May 1, 2013
Dear Parents and Friends,
May’s newsletter is always hard to write. It is a reminder of how truly fast time goes. It seems as if we just began the school year when in fact we are winding down. There is still a lot to do; yet there is so much that has been accomplished. Throughout the year, we have been busy moving us forward into the skills that students will need in this 21st century. We have been blessed with a wonderful PTSO that has provided us with the materials to move us ahead. I would like to summarize all of our achievements of this school year.
Primarily, the most exciting change that took place this year is placing the registration procedure on line. During our open enrollment period, it will be possible to register your child from anywhere that you have access to the internet. All forms and the handbook will be on line. We have been testing the system and the entire process should be able to be taken care of in about 20-25 minutes. Just imagine no more duplication of paperwork to be filled out! We are the only elementary Catholic school that will have this technology this year. I am sure that when word gets out about how nice it is other schools will follow our example!
Academically speaking, our grades for Terra Nova are up this year in all areas. Teachers have been working very hard at making sure that the concepts that your child will be tested on are covered in all subject areas. Students have been reaching goals that they have set for themselves and there is a pride in what they do. Our governor’s cup team, our SHINE program, NJAS (National Junior Art Society), Junior Achievement, Stock Market and many other areas of academia in and around school have all had a successful year.
This school year has brought us a new pastor who is very involved in the school. He is often seen in the middle of a table in the cafeteria eating with the students. He greets students in the morning at car pool and he has gone to classrooms to help teach a lesson when asked. We were very blessed to have him assigned to us and look forward to his installment event in late June.
We have one teacher retiring this year. Bev Forst has been teaching in Catholic Schools for over 33 years. We want to wish her well as she begins a new adventure in her life.
As we begin to wind down, let’s not forget our school theme, “IT ALL MATTERS.” Everything we do is for the glory of God. This theme will also be in place next year. It is such a wonderful expression of who we are as a Catholic school. God makes all things possible. As you end the school year, begin vacation time, or just sit around, remember that it does matter. Bless all of you and hope you have a very restful summer.
Administrative School Documentation
Long Range Plan 2009-2010
School Instructional Improvement Plan 2010-2015
SACS Accreditation Report - November 2-3, 2010