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


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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Dear Parents,

Please see below for Important Message from Fr. Harahan.

Tina Underwood
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Dear Boys and Girls,

I hope you are still happy with the celebration of Easter. Our church does this for forty days ! That’s a long time. But Jesus brings us so much joy that we need many days to celebrate.

You have had new experiences these days too. With your moms and dads you have begun a new way of going to school and learning. You are with some friends, but others you may only see on FaceTime or Instagram. You play more inside and sometimes by yourself. I’m sure you miss a lot of the things you normally do, or miss the places you love to go.

Being at home is not always easy. We have to really try and get along with our family and get our schoolwork done. We have to remind ourselves to be kind to our sisters and brothers and those we live with. Some days we are happy and the time goes fast. And there may be days when we feel sad and we don’t want to do anything.

I miss seeing you at church and school. But until we start going back there are some things we can do. First, talk to your mom or dad every day about how you feel. You may also have the opportunity to talk to your teachers online.

Second, try to say a prayer at the start of each day. Ask Jesus to bless you and your family and help you through the day. Maybe you can ask your family to say a prayer with you. Or your family could read a bible story together. You can draw a picture of Easter and the message of Jesus. Hang up the picture as a reminder of our faith. 

Third, do an act of kindness or something good for someone each day. That will help you see how each day is a chance to be like Jesus.

Sometimes these days have been hard for everyone. Your family loves you and God blesses you each day with His love. May Mary and Joseph and the child Jesus help us and our family every day.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Easter,

Fr. Harahan

PS: Your mom and dad can always let me know how you are celebrating the Easter season. 


On another note, a number of people called in to say the Easter Sunday Mass could not be found online. If you missed it, here is the direct link to the Mass for viewing:  https://youtu.be/k1WdZpm2Xgw

Please remember we are in the Octave of Easter. Today is not the Monday AFTER Easter but the Monday OF Easter. Today is Easter Monday!  

Today is EASTER as is tomorrow…for these 8 days and the next 8 Sundays.

I hope this is helpful.

Stay well all!


Dear Parents,

This week, with the passing of Bill Withers, I can only think of his song, “Lean on Me” and how appropriate this message and sentiment is for us right now.

We need our families, friends, loved ones and trusted individuals to help us get through this. Everyone I know is working together to succeed. Please accept my sincere Thank You to everyone in the SRLA family for pitching in, together we are stronger than alone. So please, “Lean on Me” if I can help in any way.

Online suggestion for this week includes one from the publisher of the NJ Catholic magazine has put together the attached School-at-Home Guide for Catholic Families.

The guide is also available as a flipbook at 


(You will need Adobe Flash)

Please feel free to share the link

The following poem reminds us that our journey is not new and this too shall pass…

A Family in lock down

40 days, 40 nights in the Ark, Noah's family was confined in a boat. There were no windows, no balconies, no terraces, no internet, no phone, no YouTube, no Facebook or Netflix. They only heard the rain. They spent their time praying, loving each other and caring for animals. God the Father took care of them as Noah was a man of faith and obeyed His word.

Remember even though there is out there an ocean of viruses and life seems like a stormy ride, our God is watching over us!

Don't be afraid!

Be faithful to Him and wait patiently. The rain will stop one day. A rainbow will shine and all will be well again.

In Jesus, we trust!



"Living in GOD's Love"

Religious Organization

Ways in which we can help:

School-wide event! This idea was suggested by Dawn Kepler (K) More details to follow but this is a preview:

“We obviously know that this time has been one of great disruption. The children, who are all students at St. Rose from Pre-k 3 to 8th grade, are all a part of this 'history' happening right now. The idea I have, is that each student find a small rock, paint it, put their name on it (optional), and we will create a St. Rose of Lima 2020 rock garden, to mark this time. 

This activity can be done by all aides, teachers and students, to remember this time in our lives. 

There is a book that I am happy to read to the entire school if you would like to do this called Only One You by Linda Kranz. I am happy to read this book to the entire school when we get back, and they deliver their rock to me.”

I’m in!!

Something that our families can do on their own (I have already donated for one sign to be placed in front of SRLA to show our love):

Appreciation Lawn Sign Fundraiser


Be a part of the movement to spread hope and gratitude, while supporting Overlook Medical Center in purchasing an urgently needed XENEX sterilization machine that can sanitize a room in 20 minutes! This device has a $90,000 price tag.Congratulations to Zoe Berlinger, Age 9 from Summit, and Ashleigh Andrews, Age 11 of Millburn, on their winning artwork submissions! 

The Overlook Auxiliary would like to thank Scott Hale of STH Printing in New Providence for his designs and sign printing by The UPS Store in downtown Summit for their generous contributions to this project. Both are great local small businesses to support. 

The Overlook Auxiliary is also pleased to partner with community residents Deb Meslar of Summit, Maria DeLuca & Amy Lepre of New Providence who presented this idea to us. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of love and support during this time.

Every contribution makes a difference!

Warmest thoughts to you and your family on this holiday.

Happy Easter!
Principal Underwood

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Proper Protocol During Zoom Sessions with Teachers


This document explains what is expected of you when you are using Zoom for your remote learning sessions. If a teacher sees a problem, they will give you a warning and give you a chance to correct the behavior.  Students will lose points for the class if these rules are not followed after a warning.

General Information – Attendance will be taken during Zoom sessions. If you are sick, please have a parent let your homeroom teacher know. Please do not have pets in the room with you. Please be respectful of each other. Conduct yourself as if you were in the classroom at school. Use your correct name when joining the session. Do not use nicknames or you will be counted absent for that session.

VIdeo – Video should be turned on. This is necessary so the teachers can see if you are there and engaged in the session. Also, you should not cause any distractions to disrupt the session such as making faces, holding up signs or pictures or constantly moving in and out of the screen. Students should also not be eating or drinking during the sessions. No other screens such as a TV or other computers should be visible.

Audio – Students should make sure there are no other noises in the background such as a TV, radio, music, etc. This is distracting to others on the call. Students should make their best effort to find a quiet area where there won’t be any distractions during your class.

Chatting – Students should not chat with anyone but the teacher on the call. This is also distracting and keeps your fellow students from focusing on the lesson. 

This is a new way of learning for all of us, teachers and students. We want to make the remote learning experience as enjoyable and meaningful as possible. 

Please remember that you can always reach out to teachers via email if you have questions on assignments or other class related questions. If you are having computer or technical issues, you can reach out to Mr. Miller via email as well.

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Stay Safe,
Mrs. Underwood
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Dear Parents,

We are in uncharted waters. I like to think that we are the “Bridge over Troubled Waters” for our students, that connection with their classmates, looking in on their classes brings pure joy to my heart! Never before have we been faced with the task of providing Zoom instruction to our students because of a public health emergency. I want to take a moment to say just how proud I am that our teachers and all members of our school communities are rising above all expectations, and providing students with learning opportunities each and every week.

The schools is physically open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm only but, please feel free to pick up anything you may need from our lobby which will remain open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm until further notice.

Unfortunately that phrase…until further notice…, is about the only thing I have been told about school closures but as soon as I hear anything else, you will be the first to know!

Please look for a separate notice from Mrs. Katz and Mrs. Espiritu with regard to our next publication of The Blurb.

Below you will find several websites that you may find useful moving forward to either fill in over Easter break or just to supplement your child’s learning experience.

Resources from “It Takes a Village”

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is providing their comprehensive online curriculum tool that covers math, science, reading, social studies and SAT prep from PreK through college in 40 languages for free during school closures. You can also tune in to their daily livestream at 9 am PST on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.


Education.com is making their library of activities, learning games and homeschooling lessons available for free to those who sign up during this time of school closure.

Common Sense Media

We’re all scrambling to find ways to keep our kids engaged with good media. Check out the great list our friends at Common Sense Media compiled. It’s filled with free online activities and live events to keep the family learning and entertained.

In the words of Andrew Cuomo, please practice “social solidarity” responsibly.

We are all in this together!

Stay healthy,
Tina Underwood
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The staff of The Blurb, our school newspaper, has decided to publish the edition that was almost ready to go just before we left school. To make it more topical we’d like your input about how you’ve been spending your free time at home. 

Please send a brief description of your activities (in prose or poetry), photos or drawings to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll publish as many responses as space allows. We may even do another edition during our COVID 19 captivity.

Thanks, fellow journalists.

The Blurb Staff

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