The Virtues-of-the-Month for March are Responsibility & Self-Awareness. As our children grow, one of the most important qualities they need to learn to develop is a sense of responsibility. When we strive to help our children become responsible persons we are helping them toward maturity. We can do this in the same way that we help them to develop other desirable traits: by practice and by example. At the same time, our children are developing their self-awareness as mature individuals, taking responsibility for their behavior, both good and bad, while seeking to multiply the good and learning from the bad.
Sixth grader Heidi Shiroshita won the top spot at this year’s annual Spelling Bee on January 26, after a close competition with her brother Mark, who was runner-up. To prepare for the event, which had a preliminary round in December, students had to study lists of words from many different origins, including Latin, Old English, French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Italian, Greek, Dutch and Japanese. Heidi will now go on to compete in the North Jersey Finals on March 15 at Bergen Community College representing our school. Let’s cheer her on!
CLIFTON — New Hope School is excited to announce that our students, teachers, and staff will be celebrating National School Choice Week (January 21-28, 2018) with a special event!
The event will be held on January 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm, and will feature a presentation by the principal about the school, meeting with teachers, and a tour of the school with refreshments.
Started in 2011, National School Choice Week is the world's largest annual education-related celebration. The goal of NSCW, which features participation from tens of thousands of schools and organizations, is to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for children.
As we approach the new year, we would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for all your support during the first four months of the current school year. With your support, we have already conducted many activities, including the Harvest Festival, Scholastic Book Fair, and our annual clothing and food drives. Most important, however, is your support of your own child(ren) as they engage in their work in the classroom and at home. Parental engagement is key to children’s educational achievement. Let us continue to work together for the academic and character development of your child(ren).
As we enter the final month of 2017, we hope you all were able to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. No matter what our situation, let us always strive to be grateful to God for our lives and loved ones.
Our two themes for the month of December are Caring & Relationship Skills. As children grow and develop, it is extremely important that they learn proper behavior in relating to their elders and each other. We want our students to care for one another and how to express that care in their daily give-and-take with each other. This, of course, becomes the foundation of all their future relationships as they grow older.
As we have already reported, this past month New Hope School received word of having being granted accreditation by the Middle States Association Committee on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). This represents a great step forward for our school and a validation of the quality of our education program as well as our overall performance as an elementary/middle school.
After a very warm September, we are now coming into October. Let’s hope for a change in the weather! We wish to thank everyone who could attend our Back-to-School Night last week. Most of our families were represented--a wonderful show of support for your children. The new school year is off to a great start.
Last spring in March 2017, our school was visited by the Middle States Association for Schools and Colleges. This visit by an accreditation team was a resounding success! Read all about it here.