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Letter/Important Information from Mr. William Cascarina, Principal

July 26, 2016

Dear Saint Frances Cabrini Parents/Guardians and Community,

I hope this letter finds you well and you are enjoying the summer with family and friends while reading, resting, staying active, and having fun! I would like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. During my short time as Principal last year it became evident that the greatest strength of Saint Frances Cabrini School lies in its supportive, dedicated, and caring teachers and staff.  I was amazed at the tireless work they put in on a daily basis in the best interest of our kids. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a part of this team and community, and I look forward to a fantastic year.

First and foremost, we cannot wait to see the students.  In preparation for the big day and the upcoming school year, we have been planning to support new as well as existing school-wide initiatives: creating and administering summative and interim assessments across all grade levels and disciplines; collaboratively looking at student work and progress to inform our instruction and curricula decisions; and most importantly, adhering to our shared belief that what makes our school great is the community that is built within the walls of our classrooms.

I remain committed to supporting and promoting the best teaching practices across all grades, such as active student learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, effective communication, and collaboration in all classes. We are committed to support these practices through professional development, observation, and reflection. With this primary focus on instruction and student learning, we will continue to ensure that we offer the best opportunities and learning experiences for all students to be successful and well prepared to meet any challenge.

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome our new Assistant Principal Mike Montgomery. Mr. Montgomery will be working collaboratively with the administrative team, staff, students, and parents. We also have a few new hires to the faculty: Ms. Colleen Wusinich will be teaching Pre K-3. Ms. Mary Wheltle will be the fifth grade homeroom teacher, 5th and 6th grade religion, 6th grade math and 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade science. Ms. Marissa Gioffre will be the 6th grade homeroom teacher and 5th-8th social studies teacher.  We are also welcoming aboard a new Music teacher, Ms. Mary Floyd.  Mary taught in the IMS system last year and will be here three days out of the week.

We will remain dedicated to advancing your child’s academic, social and personal development in a supportive, safe and challenging learning environment. We welcome your active participation in your child’s education, and we urge you to be proactive in communicating with our administration, counselors and teachers, and, as time allows, to volunteer in our various programs and events. By working together, we will ensure success for your child.


Bill Cascarina and Mike Montgomery

Principal and Assistant Principal
Saint Frances Cabrini Regional Catholic School


Key Information & Changes at Saint Frances Cabrini 

Parent Communication: (Newsletters, Coffees, and Roundtables)

I believe that open two-way communication is a crucial component to the success of your child and to our school. With that understanding in mind, I will make every effort to communicate to parents any concerns, important information, and of course, to celebrate our many achievements.

We will continue to send home the weekly folder with important classroom and school notices though there will be a few more opportunities to hear from and meet with the administration.

Every month, I will post a newsletter on our website that will include a Principal’s message, “Team” notices and news, and other important school-wide information. If you have difficulty accessing this newsletter, please contact the main office for a hardcopy to be sent to your home.

In addition to written communication, I expect to hold an evening “Principal Roundtable” and morning “Coffee” that will alternate every month starting in September. More information will follow regarding these events.

Activity Fee:

This year we added an Activity Fee of $75.00 to the tuition. This will come out monthly at $7.50. This will cover:

  • Student Homework Planner
  • Some classroom materials not on the Teachers Supply list
  • One Field Trip
  • Wipes
  • Copy of the School Yearbook
  • Art room and Science Experiment Supplies

School Wide Discipline Policy:

Infractions will be broken up based on the level of an offense.  There will be four tiers of offenses in total (tier 1, tier 2, tier 3 and non-negotiable).  Consequences will be given based on the tier of an infraction; possible consequences include demerits, detentions, suspensions and expulsions.  The aforementioned consequences will be administered to students in grades 1-8.  Pre-K and Kindergarten adhere to a modified discipline policy.

The Full Policy can be found in the Parent/Student handbook on-line. Paper copy upon request.

Dress Code:

Neatness and cleanliness in personal attire are part of a child’s education and the responsibility of the parents. The acceptable uniform listing is available on-line and in the office. Final approval/disapproval of ALL dress code issues are at the discretion of the Principal. If at any time during the year an exception in uniform is necessary, a note of explanation must be sent to the child’s teacher who will forward it to the principal.


Consistent unexcused lateness will be considered parental neglect, which will be reported to the appropriate authorities for further investigation. Lateness, of course, impacts instructional learning and disrupts the classroom and constitutes a serious infraction. After a student is late five (5) times in a trimester the student will serve a detention.


  • If your child is going to be absent. They must be called out to the Main Office by 9:00am

Dismissal: 3:00pm

  • Students in Pre K and K get picked-up at 2:30 in front of the school on 65th street. Pick-up ends at 2:45 for Pre-K and K. After 2:45 the students will be sent to CARES. If you are waiting for another student in the older grades you must move your car for the buses.
  • Students in grades 1-8 who take the bus/day care vans will be picked-up in front of the school on 65th street between 3:00-3:15
  • Students in grades 1-8 who get picked-up by a car or parent will be dismissed onto Callowhill Street. Students should not be picked up in front of the school.
  • Students who walk will be dismissed onto Callowhill Street.
  • Students are not picked up by 3:30 will go to CARES.
  • Parents may NOT come into the school building at dismissal.  Children are dismissed in their assigned areas and parents are asked to meet their children accordingly.

CARES after School Program:

CARES will be open on all school half days. CARES money must be paid on Monday of the week that your child is staying. All CARES money must be paid in the school office.

  • Morning CARES begins at 7am and concludes at 7:40. If your child arrives to school after 7:40 they do not have to pay.
  • You must enter the side door of the school. Parents must sign in the child/children.
  • NDS breakfast starts at 7:30am.
  • After CARES begins at 2:30 for Pre-K and K and 3:00 for grades 1-8 and concludes at 6pm sharp.
  • Children should bring a snack for After Care.
  • Children are expected to do homework, however, parents are responsible to check and sign their child’s homework.

CARES Payment

  • Morning Cares: (1) child $7   (2) children $10   (3 or more) children $13
  • After Cares:       (1) child $9   (2) children $12   (3 or more) children $13
  • CARES money must be paid on Monday of the week that your child is staying. All CARES money must be paid in the school office.
  • We accept only cash or money orders. No checks.

All this information and more can be found on the Parent/Student Handbook online at the Saint Frances Cabrini Website. We can also provide paper copy upon request.

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