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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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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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St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church

Saturdays @ 5:00 PM;

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

http://www.stjoesweb.org/


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Business Directory

Browse our virtual directory of businesses owned and operated by School families, Church parishioners, and Alumni!

http://stjosephsdirectory.com/


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


St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church

Saturdays @ 5:00 PM;

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

http://www.stjoesweb.org/


Business Directory

Browse our virtual directory of businesses owned and operated by School families, Church parishioners, and Alumni!

http://stjosephsdirectory.com/