52 Short Hills Avenue, Short Hills, NJ 07078 | (973) 379-3973 | 2021-2022 Registration Packet

Fall Food Truck Festival Tickets on Sale Now!

Join us for the SRLA Annual Fall Food Truck Festival Friday, October 15th from 7-10PM! You may purchase your tickets online now--the ticket price of $60/per person includes a souvenir cup!

You may also pre-order an SRLA pint glass and/or wine glass — while supplies last!

On October 15th, the SRLA parking lot will turn into a fun, fall festival. Grab a pizza or a burrito from one of our fabulous food trucks, toast the new school year with an SRLA glass, and top it off with a shake or donut from our dessert truck.

Also, don’t forget to enter the annual cornhole tournament! (Bring cash to play cornhole and 50/50!)

Teachers! Your admittance to the event is complimentary! Please see the ticket link to purchase tickets for any guests!

Adherence to social distancing and face coverings required. Beer and wine available but feel free to bring your beverage of choice. We will feature LIVE MUSIC again this year!!

If you are unable to attend, please consider helping out by sponsoring the event and helping us cut down on costs. How you can help:

Be a Sponsor!

Support our fundraising efforts and become a Blue Sponsor at any amount, a Gold Sponsor at $100 or a Raven at $200! Please make your contribution by Wednesday, October 13 if you wish to be recognized for your sponsorship at the Fall Food Truck Festival.


If you are able to make it, please sign up for a shift to help out during the evening. We need people at check-in, to bartend, and help with set-up and clean-up. Check out the Sign Up Genius Link to sign up.

Any Questions?

Contact Jennifer Coleman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mara Sirhal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

Hope to see you all there! And remember to book your babysitter now, as this is an adult-only event.


Show Your School Spirit with SRLA Spirit Wear!

Shop our school's latest selection of branded apparel and accessories.

The shop is open through October 8th, so shop now!

Youth and adult sizes are available. As always, a portion of the proceeds benefit the school.


In- School Spirit Wear Guidelines

May be worn:

- on dress down days

- on special spirit wear days

- on student birthdays

- as outerwear, then removed once in school

- all over town to show your school spirit!!

May not be worn:

- in place of regular or gym uniforms



September 17, 2021

Remembering 9/11 with Prayer and Service

SRLA students and faculty were joined by Fr. Harahan and Sr. Sandy to mark the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 with an outdoor prayer service to remember all who were lost on that day and since.

A big thank you to all SRLA families for your generous donations in honor of the National Day of Remembrance. Donated items will be distributed by Catholic Charities to help families in need.


Principal's Corner

Virtual Back-to-School Night

Virtual Back-to-School Night will run from 7:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, September 23, 2021 for grades K-8.

Each teacher will send a detailed schedule and Zoom invitation out to you next week.

The pre-school will run from 5:00-6:00 pm

Teachers will Zoom from the school and specials will be available as well. Please remember that you may meet with or email any teacher at any time.

Protecting God's Children

Class will be held here at SRLA on Thursday, October 14, 3:00-4:30 pm.

Enjoy your weekend!

Principal Underwood

Volunteer with the HSA

Please add your name to lend a hand on our mandatory Volunteer Signup list, which each family agreed to when they registered at SRLA. This signup breaks down the different volunteer opportunities at SRLA so parents can choose where they prefer to participate, or what works best with their schedule.

Simply sign up each parent or guardian for whichever fundraising or volunteering event you'd like to be involved in for the 2021-22 school year. It's that simple! And, don't worry, all events are supported by the HSA so we will be there every step of the way!

*Note: Beginning October 18, 2021, all parent volunteers will be required to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the preceding week. Details can be found here.

Sign Up to Volunteer Now

Meet Our New Teachers


Mrs. Doyle, First Grade

Ms. Fowler, Art


Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Please pay special attention to SRLA's walk-in and car line diagrams to ensure smooth arrivals and dismissals and to keep our students safe!

"Shop" the SRLA Uniform Closet

Parents are welcome to visit the school's uniform closet to pick up gently-worn items for free! The closet is located in the front room of the Teachers' Lounge across from the Library.

Drop-offs are also appreciated!

Raven Nation Cross Country

We are very happy to report that SRLA Cross Country practice began this week, the first since Fall, 2019!

And there's still time to join!

The XC season runs from September until early November. Participation is open to grades K through 8, and the registration fee of $45 is billed through SmartTuition.

Learn more details, including practice and meet dates, and register here.

Fall Food Truck Festival

Book your sitters and get ready to eat!

Save the date for our annual Fall Food Truck Festival, Friday, October 15, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity to hang out with friends, meet new families, and enjoy some seriously delicious food and beverages. Look out for an email next week with links to buy your tickets and sign up to lend a hand!

Ravens Going Bald for a Cause

SRLA 8th Graders Conor and Patrick Naughton, along with their father, Denis, have teamed up to raise money for childhood cancer research.

St. Baldrick's is a national charity that raises money for pediatric cancer research by enlisting volunteers to shave their heads. Volunteer "shavees" request donations from their family and community to sponsor them.

This year's "haircuts" will take place on September 18th at the Shillelagh Club in West Orange, so there is still time to donate to help Conor and Patrick reach their goal! 



9/23 - Virtual Back-to-School Night

10/1 - Coffee & Conversation | 12:10pm Dismissal

10/14 - Protecting God's Children Session, 3-4:30pm

10/15 - Farmers Market | Fall Food Truck Festival

View the SRLA Calendar



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"




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. 

Any questions? Just email Jess or Aveen , HSA Board Presidents at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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. 



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.


  1. Cars are never allowed to pass other cars during drop-off/pick-up
  2. Students must wait until they are close to the church sidewalk to exit the vehicle 
  3. Students should exit the vehicles in a timely manner

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Principal Underwood

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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.

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood

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About SchoolMessenger

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.

Raven Families,

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.

Practice Schedule:

  • 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

Registration Information

-       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

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Book your sitters and get ready to eat!

Save the date for our annual Fall Food Truck Festival, Friday, October 15, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

It’s a great opportunity to hang out with friends, meet new families, and enjoy some seriously delicious food and beverages. Keep a lookout for an email next week for tickets

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.

Thank you. 

Mr. Miller

Directory of Technology

Saint Rose of Lima Academy
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Laptop Computer Agreement

Bring Your Own Device

Dear Parents,

Please see the September and October calendar below.

Click here for the online version:



10/1 12:10 dismissal

10/11 No school

Thank you,

Principal Underwood
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Dear Parents,

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.

Aftercare Form

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

contact me at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,

Ms. Perkins



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:

Kindergarten-Eighth Grade

  • Deodorant
  • Foot Powder/Band-Aids
  • Hand Lotion
  • Q-Tips
  • Razors (disposable)
  • Shampoo /Conditioner
  • Tylenol (individual packets)
  • Sanitary products
  • Baby wipes
  • Body wash
  • Tooth brushes/tooth paste

Pre-School Students

  • Coloring books/Crayons/colored pencils
  • Markers
  • 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

Tina Underwood

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Dear Parents,

12:10 Dismissal all week.

Aftercare begins on Monday, September 13th.

Thank you,
Principal Tina Underwood
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Please see the link below and complete the following COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire if you have not done so already.

Click link below:

COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire

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.

Diagram One

Diagram Two

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. 

Kindergarten-Grade 4:

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.

Dear Parents,

What to Expect During Weeks 1 and 2

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

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
You may email me at 
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Mr. Miller
Director of Technology & Field Ops
Saint Rose of Lima Academy

St. Rose of Lima Academy

Principal: Tina Underwood, Ed.S.
52 Short Hills Avenue
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Phone: 973-379-3973
Fax: 973-379-3722



National Blue Ribbon School



St. Rose of Lima Parish

Pastor: Father Robert Harahan

50 Short Hills Ave
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Phone: 973-379-3912 
Fax: 973-379-6157 

Website: http://www.stroseshorthills.org