At Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, we recognize that parents are the primary teachers of their children. We are fortunate that so many parents have entrusted us to be their partners in this teaching journey. We appreciate and respect the sacred trust that they have bestowed upon us as we seek to honor our mission to prepare the 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.
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.
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.
Advent Countdown at Columbia
Advent is a countdown. We see shopping malls, advertisements and supermarkets reminding us how many shopping days there are until Christmas. Children count down until the great day of ‘presents’ arrives. We as Catholics prepare for Christmas by counting down the weeks until we celebrate the birth of Christ with advent candles.
As the season of Advent approaches, let us be reminded of the sense of waiting that the season brings. It is considered a season of preparation for the annual commemoration of Christ’s birth. This rich and multi-layered season is also designed to prepare the Christian for the glorious possibilities. It is a season of joyful expectation.
Advent is the liturgical theme of preparation in the church, set aside to bring before our eyes the incarnation of the Lord, the coming of Jesus Christ through Grace.
Advent is something that is ‘arriving soon’. When we have something coming, when we expect an event, an advent, we are usually alert inside. We are listening.
Advent is such a beautiful season. It is a time for renewal; it is especially a time for forgiveness because God brings forgiveness to us in the shape of the Son. Over the next few weeks we will travel once again the road that leads to Bethlehem. We will follow the cautious young couple along their journey and remember their disappointment over being kept out of the inn.
We will once more enter the stable, smell the odors and watch the manger being prepared. And along with the people of the village, the shepherds of the field, the angels, and the magi, we will focus our eyes of adoration upon the child in the crib and the star in the sky.
During this season we are meant to be startled, to be awakened to almost infinite possibilities, and claim our souls and lives for the work of recreation, restoration and deep transformation.
How will you celebrate ADVENT??????
MAP Testing & Achievement
The Columbia Campus is proud of our growth on the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing this year! We achieved the highest growth in the diocese. MAP testing is an online-based, standardized test that measures growth for each individual student. Throughout the year, teachers have been spending many hours looking at data in Reading, Math and Language Use. MAP allows students to develop and reach their own personal goals. Because each student has their individual strengths and areas of growth, the testing report allows for the data to be broken down in specific ways to inform classroom instruction. Principals, Instructional Coaches and Teachers across the Academy spend many hours per week looking at the student data from these data cycles. The data cycles also align with our Professional Development Sessions, Grade Level Meetings and Instructional Leadership Meetings.Teachers will be working with students one on one and setting up Personal Student Goals for their data. #WeareMAP-tastic! #ColumbiaLovesData
Important Reminders to Rock the MAP test!
Partnerships at the Academy
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
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.
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.
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.
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 2018 – 2019 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.
All Volunteers must have a current 2018– 2019 CORI.
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!!!!
Claire F. Barton Sheridan
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