This Week’s News and Notes

NEWS AND NOTES for September 17 & 24, 2018

For a hard copy of this week’s News and Notes, click here. (News and Notes for Sep 17)

NEWS AND NOTES for September 17 & 24, 2018

Wednesday, Sep. 19 3:00-4:00 PM Children’s Choir Practice
Friday, September 21 Ticket Deadline for Family Movie Night (2018 Movie Night)

7:00-10:00 PM School Dance for Grades 5-8 (Permission form required. sept dance)

Wednesday, Sep. 26 3:00-4:00 PM Children’s Choir Practice
Friday, Sep. 28 Family Movie Night Doors open at 6:45 pm; movie starts at 7:30 pm


Arrival Procedures

Students using the morning CARES program may arrive at school at 6:30. All other students may begin to arrive at school at 7:30. Breakfast is available for those students until 7:45. All students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will enter school through the schoolyard breezeway doors and proceed to the gym to wait in assigned classroom lines. All CARES students and students in the breakfast area will be directed to the gym at 7:45. At 7:50 we will begin morning prayers and announcements. Students will be dismissed from the gym at 8:00. Students arriving after 8:05 must enter the school through the main doors and they will be marked late.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Parents with pre-school children who also have older children in the school may drop off all children at the same time at the pre-school entrance. The older sibling(s) will walk the pre-school child to his or her classroom and then proceed to the gym. Hopefully, this will make it easier for the parents since they will have only one drop-off.

Dismissal Procedures

Students will report to the school hall with their teachers at 2:50 PM and sit in designated areas as per their dismissal assignment. When all classes are present we will begin with any end of day announcements and end of day prayers.

Students will then be dismissed in an orderly manner according to dismissal assignment. Car Line will be dismissed first in order to clear the schoolyard for the other lines

Kindergarten children are dismissed at 2:40 PM and parents are expected to meet them at the end of the ramp in the schoolyard on Vista St.  PreKindergarten children are dismissed at 2:30 PM to parents waiting at the Large St. doors.

Scholarship News
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) is a privately-funded program whose mission is to provide children from low-income Philadelphia families with financial access to quality, safe, K-8th grade, tuition-based schools, thereby increasing their long-term economic and social success. CSFP grants need-based scholarships to children from low-income Philadelphia families, all of which are awarded by random lottery. CSFP currently serves more than 5,000 children enrolled at over 170 private and parochial schools.

Application Launch Description CSFP will host a citywide event to celebrate the opening of its random lottery for School Year 2019-2020 scholarships. Staff and volunteers will hand out information and provide opportunities for families to apply for a partial scholarship at six different recreation centers across the city:

  • Olney Recreation Center (Flagship): 6001 A Street
  • Holmesburg Recreation Center: 4500 Rhawn Street
  • Kendrick Recreation Center: 5822 Ridge Avenue
  • Kingsessing Recreation Center: 4901 Kingsessing Avenue
  • Cobbs Creek Recreation Center: 280 Cobbs Creek Parkway
  • Murphy Recreation Center: 300 West Shunk Street

All scholarships are partial and need-based. Families can also apply to CSFP’s random scholarship lottery online ( after September 22. CSFP’s application for scholarships will remain open until March 1, 2019. Families should apply early for the best chance to win: the deadline for our priority lottery is November 15. 

Contact Information for CSFP

We are thrilled to announce that Resurrection Regional School now has an ambassador to CSFP. She was selected from a number of candidates and will be your contact person for any questions, concerns or problems with CSFP. Her contact information is as follows:

Allyson Batista     Cell: 215-292-1899

My Students’ Progress (MSP)

By now you should have tried to log onto your MSP account. MSP has established a new security measure this year whereby you might be asked for a Pin Number. That number was emailed to you previously. Please call the office or email us if you are having any difficulty logging on. (

Home and School News

The Home and School Association is a very active organization here at Resurrection Regional. They work tirelessly for the good of the school and have many great events planned for this year. Please consider becoming a member. Dues are only $5.00 per year.  You can download the membership form here (2018 Home and School Member ship form) or from the Home and School link under Parent Resources on the school website,

The Home and School Association is starting something new this year. If a family meets all of the stated requirements below, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $500 tuition voucher good for the 2019-2020 school year!  In order to be eligible, all of the following will be required:

  • Family must become members of Resurrection Regional’s Home & School Association. Membership is $5 for the year.   Last day to purchase a membership is Friday, 10/19/18.
  • A parent must attend (3) H & S meetings throughout the school year. The 1st meeting of the year will be the Back to School nights.  If a family has to attend more than one back to school night, you will only be given credit for one!
  • A parent must attend a minimum of (2) Home & School events, excluding the craft fair.
  • A parent must volunteer at a minimum of (1) Home & School sponsored event. This DOES NOT include Octoberfest which is a parish sponsored event.          

If you meet all of the above criteria, you could win $500 toward your next year’s tuition!!!  It also is a way for families to become more involved in our school community!

Save the dates for the upcoming exciting events planned by the Home and School for the 2018-2019 school year.

Friday, September 28 – 6:45 PM Movie Night (2018 Movie Night) Ticket deadline Friday, September 21, 2018.

Saturday, October 6 – Octoberfest (sponsored by Resurrection of Our Lord Parish) (Oktoberfest Form 2018)

Sunday, October 21, 2:00-4:00 PM – Trunk or Treat (2018 trunk or treat form)

Saturday, November 3 – Designer Bag Bingo (2018 Bag Bingo Form)

Saturday, December 1 – Christmas Craft Fair with Santa (2018 Craft fair vendor form)

February 1 – February 19 – Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser

Sunday, March 24 – Father Daughter Dance

Saturday, April 6 – Mother Son Bingo

Third Annual Octoberfest at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish

A fun-filled fundraiser for the school will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Join us in the schoolyard for Octoberfest after the 4:30 Mass until 9:30 PM. There will be great German food, chances, games for the kids and, of course, beer! Tickets are only $20.00 per adult and $5.00 per child. Admission includes food and 2 beers. (Adults only – Additional beer can be purchased if you want.)  All proceeds will benefit the school. Tickets will be available after Mass each weekend or from the school office. Please send in your money in an envelope marked “Octoberfest.” Be sure to include the number of Adult and Child tickets you will be ordering as well as your child’s room number. See order form for more details.  We have been asked if younger children have to pay since they won’t be eating much. Please keep in mind that this is a fund raiser for our school and there will be many activities planned for the children so all donations are appreciated.

Shop Amazon Smile and Benefit Our School

Our school is registered with Amazon Smile!  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to our school! To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to  from the web browser on your computer or mobile device and select Resurrection Regional Catholic School. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Box Tops for Education

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. You can find these pink Box Tops on many products. Just clip them and send them in to school with your child. Last year’s Box Tops collection drive was a huge success and this year, with your help, we hope to surpass our totals from last year. Our first shipment for this school year will be in October so send in any Box Tops that you have collected over the summer.

We are grateful to Mrs. Carolann Powers for coordinating this program. If you would like to volunteer to count, bundle and ready the Box Tops for shipment or if you have any questions, contact Mrs. Powers at: You can also call school at 215-742-1127 and leave a message for her and she will return your call.  Thanks for your help!

 SCRIP Program

The SCRIP program offers gift cards for various stores and supermarkets. It doesn’t cost you anything to participate and not only does it benefit our school but it also benefits you by giving you rebates on your tuition. Consider buying SCRIP on a regular basis. It’s definitely a WIN/WIN plan. Our SCRIP coordinator is Rosemarie Kazoroski and she has an office in the rectory.

In addition to stopping by the Scrip office during operating hours, (Sunday 9AM to 11AM; Monday 9AM to 11AM; Wednesday 6PM to 8PM; Friday 9AM to 11AM AND 6PM to 8PM; Saturday 9AM to 11AM) we are now set up to sell SCRIP and accept payments for SCRIP online.  There are hundreds of retailers and setting up an account for your family is easy! Go to the following website, Our school has been given a new code for buying SCRIP online. If you want to order online, please email our SCRIP coordinator, Rosemarie at or call the SCRIP office at 215-745-5021.  

High School News

St. Basil Academy will host an Open House on Sunday, October 7 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Register online at The Entrance/Scholarship Exam will be given on Saturday, October 20, and Saturday, October 27 from 8:00 am – Noon. Register online at To schedule a Shadow Day vist  For additional information, contact Mrs. Kimberly Clearkin, Director of Admissions, at 215-649-9083.

Community News

Swim Team Sign-ups

Does your child like to swim? Would you like them to be part of a team? If so, we’re looking for you!!!

A Parent Meeting & sign-ups will be held Tuesday, September 18th  at 7:30pm in the school hall at Resurrection Regional. All Resurrection & St. Martin of Tours Parish school children, PREP students and private, public and charter students who are active members of their Parishes in Grades K through 9 & who can swim one length of a 25 yd. pool unassisted are eligible to participate. All questions will be answered during the meeting. Should you have any concerns that cannot wait until the meeting, please email Kim @

EXPLODE INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH DANCE EXPLOSION – a Northeast Philadelphia Dance School since 1985!

Dance Explosion offers a high level of dance training in all areas of dance while providing a fun non-competitive atmosphere for their students and families.
It is our goal to provide our students with an environment where they can enjoy dance while learning proper technique, confidence, coordination,and rhythm. We work hard to provide a quality dance education for all ages that is fun!

Ages 2 to adult, classes offered in tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, tumbling and MUCH MORE! 

Come join our Dance Explosion Family!  Currently accepting new students, stop into the studio, call or email for more information. 

You can join our dance family at anytime during the dance year, stop in to meet our staff and enjoy a class!

*NEW CLASS*  – Preteen to Adult FUN WORKOUT CLASS!  Monday nights starting September 10th 7:45PM – 8:45PM – *ONLY $5 A CLASS!* Drop-ins welcome!  7727 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152 (215) 742-9870

Website:  Email:

Facebook: (Facebook page has FREE registration coupon) 


Wednesday, October 3 6:00-7:00 pm Swap Shop in cafeteria (Enter at Large & Shelmire door)
Friday, October 5 8:30 am First Friday Mass for Grades K-8; Peacemaker awards distributed
Saturday, October 6 5:30 – 10:00 pm Oktoberfest in schoolyard (FLYER)
Friday, October 12 9:00 am Living Rosary
Monday, October 15 Begin wearing winter uniforms
Tuesday, October 16 Picture Day
Fr. Jim DeGrassa Pastor 215-745-3211
Mr. Jack Bellantoni Principal 215-742-1127
Mrs. Maryanne DeCree School Secretary 215-742-1127
Ms. Annemarie Garvey My Students Progress; Scholarships 215-742-1127
Ms. Nadine Holzshu Tuition Manager 215-745-3211
Mrs. Annette Handley Home and School President
Mrs. Carolann Powers Boxtops and Labels Coordinator
Mrs. Rosemarie Kazoroski SCRIP Coordinator   Office Hours:  

Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat 9AM to 11AM; Wed, Fri,  6PM to 8PM

Ms. Karen Fitzgerald P.R.E.P. 215-742-1127 x120
  Amazon Smile Register at: