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Celebrating 90 Years of



May 3, 2017


Dear Families,


In the past week I have been made aware of a recently released Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, which has become a concern for me and many others.


This show relates to the very sensitive topics of teen suicide and depression.  It is based on the book by Jay Asher, and follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home to find a box with his name on it lying on his porch.  Inside he discovers a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate, who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier.  The recordings detail the thirteen reasons why Hannah committed suicide.  The series has been rated TV-MA for mature audiences, however, many middle school aged children have been viewing the series.


While we should by no means avoid the discussion of mental health issues, our concerns stem from the idea that this series may glamorize teen suicide for some of our children.  The series present the aftermath of the suicide in a captivating and dramatic fashion not in a realistic manner.  Critics have expressed concerns that the series doesn’t treat the very real problem of teen suicide seriously or realistically, and, have expressed concern that the series, in fact, romanticizes teen suicide.


Please read Dr. Walsh’s letter concerning this same series listing resources that can be of assistance to you.  Please note that if you have concerns about your child viewing this or other TV-MA show on Netflix, and are looking for information regarding their Parental Controls, please check the following link for help with making the desired adjustments:


If you ever feel that your child needs support or someone to talk to, please contact me immediately.  We need to work together to help our children.  God bless.


In Mary’s Immaculate Heart, I am



Sister Ruthanne, IHM



Principal's corner and announcements

Principal’s Corner…for May 28, 2017


Saturday obviously was a big day in my life and I am most grateful to all who came to mass to pray in thanksgiving with me.  God has truly been good to me and I am indeed appreciative for all that He has done.  Once again I must say that this is difficult to do since you know that I am writing this long before the actual Jubilee celebration.  Right now the one thing that I can say is thank you – and that I mean from the bottom of my heart.


Now we have come to the final days of May which means that there are very few school days remaining for this 90th year.  This week, of course, is shortened by the celebration of Memorial Day – that official beginning of the summer season!  Let me share what’s happening in the week ahead:

  • Monday:  Holiday; East Rockaway Memorial Day Parade @ 10:00  AM
  • Tuesday:  (School Golf Outing); Grades 4-6 trip to the Vanderbilt Museum; Parish Children’s Choir from 5-6 PM in the school auditorium
  • Wednesday:  Enterprise for 5/6; School Mass with Second Grade hosting @ 8:45 AM; Pizza day; Spanish Scrabble after school; Spirit Softball vs St. Agnes @ 3:45 PM @ Baldwin Park
  • Thursday:  NYS Science Performance Test for Grade 4; Hot pretzels at lunch; Math Enrichment for Grade 8 at lunchtime; Chess Club after school; Spirit baseball vs SEAS @ 3:45 PM at Eisenhower Park; Spirit Night for Grades 7-8
  • Friday:  NYS Science Performance Test for Grade 8; Bagel Day; Spirit softball vs Kellenberg @ 3:45 PM at Merrick Ave. Fields


For planning purposes please note that the last day of school is Monday, June 26th.  Of course, our Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten and Eighth graders will finish with their special ceremonies on Friday, the 16th.  Please also mark your calendars for the CLOSING OF THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR FOR ST. RAYMOND SCHOOL on SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH at the 12:00 MASS.   We look forward to sharing those occasions with you.



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