Monthly Archives: September 2017

Lunch orders

The deadline for next week’s lunch orders was last night.  Upon looking at the reports we find that the numbers are very low.  In an effort to make and order the correct amount of food we have decided to reopen the system until midnight this evening.  This will be a one time occurrence. We respectfully ask that all parents do their part to make sure our lunch program runs smoothly! Entering orders on time is important to our process and it allows us to plan accurately. Any student without a preorder will need to bring a bagged lunch. 

 
Please log in to myschoolaccount.com to place your child’s order. Many parents also find it helpful to set either weekly or monthly reminders in their cell phone so they don’t miss the deadline! 
 
If you have questions please contact Kim Flint at 603-889-6054 Opt. 1 or kflint@pmaschool.org

Reminders

*Cheer Info Night for Grades 1-8 is Wednesday, 9/27 (tonight).  The meeting will take place in the cafeteria with a start time of 6:15 pm.

*Thursday, 9/28, is the first $2.00 dress down day of the school year.  If you have questions regarding the PMA dress code please refer to the handbook at pmaschool.org.

*Due to staff workshop there is no school this Friday, 9/29.
*Band practice will start on Thursday, October 5th. Schedules will go out to the students as soon as they are ready.  If you have questions please email info@pemusic.com.
*Volunteer training will be offered on Monday, October 2, at 9 am and 6:30 pm.  Training will not be offered again this school year.  If you plan on coaching, volunteering or chaperoning a field trip you must attend. If you have already attended training and had your background check completed then you do not need to repeat.

2016-17 Yearbooks available

The PMA office has 2016-17 yearbooks for sale!  Yearbooks are $34.00 per book.  They will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  Please keep in mind that this is due to unforeseen circumstances and applies to last years yearbook only.  Going forward we will not have extras (of any school year) to sell to sell after the fact.


 

High School Applications

Please click on the link to review information regarding the high school application process for current 8th graders.  Please contact Sr. Claudette with questions

2017-18 gr 8- h s application info


 

September 22, 2017

Due to preparations for this years Fun Fest, Friday, September 22, is an Early Release day. ALL students must be picked up at their dismissal time. We do not have After Care or Sibling Pick up on this day. Dismissal times are as follows:

Pre-Kinder-10:50 am
Kinder 11:00 (front)
Gr. 1: 11:10
Gr. 2: 11:15
Gr.3: 11:20
Gr. 4: 11:25
Gr. 5: 11:30
Grades 6,7,8: 11:35 am (front)

Friday is also a Free Dress Down Day courtesy of the PMA Parent Group! Please keep in mind that ALL students MUST follow the PMA Dress Code. We do not allow spaghetti strap tops, open toes shoes or boots. Some students wore items of clothing/shoes on Picture Day that are outside of the PMA dress code. We did not give out dress code violation slips on that day. We will be using them going forward. If you are unsure of the dress code please refer to the PMA handbook at pmaschool.org.

Please contact the school office with questions.

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training will be held tomorrow, September 19, at 9 am or 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.  Training will also be offered on October 2, at 9 am or 6:30 pm. Registration is not needed, you may simply show up.  Please bring a photo ID and the $10.00 fee (cash or check made out to PMA) for your background check.  After June Nolet has notarized the background check forms we will go over the training packet. For the most part we will touch on a few important things, and ask that you read over the entire packet at home. 

 
Please be aware that these two dates are the only times this year when volunteer training will be offered.  If you plan on coaching a sport, chaperoning a field trip or volunteering for any other PMA events you must attend.  No accommodations will be made at a later date. If you are unsure if you have previously completed the three requirements (in person training, background check and online training) please email Kim Flint at kflint@pmaschool.org.  
 
If you would like to get a head start and complete the online training the instructions are attached.  Once you have completed the course please print the certificate and send a copy into the office.

Choir update

Senior Choir for Grades 4-8 starts tomorrow (Sept. 13) from 2:45 pm to 4:30 pm.  Registrations were due this past Friday!  If your child plans on participating in choir please be sure to send the registration form in tomorrow! 

Junior Choir  for Grades 1-3 begins next Tuesday, Sept. 19.

 
Please contact the main office with questions at kflint@pmaschool.org

Facebook Use

Dear PMA Parents,

Social media has become more and more an integral part of our busy lives. As a school community, however, it is wise to pause for a moment to reflect on just how we use media like Facebook for schoolcommunication.  Where do we find real, accurate and timely information and news?

More and more of our parents use the PMA Parent Group Facebook page to ask pertinent questions, look for clarifications on policies and activities and even to air a grievance or complaint. While information technology can be innovative and exciting, there is a growing concern everywhere that social media does not always communicate clearly, accurately or reliably.  A lot of miscommunication inadvertently appears that is difficult and time-consuming for everyone to correct. In many cases, the answers sought to critical questions and the exploration of grievances can only be answered or addressed by school administration, office staff, or a teacher, directly.

Please be aware that our PMA STAFF DOES NOT USE FACEBOOK to answer questions or solve problems.  If you have questions, concerns or grievances pertaining to any aspect of school life, policy, forms, grades, your child, your child’s teacher, hot lunch, the registration process, etc., please CALL or EMAIL school personnel. FACEBOOK is a fun and informative social media tool, but it is not a reliable source of information when it comes to your child’s education or school policy. FACEBOOK postings have the ability to complicate matters and leave room for confusion and doubt. Also, as a forum for complaints and grievances, it only defeats the purpose of the spirit of PMA to hurt no one and bless all mankind.

I also have a growing concern about the growing number of parents that are using FACEBOOK to gather information concerning homework, classroom assignments, etc. for their child. While I appreciate the fact that parents are engaged and involvement in making sure that the children complete homework, I am more concern about the message we are giving the children.  One of our key values at PMA is to teach children to take responsibility early on in their education; remembering homework, books, assignments, is KEY to their success both in Junior High School and High School.   Relying on mom or dad to gather the information through Facebook or other means only enable a sense of “I don’t need to remember because mom or dad will do it for me”.

Again, I cannot stress enough how we encourage you to use Facebook as a tool for gathering information that promotes the school.  All questions and inquiries should always, always be directed to the Main Office or the teacher.  They are the only ones that have the correct information … hearsay only leads to more confusion, anger and the rumor mill getting out of control.

I sincerely hope you will continue to use and enjoy the PMA sponsored Facebook pages and be guided toward accurate and reliable sources of information whenever necessary.

Sincerely,

Sister Maria Rosa, pm

Curriculum Nights

Curriculum Night for Grades 1-5 is Tuesday, Sept. 12.  

Curriculum Night for Grades 6-8 is Wednesday, Sept. 13

Paper copies of the schedules were sent home last week. They are also below.  

Message from the Nurses

The nurses office has not yet received some much needed information! If your child needs an inhaler, EpiPen or specific medication please send it in to the school.

EpiPens, inhalers and prescription medication must be accompanied by the doctors order. Attached you will find a food allergy plan and an asthma plan. These forms must be signed by your child’s physician. Prescriptions must come in their original pharmacy container with Rx label.

Attached is also a permission form for the nurse to administer over the counter medications (Tums, Advil, Tylenol. etc). If your child may be in need of these items please fill out the attached form. If you child needs something specific please supply it to the school.

Please also remember to send in updated physical and immunization records.

We have also sent out School & Emergency Contact emails. It is very important that you complete this email for each child in your family.

Feel free to contact Nurse Bernadette or Nurse Peggy if you have questions 603-889-5054 Opt. 3

Reminders for the week

*Lunch orders for next week (9/11-9/15) are due by midnight tonight.

*Please remember to call or email the attendance line if your child will be late or absent. It is more than okay to notify the teacher but you must contact the office as well.

*We are still in need of many volunteers for this years Fun Fest, especially in the 12-2 and 2-4 time slots. Please click on the link below to sign up!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4EA5A82EA3FA7-pmafun1

*Curriculum Nights are next week!
Grades 1-5 is Tuesday, Sept. 12
Grades 6-8 is Wednesday, Sept. 13
Schedules and times are in today’s shuttle

*The first Junior High (Gr. 6,7,8) dance of the school year is next Friday, Sept. 15, from 7-9:30 pm. Admission is $5 at the door. Snacks and drinks will be sold.

Please feel free to contact the school office with questions kflint@pmaschool.org

Lunch payment

The PMA office received a cash lunch payment today. It was in a regular white envelope with “payment for lunch” written on the outside.  This envelope was not marked with a name or class.  Please email jnolet@pmaschool.org if you feel this payment is for your child.

Grade 8 High School Prep Course

Dear Parent/Guardian,

All of us are well aware that your student will be making the transition from middle school to high school at the end of this school year.  This process will begin very soon for some of the students, as the nearby Catholic high schools are already scheduling their open houses and finalizing the application and entrance exam dates and procedures.

There is always a significant number of students applying for admission to private high schools, and entrance exam scores play a vital role in determining whether or not students are accepted to the school/s of their choice.  Here at PMA, we are willing to continue offering the Catholic High School Entrance Exam Prep Course for our 8th grade students interested in applying to private schools.  Since most schools schedule these exams during November and December, we plan to begin our six-week course on Monday, September 18, and end on Monday,

October 30, skipping October 9 because of the Columbus Day holiday.  Each session will be scheduled from 2:45 to 4:15 pm.  At dismissal time, parents will be expected to provide transportation home or make use of the After-School Program.   The scheduled dates of the classes are as follows:

Monday, September 18                                                Monday, October    16

Monday, September 25                                               Monday, October    23

Monday, October        2                                              Monday, October    30

In order for us to plan for the course, we ask that YOU FILL OUT THE ATTACHED FORM AND RETURN IT TO SCHOOL BY 8:00 AM, MONDAY MORNING, SEPT. 11, AT THE LATEST, WITH PAYMENT, OR TO INDICATE THAT YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE FOLLOWING THE COURSE.  THE FEE FOR THIS SIX-WEEK COURSEINCLUDING THE STUDENT’S BOOK, IS $50.00.  THANK YOU.

We will be using the NEWLY-REVISED 4TH EDITION OF BARRON’S COOP/HSPT/TACHS BOOK and will be placing a group order just as soon as we have the number of participants.  This is our reason for requesting an immediate response from you.  We want the books in our hands for the first class on September 18. Please make checks payable to PMA.  Enrollment in the course closes on Monday, September 11, at 8:00 a.m.  Thank you.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at my office, 889-6054, x202.  If you are interested in the course, but Monday sports (practice or events) regularly interfere because of the time, please contact me.  I may have some suggestions that could provide you an alternative plan, Thank you!

God bless!

Sr. Claudette Brunelle

2017-2018-H S TEST PREP COURSE


 

Instructional Soccer-Saturday morning

Good afternoon Parents:

There was a technical problem with our registration and payment form for the PMA Hatching/Instructional soccer program and we apologize for the confusion it has caused. May reported that the registration was “sold out.” This program does NOT sell out as we welcome as many youngsters as are interested.

Please try again with the corrected links below. PLEASE ALSO MAKE SURE TO CLEAR YOUR WEB BROWSER HISTORY.

If, in your address bar for the registration link the letters “/edit” are appearing at the end of the link, PLEASE REMOVE “/edit” and continue with the registration.

Full information follows.

PMA Hatching/Instructional Soccer Registration 2017 for Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and K as well as Grades 1 and 2 is NOW OPEN!  More specific information is located at the registration link.

Please go to the following website to register:

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1D-sD6V6Ou6xgBKLPF0iUXvl2787CSrt9cLw8c8nOiWs

 

Please visit the following link for payment, https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=twxok5aclx2.

The Dates are as follows:
September 9
September 16
October 14
October 21
October 28

Times are as follows:
Pre-K3/Pre-K4/K                        9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Grades 1/2                    10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED THE REGISTRATION FORM WHEN DONE.  Clicking on the payment link from the registration form will open a new page in your browser, so make sure you hit SUBMIT after you fill out your registration.  You will get a payment confirmation e-mail after you have paid, but not after you register.
Any questions about registration, please e-mail Ken Belbin at kbelbin@pmaschool.org.

Hurricane Harvey

Our hearts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. In keeping with our mission to serve others, we  have  been  in  touch  with  diocesan  leaders  in  the  affected storm areas to determine their needs.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is answering this question by launching a campaign asking every Catholic school family around the country to contribute at least $1 per student to help Catholic schools impacted by the storm to rebuild, reopen and re-enroll students. “Student to Student: A Catholic School Response to Hurricane Harvey” is a powerful opportunity to engage students in living the Gospel message of compassionate service and generosity to others.

Through this initiative, PMA is asking for contributions from students and families to assist our peers and families in other Catholic schools who have been affected by the devastating storm. We understand that many of you have already donated to your charity to help the cause, for those of you who haven’t donated this is a simple invitation to help us help others and to teach our children to share of their resources (actually, mom and dad’s resources).

Here’s what we are doing:

  1. From Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 7, we will run our “Student to Student: A Catholic School Response to Hurricane Harvey” Campaign.
  2. We will have two – 5 gallon buckets in the cafeteria all week for students and parents to “drop” loose change and cash/check donations into the bucket.
  3. Make this a family experience by deciding together to donate the money you would normally spend during the week for snacks, a meal out, and/or a coffee at Starbucks or DD to help students in other Catholic schools rebuild their lives and schools.
  4. Imagine for one minute if PMA were in a similar situation, would we not need the help?

After researching numerous ways that we can help, more than food, clothing, water, people in Texas need money to rebuild their homes and schools.  Let’s join hearts, hands and “loose change” to help our brothers and sisters affected by Harvey.

If every PMA family member, student and staff donate a minimum of $1.00 to the challenge we could potentially raise $1500.00 to help our friends in Texas.

Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help us reach out goal.