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Principal - Maureen Harten

Welcome to the Immaculate Conception School.

Maureen Harten has been the Principal of Immaculate Conception School since 2007. A Catholic educator since 1983 she has served the schools of the Archdiocese of New York in the Bronx and Westchester as teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal.

As you enter the front door you will be greeted with the following quote, “Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school. He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes. He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students.”

 

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From the Desk of the Principal: Maureen Harten

 

August 3, 2017

 

 

Dear Families,

 

I hope you have been enjoying summertime! Make sure you read all the way to the end of this email. There is much to look forward to for our 2107-2018 school year!


What's new at ICS for 2017-2018?


 

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Bloomz

 

One place

 

to find almost all the information about ICS in one new App. Bloomz can be viewed on your mobile device, iPhone, Android, Tablet or Desktop.

 

All information coming from the Principal, Office, Teachers, Homework, School Calendar and the Family Association all in one place!

 

Parent to Parent, Parent to Teacher, and Group Messaging without looking for email addresses or sharing cell phone numbers. Imagine being able to schedule a playdate, send out party invites or ask for homework help without having to locate an email address or phone number.

 

Private Photo and Video Sharing from School to Home with the ability for parents to download to their own device.

 

Sign ups for Parent Teacher Conferences, Parties and School Events. Class Reps will be able to set up sign ups directly in the app for class parties and events.

 

Our ICS Community…all in one place…with Bloomz!

 

Our teachers will be setting up their “Classes” on Bloomz during the first few days of school and learning the ropes. Detailed sign up information will be sent out the first week of school.

 

Our Junior High students will be introduced to Bloomz to help them organize their schedules.


Together with our Parent Association, we have been testing out all aspects of this App over the summer. Feedback has been extremely positive and we look forward to sharing it with you in the coming weeks.

 

Check out
Bloomz.net for more information or this video link:

 

 
 
We are looking forward to taking the next step in Parent to Parent and Parent to Teacher communication….
 

 


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ICSFA - Immaculate Conception School Family Association

 

We are looking forward to the the new structure and support of our parents as we welcome our new Family Association, the ICSFA. We are pleased to announce the following roles for the 2017-2018 school year:


- President - Jennifer Esper
- Vice President - Meg King
- Treasurers - Manar DelMistro
- Communications - Jen Reidy
- Event Coordinators - Annette Maksoud and Alana Galaso
- Community Liaisons - Steffi Porter and Eve Ghirardi
- Admissions Coordinator - Megan Herspring
- Walkathon Coordinators Jen & Jeff Zeunik


More information soon to come from the Family Association about the coming year including Back to School Supply pick up night/Uniform swap on August 31 ​st ​ in the cafeteria from 6-8, our favorite BTS picnic on Friday, September ​15​ ​ th from 6:30-dark, and our first Open Meeting on October 23, 2017.

 

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Lunch with Lou

You can sign up today Using our ICS school code: 6JJGX1

 

Cut off dates for orders for the first 2 months of school:

- Order for the month of September by Friday, September 8th

- Order for the Month of October by Saturday, September 30th.



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​We have restructured our Lunch Program! ​Welcome to "Lunch with Lou"! Enjoy some samples at ICS on August 31st 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 

Lunch with Lou is a family owned and operated lunch program that has been in the food service industry for over 25 years. The company services schools in Westchester and the Bronx. Every meal is prepared on-site at ​ Lou's full service kitchen facility located in Mamaroneck, New York

 

Lunch with Lou provides lunch menus on a monthly basis in advance online. ​Families will pay 'Lunch with Lou' directly - no more lunch charges from Smart Tuition.

 

​By the end of August ICS will be assigned a school code so that families can place September lunch orders.​ Visit www.lunchwithlou.com ​ for more details and a sample menu - 5 choices a day!​


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security cameras


We are entering phase 3 of our security upgrades. ICS was awarded a grant for $9,700 to add to our already existing security system. The NYS Safety and Security Program will also contribute several thousand dollars for the completion of this initiative. Presently outside cameras focus on our main entrance, the courtyard between the gym and school, the parking lots, and main cafeteria doors.We will be adding interior cameras on each floor in the school building, inside the cafeteria and gym. Outside cameras will also be installed in the Little House. As they say, "You're in good hands with ICS!"

 

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Pre-K at ICS


Starting ​ in September we will have 4 sections of PreK - 2 full time PreK 4 classes, 1 full time PreK 3 class and 1 part time PreK 3 class!

 

Mrs. Kathy Piraino, our director of Early Childhood, will teach full time 3's in the Little House. The newest member of our staff, Mrs. Meg King, will teach part time 3's in Room 106. Mrs. King is a certified teacher who also holds a BA in Social Work, MA in Education, Supervision and Administration, and is a NYS Registered Nurse. We could not have asked for a more qualified and suitable candidate to join our excellent faculty.

 

Mrs. Elizabeth Walsh will continue in PreK 4. She will be joined by our own Ms. Christina Fink who previously taught both PreK 3 and PreK 4 at ICS. What a team!

 

We do have a few choice seats left in all 4 classes. Please spread the word to friends and family.

 

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​ ​

School Rocks


Remember our theme from a few years ago, “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long… We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney

 

Well, we are traveling down many new paths in 2017- 2018! Ms. Pettinella was just married this weekend! She and her husband will be relocating so she will not return to ICS in September. Ms. Serratore has also opted to move on to new adventures. We bid them both fond farewell and God Bless as they travel new paths.


So...


Mrs. Cartolano continues as our Master Kindergarten Teacher! Mrs. Watson will teach 1st grade, Mrs. Maher will teach 2nd grade, Mrs. Schmid will teach 4th grade, 5th grade is moving into our departmental structure with 6th, 7th & 8th grades, Mr. Bishop will be the 5th grade homeroom and 5th Math teacher and I am finalizing a contract for a wonderful 3rd grade teacher. I'll keep you posted. Mrs. Basile, Mrs. Reisman, Mrs. LaMassa, Mrs. D'Angelo and Mrs. Reda will all remain in their present positions and assume teaching their subject area to 5th grade except for Mrs. LaMassa who will add an Algebra course for some 8th grade students. Ms. Stoutenburg and her husband welcomed their new son Griffin this summer. She will continue as our Music teacher, Mrs. Persampieri continues as our Italian teacher, Mrs. Hill as our Art teacher, Mr. Cozza as our PE and 6th Grade Math teacher and Mr. Lewis as our Technology teacher.

 

Look for new additions such as: a second tech lab, stem projects, drones, iPads, robotics, 75 inch inter-active TV - aka 21st century Smart Board, redesign in our Early Childhood classrooms and a few other tricks up our sleeves.

 

Are you out of breath yet? We've had a very busy summer!

 

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Think  

Theme for 2017-2018​


Each classroom will be outfitted with a poster with our theme for the year. Yes, it's the 21st century version of what our Mothers used to tell us, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!"

 

 

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Vacation for Office Staff


Mrs. Ranallo, Mrs. Conrad and I are all officially on vacation now. Mrs. Ranallo will return August 15th. Mrs. Conrad and I will return August 21st. Please remember that the basic calendar with Back to ​School info and start dates was sent home last month and you can access a more detailed calendar on our ​ website ​ www.icschoolonline.org

 

Please enjoy the rest of your summer. Say hi to all the children for us!!

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Harten


Maureen J. Harten
Principal
Immaculate Conception School
53 Winter Hill Road
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
914-961-3785 office
914-961-6054 fax
mjharten@icschoolonline.org

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