“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,
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”.
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)
Middle School Dance @ 6:30 PM in Gym
01/15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. 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
St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church
Saturdays @ 5:00 PM;
Sundays @ 7:45 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:45 AM (Unplugged)
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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