Dear St. John Paul II Parents,

It's so hard to believe that it is already July, and I hope that you all are enjoying your summer!  As you can see, we have a new format for the Tuesday Newsletter, now known as “Saints Weekly”.  It will be sent electronically, is conveniently accessible to view on your phone, and it has active embedded links for easier use!  I am excited for you to become familiar with it, and I trust you will find it to be a helpful tool throughout the year!

I am very grateful to Mrs. McCurry, all the staff, alumni, and student volunteers for a successful Summer Enrichment Program that has been receiving great feedback from our parent community.  The staff, curriculum, and fun days created a truly beneficial experience for everyone.

It is with great pleasure to now share with you the latest news on the horizon...purchases for new Math textbooks and resources for Kindergarten-8th Grades have been ordered to allow for teachers to further dive into the curriculum with interactive and hands on materials to expand learning within their classrooms.  A huge thank you to our PTO for presenting the school with $35,000 to purchase famous “wish list items”. These funds are providing several science investigating kits, hands-on and engaging supplemental math activities, Spanish materials for differentiation, 36 iPads, a class set of Chromebooks, and many other classroom supplies to enhance learning!

This year, I am thrilled to invite you to participate in our school theme, "Forming Families of Disciples".  As I prayed about how I wanted to enter this year, my heart kept leading me to focus on the “family”.  A term that resonates throughout our community here at SJPII is that we are a “family”.  Our school has a “family” feel when you enter. The Board, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers all serve and care for one another like a “family”!  So...we are going to leap into this school year and expand our mission through focusing on families and becoming disciples, followers of Christ!  

How can you participate?  We will feature a family in “Saints Weekly” each Tuesday.  This is your opportunity to share with our school family how YOUR family is leading each other to be followers of Christ through prayer, service, or simple acts of Christ’s love.  We can feature your family, extended family, Ambassador Family, Saints Family, athletic team...you name it! Send in a picture of your family and a small summary of how you have formed your family of disciples to advancement@jp2.org.  

As a faculty, staff, students, and SJPII community, one way we are committing to a life of discipleship is by attending First Friday Masses together.  According to the words of Christ, special graces and promises will be given to those who attend Mass on the First Friday of the month, for nine consecutive months.  I will reveal more information about this as the year unfolds; however, I am looking forward to this journey with you as we form disciples among us!   NOW...Check out below the newest members of our SJPII family, our first featured family in Saints Weekly, and all your "need to know" School NEWS!

In Him we trust,