October is always a busy month here at the Academy, and this year was no exception. As students and teachers have settled into a routine, many of our enrichment and extracurricular programs have just begun.
I am pleased to announce our new Principal at the Mattapan Campus, Mrs. Kathleen Aldridge. As a seasoned educator, Mrs. Aldridge joins us after serving as principal at St. John School in Wellesley for many years. Joining our Leadership Team, Mrs. Aldridge brings many years of experience and wonderful ideas to the Academy. She has engrained herself in the school culture and met with Mattapan parents, faculty, and staff to ensure a smooth transition for all. On behalf of the Board, we welcome Mrs. Aldridge to the Academy and say a heartfelt thank you to Sr. Gail Ripley for serving as Interim Principal.
As I mentioned last month, the Academy has expanded our Reading Street series to K2 and Grade 1. In October, teachers took part in a PDI at the Regional Office to discuss how the students are benefitting from this program. The program provides a solid foundation in vocabulary, sight words, amazing words, and reading comprehension.
Our PERK Program has also started at each campus. After completing four successful modules last year, we are excited to again offer both Math and ELA tutoring to students in Grades 3 – 7. Once the data from our module is available, I look forward to sharing the results with you.
Planning for the second annual Academy Christmas Fair has brought together parents from all campuses. It is such a wonderful sight to see all of our parents working together to make this event such a success. Please contact your campus Parent Corps representative to get involved. This is such a great event to be a part of.
Our faculty, staff, and Board members are all looking forward to their day of retreat on November 5th. This spiritual day of reflection will be spent in prayer and in community, opening everyone’s minds and hearts to listen, reflect, and assimilate God’s Word.
During this time of Thanksgiving, I extend my heartfelt thanks to you for choosing PJPIICA for your child’s education. I wish you all a Thanksgiving filled with family and friends, and God’s continued blessings in abundance.