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Principal's Update / Back to School!

Dear Mercy parents,

I hope this note finds you well as we approach the start of the 2015-2016 school year.  Our faculty and staff are busy preparing the campus for the arrival of our students in less than three weeks.  We are excited to see all of you soon and to begin another great year together!

The office staff has returned, and the school will be open Monday through Friday 8am-3pm until we resume regular school hours on August 10.  Please note that the office will be closed on Monday, August 3 as the faculty and staff will be on retreat.

The month of August is always a busy time as we begin a new school year.  I have included the dates, times and details for important Back to School events below.  The schedule of events is similar to previous years with the "Back to School Event" pushed back a week.  In addition, we have also included the master plan unveiling in mid-August.

August 2 - New Family Orientation
Who: All families new to the Mercy school community this year
Date: Sunday, August 2
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Gymnasium
-    This event will provide important logistical information relevant for all parents new to Mercy (carpool, uniforms, schedules, cafeteria, handbook, etc.)
-    Students in grades 2-8 are invited to attend and will be given a tour of campus by student ambassadors and school counselor Anne Perrone

August 3 - School Office Closed (Faculty and Staff Retreat)

August 9 - Student/Teacher Meet and Greet
Who: Students in grades 1-8
Date: Sunday, August 9
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Gymnasium and Classrooms
-    Homeroom lists will be posted in the gym
-    Students in grades 1-8 are invited to view homeroom lists for the first time, receive schedules and then visit their classrooms to meet their teachers and drop off supplies before the first day of school
-    Stop by any time during this 90-minute window
-    No assembly or presentations will occur during this "open house" style event

August 10 - First Day of School (Grades 1-8)
Who: Students in Grades 1-8
Date: Monday, August 10
Time: 7:25 -7:50 a.m. drop-off
Where: Students go directly to homerooms
-    All three carpools will be running
-    Parents are invited to walk students to classrooms on the first day
-    Students in grades 1-8 will go directly to homerooms upon arrival

August 10-11 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Who: PreK and Kindergarten Students
Date: Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11
Time: Select your conference time through Sign-Up Genius
Where: Classrooms
-    Assistant Principal Claire Willis will be sending out PreK and Kindergarten homeroom assignments next week with a link to sign up for a parent-teacher conference that works best with your family's schedule
-    Teachers meet with the parents and the student to provide important information and to get to know the child and family

August 12 - First Day of School (Grades PreK and Kindergarten)
Who: Students in Prek and K
Date: Wednesday, August 12
Time: 7:25 -7:50 a.m. drop-off
Where: Students report to homeroom
-    ECC carpool will be running if you would like to drop off your child in carpool
-    Parents are invited to walk students to their classroom on the first day of school

August 19 - Master Plan Unveiling "Traditions for Tomorrow"
Who: All members of the Mercy community
Date: Wednesday, August 19
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Parish Activity Center (PAC)
-    The completed campus master plan for our church and school will be shared with the community
-    View final drawings and visit with members of CPEX as they describe details of future buildings and campus projects
-    We will also celebrate Fr. Cleo's birthday

August 23 - Back to School Event
Who: All Mercy parents are strongly encouraged to attend
Date: Sunday, August 23
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Gymnasium and Classrooms
-    Mr. Moscona and Fr. Cleo will address all parents with important information
-    Parents will visit their children's classrooms for presentations by the teachers

May the Lord bless you and your families during the last few weeks of summer vacation.  Feel free to call or stop by the school office if we can be of assistance.  We look forward to beginning a wonderful school year at Our Lady of Mercy!

Brian A. Moscona

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