November 8th Letter from Mr. Kelly

Feast of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Dear SJS Catholic School Community,

For the second consecutive year SOAR is sold out!  We are at capacity, again!  What a clear testament of the support that we enjoy from our parents and parishioners.  We are looking forward to a great event that will raise money for the school, but also build community as we gather together on the 23rd.  If you were not able to secure a ticket, our online auction site will go live next week.  Whether or not you plan on attending SOAR, you can still bid on and win one of the great silent auction items.  We have: sports, Irish, cooking, holiday, automotive, and a huge variety of baskets available.   And, we are getting close to earning our “Wheel of Misfortune” raffle ticket goal!  How exciting, for the students.  Thanks to all who have sold raffles and supported the sale.

One of the challenges of education today is that many of the jobs that the students will eventually hold are not even in existence.  So, our job is to provide skill instruction, but also help students learn how to deal with uncertainty and change, and develop their thinking skills.  That is why the Genius Hour, small group work, projects and presentations are a part of what we do at SJS.  And, your children hold the benefit of being part of a Catholic school.  The strong school community that is grounded in faith offers your children a foundation for facing the ever-changing world.  By living out their faith every day your children are blessed with a clear advantage in living in our world.  Faith provides an anchor whose value can never be overestimated.  It provides a compass and touchstone that will serve your children well into the future.  Thank you for the sacrifices you make to be part of Catholic education.

Congratulations to our 6th grader Emma Kreikemeier who won the Shine a Light Contest sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha.  She proposed an idea to create a giving closet for a local public elementary school to help those students in need.  She even worked with their staff to coordinate.  Emma truly put her faith into action and provides a great example for our school.  Way to go!

We give first and second honors quarterly to students in junior high based upon GPA.  The expectations are high to be on this list, and we challenge our students academically.  Congratulations to the 50 students listed in today’s virtual backpack.  We also had over 150 students reach their Eagle Reader goals for the first quarter, way to go SJS!  Let’s shoot for even more Eagle Readers and honor students in quarter two.

Thank you for all you do for our school.


William Kelly