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Mrs. Maura Nash Principal
July 16, 2021
Dear SJF Families,
Happy Summer! I hope you are enjoying every second of your well-deserved break! I cannot believe that it is mid-July. Where has the time gone? Though we are all enjoying the much-needed time away and slower pace of life that summer brings, we are also hard at work preparing for this upcoming, more normal, school year. Below are some important announcements and information that you need to be aware of as we slowly inch closer to the start of the school year.
I know the masking policy and other COVID related restrictions weigh heavy on your mind. The archdiocese is planning to share updated guidance regarding these topics in the coming days. However, archdiocesan grammar schools have been instructed to plan for a much more “normal” school year with significantly less restrictions. We are looking forward to many events and details that were absent last year including in-person gatherings and parent nights, extracurricular activities and ETC’s, sporting events and much more! Our faculty cannot wait for the return of flexible seating and tables in their classrooms. As we get closer to the start of the school year, I will keep you abreast with all the necessary COVID related details that will impact us this year.
Ava Kintz, 5th Grade
May 17, 2021
This year, our school theme is “Fly Like a Falcon.” Falcons SOAR above, capturing an aerial view of what is going on below. We are encouraging our school community to “SOAR above” things that might bring us down, not allowing us to be our best selves. We are on a school-wide crusade to “Fly Like a Falcon”, lifting one another up, celebrating the positive interactions and kind behavior that our students and staff demonstrate each and every day. This week we recognize fifth grader, Ava Kintz.
As many of you are aware, Ms. Dunlavy, our 5th grade ELA teacher was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. This shocking news was obviously so difficult to digest not only for Ms. Dunlavy, but for all of those who love her. Learning of this news really impacted her students. As a group, the fifth graders wanted to show their sign of love and support. One idea that the group of students had was to dye a section of their hair pink as an outward symbol of solidarity and support. This of course goes against the dress code policy in our student handbook. However, Ava stepped up as the leader of the group and took the time to write me a very impressive persuasive letter, requesting this temporary change in our handbook policy for this important cause. After...