52 Short Hills Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078 | (973) 379-3973 | Summer Reading and Supplies | 2020-2021 Registration Packet

Dear SRLA Parents,

This is the year to remain flexible. It is in everyone’s best interest, given the number of glitches we have encountered over the last two days to begin fresh. Thursday and Friday of this week will be a different type of virtual learning days for our students.

Instead, as parents, students and teachers troubleshoot (did you know that if you have two siblings with the same first initial and last name --spells trouble for both when attempting to sign-in!!!)

So, instead, your student will receive a welcome letter from their homeroom teacher early tomorrow to which they must respond via Google Classroom to ensure that they are connected.

Middle School students will receive a similar letter from their homeroom teacher. In addition, they will receive an assignment from each of their major subject area teachers on Thursday by 10:00 am. The assignments must be submitted by Friday, 12:10 pm.

In-Seat instruction will begin for Pre-K through Fourth Grade on Monday, September 14th while fifth through eighth will begin in-seat on Tuesday, September 15th.

Updated Expectations for  Weeks 1-3

SRLA will re-open in phases:

Sept. 8-9:  Virtual parent-teacher conferences will be held for everyone

Sept. 10-11 Teacher interaction with students: Homeroom teachers will send out welcome letters to every homeroom students and ask them to reply.

Middle School Students will receive an assignment via Google Classroom. They must sign-in and retrieve the assignment from each major subject area teacher. The assignment will be expected to be completed and submitted on Friday by 12:10 pm.

Sept. 14-:  In-person learning begins for those Pre-School—Grade 4 students who will return physically; Half-day schedule for Grades 5-8 virtually.

9/14-25th remain 12:10 dismissal days

Sept. 15: In-person learning begins for Grade 5-8 students who will return physically to join the Pre-K-grade 4 students; Half-day schedule for both in-person and remote learners for this period.

9/15-25th remain 12:10 dismissal days

Sept. 28: Full day schedule begins for in-person and remote learners 

This phased approach is subject to change, and could be modified depending on updates or changes by N.J. State, Dept. of Education, or the Archdiocese of Newark.

A visual of the school and church property will be sent out to everyone shortly detailing the parking lot drop-off and pick-up protocols for parents to follow.

In addition, different grades will have different enter and exit locations where their temperatures will be taken before they enter the school building.

Pre-School 3 and 4:

Will enter and exit the school through the playground door. The classroom aides will take their temperature and then escort them to their classroom

Kindergarten Through Fourth Grade :

Will enter and exit through the Devine Center door. Students will have their temperatures taken at that door before they enter the building and proceed to their homeroom.

Fifth Through Eighth Grade:

Will enter and exit through the Main Door. Students will have their temperatures taken at the door before they enter the building and proceed to their homeroom.

SRLA has purchased Full “Halo” face shields for our students and teachers to wear as our Lucite desk shields have been delayed for two weeks. Students are not obligated to wear the shields over their masks but we will have them available for everyone in the building.

A second tutorial on how to sign-in to Google G-Suite will be sent tomorrow morning. Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any additional questions should your child has difficulties in joining their classes. New schedules for everyone will be distributed tomorrow as well.

Best,

Mrs. Underwood
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Dear Parents,

All in-seat students will receive their books at school after 9/14.

At home learners may pick up their books on 9/10 or 9/11 between 12:30-2:00 pm.\

Books will not be needed until 9/14/20.

Stay well,
Mrs. Underwood
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Dear Parents,

Originally, I set aside Tuesday, September 8th for Homeroom Teacher/Parent conferences. The outpour of emails that I have received requesting additional time slots has led me to add a second day of Conferences, Wednesday, September 9th. The format for our meet and greet conferences will be on Zoom. Your child’s homeroom teacher will send out a Zoom invitation in a separate email since everyone already has a comfort level with Zoom. 

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood
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Please see the Faculty & Staff Directory below if you would like to email the teacher of a specific grade.

Faculty & Staff Directory

Principal Tina Underwood 
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School Secretary Danny Solazzi  
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Ms. Romano, Pre K 3
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Ms. Perkins , Pre K 4
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Mr. Gogulski, 3rd Grade
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Mrs. Alexander, 4th Grade
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Ms. Heinz, Grade 5
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Mrs. Muller, Grade 6
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Mr. Jarvis, Music
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School Nurse  
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Derek Czernikowski Tuition Bursar
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K-8 Parents,

For parents new to Saint Rose, welcome!

For returning parents, welcome back!

As you probably already know, we are implementing Google Suite for Education this year. It is an exciting move for us and the teachers are looking forward to taking advantage of all of its capabilities.

All students in Grades Kindergarten through 8th grade have been set up in the system. 

Students will be given training on how to use the features which Google Suite provides.

To get started, IDs and passwords have been given to each student. 

When students log in, they should use the following credentials.

URL: gmail.com

ID: first initial, last name,"@srlacademy.org" (i.e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

PW: Strose01 (students may want to change their password when they log in.)

Please note that there may be some exceptions to the ID format described above, and students registering later may not be in the system yet. If your child cannot get into Gmail, please email me so I can correct any issues.

I am looking forward to a great year and seeing all of your children.

Thank you. 

Mr. Miller

Directory of Technology

Saint Rose of Lima Academy

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September 4, 2020

Dear Parents,

We’re Back!

Welcome to St. Rose of Lima! We could never have imagined starting a school year like this.

Originally, I set aside Tuesday, September 8th for Homeroom Teacher/Parent conferences. The outpour of emails that I have received requesting additional time slots has led me to add a second day of Conferences, Wednesday, September 9th. The format for our meet and greet conferences will be on Zoom. Your child’s homeroom teacher will send out a Zoom invitation in a separate email since everyone already has a comfort level with Zoom.

Dear Parents,

Please see the attached Saint Rose Of Lima In-Person Instruction or Remote Instruction Selection Form.

It is due by Tuesday, September 1st, 2020.

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Stay well,

Mrs. Underwood

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Dear Parents,

This has been an interesting year. As we gear up for our opening in September, just a few reminders from last week’s Green Envelope:

What to Expect During Weeks 1-3

To Parents of Middle School Students,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.

I want to make everyone aware of the following technology initiative for middle school students at Saint Rose of Lima Academy.

Middle School students are allowed and encouraged to use a computer in school.. There are two options available. First, a student may bring their own device, either a laptop or Chromebook. Option two is to request a computer from the school. Please be aware that getting a school device is dependent on quantity and availability.

If your child elects to take advantage of one of these options, please fill out the appropriate attached form and return it to the school by Friday, September 4.

We would appreciate your feedback by letting us know if your child will be bringing a laptop or would like to have a school provided laptop.

Thank you.

Mr. Miller
Directory of Technology
Saint Rose of Lima Academy

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Laptop Computer Agreement

Bring Your Own Device

Dear 8th Grade Parents, 

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools, with input from high school administrators and directors of admissions, has decided that the HSPT will not be administered this year as part of the Cooperative Admissions Program of the Catholic High Schools of the Archdiocese. High schools will use other sources of information, including the Ninth Grade Applicant Record, to guide their admissions decisions. 

Stay Safe, 

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Dear Parents,

 I am writing to update you on our reopening plans for September. With our top priority being the safety of our students and staff, our planning process is ongoing. Our Re-opening Committee School is continuing to formulate a detailed framework for the school year, which begins on September 8 with:

 Phase 1: Virtual Parent-Teacher conferences (9/8) , half day virtual instruction with teachers (9/9-9/11), with a half-day class schedule.

Phase 2: Half-day, in-seat learning.(9/9-9/18 and 9/21 -9/25).

Phase 3: Full-day, in seat instruction begins on Monday, 9/28. Please see the details in Plans for Return.

**Classes will be live-streamed for those families that do not feel comfortable returning to the classroom and wish to learn 100% remotely.

We are also incorporating guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), both trusted resources we often turn to in decision making for health-related issues. As many of you know, the New Jersey Department of Education released “The Road Back,” guidance for the reopening of schools, on June 26. We are using “The Road Back” to help guide our plan for reopening.

 Every day, we can see that the COVID-19 situation nationwide is continually developing, and these conditions may affect our plans.

This letter is not a complete plan. I am sharing with you what we know today and what you may want to consider as you plan for September. We will release additional, more detailed information prior to the Governor’s deadline of early August. We will release our final plan by August 10.

WHAT WE KNOW

1. The health and safety of our students and staff is and will always be my first priority.

2. Our students and staff are the most important part of who we are as a community.

3. The Governor has asked schools to develop a reopening plan that includes modified, in-person instruction. We are developing such a plan while accounting for our families who indicate they are not comfortable sending their children back to school at this time.

 4. I know that there is no single plan that will make everyone happy. I am also are aware that guidance from the medical community itself (CDC vs. AAP) is not always in agreement and has changed as more information has become available.

5. COVID-19 policies and decisions are intended to MITIGATE, BUT NOT ELIMINATE risk. From the AAP, “No single action or set of actions will completely eliminate the risk associated with the virus that causes COVID-19, but implementation of several coordinated interventions can greatly reduce that risk.” We intend to implement those coordinated interventions to help keep your children and our staff safe.

 6. Just as there are risks associated with sending students back to school buildings in September, there are also risks with maintaining a 100% remote learning environment for all students. Students rely on schools for academic and social development, as well as physical activity, and safety. We will balance those needs as we continue to develop our plan.

 7. September 2020 in schools will look nothing like September 2019. Most every survey respondents indicate a strong desire to have some sort of in-person learning taking place this fall. WHAT WE ARE PLANNING In order to provide you with as much time as possible to make arrangements and prepare for the In order to provide you with as much time as possible to make arrangements and prepare for the coming year, I want to share with you some key points of our reopening plans. Please understand that these key points do not represent the entire plan. There will be a much more detailed plan released by August 10th.

 Plans for return include:

1.    1. Students would return in phases (first week (9/8-9/11) would be virtual, that is as students and teachers transition from Zoom to Google for Education, instruction will be virtual. On Tuesday, September 8th you will meet the teachers through Parent/Teacher conferences. Your child’s homeroom teacher will reach out to you in mid-August to set this up. Wednesday through Friday will follow a 12:10 dismissal school day schedule, still virtual. The next two weeks, (9/14-9/18 and 9/21-9/25) will have a 12:10 dismissal—students would enjoy lunch at home) but 100 % in-seat instruction, five days per week. Classes would be live-streamed for those families that do not feel comfortable returning to the classroom and wish to learn 100% remotely.

2.    The PK through fourth grade has been capped at one class per grade and would meet daily. The middle school, grades 5, 7, and 8 will have two classes per grade level should everyone return to in-seat instruction, with their regular teacher delivering instruction in the students’ homeroom. Middle school teachers will rotate into every classroom. After the first two weeks (9/28 on), lunch will be enjoyed in the classrooms. Students are encouraged to bring their own or order through No Fuss Lunch, which would be delivered to their classrooms.

We will strive to create 6 feet of physical distancing whenever possible, but we will require face coverings/masks for all students, including when they must leave their seats in the classroom and walk in the hallways and other areas.

Again, accommodations will be made for students with certain medical or other conditions, as identified and verified in writing by a treating physician, which preclude the use of face coverings. We also are planning additional physical spacing measures in classrooms, hallways, and other areas.

Finally, we will create additional time during the day to allow for handwashing, mask “breaks, snack, and physical movement.

Enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and hygiene protocols will be in place in all of our schools. Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and in high traffic common areas. We will routinely clean high touchpoint areas while taking steps to minimize contact with those areas in the first place. Finally, electrostatic misting sprayers will be used sanitize our schools every evening (Cello UV Disinfection Carts (2) 300W from Donnelly Energy).

Transportation is a challenge for a variety of reasons. All students who ride a bus will be required to wear a face covering/mask from the time they are at the bus stop through the duration of their ride to and from school. Please consider whether or not your child will ride a bus to and from school, or if you will secure alternate transportation. We will develop a policy and communicate it to you by August 10, regarding health screenings for students on a daily basis. We will require that any child exhibiting symptoms of illness remain home from school. Those children may tap into the livestream of the classroom if they are well enough to do so.

It is also possible that our proposed return to learn plan might not be feasible if the health conditions in our community change between now and the end of August. If, based upon community health and directives from the State of New Jersey, All plans will depend upon input, guidance, and direction from the New Jersey and The Archdiocese of Newark.

 WHAT FAMILIES CAN DO NOW

 1. Please begin working on mask or face covering “endurance” with your children by getting reusable/washable face coverings that your child is comfortable wearing and gradually building up the amount of time they can tolerate wearing them. Face shields may be appropriate for those students who have a medical condition or disability that will not allow them to wear a mask. Families should begin identifying the most comfortable face mask options for their children and practice wearing masks so your children get used to them. Please choose a mask that is school appropriate.

 2. Next, please ensure that you have a working thermometer in your home, to take your child’s temperature. We will communicate additional information in the coming weeks about health and hygiene practices, but these small steps now will help in the fall, regardless of the type of plan we implement.

 3. Please make sure your child has a backpack in which to carry belongings to and from school every day. Students will not be sharing any items such as pencils, art supplies and tissues this year.

4. Consider substitute teaching at our school!

I know that this is a lot to digest. I also understand it can be frustrating that our plans are subject to change. This letter is not meant to be comprehensive – I know this is not all of the information you need, but it is a start. Our full plan will address many other issues and considerations with respect to school routines, instruction and assessment, curricular resources, technology support, health and hygiene practices, and more. I will deliver additional information to you by August 8 but believe it is important to provide you with a sense of our direction now. I thank you for your continued flexibility and cooperation as we move forward. I hope that you stay well and try to enjoy the rest of the summer.

One final update with reference to out-of-state travel:

As of Thursday, July 30th, there are currently 36 states that meet the criteria where one must self-quarantine after visiting, 14-days prior to the opening of school. Please be aware of the ever-changing list and plan accordingly.

Best,

Mrs. Underwood

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Dear SRLA Families,
 
It is hard to believe that we’re already approaching August. I know this summer has been very different but I do still hope that many of you are able to enjoy a break with your loved ones. 
 
As you’ve seen from recent emails, we are continuing to formulate a school reopening plan. With input from the SRLA Reopen Committee and data generated from the parent survey, I hope to be able to share a plan with the SRLA community no later than Aug. 10th. We are guided by recommendations from the Archdiocese of Newark and the State of New Jersey Department of Education (please see: The Road Back). 

Dear Families, Friends, and Supporters:

Please read and click through to our Voter Voice system to put your message in front of Congress! Voter Voice - NJ Catholic Conference

THE ISSUE: Congress is debating the next round of Stimulus Funding. Families who attend Catholic Schools are struggling to pay tuition and schools are scrambling to meet additional expenses of COVID-19. Catholic school communities have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Private schools, including Catholic Schools serve 10% of all K-12 students in the United States.

THE ASK: 1. That private school students receive Equity in COVID-19 relief services offered to public schools; 2. Tuition assistance for struggling families; and 3. Tax deductions or credits for families' education expenses to help in the struggle to pay for school tuition now.

THE ACTION: Please click through to this link: Voter Voice - NJ Catholic Conference to follow the prompts on NJ Catholic Conference's Voter Voice. In just a few clicks, you can ask Congress to help our Catholic School Families stay in their Catholic schools. Please use Voter Voice by 7/24/20 so your voice has the greatest impact!

THE RATIONALE: Catholic schools save taxpayers millions of dollars. COVID-19 has gravely impacted finances of families and schools alike. Keeping 10% of all K-12 students in private schools helps families choose the education that works best for their children while saving significant money and strain of overcrowding for public schools.

PLEASE CLICK HERE NOW: Voter Voice - NJ Catholic Conference

Thank you for answering the call to support our students by advocating for them!

Dear Parents,

The guidance for returning to in-person schooling includes recommendations about physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection, hand-washing, and using outdoor spaces whenever possible.

I wanted to share with you the source of our guidance in re-opening schools safely and securely.

The name of the publication is The Road Back and I would like to share this publication with you at this time.

I will be sending out a detailed informational letter to you on Thursday and look forward to seeing and hearing everyone soon!

Mrs. Underwood
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Dear Parents,

If your summer plans include travel out of the state of New Jersey, please adhere to the self-quarantine directive below:

Please remember, it is imperative that you refrain from traveling two weeks prior to the opening of school.

Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.

The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain states identified as those that have a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average ("impacted states.")

As of Tuesday, June 30, there are currently sixteen states that meet the criteria stated above:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, or a hotel or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items. As one example, no one who has traveled to or from a state on the COVID-19 hotspot list should be participating in or attending an in-person or drive-in graduation ceremony.

The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. Travelers and residents returning from impacted states typically will not need to check-in with public health officials, unless they are otherwise involved in contact tracing efforts or required to do so by their employer or any other federal, state or local law or order. It is expected that individuals will follow the recommendation to self-quarantine.

The travel advisory does not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration through the course of travel. Examples of such brief passage include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or layovers for air travel, bus travel, or train travel.

Travelers arriving from areas with increasing COVID-19 cases may wish to postpone their travel to the region if they are unwilling or unable to follow the self-quarantine advisory.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Stay well,

Tina Underwood
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Dear Parents,

We believe your contribution is crucial to the success of re-opening SRLA. Please fill out the survey linked below to help us plan for our re-opening in the fall.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KJJDR2C

To show our appreciation to survey participants, eligible respondents completing the questionnaire by Friday, 7/17 will be entered into a drawing to win a $50.00 Flynn and O’Hara gift card.

Thank you in advance for your time and willingness to share your views on our re-opening.

The Re-opening Committee.

Dear Parents,

Just a quick note!

The Governor's news conference, which just ended a few minutes ago, left me with great hopes for September!

With the right plan in place, St. Rose will open safely, with in-person instruction that work best for our great school. Certain modifications will be needed of course and solutions that will be taylor-made for SRLA. In addition to the Four Principles the Governor mentioned, items such as: 

  • Proper social distancing for our students, including outside instruction and dining options
  • Limits on class size
  • Hybrid learning options
  • Remote Learning en
  • All Faculty and visitors to wear face coverings
  • Students to be encouraged to wear face coverings

Every school is encouraged to open with their own set of Best Practices. These Best Practices will include health and safety standards which may look very different for each and every school.

Our plan will be built upon the necessary means taken to ensure that our students' safety is paramount in our decisions.

I have already applied for and was approved for the CARES Act funding and secured Ultra-Violet and Fogging cleaning services as directed by the CDC. Johnny and Staff have been trained and every inch of our building will be maintained to provide you with the peace of mind you deserve for your family.

I will be forming a Re-Start Committee and ask that you reach out to me on Monday if you would be interested in serving.

The time-table is to have a solid re-opening plan in place at least one-month before school opens on September 8th so that everyone has ample time to plan accordingly.

In September, an additional Pandemic Response Team will be formed and I will again ask for volunteers.

I plan to video chat with you on Thursday and promise to keep you updated should anything change!

Stay well,

Mrs. Underwood

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Parents,

A new feature has been added which allows you to view Report cards online in PowerSchool.

To view the report cards, follow the steps below.

1. Log in to PowerSchool.

2. You will see the opening screen with student information.

3. On the left, scroll down until you see “Report Card” on the bottom left side of the screen (See picture - “Report Card” is highlighted).

4. Click on Report Card and the report card will appear.

5. At the top right of the screen, click on the “Print” icon if you would like to print the report card.

Please note the following report card changes have been made for Trimester 3 due to our transition to distance learning:

- There are no Personal Development grades for T3

- There are no Trimester 3 grades for music and technology. The Year End grades are based on an average of the first two trimesters.

- There are trimester 3 grades for World Language, Art and Phys Ed.

* Note – If you can not get into PowerSchool, the report can be emailed

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Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood

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Dear Families,

Please see the Mask Fundraiser info below.

Click the link to order!

St. Rose of Lima Masks

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood

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St. Rose of Lima Academy

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