6 November Letter from Mr. Kelly

Friday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

Way to go, SJS!  Our new official last day of school will be May 18th.  We have now surpassed our raffle ticket sales goal and will make the year just a bit shorter.  Who would have known reducing school would be such a powerful motivator?  Thanks for all you have done for the raffle sales and for our school.  Please continue to sell raffles though, as all the funds from the raffle directly benefit the school and our students.  We know this year’s SOAR will be different, but this shows that by pulling together we can make it a success.

The SOAR silent auction items will go live tomorrow, keep an eye out for an email and please spread the word.  And, today Nov 6th, is the final day to order a meal.  Go to-https://one.bidpal.net/sjssoar2020/welcome

We are making our way to the middle of the 2nd quarter.  As we continue into this year, if you have questions or concerns regarding an issue in your student’s classroom it is always best to address those issues directly with the teacher.  They will have the firsthand knowledge of their room and will be able to fill you in.  If your concerns are not addressed then feel free to contact me, I am glad to help.  But I will always have you seek the input of the teachers first.  It is both a professional courtesy and a chain of command issue.

It’s interesting how some pieces of advice stand the test of time.  Our moms were right!  One such piece of wisdom is the benefit of a good breakfast.  Research shows that children who eat a good breakfast: concentrate better, have better problem-solving skills, have better hand-eye coordination, stay more alert, and can be more creative.  That’s just another item to consider as you start your school day.

We have very few issues with mask wearing and the kids.  We know that is because of your support and efforts at home.  Thank you for that.  We approach masks as a way to protect yourself and look out for the health of others.  But, they also allow us to avoid quarantining.  Thanksgiving break does worry me, to be honest.  If families hold typical Thanksgiving celebrations, with extended family and buffet style meals, this could quickly lead us to many positive cases and thus the need to go to remote learning.  Even if a student is not sick, they must quarantine if exposed to a positive case for more than 15 minutes unmasked.  You could see how that could easily happen in a typical family meal setting.  So, I am trusting that our families will make prudent decisions that will ensure the safety of their family, but also keep our school running smoothly.

Thanks for all you do.


William Kelly