Remote Learning Day 24

Remote Learning Day 24

Greetings, ARCS Families!

Today is Day 24 of Remote Learning.  I attended several Zoom lessons and viewed several recordings that our teachers made for their classes.  I continue to be so grateful for the time, effort, and love that our teachers put into creating lessons for their students.

THANK YOU so  much for the tremendous outpouring of food donations that we received the past two days!  Please know of my deep gratitude to you!  Mrs. Flammer is delivering everything to the South Jersey Community Food Bank, and I am sure that they will be extremely thankful for your generous donations!  Thank you!  We will continue with the food drive again next week on Tuesday and Wednesday!

If your child participated in Catholic Relief Service’s Lenten Rice Bowl, I would be grateful if you could drop the bowls to school next Tuesday or Wednesday.  CRS has indicated that there is great need for donations.  Thank you!

Exciting news!!!  Ms. Patricia Merlino, Junior High Technology teacher, submitted a grant proposal on behalf of ARCS!    As a result, ARCS has been awarded a grant of nearly $5,000 by the Toshiba America Foundation for Middle School Grades 6-8. Toshiba America Foundation grants fund the project’s ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their science, technology, engineering and math classrooms. The grant will allow ARCS to purchase a 3D printer, materials, teacher training, and printer maintenance for three years. Junior High students will be presented with a number of design challenges.

Central to the grant is a design challenge titled, “Tinkering With Turbines.” The project will center on students tackling a real-world problem as they balance budgetary constraints with environmental impacts on marine fisheries and coastal wildlife native to New Jersey. In this STEM project, students will research, design, and create the most efficient wind turbine. Researching different turbine blades, students will design a 2D design solution and build and test a 3D prototype model. Students will research the environmental impact of offshore wind farms with a focus on New Jersey’s marine ecosystem. They will research migratory routes, noise and vibration studies on marine life and conduct simulations with the prototype offshore wind farm.

By 2024, New Jersey will become the second state in the United States to have an offshore wind farm located off the coast of Atlantic City. The first of one hundred forty turbines are scheduled to generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity. Orsted, a Danish company will design and build the turbines. ARCS is approximately ten miles from Atlantic City with many of our students residing in coastal communities near the future wind farm.

Toshiba America Foundation grants support public and nonprofit private schools throughout the United States.

We are so grateful to Ms. Merlino for taking the lead on this grant opportunity, and we look forward to exciting things ahead for this project and other STEM activities that can use the 3D printer!

Below are three links:

Morning Greeting and Prayer

https://youtu.be/8Z4-xtv5pSo

Afternoon Prayer (Thanks, John!)

https://youtu.be/cMBHFPQnLnI

Special Guests (Thanks, Mrs. Fussner and Mrs. Podolski

https://youtu.be/nX10PatpkOU

It is a beautiful day, and I hope that you have been able to bask in the wonders of God’s creation!

Continued prayers are offered for all those suffering with COVID-19, for our first responders and medical workers, for those who provide us with needed goods and services, and for our school community.

Prayerfully,

Joan Dollinger

Principal

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