Weekly Happenings- 2/21/19

 
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Weekly Happenings- February 21, 2019
 
Dear Cardinal O’Hara Families,
 
As a school system, we are committed to creating and sustaining a comprehensive, coordinated effort to improve the overall safety and well-being of our students, educators and administrators. 
 
To do this, we believe this must involve community-wide programs and initiatives involving parents, teachers, administrators, local law enforcement, mental health & wellness professionals and elected officials to take meaningful action to protect our students. 
 
Today, I am happy to announce the launch of the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system. This program, which is mandated under PA state law / Act 44, teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system. Specifically, the program educates participants to:
  Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors – especially within social media
  Take every sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult OR
  Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website 
  Respond to and manage the submitted tip via a school-based multi-disciplinary educator and administrator teams
  Sustain the curriculum and awareness via student clubs, in-school activities and call-to-action weeks  
 
Our students often are aware of the problems their peers are facing, so we must empower them to know the danger signs and give them the tools to help each other with the assistance of trained and caring adults. As you know, most conversations are taking place on social media, therefore it is critical that we teach our students to be looking out for one another as these digital conversations are taking place. S2SS teaches them what to look for in text, video and photos while empowering them to act quickly to help a fellow student.
 
The S2SS program is being provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nation-wide non-profit organization. SHP’s programs are in 50 states – with 10,000+ schools and over 5.5 million students and adults trained. They have a track record, reputation, and knowledge of how to work effectively with kids, parents, and teachers to improve school safety and culture. The program is age-appropriate and research-based. They also have funding to provide and sustain the program at NO COST to our school (and all schools statewide).
 
We anticipate that S2SS will help stop school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; it will help reduce bullying and cyberbullying; help intervene upon cutting, drug use, racial conflicts, and other violent and victimization acts. 
 
Mrs. Vice addressed the students today, and all of the O'Hara students received an email with more detailed information and a sticker with the options for providing tips. Mrs. Vice also reminded the students that they can also speak to members of our in-house resource team, Mrs. Vice, Mrs. Graney, Mrs. Wert, Fr. Masson, Mr. Braconnier and Mr. Kederis, or any of their teachers or counselors.
 
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email us directly. 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Jay DeFruscio and Eileen Vice
 
 
 
Mane Event- 3/23/19
 
Please join us for O'Hara's biggest event of the year.
 
This year’s theme is "March Madness" and the event will include dinner, drinks, silent auction and an evening of hoops fun!
 
If you are interested in volunteering or supporting the event as a sponsor or with a donation? Please contact Diane Fosbenner at dfosbenner@cohs.com
 
 
Coming Up:
 
2/22- Senior Father Daughter Dance
2/28-3/3- Disney's The Little Mermaid!
3/6- Ash Wednesday
 
 
Updates from Mrs. Casey, Mrs. Wert and Mrs. Commale
 
 
 
Update from Guidance Office
 
Check out the new junior and senior checklist!
 
From the Alumni Office
 
 
Finance Office Update
 
Many families have still not completed the financial aid application for the 2019-2020 school year. You must file a financial aid application each year for any financial need based award. The main deadline is March 31, 2019.
 
The online financial aid application can be accessed at https://online.factsmgt.com/aid. There is a $30 fee payable when you submit the application online. You must also upload, mail or fax your 2017 tax returns before April 30 or you can also use the 2018 tax returns if you have them.
 
You can also sign into your current FACTS account to access the application for the 2019-2020 school year.  
 
Please contact Denise Todd in the Finance Office
with any questions.
 
Athletics Update
 
 
Attention all spring athletes! All those planning on playing any spring sports must register with familyID. Even if you played far or winter sports, you still must register for spring sports.
 
Please use the link below to register. Any questions, contact the athletic office.
 
Disney's The Little Mermaid Tickets
 
Tickets are now on sale for our production of The Little Mermaid. Performances take place February 28th - March 3rd. Tickets are available online at www.cohs.com or at the door of all performances. Student tickets for just $5.00!
 
Danny Hammond Dance Marathon
Is your child registered for Danny Hammond Dance Marathon? Sign up today and be a part of this great organization at COHS that is making an impact on those directly in our community. Learn more about DHDM and have your son or daughter sign up today to become a dancer! 
https://www.cohs.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1437302&type=d&pREC_ID=1600733
 
Mane Street
 
 
Sign Up for Candy Sales!
 
We are in need of candy sellers during the lunch periods at school. Please consider signing up by clicking the link below:
 
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