Your Weekly School Update
December 22, 2017
This week's adventures..
Our school family is completely prepared to welcome the Baby Jesus this Christmas! We have spent these weeks of Advent in prayer and have made conscious and deliberate decisions to GIVE TO OTHERS this season. Our week began with such a tremendous outpouring of love to those less fortunate, as students (and their families) demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas. Gift cards for our adopted St. Vincent dePaul families flowed steadily into our school, as students were compelled to help the families they had been praying for and had grown invested in spiritually. Thank you so much for reinforcing these critical lessons of giving to those less fortunate…. your generosity was overwhelming and will be greatly appreciated by our Advent families.   Click here to read a message of thanks from our SVDP chairperson, Michael Bachstein.

This week’s Christmas Concert and Nativity Pageant was the perfect opportunity to get in the “Christmas spirit” by remembering that Jesus Christ is the reason for the season!  Our Kindergarten through Grade 5 students, as well as our Upper School Chorus, sang beautifully under the direction of both Mr. Borges and Miss Cournoyer. A great deal of gratitude can be expressed to these two teachers for their dedication to our music program and for preparing our students for greatness! Thank you also to Mrs. Shaughnessy and all of the parent volunteers who assisted with the Nativity performance.  The evening was beautifully orchestrated and had quite an impact on all who were in attendance.

On behalf of our entire faculty and administrative team, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and memorable break with your family. Please remember to celebrate the joy of the birth of Our Lord and Savior in your home this Christmas!

God bless and see you in the New Year! 

Mrs. Russo

Updated Handbook 2017-18 

**Please note that the Diocese released a policy addendum for all schools to include in their student/parent handbook Safety and Health Guidelines. This new policy can be found in the School Health Services section of our handbook. The most updated version of our handbook can be found on our website on the forms and docs page for your reference.
at-a-glance when we return from break:

WEDNESDAY (Jan 3) --Chicken Drumstick
THURSDAY (Jan 4) --American Chop Suey
FRIDAY (Jan 5) --Maxx Sticks

Have a great break!
School re-opens for ALL STUDENTS on WEDNESDAY,
January 3rd!
the following change
to our existing
Master Calendar!

As you may have read in the correspondence email sent from the CSA (Catholic Schools Alliance), our teachers will be included in a wonderful opportunity that has been granted and financed by the Carney Family Foundation. All of our teachers will be receiving training in "The Responsive Classroom", an exceptional method of classroom management/strategies. This professional development opportunity will take place on Tuesday, January 16th , resulting in NO SCHOOL that day for students. Due to the addition of this Professional Day in January, we will be eliminating the day we had scheduled for March 23rd. Thank you for your cooperation, and understanding as we take advantage of this opportunity for our teachers.
Re-registration for current families for the 2018-2019 school year will begin in January to secure your spot before we open enrollment during
Catholic Schools Week.
 "Love for Christ is the secret of holiness."
~St. John Paul II
Please join us for
our next school Mass
in the New Year:

January 5th @ 9am
PS3-Grade 8
(weather permitting)

1st reading:
Rebecca A. (7)
2nd reading:
Evan Moniz (7)
Prayers of the Faithful:
Ava deAlmeida (7)
Even though Week 4 is one day long...let's remember to take the time to prepare our hearts for the coming of the baby Jesus. Have you had a good Advent Confession? There is still time!
and learn about the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) starting in January at our parish.
Students prayed rosaries and daily intentions for the struggles of their adopted family-in-need
and this week, thanks to your generosity,
we delivered a little over $3,000 of gift cards
to assist these families buy gifts, food, medicine, and household items with more ease.

 May God bless you all abundantly
for your generous hearts!

SEC Announcements
Please consider joining us for our next meeting on
Monday, January 8th @ 7pm in the Library!
The ADVENTURE begins!
With only 127 days remaining until the largest fundraiser of the school year, we ask that you consider the following:
  • Do you know a business owner that may be interested in a sponsorship opportunity for this year's gala?
  • What businesses or connections do you have that might result in a donation of some kind?
  • With the Gala Family Challenge right around the corner, what items might you already have that might make great auction items... or might you consider taking advantage of the after Christmas sales?

More details of The Adventure to come in 2018!
Thank you in advance for your support!
The New Year line-up!
  • Instructional Basketball continues after the break for Boys on TUESDAY & Girls on FRIDAY!
  • TUESDAY-- Grade 8 Student News
  • Next Campus Ministry Club for middle school students is scheduled for Friday, 1/12!
FLY on the WALL...
heard from the HALL

As you can imagine the excitement of Christmas absolutely "took over" in the school today! Classrooms became party zones and our students did their best to remain well behaved amidst the Christmas craze.
While flying by the kindergarten classroom this morning the following was heard:

Teacher: "Please sit on your bottom, and do not use the word dude ... it is inappropriate."
Inner thoughts of the fly: "Isn't that how we referred to Santa in the song during the concert? "Oh that Santa.... what a dude!"