Weekly Newsletter – August 20, 2015

We are Children of The Way

THIS YEAR’S THEME
This year’s theme is “We are Children of The Way”. A thought for family discussion: what does it mean to be a child of God and how can we follow His path? If you would like to share your thoughts, please email me at thea_bowman@yahoo.com. I would love to hear them!

THANK YOU
We have had an exceptional start to the new school year, especially since we have not had bussing. Thank you for doing your part in making sure your child is here every day and ready to learn. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in providing a quality Catholic education for your child.

DISTRICT 189 BUSES
At this time, we still do not have bussing for our students. Although District 189 does have to provide busses for our students, families need to live on “existing bus lines” and the busses will run according to the closest elementary and middle school schedule. This does not work for our families. We appreciate how difficult this is and commend all of you for getting your students here on time. Please remember, your student may arrive as early as 7am and go into the cafeteria and stay until 5pm as part of our Extended Day program.

***FAST DIRECT COMMUNICATION
In this week’s Thursday envelope, you will find a “Parent Activation” message from Fast Direct Communications. Please follow the steps to set up your account. If after you receive an email from Fast Direct and still need some help, call the school. We will set up a time for you to come into our computer lab to finish the process. Through Fast Direct Communication, you will be able to check your child’s grades and assignments and keep in closer contact with his/her teacher.

SCHOOL SAFETY
After last week’s vandalism, we are looking into increasing our security cameras for greater coverage of the school and adding new security measures within the school as needed. We want you to know that we will do all we can to insure your child’s safety at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School.

NEW UNIFORM COLORS-LOOKING FINE!
I think we all love the new uniform colors. Your students are looking fine! We’ve added one more twist on this year’s uniform…black tennis shoes and white tennis shoes are still required, but they may now wear laces that go with the school colors…white, forest green, red, and black.
PICKING UP YOUR STUDENT
Morning drop off is going quite well, especially without the buses, but there is still some confusion about afternoon pick up. If your student is in Kindergarten through fourth grade, you will pick them up at the front of the school. Students in grades 5-8 will meet their rides at the back of school unless they have family members in the younger grades; they then may go out front to meet their ride. When picking up at the front, you must pull into a parking slot. Do not have your child cross the road to come to your car. Also, if you go around the back, wait for your child to come to you and then continue to drive toward the graveyard and around the side of the cafeteria/chapel as you exit onto Church Lane. Do not go against traffic. Your child’s safety is our top priority. Thank you.

REDUCED/FREE MEAL APPLICATION
Don’t forget to complete the application for free/reduced meals and return it as soon as possible. The deadline for the application is Friday, September 4. Please note that failure to return a completed application form will result in full payment of meals.

CURRICULUM NIGHT
We look forward to seeing you at our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 3, from 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Please help us plan by completing and returning the commitment form.

MASS
Our first Mass for the year will be Friday, September 4, at 8:30a.m. in the chapel. This is our Opening Mass; classes will walk in with their Peace Flags. You are welcome to join us for this Mass, as well as all Masses held throughout the year. Ordinarily, our Masses are every Friday at 8:30a.m. Please check the calendar for any alternate dates.

NO SCHOOL
There will be NO SCHOOL on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. School will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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