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Welcome New Families

 

We are so glad you are joining The Ursuline School community!

This web page is a resource dedicated to you. Summer reading lists and Technology requirements have been posted.

Over the course of the next few weeks and months, we will post more information here, relating to fall orientation. Please check back often.

Weekly Schedule

Here is an overview of The Ursuline School weekly schedule. Each class meets for 50 minutes on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and meets for 90 minutes on either Wednesday or Thursday. A major benefit of the schedule is the longer block of time on Wednesdays and Thursdays for students to delve deeply into subjects. This allows for project-based instruction, and a variety of learning experiences that correspond to the various ways that students learn.

The school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. except that on Wednesday classes start at 9:30 a.m. Students are welcome to arrive at the regular time on Wednesday and there is supervision in the building.

The skills that are vital in the world today are the ability to think critically, to solve problems, and to collaborate with others, and this schedule enhances each of these skills for all Ursuline students.

Courses and Course Lists

All 6th graders take one semester of Greek and one semester of Spanish.  All 7th graders take one semester of Latin and one semester of Italian.  This exposure to four languages will then help 8th graders choose either Spanish 1, Italian 1, or Latin 1.  

6th, 7th and 8th graders have a "wheel" of electives that they rotate through each quarter. The electives are art, music, technology, and Personal Development.

9th grade electives are music, art, and technology. Students choose either a full year of one of these electives or a  semester each of two out of three of these electives.

Each student will be emailed a list of her courses and placements in early June. (The schedule of course times is distributed later.)

Communications

This webpage is a central place for you, our newest families, to find information helpful as you begin your Ursuline experience in this next school year.

We also invite you to start checking the Parent Portal on our website. The Parent Portal is at the top of the homepage and at the top, right-hand corner of every web page. Just click on the word Parents. No password needed.

Emails
We send out information and news to our families on a regular basis.

During the school year we send by email each Friday the Koala Weekly Bulletin which notes upcoming dates, announcements, permission slips, and news from our parent organizations.

You are now added to the distribution of our monthly parent E-Newsletter which reports on student activities and school news. 

The Koala Weekly Bulletin and E-News contact list is generated from the Primary email you entered on the enrollment contract. However, we are happy to add more email addresses, if that is convenient for you; emails of both parents, or work and home emails - whatever is most helpful to you. Simply email Mrs. Mulder, the Director of Communications, at mulderr@ursulinenewrochelle.org

Emails regarding school business will be sent as needed from one of the following email accounts: OfficeofThePresident, OfficeofThePrincipal, MainOffice, AcademicGuidance, PersonalDevelopment, Athletics, CampusMinistry or OfficeoftheRegistrar. These are all @ursulinenewrochelle.org. Please check your email settings to accept emails from these senders.

The Fathers' Club and Mothers' Auxiliary will send emails to members with respect to their major events.

Social Media
We regularly post on our school Facebook and Instagram, and we tweet about school activities. These are all public sites that do not require you to create accounts. Our Mash up Page is a great place to get an overview of what we are posting. The Mash up Page is HERE.

If parents have questions about a student's academic or extra-curricular school activities, we offer these Channels of Communication, that may be downloaded Here.

Dates to Keep in Mind

Monday, August 19, 2019 Fall Sports Tryouts begin. Health Form is MANDATORY. Tryouts for 7/8 grade modified sports for soccer and volleyball are expected to begin on Tuesday, September 3. If any 7/8 graders intend to try out for a high school team, they must have contacted our Athletic Director, Mrs. Kern, at kernm@ursulinenewrochelle.org before June 15 to schedule state mandated fitness testing. 

Wednesday/Thursday, September 4/5 - Student Orientations

Monday, September 9 - First day of classes. School day is 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. except Wednesdays we start classes at 9:30 a.m.

Major Dates for the 2019-20 school year may be downloaded Here.

Transportation

LARCHMONT Van Service (Metro North New Haven line)

We are offering van service in 2019 -20 for students who wish to ride Metro North’s New Haven Line from Manhattan, Bronx, Mt. Vernon, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Harrison, Rye, Port Chester and Connecticut with a pick up/drop off location at the Larchmont station.  

Morning pick up at 7:30 a.m. and afternoon return leaving at 3:15 p.m.  

The form may be downloaded HERE.  Please return the form and payment as soon as possible, space is limited.

CRESTWOOD Van Service (Metro North Harlem Line)

This van service is for students who ride Metro North’s Harlem Line from Manhattan, Bronx, White Plains and Upstate. 

The morning pickups are 7 a.m., 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. The afternoon return trips are at 3:05 p.m. and 5 p.m. There is no 5 p.m. van on Fridays or the day before a school holiday.

The application form may be downloaded HERE.  Please return the form and payment as soon as possible, space is limited.

Questions may be directed to Ms. Michele Curran at (914) 500-6230 or at curranm@ursulinenewrochelle.org

Forms and Paperwork

Health Appraisal Form is to be submitted by all 7th, 9th, and 11 graders.  It is due in September.  It is also to be submitted by a student-athlete who is on an Ursuline sports team, and is due before her sports season.

Health Service Form is to be submitted by an Ursuline student who lives in any of the 5 boroughs of NYC. It is to be accompanied by a copy of a Con Ed bill.  These are due in September.

Summer Reading Lists

The English Department has compiled the following lists of required and recommended reading:

Middle School Reading List

High School College Prep Reading List

High School Honors and Advanced Placement Reading List.

Technology - calculators, laptops, tablets

Calculators. Attention incoming 9th grade students: All high school students are asked to purchase a TI-Nspire CX Calculator. This will be for use in both math and science courses. This calculator is acceptable on all standardized tests.

Bring your own Laptop or Tablet Policy! Your choice of device, with minimum specs listed HERE.

Stop by Ursuline this summer so that we can install the required software.  We install Microsoft Office, Symantec antivirus software, Smart Notebook, and Sketchpad.  This installation MUST be completed this summer! Our Tech Dept is available June 24 to August 1, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Bring your machine to school and leave with us for at least 1 hour. Thank you.

Class of 2023 Camp Mariah Permission Slip

Each year, we begin with an off-site orientation day for the entire 9th grade.  This provides an opportunity for both new and returning students to bond and get to know one another off-campus through fun and challenging activities.  The day is led by the skilled staff at Camp Mariah in Fishkill, NY with assistance from our Peer Leaders, who will continue working with the 9th graders throughout the school year. The offsite orientation will take place Wednesday, September 4. Please access the required permission slip here and return to Ursuline by June 24.

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