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!)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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. :-)
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,
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.
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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