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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. Sports tryouts information has been added under Dates to Keep in Mind. 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

We are excited to announce that, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, The Ursuline School will operate on a new weekly schedule. A major benefit of this new schedule will be increased overall class time and a new longer block of time for students to delve deeply into subjects. This will allow for more project-based instruction, and more variety of learning experiences that correspond to the various ways that students learn.

Each class will meet for 50 minutes on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and will meet for 90 minutes on either Wednesday or Thursday.

The school day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. except that on Wednesday classes will start at 9:30 a.m. Students are welcome to arrive at the regular time on Wednesday and there will be 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 new schedule will enhance each of these skills for all Ursuline students.

A PDF of the schedule may be downloaded Here.

Courses and Course Lists

All 6th graders will take one semester of Greek and one semester of Spanish.  All 7th graders will 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.  However, incoming 8th graders in the 2018-19 year will all take Latin 1.

6th, 7th and 8th graders will have a "wheel" of electives that they will rotate through each quarter. The electives will be 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 mid-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, right-hand corner of every webpage. Just click on the word in gold, 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 20, 2018- 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 4. 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. Please see the full tryouts schedule HERE.  

Wednesday/Thursday, September 5/6 - Student Orientations

Monday, September 10 - 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 2018-19 school year may be downloaded Here.

Transportation

LARCHMONT Van Service (Metro North New Haven line)

We are offering van service in 2018 -19 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.  It is due May 24.

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.  It is due May 24.

Questions may be directed to Ms. Stephanie Brown at (914) 500-6270 or at browns@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, MS Supply List

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.

The Religious Studies Department asks that seniors read When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Rabbi Harold Kushner.

The Social Studies Department summer assignments may be downloaded Here.

The Middle School Supply List is HERE.

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 July 9 to August 2, 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.

International Travel & Hosting International Students

We are excited to share with you the opportunities listed below.  Trip descriptions, dates, cost and registration links are provided in the letter which can be downloaded HERE. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact our Global Education Coordinator, Mrs. Maria Barton, at bartonm@ursulinenewrochelle.org

Winter Break, February 2019 -   
Italian Language Immersion Trip (Florence, Pisa, Assisi, Rome)
Spanish Language Immersion Trip (Madrid, Seville)
Australia Exchange Program (TUS to St. Ursula’s, Toowoomba)
Paris Exchange Program (TUS to St. Ursule, Paris)
Conservation Trip to Costa Rica

Easter Break, April 2019  -          
Cultural Trip to Greece - Juniors, Class of 2020
Peru Exchange Program (TUS to Colegio Santa Ursula, Lima)

Dining Services

As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, we are pleased to inform you that The Ursuline School will be implementing a cashless system for all cafeteria purchases, (excluding vending machines).  Instructions were emailed to all parents/guardians on August 1.  This will speed up the lines so that everyone will get to enjoy their lunch.

We will also be adding a Grab and Go cart inside the cafeteria for all students who just want to grab something quickly!  Please be sure that an account has been set up and money is in the account.

Remember to look in your email for the memo. 
Mrs. Telesca

The price list of cafeteria food items is Here.

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