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2020 Annual Report Jesus, I Trust In Your Love For Me!

St. Anastasia Catholic School

A Tradition of Excellence, Faith, and Family since 1926

772 461 2232 |  www.saintanastasiaschool.org  |  401 S. 33rd Street Ft. Pierce


OUR PHILOSOPHY We believe that each student is a unique child of God who is called to be a disciple of Christ, a reflective and critical thinker, a responsible citizen, and a healthy and balanced child.

OUR CATHOLIC IDENTITY AND CULTURE The mission of St. Anastasia Catholic School is to provide a safe and nurturing environment rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, where Catholic doctrine and values are integrated with a challenging curriculum. The faculty, staff, and priests work together with families to develop graduates who are disciples of Christ, reflective and critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and healthy and balanced children. Inspired by the school’s crest, the faculty and staff agree to commit their lives to being disciples of Christ, build and participate in the Parish Community, and develop their own unique Christian Character in the image of Jesus Christ.

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DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS The year of 2020 will never be forgotten. The school community has been tested by this global pandemic and a virus that has changed the way we learn, communicate, play, work, worship, and celebrate. It has penetrated every facet of our lives since March of 2020. Our first response to at-home learning when schools closed throughout the state on March 13 was to plan for how to provide virtual lessons and curriculum in a partnership with parents to keep our students learning and growing at home. As the summer progressed we prepared our classrooms with new technology and cleaning protocols and equipment, stocked up on personal protective equipment (PPE), and began training our teachers for the start of school. After considerable planning, extra costs, prayerful preparation, and dedicated hard work to make our school safe, we reopened the school with three priorities: 1. Jesus, I trust in the love of your Sacred Heart, take care of everything (Trusting in Him!) 2. Preserving the Health and Wellness of our School Community 3. Strengthening Relationships with Others and with Christ Excellent school goals and years of momentum created by the community in the development of critical and reflective thinkers, disciples of Christ, responsible citizens, and healthy and balanced children were all put temporarily on pause when our families and faculty were required to reprioritize and adjust to what our families needed most. In the letter that accompanied the 2019 Annual Report, Dr. Hoeffner stated, “we will be working to make 2020 the year that we dream big and set a new vision for the next five years.” It took months for all of us to face the truth that those dreams and exciting goals would need to wait. Gratefully, we have continued to slowly progress with our capital campaign and we have all learned so many important virtues that we did not expect to learn in 2020. At the opening retreat for all employees, we were excited to celebrate the recent addition of our Sacred Heart Statue. The statue was made possible by the proceeds of the St. Anastasia Attic Thrift Shop that closed in 2019. Seven local priests and Bishop Barbarito blessed our school statue and we rededicated ourselves in many ways to Jesus’ unfathomable love for us and the school. The community worked to hand over our fears and concerns to a loving and generous God who is present everywhere and every day at St. Anastasia.

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MAINTAINING HEALTH & WELLNESS Wellness and Safety When we opened the 2020-21 school year, our focus turned to the safety of our school and church community where employees, students, and families felt safe. We prepared our campus to reduce the impact of COVID-19 conditions following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, and World Health Organization. St. Anastasia's top priority is student, staff, and community members' safety. Our priorities for wellness and safety include: Mitigating and slowing the growth of COVID-19 in the context of strict adherence to when symptomatic staff and students may return to school Daily temperature checks and assessment of student health Mandatory mask requirement An emphasis on thorough hygienic practices Providing Personal Preventive Equipment which included: Needlepoint bipolar ionization air-quality systems in all HVAC units; 100,000 face coverings and gloves; Folding barriers and desk partitions to reduce air movement; 4 electrostatic sanitizations sprayers; 8 mobile hand sanitation stations; 12 head-scan thermometers for daily checks; Additional quantities of hand soap and dispensers; Extra cleaning supplies in every room; Full protective gowns and face shields; Additional picnic tables for social distancing at lunch; New shade structures; and Replaced large group gatherings with smaller groups and social distancing. Successful at-home learning option Ram Fit St. Anastasia continues to focus on improving the health and wellness of our community. In order to achieve this goal, we have created and implemented the Ram Fit Physical Fitness Program for students in grades K-8, faculty and staff. Students in grades 4-8 are tested on five events to measure muscular strength, cardiorespiratory endurance, speed, agility and flexibility. Students who reach the 85th and above percentiles of the national physical education standards are awarded special t-shirts to recognize their accomplishments. These shirts can be worn to their PE classes as recognition of their accomplishments and a reminder to others to strive for excellence. In grades K-3, t-shirts are given to students who consistently demonstrate their commitment and effort to improving physical health and well-being. Additionally, many faculty and staff members also participate in our Ram Fit program, setting personal fitness goals. Healthy eating habits, CrossFit, Zumba, and at-home workouts are some of methods being used to improve their health. Our goal is to see our campus looking Ram Fit! 2020 Annual Report

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STRENGTHENING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY & CHRIST At the beginning of this year, we addressed the growing social and emotional needs of our students and families. We were reminded that we must be cognizant of where staff, faculty, students, and families were operating on the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs chart and how to approach our relationships with our students and peers. Father George has been focusing the attention of our faculty on how we develop and strengthen our prayer life and the relationship that Jesus wants to have with us.

Mass and Sacraments Staying true to our mission, we have found new ways to celebrate our liturgies and devotions safely during these COVID times. Each grade level attends a weekday Mass with only their grade level cohort and social distancing. For All School Liturgies, including our Opening School Mass and Holy Days of Obligation, we live stream Mass into the classrooms. Each class has a prayer altar in their room. Our entire school participated in a Virtual Living Rosary in October and looks forward to participating in all of our upcoming celebrations, with some creative adjustments to new safety protocols. All preparations for the Sacraments and the Sacraments themselves are still being celebrated. Service Learning Working within the restrictions of COVID protocols, our students continue to find creative and meaningful ways to work with their chosen Service Learning organizations. Our Service Learning Community Partners include: Pregnancy Care Center Cross Catholic Outreach Boxes of Joy Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowls Treasure Coast Food Bank Donations to Local Nursing Homes St. Vincent dePaul Father Mark’s Mission in Tanzania Juan Diego Mission Peanut Butter Brigade/Graceway Village Page 4

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REBUILDING ON A 95-YEAR FOUNDATION OF FAITH AND EXCELLENCE Despite limitations imposed on our community during the pandemic, St. Anastasia students continue to progress academically, have been guided by the skills and truths outlined in our diocesan standards, and have found unique ways to reprioritize prayer, sacraments, celebration of the mass, and service to our families and our community. The later part of the 2020 school year posed new and uncharted instructional challenges. However, our dedicated faculty and staff members tackled these challenges with great enthusiasm. When the method of instruction changed from in-person to distance learning, our teachers use existing technology as well as new instructional tools to deliver instruction into homes. Students and families worked hard from home to ensure that learning was taking place. After an unprecedented six months away from school from March to September, students returned to standardized diagnostic testing that would assist teachers with the identification of learning gaps. Data from the latest STAR tests showed that our students experienced a minimal loss of learning throughout the COVID quarantine period, and they continue to progress at a steady pace as noted in this graph of Language Arts and Math growth. St. Anastasia teachers use specific “Focus Skills” identified by Renaissance Learning in partnership with NCEA for the state of Florida to drive our instructional plans for the 20202021 school year. These focus skills help us create targeted lesson plans that best ensure future success, with consideration for both distant and in-person instruction. Our dedicated and highly professional teachers and staff use the most efficient and effective delivery methods including live-streamed lessons, lectures, mini-projects, videos, varied visual tools, and modeling. As we plan for our 100th year of Catholic Education on the Treasure Coast, we are planning for a future founded on the values of identifying and achieving personal excellence and a deep faith in the love that Jesus has for all of us. We hope that as our re-accreditation process in April has ended, we have identified a new Vision for 2026, reevaluated our mission, developed action plans and prioritized the following steps to our recovery by: committing time for strategic professional development, on-boarding, & succession planning; unifying our commitment to standards-based and differentiated lesson planning; refreshing our Religion and Writing curriculum; developing consistent use of formative and summative assessments and regular checks for understanding; and articulating and embracing a school-wide profile of teaching and learning.

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SCHOOL FINANCES Tuition revenue of $3,629,175 (71% of total revenue) was funded by the following sources: $163,795 from private donations such as Bernard Egan Foundation, St. Anastasia School Endowment, MAO Charitable Fund, Catholic Education Scholarship, Lumen Christi Scholarship, The Helping Hands Scholarship, The Norma T. Pace Scholarship; $1,276,730 from state scholarships such as the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, Florida Empowerment Scholarship, Gardiner and McKay Scholarships; and $2,188,650 directly from families. In the 2019-2020 school year, we completed construction of the girls bathroom and installed new windows in the main building as part of the Capital Campaign. These two projects cost $511,000 and were funded by the Church & School three year Capital Campaign which started in the fall of 2018. We held our first annual joint Church & School Gala which resulted in net profit of $81,400 which was donated to the Capital Campaign. In March of 2020, the community was impacted by the effects of Covid 19. As a result , there was a decline in development revenue (booster run, book fair), ancillary revenue (i.e. lunch, aftercare, camp, field trips) and related expenses. In August of 2020, the school experienced a loss of $175,000 in tuition revenue as a result of a decline in enrollment by 25 students from 514 to 489. However, as of December 2020, enrollment increased to 505 and is on track to reach 515 by the end of the school year. In the 2019-20 school year, 81.5% of operating expenses are paid for by tuition revenue. The remaining operating costs are paid for from fees, donations, parish support and fund raising activities. Operating Revenue 2019-2020 Tuition………………………................................$ 3,629,175 Fees……………………………..............................$ 166,428 Parish Support………………............................$     145,423 Ancillary/Camp/Other……...........................$   337,106 Development Revenue-Campaign............$ 511,108 Development Revenue-Gala/Other....….$     132,516 Donations…..………...………............................$  134,516 Total.....................................................................$ 5,056,380

Operating Expenses 2019-2020 Salaries & Benefits...........................................$ 3,555,051 Instructional Supplies.....................................$ 142,302 Administration Costs......................................$ 337,128 Ancillary/Camp/Other...................................$ 205,664 Development Expenses-Campaign............$ 511,388 Development Expenses-Gala/Other.........$ 131,957 Plant Costs..........................................................$ 212,504 Total......................................................................$ 5,095,994

2019-2020 Average Tuition Revenue: $7,006 Per Child 2019-2020 Average Cost to Educate a Child: $8,411 Over the next three years the budget will include a salary increase for teachers. The target in year three is equal to 90% of the Saint Lucie County Teacher Salary Scale. Page 6

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JOINT CHURCH AND SCHOOL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN In our final year of the Joint Church and School Capital Campaign, we are very grateful for the support of our community and donors. As of December 31, 2020 we have raised 75% of our $2.5 million goal. As of December 8, 2020 we have raised 73% of our $2.5 million goal. Completed Projects totaling $972,000: Renovated girls’ bathrooms in the main school building; Installation of hurricane proof windows on north side of main school building; Replacement of church roof, skylight, and air conditioning units; New parking lot for church and school; and Addition of new gazebo. Projects in Process: Church Narthex and bathroom renovations. Upcoming projects, summer 2021: Renovation of boys’ bathrooms in main school building.

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PROFILE OF A GRADUATE We, the parents and teachers of St. Anastasia Catholic School, envision each graduate of our school to be a: Faith-filled Disciple who: (Spiritual/Religious)  Seeks out God in sacraments, prayer, service, evangelization, and worship. Understands how to use the Bible and Catechism to inspire and inform his/her faith. Knows how to apply human and theological virtues and can defend what he/she believes. Strives for a deepened respect and appreciation for truth, beauty, and goodness.   Reflective and Critical Thinker who: (Intellectual)  Demonstrates understanding of facts and ideas in all of the academic disciplines. Uses the latest technology and information to solve complex problems. Demonstrates curiosity by asking what, why and how. Listens well and communicates effectively and creatively.  Responsible Citizen who: (Social/Emotional)  Respects and cares for all life and God's creation. Demonstrates accountability to himself/herself, to God, and to the community. Understands his/her unique talents and challenges and applies that self-awareness in the development of personal goals. Continuously develops his/her basic life skills, social etiquette, and ability to adapt to change. Stands up to peer pressure and makes good choices with help from God, family, and the community.  Healthy and Balanced Teen who: (Physical) Appreciates the importance of nutrition, hygiene, self-discipline, posture, and overall wellness at home and at school. Participates in extracurricular activities and exhibits good sportsmanship and teamwork when working or playing in a group.  Recognizes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and makes choices that support the value of his/her life and the lives of others.  Sets measurable goals to continuously balance his/her health and wellness.

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