18 February Letter from Mr. Kelly

Friday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

Thank you to all the parents and friends who helped spread the word of our Kindergarten Roundup today.  We had a nice turnout and lots of positive vibes about the great work going on at SJS.  SJS is an easy school to promote.  We have outstanding teachers and students.  Our parents are supportive of the school.  We have resources and opportunities other schools can’t match.  And our faith is strong.  Thanks for all you do for SJS, and please continue to spread the word.

Don’t forget to get your school registration materials turned in please.  Preschool and Prek in particular are filling up quickly.  If you have any issues and would like to visit with me, feel free to call. We are in the process of planning for materials and staffing for next school year.  Your registration is an important part–to be honest, the most important part–of that process.  So we strongly encourage all registrations to be in as soon as possible.

I have been overall pleased with the positivity and respect that our school community has shown during these pandemic times.  Certainly, there are a variety of opinions on nearly every topic these days.  But, one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is an understanding of the value of respect.  As adults when we look back at our most important role models, and those that show respect stand out.  Far too often we hear stories of people who do not show respect for others.  Jesus provides the most powerful model for us.  The sinner, the leper, the poor—all were treated with complete respect by Jesus.  The best way to teach a student to respect is by modeling it.  Educators are keenly aware that every word and action is observed by your child.  So, it is important that we objectively view our own behavior to ensure it provides the kind of example we wish to set.

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.  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.

William Kelly