Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

May, 2016 Newsletter

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.

May Highlights

May 5, 9:00 - Ascension Thursday Mass

May 6 - Teacher Spirituality Day, School closed

May 7 - Designer Bag Bingo, NolanHall

May 9 - 11 - Book Fair, Pope John Room

May 10, 11 - Special Person's Luncheon, Nolan Hall

May 13, 6:30-8:00 pm - Art Show, Nolan Hall

May 18, 9:00 - May Crowning

May 27 - Field Day, Early dismissal 12:30

May 30 - Memorial Day, School closed

Faith Development

Devotion to Mary

Mary embraces God's will and freely chooses to cooperate with God's grace, thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God's plan of salvation. Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, "while the Mother is honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and glorified and . . . all His commands are observed." The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.

"Mary." Mary. Web. 04 Apr. 2016. <http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/mary/index.cfm>.

The month of May is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. This is a good time to include the Hail Mary when you pray with your children.


RSR Stars

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

PreK Williams: Garrett P.

PreK Donahue: Aiden M., Chanakya K.

PreK Newman: Mia L., Mustfa M.

KDG: Jeevan K., Liam N.

1st: Peyton J., Ethan M.

2nd: Jonathan C., Hayden W.

3rd: Hector R.

4th: Julia W., Zachary M

5th: Julianna F., Tre D.

6th: Victoria B., Adnan K.

7th: Sophia F., Kayla K.

8th: Patrick G., Gianna M.

These students will be honored with an out of uniform day on Friday, May 13. 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.


First Eucharist

Warmest congratulations are extended to all those who celebrated the sacrament of First Eucharist. They studied and prepared in their Religion classes and on their retreat day under the guidance of Mrs. Hunkins, the PREP staff, and their parents.


Confirmation

Congratulations to our 8th Graders on their receiving Confirmation on Friday, April 29. Again, these students studied and prepared in their Religion classes and on their retreat day under the guidance of Mrs. Hunkins, Mr. Nehila, the PREP staff, and their parents.


Ascension Thursday

The School Community invites everyone to celebrate Jesus’ Ascension into heaven at the 9:00 AM, Mass on Thursday, May 5th. Regularly scheduled classes will resume after Mass.

Academics

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We just received our caterpillars and will be observing them as they change. Once our butterflies have arrived, we will release them!


Mrs. Newman's PreK

Students in Prek 4 Full Day are attempting to hatch baby chicks!! May 4 is our class trip to the trampoline park and our Mother's Day Tea.


Physical Education

Each month during the school year, students in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade have been preparing for the Physical Fitness Test. This was formerly known as the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. Three years ago, the Presidential test was changed from the traditional physical fitness test to a program that highlights healthy eating and living. Since our students should still strive to be in good physical shape, we will be continuing the program following the same testing guidelines. The test will be during the last two weeks of May. The standards formally required for the level of the President's award will now be known as the Principal's Award.


Digital Citizenship

How many of you hate being the "Parents of No"? This is an ongoing joke in our family. One of my brothers and his wife started calling themselves the "Parents of No". My brother explained to their children that the decisions they made were for their children's safety and well-being. If this meant that they said "No" more than other parents, it was simply because they were trying to keep each child safe. It caught on in our family.

The years have passed and most of my nieces and nephews are college-aged or older, but I have a couple of elementary school-aged nieces and nephews. They also have "Parents of No". Recently someone was using an app that had been giving the "Parents of No" Stamp of Disapproval. I was kind of proud of the person in question. When confronted with the facts, the smart phone was handed over without my brother asking for it!

It has been hard for this social media butterfly, but their time is now filled with jogging with Mom, walking the little sibling home from school, keeping the bedroom clean, sketching, playing the piano and guitar.

Check out the news item from CNN for more on teens and social media:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/02/living/being-13-teens-social-media-question-answer/index.html

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

Activities

SPECIAL PERSONS LUNCH/BOOK FAIR

Special guests will have lunch with the students of OLPH on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10th and May 11th in Nolan Hall. If you missed the deadline for reservations, we recommend that you pick up your “special student” and go out to lunch at a local restaurant. Sign outs are done in the office – please send homeroom teachers a note if you are going out.

The annual Book Fair will be held in the Pope John Room May 9th to the 11th. Students will visit with their class to peruse and purchase books but the Fair will also be open after lunch on Special Person’s Day. Thank you to our PTA for sponsoring this event and for your support of literature.


STUDENT AMBASSADORS ELECTION – 2016-2017

Packet pick up (main office) - Thursday, May 5

Packet drop off (to Miss Stonaker or Mr. Nehila) by 3:00pm - Thursday, May 12

Approved Posters may be hung in hallways - Friday, May 13

Speeches due (to Mr. J.) by 8:30am - Monday, May 16

Speeches given (12:45pm) - Thursday, May 19

Elections - Morning of May 20 in homeroom.

Ballots will be counted at lunch. All candidates will be called down before dismissal to hear the results before they are announced over PA at the end of the day.


Birthday Book Club

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

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News Notes

2016 Best of South Jersey

We are excited to announce that Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School has been awarded the 2016 Reader's Choice Best of South Jersey School System. Thank you for supporting OLPH for the 8th year in a row!


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 second wave of awards is May 13, 2016. Tax returns from 2015 will be needed.


CLASS TRIPS

Special thanks to the PTA for covering the cost of the buses for our class trips. Financially, this helps with the cost of the trip. Each class will enjoy a day of learning outside the classroom.


GRADUATION

Graduation for our eighth grade students will take place on Friday, June 10 at 4:00 PM in church. Congratulations are extended to our eighth grade graduates. May God bless them as they begin their high school careers.


LAST DAYS

The last day of school is scheduled for June 15, 2016 and it is a 12:30 PM dismissal. Since we were blessed with such beautiful weather this winter season, we did not use any of our built in snow days.

June 15th will be the last day for all students. End of year ceremonies will take place on that day. Mrs. Williams PreK 3 and Mrs. Donahue PreK 4 will be at 9:00. Mrs. Newman PreK 4 and Mrs. Delany Kindergarten will be at 10:00. An Academic Awards Ceremony will take place in the Church at 11:00 AM for all remaining students in 1st through 7th grade.

Please note that this is subject to change should there be any unanticipated school closings.


FINAL PTA MEETING

Our final general PTA meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, May 23 at 7 pm in the Pope John Room. There will be a special thank you to our 8th grade parents who are moving on from this community in June. ALL ARE WELCOME!


Volunteers Are Special People

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.

Lunch Room Volunteers

Judy Salvano, Pat Zebrowski, Barb Kostek, Sandy Chapman, Marie Schwartz, Tony Sgobbo, Audrey McCash, Mike Callahan, Sandy Galloway, Virginia Harp

Other Volunteers

Joe Knowland, Carsey New, Amie Bennett, Christine Nusslein, Anna Kirk

Cookie Donation for Day of Service

Diane Benninghoven, Amanda Salvatore, Shannon Bianco, Allison Delany, Karen Salvano, Jen Lewis, Amy Barbour, Anna Kirk, Amie Bennett, Elizabeth Bieryla, Stephanie Leomporra, Tracey Carr, Courtney Finn

Reminders

Registration

We are in the process of formulating class rosters for September. If you have not yet returned your re-registration form, tuition contract and $200 registration fee, please do so as soon as possible. Registration and re-registration forms can be found on the web site.


PRINTER CARTRIDGE RECYCLING

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 computer lab or to the collection box in the church foyer.

  • Don’t throw those cartridges away – recycle them!
  • Save the earth!
  • Support the technology program at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School!


Fees

Please note that all Tuition, Extended Day, Lunch and Library Fine accounts must be paid in full prior to the end of school. Final report cards, diplomas and transcripts will be held in the school office for accounts that still have a balance due. Payments made after June 1 should be made with cash or by money order. Please call the office if you have any questions regarding the status of your account. Please make sure that all library books have been returned to school.