February 2016

Catholic Schools Week has begun. The theme this year is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. These realities are very evident at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy. Faith is a gift given to each of us from our loving God. This faith is nourished daily in our community prayer each morning, in special prayer services and at student planned Masses every month at each campus. Students grow in knowledge every day. The new MAP testing provides a personalized assessment of each student’s growth. It measures precisely every students achievement as well as growth throughout the academic year. Service is an Academy hallmark. Feeding the hungry, visiting the elderly, creating cards for the sick, healing the sad, making quilts for the needy, sending messages to troops, helping at school and at home are just a few of the services performed by Academy students.

On January 29th all teachers participated in our annual Professional day. The day began with prayer led by Sister Gail Donahue, CSJ, followed by a keynote talk by Sister Carlotta Gilarde, CSJ. Teachers learned new creative ways to help students develop their Catholic identity. Mr. Nick Cuomo, Vice-Principal at the Neponset Campus, addressed all K2-8 teachers on the new MAP testing program and how to use test results to differentiate instructional lessons.Teachers also participated in numerous workshops in enVisions Math, Reading Street,  and the Collins writing curriculum.  Early Childhood teachers worked with specialists from the Lynch Early Childhood Program. The day was extremely beneficial to all teachers at the Academy.

We are in the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, a time touched by God’s grace. God continues to come into our lives. All we need to do is to notice, to be aware of God’s presence each day. We bring each other to God, to Jesus, by being attentive to how God is at work among us. And remember God is a God of surprises and has a penchant for speaking through the least likely people and in the most unexpected ways! So be alert; God continues to work through each one of us. This is what makes Ordinary time continuously extraordinary!

Blessings to you and your family,

Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ
Regional Director