Dear St. Juliana Parents,
Dear St. Juliana School Parents,
“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.”- St. John Paul II
I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with family and friends. I want to extend a thank you to the parents, students, and teachers for taking the time at conferences to discuss academic and spiritual growth. We look forward to the celebration of Advent with hope in our hearts as we await Jesus’ birth. The Advent readings remind us of the light in our lives symbolized in the Advent Wreath. Each week our lives become brighter as we light an additional candle. The readings each week call us to focus on preparation for Jesus’ coming and the joy we anticipate on Christmas when the greatest gift was given.
As we begin the second trimester of school, I would like to thank all the parents and students for following morning drop-off and afterschool dismissal etiquette and policy. Morning drop-off and afterschool dismissal have been put in place to provide a safe and secure arrival and dismissal of students. As a reminder of safety, security, and etiquette please avoid getting out of your vehicle at morning drop-off and please turn off your engine at end of school dismissal. Only parents who have their child in car seats are allowed to get out and unharness their child. Parents, please allow students to get out and get their own backpacks from the back of the car. In the end, we are a Catholic school community. Let us continue to make the safety and security for all of our students and faculty at St. Juliana School a high priority.
St. Juliana faculty and students will be participating in our annual Catholic Charities Adopt-A-Family, Mary’s Path, and St. Vincent de Paul Christmas project. Students in third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth grades along with the staff, sponsor families with each student receiving the name and clothing sizes for their family member. Catholic Charities has informed us that the families look to us to provide clothing rather than toys. Our goal is that each member of the family receives three to four gifts. Seventh grade students will provide a specific $20.00 gift card for the clients at Mary’s Path. Our TK, kindergarten, first, and second grades participate in the St. Vincent de Paul toy drive sponsored by the parish. They will be providing a $10.00 - $15.00 toy for those children. All gifts need to be at school no later than Friday, December 13th for delivery.
The Advent Program is Friday, December 13th at 7:00pm. All students are expected to participate and have been hard at work preparing for an evening that celebrates the Advent season and Christmas. The teachers have worked diligently in anticipation of this event.
Have a prayerful Advent, a joyous Christmas, and hopeful New Year. We cannot lose sight of the reason for this season and the mighty gift of love. We are truly blessed in our faith and our ability to share it with each other.
Mr. Manuel Gonzales Jr., Ed.D.