Volume 1, September 2022

"Raise up our Banner Red & Blue on high!!"

Be who you are and be that well."

St. Francis De Sales


Keep checking emails, PowerSchool, and school website for updates and information.

 Updates :

  1. The 2022-2023 School Year: Be sure to check your email for updates and information throughout the school year. Be sure to visit the Father Judge website and our social media pages for updates and reminders. If you need to update your contact information please contact the main office.
  2. Father Judge Website: The school website lists important information from weekly schedules, job opportunities, guidance information, forms, food services information and much more. Be sure to click on the current students and parent tabs on the school website. Be sure to check it out!
  3. Crusader Club Tickets: All Classes have now received their “Crusader Club Tickets”. This is our once a year mandatory fundraiser. Please make all returns in the envelope in which you received the tickets signed by a parent. If you did not receive your tickets or if you need additional tickets, please see Mrs. Bertoline in Room 134. Please review the instruction sheet that was included in your envelope. ALL RETURNS SHOULD BE MADE TO MRS. BERTOLINE IN ROOM 134.

Important Upcoming Dates:

October 4th - Student Council Elections

October 10th - Freshmen Retreat (Information will be sent home)

October 12th - PSAT Testing Grades 9-11 (Seniors are off )

October 18th - Red Cross Blood Drive 

October 19th - FJPA Meeting 

(Would you like to join? See details at the bottom of this newsletter)

October 30th - FJPA Craft Show

Schedule for the Week (Always listed under daily announcements in campus life on the website):  

Monday (10/03/22): Schedule #1 - C Day 

Tuesday (10/04/22): Schedule #1 - D Day 

Wednesday (10/05/22): Schedule #3 - E Day 

Thursday (10/06/22): Schedule #1 - F Day 

Friday (10/07/22): Schedule #1 - A Day 

Mr. Shane Dougherty '09
Asst. Principal

Summer Readiness Program

The Summer Readiness program was a 4 day program for our incoming freshmen. Our freshmen brought great energy and enthusiasm each day. We are looking forward to seeing what these young Crusaders will accomplish this school year!

FJ Back to School Mass 2022

Grades 9 through 12 took part in their back to school Mass earlier this month. The main message was about living the Salesian virtues each day in their lives and helping someone who may be in need.

Crusaders for Success

The Edward A. Peters Memorial (EAPM) Fund was established by Thomas Peters ’93 in 2012. As a result of strong and passionate fundraising efforts, the EAPM Fund has awarded more than $140,000 to our students over the last ten years. We’re so grateful to the Peters family for their continued and generous support of our students and families. Special thanks to Thomas Peters ’93 for visiting campus today to meet with this year’s EAPM Fund awardees. If you would like to support the EAPM Fund, consider attending the Edward A. Peters Memorial Fund Beef and Beer on October 28th. For more information, contact eapmfund@gmail.com.

FJ Installation Mass 2022

James Hozier was officially installed as Principal today by President Brian Patrick King '97 and Oblate Provincial Rev. Jack Kolodziej, OSFS. Special thanks to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who joined us for the Installation Mass - Rev. Vince Smith, OSFS, Rev. Jack Kolodziej, OSFS, Bro. Jim Williams, OSFS '63, Rev. Joe Campellone, OSFS and Bro. Dan Wisniewski, OSFS '91.

Crusaders Care

Close to 80 student volunteers showed up to help out at the MS City to Shore Bike Ride event. Students did a wonderful job encouraging riders and bringing their great Crusader spirit!

Clubs and Activities

There are over 20 clubs and activities for students to join! Please see the list for Clubs & Activities on the website under Campus Life. Contact the moderator about joining a club!



Students looking for work? Check out the job board in Guidance and the BCIT Board on the 3rd floor!

Pickering Manor, which is an Assisted Living Facility in Newtown, is looking for Dietary Aides to work in their kitchen.  Contact Mrs. Huber at ehuber@pickeringmanor.org if interested

Local Businesses

Crusaders looking for work this summer should apply to local businesses owned by members of the Father Judge community. Check out the link below for the list of Judge owned businesses.

Judge Businesses

Office of Student Services

Mr. Timothy Dailey-Dean of Students


Dear Parents & Guardians,

Students need to be clean shaven everyday (even if they opt to wear a face mask).

Hair policy is in full effect, students must be in compliance.

Parents please make sure students are bringing home/throwing out any food items or containers in their lockers.

Students need to be dressed and ready for the day by the start of homeroom. There is dress code checks at the start of homeroom every day.

Students with ID or locker issues should come to the student services office room 134.

JUG will be in room 133 after 8th period from 2:45 pm until 3:15 pm.

Any questions or concerns please contact the Student Services Offices. 

Mr. Zataveski

How long have you been teaching? How long have you been at Father Judge? 

I have been teaching for 16+ Years, 12 of which at Father Judge

What subjects do you teach? 

I teach English, ELA III 

What is your favorite part of teaching at Father Judge? 

My favorite part of teaching is interacting with students, while engaging the subject matter; I really enjoy seeing students mature within the subject matter, while subsequently observing their growth in broader learning, and then witnessing their own personal discovery of the empowerment of their education.   

What made you want to become a teacher?

I had great teachers, whose lively and witty passion for teaching inspired an interest and appetite for learning.  It became infectious and awakened potential fulfillment in lifelong learning.  School became Cool.   


What is the one takeaway you have from your teaching career? 

 Teachers do so much more than just prepare their students to address world concerns.  Even though most would wholeheartedly embrace that simple acknowledgement, I see how smart so many teachers are, and dedicated to their craft.  I believe that teachers harbor, practical even profound, answers to challenging queries and dilemmas such that they may trace preferable solutions for society, daily manifesting such privilege.  

We are blessed to have Mr. Zataveski at our school. The Father Judge community is thankful for all of our teachers and their tireless work in bettering the minds of our students. - Father Judge Administration


Mr. Campellone's Theology Class

Senior Theology classes had presentations on the Attributes of a Civil Society, and how people can exemplify these attributes at home and in their community. 

Mr. Jake Serfass, Athletic Director

Please follow us for up to date information at @FJAthletics. Click on the link below to stay up to date on all of our sports teams.

FJ Cross-Country

FJ Cross-Country has a 4-1 record after Week 1 of the PCL. Final score, LaSalle 31, JUDGE 43, Wood 103, Devon Prep 113, Lansdale 123 and Conwell-Egan 151.

Joe Walker '24, Tim McCloskey '23 and Brendan Teears '23 all received 1st Team All Catholic Nominations.

FJ Golf

The Golf team loves nothing more than playing in great weather! The Crusaders are marching onto victory!

FJ Football

Father Judge Football is off to a great start this year! The Crusaders have played with heart and determination in every game. The main results we have seen are defined as TEAMWORK! Below is their recent victory in the Northeast Classic!

FJ Soccer 2022

The Crusaders pulled out a double overtime win against Archbishop Ryan! The soccer team is having a very exciting season! Come out and support the Crusaders!


Barb Gress , Chairperson , FJPA bgress1966@hotmail.com 

Annette Handley, Co-Chairperson, FJPA handleyjj517@aol.com  


Mrs. Michele Purcell


The Guidance Counselors as as follows:

Michele Purcell (mpurcell@fatherjudge.com):Seniors and Juniors

Kate Barker (kbarker@fatherjudge.com): Sophomores

Rachel Daly (rdaly@fatherjudge.com): Freshmen

Autumn Donahue, Social Worker (adonahue@fatherjudge.com): All Grades

Brother Jim Williams, Live Today Well Program, (jwilliams@fatherjudge.com): Transfer students & Freshmen from public & charter schools

The Guidance Office would like to welcome back all Father Judge students and families! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns!

The Guidance Counselors as as follows:

Michele Purcell (mpurcell@fatherjudge.com):Seniors and Juniors

Kate Barker (kbarker@fatherjudge.com): Sophomores

Rachel Daly (rdaly@fatherjudge.com): Freshmen

Autumn Donahue,Social Worker (adonahue@fatherjudge.com): All Grades

Brother Jim Williams, Live Today Well Program, (jwilliams@fatherjudge.com): Transfer students & Freshmen from public schools

Guidance Interviews have started for SENIORS, SOPHOMORES, and FRESHMEN! Students can make an appointment to receive their interview at any time. JUNIOR interviews typically begin at the second semester but can be done earlier. If you would like your son to have his interview sooner, rather than later, you are welcome to contact his Guidance Counselor! 

SENIORS and their families received an email on September 13th with a Senior Year Timeline and instructions regarding frequently asked questions & the procedure for obtaining letters of recommendation. SENIORS also received a Guidance Assembly and were spoken to in each of their English classes; these discussions focused on future goals, resume building, and getting their letters of recommendation which we encourage all students to attain. 

We encourage parents and guardians to submit a Brag Sheet about their son! This information is very helpful in writing a well-rounded recommendation that can be sent to colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeships; we also save recommendations in case students need them after they graduate. You can use this link to submit a Brag Sheet: https://forms.gle/iYnzhSuaEU8JV9Kq8

There are also paper forms that can be sent to you or given to your sons if you prefer. Thank you for your help!

Timelines for both JUNIORS and SENIORS are posted on the Guidance page of the Father Judge website.

Save the Date!  The Father Judge/St. Hubert Financial Aid Night (for colleges and trade schools) is being held on October 10th from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Father Judge Auditorium!  Bonnie Behm, Director of Financial Aid at Villanova, will be speaking on the financial aid process and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA.) For SENIORS, this will be the 2023-24 FAFSA, and it will not open until October 1st.  You will be using your tax information from 2021 to complete the FAFSA. See www.fafsa.gov for additional information and assistance.

Mrs. Michele V. Purcell, M.Ed

Director of Guidance

From The Social Worker

Autumn Donahue
School Social Worker at ext. 1111 or adonahue@fatherjudge.com

Live Today Well Program

Director - Bro. Jim Williams
Rm. 212 Ext. 1125

                    FROM THE NURSE     

Norma J Walens 

Certified School Nurse


215-338-9494 ext 1116


It is imperative we keep our Father Judge community as healthy as possible. Please ensure that your son is practicing healthy habits. Optimal health is dependent upon adequate sleep, exercise and proper nutrition. Eating a healthy breakfast every day will give your son more energy, help manage his weight, and improve his concentration.


If your child exhibits 2 or more of the following symptoms, please contact their primary doctor to discuss further treatment:

* Fever= to or > 100.4

* Dry cough ( not related to a preexisting condition)

* Shortness of breath if not related to asthma

* Chills

* New loss of taste or smell

* Vomiting and/or diarrhea

* Unexplained rash


If your child only has 1 of the above listed symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or fever-They may return to school after 24 hours of being symptom free without taking any fever reducers (Tylenol Motrin etc.).

Please do NOT administer pain relievers/fever reducers and send your son to school, as this exposes everybody to unnecessary health risks.


The State of Pennsylvania requires all senior students to have a 2nd Meningitis vaccine after their 16th birthday. All seniors should be up to date with the 2nd MCV at this time.


The State of Pennsylvania requires all 9th & 11th grade students to have a current physical along with updated immunizations on record in the nurse's office. Please submit all information as soon as possible.


Should your son have any specific health issues that would impact their education, please be sure this information has been provided to both the school nurse and all teacher's on your son's roster.

For your child's safety, the "Student Emergency/Medical Information" form is required to be completed every school year and returned to the health room in September. This information is kept on file and becomes part of your child's health records. In order for your child to receive Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain relief, a parent's signature must be on file on the "Student Emergency/Medical Information Form." When your child requires any medications during the school day, the medication form must be completed by your son's doctor. All School Nurse forms can be found on the website, click parents, click forms.



The flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2021-2022 to protect yourself and the people around you.The Center For Disease Control recommends that:

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenzaPeople at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications has a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.

Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of people.

There are many vaccine options to choose from. CDC does not recommend one flu vaccine over another. The most important thing is for all people 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine every year.

If you have questions about which flu vaccine to get, talk to your doctor or other health care professional


The  Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)  Child Helpline helps parents enroll in Medicaid or CHIP for their children. The Helpline is also available to answer questions about Medicaid or CHIP coverage, help you find a health care provider – including behavioral health – and provide assistance with insurance problems. No family makes too much or too little for their children to get health insurance. Children are eligible if they are citizens OR if they have any current US immigration document, and do not need a social security number to apply.

This is a free service, and they can assist families in any language.

Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns regarding your children. I'm available Monday thru Friday email at nwalens@fatherjudge.com.

Campus Ministry

Mr. Kevin Williams

Director of Campus Ministry


215-338-9494, ext.1138

Prayer For A New School Year 

Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year. Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me. Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends. Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year!


Tuition Office

Mrs. Kathie Gibson
Tuition Officer/Financial Aid
215-338-9494, ext. 1107

Admission Office

Mr. Ryan Kilkenny, '97
Admissions Director
215-338-9494, ext. 1158

Specific questions?
Email Ryan Kilkenny, Director of Admissions, at rkilkenney@fatherjudge.com or 
Jen Corcoran, Admissions Assistant, at jcorcoran@fatherjudge.com

Be sure to visit our website at fatherjudge.com and click on the "Admissions" tab for updates and information.

Jen Corcoran
Office of Admissions
215-338-9494, ext 1158 
215-338-0250 (fax)

Mr. Shane Dougherty '09, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs
215-338-9494, ext. 1113
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