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Happy Mother's Day to all our Mothers. May God continue to bless you each day but especially on your special day.

Sincerely,

Sister Paula M. Randow,Principal

IMPORTANT SCHOOL POLICY
Request for Teachers
"We are not able to honor the request of parents for a specific teacher or class for your child." (Parent Handbook p. 14)

FACTS applications for 2015-2016

We will begin our third year with FACTS management for tuition payments. Information will be sent to you explaining the directives for present families and new families for the 2015-2016 school year.

Tuition costs and fee 2015-2016

The cost of tuition along with fees was placed on the website several weeks ago and has also been provided to FACTS.

TUITION ASSISTANCE

We are presently working on identifying the families who have applied through FACTS Management and who will qualify for assistance. A letter will be sent to those families who will qualify for assistance for next school year.

IOWA Test Results

The results from the March Iowa testing will be sent home to the parents in Grades 3-7the first week of May. When you review your child’s scores please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Summer Uniform

Students may begin to wear the summer uniform on Monday, May 4. Please check the dress code guidelines found in the parent handbook on the website.

Outstanding Financial

April was the final month for tuition payments. If your financial obligations have not been met you should have addressed this with administration.   Graduations as well as future enrollment in Our Lady of Hope may be in jeopardy if this situation involves your family.

St. Jude Research Hospital Math-a-thon Results

We wish to extend our thanks to all our families who supported this very important cause, to raise money to continue research and assistance to those families who have a child battling cancer or some other debilitating disease. We were able to send OVER $8000 to St. Jude’s as our contribution.

Communion/Confirmandi Mass and Brunch

This annual event to celebrate our second and eighth grade students who have received the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation has been scheduled for Friday, May 15. No lunch will be served from the cafeteria for the rest of the students body. Students must bring a lunch and drink that day, and they will have lunch in the classrooms.

Field Trips

Almost every grade has a trip scheduled for this month. Please be aware of this when ordering lunch for your children.

Pennies for Patients

Each year we support this worthy cause to raise funds for research to find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma which affects the young. This drive will take place from May 4 to 15. Students are asked to bring in pennies. Thank you in advance for your support.

May Calendar Update

  • 1-1st Friday Mass and May Crowning 9:45am; Staff Development, Dismissal 11:30- Dance       6:30pm
  • 3- Pennies for Patients Drive
  • 8- Grade 3 trip- Theatre Works to see a Play; and Grade 4 to Philadelphia
  • 13- Grade 3 Bake Sale
  • 14-Ascension Thursday- Mass 8am; Deficiency Notices sent out; Chick-fil-a Night 4-7pm
  • 15- Communion-Confirmandi Mass and Brunch 10am Grades 2 and 8 only
  • 20- Gr 5 trip to Philadelphia;
  • 20- 8th grade graduation picture taken
  • 25- Memorial Day- School Holiday
  • 28- Grade 7 trip to Baltimore; Grade 8 trip to Philadelphia;; K-2 trip to Phila. Zoo
  • 29- Grade 6 trip to Renaissance Fair

CONGRATULATIONS TO Miranda Zevallos for winning 3rd place in the State wide Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee on April 12

PLEASE NOTE: FIELD DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR Tuesday, June 16- IT WILL BE A HALF DAY, DISMISSAL 11:30.

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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