October 1, 2012
It seems as though we had just returned to school after summer vacation and already the first month has flown by and I find myself writing the first monthly update letter of the year.
There are a few new dates that need to be added to the school calendar:
- Denim Day – Friday, October 19th
Our school has participated in this annual national event for a few years now. On Denim Day, for a fee of $5.00, students may wear jeans/denim to school instead of their uniform. The money we collect from Denim Day is sent to the organizers, the Lee Jeans Co., who use it for research leading to a potential cure for breast cancer. Participating in such an event provides our students with an opportunity to practice what they learn here at SSKCA, namely, to care about others.
- Teacher Professional ½ days – October 10th and Nov. 14th
Instead of the professional whole day off that we usually have every fall, this year we are having 2 half days of school. Students will have their regular classes in the morning and, after they go home at lunch time, the teachers will have additional training in the new Common Core State Standards that we are required by New York State to adopt in our classrooms.
I would like to take this opportunity to clear up an apparent misconception that arose after the parent orientation meeting when I had mentioned the CCSS. These new standards are not required just by the diocese of our Catholic schools. They are required by the state of New York along with 47 other states of our country. Every school in these states, whether Catholic, public, or private, is required to adopt these new standards. We plan on arranging a parent meeting in November where we will explain the standards further as well as introduce the new report cards. In the meantime, please feel free to check out information about the standards on the NYS special website, www.engageny.org.
We are in need of 2 moms who would be able to assist Ms. Rewekant, the mom who has been taking care of our Box Tops program for the past few years. It is getting to be too much for one person to handle. If you are interested, kindly leave your name and phone number/email with Hania in the office. Time spent working on the Box Tops counts toward service hours.
Also, the students and I would truly appreciate one or two dads volunteering to paint two hopscotch patterns in our parking lot for the students to enjoy during recess. This activity would also count towards service hours.
The teachers and I have noticed a few instances of non-compliance with the uniform rules. Girls are not permitted to wear dangling earrings to school. This is a safety rule. Also, sneakers are not school shoes and are not permitted to be worn with the regular uniform. The only exceptions are gym days or boys wearing the summer shorts. Regarding the shorts, we would hope that common sense would prevail. If a child needs to wear a sweater, sweatshirt, jacket, etc., that is an indication that it is not warm enough to wear shorts to school. If this continues to be a problem, an amendment to the handbook will be issued.
Our Little Blessings Playgroup opens this week on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Children from the crawling stage to under 3years of age are welcome to come with their moms or caregivers for some playtime while their moms socialize. The fee is $5.00 per child per visit to cover the cost of snacks/ materials. Kindly spread the word to your friends or neighbors who might be interested in such a program.
Thank you to all the parents who came to our first Meet the Parents Dance last Saturday. It was so nice to see you there and watch as you were having an enjoyable evening. As people were leaving, many said they had such a nice time they would love to have us host such an evening more often. As a result, we are hoping to have another such Parent Night Dance after Easter.
Best wishes for a wonderful autumn season!