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Dear Parents,

The Lenten Season provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the many paths we follow in our lives and to use them as a guide in our journey these 40 days of Lent. The paths we follow sometimes take us exactly where we want to go; others bring us to surprising and unexpected places. Some days we take steps in complete confidence that we are moving in the right direction. At other times we find ourselves going in one direction, but something inside tells us that we are going in the wrong direction.

Lent provides time for us to listen to that questioning voice; to look at the paths we are travelling and ask ourselves if we are really going in the right way. If I continue on this path, will it bring me to where God wants me to be?

Lent is an invitation to look at ourselves and our choices, our attitudes and behaviors, and to seek new ways of living that will bring us the peace and integrity for which we all yearn.

May the days of Lent be filled with many blessings as we move toward the great Feast of Easter.

Sincerely,

Sister Paula M. Randow, Principal

Iowa Testing

Students in Grades 3-7 took home last week the letter and schedule for Iowa Testing which will begin on Monday, March 2. To highlight a few areas; it is important that the students be present to take the test with their class, so we ask that unless your child is ill, have them present for the tests. They should have a good breakfast and be well rested so they do their best. Once we receive the results we will share them with you.

Budget/Tuition/Fees

We had hoped to have the tuition and fees to you by March, however, we are waiting for the approval of the budget then we can provide you with the information.

We thank you for your patience and as soon as we have the information we will post it for you on our website.

Faculty Retreat

On Thursday March 19, Feast of St. Joseph, the faculty will participate in a faculty retreat in the afternoon. Dismissal will be @ 11:30. THERE WILL NOT BE AFTER CARE THAT DAY FOR THIS REASON.

Feast of St. Joseph

This a special day for our 8th grade boys on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19. Mass that day will be @ 10am.

Spring Book Fair

This book fair will be the week of March 23- more information will be sent home by Mrs. Rocco later in the month.

March Calendar Update

  • 2-6- Iowa Testing Grades 3-7
  • 6- First Friday Mass 8am- Full day of school
  • 11- Grade 5 Bake Sale
  • 19- Feast of St. Joseph Mass 10am- 11:30 dismissal- No After Care- Faculty Retreat
  • 20- Teacher In-Service Day- No classes for students
  • 23- Spring Book Fair Begins
  • 27- Last Day for the Book Fair
  • 31- Third Marking Period ends
  • April 1- Holy Week Liturgy 8am- full day of school- Easter break begins.
    Classes resume on Monday, April 13.

Bus Forms
Several weeks ago we sent out the bus forms for the 2015-2016 school year. The forms have to be sent to the school districts by March 6. If you have not returned your forms ( 1 per child) please do so immediately. School districts work on bus schedules and if we do not have a form for you it could affect your child/children getting a bus.

WE HAVE COPIES OF THE 2013-14 YEAR BOOK AVAILABLE IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A COPY. THE COST IS $40. An order form will be sent home next week.   SEND YOUR FORM FOR A COPY TO MR. MIHM.

Thank you.

REMINDERS: ST. JUDE MATH-A-THON DONATIONS DUE MARCH 23- OUR GOAL IS $7,000.
RICE BOWL DONATIONS DUE MARCH 23.

There has been an increased focus on concussions in the news recently. Our school has experienced an increased number of students diagnosed with concussions. While it can't be determined whether the actual number has increased because of an increased number of accidents or if there is a heightened awareness of the injury and more students are being evaluated for a closed head trauma. Regardless of the reason, concussions need to be taken seriously.

A concussion can occur from any injury to the head (including the face, chin or nose), any injury that causes a "jolt" to the body, or an injury that has a "whipping effect," without actual head impact. These injuries cause the brain to "hit" the skull on the inside. it is also possible for the brain to "bounce" off the side of impact and hit the other side, resulting in injury on multiples sites.

Not every "bump" to the head causes a concussion, but if there is loss of consciousness, a concussion will be present. Symptoms of a concussion are not always present immediately at time of injury. Symptoms can evolve over 24 to 48 hours.

Symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Appear dazed
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Amnesia
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • "Seeing stars"
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Balance problems

Early recognition is important! If your child exhibits signs of concussion, it is important that a physician evaluates the injury. "Brain rest" is usually recommended. The brain is never completely at rest, even when asleep since it is responsible for many functions of the body. But we can limit the amount of stimulation the brain receives to allow it to rest as much as possible. Eliminating television, electronics, radio/music, reading, computer, and video games can allow the brain to get some rest. Sometimes it is also necessary to keep lights dim and noise to a minimum.

The doctor can advise you on eliminating stimulation and accommodations needed for returning to school and physical activities. Such accommodations may include:

  • Taking rest periods during the day
  • Eating lunch in a quiet area
  • Limiting the number of hours at school
  • Limiting assignments
  • Allowing extra time for assignments

There is no set rule for how long or what accommodations may be needed or how soon the injured person can return to full activity. It depends on the severity of the injury and how well the individual responds to treatment. In general, most people can return to their normal activities in two weeks, but others may take longer. Preventing a second injury before the first injury is healed is very important. A second injury, even a minor one, can result in serious consequences, and in some cases death can occur.

If your child experiences a head injury, see your doctor or go to the emergency room. Please notify the school of the injury. When your child returns to school, send in a note from your doctor that outlines accommodations that need to be made while at school. A note will also be required to return to physical activities, such as recess, gym, and sports.

Our Lady of Hope School will be sponsoring their 8th annual “Night at the Phillies”. Come on out to Citizen’s Bank Park on May 11th and cheer on the Phills as they try to defeat the Pittsburg Pirates. Get there early and tail gate with your friends!! If enough tickets are sold, w e will be making a slide show of our school and it will be shown on PhanaVision. Be in your seats by 6:40 and maybe you will see yourself on the big screen.

Tickets are $32. This includes your ticket to the ballgame, a Phillies T-shirt especially designed for our night at the Philles, and it is baseball hat night. When entering the park, every Phillies fan will receive a Phillies hat. It is also, “Class of 2015” night. At this time, I am not sure of the activities for this event.

Please download and complete the form and return it to school with your money by April 1st. If you want to sit with other families and friends, order your tickets under one name or staple or send your orders in together. It is very difficult to organize tickets and I cannot seat people together once the orders are sent to school.

Phillies Fun Night Form

Please read the  Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes Pamphlet and print out the forms. The New Jersey Department of Education states that the forms must be filled out by parent and physician before a student can participate in sports at Our Lady of Hope School. First two pages are to be filled out by student and parent. The last three by the physician.

Forms need to be completed and returned (only for students in grades 6 through 8) to school office to the attention of the Principal.

SCD Pamphlet

SCD Forms

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