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Saint Anne School - Fair Lawn, NJ

January 2008 Edition


    Loretta Stachiotti, MA

Lose weight.  Spend less.  Exercise more.  Sound familiar?  This is the month of the resolution made so fervently, and broken so easily.  Maybe we should think about resolutions which, even if we’re not faithful to them daily, still have a positive effect in our lives.  Listen.  Reflect.  Trust.  Pray.  Daily doses would definitely be better for us, but even if we do these things with a little more intensity and a little more frequency, the subtle changes will come about gradually.  Before we know it, we will be made over into God’s likeness.  Isn’t that a better image than just a few pounds leaner?  Happy New Year!

You can expect to hear a lot about our Walk to Jerusalem project over the next two months leading up to Easter.  During the month of January, we will walk from Fair Lawn to Morocco and from Morocco to Algeria.  The distance covered this month will be 4,265 miles.  We will plot our course on large wall maps in our school foyer and in the back of our church.  Stay tuned to the parish bulletin for facts we learn about these countries and cultures as we travel to Jerusalem in time for Easter.  You are urged to participate as a family by exercising and walking together.  Every twenty minutes counts as one mile.  Ask your children about the scripture passage we will reflect on each week as we walk.  Including the family in this project will no doubt yield some fascinating facts and some time well spent together.

This year, we have been having several problems with our current tuition management company, SMART.  We have tried repeatedly to correct these issues, but have not had them resolved to our satisfaction.  If you have experienced any problems or if you have any concerns about your tuition account please call Mrs. Savacool in the school office to report them.  We will be switching to a new tuition management company next year.  This year, we especially need all tuition payments to be made in full and on time.  When registration is held in the next few months, new forms may or may not be available.  Parents will know the new tuition amount, but forms may need to be sent home later in the spring.  As always, we appreciate your cooperation as we move through this transition.

Catholic Schools Week 2008 is coming!  Be on the lookout for our special calendar of events for this week.  Mark your calendar now so you can plan to join us for the opening mass on Sunday, January 27, at 9:00 a.m.  After mass, there will be an open house for prospective families.  Classrooms will be open, books will be available for examination, curriculum outlines will be on hand for information about our course of study, and teachers will be in the hallways to answer questions and conduct tours.  A continental breakfast will also be available in our cafeteria courtesy of our PTG.  Please tell any potential families to “come and see”!  Another open house will be held on Thursday, January 31, while classes are in session.  Many more surprises are planned for that week.  Watch for the calendar!

During these cold days, please be sure your children are in their complete uniform every day.  Girls may wear navy blue tights under their uniforms, and navy blue cardigan sweaters are available at Co-Ed Uniform Company for children who are chilly in school.  Our gym uniform consists of navy blue sweat clothing with no imprint other than our school logo.  Students who wear clothing with other imprints are out of uniform.  Nail polish and make-up are not permitted.  Jewelry other than religious jewelry is not permitted.  Girls’ uniforms must be knee-length.  Children grow quickly.  If new items are warranted, our uniform provider has these items in stock year-round.  Your cooperation in helping us enforce our dress code is most appreciated.

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