July 31 (No Classes July 3 & 6)
Credit: .5

Class: CO210: Technology Applications (Students must have Microsoft Office)
Time: 8 am -10 am
Dates: June 22nd– July 31 (No Classes July 3 & 6)
Credit: .5

Summer Enrichment

Summer Reading
The summer reading assignments for each grade have been posted and can be found here.
 
Math Enrichment
Because each math course develops specific knowledge and skills that are essential for subsequent courses, and because we recognize the challenges presented by COVID-19 these past months, we are working to provide supplemental online resources available to all students over the summer. While things are not yet finalized, it is our goal to make this resource accessible by July 1. More information to come. 

Professional Development
In response to the new challenges and opportunities posed by virtual learning necessitated by COVID-19, this summer’s professional development for our faculty and staff will focus on teaching methods for the usual in-person instruction as well as focus on digital learning tools. Building on our Level 1 Google Education Certification training completed last year, this teacher-centric approach allows each faculty member to earn credentials for specific skills.

New Grading Scale
Based on feedback from students and parents, we are excited to announce that we are adopting a new grading scale beginning next school year, representing an important change and significant improvement in our current grading scale. The change was not made lightly, as it was part of a year-long process that began in our Academic and Ursuline Identity Committee of our Board and was discussed at great length throughout the year in our Department Chairs and All-Faculty Meetings. To learn more about our new scale, please take a moment to look at the grading scale comparison and read our FAQ document. When faculty and students are able to join together as a community again, we will have a complete presentation with an opportunity for students to ask questions.

CALENDAR

May 2020
Thursday, May 28 - Seniors Materials Drop Off/Pick Up
Friday, May 29- Seniors Materials Drop Off/Pick Up
 

June 2020
Tuesday, June 2 - Junior Materials Pick-up/Drop-off
Tuesday, June 2 - Baccalaureate Mass (4:30) via Livestream at St. Dominic
Wednesday, June 3 - Sophomore Materials Pick-up/Drop-off
Thursday, June 4 - Freshman Materials Pick-up/Drop-off
Sunday, June 7 – Senior Graduation (Landerhaven) 7 pm – 8:30 pm (Lot opens at 6 pm)

In St. Angela,
Wendy Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal

May 21, 2020: Statement on Return in Fall 2020

Dear Beaumont Community,

Classes conclude tomorrow as we wind up the 2019-20 school year. This is one for the history books. We thank you for helping us get here. We have some important announcements to share.

We are planning to return to school in-person on August 20. Freshmen and new students will return for partial day orientation on August 19. Look for details about this day to come later this summer. Attached is the 2020-21 A/B Academic Calendar.  

Over the summer we will complete our full health and safety plan, which we will share with families, faculty and staff. Expect to receive updates periodically over the summer.

Next Wednesday we will send a detailed schedule, instructions and sign up to return textbooks and athletic uniforms and pick up locker contents, art supplies, etc. Because we are unable to allow students in the building through the end of June, this will be done in a drive-through manner.

Please note that we will be prepared for blended learning (partial in-person, partial virtual) in the event COVID-19 conditions and the State require us to do so.

Enjoy your summer break. You deserve it. We pray for your continued health and safety. And we look forward to welcoming our entire Beaumont community back to campus in the fall.  

In St. Angela,

Wendy A. Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal

 

May 15, 2020: Beaumont Class of 2020 Graduation

Beaumont Class of 2020 Graduation
Sunday, June 7, 2020
7:00pm – 9:00pm (parking lot opens at 6:00pm)
Landerhaven
6111 Landerhaven Drive; Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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 Dear Beaumont Senior Class of 2020 and Families: 

With thoughtful reflection and careful adherence to health and safety guidelines, we are excited to announce the details of our Graduation Ceremony celebrating our Beaumont Senior Class of 2020. In the time since the Graduation Survey was sent, we have been presented with an alternative option that we feel superiorly addresses what survey respondents and members of our senior student leadership team have communicated to us. We are confident that this plan more successfully incorporates those things and Beaumont’s traditions than any previous plan, while still respecting the health and safety directives of our state, county, and diocese. Our plan adheres to the health and safety directives of the State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education and has been reviewed and approved by the Cuyahoga County Department of Health.  

We have engaged Landerhaven and their production company to help facilitate a live, outdoor graduation event that will allow us to celebrate as a Beaumont community together (albeit in cars). The presentation will blend a live presentation of names and academic awards by Mrs. Hoke and myself, accompanied by a presentation of each student’s picture while their name is called. It will include the traditional elements of every Beaumont School commencement, including prayer, song, brief remarks, and the calling of each graduate’s name. The ceremony will conclude with handing diplomas out to each student as they exit the ceremony while in their cars.

The entire ceremony will be broadcast on a 9 x16 LED video wall over a PA system. Those in attendance will be able to listen to the audio through a FM radio transmission. Furthermore, families unable to attend, can live stream the video on Beaumont’s Facebook Page. 

In Preparation for our Beaumont Graduation Day: 

May 28 & May 29: Senior Drop Off/Pick Up/Photo

  • Graduating Seniors will sign up (emailed to seniors May 20) for an appointment time to come to the Beaumont Campus and complete these functions: Arrive at her scheduled time at the Foyer Entrance along North Park Blvd. wearing a mask;pickup her pre-packed belongings from her hall locker; pickup pre-packaged belongings from art rooms and/or gym lockers (if applicable); and turn in any textbooks/school issued computers/athletic uniforms. Students are not entering the building as all of this will happen outside.
    • Also, at this appointment time, the senior will receive her graduation cap & gown, and any honor stoles or cords.
  • We will be taking a formal individual picture of each Senior in their cap and gown to be used as part of the livestream graduation ceremony. Seniors should come to the appointment dressed and groomed as is expected for the Beaumont Graduation (white or light-colored dress that does not extend below the hem of the graduation gown; dress shoes; appropriate makeup; and hair style that will complement the graduation cap). Seniors will put on their graduation gown & cap at this appointment time. The gowns will be pre-pressed.
  • Please be mindful that only the graduate is permitted outside of her car during this appointment time. This procedure allows us to adhere to the order prohibiting gatherings of no more than 10 persons. We cannot reasonably and responsibly manage groups of persons during this particular time.

June 2: Baccalaureate Mass

Begins at 4:30 p.m. via Livestream at Church of St. Dominic with Father Tom Fanta. Mass will be recorded so those who can’t join live can view later. [This liturgy will not include the reading of students’ academic awards as they will be recognized during the graduation ceremony.] Details and links for viewing will be communicated as they are finalized next week.

June 7: Graduation Day

  • Seniors and families should arrive at the Landerhaven Parking Lot prior to the 7 pm start time (the lot opens at 6 pm). Ceremony will begin promptly at 7pm.
  • One vehicle only is permitted per graduate.We will provide one vehicle entry permit to each senior prior to the event. Please display the permit on your vehicle dashboard, as it will be required, in order to enter the Landerhaven parking lot. The parking permit will allow the regulation of people within the location, according to the appropriate health and safety guidelines.
    • Vehicles must be cars, vans, or personal-size SUVs only. No party buses, limousines, RVs, or other oversize vehicles will be permitted to enter. Mayfield Heights Police Officers will manage traffic both in and out of the Landerhaven parking lot, before and after the graduation ceremony.
    • The graduating senior and her family members must remain inside of their vehicle from the time of entry into the Landerhaven parking lot throughout the ceremony, and through departure from the parking lot at the end of the event. NO PERSONS MAY LEAVE THEIR VEHICLES at any time, including (but not limited to) sitting in trunks or hatchbacks. Please remain inside of your vehicle in order to comply with our plan that has been approved by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
    • Graduates and/or family members may not congregate for photos or any other purposes.
  • To include other family and friends who cannot attend the actual event at Landerhaven because of space limitations, Beaumont School has arranged for the graduation ceremony to be live streamed online. We will provide the link prior to the ceremony so that it can be shared with them. This option enables all family members and friends to watch their favorite Beaumont Graduate receive her diploma within this ceremony.
  •  We encourage you to decorate your vehicle to celebrate this Beaumont Graduation! All appropriate decorations are welcome - we just ask that you be mindful not to obstruct the view of other graduates and cars who may be around you or behind you at Landerhaven.

  • Following this graduation ceremony, a Senior Class of 2020 online presentation will be made available to share with all families.

  • We are excited to celebrate our seniors, honor their individual achievements, and provide the best opportunity for the Senior Class of 2020 to view their traditional ceremony in solidarity at the same location at the same time, while still adhering to the state and county guidelines. We look forward to seeing each of our seniors again these coming weeks. [If you have any individual questions, please feel free to email Nick Beyer at nbeyer@beaumontschool.org.]     

Regards,                                                        

Nick Beyer
Principal

Wendy A. Hoke
President

May 14, 2020: Beaumont End of Year Events 

To our Beaumont Students and Families, 

It’s hard to believe that our 2019-20 school year is coming to an end. This is certainly one for the history books. We know that you are anxious to hear about our plans for ending the year, transitioning to summer and beginning the new school year. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the ongoing guidance from the state. We will continue to share detailed plans as they become firm. 

Last Day of School for Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen

The final day of classes for all non-senior students is next Friday, May 22. There will be no traditional final exams the following week. Students will have an opportunity (with teachers’ permission) to turn in any late or missing work during the week of May 25th. No work will be accepted after Thursday, May 28. 

Report Cards

For the health and safety of our staff, physical report cards will not be mailed this year. Parents and students will be able to access their final semester grades through PowerSchool. You will find the grades listed in the historical grades tab. 

Textbook Drop-off/Locker Item Pick-up

The Ohio Department of Health order prohibits students from being in school buildings through June 30. Consequently, we have created a detailed plan to enable students to return textbooks, athletic uniforms and equipment and receive any personal items remaining in their lockers. This will be a drive-through approach and students and parents will be required to wear masks while on campus. Look for details about the procedure in next week’s email. Designated dates by class are listed below.

Summer School

Look for more information about summer school offerings by end of May.

Planning for the Fall

We plan to begin the 2020-21 school year in person and look forward to being back on our campus as a community. However, we are also preparing a blended learning plan that mixes online and in-person learning to accommodate the guidelines we receive from the Ohio Department of Education. Likewise, we will have an accompanying health and safety plan that we look forward to sharing with you when it is complete.

Cleveland.com ran a story this week about the state’s plan to reopen schools. It also includes a draft of the Ohio Department of Education plan. 

We continue to pray for the health and safety of our Beaumont community.

 

CALENDAR

May 2020

Friday, May 22 - Last Day of Class for Grades 9, 10, & 11

Thursday, May 28 - Seniors Materials Drop Off/Pick Up

Friday, May 29- Seniors Materials Drop Off/Pick Up

 

June 2020

Tuesday, June 2 - Junior Materials Pick-up/Drop-off

Tuesday, June 2 - Baccalaureate Mass (4:30) via Livestream at St. Dominic

Wednesday, June 3 - Sophomore Materials Pick-up/Drop-off

Thursday, June 4 - Freshman Materials Pick-up/Drop-off

Sunday, June 7 – Senior Graduation TBD

In St. Angela,

Wendy A. Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal

April 24: Beaumont School Distance Learning Updates

To our Beaumont Students and Families,

Governor DeWine’s announcement that all schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year provided bad news and good news. While we are so saddened not to be returning to our campus and our beloved Beaumont community this school year, the announcement does provide a much-needed opportunity to solidify planning amid the uncertainty. We will be sharing those plans as they are confirmed. 

Items in the Building
We know that students and faculty have a number of items in the school building. We are working on a detailed schedule for turning in textbooks, athletic uniforms and equipment and cleaning out lockers. The entire building was cleaned and disinfected by a professional company. We ask for your patience as we must work through how to bring people in safely and in accordance with the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Health. 

Final Exams
There will be no traditional final exams this year. Some teachers will choose to require end-of-semester summative exams, but they will be weighted as part of the term grade and not the 20 percent semester exam. All classes will receive traditional grades and be awarded the appropriate credit. 

Last Day of School for Seniors
The final day of class for seniors will be Wednesday, April 29. This will be followed by their virtual Senior Retreat that will be held Thursday, April 30. The senior retreat is a requirement for graduation, so it is important that all seniors virtually attend. More information will follow on Monday from Mrs. Riley. 

Last Day of School for Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen
The final day for all other students will be Friday, May 22. With the teacher’s permission, any late or missing work, will be able to be submitted until May 28. After that date, no work will be accepted. Report cards will be issued the following week.

Summer School Offerings
Due to the uncertainty surrounding when we can gather together, we will not be able to offer our traditional summer school offerings. We will have a limited course offering virtually. More information will be forthcoming. 

Survey: How are we doing?
These past five weeks have required us to completely re-imagine how a Beaumont education is delivered. We know this has been challenging and the well being of our students and families is important to us.  

For our students, we want to hear how you are doing. We ask that you take a few moments to complete our survey so we can better serve you. For our parents, we also welcome your feedback and invite you to complete our parent survey

Resources for Coping
We highly recommend a podcast discussion featuring local author/psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour and the New York Times. “Teens in Lockdown” provides strategies for helping young people cope with the anxiety, depression, and boredom of our current environment. Some of you may remember Dr. Damour who spoke last spring at Beaumont on her book, “Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety.” Here’s a link to her New York Times column, “Helping Teens Make Room for Uncomfortable Emotion” from April 21. 

LifeAct is a nonprofit organization that works closely with schools helping to recognize depression and prevent suicide. They have created specific mental health resources in the wake of COVID-19. Here’s a link to videos, tips and other resources for mental health. 

Additional important updates: 

April 2020
Saturday, April 25 - Prom (Postponed: Tentative Reschedule date 7/17/20)
Wednesday, April 29 - Senior’s Last Day of Class
Thursday, April 30, 9 am - Noon - Senior Virtual Retreat

May 2020
Friday, May 1 - Career Day (Canceled) 
Monday, May 4 - Senior Mother-Daughter Night (Canceled) (Virtual Presentation TBD) 
Tuesday, May 12 - Baccalaureate Liturgy (Postponed: Tentative Reschedule Date 7/15/20)
Wednesday, May 13 - Senior Class Day (Postponed: Tentative Reschedule Date 7/14/20)
Monday, May 18 - All-School Award Ceremony (Postponed: TBD)
Friday, May 22 - Last Day of Class for Grades 9, 10, & 11

June 2020
Friday, June 5 - Summer Soiree Fundraiser (Canceled)
Monday, June 8 - Senior Book/Athletic Uniform Drop-Off/Locker Cleanout (Tentative) 
Tuesday, June 9 - Report Cards Mailed
Tues – Fri, June 9-12 - Proposed Book/Athletic Uniform Drop-Off/Locker Cleanout (Tentative)

July 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 8 am - Noon - Class of 2020: Class Day & Wall Jump (Tentative)
Wednesday, July 15, TBD (5 pm - 7 pm) - Baccalaureate and Graduation (Tentative)
Friday, July 17 - Prom (Tentative)

In St. Angela,
Wendy A. Hoke
President
Nick Beyer
Principal

April 21: Well Family Call with Lisa Damour

Well Family Call with Lisa Damour
Tuesday, 4/21, 4:00 p.m. 

Dr. Lisa Damour, a national expert on stress, anxiety and teens, will lead a "Well Family" call with The New York Times this afternoon.

Register via this link at the New York Times. Participants will get a link to the session at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.

If you have questions for Dr. Damour, please send them to: AskDrDamour@nytimes.com.


April 20: Beaumont Distance Learning Update

Dear Beaumont Community,

Welcome back, everyone. I hope you had a restful spring break week. Faculty and staff met this morning on Zoom and it was a great opportunity to "see" each other and reconnect following our break. 

Governor DeWine announced this afternoon that schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. We are deeply saddened not to see each other for the rest of April and May. With this decision, however, we are able to formalize more plans for the rest of the school year and for the Class of 2020. Look for an update later this week with more details as well as a survey about our online learning. 

Please join us tonight to pay tribute to our Class of 2020! Across the state, many communities have been asked to turn on their front porch lights at 8:20 pm for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to show our unity in supporting the Class of 2020. Let's show our seniors that we support and are thinking of them during this unprecedented time by shedding some 'light' and giving them hope and encouragement that better days are to come!

If you don't already, please follow us on social media. We are trying to highlight our students and faculty during this time. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. 

Look for more details coming later this week. Until then, please stay safe. 

In St. Angela,

Wendy A. Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal

April 9: An Easter Message from President Wendy Hoke


April 8, 2020: Beaumont School Distance Learning Update

Dear Beaumont Parents,

Thank you for your continued support and partnering with us during our new reality of online learning. With the recent announcement that students won’t be returning to school before May and the increasing possibility that the pandemic may directly impact our own families, the faculty and administration want to make sure we are adjusting our approach accordingly. We have been closely monitoring both the pace and amount of work assigned in each of our classes. Recently, both the International Baccalaureate Organization and the College Board have acknowledged that classes cannot continue to cover material remotely at the same speed as usual, so they have eliminated or adjusted their end-of-year testing. We agree with this sentiment, and think it should also be true for our college prep and honors classes. 

Consequently, we have decided to no longer have assignments due each class day, but instead, have all work due no sooner than the next scheduled class. Furthermore, we will not have traditional finals. Instead, grades will be comprised entirely of work students have done during the semester, both pre- and post- online learning. Lastly, no homework will be assigned during Easter Break. We think these measures will best position students to be successful and help your families find a healthy work-life balance during this time. We hope this Easter Break provides a much needed and well-deserved respite to pray and prepare for this Holy Easter Sunday, and we wish you and your families a faithful and joyful Easter.

God Bless,

Wendy A. Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal


April 3, 2020: Beaumont School Update

Dear Beaumont Community,

Our third week of online learning and physical distancing is coming to a close. Now that the Governor has extended both the school closure and the Stay at Home order through May 1, we are looking at what the rest of April looks like academically and otherwise. Look for more information next week. Spring break begins next Friday and will give everyone a much-needed opportunity to clear heads and put things in place for a few more weeks of being apart.

Our community is finding fun ways to stay connected with one another. This week our students had a Stay at Home Spirit Week and even the faculty, led by Mrs. Bernot, got into the spirit. Check out our Hoodies Up Day on Facebook.

Student Council has done an excellent job of beginning and ending our day with prayer. Sister Cheryl Mentkowski, our mission integration director, begins our day with prayer and a reflection that grounds us in our Catholic faith and Ursuline tradition. Student Council shares that prayer at day’s end. See an example of students sharing morning and afternoon prayer

Beaumont Alumnae have been sending in messages of support to our faculty and students. We’ve been sharing them with the students. Here are a few examples we’ve received recently.

Dear Beaumont Students/Faculty/Staff:
In times of uncertainty, it is our faith and hope that carry us through. Although we do not know what the future holds, we do know that this too shall pass. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. From this experience, may we all grow in strength, faith and fellowship.

Love and Light,
Lesley Lavalais-Jacobs ’84

Beaumont women,
Sending you all the best wishes for this transition. My three best friends are still the ones I met at Beaumont and we're relying on each other now---just as you are relying on each other. You'll get through this together. We'll get through this together.

SDG (Soli Deo Gloria)
Maureen Crawford Hentz ’86

COVID-19 has led us to postpone a lot of events, including our signature fundraising event, our Summer Soiree. While we cannot all be together as planned on June 5th, our goal, when the time is right, will be to come together as a community for our Beaumont family to celebrate the beautiful place we call Beaumont and the strength of our community.

Class of 2020 has been working with us on rescheduling prom, class day, baccalaureate, commencement and other end-of-the-year activities. While it’s hard to make the plans firm until we have a better idea of when we will be permitted to convene, we have tentatively rescheduled those events for mid-July. We will keep you posted on details as they become firm. We’re so proud of our Seniors and their self-advocacy.  

We know that this pandemic has caused a great deal of stress and fear, not only to our students but also to our Beaumont families. We hold you all close in our thoughts and prayers, especially those who have loved ones who are sick or suffering, those who have lost loved ones, those who are struggling emotionally, spiritually or financially, and those who are on the front lines of battling COVID-19.

St. Angela, pray for our continued health and well being. Watch over our students, faculty, staff and families. Guide us through decision-making in this crisis and help us to find a sense of peace and calm in our hearts and minds. Remind us to trust in Jesus, knowing that we need not be afraid when he is with us. Amen. 

God bless you all.
Stay well,

Wendy A. Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal


April 1: Beaumont Extended Closure Update

Dear Beaumont Community, 

Beaumont is extending its school closure through May 1, based on Gov. DeWine’s recent announcement. 

We will keep you informed of additional changes as we learn them. 

Yours in St. Angela,

Wendy A. Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal


March 31, 2020: Senior Update

Dear Beaumont Class of 2020 and Parents, 

Here we are, where none of us thought we would be at the beginning of your Senior year. We’ve been talking about what happens next for all of you since this began back in February when our primary concern was about travel to Italy in June. How our lives have changed since then. As we have said repeatedly, we will celebrate you and that’s what this email is about.

With Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home order extended to May 1, we are looking at the remainder of the events for the year. If we are able to return to school on Monday, May 4, we will continue with our schedule of end-of-year events.

Candidly, we are not optimistic that will happen or that we will be given the all clear to convene for mass gatherings before June 1 and probably later. So now is the time to get creative. Here’s what we know so far, but we will continue to keep you updated since this is a fluid situation.

Graduation Fees

Given the circumstances, we are waiving the graduation fee for the Class of 2020. If you have already paid the fee we will issue a refund. Please email Erika Gofman at egofman@beaumontschool.org.

Prom

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has cancelled all events through the end of April and that means your Senior Prom. I know that is hugely disappointing for you and I am so sorry to have to share this with you. With so much uncertainty around when we can gather again, we don’t have options for scheduling another date for prom. *

However, I encourage you to think creatively about how you can celebrate prom via photos and videos. Talk to your friends at other schools and see what people are doing online.  There’s an entire nation of high school seniors who will be missing their prom and looking for other ways to celebrate.

* UPDATE:  Senior Student Council is looking at options for a variety of ways to host Prom in mid-July.

Last Day of Classes

Your last day of classes will still be on Wednesday, April 29th. 

Senior Retreat

We are working with Sister Cheryl, Mrs. Riley and Mrs. Bernot to have some form of virtual retreat on April 30thfor part of the day. I plan to be involved as I normally would if we were at school.

Career Day and Project REAL

Mrs. Salata is hoping to schedule some Google Meets with alums in place of Career Day on May 1. Project REAL requirement has been waived. 

Final Exams

At this point, exams are still scheduled for May 4-6. However, given the extended Stay at Home order, Mr. Beyer will be meeting with Department Chairs to discuss the need for modifying or eliminating finals. No decisions have been made, but we want to ensure that students and their grades are not disadvantaged due to COVID-19.

School Closed through Remainder of Year

What happens if we cannot return to campus? This is based on our best guess of when we will be able to convene a gathering. Of course this is all subject to any state and or federal orders over mass gatherings. Beaumont has the unique advantage of being a small school, so we have an easier time trying to adapt than some of the larger schools. 

Class Day and Wall Jump

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

9 a.m. to Noon

Beaumont Campus

  • Prayer at St. Angela Statue
  • Class Day and Moving Up Ceremony with Beaumont student body
  • Last Run through Halls / Clap Out
  • Jump the Wall and Photos

Baccalaureate and Commencement

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

4 – 6:30 p.m.

Beaumont Campus or place TBD

  • Modified Baccalaureate with Senior Awards Presentation
  • Commencement (live stream possible)

Our Beaumont community wants to celebrate with all of you, so we will open July 14thto everyone. Baccalaureate and Graduation will be limited to families.

Recognizing that this is not what any of us had planned for you, we hope this will give you something to look forward to and to plan for. We will keep you posted as plans develop. If you have further questions or suggestions, please reach out via email.

Yours in St. Angela,

Mrs. Hoke, President

Mr. Beyer, Principal

Mrs. Bernot, Assistant Principal

Ms. Grimaldi, College Counselor

Mr. Pettek, Senior Class Moderator

Mr. Masters, Senior Class Moderator

 

March 27: Important Updates 

Dear Beaumont Community,

In her 7th Counsel St. Angela said, “For in these troubled times you will find no other refuge than at the feet of Jesus Christ.” During this Lenten season we are being challenged far beyond anything we’ve had to endure previously. Separation, uncertainty, fear of getting sick, can all weigh heavily on our minds. But our faith calls us to remember St. Angela’s advice that we need not be afraid when Jesus is with us.

Life brings us all manner of trials and tribulations. Those challenges can bring out the best or worst in people. Each day we each make a decision about how we will face this adversity. We can choose to let it beat us down, OR we can rise up to show humanity at its best.

While any challenge will reorder your life, I believe that this one in particular also highlights what we miss most—our community. The hardest part of what we’re forced to do right now is to be away from your daughters. We miss them, terribly. But I am so proud of how deliberately they work to support their community.

Return to School: Important Update

We still don’t know how long we will be required by Governor DeWine to stay at home and continue our digital learning environment. After some consideration, we decided that regardless we will not ask students, faculty and staff to return on April 6. That is a short week and spring break begins on Good Friday, April 10th. Instead, our plan will be to return after spring break on Monday, April 20th, unless otherwise instructed by the Governor. We will continue to keep you updated.

Research-Informed Tips for Parents

We know that the sudden norm of distance learning is not only new for our teachers and students, but parents as well. To that effort, we wanted to share The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning’s Research Informed Distance Learning Tips for Parents. For more guidance and the full article click here.  

1. Emotion and cognition are interlinked

Emotion and learning are intertwined, both in your child’s brain and in their everyday experience of school. Your child’s emotional well-being is the most important factor right now in their ability to do well as a student.

2. Multitasking is the enemy of study

Brains cannot multitask two cognitive demands at once. It makes for ineffective, inefficient learning. 

3. A good study environment aids good studying

A poor study environment adds unnecessary cognitive load, which makes learning hard, inefficient, or impossible. Help your child set up a good study environment. 

4. Everyone benefits from help with scheduling

Your child may be given more projects and longer tasks that require more independent work. Balancing the demands of several projects at once is something that many students of all ages find challenging—don’t worry, this is quite normal.

5. Support your child’s metacognition 

Metacognition — helping your child think about their own thinking — is one of the most powerful strategies to boost learning. 

Spring Sports Update

The Ohio High School Athletic Association made the difficult decision yesterday to cancel all remaining winter sports tournaments. No decision has been made on spring sports. Jerry Snodgrass, executive director of OHSAA, reminded all that the mandatory no-contact period is still in place until at least April 6, reiterating that the no-contact period coincides with Gov. DeWine’s break for schools across the state. If that break extends, OHSAA would follow suit.

Yours in St. Angela,

Wendy Hoke, President                                   Nick Beyer, Principal


March 23: Important Information Regarding IB and AP Testing

IB and AP Students and Families,

As schools close across the United States due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the International Baccalaureate Organization and the College Board, who administer the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, have announced how they will be addressing end-of-year testing.

International Baccalaureate Exams

The 2020 May examinations for the Diploma Program (and Course Candidates) will no longer be held. 

Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate, which reflects their standard of work. This is based on a student's Internal Assessments and Predicted Grade for most subjects, but will also include orals for foreign language and English and portfolios and recordings for art and music. 

We know parents and students will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by March 27, 2020.

For any other questions, please contact IB Coordinator Mrs. Ann Hoelzel at ahoelzel@beaumontschool.org.

Advanced Placement Exams

College Board, which administers the exams, announced that traditional face-to-face exam administrations -- which are typically two to three hours long -- won’t take place. Students will instead take a 45-minute online exam at home.

Due to some schools losing instructional time earlier than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. 

The full exam schedule and additional testing details will be available by April 3, according to College Board.

Students will be able to take the streamlined exams on any device they have access to, including a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

Thank you and stay well.

Mr. Beyer

Principal



March 20, 2020: Beaumont School Digital Learning Updates

Dear Beaumont Community,

Spring is officially upon us and the weather and Mother Nature are not the only things changing rapidly. Today we paused for a brief moment to acknowledge that K-12 schools across the country essentially redesigned learning in 24 hours in order to ensure that education continues for students in the wake of the coronavirus. The Ursuline Sisters have a saying about adjusting to the times: they call it “dynamic adaptability.” Certainly, we are all living this daily, even hourly at times. But as St. Angela counsels us, “If you all stand united in heart, you will be strong in adversities.”

As we end this first week, here are some important updates from Mr. Beyer, Mr. Ertle and myself.

Online Learning

Online classes began yesterday. We picked up with our regularly scheduled “B Day” to maintain as much continuity with classroom instruction as possible. Unfortunately, our learning management system, PowerSchool, has had some difficulty adjusting to the increased traffic as a result of so many schools moving online globally. We continue to monitor the website’s performance, while our teachers also are finding workarounds with Google Classroom and through email.   

Nevertheless, daily activities and assignments are being communicated with students. Our goal is not to simply assign students work, but create virtual activities that replicate what students would be doing in their classes if the building was open. This means that many of their assignments are intended to be completed the day that class takes place, while others may be assigned more similarly to traditional homework, with due dates for the next class or later. We encourage your daughter’s to reach out to their teachers directly if they have questions or to Guidance if they are struggling.

Athletics

Jerry Snodgrass, executive director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSSA), held a press conference at noon on Thursday (March 19). During his availability, Snodgrass reminded all that the mandatory no-contact period is still in place until at least April 6, reiterating that the no-contact period coincides with Gov. DeWine’s break for schools across the state. If that break extends, OHSAA would follow suit.

Right now, the state’s governing body is figuring out how to deal with the postponements of the winter sports championships that were halted last week. Snodgrass said OHSAA would like to come to a conclusion on how to handle winter championships as soon as this weekend before shifting attention to spring sports. We will continue to keep you updated. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Ertle at tertle@beaumontschool.org

Cancellation of Trips

Coronavirus has required cancellation or possible postponement of some of our trips. We are working with the various travel companies to secure refunds when possible. The exact percentage families will receive back will vary based on the trip and level of travel insurance purchased. If you have any questions regarding a specific trip your daughter was scheduled to take, please reach out to the moderator directly. 

Building Community Online

St. Angela tells us to build community wherever we go. While we are required to be physically distant from one another to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we encourage our students, families, faculty and staff to stay connected socially via email, videoconference, social media and Google Hangout. 

Sister Cheryl is sending us all a prayer and reflection every morning. Student Council has picked up where we left off by starting our day with the Prayer to Saint Angela just as if we were physically at school. Students are taking turns and posting to Beaumont’s social media. I encourage you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to see what they—and we—are up to. Our alumnae have been sending in and sharing messages of hope, support and inspiration for our students and faculty. 

We’re encouraging students and teachers to think about how we can celebrate their activities and achievements virtually, whether that’s the Fine Arts Review, the spring play, concerts, Robotics Team, etc.

The bottom line is that our community is robust and thriving during this challenge, which will help us to emerge a stronger school community when this is over. 

We continue to monitor the situation with respect to the end-of-the-year events, particularly for Seniors. We follow the guidelines set by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. While we don’t have definitive answers yet on what will happen in late April and May, what I can tell you is that we WILL celebrate the Class of 2020 in a way that respects Beaumont’s traditions.

We look forward to a full week next week. Until then, our prayers continue for your health and safety.

Yours in St. Angela,

Wendy Hoke                                                                     

President


March 17, 2020: Beaumont School Begins Digital Learning

Dear Beaumont Community,

We began our day today with the prayer from the Breastplate of St. Patrick. We can’t think of a better prayer this St. Patrick’s Day than one that asks for God’s strength, power, wisdom, eye, ear, word, hand, way, shield and host to be with us and in us today. 

Based on the information we are receiving from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, we must prepare to be virtual for longer than three weeks. Hopefully, that won’t be necessary and this stretch will do enough to head off the spread of Coronavirus. 

Our Faculty and Staff have been working throughout the weekend to prepare for our transition to Digital Learning. Mr. Beyer has put together guidelines and expectations for your daughters, teachers and parents below.

Know that we miss your daughters daily. We miss their smiling faces, their energy and creativity, their intelligence and humor, and the many talents they share with us and the world. Please know that in addition to providing this virtual learning environment, we are focused on ways to foster our community.

One way is that we are not referring to our isolation as “social distancing” but as “physical distancing.” We may be physically apart from one another, but we can certainly stay connected socially. Encourage your daughters to share their ideas with us on strengthening that virtual community.

As much as possible, we are exploring ways to continue our school routine, whether that’s morning announcements, convo or sharing our Catholic faith. Routine will be helpful, but we understand that families are having to make significant changes to routine as well. As always, we are available for questions, comments and concerns. 

We continue to pray for your health and safety.

Yours in St. Angela,

Wendy Hoke                                    Nick Beyer

President                                          Principal

 

Guidelines for Beaumont’s Online Learning Program: 

Students

  •  Classes will continue online through P Learning and Google Classroom beginning Thursday, March 19.
  • Classes will continue to follow our regular A/B schedule that can be found in the student planner and on our website. https://www.beaumontschool.org/files/assets/2019-2020abcalendar.pdf
  • Students will be assigned work in each of that day’s classes, with the expectation to turn in work by posted dates. Shorter assignment will be due daily, while more comprehensive assignments will be due by their assigned date.
  • Students are responsible for “showing up daily” and completing assigned work.
  • Students should access email at least twice daily (once in the morning, once in the afternoon)

Teachers

  • Faculty will update their P Learning or Google Classroom sites each day a class is scheduled to take place.
  • Teachers will cover material at a pace consistent with course outlines.
  • Regular shorter formative assessments will be regularly assigned and returned. Less frequent longer-term projects will include scaffolded interim assessments to help ensure students are receiving needed feedback.  
  • Teachers will grade materials, provide student feedback and enter grades in PowerSchool.
  • Teachers make themselves available for office hours for students to schedule a virtual check-in through Google Handouts.
  • Provide student/parent follow-up with academic performance concerns
  • Faculty will access and respond to email at least twice a day (once in the morning, once in the afternoon) 

Parents

  • Stay informed! Please keep a lookout for emails and regularly visit Beaumont’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information page. We will be sure to provide regular updates to keep you informed and provide tips to help support your daughter through this journey.  https://www.beaumontschool.org/about/coronavirus-information-and-updates
  •  We are sharing updates via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) as well.
  • Please know that our school counselors will be available via email or by appointment using Google Hangouts (scheduled via email) for consultation as needed. Meetings will take place during regular school hours.
    https://www.beaumontschool.org/about/faculty-staff 

Administration

  • Mrs. Hoke, Mr. Beyer, Mrs. Bernot and the rest of the Beaumont administration are working remotely during their regular hours. Please email them any questions, concerns, or issues you may have. A complete list of administrators and their contact information can be found here. https://www.beaumontschool.org/about/faculty-staff 

A list of the tools we will be using:

  • Microsoft Outlook (communication, questions, etc.)
  • PowerSchool and P Learning
  • Google Classroom (assignments, handouts, feedback, etc.)
  • Google Hangout (private chat, group chat, etc.)

March 13, 2020: Beaumont School: Preparing Your Daughter for Digital Learning

Dear Beaumont School Community,

Our preparations for transitioning to an online learning environment are going well and our faculty has been working hard. Our focus first and foremost is to continue the education of your daughters. While the Governor used the term “extended spring break” in his remarks yesterday, that is NOT how we are treating this time. While we know the Governor’s decision will cause disruptions in the day-to-day routine for many of our families, we do believe that a shift to digital learning is the best decision we can make for continuity of education. It is not a vacation and we will be in school. Students will be expected to attend class, complete assignments and assessments.
Our actual spring break is scheduled to begin on Good Friday, April 10th. Students return on Monday, April 20th.
The entire school earned a day off on Monday, March 16th as a result of our successful Believe in Beaumont Scholarship Raffle. Students and faculty are also off for St. Patrick’s Day. Teachers will complete their final preparation for online learning for the week on Wednesday, March 18th and students will resume education on Thursday, March 19th. They can expect to find assignments posted by 8 a.m. that morning. Mr. Beyer will communicate instructions to students on Tuesday, March 17th.
Just as our faculty is preparing for digital learning, we encourage families to prepare in the following ways:

  • Ensure you have the proper internet connectivity to support digital learning. You may qualify for 2 free months of internet connectivity that Comcast is now offering. If securing internet connectivity is an issue for you and your family, please contact Mr. Beyer at nbeyer@beaumontschool.org as soon as possible. Beaumont is committed to helping support families who may not have internet connection at home.
  • Designate a specified space for your daughter to work inside of your home.
  • Discuss with your daughter how she will limit distractions while attending to schoolwork.
  • Help your daughter design an at-home schedule that allows for breaks to support healthy eating and exercise habits.
We want to emphasize that during this closure, we all have a responsibility to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. As public health officials have emphasized, school closures will not be effective unless they are accompanied by social distancing strategies. While Beaumont’s physical campus is closed to students, staff and families, we ask you to restrict your social interactions so that the steps we are taking as a school are not done in vain.
Our Beaumont community is what sets us apart. Being separated from one another is antithetical to all that we stand for. Recognizing this challenge, we will be sharing morning prayer, and audio and video messages to maintain a more personal connection. Teachers will be using online tools to convene and communicate with class. Guidance will touch base with those students who may be struggling.
Good communication will be critical over the next few weeks. We are available for any questions. While we are not in the office we are all working through this time. You can leave us a message on our phones and a time when you can be reached or reach out via email. 
Yours in St. Angela,
Wendy A. Hoke
President
Nick Beyer
Principal

March 12, 2020: Beaumont School Campus Closure and Distance Learning

Dear Beaumont School Community,

By now you have probably heard that Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered all K-12 schools in Ohio closed for the next three weeks (through April 3) in an effort to minimize spread of the coronavirus. This presents challenges for us all. Here at Beaumont, we have been working on a plan for more than a week.

Students will not have class tomorrow. Teachers will be here preparing for online learning. Mrs.Tina Fornaro will be at the front desk and students who were not able to pick up all of their materials today will be able to do so between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Assignments will be posted beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 19th.

Beaumont will be completely closed during this time effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow. All extracurricular and athletics are cancelled. There will be no games, meets or practices until April 6th. Please check back regularly for updates. 

Faculty and administration will meet tomorrow to outline expectations for faculty and students for the next few weeks and partaking in professional development to provide refreshers on our distance learning resources like PowerSchool and Google Classroom. As part of our preparation, we also want to ensure that our students are able to connect to these resources from home. If you do not have access to a reliable internet connection, contact Mr. Beyer at nbeyer@beaumontschool.org.

Communications are critical during this time. You can expect to hear from us in much more detail. We will be updating our coronavirus website page: www.beaumontschool.org/coronavirus. Please check back regularly. You can also access from a banner on the top of the home page of our website. 

Business operations will continue remotely. If you have questions about tuition payments, please contact Erika Gofman at egofman@beaumontschool.org

Finally, let me say that your daughters have been amazing. This morning I shared with them how heartbreaking it is that so many sacrifices are required after so much hard work. This is an unprecedented event. Public health requires that we think of collective humanity and not just ourselves as individuals. But that doesn’t minimize the hurt of missing out on sentinel events, particularly for our Seniors. The actions we are required to take, however, are for the protection of all. 

Our Catholic faith calls us to care for one another. Know that we are praying for the health of you and your daughters and we hope that this unprecedented event will pass quickly.

Yours in St. Angela,

Wendy A. Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal


March 11, 2020: Cancellations

The health and safety of the entire Beaumont community is of utmost importance to us. As a result, in light of Governor DeWine’s recommendation to cancel or postpone large, indoor gatherings in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are writing to inform you of Beaumont special events that have been canceled through April 10, 2020. This includes the activities listed below and additional events may be added. Please check back frequently.  During this time, for the safety of our school community, we ask that visits to the school are limited to only those that are absolutely necessary.

Our school will be on Spring Break April 10-19, 2020.

3/11- Spring Concert

3/14 - Beaumont Boosters Club Bocce Tournament

3/25 - All-School Liturgy - Closed to the public

3/26 – SAIL Donor Reception 

4/7 - All-School Liturgy - Closed to the public


March 11, 2020: An Important Update on the Coronavirus

Dear Beaumont School Community, 

We all have seen the rising concern surrounding the Coronavirus. Please know that Beaumont School continues to closely monitor developments from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). To learn the most up-to-date information, visit: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/2019-nCoV or call the CDC Health Line at 1-800-232-4636. 

Beaumont has been working steadily to prepare for the challenges presented by a potential outbreak of the Coronavirus in our area. The focus of our planning and preparation is to assure that we continue the mission of educating our students in the event temporary or long-term closure of the school becomes necessary. We are working hard to respond to the wide variety of issues that are part of this rapidly changing situation. The outline below discusses initial responses. We will provide timely updates as other responses are enacted.

New Reporting Policy for Students and Family Members – Effective March 10, 2020

Effective March 10, the following policies are in place for all students:

1.   Staying Home When Sick. We recognize that your child’s academic success is tied to their school attendance. However, it is critical that students do not report to school if they are ill and/or experiencing the following symptoms:  fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, or trouble breathing.  If your child has these symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you are required to inform the school by contacting Tina Fornaro at 216.321.2954. Please keep your child at home, and contact your healthcare provider.  

2.   International and Domestic Travel: Any student who is traveling or has recently traveled to destinations that involve cruise travel, international travel, or domestic travel to areas where there has been community spread or a reasonable possibility of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, or has a family member who has engaged in such travel, must immediately report this information to Michele Bernot at 216-325-7318. Students who have come into contact with persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 should also report that information to the school. In addition, and based on the circumstances, the school may require that students:1) stay home from school for 14 days; and/or 2) get written medical clearance from her physician before returning to school.   

Facilities

  • Enhanced daily cleaning protocols have been put in place to prevent the potential spread of infection. This includes the use of disinfectants and cleaners on hard surfaces such as handrails, doorknobs, water fountains, desks, faucets, lunch tables, etc. On weekends, all school buildings will have additional, thorough cleaning and disinfecting.
  • All classrooms are equipped with disinfectants and tissues, and students always have access to hand-washing stations with soap in school bathrooms.
  • Signs will be posted to remind students to wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their face, and to cover coughs with a tissue or their elbow. 

Academic Preparedness for Temporary/Long-term Closure

  • Our faculty and administrators are developing mechanisms for remote teaching and online options for families who choose to keep their children home while school is in session and in case of a school-wide closure. 
  • Students are encouraged to begin bringing home on a nightly basis any essential items they might normally leave in their lockers, such as textbooks, chargers, devices, personal valuables etc. 
  • Please test adequate wifi access in your home. If you have concerns, please call Mr. Beyer at 216-325-7315. 

Business/Operations

  • We are monitoring our inventory and re-stocking supplies for sanitizing and cleaning
  • We are communicating with our vendors, including our food service provider, to understand their preparedness planning and response efforts.
  • Business operations will continue remotely in the event of closure.

Social/Emotional

Be assured we will continue to keep you updated in a timely way. As a community of faith, we are also praying for the sick, health care providers/researchers, public health officials, and all community leaders during the weeks to come. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Wendy A. Hoke
President

Nick Beyer
Principal


March 2, 2020: Beaumont School's Guidance on Cornonavirus Preparedness

Dear Beaumont School Families,
 
We want to inform you of the measures Beaumont School is taking to respond to the recent global outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released information about coronavirus prevention. We are referencing the federal guidelines as well as the Ohio Department of Health’s recommendations regarding coronavirus in schools.
 
Currently, health officials are recommending these simple everyday preventive actions for our students, staff and faculty:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including phones and laptops.
 
We will continue to follow government and health care agencies guidelines to develop coronavirus response plans. We are also reviewing our student international travel trips and will keep you informed on developments involving any changes.
Additionally, we are monitoring the situation as it relates to our student international travel trips. In particular, we are in touch with the travel company leading the trip to Italy and Greece. We will keep you updated on any developments and/or changes to itinerary. 
 
We will continue to update you on our efforts.
 
Sincerely,
Wendy A. Hoke
President
Nick Beyer
Principal