21 January Letter from Mr. Kelly

Memorial of Saint Agnes

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

Catholic Schools Week is coming up at the end of the month, and it is always a fun week for the school (a listing of events will come your way soon).  One of the aspects of that week that I like best is the sense of gratitude that comes with the week, and the joy that accompanies the events.  As we move through the second semester, we should look to extend that joy and excitement.  And that is easy to do at SJS because we have an outstanding school.  There are small miracles that happen every day here.  We have students learning and applying their faith in how they interact with each other.  Our kids learn what it means to be Catholic and how that should change their lives and help the lives of others.  Our students treat each other with a respect that is uncommon in today’s world.  Our kids leave SJS with the skills ready to be successful in high school and beyond.  And, we can always count on our school community to support whatever venture the school takes on.  So, as we move through the second half of the year, we can open our eyes and hearts to the little miracles that God gives us here at SJS and do our part to share with others.

Just to help our parents plan- in early February we will begin the registration process for next school year.  We appreciate your support and a timely return of materials.  We open registration to current families first as a courtesy to you and encourage you to take advantage of that opportunity.  Some classes fill quickly, and you want to return the forms to secure your place.  And, we want to add as many new families as possible so please spread the word about SJS.  (If you have a bulletin board at work and can display SJS materials just let us know).  This year, in particular, there is much that you can share with others about the great work being done at SJS.  We are planning our Preschool and Kindergarten Roundup for February 18th, this is largely for new families and is not mandatory, but we appreciate you spreading the word.  Thanks for your continued support.

I want to thank the 6th grade students who have endured the cold 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 Mrs. Clark, which is a big job, and her efforts are much appreciated.

February 10th is our 2nd semester Parent/Teacher Conference Day.  As in years past, these conferences are not mandatory but can be called by a parent or teacher.  Please be on the lookout for information from the teacher and the online sign-up directions.

Perhaps it is time to look at your student’s uniform for the winter.  Kids do grow quickly.  Uniforms send the message of solidarity and help us avoid a variety of social issues.  Don’t forget to check the Dennis Uniform website  (https://www.dennisuniform.com/schools/P12) before you make a uniform purchase to make sure it meets school requirements.

Thanks for all you do.

William Kelly