Family Newsletter Issue 5 - January 2015 NOTRE DAME ACADEMY 312 First Street Palisades Park, NJ 07650 www.notredameint.org From the Principal’s Desk As a community of faith, we had so many wonderful celebrations in December. What a beautiful way to await the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Our students have embodied the spirit and true meaning of the season. Their generosity with their talents, treasures, time and love have truly been a blessing to us all. On behalf of Father Cho, the faculty and staff and I want to wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. We pray that the Good Lord bless each of your families with peace, health and love. We thank each of you for helping make the first part of this school year so successful. As we look forward to a new year it is our desire to continue to strive to “Make Peace Visible” and to continue to “Walk, Talk and Live in the Peace of Christ”. May that message , our message, be an example to all others. STUDENT OF THE MONTH Congratulations! The following students were Student of the Month for December 2014 The category was: GENEROSITY Sharing what we have with others. Grade 8 Christian Perez Grade 7 Giovanni Sotomayor Grade 6 Mariel Bacolod Grade 5A Adriana Santos Grade 5B Cassidy Orbe Grade 4A Nicholas Pallotta, Justin Gabriel Grade 4B Kevin Mayman, Terri Park Grade 3A Chiara Petrone, Juliana Kye Grade 3B Maya DeLucia, Jaelyn Rivera Grade 2A Katerina Arapidis, Joshua Kwon Grade 2B Grade 1A Grade 1B Grade KA Grade KB PREK 4A PREK 4B PREK 3 Valentina Gonzalez-Pichardo Chelsey Park, Christopher Lee Eugene Song, Erin Gavin Jason Rodriguez Elena Vieitez Gabriella Maggiano Alex Koltsov Caitlyn Ahn The category for January is: SELF DISCIPLINE *Thinking about our words and actions and making good choices. FIRST HONOR ROLL FOR THE 1st MARKING PERIOD FIRST HONORS FIRST HONORS FIRST HONORS GRADE 8 GRADE 7 GRADE 6 Emily Ash Lili Fiano Jonathan Perez-Vento Michael Eskandar Anthony Ionta Patrick Lee Valeria Gonzalez-Pichardo Juliet Machado GRADE 5-A GRADE 5-B GRADE 4-A Farah Mahmood Ria Mehra Sofia Ospino McKenzie Flynn Geena Kye Christine Lee Richard Machado SECOND HONOR ROLL FOR THE 1st MARKING PERIOD GRADE 8 GRADE 7 GRADE 6 Andrew Marrero Vanessa Pallotta Christian Perez Kyra Reyes Elizabeth Slovak Julia Vartanyan Ariana Atlihan Mariel Bacolod Sarah Chavez Victoria Devoto Daniela Espada Andrea Ferreira Alexander Hroncich Chloe Osei-Yaw Julianna Cabrera Ava Callas Samantha Gomez Adriana Santos Christina Thomas Fredric Aryafar Christina Callas Kaleigh Campen Hyun Seo Choi Alanna Cordero Marco DeLucia Michael Gutierrez Vincent Juliano Jessie Lee Jane Lim Jazmin Rodriguez Giovanni Sotomayor Daniel Trukhin Giovanno Widjaja GRADE 4-A GRADE 4-B Isabella Bagnato Tristan Lee Nicholas Pallotta Guilliano Widjaja Briella Bagnato Daniel Hwang Rebekah Kim Victoria LoPiccolo Terri Park Andres Perez Marcos Rodriguez Etienne Servaes GRADE 5-A GRACE 5-B Lizelle Bacolod Dylan Gabriel Cassidy Orbe Chaelin Park Maria Pundik Tara Rico Ricardo Severino Marcus Torres Stephanie Vieitez ON A ROLL GRADE 6 Gaeun Kim GRADE 5-A Malcolm Ouattara GRADE 5-B Karley Dobronski GRADE 4-B Annalise Dominguez Emily Chavez Kevin Kang Julia Joung Charli Mosley CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK Catholic Schools Week is right around the corner. The week of January 26th to February 1st has been designated Catholic Schools Week. This years theme for Catholic Schools Week is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Santa’s Workshop Our Home School Association sponsored Santa’s Workshop on Wednesday, December 3rd. Students were able to shop for affordable gifts for their loved ones. Big thanks to Mrs. Peggy Flynn for chairing this event and making it a great success. Thanks also to her committee of volunteers: Rebeca Arteaga. April Busset, Tracy Bagnato, Monica Castro, Idalia Dominguez, Nataly Mendez, Debbie Morin, Suzanne Pallotta, Stacy Pallotta, Carmen Pichardo, and Lisa Truncellito. Notre Dame will have many activities planned for that week. They include: Thank you to all the Notre Dame families for making our Advent collection for The Congenital Heart Defects Coalition a huge success. Grades K-8 brought in various items to help create “Heart Bags”. Our Pre-K students collected teddy bears for Englewood Hospital. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Sunday, January 25th - Open House 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, January 26th School Mass 9:00am Tuesday, January 27th PreK-2nd Special Person Day Gr. 3-8 Day of Service Wednesday, January 28thSchool Tours 10:00am 2:00pm and 7:00pm - 8:30pm Thursday, January 29th School Wide Olympics Friday, January 30th Early Dismissal 12:15pm Teacher Appreciation Day Thank you all for your support of this event. SEASON OF GIVING Spelling Bee The Annual Spelling Bee will be on Monday, January 26th for students in grades 4 through 8. Classroom teachers will provide students with additional information. Christmas Concert We had two wonderful Christmas Concerts this year. On Monday, December 15th our PreK treated us to a joyous celebration of song. Mr. Guthrie put together a program filled with fun and Jesus! So touching to have our littlest brothers and sisters praising His name in song. On Thursday, December 18th we celebrated the season with grades K-8 and our instrumental band. The energy and enthusiasm of the singing from Kindergarten thru 8th grade was truly joyful. The Nativity presented by our 7th and 8th grades was an emotional and reverent reminder of the true reason for the season. The finale brought our whole Notre Dame Academy family to remind us that one child can change the world. We thank Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Vignone, all of the teachers and staff for making this concert superb! REGISTRATION During the week of January 5th you will be receiving a Letter of Intent for the 2015/2016 school year. This letter is regarding if your child is returning to Notre Dame for the 2015/2016 school year. Since we receive many phone calls daily regarding enrollment of new students, it is vital you respond to this letter by the due date. **LATENESS** There has been an increasing number of students arriving late to school. The bell rings at 8:10am. Please try to get students to school on time. Teachers begin instruction promptly and some students are missing lessons. ABSENCE We would like to remind parents that you must contact the school office any day your child is absent. Students should present a note from home explaining the absence. Absences of 3 or more consecutive days require a doctors note the day the student returns to school. Please consult the Student Handbook page 9 for full details. SCHOOL MASSES We celebrated two wonderful masses in December. On December 8th, Mr. Biggiani and 5B with Mrs. Miraglia and 1A prepared a beautiful mass to celebrate The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. On December 22nd, Mrs. Sengul and 4A with Mrs. Capano and 2B prepared the joyous liturgy for our Christmas celebrations. The mass for January will be on Monday, January 26th to celebrate Catholic Schools Week and the 8th grade will receive their class rings. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK JANUARY 26th TO FEBRUARY 1st IMPORTANT DATES IMPORTANT DATES IMPORTANT DATES Thursday, January 1st NO SCHOOL New Year’s Day Friday, January 16th PreK & Kindergarten Report Cards Tuesday, January 27th PreK– 2 Special Person Day Gr. 3-8 Day of Service Friday, January 2nd NO SCHOOL Monday, January 19th Martin Luther King Day School in Session Wednesday, January 28th School Tours for Prospective New Families 10:00am-2:00pm 7:00pm-8:30pm Monday, January 5th SCHOOL REOPENS Tuesday, January 6 Feast of Epiphany NJHS Giving for Ramos Family begins Thursday, January 8 Gr. 3 Field Trip Saturday, January 10th Home School Association Pancake Breakfast 8:00am 11:00am Thursday, January 22nd Deanary 6 Martin Luther King Oratory Contest at 4:00pm Sunday, January 25th Catholic Schools Week Begins Open House 1:00pm—3:00pm Monday, January 26th School Mass—9:00am 8th Gr. Ring Ceremony Spelling Bee Thursday, January 29th School Wide Olympics Friday, January 30th Teacher Appreciation Day Early dismissal 12:15pm SNOW DAYS If there is inclement weather we have 3 options: 1. No School 2. A 2 hour delayed opening: Before Care begins at 9:30am Students may arrive between 9:50 and 10:10. 3. Early dismissal 12:15pm, no lunch, no Aftercare. You will be notified by School Reach. It will also be listed on at least two of the following stations ABC/NBC/CBS/NJ 12 for New Jersey. Using any of the above options is a difficult decision. Thank you for your cooperation. The safety of the students is top priority. Pancake Breakfast The Home School Association will be sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, January 10th from 8:00am to 11:00am. Tickets are $10.00 per family. Details will be coming in January. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest This year we will host the 1st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest for schools in Deanary 6. All students in grades 4-8 are already working on learning speeches to present to their homerooms. Finals will be held in early January and the winners will go on to represent our school in the Deanary Finals here at Notre Dame Academy on January 22nd. More details will be sent out in January. Breakfast with Santa On Saturday, December 13th, Santa came to Notre Dame to have his photo taken with the children and have a little breakfast. We were so happy that he was able to take time from his busy schedule to be with us. Many thanks to Mrs. Christine Guido for chairing this event! What a success! Thank also to all of her helpers including Rebeca Arteaga, April Busset, Yve Severino, Lorraine Slovak, Iris Castellon, Loredana Altamura, the Koegel family, Laura DeGidio, Carrie Koralja, Ms. Ilaria and the 8th grade elves. Donations from the following families and businesses helped make the event possible: Meson Madrid, Rispoli Bakery, Palermo Bakery, AGA Produce, Scardigno Family, Metropolitan Café, BJ’s of North Bergen, Costco of Hackensack, Boulevard Diner, Boulevard Bagels, Shop Rite of Palisades Park, Mr. Jose Dominguez and the Palisades Park Fire Department.
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