Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
We are approaching Catholic Schools Week, when we celebrate who we are as a school family. Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association, CSW is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the week with Masses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to Church, local communities and the nation. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.
SJV’s Catholic Schools Week Committee has planned many activities for our students to Celebrate Our Parish, Our Community, Our Students, Our Nation, Vocations, and Our Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers. A flyer is being sent home today giving brief explanation of each day’s happenings, beginning with our SJV Student-led Mass on Sunday, January 28th, at 11:00 am. All SJV students will be asked by their teachers if they want to participate, and all who chose may be part of our celebration that day. Please, families and friends, join us!
And, to make the day even better, our 8th grade class is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on January 28th, beginning at 9:00 am. They will continue serving after the 11:00 Mass -- no cooking that morning, and you will be supporting our 8th graders with your free-will donation.
Regarding the water testing that was done at SJV in November: as I explained on our website two weeks ago, the high reading that we had was from a sink in what used to be a Science room. The sink is in a storeroom at the back of what is now Miss Hirzel’s classroom, and has not been used in at least three years. None-the-less, we want to be certain that NO water entering our building has unsafe lead content. I have been in contact with the DEQ several times this month, and they are coming again the end of January to flush, and then test, the sink/faucet again. Appropriate measures will be taken at that time. As you know, we continue to have water coolers and bottled water available for your children.
Boys Basketball began this weekend! Our 7/8 grade team poster their first win at Powers on Saturday, and our 5/6 grade team has their first game on Monday, Jan 22, at Holy Family. There are several games that will be played at our Home Gym, which is St. Matthew’s. Our cheerleaders will soon be taking the floor to lead us in cheering on the teams. Go Vikings!
Our fourth and fifth grade students have been gifted a wonderful opportunity! The Gary Haggert Club is sponsoring them to attend Camp Copneconic overnight. They will leave SJV on a Powers bus at 9:00 am on Thursday, February 1st, and return at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 2nd. The Club was formed in memory of Gary, and in honor of his service to others, especially children. Fr. Firestone and I were invited to attend their Annual Dinner, where the news of the gift to our students was shared.
Our Annual Vianney Nights Dinner Auction is getting very close! Three weeks from now, the Social Hall will be transformed into a place for fun, food, and friends. Thank you to all families who have sent in their donations for the classroom baskets! Mrs. Kryglowski and Mrs. Bondroff, who head up that committee, were in this week to record everything that is here as Basket Wrapping Day is this Thursday, January 25th. We would love to have your helping hands join us on Thursday at 8:30 am to help with this project – ‘many hands make light work!’
If you haven’t yet sent your child’s donation for the classroom basket, please do so Monday or Tuesday so the baskets can be organized. Remember, if you don’t have time to shop, you can send in $20 cash as your donation, and the committee with do the shopping for you.
All children took home their 2nd quarter report cards on Friday. The year is half over! I read every report card this week, and you have much to be proud of! I saw evidence of very hard work, and more importantly, very kind children. Being the best we can be in school isn’t always about earning good grades; it is also about being good people. We strive to live like Jesus lived, showing compassion, kindness, and forgiveness. This weekend, may you experience each feeling, quality, and attitude…
Please God, take care of all of the people in our world.