Principal's Corner with Mr. John Cohrs

October 12, 2017

Dear AQA Families,

This week we welcome our newest faculty member  to the Aquinas Academy family. Ms. Siobhan Soltau has joined our school as the new Technology Integration Specialist! She comes to us with great knowledge and enthusiasm, having had experience instructing engineering to kids ages 4-14. Ms. Soltau will be instructing two multimedia classes per week for grades KPrep – 8 and offering support to a teacher-directed media period for Pre-K. She will also support the tech needs of our teachers as they continue curricular integration and provide periodic professional development so that our staff may work with new resources for enhancing the learning using tech resources. We are blessed to have her contributions to our school! As you see Ms. Soltau around campus, please join me in welcoming her to the AQA family.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the UNICO Columbus Day Essay Contest . Open every Fall to grades 5 & 8, awards are presented to one winner and one runner up from each of these grade levels. We congratulate Nestor Martinez 8, EvaLynne Boyle 8, Giuliana Cusmano 5, and Zoe Hunter 5, who were this year’s recipients. They were presented their awards last week and did a fantastic job sharing their essays with their classmates. Congratulations students! You make us proud!
A special thank you  is extended to Mrs. Mahajan who came in to share a bit of culture with our third graders. She came in dressed for Diwali and conducted a craft activity to enhance the learning experience for the children. Please take a look at
  our Facebook page  (and 'like' our page while you're at it!) for a description and picture of this excellent contribution. Thank you Mrs. Mahajan!
This year’s Halloween parade  will take place on Tuesday, 10/31 at 10:30. Slightly different from previous years, all grades will participate and parade around the school island. They will begin with a class costume picture and then the parade, followed by Trick-OR-Trunk. Dismissal will be at 12:00 noon. Aftercare IS OPEN. PLEASE NOTE: Halloween costumes MUST be tasteful. Please avoid inappropriate content or revealing attire. Weapons are not permitted! Weapons of any kind will be held by the teachers until dismissal. We are looking forward to a fantastic holiday. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Please contact the Main Office with all questions at (973) 992-1587. Be sure to check the Aquinas calendar for upcoming events.

Thank you,

John Cohrs



Tuesday, October 24
Coffee with Cohrs, 7:45 AM, St. Joseph Hall
Scrip Orders Due by 2:45 PM

Thursday, October 26
Intermediate Social, 3:00 PM

Friday, October 27
Noon Dismissal, All Grades
Student Council Halloween Dance, 7:00 PM

Trick or Trunk
In case you misplaced the instructions for Trick-or-Trunk, you can find them 
here .

Girl Scouts
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of interest regarding girls wanting joining Girl Scouts at AQA. Currently, AQA has a third grade Brownie Troop. New volunteer leaders are in the process of creating a 4th grade Junior Troop. In order to have new troops at AQA, 2 adult volunteers for each grade level are needed. A representative from Girls Scout Heart of New Jersey will be on campus on October 25th at 6:30pm.  If you are interested in starting your own troop at AQA, this is your first step. Without adult volunteers, we can’t have troops. 
 *** R.S.V.P by October 23rd. ***
Please email your interest, grade level and contact information to:
Lisa Mintz
Community Engagement Specialist
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
201 Grove Street East
Westfield, NJ 07090
  (908) 518-4425

Volleyball Schedule
October 20, 7:00 PM, away vs Assumption (63 MacCulloch Ave, Morristown)
October 25, 6:30 PM, at home vs S. Elizabeth
October 30, 8:00 PM, at home vs SVMS
November 1, 6:30 PM, at home vs St. Joseph's

Parish Women's Ministry Event
  here  is a flyer for our next event, "Healthy Holiday Eating."  It is part of our health series with RWJ/Barnabas health, and it is open to all school parents and parishioners (both men and women).  Anybody interested in attending can email our group at the address on the flyer.

What is Scrip?
Fundraise for Aquinas Academy without spending any additional money! Buy Scrip to stores you frequent and they'll give money back to our school. It's that easy. Click the links below to learn more.  Our next deadline is October 24th at 2:45 PM.

Drawstring Bags and Water Bottles
We have Aquinas Knight drawstring bags ($10.00) and water bottles ($5.00) for sale while supplies last. Please use this
  order form   if you would like to purchase these items.

Blue Ribbon T-shirts and Sweatshirts
We will be placing one FINAL Blue Ribbon apparel order for the year. If you wish to place an order, please use this
  order form   and return with payment before October 30th.

How You Can Help With Tricky Tray
Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes.  Little by little, a little becomes a lot.  You can help the Tricky Tray Committee by just spreading the word.  The next time you go food shopping, get the car washed, the dog vaccinated or your hair cut, give our
  solicitation letter   to the store owner or manager.  If every family could bring in just one donation, we would be off to a great start!


“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”
~ Zig Ziglar



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