Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all veterans, many who are members of or related to our school family. We will never forget the sacrifices you make to ensure our protection and freedom. You are amazing role models to our students. We ask God's blessings on you , your families and America, land of the Free because of the Brave!
Dear St. Rose School Families,
It was a busy, productive and patriotic week at St. Rose School. I was pleased to see so many parents at conferences. We hope you were able to have meaningful discussions with teachers about your children's classroom experiences, progress and any specific issues on your mind. Parent-teacher communication is critical to student performance. If you require additional conversation we are here to listen. Please contact Mrs. Sweeting, firstname.lastname@example.org to make appointments with Mr. G, Mrs. B or any teacher. We are committed to our partnership with parents and ensuring that every child reaches their full potential.
At St. Rose School we love our country and value our veterans. On Wednesday we started our day praying for veterans as every K-8 student held an American flag that was gifted by the Knights of Columbus. Together we sang "God Bless America." It was our hope that the Knights would present awards to the winners of their Veterans themed Essay and Poster contests but in the interest of safety this presentation was cancelled. Our Knights, who are also veterans, put together a slide tribute of veterans in our school community which was emailed to all families and is also attached to the newsletter. This morning Miss Vertucci and Mrs. Kirkman presented awards to the top 3 winners in each category. Please join me in congratulating: Benjamin Haddad (First place Essay), Alexis Keane (2nd place Essay), Lily Fagan (Third place Essay); Ethan Kravec (First place Poster), Anna Campolettano, Second place Poster and Chloe Geloso, Third Place poster). We commend them for their patriotism and thoughtful reflections about veterans. The Knights were impressed with all of the poster and essay submissions from 7th and 8th graders. Well done!
I am humbled by the generosity of parents as we navigate this unique year and keep our ship in safe waters. This week I received two checks toward the Tuition Gap as well as a matching gift from a previous donation. These funds are greatly appreciated and very necessary to keeping our school healthy.
We continue to practice optimal safety practices at St. Rose School. Nurse Bonnie has been a remarkable resource in this regard. Her knowledgeable, reassuring daily presence at school is a blessing. My thanks to all parents, teachers and students for doing your part in this important process. I will keep you posted about any new developments.
Please keep Fr. Tom in your prayers as he recovers and ask God to protect Monsignor as he continues his quarantine. May good health be restored to all who suffer and may strength be given to all essential workers.
Take time to refresh this weekend. Enjoy the outdoors and family time.
VISIT THE BOOK FAIR FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME (OR PHONE)
Saint Rose of Lima School invites you to shop our Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs through November 22nd. All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss these two weeks of events, fun, and books!
Raffle sales are off to a good start! Mr. G purchased his this week -- have you? Help us get to 100 sales -- the minimum needed to proceed with the raffle -- before Thanksgiving! Then let's get all the way to 350 sales to benefit our beloved school! Tickets are available at the main office during school hours. Or you can email email@example.com to purchase them. Keep an eye out for information from parent point people in your classrooms too. If means allow we are hoping for 100 participation from all school constituents. As the NY Lotto slogan says..."You've got to be in it to win it!"
SRS After School Activities have successfully transitioned to a virtual format given the recent Covid protocol updates. Thank you to our creative and enthusiastic coaches: Dan Pelletier and Mrs. Ferriter!
Also, some of our chess players have joined a chess league and begin competing this week. Best of luck to our students!
In-person Basketball and Cheer have been postponed due to restrictions. We will be in touch if we are able to resume in-person play.
GEAR UP WITH SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR
Show your school spirit by sporting some cool duds! Check out the online spirit wear shop that is open now through November 26th.
The month of November has been a busy one so far! We began a new quarter; our parents and teachers met to discuss the progress of our students and plans for success; we celebrated saints, our veterans, and superheroes; with more ahead of us! This begins with Monday and celebrating our 50th Day of School! A fun celebration, along with dressing in fifties attire; a well- deserved treat for everyone as we mark not only the 50th day, but the 50th together, in person!
We look forward to rolling back time and filling the halls and classrooms with students and teachers from the 50’s! This is a free dress down day for the children; and we look forward to celebrating together! If you’re game and want to continue the fun at home to commemorate this milestone, send us your family pictures of your 50’s celebrations!
I would like to thank our parents and our teachers for spending the afternoons and evenings, early this week, meeting virtually, to discuss the progress made so far this school year and make plans to help our students succeed as they continue on their learning journey in 2020-2021. This parent-teacher partnership is the key to ensuring that our children have a safe and successful school year in this uncertain time.
We encourage our parents and teachers to stay in contact as we move forward. Please be sure to contact your child’s teacher with any concerns about academics or behaviors in the classroom. For questions regarding school policies and plans, please contact myself or Mr. G.
We look forward to the 50th through the 177th day of learning together; and continue our prayers for the safety and well-being of our school, families, and community!
Please note the virtual Book Fair is ongoing through November 22nd. There are over 6,000 items including new releases, best sellers and value packs. Please go to www.scholastic.com/bf/stroseschool10 to get started. All purchases benefit our school.
Please consider purchasing Scrips cards for your Thanksgiving shopping as Stew Leonard’s is offering a 10% rebate right now! Scrip sales will take place on Fridays starting next week at afternoon car walk. These gift cards can be used for many stores both in person and online and every card sold benefits the school at no extra cost to you. Please consider Scrip cards for your holiday shopping as well!
Please reach out to the HSA for support anytime - you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your support!
Your HSA Board
SOCIAL CONCERNS THANKSGIVING
Thank you for your generosity! This week we received the following donations for the St. Rose Parish Social Concerns Committee Thanksgiving drive:
$100 -- Walmart gift cards
$375 -- Stop and Shop gift cards
$400 -- Big Y gift cards
$100 -- Visa cards
$146 -- Monetary Donations
If you would still like to contribute, gift cards and monetary donations will be accepted through next week.
Your kindness will bring joy to many people. God bless!
GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS!
We raised our voices in prayer, song, art and words to recognize veterans this week. Thanks to the St. Rose of Lima Knights of Columbus for running the "What it Means to be a Veteran" Poster and Essay contest, as well as for the slide tribute they assembled in honor of veterans within our school community and the American flags that they gifted to all students. The Knights were impressed with all essays and posters and touched by the level of reverence our students displayed for veterans. Attached is a link to First place essay winner Benjamin Haddad reading his essay before the 8th grade class this morning. He was joined by his fellow awardees, Alexis Keane (2nd place) and Lily Fagan (3rd place) to receive certificates from Miss Vertucci. Mrs. Kirkman presented poster winners Ethan Kravec (1st place), Anna Campelettano (2nd place) and Chloe Geloso (3rd place) with their certificates.
Congratulations to all. Let us always remember to thank our veterans and keep them in our prayers. May God bless America!
The winning posters are depicted below. First place (#4 ID) is Ethan Kravec; Second place (#6 ID) is Anna Campolettano and Third place (#1 ID) is Chloe Geloso). The numbers on the posters were how the judges identified them in their review -- photos and essays were submitted to the K of C committee with numbers, not names, for objectivity.