Fall Food Truck Tickets On Sale NOW!
Blessing of the Animals Sunday October 3rd
Show Your School Spirit with SRLA Spirit Wear!
9/17 Raven Rundown
Mandatory Sign-Up Reminder
We hope everyone is settling well into the new school year! We are so excited to have the school bustling with children and teachers again!
The SRLA HSA, or Home School Association, is our school's liaison between school and home. We work together to raise necessary funds for our operating budget, make improvements to our school, and bring in wonderful programs for our children and their continued education.
Many of you have very generously already signed up to volunteer at our many and varied events. THANK YOU! There are still some slots available, and if you don’t see anything that fits your talents or your schedule, don’t fret, more opportunities will be made available throughout the year. For example, FALL FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL is almost upon us and we will require volunteers to help set up and throughout the evening to ensure it is a great success. Watch out for the sign up for this fun event soon!
Other upcoming events include 8th grade fundraising, class events, Christmas gift giving, and donations for Wish Upon a Star, just to name a few.
So please have a look at the "Mandatory Sign Up" list below, and simply sign up (each parent or guardian). Each family agreed to participate in this when they registered at SRLA. And, don't worry, all events are supported by the HSA so we will be there every step of the way!
Below is the link to the "Mandatory Sign Up Genius"
NJ EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING PROOF OF VACCINATION OR WEEKLY TESTING
Governor Murphy issued Executive Order, (No. 253) which requires school staff to either provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated, or submit to COVID-19 testing at a minimum of one to two times weekly. This Order also applies to all parent volunteers who enter the school or engage in any school activity involving the children. This requirement takes effect on October 18, 2021. Volunteers who have been fully vaccinated should submit proof to Danny and Mrs. Underwood. Those who are unvaccinated should submit proof of a recent COVID-19 test taken within the preceding week. All information will be kept confidential.
Please be sure to PICK A SLOT by November 1,2021. Volunteer hours will be assessed at the end of the year and fees will be assessed at that time. If you would like to opt out for the year, a $350 fee will be charged to your SMART Tuition account.
THANK YOU!The SRLA HSA
Dangerous Drop-Off Practice Must Stop
Dear SRLA Families,
A concerned parent sent me this earlier today.
"Today at drop-off, I noticed that some drivers continue to drive around stopped cars as children are departing the car, and I wanted to bring it to your attention. This has happened to us multiple times, with a vehicle squeezing between the side of my car and the walkway or the median while my children are getting out. It is dangerous."
As a reminder, not a single car should pass a car on the left or the right as they are unloading children in the morning.
Please just take the extra minute to ensure that all of our children are safe and sound on school grounds.
- Cars are never allowed to pass other cars during drop-off/pick-up
- Students must wait until they are close to the church sidewalk to exit the vehicle
- Students should exit the vehicles in a timely manner
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Emergency Phone System Test Tonight at 7:30 PM
To: All Parents,
We will be conducting an Emergency Phone System Test tonight at 7:30 pm.
This is only a test.
If you do not receive a phone message by 9:00 pm, please email Danny with your name and phone number.
If you want a number to be removed please email Danny with your name and the phone number you would like removed.
*As part of this new emergency contact system you have the option to receive text messages as well as phone calls. You will receive a text message from 67587. The first line of the message will read "Newark Archdiocese alerts. If you wish to receive text alerts please reply "Y" to the message. Text messaging will then be enabled.
If you did not receive a message, text "Y" to 67587 and you will be added to the text messaging service.
Principal Tina Underwood
In our effort to improve communication between parents and school, Saint Rose of Lima Academy is instituting a telephone broadcast system that will enable school personnel to notify all households and parents by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation or late start. The service may also be used from time-to-time to communicate general announcements or reminders. This service is provided by SchoolMessenger, a company specializing in school-to-parent communications. Saint Rose of Lima Academy will continue to report school closings due to snow or weather on the school webpage.
When used, the service will simultaneously call all phone numbers in our selected parent contact lists and will deliver a recorded message from a school administrator. The service will deliver the message to both live answer and answering machines. No answers (phones ringing over 40 sec.) and busies will be automatically retried twice in fifteen minute intervals after the initial call.
1) This requires NO registration by the parent on the SchoolMessenger website.
2). All information and contact numbers are strictly secure and confidential and are only used for the purposes described herein.
Here is some specific information you should know:
Caller ID: The Call ID will display 973-379-3973 which is the main number for Saint Rose of Lima Academy.
Live Answers: There is a short pause at the beginning of the message, usually just a few seconds. Answer your phone as you normally would; "hello" and hold for the message to begin. Multiple "hello's" will delay the message. Inform all family members of this process who may answer your phone.
Answering Machines:The system will detect that your machine has answered and will play the recording to your machine. The phone will ring for up to 40 seconds, but make sure your machine answers after four rings or you may miss the message.
Message Repeat: At the end of the message you will be prompted to ‘press any key' to hear the message again. This is very helpful when a child answers the phone and hands it to a parent, who can then ‘repeat' the message in its entirety.
SchoolMessenger, the service provider, uses the best available technology in the industry to detect the difference between human answer and machine or voicemail answer.
Here's how detection works:
The system detects and measures the voice energy when the phone is answered.
The system measures this energy in combination with the background noise and line impairments.
If the system determines that it is a "live" answer it will immediately start playing the message.
If the system determines that it is a machine, it will wait for three full seconds of silence before playing the message with a maximum wait time of twenty seconds.
If the system cannot make a determination, it will default to answering machine thus requiring several seconds of silence for the message to play. In this case, you may hear a prompt to "press any key to hear the message immediately."
Some reasons for false detection:
Loud background noise; television, radio, general noisy environment.
A cordless phone that has static or other foreign noise.
Not saying "hello" or repeatedly saying "hello".
Cellular phones which, when called, have the ‘ringback tones' music option.
Answering machine/voice mail greetings which are too long or have long pauses in speech.
What can be done to remedy this?
Do not say "hello" more then once. If the system detected your answer incorrectly, all noise will reset the three-second counter.
If, after you answer, the message does not immediately play, cover the mouthpiece of the phone to cutout all background noise. The message should begin after three seconds.
Please make every effort to provide the school with current and accurate phone information any time there is a change to ensure that you do not miss important information.
Cross Country Registration
Welcome back Raven Nation and a special WELCOME to our new families. We love our sports at SRLA, and it’s Cross Country season! If your child/children are interested in running with us this fall, please read this entire email as it contains a great deal of information about practices & meets.
Cross Country Team (XC)
The XC season runs from September until early November. Practices will begin Thursday, September 16, 2021. The workouts consist of stretching, strength exercises, wind sprints, and kids running their meet distance twice to build stamina
XC is open to grades K through 8.
K, 1st and 2nd grade athletes participate in a non-competitive half-mile fun run at the beginning of each meet. 3rdgrade up participate in timed, competitive divisions as follows:
- JV Division – 3rd and 4th grades – ¾ mile
- JV Division – 5th and 6th grades – 1.25 miles
- Varsity - 7th and 8th grades – 1.8 miles
PLEASE NOTE: Parents or caregivers of children in K-2nd grade who are participating must remain at practice and keep an eye on their children at all times.
- Tuesdays: 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. Meisel Avenue Park, Springfield, NJ (Grades 3 to 8)
- Thursdays: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Meisel Avenue Park, Springfield, NJ (K-8)
Thurs - 9/16 . (1st Practice)
Thurs - 9/21
Tues - 9/23
Tues - 9/28
Thurs - 9/30
Tues - 10/5
Thurs - 10/7
Tues - 10/12
Thurs - 10/14
Tues - 10/19
Thurs - 10/21
Tues - 10/26
Thurs - 10/28
Meet dates (Meet times to be provided later): - Meets usually are in the mornings
- 9/25 - Assumption Invitational
- 10/2 or 10/3 - OLS Cross Country Invitational
- 10/23 - Holy Trinity Cross Country Invitational
- 10/30- Halloween Spooktacular
- 11/7 - St. John Meet of Champions
- Please click here to Register for the Fall 2021 St. Rose Cross Country Season.
- Registration Fee is $45 and will be billed to your SmartTuition Account
Questions: Contact Coach Harcourt Lucius
Fall Food Truck Festival Save-the-Date
Laptops For Students In Grades 5-8
Parents of Students in grades 5-8,
We are continuing our laptop program for students in grades 5-8. Students who wish to participate have the option of bringing in their own laptop or receiving one from the school to use during the year. Attached are two forms. If a student would like the school to provide a laptop, please print the Computer Laptop Agreement form, read it and return the signature page to me. If a student wishes to bring his or her own laptop, please print out the BYOD form, read it and return the signature page to me.
Please note that participation is optional. If you or your child do not wish to participate in the program, you do not need to respond. A student will not be penalized for not participating in the program.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Directory of Technology
Saint Rose of Lima Academy
September and October Calendar
Aftercare Begins on Monday
Aftercare begins on Monday.
Please see the link below for a document for an Aftercare emergency form, which must be completed in order for your child to attend the Aftercare program.
Even if you have already filled out the form, please go over the revised edition and fill out the paperwork again.
Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to
National Day of Remembrance of September 11th Service Project
In Honor of the National Day of Remembrance of September 11th, SRLA will send home family bags that we ask that you fill with whatever your family can contribute to our collection for Catholic Charities.
They in turn will distribute to those in dire need of our assistance and generosity. Listed below you will find several suggestions:
- Foot Powder/Band-Aids
- Hand Lotion
- Razors (disposable)
- Shampoo /Conditioner
- Tylenol (individual packets)
- Sanitary products
- Baby wipes
- Body wash
- Tooth brushes/tooth paste
- Coloring books/Crayons/colored pencils
- Small tubs of Playdough
- Small toys
- Children’s Activity Books
We ask that the bags be returned to SRLA by Friday, September 17, 2021. A bin will be placed outside of the main office for collection.
Thank you so much!
Sr. Sandy DeMassi
12:10 Dismissal All Week
12:10 Dismissal all week.
Aftercare begins on Monday, September 13th.
Principal Tina Underwood
School Drop-off Protocol
Please see the link below and complete the following COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire if you have not done so already.
Click link below:
Failure to do so will result in your student not being able to gain entry until we contact you and get a completed form.
Note that the first two weeks of school, (weather permitting) students will line up with their homerooms in the parking lot.
The students will then proceed to the homeroom with their homeroom teacher.
Please follow the procedure for drop-off, and refer to the accompanying diagram.
See attached for printable versions of diagrams.
PreK 3 and PreK 4:
Will enter and exit the school through the playground door. Pre-school parents who want to walk their kids to the playground door should park in the back part of the parking lot. From there, please walk kids to the playground door only.
Will enter and exit through the Devine Center door.
The Devine Center is situated between the church and the school.
Grade 5-Grade 8:
Will enter and exit through the school's main door (Short Hills Ave).
Pick-Up via Car Line
Please refer to this diagram that details the car line and afterschool pick-up. The diagram will soon be posted on the SRLA website. For returning families, the main change to this year is that there will need to be THREE lines formed in the parking lot for car line.
Half-day Schedule For The First Week Of School
Parent Letter September 1st
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Although we had hoped for an easier start to this school year, it was not to be. But as everyone knows, SRLA Ravens are not easily swayed and we look forward to an outstanding school year.
Some of you or your students may have received an email that says information is now available in PowerSchool. This is because students have been added to their classes for the new school year. The only information is what classes the students have and what teachers are teaching each class.
Please know that in middle school, every student in a particular grade has the same teachers for each subject with the exception of 8th grade religion. That subject is split between Ms. Muller and Ms. Timmerman.
Here is a list of teachers for your information.
PK2 & 3 - Ms. Romano
PK4 - Ms. Perkins
Kdgnt - Ms. Kepler
Grade 1 - Ms. Doyle
Grade 2 - Ms. Carangelo
Grade 3 - Ms. Speckhart
Grade 4 - Ms. Vicari
Grade 5 - Ms. Heinz
Grade 6 - Ms. Muller and Ms. Schugel
Grade 7 - Ms. Lucius
Grade 8 - Ms. Harrington and Ms. Timmerman
Spanish - Ms. delavina Sierra
Phys. Ed. - Ms. Machen
Art - Ms. Fowler
Music - Mr. Jarvis
Computer - Mr. Miller
Director of Technology & Field Ops
Saint Rose of Lima Academy