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Dear St. Jude the Apostle Families,
I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the summer months. It is hard to believe that a new school year is just around the corner. I am eager to begin another exciting year with you. I wish to extend an enthusiastic and heartfelt welcome to both our new and returning students and families. St. Jude the Apostle is more than just a school. We pride ourselves on ensuring students get individual attention while helping them discover and develop their God-given talents, unlocking a world of potential.
The Covenant to Educate calls us to create educational experiences for our students that will prepare them as 21st century learners. In this region, as part of the Tech Valley, we must rise to the challenge of providing cutting edge STEAM content to our students, while still embracing the tenets of our faith. St. Jude the Apostle School hopes to accomplish these goals by preparing our faculty as STREAM experts, incorporating the secular aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics, in concert with our own “R”, Religion. By providing intensive professional development and training opportunities for our faculty, we hope to give our students all they will need to be the critical scientific thinkers of the future, while never losing sight of the beauty and wonder of all God’s creation. We also look forward to sharing our resources by collaborating with other area schools, rallying our strengths and bolstering our weaknesses, for the benefit of our entire student population. We invite you to come and see our new state of the art science lab that will be used by all students starting this school year.
Here at St. Jude the Apostle School character formation is an essential part of our children’s education. Each month our entire school (faculty, staff, and students) will focus on a single trait. We will use these traits as the central theme of our monthly church and school experiences. Each monthly theme is developed through discussion and example in every classroom and every grade. We will also continue to reflect upon and develop the previous monthly themes. Our goal is to have these virtues practiced daily in the lives of our students and staff. Character is the very foundation of who we are as individuals. How we express, react, rely, and live our faith communicates who we are to each other and in God's world. At St Jude the Apostle School, we have dedicated ourselves to assisting families in the development of children's character.
In addition to welcoming new students, we welcome a new staff member to St. Jude the Apostle School. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Rachel Ciampolillo as a teaching assistant.
Come meet her as well as our entire distinguished faculty and staff at Our Welcome Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, September 1st from 6:00pm-7:30pm. This orientation is a time is for all families to spend time with our teachers and principal. If this is your first child entering our school, please come with every question imaginable. Also, this is a great time to drop off all the required supplies to your child’s classroom.
Although they are not quite new, we congratulate and welcome back Mrs. Stephanie Baker (Bush), Mrs. Lauren Saviloi (Marchese) and Mrs. Megan Laz (Luossedes) who all got married this summer.
Our first day of school for students in Grades K-6 will be on Tuesday, September 8th .On this first day of school children are asked to report to their classroom at 7:45 a.m. All children who are new to St. Jude the Apostle this year will be assigned a “buddy” for the day. Teachers will bring the children to the school auditorium for morning prayers at 8:00 a.m. Our first day of school is a full day and children are asked to be in full uniform.
On Wednesday, September 9th, we will resume our regular daily schedule. Student arrival time will be by 7:45 a.m. Morning Prayers are celebrated as a school community at 7:50 a.m. in the school auditorium. Students report directly to the auditorium upon arrival and take their place with their class. By 8:05 a.m. children will be in their classroom ready to begin the day. The earliest children will be accepted into the building for all grade levels is 7:30 a.m.
As you are aware, student safety continues to be a high priority at St. Jude the Apostle School. In the interest of security and safety for students and staff, our school will continue to be locked and fully secured. Please help us by following these guidelines and reviewing them with your child. Students arriving tardy must be accompanied by an adult and be signed in and lastly all parents/visitors must report directly to the school office. The office personnel will provide information and assistance in an effort to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum.
We will welcome our Pre-Kindergarten children on Monday, September 14th. Arrival time for full day and morning session of Pre-K is 8:00 a.m. Arrival time for the afternoon session is 11:30 a.m.
VIRTUS Training on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30pm in the school gym- In order to be in compliance with the Albany Roman Catholic Dioceses, everyone needs to sign a code of conduct form as well as complete a background check form and attend VIRTUS Training. If anyone plans on chaperoning any field trips with your child/children these forms must be on file and VIRTUS Training must be complete. Please visit www.rcda.org/virtus. Go to sessions and training and select Albany, NY(Diocese). This will give you a list of places and times for the training. St. Jude the Apostle School will offer VIRTUS Training on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30pm in the school gym.
Back to School Night will be on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m. We ask that all parents K-6 be present as we meet our teachers and learn about the 15-16 school year.
Parent Community Association (PCA )- ( Formerly Fundraising and Family School Connection) is our newly structured fundraising committee. Each parent or guardian is considered a member of the PCA here at St. Jude the Apostle School and has committed to give 15 hours of their time. The PCA is here to support the staff and administration in the achievement of its objectives, by providing enrichment opportunities and enhancements to the school that would not otherwise be financed through the school budget. Fostering a strong community is our first priority and working together to develop well-rounded learners is the measure of our success. We need all families to actively participate and offer your ideas to our continued improvement as a school. We will meet for a social and relaxed introduction starting on Tuesday September 23rd 6:00PM in the gym and their first chaired meeting Wednesday Oct 14th at 6:00PM and other set times throughout the year.
St. Jude the Apostle School is committed to keeping you connected with your child’s school. We use a variety of media to keep you informed. Please visit and bookmark the school’s website: www.sjsalbany.org and like us on Facebook. In the interest of saving paper and added postage, additional information can be found on our school’s website. Go to our Back to School section of our website (see below). Please read all of these materials carefully and note deadlines where applicable. Some documents require your immediate attention and action. On our website you will find the 15-16 School Calendar, Snack Milk Form for 15-16, another copy of the student supply lists, faculty and staff list, lunch menu for the month of September, updated Parent & Student Handbook, School Uniform Dress Code, PSC Fundraising News, Medication Consent Form and Physical Appraisal Form(required kindergarten, grades 2, 4, & 7 only) and Family Survey.
St. Jude the Apostle School students deserve the best. I am passionate about my mission as principal and I will make decisions that are in the best interest of your child. As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-faculty, staff, students, and parents-are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment.
If I can ever be of assistance, please call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . It is through being a collaborative learning community with consistent, honest, and open communication that I can best serve our students.
God Bless, Mrs. Erin L. Baker , Principal