Bear Essentials - Summer Edition - July 29, 2018   


Looking Ahead

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Important Dates for the 2018-19 School Year


August 3: Athletic participation forms due

August 15 - 16: Tech Workshops (see info below)
August 21-22: Senior portraits (by appointment)
August 21-22: ImPact Testing
August 23: Fall sports tryouts begin
September 4: First day of school for new students (8-11 a.m.)
September 5: First day of school for all students (8-2:45 p.m.)

September 5: Parent Social, grades 7 and 8
September 6: Parent Social, grades 9, 10 and 11
September 22: Homecoming and Reunion

November 3: Brescia Ball 2018
November 21-23: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4: Christmas break
February 18-22: February break
April 15-22: April break (School resumes April 23.)
June 1: Baccalaureate Mass
June 2: Graduation

Bear Essentials this Summer

Look for additional information in the next edition of Bear Essentials on August 12. Along with the school web site, Bear Essentials serves as an important source of information about life at Ursuline Academy. We send Bear Essentials to the "primary email" that we have on file in the school office. To have it sent to an additional email, please send a note to the Director of Communications by replying to this email. 

 From the Main Office

Technology Workshops for New Students

We have scheduled four Technology Orientation Workshops on August 15 and August 16 from 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. to assist students in downloading e-texts, creating online accounts to access course resources, and network access. It is strongly recommended that new students attend one of these sessions and bring their iPads with them. Parents are more than welcome to stay but it is not required. All sessions will be in the library. 


Please RSVP to if your daughter will be attending a tech workshop.

Portal Access, Summer School Work and Book Purchase Information

Portal access is now open to parents and students, along with summer school work and book purchase information. At this point, all students should have working emails, portal accounts, and their summer work and fall textbook requirements. If you have any outstanding questions about how to access this information, please email with specific questions so that we may direct your request to the most appropriate team member. It is recommended that all books/resources be purchased by August 17 to ensure all materials have been processed and shipped prior to the start of school.


Senior Yearbook Photo Appointments

Seniors should have received a postcard to schedule their yearbook photo sitting with O'Connor Studios on August 21 or 22. There will also be a make-up date in the fall, for those who cannot make it in August. The yearbook photo must be done through O'Connor; photos from other photographers will not be accepted. To make an appointment, visit


Health Form Requirements

All new students and rising sophomores need an updated (dated within the past year) physical with immunizations on it in the health office by August 1. Any questions can be directed to UA Nurse Heather Smart at


September Parent Socials

All parents in grades 7-11 are invited to attend one of our social gatherings held in the Reynolds Family Athletic & Convocation Center as an opportunity to meet and mingle with the other parents from your daughter's grade. Look for an email invitation next week.

Grade 7 and 8 parents: Wednesday, September 5, 6-8 p.m.

Grade 9, 10 and 11 parents: Thursday, September 6, 6-8 p.m

(Note: The Senior Parent Reception will be held later this fall. Formal invitations will follow). 


Carpool to School

Ursuline Academy partners with Carpool to School to help facilitate transportation for UA students. Any of our parents who wish to start or join a carpool can connect online at Ursuline's exclusive carpool webpage. This site gives our community a safe, easy way to form or join a carpool. Parents must fill out a complete profile through the website in order to be accepted into the system. Profiles include whether you need morning or after school transportation, if you are available to drive, your car description, passenger seats available, and the name of your daughter. 

Calling all Juniors and Seniors for Parking!

As stated in the Student/Parent Handbook, student drivers are assigned specific spaces in the lower lot. In order to receive a space, students must register their car with Ursuline, have a driver's license, and pay $75 for a parking permit. The student parking process will begin for seniors only on Monday, August 20th. Senior students will receive an email with a link to an online form. The parking process for any remaining spaces will begin for juniors on Wednesday, August 22nd when each junior student will also receive an email with a link to the online form. Spots will be granted on a first come, first serve basis after the form is submitted and students who receive a spot will be notified. A copy of the student's license will be made for office records upon receiving her parking permit. This means that a student cannot receive a permit until she has her driver's license. Due to space limitations, not every student driver will be granted a spot. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!


SAT and ACT Prep Classes

Summit will be offering ACT and SAT prep classes at Ursuline this fall for the October 27, 2018 ACT Exam and the November 3, 2018 SAT Exam. Classes will run from 3-6 p.m. on these dates:

  • ACT class: Thursdays, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, and Oct. 25. 
  • SAT class: Tuesdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30.

Learn more about the ACT class here and the SAT class here.

Parent Summer Book Reads
Mrs. Ferrucci invites parents to check out the following books this summer: The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey; Enough As She Is by Rachel Simmons; Social Media Wellness by Ana Homayoun and Untangled by Lisa Damour. Whether you read or skim, please join Mrs. Ferrucci on Thursday Sept 27 in the library at either 8:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. for a discussion!



Fall Sports Info and Participation Forms Deadline

Fall team sports offered at Ursuline Academy include Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, and Volleyball. Students in Grades 7 through 12 may try out for a sport. In order to participate in Fall tryouts, all athletes must have passed in their paperwork by August 3rd, 2018. Click here for details.


ImPact Testing

Girls interested in trying out for a fall sport need to have ImPact testing done. The testing will be offered at Ursuline Academy on August 21-22. To schedule an appointment or get more information, contact Ms. Kim Munsey at If you had testing done this past school year, you do not need to have it done again. Test results are good for two years.


Admissions Parent Ambassador Group

Do you love Ursuline? The Ursuline Admissions Office invites parents to join the UA Admissions Parent Ambassador Group! A kickoff meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Center Alumnae Room to discuss several opportunities to promote the Admissions efforts at Ursuline Academy. Please email to RSVP. Thank you!


Supporting Ursuline

SAVE the DATE for Brescia Ball 2018 - Denim and Diamonds!

Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the Reynolds Family Athletic & Convocation Center

Brescia Ball Auction Acquisitions Team
Our auction acquisitions chairperson, Julie Steinkrauss P '17, '22, is looking for team members for her acquisitions committee. We need parents who are willing to research, contact and/or follow up with potential donors. Please consider joining Julie to make this our best auction ever! If you have connections to local sports teams, theaters, concert venues, vacation homes or retail establishments, let us know if you can help! Contact Susan Hehir at for more info.


Parent Class Representatives Needed for Grades 7 and 9
There are still opportunities available for parents of current 7th and 9th grade students to serve in our Class Parent program, to help build a stronger sense of community among Ursuline families within each grade. In addition to planning occasional social opportunities for parents and families, class parents help communicate the need for volunteers for various events during the academic year and act as liaisons with the administration and staff at the school. If you are interested in being a class parent for grade 7 or 9, please contact Mary-Ellen Gioioso in our Advancement Office at


Homecoming 2018

Our staff has been busy at work planning for another memorable Homecoming for current families and alumnae. Join us on Saturday, September 22 for athletic events, a barbeque, and family games and activities, followed by a community Mass. Look for your postcard invitation in the coming weeks and more information about volunteering to help in the next edition of Bear Essentials.


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