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From the Desk of The School Administrator

Dear SSJB Principal, Teachers, Parents, Students, Benefactors, and Friends,

Few days ago,  we have opened classes and implemented the new normal way of educating our students, in response to Department of Education’s (DepEd’s) directive and  I take this opportunity to greet and thank the teachers, parents and students of the School for their support and cooperation despite the COVID-19 pandemic.   Few months from now,  we will be commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, which is a merry celebration for all of us.

It only seemed a short time ago when the School of Saint John Bosco (SSJB) was established by our loving Founder, the late Rev. Fr. Dominic Curto or “Fr. Lolo” to most of us. When Fr. Dominic instituted the School, one simple goal was to serve the local community and its neighboring barangays with quality education laden with Christian values, inspired by the works of St. John Bosco.

I just realized that SSJB has been here with us for more than a decade despite the odds. SSJB was able to withstand the trying times; we were completely dependent on God’s blessings. Our resources most often become depleted but generous and kind-hearted people are always there to rescue us. Their support and love give us strength and this motivates us to go on. Thank you to our volunteers, school staff, parents, donors and friends for the beautiful and meaningful gifts you have shared with us through the years. Your generous help indeed made a difference to so many young lives.

There is still much work to be done to help our School and the possibilities are endless. If you wish to lend a hand, please feel free to connect with us. I invite the alumni of SSJB to join us in our cause, in your own little way. Please do not hesitate to share your ideas. We understand if you are unable to help due to certain circumstances, however receiving a “letter” or “good word” for your Alma Mater would be greatly appreciated!

If SSJB would seem more visible and pro-active in its efforts looking for financial assistance from generous individuals here and abroad, it is because our website (www.ssjbc.com) done and managed by professionals who are willing to share their time and talent for the good cause of the School makes it more warm, inviting and lively! Our website shows you not only the School’s latest updates but it also gives you the opportunity to see our wishlist items and the donate button is just a click away too!

This coming holidays will give us time to focus and reflect on the wonders of Christmas season. But things have changed so fast with the pandemic still hovering around us, we need to start to think of other people’s concerns. We want to share what we have, including our time and our skills taking into account God’s teachings.

To the Academic and Admin Staff, students, parents, benefactors, I hope you will all continue to be the hope and beacon of SSJB.

Once again, I wish and pray for peace and healing of our land, of all of us.  May our dear Lord bless us all and always.   May St. John Bosco continue to inspire us to help and love others in need. May Mary Help of Christians intercede in behalf of our prayers. May God grant us the necessary graces we need.  Amen.

 

Sincerely,

Dory

SSJBC Readies For DepEd’s New Normal Blended Learning Strategy

For School Year 2020-2021, about 23.2 million students from both public and private schools have already enrolled according to the Department of Education (DepEd). The School Year is set to start on October 5 (originally it was August 24), which is a month from today. The said adjustment in the School Year is the Government’s response to the health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide the School administration and teachers ample time to prepare the needed logistical requirements.

Based on DepEd’s memorandum, public and private schools will adopt a blended/distance learning involving a mix of online distance learning, modular distance learning, and TV/Radio-based Instruction. The rationale for this is basically to protect the incoming students from COVID-19 virus by restricting their movements and keeping them out from school grounds (which is considered as one of the breeding grounds for spreading contagious viruses). Likewise, DepEd reported that according to a survey conducted, most parents preferred the modular learning system as an alternative to face-to-face classes. Ensuring the safety of the pupils/students during this time of pandemic is the top most priority of the Government and the Schools as well.

The School of St. John Bosco of Calumpang (SSJB) (Liliw, Laguna) is ready to implement the new normal way of educating its students, in response to Deped’s directive. While DepEd has set an official date of opening classes on the 5th of October, SSJB however started  its classes on the 2nd of September.

SSJB management, teachers and parents have agreed to utilize the modular way of learning (coupled with online classes) in line with DepEd’s memorandum. SSJB students will have their own textbooks printed and published by FNB Educational, Inc., an authorized educational publishing company in the Philippines. Parents prefer that their children be given textbooks and they have agreed to acquire the said textbooks at their own expense (Kudos to the parents!). The teaching/learning mechanics in SSJB will involve the following:

  • Teachers will prepare the lesson plans and printed modules for the day as well as questionnaires which will be distributed to the parents or guardians of students;
  • Parents play a crucial role – they will serve as the guide of their kids in their studies and lessons based on the textbooks and modules, assignments and questionnaires handed over to them by the teachers. During the process, consultations/communications between parents/ students and teachers can be undertaken in the event further clarifications are deemed warranted.
  • After two days, the modules, notebooks and other materials will be retrieved by the teachers for them to check and evaluate the performance of the students; thereafter, the modules, notes and other related materials will be returned to the parents/students with another set of relevant questionnaires. And this learning process/routine will be done all over again.

While this type of modular method of educating kids could be challenging to SSJB’s teachers, parents and students, it was viewed that said method is doable with a little sacrifice from everyone, and ultimately can be productive in the end. The implementation of this learning strategy seems workable considering the friendly environment at SSJB, that is, having a closely knit and family-like school community with teachers and parents cooperating with each other.

As a Catholic missionary school, SSJB will continue to focus not only in academic learning but also in the early development of their spiritual growth, sharing with them the love of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church mission. SSJB will exert its efforts to impart Christ’s good news to these young kids and instill the core values in them, in coordination with the parents.

It is unfortunate that about 40% of SSJB students have not been able to enroll this school year for certain reasons. SSJB has previously been helping some students by offering scholarship (full or partial) especially to those who are qualified and deserving and whose parents could not afford to send them to study in a private school.  In view or uncertain times, however,   SSJB has been constrained to do so.

During the learning process, the parents and teachers are enjoined to observe the quarantine requirements and certain personal prevention practices such as handwashing, wearing masks/face shields, if needed, etc.) to help curb the spread of the virus.

May St. John Bosco continue to inspire us to help and love others in need. May Mary Help of Christians intercede in behalf of our prayers. May God grant us the necessary graces we need. May God bless us all. Amen.

Buwan ng Wika 2017 – “Filipino: Wikang Mapagbago”.

Filipino: Wikang Mapagbago”. Ang nasabing tema ng Buwan ng Wika ay nagsilbing ugat ng programa upang gisingin ang kamalayan ng mga musmos na kaisipan ang kahalagahan n gating wika sa pang-araw-araw na pakikisalamuha sa lipunan.

Setyembre 1, 2017, ang School of Saint John Bosco ay nagdiwang ng Buwan ng Wika na may temang “Filipino: Wikang Mapagbago”. Nagsimula ang programa sa ganap na ika-walo ng umaga (8 a.m.). Sina Bb. Carryl Rubio at G. Kurl Violanta ang mga Guro ng Palatuntunan. Ang bawat baiting ay may inihandang presentasyon.

Kitang-kita sa mata ng mga magulang ang pagkatuwa na makita nilang nasa entablado ang kanilang mga anak. Bilang paghahanda sa presentasyon, pinamunuan ni G. Violanta ang isang panalangin at sinundan ng Pambansang Awit.

Bilang unang pagbati, nagsalita si Bb. Dory Articona, ang administrador ng paaralan. Ang unang nagpakita ng kanilang talent ay ang Unang Baitang sa pamumuno ni Gng. Formeloza.

Ang mga mag-aaral ay sumayaw ng Paru-Parong Bukid. Para naman sa Ikalawang Baitang sa pamumuno ni Bb. Montesines, ipinakita nila ang kanilang presentasyon sa pamamagitan ng pag-sayaw nang Mamang Sorbetero. Sa Ikatlong Bilang, ipinamalas naman nila ang kanilang kahusayan sa pagtula ng Acrostic, sa pamumuno ni G. Violanta.

Sinundan ng Ika-apat na Baitang, nagpakita ang mga mag-aaral ng pag-arte at pag-sayaw ng Natutulog Ba ang Diyos? sa pamumuno ni Bb. Rubio. Ang mga mag-aaral naman ng Ikalimang Baitang ay nagpamalas ng talent sa Interpretative Dance ( Ako ay Pilipino ), sa pamumuno ni Bb. Brul.

Para naman sa huling presentasyon, nag-mula sa Pre-Elementarya, sumayaw ang mga bata ng Mamang Pipit, sa pagtuturo ni Gng. Rea.

Sa pinaka-huling presentasyon ang mga kaguruan at piling mag-aaral ay sumayaw ng “Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas”. Bilang pagtatapos ng programa nagbigay ng mensahe si Bb. Ofelia C. Agapay, punungguro ng paaralan.

Masayang-masaya ang lahat lalung lalo na ang mga magulang ng Saint John Bosco.