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2020-2021 Annual Fund
As the season of giving is upon us, we hope that the St. Bernadette School Annual Fund Gift letter finds you well. As a school community of religious and ethnic differences, we share Christ’s love with those who emulate the values we adhere to and embrace.
We continue to make curriculum enhancements, maintain high standards and thrive as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence. On March 12, 2020, Governor Baker required all schools in Massachusetts, including St. Bernadette School, to cease operation due to the spread of Covid-19. On March 16, 2020 the School began remote instruction for all students, which lasted for the remainder of the academic year. Unfortunately, as a result of the closure, the majority of the School’s fundraising had to be suspended or canceled.
Each year, St. Bernadette School hosts events and raises funds to bridge the gap between what it costs to educate a student and the price of tuition. At the close of the 2019-2020 school year, the School was at a loss of $75,000 in anticipated fundraising income. In addition, St. Bernadette School lost an expected $70,000 due to the suspension of morning and after care. Furthermore, the School extended tuition forgiveness to school families impacted by job loss as a result of Covid-19.
Immediately following the end of the school year, St. Bernadette School convened a Covid-19 Task Force comprised of administration, teachers, nurses, and parents with the goal of complete student re-entry in September. In order to configure the School to be in compliance with State and CDC guidelines, items needed to be purchased and installed such as touchless faucets, paper towel dispensers, soap dispensers and hand sanitizing stations. In addition, St. Bernadette School purchased air purifiers for each classroom along with Plexiglas for lunchroom tables, the Early Childhood Center, and bathrooms. Unable to share materials, the School obtained additional text books and individual music and art kits. St. Bernadette School responded to the needs of the School nurses and pre-school teachers by purchasing Personal Protective Equipment including wipes, masks, face shields, glasses, and gloves. In order to accommodate the significant reliance on technology for both in-school and remote learners, computers were purchased along with instructional licenses for Zoom, See Saw and IXL. In total, St. Bernadette School spent $60,000 on Covid-19 related expenses, to ensure the education and safety of staff and students.
As the crisis unfolded many school districts received COVID-19 relief funding. The state of Massachusetts earmarked much of the available funding for public schools. In fact, local area districts received more than $1,000,000 in relief funds while St. Bernadette School received just $8,500.
This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, as you reflect upon what you and your family are thankful for, we ask that you consider a gift to St. Bernadette School. Some may think that only large gifts are important, but every gift of any size makes a diﬀerence. The gift of education is forever. Your gift is more than a check; it is a commitment to your faith in Catholic schools.
Thank you and may God bless you and your family.