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Principal's Corner

May 24, 2016

    What can parents do to ensure their child will grow academically over the summer?  The answer is easy…read.  Specifically, have your child read 4 or more books this summer.  Today all families will receive summer homework in their family folders.  This homework is required and is due at registration, at back to school night, or by the first day of school.  The summer homework looks differently for each grade.  We are hoping to ensure that the learning from this year continues over the summer.

   This Friday is our annual award ceremony.  All families are welcome to join us as we celebrate the many accomplishments from this school.  It will start at 8:30 in cafeteria. Hope to see you there.

    Also on Friday, you will be receiving report cards, calendars for next year, supply lists for next year, MAP testing results, and bills.  If you have any questions, we will be in the office Tuesday, May 31st through Friday, June 3rd.  Payment of all bills are due by June 10th.  Payments can be mailed or dropped off at the school or parish office.  Thank you.

    Finally, I would like to thank you for entrusting us with your children throughout this school year.  We love the children and families of Holy Rosary, and we look forward to seeing all of you in the fall.  For the 6th graders moving on to middle school, remember you will always have a home at HRCS.

    In Gratitude, Carina VanPelt

May 17, 2016

    We are coming to the end of another school year.  Tomorrow is the last time the 6th grade will be in charge of the readings at Mass.  Next Wednesday, will be the 6th grade graduation Mass.  Our 6th grade class has grown as leaders of the school.  They will represent Holy Rosary School well as they transition to 7th grade.  A current 7th grader, who attended Holy Rosary last year, came back for a visit.  He explained how easy the transition was from 6th to 7th.  He has made many new friends and is getting all A’s.  When I asked him, “Why do you think you are so successful in middle school?” He answered, “Because I had a great background at Holy Rosary.” I often hear rave reviews from the educators at the middle schools about the students from Holy Rosary. 

    Another thing I have noticed is that the students have really grown in their faith this year.  In addition to our monthly rosary, weekly mass and adoration, the students have also participated in monthly family group activities centered on the Nicene and Apostles Creed.  As we approach summer, I would encourage you to continue faith formation for your children.  There are many things you could do with your child throughout the summer.  Make a special date to go to adoration or weekly Mass with your child, pray the rosary, or commit to service projects to help others during the summer.  Summer can be fun and relaxing time to grow closer to God. 

    In Gratitude, Carina VanPelt

May 10, 2016

    This note is specifically for the kindergarten through 6th grade parents.  “Why do I have to drop off or pick up my child from carline?”  This is a question that I have answered many times. First, all parents are always welcome at Holy Rosary.  There are two main reasons to drop off your child in carline.  Those reasons are teacher work time and child safety.  If you are coming into the school to volunteer or observe, you are welcome to come into the school with your child in the morning. However, if you are dropping off your child and not staying, please use car line.  In the morning, teachers are preparing for the day, answering emails, returning phone calls, grading papers, and making copies.  This should be uninterrupted work time for them. Moreover, many children are crossing 9th street to come into the front door of the school.  This is a child safety issue.  Also, remember if you are late in the morning, please walk your child into the office and sign them in for the day.  At the end of the day, if you can pick up your child from carline, it helps keep the congestion in the main office to a manageable level.  If you need to come in to make a payment, talk to a teacher, or do something in the school, you are always welcome.  However, if you can pick up your child from carline, please do so.  We are usually finished loading all children by 3:05.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you.

    Tomorrow, the kindergarten will be doing the readings at Mass and crowning Mary.  This is one of my favorite Masses of the year.  If you are available to join us, you are welcome. 

    In Gratitude, Carina VanPelt

May 3, 2016

    This week we are celebrating teacher appreciation week.  I cannot say enough good things about our teachers at Holy Rosary. I love walking into school in the morning hearing teachers laughing.  Throughout the day, I will see different teachers collaborating on lessons, instructions, or ways to help a student.  When I come to the school at night or on the weekends, I typically find teachers working in their classrooms.  I love that they are hard working professionals, but what I love the most is that they love and care for the students at Holy Rosary.  Many of them spend extra hours tutoring students for free.  They are always willing to give up their lunch to help a student, and they will go the extra mile for anyone at Holy Rosary.  We have a fabulous group of teachers.  Please make sure to thank them for everything they do.

   We have finished all spring testing. The students and teachers have worked very hard this year.  There are many highlights from the testing.  A 2nd grader and a 3rd grader grew 35 points from their previous scores.  An average growth is about 10 points.  We had 100% of our students in 3rd through 6th grade score advanced or proficient on the reading MAP test.  Also, there were two students who scored 23 points above the advanced score in Math.  We will compose a more in depth analysis of the data to share with all families. 

    In Gratitude, Carina VanPelt

 April 26, 2016

   It’s First Communion season!  By next week, our second graders will have received their First Communion.  We will be celebrating with them at the all school Mass on May 4th.  Those students who have received their First Communion will be allowed to wear their First Communion clothes to school.  They should bring uniform clothes to change into later in the day.  After the Mass, all second grade parents will be invited to a small reception in the cafeteria.  I would like to thank Mrs. Koelsch for all of her hard work preparing these students for this wonderful sacrament.

   In many of our recent Panther Pause, I have mentioned changes for next year.  New teachers, staff, and PTO officers are among some of the new things that have been in recent Panther Pause.  Another new thing that we will be starting next year is having all students responsible for their own snack during the day.  This is currently the practice in first through sixth grade.  Next year, all students will be responsible to bring their own snack to school.  This will look different for each teacher, and you will learn more about that from your child’s individual teacher. 

   Next week is teacher appreciation week.  The PTO officers are planning many activities to honor and recognize all the hard work that our teachers do.  I personally would like to thank the teachers for the many hours they take on their nights and weekends to make sure every student at Holy Rosary is receiving a quality education.  We are blessed to have so many excellent teachers under one roof.

 In Gratitude, Carina VanPelt

 April 19, 2016

    Last week, all families were given a ballot to vote on PTO officers.  For next year, the new president will be Cassie Fell.  The new vice president will be Leona Kelly.  The new secretary will be Hanna Morzenti, and the new treasurer will be both Agata and Peter Zalupski.  The next PTO meeting will be May 10th.  We are looking forward to another great year with these PTO officers. 

    The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing is going very well.  Thank you for helping your children with a good night sleep, a healthy breakfast, keeping a consistent routine at home, and sending students to school with their glasses.                  

    In Gratitude,  Carina VanPelt

 April 12, 2016

   April 15th...  Yes, it is tax day.  It is also the day financial aid forms are due.  It is also the day fun run registration is due.  Please call the office if you have any questions about financial aid or the fun run.  We won’t be able to help you with your taxes.

   As we enter into April, it is time to share some staffing changes that will happen next year. Our title 1 teacher, Mrs. Pavlock will be moving to Pennsylvania because of her husband’s work.  The first grade teacher, Mrs. Koonce, will be teaching Title 1 starting next year. There will be a new teacher, Mrs. Kress-Weitenhagen, teaching 1st grade.  She is from Tacoma with a variety of teaching experience.  Mrs. Earnest and Mrs. Arnone-Wheat will be switching grades.  Mrs.  Earnest will be teaching kindergarten, and Mrs. Arnone-Wheat will be teaching 4th grade.  Mrs. Thomas has decided to stay home with her son next year.  He will be a student at our school.  So, we will still get to see her.  Mrs. Garcia, Deacon Wence’s daughter, will be teaching 5th and 6th math and science.  She was teaching in our computer lab for many weeks.  So, the students will all know her.  More importantly, she is very comfortable doing higher level math, and she loves science.  Finally, because there are 24 students enrolled in kindergarten, with 4 on the waiting list, there will be an aide in the kindergarten classroom, Mrs. Farnsworth.  Those are the changes in personnel for next year.

   In addition to new teaching staff, we will have new PTO officers next year. The ballot, also due on April 15th, is in the family folders today. I would like to thank the current PTO for their hard work and dedication to the school.  We appreciate all you do to help with field trips, special events, classroom supplies, and curriculum adoptions.  Much of Holy Rosary success is due to our PTO.      

In Gratitude, Carina VanPelt

April 5, 2016

   Congratulations to the Holy Rosary Families.  We have collected over $800 for the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls.  Way to go!

   Next year, there will be new mass uniforms.  The mass uniform that is worn on Wednesdays will no longer include the light blue mass shirt.  Instead, students will wear a navy blue sweater with the school logo over a white collared shirt.  The navy blue sweater can be a sweater vest, cardigan, crew or V-neck sweater that will need the Holy Rosary School Logo.  Many stores have these types of sweaters on sale right now.  So, this would be a good time to buy for next year.  Any navy sweater can be taken to Classy Threads (near Fred Meyer) to be embroidered with our school logo.  Navy blue jumpers with the school logo will be part of the mass uniform for girls as well.  In addition to changing the top we wear on mass days, we will also be adding plaid skirts, skorts, and jumpers to the uniform choices for girls.  The plaid for Holy Rosary will be the “Classic Navy Plaid” from Land’s End or the “Blue Gold Plaid” from French Toast.  Students will not be allowed to wear sweatshirts, hoodies, or fleece on Mass days, only logoed sweaters and white shirts. 

    There are only two months left in the school year, and all volunteer hours need to be completed by June.  There are still many ways to volunteer.  Two major events are teacher appreciation week and the Dr. Seuss Family Friendly Fun Run.  If you are interested in helping with either of these events, please call the school.  Teacher appreciation week is the first week of May.  The Dr. Seuss Family Friendly Fun Run will be Saturday, May 7th.  It will begin at 9am at Freeman Park, shelter 1.  There is a 1 mile route and a 5K route.  As many families said last year, “It is actually fun.”  There is more information on our website.  Please invite your friends and families.

I hope to see you there!

 In Gratitude, Carina VanPelt

March 29, 2016  

   Before Easter break, the kindergarten class hosted a hunger banquet.  This was an event to raise awareness about the many people in our world that experience hunger on a daily basis.  Peggy Sharp, from St. Vincent de Paul, shared with the students that in Idaho Falls 1 in 5 people are not sure if they will have enough food to eat or even if they will have their next meal.  In conjunction with this activity, the students have been collecting money in their rice bowls throughout the Lenten season.  Now that they have made it through Easter, the students can bring their rice bowl donations to school tomorrow.  The rice bowls help support Catholic Relief Services.  The Catholic Relief Services focuses on “putting our faith into action to help the world’s poorest create lasting change.”  According to their website, 92% of their expenditures go directly to programs.  They have reached 85 million people in 101 countries.  Thank you for helping so many people be able to have more to eat with your donations. 

 In Gratitude, Carina VanPelt

March 15, 2016

   Thursday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. The students will be wearing dress code to school. All teachers will be providing the students with green shamrocks to wear for the day. This will make sure that all students have something green.

   This Friday is dress down day. The money collected for this dress down day will be going to the Idaho Falls St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. It will also be the last day before spring break. I hope everyone noticed that spring break goes through Easter Monday. School will begin again on Tuesday, March 29th.

Enjoy your time with your children.

God Bless, Carina VanPelt

March 8, 2016

The report cards come home today.  If you have any questions, please call your child’s teacher.

   The service project for the month of March focuses on the corporal work of mercy, feed the hungry.  The kindergarten will be organizing and leading the school in a “Hunger Banquet” on Monday.  This event is a powerful way to show how many people in the world do not have enough to eat.  Please ask your children about this when they come home on Monday, March 14th.

   We have had many students falling asleep in school.  Below is a chart from WebMD about recommended hours of sleep for different ages of children.  It is also recommended that children have the same routine every night, even on the weekends.  The routine can include whatever, but should always end in the bedroom with an enjoyable wind-down activity like praying or reading by a dim light.  Providing this for your child will help them be successful behaviorally and academically at school.