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February Newsletter


Dear Families and Friends,

These First Days of February are still part of Catholic School Week! The Theme of Learn, Lead, Serve and Succeed is a good guide for the life journey of our scholars and all of us. On Friday, we celebrate our Faith at 1:00 Liturgy. Please join us. In the evening, as a Catholic School family you all are invited to a free night at the Museum of Science. Each Child has received a family ticket. It is a great family event!

At morning assembly, we focused on Service and what it means to be servant leaders. We created Goodie Bags for the Homeless. From our youngest helpers in Pre-K through to Grade 5, each child placed their donation into the bag and were engaged in our project. Thank you for your generosity and support of those around us that need our help and prayers.

Each month, we focus on a positive character trait to model and live out in our daily life. This month we highlight LOVE "Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself." These two commandments will frame our discussions during Black History Month, Lent and Presidents Day. Our Catholic Schools educate for God and Country. Love of God, Learning, Serving, Leading and doing these things responsibly and with global citizenship is what we desire for the scholars of the Academy.

February is often associated with love because of Valentine's Day. This February, our Campus focus will will be love and sacrifice. Whether we engage in learning about Black History, the Presidents or Lent 'love and sacrifice' are apparent in all three of the topics. This year during Black History month the students (K2-Grade5) will be learning about the geography and history of West Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean through the Young Audiences- Arts for Learning. The Bamidele Dancers and Drummers will perform on February 7th. February 14 begins the holy season of Lent and is also Valentine's Day. The children will celebrate those two events with contrasting symbolism of Ashes and Hearts. The Lenten experience helps us see Christ's adult journey and ultimate sacrifice for love of humanity and its salvation. Our study of the presidents Washington and Lincoln will exemplify love and sacrifice in different historical time frames with different struggles and accomplishments.

February is a very important month for parents, as well. Your 'love and sacrifice' is required again. It is the month of re-registration for school next year. The forms will be coming home. It is time for you to make the school choice for your child. Financial Aid is decided soon after re-enrollment. I also invite you to Parent Corps on Thursday, February 15, so together we can begin to plan the year ahead for the Mattapan Campus. Your thoughts, vision and participation are important to the life and success of the school. The love and sacrifice of the faculty and staff joined with yours is what makes Catholic education available to your child and the community.

Progress Reports will be coming home on Friday, February 9th. Winter MAP testing is now complete for K2 - grade 5 . We welcomed seven Emmanuel college pre-practicum teachers to our campus. The five young women and two young men will be spending one morning a week in the K2 to grade 4 classrooms. The faculty, staff and students were delighted to welcome them to our campus and have them engaged in our learning community.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Parent Corps, an Open House, during conference time in March or any morning for prayer and assembly. Thank you for making the choice to give your child a Catholic education. Please invite friends and family who are looking for a school for their child to come for a visit. A Catholic education is a gift that lasts a life time.

10 Simple Things to Remember

1. Love is why we are here.

2. The most important day is today.

3. If you always do your best, you will have no regrets.

4. In spite of your best efforts, some things are out of your control.

5. Things will look better tomorrow.

6. Sometimes a wrong turn will bring you to exactly the the right place.

7. Sometimes when you think the answer is "NO" its "not yet."

8. True friends share your joys, see the best in you, and support you through challenges.

9. For all your accomplishments, nothing will bring you more happiness than the love you find.

10. GOD will always love you.


Blessings of love and grace,




WINTER Dates to Remember:

  *2/7/18 Bamidele Drummers and Dancers

  *2/9/18 Progress Reports go home

  *2/14/18 Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day

  *Parent Corps - Thursday, February 15 at 6:00 PM 


Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Mattapan has been awarded five scholarships as part of the Peter Lynch Scholars Program created by the Catholic Schools Foundation. Michael Brice, Karl Jean Baptiste, Schnaylgee Souffrant, Sariah George and Falone Bertrand are members of the seventh class of Peter Lynch scholars. They are five of approximately one hundred and eighty nine students from across the greater Boston area to be selected. Congratulations!    

*Come in today to fill out a CORI form so you can volunteer at our school. We always encourage parents to come in to read to the class, chaperone on field trips or school events, etc! Summer office hours are 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
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