Principal: Ms. Kate Brandley
Phone: 617-265-0019 x 7126
Administrative Assistant: Mrs McAteer
Phone: 617-265-0019 X 7127
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A Message From Ms. Brandley
June 1, 2013
I wish you and your family a wonderfully restful, relaxing and peace filled summer! May God continue to protect, bless and provide for you and your family! What a fantastic year! We were accredited as the largest Catholic elementary school in the northeast! This was a major undertaking and a tremendous success. We are alive and a vibrant, loving and faith filled learning community!
Spiritually, we continued to growth in our Catholic faith through pray, song and worship with Fr Sean. Mr. Wilson provided the necessary tools to bring us together as a school for prayer, retreats, Mass and God filled experiences such as the His Last Days. It was our love of God, faith and commitment to Catholic education and PJPIICA that guided our Regional Office, faculty and staff to joyfully embrace the challenges and flourish. God was certainly always in the mix and his love and blessings were abundant! It took God’s village to bring us through this year! I am humbled by the God’s love living through everyone’s patience, flexibility and dedication!
Our students have contributed over $4000 to charities such as the Diocese of Brooklyn for the Hurricane Sandy Fund, Jimmy Fund, Children’s Hospital, Cancer survivors, Red Cross in Oklahoma and the Missions. We have also collected food for St. Ambrose’s Food Pantries all year with our Mission Team. Our students have not only grown closer to God in prayer, sacraments and classroom instruction but they have led and participated in many service opportunities.
All of our standardized testing and benchmarks showed growth and improvement. We were one of the top schools in the Archdiocese. Our K2 students are ready for grade 1 as found on our First grade readiness test! Our Academy has continued to review and revise curriculum, instructional practices and align with the Common Core. Our Early Childhood program has been working with the Lynch Foundation on the latest developments in early childhood. Our PreK and K1 teachers are brought tremendous new practices and techniques to your children along with new materials. We saw improvement in all areas in our eighth grade high school placement testing. All of our eight graders were accepted to more than one Catholic high school! Many of our sixth graders were admitted to the exam schools!
Our students had numerous Fine Arts opporutnities, field trips, guest speakers, biography fairs, science exhibits and other enrichment activities to add to their educational experience. We are seeing the results of the Academy’s goal of providing the best educational and Catholic experience for our students.
We would not be smiling and excited about our year without our parents! I am so grateful for your patience, trust, love and unending support for your child and our school. So many of you volunteered through programs like classroom parents, field days, book fairs, movie nights, Open House, hospitality events, and fundraising. Thank you to all who volunteered sent food/water and supported our terrific Field Day. A special thank you goes to Michael Hegarty for all of the coordination of this day. I would also like to recognize Lambert’s who donated the watermelon and D’Benny’s for great pizza!! You have supported me and our school in every way. Thank you!
As I reflect on the year, I have been so impressed and grateful for the quality and dedication of this faculty. Many of our faculty have earned awards, received grants and attended or taught numerous professional development workshops. Each day they continue to be Christ to one another and to our students! They are the backbone of our school! We will recognize those teachers and students who will not be with us, Friday, June 14th at morning assembly.
Our 8th graders will begin their graduation festivities this Friday with our annual Lolek basketball tournament. The upcoming graduation events are Spirit of Boston boat cruise on Monday, Class Night on Tuesday, June 4th and Graduation. Mr. Wilson has provided the eighth grade boys with a PJPIICA blue and silver tie and the girls with pearl bracelets to be worn at Graduation as well as future events. Mrs. Altieir, Mr. Sherrod, Mrs. DeAngelo, Mrs. Cipro and Mrs. McAteer have made the evening very special! Our 7th grade helped organize the event. It was wonderful:
Congratulations to our 8th graders!!
Eileen Collins Fontbonne Academy
Taylor Cotter Fontbonne Academy
Saveon Delay Boston College High School
Tessa Diaz Swampscott High School
Katharine Feeney Elizabeth Seton Academy
Brianna Gittens Community Charter School of Cambridge
Sean Lydon Archbishop Williams High School
Sean McDonough Boston College High School
Armani Monteiro Matignon High School
Ceasar Morralis Cristo Rey High School
Madeline Neff St. Joseph's Preparatory School
Han Nguyen Elizabeth Seton Academy
Amanda Pham North Quincy High School
Kaysea Ruffin Elizabeth Seton Academy
Isaiah Sealy Boston College High School
Areana Hardy North Quincy High School
Makaylee Stanton Elizabeth Seton Academy
Congratulations to our 8th grade for their numerous scholarships and awards they will receive at Class Night.
Graduation will be a spectacular event at Boston College High School. We wish all the graduates of the Academy the best and Godspeed.
It is my hope that you will find these summer months to be restful, safe and enjoyable. Summer certainly should be a time for fun, but there should also be time for students to read and engage in academic enrichment work, so as to reinforce all the important academic skills and concepts they have been learning this year. This summer, all summer reading and math packets for students will be sent home and posted online. When we return to school after Labor Day, I look forward to talking with our students their summer and the places they visited and the books they read.
It is not too late to sign up for our Summer Program held at Lower Mills. Please see the website for details www.pjp2ca.org. Our summer program has some great activities for kids. We still have openings in Grades 1-8.
Items of Importance:
- June 4th: Class Night, Grade 8
- June 5th: Baccaluareate Mass at 9 a.m.
- June 5th: K2 to Fenway Park
- June 5th: No Afterschool
- June 6th: Graduation at BC High
- June 7th: PreK and K1 to Davis Farm
- June 7th: Marking Period Ends
- June 10th: Grade 1 and 2 to Roger Williams Zoo
- June 10th: Grade 7 Field Day
- June 11th: Grade 6 Field Day
- June 12th: Grade 5 Field Day
- June 13th: Grade 4 Field Day
- June 13th: Afterschool ends at 5 p.m.
- June 13th: K2 Graduation at 12:30 p.m.
- June 14th: Celebration of Teachers and Students Leaving and Awards
- June 14th: Pre-K moving up ceremony at 10 a.m.
- June 14th: K1 moving up ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
- June 14th: Donuts for Dad in the morning beginning at 6:30 a.m.
- June 17th: Last Day of Afterschool
- June 18th: Last Day of school. It is a half day
- The 2013-2014 school year will begin Wednesday, September 4th. I will have more concrete dates in my August newsletter which will be mailed the first week of August.
Our students, your children, have been a constant gift each day to me and my staff. They have worked hard to learn their lessons, engage in public speaking, help others through service, take on leadership roles and become Christ’s light for others. Their enthusiasm and joy brings life to our building. I will miss those students who will be graduating and those who will be leaving us to attend another school or moving. Each child has been a gift to our community. We will keep them in our prayers because we know they will bring Christ’s love to their new schools.
Yours in Christ,
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