Frequently Asked Questions
The school office is open from 7:50 a.m. until 3:40 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
Classes begin right after Assembly which takes place at 8:10 followed by Homeroom. First period begins at 8:30 a.m.
Unless otherwise noted in your school calendar or on the web site calendar, the first Friday of every month is a half day and students are dismissed at 12:15 p.m.
Children should be present for assembly in the Gym no later than 8:10 a.m.
Students may arrive as early as 8:00 a.m. for the regular school day. Children who are enrolled in before and after care can arrive at 7:30 a.m.
After school care is available from dismissal or school until 5:30 p.m. for a fee of $25.00 per day. You can decide to do after care in advance or on the same day. Simply inform the school office in writing that your child will be staying in after care that day and indicate who will be picking up your child. Before School care is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. for a fee of $8 per day. For more information please see Before & Aftercare under the Student Activities tab.
In inclement weather, children will assemble in the church and be dismissed to the car line from there. Walkers will be dismissed from the entrance of the school facing Short Hills Avenue.
They should enter and leave the school from the entrance of the school facing the Short Hills Avenue.
Teachers are posted along the walkway to the school in the morning as parents drop off their children from the car line. In addition a teacher is posted at the entrance of the school. At dismissal, students being picked up on the car line are assembled by grade and are discharged only to an adult authorized by the parent to pick up the student. Students taking the bus are assembled and escorted to the bus by a teacher.
If a student is late, they should report to the school secretary for a late pass. From there they will continue to assembly, homeroom or class, depending on the time.
Lunch and recess times vary by class, with the younger children eating and playing earlier than the older children. Kindergarten through 3rd grade have lunch and recess between 11:25am and 12:05pm; grades 4 through 8 have lunch between 12:05 Ė 12:45pm.
Classes dismiss at 12:15. Kindergarteners should bring lunch on half days. Students in Grades 1-4 should bring their snack.
The fastest way would be to check the front page of our website at www.srlacademy.org.
You may reach your childís teacher in any one of the following ways:
If it is an emergency, please call the school office, specify it is an emergency and that you need to speak with your child. If the call is not an emergency, call the school office and let the school secretary know that you need to speak to your child; if your child is in recess or lunch, they will be brought to the office for the call in between classes.
You may bring the item that was forgotten to the school office and your child will pick it up from there.
We recommend scheduling doctorís appointments after school, however, in the event that you cannot do so, please send a note with your child to inform the teacher.
Yes, parents may attend the First Friday Mass which takes place in St. Rose of Lima Church next door at 9:00 a.m.
No, there are no mandatory after school activities. There are optional after school activities, ranging from clubs, to athletic activities, to fee based after school recreational classes. In addition after school on Mondays students may meet with teachers to go over any questions they may have about schoolwork after dismissal.
SCRIP is program that allows the school to raise money without your paying any extra money out of pocket. It is part of fundraising for the school. The school has arranged with Shoprite and Kings Grocery Store to provide gift cards that can be purchased by parents at the school. The cards are equal in value to what a person pays for them. A card that you buy for $50 is equal to $50 that can be spent at the store indicated on the face of the card. The card can be used to purchase groceries and other products that are for sale in the store. In exchange for our purchasing these cards from Shoprite or Kings they then donate a percentage of the face value of the cards to the school. This program is in place in many different schools, with different grocers participating. In our area we currently only have an arrangement with Shoprite and Kings. There is no limit to how many cards you can buy, the cards are not personal to the purchaser and can be used by parents, friends, babysitters, whoever has the card. Participation in SCRIP is mandatory for each family unless you choose to opt out and pay the $125 that would have been raised if you had participated. If you choose to participate in the program, you are required to purchase a total of $2,500 of SCRIP cards over the course of the year and if you do not reach that total to pay the difference of portion of the $125 that was not raised through your SCRIP purchase for that year.
If you do not wish to participate in the SCRIP program, you may choose to opt out of the program and pay $125. Further information about this is available in your registration package which you receive each year.
The name of the parent school association is the HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, also known as the H.S.A. For additional information about the H.S.A.,please visit the H.S.A. Website.
There are a number of options for parents who would like to volunteer at the school. If you go to the H.S.A. tab, many of the standing committees are described along with the names of the chairs of each committee. If there is one project in particular which fits your interests, feel free to contact the chair and discuss whatís available for you to do. In addition to the standing committees, numerous opportunities to volunteer are available through the sports program, for example seasonal coaching, handling concessions for individual games or selling tickets before the home games;;you may also volunteer to help with the yearly musical program and various other projects that you may see on the website. In addition, the younger grades often welcome parent readers during library hour. More information on reading to your childís class will be available from the class teacher at back to school night or by emailing them.
All parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer as much as they would like and their schedule allows. Many standing committees need help for a day or a few hours. For, example, the Book Fair held in the school and run by parents often needs people to help people choose books for a specific time period, i.e., 2-4p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Help is also needed for our various fundraisers, this can be an ongoing commitment or a commitment for a day or for a few hours. If you are unsure what you can do, you may contact the president of the H.S.A., talk to other parents, or respond to various notices soliciting volunteers that you will receive either from your class parent or which you may see on the website.
Back to school night occurs at the beginning of the school year. Parents are invited into the classrooms to meet with the teachers, see the classroom and gain more insight into the yearís curriculum. It is at this meeting that the yearís curriculum is handed out along with teacher contact information and a discussion of how grading will occur, and what will be expected of your child academically and individually.
You may send a request to the school office for the printed materials to be sent home with your child.
Information about what is going on in school will come through frequent email announcements from the Principal, Mrs. Pollak, as well as from the Home School Association; information will also be available on the website, on the home page, the School Calendar, etc.