Happy Fall!

October 2021,

Happy Fall……

Can you believe more than one month of school has come and gone?  I wanted to take a few minutes to recap some amazing things that have already taken place the past 5 weeks here at NDCA.

First let me start by saying Thank you to all of our families.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through the challenges and changes due to Covid-19.   Thank you for supporting me and taking this journey with me to continue making NDCA a place where our students and families come to learn and grow.

We have successfully navigated one month at school and have not had a positive test in the building.  That is due to the attention you take when it comes to completing the daily health screening, mask regulations, travel regulations and most importantly keeping your child home when they are sick.

Please note that if your child is absent, they need a dr. note stating that they are out due to a non-Covid related illness and have been cleared to return.  Also, anyone that travels and is unvaccinated will need to quarantine for 7 days and test on day 5. If you choose not to test then they need to quarantine for ten days. These are the CDC guidelines that the Diocese has adopted to follow.  As always if anything changes or is updated, we will let you know as soon as we do.

We have started our lunch program off successfully and have sent out our first catalog fundraiser with much success. Regarding the lunch program please note that we are not ordering additional items for purchase day of and will not take late or same week orders for lunch.  Due to the limited resources we have we need to get the calendars back by the due date so that the counting and counts can be sent to the vendor.  This time allows us to double and triple check so that we have limited errors and no one is left without lunch and if something happens it can quickly be rectified.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your understanding in advance.

 

October has started off with a BANG!  We have already started our Terranova testing and have completed the i-Ready diagnostics, this will give us a good picture when grouping students in the classroom and seeing where they are at so we can plan accordingly. 

I have met with Learn it our Title I vendor and they are scheduled to start the week of October 25th.  We were able to use i-Ready scores to have students qualify for Title I.  So, if your child has qualified for a Title I program it is because they are falling in the 45th percentile or below and can use some additional small group support.  After meeting with the District Superintendent in hopes of helping scheduling of classes for the children that need Title I services, we have decided that if and when possible, the children will be pulled first from a special subject class such as Italian or art, music or technology class if possible.  Title students that are pulled from a special subject will not receive an Italian grade on their report card for the second or third trimester. We hope you will opt your child into Title I services if asked.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out and ask me, my door is always open.

I would also like to ask for some additional support with dismissal.  I have seen on the cameras and have spoken to some of the teachers dismissing, when the children are dismissed, they are playing very rough with each other and running around.  This is extremely dangerous.  We have staggered the dismissal times and locations and ask that when your child dismisses to please take them and leave the school yard.  If you are waiting for a sibling to dismiss, I would ask that you please keep your child with you and not have them running in the school yard.  My goal is to keep everyone safe and with all the different ages in the school yard, I am concerned that children will get hurt or that someone’s car parked in the school yard will get damaged.  I thank you in advance for your attention to this matter

Happy October!

 

Mrs. DiLorenzo

 

October 2021