Principal's Message

Week of November 29, 2021
Dear Paramus Catholic Community, 
     Welcome Back from Thanksgiving break! I hope everyone is recharged and ready to give their best efforts over the next few weeks. 
     A joyful thank you to the Paramus Catholic community as together we supplied Thanksgiving meals for over one hundred families!! I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and dedication to our food drive. 
     As we begin the Advent season, it is important we ready ourselves for spiritual preparation as we await the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Celebrating Advent involves a season of prayer, fasting, repentance, followed by anticipation, hope, love, and joy
     Lighting an Advent wreath is a custom that began with Lutherans and Catholics in 16th-century Germany. Typically, the Advent wreath is a circle of branches or garland with four or five candles arranged on the wreath. During the season of Advent, one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. 
The three main colors are purple, pink, and white. Purple symbolizes repentance and royalty. Pink represents joy and rejoicing. And white stands for purity and light. Each candle carries a specific name as well. The first purple candle is called the Prophecy Candle or Candle of Hope. The second purple candle is the Bethlehem Candle or the Candle of Preparation. The third (pink) candle is the Shepherd Candle or Candle of Joy. The fourth candle, a purple one, is called the Angel Candle or the Candle of Love. And the last (white) candle is the Christ Candle.
     As we are now well into the second academic quarter, please check Blackbaud for updates from your child’s teacher. Please reach out to guidance counselors if there are any concerns. I am hoping that you are encouraging your child to use the academic tools available to all students. Essays can be reviewed by an English teacher by simply sending the document to for any editing. There is a forty-eight-hour turnaround. Math help, on any level, is available in the library from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Students can get any academic help needed.
     Everyone must comply with all Covid precautions as we are still battling the virus. Students should stay home if they experience any symptoms. You may reach out to the school nurse with any questions or concerns.
     On Thursday, December 2, 2021, we are proud to induct seventy-two new members into the National Honor Society. The achievements of these students are commendable as they have achieved academic excellence in all subjects. The program starts promptly at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. 
     We are still collecting Vitamins for Veterans till the end of the week. New, unopened vitamins can be dropped off in the main office.
     Please note the students are dismissed at 1:54 PM. It is imperative that students are picked up unless they are in a supervised activity. Students are not allowed to linger inside or outside. I want to always assure safety for all our students. We do not allow students to be unsupervised. The Faculty stay until 2:30 PM for additional academic help and the school library is open until 4:00 PM. 

Have a healthy and good week,
Dr. Stephanie Macaluso