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Message from the Regional Director


Dear Parents,

 

Happy Easter! I hope you all had a blessed celebration of this holy day. I am proud to say Jesus’ message is alive today in our Academy.

 

These past two weeks, we have heard in the Gospels, of the apostles receiving the Holy Spirit from Jesus and the baptism of his new followers.  This action by Jesus is a reminder for us to let the Spirit lead us as we build the Kingdom of God. We are all called to teach, to witness, and to heal our own small corners of the world. We are challenged share the story that has been told to us about Jesus and his Gospel of love and compassion. Parents, as first educators of your daughters and sons, do this each day by your teaching and modeling of the Gospel of Jesus.

 

Teachers at school reflect the way Jesus would act by the love and compassion they show the children. Our students performed many works of mercy and service during the season of Lent. Our eighth graders performed His Last Days, the story of Jesus’ passion. The spirit of love, prayer and reverence for God was palatable. Our students continually bring joy to all they meet and are the Light of Christ and peacemakers.

 

Our final round of MAP testing for K2-8 begins the week of May 1st. Please make sure your children are in school and on time. We have seen great growth in the past three years and are excited to see the academic growth of our students! This data will help us to continue to provide your children with the best instruction and resources.

 

In a recent article in EdWeek, the National Center for Education Statistics found that students in private Catholic schools outperformed students in traditional public and charter schools in National Assessment of Educational Progress in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL).  The TEL exam is an outgrowth of two big trends in K-12: efforts to expand the pipeline of students into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The article speaks about the importance of STEM education in schools because it teaches students to work well with others to solve real-world problems. At SJPIICA, our early childhood students and their Grade 3-5 peers have STEM lessons as part of their Science curriculum. Our teachers are trained through the Lynch Foundation and the Boston Museum of Science. At our Columbia campus, all students have a STEM class once a week instead of technology class. Our students enjoy the work because of the engaging hands-on lessons. We believe these lessons will continue to develop their problem solving and interpersonal skills. We will be offering a week of STEM for middle school students at the Columbia campus in July. Details will be going home soon. 

 

We will be offering our Summer Program at our Lower Mills campus again this summer.  You will see those applications coming home soon. We cannot predict the weather and the summer heat continues to be a challenge. As a result, we are looking at affordable ways to create cool and comfortable classrooms for your children.

 

Reminder: Re-registration is due: pay the deposit to hold a seat in September. Invite other students to enroll and earn $100 credit from your tuition balance!

 

Blessings to you and your family,

Kate Brandley