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Dear Parents,

Now that we have celebrated the Feast of Easter, the Resurrection of Our Lord, we give thanks to God Our Father for sending His Son Jesus to us and who was willing to experience death and rise from death to save us all.

The Easter Season is not only a time to see new life through nature, but to remember all the gifts and graces that we receive each day from our God.

May these days be a continued blessing for you and your family.

Sincerely

Sister Paula M. Randow,Principal

stjudechildrenSt. Jude Research Hospital

Thanks to the tremendous support of our families we raised $8064.00 for this worthy cause.

This was well over our goal of $7000. Thanks to Mrs. Gallagher who coordinated this program and to all our families for your support.

D.A.R.E

Students in Fifth grade have been learning about the dangers of drugs and what to know to be safe and have the courage to say no to drugs and other dangerous substances. Students will graduate from the program on Wednesday, April 29 @ 9:30am.

Third Report Card

The third report card will be available on Cornerstone, Wednesday, April 15. If you have difficulty logging on, please let us know.

Tuition and Facts

Within the next few weeks you will receive information with what your financial investment will be for next year as well as how FACTS will renew families for next year already in the program as well as new families. The tuition policy will also be included.

Iowa Testing

The results for this years’ Iowa testing will be available to families in grades 3-7 soon.

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Camp Rock Jr.

Students in grades 6-8 have been practicing for this year’s play. The option to be a part of the play for Grades 7-8 was offered during the year through the Elective Courses that were provided.

Dress Rehearsal will be on Thursday morning April 23rd for the student body and the performance for parents and family members will be that evening, Thursday, April 23rd @7pm.

Box tops

This program has been a great financial benefit for the school and we appreciate your support in this program. Please continue to send the box tops to school.

School Year 2015-2016

The next school year will begin before Labor Day. The following dates are provided to help you prepare for the opening of next year.

  • Wednesday, September 2- Opening Day K-8 11:30 dismissal
  • Thursday, September 3- dismissal 11:30
  • Friday, September 4- Closed for Labor Day weekend.
  • Monday, September 7- Labor Day- holiday
  • Tuesday, September 8- full days begin.

April Calendar Update

Friday, April 17 is set for the PTA Bingo for Bags event. Students will eat in their classrooms so the gym and cafeteria can be setup. ALL STUDENTS MUST BRING A LUNCH SINCE NO LUNCH WILL BE SERVED FROM THE CAFETERIA.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MIRANDA ZAVALLOS WHO WON THIRD PLACE IN THE STATE WIDE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SPELLING BEE HELD ON SUNDAY, APRIL 12. Special thanks to Mrs. Thompson who worked closely with all those who competed in the local and regional K of C Spelling Competitions.

UPDATE ON FACULTY AND STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN OUT DUE TO SURGERY OR TREATMENTS.

Mrs. Richards, Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Robinson hope to return to school soon. We continue to offer our prayers for Mrs. Spadaro during her time of treatment and tests. She will be out of school for the remainder of this school year.

We ask your prayers for Mrs. Rocco and her family, her father passed away on March 28.

We thank everyone for your continued prayers and support during this time for our faculty and staff.  

Summer Camp

Based upon the response to our survey regarding the viability of our Summer Camp we have made a decision to discontinue the Summer Camp program. Over the years it has proven to be a valuable asset for our school community but declining enrollment does not make it financially feasible to continue. In the future we may look toward mini camps in the summer with short duration programs or clinics (academic or athletic) as an offering for our school community.

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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