September 1, 2022
Welcome Parents and Students to the 2022-2023 school year!
The St. Rose of Lima Academy faculty and staff are so very excited to welcome our new and returning students on Wednesday, September 7th. The first three days will be 12:10 dismissal for Kindergarten through Eighth grade.
Over the past two years. SRLA students and staff met the unprecedented challenges and requirements associated with the pandemic. It’s now time for us to look forward.
In November, we will be visited by the re-accreditation team for the Middle States Accreditation Team from Sunday, November 13th through Wednesday, November 16th. More information will be provided as we get closer to November.
The new Media Center is coming along swimmingly! The old carpets have been pulled up, the new smart board is installed and ready to go and the beautiful furnishings Mrs. Mansfield selected have been ordered. I for one, cannot wait for the unveiling!
For students in grades K-8 who live in Maplewood and South Orange, no bus tickets will be issued, again this year. The district has decided instead to issue "in lieu of " transportation credit. Once again, we will forward a diagram for our parking lot pick-up process.
In case you have not heard…under the direction of our Athletic Director, Harcourt Lucius, we will now add Volleyball to our Athletic Program Thank you Mr. Lucius!
As we look forward to an outstanding school year, remember to volunteer and get involved at SRLA. Our incredible HSA, under the leadership of Aveen Corr and Jess May will provide you with more information on just how to make that happen.
On September 28, 2022, at 7:00 pm, we welcome parents to our first, in-person Back-To-School night in recent memory. More information will follow on this event as well.
I hope to see everyone on campus and encourage parents to become active members of our school community.
We have three new teachers this year and one lovely move!
Our first grade teacher: will be Jilian Reyes!
You may reach her through the following address:
Our new Middle School Spanish and Computer teacher is Marina Romero Grullon.
She comes to us from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education.
Ms. Romero will be teaching middle school computer science. She will be helping students develop their skills in Google Classroom utilizing writing, spreadsheet and presentation applications. She will also be teaching students presentation skills to prepare them for high school and college. In addition, students will be using an online application to help them develop coding and logic skills.
Our students will really enjoy her style of teaching as well as experience.
Our new Middle School Literature/Language Arts teacher for grades sixth, seventh and eighth grade is Mitra Martinez
Ms. Martinez comes to us with twelve years of teaching experience and experience facilitating workshops for educators countrywide. I am sure that her background in preparing students for college English will enhance our program.
Our new Art teacher: is Maura E. Braun. A former Adjunct Faculty member from Seton Hall, Department of Education is looking forward to joining us at SRLA.
Her in-depth knowledge in expanding our visual arts curriculum is exciting.
A few important dates:
September 6: Teachers Return to school
September 7, 8 & 9: Dismissal at 12:10 for K-8 (uniforms required) No Aftercare
September 7: Pre-K 4 orientation and Kindergarten orientation (separate letters containing more information were sent from the homeroom teacher)
September 7: Pre-k 3 orientation 9:00- 9:30 am.
September 8: Pre-k 3 First day 8:10 - 8:30 drop off pick up 11:25 am
September 12: Full Day Sessions K-* (8:10 am-2:50 pm) Before care and aftercare begins
September 12: Opening of School Mass at 9:00 am Mass (All are welcome)
September 28: Back to School Night 7:00-8:30 pm
Just a few of our exciting events happening this month.
Let’s make this an incredible year together,
All the best,
Tina Underwood, Ed.S.