Pope John Paul II Regional
Catholic Elementary School

2875 Manor Road | West Brandywine, PA  19320
Phone:610 384 5961 | Fax:610 384 5730 
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Little Saints Academy  
Open House 
Sunday, August 19th
9am-1pm  
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Kids Fall Outgrown Sale
Saturday, September 29th
9am-12pm 
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Vendor & Craft Show 
Saturday, November 3rd
9am-2pm
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Silent Auction & 
Monte Carlo Night 
Saturday, November 17th
6pm-10pm
at the St. Peter's Celebration Center 
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$1500 Transfer Grants are still available for families interested in registering for the 
2 018-19 School Year. 
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POPE JOHN PAUL II REGIONAL CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
Little Saints Academy Grand Opening
    Little Saints Academy Child Care will host an Open House on Sunday, August 19th from 9am-1pm. All are invited to visit the new Child Care rooms, gather information and meet the staff. The Child Care Center, located within the school, will operate year round(12 months) from  6:30am to 6:00pm and and serve children 3-36 months of age. Flexible schedules are available including two, three and five day options.  The Child Care center will officially open on September 4th, 2018.  For more information or to register online, please click here  or contact Patty Tarquinio, Vice Principal and Director of Early Childhood Programs at ptarquinio@popejohnpaul2sch.org. See you at the Open House! 
STEM Program Launches
   PJP II welcomes  Mrs. Jill Wentzel to the staff who will be filling a newly created position as  STEM Coordinator . Mrs. Wentzel will be leading our K-4 students in a weekly STEM lab which will integrate science, technology, engineering, and math into engaging projects for students. Mrs. Wentzel will also be spearheading our new Middle School STEM Expo and consulting with the middle school teachers for STEM infusion across the curriculum. 
   In partnership with  ProjectEngin , the new STEM Expo will provide a new model of science fair that embraces a transdisciplinary
STREAM approach. Students will learn about the UN Sustainability goals and will research challenges in specific countries, mostly in underdeveloped nations. The students will work in teams to engineer a solution using appropriate technology and will be challenged to keep the end user in mind when designing their product. 
 
   Mrs. Wentzel  comes to us highly qualified for the position with a B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education and an additional K-12 certification in Environmental Education, as well as a M.S. in 
Geo-Environmental Studies. She is also a Project Lead the Way trained educator. Mrs. Wentzel has served in various positions within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Harrisburg such as technology coordinator, science teacher, and honors math teacher. Welcome aboard Jill! 
Silent Auction Returns 
    The annual Silent Auction, featuring a Monte Carlo Night, will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Saint Peter's Celebration Center in West Brandywine. There will be live casino tables, a variety of silent auction items to bid on and a delicious dinner prepared by John Serock Catering. Guests will enjoy the convenience of mobile bidding throughout the night. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the school's new STEM program and enhanced technology infrastructure. Tickets for this adult-only event will go on sale in September.  For more information regarding sponsorship and donation opportunities, please click here. Don't miss a wonderful evening to socialize with friends while raising funds for the students at Pope John Paul II School! 
Class of 2018 Graduates
       Sixty-four students graduated  on June 5th during a mass at St. Peter Church in West Brandywine. The theme for this year's 8th Grade Eucharistic Celebration and Commencement Ceremony was "Go Make a Difference." Father Fitzpatrick,  p astor of St. Peter Church, was the primary Celebrant. Following the mass, students were commended for academic achievements and awarded over $27,000 in scholarship money for high school. Many thanks to our benefactors and friends who further the mission of Catholic education with support at the secondary level. 
     Following the ceremony, graduates returned to the school for a dance to celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and best wishes in your journey through High School! 
Kinder Graduation 
        Family members and friends gathered at St. Peter Church for Kindergarten graduation. Students performed a variety of songs highlighting the spiritual, academic and social growth they experienced during the past school year. Congratulations to all our Kinder graduates....first grade here they come!       
Inspiring Others to Serve 
    Sixth graders were moved to mission after hearing keynote speaker, Bill Monaghan, at the St. Peter Confirmation Retreat this year. Bill gave a presentation on "Building a Bridge to Uganda." After the retreat the girls met with Principal Kerins and Vice Principal Tarquinio and decided to sponsor a "Dress Down" day, for which the students make a donation to participate. The final total raised was $1.911.70!  We are very proud of these young ladies and their effort to serve those less fortunate. Building a Bridge to Uganda is a Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more information please visit https://www.bridgetouganda.org/
Pictured are students Vivien F., Erin F., Lorelai L., Addison E. with Mrs. Patrice Peterson, D.R.E., St. Peter Parish, and Mrs. Patty Tarquinio, Vice Principal of PJP II.                      
CYO Track Finishes Strong 
     The Pope John Paul II track team concluded a very successful season at the Philadelphia Archdiocese Championship meet on June 2, hauling in 19 medals and setting 5 school records.  Ava Ceulers was crowned Archdiocese Champion in the long jump and followed that with a second-place medal in the 100 meter dash - setting a school record in the process.  The 4x200 meter relay team of Julian Haylock, Dominic Zak, Matthew Carpenter, and Michael Replogle also earned the title of Archdiocese Champions, finishing almost two full seconds ahead of the nearest competitors.  Other medal winners included Peter Jones, Sophia Ceulers, Addison Egan, Anastasia van der Steur, Arie van der Steur, Danny Pawlowski, Edwin Schofield, Jaden Evans, Aidan Civitella, Kira Doran, Isabelle Benninghof, Arden McErlean, and Ryleigh Hearn.
   Two weeks earlier, the Saints track team competed in the Area Championships at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.  The girls team bested 37 other teams and ran away with the team title.  The boys team finished a strong 4th.  The team earned an incredible 52 medals and qualified 29 athletes for the Archdiocese Championship in the process.
   It was clear early in the season that this team had talent.  In April, the Saints qualified two relay teams for the Penn Relays finals by finishing among the top 9 teams in the Philadelphia Archdiocese out of 117 schools.  The junior boys team of Julian Haylock, Aidan Civitella, Mac Civitella, and Dominic Zak and the senior girls team of Ava Ceulers, Ryleigh Hearn, Keara Last, and Grace Jones represented PJP II well in front of 20,000 fans at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in the finals.
   Congratulations to the entire PJP II Track team for an outstanding 2018 season and to Coach Schmidt and his staff for their commitment and support to our student athletes!  
 


   







   
High Honors for Art and Band Students 
         Five eighth graders were selected to represent PJP II School at Bishop Shanahan's Annual Spring Art Exhibition. Pictured in front of their portfolio boards(l to r):  Fallon M., Arie V., Ava C., Grace J.,and Anastasia V. Each student was presented with an Outstanding Achievement in Art Certificate. Congratulations to our 8th graders for their inspiring artwork and to Mrs. Fader for her continued dedication to PJP's Art program. 
The Advance Band earned a "Superior Performance" trophy at this year's National Catholic Band Association Festival held at Villanova University. 
The Beginning Band was also awarded a "Superior Performance" trophy at the National Catholic Band Festival. Congratulations to all our musicians and to Mr. Rumpf for developing their musical talents throughout the year.  

Alumnus Selected Valedictorian 
       Congratulations to alumnus Simon Blanchard (Class of 2014) who was selected as this year's Valedictorian for Bishop Shanahan's graduation ceremonies. Simon, ranked first in his class out of 310 seniors, delivered the commencement speech at Shanahan's graduation ceremony on June 8th. Simon will continue his academic studies at Villanova University. Best of luck to Simon and to all our graduating Seniors from PJP II's Class of 2014! We are PJP Proud!