Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

March, 2016 Newsletter

March Highlights

  • March 2 - Read Across America
  • March 6 9:00 am Mass - Rite of Signing followed by retreat for 2nd Grade students making First Holy Communion
  • March 4 - First Friday Mass
  • March 7 - 11 - Terra Nova Testing
  • March 11 - Last day of 2nd Trimester
  • March 12 - Paint Night sponsored by 8th Grade
  • March 13 6:30 pm - Lenten Concert with John Angotti
  • March 14 - 18 - Terra Nova Make up
  • March 18 - Report Cards
  • March 18 1:00 and 7:00 - Living Stations
  • March 24 - Holy Thursday Early Dismissal 12:30 No Extended Day
  • March 25 - Good Friday
  • March 28 - April 1 - Easter Break

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School enables students to celebrate their God given talents by serving others in the Spirit of Christ and growing into life-long learners.

Faith Development

A Prayer for Workers

O glorious Joseph! Who concealed your incomparable and regal dignity of custodian of Jesus and of the Virgin Mary under the humble appearance of a craftsman and provided for them with your work, protect with loving power your sons, especially entrusted to you.

You know their anxieties and sufferings, because you yourself experienced them at the side of Jesus and of His Mother. Do not allow them, oppressed by so many worries, to forget the purpose for which they were created by God. Do not allow the seeds of distrust to take hold of their immortal souls. Remind all the workers that in the fields, in factories, in mines, and in scientific laboratories, they are not working, rejoicing, or suffering alone, but at their side is Jesus, with Mary, His Mother and ours, to sustain them, to dry the sweat of their brow, giving value to their toil. Teach them to turn work into a very high instrument of sanctification as you did. Amen.

Pope Saint John XXIII

Rite of Signing Mass and Retreat

2nd Grade students who will be receiving First Eucharist will participate in the Rite of Signing at the 9:00 am Mass on Sunday, March 6. Following Mass the children will participate in their retreat until 12:15 noon.

The Stations Of Cross

Stations of the Cross are scheduled for every Friday night in the parish during Lent at 7:00 PM in the Church. Our students will participate in the traditional Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent .

Our eighth grade students will present the Living Stations on March 18th at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. All are welcome.

St. Joseph’s Day

Saturday, March 19th is St. Joseph’s Day. Saint Joseph is the patron of the Sisters of Saint Joseph who minister to the people of our parish. We are blessed by their work and service to our community! We thank the Sisters and wish them a Happy Feast Day!

Love for Lennon

Eighth grade is Opening Doors of Mercy with their service project: Love for Lennon. Lennon was diagnosed with Bohring-Opitz syndrome, a disorder so rare that there are only 60 known cases worldwide. Our students sold wristbands and raised $$$.

RSR Stars

We would like to congratulate the RSR Stars for the month of February. The following students demonstrated exemplary characteristic in the areas of Respect, Spirituality, and Responsibility.

PreK Williams: Sophia C., Tyler K.

PreK Donahue: William T., Jayce B.

PreK Newman: Barry C., Akshita S.

KDG: Mollie T., Monish S.

1st: Judah C., Vivica M.

2nd: Myranda L., Colin T.

3rd: Bryanna H.

4th: Mark Aaron A., Phoenix C.

5th: Maison B., Chloe H.

6th: Connor M.

7th: Shriya G., Devyn D.

8th: Ryan G.

These students will be honored with an out of uniform day on Friday, March 4. We applaud you for your exemplary behavior and for living the mission statement: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School enables students to celebrate their God given talents by serving others in the Spirit of Christ and growing into lifelong learners.

Prayer for Lent

Almighty and Everlasting God,

You have given the human race

Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.

He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man

And giving His life on the Cross.

Help us to bear witness to You

By following His example of suffering

And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.



Terra Nova Testing

Testing for students in grades 2 through 8 begins March 7. A standardized test, unlike the tests given regularly through the school year, is one that is given to students throughout the nation. The scores are based on the average performance of children taking the test. In this way, a student’s score can be compared to those of children in the same grade in other schools. With these results, we are able to evaluate the effectiveness of our curriculum. Unless an absence is unavoidable due to a serious reason, children should be present during the testing. If a child is absent, the tests will be made up. Please eat a hardy breakfast and bring a healthy snack. Get plenty of rest and do your best!!

Reporting Your Child Absent

The number is the school number for calling your child out absent, 779-7526 and extension 226.

Requesting Homework

Please remember that the time to ask for your child’s homework is when you are reporting him or her absent. Requests for homework need to be made before 9:30. Homework can be picked up between 3:05 and 3:30.

Third Grade

This month third grade will be reading different books written by Dr. Seuss. After reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck, they will be making oobleck in science to demonstrate liquid and solid matter.

Digital Citizenship

Last month, we celebrated Safer Internet Day. The theme for this year is Play Your Part for a Better Internet. This applies to everyone – especially adults. We are role models for our children and their first teachers. As adults, we are called to “model good behavior to show children how we can all make the Internet a more positive place for us to communicate and learn.”

1) Think about how much time you spend on your phone, tablet, or computer. Are your electronics taking time away from family and friends?

2) Do you regularly monitor your student’s browser history, texts, apps?

3) Do your children use electronics in a common room in your house like the family room or kitchen?

4) Do you ask questions and do spot checks on your children’s devices?

“Parenting wired kids can be difficult, especially if you didn't grow up with the same technologies.” This quote from netsmart.org/Parents hits the nail on the head. As a high school network administrator, I found for every safety procedure we implemented, students found a way around that procedure. Let’s face it, your children know more about their devices than you do!

In her article for Edutopia, Social Media at School: Teaching Safety on the Virtual Playground, Mary Beth Hertz says "I always use the playground analogy when it comes to the internet and social media. We let our kids go to the playground knowing that they may encounter bullies there, or that they could fall and get hurt. We teach them how to climb, we help them when they fall or hurt themselves, and we instruct them about how to handle the bullies they may run into. Social media is the playground of this generation. They still need our guidance and help." Please keep this in mind as you monitor your child’s phone or tablet use.

Here are some useful links:



As always, if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Peg Smith via email or phone.


Read Across America

March 2nd is the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel). Parents and grandparents are invited to come and read to their students from 12:45 to 1:30. The celebration for students in Mrs. Donahue and Mrs. Williams classes will take place from 11:15 to 12:00.

Birthday Book Club

You are invited to celebrate your birthday by giving the gift of a new book to our school library.

CYO Sophomore Girls

Playoff game Friday, March 4 at Holy Cross Academy, Delran.

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News Notes

School Tuition - Financial Assistance 2016-2017

PSAS Forms and info are available online at our school website. Click here for more information. Deadline for the first wave of awards is March 3, 2016. Tax returns from 2015 will be needed.

Box Tops For Education

Please continue to send in box tops!

School Pictures

The eighth grade graduation pictures will be taken on Tuesday, April 19th.

School Uniform Closet

The inventory in our School Uniform closet, located in our school behind the Pope John Room, is sorted according to gender and size. Our supplier, Flynn & O’Hara, carries girls’ tights and trousers. They carry teen sizes in green tights. Tights can also be purchased in the school office for $10.00.

Also, Polar Fleece Jackets are available at Flynn and O’Hara. Click here to access their website to browse or purchase items.

Printer Cartridge Recycling Program

Thank you to those who have already sent in used cartridges. Please continue to remind your families, friends and business associates to save their used ink cartridges for us. Used cartridges may be brought to the school or to the collection box in the church foyer. This initiative supports the technology program at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.

School Nurse

Deanna Marz, an OLPH alum, has come on board as our new school nurse. Join us in welcoming her.


Reporting an Absence

Call 856-779-7526 extension 226 to report an absence. Requests for homework can be made by 9:30

Safety First

As a reminder to everyone, our students have been advised that it is the responsibility of an adult to answer the front door of the school. We do not wish to put students in the dangerous position of admitting unauthorized persons to the school. If you are trying to enter the building, please do not ask a child to open the door. Ring the bell and an adult will respond as soon as possible. There are some days when the only available after hours entrance is with the Extended Day Staff who may be located in the gym. All doors are secure from the outside. Everyone has the responsibility to keep all areas safe and secure. Thank you for understanding the importance of this matter.

Keep Current

Please be sure we have current phone numbers to reach you in the event of any emergency. In an emergency, we will make every effort to keep your children safe. It is, however, imperative that we have a way to reach you directly.

Emergency School Closing

Notification for all delayed openings or school closings will be communicated through the SchoolMessenger System. In addition, information will be posted on the school website – www.olphparish.com, as well as KYW 1060, CBS 3, CW-Philly, or 6abc.com


Our 10th Annual Casino Night was held on Feb. 13. A good time was had by all who attended. Thank you: Karen Salvano, Courtney Finn and the “Casino Night” committee for planning such a successful event. The two big winners of the evening were:

  • Nicole Greenleaf, the “Mega 50/50” winner, walked away with an impressive $2,695.00.
  • The Carter Family won the “$1,000 Tuition Credit”.

The PTA would like to congratulate them, along with all of the winners that evening. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.

The PTA’s annual Family Bowling Night was at Pinsetter’s on Feb. 21. This community building event is always a good time. Thank you, Anna Kirk.

Save the date for the next BIG event … Our “Spring Designer Bag Bingo” will be held on Saturday, May 7th. Click here to order tickets online.

Check out the school website for additional information and upcoming events.

Thank you for your continued support!!!


If you are picking your child up in the parking lot, park in the parking lot. Otherwise, your child should be in the walkers’ line if you are parked on South Poplar or Gradwell Avenues. When families cross the street at the parking lot, it stops the flow of cars from the parking lot. Please remember, there is a township NO PARKING sign in front of the Convent. All cars should be facing traffic when parked. Do not drop-off on Main Street. Kindly, use Poplar or our parking lot.

Hot Lunch Program

Lunch ticket money is collected at 8:45 each Friday morning. Full price tickets cost $18.75. Reduced Price tickets cost $2.00. Exact amount is very much appreciated. Please send in your check/cash in an envelope. This is another way to keep track of the tickets you purchase. All tickets are good for five lunches. If purchased on Friday, it can’t be used until the following Monday

Milk money will be collected on Friday, March 4, $7.20, good through April 8th.


Please continue to save CAMPBELL PRODUCT LABELS. This campaign benefits our school by providing equipment and supplies.


Pretzels are sold every Friday for 75¢.

Lunch Servers Needed


The Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Hot Lunch Program is in need of servers who can work from 11:00-1:00 on any or every week day. This is a great way for grandparents to be part of their little one’s school experience. If you would like to help our school by being a lunch server, please call the school office to put your name on our call list.

Volunteers are special people

Our volunteers are “special” every day of the year!! We thank you for your generosity. Please remember to sign our volunteer log so we can acknowledge you in the Newsletter. Your children are very proud to see your name here.

Pat Zebrowski, Barbara Kostek, Fred Ballinghoff, Audrey McCash, Marie Schwartz, Virginia Harp, Tony Sgobbo, Mike Callahan, Sandy Galloway, Michelle Mourey