12 May Letter from Mr. Kelly

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Dear St. James/Seton Catholic School Community,

Congratulations to our SJS class of 2023 who will be graduating tomorrow morning.  This is an outstanding group of young people who I’m sure will make us very proud.  They will take the lessons learned at home and school and go out and change the world!  We all look forward to seeing what these students will become in the future.  A special thanks to all their parents for the years of continued support.  Your support and sacrifice is indeed noticed and appreciated.  God Bless the SJS class of 2023.  The entire SJS community wishes them nothing but the best.

We have an expectation that the addition and subtraction facts will be mastered by the end of 2nd grade, and multiplication and division mastered by the end of 4th grade.  Mastery means the ability to recall the answer very quickly.  If your student does not reach that expectation yet (ask them some math fact questions to find out) please make this a summer goal and priority.

Last week I mentioned the many academic achievements and initiatives this school year.  But I also want to highlight the many spiritual accomplishments and initiatives we took on this year as well.  Our school theme of “Being Jesus for Others” was used throughout the grades.  We supported the SVDP Society, St. Jude Hospital, and EPS with school fundraisers.  Our 2nd and 8th graders successfully received their Sacraments.  Special religious events occurred throughout the year-Stations of the Cross, May Crowning, Exposition of the Holy Eucharist, etc.  We held our first Cereal Box Domino Challenge.  Our parish priests continued to visit the classrooms.  And, we continue to emphasize our patron saint knowledge.  So, our faith remains strong as we venture into the summer and next school year.

As we end the final full week this year, I look back with great pride at what we have accomplished.  And we know nothing would be possible without the hard work of our teachers and the support of our parents.  Thank you for all you do for SJS.  SJS is a special place and I look forward to next school year and beyond.  Where can a SJS education take you?  Anywhere!

William Kelly