Dear Paramus Catholic Families, Summer is officially over, and fall has begun. I am proud of the way our students have transitioned back to in-person learning. Most Covid protocols are being met. Social distancing at times requires reminders. Please discuss this with your child. At our opening school mass, Fr. Hummel delivered a beautiful homily in which he stated that the PC school community should be united. In unity, there is strength and faith. This year as a school-wide faith-filled project, students will learn about the Works of Mercy, which gives the same message of unity through humility and brotherhood. Administrators and faculty are well aware of the challenges that students face today. Many students have not been in a school setting since March of 2020, and now face the challenges of being together in a school community instead of behind computer screens. At times, a student may behave in situations that we are not proud of. As a school community, this is addressed. If a student has made a poor choice, moving forward in reflection will help a student to learn and to grow from that experience. All disciplinary situations are dealt with immediately. Any occurrence is also handled in a confidential manner understanding that the privacy of the student body is also a priority. It is my hope that you communicate to your child the importance of making good and moral choices and the consequences of making poor ones. I ask that if your child encounters a challenge, either academically or socially, please bring it to the attention of a guidance counselor or an administrator. Reach out to me before the problem becomes greater, so we can work together to resolve the issue. It may be hard to believe, but we are now midway through the first academic quarter. Faculty remains in school until 2:30 PM for any student who may need additional academic help. In addition, the writing center is now ready to go. If your child would like to have any paper/document reviewed before turning it into the teacher, the document can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The turnaround time is within 48 hours. This is an excellent academic tool to take advantage of. In addition, the school library is open until 3:50 PM every school day. Math help is offered in the library for any student that needs additional help. This is offered to all students taking Algebra 1 to higher-level Math classes. Please remember to complete the Handbook Validation form which is due September 29, 2021. The form is located on Blackbaud. Failure to submit can result in a detention. On Saturday, October 2, 2021, we are pleased to host our Homecoming Dance The dance begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM. Due to Covid protocols and to keep everyone safe, the dance will be outdoors on the PC tennis courts. There is a limited number of people that we can accommodate, therefore tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are $25 each and will be sold outside the cafeterias during the week. Parent Council will be hosting two fundraisers this Fall. Information for both is posted on our website under News and Announcements. Wishing everyone a wonderful week.