Principal’s Newsletter – September 8, 2018

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Dear ACS Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are excited to start this school year with several new staff members, two new teachers and many new students. We welcome all to our ACS school community. I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing summer. Although our facebook page was a little quiet this summer, our building was not. We painted the pre-k, third, fourth, fifth and seventh grade classrooms and replaced the ceiling tiles in three of them. We have brand new carbon monoxide detectors throughout the building. Our janitors also worked diligently to shine the floors, polish the desks, and to continue to keep our building clean and welcoming. We have also updated our Network Access Points to accommodate all the new chrome books – super excited! A huge thank you to all who came to help us this summer.

Some Back to school Reminders:

  • Back to School Night is next Thursday – PowerSchool log in information will be given at this time.

Some changes from last year:

  • Newsletter day will be Fridays for this year.
  • Newsletter (paper) will go home every other Friday with your child. School Calendar and Menu is available online-paper copy will go home at the beginning of the month.
  • Aftercare pick up is at the front entrance.
  • Our two administrative assistants are Mrs. Kwiecinski and Mrs. Gochel. Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to a successful, challenging and productive school year! Have a wonderful weekend!

God Bless,

Mrs. Shumny

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

Principal’s Newsletter – June 6, 2018

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Welcome June! We are down to the last couple of weeks of school – we’re almost done! This is my last official Newsletter for the 2017-2018 School Year.

First, the fire drill we had this week was our regularly scheduled fire drill. Tuesday’s Lock Down and Shelter in Place were due to a student threat received at Shull School. I know many different versions of what happened at Shull School are circulating on social media and only the Police Department has all the facts. We, at ACS, take every notice from the Perth Amboy Police Department with the upmost seriousness and act according to our Emergency Plan – we did exactly what we have outlined in this type of situation. Our student’s safety is our number one priority. I know some panic set in when parents called the school office and no one answered– please know that we don’t pick up until the lockdown is over. I sent the school wide REMIND to keep everyone informed and I hope this helped. I am happy that no one was hurt in our neighboring school and that the Police Department acted quickly and God watched over all. These are turbulent times and we have to be ready and vigilant. I thank my teachers for being calm and following our protocol. Any questions please give me a call.

Second, a very special thank you goes to Mrs. Pickering and the 8th graders for organizing Field Day. All our students had a good time and our 8th graders did an amazing job coordinating the activities. Third, 2018-2019 calendar is attached.

Lastly, I invite all our friends and family tomorrow, June 8th to celebrate the Liturgy with us at 8:45am and then come back to the school for a presentation to our Sister Thomas and Sister Yosaphata. We have a surprise .

Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns.

Principal’s Newsletter – June 1, 2018

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Dear ACS Families,

As May comes to an end and we welcome the month of June, please make sure you follow our new calendar on the ACS website. There is truly a lot going on. In addition to the end of year activities, we are in full gear with planning for the summer months. Our maintenance plan includes painting three classrooms and replacing the ceiling tiles as well. We just had major cement work done near our aftercare entrance and YES we are replacing the door bell! Our SMART board for sixth grade is ordered, Professional Development days are planned and we are busy planning out our 2018-2019 school calendar which will be sent home with the summer reading list by Monday.

These are our grade assignments for next year:

  • Pre-Kinder. – Mrs. Cuff
  • Kinder. – Mrs. Derevenska
  • First – Miss Hucul
  • Second – Mrs. Lawrence
  • Third – Mrs. Cooper
  • Fourth – OPEN
  • Fifth – Mrs. Billy
  • Sixth – Mr. Wythe
  • Seventh – Mrs. Vattelana
  • Eighth – Mrs. Pickering

We want to wish Miss. Salamon the very best as she embarks on her new journey. We also want to congratulate Miss. Hucul on her wedding this Sunday, June 3rd. God watch over our teachers and their lives.

Our summer hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am to 1:00pm and evening tours by appointment – call Mrs. Shumny 732-343-0750.

As you can tell things are not slowing down at ACS! Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns.

God Bless,
Mrs. Shumny

Principal’s Newsletter – May 23, 2018

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The weeks are just flying by!  It seems the rain is gone and summer is here to stay.  I have started our end of year DRA testing and will send home correspondence soon.  In addition, your child’s IOWA Test results are being sent home today.  We are pleased with our student’s growth and will be planning during the summer to continue to enhance our curriculum. 

As of July 1st Sister Yosaphata and Sister Thomas will be leaving their ministry at ACS.  After 55 years of service and dedication we are sad they are leaving us, yet happy they are joining the rest of their order to focus on new vocations and be able to reside together. On June 17 we will have a special reception, in the church basement right after the 11:30am Liturgy – please join us in wishing our Sisters the very best! 

Here are some more reminders:

  • Our summer hours will be posted next week.
  • 2017-2018 Yearbook – we are down to our last batch! Thank you to Mrs. Vattelana and the Yearbook Committee for all their hard work.
  • Thank you to Ms. Cuff, Mrs. Fedynyshyn, Miss Hucul for their efforts in making our Moleban service so special. Our Sodality girls received their medals and it was a beautiful service.
  • Congratulations to Laura G, grade 8, for winning 2nd place in the Middlesex County Environmental Essay Contest. Go Laura!
  • Lawrence’s surgery went well and she is on the mend!

As you can tell things are not slowing down at ACS!  Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns.          

God Bless,
Mrs. Shumny

Principal’s Newsletter – May 17, 2018

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I hope all our ACS Mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day! May God continue to watch over you and keep you safe. Tuesday was our Spring Concert and WHAT A PRODUCTION! Our ACS performers put on a phenomenal show and truly encompassed the theme: We Are ACS coming together for peace, friendship, and unity. A reminder that tonight is the first ACS Junior Honor Society induction ceremony at 7:00pm at church. Here are some reminders:

  • Mother’s Day Tea celebration was beautiful! Thank you to our Pre-K through fourth grade moms for coming for tea and spending time with us. Thank you to the teachers and the FSA who helped us serve, setup and cleanup.
  • Congratulations to the Principal for the Day winners: PK-2: Gia N. 3-: Victoria M. 6-8 Dyla C.
  • FSA Request: Please return Graduation Work ASAP!
  • Thank you to Mrs. Palhais for her treats donation to the Spring Concert – your support is appreciated.
  • Thank you to our Track Coaches for coordinating and supporting our students at the Bishop Ahr Track Meet this past Saturday.

The school year is quickly coming to an end; please call if you have any questions or concerns.

God Bless,
Mrs. Shumny

Principal’s Newsletter – May 10, 2018

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Thank you to all our parents and the FSA for the special teacher lunch today and all the Thank You Notes! All of our ACS teachers are grateful and appreciate all your kindness!  Our teachers at ACS are pretty awesome!

As you can tell by the calendar, we are BUSY!  Please check on-line calendar regularly.   

  • Tonight is the middle school’s Senior Drama Production of Twinderella – JOIN US at 7:00 pm.
  • Mother’s Day Tea celebration is tomorrow at 8:45am if you are joining us for the Liturgy and/or 10:00 am for Tea and muffins.
  • Mother’s Day plant sale is tomorrow afternoon $1 for a plant. Big plant raffle is .50. 
  • Congratulations to the Principal for the Day winners: PK-2: Gia N. 3-: Victoria M. 6-8 Dyla C.    
  • FSA Request: Graduation Work forms went out – please return ASAP!

Thank you for all your support! Please if you have any questions or concerns, give me a call.          

God Bless,
Mrs. Shumny

Principal’s Newsletter – May 2nd, 2018

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It is May and it feels like spring is here to stay. May is the month of the Blessed Mother and one of my favorite times of year. With only 7 weeks of school left – please make note of the following:
• Dress code: Students are allowed to wear their ACS Spring uniform – remember shirts still need to be tucked in and belts worn.
• CHIMES CANCELLED FOR MONDAY.
• Income Surveys – Due tomorrow in order to receive a Principal for the Day Golden Raffle Ticket!
• Saturday 9:00 am First Holy Communion at the church – join us in celebrating!
• FSA Request: Graduation Work forms went out – please return as soon as possible!
• CHECK THE ACS CALANDER ON-LINE – also Posted on REMIND! There are many activities going on – we don’t want you to miss any of them.
• Thank you to Mrs. Palhais and Emma for running the photo booth at the Mother Son Dance. What a successful event! Everyone had fun.
• Thank you to the Pancake Breakfast Team!
Thank you for all your support! Please if you have any questions or concerns, give me a call.

Principal’s Newsletter – April 26, 2018

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It is such a busy and exciting time at ACS! It is truly hard to believe we are in the last marking period of the school year. Please make sure you regularly check the ACS calendar online. We send home a paper copy at the beginning of the month, in addition, I will start posting it on REMIND. Encourage your middle school student to check it as well.
I want you to please save May 15th as our first ACS Spring Concert date – every class has a special performance and is very excited to showcase their talents! A few important reminders….

  • Please give me a call with any report card concerns. PowerSchool is up and running – check it weekly.
  • Surveys – we will be sending out a couple of online surveys to gather information for our AdvancED re-accreditation and to plan for the next school year. Please help us get vital feedback to make ACS even better!
  • New ESEA Income surveys will also go home next week – this paperwork allows ACS to qualify for additional federal aid – please take a few minutes to fill them out.
  • Take a few minutes to read Our Road to Graduation features and see what our 8th graders have to say about ACS.
  • Don’t forget to re-register – MONDAT, APRIL 30th is last day before acquiring a late fee. If you need another copy of the registration form, please print it off our website or call the office.
  • Lastly, we are working on revamping our website so please stay tuned – it is pretty AWESOME! We hope the new format will allow us to post more information.

Thank you for all your support! Please if you have any questions or concerns, give me a call.

Principal’s Newsletter – April 19, 2018

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Today is Parent Teacher conferences and report cards will be distributed! If you run into an emergency and need to reschedule, please email your child’s teacher. We appreciate you coming in and discussing your child’s progress and look forward to starting our last marking period of the school year.

All our classes have been to the Apple Store in Menlo Park for their Coding class. Please take a few minutes to look at the program and pictures on our facebook page and website – our scholars were so engaged and learned so much! We will be purchasing a couple of Sphero robots for use in the classrooms and are excited to introduce this new facet of technology to our curriculum.

Our 8th graders had Mr. Tchir, an author and motivational speaker, present to them on Friday. They truly felt inspired and excited to meet him and listen to his advice on planning, purpose, goal setting and working hard to achieve success. We thank him for visiting us and looking forward to developing our “Life Skills” series for the upcoming school year. A few important reminders….

  • Please review our calendar and menu REGULARLY – both are available online. This is the last marking period and very busy.
  • Grades 5th through 8th student’s $10 (Bishop Ahr & Union Catholic High Schools trip) will be used towards the Liberty Science Trip May Field Trip.
  • Surveys – we will be sending out a couple of online surveys to gather information for our AdvancED re-accreditation and to plan for the next school year. Please help us get vital feedback to make ACS even better!

Thank you for all your support! Please if you have any questions or concerns, give me a call.

Principal’s Newsletter – April 12, 2018

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He is Risen! Happy Easter Everyone! I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter break. Your scholars came in on Monday and have hit the ground running! They are back to their studies and preparing for the annual standardized tests. We want our students to do their personal best and ask that you help us ensure they are rested and eat a healthy breakfast. We have taken practice IOWA tests yesterday and today and begin the official test on tomorrow. Results should be received by the end of May, which allows us enough time to plan for next year.
From your children’s point of view, the most exciting news is that there is Physical Education Tuesday and Thursday of this week and next! Please make sure they are in gym uniform.
A few important reminders….

  • Please review our calendar and menu REGULARLY – both are available online. This is the last marking period and very busy.
  • 4/17 LAST DAY TO ORDER PRETZELS – SALE 4/20
  • Parent Teacher conferences are next Thursday, April 19th. If you do not get your assigned time today please check your child’s book bag.
  • Grades 5th through 8th student’s $10 (Bishop Ahr & Union Catholic High Schools trip) will be used towards the Liberty Science Trip May Field Trip.
  • Surveys – we will be sending out a couple of online surveys to gather information for our AdvancED re-accreditation and to plan for the next school year. Please help us get vital feedback to make ACS even better!
  • Apple Store Field Trips: Please remember we need both permission slips! Fri., April 13th – Gr. 6&7/MoN., April 16th – Gr. 7 & 8

    Thank you for all your support! Please if you have any questions or concerns, give me a call.