16 December Letter from Mr. Kelly

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

The snow this week was a reminder that winter is upon us.  The day reminded me of a few points that are worth sharing.

-While oftentimes the Catholic Schools Office follows what OPS does in severe weather situations, that is not always the case.  The Catholic schools are an independent system, and as such we call our own weather emergencies.  So, it is best to keep an eye out for Catholic school specific announcements. 

-It’s also good to remember that we use our email system to make announcements.  Sometimes that can happen quickly.  So, it’s wise to make sure you have an email on file that is current and you check frequently.  Also important is that we have a current phone number on file.  So, if your phone number changed recently, please let us know. 

– And the CSO calls weather related days off, not SJS.  It’s wise to check local media outlets, and not rely on social media.

With the start of the 2nd semester, I would encourage you to consider the morning drop off lane for your student if you are still walking them in.  A bit of independence the 2nd half of the year is a good thing.  It’s also safer with fewer folks walking among the vehicles.  If you do walk in your student, crossing at the front of the church is a good option.

We have made it through our first semester!  Way to go, SJS!  Some schools have had to close recently due to the number of sick students or staff.  But, our cautious approach, and keeping sick kids out of school, has been helpful.  SJS staff and parents working together make for a powerful team.  And, I cannot say enough about the efforts of our SJS staff.  We have tremendous teachers and staff, who are clearly driven to do what is best for the students.  Thank you, SJS staff, for all you do.

It started as a simple idea, perhaps parents would contribute to a Christmas gift for SJS teaching staff to show appreciation.  And your response has been tremendous again.  It was humbling to see such generosity, kindness, and gratitude.  The teaching staff is very grateful to all of those that contributed.  The generosity of our SJS parents is truly a blessing.  Thank you for all you do.

We will soon be on the lookout for new families for next school year at SJS.  If you know of a family that would be a good fit, please send them our way or contact the office with contact information.  And, don’t forget the fun/optional out of uniform “red/green day” next Tuesday.

On behalf of the entire SJS School staff, Christmas blessings to all.  I hope the holiday season is a time of relaxation and fun.  Enjoy the break and thank you for all that you do for SJS.  God bless SJS.

William Kelly