January 2019

Dear Philip’s Community,

               I sit on the couch beside my new baby boy, Kieran Matthew, reflecting on the year past and the New Year ahead.  2018 was a significant year for my husband and me.  With our first child, we grew our family and enhanced our lives and love in so many ways.   My family, and also my work, fuel my heart and soul. In 2018, our school grew with the addition of new students, teachers, and programming: new friendships and relationships formed, new skills were learned, and we launched a reading intervention program to ensure maximum support for all of our students.

Growth never ends though; it is not stagnant. I have spent the past weeks letting it all settle in: 2019. The year we will serve 300 students, teach the 3rd grade curriculum (I spent 4 years teaching third grade in Newark and can’t wait to get back into those standards), and participate in state testing.

                Being the principal of Philip’s Academy Paterson encourages me to grow as a person, educator and leader so that I can best support our students and their development.  Despite all of the positive moments and accomplishments we can celebrate from the past, the path ahead is one that requires hard work and further development. I believe that with hard work and an unyielding belief in the future will push us forward in 2019.

                In the past seven weeks, my little boy has increased in size and alertness. He’s starting to smile and for now at least, he’s amused by my chatter and kisses. In the next year, I look forward to watching him continue to develop even more. As I prepare to return to work, I know the progress of our school will not always be as visible as that of my newborn, but I know it is happening. I see it in those ah-ha moments from students and teachers, when we pack the dining hall on Family Fun Nights, and when a student’s data moves from below grade level to on grade level.

                I promise you that I am committed to our students, teachers and families.  When we look back, we can smile at the successes we have celebrated since opening our school in Paterson and as we look ahead, we can prepare for an even greater future.

Here’s to 2019 and the possibilities ahead!

Regina Lauricella

Philip's Academy Charter School - paterson

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Paterson, NJ 07501-2119

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