Weekly Word March 1, 2020

All students should be to school on time as no one will be admitted to class late during testing. They will have to sit on the bench in the lobby. Please make sure children get a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast. Please do not make appointments during the day during testing week. Have your children bring a few number 2 pencils to school for testing.

Fifth grade brings in a “breakfast bag” for the Community Soup Kitchen.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Haiti fund. School collected over $3500 which will enable 35 students to attend school.

Please remember to check the online bulletin on our school website for important daily announcements and updates.


Dear Families,

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that one of our beloved parents, Kim Costello, has passed away. Kim is the wife of Chris, and mother of Emily, a freshman in high school, Harry, a sixth grader, and Finn, a third grader. I know you’ll all join me in keeping the Costello family in your prayers and thoughts.

Visitation for Kim will be at Doyle Funeral Home on Monday 4-8. Mass will be Tuesday at 10am at Assumption Church.

I would ask if you are attending the visitation on Monday afternoon, that you please park at school and walk over to Doyle’s, as there is an event at church which will make parking in the church lot problematic.

Sister Merris


Nonpublic school transportation continues to be problematic for many students with the result being that parents receive aid-in-lieu payments instead of transportation. Parent’s aid-in-lieu does not help in getting their children to and from a nonpublic school because many parents have no alternative other than busing. Our parents are at the mercy of private bus contractors who provide over 85% of nonpublic transportation.

The New Jersey Catholic Conference and the New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families fully support an increase in the statutory ceiling of $1,000 per pupil for transportation. The increase should at least be $50.00 per pupil in order to have transportation routes run for our students.

Call, write or email the Office of Governor Phil Murphy and ask for the requested increase to $1,050. For more information on this issue, please see the attached form.

Chapter 192 (Compensatory Education) provides remedial instruction in Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics for students in nonpublic schools. However, the program service been reduced as a result of an increase in enrollment in the program and the freeze in funding at $995.33 since the 2008-2009 school year.

The amount of time provided for the service has also been decreased since the 2008-2009 school year as a result of costs incurred by the providers of the service.

The New Jersey Catholic Conference and the New Jersey Network of Catholic School Families fully support this issue in order to remediate children in compensatory education and to increase their success for the future.

Call, write or email the Office of Governor Phil Murphy and indicate that it has been over 10 years since this program has received a statutory increase. The amount listed in the Budget language should be at least $1,100.00 per service in order to provide additional time for the teaching of these three subject areas. For more information on this issue, please see the attached form.


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Assumption School the week of March 22nd – March 26th. This is a great opportunity to purchase Scholastic books for your child and yourself. There will be books ranging from pre-school age to adult. Each grade will have time to shop with their class.

Family Shopping time will be from 2:45pm-4pm Monday through Wednesday, with Tuesday March 24th having late hours until 6pm. The later start time (2:45pm) will allow for all the car riders to be dismissed. If you are planning to come for the family shopping time with your child, please send a note to your child’s teacher and they will wait for you in the cafeteria. In addition, if you cannot make it to the book fair, you will be able to purchase books online, URL address to follow.

We added an additional Family Shopping event – the book fair will be open on Sunday March 22nd from 9:30am-12pm.

eWallet – no more worrying about forgetting cash or a check! You can set up an account online for your student(s). Details will be coming home with your youngest child next week.

We are also collecting for All for Books. Consider rounding up your total or donating your change to All for Books – the money will be used to purchase books for the school. And Scholastic will match all money we raise and purchase books for Kids In Need Foundation, Reader to Reader, Inc., and the National Center for Families Learning.

Volunteers will be needed to help set up, during, and pack up the Book Fair. A Sign-Up Genius will be provided in the next few weeks.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Jennifer Thackery (Jennifer.thackery@verizon.net), or Alison Uribe (uribecasa@gmail.com)


Registration For Baseball, Softball and Track and Field

Registration is open for Baseball (boys grades 7th and 8th), Softball (girls grades 6th, 7th and 8th) and Track and Field (boys and girls 3rd grade through 8th grade). Please register through our website: http://assumption-school.sportssignup.com/site/

The link can also be found on the Assumption School website, under the “Athletics” tab. Once you’ve completed the registration process and paid in full, a confirmation receipt will be e-mailed to you immediately.

Please contact Kevin Bopp at kevin_bopp@nylim.com if you are interested in coaching or with any questions


REGISTER NOW! Assumption School’s 3rd Annual Golf Open will be Monday, May 18, at Morris County Golf Club in Morristown and registration is open! Register as an individual golfer, twosome, or foursome and, if you can’t make it for golf, ALL ARE WELCOME to register for the cocktail reception and raffle. Whether you’re a first-year Assumption parent or a last-year one, the Golf Open is a very fun and special day that you don’t want to miss! Sponsorships are available and raffle donations are warmly accepted.

DON’T DELAY! Spots are limited and fill up quickly. REGISTER HERE: https://birdease.com/13018/register

Please contact Megan Reynolds (meganareynolds11@gmail.com) or 908-399-5777 for more information.


5 Mondays – 2:30-3:30
March 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6

Come spend Monday after-school at Assumption creating one-of-a-kind objects working in clay. Students will learn to use simple tools and traditional hand-building techniques as well as ways to impress texture into the clay. They will also strengthen their color and design skills as we glaze our pieces.

Please return the attached form along with your check for $65, for Peggy Davo, to the main office by Thursday, February 30th. All supplies are included and firing will be done in my studio. A portion of your check goes to the school. Thanks!


Father John will be conducting two Altar Server training sessions for boys and girls in the fourth grade and up on Tuesday, March 10th or Wednesday, March 11th; from 4-5 p.m.

If you are in the fourth grade or older, and would like to become an Altar Server at Assumption, please sign up for one of the sessions by emailing Linda.macios@assumptionparish.org, or by calling the parish office at 973-539-2141. You only need to attend one session.


It is time for our 7th grade class Spring fundraiser, which helps offset graduation expenses. Please keep an eye out for a Thirty-One Gifts catalog coming home Monday via backpack. A faith-based company named for the 31 proverbs, they feature customizable bags, accessories, home storage and more. There is a chance to round up at checkout to benefit onoursleeves.org, a children’s mental health initiative. All orders will direct ship to home for a small fee. Ordering is available through April 8th using the following Assumption devoted link.


The Hospitality Committee coordinates volunteers to provide treats for our teachers and staff members at Assumption School. At this time, we are requesting volunteers to sign up for a Monday in which to provide a treat.


Let your child’s imagination soar with exciting STEM activities that build confidence and creative-thinking skills at Camp Invention. Assumption will once again be hosting the program from Mon. June 22- Fri. June 26 (8:00am-2:30pm) for students entering 1st- 4th grade. Space is limited. Use promo code D25CAMP to save $25 at invent.org/camp or by calling 800-968-4332. Please contact Christine Schneider with any questions at cschneider@assumptionnj.org.


Mrs. Galdieri is available for tutoring for Language Arts, especially grades 5-8, but is certified for English, K-12. She is also available to tutor for general homework help/study skills. If interested, please email Kathleen Galdieri at kgaldieri@assumptionnj.org.


Please direct any questions about your child’s lunch account to Gilda Gallo at ggallo@assumptionnj.org. Please do NOT contact the main office for this information. Thank you.


Order Your Yearbook Soon – Deadline is March 1st

Don’t forget to order your 2020 yearbook now! You can reserve a copy on line at https://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/high-school-yearbooks.html or send in the order form with your payment of $30 to Susan Sopira or Hope Zenker. Make your checks payable to Assumption School please.