January 30, 2019 Issue 21 Vol.45
Dear SJM Families,
CHAMPIONS OF KINDNESS: Thank you for being so receptive to Cary from Champions of Kindness at the PTO Meeting last week. I agree with his philosophy of building a child’s self-confidence so that he/she will be courageous enough to “Stop, Walk Away, and Tell an Adult”. This week you will receive the permission form as our counselor begins group work with our SJM students. All students will eventually have the opportunity for this program. This Catholic Charities Program is called Eagles. This experience will bring an increase in positive self-esteem at school and at home.
WELCOME: I have been actively searching since the beginning of summer for a Spanish teacher for our primary grades. Welcome Ms. Hanna Song who will begin teaching grades TK-2. The plan is to eventually add Spanish to intermediate grades and middle school.
UNIFORM TIDBITS: (1)Formal Full Dress Uniform means that: Grades TK-3 Girls wear: Uniform plaid bib-top jumper; modesty short, navy, worn under jumper; white, round collar blouse with short or long sleeves, logo on collar; plaid continental cross-over tie; cardigan sweater or vest, navy, with torch emblem.
(2)PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE UNIFORM. All basic colors are acceptable for shoes. NO shoes with any type of decorations, characters, pictures, patterns, or designs may be worn. Shoes must be sturdy, sensible, and clean. Shoes must be laced in crisscross fashion and tied securely on top of the tongue of the shoe, No sandals, boots, or plastic shoes or those with “blinking lights” are allowed.
FAITH FACT: St. Thomas Aquinas the Patron Saint of Catholic Schools – St. Thomas Aquinas was a Catholic Dominican priest from Italy. He received his early education at the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino and attended the University of Naples. His nickname was “dumb ox”, but he was a very talented student. When he tried to become a friar his family captured him and brought him back because his parents wanted him to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and become a Benedictine abbot. They kept him in a castle hoping to change his mind. When they released him two years later, however, he immediately joined the Dominicans. He is the patron saint of Catholic schools and college students. His feast day is on January 28.
SJM Families are the best!