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May 1, 2019                                                                                                 


Virtue of the Month: Love (Month of Mary) 


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. 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! 


We are so proud of the Lower Mills Class of 2019! 

Look at some of the outstanding High Schools our scholars were accepted to! 


Lower Mills Ledger~ Week of May 10th, 2019

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.




The Lower Mills School Community kicked off the 2018 Catholic Schools Week by Celebrating Our Community. In partnership with the Boston Police Department School Unit, we filled over 500 bags for people who are experiencing homelessness. Our students were able to fill the bags with Mayor Walsh, Commissioner Evans, Commissioner Finn, members from the BPD Command Unit, Boston Bruins, Tanya from HGTV, Ashlee from JAMN 94.5 and many more. We were able to distribute the bags with Mayor Walsh, Boston Police and several other community members at the 2018 Boston Census for the Homeless. Please click here to watch a video created by the City of Boston that captures some of the wonderful moments throughout the day: 


Blessing Bags~Lower Mills Catholic Schools Week Kick Off 2018-City of Boston Video



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 all three K1 classrooms are currently at a wait list status!


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! 

  • Be sure to get a good night's rest! Sleeping at least 8 hours will help you feel rested and refreshed. 
  • Eat a healthy breakfast! 
  • Be to school on time. Testing will begin promptly when we come over from Prayer Service and we do not want our students to feel rushed. 
  • Take your time! The test is not a timed test so be sure to read through all of the potential answers to the questions. 
  • Try your best! Students all know their RIT score and their Growth Goals! We all are cheering you on to do your own personal best! 
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 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

She Thrives, Black History Month on NBC10 Boston: Superintendent Nora Baston filmed at the Lower Mills Campus 

Mayor Walsh offers 36 reasons for STEM Week...see our own Lower Mills students highlighted

Dorchester Post: Lower Mills Campus collects almost 2,000 cans for charity

Boston Police in the Community: Basketball game between Officers and Students at Lower Mills 

Cardinal O'Malley helps renovations at SJP2CA Lower Mills

Lower Mills Campus is ready to re-open

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.


The Lower Mills Campus has been selected as the official Nike Community Ambassadors Program site! 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:

  • Girls Basketball team (grades 6-8)
  • Boys Basketball team (grades 6-8)
  • Young Christians Warriors Boys Leadership Club 
  • Strong Women Strong Girls
  • Rowing (grades 5-8)
  • Cooking Club
  • Walking Club
  • Newspaper Club
  • Lego Club
  • STEM Club
  • Coding 
  • HSPT (High School Placement Test) and ISEE (Exam Schools/Independent Schools) test preparation course
  • Tutoring (set up with classroom teacher separately) 
  • Mentoring through our partnerships with St Sebastian's High School, BC High School, Catholic Memorial High School 
  • Dance
  • Violin 
  • Guitar 
  • Keyboarding 
  • STEP Team (Lower Mills Stepping Stars) 
  • Band 
  • Strings Ensemble
  • Do you have a great idea for an after-school club? Let us know! We encourage students to write a proposal and we will look to find a teacher to organize, moderate and supervise the club! If you have specific questions about when these clubs are offered over the course of the year, please contract Mr. Francois at

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)

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. 

  1. Invite Special Guests
  2. Develop Photo Project
  3. Community Service - Reaching out to others.
  4. Pursuing High School
  5. Pursuing a College.
  6. Pursuing a Professional Career
  7. Understanding Government and Civic responsibility.
  8. Understanding Family Responsibility.
  9. Obtain Funding for Technology
  10. The Importance Faith plays in our life
  11. Develop a Chess Club
  12. Develop a Technology Club 
We have continued to strengthen our partnerships with higher education institutions. Lower Mills 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!
Click here to watch some of the highlights from our 2017 Lower Mills Catholic Schools Week activities!
The students and faculty recite this every morning at 7:30am together at Prayer Service. Please practice this prayer with your child at home:
SJP2CA Peace & Unity Prayer
Loving Savior, you sent 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.
  In partnership,
Lisa Warshafsky, Principal 
Please remember, any families that you refer and register with the Academy…you get a $100 tuition credit each time! Spread the word of SJP2CA Lower Mills to your friends and family!
 Together as Lower Mills students, families, teachers, staff and administration; we are…
  • Embracing a Growth Mindset
  • Facilitating Thinking
  • Engaging Minds
  • Listening to Questions
  • Encouraging Risks
  • Cultivating Dreams
  • Supporting Struggle
  • Learning Everyday
  • Living the Gospel

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Important  2018-2019 Resources & Information: 
Lower Mills was blessed to have the Red Sox #SoxShowcase visit us on Friday, May 19th! 

Click below to see some of the amazing pictures from the day!