December ~ Get Your Jingle on!

  Miss Audrey MacPhee (Associate Head of School) and I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2018!!

Miss Audrey MacPhee (Associate Head of School) and I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2018!!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

~ John 3:16

Wasn’t I just writing about November?! How is December already coming to an end? As I say goodbye to 2017 and usher in 2018 (and the second half of this school year), I am beyond grateful—to have a loving, supportive, and healthy family; to work in a place like Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School; to be greeted throughout the day with the kindest of words and sweetest of smiles from our wonderful students; to laugh every single day with colleagues and friends (and students!); and, above all, for God’s blessings. I wish each and every one of you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years; I can’t wait to see you all in January!

Congratulations to our students—and one of our faculty/staff members—who earned St. Francis Awards at the beginning of the month: Kristoffer H. (JK), Lizzie C. (Kindergarten), Liam A. (First Grade), Hannah C. and Kingston S. (Second Grade), Emily C. and Ethan H. (Third Grade), Zoe H. and Gabi M. (Fourth Grade), John L., Trey P., Alivia P., and Luke W. (Fifth Grade), Cash D. and Ryan F. (Sixth Grade), William T. (Seventh Grade), Alex R. (Eighth Grade), and the wonderful Mrs. Arts! 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.

Congratulations to Mrs. Emily Carter and Miss Maha Bouhamdan for three successful Christmas shows! The Reichert Center Christmas Musical, the Lower School Christmas Show with A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the Festival of Lessons and Carols were all beautifully performed, showcasing our students amazing gifts and talents! I am extremely proud of everyone and of our Performing Arts program that provides a stage (literally!) for our students to shine.

I can’t say enough about how wonderful Santa’s Workshop was this year! Very special thanks to Meredith Housman for being our “Head Elf” and chairing this event! I’d like to also give a special “thank you” to the wonderful volunteers who helped wrap gifts, set up the Parish Hall, help students shop, and/or clean up after the event ended: Audra Agramonte, Kelly Alexander, Michelle Ambrozy-Sasko, Clara Bednar, Sarah Callaway, Marjan Campanelli, Andrew Carter, Abigail Catalano, Chris Chiodo, Trang Dao, Nathalie Doyle, Justine Evelyn, Erika Flynn, Kristine Gobbo, Angela Hammett, Gary Housman, Kelley Johnson, Jennifer Lee, Misty Louthan, Tallon Louthan, Jen Marangos, Regina Marcus, Crystal Murray, Tejal Neelakanta, Jen Pisciotto, Deidra Pitts, Emily Rehak, Cherie Spencer, Lori Stenson, Jaclyn Tafaro, Marjorie Territo, Colette Turner, Kim Webb, and Andrea Whitworth. Special recognition must go to Kitty Taylor, Mrs. Ream’s grandmother and Eighth Grader Alex and Fifth Grader Maggie’s great-grandmother, who helped with set-up by sorting gifts (among other things)—all at 92 years young! This event wouldn’t have been the same without all of you!

The annual Angel Tree Dinner is a community service tradition in Eighth Grade. This year, students prepared, cooked, and served a delicious Christmas dinner to close to 150 homeless and underprivileged! Special thanks to all of you for donating the ingredients: Christmas cookies, fruit cocktail, green beans, Cream of Mushroom soup, and dinner rolls. (Ham was supplied by an anonymous donor.) It’s events like these that truly make St. Joe’s the unique and amazing place it is!

This month at our Early Childhood Academy (ECA), students held its annual Winter Gala. Christmas carols were sung, and fun activities were completed with teachers and special guests. As always, give Dolores a call at (561) 278-7735 if you need more information on anything ECA-related. They do such amazing things with our littlest ones!!

Thank you to those who have so graciously contributed to our Jaguar Fund. We are currently at 50% participation! Please, please get your donations in before Friday, January 12th, especially if you’d like to attend the Thank You Celebration aboard the Lady Atlantic—which is scheduled for Friday, January 26th!

Looking ahead to January, school resumes from Christmas Break on the 8th, Parent/Teacher Conferences will commence on the 12th after a 12:00 Dismissal, Unity Day will be celebrated on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (the 15th), our yearly Open House is scheduled for the 16th, and the end of the Second Quarter is on the 19th. Finally, on the 26th, our annual PO fundraiser, LAPS, will occur—with the Jaguar Fund Thank You Celebration happening that evening.

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

Two recent projects—one in Middle School and another in Third Grade—have brought the STREAM philosophy to life! When different subject areas relate to each other and to the real world, this effective cross-curricular approach allows our students to learn in exciting and beneficial ways!

The Middle School’s Hispanic Food Festival asked students to research a Spanish-speaking country and to create a PowerPoint and display board with their discoveries. On the day of the Festival, students became a part of their countries by donning cultural garb and/or themed outfits reminiscent of what they researched. The final touch was providing food samples to visitors to immerse them into the culture of each country.

In Third Grade, students recently held Christmas Around the World, where—like their Middle School peers—they had to research a country and create a display board with what they discovered. The catch here was the focus on how each country celebrates Christmas! Along with themed clothing, students offered visitors delicious treats related to their specific country’s customs and traditions.

Special thanks to Señora Loredana Quong and Mrs. Maggie Midden for facilitating these projects and for asking our students to “think outside of the box”.


Upcoming Events

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

01/08 – Classes Resume

01/10 – Epiphany Eucharist

01/11 – LAPS Meeting in Parish Hall

01/12 – 12:00 Dismissal (Main Campus ONLY; ECA is Open Until 6:00 PM)

               Parent/Teacher Conferences

               Middle School Dance @ 6:30 PM in Gym

01/15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

               Unity Day

01/16 – Open House (8:30 AM – 11:30 AM)

01/18 – First Grade Field Trip to Science Museum @ 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

01/19 – Second Quarter Ends

               Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade Field Trip to Universal Studios

01/22 – Third Quarter Begins

01/23 – Auction Planning Meeting @ 8:05 AM in Library Conference Room

01/25 – PO Meeting @ 8:05 AM in Multi-Purpose Room (NEW DATE!)

01/26 – LAPS for SJES

               Jaguar Fund Thank You Celebration on Lady Atlantic (Invitation Only)

01/29 – Second Grade and Third Grade Field Trip to Lighthouse

01/31 – Presentation of Our Lord/Candlemas


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Christmas Services @ Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church

CHRISTMAS EVE (12/24)

4:00 PM: Children and Family Service

6:30 PM: Youth and Family Service

11:00 PM: Pre-Eucharist Carols

11:30 PM: Midnight Eucharist

 

CHRISTMAS DAY (12/25)

10:15 AM: Eucharist


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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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