The Lion's ROAR
November 4, 2019
Everything you need to know about what's going on at JPII School. Important news, schedule of events, and volunteer opportunities.

Basketball Practices begin this week:
Your firs t practice is as scheduled.
Coaches will have more detailed information

  • Varsity Boys: Monday 7 - 8:30 PM
  • Little Dribblers: Tuesday 5:30-7 PM
  • Varsity Girls: Wednesday 5:30 - 7 PM
  • JV Girls: Thursday 4:30 - 6 PM

Tuesday, November 5 - Celebrating our Parish and Families

  • Field trip Pre-K-2nd grade (gym uniform w/wet weather gear)
  • Student body in school uniform
  • Students will make prayer cards/bookmarks for members of our parish community. These should be discussed as a token of appreciation for all their support and sacrifices. 

Wednesday, November 6 - Celebrating our Teachers

  • Field-trip Middle School (Gym uniform)
  • Pancakes (whole school)
  • PJ’s (Pre-K-5th grade)
  • Pre-K-2nd Students will make prayer cards/bookmarks for members of our parish community. These should be discussed as a token of appreciation for all their support and sacrifices. 

Thursday, November 7 - Celebrating our Nation and students

  • Whole School wears red, white, and blue.
  • Veteran's Day assembly immediately following prayer. Catered breakfast for faculty and staff after Veteran’s Day assembly (Middle School and 5th grade return to classes Pre-K-4th grade remain in gym)
  • Spirt Day celebration in gym with classroom cheer competition.
  • Pasta Dinner
  • Spirit stick will be awarded at pasta dinner (winning class option to perform) 

Friday, November 8 - Celebrating our School

  • Whole School dress down day
  • Classroom door decoration contest
  • Block Party
  • DJ
  • Ice-cream social

Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction
November 7
6-8 pm

All Proceeds to Benefit St. John Paul II School Over 50+ Silent Auction Items from NUT Cards to Gift Cards and everything between!  

See the attached catalogue for more items up for auction.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the items up for auction
Boy Scout Information Meeting
November 4 at 6:30 PM

Boy Scout Troop 41 is having an introduction to scouting on November 4 th  at 6:30 pm in the St. Mary’s Parish Center. This is open to all boys, grades K through 8. Boy Scouts teaches independence, self-sufficiency, leadership, physical fitness, citizenship, and life skills.  Boys have a range of experiences which they cannot obtain in a systematic fashion in any other context.  There will be games and snacks.  If you are interested, and cannot come out on the 4 th , please do not hesitate to
call Ed Myer at (860) 805-0330.

Presentation at Xavier
Tuesday, November 5
6:30-8:00 PM

Mr. John Halligan will be offering a parent presentation open to all of our parents on the night of Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6:30- 8:00 pm in the Xavier gym. We strongly encourage ALL parents, who have yet to see his presentation, to attend.   

His presentation will begin with a short video collection of home movie clips and pictures of Ryan. John will then begin to tell the story of Ryan and the factors that led up to his son's suicide. The students will gain a perspective from inside a family of a child who is a victim of bullying and cyber bullying. They will also gain awareness about the signs and risk of teenage suicide and how best to help a friend. As part of Mr. Halligan's presentation, students will have the chance to ask him questions. We encourage you to visit a website named for his son:  for more information.     

Strategic Plan overview meeting
November 21
6:30-8:00 PM
Parish center

Here is your chance to meet the School Board members and the Strategic plan sub-committee. Future initiatives for the school will be shared.

All are welcome to attend.
Help wanted!

Calling all Volunteers

Do you wish there were more flexible opportunities to satisfy your volunteer hours? We have some new opportunities that could work for you!
We need volunteers to help with:

  • Finding and writing grants (we will train you) to help us fund our many school 
improvements and initiatives.
  • Data entry in the library to update our library records (we will train you).
Let us know if you have any questions or would like to volunteer!
Entrance Exam

Xavier Entrance Exam is being offered on Nov. 2 and 16.
8 th  graders can sign up here:

Experience a day at Xavier! All 8 th  grade boys are encouraged to shadow a current student to experience Xavier.

Individual Picture retakes November 13th

Please return unwanted pictures that day.

8th grade fundraiser

Help support our 8th graders as they work to earn money towards their class fees.

SCRIP Fundraising

Scrip is a great way to save you money and benefit the school! Click on the link below!
Questions? Contact Lisa Carter at

All year fundraising

We have two more all-year fundraising opportunities for our JP2 Families. Bookmark these pages as you begin your Christmas shopping!

Lost and Found

The lost and found box is beginning to fill up. Any items not claimed within a week will be donated. Please label everything as cooler weather is on the horizon. These items are in search of their owners. After two weeks in lost and found, all items are donated.
Do they belong to your child?

Pictures will be back next week in the ROAR.
Mark your Calendar

  • 11/3 - 11/9 NE Catholic Schools week
  • 11/5 PK4-grade 2 Bushy Hill Nature Preserve
  • 11/6 Middle School Field Trip to Camp Ingersoll
  • 11/7 Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction
  • 11/11 Veteran's Day- NO SCHOOL
  • 11/12 Teacher Inservice - NO SCHOOL
  • 11/13 Individual Picture Retakes
  • 11/21 Strategic Plan Overview Meeting
  • 11/27-11/29 Thanksgiving Holiday

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