Salesianum Parent Newsletter: April 25 - May 1

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I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

- John 13:34-35

Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS

Dear Parents,

In the well-known passage above, Jesus tells his disciples - and by extension, all of us - that we are called to love one another as God has loved us, and that this love is the hallmark of a disciple. This leads to an important question, “How has God loved us?” One of the most consoling truths of our faith is that God loves each one of us fully, completely, and unconditionally. Consider that for a moment. We can stop what we are doing, sit still and do absolutely nothing other than let God love us fully and completely. There’s nothing we can do to make God love us any more: no grand accomplishment, heroic achievement, rank, status, or success can make us more lovable to God. And there is nothing we can do to make God love us any less: no sin, no mistake, no line that cannot be crossed or that somehow leaves us permanently on the outside looking in. We cannot earn this love, nor can we lose it. Like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, God’s love defies reason, logic, and common sense. It is grace, a gift that is freely given. 

This leads to the second question, “With whom are we called to share this love?” And therein lies the challenge. For if God loves us unconditionally, then the mark of a Christian is our witness to that love in word and deed. And if God’s love for us is unconditional, our goal must be to share it just as freely and generously. Love is God’s gift to the world, but divisions within the human family are our own invention. The existence of haves and have nots, whether in our homes, our communities, or our world, reveal that we need to go back to God’s unconditional love and consider our worthiness, how we would hope to be judged, how much we depend on God’s mercy and forgiveness. In short, as his disciples, we are called to shatter the categories which divide God’s children on earth, so that God’s love and forgiveness might be shared by all.

Pope Francis has inspired countless millions around the world in his three years as pope by striving to follow this teaching, whether by washing the feet of Muslim women on Holy Thursday, advocating for migrants and the oppressed, or greeting the poor, vulnerable, and disabled in St. Peter’s Square. These are powerful and prophetic reminders to all of us that God’s love is given generously to us, but meant to be shared, and in the midst of some of our most divisive and difficult controversies. But we reach our potential only when we allow that God’s love to propel us past our limitations and stinginess. To use a phrase from our own patron, we must be who we are and be that well, not only by becoming aware of God’s love for us, but by being willing to be an instrument of his love and healing in our broken world. 

The Week Ahead

Solidarity with Howard High School of Technology. Having been through our own difficult time at school dealing with loss, I can only imagine what the school community at Howard must be going through in the wake of the tragedy there last Thursday. Let’s all make an effort to lift them in our prayers in the coming days and weeks, that somehow their community may be healed not only of this loss, but of the violence that brought it about, through the mercy and love of God. 

Sports Banquet, Tuesday April 26. This Tuesday marks the observance of a longstanding Salesianum tradition, the Alumni Sports Banquet. The introduction of the senior student athletes in their white jacket tuxedos is always a sign that Baccalaureate and Graduation are right around the corner. Congratulations to the senior athletes and their parents for many years of dedication and commitment. 

Faculty and Staff Retreat, Friday April 29. Friday is a holiday for students so that Faculty and Staff can attend their yearly retreat. All school offices will be closed. Please keep the faculty and staff in your prayers on this day. Like many of your sons, this year been a challenge. Friday will be a nice opportunity to enjoy a little break and receive some words of inspiration from our retreat leader, Oblate provincial, and Chairman of the Board, Fr. Jim Greenfield, OSFS.

Thank You Notes for Faculty and Staff. In the days leading up to our retreat, I would ask parents to consider sending notes of thanks to members of our faculty and staff who have gone the extra mile in support of your sons during these difficult weeks. If you’re like me, when life gets busy, I often fail to make the time for these small gestures of gratitude that go a long way. As you all know, these weeks have been about so much more than teaching and “business as usual.” This is a friendly request for your help in keeping our faculty and staff going strong by letting them know their care and concern did not go unnoticed.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Support the Arts at Salesianum! The final weekend for the Spring production of How to Succeed in Business Without Realy Trying is here. Purchase tickets online.


Friday, April 29 at 8 PM  /  Saturday, April 30 at 8 PM  /  Sunday, May 1 at 2 PM

Students who are Struggling. Please continue to communicate with us if we can do anything to better support your son. I don’t mind sounding like a broken record about something so important! Watch for any signs of distress, withdrawal, and other changes in behavior. As I have stated in the past, we are particularly concerned for students with no obvious connection to either Tyler Brown or Matt Griffith, or of students known to be going through other stressors during the last six weeks who may feel their concerns are not being addressed. It is important that they verbalize their thoughts, feelings, and questions, and not isolate themselves. Feel free to contact Mr. Pat Dever, our Community Counselor, with any concerns at

Major Dates School Calendar for 2016-2017 is posted on onCampus. A more detailed calendar will follow. The new calendar includes Senior Orientation, a new program designed to facilitate a smooth senior year both in school and in terms of the college process. The event will be held Sunday, August 28, the day before classes begin, from 1:00-4:00 PM. Every member of the Class of 2017 and at least one parent is required to attend. Details to follow.


Tenui nec dimittam,

Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS



Mr. Jude Szczerba, Dean of Academic

Exam Days and Book Buyback
As you may know, the final assessment grade for full year courses comprises 20% of the final grade. Incorporating alternate assessments such as projects, papers, portfolios, and shorter exams takes the emphasis off of the final exam and encourages the demonstration of skills. Specific exam dates can be found on the onCampus Resource BoardDismissal during exam days is typically before noon.

Book buyback and textbook rental return will take place during the final two exam days.  A representatives from Follett Virtual Bookstores will be available on certain exam days to accept used and rented books from students. Students should pay close attention to see which textbooks they will use again next year. As Salesianum continues to transition to the use of more non-print textbooks in the iPad, fewer textbooks will be bought back by Follett.

Extracurricular Eligibility for Next School Year 
To participate in 1st quarter activities the 4th quarter GPA for all students (current freshmen included) must be above 2.0 in addition to the regular requirements for passing work in other courses.  Please note that the cumulative GPA, calculated from final grades at the end of the school year, does not affect extracurricular eligibility.

Middle States Accreditation Midterm Review Survey 
Salesianum School was granted Reaccreditation in May 2013 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation is based upon meeting 12 accepted standards and creating plan for growth & school improvement. Currently, we are at the "mid-point" of the 7-year accreditation cycle and would like to gather feedback from parents concerning the Middle States standards. Please complete the online parent survey by Monday, April 25.   

It is OK not to answer a question if you do not feel as though you have enough knowledge of the indicator. “Low scores” will not cause Salesianum to lose accreditation.  You can feel free to share your true opinion. Each standard includes a comment box; do not feel obligated to write comments.

Course selection and scheduling for 2016-2017
Students recently received an updated copy of their currently approved course requests for 2016-2017.  This list is not a schedule.  Students should carefully review this list. Course changes may happen after April 18 due to a change in performance or interests, but these requests should be very minimal.



Mr. Mike Gallagher, Dean of Student Life,
Mr. Bill Dinardo, Assistant Principal for Student Discipline,
Mr. Dan Jackman, Director of Student Activities,

May Schedule

Please note that during the month of May, the Wednesday schedule discontinues and we dismiss at the regular time of 2:40 PM. In return we move to PM Assembly Schedule on Friday's with a 1:40 PM dismissal.

Sophomore Retreat
The Center for Faith & Justice is piloting a new retreat this year for sophomores. The overnight retreat will run April 29 - 30 and will feature talks given by a senior leadership team. Sophomores interested in attending should signup online or stop by the Center for Faith & Justice and see Mr. Ryan or Mr. DeCusatis.

Service Point Deadline
Freshmen and Sophomores must turn in service points by Monday, May 9.  Failure to hand in your service points will result in an “F” on your transcript. Students should see Mr. DeCusatis with any questions regarding service points or available service opportunities or check the onCampus Faith & Justice Resource page.

National Honor Society Application
NHS applications are now posted online and are due by Monday, April 25 at 3:00 PM. Decision letters will be mailed in late June following the release of final grades. Students should see Mrs. Marston with any questions or contact at

Senior Information
The reminder to all senior parents that information regarding the final month months of senior year can be found on the Senior Resource page on onCampus. You can also find this page by clicking on "Resources" on the top menu of onCampus.

Summer BRIDGE Trips
The Center for Faith & Justice is offering a few fun and exciting service trips this summer to Boston, Los Angeles, Nogales, and West Virginia. Students interested in going on a trip should fill out the linked form and stop by the Center for Faith & Justice to chat with Mr. Ryan and Mr. DeCusatis.

Dining Center Survey
In partnership with our food service management company, NexDine, we are examining the role that food and meal times play in the life of our school. Your feedback in a brief survey is needed. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Mansi the school nurse at

Drug Take Back Event
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The National Drug Take Back Day event will be held on Saturday, April 30 with an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications. >>Find Location


Mr. Will Yarnell, Director of Guidance -

Current Junior Parents
Please ensure that the following two dates are on your family calendar as both events are obligatory for the Class of 2017 (current juniors/rising seniors).

College Case Study on Monday, May 16 at 6:00 PM. The program geared toward both students and parents is mandatory for juniors.

Orientation for the Class of 2017 will take place on Sunday, August 28 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. This is the day before classes begin. Every member of the Class of 2017 and at least one parent is required to attend. 

SAT/ACT Test Dates
The next SAT will take place May 7, register by the April 26.

The next ACT test date will be June 11, register by the May 6.

Test Prep Phone Solicitation
Be advised that parents have been receiving calls from a test prep agency stating that the program is subsidized by Salesianum. We partner with some agencies in the area for test prep such as Kaplan, Huntington, and Back to Basics.

Senior Survey - DUE THIS WEEK
Seniors must complete the Graduation Survey in Naviance for the Graduation booklet by April 27. The survey can be found on the left hand side under the “About Me” tab in your son’s Naviance account. Helpful tips in completing the survey. 


Mr. John Helmick, Director of Institutional Advancement -

Lt. Szczerba 5k Run/Walk - April 28
The Annual Szczerba 5K is scheduled for this Thursday. All proceeds benefit the Szczerba Scholarship Fund at Salesianum. Discounted registration rates end Tuesday at noon. Register online.


Mr. Scott Mosier, Director of Athletic Affairs -
Mr. Mike Hart, Athletic Director -

2016 Football Parent Information Session - April 25
A meeting for football parents will be held on Monday, April 25 at 6:00 PM in Longwood Lecture Hall to review the 2016 football season player dues and parent group budget/activities that support the coaches and team during the season.



Fr. Mike Vogt, OSFS, Pastoral Care Coordinator -

We keep in prayer this week all members of our extended School Community:


  • Chris White '17
  • Kelly Muschiatti '16
  • Logan Brown '18
  • Bernie Weber, friend of Mrs. Eastlack
  • Susan Brown, mother of Nick Brylinski '18
  • Dan Kovach


  • Matthew Griffith '19
  • Tyler Brown '16
  • Mike Bolinski, father of Michael '15 and Conner '18
  • Patricia Jezyk, grandmother of Dylan Conley '18
  • Yvonne Moore, grandmother of Joe Papillo '19
  • Rosemary Steiner, grandmother of Kyle Steiner '16
  • And for all the names listed in the Salesianum Book of Remembrance




Please note that a new version of the current school year calendar has been posted on the onCampus Parent Resource Board.

The Major Dates Calendar for 2016-2017 is posted on onCampus on the Resource board. A more detailed calendar will soon follow.

Calendar Overview

April 25 - May 1

May 2 - May 8

May 9 - May 15