Back to School

Dear families,
I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful day. It is hard to imagine that summer has come and gone and that we are back to school already!

With that being said, school starts Wednesday September 5th. Early drop off will continue at 7:30 in the library, and the bell rings at 8:05am. Wednesday and Thursday will behalf days (11:30) with NO afterschool. Friday will be a full day with afterschool.
If you are new to our school, please bring your child to the library before the 8:05 bell and I will escort your child to his/her classroom. Everyone else is to line up where you lined up last year and enter the building with your teacher from last year. They will split the children and take them to their new teacher.

I do want to tell you about some changes that were made over the summer:

Mrs Hartin is a grammy and will not be returning to Sacred Heart. She leaves very large shoes to fill. Mrs Nitollo will be our new school secretary. Now that Mrs. Nitollo is school secretary, we need a business secretary so we hired Lori who had worked at St. Mel’s for the job.
Mrs. Comstock made the decision to retire so that left us with her program to fill. Lena Spordone will be our new AIS/Reading specialist. The new program will be a push-in program so that the children will not miss instructional time.
We did have to cut down to one 4th grade class, so Mrs. Kritikos, Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. Trufelli will be doing 4 and 5th
Mrs. Marsar has graduated back to second grade. This left a position open in Kindergarten to fill we hired a wonderful, upbeat, loving person to fill that position- Mrs. Lisa Broad to take the second Kindergarten.
Mrs. Rheinhart is our nursery teacher, which left an opening in our 6th grade. A young woman came to us highly recommended, and many of us had the honor of teaching her- Sydney Shrinivas. Ms Shrinivas taught 6th grade ELA/SS at Divine Wisdom last year.
Some of you may have met our new assistant principal, Sharon Brunkhorst. She comes to us after teaching 7 years at Divine Wisdom. She will be working with the teachers in the area of curriculum and instruction.
Ms Brunkhurst will have the office that was Mrs. Hartin’s and the main office has been relocated to Mrs. Comstock’s room.
I know that you join me in welcoming the new members to our family.

Our school calendar can be accessed through our school website It is populated through June, with the half days and days off listed. Just click on the word calendar in the center of the page and use the forward or backward arrows to locate a month.

There is a change from the letter I sent you in June. Our back to School night is NOT September 11 for K-1 & 6-8 it is September 13th. Msgr. will be having a special 9/11 mass on the 11th and on display will be his original piece of the Trade Center. As Msgr. was a first responder he was given a piece of the Trade Center. It is our hope that as many families as possible, will attend this Mass.

On Sunday, September 16, at the 9:30 Mass we will have a Blessing of the Backpacks for all of the students. Again, as your child’s first teacher, it is your responsibility to pass on the faith. We hope to see everyone in attendance.

Hot lunch forms will be sent home the first week, pay special attention to return dates. There will be NO lunch served on Friday, September 7- only limited snacks and drinks.

If you do not follow us on facebook, do so. I post many pictures of our happy, smiling children engaged in a variety of activities.

We are collecting Box Tops for Education (thank you Nadan family for your creativity!) We also have an account at Amazon Smiles where we get reward money for purchases that you make, just look for Sacred Heart Bayside (thank you Ioannides family)

Have a great day and I look forward to greeting each of you on Wednesday.
Mary-Anne Cooke