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Principal's Corner with Mr. John Cohrs

February 16, 2018

Dear AQA Families,

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, we are all reminded how precious are the lives of our children. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, know that we feel the fear in each of your hearts. The primary responsibility of our school is to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of our students. Please know that we take this responsibility most seriously. Security drills at Aquinas are conducted with particular attention to the preparedness and comfort of the children. Every effort is made to alleviate nerves and prevent unnecessary fear within our students. Teachers are supported in the delivery of practice drills and response to student inquiries. You, too, can support our staff by having conversations with your children about the benefit and importance of these drills. While some may be routine and others more serious, they all exist to make student response to emergencies instinctive. This way, in the unlikely case of a real emergency, students won’t have to think what to do, they will just know. Please be sure to communicate to the office all concerns expressed by your children regarding safety drills. We thank you for your partnership.
Mock Trial Arrives at AQA!
Thanks to the collaboration and expertise of a number of wonderful Aquinas families, a fantastic new experience has begun for our Jr. High students. The Mock Trial program has been formed to educate our children in various aspects of our legal system and is filled with critical thinking skills and problem solving. More than 25 students in grades 6-8 have signed up for this amazing program, and they are already raving about the experience. Congratulations to the parents who have created this program: Mr. Nicholas Marino, Mrs. Nicol Bell, Mr. Keith Brandofino, Mrs. Virna Brandofino, Mr. James McClammy, Mrs. Madelyn McClammy, Ms. Alicia Guichard, and Mrs. Lisa Brown. Your contribution has exemplified the truest form of community and will benefit our students for years to come!
Keep Our Parking Lot Safe!
Recently, a concerned parent observed and reported a near incident involving a close-call in our parking lot. Too often, cars are observed pulling into the bus lane to drop off students, driving too quickly (above 5 MPH) and demonstrating a disregard for our parking lot rules. There is no excuse for carelessness. We remind all families to review the parking lot procedures on Family ID and strictly adhere to the requirements. The administration will make ongoing efforts to alleviate parking lot carelessness, and we appreciate your support. Remember to inform all drivers that no child’s safety is worth the risk. Please be careful!
The faculty and staff of Aquinas wish you all a restful, relaxing and meaningful winter break. Spend time together, enjoy the change of pace and return refreshed on February 26th.

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

Thank you,

John Cohrs



Monday, February 19 to Friday, February 23
No School (KPrep - Grade 8) - Winter Recess


Mrs. Paneggiante's 1st grade class on the 100th day of school, February 13th.


Aquinas Academy Yearbook Information
The 8th Grade has begun its work on the 2018 yearbook. All students, from PreK through Grade 8, are featured throughout the book. This yearbook represents our entire school and the events that took place that the students felt were special or important to them during the year. In order to create a special yearbook that every child will cherish at an affordable price, we are counting on your support. Below are a few ways you can help with meeting our financial goal for the yearbooks:

Annual Mother & Son Outing
Register now for a Mother/Son scavenger hunt through the American Museum of Natural History! Don't miss the fun on Saturday, March 24th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. See this   scavenger hunt flyer   for details and registration. RSVP by March 1st, please.

Father/Daughter Dinner Dance
Unicorns, and rainbows, and sparkles, OH MY! Dads and daughters, you are invited to the annual Dad/Daughter Dinner Dance on Sunday, March 4th, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Fathers, $45; daughters, $40; additional daughters, $35. Please RSVP by February 27th
by calling Fay Rahal-Hunter at (973) 809-8611 or emailing Coachfay1@verizon.net .

Paint Your Art Out
Save the Date
March 10th, 6pm-9pm, Southern Comfort Cafe
$50 p/p includes dinner, bottomless sangria and paint supplies
Everyone goes home with a masterpiece
Registration is now available
  here !

Viva Las Vegas Tricky Tray
Reservations are open! Send
  this form   back with payment to reserve your spot now.  Last year's sold out weeks before the event!

Support Aquinas through AmazonSmile
Looking for another easy way to support Aquinas Academy? Use AmazonSmile! Read more about this program
  here .

Save the Planet by Cleaning Out Your Closet!
Until June 1st, Aquinas Academy is collecting unwanted sneakers and shoes. Wearable shoes will be sent to impoverished regions like the Caribbean, Central America, South America, West Africa and Europe. Unwearable shoes will be recycled and the materials repurposed. Donations can be dropped off in the Main Office. Read more 

Ways to help with Tricky Tray

  • Solicit  - take/save a copy of our   solicitation letter   and ask for donations from restaurants, hair salons, kids' party venues, etc. Solicit where and when you shop. Contact Tricia Kranz at  triciakranz@gmail.com   with any questions.
  • Wrap  - this can be bases or baskets or both. There will be scheduled gatherings over the next several months to wrap boxes in tissue paper. These are used as our gift bases. We will also wrap any items that we've purchased or received. Contact Catherine Ciciola at   cciciola@kw.com  o r Nicol Bell at   nicol.bell@ubs.com   if you can help.
  • Buy/Sell ads  -  these appear in the program and help offset printing costs. Use this   order form   to place an ad. Contact Tricia Kranz at   triciakranz@gmail.com   with any questions.
  • Promote  - spread the word on your social media accounts. Hang a flyer in your office pantry or cafeteria.  Send an email to friends and family asking them to reserve a table. Contact Diane Russo at   Dianerusso@verizon.net   with reservation needs. Buy your tickets now with   this form !
  • Sell/Buy 50/50s  - we will sell 50/50s at designated Masses and school events. Locations and times TBD. Contact Alison Murphy at   alisondolanmurphy@yahoo.com .
  • Donate  - the less we spend, the more money we make for the school. Here is a   registry   of suggested items if you would like to donate a basket. Your gift is tax deductible!  All donations are recognized in our program. Contact Tracey Fekete at   traedf@msn.com .
  • Set up  - decorate the Hanover Manor's dining room and check-in area. Help organize the basket room. This is on April 27th after morning drop-off. We supply the bagels and coffee. Contact Fay Hunter at   coachfay1@verizon.net .
  • Ticket Sales  - Sell raffle tickets at the event. Sign-ups will be posted.



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