May 1, 2018
Signs of God’s love are all round us: flowers, birds singing and pleasant weather, all of which gives us great comfort! The month of May is the time when we focus our devotion on our Blessed Mary and to our own mothers. The May Crowning of Mary and praying the rosary are pivotal planned activities for this month. "This is the month in which, in the churches and individual homes, the most affectionate and fervent homage of prayers and devotions from the hearts of Christians are raised to Mary. It is also the month in which from His throne descend upon us the most generous and abundant gifts of the Divine Mercy." Excerpt taken from CNA website. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/prayers/devotions/to-the-blessed-virgin-mary/month-of-mary-may-devotions We look forward to witnessing our second grade students making their first Holy Communion on May 5th. Please keep them in your prayers during this special time.
Your child’s IOWA Test results will be given to you as soon as they are delivered to the school. The test results and parent reports should be delivered in the next couple of weeks. The faculty and I will be reviewing the tests scores once they have arrived.
May 4th is our traditional OLV Walk-A-Thon! Please get as many pledges from your family members, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to make this the biggest fundraiser of the season. I’m looking forward to seeing the school in action!!! All monies are due Tuesday, May 1st.
Here’s a glimpse of our "Healthy You, Healthy Me, Healthy OLV"! This special day is scheduled on June 1st (known as Field Day). This day will be a time of fun, movement and hands on projects that will make learning enjoyable for your child! Here are some of the attractions: students will have 45 minutes in the gym completing an obstacle course, then classes will have a variety of fun activities in assigned health classes such as “Body out of Balance”, “Diabetes Detectives”, “Finding the Energy”, “Fresh Foods Fuel”, “Move! Move! Move!”, “Human Body Miracle Machine”, “Tree of Life”, etc. Thank you to Ms. Gertz and our team of teachers for making this a special day for our OLV students!
Thank you for choosing a Catholic education for your child. OLV School prides itself on its strong academic foundation, dedicated faith-filled teachers, warm and positive welcoming Christian atmosphere. Our students not only grow but they flourish, thrive and succeed!
As you already know, enrollment numbers in a Catholic School play a critical factor. Enrollment determines many important things for the upcoming school year such as ordering technology equipment, books, scheduling, rehiring of teachers etc.
At this time, it is critical that you make your commitment to OLV School by re-registering your child sometime this week. Please hand in your registration forms and check to the school office. If for some reason you need to discuss next year’s tuition, or if you are planning not to have your child return for the next school year, we need to be notified by calling Mrs. Connors or myself. Thank you for your understanding and your support on this issue!
Sincerely in Christ,
Welcome back from your Easter break! May the spirit of the Lord fill your hearts with the promises of Easter blessings of joy, happiness and unwavering faith for the rest of your days!
IOWA standardized testing will begin on April 12th and end on or before April 25th for students in grades 1-8. The IOWA Testing is originated from the University of IOWA which provides an assessment for student achievement in Reading, Written Expression, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Language and students in grades 3, 5 and 7 will take an additional test called the CogAT Test (Cognitive Abilities Test). Parents will receive a Home Report that will indicate the testing result of their child. The new testing norms are a guide for both the administration and faculty to evaluate our current learning objectives and develop instructional strategies as well as teaching and learning objectives that will meet the students’ potential. After we received the test results, administration and faculty will access the students’ results over the course of the next few weeks. The results will allow teachers to make adjustments to the curriculum and target learning using the Lexile scale for individual reading levels. Please make sure your child(ren) get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast during these testing times.
The Diocese of Metuchen is undertaking a new marketing initiative designed to build enrollment in grades PreK – Kindergarten which will begin on April 10th. This campaign will use multiple media platforms – digitally printed in social media. Once new families click on our link, we will have the opportunity to reach out to the new families and recruitment them to our school. As you already know, parents are our best marketers - word of mouth is still the most effective tool for recruitment. This past Buddy Day brought in seven children two of which registered for next year. When we return form our break. I want to create an OLV Parent Ambassador Group to help with talking with new families. If you are interested, please contact me. Thank you parents for your support!
We are excited to announce that OLV School has a new website, using the same domain, which has the same features as well as additional features. Please be patient with the site as we continue to build the website over the next few weeks. The hope is to add additional features such as online giving for possible donors and student videos, etc. If for some reason the website is down, the teachers will email any necessary information to you. As you already know, parents are our best marketers - word of mouth is still the most effective tool for recruitment.
Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in the “Designer Bag Bingo” on April 13th and the Father Daughter Dance on April 20th. The HSA has been working very hard in planning these events for you! I look forward to seeing you there! And don’t forget to get sponsors for the Walk-A-Thon for scheduled on May 4th! Our families make us a special place! Thank you for your dedication to OLV School!!!
Parents are asking about our last day of school. We had to adjust our calendar because of the snow days we needed to take. Therefore, if there are no other reasons to close the school building, the last day of school will be June 20th. The last three days of school will be half days. I understand some of you want to make your early vacation plans so I hope this helps you. Also, the first day of summer uniforms is April 16th !
Lastly, on a more serious note, I need to remind parents to be very diligent and careful when you pick up your child in the parking lot. There is one way to enter the lot and one way to exist the lot. Cars must go at a very slow speed while they are in the parking lot because we have both children and parents there at this time. Don’t try to be the first car out of the lot by going out quickly. One of our staff members had a big dent on her car while she was parked in the parking lot. I appreciate your understanding.
Sincerely in Christ,
March 1, 2018
We have only thirty more days before we celebrate Easter Sunday! Students have been reflecting on their Catholic faith by using their Lenten calendars and daily prayers. Please make sure to have your special Lenten Mission boxes filled with your extra coins. This a perfect way to teach your child the importance of giving to the poor.
School security is of the greatest importance to all of us at OLV School. Over the past several months we have developed a great partnership with the local Sayreville police department. Several Police Detectives have been present during our monthly routine Lock Downs and fire drills. The police have given us their undivided attention to our security drills, and share their feedback through conversations. I am most thankful for their overall dedication to ensuring safety to our students and staff.
Ms. Ellen Ayoub, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Metuchen, has made the decision to discontinue using Terra Nova Testing as the standardized tests. IOWA Testing is now replacing the Terra Nova Testing for all of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Metuchen. Principals and teachers will be given the necessary training to make this a smooth transition for the students. The faculty and I have been introduced to the tests and are in the process of creating testing schedules, ordering materials, attending training sessions, etc. The testing will take place after our return from the Easter break. Testing dates and additional information will be given to you in the April parent letter or as soon as we have additional information.
One effective way to recruit new students to OLV School is by word of mouth by our school parents. We are hosting our second “Buddy Day” for children in grades K-6 on March 12th and it’s a great opportunity to get the good news out about OLV School! Please inform your friends with children, in grades K -6, who are interested in learning more about OLV School. There are forms that need to be filled out for parents with children that want to participate online. Contact Mrs. Connors, if you have a friend interested in Buddy Day.
Re-registration is now taking place for all of our current students and for new students. Please make an attempt to register your child(ren) as soon as you can. As you know, enrollment numbers helps us plan for the new school year in so many ways. If you are applying for financial assistance, applications must be in by March 31st go to the link for more information https://diometuchen.org/schools/tuition-assistance/
Thank you to all of the parents who attended the OLV Steak dinner. It was a great night of fun, laughter and delightful food! Mark your calendar for the “80’s Dance” for parents March 24th and the “Father Daughter Dance” held on April 20th. We are very blessed to have a fantastic HSA committee and all of our parents who are supportive and devoted to OLV School. You make this school special!
Sincerely in Christ,
February 1, 2018
I want to begin this letter by acknowledging and thanking all of our parents for their constant support to OLV School. We kicked off the CSW with a mass which many of our current students and alumni attended to give witness of their love and dedication to OLV School. Thank you to all who came out to the Polar Plunge and to all of the grandparents and parents who attended the visitations days, Viking Bowl and volley ball matches, etc. Bishop Checchio enjoyed his visit with us yesterday! He talked with teachers, students and parents and left the school with a basket filled with students’ cards, saint prayer cards, chocolates, nuts, an OLV School Tee shirt and OLV video which the 8th graders made especially for him. I’m sure he enjoyed the OLV School visit! He left the school with a big smile and the experience warmed his heart!
Well, we are now entering the Lenten Season beginning with Ash Wednesday where we reflect, repent and prepare ourselves for Easter. During the holy season, students will participate in more service projects, prayers, and Stations of the Cross. I made a Lenten Parent Resource page for you to utilize during the forty days of Lent. https://sites.google.com/olvnj.com/cynthia-casciola-kitts/lenten-parent-resource-page
It’s that time of year to re-register your child(ren) for the next school year. Please register as soon as you are able to ensure a seat for your child(ren). The 2018-2019 enrollment number allows our staff to properly plan for upcoming school year. The FGAA program (Financial Aid program) is now open for parents who need to apply for financial assistance. You may apply by going to https://online.factsmgt.com/aid. Please be aware that all required supporting documentation must be submitted to FGAA by March 31, 2018 and the application fee is $30 and must be paid online at the time you submit your application. Forms of payment include debit cards, most major credit cards, or electronic check. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Connors at the main office or go to: https://diometuchen.org/schools/tuition-assistance/ for additional information.
The last HSA event, the Mother and Son Dance, had a great turn out and the dance was a blast! Our HSA is busy planning for their next big event which is the OLV Steak Dinner held on February 24th. Please mark your calendar and plan to come out for a great time! It is a fantastic excuse to get out and have some fun with OLV friends! I appreciate all of your support!!
Finally, some parents had questions about the dress code during frigid days so I need to clarify the gym uniform usage. Your child can wear his/her gym uniform on days when the temperature remains at 32 degrees or below in temperature throughout the day (not just the morning hours).
Sincerely in Christ,
January 2, 2018
Happy New Year! May you feel the joy and peace of Jesus throughout the year! I hope you and your family had some peaceful time during the break. Thank you for all of your Christmas gifts and treats! I am truly thankful for your thoughtfulness and welcoming spirit! I enjoyed being with my children and family and staying home during this terrible cold weather. Please dress your children with coats/jackets, gloves and hats during these bitter cold temperatures. When the temperature falls below 32 degrees your child may wear his/her gym uniform to school.
We are still in the Christmas spirit! It is important to remind ourselves and the children that this coming Saturday, January 6th Sunday, is the Epiphany and January 7th is Three Kings Day. The three wise men visit baby Jesus on this day and the word Epiphany means “manifestation”, the church celebrates the manifestation of our Lord to the entire world. To learn more about our faith click on the link below: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2018-01-07
School will be closed on Monday, January 15, for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Let us continue to pray for those cities in our country where there is racial tension.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation for children in Grade 2, will be celebrated on Saturday, January 20th, at 1:00. We invite all families to pray for them as they celebrate our God’s unconditional love and mercy
The HSA committee is busy planning for the upcoming OLV “Mother and Son Dance” held on January 19th and the CSW “Polar Plunge” on January 28th . Please try to participate in our monthly activities. Your support is greatly appreciated and our sense of community is one of the many things that makes OLV special.
Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday, January 28th. The theme this year is Catholic Schools: “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed”. Thank you for promoting OLV where Faith, Knowledge and Service are our top priority. You are our best representatives in our community. Please proclaim the Good News about OLV wherever you go and invite friends to our open house. The CSW (Catholic School Week) schedule is listed below. We will keep the OLV traditional CSW schedule which begins with our opening mass at 9:00, breakfast at 10:00 and open house ending at 12:00 The Polar Plunge, in Sea Bright, begins at 2:00. (Additional information will be given out.)
Sunday, Jan. 28th Opening Mass 9 AM, HSA breakfast 10 AM Open House till 12:00
Monday, Jan. 29th Student Appreciation - 8th Grade teachers
Tuesday, Jan. 30th Grandparents visitation and lunch beginning at 9:30
Wednesday, Jan. 31st Parent visitation and lunch beginning at 9:30
Thursday, Feb. 1st Senior Citizen Technology Day or Viking Bowl in AM (TBD)
Thursday, Feb. 1st Parent Conferences 2:00 – 5:00
Friday, Feb. 2nd CSW closing Mass 8:15 ½ Day; Student Skating Party
May you be peaceful, and hopeful, aware of, and grateful for God’s love and presence in your life.
Happy New Year!
Sincerely in Christ!
December 1, 2017
Thank you parents for coming to our Christmas bazaar and supporting the HSA efforts! The day was a lot of fun for both parents and children! I went with my two children, who are in their twenties, and they too enjoyed seeing all of the crafts and baked goods! We went home with lots of goodies! We are very blessed to have our dedicated HSA parents who work very hard to support our school. Last month, the students collected nearly 800 can food items for the poor. This act of service reminded all of us what it means to be a Christian and the importance of serving others. Thank you to all!
We are entering the most beautiful time of year in our Catholic faith - the season of Advent! This is the time when we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ! OLV School will begin the Advent season by having a school-wide Advent prayer service in church on Monday, December 4th at 9:00 led by some of our 8th grade students and myself. All are welcome to attend this service. On Monday, all of the students will receive an Advent calendar which I recommend that you place in a prominent place in your home. Use the Advent calendar to remind yourself to talk with your child daily about the birth of our Lord this Christmas. It’s an opportunity for you to share your love of Jesus with your child. Every year I try to come closer to Jesus during the Advent season because I don’t want to be consumed by all of the busyness of the season. I created a parent Advent Parent Resource page to help you stay connected. Click or cut and paste the link https://sites.google.com/olvnj.com/cynthia-casciola-kitts/advent-parent-resource-page or just go to the Principal Page and find the tab. Sign up for daily Advent Gospel Reflections https://adventreflections.com/ It only takes a moment each day to stay connected to Jesus!
All of the students were given “lightbulb ornaments” to decorate and remind them of our school wide spiritual theme “You Are the Light of the World”. It is really wonderful seeing them hanging in our school. Our creative team of teachers made them come alive! Your child’s ornament will be sent home later this month, so that it can be hung on your own tree.
There are many Christmas activities planned for this month! The HSA is holding a “Breakfast with Santa” on December 3rd after the 9:00 mass. Please come out for the fun of seeing Santa in person! HSA is also hosting our “The Penguin Holiday” on December 6th and 7th which allows children to purchase small gifts for their family members. Please make sure your child is ready for these special days.
Our brilliant music teacher, Mrs. Lucas, has been very busy preparing the students for the upcoming OLV Christmas Concert – December 15th at 7:00 pm. I enjoy hearing all of the children practice their class’ Christmas song. Their beautiful voices are making my spirit bright in anticipation of the concert. I’m excited about attending the concert and seeing them perform in person and I look forward to seeing you all there as well! Have a wonderful and restful Christmas break!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
October 26, 2017 – November Parent Letter
Our school will be closed on November 1st in honor of “All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows' Day Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints. This is a special time for Christians to honor all of the saints.” Did you know? “Christian celebration of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and the living. This day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many Catholic countries.” To learn more about this day click or cut and paste the link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Saints%27_Day#cite_note-7
We are looking forward to our Halloween Day planned festivities! The 8th grade students are getting ready to walk down the hallways in their costumes for the annual Saint Parade. We’re waiting in expectation for all of the students to dress in their saint and bible character costumes! Thank you parents for making this a memorable day! (Next year, we’ll add some more fun activities!)
I want to acknowledge and thank our HSA group, and all of our sponsors, who made the OLV Wine and Tasting event a huge success! All of the parents who came had a delightful time and it was fun watching all of the winners of the Tricky Tray baskets and others taking bottles of wine home, etc. It was a big success because of all of your dedication to OLV School! Our next big fundraiser is the Christmas Bazar held on November 11th. Please mark your calendars and come out for a fun day of shopping and kid activities!
As you have seen, I created my principal’s webpage in the hope of giving you a better understanding of what is happening in the classrooms! The teachers have updated their webpages to give you more information about your child’s class. Please check the webpages on a regular basis to find out the latest happenings and of course the homework assignments.
We are also looking forward to two programs this month. The next Student Led Assembly held on November 3rd will lead by our second grade class. Ms. Davis-Scholle, second grade teacher, told me that the students have been working very hard on their presentation and are excited about presenting their program to the entire school. Mrs. Hockenjos and her students are feverishly putting the finishing touches on the Veteran’s Day Program which will be held on November 9th.
Parent conferences are being held on November 16th from 2:00 – 7:30. Your child’s teacher will contact you to set up an appointment time. This is a very important time for you to talk with your child’s teacher about the progress your son and or daughter is making in school and learn more about the curriculum, teacher expectations and upcoming projects, etc.
We are moving forward with STREAM! Beginning this month, several of the teachers will attend NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) workshops, as part of their professional development. Also, a STREAM committee is in place to research teacher resources, new science books, STEM School visits, technology advancements and STEM materials, etc. and several of our teachers have written grants in hopes of acquiring cool devices such as “Little Bits” or a “Code-A Pillar”. If your place of work offers grants to schools who are creating STEM programs or Makerspaces, please email me the details. I’m in search of such grants!
NEW- We will have our first “Bring a Buddy to School Day” on November 9th. If you have a friend who may be interested in learning more about OLV School, please invite their child to attend the day at our school. Additional information about this day will be given to you next week. Also, inform your friends that we hold a monthly open house for new parents who are looking for a school for their child(ren) – the next open house is Nov. 30th.
Sincerely in Christ,
October 2, 2017
It is hard to believe that the first month of school is finished and we are already rolling into October! We are honoring our Blessed Mother Mary during this month of prayer. Did you know? “The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. October falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.” And the anniversary of Fatima is honored on Oct. 13th www.catholiccluture.org You are welcome to attend one of the following 12:30 rosary pray times in the church and pray the Mission Rosary with us: Oct. 3 grades K and 4, Oct. 4 grades 1 and 3, Oct. 10 grades 2 and 5, Oct. 11 grades 6-8.
As you will see on this month’s calendar, we have an exciting month planned for your children! On October 2nd ,the 7th and 8th grades will have several Catholic High Schools come to OLV to highlight their programs. The local Fire Department is coming to visit our Prek – 3rd grade students on October 3rd which should be a lot of fun! Don’t forget about our Picture Days on Oct. 3rd and 4th ! The Student Government will be installed during our 8:15 mass on Oct. 13. All parents welcome to attend!
This month we will begin monthly student led assemblies. Each month a class will lead the entire OLV School in an assembly program and teach their peers about their class’ saint. This month the 8th graders will lead our first assembly! I’m curious how they will present their material: rap song, poem, dance, video, etc. I am sure they will be creative!
Student of the Month is now called “You Are the Light of the World” award which emphasizes our Spiritual theme for this school year. Each teacher will honor 1-4 students with a special certificate at our monthly assemblies. A picture of the group students who receive the award will be posted monthly our OLV website.
This year we are planning to celebrate Halloween in a different way. Students can come to school with a costume that represents their class saint. This should be a creative way to celebrate Halloween in our school and our 8th graders will walk down the hallways in their Saint Parade! The teachers and I will make additional plans for the day at our next faculty meeting. Your child’s teacher will give you additional information.
We are collecting gently used coats and pet items to assist the poor in our area. We will also hold a monthly dress down for $1.00 known as “Nut Day” beginning this month. October 27th is a first dress down for the students. All monies collected will be held to help the poor and needy and on occasion help with special treats for both students and teachers.
I am extremely grateful to our HSA committee for their continued support with our fundraisers. Please make sure your get your raffle tickets. Our first draw is planned or October 3rd. Boscov’s shopping is held for October 17th – it’s a great way to help OLV and begin your Christmas shopping. I’m looking forward to attending our Annual Wine Tasting held on October 21st. This is a great night to gather with friends and have a great time! I am in the process of creating my own website page where I can communicate with you on a regular basis about all of the wonderful things we are accomplishing at OLV School!
Sincerely in Christ,
Welcome to Our Lady of Victories School!
At Our Lady of Victories School, our Catholic identity is most important and it’s evident in everything we do. OLV has a longstanding tradition of providing academic excellence and strong faith formation to our students because of the dedicated faculty and staff. Our Lady Victories School’s students thrive in a nurturing environment beginning in our well known Pre-Kindergarten 3 year program and ending in 8th grade class.
Our rigorous academic program focuses on project based learning, developing 21 Century framework fundamentals in lesson planning that includes communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, media literacy, creativity and innovation, global awareness, and leadership and responsibility. Many of our graduates continue on to both Catholic high schools and four year Catholic colleges.
We want our students to encounter Jesus Christ in a personal way throughout the school day. Students participate in daily prayers, monthly mass, sacramental preparation, service trips and retreats. OLV students become aware of their unique gifts which prepares them as productive citizens.
OLV School will focus on this year's spiritual theme "You Are the Light of the World" based on Matthew 5:14-16. Students will learn how to shine their unique light to everyone they meet.
This year, each class has been assigned a saint so that students will learn the attributes of their personal saint and learn how to their faith into action. Students will participate in monthly school-wide student led assemblies where they will learn about saints and be recognized when they have shone the light on others by being kind and compassionate.
I encourage you to visit our joyful school community and discover the benefits of OLV School educational programs by calling our general office for a personal tour or come to one of our monthly open houses.
Discover the beauty and advantage of OLV School!
Sincerely in Christ,
Ms. Cynthia Casciola-Kitts