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Principal's Message

July 3, 2017 Dear Families,

Why Should I Send My Child to Holy Angels?

 

It’s perfectly natural for parents to ask this question.  After all, the choice of where your child attends school is surely one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make as a parent.

Often, parents’ first question is: how much will it cost?  Will I be able to afford it?  When it comes to our kids, and their education, the real question is:  “Can I afford not to?”

 

So, here are a few points to ponder as you make that decision.

The faculty and staff at Holy Angels Regional School acknowledges that parents are primary.  Yes, we in Catholic schools believe that parents are the primary educators of their children.  That’s why we promise to keep you informed about your child’ progress, any problems that he or she may be having, and how your child likes to learn.

In addition, we expect that you will be involved in your child’s education throughout his / her school career.  There are plenty of activities that your child will want to involve you in, from helping with homework to volunteering at school in whatever capacity you

are able.  That way, together we demonstrate to your child that we are partners in your awesome responsibility to be his or her primary educator.

Holy Angels is different where it counts.  The very core of our school is the Gospel teaching of Jesus, and the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Central to the school day is prayer and the practice of “what would Jesus do.”

We learn about Catholicism as a subject every day, and as a theme in every subject.  Students have the opportunity to learn their faith and to live it.  Social justice is not only taught, it is lived. Our goal is to bring your child to an awareness of God’s love for him or her, as well as his or her obligation to live a moral life and work for justice for others.

 

Holy Angels Regional School holds students to high standards.  Our teachers are professionally prepared and properly certified to meet the highest learning standards available.  Additionally, our faculty and staff choose Catholic education as their vocation. They believe fully in the sacred trust that God has placed in them to teach the children in our school. You will not find a more dedicated group of people to teach, guide, nurture, develop and love your child anywhere. We acknowledge that parents want the very best for their children, we do not hesitate to demand the best from your child.

Homework, projects, and even tests are rigorous.  This is an act of faith in your child: a belief that your child can reach his or her highest potential.  The result is that our graduates are fully prepared to exceed the challenging demands of high school, college and beyond . A regular reminder of this fact is the quarterly honor roll list I receive from our diocesan high schools. It is full of the names of our former graduates.

Holy Angels Regional School emphasizes what matters in school.  We don’t

put a priority on sports, or other extra-curricular activities.  We believe that a solid, academic, value-laden education is more important than the “frills”.  You won’t find fads or social

experiments going on in our school. We have found a formula that works and we simply continue to refine that formula.  At Holy Angels, we get results because we believe that the tried and true can be trusted.

That doesn’t mean that Holy Angels has outdated facilities and teaching tools.  We utilize a comprehensive technology plan to guide our efforts in the classroom. Our graduates are technologically literate, and they understand that computers and other technology are

just means to learning; they are not the goal of learning.

 

As you consider your child’s future, please take the time to see the difference at Holy Angels Regional School. Schedule a tour. Visit our school. Speak with a graduate. I am confident that you will see the difference at Holy Angels.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael Connell

Principal



 


 





Holy Angels Teacher Spotlight:

Mrs. Kearns

~ Number of years teaching: 
30 years 31 begins in September All 30 at HARS

~ Degrees: 
BA English 7 - 12
BA K - 6 all from St.Joseph's College, Brooklyn, New York
MS Nursery to 12 in Reading, from Dowling College, Oakdale, New York

~ Grades taught: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Science / Health, Reading, Religion, and English Language Arts, Literature

~ Favorite subject: "English Language Arts - of course"

~ What she does in her spare time: "Reading, catching up on shows not watched during the year, and by far my favorite spending time with my family, my ( 3 ) girls and my grandchildren."

~ Why she loves teaching at Holy Angels: "I love working at Holy Angels because everyone is like a family at the school. The faculty, staff and students are like having one extended family. I love the fact that God is part of every subject that is taught each and every day. I love the fact that all the students that cross my door are aware of my famous "life skills"that are taught by me until they graduate. Working at Holy Angels brings a smile to my face everyday, whether I am laughing at a joke that a student told me,or whether we laugh together at something we are discussing. Holy Angels is a place where everyone cares about everyone. It is a place where you feel safe and we all are there for each other in good times or bad. The students always come back and tell you about their high school and college experiences.They all have wonderful memories of Holy Angels. I love "my kids" at Holy Angels. They teach me something every day. Most faculty members who have worked with me for a few years know that I always say "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." Once you are part of Holy Angels it never leaves you. I couldn't imagine working any place else."

Quotes/Other Thoughts:

"All students that pass my door will hear me say the following:

"We go with the flow."

"Run like the wind." That is an example of a simile. Nice way to teach a literary element. That quote is said when the students are picking up the equipment at the end of recess. 

"Part the seas."

"Life skills."

"Give me something I can work with"

"Signed, sealed , and delivered for tomorrow."

The best of all is ask them who my favorite president is, and what I say about him. Very funny.

You are in good hands if you send your children to Holy Angels Regional School. Your children will love it here.

Did you know our youngest students and our oldest students are paired as "church buddies" each school year?

Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade are partnered with a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student. Our buddies not only model proper church behavior but join together for special activities so a true bond can be formed.  At the end of this past school year, 7th graders Krista and Katherine organized a great craft buddy activity with their 1st grade buddies!

 

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