Volume XV| November 16, 2018

Dear St. Rose School Families:

It was an enchanting week at St. Rose School! Our Gathering Hall transformed into a beautiful forest of books and related activities that delighted all who visited. My sincere thanks to Mrs. Setear, Mrs. Milo, Mrs. Prieto, Mrs. DiCandido, Mrs. Fagan and all of the parents who worked so diligently -- and
creatively -- to bring us this incredible opportunity. We can probably all agree that there is nothing more enlightening than reading a good book and to start the love of reading early is a gift that keeps on giving!

I hope everyone had a chance to meet with your child's teacher(s) for conferences this week. Many positive things happened in the first quarter and it is an ideal time to share important information about the learning journey. We are all partners in your child's education and therefore have the same goal -- to ensure a top notch educational experience for every student!

We want to hear from you! I trust you received a copy of the Survey that was sent Wednesday to all parents. It is also attached to this newsletter. We would greatly appreciate your insights. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and return it to us by November 21st. Honest feedback is the key to keeping our school moving forward and growing stronger. Thank you.

I was so impressed with our students' respectful treatment of the veterans last week. The posters and essays reflected a genuine understanding of patriotism, service and what it means to be free. It warms my heart to know that these values are being instilled in our children and that they are carrying them forward. Eighth grader Kyle Getzinger's essay, which she read during the Assembly, is exceptional. I have attached it to this newsletter in case you would like to read it.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! This is a most precious day to step away from the rushed schedule and give thanks for our many blessings. A day to enjoy the company of our friends and family, sitting around a table with great food and conversation. It is also a time for us to think of those who are less fortunate, offering prayers and assistance in whatever ways we can. Thank you for the generous donations to our school wide Food Drive -- we collected hundreds of items that will be delivered to those in our parish and community who are in need.

Next week will be a short but lively one! On Tuesday we will gather as a school community for a Thanksgiving mass at 9:00 a.m. Honor Roll certificates will be awarded to 6-8th grade students in the Church following mass. Please join us! Later that day at 1:00 PM we will gather once again out on the field for the Turkey Bowl! Our 8th grade homerooms will face each other in a friendly game of flag football while the 7th graders perform sideline cheers and all classes will be on the field -- with our very own Ramsey -- rooting for their team. In the spirit of tradition, Mr. McKenzie will be the referee and Mr. Toaso will be the emcee. Come out and join the fun -- all families and alumni welcome!

As a reminder, there will be an early dismissal next Wednesday, the 21st followed by two days off. I hope you enjoy this stretch of time and for those who are traveling, be safe! Due to this schedule there will not be a Friday newsletter on November 23rd; we will resume on Friday November 30th.

We will have a school wide Pep Rally on Monday, November 26th at 1:00 PM to kick off the official Basketball and Cheer season. This will be a dress in red and white day for all students to show their school spirit. We hope you can join us for the Boys' home games that night as well. Schedules for both Boys and Girls teams can be found in Athletics News below.

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you at our school Mass and Turkey Bowl next Tuesday.

God Bless.

Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka

Reading was the name of the game this week as students visited the Enchanted Book Fair and selected from a variety of titles. Mr. G read a lively tale to the First Graders and Monsignor Bob entertained the Kindergarteners and Preschoolers with story time followed by a craft. Upper grade buddies visited the younger classrooms so that students could participate in reading activities together.


From conferences to the Book Fair to preparations for Thanksgiving mass and the Turkey Bowl, in addition to continued class work, our week was bountiful. Click here to read all about it!


Eighth grader Kyle Getzinger captured so many essential sentiments and messages in her first place essay about Veteran's Day which was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Click here to read Kyle's essay. May God bless our veterans!

Thanks for your donations to the Food Drive. Our 7th graders collected hundreds of items from the classroom bins and loaded them on a truck that delivered them to the church for distribution to people in need.


Get ready for the 4th annual Turkey Bowl on Tuesday November 20th at 1:00 PM on the field. Our 8th grade homerooms will face each other in a fun game of flag football while the 7th graders provide cheers and the rest of the school roots along the sidelines. Family and alumni welcome!

ESSAY CONTEST OPPORTUNITY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. The school was asked to share this information with parents of middle school parents as a possible activity for your child(ren). Click here for details.

We hope your children enjoyed visiting the Book Fair this week. Technology has brought us to new discoveries but there is nothing as enchanting as a good book!


St. Rose Library is looking for one or more volunteers. If you love books, the St. Rose library could use a friendly helper to shelve and maintain books. Hours are somewhat flexible. Please contact Mrs. Locke or Mrs. San if you are available to give some time on a regular basis to the library. Thank you!

Parent Survey -- please complete and return by November 21st. Your insights are very valuable to us. Thank you!


November 16th , Bingo, 5:45-9:30 PM in Gathering Hall. $17 per person admission. Spread the word!

November 20th, St. Rose School Thanksgiving Mass, 9:00 a.m. Honor Roll awards for 6-8th graders in the Church immediately following mass. Please join us!

November 20th , Annual Turkey Bowl, 1:00 PM on Field. Families and Alumni welcome!

November 26th, In School Pep Rally to kick off first home basketball game, 1:00 PM.

November 27th, #Giving Tuesday -- 24 hour online giving. Stay tuned for details!

December 1st, St. Rose Parish presents "Christmas Bingo" show in Gathering Hall, Doors open at 7 PM. Click here for details

December 13th , Preschool Christmas Concert, 10:00 a.m.

December 18th , K-8th Christmas Concert, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Dear Friends:

Is it just us or did this week fly by incredibly fast?! We hope you had successful conferences with your children's teacher(s) this week and are geared up for a successful second quarter! 

The Book Fair, as always, was a huge success, and we want to thank JoAnne Setear and Michelle DiCandido and their team for the many hours of planning and work that went into this event. New this year was a movie night to kick off our book fair and we'd like to thank Cheryl Milo and Stephanie Fagan for their efforts to make the event such an enjoyable one. We hope you had an opportunity to visit this week and pick up the latest in popular books and accessories!

As we mentioned during the HSA Meeting last week, we are exploring the possibility of converting one of the portable classrooms into a Maker Space for our kids to use during recess. If you are not familiar with the concept, here is an article that gives an overview of what it could be:

Your HSA

P.S. If you do not have a Scrip account yet, please go to shop.shopwithscrip.com to register. It is so easy! Our school enrollment code is L4FCBD8C9533.

Questions? Suggestions? Email hsa@srles.com

Let's get in to the spirit of the basketball season with a Pep Rally on Monday November 26th at 1:00 PM. Dress in red/white and come to the gathering hall to meet our basketball players and cheerleaders.

Girls Varsity Schedule:

Boys Varsity Schedule:

Boys JV Schedule:

Please contact John Moulder at  athletics@stroseschool.com with questions.
We appreciate your support!
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