February 1, 2018
Virtue of the Month: Diversity & Equity
Dear Lower Mills families,
Learn more about why your child should join the Lower Mills school community! Click here to listen to Alvin's message. A current grade 8 scholar at the Lower Mills Campus. He wants to share about his 10 year journey as a student at SJP2CA.
We are excited to share that the Lower Mills Campus is a recipient of the ICE (Innovations in Catholic Education) Award! This is a National Award for Total Community Involvement, Including Fundraising. Last June, our school community built our beautiful playground in one day with over 200 volunteers. I was honored to attend the National Catholic Educator Conference (NCEA) in St Louis and receive the award from the magazine Managing Editor at Today's Catholic Teacher. This award is one representation of the strength, love and partnership of the Lower Mills Campus. Every student, family, teacher, staff member, volunteer and benefactor is a part of this award! Without YOU, this would not have been possible.
Our 2017 ICE (Innovations in Catholic Education) Awardee Banner is
proudly displayed above the front entrance of our school!
Please continue to check the Lower Mills Twitter, Facebook and Instagram page! You can click on the twitter icon on the right hand side of this page to be directly linked. Many of our classroom teachers also have twitter pages! The Lower Mills Campus posts daily tweets that feature our academic excellence, faith based environment, social-emotional learning and our love for each and every one of our students! Teachers also have fabulous webpages. Please click on their name on the Lower Mills staff page and it will directly link you to their classroom webpage.
Catholic Schools Week is Sunday, January 28th to Friday, February 2nd! We are excited to celebrate the Daily Themes of the Week as well as the special characteristics that make us a Catholic School! Below is a calendar of events:
Ash Wednesday is on Wednesday, February 14th. We will celebrate Ash Wednesday at St Gregory's Parish Mass at 9am where will we receive ashes formed in the shape of a cross on our foreheads that symbolize penance and the dust from which God made us. We invite you to join us at Mass on February 14th. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent that will last through Easter Sunday.
Take inspiration for your Lenten journey from prayer and the reading of Scripture, from fasting and from giving alms. The fasting that we all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is an effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ. Start Lent off by watching this video, and get into the penitential spirit of the Lenten season.
I invite you to watch this 3 minute, powerful video on the true meaning of Lent:
The Lower Mills Campus is proud of our growth on our MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) standardized testing this year! 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! #LowerMillsLovesData
Important Reminders to Rock the MAP test!
SJP2CA Lower Mills has been named an official Pokémon GO site! This summer, we entered a contest, supported by The City of Boston, Emerson College and Engage Boston. Lower Mills students created a video that explained why they feel our school should be considered as an official location on the app. The goal of the contest was to increase access for gamers and our community to have authentic locations that represent the entire City of Boston as a PokéStop. The program wanted to highlight the historical, community and personal significance of all Boston neighborhoods. Watch out! There are Pokémon GO characters everywhere at Lower Mills...in the cafeteria, on the playground and in classrooms!
There have been many prospective students coming to visit. The most effective and meaningful way to spread the great news of SJP2CA is YOU! Word of mouth continues to outshine any other sources of advertising or flyers. Did you know that if you refer a family to SJP2CA and they enroll as a student, your family receives a $100 tuition credit after the first 3 months! Did you also know that there are NO limits as to how many families you can refer and receive the $100 tuition credit after they enroll? Imagine that you knew 5 families who you referred and they enrolled...that is $500!!! Please stop by the office for any Admission materials that you may need. We will have wait list classrooms again for the 2017-2018 school year, so please tell your family and friends to come and see us now! View our Admission tabs to review our Financial Aid and Tuition Information.
In the News:
Click here to 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.
We are so proud of the 2017 Lower Mills graduating 8th grade class. They truly embody the meaning of leadership and teamwork. We will all miss them very much, but know they will be back to visit! All 25 of our grade 8 students were accepted to the high school of their choice. Please congratulate them when you see them! Below is a list of where our students will begin in September.
The Graduating Class of 2017:
Eleven of our second grade students made their First Holy Communion at Saint Gregory's. This was a very special time for students and families and one of the holiest times for students, as they will now be able to receive the Eucharist. They will be able to receive the Eucharist at monthly Masses and have a life-long connection with the body and blood of Christ.
The Lower Mills Campus has been selected as the official Nike Community Ambassadors Program site for the 2017 school year! Nike Ambassadors describe their Program "as volunteers who provide quality coaching for kids in sport and physical activity, passing on their passion for sport to the next generation. Nike Community Ambassadors are inspiring and equipping students to be active for life." This will be a FREE after-school activity on Monday afternoons. Nike will send 3-5 athletes to the Lower Mills Campus and they will spend one hour per week, after-school throughout the school year.
Be on the lookout! Lower Mills has our first ever Campus Ministry after-school group! This group will be open to Middle School students who are interested in being change agents. SJP2CA students are Living The Gospel and Experiencing Joy through Wonder, Prayer and Gratitude. Students will plan service projects, support our school community, encourage students to grow in their faith and become closer to Jesus. This is what Catholic Education is about!
The Lower Mills Campus has joined forces with Community Rowing Inc as a part of Let's Row Boston!This initiative is part of the Health and Wellness Department for improving student's overall health and well-being. Our students will learn the social and educational benefits of rowing as a sport. The Lower Mills Campus will have five rowing machines on site for students to use as part of an after-school club! This program will fill up quickly so please complete your registration form as soon as it goes home!
The Lower Mills Campus has partnered with On The Mark Archery! Don't miss out to be a part of our Archery after-school club. If you are interested in participating, please see Mr. Francois for an application!
Lower Mills is excited to continue our partnership with ABC Spanish in Motion for students in all grades in our After School program.The curriculum includes common subjects such colors, numbers, shapes, routines, and commands, but also includes themes unique to Latin America, such as Latin rhythms, foods, countries, animals. The program extends the learning from school to home by giving you a CD with the music utilized in class. Classes are conducted by native-speaking instructors.
We have many additional clubs and activities to offer over the 2017-2018 school year as part of our After-School Program. The clubs are offered at different times over the course of the year from September to June. Some of the amazing learning opportunities are:
Young Christian Warriors~Male Mentoring Group with Mr. Cain
Maximum Number of Students (1st come, 1st served...please note this program is at no cost)
Wednesdays, 2:30pm to 4:30pm beginning January 24th
Mission Statement for Young Christian Warriors: Working with young men to build strong, trusting relationships, positive attitudes, and life skills in youth, through mentoring and social entrepreneurship. Special guests will join Young Christian Warriors during their weekly meetings together.