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Parents Association 

Greetings WMA Families.

The start of a new school year is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited. This year will be filled with an abundance of activities and events for students and families to enjoy!

Please see below for some important information to help you navigate the school year as it pertains to the Parents Association:

Parents Association Meetings: PA meeting dates are posted within the school calendar, so please check the website for the most up to date information. Meetings will be held in-person, with the option to Zoom offered occasionally. Links to those Zooms will be sent out prior to the meeting via email.

A monthly newsletter will be sent out from the Parents Association highlighting the previous month's happenings, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities to keep you informed.

PA Committees: Most events run by the parents are organized through one of the following Committees:

Aid to Faculty

Athletics

Clothesline/School Store

Events

Hospitality

Mercy Outreach

If you are interested in joining a committee, please reach out to me at parentsassociation@waldronmercy.org.

In addition, keep an eye open for numerous opportunities to participate (or volunteer!) at events such as Bingo, Homecoming, St Columba’s Dinners, Trunk or Treat, Linvilla Hayride, Quizzo, Winter Classic, Spring Fling, and many more.

Clothesline Uniform Swap: At several PA events throughout the year, you will find gently used uniforms and spirit wear (WMA athletic wear) laid out for the taking! Clothesline is a "give or take" offering - so take what you need and donate good condition items for the next family's use. Clothesline will be available at the following events: Back to School Nights, Homecoming, Winter Classic, and Spring Fling.

Other Ways to Connect:

1. Join the Waldron Mercy Parents Association Facebook Page! Our meetings, events and news will be shared on this page as frequently as possible so please join to stay connected!

2. Email me directly at parentsassociation@waldronmercy.org.

I want to personally extend a very warm welcome to all of you as we enter into the 2023/2024 school year. I hope to see you at upcoming PA meetings/events!

 

Warmly,

Michelle Newcomer

PA President, Parent '24 and '28

PARENTS ASSOCIATION

OBJECTIVES​

  • Promote collaboration, communication & cooperation among the WMA parents, faculty and administration;

  • Actively encourage and coordinate parental aid to WMA faculty & administration in developing spiritual, academic, creative, emotional and physical growth of Waldron Mercy Academy students;

  • Provide an opportunity for parents, faculty and administration to share ideas, information and talents, and to listen and share in an atmosphere that is open and encourages collaboration;

  • Enhance the reputation of Waldron Mercy Academy in the community; and

  • Assist and promote Waldron Mercy Academy's athletic program and other sports related extracurricular activities.

  • How do I drop off my child safely at WMA?
    Formal supervision begins at 7:30 a.m. No student should be in the building before that time. All students are expected to be in school by 8 a.m. No student should enter through the main door unless they are a walker or are arriving after 8:15 a.m. School officially begins at 8:10 a.m. Attendance will be taken at 8:15 a.m. A child not in his or her classroom at that time will be marked late. ​ BY CAR Parents must drop all students off at the car line doors. All students who arrive by car should go directly to their homeroom. Please refrain from using cell phones during arrival on campus and remember to maintain a safe speed of 10 miles per hour. ​ BY BUS Students transported by bus enter the building through the designated door and go directly to their homeroom. ​ WALKERS Students should enter through the front door and proceed to their homeroom. (On the first day of school, all parents of students that are 3, 4 or 5 years old are welcome to come in to the school and walk their child to his or her classroom.) ​ BY VAN Precious Cargo private van service transports from South Philadelphia, Fairmount and Center City. Please contact Amelia and John Fogarino at 215-463-5489 (H) or 215-480-0800 (C) Please call ASAP if interested.
  • How do I pick up my child at dismissal?
    Half‐day Montessori dismissal begins at 11:15 a.m. Dismissal for full‐day students begins with prayer at 2:50 p.m. (11:50 a.m. on early dismissal days), followed by instructions for car, walker, Mercy After Care, sport, and bus lines. ​ CAR Parents are not permitted to pick up their children in the Dixon Gym, the Front Lobby, or any other door to the building. Please pull into carline and do not leave your car for any reason. A placard will be given to you at the beginning of the year. Display the placard in the front windshield with the names and grades of all the children you are transporting. Follow the directions of the teachers in the car line. Teachers will escort your children to the car. Children who are not picked up by 3:20 p.m. will go to After Care and be charged accordingly. Please refrain from using cell phones during dismissal on campus and remember to maintain a safe speed of 10 miles per hour. ​ BUS Students will be dismissed as their buses arrive. A teacher will walk them to the buses. If a bus does not arrive at school by 3:40 p.m., parents will be notified. ​ About half of our students go home by buses provided by the school districts. Most buses leave school by 3:15 p.m. Some districts require the students to stop at other schools and change buses. Philadelphia, Springfield and Marple Newtown School Districts do NOT provide transportation for the pre‐k or kindergarten students. Parents will get detailed information from their school district. ​ WALKERS Only children who live within a one‐mile radius of the school will be permitted to walk home. Permission notes must be on file in the Main Office for students to walk home. A staff member will cross the children at the traffic light at Merion Road and Montgomery Avenue.
  • How can my child be part of the After Care Program?
    Beginning on the first day of school, Mercy After Care (MAC) is open from 3 to 6 p.m. On certain days such as Faculty Inservice Days, Spring Break, the week before Camp and certain holidays Mercy After Care closes at 4 p.m. ​ This program includes recreational activities, enrichment experiences, scheduled homework periods, and snacks for children in preschool through eighth grade. The staff consists of professionals, both teachers and teacher aides, who work together to provide individual attention, security, and consistency of program in an atmosphere of respect and fun. ​ The cost of after care is $8.50 per hour. The MAC registration form can be found on our website.
  • What is the uniform for my child?
    Students in our three and four year old programs do not wear uniforms. Starting in kindergarten, every child wears a uniform. The students have a warm weather uniform, a winter uniform and a gym uniform. Specifics about our uniform can be found on our website. The school uniform is available through Flynn & O’Hara. Visit one of their locations or their website. They can also be reached at 800-441-4122. Gym uniform (sweats) can be purchased through Lands’ End and Flynn & O’Hara and the WMA Spirit Wear Store.
  • What is the Parents Association? How can I become involved?
    Waldron Mercy Academy Parents' Association is an organization made up of parents, teachers and administration. It consists of several committees that help with social, academic, athletic and outreach programs for WMA. All parents are welcome to be part of this association. Specific information can be found here!
  • What is the WMA Weekly?
    WMA families receive our weekly newsletter, the WMA Weekly, via email. It is filled with all of the updated information parents need about upcoming events, lunch menus, athletic events, special speakers, etc. Parents are asked to read this newsletter each week to keep up‐to‐date on Waldron Mercy Academy news.
  • Is breakfast available?
    Williamson Hospitality is the food service provider for WMA. Breakfast is available each day from 7:30 to 8 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Information about the cost and choices is found on the weekly menu posted on WMA’s website.
  • Is a hot lunch available?
    A daily hot lunch program is available to our full‐day students. Information about the cost and choices is included in the calendar posted each month online. Parents have the choice of packing their children’s lunch or buying. Beverages and snacks may be purchased at WMA whether you pack or buy lunch. A debit process can be used when purchasing any items. A student ID is required to set up the debit. The ID can be found on your billing statement. It is the last 4 numerical digits. Example STU2345, the number 2345 is the student ID.
  • Are there healthy snacks available at lunch?
    There are healthy snacks sold at break time and lunch time. The prices range between 75¢ and $1.75.
  • Is there a snack break?
    Beginning in first grade, students can purchase snacks for their morning break time. Soft pretzels can be purchased for $0.75. The school provides snack for Montessori children. Preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students bring their own snacks from home. Please be conscious that many students have food allergies. We ask that you do not send snacks to school that contain peanuts or tree nuts.
  • What is Community Gathering?
    Every Wednesday morning at 8:10 a.m., the faculty, staff and students join in the Dixon Gym for prayers and announcements. We celebrate birthdays, academic and athletic accomplishments, and we pray and sing together. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • What is “Back to School Night”?
    Each September, Waldron Mercy has an evening event for parents to meet the teachers, hear about the grade expectations and ask questions.
  • When are parent‐teacher conferences? When are report cards distributed?
    The Waldron Mercy academic year is on a trimester system. Report cards are distributed at the end of each trimester. Parent‐ teacher conferences are held in October and February. An interim progress report is sent home in October and April. Grades 5 to 8 can access their grades online. Pre‐k sends formal reports home three times a year. Montessori communicates progress through conferences two times a year. Kindergarten sends four formal reports home a year. Teachers schedule conferences for further communication concerning each child’s progress. All parents are expected to attend the conference at the end of the first trimester. The second trimester conferences are by request only. Teachers and/or parents can request a second trimester conference. ​ Students in kindergarten through grade five attend conferences when appropriate. Students in grades six through eight are required to attend conferences.
  • How do I communicate with my child’s teacher?
    Parents are encouraged to communicate with their child’s teacher throughout the school year. Parents can write notes, e‐mail or speak to the teacher on the telephone. If needed, parents and/or teachers will request additional conferences to discuss their child’s progress.

COMMITTEES

Math Explorations

Math Explorations

Several times a year, parents of first, second and third graders attend math classes from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to help with the students’ math explorations. Guided by parents, students work in small groups and “explore” different math concepts with the use of manipulatives and games. Please note that signing up does not guarantee specific Exploration dates. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.​

Parent Clearances

Parent Clearances

Under amendments to the Pennsylvania State Child Protective Services law, all teachers, staff, administrators, contractors, and volunteers who come into contact with students must obtain criminal background checks and child abuse clearances from the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, and Department of Human Services every five years.

Beginning July 1, 2015, any adult applying for an unpaid position as a volunteer responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children needs clearances. This law affects all of our parent volunteers who come to school to help with classroom parties and activities, Math Explorations, chaperoning field trips, helping with the school musicals, etc. Any parent who could potentially be left alone with a student will have to obtain background clearances. 

The following clearances are needed:

In accordance with Pennsylvania Law, no volunteer who would be responsible for the welfare of a child or have direct contact with children would be permitted to do so where the department has verified that the applicant is named in the statewide database as the perpetrator of a founded report committed within the five-year period or if an applicant’s criminal history record information indicates the applicant has been convicted of an offense listed in 6344C (see link above). 

Please provide a copy of all clearances to WMA. No parent will be permitted to volunteer in the school in any capacity without the proper clearances and paperwork on file at the school. Please understand that we are not trying to deter parents from being involved in the school life of their child, rather, we are abiding by the law and helping to create a safe environment for our students.

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