NG Weekly

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Week of January 15-21

Inclement Weather Policy

Winter has come to the Philadelphia area. A friendly reminder of our Inclement Weather Policy: Neumann Goretti falls under the umbrella of “All Philadelphia Parochial Schools.” Any schedule changes will be announced by your local news or their related websites such as CBS Local. When possible, we will send notification through our School Messenger/Powerschool system (voice calls and emails to parents, faculty and staff) and post on social media outlets. DO NOT depend on school notifications as your primary resource. In most cases the news will announce before the school.

OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Room 110
Mrs. Torres, Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs
gtorres@neumanngorettihs.org  |  215-465-8437 x226

Mrs. Ragno, Administrative Assistant
pragno@neumanngorettihs.org  |  215-465-8437, x.227

SECOND QUARTER COUNTDOWN:
It’s hard to believe that we will be at the halfway point of the school year in just two weeks. The 2nd quarter ends on Friday, January 26. Please be sure to periodically check PowerSchool to see your student’s progress. In PowerSchool, you can view your child’s grades and attendance.

Midterms (cumulative exams consisting of 1st and 2nd quarter content) will be held the last week of the quarter from January 22 to January 26. Students take their midterms according to the schedule below during their regular class period. There is no change to the regular school schedule. Be sure that your student is present and arrives on time each day, especially during midterm week. Midterms cannot be rescheduled.

Midterm Schedule
Monday, 1/22: English & Business
Tuesday, 1/23: History & Health/PE & Fine Arts
Wednesday, 1/24: Theology & Science
Thursday, 1/25: Math & World Language

OFFICE OF CAMPUS MINISTRY

Room 105
Fr. Dalton, Director of Campus Ministry
jdalton@neumanngorettihs.org   |  215-465-8437 x263

We anticipate taking 40 Neumann Goretti students to the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 19. The initial cost of $10 to cover the  Washington Metro (public transportation) ticket has been waived. The coach bus will leave Neumann Goretti  at 6:30 a.m. and  will return around 8:00 p.m.  Students will need to bring a lunch or money to buy lunch from a vendor at the march.  All should dress warmly.

Catholic Schools week will be held from January 29 through February 2.  As part of Catholic Schools Week, a group of students will join with students from other Archdiocesan schools at Saint Charles Seminary  to prepare food for the needy on Monday, January 29.

OFFICE OF COLLEGE GUIDANCE & COUNSELING

Room 113
Mrs. Hilk, Director of College Guidance & Counseling
mhilk@neumanngorettihs.org  |  215-465-8437, x.243

SAT Prep Classes for Juniors: NG will be running 2 SAT prep courses for any Junior interested in participating. The classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 – 3:55 p.m.: one day will be reading and one day will be math. Check below for the tentative schedule. An official schedule will be available after Christmas break.
Session 1: the weeks of January 15 – March 5
Session 2: the weeks of March 12 – April 30

The cost of the SAT prep courses is $100 payable by cash or check to Neumann Goretti by January 12. You can sign up and pay in the Guidance office with Mrs. Hilk.

  • $50 covers the costs of the books; the school is covering the cost of the instructors and the class.
  • You will receive a $50 tuition credit after the completion of the course for perfect attendance.
  • You will receive a $25 tuition credit after the completion of the course if you attend at least 12 of the classes.
  • You will not receive any reimbursement if you attend less than 12 classes.

College Acceptances: Please have students bring in a copy of all college acceptances and scholarship award letters into guidance. (We can make a copy if needed.)

Financial Aid for College: All seniors planning on attending college must fill out the FAFSA online as soon as possible. This is the federal financial aid form that qualifies students for government grants and loans. Please see below for directions. Be sure to know the financial aid deadlines for colleges the student has applied to.

1. First step: create an FAS ID
– Website: Federal Student Aid
– Must create 2 accounts: one for student, one for parent
– Use this information when you fill out the FAFSA

2. Log in and fill out/submit FAFSA (click here).
– Be aware of copycat website. Never pay to submit the FAFSA; it is free.
– Understand the changes that have been made to the FAFSA, including the tax year information needed, and the early start date of October  (click here).

3. Make sure you also submit PHEAA application
– After you submit your FAFSA, you will be prompted to fill out the PHEAA application
– After submitting, it will ask you to print and mail the signed page

4. If a college asks you to fill out the CSS profile as well, be sure to complete it: College Board

College applications:

  • Add the colleges they are applying to their Naviance account
  • Send SAT scores to the colleges on their list (that require them) through their college-board accounts.
  • Fill out a paper transcript request form for each college they apply to, and pay $3 transcript fee.
  • Start working on online applications either on the college’s website, or on Common App.

STUDENT SERVICES

Room 109
Mr. Townsend, Jr., Dean of Culture
ltownsendjr@neumanngorettihs.org  |  215-465-8437, x.228

The school uniform policy: 2017-2018 Uniform Policy
Winter Uniforms are mandatory.
This means that school polos are NOT acceptable to wear to school.

In its place students will wear….
Girls:
 white button down dress shirt, tucked-in, only one button undone at the collar, school sweater
Boys: white button down dress shirt, tucked-in, school tie, school sweater

Correct color per grade NG lanyard and ID will be worn.

ATHLETICS

Room 213, Mr. Szydlik, Athletic Director
cszydlik@neumanngorettihs.org   |   215-465-8437, ext.276

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TUITION OFFICE

Room 102
Mrs. Arrigale, Tuition Officer
darrigale@neumanngorettihs.org
  |  
215-465-8437

Smart Tuition sends all bills to your email on file. Please let us know of any email, phone or address changes.
Winter Sports fee will be added for the January 15 bill. The fee is $150 per student per sport.

Smart Tuition bills monthly and will add a $30 late fee for each month that the balance is not paid in full. The Archdiocese will require us to suspend students from school and activities if there is a balance more than 60 days past due. Letters will be sent each month.

PowerSchool, Report Cards, Athletics and Dance/Prom attendance — all require that tuition is no more than 30 days past due.

The financial aid application is available. Complete the application by the preferred date of December 31; all Scholarships and Financial Aid requires this form to be completed. NOTE: You must attach your 2017 tax return as soon as it is completed. Applications will be finalized after that is attached. The company administering our application has been changed to FACTS.  Click here to access the application.  Some of the grade schools use FACTs for tuition collection. If you already have a FACTS account, you will use that same account to apply for aid. There is no need to create a new one.

PLEASE CONTACT MRS. ARRIGALE TO DISCUSS ANY HARDSHIP SITUATIONS.

OFFICE OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

Mrs. Edwards, Director of Enrollment Management
medwards@neumanngorettihs.org  |  215-465-8437 x229

We would like to start a Parent Ambassadors group to help promote our school in the community by distributing materials at their grade schools and parishes, speaking with prospective parents, helping at Open House, and sharing feedback. If you’d like to get involved, email medwards@neumanngorettihs.org

Registration is now open for our Entrance Exams.
Jan. 20 @ 9:00 a.m.

ALUMNI OFFICE

Room 112
Maryann Varalli, Administrative Assistant
mvaralli@neumannforettihs.org millayclub@gmail.com

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE & IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, January 15
No Classes: D. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16
Bell 1
Tickets for Snow Ball on sale in the cafeteria during lunches

Wednesday, January 17
Bell 5: Teacher PD

Thursday, January 18
Bell 6
miniTHON Kick-off Assembly

Friday, January 19
Bell 1: March for Life Rally in DC

SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday February 3
Snow Ball: NG Winter Semi Formal
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
NG Gym
$10 per person (outside dates allowed)
Dance contracts available in Room 104
Contracts must be turned in to purchase tickets.

Entrance Exams

Click here to register.
January 20 | 9:00 a.m.

STUDENT SERVICES

Room 109
Mr. Townsend, Jr., Dean of Culture
ltownsendjr@neumanngorettihs.org
215-465-8437 x228
School uniform policy: 2017-2018 Uniform Policy

SCHOOL NURSE

Room 101
Mrs. Amy Boyd | 215-465-8437

ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

Room 104
Ms. Cooper, Assistant Principal of Student Affairs
jcooper@neumanngorettihs.org

Ms. Pratt, Student Affairs Administrative Assistant
dpratt@neumanngorettihs.org
215-465-8437 x258

Ms. Bianculli, Student Affairs Assistant
cbianculli@neumanngorettihs.org

Exciting Announcement:
Neumann Goretti is one of 25 schools in the country to be selected for the Green School Grant. We still need your help. You can donate your Recycle Bank points to our school to help us get to our $2500 goal.

Not a member of Recycle Bank? It’s FREE and you receive points for the recycling that you are already doing. Click here to sign up.

Neumann Goretti is trying to green up our act. In addition to the Class of ’52 Rain Garden that was installed, we have also started a Green Team and a very successful recycling program. The Energy Efficient Hand Dryers are the next step toward our conservation goals.

Donate here.

YEARBOOKS: Keep an eye out for yearbook order information for all grades and how to add/order messages for Seniors. More to come.

OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY

Mr. McHale – Director of Technology
wmchale@neumanngorettihs.org

AoP Tech December Parent Newsletter