"Almighty God, May our Academy be welcoming. May our campus be encouraging and respectful. Let friendships flourish here. Let learning fill our days. Give us the strength to do our best. Be our guide in all that we do. Lord, make this Academy your home too."
Welcome back! It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night. We are delighted to welcome new people to our staff and faculty. Our new teachers are Ms. Crowley in Pre-K, Mrs. Nelson in Grade 3, Mr. Cowing teaching Science and Social Studies for grades 4 and 5, Mrs. Gately in Art, Mr. John Cain, technology teacher and Mrs. Walker, the new administrative assistant. Mrs. Sullivan will be in the office until Friday, September 29. Please stop in to wish her well.
We are in the midst of our MAP testing for K2 through Grade 5 students. We celebrated great growth last year. Our goal is to build upon that success, especially in Math. The students and teachers have been working hard in preparation for the assessments. You could help us by making sure students are in bed by 8:00 and are well rested. They should eat a healthy breakfast. Most of all, be to school on time. Testing begins at 8:00 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. As a reminder, school begins everyday at 7:30. We have prayer and morning assembly each morning at 7:30-7:50. You are always invited to join us. If your child arrives after 7:50 they are tardy.
We will gather for liturgy at Saint Angela Church on Friday, September 22nd at 1:00. Please join us for the Mass of the Holy Spirit.
Reading to your children every night, no matter what the language or the age of the child, is a very special gift. This shared time is valuable in so many ways. Unlike being on a tablet or computer before bed, being read to creates a calm and happy way to settle into a restful night of sleep. It is the only homework for 2.9 through K1.
It is amazing to see your child's talents grow as an individual and part of the school community. We want to guide and teach them well and see their spiritual, personal and intellectual life develop during their time with us. To excel in academics, to pray often and to be of service to others requires dedication, discipline and hard-work. Setting goals, dreaming big and meeting challenges and successes with determination takes practice, hard work and help from others. During the month of September, we are working on developing the virtue of respect. Like anything else it too takes practice. I think we all can agree that society needs to be able to respect another's point of view, be respectful in exchanges with one another and respect the dignity of every person we encounter. We work on looking at the person we are speaking to, holding the door for a person, using respectful words at work and play. It means treating others as we would like to be treated. Following the two greatest commandments show us the way. "Love the Lord, our God and love your neighbors as yourself." We need to feel love and respect ourselves before we can share it with others. Working together everyone achieves more!
With each new year comes growth and change. One of our greatest changes here in Mattapan is the retirement of Mrs. Sullivan at the end of the month. She is a respectful, helpful and caring woman of service. She has left an imprint on the hearts and minds of our students, families and faculty. We wish her much happiness as she and Mr. Sullivan retire and pursue new endeavors together.
Parent Corps is held on the Third Thursday of every month. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 PM. You are part of this organization by virtue of having a child in the school. We invite you to become involved in the school community leadership. "Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand." It is our hope that you have some time to be involved in your child's school. There are no dues but the dividends are many.
This year holds much hope and promise for the Mattapan campus of Saint John Paul II Academy. Thank you for entrusting your child to us. It is an honor and privilege to have them here at SJPIICA.
School year blessings,
Kathleen T. Aldridge
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