First Posted: 9/3/2013

Labor Day is over and the sights, smells and sounds of autumn are in the air. We are back in the swing of school and enjoying our time together as a school family. Mrs. Candice Lee, Holy Rosary School principal, has led a flawless transition. Curriculum Night was not only informative, but a nice “reunion” following a busy summer. It is good to be together again. Here’s what you need to know about Holy Rosary School this week:

After School Care Program

Holy Rosary School’s After School Care Program (ASCP) for the 2013-2014 school year began on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students enrolled in grades PK-8 are eligible. The ASCP will provide a safe, nurturing environment that is a natural extension of our school community. On regular school days, the program will operate from the time school is dismissed until 5:30 p.m. The After School Care Program will not be available on early dismissal days or when school is closed. All families who wish to participate in the After School Care Program must complete a registration form, which was included in the first day folder of the oldest child in each family. If you require a form, please contact the school office at 457-2553.

Cafeteria information

Holy Rosary School is a participant in the National School Lunch Program and offers daily nutritious lunches which meet all federal guidelines for healthy student meals. Participation in the school hot lunch program for grades PK-8 is highly recommended. School lunch prices for the 2013-2014 school year are $3 per day and reduced price lunches are 40 cents per day. Applications for free/reduced price lunches were sent home in the first day folder. Please note: the application for free and reduced lunches is due by Friday, Sept. 13. Anyone in need of the form should contact the office immediately at 457-2553. Please be assured applications are kept in the very strictest confidence.

Arrival and dismissal information

Our first week of arrival and dismissal went smoothly but for those who might have missed our procedures last week, these are the guidelines we follow for the safety and security of our students and their families. Weather permitting, students will gather each day in the parking lot behind the school prior to the opening bell at 7:45 a.m. where supervision is always provided by faculty and/or staff. In inclement weather, students will gather in the gym, again, where supervision is always provided by faculty and/or staff.

Buses will discharge and pick up students on Stephenson Street directly in front of the school and car riders will be dropped off and picked up on Stephenson Street in front of the school, as well.

For the safety of your students, please use the following traffic pattern in the morning: Approach the school on Stephenson Street from Main Avenue and proceed into the bus lane/drop off lane. Move to the curb, stay in the lane as it moves forward and drop off your child in front of the school. Please do not approach the school from River or Watt Streets, as dropping children off that way forces them to cross traffic. Please do not remain in the middle of the road and drop off students, as that forces the students to walk in front of or behind cars and buses that are pulling out.

Dismissal begins at 2:15 p.m. with bus riders dismissed first, followed by car riders and walkers. When your child(ren) are being picked up at dismissal, please follow these directives and if someone else is picking up your child, please make them aware of these directives as well.

Please do not enter the bus lane and park in front of the school to pick up your child once the buses depart in the afternoon. Also, no cars will be permitted to exit the parking lot, or exit from parking spaces around the school until all students are dismissed. The dismissal takes approximately 10 minutes; therefore, if you must leave before that time elapses, do not park in the school lot or across the street.

For the safety of your children, we ask you to cooperate fully with these directives.

PTO meeting

The first PTO meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the school cafeteria. Our officers will be introduced and plans for the upcoming year will be discussed.

Holy Rosary Golf Classic 2013

Calling all golfers! We are looking for golfers for the 2013 Holy Rosary Golf Classic – our fifth annual golf tournament. The tournament will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor. Registration will begin at noon and the tournament will open with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Lunch will be turn at the Cross-Over Grill. The tournament fee is $90 per player and includes lunch and dinner, course fees and a cart. If a foursome signs up together, their $360 fee will include a tee sponsorship. There will be prizes awarded for special shots and holes and great raffles, including an iPad Mini as the grand prize. We are still accepting sponsors and registrations, so please contact Debbie Davis at 451-1762 or the Holy Rosary School office at 457-2553 for more information. All monies raised will benefit our school.

Tab collection

The Holy Rosary Student Council will collect ring tabs for the Ronald McDonald House throughout the school year. Please send them to school with your children.

Recycling

In addition to cartridge recycling, we also have cell phone recycling. Select cell phones can be dropped off in the same location and recycled for credit. For more information or for a list of qualifying cartridges, visit www.fundingfactory.com or contact Mrs. Skutack at 457-2553.

Labels and box tops

Campbell’s Soup labels and Box Tops for Education are being collected at Holy Rosary School. These programs enable us to provide educational resources that may be unaffordable through our regular budget. They offer exciting merchandise like computers, software, sports equipment, reference materials, science and art items, even musical instruments. Please continue your support of these programs by sending in your labels to the school office or by placing them in the church vestibule. If you have any questions, please contact the school’s office. Also, please check labels for expiration dates. They can be sent in immediately and processed before they expire; there is no need to wait until you accumulate a quantity.

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