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Message from the Regional Director

November 2018

Dear Parents,

November is traditionally the month in the Catholic Church when we pray for deceased family members, loved ones, and friends. As we celebrate Mass and pray, we will remember your loved ones who have gone onto heaven. Please join our students for All Saints Mass at St Ann’s, St. Teresa and St. Gregory’s



One of the hallmarks of a Catholic Education is the opportunity we provide for our students to serve others. Our faith teaches us that we are called to love others above all else. Our students are planning many service activities during the week of November 4th. The dioceses of New England are celebrating Discover Catholic Schools beginning November 4th. All campuses will be hosting open houses for new families on Sunday, November 4th. They will also be having many activities around service. Please look for the schedule of events in your principal’s newsletter for details. Please continue to share our Open House dates with your social media accounts and talk it up! We have some room and would love to fill our empty seats!!


Our students are flourishing academically. This past September, our students in K2 to grade 8 participated in our first round of MAP testing. I am happy to report that over 65% of our students scored above the mean in Reading and over 73% in Language! Over 42% of our students scored above the mean in Math. Our teachers are reviewing the data to meet the needs of each student. Your campus principal will be sharing MAP data at parent conferences. The Catholic Schools Office will be hosting a parent information night about MAP testing and interpretation of scores on Tuesday, November 5th at 6 p.m. in the media center at the Lower Mills



Our early childhood program continues to put children ahead of their peers in other schools. For the second year in a row, over 90% of our students in K1 were ready for K2 and students in K2 were ready for grade 1. Our students are entering our elementary program ahead of those who were not in our early childhood program!


Also 100% of our students who go on to Catholic high schools go to college! Our high acceptance rate to the exam schools also speaks to our strong academics and teachers! Tell your friends and neighbors! We have openings in grades K2-8. Please contact your campus because there are waitlists in some grades. Remember, if you refer a family and they attend, you will receive $100 credit to your tuition.


For a third year, we are working with I2 learning in Boston. Our middle school students participated in STEM week. Columbia middle school students participated in a month of STEM! Our Science MAP scores were excellent. 75% of our middle school students scored above the National Mean in Science. This is our first year taking the test! Kudos to our teachers and students!


SJPIICA is a great place to learn because our students are known and loved. Thank you for your continued support! During this time of Thanksgiving, I send my heartfelt thanks to you for choosing SJPIICA for your child’s education. I wish you all a Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and God’s continued blessings and abundance.


Kate Brandley
Regional Director