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).
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,
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!
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.
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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Saturdays @ 5:00 PM;
Sundays @ 7:45 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:45 AM (Unplugged)
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