Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day...

Father's Day tends to mark the unofficial start of the summer months. In most years, it occurs the weekend directly before the last week of school. Falling in the middle of June, the weather is usually finally steady, warm, sunny, and prime for outdoor activity. Fathers everywhere bask in the fact that for the next few months, we can spend more time outside than inside. More importantly, we bask in the fact that we are able to enjoy one of the greatest privileges in the world, being a parent. Whether you are a mother, father, step-parent, foster-parent, guardian, and more, there is no greater honor than being a parent and having the ability to help provide for children and help them grow. The gift of parenthood is the greatest gift we can have. The job of being a parent is certainly not an easy task, it is a challenge that fathers and all parents attempt to master each and every day. So to our fathers everywhere, thank you for all the wonderful opportunities that you provide for our children every day. I hope that you have an amazing day today with your family, friends, and loved ones. Most importantly, we all need to remember that our children are the best observers around and they are learning from our every move. The lessons we teach them today will stay with them forever. Happy Father's Day everyone, enjoy!!  

New School Vaccination Law


This week, the New York State legislature passed a law that now does not allow for religious exemption for school vaccinations. This law takes effect immediately and any student who currently has a religious exemption has 30 days to become compliant with the law. The link below will take you to the State Education Department website that outlines the required vaccinations. In addition to vaccination requirements, New York State requires several other health related items for attendance in public school. Some of these items include:


  • Health Examinations required in grades pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
  • Vision and Hearing Screening required within 6 moths of entering school and in grades pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
  • Scoliosis Screenings are required for females in grades 5 and 7, and for males in grade 9.
Please speak to your school nurse or family physician if you have any questions regarding any requirements.





Graduation Flower Bouquet - Fundraiser


For the first time this year, the RFA student governments are holding a graduation flower bouquet fundraiser. In order to participate, simply go to following website: https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/romefreeacademy/ , select the bouquet you wish to order, and your flowers will be waiting for you at the students' kiosk on graduation day! There is no easier way to get your flowers and support the students at the same time!

Parent Portal / Report Cards


The parent portal feature of SchoolTool will be closed beginning on Tuesday, June 18 so that teachers can work on finalizing their grades. Since this feature of the student management system is a k-12 function, all accounts (regardless of grade level) will not work on a temporary basis. During this time period, final grades can change from day to day depending on exam scoring, inputting of grades, and many other things. The portal will re-open on Friday, June 28 which is the same day that high school report cards are mailed home. All final report cards, k-12, will be sent home in hard copy format at the end of the year. Elementary report cards will come home with students on the last day of school as they have in the past. Middle school and high school report cards will be mailed home.