5 November Letter from Mr. Kelly

Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

Thank you for all your support for our upcoming SOAR Dinner.  You heard right, we have achieved our raffle ticket sales goal!  (Getting out of school early has proven to be an effective incentive for some reason).  Thank you for your support of the raffle sales.  The homeroom challenge is still ongoing, and we will keep you informed of the room winner.  If you plan to attend SOAR please purchase your ticket by next Thursday the 11th.  That will allow us to have the food ordered correctly.  Many come to SOAR to enjoy the delicious meal.  Some enjoy the silent auction.  But I think most attend our event because they understand the positive impact it has on the school.  The funds simply have a direct positive effect for the kids. And if you are not able to make it to the event you can still bid online and purchase raffles.  But, an event like SOAR is a tremendous amount of work; there are countless details to coordinate.  I want to thank the SOAR volunteers and office staff for all their hard work.  The fruits of your labor will be seen on the 20th, and the profits will help SJS.  And a special thank you goes out to Mrs. Howard.  Her efforts have simply been outstanding.  Her determination to make the event a success is easy to see.  Her enthusiasm for the event is undeniable.  And her attention to detail and organization should be the envy of all of us.  I’m confident the event will be both fun, and successful, and in large part this is due to Mrs. Howard.  We are indeed blessed to have her leading the SOAR event.

As we make our way into the winter season it is good to know that we will continue with our traditional approach to snow days.  So, if a snow day is called (snow days are called by the central office, not SJS) we will not have any remote learning lessons.  Snow days do provide opportunities for learning—learning about family traditions, learning how to make a big snowman, learning how to sled faster, learning how to make a successful snowball, learning how to relax and be with family.  So, should the occasion arise, we will have a snow day, and I encourage you to make some memories with your family.

I read an article recently that dealt with relational aggression among children.  A few suggestions that I found helpful and wanted to share were: Parents should create and maintain high expectations for the behavior of their student.  Parents should be in contact with the school if issues arise.  Parents and teachers should work with the students to help them understand socially accepted norms of behavior.  Parents should know what communications are occurring on the computer or cell phone-close supervision is a must.

Tardies can have a major impact upon the flow of the day for your student.  Please make sure you are doing your best to get your student to school on time.  Doors open at 7:40.

Thank you for all you do for our school.

William Kelly