Staying up to date with JPII
Help Us Improve Physical Health And Relieve Stress Through Adaptive Physical Education Program

So many things have changed as a result of the COVID pandemic. For students and adults at JPII, these changes can be especially difficult. One sure-fire way to relieve their anxiety and stress is through the adaptive physical education program provided by All Abilities Fitness Center. Not only do students and adults remain physically active during these sessions, but they also find ways to work through stress and anxiety. All funds raised during #GivingJPTuesday will fund this program, available to all JPII students and adults, in-person and virtually.

“Exercise has a clear physical effect on our body; making us stronger, positively changing our health, and combating underlying health conditions,” shares Tara Simmons, M.A. COTA/L, Owner/Head Instructor.

Message from Mary Adams, Principal of JPII
As we officially begin this Advent season, now is the perfect time to switch gears from preparing for the end of COVID to a time when we invite Christ into our lives so He can help us navigate through this pandemic. It’s been a long arduous journey and with any luck we will see relief soon. We wait now with excitement, and in prayer and Thanksgiving for the Christ child. As you will read in this newsletter, we at JPII are doing our best to continue with our traditions while knowing that they may look a little different this year. Since we have slowed down, perhaps Advent will be easier as we have more opportunities to reflect, spend time in prayer, and help others in a variety of ways while social distancing. Despite COVID, my prayer is that this Advent will be more thoughtful and meaningful to you. As we prepare for Baby Jesus, may you only feel excitement and joy in anticipation of his birth!
While our Christmas program will be different this year, we are continuing the popular tradition of our JPII holiday raffle. This year you'll be able to buy tickets for the packages and baskets you choose! We have items ranging from delicious chocolates, beautiful holiday decor, gifts for the whole family and much more.

Tickets: $1 each with two special $5 raffle items!

Raffle runs from Now 23 through December 14. Winners will be drawn on December 16 and items can be picked up December 17-18 and 21-22 during school hours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shipping is not available. Must be 21 or older to win packages containing alcohol.

We also have two special packages for $5 a ticket:

A few of our items include:
Although we cannot have our traditional Christmas Program, we will be sharing songs from our students online. Join us on Facebook each day as we share a song from each classroom starting on December 16 and culminating in our grand finale on December 22.

Date: December 16 - 22
Location: Facebook
Giving Thanks
While we couldn’t gather together for our annual combined student and adult Thanksgiving feast, we were thankful to Discovery Federal Credit Union and Sweet Street for providing a socially distant meal. We continue to find new ways to honor our old traditions while making new memories.
Pendants with Purpose goes online!
Welcome To Pendants with Purpose's online store! Because you can't come to us we are coming to you! Items will be updated daily. Please check back frequently to see what is new.

Pendants with Purpose is a program developed by the students of classroom 3 under the guidance of Mrs. Berkhammer. The program was developed to enable the students in the Secondary Classroom to use life skills to start a business. They craft the products, sell the products and learn along the way. Like everyone else they are learning to adapt to the world as it is. Pendants with Purpose is excited to roll out its NEW store website. Welcome and enjoy!

All items are available for pick up at the school after school hours. We will work with everyone to be sure you get your order in time for the Christmas Break. Items can be shipped for an additional cost.

Products include:
Face Masks
Herb Salt
Shop to Support

A simple way to give to JPII is through the shopping that you already do! We currently participate in various school rewards programs, which allow us to receive donations directly from your purchases.

For more information on the following programs, click the desired image below:
This Month's Calendars
Check out the lunches and activities we have in store for December.
Let's Make Reading a Habit - Book Orders
December Book Orders
Place your fall book orders today! Mrs. Berkhammer will be notified and can arrange for a pickup. If you have questions, please contact her here.
1.   First Time Ordering Online? Go to the Scholastic website.
2.  Click on Connect to your Teacher
3.  Enter our one-time Class Activation Code (HG6HC).
4.  Shop and submit your child's book order.
5.  Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom.  

Orders are due by December 11!
John Paul II Center for Special Learning | 1092 Welsh Road, Shillington, PA 19607 | 610-777-0605