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As we prepare for the opening of the 2015-2016 school year, and since we did not have a mailing earlier we wanted to provide some information to help you prepare for the first day of school on Wednesday, September 2.

Calendar

The yearly calendar can be located on the website with important dates and events listed. School officially begins on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. 11:30 dismissal will be on Wednesday and Thursday. In anticipating of the Labor Day weekend, Friday September 4 and Monday September 7 are holidays. We begin full days on Tuesday, September 8.

Stationery Requirements

The stationery requirements have been posted on the school website since July. Please take time to review the list. For the supplies that are required to be purchased through school, a special envelope will be provided on the first day of school. Please follow the directives on the envelope. Payment for supplies will be due by Tuesday, September 8. Payments by check is preferred.

FACTS

All families have been entered into FACTS for tuition and fee payments. We ask that you keep on schedule with your payments. If there is a problem with payments schedule, please contact the school so you are not charged late fees returned check fees. The Tuition Payment Policy is available on our website and each family was asked to sign the policy last year.

Arrival/Departure

For the past several years we have put into place the procedure for arriving at school by bus or car. This seems to work well and is a safe method having teachers on duty to direct and guide the students. We will continue this process again this year, even for the first day of school.

To review the procedure, buses will come to the main door of school and students will be directed by teachers/ aides on duty to report to their classrooms. Kindergarten will line up in the gym the first day. Car riders will be directed to enter the building as directed by the teacher/aide on duty and students should report to their classroom, except for the Kindergarten who will be taken to the gym. With the possibility of more cars entering in the morning new procedures may be needed and we will provide those directives to you if necessary.

We just ask that if you drive your children to drop them off and then move out as quickly and safely as possible to allow more cars to drop off. We realize this could be challenging but we have every confidence that with your help we can move in and out of the property without any problem.

The procedure for dismissal has been successful so we will continue to dismiss from the gym, bus riders first. Once the buses are out of the parking lot, then car riders will be led by teachers walking to the middle door area to meet the person who will be transporting them home. Teachers are assigned a bus to ensure the safety of the students to their bus.

Dress code

The dress code remains the same again for this year except for the little boys trousers and shorts. If you purchased the newer style which is a pull up and does not require a belt that is the accepted style. If you continue with the original style then a belt is required. All students must be in uniform the first day of school. For those who choose to wear the summer uniform of walking shorts and golf shirt, this also includes a belt, regular uniform shoes and socks. Boys may also wear the blue golf shirt, tucked inside and a belt in place. Girls in Grades 6-8 may wear the golf shirt that has the band around the bottom so that it is worn over the skirt or the white blouse tucked inside the shirt. No makeup or nail polish is permitted in school. Hairstyles must be according to the guidelines in the parent handbook found on our website. We realize that during the summer older students especially the girls experiment with highlights or other coloring methods that change the natural color of their hair. We ask that this be taken care of before school begins to avoid any problems.

Cell Phones

Over the past several years students bringing cell phones to school has become an issue. We prefer that students not have cell phones with them in school, they can be a distraction and cause for other problems if they have them in school.

ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL THE OLDEST/ONLY CHILD WILL TAKE HOME A FAMILY FOLDER WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND FORMS REQUIRED BY THE FAMILIES AND STUDENTS.

As we begin this new year, we ask our Patroness the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Hope to intercede for us with her son and bless and protect our students, families, teachers and administration.

We thank you for your support and for entrusting your children to our care.

Sister Paula and Mr. Cafagna

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.

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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