October 18, 2014
I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I have been addressing some issues lately regarding health and safety and would like to share some information.
Some emergency forms were sent home on Friday to provide us with up to date information for our students. The emergency forms were altered from the original medical emergency forms filed in the nurse’s office to provide homeroom teachers with immediate access to contact information as part of our crisis management planning. Please send these forms back on Monday.
The Middlesex Regional Educational Service Commission provides nursing for all non-public schools. Our nurse, Mrs. Stinemire, has moved to Bishop Ahr High School, and after her wonderful service during her tenure at St. Thomas the Apostle, I know that she will be missed. I am pleased to inform you that we have a new school nurse, Ms. Michelle Decker. Her hours are 9:30am until 2:00pm. Although she starts later than our students, she is a wonderful new addition to our school. Any student who requires medical care prior to 9:30am will be sent to the office. We do have a non-practicing registered nurse in our employ in another capacity in the building, but please use good judgment if your child does not feel well in the morning.
We have been taking additional measures with regard to the Enterovirus. Disinfectants are used daily on desks, railings, and other common areas. Tissue boxes are in every classroom and disinfectant hand sanitizers are throughout the building including in every room. I am including the latest information regarding this virus from the NJ Department of Health. Please remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly and use the following information to keep your child(ren) healthy. Updated – Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) Frequently Asked Questions
Homework update – Please check Power School for an update on grades. Apparently some of our older students think homework is optional. Grades can sometimes be a reflection of achievement (or lack of it) more than ability. We have four certified teachers in Aftercare and homework is addressed from 2:30 until 4:00pm if this helps in any way.
Our eighth graders were spectacular this week at their Ring Ceremony. Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for this celebration – and to the HSA for the lovely reception.
Thank you and God Bless,
Ms. Joanne Kowit