Principal’s Monthly Newsletter

June 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

The end of the year is approaching, and I must say that this year has been extremely rewarding. Although my first year as an administrator is coming to a close, I am reminded of the quickness of time. With each passing minute, our students, your children, are getting older, and learning and developing more into their unique selves. Although time is quick, it is more important to note that time is precious. Each passing minute is an opportunity to ensure the success of our students’ entire selves (spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical). However, as a community, we recognize that our efforts would not be tangible or attainable without the collaborative spirit of the administration, faculty, staff, and parents. It is our strong community that lays the foundation for our success.

This month, we say, “Good luck! Congratulations! Farewell!” to our Eighth Graders. Although this is my first year, I was a teacher for 10 years, and the Eighth Grade was my homeroom. Therefore, I had the privilege of seeing ten Eighth Grade classes graduate, and had nothing but the best experiences with each of those classes. However, I must say that this year has been particularly special. To be welcomed graciously by our current graduating class, has made this an extremely memorable year for me. I wish all of the Eighth grade nothing but the best in all of your future endeavors. I will remember each one of you with pure fondness as you were the first graduating class of my administrative career. I know that the future is bold and vibrant. Just remember to continue working towards reaching your full potential. Even when you think you have reached your maximum potential continue raising the bar. Never settle for mediocrity for you are too great for the word, “ordinary.” Learning is continuous and should be contagious. Never stop learning, and never stop the desire to continue learning. Also, along the way, remember to take pride in yourself, take pride in your family, take pride in your heritage, and know that you can accomplish anything that you set out to do. I speak on behalf of the entire community when I say that we are proud of you.

The “Seasons of Love” Spring Show and Walk-A-Thon were huge successes. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered for the events and to Ms. Theresa Jampol, Ms. Nilsa Torres, and the Home Academy Association for organizing the Walk-A-Thon. At this time, I would to thank and congratulate the top 3 students who brought in the most sponsor money and who have won the prizes. The first, second, and third place students are as follows: Michael Padilla in Grade Kindergarten, Lorenzo Pennolino in Grade Three, and Gaetano Mancini in Grade Four. Congratulations to you! Parents, at your earliest convenience, please come to the office to retrieve the prizes.

Our school was awarded the Platinum School Award from the Mathletics Team. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the students. This was an award that was rewarded to my previous school. Because of the students’ hard work, the Platinum School Award has followed me to Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy. Students have been motivated by the program Mathletics, and their enthusiasm for this academic area has increased dramatically. Our students have received 758 Bronze Certificates, 117 Silver Certificates, and 7 Gold Certificates since the beginning of the year. Also, Congratulations! to our Top 3 Students: Domenika Garibaldi, Nicolas Torres, and Gaetano Mancini and our Champion Teacher, Ms. Pascale Aime for all your diligence while using the program this year.

Here are the results of the survey that you completed with regards to the After-School Mandarin Program through the China Institute:

  1. Are you interested in having your child participate in an After-School Mandarin Program?

61.90% said, Yes, I would be interested in having my child participate in an After-School Mandarin Program.

38.10% said, No, I would not be interested in having my child participate in an After-School Mandarin

Program.

  1. If you checked YES under number 1, please check any that applies to you.

37.50% said, I would be interested in one day per week for 1 hour and 30 minutes at $55.00 per session.

25.00% said, I would be interested in one day per week for 1 hour and 30 minutes but feel that $55.00 per?session is too costly.

18.75% said, I would be interested in one or two days per month for 1 hour and 30 minutes per session at

$55.00 per session.

12.50% said, I would be interested in one or two days per month for 1 hour and 30 minutes per session but feel?$55.00 per session is too costly even if my child does not participate once per week.

6.25% said, I would be interested in having my child participate more than one session per week.

  1. If you checked YES under number 1, please check any that applies to you.

26.92% said, I want my child(ren) to explore Chinese language and culture for now and will decide whether?he/she will study the language seriously in the future.

30.77% said, I want my child(ren) to start studying Mandarin Chinese at a young age and to be fluent in the?future.

42.31% said, Besides Mandarin Chinese language learning, I would welcome classes introducing Chinese culture?and art (e.g. calligraphy, brush painting, Taichi, etc.)

I will be addressing the results of the survey with The China Institute and will be speaking with the representative about the program. Thank you for completing the survey. Hopefully, this After-School program will be an option for next year. If the program is being offered, details will be distributed before the end of the year.

Visit Facebook and LIKE our page. The location of our page is:

Facebook.com/QueenOfTheRosaryCatholicAcademy. Our page contains many great pictures and news about what is happening in the school. Please SHARE our Facebook with your friends, so that they know all about our wonderful Academy.

As always, your opinions are vital to the school community. Therefore, I hope that you know that even if you cannot attend the Home Academy Meetings that you are still a member of the community.

Sincerely,

 

James A. Daino

Principal