I hope this letter finds you enjoying the remaining summertime with your child(ren) and families—even in this humidity. Here at St. Joe’s, we are preparing for a spectacular school year! A lot has taken place this summer, including painting and maintenance upkeep, installing new technology and delivering new materials to classrooms, adding excited individuals to our wonderful faculty/staff, and so much more.
As previously announced, Mr. Patrick Coyle has joined our Middle School as English (Grades Six and Seven) and History (Grades Six through Eight) teacher and as a boys’ coach. He is a terrific fit for our school, and his excitement will surely carry over to our students.
Over the summer, Señora Marjorie Jirón was provided with a teaching opportunity at another school that she couldn’t decline. This school is only 15 minutes from her house (as opposed to the 45+ minutes it took for her to come here), and her youngest son has the chance to attend the rest of Middle School and graduate from high school at this school. With that being said, departing St. Joseph’s was not an easy decision for her, as she was not looking for another job. I know that she is doing what is best for her and for her family, which I highly respect and understand. She leaves behind a terrific legacy, and we are eternally grateful for all of the wonderful things she has done for our school and for our students. Luckily, she graciously agreed to be a part of the committee to hire her replacement, and we have found a wonderful woman to fill her very high heels, after interviewing over 10 candidates! Her name is Señora Loredana Quong—affectionately known as Señora Q. She has over 15 years of teaching, translating, interpreting, and tutoring experience at lower, middle, and high school levels (including teaching Advanced Placement classes and working with the International Baccalaureate program). She is passionate about reaching each individual student through creativity, motivation, and optimism. To us, she is the best candidate for this position, and we hope you join us in welcoming her with open arms. Señora Jirón is willing to work closely with Señora Q to ensure a smooth transition. As we welcome Señora Q to the family, we wish Señora Jirón the best on her new journey. For those of you who want to reach out to Marjorie, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org. She wants you to know how much she loves all of your children, and she will visit as much as she can and remain in touch with us; she will always be a member of the St. Joseph’s family.
More exciting news… Purchases from last year’s hugely successful Giving Tree (a part of our Fork to Cork Auction) have arrived and have been installed. Interactive projectors are ready to go in JK, Kindergarten, First Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sacred Studies, and Spanish! The Music classroom now has a digital projector and a plethora of new instruments. Little ones in the Reichert Center will be ecstatic to play on the new firetruck on their playground! And, wait ‘til you see what Ms. Cunningham has planned for our students in the areas of coding, robotics, and technology! The Lowry Computer Lab is quickly becoming a Robotics Lab, where students will research, invent, and learn about technology, science, and engineering.
We are also building upon the Guidance program we started two years ago. Mrs. Smith has moved across campus from the Office to her very own classroom (next to Second Grade). This year, she will meet with students once a week to develop character, to learn about bullying, and to delve into ways to build relationships and to have respect for one another. She will also continue Breakfast Club and Lunch Bunch, two offerings that students love!
Our Middle School students have exciting Retreats to look forward to from August 31st to September 2nd. Information on these teambuilding adventures has been either mailed or e-mailed to parents. If you have not received anything and have a child in Middle School, please let me know.
I also must mention our amazing Early Childhood Academy, which recently celebrated its most successful year to date! The wonderful teachers, led by Dolores de la Torre, are one of the many reasons the ECA is the only place to bring your one- to three-year-old child(ren)—and I’m speaking from firsthand experience as my son, Keaton, is “graduating” from the ECA next week and excitedly entering PK on the “big campus”. I’d like to welcome Mrs. Georgina Ricatti to our ECA family; she is the new Teaching Assistant in the two-year-old classrooms.
An area I am looking to build upon this year is parental involvement. This wonderful place has become my second home full of people who have become my second family, and I know that there are quite a few parents who feel the same way. Thankfully, those parents offer their time, gifts, and talents to us on a regular basis, and St. Joe’s wouldn’t be the place it is without them. Now, it’s time for more of you to get involved! I know that jobs and other important responsibilities can deter from volunteering; however, all I’m asking is for everyone to pledge to give at least five to ten hours of his/her time over the course of this school year. Whether you volunteer at a school-sponsored event (Fall Festival, Santa’s Workshop, LAPS, etc.), drive on a field trip, help facilitate class parties with Room Parents, create or help with a class’ Auction basket and project, and/or assist in another way, please know it is greatly appreciated by me, by the faculty/staff, and especially by the students. Having parents involved is one of the things I find to be most important in a child’s education, so please consider ways you can “give back” to St. Joe’s this year.
Finally, we have added to our social media repertoire, so please “like” or “follow” St. Joe’s on our social media accounts (if you’re not already):
We look forward to utilizing these avenues to showcase the unique experiences our students receive at St. Joe’s.
I look forward to seeing you all next Friday, August 26th, at 9:00 AM for New Student Orientation and/or at 10:00 AM for Returning Student Drop-in. As always, if you need any questions answered, please don’t hesitate to call the Office at (561) 732-2045. Most of us can also be reached via e-mail and will be happy to answer questions you have.
We are all on this journey together, and I thank you for being a part of it. I know that this is a going to be a remarkable year!
With sincere gratitude and blessings,