January 16, 2018

Dear Parent(s):

Happy New Year 2018! I hope your Christmas and New Year’s days were filled with joy and peace. My wish for you is good health, success, happiness and fulfillment of all your dreams.

The theme for this month of January is PEACE. We look up to Martin Luther King and St. John Bosco who were both men of peace. Martin Luther King promoted non-violence to deal with racial discrimination and St. John Bosco encouraged his teachers and students to solve their problems using reason, religion and kindness. We all need peace: in our world, in our homes, in our places of work, in our families, and above all in our hearts. We are working in school on having peaceful hands, peaceful words, peaceful feet, peaceful eyes, and peaceful thoughts. I encourage you to take up this school practice at home so we can work together as a team.

The first days of this year brought us frigid temperatures. Now that the weather is better, students will go outside daily “weather permitting “ Children can go out most days if properly dressed. Please make sure your child is coming to school with appropriate winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, etc.

“It is proven that playing outdoors promotes well-being and physical development”, says Kathleen Alfano, Ph. D. Former director of Child Research at Fisher Price.” Kids are naturally drawn into playing outside and there are numerous benefits of outdoor play: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Playing actively outdoors also increases flexibility, fine and gross motor skills, and is related to the development of a wide variety of physical skills, including those involved in sports.”I encourage you to provide opportunities for your children to enjoy outdoors and to develop good healthy habits.

Since we have joined Grow NJ Kids, one of the requirements of this program is to participate in the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a parent-completed questionnaire that may be used as a general developmental screening tool. The ASQ was designed and developed by J. Squires and D. Bricker at the University of Oregon and can be completed by parents in 12-18 minutes. You will be receiving a copy of this questionnaire soon. Please complete it and return to your child’s teacher. She will contact you and invite you to meet with her to further discuss the questionnaire. This is a great tool to help your child develop to his full potential.

Have a wonderful month of January! Thank you for choosing our school for your child’s education and for your continued support and cooperation.

Sincerely in Christ,

Sister Isabel Garza, FMA
The Auxilium School