Kindergarten Registration

Thank you to all of the Kindergarten families that are registered for the 2017-2018 school year.  If you did not have a chance to sign in, please click here. THANKS and GOD BLESS!

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10/14/2016 Coffee with Principal Minutes

Coffee With The Principal 

Friday October 14, 2016
HSA Board Krista Santos President
                 Margie Shields Treasurer
                Jodi Ruggiero Vice Principal of Fund Raising
Principal Dan Moser
20 plus in Attendance
*Mr. Moser opened meeting with a prayer
*HSA President Krista Santos : Introductions
Minutes will be posted on Principals Blog. Look for link on main page of our website.
Cougar Crawl: 10/21 (rain date 10/27)
Cougar crawl will start at 11:00 am.  Lunch will be served- pizza & chips donated by local businesses.
5th-8th grade will have lunch first- Lower grades will be in gym for pep rally.
Notre Dame & Bethlehem Catholic High School bands will be at Cougar Crawl.
Around 2pm Popsicles/Raffles/Prizes
T-Shirts to come home Wednesday 10/19/2016-designed by 8th grade student.
39 volunteers signed up to help at Cougar Crawl
Assignments still  have not been given out yet.
All Clearances must be met to help at Cougar Crawl.
Monies raised at Cougar Crawl to be used for phone system for all rooms – to communicate with office , other teachers, etc.
Kristen Bedics will line the course for Cougar Crawl.
Mr. Harry Reese will be the Master of Ceremonies this year- a secret for students.
HSA Vice President Jodi Ruggiero:
OLPH Sock Fundraiser-grossed $671
OLPH Teen Bingo grossed $1927
Upcoming Fundraisers : Chipotle Night – 11/7/2016:Chipotle will donate 50% of proceeds purchased by OLPH
                                    Vera Bradley Bingo 11/18/2016 Send ticket orderes through school C/O Bridget 8th Grade
                                    Need Purse Sponsors ( Name will go in program)
                                    Need Volunteers for helping at Bingo.
Treasurers report: Discussed $85,000 commitment to church andf the need to support our fundraisers so that we will be bale to pay back the commitment.
Gift Certificate Program : Angel Weed
                                     Sheryl Kral
                                     Target & Dunkin Donut cards now available.  Do not count towards tuition credit- but purchasing these cards will go towards your HSA Gift Certificate program amount.
Please purchase Chipolte Gift Certificates for use at OLPH  Chipotle Night
Sheryl Proposed 7th & 8th graders to make a speech at masses promoting a contest to be entered in to win $25 Wegmans gift certificate.  Contest guidelines are for every $50 in gift Certificates purchased receive a chance to win gift card.
Kid Stuff Books: Continue to send in orders for kidstuff books- $25.00 a book.  Receive 50% back in tuition credit.
Box Tops: Belinda Lauro introduced as Box Top chairperson.  Please send in Box Top – need to be handed in within two weeks time.
                  Send in Labels for Education – last year the company will be honoring this program- please send in labels quickly.
 Giant Aplus rewards: Krista will check to make sure we are still registered.  Encourage all families in school to register their Giant reward card numbers.
School Carnival: Friday 10/28/2016. Also an early dismissal say.
Trunk or Treat: 10/31/2016 will be Kindergarten & 8th grades annual Trunk or Treat activity. Mr. Moser will check if parents need clearances.
Catholic Schools Weeks: 01/29/2017-02/04/2017
                                               Events for this week will be decided upon in the next few weeks.
Tricky Tray – New Chair Persons for this upcoming seasons fundraisers.  Volunteers are still needed.
Meeting to come out and see what the committee is all about on 10/18/2016 in school Library
No theme has been picked yet.
Remind Account:
Increases communication with parents & school
A link will be available on school website for signing up.
Sign up for reminders and information
An alert will be sent out when changes are made.
Easy Signup:
AT text menu type in 81010
in message section type @f722eff
hit send and a message will be sent to your phone.
Krista encouraged positive open communication for school to grow, but still encouraged people to voice concerns to proper people.
Principal Moser Announced special events in November
:Kindergarten Nights  for 2017/2018 School Year Preparations
11/15/16: National Reader Day – Families interested in our Kindergarten are invited to come spend some time in classroom.  Encouraged current kindergarten families to come as well.
11/16/16: Community Night at Bethlehem Township Community Center- OLPH will have a table set up for this event.
11/29/2016: Registration open for enrollment for Kindergarten 2017/2018 season.
Parent Teacher Conferences:
11/3/2016 & 11/4/2016
Meetings will be based on progress reports, not report cards due to new trimester format.
Registration for Parent Teacher Conferences begin next week.  Instructions on how to register will be sent via email.
5th grade is doing a food drive for the month of October.  They asked Mr. Moser for permission- clas with most food donated will win a Popsicle party.
No Shave November- Mr. Moser encouraged parent participation – would like to see some Dads join him in dying their beards for this cause.
Bethlehem Catholic & Notre Dame  High-schools will be having Homecoming Nights.  Bethlehem Catholic invited all OLPH Band members to come out and perform with their band.
Dress down days were dedicated to making donations to support Notre Dames Gala and Bethlehem Catholic Gift Auction.
Upcoming Field Trips: 8th Grade Washington DC Pilgrimage to National Shrine.  Happens once every 3 years,
7th grade will be Visiting Philadelphia along with 8th grade.
Power School : Changes are due to updates.  Some updates have caused glitches.  One glitch was in Music- these grades will be fixed within a week or so. The grades currently posted are not correct.
AN option is to default to G so students will be able to still make high honors.
Newsletter: New format is being used this year.  Tried to make it look less overwhelming.  Any questions or ideas may be directed to Mr. Moser.
A new newsletter will be sent today.
Next Coffee with the Principal will be held on November 18 2016.
Questions from Attendees:
Progress on filling Spanish Teacher position? Mr. Moser explained trying to fill position since mid August.  2 candidates were offered- but declined.  2 candidates were not qualified.
Substitute teacher has been considered. Current teachers have been trying to implement some Spanish.
Security updates: 16 additional cameras were installed last week.  G-365 program grant from the Diocese: Program talks about havig a safety plan.  School had as security Audit – which checks our safety drills, evacuating, etc.
A parent voiced that recess monitors should have communication devices.  Walkie Talkies are available for these positions.  Not all recess monitors were aware of these devices.
Doors open from 8:05-8:25 AM for students to enter school.  Mr. Moser checks that all doors are locked after 8:25 .  A parent mentioned a buzzer should be available at all doors.
Cameras record everything.
Mr. Moser explained there have been times when people were turned away form school if security guidelines were not followed.
It was stated that people should not hold doors for people to enter the building without sking to be buzzed in.
Police have been called due to speeders in parking lot.
A suggestion to put up a sign that says “No thru traffic”
Extended Care pickup – BEFORE 4pm; go to school front door.
                                      AFTER 4:30pm got to gym entrance
Quotes for a new phone system are being set up.  Company’s listed are Ironton Phone, Guyette, & RCN
Approx estimates are between $15,000-$17,000 possible payment plan for 2 years.
Parish Craft Show and Food Truck festival coming up- will be posted on social media.
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Last HSA Minutes-5/5/2016

I apologize for this being late in posting. God Bless! -Mr. Moser

5/5/2016

HSA End of School Year Meeting
Rochelle Jones , HSA President opened the meeting.
Teachers were recognized for Teacher Appreciation week.
The Parish Commitment has been met and all monies have been paid back to the Parish for the 2015/2016 school year.
Gift Certificate Sales: Some families have not met their gift card purchase commitment.  Please make sure to fulfill your gift card obligation or the buy out option is still an option.  Any family that would like to do the buyout option at this time- may do so at $750.00.
Car line Volunteers : Car line volunteers are still needed.  Please contact Angel Weed if you are able to help out.  Beginning next year you may sign up to volunteer for weeks, or if one day a week works best for you.
Volunteer Luncheon:  The annual Volunteer Luncheon will be on Friday June 3.  Please join the HSA for a lunch to honor all of the volunteers who give their time to make Our Lady the best it can be.  Babysitting will be provided by our 8th grade.  Information on how to RSVP will come home on Monday, May 9th.
Harry L. Reese Scholarship: This year 8th grade students will be able to apply for the Harry L. Reese Scholarship.  One boy and one girl from applicants in 8th grade will be chosen to receive a scholarship of $500 towards a Catholic High-school of their choice. Details will be emailed to students as well as a paper copy.
Mrs. Olson, our 3rd grade teacher will be retiring this year.  We have been blessed with having her teach 3rd grade and we will miss her.
Mrs. Buonpane has been organizing our book-fairs for 21 years.  After  63 book-fairs, she will now move on to be our 7th grade teacher.  
 
HSA Board Member Announcement: Margie Shields will be our HSA Treasurer for the upcoming 2 year appointment.  
                                                      Krista Santos, Jessica Edris & Kirsten Piccini are running for HSA President.
                                                      Please check your emails for voting instructions.
 
Gift Certificate  Raffle Winner : Congratulations to the Kirk Family who won our Annual Gift Certificate raffle!
 
First day of school for the 2016/2017 school year will be August 29, 2016.
 
PR Update: Please follow us on social media,  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest!
 
 
Mr. Moser Principal:
 
Reminders:
May 13: May Procession 
            Closing date to vote for HSA President
            1/2 day- Noon dismissal
 
May 25-June 3: Final Exams
 
June 3: Volunteer Luncheon
 
June 8: 8th Grade Graduation 
            Talent Show
 
June 9: Kindergarten Graduation 
            1/2 day- Noon dismissal
 
June 10: Last day of School 10:30 dismissal
 
We are still in need of a volunteer to run our annual Talent Show.
 
Message delivered to Home and School, Board President, Rochelle Jones and Treasurer, Jennifer Rogers from Mr. Moser:
    ” Over the last two years, they have worked extremely hard to help our school.  I know that they have been extremely welcoming  to me and have helped my transition here to be very positive.  The students enjoy seeing the smiling faces of these ladies from time to time during the day and at many school events.  You both have been a treasure for our school during your terms.
The school would be at a huge loss, without our Home and School Association.  So, on behalf of the school community, thank you both for your time and service.
Jen thank you for your role as treasurer, I hope to see you as a room parent for the next 6 years or on some other committee.  And Rochelle, thank you for all that you have brought to our school community and most of all thank you for your enthusiasm.  Your contribution of the Carline has improved school security and student morale.  When the kids see the smiling perky parent faces and enthusiasm for school, it is a great way to start the day(regardless of what the NON morning people say).  We will miss you and we wish you and your family the best of luck in St Louis and hope that St. Louis knows what is coming their way.  Gob bless you both.”
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4/8/2016-Coffee with the Principal Minutes

April 8, 2016 Coffee With The Principal Minutes

Opening prayer said by Mr. Moser.
Rochelle Jones HSA President:
Rochelle started the meeting thanking everyone for letting her have the opportunity to be HSA President.  Today’s meeting was Rochelle’s last coffee,she thanked everyone for their support , encouraged everyone to help the school thrive, give your time and love to the kids.
Tricky Tray did an amazing  job with great effort. Thank you the Committee Chairs, Christine Garrido and Melissa Vasquez.  Many thanks to all who donated their time and baskets as well. Denise McGee will transition to be Tricky Tray Committee Chair next year.
Volunteers for various committees have been filled:
Sheryl Kral and Jen Hartman will take over Jen Murphy’s job as the gift certificate coordinators. Suzanne Betterman and Steph DiSante will continue to run the gift certificate program.
Kirsten Piccini will be the chair person  for Vera Bradley/Coach Bingo. Margie Shields and Angel Weed will co-chair.
Uniform Closet –  Fran Raneri
Secret Santa & Christmas Angel Project : Stacey Clemmons
Carline volunteers:  One week a month car line volunteers are needed.  Angel Weed will be there daily please contact her if you can volunteer.
                             Younger children are welcome to come and wait inside .  
                             Please consider donating your time.
OLPH Night at Iron Pigs: information will be coming home shortly.
 Volunteer luncheon – The volunteer luncheon will be on June 3 at 12:30 pm. More information to follow.
 Coffee with the Principal minutes will be compiled and posted on Mr. Moser’s blog.  Meeting was recorded and notes compiled for use.
Gift cards :  gift cards are one of our biggest fundraisers, please support the program.  There are still families who have not met their obligation to meet the $2000 commitment.  
May 27 is the deadline to meet your requirement.
Nomination form went home for the opening for HSA President and the Treasurer, please consider nominating your self or someone else.
 
Jen Rogers HSA Treasurer
 
 
 $80,000 of our commitment has been paid back to the Parish, only a $5000 balance remains to be paid from HSA, and will be by the end of the school year.
Jodi Ruggiero HSA Vice President
 
Pretzel sales $315
TT 37602.67   last year this profit was  $36385.37
Upcoming fundraiser:  Menchie’s Yogurt on 4/27.  More detail will be coming home.
Dan Moser, Principal
Our Lady Vision Meeting
Meeting will also be on Monday night for people who can not be here this morning.
 Mr. Moser shared some items he has learned since taking over as Principal of OLPH.
He summarized his backround, current issues as well as counting himself blessed to be Principal of OLPH.
He also presented a slide show.
  Slide show Presentation:
 Mission & philosophy (slide)
“Preparing our Students and Families for Eternity” -Moser
Matt 16:26, Mark 8:36, Luke 9:25
OLPH Mission:
As a community of Clergy, families, and educators, we endeavor to meet the challenge of living the faith as modeled by Jesus, through worship, message,and service.  We recognize that Christian education is a lifelong process, and we share a ministry that encourages the child’s total development.  We strive to be caring individuals, who nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and psychological well-being of our students. 
*My belief is that schools are more than just teachers and administrators, everyone (including custodians, secretaries, security teams,and cafeteria workers) that works in a school is part of each student’s education.
*Every adult in the school has the mission to ensure that students thrive.  Education at all levels should involve productive student-centered learning environments which enable and assist individual student achievement.
*1 Corinthians 12:27-Body of Christ
 (Slide)
 Diocesan Curriculum
 WHAT: Curriculum from the Diocese Allentown.
All Elementary Schools in Diocese will be moving into Trimesters
HOW:Project Based Learning( intergration of History Day, PJAS,Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, and Declamation into the Curriculum)
STREAM Education
S:science, T:technology, R:religion, E:engineering, A:art, M:mathematics
Enrollment figures (slide)
2015-2016 Enrollment -as of July 2016  280 students
As of October 2016-Present 285 students
2016-2017 Enrollment : Presently 280 students
                                   Pending 4 students                  
                                   Inquiries 10 students 
Projected 294
 
School budget (slide)
Questions about budget : 1) Make an appointment
                                     2) Review with Principal
Projected Income: $1,373,964
Actual Income: $1,123,946.92
Budgeted Expenses: $1,362,239
Actual Expenses: $1,101,731.61
2016-2017 Tuition Needs to be coordinated with the Parish Subsidy.
By the end of the month  he should have the numbers and will send out via email
School identity (slide)
1)Catholic
Continue-Weekly Masses, Religion Class, Religion integrated throughout subjects.
Goals-More Religious Involvement(Priests, Sisters, Brothers), Vocations
2) Academics
3) Proud to be an OLPHer
 
Miscommunication about the uniform – Mr Moser understands the strain this may put on families.
It’s indefinite phase-out of the uniform for now.
It wasn’t changed to just make a change- but to promote the new emblem.
Q&A
Q: Is STREAM a concept being backed by the Diocese?
Yes, it is backed by the Diocese.
Q: Where will Algebra room be next year?:
Algebra will not be in the library next year and the staff will discuss at the upcoming faculty meeting
What options are there for a new location, there are none to be listed at this time.
Algebra room location was decided upon as a team. At a staff meeting the teacher resource room & Algebra room will be decided upon.
 Q: Will there be a Librarian? What is the process?What is the criteria and application process for ?
-Panel will interview and hire the vacant librarian position
-Will have advanced Literature in 6th grade.
 -4th & 5th grade will continue Enrichment the way it is currently.
 
Q:  What is the criteria for advanced literature?
 Enrichment is based on Iowa, report card and teacher’s recommendation.
Children are still responsible for the work they miss in class while at Enrichment.
Q: When will we know when certain changes will be made? When we are trying to make a decision about enrollment we would like answers.
Some options cannot be made until the end of the school year.  Teachers & Faculty are trying to come to a decision.
We will try to go and collectively figure out answers. An informative session needs to be available so solutions can come to fruition.
 
Q:Concerned about the Academic standard slipping.  Concerns about school academic not being above and beyond as it has been in the past.
Concerned about the education the 7th & 8th grade received.
As principal  concerns are being addressed, implementing solutions for the 7/8 grade class room.  As a principal it is discouraging that parents did not come to him personally with their concerns.  Some information can be misconstrued. 
 
Q:When you cant give answers, families will not register and then we will lose numbers.
We need to meet with staff and figure out the answers.  Mr Moser will try his best to come to the answers people are looking for.
The team is the teachers- you need to trust we will come up with a decision.
 Q: No first in math because of budget?
First in Math was not implemented this year, not because of any diocese decisions.
Do we have Math IXL? Some teachers have implemented this program and now have the licenses for the program.
Parents like the FIM  and think its great program- the Principal and teacher’s opinions are respected.
Parent asked if there’s a comparison will be done if math score will be lower this year? Scores will be analyzed.
Q:Why are we going to Trimesters?
It gives teachers more time to do more project based teaching.
This is not block scheduling.
Q: When is the budget submitted to the Diocese?
June
Q: As far as the budget goes; can you give us a run down on what it was spent on? Academics, etc.? For Monday’s meeting?
Its a very specific question, will bring a break down to Monday’s meeting.
Q: Will there be a parent survey?
We can make a time frame – originally it was for the month of May.  But we can change it to April.
Can an email go home asking for questions that can be answered at Monday’s meeting?
Some things have come up at this meeting – that can be addressed at Monday’s meeting.
Some of the budget is set aside for  teacher’s gifts and parent’s gifts.
Q: Are all teachers coming back?
At this point the only vacancy is library.
Teacher intent form was sent out and all were positive but contract is in June and things can occur between now and over the summer.
 Q: Will you have answers for families?
4/12 & 5/13 faculty meeting: to go over some of the issues brought up today.
Moving forward from Mr. Moser:
I’ll send out an email with survey today- please complete.
Opportunity for specific questions at Monday’s meeting.
Monday’s Vision meeting will be at 6:30pm in Marian Inn.
Please come to Mr. Moser with any questions.
Closing Prayer.
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No Shave November Olph Style

For the last 3 years, I have participated in the No Shave November Charity Drive.  It has been a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for Cancer Charities (ie. St. Jude’s, American Cancer Society, Prevent  Cancer Foundation, and Fight Colorectal Cancer). This year I get to expand my horizons and add support several local charities (Race for Adam, Debbie Pieri Angel Foundation, Missionary Childhood Association, Angel 34 Charity, and Charity Water) in addition to the traditional charities.

This year I have the honor and pleasure of getting a whole school involved in this charity movement. Over the next month, while I grow my beard, the students will choose to sponsor one of the above charities. This will be “low-key” or “couch cushion” fundraising event. What that means is that I do NOT want students soliciting others for money.  I want to raise funds solely from students either finding money on the ground, in between couch cushion, or even if they want to contribute from a portion of their allowance. The class that raises the most money will get all of the funds raised by the school to go to their sponsored charity and be named the most charity class for the 2015-2016 school year and earn the 2015.2016 OLPH Pope Francis Award (a Pope Francis Bobblehead).

….and they also get to dye my beard the color of their choice during the first week of December…..

Mother Teresa said “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”

During the month of November, this is how OLPH will be doing something small with great love, to be like Christ and help others. Thank you for your support.

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New Year, New Principal!

Welcome to a new year at OLPH!  We have gotten off to a great year.  With three weeks under our belts the best word that comes to mind is “BLESSED”.  I am “blessed” to have the best faculty.  I am “blessed” to have outstanding students in our school.  I am “blessed” to have amazing parents and volunteers.  Finally, I am “blessed” to have the support of my wife and children. I truly believe that Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is the best, and I know that we will have a “blessed” year.  God Bless, and I look forward to what is in store.

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