A Letter to Our Parents

 
 
 
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  Letter to MSA Parents

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are all finding the time to relax during these summer days.  I know we are still struggling with responsibilities, trying to fit things in in a day, even though it’s summer, just adapting to a different environment. 

Mother Seton Academy is having a new boiler installed.  There were two days that the school and Church were closed because of the abatement and testing of the air quality.  Then there were another two days we were closed because we had no electricity, phones or water.  The school is closed July 29 and will reopen on August 12th.  Deacon Gino has sent all school phone calls to the rectory during these days we were closed.  Hopefully your questions have been address and answered.  If not, please call again during the week of August 12th. 

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Welcome to Our Faculty & Staff

We warmly welcome everyone to this new venture at Mother Seton Academy

Secretaries

Mrs. Theresa Haemmerle
Mrs. Janine Darcy

School Nurse

Mrs. Nancy Gurczynski,RN
Mrs. Diane Mohlenhoff, RN

Rainbow Patch

Mrs. Teri Bove
Mrs. Marianne Wittreich, T.A.

Rainbow Patch

Mrs. Jennifer Lauranzano
Mrs. Joanne Weinfeld, T.A.


Kindergarten

Mrs. Anne Londregan

Grade 1

Mrs. Cathleen Accomando

Grade 2

Renee Emmons

Grade 3

Mrs. Therese Ern


Grade 3

Mrs. Therese Ern

Assistant

Sr. AntoinetteNowosielski, C.R.

Grade 4

Mrs. Maureen Madden

Grade 5

Miss Rita Morello


Grade 6

Mrs. Carole Howell

Grade 6

Religion: Sr. Ann Elizabeth Norton, C.R.

Grade 7

Mrs. Lisa O’Shea

Grade 8

Mrs. Eileen Rufo


P.E.

Mrs. Donna Kisiel, Athletic Director

Art

Mrs. Dixie Cartilli

Band

Mr. Brian Franca

Music

Mrs. Loretta Boyle


Spanish

Mrs. Marie Miller

Tech/Streams

Mr. Joseph Murray

Custodians

Frank Pawlicky & Steve Gurczynski

Comp. Ed

Jody Balestrieri


Supplemental Inst.

Heather Van Bergen

Paras

Mrs. Mary Ellen Chipak

Mrs. Stephanie DiPeri,

Speech

Mrs. Chana Steinharter

 

Theme for the New School Year

As we begin our journey at Mother Seton Academy, our theme for this school year is Faith plants the seed, Love makes it grow. Together with our students and their families we will plant the seeds of enthusiasm, sound focus on goals, dedicated determination, strong commitment and willingness for hardworking to succeed, and thereby help Mother Seton Academy grow in our Catholic Identity and Academic Excellence.

Jesus said: you are the seed of the kingdom of God! Not just any seed either, you are good seed! Take a few minutes to think about what that means. …. A seed has within itself all the necessary characteristics to grow into a particular plant and bear fruit. Just as an apple tree grows from a seed that was designed to grow apples, we are seeds designed to grow and bear good fruit for God. Jesus has great confidence in us because He has given us all that we need in order to grow and bear fruit.

Plants require sun and water and good soil to grow. It’s the same for us. We need to stay as close to the Lord in prayer and doing His will; and we, too, will flourish! The good news is about being one of God’s seeds: we are not alone! He has sown us in the right filed – right here at Mother Seton Academy. He knows exactly where each of our gifts are and the fruit we will bear together will make a difference!

MOTHER SETON ACADEMY HAS GONE GREEN!!!

In an effort to care for God’s creation as well as to save money, parents are asked to go on our website to read Mrs. Blazewicz’s Week at a Glance as well as any pertinent information for the week ahead. Please be sure you check the website regularly for important information. This is an important avenue of communication and I ask that you please check the website often to keep current.

All activities and events are announced well in advance and in various sections of the website. For instance, any PTA events are announced in the PTA folder. Schedules, forms and reminders are posted in their appropriate folders, i.e. academics, health, athletics, etc. Our Handbook will also on the website and always available to you.

Please make a new school year’s resolution to check the school website on a regular basis. Your attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Forms & Handbooks

EMERGENCY CARDS

Our emergency cards are in the form of Emergency Forms which you may find on our website with all of the other school forms. These will be posted the week of August 12th. We ask that you please complete one form for each child as there is information on the card that is pertinent to the individual child, i.e. medications, illnesses, allergies. These forms MUST be returned on the first day of school. Thanks!

FORMS THAT NEED TO BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL

Again, these will be posted the week of August 12th. We ask that you please visit our website and download the following forms that need to be returned to school with your children on the first day of school:

√ Physical Form/Medication Order Form

√ Emergency Cards

√ Asthma Treatment Plan

√ Medication Order Sheet

√ Who May Pick Up My Child Form

√ Photo Video Release Form

√ Cell Phone Policy

HANDBOOK SIGNATURE FORM

Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated. If you are not able to access this information from your computer, you may pick them up in the office at school. Thank you!

CALENDAR/HANDBOOKS

Handbooks will be distributed the first week of school. Our Parent/Student Handbook is in a calendar format. Keep this calendar handy. There will be reminders periodically if something changes, so you may add this event to your own calendar. Please be sure to read our handbook with your children as there have been a few changes made in it. Our policies are included in the handbook. You might want to keep them handy to staple into your calendar handbook. We try to review these with you at Back-to-School Nights and various PTA Meetings. It is important that you take the time to read the policies so that you might have first-hand knowledge of how the school operates. If there is some area of policy that you have questions about, I ask that you please call the school office and make an appointment to see Mrs. Blazewicz, or talk over the phone if you wish. It is critical that each and every parent understands the policies we have set in place at Mother Seton Academy.

PARENTS’ HANDBOOK

Again, I recommend that everyone take the time to review our Parent Handbook and review its content with your children. I have included a few items to add here since you won’t receive the Calendar/Handbooks until the first day of school.

Tuition Payments

The tuition at Mother Seton Academy for the 2019 - 2020 will be as follows:

KINDERGARTEN – 8 TUITION RATES

K - 8

1st Catholic Child - Tuition $4,700 - Registration $200 - Total $4,900

Each Additional Catholic Child - Tuition $3,800 - Registration $350 (one-time annual family rate) - Total $8,850 for 2 $12,650 for 3

Non-Catholic Child - Tuition $5,100 - Registration $200 - Total $5,300

PRE-SCHOOL OPTIONS – 3 & 4

5 Full Days - $5,300 - Registration $300 - Total $5,600

5 Half Days - $3,500 - Registration $300 - Total $3,800

3 Full Days - $4,100 - Registration $300 - Total $4,400

3 Half Days - $2,700 - Registration $300 - Total $3,000

2 Full Days - $3,200 - Registration $300 - Total $3,500

2 Half Days - $2,225 - Registration $300 - Total $2,525

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE

Before Care Available 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
After Care Available from Dismissal to 6 p.m.

RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY

We depend on the commitment of families to make Catholic education a financial priority; therefore nonpayment of tuition is a serious matter and a great concern to us. We rely on timely tuition payments to operate an excellent spiritual and educational program for the students.

Parents are asked to take an active role in their child’s education by making all tuition and fee payments on time. No records, report cards, or transcripts are released from school until all financial obligations are met. Refunds will not be given for any fees paid at registration.

 

School Uniforms

When you chose to send your children to Mother Seton Academy, you accepted the fact that they would be required to wear a prescribed uniform each school day of the year unless given other directives. It is expected that you will make certain that the dress code, including gym uniform, is enforced and that you will insist that your child dress according to Christian virtue, particularly on “Spirit Days”.

If it is a concern, 8th graders may wear their SAS or SVS uniforms since they only have one more year.

The school uniform must be purchased from Flynn and O’Hara and is as follows:

PRE-K – by Popular Request Demand

Grey Sweats and Maroon or Grey shirt

BOYS Grades K - 8

White Oxford shirt with buttons Grey Trousers

White or Maroon or Grey Polo Shirt (No Jeans or Cords)

Green Plaid Ties

Summer

Grey Shorts

Dark Grey of Black Belts

Maroon Sweater or Vest Maroon Tie

Dark Socks preferable (white crew over the ankle acceptable)

*Shirts must be tucked in at all times; belts must be worn.

GIRLS Grades K - 3

White Blouse (Peter Pan collar) Maroon Plaid Jumper

White or Maroon Polo Shirt (summer) Maroon Sweater or Vest

Maroon Knee Socks

Grey Shorts w/ maroon socks summer)

GIRLS Grades 4 - 8

White Oxford shirt with buttons Maroon Skorts

White or Maroon or Grey Polo Shirt (summer) Maroon socks

Maroon Sweater or Vest

In cold weather, maroon leotards may be worn. Should slacks be worn to school in cold weather, they MUST be removed in school.

ALL girls’ skirts should be a modest length in all sitting, standing and walking positions. No more than 1 inch above the knee cap. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.

Summer uniform may be worn September and October and begins again after Easter. This will be announced in school.

SHOES

Students should wear comfortable, yet sturdy, appropriate shoes, with soft rubber soles no higher than 1”, either tan, or black. Girls’ heels should be low. Please consider safety. Tan Boat shoes with no white soles may be worn. The following shoes may not be worn: flip-flops, sandals, clogs, UGGS, ballet flats, moccasins, sneakers, shoes that look like sneakers or boots of any kind.

GYM CLOTHES

All students from Kindergarten through Grade Eight wear grey gym shorts (Flynn and O’Hara) with the MSA logo and maroon tee shirts with Mother Seton Academy logo and are purchased in school. Sneakers are also worn for gym.During colder weather and in the winter months gray sweatpants and sweat jackets are worn. Students wear their gym clothes to school on their designated gym days. Students may not use a NUT award on their assigned GYM Day.

 

Transportation

I know that there are a number of issues with Jackson busing. This is being addressed and as soon as we have answers we will pass the information along to you. We have never been provided with door-to-door busing with Howell, Lakewood or Jackson and I don’t expect that this will provided now. Jackson is providing only two drop offs, and I agree tis is unreasonable, especially the drop off at St. Aloysius. If you have to drive your children to St. Aloysius, you might as well drive the next 2.5 miles to Mother Seton Academy. Information will be sent out as soon as this situation is resolved.

VISITORS

Visitors are welcome - HOWEVER - for security reasons…

Parents, as well as all visitors to the school, MUST report to the school office to sign in and receive a Visitor’s Badge . No one will be permitted to move through the building unless authorized by the school office. If Parents or Visitors are changing their destination written on their Visitor Badge, they must return to the Office for a new Badge. Please do not enter the school corridor through the Religious Ed office or the Gym doors.

The security of students is of utmost importance. Parents are not permitted to walk through corridors or to speak with the teacher while she has the responsibility of teaching the class. The main vestibule should remain free of any disturbances to allow the Safety Patrols and the Teachers to dismiss children safely. Surveillance cameras are present and in use.

Along with all of the forms you are to complete, there is also a from for you to sign indicating that you have read the Parent Handbook. Thank you.

VIRTUS Awareness Sessions

I warmly welcome you to volunteer your services in any way that you might be able and I thank you sincerely for your generous donation of your talents, gifts, and time! You are indeed a blessing to us! In order to ensure that we provide a safe environment for all our children, sponsored by the US Catholic Bishops, we ask your cooperation with the VIRTUS Awareness Sessions and the criminal history background check – all of which must be completed by October 31, 2019. Failure to adhere to this deadline will result in our needing to remove you from our volunteer list at SVS.

There will be a VIRTUS Awareness Sessions held in St. Veronica on Wednesday – TIME TO BE ANNOUNcED. You may look on line for other parishes where sessions may be offered

All volunteers must use the Diocesan process for Criminal Background Check and are subject to the 4 year update process. You will also need to make an appointment to be fingerprinted, and the form you need to do this must be obtained in the school office. Please do not use the form issued by the N.J. Department of Education. The fee for this process is $26.25 (unless it has increased over the summer…) and will be paid by the parish. Please keep your receipt to present for reimbursement. Thank you for all of your support with our children; you are invaluable to us!

 

School Supplies & Important Dates

Teachers will be sending a list of the school supplies that students will need. This will be posted the week of August 12th.

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, September 3: First Day of School for Grades 1 - 8 ~ 1:05 dismissal

Wednesday, September 4: Kindergarten Orientation 9:30 – 10:30

Rainbow Patch 4 Year Olds Orientation 10:30 – 11:30

Thursday, September 5: First Day of School for Kindergarten and

Rainbow Patch 3 Year Olds Orientation 10:00 – 11:00

Friday, September 6: First Day of School for 4 Year Olds

There will be NO Morning or Afternoon Extended Care the First Week of School

Friday, September 13: Mass with Bishop O’Connell

Bishop O’Connell will join us for our Opening Mass as Mother Seton Academy on Friday, September 13th at 10:00 am. This is an exciting time for us; it’s not often that a Bishop would come to a School. It is important for us that Bishop O’Connell visit because our students can relate to him. Bishop is able to relate with the students as well and reach them at their levels.

Throughout the course of this school year, our desire is to have Christ formed in us. That’s the goal of all Catholic schools. As a faculty and staff we don’t just want to form smart and successful children, but wise and good as well. Smart and successful doesn’t always lead to happiness. Catholic school is about formation – forming our hearts, minds, and souls. That’s why we exist as a Catholic Academy. Catholic schools are among the most important ministries the Church has, forming young people for life.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT: Monday, September 9

6:30 Teachers in Grades 1 – 3 will be in their classrooms for their presentation to the parents of students in their classes. Following this session, everyone is expected to go to the Gym for our Orientation to the new school year.

At 7:15 PM there will be one talk in the Gym – and we ask that ALL PARENTS from Rainbow Patch to Grade 8 to attend this session.

8:00 Teachers in Grades 4 – 8 will meet with the parents of students in their classes following the Orientation in the Gym.

 

See You Soon!

Be kind to yourselves and enjoy the rest of the summer! We look forward to working with you for a wonderful year of growing and learning! Let us continue to pray for each other and the students in our care that we will have a blessed school year 2019 - 2020! See you soon!

God bless you and your families! See you soon!

You will also be receiving a letter from Kathleen Blazewicz in the near future.

God bless you!

Sincerely, 

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