Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

June, 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.

June Highlights

June 3, 9:00 First Friday Mass

June 10, 12:30 Dismissal

June 10, 4:00 - Graduation Mass and Ceremony

June 15, 9:00 - Mrs. Donahue PreK Closing Ceremony, Nolan Hall

June 15, 9:00 - Mrs. Newman PreK Closing Ceremony, Pope John Room

June 15, 9:00 - Mrs. Williams PreK Closing Ceremony, Classroom

June 15, 10:00 - Kindergarten Closing Ceremony, Pope John Room

June 15, 11:00 Academic Awards Ceremony

June 15, 12:30 Dismissal - No extended day

Faith Development

Summer Blessing for Families

May we make our homes places of relaxation,

joy, love, peace and safety.

May we be generous and considerate,

not thinking only about ourselves,

but helping others enjoy the blessings of the summertime.

Lord God, Creator of all things,

guide our steps and strengthen our hearts

during these months of summer and vacation days.

Grant us refreshment of mind and body.

May we constantly strive to make a meaningful difference

in the lives of our loved ones and in the world around us

as we enjoy the warm days of summertime.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

"Archive." The Catholic Review God Is in the Clouds: School's Out: Summer Prayers and Blessings for Families and Educators. 11 June 2015. Web. 10 May 2016.


RSR Stars

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

PreK Williams: Mason G.

PreK Donahue: Grace M., Olivia S.

PreK Newman: Ava M., Ali M.

KDG: Sophia B., Jadyn C.

1st: Christian K., Ethan B.

2nd: Aiden D., Natalie T.

3rd: Daniel M.

4th: Ethan M., Shannon G.

5th: Sarah G., Shane M.

6th: Evan S., Allison, E

7th: John G., Cassie G.

These students will be honored with an out of uniform day on Friday, June 3. 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.

Academics

IXL

IXL accounts can be accessed over the summer. This provides an opportunity for your student to review Math and Language Arts in the summer months. Take advantage of this website so your child is prepared for their next grade.


Digital Citizenship

Last month, Mr. Jankowski sent an email and a letter to all parents regarding children and apps on their electronic devices. I'd like to reiterate Mr. Jankowski's concern about the safety of our students - your children.


  • Be aware of the apps that are on your children's phones, tablets, and devices. If you don't know what something is, Google it. Better still, ask your child. Check the minimum age for a child to use the app and be sure your child is in compliance.
  • Make sure your child is not using their real name when they sign up for accounts.
  • Never post personal information and make sure your child is not posting personal information. Ask your child what they consider to be personal information. We discuss it in class so they should tell you: name, address, phone number, grade, school, town, age, birth date, parents' email, their own email, number of siblings, favorite color or food.
  • Those first day of school pictures in their new uniforms? Don't take a picture with your house or the school in the background. Better still, don't post a picture of your child in a school uniform because it can identify the school they attend.
  • If an app has a private message function, be sure to check your child's messages. You should also check their texts, emails, and chats. You are not invading their privacy, you are parenting!
  • Be sure to check your child's friend or follow list. If there is a person you don't recognize, question your child and have them unfriend, block, or unfollow this person if they don't know who it is.

Next year, I'd like to do an Internet Safety presentation at a PTA meeting or other open forum. In the meantime, take five minutes to read this article. Hopefully, we can all be better informed and more vigilant in keeping our children safe.

Activities

STUDENT AMBASSADOR ELECTIONS

Seventh and sixth grade students presented their speeches to their classmates, as well as, to the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders prior to the elections for Student Ambassador Officer. Elections took place on May 20th. Our Student Ambassadors for the 2016-17 school year are: Allison E, Sean M., Raelyn M., Liam O., and Sanjana T.


Birthday Book Club

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


Book-IT for May

Angelina, Anthony, Jonathan, Deon, Aiden, Addison, Kevin, Melanie, Joia, Madeline, Jackson, Myranda, Shane, Connor, Makenna, Brenna, Brandon, Annabelle, Aidan, Colin, Natalie. Hayden

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News Notes

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.


Final Day of School

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.


Congratulations and thank you to all of our graduating families! We wish all of the graduates much luck and success as they start their high school journeys! We will miss you all. Most especially, we would like to wish a fond farewell and offer a big thank you to the many parents who have been an integral part of both the PTA and our school over the years. Your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed.Thank you to the following students’ families: Lilyanna B., Daniel B., Alyssa C., Patrick G., Matthew G., Alexis G., Ryan G., Adil K., Brooke L., Giana M., Matthew N., Ryan S., Benjamin T.


School Uniform Closet

If you have uniforms that no longer fit your students and you do not have a sibling or a friend who could use the uniforms, please consider sending them in for the uniform exchange. Parents are welcome to access our uniform inventory whenever the office is open.

A Flynn & O’Hara link can be found on the school website for any new uniform orders.


Box Tops and Campbell Soup Labels

Please continue to save the General Mills Box Tops for Education, Campbell Soup Labels and used ink cartridges throughout the summer.


Settling Accounts

Please note that all Tuition, Extended Day, graduation fees, and Library fees (2015-2016) must be paid in full prior to the end of school. Final report cards, diplomas, and transcripts will be held in the school office relating to accounts that still have a balance due. Please be sure to return all library books, as well. All payments now must be made with cash or money order. Please call the office if you have any question regarding the status of your account.


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

Reminders

Scrip

Last order day for credit for the 2015-2016 school year will be June 6, 2016. Orders for the summer will be as follows: July 5, 2016, August 8, 2016.


Mrs. Scioli has some SCRIP cards in inventory. If you are interested please contact the school office, to find out what is available.


Hot Lunch

The last day for lunch ticket purchases is Friday, June 4. Please do not over buy. Purchase what is needed. Any leftover tickets will be used in September. Our last hot lunch will be served on Thursday, June 9. June 13 and 14 are brown bag days.


Extended Day

Please note that there is NO Extended Day after the Academic Awards Ceremony (12:30 dismissal) on June 15th, the final day of this school year.


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.