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Mrs. Maura Nash, Principal

Important Message from Mrs. Nash

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Dear SJF Families,

Thank you for attending our Catholic Schools’ Week Mass and Open House yesterday.  It was so wonderful to see so many of you!

With the freezing weather projections for this upcoming Wednesday,  we have decided to close school and have our first E-Learning day. Teachers will be providing our students with direction and necessary handouts to complete from home on Wednesday.  All handouts will also be scanned to our website and posted to GoogleClassroom. We will do our best to be available through e-mail and GoogleClassroom on Wednesday in order to answer any questions regarding assignments.  There are also severe weather conditions expected for Thursday; I will assess the weather for Thursday closer to that day and keep you posted on our plan.    

This Wednesday, for Catholic Schools’ Week, we were collecting items for the Ronald Mc Donald House.  Students can bring in their designated items up until Monday, February 4th. Thank you for your assistance and contribution to this school-wide service project!

There will be NO HOMEWORK CLUB after school tomorrow, January 29th, because of the weather conditions.  Also, due to a scheduling conflict, there will be NO HOMEWORK CLUB Tuesday, February 5th.

Any lunches that were order for this Friday, February 1st, for students in grades K-2nd will be voided due to the Disney on Ice trip.

Stay safe and warm!

-Mrs. Maura Nash  

 

Friday Thoughts 1/18/19

Posted on Jan 18, 2019

Dear SJF Families,

 

As we settle into the New Year, SJF is back to business as usual and we continue to expand our busy schedules, adding fun and exciting events to our calendar! Last night we had an Open House for any potential new families interested in our Primary Education Program. It was so wonderful to see so many future falcons!  Please encourage your neighbors, families and friends, who are interested in attending SJF, to register as soon as possible as our primary classes are already beginning to fill.  We will have another Open House, Sunday January 27th, at 9am for our new falcon families.  Following our 10am family mass, which kicks off our Catholic Schools’ Week celebration, we will have an Open House for our existing falcon families.  We look forward to seeing all of you!  Looking ahead to next week, this upcoming Thursday, January 24th, we will be hosting our first Future Falcon Friends open gym class. This class is open to children ages birth to five and their caregivers.  Patrons do not need to live in our parish, the cost is $5 a family, and the class will take place in our gym from 10:30 – 11:15.  Help us spread the word about our exciting new program!   

 

I want to extend a big congratulations to our very talented and proud 5thgrade girls’ volleyball team who won 1stplace at the St. George Volleyball Tournament yesterday!  This weekend we will continue to celebrate our volleyball program as we host our annual girls’ volleyball “Pack the House.”  Games will run all day tomorrow; the 8thgrade games begin at 7pm.  This is always a fun event and one you won’t have to travel far to enjoy in the projected snowy weather.  Best of luck to all of our athletes this weekend!

 

·     Last week’s broken pipe, that was located outside of the pre-school entry-way, has been repaired.  Thank you for your patience during that brief construction period.

·   Don’t miss the best Queen of Hearts Incentive yet! Holy Name/Women’s Club is sponsoring a $500 tuition credit.   Every SJF Family who buys $20 in Queen of Hearts Saturday at Pack the House, Sunday after 10 am mass or at the Holy Name AFC/NFC event will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 tuition credit! The
next drawing will be he
ld Sunday before the draw at the AFC/NFC Party.
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incentive drawing will be held with the Queen of Hearts drawing Sunday 1/20 at half time of the second game!

·     Our mass challenge continues! Don’t forget to visit the back of church after mass to obtain your ticket and enter to win a prize.  

·     This Monday we will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and as a result school will be closed.     

·     Over the next two weeks, our third-eighth grade students will be taking the second of the ACT Interim tests in math and reading.  The data from these assessments is used by our faculty to determine curricular changes that will improve student performance.

·     Our Scholastic Team is hosting a dress-down day fundraiser on Wednesday, January 23rdto participate in a nationally recognized academic competition hosted by Northwestern University. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.   Students can dress as a scholar, their favorite teacher, or in their favorite high school or college gear.  Thank you in advance for your support.

·     If your child has any outstanding lunch bills, please make payment by next week. 

·     We have had many students have to leave school early due to illness.  In an effort to stop spreading these illnesses, please keep your child home until they are healthy and fever free for 24 hours.  

 

Stay warm and enjoy your three-day weekend!  

 

Go Falcons!  

 

-Maura Nash 

 

 

 

Friday Thoughts - Happy New Year

Posted on Jan 11, 2019

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with much love, laughter and relaxation with your family and friends.  We have been quite busy getting back into the swing of things this week.  The students returned to school and were greeted by a new mural created by some of our talented 8th graders over the break.  The mural reads:  "Some kids are smarter than you, have cooler clothes than you, or are better at sports than you.  It doesn't matter.  You have your own thing too!  Be the kid who is generous, can get along, is happy for others and does the right thing.  Be the Nice Kid!"  In 2019, our school is resolving to, "Be the Nice Kid!"  

I was visiting classrooms today to discuss another report I have received about SJF kids playing on the railroad tracks near Maplewood before school today.  As you can imagine and I know you will agree, this is so concerning and dangerous.  I have impressed upon the students to make good choices and to stay off of the tracks.  Our students are so important and we all care deeply about them and their safety and well-being.  When speaking with them, I asked them to be leaders and if they see anyone congregating on the tracks to encourage them to get away from that area, make better choices and enlist the help of an adult if need be.  We all need to look out for one another.  Please help me ensure our students (and all children) stay off of the railroad tracks.  Thank you for your attention to and assistance with this.

This morning we were also greeted with a broken pipe outside of the pre-k doors underneath the bridge.  We are tending to this situation and I will keep you posted on the details.   

  • Queen of Hearts- Pot is over $73K! This week's drawing will be at the Athletic Board’s Howl at the Moon event on Saturday.  Pleaseclick here to buy your tickets for Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos Show tomorrow night (Saturday, January 12th). Doors open at 6pm. The show will go from 7pm-10pm. Tickets are $40 per person. Bring your own drinks. Queen of Hearts tickets will be sold at the door. There will be seating available when you need a break from dancing.  Please bring cash to secure your song requests!  If you have questions, please email Missi Brady at mjbrady2002@gmail.com.
  • Band will resume on Monday.
  • Tuesday, January 15th, the School Advisory Board will meet in the school library at 7 p.m.
  • Progress Report Check is next Wednesday, January 16th. Please take some time to review your child’s grades and commend a good job or encourage improved performance.
  • The SJF Children’s Choir will resume next Thursday, January 17th, from 3:45-4:45.
  • The February lunch menu is available to order.
  • Buy manna, exchange uniforms, and buy Queen of Hearts tickets  tomorrow morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the convent.  Manna will also be sold in the church foyer after the 4 p.m. mass Saturday and the 10 a.m. mass Sunday. 
  • Mass Challenge Update: Congratulations to Mary Clare O'Connor and Maggie Berry for winning the December Mass Challenge; both girls won a $50 gift card.  Our next challenge begins this week and will go until Valentine's Day.  The grade level with the most tickets (collect yours at the back of church) will be entered to win a Valentine's Day treat! 
  • Mary Poppins  - St. Barnabas School is performing Mary Poppins next weekend.  Click here for more information.  
  • New student registration begins soon.  Please share our Preschool and Kindergarten Open House dates with families who do not yet have students here:  Thursday, January 17th from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday,
    January 27th at 9 a.m. before our Catholic Schools Week Mass and Open House.  

Here's to a happy and healthy 2019!  Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Maura Nash

St. John Fisher School, a "Catholic community like no other"

 

 
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