15 March Letter from Mr. Kelly

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

We enjoyed the wearing of the green today in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s fun to be out of uniform, but the day does call to mind one of the blessings of our Catholic faith– the role of the saints. The example that saints provide can be a useful teaching tool for us Catholic educators, and also parents.  And their saintly intercession for our prayers is an important aspect of our faith.  St. Patrick’s Day has become, among many other things, a celebration of all things Irish.  But the foundation of the day remains the saint himself.  And what a story St. Patrick provides.  He was captured as a boy and is taken as a slave to Ireland.  He escaped and received a message from God in a dream to become a priest and return to Ireland and spread the Good News.  And what a success he was!  He battled against the polytheists and made Ireland a predominantly Catholic place.  Ireland is a country with a history full of saints.  If you enjoy the stories of saints a few you may find interesting would be St. Oliver Plunkett, St. Columba, St. Kevin, and St. Brigid.  St. Patrick truly does show the power that one believer can have.

We would like to wrap up registration soon for next school year.  It makes planning and purchasing easier for us over the summer if we have a clear idea about the number of students.  The sooner we know numbers the better it is for school.  If you have not finished up on Sycamore, please do so as soon as possible.  If you are in need of a form for a new student, or have any questions, please contact the school office.

As you buy uniforms for next school year or the springtime, please remember all uniform items are to be purchased at a uniform store, or uniform section of a department store.  So pants, shirts, and shorts should be uniform pants, shirts, and shorts, not just the correct color.  Uniform clothing is cut and styled in such a way that makes it appropriate for our school setting.  And uniforms give off a silent message of solidarity and respect, and even minor violations of the policy can be subject to disciplinary action.  Skirt length and hair requirements remain rules, even at the end of the year.  Thank you for your support.   It’s always best to check the Dennis Uniform site to see if what you are purchasing actually fits our school uniform expectations.  Thanks for all you do.  God bless SJS.


William Kelly