August 7, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I look forward with excitement as we welcome our new and returning students and guide them to experience the gift of a St. Bartholomew School education. I thank you for entrusting your children to us as we help establish a strong foundation that includes faith formation, academic achievement, and personal growth. The Catholic core values that permeate our school climate support the development of positive friendships and relationships that are essential to thriving and happiness in life. The values that are taught and practiced at our school support the development of a holy and integral life. It is our mission to partner with you and together build and solidify a strong base for each child’s development. I am grateful to have the support of our wonderful pastor, Fr. Thomas, and parish, and I look forward to working with you as we build on the many blessings God has given us. We will welcome our many new families at our August 20 picnic, which will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Parish Hall.
Our highly qualified faculty and staff are dedicated to providing an outstanding Catholic education as we live our mission: To love, educate, and inspire our children to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. This year, in addition to teaching 8th grade Religion and Algebra and 7th grade Math, Mrs. Trenery will serve as Assistant Principal. We also welcome Mrs. Patricia Kinnucane, who will replace Miss Malko as music teacher and Band and Chorus Director. Mrs. Kinnucane is an experienced music teacher who earned her Bachelor of Music in Education with Honors in Flute Performance from Syracuse University. I am also happy to announce that Mrs. Jennifer McInerney, a certified teacher and St. Bartholomew School alum, will replace Mrs. Williams as the 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher. Mrs. McInerney had taught 8th grade Religion and assisted in PreK last year. I thank Miss Malko and Mrs. Williams for their years of service to our students.
Our teachers are receiving professional development on project-based learning and differentiation to enhance learning. Project based learning is a dynamic, inquiry-based classroom approach, which aligns with our STEM and inquiry-based learning goals. Differentiation is a flexible, responsive, and proactive approach to meeting the needs of every learner in the classroom. New Science books, which are fully-aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, have been purchased along with a new ELA and vocabulary series for students in Grades 7 and 8. We will continue to utilize Streaming Plus and Discovery Education, IXL, and i-Ready to enhance and support our curriculum goals. Our spiritual goal is to walk by
faith as a child of the light under the auspices of Our Lady of Guadalupe and living as missionary disciples. Teachers will attend a back-to-school Mass, hosted by Bishop Checchio, with a keynote speaker to follow.
Major updates to the facility include the installation of security cameras throughout the plant and new security doors at the gym and main entrances. Additional laptops will be purchased for middle school student use and continued wireless improvements have been made.
Please be mindful of the following:
- Continue summer reading assignments and summer reading challenge. Reading logs are due September 10.
- Volunteers must complete the volunteer application and must also attend Virtus Protecting God’s Children and have electronic fingerprinting. Mrs. McAndrew will be presenting Virtus training in September and the date will be placed on the website.
- Family/Student Emergency Information Forms must be completed and returned prior to the start of school. Immunization records are also due before the start of school.
- Please notify me of any changes in the custodial status of your child.
- We are a peanut and tree nut-free facility. Please read all ingredient labels carefully. Any item with the warning may contain traces of nuts or manufactured on equipment that also processes peanuts or tree nuts is not permitted in school.
- Small nut-free snacks may be sent in for birthdays with permission from the teacher. Pizza parties are not permitted.
- Back-to-School Night for Pre-K and Kindergarten parents/guardians is September 6 at 7:00 pm, beginning in the Parish Hall.
- Back-to-School Night for grades 1-8 parents/guardians is September 19 at 7:00 pm in the Church. Please meet in the Parish Hall at 6:30 pm for Home School Association, sports-related, and extracurricular information.
- Hot lunch begins September 7.
- Please read and sign the forms in the Parent/Guardian/Student Handbook and return to the school office by September 7. The Handbook may be found on the website and the copy of the signature form and the Emergency Dismissal Form are attached for your convenience.
- Please sign on to the Honeywell Instant Alert System and update your information. The directions may be found on the website.
- Please notify your child’s homeroom teacher in writing, not email, about the way your child will travel home from school. If the situation changes on any given day, the homeroom teacher should be notified in writing. Please limit calls to the school office about change in dismissal. After School Care students will be escorted to the cafeteria at dismissal. Bus students will be escorted to the appropriate bus at dismissal. After buses have left, car riders will be escorted down the path to meet parents/guardians. For the safety of all students, please do not leave the parking lot until directed to do so. Cars should not be parked in the first rows and should be parked behind the bus lane.
Please meet your child on the path and do not let your child walk unattended through the parking lot. Be mindful of the 5 mph speed limit. Thank you for your cooperation.
- Please pack a nutritious, nut-free snack daily.
- Students in grades K-8 should not arrive at school before 6:45 am. The school’s responsibility for supervision begins at 6:45 am in the school cafeteria and ends at dismissal. Students should be in the cafeteria no later than 7:30 am and remain there until dismissed to classrooms. Under no circumstances shall students be in the building or on the grounds in an unsupervised capacity. If a student has a specific appointment with a staff member, the student must notify the teacher who is the cafeteria supervisor. Students in grades K-8 enter the school through the parking lot entrance across from the Gym. Parents/guardians who drive their children should drive to the path and let the children exit on the passenger side. Drivers should stay in the flow of traffic and process out of the parking lot with caution. See the parking lot diagram attached to this letter. Students should follow the directions of the teacher and safety patrol students. Please do not allow your child to walk through the parking lot unattended. All bus students will enter the school through the parking lot entrance across from the Gym. Doors are kept locked and a monitor will supervise the entrance.
- Parents/guardians should not remain at the end of the hallway or outside of the Kindergarten classrooms.
- Students who are not in the classroom when attendance is taken at 7:45 am are late and need to report to the office before entering the classroom. Unexcused lateness makes students ineligible for Perfect Attendance Awards. Lateness impacts the flow of the classroom and interrupts learning.
- Pre-K students must be walked to the Pre-K doors where students will be greeted by a staff member. Pre-K students will only be dismissed to a parent/guardian or person designated in writing by the parent/guardian.
- Please note that cell phones are not permitted to be used during school, including the cafeteria prior to the start of school and at dismissal. Please see the Handbook for the cell phone policy.
- Teachers will be using Teacher Google sites on our webpage to post announcements and homework.
- Parents/guardians of students in grades K-8 must have Power School accounts. If your child is new to the school, access codes and registration instructions will be sent home.
I pray for a blessed school year as we are charged by Pope Francis with rising “to the promise found in each young person” by creating “the material and spiritual conditions for their full development.”
God bless you,
Mrs. Ann Wierzbicki, R.N., M.A.E./Ed.S.