Finally, after a very hot August that lasted into September, the weather seems to be changing. Let’s hope for a mild and pleasant October. We wish to thank everyone who could attend our recent Back-to-School Night. Nearly all of our families were represented--a wonderful show of support for your children. The new school year is off to a great start. We look forward to a good collaborative relationship with you throughout this year. We especially hope that you will find time to volunteer to help us in some of the many activities being planned.
As principal of New Hope School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year, my 15th year with this learning community. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms. It is our mission to teach our students God-centered universal values and service to others as the basis for personal integrity, harmony in the family, and peace in the world. We look forward to partnering with you in the coming year to achieve this.
Great News! Our students' annual Terra Nova standardized test scores are in and the results indicate one of our best years in terms of overall averages. Three grades were above the 90th percentile and four more were above the 80th percentile, meaning that our students performed better than 80-90% of comparable students from around the country. Let's all give a big shout out to our remarkable students!
As we wind down another school year, I hope that you can look back and see the ways that you grew these past nine months. Think about what you learned and how you might apply those things in the future. At New Hope School, as you know, we are just as concerned about the growth of your character and heart as much as we are about your developing your stock of knowledge. We want you all to become good people that in the future will do a lot of good things to help make the world a better place. As the saying goes, “the children are the future.” You will one day be citizens with all the rights and responsibilities that go with it, and, hopefully as well, mature adults in your minds and hearts. For now, though, I just wish you all a great summer. Have lots of fun, and I look forward to seeing many of you again in September.
Thank you for your support of your child’s recent science project. Everyone made such wonderful presentations last week, rising to the challenge and growing through the experience. We hope you enjoyed our Family Barbeque on Friday and the parents meeting afterwards by Dr. Beebe on supporting your child’s reading.
As we approach the end of the school year, we wish to thank all of you for your consistent support over the year. As parents and teachers, we have a joint responsibility to raise and educate our children, helping them grow to become loving and responsible adults. In a world where family values are under challenge, this task is more critical than ever. Thank you for helping to make New Hope School a safe haven where our students can receive the best possible instruction—morally, spiritually and academically.
Thank you so much for your wonderful support of our eleventh annual “Race for Education,” on Friday, April 20, at the Richardson Oval off Monhegan St. in Clifton, We especially wish to express our appreciation to all those who came out to assist in various ways and cheer on our students. We are still heading towards our goal of $5,000. The school is very grateful for all your help to make this a successful fundraiser.
As for the race itself, despite the cool and breezy weather, the students did a great job completing their laps. We thank Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi for being on hand at the beginning of the race, despite his busy schedule. This year top honors for the most laps run went to 7th grader Areos Idrogo for 37 laps—a new school record! Bravo! At the end, students were in a cheerful mood as they returned to the school, celebrating with movie and popcorn parties.
Welcome to spring! Springtime signifies rebirth as trees begin to bud and flowers bloom. We are grateful to God for the life-sustaining environment he/she provides for us, fitting in with this month’s virtues of Environmental Awareness and Citizenship. God is trusting us as good citizens to take care of the Creation. With spring break coming up next week, we hope that you and your child(ren) will be able to spend some time together.
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.