|FROM THE DESK OF MS. BRESLER...
This is our last weekly newsletter for the 2017-2018 school year. I can hardly believe it! It went by in the blink of an eye. On behalf of all the faculty and staff of St. Veronica thank you for sharing your children with us. While there may have been some concerns throughout the year, there were also times of great celebration, excitement and joy; always with the knowledge that we were all, students, teachers, parents, clergy, and parishioners, working toward the same goal... confident, educated and faith filled students. Thanks for being on our team!
Have a wonderful summer and come back ready to begin again in August!
FACULTY CHANGES FOR 2018:
As many of you know we are losing Mrs. Susan Haushalter (4th grade) and Sr. Del (7th grade). We are currently interviewing for the 7th grade position and have interviewed several viable candidates. As soon as the position is filled we will post it on the school website.
We will be filling the 4th grade position from within. Mrs. Kelsey Motz will be moving up to take the 4th grade position. She taught fourth grade her first year with us and she is excited to be going back. However, this will cause an opening in 2nd grade, and again, we are working to fill the 2nd grade opening from within, but who that will be has yet to be determined.
In addition, currently there is only enough kindergarten students registered to have one class. We are hoping for more registrations during the summer, so if you know anyone who is looking for an educational partner please send them our way. While we are waiting, however, we have to make alternative plans, so there may be some changes at that level.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL:
Our last day of school, Wednesday, May 30th, will be a full school day as normal (3:00 dismissal). If you need to change your student's dismissal for that day a note must be sent with the student in the morning. We will not accept any dismissal changes via fax, email or phone call on the last day of school.
Please make sure you have your student check the Lost and Found!! Any clothing that remains at the end of the school year will be donated.
Throughout this year I have been sharing excerpts from the book "The Gift of Failure" by Jessica Lahey. Last week's installment dealt with how to let children develop relationships with other children, giving them enough space to learn from their mistakes.
The rest of that chapter gave insights into relationship building at different age levels starting at preschool and going up through middle school. It also has sections on how to handle sibling rivalry, middle school angst, and knowing when it is prudent to snoop for the sake of your children.
The titles of the remaining chapters are listed below.
I encourage you to consider purchasing the book, if you haven't done so yet!
Chap. 7 - Sports: Losing as an Essential Childhood Experience
Chap. 8 - Middle School: Prime Time for Failure
Chap. 9 - High School and Beyond: Toward Real Independence
PART III. SUCCEEDING AT SCHOOL: LEARNING FROM FAILURE IS A TEAM EFFORT
Chap. 10 - Parent - Teacher Partnerships: How Our Fear of Failure undermines Education
Chap. 11 - Homework: How to Help Without Taking Over
Chap. 12 - Grades: The Real Value of a Low Score
Conclusion: What I've Learned from Letting Go
A NOTE FROM....
Dear St. Veronica Community,
What a beautiful expression of love you showed us after Wednesday's Mass! Your presence, generous gifts and endearing "Good-bye Song" touched our hearts. As we stood in front of you we realized how blessed we were to share our lives with you. While leaving this loving community is difficult, just seeing your smiling faces brought such reassurance and peace. Know that a part of us will always remain with our St. Veronica family. We will treasure these memories forever. May God continue to bless all of us as we take the next steps in our journey.
With love and deep gratitude,
Sr. Delouise and Mrs. Haushalter
INCOMING 7TH AND 8TH GRADE PARENTS
When looking at the formation of lifelong student literacy, research has shown that summer reading is immensely valuable in continuously developing reading skills, forming study habits, and properly preparing students to enter into high school. With all this in mind, we have decided to start a summer reading program for the 7
graders beginning this summer.
It is important to us that we select literature that is relatable to all students (and parents), develops students' reading skills, while simultaneously developing students' social emotional skills. There are many challenges that come along with junior high and we want students to have the skills that allow them to make good choices, interact respectfully with each other, take responsibility for their behaviors and actions, as well as form habits that allow them to achieve success after leaving St. Veronica. For these reasons, we have chosen two texts from a series of books by Sean Covey. Incoming 7
graders are required to read
The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make
and 8th graders are required to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
The focus of t
hese texts is to develop decision-
making skills and study habits in adolescence that will last a lifetime. The 7th grade books
gives teens advice
on how to make smart decisions with issues such as school, dating, parents, friends, and addictions. Covey addresses topics that are life-changing and can affect a teen's entire future. With his own personal experiences and stories from
other teens, he ventures in
to the world of helping teens to thrive (Mariah Fleming 2013). The 8th grade book focuses on how to develop lifelong tools to help teens achieve success. It serves as a guide for teens to improve their self image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve goals, and it also offers hope for the future. It incorporates real-life examples from teens around the world who share their experiences and the habits they have developed to overcome obstacles (Patrick C., New Castle, DE 2011). We believe this material will be invaluable to this age group as they become leaders now and into high school.
If you are a current 6th or 7th grade parent, look for a letter coming home today that explains more fully our plan with summer reading.
WILL BE CLOSED for afternoon latchkey on the last day of school, May 30, 2018. Please note that the last day of school, May 30th, is a full day of school.
All PRESCHOOL accounts must be paid in full by May 24th and all regular LATCHKEY accounts must be paid in full by May 29th
NOTE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:
Please remember to pick up your student's medication by 3:15 pm on the last day of school (Wednesday, May 30th).
Please contact our health office 513-528-0442 ext 205
with any questions.
for students and volunteers!
July 9 - 13, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm
Registration deadline is
June 8, 2018.
for details and to register