December - Merry Christmas!

“If we make it through December…” What a busy month this has been! I feel like I was just writing November’s edition of The Head’s Herald, and here I am compiling information for December. As we say goodbye to 2016 and usher in a new year and the second half of this school year, I couldn’t be more appreciative and grateful for the St. Joe’s families and the faculty and staff. You all make each day a joy, and I eagerly anticipate returning in January to see everyone!

I want to give a special shout-out to students in Grades Five through Eight for taking Midterm Exams! They deserve to be celebrated for buckling down and “showing what they know” on these challenging assessments. Nice work, Jags!

Come cheer on our Jaguar Student Athletes as they embark on new seasons! Boys have begun Basketball, and Girls are playing Soccer. Schedules for both teams will be posted on our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/sports-schedules/ and will also be found on RenWeb. Go Jags!

The Early Childhood Academy will celebrate its annual Winter Gala on Friday, December 23rd. Parents can look forward to singing Christmas carols and participating in fun activities with their little ones. Please RSVP to Dolores at (561) 278-7735.

To celebrate the Christmas season, our faculty/staff and students worked tirelessly to decorate the exterior of their buildings. From the Reichert Center’s Winter Wonderland (complete with a huge igloo made out of milk jugs) to the Lower School’s retelling of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (starting on Third Grade’s door and ending on Fourth Grade’s wall), and from Schofield Hall’s live nativity with Fifth Graders acting as Joseph and Mary to the entirely student-created Middle School wing with tributes to the Elf on the Shelf and Peanuts, I hope our school community was able to bring a smile to your face—and help get you in the Christmas spirit!

Congratulations to Mrs. Emily Carter and Ms. Maha Bouhamdan for two successful Christmas shows! The Lower School Christmas Musical showcased our students’ amazing voices in PK through Grade Three in addition to the vocal talents and acting chops of our students in Grades Four and Five! Our Middle School students beautifully presented the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. I am beyond proud of our students’ achievements and of our wonderful Performing Arts program that allows these gifts and talents to shine.

What a wonderful event Santa’s Workshop was this year! Very special thanks to Meredith Housman for chairing this venture; it certainly is a huge undertaking! I’d also like to personally thank the spectacular volunteers who gave their time wrapping gifts, setting up, helping students shop, and/or cleaning up: Clara Bednar, Sarah Callaway, Marjan Campanelli, Rachel Cooke, Gina Czulada, Kristin Elliott, Justine Evelyn, Erika Flynn, Laura Gallagher, Jessica Glynn, Angela Hammett, Georgia Handy, Christine Lewis, Tallon and Misty Louthan, Regina Marcus, Michelle Mayotte, Courtney McCook, Crystal Murray, Piret Parmi, Jen Pisciotto, Dee Pitts, Cindy Rhodes, Tracee Sama, Dave Sardo, Lori Stenson, Marjorie Territo, Colette Turner, and Jaime Veccia. Without all of your help, the event would not have been as successful and as fun!!

Words cannot express how proud I am of our Eighth Grade students as they prepared, cooked, and served a delicious Christmas dinner to the homeless and underprivileged last week. The annual Angel Tree Dinner is a community service tradition in Eighth Grade, and this class was one of the best at being present and hardworking throughout the five-hour event. Special thanks to all of you for donating the ingredients: Christmas cookies, fruit cocktail, green beans, Cream of Mushroom soup, and dinner rolls. Very special thanks to Pam Schafer for supplying macaroni and cheese and to Randy Smith for the carry-out containers. It’s events like these that truly make Saint Joseph’s the unique and amazing place it is!

It’s not too late to order school pictures! While you won’t receive them in time for Christmas, I still urge you to view your child(ren)’s photos at http://mosaicproductions.zenfolio.com and place an order to commemorate this school year. Order forms are available in the Office, or please e-mail Carol Cunningham at ccunningham@sjsonline.org for one or if you have any questions.

If you are looking for a place to celebrate Christmas, please consider attending Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day! On the 24th, there are three services: 4:00 (Eucharist with Spontaneous Pageant), 6:30 (Eucharist with Illuminated Gospel & Band), and 11:30 (Choral Eucharist)—with carols being sung by the Choir beginning at 11:00. On Christmas Day, please attend our 10:15 AM service. We look forward to worshipping with you!

Looking forward to January, we have exciting things coming! The first Auction Planning meeting is scheduled for January 12th at 8:05, the Jaguar Fund Thank You Celebration aboard the Lady Atlantic is on January 13th, and an evening Parent Organization meeting in the Whitney Media Center will occur on January 19th at 6:30. Please invite your family and friends looking for a wonderful school to come to our annual Open House event on January 17th from 8:30 to 11:30. We will also celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, January 18th, during a Eucharist service. Finally, LAPS will take place on January 27th! More information on all of these happenings will be sent out after Christmas Break.

Finally, if you need to drop your child(ren) off at school prior to 7:30 AM, please utilize our Early Care/Before School Care program. From 7:00 to 7:30 each morning, students are to come to the Office as teachers do not open classroom doors until 7:30. I facilitate Early Care, so they are welcome to work on homework, AR read, or just visit with me. This costs $8 per day, and it is billed monthly through FACTS. If you have questions about Early Care, please let me know.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to teachers, to Division Heads, and/or to me directly. The relationship between home and school is essential to all of us at St. Joe’s!

With sincere gratitude,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org

 

Upcoming Events:

12/23 – 12:00 Dismissal (No After Care)

12/26 – 01/09 – Christmas Break (No School)

01/10 – Classes Resume

01/11 – Epiphany Eucharist

01/12 – Auction Planning Meeting in Library Conference Room @ 8:05 AM

01/13 – Jaguar Fund Thank You Celebration Cruise @ 6:15 PM

01/16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

01/17 – Open House (8:30 AM – 11:30 AM)

01/18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Eucharist

01/19 – PO Meeting in Whitney Library @ 6:30 PM

01/20 – End of Second Quarter

01/23 – Third Quarter Begins

01/27 – LAPS for SJES

 

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November!

How is November already coming to an end?! I hope that everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving, filled with time with family and friends, delicious food, and fellowship. It’s an important time each year to reflect on all that we are thankful for. I’m eternally thankful to St. Joseph’s Episcopal School, its supportive families, its amazing students, and its phenomenal faculty and staff. I couldn’t ask for a better place to be my home-away-from-home.

In the spirit of giving, this year’s Food for Families initiative collected 4,000 pounds of food to benefit WPTV News Channel 5’s annual food drive! This is a wonderful accomplishment, and we thank all families who graciously filled Whole Foods (or other types of) bags with non-perishable items.

Our Jaguar sports teams are currently in Soccer (Boys) and Basketball (Girls) seasons. If you’re able, try to attend one of the remaining games. Schedules for both teams are posted on our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/sports-schedules/ and can also be found on RenWeb. We are so proud of our student athletes!

The Early Childhood Academy celebrated its annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 17th. Our littlest Jaguars had the opportunity to sample the usual fixings while donning pilgrim hats or Indian headdresses. It was certainly a wonderful sight!

Speaking of celebrations, St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church recently celebrated its 60th anniversary! Parishioners, faculty/staff from our school, and many others attended a beautiful dinner on November 19th, where all enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Father Marty Zlatic, listened to St. Joseph’s alum Justin Fox croon classic songs, and socialized with one another. If you are interested in learning more about our wonderful church, please visit their website at http://www.stjoesweb.org, or call the Church Office at (561) 732-3060.

Plans for the new playground are coming right along! The committee held its first meeting on Tuesday, November 15th. A budget was determined, and they’ve narrowed down the companies to a few choices. The Parent Organization invites you to attend A Very Merry Movie Night on Friday, December 9th. For $20 (or $50 for V.I.P.), a family can spread out on Jones Athletic Field and enjoy Jim Carrey in The Grinch! There will be food trucks, a concession stand, and a beer/wine cash bar. All proceeds from this event go to the new playground, so please come—and bring your friends! R.S.V.P. to Kelly at (561) 732-2045 or kdubois@sjsonline.org.

December brings two very exciting events at St. Joseph’s: The Lower School Christmas Musical and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. On Thursday, December 8th, at 6:30, PK through Fifth Grade students will perform in the Lower School Christmas Musical in Rogers Gymnasium. Prior to the show, we plan to officially dedicate the stage to its new namesake, Becky Cleveland, our previous Artistic Director who retired last year after 31 years at St. Joseph’s. Then, on Wednesday, December 14th, at 7:00, our Middle School students will participate in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the Church.

If you need to drop your child(ren) off at school prior to 7:30 AM, please utilize our Early Care/Before School Care program. From 7:00 to 7:30 each morning, students are to come to the Office as teachers do not open classroom doors until 7:30. I facilitate Early Care, so they are welcome to work on homework, AR read, or just visit with me. This costs $8 per day, and it is billed monthly through FACTS. If you have questions about Early Care, please let me know.

I’m so grateful to the wonderful contributions our families have graciously donated to this year’s Jaguar Fund campaign thus far! As you know, any amount is appreciated; we’re looking to reach 100% very soon. At this point, we’re at 70%! Please know that your donations will benefit our students in a plethora of ways, and I can’t wait to share what we plan to accomplish with this year’s earnings. For those who donate(d) at the Leadership Circle ($250) or more, look forward to an e-mail invitation next week to our Thank You Celebration on Friday, January 13th, aboard the beautiful Lady Atlantic! We look forward to celebrating with everyone then!

Speaking of Jaguar Fund, please consider the following opportunity: HypeSites, a Delray Beach-based website and digital marketing company co-owned by a St. Joe’s family, has offered to donate 10% of the revenue generated by new clients who are SJES friends, extended family, alumni, and donors to the Jaguar Fund—from now until the end of the school year! When you contact owners Chris Smith and Olivia Povedano, be sure to mention that you are a part of the Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School extended family. You can reach them at (561) 901-5922 or by e-mailing hello@hypesites.com. Learn more about the donation program at https://hypesites.com/sjes/. It is a win-win situation for everyone: You get a great website and a marketing program that delivers measurable positive returns, and 10% of your investment is donated to the Jaguar Fund! Even if you don’t own a business, refer your family and friends!

Lastly, I am very excited to participate as a Celebrity Server at Empty Bowls Delray Beach. On Sunday, December 4th, at Old School Square, I will be serving soup to hundreds of local residents. I’d like to invite you to join me for this exciting and fun event. I will be there from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Empty Bowls is a national grassroots one-day event that raises money for local hunger relief. I was shocked to learn that one in six residents in our county do not know where they will get their next meal from. Each $25 admission includes a simple meal of soup, bread, a cookie, water, and a beautiful handcrafted bowl to take home. 100% of all proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Here are the ways you can help:

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to teachers, to Division Heads, and/or to me directly. The relationship between home and school is essential to all of us at St. Joe’s!

With sincere gratitude,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org

Upcoming Events:

12/02 – Second Quarter Interims / St. Francis Awards in Morning Prayer

12/04 – Empty Bowls Delray Beach Event @ 11:00 AM (Old School Square)

12/06 – 12/07 – Middle School Conferences (E-Mail kaubrey@sjsonline.org to Schedule)

12/08 – Lower School Christmas Musical @ 6:30 PM in Gym

12/09 – A Very Merry Movie Night (PO Event) @ 6:00 PM on Athletic Field

12/14 – Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols @ 7:00 PM in Church

12/15 – Santa’s Workshop in Parish Hall

12/16 – Angel Tree Dinner @ 1:00 PM (Eighth Grade Community Service Project)

12/20 – 12/22 – Midterm Exams (Grades Five through Eight)

12/23 – 12:00 Dismissal (No After Care)

12/26 – 01/09 – Christmas Break (No School)

01/10 - Classes Resume

 

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October!

Another month of school is coming to a close, and what an exciting one it’s been! From the Middle School Retreats finally occurring to preparing for (and thankfully not being too affected by) Hurricane Matthew, it’s been quite a ride. Thankfully, we have this wonderful place to gather each day to support one another in every way.

The Middle School Retreats were resounding successes! Students enjoyed working together in a variety of ways over three days. They bonded, learned more about one another, and grew together as cohesive units. And, in all honesty, the October dates worked well across the board. With cooler weather and more time to plan and to get acclimated to the school year, this time of year may become the new tradition!

Our Jaguar sports teams ended their Football and Volleyball seasons and are eagerly anticipating Soccer (Boys) and Basketball (Girls). Please try to attend as many games as you can to cheer on our student athletes! Schedules for both teams are posted on our website at http://www.sjsonline.org/sports-schedules/.

The Early Childhood Academy is celebrating diversity with its first annual International Week this Wednesday through Friday. Students will sample foods from all over the world and learn about different cultures. Also, at the ECA this week, the annual Class Pumpkin Silent Auction kicks off today! Starting this morning at 7:00 AM and ending on Friday at 11:00 AM, bids can be placed on beautiful pumpkins decorated by each class. All proceeds go to the Jaguar Fund. Check out our Facebook page to see pictures of each pumpkin, or drop by the ECA to take a look in person.

Our Dismissal procedures are becoming more solidified, and I thank you for your patience, feedback, and assistance. Please keep in mind that Grades One through Eight do not exit their classrooms until the final bell rings at 3:10 PM. Therefore, it’s better to arrive at 3:05 or later, rather than wait in line for an extended period of time.

If you haven’t heard already, one of my goals is to install a new playground east of the Jones Athletic Field for Grades One and up to use. We have been approved to begin the planning process! If you are interested in serving on a committee to gather prices and other information, please let me know. I’d love to have an estimate as soon as we can in order to adequately plan for fundraising and/or including it in this year’s Call to the Heart at the Auction.

Thank you very much to those who have graciously filled the Whole Foods-donated Food for Families bags with non-perishable items for needy families. This new way of collecting food has been extremely successful, and it looks like there’s no sign of slowing down! This initiative officially ends on November 17th, so please return your full bag soon. If you want to receive a nice trick-or-treat bag for your child(ren) to use at Trunk or Treat or for Halloween, bring your full bags by Friday or at the event on Friday at 5:00.

Trunk or Treat is this Friday! If you would like to reserve a “plot” for $35 or two for $50, please call Kelly DuBois at (561) 732-2045. We are anticipating a spook-tacular event, complete with a Halloween-themed Bake-Off! To enter, it costs $10; to indulge in three treats, it’s $5. Start putting those fun Pinterest recipes to the test!

Words cannot express how grateful I am to the many generous contributions we’ve received for this year’s Jaguar Fund. Your gifts will benefit the lives of all students at Saint Joseph’s, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of our wonderful school. We are striving to reach 100% from all of our wonderful families, so please donate soon—no amount is too small.

Speaking of Jaguar Fund, a wonderful opportunity was recently presented to me. HypeSites, a Delray Beach-based website and digital marketing company co-owned by a St. Joe’s family, has offered to donate 10% of the revenue generated by new clients who are SJES friends, extended family, alumni, and donors to the Jaguar Fund—from now until the end of the school year! When you contact owners Chris Smith and Olivia Povedano, be sure to mention that you are a part of the Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School extended family. You can reach them at (561) 901-5922 or by e-mailing hello@hypesites.com. Learn more about the donation program at https://hypesites.com/sjes/. It is a win-win situation for everyone: You get a great website and a marketing program that delivers measurable positive returns, and 10% of your investment is donated to the Jaguar Fund! Even if you don’t own a business, refer your family and friends!

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to teachers, to Division Heads, and/or to me directly. The relationship between home and school is essential to all of us at St. Joe’s!

With sincere gratitude,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org

 

Upcoming Events

10/28 – End of First Quarter; Fall Festival; 12:00 Dismissal; Trunk or Treat (5:00 – 8:00)

10/31 – Second Quarter Begins

11/02 – All Saints’ Eucharist @ 8:05 AM

11/04 – St. Francis Awards in Church @ 8:30 AM

11/07 – First Quarter Distinction/High Distinction Ceremony @ 8:30 AM in Church

11/16 – Thanksgiving Eucharist @ 8:05 AM

11/19 – Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in the Gym
           (For tickets, contact the Church Office at (561) 732-3060.)

11/21 – 11/25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)

11/28 – Classes Resume

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September!

I can’t believe that September has come to an end; it’s the halfway point of the First Quarter. I hope everyone is settling in nicely to the school year. Time sure flies when you’re having fun—and when you’re super busy!

Due to weather warnings in September, our Middle School Retreats had to be canceled. Luckily, Pastor Lynne was able to secure dates in October for the Eighth Grade Retreat: Wednesday, October 19th, through Friday, October 21st. Seventh Grade and Sixth Grade Retreats will also be rescheduled to then. Updated information (permission slips, schedules, etc.) will be sent home soon.

Our Jaguar sports teams have had exciting seasons thus far—including a Homecoming win for our football team yesterday! If you have the chance to catch our Jaguar athletes in action before the seasons end, please do so. Both teams have home games on Thursday, October 6th (Football @ 3:45/Volleyball @ 4:00). Come cheer on our Jags!!

The Early Childhood Academy recently hosted its annual Man in My Life Night event, welcoming dads, grandpas, and other important men in students’ lives. They were invited to participate in Circle Time, songs, crafts, and more! Next month, the ECA is celebrating diversity with International Week. Students will sample foods from all over the world and learn about different cultures. Call Dolores at (561) 278-7735 for more information.

At the end of the First Quarter, students in Grades Three through Eight will have the opportunity to be honored for academic achievement in a Distinction/High Distinction ceremony after Morning Prayer. To earn Distinction, a student must have earned an 85.5% or above and an effort grade of “O” or “VG” in all subjects and Specials on the First Quarter Report Card. Qualifications for High Distinction are the same for effort grades (“O” or “VG”); however, final averages for the First Quarter must be 91.5% or above in all subjects and Specials. If you have questions regarding Distinction and/or High Distinction, please let me know.

An exciting opportunity for our Middle School students is to become members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and/or the Spanish Junior Honor Society (SJHS). To be eligible for NJHS, students must possess five characteristics: scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Students must earn a 91.5% in all courses at the end of the first semester to be considered for membership. A faculty/staff committee will then determine which students qualify for an official membership invitation. The purpose of SJHS is to promote cross-cultural acceptance and understanding in students of Spanish and to encourage service to school and community. This certificate of excellence is awarded to students with an average of 90% and above over the past year and a half of Spanish studies. Induction ceremonies for both honor societies take place in the spring.

A new change to our monthly calendar is instituting schoolwide “Fun Fridays”! All students in Grades One through Eight will participate in 45 minutes of fun activities—occurring either indoors or outside—once a month. This initiative demonstrates the importance of unstructured playtime with our friends and peers—and what better way to do it than on a Friday afternoon?! Our first “Fun Friday” will occur this afternoon!

Update your calendars! ERB testing has been rescheduled from the end of May to the week of April 3rd. This will allow students to focus on the skills they’ve learned throughout the year and to ensure that they perform to their best potential—rather than think about the impending summer. :-) As always, parents will be notified via e-mail to schedule a meeting with me to review scores when they become available.

Don’t forget to donate to the Jaguar Fund! Words cannot express how grateful I am to the many generous contributions we’ve already received. Your gifts will benefit the lives of all students at Saint Joseph’s, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of our wonderful school.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the Office, to teachers, to Division Heads, and/or to me directly. The relationship between home and school is essential to all of us at St. Joe’s!

With sincere gratitude,
Kyle
kaubrey@sjsonline.org


Upcoming Events

10/02 – Episcopal Schools Sunday (9:30 AM Service)

10/05 – Saint Francis Feast Day Eucharist @ 8:05 AM

10/14 – First Grade Field Trip to Bedner’s Farm @ 11:00 AM

10/19-10/21 – Middle School Retreats

10/20 – PO Meeting @ 8:05 AM; Sixth Grade Field Trip to Magic Kingdom (6:30 AM – 11:30 PM); JK Field Trip to Pumpkin Patch (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM)

10/26-10/28 – International Week @ ECA (11:00 AM – 11:30 AM); ECA’s Class Pumpkin “Silent Auction”

10/26 – Unity Rally @ 2:15 in Gym

10/27 – Fourth Grade Field Trip to Lake Worth Playhouse (10:15 AM – 1:15 PM)

10/28 – End of First Quarter; Fall Festival; 12:00 Dismissal; Trunk or Treat (5:00 – 7:00)

10/31 – Second Quarter Begins

 

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Summer News!

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 marjoriejiron1@gmail.com. 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,
Kyle