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.

Principal’s Newsletter – March 22, 2018

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Dear ACS Families,
Happy Spring….well, almost! This last snow storm took us all by surprise. Apologies for the late change in the school cancellation decision Wednesday night. I was hoping a delayed opening was the best option, but once Perth Amboy Public Schools closed we decided to close as well. Unfortunately, we do have to extend our school year by one day, so please note that Monday, June 18th (12:30 dismissal) is now the last day of school and report card distribution day. Graduation days will NOT be changed.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our parents who participated in the Gertrude Hawk candy sale. I know it is an obligation for our Plan 1 Tuition Plan families but I am grateful that everyone went above and beyond with this candy sale. If you have any issues with your order please email me as soon as possible. All FSA fundraisers subsidize tuition costs and all funds come back to our students. FSA fundraising supports our building’s maintenance, special programs, curriculum enhancements and special projects.
A few important reminders….
• We are waiting to see if Bishop Ahr & Union Catholic High Schools will reschedule the play performance. If they will not, we will either return money to parents or apply it to the Liberty Science Trip (May Trip).
• Please review our calendar and menu REGULARLY – both are available online.
• Apple Store Field Trips: Please remember we need both permission slips!
Tuesday, March 27th – Gr. 2 & Gr. 3
Wednesday, March 28th – Gr. K & Gr. 1 Thursday, April 12th – Gr. 4 & Gr. 5
Friday, April 13th – Gr. 6 & Gr. 7 Monday, April 16th – Gr. 7 & Gr. 8
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 – March 15, 2018

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Dear ACS Families,
As the fifth week of Lent comes to an end, please remember this is a time for spiritual renewal and preparation for the coming Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It should be a time for a genuine turnaround in our spiritual life. During Lent, our weekly school Liturgy is on Wednesday and is followed by the Stations of the Cross. Please join us at 8:45 am.

Now for a few important reminders….
• Check PowerSchool – do not wait until the end of the marking period to check for missing assignments or to speak to your child’s teacher over grades. Also, DRA letters are past due.
• The Knights of Columbus Shield Awards were postponed – no new date has been given yet.
• See the back of this newsletter for special Church services during the Lenten Season.
• Please review our calendar and menu REGULARLY – both are available online.
• Apple Store Field Trips: Please remember we need both permission slips!
Tuesday, March 27th – Gr. 2 & Gr. 3
Wednesday, March 28th – Gr. K & Gr. 1 Thursday, April 12th – Gr. 4 & Gr. 5 Friday, April 13th – Gr. 6 & Gr. 7 Monday, April 16th – Gr. 7 & Gr. 8

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 – March 1, 2018

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Dear ACS Families,

Happy March!  I want to start my first March newsletter by restating that safety is a priority at ACS.  Sister Yosaphata, Father Ivan and I are always discussing and trying to improve our Emergency Plan.  We abide by the City of Perth Amboy’s standards for fire safety, lock down drills and evacuations.  We pride ourselves with our strong relationship with our city Fire and Police Departments.  As part of our Annual Security Plan, we have decided to install new front office doors this spring.  If you have any questions or concerns or would like to discuss ACS’s Security Plan please do not hesitate to contact me.

Now for a  few Very Important reminders….
•    B6T – please be aware that each city has their own deadline and all are much sooner than in previous years.
•    Check PowerSchool – do not wait until the end of the marking period to check for missing assignments or to speak to your child’s teacher over grades.  Also, DRA letters are past due.
•    First Holy Communion – If your second grader is Catholic and receiving Holy Communion at our Church you must let us know my Monday.
•    Please review our calendar and menu – both are available online.

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

God Bless,
Mrs. Shumny