Weekly Update, February 26, 2015

Face-to-Face Registration Sessions

Our first Face-to-Face Registration Session was held in Caddell Hall on Saturday, February 20th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon, and was fairly well-attended.  Thank you to all families who came prepared with all paperwork completed; you made our job so much easier!  Thanks to Miss Tracy, Mrs. Hughes, and Mrs. Pease who assisted with this registration session.

Our next Face-to-Face Registration Session will be held in Caddell Hall on Sunday, February 28th, after 1:00 Mass.  This registration will be for families who speak Spanish, and may need help with completing documents. Please complete your documents as best you can, and bring them with you on Sunday, February 28th.  Mrs. Pugh will be available for translating as needed.

Our final Face-to-Face Registration Session will be held in Caddell Hall on Monday, February 29th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  This will be the last opportunity for families to register at the reduced rate of $75.00.  After this date, the registration fee goes up over time.  Save yourself some money, and plan to register on or before February 29th.  Thank you in advance for coming prepared with all of your paperwork, including required documentation for financial assistance.

Reinder:  Our enrollment numbers have risen significantly, and some classes are getting near to capacity. Wait Lists will be forming for some classes that are full.   Don’t delay and then be disappointed. 

Tuition Assistance Opportunities

In reference to upcoming registration and increased tuition rates, we would like to remind you that we do have several tuition assistance options.  In addition to Divine Redeemer parishioners receiving a large discount due to a subsidy paid by the parish, and parishioners of other Catholic churches receiving a subsidy, we also have some formal scholarships available.  Information on these programs, including St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Tuition Assistance Grant (for Catholic families in need), St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship (for special needs students), and additional parish assistance for low-income families, was included in your registration packet, which was sent out last week.  Keep in mind that families applying for needs-based tuition assistance will be required to submit proof of financial need.  Those applying for the St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship will have different criteria, including medical/educational issues.  Please read through tuition assistance materials carefully, as deadlines will be adhered to in all cases.  Any families that are currently on financial aid of any type will be required to reapply, and to submit proper financial information, in order to be eligible to receive ongoing assistance.  The deadline to submit paperwork for the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Tuition Assistance is March 15th.  If you have not submitted your information by that date, you will not be eligible for tuition assistance.

“Like a Shepherd He Will Lead Us”

As always, it was a pleasure to have Bishop Robert Guglielmone celebrate Mass for our students on Thursday, February 25th, at 8:00 a.m.  Msgr. Hofmann was scheduled for Jury Duty that morning and couldn’t be there, but Deacon Andre willingly assisted the Bishop.  Bishop Guglielmone is a pleasant and down-to-earth man, and always makes the Mass so meaningful for our students. He reviewed with our students the importance of praying, fasting, and almsgiving, during Lent.  We were happy to have the Bishop visit, and also happy to see so many visitors at Mass that morning to share in our worship.

It Is Survey Time

As you may know, we are always looking for your input into our program and its effectiveness.  One way to get your input is to provide surveys for your participation.  In today’s packet you will find an invitation to participate in an online survey entitled, “Catholic Identity Defining Characteristics Parent and Community Survey.”  If you would be so kind as to follow the directions and take the survey, which is quite brief, we would be most appreciative.  Survey results are anonymous, and are tabulated by Advanced Ed, our accrediting organization.  Families that speak predominantly Spanish at home have been given a paper copy of the same survey in Spanish.  (Advanced Ed does not provide online surveys in any language other than English.)  So that our results may be tabulated in a timely manner, please plan to complete the online survey by March 4th.  (The survey will “close” on March 5th.)  The Spanish survey may be submitted to the school office by no later than March 7th, and will be Fed-Exed to Advanced Ed that same day.  Thank you for your help in improving our program!

Spring Pictures

Spring pictures have been scheduled for Friday, March 18th.  Students who will be sitting for pictures may have dress down that day, but be sure to follow dress down guidelines in the School Handbook.

“An Evening for the Arts” was Picturesque

Last night we had a great group of “patrons of the arts” at our Production Night.  Students in all grades had beautiful artwork on display.  Two middle school students, Connie Bui (grade 5) and Jonathan Ard (grade 6), presented lectures on two artists their classes had been studying, O’Keeffe and Valdez.  We were also fortunate in having some fantastic musicians, Tyler Burbage (grade 4) and Ryan Foust (grade 7), perform on piano and guitar.  Thanks to all of the teachers for organizing this event which featured the many talents of our students.


It’s Black and White…

We expect you at the Silent Auction on Saturday, April 16th!


Upcoming Events:

  • Face-to-Face Registration (in Spanish) on Sunday, February 28th, after 1:00 Mass in Caddell Hall
  • Face-to-Face Registration on Monday, February 29th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Caddell Hall
  • Regional Inservice for all teachers on Friday, March 4th. No School or ESP that day.
  • Quarter 3 ends on Friday, March 11th.
  • Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 11th @ 2:15 p.m. – grades 5 & 6 to host.
  • Spring Pictures on Friday, March 18th – dress down for pictures!
  • Quarter 3 Report Cards go home on Friday, March 18th.
  • Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 18th @ 2:15 p.m. – Faculty/Staff to host.
  • Easter Vacation begins at 11:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23rd. (No ESP that afternoon.)
  • School and ESP Resume after Easter on Monday, April 4th.

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