I have started several newsletters to you during the last couple of weeks, left the computer to handle something here at school, and never came back to completing the letter My apologies!
The first thing I want to do is thank the PTO (Kelly Mazurek, Shari Meltzer, Ashley Schafer, and Mary Hirzel) for coordinating a week of pampering for us -- it was wonderful! The little surprises in our mailboxes each day were so fun!
We are so appreciative of the two mornings of breakfast, the three days of lunches, the desserts, the K-cups for our Keurig, and the happy flowers for our table. To the Kryglowski, Ash, McCartney, Streby, Sherman, Ploucha, Coggins, Macksood-Farnham, Rosado, and Tosto families: we are grateful for your kindness and generosity! And to all the others who showed appreciation personally to their child's teachers, please know that your caring means so much to us. Thank you, thank you...
Our Spring NWEA and ACT Aspire testing is complete and submitted -- thank you to the students for giving their best effort, and to the parents who made sure their students were healthy, well-rested, and here. Making up missed tests is very difficult to schedule, and it was great that not many students had to do so.
The eighth and seventh grade students are still talking about their Washington, D.C. trip, and that trip happened due to the efforts of many. I loved their tee-shirts, which were printed by Ed Hammerberg, a member of the SJV Hornets Class of 1965. Thank you to the parents who coordinated the fund-raisers, the parents who chaperoned the students, and to Miss Hirzel for making all of the arrangements for this very valuable and memorable trip for our kids.
Our second graders have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist; three different students have had the opportunity to crown Mary, our Mother; the student body celebrated Mass at Christ the King with Fr. Phil and the gospel choir; the fourth graders have all been fitted for their band instruments that they will play in the fall; Coach Cramer was here to talk with eighth graders about football, the Powers band came to play for us, and Powers athletes came to tell us about some of the summer Camp of Champions opportunities for the students; seventh and eighth grades visited the Leader Dogs for the Blind Training school in Rochester; some of our parents returned the favor to Holy Family of helping with their Dinner Auction; we completed the last of our fire drills, tornado drills, and lock-down drills; plans for ten days of Professional Development for our teachers during June and August were set up; the seventh grade spent a day exploring MSU; eighth grade will visit Assumption Greek Orthodox tomorrow; at 11:30 am tomorrow, the whole school will participate in a Flag Raising ceremony, led by our Boy and Girl Scouts, in honor of Memorial Day; our fourth through eighth grade students will WOW you with their instruments and voices on Wednesday, May 30, at 7:00 pm in the church with their concert; on Thursday evening at 6:30, the first-ever SJV Band Boosters meeting will be held. So many happenings and experiences taking place at SJV!!!
Ms. Theresa Marshall will be at the Band and Choir Concert on Wednesday evening to meet all of you. She, too, will be impressed with our musicians, their director, and their accomplishments.
Our softball and baseball teams have about two more weeks of games to play before their season comes to an end. Please, everyone, look in closets, kid's bedrooms, and the laundry room for school athletic uniforms and equipment that need to be returned. We are still missing football, basketball, volleyball, and cheer-leading uniforms/equipment that we need to be getting ready for next year's players. Thanks!
Again I say, please do not stop in the drop-off line in the morning to watch your child walk in to school! It backs up traffic, and holds other people up. If you want to watch them walk in, please park and walk them up to the door. So many other parents will thank you!
You have received the permission slips for the Holy Redeemer Carnival, which will be held Friday, June 1st. The bus will leave SJV at 8:30 am, and will will celebrate Mass with all of the students from the other Catholic Schools in Genesee County. The buses will leave Holy Redeemer at 2:15 pm to return us to SJV. It is important that you return the signed permission slips on time (with the money) as I have to pick up the bracelets for the students a couple of days ahead of time.
Mrs. Deitering and another faculty member will remain at school on June 1st to supervise any children who have assignments/school work that they need to complete. Your child's teacher will let you know if your child will need to take advantage of this opportunity to spend a day getting caught up before report cards are graded.
After we return from the Festival, at 3:00 pm, we will line the sidewalk at the side of the building to 'clap out' our eighth grade students as they leave our school for the last time. We would love to have you join us!
Our GSRP students celebrated their last day of class today, and their teachers will have conferences with each of those families next week. Our pilot year with this program was very successful, thanks to Mrs. Voiles, Mrs. Bell, and Mrs. Blair. We will again host the GSRP pre-school program for four-year-old children next school year, along with our traditional Ages and Stages program for two-and-a-half to four year old children with Miss Nancy and Miss Theresa.
Our KinderKids will have their End-of-the-Year Program on Tuesday, June 5th, at 9:30 am, and then "school's out for the summer' for them.
Eighth Grade Graduation is Tuesday evening (June 5th) at 7:00 pm. Come and celebrate with us these young people who are about to take all of their successes on to the next phase of their education. Some of them have been at SJV for twelve years! They are all ready for whatever new challenges and adventures are awaiting them.
Our sympathies to our former student, Chris Wilson and his four-year-old son, Chase, who lost their wife and Mother in a car accident this week. Chris and his family are very close to our Miss Gansen, and we share her grief at this tragic time. "May the angels welcome her to paradise..."
So many of our former students are graduating High School during this next week. We are proud of each of them, and want them to know that they can always 'come home.' Once a member of our SJV Family, always a member of our SJV Family!
Unlike the past two years, it is not assumed that your children are registered for the 2018-19 school year. That was the policy when we were a part of Powers Catholic's registration process, but it is not the case now. Please send in the registration for your child soon so we can plan for next year. The documents can be found under "Information" at our website, www.SJVKids.org.
We want to see all of our smiling faces back in our hallways in August!
This Saturday, May 26, our Miss Hirzel becomes Mrs. Clark when she marries her fiance, Rob Clark! We shower Mary and Rob with blessings and wishes for a lifetime of happiness.
And we shower you with gratefulness for sharing your wonderful children with us...
Please, God, take care of all of the people in our world.