OUR LADY OF FATIMA
CATHOLIC SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL NEWSLETTER
                              April 21, 2017
 
" Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God." 
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
 
OUT AND ABOUT:
  • The students are back, rested, and energized from their Easter break. And we are glad that they are here!
  • We are officially in our "Spring Uniform." So the students should be wearing shorts and polo shirts. Any questions, please stop by, or see the uniform section of our student handbook on our website.
  • The big H.S.A. Spring Roaring Twenties Gala will be held next week on Friday, April 29th at the Rolling Hills Country Club. The class which has the largest percentage of parents attending will receive a week of dress down coupons for the last week of school.  For more information contact Joanne Salageanu at  joanne.salageanu@gmail.com  or Carrie Shaffer at shaffercp@gmail.com.
  • Saturday, May 13th is the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin appearing at Fatima.  We are having a long Spring Musical play practice that day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. I am asking all students to bring their school uniforms to play practice and stay for the procession led by Bishop Caggiano, then 5:30 Mass, and then a reception hosted by the parish. All Fatima students and their families are encouraged to attend this very special and important day. All Fatima students are encouraged to wear their uniforms to Mass that Saturday! Each student who attends the Saturday Mass in Uniform will get a Dress-Down Day Coupon for the following week!
  • On Friday, May 12th, to get ready for the 100th anniversary of Fatima, we are planning a Living Rosary outside at 1:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
  • Report cards were sent home right before the Easter break. Please make sure you sign and return the report card envelope to your child's teacher. Thank you for your help.
  • On Friday, March 31st we had Career Day in the afternoon for our 6th through 8th graders. Workshops were offered by a criminal attorney, William Westcott; an interior designer, Ursula Hanavan; an optometrist, Dr. Ivan Wong; a dentist, Dr. Elke Tatum; a town tax collector, Lisa Biagiarelli; a physical therapist, Janet Dobos; a forensic accountant, Peter Rubsam; a speech teacher, Madeleine Carroll, and F.B.I. agents, Elaine Siladi and Bob Silveri. Each student had a chance to attend three different workshops and begin to think about where their talents would best be used. All the workshops were excellent! A special thank you and "Shout Out" to Danielle Mancuso and Karin Beggan for organizing and planning such a worthwhile event.
  • For lent, our Seventh Grade on April 7th, performed a fantastic and powerful presentation of the Stations of the Cross. It was an unforgettable experience. Thank you to our 7th graders and to Mrs. Rooney for directing!
  • Starting May 1st, pick-up for the after-school program will take place in the back of the school. Thanks for your help. Also, after-school invoices for March were sent home before vacation. Please be sure to look for it.
  • We do have a change to our June calendar. June 6th will no longer be a full day staff professional day. It now will be a half-day school for all students with a noon dismissal; then professional development opportunities for the teachers in the afternoon. This will make our new last day of school, (as long as there are no more snow days!) Tuesday, June 20th. Please make note of this important change. Eighth Grade graduation will remain on June 9th.
  • The next time you are in our school please take a moment to look at the beautiful 8th-grade Self-Portraits hanging in the front hall. Great work, students, and great lesson, Ms. Fontana!
  • Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to this year's Jump Rope for Heart event.  This year, OLF raised $924.80 for the American Heart Association.  Our top fundraising class was grade three, raising a total of $185.  Also, I'd like to give special thanks to Mrs. Obermeyer and the fifth grade class for hosting a bake sale that raised $131.80 for the American Heart Association and to Ms. Casole for taking on this great event!
  • Alumni News: Jessica Highland, OLF Class of 2014, is being inducted into the WHS National Honor Society. Congratulations to Jessica, and to her proud parents and family!
 "SHOUT OUT 1"

Gabriella Casole. Gabriella in her first year here has done a wonderful job in her duties as our PE teacher and Athletic Director. She has completely redesigned our PE program, has ordered a range of developmentally appropriate new gym equipment, and brought many different and fun lessons and units to our daily PE classes. This has positively impacted all our children in grades Pre-K through 8th. As the Athletic Director, she has shown herself to be well-organized, flexible and creative. During the Tyler Uglyn Tournament, she was a constant presence in our gym. Recently, she brought Jump Rope for Heart with the American Heart Association back to our school. Thanks for all that you have done for our school, Gabriella!

"SHOUT OUT II"

 I want to recognize the parents who spent Friday, March 31st speaking to our students at Career Day. They are Bill Westcott, Ursula Hanavan, Dr. Ivan Wong,  Dr. Elke Tatum,  Janet Dobos,  Peter Rubsam, and Madeline Carroll. Thank you for taking the time to share your career with our students!

COMING EVENTS:
April 21st - Catholic Daughters Assembly at 2:00 p.m.
Movie Night for K-5 students hosted by OLF teachers
April 25th - Mother's Group meeting at 10:00 a.m.
April 27th - NJHS Induction Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. in the gym
April 29th - H.S.A. Spring Gala at the Rolling Hills Country Club
May 2nd - H.S.A. meeting at 7:00 p.m.
May 3rd - ACRE (Assessment of Child and Youth Religious Education) for students in grades 5 and 8
May 4th - Rehearsal at 4:00 p.m. in the church for second graders making their First Eucharist
May 5th - Living Museum presented by middle school students
Hospitality after Mass hosted by Grade 2
May 6th - First Eucharist for second graders at 9:30 a.m.
May 7th - H.S.A. Mother-Son event
May 9th to 12th - Scholastic Book Sale in the gym
8th Grade graduation picture
May 10th - 5th/6th/7th grade field trip to Sturbridge Village
May 11th - 8th Grade trip to Boston
May 12th - School living Rosary celebrating Our Lady's appearing at Fatima
May 13th - Parish celebration for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady appearing at Fatima in 1917. Procession beginning at 4:45 p.m., followed by 5:30 Mass with Bishop Caggiano, and then a reception at the church
May 14th - Mother's Day
May 20th - Spring Musical, The Snow Queen, at 7:30 p.m.
May 21st - Spring Musical, The Snow Queen at 3:00 p.m.
May 24th - Kindergarten and First grade field trip to Earthplace.
                    Sports Dinner
May 29th - Memorial Day - No school
May 30th through June 1st - 8th Grade Final Exams
June 2nd - Hospitality after Mass honoring this year's 8th grade class and hosted by   Grades 1 and 3
Spring Concert at 1:00 p.m.
June 5th - 8th Grade Retreat
June 6th - Half-day of school for students
June 8th - 8th- grade luncheon at 12:00 in the gym
June 9th - 8th-grade graduation
June 12th - Pre-K graduation
June 12th through June 14th - 6th and 7th grade Final Exams
June 14th - Kindergarten graduation at 10:00 a.m.
June 16th - Field Day
June 19th - Noon dismissal for students
June 20th - Noon dismissal for students
Last Day of School  (new!)
June 26 to June 29th- Vacation Bible Camp
July 10 through August 4 - Summer Basketball Camp between 9:00 and 3:00
 
AND FINALLY:
One of the characteristics of good teaching is using effective language. In her lesson on finding themes in literature, Ms. Mancuso told her 8th-grade students that "Writing is like life. It is rich and it is complicated." This is very true and very descriptive language. Bravo!
 
 
 


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