Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

September Newsletter

Important Dates

1st Day of School for Grades 1 - 8

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 8am-12:30pm

Our Lady Perpetual Help School, Main and Fellowship, Maple Shade Township, NJ, United States

PTA Casual Coffee

Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 8:15-9:15am

Pope John Room

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

First Day of Kindergarten and PreK 3 and 4

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 8:30am-12:30pm

Our Lady Perpetual Help, Main St, Maple Shade Township, NJ, United States

PTA Family Fun Night

Friday, Sep. 18th, 6pm

236 East Main Street

Maple Shade Township, NJ

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Array of Hope

Saturday, Sep. 19th, 7pm

102 4th Street

Riverton, NJ

An evening of faith, hope, and love. A musical, multimedia experience. Mandatory for 8th Grade - Confirmation Retreat

Back to School Night and General PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd, 7pm

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, East Main Street, Maple Shade Township, NJ, United States

Faith Development

LECTOR MINISTRY

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to serve our worshiping community by becoming lectors. Students who wish to be part of this ministry should contact Mrs. Scioli, as soon as possible. Forms are available here.

PRESENTATION OF BIBLES/FAMILY MASS FOR GRADE 6

Students in grade 6 and their families are cordially invited to attend the 5:00 PM Family Mass on Saturday, October 17, 2015. During this liturgy the students will be presented with a copy of the Bible for their religious studies during this school year.

Academic

CURRICULUM INFORMATION

Curriculum goals, again for this school year, have been developed. Our goal is to ensure that all students succeed academically, especially in the areas of Math and Integrated Language Arts. In addition, our teachers will continue to implement the diocesan guidelines in Social Studies, Spanish, Fine Arts and Physical Education.

Thank you for your help and assistance by encouraging learning in your home.

BAND PROGRAM OFFERED

Mrs. Soper will continue to oversee our band program. Students in grades 4-8 will have the opportunity to further develop their musical talents. The band demo will take place on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Information about registration for the band program was sent home with students

BASIC SKILLS / SPECIAL SERVICES

Burlington County Special Services Unit has again been contracted to provide remedial and supplemental instruction in math and language arts, English as a Second Language, and speech services. Unfortunately, we must join other schools in the state of New Jersey in adapting to some changes due to budgetary constraints. Mrs. Pat Pustizzi will be teaching Basic Skills and Supplemental Instruction. Mrs. Jean Hartman will provide speech services.

Activities

Family Fun Night, Friday, September 18, 6:00-9:00 pm

Join us for our Second Annual Family Fun Night. Wristbands are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Included in the price of the wristband are games, DJ, Bounce House, Face Painting, and Rock Wall (Sneakers required). Food, Dunk Tank, and Photo Booth are additional.

Advance wristbands will be available until Thursday, September 17. See attached flyer.

Scrip

Don’t forget to purchase SCRIP on the first Monday of the month. Your 50% share of the profits will help defray some of your tuition costs. If you would like further information regarding SCRIP, call the school office at 856-779-7526 x 225

News Notes

FORMS

The following forms should be returned on the first day of school:


  • Emergency information form (one per family, for office)
  • Emergency information paper (each child for nurse)
  • Volunteer form


These can be found in the September Packet.

The page from the Parent/Student Handbook needs to be returned or submitted online. Please follow the instructions for this on the website. The deadline for all grades is September 8th.

The Photo and Web Release form should be returned on the first day of school or submitted online.

The Technology Acceptable Use Student Contract must be returned or submitted online by September 11.


If you have any questions about any of the above, please call the school office at 779-7526, extension 225.

SHELTER IN PLACE

This is a safety procedure initiated by the Police or Fire Department in the event that air borne toxic substances are released in the vicinity of the school. The procedure includes a ‘no one in, no one out’ policy until it has been determined that the danger has dissipated. In school, all students, teachers and staff will assemble in a designated place. To accommodate the needs of the students in the event that a shelter in place is put into effect, we ask you to send in three non-perishable snacks in a zip lock bag that is labeled with your child’s name and grade. These snacks will be stored in containers provided by the PTA until they are needed. If they are not used, they will be returned to your child for snacks at the end of the school year. This year we are asking parents to provide the snacks instead of the PTA in order to better address each child’s taste preference and allergic conditions. The PTA will continue to provide bottled water for each child. Please send in your snacks no later than Friday, September 11, 2015. Thank you for your cooperation, and, as in all things, if you have questions or concerns, please call the office at 779-7526 x225.

LUNCH FEE AND HOT LUNCH PROGRAM

Lunch fee ($15.00 per family, excluding half day Pre-K and Kindergarten students) is due on the first day of school.

Hot lunch Applications (only if you are applying for benefits) deadline is 9-11-2015.

BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB

Welcome back... and Happy Reading!! Our Birthday Book Club continues since we have had a wonderful response in the past. Here is an explanation of the program for those of you not familiar with how the BBC works:

On your birthday, donate a new, hardback book to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Library. (The reason we ask for hardback books is because of their longer shelf life). If your birthday is in the summertime, consider donating a book as we celebrate your ‘half birthday’, six months from your actual birthday.

  • Your name will be written on a bookplate and placed in the book for posterity. Your name will also appear in the monthly newsletter and be written on the poster in the hall outside the library.
  • You will enjoy the great feeling of helping your school library be the very best!!

DIOCESAN INSURANCE

Supplemental health insurance for students is available through the Diocese of Trenton. If you have not received the application sent home on the first day of school and would like one, please call the office.

SAFETY

Please be patient with our staff when they are directing traffic at dismissal. Our best interests are the safety of the students.

Communications

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

Our school uses SchoolReach, now a School Messenger company, as our mass communication provider. Please return the emergency information forms found in the September packet.

MONTHLY COMMUNICATIONS

All information can be found on our website and in the monthly newsletter.

Reminders

ARRIVAL TIME

Each morning our doors open at 8:00 AM. The first bell rings at 8:08. The second bell rings at 8:10. Students arriving after the 8:10 bell are considered late and should be accompanied by a parent or have a note from a parent regarding the late arrival. Chronic lateness disrupts the morning routine. According to the Parent-Student Handbook, Chronic lateness and/or absence may jeopardize placement or re-registration at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. Students may not arrive prior to 8:00 unless they are part of the Extended Day program or have a pass from a teacher. Please follow this procedure for the safety of all students.

UNIFORM EXCHANGE

If you have a uniform that your child has outgrown, please consider donating it to our exchange program. If you wish any additional uniforms, please contact the school office.

REWARDS PROGRAMS

Please continue to save Campbell product labels and General Mills Box Tops for Education. Both of these campaigns benefit our school program. An insert in this newsletter contains detailed information regarding the Campbell’s products that qualify for this promotion.

The General Mills Box Tops for Education Program continues to earn cash sent directly to our school. We appreciate your help and support.

Thank you for continuously saving and bringing the spent printer cartridges. Funds received from these cartridges support our technology program.

LUNCH MONEY

Lunch ticket money is collected each Friday at 8:20 AM. Please be sure to mark your child’s envelope with his/her name, grade, and the number of lunch tickets ordered. The cost of each ticket (good for 5 meals) is $18.75.

The next a la carte milk order of $7.20 is due Friday, September 11th (good through October 2nd.) Please remember to send milk money to school in an envelope marked with your child’s name and grade. (Please note that lunches ordered through the hot lunch program include milk.) Next milk money is due Friday, October 2nd.

HOT LUNCH SERVERS

Mrs. Gina Scioli, our lunchroom coordinator, is anxious to have more moms, dads, grandparents, or other adults to assist at lunchtime each day. Please consider this special service. Check off this area of the PTA service form found in the September packet and you will be contacted late in September to begin training.

SCHOOL NURSE

June Flanagan, RN will oversee the nursing services at our school. We welcome June to our school family.

STATIONERY

The price list for stationery items are posted online. We wish to thank Mrs. Gina Scioli for managing the Stationery Store for us.

VOLUNTEERS

We are most grateful to the parents and friends who volunteer their time and talent to make many of our programs so special. Please be sure to sign our volunteer log when you offer your services in the school. We publish the names of our volunteers here each month, and your children are so proud to see your names in print.

All volunteers / room mothers need to be fingerprinted and must attend a Virtus class. For further information, please contact the school office.