21 February Letter from Mr. Kelly

Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear St. James/Seton Catholic School Community,

We had a great turnout for our Kindergarten and Preschool Roundup yesterday.  It’s always a pleasure to welcome new families to the SJS community.  I also enjoy the Roundup because it helps me to remember all the outstanding work that is going on at SJS.  At Roundup our team discussed our high scores on the Terra Nova test, how we outperform the national and diocese averages.  I showed our 16 scholarship winners, and all our Eagle Readers  I talked about our dedicated teachers who average 13 years in the classroom.  I shared our emphasis on helping each student reach their full potential through differentiation and small group work.  And, I talk about the outstanding students we have at SJS.  It really is a special school and the Roundup serves as a reminder of that.  Thanks for all you do to support SJS.

We are always looking to add new families who would benefit from the SJS experience.  If you can add a SJS yard sign to your property just contact the office.  We also have posters that can be used for display at a workplace bulletin board. But, we know that a parent who can speak about the value of a SJS education is our most powerful recruitment tool.  Thanks for your help in spreading the word.

We already have 56 families who have submitted their parent participation hours.  The overall point of the program is to get more parents involved in the school; sometimes a little encouragement is all that is needed.  And there are additional benefits too which are significant: lowered costs, examples of service for students, parents making new connections, etc.  Once your hours are completed simply send a brief outline of how the hours were finished to – parentparticipation@sjsomaha.org .

I want to thank the 6th grade students who have endured the cold these winter months to be our school Safety Patrol.  Safety Patrol is an important job, and the students have taken it seriously.  No matter the temperature or the weather the Safety Patrol is out making sure the students are safe.  And, the Safety Patrol is coordinated and organized by Mr. Potter, which is a big job, and his efforts are much appreciated.

As you make your summer plans there are a few pieces of information that you may find helpful.  Our first day of school for 2020-21 will be tentatively planned for August 17th.  School will be dismissed early the 17th.  Welcome Night will be the 14th and Curriculum Night is the 27th of August.

Thanks for all you do.


William Kelly