18 March Letter from Mr. Kelly

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

As I look back at the last couple of school years, we really have made great progress despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.  Thank you for your continued support.  It is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, and wise decision making of our parents, that we have been able to keep school open, and the kids safe.  At Curriculum Night in August I asked you to trust me, and to trust our staff.  I think that trust has been validated with the successful and smooth school year and the progress we have made.  Thank you for trusting and helping us.  I sometimes get asked what I think the future will look like in schools.  To be honest, I do not know, no one does really.  But, this year has shown SJS will be ready and prepared to take on any challenge and have an exceptional year as we prepare students to become future leaders of the Church and community.  Talent is refined and potential unleashed at SJS.

We had many students request Lenten Rice Bowls this year as part of their Lenten sacrifice.  Feel free to contact the office if you would like one.  The considerable kindness of the SJS community is just one reason why I am excited about the future.  We have wonderful students, a dedicated teaching staff, and supportive parishes.  There is a positive feel at our school and a variety of new activities for the students.  We have a lovely school facility with a full-size gym, computer lab, and preschool.  We follow a thorough curriculum, and our students score high marks on standardized tests.  I would like your help in spreading the word about our fine school.  Enclosed in this week’s VBP is a fact sheet that highlights some information about our school.  If you know of a family that would be a good fit for SJS, please share the information with them.  Feel free to also have them contact the school office for a tour.

It is an exciting time for our school as the 8th graders prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and our 2nd graders prepare for First Holy Communion.  There has been much preparation for the students as they get ready for this important step in the faith as we want them to be fully aware of the significance of the event.  This of course requires a good amount of work by the parents and teachers.  I have been pleased with the progress of the students and am grateful for the efforts of all involved.  Please continue to pray for our 2nd and 8th graders.  God Bless SJS.

Just a reminder that we are looking to get all current families registered by Monday.  You will notice a red check mark on Sycamore if you are not fully done registering.  If you have a new student joining us we will need actual paperwork to be filled in.  And, be on the lookout for information coming home regarding our Home and School fundraiser, Nest Fest.  Thanks for all you do.


William Kelly