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SJM Weekly Newsletter 2/27/2019

February 27, 2019                  Issue 25 Vol.45

Message From Our Principal

Dear SJM Families,

WHO DO YOU KNOW?  Thank you for sharing our wonderful school with other families.  We have added 10 new students since school started.  I can see us reach our goal of 225 students for the next school year.  We need more families just like you.  Invite someone you know to visit SJM School.  When your referral officially becomes an SJM family your family is awarded a $500.00 stipend toward your future tuition.

FOOTBALL CLINICS:  Mater Dei High School Varsity Coach, Greg Oldham, will offer two football clinics in March and May.  Basic skills will be presented. There is no fee for the clinics.
For Grades 3-5: Mon, & Wed. March 11-17, 3:15-4:30 pm    SJM Field
For Grades 6-8: Sat. May 04, 11, 18, 25, 9:00-11:00 am        SJM Field

JOIN US:  Join us for Hospitality Sunday next weekend, March 03.  We will be providing refreshments after several of the masses, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Bishop Vann will celebrate the 11:00 am mass.  SJM children who attend any one of the masses and joins us for hospitality will get a free dress day.  Come to Hospitality Sunday, “We Are One.”
The following donations are requested from each of the grades for the hospitality event:

  • grade Tk- Napkins & Cups
  • grade K- Mini Muffins
  • grade 01- Orange Juice
  • grade 02- Sugar, Stir Sticks, Creamer
  • grade 03- Bananas, Apples, Cuties
  • grade 04- Yogurt & Spoons
  • grade 05- Danish
  • grade 06- Cookies
  • grade 07- Doughnuts
  • grade 08- Napkins & Cups

Volunteers are needed to serve at the hospitality event. Shifts:

  • 7:30-9:30
  • 9:30-11:30
  • 11:30-1:00

SEES CANDY FUNDRAISER IS COMING!  Kickoff March 18 – Deadline April 05.  A real Easter treat!

 FAITH FACT: 40 – Quadragesima – Noah was in the Ark for 40 days.  Moses was up on Sinai receiving the 10 commandments for 40 days.   The Israelites wandered around the desert for 40 years.  We see 40 in many instances in the Old Testament.  Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness before beginning His public ministry.  In the language of the Church, Lent has historically been known by the Latin term Quadragesima—literally, 40.  Thus, as we approach Lent let’s keep in mind that it is a time for us to get closer to God through prayer and sacrifice.

Lent is coming. Prepare.
Mrs. Balsis

Last chance to place your order for the first 2 weeks of March!

Volunteer Coach Needed

SJM is looking for a Head Track Coach. The Parochial Athletic League is holding a one-weekend track meet for grades 1st-8th May 18th and 19th. Please contact Mr. Karczewski if you are interested.


Procedure at dismissal: Please do not use the exit pathway or the parking spots closest to the hall. That area is a walkway as families approach the hall or go to their vehicles.  Thank you.

Family Dinner Night!

Join us for Family Dinner night at Zankou Chicken on Thursday, February 28th! Please be sure to the attached flyer to make sure that %15 of sales are donated to SJM.

St. Justin Martyr Church on March 6
Ashes distributed in English at:
6:30 a.m. Mass
8:30 a.m. Mass
10:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Word (School children will attend.)
5:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Word


Welcome to our segment featuring an article written by one of our students.

A vignette is a short story about a specific moment in time. This is one example from the 6th grade.

One summer Saturday, my whole family began packing things like towels, sunscreen, and a few other things. We were going to the tidepools! We got in the car and began driving. “How long is the drive?” I asked.  “About thirty minutes” my mom replied.  We got to the beach and headed to the tidepools. They were so beautiful with all the sea life and the foamy waves. “Oh, man, I forgot my shoes!” I cried.“You can use mine,” my mom replied, “I’m not going to explore.”  We made it to the tidepools and started exploring. We saw anemones, tiny fish, shrimp, and seaweed in all the little nooks and rocks. We also saw cool rock formations out at sea and like everywhere.  We even saw a dead lobster on the shore!  “Frances, come look at this!” my brother, Clark, shouted. I went over to the rocks where he was standing, and as soon as I got there he jumped off the rocks and scrambled away as quick as he could. Right after he scrambled away, a huge wave crashed over me almost knocking me to my knees, and soaked me to death. “CLARK!” I yelled in rage.  “You are such a TRICKSTER!”  As soon as I yelled that, everybody started laughing to their heart’s content. Other than the fact that I was soaked, I had a really fun time. We saw some more interesting stuff and played volleyball. Once the tide went down we headed home, exhausted from a day of fun.  The End.