OCTOBER 9th, 2017, our beautiful school campus was devastated by wild fire. Our preschool building burned to the ground, playground structures destroyed, covered eating area gone, and our surrounding community in ruins.

Dozens of our school families have lost homes and livelihoods,  including some of our faculty and staff.  Our Kindergarten and 2nd grade classrooms suffered significant damage, as well as damage to our Jr. High wing.

We are so blessed and fortunate to learn that we are all safe.

We are also so thankful to all those who have called, emailed and offered to help us.  The MOMENT we can access our campus, we will begin to rebuild, repair, recover, and by the grace of god, RE-OPEN as soon as possible so our children can get back to some normalcy in their lives.

Our St. Rose School & Parish Community is strong, resilient and filled with hope.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to all our families who have lost so much. We will overcome this tragedy together.

If you would like to donate to the school at this time, please click the “Support and Donate” button at the right.

School families will be kept updated thru Facebook, Wednesday Newsletter and MSP communication.

Thank you for your love and support.

 

October 16, 2017

Dear St. Rose Preschool and Elementary Parents,

The Saint Rose School community has been hit very hard by the recent fire disaster.   Your children’s teachers have already reached out to most of you to inquire about your well-being.  I have spoken with twenty four St. Rose families who have lost their homes.  Mrs. Szczech, our second grade teacher and Mrs. Romesburg, our 4th grade teacher aide, also lost their homes.  Every person who resides in Sonoma County, no matter their age or the extent of their loss has been traumatized. Now that the fires seem to be contained we are moving forward as quickly as possible on the recovery efforts so that all of our school children can get back to some semblance of normalcy.  I wish I could be more certain of when we will reopen, but there is still much to do to ensure that our campus is safe.

In the meantime it is important that the students have an opportunity to reconnect with their classmates and teachers.  We are planning a get together this Thursday, October 19th at St. Rose Parish from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  The session will begin in our parish church with a short prayer service.  Then the teachers will accompany the K – 8 students to the parish hall to visit with each other and to engage in some art projects and other gentle learning experiences.  The preschool staff will accompany the preschoolers and their parents to the Fireside Room for activities.  I will remain in the church with the elementary school parents to further discuss our recovery efforts. 

We will continue these two hour meetings every Tuesday and Thursday until our campus is ready. I understand that attendance at these sessions may not be possible for every family.  They are not mandatory and no child will be penalized in any way if he or she cannot attend. We offer them in order to keep your child connected to learning, provide them with some fun and give you a few hours of respite.  Teachers will do what they can to post activities on their websites.  We will continue to uphold our safe environment policy for volunteers and steps will be taken for extra security around the parish center while our students are present. School uniforms are not necessary at this time since not everyone has one.

In addition Mr. L, Mr. Hill, and Mr. Calos are collaborating to offer some science and nature outings. Information on this will be sent in a separate email.

The tentative plan for classroom space is to house the preschool in a temporary classroom that will be located on the main campus.  The kindergarten will be housed in the existing classroom next to the Science Lab and the Second Grade will be moved to the chapel for the time being.  We are hopeful that the damage to 7th and 8th grade classrooms can be alleviated with new paint and carpeting.  If damage is more extensive we will add two more temporary classrooms.  

All Smart Tuition deductions have been suspended for the time being while the Finance Committee further assesses the situation.  Fr. Denis and I place a high priority on ensuring that no child has to leave St. Rose because of this tragedy.  There are many people in the Catholic community and throughout Santa Rosa who have reached out to help. Every one of you is important to us and I have no doubt that we are all better together. We have a loving God and I am certain that eventually, all will be well.

I am in frequent contact with Fr. Denis in Ireland.  He continues to pray for us all.  He reminds me often that we are not able to take care of others unless we take care of ourselves as well. So please remember to be kind and gentle with yourself.

Please feel free to contact us through email.  The teachers’ emails are posted on their websites. My email is krryan@sonic.net. If you know of people who want to donate directly to the school there is a button our website.

With loving regards,

Kathy Ryan 

                   

 

 

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