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PLEASE NOTE:  REMINDER.....NO School on October 27th.
 

October 2017

 

Dear Friend:

 

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy Columbia Campus has been at the heart of the dynamic North Dorchester neighborhood in Boston since 2008. We attract students from the nearby community as well as the greater Boston area.  We emphasize building community both within our school and with the outside world.  Within the school, each student belongs to a "family," which includes a student from each grade.  In the broader community, our parent corps sponsors and supports many of the Dorchester neighborhood traditions.   Students are involved with an array of social service activities, and have international involvement as well.

 

We invite you to take a personal tour of our school to meet our principal and teachers, view our classrooms, visit our computer and science labs, gym, and cafe.   You can also learn about our cultural arts partnerships, performing arts programs, athletic programs, and Latin & Greek language program.

 

I would like to take this time to thank our teachers for all they do during the school year.  They spend much time after school hours to prepare lessons, correct papers, organize plans and prepare for many special activities.  Many times they spend their own money on supplies and materials to provide some of the “extra special” activities and lessons.  They always put in 110% effort!!  I am very proud of my faculty and staff, and most importantly, they are always willing to help me and each other whenever the need arises.  Kudos to our teachers!  We have the very best.

 

Please take the time to fully explore the rich content created for you, and remember, a visit is worth a thousand clicks. The best way to truly understand everything that the Columbia community has to offer is to come see us at 790 Columbia Road in Dorchester, MA.   We look forward to seeing you!   We invite prospective students and families to find out more about the SJPII experience by contacting our office at (617) 265-0019 ext 7101.

 

Catholic Education
We are excited to share some of the exciting activates we have planned for Catholic Schools Week! The Theme for the week is "Faith, Knowledge & Service."  We are so blessed to have such amazing families as partners in educating the minds, spirits, and hearts of our students.  Each day, our teachers come to SJP2CA with a mission...to be the best school in Boston and provide every student with endless opportunities to grow academically, social-emotionally and in their faith. This is what Catholic Education is about!  It is a special calling that aligns with our own personal mission with the prayers and love of Jesus.
  
Did you know that Catholic Schools…
  • Currently, 6 out of the 9 Supreme Court Justices went to Catholic School (Boston.com)
  • There are 146,526 staff teaching in Catholic Schools; 3.2% are Religious or Clergy (NCEA)
  • 99% of students who attend Catholic Schools graduate! Of those, 86% attend 4-year colleges. (NCEA)...this is true in Boston!!
  • The average student/teacher ration in Catholic schools is 13:1 (NCEA)
  • Our very own Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh, was a Catholic School student at one of our Campuses when it was a Parish School! 
  • 50% of all Private School students in Massachusetts attend Catholic Schools
 
Read more about a Dozen Reasons to Choose Catholic Schools! 

1. We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence. 
2. We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.
3. We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.
4. We provide a balanced academic curriculum that ingrates faith, culture and life. 
5. We use technology effectively to enhance education.
6. We instill in students the value of service to others. 
7. We teach children respect of self and others. 
8. We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.
9. We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders. 
10. We have a 99% high school graduation rate. 85 percent of our graduates go to college. 
11. We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring and effective. 
12. We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

 

Partnerships at the Academy

Boston Police 

The Columbia Campus is so very lucky to have a wonderful partnership with the BPD.   The students in our campus have Safety Classes and guest readers.   We truly value the partnership. Thank you for participating and let’s continue the spirit of peace & unity!

 

Friends of the Academy 

We are so very lucky to have amazing partnerships at the Academy.   We have generous friends that assist our families with overall costs.   Our students directly benefit from these friendships.     It is a beautiful expression of love when changing a child's path through an

Education.   

Partnership with Emmanuel College

We have continued to strengthen our partnerships with higher education institutions.     Columbia Campus is proud to share that we are a Teaching-Learning Site for Education students at Emmanuel College who are fulfilling their practicum hours for teaching certification.    It is wonderful to have Emmanuel students here to talk to students about their journey to college and what their experiences are like!

 

 Early Childhood Partnership

We have continued our partnership with The Lynch Foundation Early Childhood Project. Our teachers continue to strengthen their Instructional Practices through coaching and observations, use of data through the GOLD Teaching Strategies model, curriculum Professional Development with OWL and Building Blocks as well as CSEFEL social-emotional growth practices. We are proud to share that due to our success in our Early Childhood Programming, both Pre-K sections as well as both K1 classrooms are currently at a wait list status!

 

 General Mills Box Tops

Please save any product labels for the school. Drop off the labels or box tops to the school. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Uniform Reminder

The uniform company is on the website.   Your child must be in complete FULL SJPII uniform.   Just a reminder; if you purchase black athletic shoes for your child the shoes must be ALL BLACK (Grades 1 – 8). If there is a red, grey, white or any color stripe he or she will be out of uniform.   Three uniform violations will result in a detention with me.

 

Medical Reminder

Parents, if your child has an epipen or an inhaler, please send it to our school nurse in the prescription box (with Doctor's Label).   Also, if they have an asthma/allergy action plan please send it to the office.    All medicines need to be clearly labeled in the prescribed container.     It is imperative that we are made aware of any illness.   Thank you for your support & cooperation.

 

Columbia Prayer !!!

The wonderful tradition continues in our Campus of praying for our community.   The students had a prayer wall for the entire community in the past. This year the student’s will use a Special Intentions Book to pray for all the written intentions.   If you would like to add special intentions to the Prayer Book please drop by or call the office and it will be written.   There is nothing like the prayer of a child.

  

Readers Needed!!!

If you enjoy reading and always wanted to be an actor or actress then you need to volunteer to read in your child’s classroom.   Our students are looking for dynamic people that love to become engaged with a story.   Call the school if you are interested in molding young minds!!!!!

Schedules for Reading

If you would like to read to the K classrooms the morning is best 8:00 AM until 900 AM.

Elementary & Middle School Levels – The times can vary …….please email your child's teacher.

All Volunteers must have a current 2017 – 2018 CORI.


                                                                       

 

Prayer for PEACE & UNITY

Every morning the students in the Academy pray together at 7:30 AM.   One special prayer we say daily is the Prayer for Peace & Unity.   We hope that you will say this prayer with us at 7:30 AM where ever you are at this time.   

 

Loving Savior, you send me out to restore peace:
with my family, with my friends, and with my classmates.

AND with your guidance, 

I will know how to be a peacemaker.

I can be courageous when it comes to reconciling with others.

Please give me your gift of peace and may we all be united in you as we seek a better world.

Amen

All Volunteers must have a current 2017– 2018 CORI.

 
Our Mission

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy encourages students to grow in faith and knowledge in a safe, nurturing, structured, and culturally diverse environment.   Our challenging and rich academic and fine arts curriculum helps our students to develop the essential skills to become productive, responsible global citizens and positive young men and women who possess a love of God, of learning, and of service to others.

 

 

It has been a great start to the year and I know it will only continue.  We appreciate your cooperation and support.   

 

 

We, at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy ~ Columbia Campus, hope you & your family have a wonderful day!!!!

Peace,
Claire F. Barton Sheridan

Principal  

 

csheridan@sjp2ca.org

Twitter - @CBSSJP2Columbia  

Reminder:   

  • Tours Available - We would love for you to bring two friends to visit the school.  Call and we will give you a tour! Spread the GOOD NEWS of the Academy. 
2017 ~ 2018 
Campus Information
Scheduled Days off!!!
October 9th-Columbus Day
October 27th-Professional Day
November 10th- Veteran's Day
November 23rd-Thanksgiving
November 24th-Thanksgiving
December 1st- Parent Conferences
December 22nd - Jan. 1st - Holiday
January 15th-MLK Jr. Day
Feb. 19th-23 -Feb Vacation
March 9th-Professional Day
March 23rd-Parent Conferences
March 30th-Good Friday
April 16th-20- April Vacation
May 28th - Memorial Day
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