13 May Letter from Mr. Kelly

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Dear St. James/Seton Catholic School Community,

Congratulations to our SJS class of 2022 who will be graduating tomorrow morning!  This is an outstanding group of young people who I’m sure will make us all very proud.  We all look forward to seeing what these students will become in the future.  One of the blessings of being an educator is that you get to witness the fruits of your labor as the students go out and make the world a better place.  We thank these students for all their hard work at SJS, and a special thanks also 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 2022!

Summer is nearly here, so it is wise to look at your student and our 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, please make this a summer goal and priority.

Joy of Giving is a 24-hour period of giving to benefit the schools, parishes, ministries and organizations of the Archdiocese of Omaha on May 18th.  Your generous support of St. James/Seton Catholic School during this new event can make a meaningful difference on our students and staff.  Your gift during this event will help us to raise funds for tuition assistance, new textbooks, leveled library additions, art supplies, and items for our STEM program.  Check out this link- https://omaha.igivecatholictogether.org/organizations/st-james-seton-catholic-school
Please consider joining in our efforts to make this a fantastic day of Catholic giving in our community.

As we end the final full week this year, I look back with great pride at what we have accomplished.  The year began so strangely.  Total number of days closed this school year due to COVID—zero.  Total number of days spent in remote learning—zero.  Total number of times the calendar was altered due to COVID—zero.  So we have been able to make great progress with our students because of the hard work of our students, teachers, and the support of our parents.  I asked parents to trust us to make the best decisions, and we would make the changes necessary to keep us safe and open.  And, I think that trust has been rewarded.  Thank you.  SJS is a special place.  I look forward to starting next year in a typical manner, and the great things we are sure to accomplish.

The school calendar for 2022-23 is attached to this VBP.  And just a reminder that the last day of school is Thursday with a dismissal of 10:30.  As you look at your summer it is best to remember that the office is only staffed intermittently and if you need assistance it is best to call or email first.

Thanks for all you do.

William Kelly