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,


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.


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


St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church

Saturdays @ 5:00 PM;

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

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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 ( 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,


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


St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church

Saturdays @ 5:00 PM;

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


Business Directory

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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

  • 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 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,

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 ( and Instagram (

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)

Business Directory

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