November ~ Give Thanks!

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”

~ Psalm 69:30

As we enter Thanksgiving Break, I can’t help but feel enormously thankful for our Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School community. The faculty/staff, students, and parents truly add something special to my life, and for that, I am eternally grateful. I hope you and yours have a fantastic Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, fellowship, and delicious food!

What a fun event last month’s Trunk or Treat was! Very special thanks to the Development Team (Kelly DuBois and Janet Sanchez) for facilitating a spooktacular night, which surpassed last year’s earnings! Thank you also to Heather Johansen for donating and running the evening’s bar—which also included donations from Bo Eaton! It seemed that everyone had a wonderful time, and I must congratulate again the winners of Best Overall Trunk, the Fedele family, for their Jurassic World-themed display. I look forward to next year’s event already!

Chipotle Night on the 8th was a success, yielding close to $500! Special thanks to our Parent Organization for working with Chipotle and for planning this event. As I waited in line, it was wonderful to see the entire restaurant completely filled with St. Joe’s families! The next PO event is a Movie Night on Friday, December 1st. Elf will be shown on the field—weather permitting. RSVP to Kelly at (561) 732-2045.

Congratulations to our students—and one of our parents—who earned St. Francis Awards at the beginning of the month: Barby L. (First Grade), Matthew P. (First Grade), Lily C. (Second Grade), Cain D. (Third Grade), Taylor W. (Third Grade), Hailey M. (Fifth Grade), Maggie R. (Fifth Grade), Morgan W. (Fifth Grade), Mason F. (Sixth Grade), Michael F. (Sixth Grade), Eric McCabe (Parent), and the Seventh Grade class! For those who do not know, individuals and classes are nominated by administrators, teachers, parents, and/or students for showing the grace and dedication of Saint Francis to their friends, to our school community, and to animals, to name a few. We honor nominees monthly during a Friday Morning Prayer service.

I hope you received the beautiful Jaguar Fund brochure in the mail by now. (If you haven’t, please let me know.) This is one of our most important initiatives each year, as monies raised help bridge the gap between tuition and expenses. We have been blessed to also utilize Jaguar Fund contributions to enhance our campuses in a variety of ways, which are listed in the brochure. This year, I’m excited about launching The 1958 Society for those who give at the Founders Circle—$1,958 and above. A portion of the donations at this level will be used to start a five-year Endowment in honor of our sixtieth year!

This month at our Early Childhood Academy (ECA), students celebrated Thanksgiving with songs and a slice of apple pie! Students are also busy preparing for their December event, the annual Winter Gala. As always, give Dolores a call at (561) 278-7735 if you need more information!

Looking ahead to December, one can feel quite overwhelmed… We have three Christmas concerts (Reichert Center on the 5th, Lower School on the 6th, and Middle School’s Lessons & Carols on the 13th), Santa’s Workshop is from the 13th through the 15th (with shopping occurring on the 14th), and students in Grades Five through Eight “show what they know” on Midterm Exams from the 20th through the 22nd.

Thank you for your vital part in the mission of Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School through your prayers, financial gifts, and advocacy. For those of you who are not on campus every day, you are always welcome to see firsthand all of the good that is happening in the lives of our students because of your support! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to specific faculty/staff members, and/or to me directly.

With sincere gratitude and appreciation,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org


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STREAM Spotlight

In our SmartLab, a new sign now adorns the wall above the Facilitator’s desk. It illustrates the philosophy of the SmartLab—and STREAM in general. Ms. Cunningham designed it herself, and we are very proud that we’re teaching our students how to learn and to be lifelong learners! It all starts with a question or a problem needing to be solved; then, utilizing problem solving, communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and self-direction, it becomes an idea or a solution!

In Art, students in Grades Six and Seven participated in a “STREAM Learning Adventure” by designing their own Mandalas. Students learned about radial symmetry, blending and shading colors, folding to create sections, and the cultural and spiritual meaning of Mandalas. Thank you to Mrs. Jacobs for facilitating such a wonderful cross-curricular lesson and project! (Oh, and the students’ Mandalas are on display in the Office, so come by and see!)


Upcoming Events

11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break (No School – Both Campuses)

11/27 – Classes Resume

11/28 – Middle School Open House (Fourth/Fifth Grade Families) @ 8:00 AM

11/30 – PO Meeting @ 8:00 AM in Multi-Purpose Room

12/01 – Second Quarter Interims

               St. Francis Awards @ 8:05 AM in Church

               PO Movie Night on Jones Field @ 6:00 PM

12/03 – First Day of Advent

12/05 – Reichert Center’s Christmas Concert @ 8:15 AM in Church

12/06 – Lower School Christmas Musical @ 6:30 PM in Rogers Gymnasium

12/08 – Fifth Grade Field Trip to Science Center (9:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

12/12 – JK Field Trip to Old School Square @ 10:00 AM

12/13 – Santa’s Workshop (Set-Up)

               Middle School’s Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols @ 7:00 PM in Church

12/14 – Santa’s Workshop (Shopping!)

               Midterm Exam Prep (Fifth Grade)

12/15 – Santa’s Workshop (Clean-Up)

               Midterm Exam Prep (Fifth Grade)

               Angel Tree Dinner @ Holy Redeemer Church (Eighth Grade Only)

12/18 – Midterm Exam Prep (Middle School)

               Midterm Exams (Fifth Grade)

12/19 – Midterm Exam Prep (Middle School)

               Midterm Exams (Fifth Grade)

               Third Grade’s Christmas Around the World

12/20 – Christmas Eucharist @ 8:05 AM in Church

               Midterm Exams (Fifth Grade and Middle School)

12/21 – Midterm Exams (Middle School)

               12:00 Dismissal (ECA Only)

12/22 – Midterm Exams (Middle School)

               12:00 Dismissal (No After Care)

               No School (ECA Only)

12/25-01/05 – Christmas Break (No School – Both Campuses)

01/08 – Classes Resume


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October!

“But, if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us all from sin.”

~ 1 John 1:7

October has been a busy month at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School! We finally feel like we’ve hit our 2017-2018 stride. Every day is full of learning, fun, laughter, and fellowship. I am extremely grateful for this place, for the amazing faculty/staff, for our families and students, and for the opportunities to gather together—whether it be during our worship services or at our annual events like the Back to School BBQ and Trunk or Treat!

Speaking of the Back to School BBQ, what a wonderful evening that was! Thankfully, the weather held up and allowed us to enjoy our new playground. Special thanks to Mayor Steven Grant and Joey, the Jaguar for making appearances at our ribbon cutting ceremony. It was a nice celebration of the time, hard work, and dedication our phenomenal Playground Committee and Parent Organization put into this endeavor. I love driving on campus and seeing our students enjoying this much-needed addition to our campus! As for the BBQ itself, I am eternally grateful to our Development Team (Kelly DuBois, Janet Sanchez, and Rhiannon Aubrey) for putting the event together. Very, very special thanks to the volunteers who helped serve food, tend bar, clean-up, and cook: Audra Agramonte, Cary Braswell, Robby DuBois, John and Gina Czulada, Marsha Farmer, Joe Ilcus, Gina Lambert, Misty Louthan, Rick Nevad, Kelly Raimonda, Aden Reese, Colette Turner, Brian and Jaime Veccia, and Vanessa Wilson. And, a special shout out must go to Randy and Philomena Smith for graciously supplying the food!

I hope you received the beautiful Jaguar Fund brochure in the mail by now. (If you haven’t, please let me know.) This is one of our most important initiatives each year, as monies raised help bridge the gap between tuition and expenses. We have been blessed to also utilize Jaguar Fund contributions to enhance our campuses in a variety of ways, which are listed in the brochure. This year, I’m excited about launching The 1958 Society for those who give at the Founders Circle—$1,958 and above. A portion of the donations at this level will be used to start a five-year Endowment in honor of our sixtieth year!

Our first round of collecting Box Tops ended well! Congratulations to the following students who earned a “fancy lunch” next Monday—with fine china, cloth napkins, and more—for collecting the most Box Tops: Johnnie R. (Seventh Grade – Over 500 Box Tops!), Michael F. (Sixth Grade – Over 350 Box Tops!), and Sally H. (Seventh Grade – Over 300 Tops!). Special thanks to Georgia Handy for spearheading this fundraiser for our school. Over $500 was raised—from just clipping and collecting Box Tops! The next collection is in February. :-)

At the Early Childhood Academy, we recently celebrated Lady I Love Night, a night to honor the special women in our students’ lives. What a lovely event! The ECA’s yearly Pumpkin Silent Auction also took place this month--earning $185 toward Jaguar Fund. It’s a treat to see our teachers’ and students’ artistic talents come to life. And, the pumpkins are wonderful keepsakes; I still have one from when my son, Keaton, went to the ECA!

As we approach November, please be mindful of the following: First Grade students honor the saints during our annual All Saints’ Eucharist on Wednesday, November 1st; St. Francis Awards will be given to nominated students on Friday, November 3rd; Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 5th; we will celebrate a Thanksgiving Eucharist on Wednesday, November 15th; and, our week-long Thanksgiving Break occurs from Monday, November 20th, through Friday, November 24th.

Thank you for your vital part in the mission of Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School through your prayers, financial gifts, and advocacy. For those of you who are not on campus every day, you are always welcome to see firsthand all of the good that is happening in the lives of our students because of your support! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to specific faculty/staff members, and/or to me directly.

With sincere gratitude and appreciation,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org


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STREAM Spotlight

One of the staples at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School is our Middle School Retreats. Students in Grades Six through Eight take part in teambuilding activities, community service, off-campus fun, and much more! These Retreats fall under our STREAM philosophy because of the skills and practices students obtain—most unbeknownst to them!

Our Eighth Graders partook in outdoor activities and teambuilding exercises with Pastor Lynne and Mr. Wideroff at the annual Pathfinder Retreat. Seventh Graders worked together to try to beat the clock in an Escape Room and in several teambuilding exercises on campus. Sixth Graders navigated their way through Magic Kingdom and participated in activities at school, as well. Each class took part in decision making while honing communication skills, providing support to classmates, and exploring their problem-solving skills. These Retreats allow our students to learn something worthwhile about one another, and they were able to recognize their strengths and areas for personal improvement. Retreats also incorporate educational aspects and community service. This year, Sixth and Seventh Grades cleaned and learned about the Scrub area across the street from SJES!

In other STREAM news, almost all of our students (from PK through Eighth Grade) have visited and/or gone through Orientation in our new SmartLab! I have received wonderful feedback from our students and teachers about this state-of-the-art classroom, which is only one of two in the state of Florida--and the only SmartLab in the United States that has curriculum for all grade levels. (Most SmartLabs center on just elementary-aged or middle school-aged students.) We can’t wait to showcase it in a future Technology Night in the spring. Stay tuned!

Take a look at Third Grade and Fourth Grade students working collaboratively in the SmartLab:


Upcoming Events

10/27 – End of First Quarter

               Fall Festival in Gym

               12:00 PM Dismissal (No After Care)

               Trunk or Treat @ 5:00 PM in Parking Lot

 10/30 – Second Quarter Begins

 10/31 – Halloween

 11/01 – All Saints’ Eucharist @ 8:05 AM in Church

11/03 – St. Francis Awards @ 8:05 AM in Church

            Fifth Grade/Eighth Grade Field Trip to Kravis Center (9:30 AM – 11:45 PM)

 11/05 – Daylight Savings Ends

 11/06 – Distinction/High Distinction Ceremony @ 8:30 AM in Church

 11/08 – Chipotle Night @ Boynton Beach Chipotle (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

11/10 – Veterans’ Day

               Third Grade Field Trip to Little Red Schoolhouse

               Mom’s Night Out (A Bad Moms Christmas) @ Cinemark Boynton Beach

 11/15 – Thanksgiving Eucharist @ 8:05 AM in Church

 11/16 – JK, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade Field Trip to St. Vincent’s
                     (The Big Bad Musical) [9:15 AM – 11:15 AM]

 11/17 – Third Grade’s Pioneer Day

            Middle School’s Hispanic Food Festival in Gym

 11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break (No School – Both Campuses)

 11/27 – Classes Resume

 11/30 – PO Meeting @ 8:00 AM in Multi-Purpose Room


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When September Ends...

For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord;

I sing for joy at the works of your hands.”

~ Psalms 92:4

As the first month of school comes to an end, I must say that Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School is a pretty exciting place! We’ve launched our STREAM initiative, and we are encouraged by wonderful families and a true commitment to our Christian education and mission.

As we implement our strategic plan for the 2017-2018 school year, Mr. Swaney, our Board of Trustees President, asked me to note that success is not a time to become complacent; rather, it is a time to become hyper-strategic. Everyone is working hard to create a secure and promising future of significance during these changing times. Let each of us—faculty, staff, trustees, families, donors, and volunteers—commit ourselves to the magnificent work of educating students. Together, may we realize that each act of hospitality, each gesture of gratitude, each act of engaging a student is part of that magnificent work. If we all understand this, then this year of change will truly be a time of opportunity as we work together to make God visible to the world through the creation of a future significance for Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School.

I hope you read the updated Parent/Student Handbook, which was sent via e-mail and can also be found on our website by clicking here. If you haven’t, please do so at your earliest convenience. Some changes to be aware of are Distinction/High Distinction qualifications (page 9), Early Dismissal procedures (page 13), and chronic absences/tardies and how they may affect retention, promotion, re-enrollment, etc. (page 15).

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Our new SmartLab is finished! Ms. Cunningham is in the midst of on-site training this week, learning about all of the exciting things we’ll be able to implement very soon. Look forward to a “Technology Night” in the near future, where we will showcase, among other things, this phenomenal addition to our campus!

Prior to Friday’s official ribbon cutting ceremony, students have been enjoying a “soft open” of the new playground over the last week and a half. Based on the feedback (and pictures and videos!) I’ve received, everyone loves this new addition! Again, I cannot thank the Playground Committee—under the leadership of Jen Pisciotto—enough for their determination and hard work in seeing this through. And, another special thank you to all of the donors and to all of the remarkable volunteers who helped with construction, mulch-spreading, and everything in between. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to officially unveil our playground on Friday.

At the Early Childhood Academy, we celebrated Man in My Life Night last Friday. Dads, grandpas, and uncles joined in Circle Time, sang songs, ate a yummy snack, and saw firsthand how wonderful our ECA teachers are! We’re looking forward to October’s Lady I Love Night, a night to honor the special women in our students’ lives, on the 21st; RSVP to Dolores at (561) 278-7735. The ECA’s yearly Pumpkin Silent Auction will commence on Friday, October 20th, at 7:00 AM, running through Wednesday, October 25th at 3:00 PM. Pumpkins will be on display in the ECA Office on Thursday, October 19th.

As we approach October, please be mindful of the following: Episcopal Schools Sunday, which honors Episcopal school teachers and students, is this Sunday, October 1st, at the 9:30 service; the Middle School Retreats will take place from Tuesday, October 24th, through Thursday, October 26th; and, the annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat events are on Friday, October 27th. There is certainly a lot to look forward to next month!

Thank you for your vital part in the mission of Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School through your prayers, financial gifts, and advocacy. For those of you who are not on campus every day, you are always welcome to see firsthand all of the good that is happening in the lives of our students because of your support! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to specific faculty/staff members, and/or to me directly.

With sincere gratitude and appreciation,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org


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STREAM Spotlight

I’m sure you have seen two new STREAM-related products on our campus this week. If you haven’t noticed, I hope you will be on the lookout the next time you come by… :-)

To celebrate our new initiative and brand, a lovely banner with this year’s theme—“Full STREAM Ahead”—greets you as you drive into the main parking lot. It’s hanging above the walkway that leads to our new SmartLab, the Computer Lab, and Pastor Lynne’s Sacred Studies classroom. A lot of STREAM-related active learning will occur in these spaces!

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To show my gratitude and appreciation to our amazing faculty/staff members for embracing this vision for Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School—and for all that they do for our students on a daily basis, I gifted them with new STREAM Team shirts! I’m thankful for their support in this exciting new endeavor, and I can’t wait to spotlight the wonderful student-driven activities, experiments, and real-world learning that they will incorporate into their classrooms.

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Upcoming Events

09/29 – First Quarter Interims
              Back to School BBQ @ 5:00 PM on Jones Athletic Field
                        *New Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony @ 5:30 PM

 09/30 – The Jaguar Classic 2017 Golf Tournament @ The Seagate Country Club
                        *Registration Begins @ 7:30 AM
                        *Foursomes Tee Off @ 9:00 AM

 10/01 – Episcopal Schools Sunday @ 9:30 AM in Church
             Blessing of the Animals @ 3:00 PM in Church

 10/02-10/03 – Fifth Grade Retreat to Circle F. Dude Ranch

 10/02 – Girls’ Volleyball ~ AWAY Vs. Unity @ 3:45 PM
              Boys’ Football ~ HOME Vs. Palm Beach Maritime @ 4:00 PM

10/04 – Saint Francis Feast Day Eucharist @ 8:05 AM in Church
             Boys’ Football ~ HOME Vs. Lake Worth Christian @ 3:45 PM
             Girls’ Volleyball ~ AWAY Vs. Lake Worth Christian @ 3:45 PM

 10/09 – Columbus Day (NO SCHOOL – Both Campuses)

 10/10 – Boys’ JV Football ~ HOME Vs. Unity @ 3:45 PM

 10/12 – JK Field Trip to Bedner’s Farm (9:30 AM – 12:00 PM)

 10/20 – Travis Manion Foundation Speaker – Middle School @ 8:30 AM
               First Grade Field Trip to Bedner’s Farm (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

10/24-10/26 – Middle School Retreats

10/27 – End of First Quarter
             Fall Festival in Gym
             12:00 PM Dismissal
             Trunk or Treat @ 5:00 PM in Parking Lot

10/30 – Second Quarter Begins


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August...

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

~ Psalms 32:8

As the first week of the 2017-2018 school year comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on the happiness and joy felt amongst students, parents, and faculty/staff! What a pleasure it was seeing everyone throughout the week! It’s nice to feel like you’ve come “home” after several months on “vacation”.

Many thanks to those who facilitated and attended the New Parent Cocktail Party last week! It was great to mix and mingle with our wonderful new families. Please reach out to new parents and students in your child(ren)’s grade(s) often to make sure they feel the SJES love!

Furniture, materials, and software for our innovative and state-of-the-art SmartLab will be delivered on Tuesday. We’re so excited to involve the school community in this process, and we look forward to hosting a special event for families in the SmartLab in the near future. Stay tuned! (Doesn’t the sliding glass door look awesome? And, the new blue and gold chairs add something special, too!)

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How about our new playground?! Doesn’t it look amazing? Many, many, many thanks to all of the volunteers who gave their time and talents to the construction and maintenance of this endeavor: Kristina Bosch, Mike Farmer, Georgia Handy, Joe Ilcus, Jen Marangos, Eric McCabe, Chris Peck, Jen Pisciotto, Alvise Pugliese, Tracee Sama, Fred Shaw, Shane Tuner, and Nicholas Vidulich! And, our “Mulch-a-Palooza” night last week was a nice way to start the school year; thank you to those who raked, shoveled, cleaned, and more: Steve Alexander, Mike and Sarah Callaway, Pat Coyle, Gerard and Jessica Glynn (and Keira’s Grandparents!), Stewart and Stacy Joslin, Lina Lacy, Misty Louthan, Eric and Amy McCabe, Lenny and Jen Pisciotto, Paul Stanley, Kim Webb, John Whitworth, and Eric Wilson. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at our Back to School BBQ next Friday, September 8th, at 5:30 PM!

Looking ahead to September, plan to attend our annual Back to School BBQ on the 8th. RSVP to Kelly via phone (732-2045) or e-mail (kdubois@sjsonline.org). Next month, the ECA is hosting its annual Man in My Life Night on Friday, September 22nd. RSVP to Dolores at (561) 278-7735; this is always a nice event! We will also celebrate Homecoming Week in September! Stay tuned for the official schedule of themed days. This is a fun and memorable week for our school community! J

On a personal note, as many of you know already, my wife, Rhiannon (SJES’ Business Manager), and I welcomed our second child, Reid Nicholas, on August 14th! His big brother, Keaton (who is in JK), is head over heels in love with his new baby brother—as are we. If you’re in the need of some baby love, stop by the Office where you may catch Reid in his mama’s office. :-)

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As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to specific faculty/staff members, and/or to me directly.

With gratitude and appreciation,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org


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STREAM Spotlight

Since the school year has officially begun, I think it’s important to elaborate on the significance of our STREAM philosophy. Many schools nowadays have adopted the STEM or STEAM initiative… Since religion is an important part of our identity and brand, what better way to identify Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School than as a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) school?!

Under this philosophy, it isn’t so much about the technology we have or the amazing SmartLab we’re building. It’s about how we will continue to challenge our students in innovative and stimulating ways. At the forefront of this initiative is building students’ 21ST century skills—critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration, to name a few. Teachers understand the importance of student-driven learning, where students use a variety of methods to solve real-world problems at their individual level and/or pace.

As we move “full STREAM ahead” into our sixtieth year, we want students engaged in active learning by participating in meaningful learning activities—all the while thinking about what they are doing. It’s our mission and vision to build lifelong learners whose minds, bodies, and spirits are nourished in a safe, Christian climate.


Upcoming Events

09/04 – Labor Day (No School—Both Campuses)

09/08 – Back to School BBQ @ 5:00 PM on Jones Athletic Field

09/13 – Honor Code Chapel @ 8:05 AM in Church

09/14 – Parent Organization (PO) Meeting @ 8:05 AM in Multi-Purpose Room

09/19-09/21 – STAR Testing (Grades Two through Eight)

09/22 – ECA’s Man in My Life Night @ 6:00 PM

09/25-09/29 – Homecoming Week

09/26 – High School Fair @ 6:30 PM in Rogers Gymnasium

09/29 – First Quarter Interims

09/30 – The Jaguar Classic 2017 Golf Tournament @ The Seagate Country Club


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July is Almost Over!

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

~ Zephaniah 3:17

I hope you all enjoyed a safe, fun, and firework-filled Fourth of July! It’s crazy to think that July is now coming to an end. With August around the corner, it’s time to remind you of things on the horizon that should be on your radar before the new school year begins.

  • Make sure to stock up on uniforms! An e-mail was just sent with an updated Dress Code and links to Land’s End and Tommy Hilfiger stores to purchase new uniforms. As always, please stop by and visit the Uniform Exchange Closet for gently used items, if needed.

  • Don’t forget about school supply shopping! (It’s hard to forget, since stores have had things on display for weeks now. Crazy!) This year’s supply list is available on our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/supply-lists/.

  • Coming soon, you’ll receive an updated copy of the Parent/Student Handbook. Please make sure to read it thoroughly to understand the policies of the school. If you have questions at any time about its contents, do not hesitate to contact me.

I am happy to welcome a new part-time member to our faculty/staff—who will wear a plethora of hats (like most of us at St. Joe’s!). She will work with several grade levels as an Education Assistant in Math (which she possesses a Bachelor’s degree in), she will partner with Mrs. Schafer to streamline our students’ transition to high schools, and she has kindly offered her services as a Math tutor before and after her daily SJES responsibilities. Most of you know and love her already, as both of her children graduated from St. Joe’s (her son in 2015; her daughter last year) … It’s my pleasure to officially welcome Tracee Sama to our faculty/staff family! Tracee is our only new hire; all other administrators, teachers, and staff members on the Main Campus are excited to begin another year at Saint Joseph’s—in the same roles and classrooms as last year! If you have specific questions regarding our wonderful faculty/staff, please contact me.

Now, at our Early Childhood Academy (ECA), change is a-comin’! Our fabulous On-Site Director, Ms. Dolores, has determined that she would like to go back into the classroom after many years in an administrative role. Thankfully, we have a teacher at the ECA who possesses a Director’s credential through the Department of Children & Families and who is eager to step into Dolores’ position: Ms. Ellen! So, this year, Dolores will train and mentor Ellen to adequately prepare for the transition in the 2018-2019 school year. Oh, and did I mention that Ms. Dolores will switch places with Ms. Ellen and teach in the Sunflowers classroom?! We’re grateful that Ms. Dolores isn’t leaving us; she’s just changing positions—and she will be on-hand to assist Ellen and the other fantastic teachers at the ECA in any way, shape, or form. Congratulations to Ms. Dolores and to Ms. Ellen!

Construction on our new, state-of-the-art SmartLab has begun. The sliding glass door connecting it to the Computer Lab is in the process of being installed, as you can see. (Special thanks to McCabe Brothers for their amazing work!) Now, the SmartLab can be painted before hardware and furniture are delivered in the coming weeks.

Our new playground has been delivered! As soon as our permit is ready, construction will commence. An e-mail was sent recently asking for volunteers over a two-week period. Any helping hands would be extremely helpful! Please contact Jen Pisciotto at jen.pisciotto@gmail.com if you’re available. We are extremely excited to utilize this playground during daily Recess visits this year!

Thanks to last year’s Call to the Heart, we were able to purchase four new interactive projectors! Mr. Coyle, Mrs. Midden, Mrs. Jacobs, and Mrs. Tasca are eagerly anticipating using them in their classrooms next year—just another way we are moving “full STREAM ahead”!

Several of our faculty/staff members have been busy over the summer utilizing our generous Professional Development fund by attending conferences and furthering their education/expertise in their respective areas. Mrs. Aperavich just returned from the RenWeb Conference in Dallas, TX with plenty of exciting marketing strategies, social media tips, and more! Mrs. Carter is currently a “college student” in a two-week Orff training at Florida International University. Mrs. Jacobs is excited about our new STREAM initiative, so she spent a day at a STEAM conference to learn how “the Arts” play an important role in our philosophy. Finally, Pastor Lynne began coursework toward her Doctorate in Educational Ministry this summer. Just wait ‘til you see how she incorporates what she’s learning into her Sacred Studies curriculum and in our worship services!

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns over the summer, please reach out to the Office and/or to me directly. The Office’s summer hours are 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesdays through Thursdays. With that being said, all of us in the Office (Mary, Rhiannon, Janet, Kelly, and me) are available via e-mail, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

With gratitude and appreciation,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org


STREAM Spotlight

I know Mr. Pat Coyle’s Whispering Pines Day Camp was the spotlight last month; however, I felt compelled to do it again! With the help of Ms. Speyer, Miss Maha, Counselors, and Counselors-in-Training (CITs), take a look at what campers created and presented to families on Friday, July 21ST! What an amazing feat—completed in just two weeks—in Art, STEM, and Performance!

And, now during Session III (which ends on August 4TH), STEM students are building a four-foot robot! They’ll be able to control it with an iPhone app! Stay tuned to Whispering Pines’ social media accounts for pictures, videos, and more: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Whisperingpinesdaycamp/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/whispering_pines_day_camp/).


Upcoming Events

07/24-08/04 – Session III of Whispering Pines Day Camp

08/21-08/24 – Sports Camp (Grades Five through Eight) @ 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

08/22 – New Parent Cocktail Party @ 6:00 PM in Whitney Library

08/25 – New Student Orientation in Gym @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

               Returning Student Drop-in @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

08/28 – First Day of School!

               Prayer Walk Chapel @ 8:05 AM in Church

08/30 – Opening of School Eucharist @ 8:05 AM in Church


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"The Head's Herald" Summer Edition ~ June!

By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so, on the seventh day, he rested from all his work.

~ Genesis 2:2

Happy Summer! I hope your family has enjoyed almost a month’s worth of resting and relaxation. It is hard to believe that July is upon us… The old adage “time flies” is even truer over the summer, isn’t it?! I want to touch base on a few things occurring here at St. Joe’s, since open communication is essential to me. So, please settle in for a brief edition of The Head’s Herald. :-)

Before I begin with “new business”, I must reflect on the beautiful Graduation ceremonies we celebrated with our Eighth Grade and Kindergarten students. Tears flowed, laughs were heard, and memories were made as we said goodbye to our older graduates and welcomed our little graduates to First Grade! Many thanks to those who helped coordinate, set-up, and decorate for both events; everything was amazing!

I must give a special shout out to Jen Pisciotto who earned 2016-2017’s Volunteer of the Year award! Jen was seen on campus a lot throughout the year… She not only is the Treasurer of our Parent Organization, but she also sacrificed her time to drive on field trips, to help students shop at Santa’s Workshop, to assist with Auction set-up, and—above all—to tirelessly and lovingly make our new playground a reality. Saying “thank you” doesn’t even begin to cover how appreciative I am for Jen’s hard work and dedication!

Speaking of the new playground, it has officially been ordered! For updates on construction, pictures of the progress, and information on official ribbon cutting ceremonies, stay tuned to future issues of The Head’s Herald. We are very excited!

In the coming weeks, an updated Dress Code will be sent via e-mail and will be posted on our website. Nothing substantial is changing; in fact, we are striving to make it a little less nit-picky. We want our students to represent our school well in their uniforms—with the added touch of their individual personalities. Stay tuned!

As you know, ERB results are in. If you’d like to schedule a meeting to review your child(ren)’s scores, please send me an e-mail. I’ve met with quite a few parents thus far, and I look forward to touching base with more as the summer continues.

With the summer comes summer maintenance, and we are blessed to have Mr. Nevad! As families and faculty/staff members enjoy rest and time away, Mr. Nevad continues to work on maintaining this beautiful campus. Lightbulbs need to be replaced, walls need to be repainted or touched up, things need to be fixed, and new supplies need to be built… Thankfully, Mr. Nevad does all of the above with a smile! We look forward to showing how lovely everything looks at the beginning of the new year.

Construction on our new, state-of-the-art SmartLab will begin in the coming weeks. The iMacs and new chairs have been ordered, and the sliding glass door connecting it to the Computer Lab will be installed soon. Once again, stay tuned to future issues to keep abreast on all things SmartLab!

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns over the summer, please reach out to the Office and/or to me directly. The Office’s summer hours are 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesdays through Thursdays. With that being said, all of us in the Office (Mary, Rhiannon, Janet, Kelly, and me) are available via e-mail, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

With gratitude and appreciation,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org


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STREAM Spotlight

Mr. Pat Coyle has created an amazing summer camp opportunity for children: Whispering Pines Day Camp! With the help of Ms. Jane Speyer, Miss Maha, Counselors, and Counselors-in-Training (CITs), all campers are having a blast and learning a lot! What I personally love about this camp is the fact that it coincides with our new STREAM philosophy perfectly. Students are participating in hands-on, collaborative learning on a daily basis—building simple machines, making beautiful art projects, learning songs and choreography, creating and maintaining websites, and seeing the value of teamwork as they play sports and games.

If you’re interested in seeing this camp in action, please “like” them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Whisperingpinesdaycamp/) and “follow” them on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/whispering_pines_day_camp/). For more information, call Mr. Coyle directly at (561) 396-6608. And, you’re in luck… There are two more sessions: July 10th through July 21st and July 24th through August 4th. Sign up ASAP; you won’t regret it! As one camper said recently, “This is the best camp I’ve ever been to!”


Upcoming Events

07/03 – Early Childhood Academy (ECA) Closed

07/04 – Independence Day (Main Office and ECA Closed)

07/10-07/21 – Session II of Whispering Pines Day Camp

07/24-08/04 – Session III of Whispering Pines Day Camp


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Sundays @ 7:45 AM, 9:30 AM, and
11:45 AM (Unplugged)

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May Has Come to An End...

The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

        ~ Psalm 121:8

It’s hard to believe that this is May’s edition of The Head’s Herald. The year has flown by… And, what a fantastic one it was! I cannot thank you enough for your support, your excitement, and your kindness. I am eternally grateful for everything!

While the Main Campus prepares to close for the summer, please keep in mind that our Early Childhood Academy remains open. Our dedicated teachers—Ms. Dolores, Ms. Stephanie, Ms. Nancy, Ms. Connie, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Clemencia, Ms. Georgina, and Ms. Ellen—deserve to be applauded for keeping our little ones’ minds growing all summer long!

Congratulations to our Girls’ Tennis team for earning a banner this past season! We will excitedly unveil it sometime next year. And, as always, we look forward to another fun year in Jaguar athletics in the fall!

I have amazing news to share about one of our students—Seventh Grader Alex R.! He was nominated by our school to attend a leadership camp at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We recently found out that he was one of 48 chosen to attend! This camp, Character.Leadership.Community “CLC” Camp, will be an amazing learning experience for Alex, and we are extremely proud that he will represent St. Joseph’s this summer!

If you have not already done so, please submit a listing on our new Business Directory at http://stjosephsdirectory.com/. I’m happy to see a plethora of postings in a variety of areas. Keep ‘em comin’! This can be a wonderful resource for our school and church families.

This year’s ERB scores will be available very soon. I will notify you via e-mail to schedule a meeting with me to discuss your child(ren)’s results. I’m always proud of how our students perform on this standardized test!

Next year’s calendar has been posted on our website and sent home via e-mail. Please make note of our days off, early dismissal days, and other important events throughout the year. Our calendar matches the public school with vacations, so family trips can be planned accordingly. J If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church welcomes you to join one (or more) of four wonderful worship services each weekend. There is one at 5:00 on Saturday evenings and three on Sunday—one at 7:45, another at 9:30, and the Unplugged service at 11:45. For more information, please visit the Church’s website at http://www.stjoesweb.org/.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns over the summer, please reach out to the Office and/or to me directly. Keep an eye out for summer editions of The Head’s Herald to keep you updated on the new playground installation, as well as our amazing SmartLab!

Have a fantastic summer!
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org

 

Upcoming Events:

06/01 – Baccalaureate Chapel Service @ 8:05 AM in Church

               Middle School End-of-Year Awards @ 9:30 AM in Church

               Grades Three through Five End-of-Year Awards @ 10:30 in Church

               Eighth Grade Graduation Pre-Reception @ 4:00 PM in Parish Hall

               Eighth Grade Graduation @ 5:00 PM in Church

06/02 – Last Day of School

               Closing Morning Prayer

               Kindergarten Graduation @ 9:30 AM in Church

               Lower School Moving Up Day

               Half Day (Dismissal between 11:45 and 12:15)

 

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April Already?!

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

~ Proverbs 3:5-6

I seriously feel like I was just writing March’s Head Herald! I hope you and your families had a blessed Holy Week and Easter. We are clearly in the homestretch of the 2016-2017 school year. Buckle up because May is a busy month!

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I had the distinct pleasure of sharing my responsibilities with Reagan P. today! She was Head of School for the Day—something her parents won at this year’s Auction. She was nice enough to bring donuts for the faculty/staff and for her Third Grade classmates. We visited all classrooms throughout the day, made a special trip to our Early Childhood Academy, and took in the Science Fair and History Fair in the Gym. Thank you, Reagan, for being such a wonderful Headmistress!

Congratulations to our Fifth Graders for a wonderful Business Day on Tuesday and to our Middle Schoolers for successful Science and History Fairs today! Our students’ creativity and knowledge were showcased in these projects. Thank you to Mrs. Lacy, Mr. Wideroff, and Mr. Coyle for facilitating these events that make St. Joseph’s the special place it is!

Our Jaguar Student Athletes are in Tennis season! The team’s schedule is posted on our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/sports-schedules/ and can also be found on RenWeb. Come cheer on our Jags!

The Early Childhood Academy is having its very own Field Day on Friday, April 28th, just like the Main Campus! Students will participate in fun activities outdoors. Call Dolores at (561) 278-7735 to find out more!

Speaking of Field Day, please come out and cheer on your child(ren)’s team on Friday, April 28th! Beginning at 9:00, students in Grades One through Eight will participate in team competitions on Jones Athletic Field. It’s always a fun day, so attend if you can.

Our annual Auction—Southern Nights 2017—was a success! We raised $115,000 for our school, including a nice amount for our new playground! Thank you to the amazing volunteers who helped set-up, decorate, and clean-up; they provided much needed and appreciated support to our Auction Committee: Michelle Ambrozy-Sasko, Sarah Callaway, Susan Cross, Meredith Housman, Joe Ilcus, Misty Louthan, Jen Marangos, Eric and Amy McCabe, Jen Pisciotto, Cindy Rhodes, Tracee Sama, and Colette Turner. Special thanks to Brian Banks for supplying the delicious cupcakes, and a very special thanks to Rachel Oyler for running the bar! Also, I must thank my father, Butch Aubrey, for running the Live Auction and my brother, Jeff Aubrey, for DJing. It was such a wonderful evening; we’re already planning and eagerly anticipating our White Diamonds 60TH Anniversary Auction next April!

Next year’s calendar has been posted on our website and sent home via e-mail. Please make note of our days off, early dismissal days, and other important events throughout the year. Our calendar matches the public school with vacations, so family trips can be planned accordingly. J If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The Parent Organization’s campaign for a new playground is still going strong! There is now a PayPal link available to donate online. Please visit http://www.sjsonline.org/playground for more information, and please consider giving to this extremely important endeavor.

Our Jaguar Yearbook will be delivered toward the end of May. This year, we will distribute them in school at a whole-school Yearbook Jamboree on Friday, May 26th, at 2:30 PM. Students will be able to peruse the beautiful pages while also getting an opportunity to obtain signatures from peers in all grade levels. What a fun way to commemorate an exceptional year! Another Yearbook-related event takes place on Monday, May 22nd, after Morning Prayer: The annual Yearbook Video! If you can, please attend to celebrate the school year!

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church welcomes you to join one (or more) of four wonderful worship services each weekend. There is one at 5:00 on Saturday evenings and three on Sunday—one at 7:45, another at 9:30, and the Unplugged service at 11:45. For more information, please visit the Church’s website at http://www.stjoesweb.org/.

Faculty/Staff Shout Out: Congratulations to Mrs. Kelly Fellowes for earning her Master’s degree in Elementary Education! Our faculty/staff members are blessed to have a Professional Development fund available each year to obtain degrees, attend conferences, and more.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to teachers, to Division Heads, and/or to me directly. The relationship between home and school is essential to all of us at St. Joe’s!

With sincere gratitude,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org

 

Upcoming Events:

04/27 – Middle School Science Fair and Middle School History Fair

              “A Night at the Museum” (6:30 – 7:30 in Gym)

04/28 – Fourth Quarter Interims

               Field Day (Half Day – Dismissal between 11:45 and 12:15)

05/02 – LAPS Dress Down Day

05/04 – First Grade Field Trip to Butterfly World (8:45 AM – 1:00 PM)

05/05 – Spotlight/Young Musicians Concert @ Kravis Center – 7:00 PM

05/08 – 05/11 – STAR Testing

05/09 – LAPS Dress Down Day

05/11 – Spring Musicals (Reichert Center: 8:00 AM/Grades One through Eight: 6:30 PM)

               Art Show in Gym @ 5:30 PM

05/12 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

               Half Day – Dismissal between 11:45 and 12:15

05/16 – LAPS Dress Down Day

05/18 – PO Volunteer Breakfast @ Caffé Luna Rosa

               Sports Banquet (Grades Five through Eight) in Gym @ 6:00 PM

05/19 – Eighth Grade Spanish Honors Field Trip to University of Miami’s Cuban American

                           Museum and Restaurant

05/22 – Yearbook Video in Church @ 8:30 AM

               Final Exam Prep

05/23 – Final Exam Prep

05/24 – Ascension Day Eucharist @ 8:05 AM in Church

               Final Exams

05/25 – Final Exams

05/26 – Final Exams

               Yearbook Jamboree @ 2:30 PM in Gym

               Middle School Dance @ 6:30 in Gym

05/29 – No School (Memorial Day)

05/31 – Closing School Eucharist @ 8:05 AM in Church

06/01 – Baccalaureate Chapel Service @ 8:05 AM in Church

               Eighth Grade Graduation @ 5:00 PM in Church

06/02 – Last Day of School

               Closing Morning Prayer

               Kindergarten Graduation @ 9:00 AM in Church

               Lower School Moving Up Day

               Half Day (Dismissal between 11:45 and 12:15)

 

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March!

How is it that March is already ending? Time sure is flying by! I hope everyone enjoyed a fun yet restful Spring Break. We have now entered the final quarter of the school year; it will be June 2nd—and summer!—before we know it.

Our Jaguar Student Athletes are in Lacrosse season! Both teams—boys and girls—have started off well this season; it’s poised to be an exciting one for our Jaguars! Schedules for both teams are posted on our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/sports-schedules/ and can also be found on RenWeb. Come cheer on our Jags!

The Early Childhood Academy celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd with a fun morning of activities and special snacks. Monthly events at the ECA are such highlights for students, families, and teachers. Call Dolores at (561) 278-7735 to find out more!

Please attend Morning Prayer on Friday, March 31st, if you can because Bishop Peter Eaton will be here! He will participate in the worship service, visit Sacred Studies classes, and have a tour of our campus. This is an exciting event for us; we are blessed to welcome the Bishop to our school!

Our annual Auction—Southern Nights 2017—is in our Gym this Saturday, April 1st! Look forward to a fun evening with amazing bidding opportunities, delicious food, and fellowship like only St. Joe’s offers. Make sure you check out the amazing “New Playground” display to learn about bidding options for that endeavor. For more information, please visit the Auction page of our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/auction/. As we like to say: Bid high, and bid often!

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church welcomes you to join one (or more) of four wonderful worship services each weekend. There is one at 5:00 on Saturday evenings and three on Sunday—one at 7:45, another at 9:30, and the Unplugged service at 11:45. For more information, please visit the Church’s website at http://www.stjoesweb.org/.

Looking forward to April… ERB standardized testing will take place next week in Grades One through Eight. (Please make sure students get plenty of rest and a hearty breakfast.) Our students have exciting field trips next month, as well, with the Middle School going to The Keys, Fifth Grade visiting Circle F. Dude Ranch, and Fourth Grade blasting off to Kennedy Space Center. The end of the month brings an Eighth Grade tradition—the Fashion Show at Delray Beach Club! If you’ve never attended this, please consider doing so this year; it’s a wonderful event for parents in all grade levels to be together and to celebrate our graduating class. A new event is taking place on April 27th… Hosted by Mr. Pat Coyle (English/History Teacher), “A Night at the Museum” invites all families to a living historical museum—presented by Middle School students. The Parent Organization will be on hand to sell refreshments—with donations going to the new playground.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to teachers, to Division Heads, and/or to me directly. The relationship between home and school is essential to all of us at St. Joe’s!

With sincere gratitude,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org
 

Upcoming Events:

03/30 – Dress Down Day for Band-Aid Donations

03/31 – Bishop Peter Eaton Visits St. Joseph’s!

04/01 – Southern Nights Auction @ 6:00 PM in Gym

04/03 – ERB Practice Day

               Distinction/High Distinction Ceremony @ 8:30 AM in Church

04/04-04/06 – ERB Testing (Grades One through Eight)

04/07 – ERB Make-Ups

04/10-04/12 – Middle School Field Trip to The Keys

04/12 – Fourth Grade Field Trip to Kennedy Space Center

04/13 – Maundy Thursday (Half Day – Dismissal between 11:45 and 12:15)

04/14 – Good Friday (No School)

04/16 – Easter

04/17-04/18 – Fifth Grade Field Trip to Circle F. Dude Ranch

04/20 – PO Meeting @ 8:05 AM in Parish Hall

04/21 – Eighth Grade Fashion Show (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM) @ Delray Beach Club

04/25 – Fifth Grade Business Day in Gym

04/26 – Second Grade Field Trip to Morikami (9:45 AM – 12:30 PM)

04/27 – Middle School Science Fair and Middle School History Fair
              “A Night at the Museum” (6:30 – 7:30 in Gym)

04/28 – Fourth Quarter Interims
              Field Day (Half Day - Dismissal between 11:45 and 12:15)
 

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February!

February is winding down, and what a fun month it’s been! Valentine’s Day parties took place, and we celebrated our beloved Grandparents and Special Friends, as well. The exciting time of re-enrollment also began; isn’t it crazy to already think about next school year?!

We ended January with a wonderful LAPS event, where students learned that “myelin is their friend” from guest speaker Lew Gallego and how important it is to “eat the rainbow”. Very special thanks to Jennifer Marangos for chairing this endeavor for the second year in a row! I also must thank her amazing team of volunteers: Audra Agramonte, Sarah Callaway, Lindsay Gallego, Angela Hammett, Georgia Handy, Jennifer Lee, Christine Lewis, Regina Marcus, Jen Pisciotto, Tracee Sama, Cherie Spencer, David and Lori Stenson, Marjorie Territo, Jaime Veccia, Heather Vidulich, and Kim Webb. All proceeds from LAPS are going to the new playground, so thank you for your generous donations!

Our Jaguar Student Athletes finished up Basketball (Boys) and Soccer (Girls) seasons. They are both gearing up to begin Lacrosse! Schedules for both teams are posted on our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/sports-schedules/ and can also be found on RenWeb. Come cheer on our Jags!

The Early Childhood Academy is still looking for a dedicated individual to join its faculty as a Teacher Assistant. The candidate needs to have a high school diploma or equivalent, experience working in a licensed childcare facility (where all licensing guidelines were followed and all policies, procedures, and standards implemented), and must be at least 18 years of age. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Dolores at (561) 278-7735.

Grandparents’ Day and Special Friends’ Day, which took place on February 17th, was another wonderfully memorable day! Very special thanks to Audra Agramonte for chairing this event again this year, and special thanks to her amazing team of parent volunteers who helped serve breakfast, worked the check-in tables, and so much more: Kelly Alexander, Michelle Ambrozy-Sasko, Mia Anderton, Sarah Callaway, Kayla Chomko, Kristin Elliott, Arleen Falcones, Marsha Farmer, Erika Flynn, Lucy Goldin, Lynn Haddad, Angela Hammett, Georgia Handy, Meredith Housman, Jennifer Lee, Jen Marangos, Regina Marcus, Amy McCabe, Rachel Oyler, Jen Pisciotto, Tracee Sama, Cherie Spencer, Colette Turner, Jaime Veccia, Kim Webb, and Carrie Wilt. Thank you, also, to the parents who graciously dropped off food and drinks for the event. I heard a plethora of positive remarks that day; my personal favorite was, “This is my favorite day of the year!”

Mrs. Williams and I would like to thank the wonderful volunteer moms who made this year’s Book Fair a huge success! Special thanks to Patty Jones, Clara Bednar, Sarah Callaway, Sherri Claude, and Jen Pisciotto for being an amazing “set-up” crew; they worked diligently to make the room beautiful! Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day would not have flowed as smoothly without Patty, Renee Reiersen, and Tracee Sama, so we thank you very much, as well. We are already looking forward to next year!

As I wrote in the September issue, an exciting opportunity for our Middle School students is to become members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). To be eligible for NJHS, students must possess five characteristics: scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Students must earn a 91.5% in all courses at the end of the first semester to be considered for membership. A faculty/staff committee will then determine which students qualify for an official membership invitation. Students eligible this year will receive more information—including an invitation to this spring’s induction ceremony—soon!

Our annual Auction—Southern Nights 2017—will be here before we know it! We are holding this event in our Gym on Saturday, April 1st. Every year, we ask each family to contribute at least two items for bidding—ranging from gift cards to vacation getaways. Each child earns a Dress Down Day on March 17th for submitting two acquisitions! For more information, including where to print donation forms, please visit the Auction page of our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/auction/.

Looking forward to March… We have altered our annual Faculty Vs. Student Soccer Game to now include alumni! So, on March 3rd, current Faculty/Staff and Students will play against Alumni in a fun game of Soccer; please come and cheer your favorites on! That night, the PO is sponsoring its second Movie Night. Please RSVP to Kelly at (561) 732-2045 if you plan to attend one or both events. Also, in March, our annual talent show, Jags Got Talent, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th, at 6:30. Finally, I’m sure we are all looking forward to Spring Break from March 20th to the 24th. :-)

Lastly, if you need to drop your child(ren) off at school prior to 7:30 AM, please utilize our Early Care/Before School Care program. From 7:00 to 7:30 each morning, students are to come to the Office as teachers do not open classroom doors until 7:30. I facilitate Early Care, so they are welcome to work on homework, AR read, or just visit with me. This costs $8 per day, and it is billed monthly through FACTS. If you have questions about Early Care, please let me know.

On a personal note, I want to share with you--my wonderfully supportive and loving St. Joe's family--that my wife, Rhiannon, is expecting! We will welcome this precious gift from God in August, just in time for the 2017-2018 school year to begin! :-)

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Our four-year-old son, Keaton, is beyond excited to be “promoted to big brother”!

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to teachers, to Division Heads, and/or to me directly. The relationship between home and school is essential to all of us at St. Joe’s!

With sincere gratitude,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org
 

Upcoming Events:

03/03 – Faculty/Student Vs. Alumni Soccer Game @ 4:30 PM
              PO Movie Night @ 6:30 PM

03/06-03/10 - Band Aid Drive--Benefiting Palm Beach Children's Hospital
                       (Facilitated By Fifth Grade)

03/06 – Second Grade Field Trip to Crest Theatre – Berenstain Bears @ 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

03/14 – Jags Got Talent (Talent Show) @ 6:30 in Rogers Gymnasium

03/16 – PO Meeting in Parish Hall @ 8:05 AM

03/17 – Third Quarter Ends

03/20-03/24 – Spring Break (No School)

03/27 – Fourth Quarter Begins

03/31 - Fun Friday!

 

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