+Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year and the 90th Anniversary of St. Raymond School! What an exciting year this should be! There are all kinds of special activities and events planned for this memorable occasion. However, we first have to get back into school to get things started. That we will be doing in the very near future – on September 6th to be exact for all of our children in kindergarten through eighth grade. As usual, the children should assemble in the front parking lot (or cafeteria if it rains) where their teachers will meet them and lead them to the classrooms. We are having half days on the 6th and 7th with dismissal at 11:30 AM. Our first FULL day of school will be Thursday, September 8th which is also the first day for AFTER CARE. Please note that dismissal for the upcoming academic year will be at 2:50 PM.
Our littles ones in the Nursery program will have a “Meet and Greet” session on Wednesday, September 7th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. That program will officially begin on Monday, the 12th with sessions limited to 1 ½ hours the first week.
The Pre-K children and their parents also will have their orientation with the teachers on September 7th from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. Pre-K will begin classes on Thursday, the 8th and have half days on the 8th and 9th (8:15 to 11:15). They will begin full days on Monday, the 12th for those who chose that option.
Of course, our Parent School Association will host the annual “Coffee and Conversation” in the school cafeteria once the children have entered the building on the 6th. Be sure to stop in to share conversation and friendship as the school year begins. The school supply store will be open at that time, as well as on August 31st from 9:00 Am to noon. PRIMARY NOTEBOOKS AND PENCILS must be purchased from the school. All other supplies can be bought wherever you can get the most for your money. Gym uniforms can also be purchased from the school that day.
Registration for our BEFORE/AFTER CARE program for our children in K-8 is presently underway. The forms are posted on our website, if you haven’t already received them. The program (both before and after school) begins on the first full day of school (September 8th). If at all possible, we would appreciate having the registrations complete before that date.
Please remember that all children entering kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 7th grades, as well as all new incoming students, are required by New York State to have a physical examination and immunizations must be current. Children entering 6th grade or by their 11th birthday are also required by law to receive a booster of the Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine. Be certain to get documentation of the exam and forward it to Mrs. Daniels in the school Health Office when school begins. Also please note that any 7th and 8th grade student wishing to participate in the Spirit Team league must also have a current physical exam on file in the Health Office. PLEASE inform Mrs. Daniels of any allergies that your child may have so that we can do all in our power to keep them safe.
Summer assignments that the students completed are due on Monday, September 12th. It is imperative that this required work be completed on time in order for the student to move to the next level at school.
Please also remember that purchasing at least $1500 worth of GIFT CARDS is mandated for each family. Many cards are available on a daily basis from Mrs. Giglio in the main office. Specialty cards can also be ordered from her. Thank you so much for continuing to support this program. It’s an easy way for the school to do fundraising without asking you to spend anything extra. You get the total value of the card and the school gets a percentage from the company. Sounds like a win-win proposition to me!
It is my pleasure to announce the faculty for the 2016-2017 school year. Helping us to continue “CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE” are Mrs. Maureen McEnerney (Nursery), Mrs. Linda Shine (PK), Mrs. Joanne Fischer (PK), Miss Brianne Doherty (K), Mrs. Carol Bernacki (1st), Miss Tara Page (2nd), Miss Bettina Berghammer (3rd), Mrs. AnnMarie Malizia (4th), Mrs. Mary-Claire Gill (5th), Miss Megan Butterworth (6th), Mrs. Kay Hamaty (7th), Mrs. Deborah Carman (8th), Mrs. Samantha Stainkamp for Music and Religion 7/8, Miss Yolanda Carballo for Technology and Library, Mrs. JoAnne Dolan for Spanish, Mrs. Julianne Grennen for Art (2-8), Mr. Ryan Proper for Physical Education, Sister Lorraine Studley for small groups, and Mr. Allan Fisher for Band.
The school calendar is posted for the first few months of the year (it’s a work in progress). Please be sure to check it often as it will be where 90th Anniversary events are posted. For now please be aware that our BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT is Monday, September 12th and the first 90TH ANNIVERSARY event is a Blessing of the School and Picnic on the “grand lawn” behind the Rectory on Saturday, September 17th from 12 to 4 PM.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer. We all look forward to sharing the excitement of this special 90th ANNIVERSARY with all of you. See you soon.
In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am