When the unprecedented pandemic affected the country, all campuses of Montessori De Sagrada Familia were forced to shut down and migrate its educational services remotely. In order for Sagradan learners to continue learning amidst the threat of COVID-19, the school created its home-based learning programs: the Flexible s-Learning for the Young Sagradan (FLY) for Junior Casa-Grade 3 Levels and the Sagradan Access to Flexible E-learning (SAFE) for the Grades 4-12 Levels
As per the Department of Education, attendance to onsite/face-to-face classes is not mandated among learners in K-G12 levels. Parents are the ones to decide which learning modality best suits their children.
The Flexible e-Learning for the Young (FLY) Sagradan and the Saradan Access to Flexible E-learning (SAFE) are the school’s home-based e-learning programs that feature synchronous (virtual meetings) and asynchronous (independent study tasks) activities that can be access via the school’s Learning Management System, www.mdsflms.com. Students belonging to the Pre-elementary (JC-K) and Lower Grade School (G1-G3) are placed in the FLY Sagradan while students of Upper Grade School (G4-G6) and High School (G7-12) are placed in the SAFE.
As per Department of Education, the curriculum to be utilized for online learning is the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs). The subject areas covered for FLY & SAFE are the same subjects reflected in MELC. To view the competencies and subjects under MELC, please click https://commons.deped.gov.ph/melc
The use of a device with internet connection is required to attend virtual meetings and work on independent study tasks. The following specifications are needed for FLY & SAFE: Tablet/desktop with camera, speaker/headset Printer (for Pre-elementary-Lower Grade School)
Junior Casa (3 yr old) – 1 teacher : 5 students
Advanced Casa (4 yr old) – 1 teacher : 7 students
Kindergarten (5 yr old) – 1 teacher : 10 students
Grades 1-3 – 1 teacher : 13 students
Grades 4-6 – 1 teacher : maximum of 20 students
Grades 7-12 – 1 teacher : maximum of 20 students
The MDSF Learning Management System (www.mdsflms.com) is the school’s virtual campus. Students log in to this platform to access their course pages and other links that will direct them to their academic tasks and learning resources. Announcements and other links to non-academic affairs are also found in the LMS. The design and content of the school’s LMS is proudly teacher-made (except for those picked from Open Educational Resources). These activities and learning resources were designed and created with reference to the present needs and profile of Sagradan students, thus making the system flexible, personalized, developmentally appropriate and interest-based.
Families are strongly advised to create a study corner that is quiet and free from distraction but accessible by other members of the household. This will allow adults to check the student from time to time. Since students are expected to stare on the screen for a long period of time, they are advised to take health breaks to give their eyes a rest as well.
All learning activities are aligned with the expected performance and content standards prescribed by the Department of Education. Teachers are trained and equipped to utilize online learning tools and design online learning activities that are student-centered, targeting higher order thinking skills and promoting engagement among students. These activities are already reflected in the Academic Weekly Planner (AWP) found in the Learning Management System.
Yes. There are learning materials needed to be prepared in order to undertake activities during virtual meetins and independent study tasks. These materials are found in the Academic Weekly Planner found in the school’s LMS. Through the AWP, parents and students already have an overview of the activities expected to be facilitated for the week and the materials that they need to prepare.
There are selected book titles prescribed by the school in order for students to fully maximize their online learning at home. These books are available at the school’s bookstore located in the High School Campus.
Students are categorized into sections according to the learning modalities that their parents chose for them. Parents are strongly advised to reserve a slot/enroll earlier in order to avoid inconvenience in selecting the learning modality of their preference.
MDSF is a FAPE (Fund for Assistance to Private Education) accredited school. Eligible students (G7-12) receive government subsidy to cover a portion of their tuition fee. To apply for the said subsidy, interested parents may inquire at the school’s registrar office.
Parents of students who wish to shift from CREATE to FLY/SAFE/PLAY shall inform the child’s homeroom adviser. The school will make the changes needed in order for the child to utilize his/her new learning modality. However, shifting from FLY/SAFE/PLAY to CREATE shall be subject to the availability of a slot during the middle of the school year. Parents shall also settle additional fees in order to enroll their child to the CREATE Program
The school is in partnership with Scholastic Learning Zone, the school’s virtual library that contains literacy resources for recreational and reference reading of students. At the start and end of the school year, each student’s Lexile (comprehension) level is assessed. Reading activities and book quizzes are integrated in the English learning plans all through out the school year in order to promote love for reading, increased comprehension and other reading skills.
Every quarter, faculty members deliberate through a scholarship meeting in which students struggling with academic and behavioral concerns are identified. Parents are then conferred with to discuss possible interventions and accommodations to address the learning/behavioral needs of the children. These may be in the form of remedial classes, counseling sessions and other action plans to be undertaken both in the virtual classroom and at home.
All policies pertaining to student discipline and expected online behaviors are reflected in the Family Handbook uploaded in the Welcome Page of the Learning Management System.
Technical support is available during school hours. Parents and students may access the hotline in order to be assisted by our technical team.
There is no prescribed school uniform in the FLY & SAFE Learning Program. Instead, all students are expected to dress decently when attending virtual meetings.
Check-ins in the morning are integral part of setting the tone for online learning. ITS Friday activities are also facilitated to highlight and discuss Sagradan Virtues for the month.
The Virtues Project is the school’s character formation program that aims to promote monthly virtues that are under the school’s core values. The Virtues Project consists of year-long experiential activities facilitated by advisers during homeroom sessions.
MDSF is a non-sectarian school. However, since majority of its student population belongs to the Catholic Faith, First Friday Mass is conducted every month.
There are appointed Parent Representatives per grade level. Every quarter, these parent representatives meet with the School Principal and Department Heads to discuss important matters related to the students’ academic affairs. They are also in-charge of disseminating information that involves the participation of parents.
MDSF values the feedback and suggestions of its stakeholders as these are vital towards school improvement. Every quarter, feedback surveys are administered to solicit information from parents, teachers and students. For feedback and concerns that need immediate action, parents may communicate them through the following channels: MDSF Facebook Page, MDSF Parent Portal, e-mail and Parent’s Concern Log (c/o Parent Representatives).
Adviser’s Reporting Day is conducted every month where parents are informed of the learning highlights of each homeroom. At the end of each quarter, teachers conduct conferences with parents to discuss the student’s academic progress. Learning portfolios and other evidence of learning are presented to parents as well.
The MDSF Parent Portal (www.mdsfonline.com) is the school’s online platform where important school records of students can be accessed by parents. These school records include: academic progress reports (grades) and learning portfolios, announcements, matriculation fees and student ledgers, health declaration tool, etc.
MDSF Parents R Partners is a Facebook Group that aims to promote involvement and support among Sagradan parents. This online platform streams parenting webinars and posts important school announcements.
Parental involvement is very important in the academic progress and development of children especially in a time of the pandemic.
Attend parent meetings
Check Academic Weekly Planner
Pre elementary: Facilitate the PCA’s
LGS: Assist in the academic activities
UGS: Check Activity Tracker
High School: Periodically check the attendance
Provide feedback in the survey cycles
Ensure that financial obligations in school are settled
Reservation fee is amounted to P5,000.00. It will be deducted from the tuition fee upon enrollment. Reservation fees are non-refundable. If the student will not push through with the enrollment for the school year, the paid reservation fee may be used on the succeeding school year/s upon presentation of the official receipt.
FLY & SAFE classes will start in July 2022. Orientation for parents and students will be held a week before the classes start.