St. Raymond is a Catholic elementary school dedicated to nurturing a Christ-centered community where students serve God and others, develop their talents, strive for academic excellence and become life-long learners.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the new school year! The opening bell for the year will ring at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, September 2nd. Students in K to 8 will assemble as usual in the front parking lot (or the cafeteria if it’s raining) where their teachers will meet them and lead them to their classrooms. Please note that both Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2nd and 3rd will be half days with dismissal at 11:30 AM. The first FULL DAY is Thursday, the 4th, which will also be the first day for AFTER CARE.
This year our Pre-K classes will have a “Meet and Greet” time on Thursday, September 4th at 9:30 AM. Mrs. Shine and Mrs. Lynch will meet with the children to familiarize them with the classroom and their daily routine before actually beginning sessions the following week. Mrs. McEnerney will meet her Nursery children and their parents on Friday, September 5th at 9:30 AM. Both programs will officially begin class on Monday, September 8th. However, the Nursery School sessions will be limited to 1 ½ hours for the first week to help acclimate the children to their new surroundings.
Once again this year our Parent School Association (PSA) will host a “Coffee and Conversation” in the school cafeteria once the children have entered the building on Tuesday, the 2nd. Please be sure to join in the sharing. Of course, the school supply room will be open for business that day for anyone who needs supplies. Remember that all PRIMARY NOTEBOOKS AND PENCILS (K-1) must be purchased from the school. All other supplies should be purchased wherever you can catch a sale (Walmart, Staples, CVS, Target…). Gym uniforms can be purchased here as well. An order form for school “sweats” will be sent home the first week of school.
Children entering kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 7th grades, as well as all new incoming students, are required by New York State to have a physical examination and immunizations must be up to date. Children entering 6th grde or by their 11th birthday are also required by law to receive a booster of the Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine. Be certain to get documentation of the exam and forward it to Mrs. Woloszyn in the school Health Office when school begins. Also please note that 7th and 8th grade students wishing to participate in the Spirit Team league must also have a current physical exam on file in the Health Office.
Students in K-8 are expected to be in complete uniform on the first day of school – either summer or traditional. Sensible school shoes (oxford or classic loafer with a low heel – no sneakers, work boots or sandals) are required. Stride Rite in Rockville Centre, White Cross Shoes in Franklin Square or Bass Shoe Outlet in Carle Place all carry school shoes. Any special requests must come to me directly. White crew socks may be worn with the summer uniform (we do sell some in the main office). Please remember that all ankles are to be covered. Please also remember that all make-up, excessive jewelry (including long dangling earrings) and fad hairstyles are not permitted in the school.
Our BEFORE/AFTER CARE program for students in K-8 begins on the first full day – September 4th. Children should be registered for the program before that date if at all possible. The forms are posted on the website for your convenience. Of course, we accept registrations throughout the school year for those who need to utilize the program later in the season.
Please remember that all summer assignments from the children will be due on Monday, September 8th. It is imperative that students complete this required work in order to move on to the next level at St. Raymond School. Also, please pace yourself in purchasing your SCRIP cards for the upcoming school year. The total amount mandated for each family is $1500. Cards may be purchased each day in the main office. Thank you in advance for your help and support in this major fundraiser for the school.
Let us warmly welcome our faculty for the 2014-2015 school year: Mrs. Maureen McEnerney for Nursery, Mrs. Linda Shine and Mrs. Dawn Lynch for Pre-K, Miss Brianne Doherty in Kindergarten, Mrs. Carol Bernacki in 1st, Mrs. Robin DeBlasio in 2nd. Sister Lorraine Studley in 3rd, Mrs. AnnMarie Malizia in 4th, Mrs. Mary-Claire Gill in 5th, Miss Bettina Berghammer in 6th, Mrs. Kay Hamaty in 7th, Mrs. Deborah Carman in 8th, Miss Megan Butterworth for Math and Religion in 7-8, Miss Yolanda Carballo for Technology and Library, Mrs. JoAnne Dolan for Spanish, Mrs. Julianne Grennen for Art (4-8), Mrs. Samantha Stainkamp for Music, Mr. Greg Mayo for Physical Education and Health, and Mr. Allan Fisher for Band.
Please watch for important information coming home with the children on the first day of school. Some of these papers need your immediate attention and we would be most grateful to have them returned in a timely manner. For your information our BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for PRE-K -8 (Please note the change – now including Pre-K) is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 9th. This year parents with children in Pre-K to grade 3 will meet with teachers in their homerooms at 6:30 PM before coming to the general sessions at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. (Grades 4-8 will meet with teachers at 7:30)
Have a wonderful Labor Day! We look forward to seeing all next week!
In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am,
Sister Ruthanne Gypalo, IHM
Tuesday, September 02, 2014