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

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow is the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time, June 21, 2020. Please view the Mass on HTTV Comcast Channel 36 or Verizon Channel 33 on Sunday at 7 AM and 9 AM.  

You can also watch the Mass anytime via the YouTube video here: 


NOTE: Many people have complained for the past two weeks that there is no sound on Comcast Channel 36. If that happens tomorrow morning, you are advised to contact Comcast immediately as it is happening and report the problem. You will need to have your account number in order for Comcast to troubleshoot the problem. 

This is not a result of our videotaping or an HTTV issue. 

Please read this weekend’s Bulletin:


Children’s Liturgy of the Word: 

Here is the link to tomorrow’s activities that can also be found on the SRL website:


St. Rose is open for personal prayer from 11 AM to 1 PM every Sunday. Masks must be worn by all individuals while in the church. Individuals and families must maintain social distancing (six feet) between each person while in the church. 

NOTE: Special Mask Fundraiser - Buy One Give One: Click below for more details.


Weekday Masses for June 22nd-27th will air on HTTV Comcast 36 and Verizon 33 at 7:30 AM Monday through Saturday. 

 Here is playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGALmzi6dr5IYpOFVmeR_G5-2ItOxJwo7

We wish all Dads a very Happy Father’s Day! Stay well!

Hello Parents,

Did you order your prepackaged school supply kit? Don't get stuck going to retail. This is the last chance to order, so don’t delay and order your kit today! Late orders will NOT be accepted! Please remember to order for the grade your child will be in next year. Kits include the exact colors, quantities, and brands your teachers have approved for class. The kits will be delivered to the classroom by the first day of school.

Why order a kit?

 - Everything you need in one easy box

 - Save the hassle of driving from store to store

 - Skip long lines

 - Your child will be prepared for the first day

Simply place your order by this Sunday: 6/21/2020

Order online at: www.shopttkits.com

Enter our school’s account number: 28992



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You can come pick them up from 9am-1pm Monday through Thursday.

Please note that if you did not order a yearbook, we do not have any extras copies to sell.

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood
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Danny and Mrs. Underwood will be at the school from
9am-1pm Monday through Thursday.


Please return your students books in a a brown paper bag with the name and grade of the student written on the bag.

The small entrance part of the lobby is open every weekday from 9 am - 3pm for drop off.

Thank you,

Principal Tina Underwood

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It is paramount that our families have an opportunity to share their voice in the school re-opening process. Therefore, we encourage our families to participate in completing this survey. Please see the parent letter below with survey information.

Below you will find links to the English and Spanish versions of the survey.

The deadline for completing the survey is Monday, June 8th.





Principal Tina Underwood

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Thank you so much SRLA families for coming out in droves to celebrate our 8th grade.

It meant so much to the students and their parents to receive such support.

Thank you to the kids who made awesome signs!! We loved them all!

And finally thank you to all the teachers who came! 

It was great to see everyone!! 

The Eighth Grade. 

Dear SRLA Families,

With God’s Grace I can face each day with His peace and strength, Amen.

I am writing to you with overwhelming waves of sorrow and sadness following the death of George Floyd. Life itself, especially during these last 80 days, has challenged everyone. It is through challenges that we grow stronger and persevere.

I ask that you engage, as a family, to have those tough conversations about racial inequality, right and wrong actions and ideas about injustice. We need to be creative and work together to remove obstacles that only flame systematic inequalities.

As a school community, we are here for each other at a time when we need each other. Together, we need to reach out to our family, friends and neighbors and let them know that we are in this together. Only by showing others compassion, love, empathy and humanity that we hold dear for ourselves can everyone heal together.

This will not be easy. We must work with every last ounce of energy we have to support our own families, friends and communities. Everyone at SRLA supports peace, love and understanding. I want our students, staff and families to know that we care, your life matters to me, never feel alone.


Poetry: “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Participate: Millburn Rally For Black Lives: Sunday, June 7th 2020. Meet at Millburn High School at 12:00 noon. The Peaceful March will begin at 1:00 pm and march down Millburn Ave. At 3:00 pm, a vigil will be held in Taylor Park.

Books: Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race-Books For Littles (Free and accessible for all readers)

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman

Lovely by Jess Hong

We’re Different: We’re The Same by Sesame Street

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

We Are America by Walter Dean Myers (one of my favorite YA authors)


            “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

            --Martin Luther King Jr.



Tina Underwood

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Thank you, SRLA community, for coming together to support the Move-A-Thon. With all of the generous donations, our school raised more than $20,000!

A big thank you shout-out to the Kindergarten class for the most dollars raised. For anyone who wasn't able to participate and would still like to donate, please visit our School's Pledgestar web page.

The fundraising page will be up and running until the end of the week. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Sister Sandy Food Drive.

Again, thank you to all who supported and/or participated in this event! Our hearts swell with gratitude.

For some great Move-a-Thon memories, please check out this video

Thank you, 


Dear Parents:

The Class of 2020 is proud to offer to you for purchase a copy of the 2019 - 2020 St. Rose of Lima Academy Yearbook!

All students in grades pre-k through 8 have their photo in the yearbook, with many additional candid photos included. 

The cost of this hard-covered book is $30.00 each.  

This order is due on or before May 29th.

 To receive a yearbook you must order it now; additional copies will NOT be available at a later time.

To order your yearbook(s) please click the link below :


We will bill your SMART Tuition account $30.00 for each yearbook you order. Please be sure to enter your child’s name in the appropriate space.


DUE May 29, 2020

Thank you

Dear Parents,

Would you rather spend a summer day driving from store to store to purchase school supplies or get everything you need in one easy box? Great news! We are offering a supply kit program again this year at St. Rose. Kits include the exact colors, quantities, and brands your teachers have approved for class. The kits will be delivered to the classroom by the first day of school. No more carrying in supplies on the first day of school! Get your back-to-school shopping out of the way early and enjoy a summer day!

Simply place your order by: 

Order online at: www.shopttkits.com

Enter our school’s account number: 28992

Order online by: 6/21/2020

*Please remember to order for the grade your child will be entering in the Fall.

Questions? Contact:

Margie Naughton:

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Please read the information below regarding a mandatory Zoom upgrade.  

Follow the steps outlined below to make sure your students are not locked out of Zoom classes.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mr. Miller

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Dear Valued Customer,

As you may know, Zoom 5.0 is live! Please update all your clients to version Zoom 5.0 now or before May 30th.

When: Beginning May 30th, 2020, Zoom will be enabling GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data. 


Please update all your clients to Zoom 5.0. After May 30, 2020, all Zoom clients on older versions will receive a forced update when trying to join meetings as GCM encryption will be fully enabled across the Zoom platform.

Update Now


Dear Parents and Parishioners,

Sr Sandy DeMasi’s Comcast email address has been hacked. If you received an email today from her requesting you to purchase gift cards from amazon, please DO NOT RESPOND!!

It’s a scam and she is in the process of investigating who did this.

The important thing is to not respond and do not buy anything for her or do what they are asking.


Dear Parents and Parishioners,

Memorial Day Mass tomorrow, May 25, 2020 with the concluding rite in the Saint Rose of Lima Cemetery airs on HTTV Comcast 36 and Verizon 33 at 10:30 AM; 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM.  

Below are the video links:

Full Memorial Day Mass:  https://vimeo.com/422026489

Outdoor portion only:  https://vimeo.com/422050639

St. Rose will continue to air Daily Weekday Mass on HTTV Comcast 36 or Verizon 33 at 7:30AM Monday through Saturday. The link for the Masses for May 26th, Tuesday through May 30th, Saturday can be viewed online anytime by selecting this link: 


Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend! Stay Well!

Dear Parents,

Please click on the link below to sign up to become a class parent for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Link to sign up genius: 2020-2021 Class Parents

2020-2021 Class Parents

The HSA invites you to sign up as a class parent for the 2020-2021 School Year!!


Margie Naughton

HSA Class Parent Coordinator

Dear Parents,

Please see below for an important message from Ms. Barbara Dolan, the

Acting Superintendent of Schools.

Stay safe,

Tina Underwood  
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May 6, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Monday, May 4th Governor Murphy announced that schools in New Jersey will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Newark will follow this directive. Students and teachers will continue remote learning until school ends in June.

The realization that students will not be returning to schools this year for in-person learning brings a sense of sadness. While we have adjusted to remote learning, the in-person dynamics of teaching and learning are sorely missed. However, we understand that the health and safety of all in our school communities and the broader community requires that we continue remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

School administrators have been planning for the possibility that students would not be returning to in person learning for the 2019-2020 school year. In the coming weeks, your school administrator will communicate plans and procedures for ending the school year. We know that the Class of 2020 students are uniquely affected by this extended closure of school. I have no doubt that our school leaders will be creative in finding ways to distribute diplomas in a manner that adheres to all health and safety guidelines while honoring this important accomplishment.

We thank you for your understanding and support during these unprecedented times. Remote learning is one challenge among the many you have faced in the past two months.

We want to applaud the educators in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Newark, and all educators, for working tirelessly to ensure that students continue to learn and move forward in their education.

And most importantly I want to commend students throughout the Archdiocese for their ability to adapt to remote learning. They continue to attend class, do classwork, confer with teachers, and submit assignments under very extraordinary circumstances. The lessons they have learned and skills they have developed over the past two months extend well beyond curriculum requirements.

Know that you and your families are in the prayers of all in the Office of Catholic Schools. Please continue to keep all affected individuals, families, first responders, and especially those on the front lines in your prayers.


Ms. Barbara Dolan

Acting Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents,

Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that New Jersey schools will remain closed for in-person instruction through the end of the academic year.

New Jersey teachers have been required to conduct remote instruction since schools shuttered in mid-March. That will continue.

We will be sending you more details shortly.

Stay safe,

Tina Underwood   
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Dear Parents,

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Sincerely, just how we are feeling right about now…

As I review some of the spring plans made in simpler times, such as field trips, May Processions, Dress-up Days, Casino Night at Wish Upon a Star, Sports Dinner, STEM Expo, First Holy Communion, and so many more creativity takes over!

My heart goes out to our eighth graders because the traditions we hold near and dear to our hearts for the end of eighth grade will be missed. But!!! New traditions will be born this spring and I promise you will feel special and be treated special in your final days at SRLA. More info to follow, but Eighth Graders, please make sure you attend the special Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 5th at 10:00 am. A separate invite has been sent to your parents for you.

In response to parent requests for more time on-line with the teachers, I have asked Mr. Miller and our teachers to add an extra day for all of our students. The new days are listed on the top of the schedule for each teacher as well as in the attached document. Note that World Language Classes have not increased.

Below please find four recommendations from a family therapist, Erika London Bocknek, reinforcing the four R’s for children.

About 55 million U.S. children attend schools that have been closed or are being directly affected by the new coronavirus social distancing rules. Erika London Bocknek, a family therapist who studies early childhood development, parenting, and family resilience, encourages anyone parenting quarantined kids to focus on the 4 R’s: routines, rules, relationships, and rituals.

1.  Routines

A good routine should create a pattern each day for a child that is predictable. But there are many ways to do that besides setting up a traditional schedule. New strict schedules may increase anxiety for some kids, especially if the transitions between one activity and the next seem arbitrary. To create predictability outside the constraints of a traditional school schedule, consider holding daily morning meetings to set priorities. Families can use that time to clearly communicate, sort out expectations, and remind one another of what’s ahead, from online chats with teachers to when lunch will be to who will do which household chores or where to go on an afternoon walk. Older children can write those priorities down to use as checklists. Little kids benefit from daily reminders about what they can look forward to throughout the day.

Several studies, including some I’ve conducted, have consistently found that sticking with dinnertime and bedtime routines in particular is good for positive mental health outcomes throughout childhood.

Even if families opt for a model that’s more flexible than what kids are used to on school days, consistency is key. For example, kids and adults should have at least one meal at about the same time every day together. That meal is a good opportunity for everyone to spend time together free of electronic devices and other distractions. To be clear, the gathering itself matters as much as what’s on the table. These types of routines anchor the day, and research shows that they organize children’s external worlds in ways that support self-regulation, the building block of good mental health. In addition, predictable family environments help children feel like their homes are stable and supportive – which is especially important when under stress.

2.  Rules

While parents and other guardians may see fit to reduce expectations and ratchet down demands, they should stick with the rules that matter most in the long term for their families. For example, it may be reasonable to relax expectations about tidiness or screen time. However, families should maintain rules about safety and kindness and be consistent with consequences. Children of all ages feel and behave better with predictable family rules.

Parents and other caregivers may want to set new family rules at this time, such as requiring kids to do more chores and share in household responsibilities. Such rules may instill some of the independence, community obligation and social engagement that students otherwise experience at school.

3.  Relationships

As families find themselves spending more time together, responsible adults should reflect on their own mood and behavior. Children don’t need perfect parents to thrive, but they do benefit from parenting they find predictable. For example, children should be able to anticipate how their parents or other caregivers will typically interact with them and how the most important adults in their lives will respond to stress. It’s OK for those adults to let on that they’re feeling stressed out, as long as children see them coping with these feelings in safe and appropriate ways.

Kids fare best when their moms, dads and other caregivers are warm and responsive when directly interacting with them. This doesn’t require nonstop attention and, in fact, attempts to sustain direct attention throughout the day may detract from adults’ overall capacity to provide this kind of positive attention. Aim instead for planned moments of focused, positive interaction even if brief and repeat throughout the day.

4.  Rituals

Any special routine can become a family ritual – which are predictable and help every family member feel like they belong to a special group. Research shows that rituals support good mental health in childhood because of the previously mentioned sense of family organization and the added benefit of family cohesion that gives children a positive sense of their identity.

Taco Tuesdays and regular movie nights work, as do religious practices like bedtime prayers. I’ve found that rituals that connect children to previous generations may be particularly powerful, so this could be a good time to revive and adapt a beloved ritual from your own childhood. Or create new family rituals together. Especially during periods of uncertainty like this pandemic, rituals make it clear to kids that their families are stable and strong.

Remember that this virus has revealed our true character, one of immense strength!

Stay SRLA Strong!

 Just in time for the weekend!

Please enjoy!

Sesame Street

Be well,

Mrs. 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
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