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Fun keeps its place in our new routine

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s transition from traditional classroom to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic has offered a variety of fun opportunities for students, faculty and staff to remain connected from their homes.

 

For example, the school’s daily announcements have included listings of Feel Good Stories & Content as well as some specific WACOR “qWAranTEEN” Daily Recommendations for TV viewing and book reading. There also have been links to recipe videos such as the timely one featuring Baking Club moderator Melissa Otter making flourless chocolate chip cookies in light of the fact that flour can be hard to find in stores due to all the stay-at-home baking being done.

 

 Feeling it was important to have a day specifically built into the weekly calendar for community building and connection, Wildcat Wednesdays were established. They include time to reach out and connect with members of the Woodlands Academy community, attend virtual events and traditions, and have some fun.

 

 There also have been a number of scheduled virtual events, such as:

 ·        Space Jam Netflix Party - Friday, April 10, via the Netflix Party Google Chrome Extension.

·                   Disney Trivia Night – Friday, April 17, Dean of Students Emma Hindman created a unique Disney Trivia Kahoot with the first-place winner receiving a 20-dollar e-gift card of her choice.

·                  First-ever Woodlands Virtual Poetry Slam – During lunchtime on April 21 poets and readers of poetry alike shared original works and read some favorite poems in a non-competitive forum to celebrate the art of poetry during National Poetry Month.

·                 WACOR Virtual Talent Showcase: Any “qWAranTEEN” who may have developed a new talent while at home or worked hard on an old one was invited to submit a YouTube video. A video message from senior Isabel D’Angelo provided some inspiration for any students needing an extra nudge to participate. The Woodlands Academy community then viewed the videos and was asked to vote for their favorite talent by May 22.

 

Other virtual student activities have also included musical trivia, jack box games, Instagram ‘Live at 5’ events, and a Dungeons & Dragons 101 workshop –all in the spirit of coming together as a community in fun ways that remain an important part of the traditional Woodlands Academy experience being delivered in new ways while we shelter in place.

 

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