Dear St. Rose School Families:
An ice storm may have frozen some of our lesson plans this week but the Snowman Party for Preschool to Second grade age children melted hearts and emphasized the beauty of our community bond as the older students helped little ones with games and crafts. Time and again I hear about the lasting impact this connection between older and younger students has on their ultimate formation. In fact, studies show the academic and social/emotional benefits of this learning model. We are blessed and we pray that all of our Preschoolers will stay with the St. Rose family for their Primary and Middle School years.
As you know, registration for the 2019-2020 school year is underway. We are dedicated to our current families and hope to continue this journey together. There will likely be waiting lists in several grades so we encourage you to reserve your child's spot as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Coppola, our Admissions Director, firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to assist you. I am also available to meet with you. Appointments can be made through Mrs. Wong, email@example.com.
There is a positive buzz out there about St. Rose School. Since our Open House we have registered 15 new students and many more have expressed interest. This week three students shadowed and tours are set for next week. I am thankful to all teachers, parents, students and staff for extending your most heartfelt welcome to our visitors who always leave with a warm feeling. Being a home away from home and like a second family to one another is one of the most special things about St. Rose School. If you know a family who might find their fit here with us please invite them to take a tour, our doors are always open.
Speaking of our loving family, I am delighted to announce that Senora Salcedo and her husband welcomed their daughter Valentina in to the world on February 12th. And...the Taylor family, whose oldest daughter Grace is in Mrs. Kolitsas' Three-Year-Old class, was blessed with the arrival of their third child, Damien Louis, on February 11th. May God bless these precious little ones and their families with lasting health, peace and happiness.
We are getting very close to a decision about our new security officer. This is a process that involves careful evaluation, including background checks and virtus training. It is an honor working closely with the Newtown Police department on this important search. In the meantime they are ensuring our daily safety by providing us with an on site officer every school day. We feel safe and everything is going smoothly.
Today was an exciting day for some of our students who were winners of the Fun Faculty Raffle that was held during Family Fun Night a couple of weeks ago. There was Principal for the Day, Secretary for the Day and a special Bridge Building Engineering Class that I taught to the winner and some friends. All activities were educational and inspirational. I was impressed by the knowledge and poise of the students and I believe that they all learned a lot from their experiences. I look forward to offering these opportunities to students again in the future and am thankful to those who participated.
I am sure you are all looking forward to the extra long weekend which is a wonderful mid winter reprieve, especially since there have been some viruses and flu going around. Enjoy every moment and we will look forward to seeing everyone back in our halls on February 20th. That night our 8th grade girls will be honored at their final home game; please consider joining us for this special night which begins at
7:15 p.m. I would also like to congratulate our 8th grade boy basketball players -- Patrick McKenzie, Owen McAloon, Henry Reichenbach, Jack Cappiello, Braden Murphy and Jack Markowitz -- who were recognized this past Monday at their final home game. We appreciate the time and dedication these students put in to being well rounded, respectful and faithful athletes who represent our school to the highest caliber. We also applaud their parents for years of support and encouragement, not to mention lots of miles in the car getting them to and from their games. Well done!
Mr. Bardhyl Gjoka