December Newsletter

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.

We wish to thank all of you who so generously donated various food items during our Food Drive. Last Tuesday our 8th grade students packed up these items and we delivered them to St. Peter’s Haven Food Pantry. These were used to help needy families in the Clifton area for Thanksgiving.

Next Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 6-8, is our annual Scholastic Book Fair. We encourage you to come and browse around for some children’s books. They make great holiday gifts!

This month, Dec. 14, all of our students will be taking a field trip to Montclair for a performance of Twas the Night Before Christmas, a great holiday treat. Parents are also welcome. If you would like to come, please inform Ms. Josephine in the office by this coming Monday, Dec. 4.

If your child is in 3rd grade or above, we hope you will support is his/her involvement in our annual Spelling Bee, which will be held the morning of Tuesday, December 19. We will be choosing ten finalists who will then compete in January for the right to represent our school at the regional spelling bee at Bergen Community College in March.

We also look forward to seeing you at our annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This year’s “Christmas Spectacular” will include songs from our school choir, pieces from our dance class, both older and younger children, winners of our poetry and essay contest reading their entrees on the topic “Caring is Sharing,” plus a surprise visit from ?.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

                                                                                                New Hope School Staff

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” 
Mother Teresa