StJP Principal Newsletter

August 2015

The School Year Is Upon Us!

StJP has been so very busy this summer preparing to open our doors for students. In last weeks newsletter I spoke of the many new things happening at school. One of these things is a Parent/Student Handbook. Each week, I will take a piece of the handbook to highlight and discuss in the newsletter. This week we will look at student drop-off and pick-up procedures. I ask that you please follow these for the safety of all the students that attend StJP.

Celebrating all things new at StJP Pre-school!

Last week we welcomed our new teachers at STJP Glenside campus and today we welcome our new staff at StJP Jenkintown campus!

Two Year Old Head Teacher: Mrs. Margie Kaczor grew up in Oreland and went to both DeSales and Arcadia University where she earned her Bachelors Degree. She has been in education for 7 years and has also worked as a behavior specialist for children with special needs. Mrs. Kaczor is a product of Catholic schools herself and she attended one of our local high schools, Bishop McDevitt. This is her first year teaching in a Catholic school and she looks forward to the opportunity.

Two Year Old Aide: Heather Doyle - Heather lives in Glenside with her husband and children. She is a member of St. Luke's Parish. She has worked in local preschools as an aide and Gym Teacher.

Four Year Old Teacher: Mary Cate Delia - Mrs. Mary Cate Delia was born in Columbus, Ohio and moved all across the country as a child because her dad was in the Air Force. She lived in five different states and finally moved to Newtown, PA when she was twelve. She attended Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, PA and then Alvernia University in Reading where she earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. After that she took some graduate courses at Immaculata and Holy Family University. She has two children, one is at StJP. She loves playing outside, reading, baking, gardens, and sews in her free time. Mrs. Delia loves to teach reading and writing because she had such wonderful ELA teachers in grade school and high school that inspired and encouraged her to love these subjects.

A great BIG welcome to our new Pre-School teachers!

I would also like to highlight that the StJP Pre-school has added:

*A New mini Science lab

*More Technology - (additional laptops and ipads for student use)

AND......our enrollment has tripled since our opening in 2013. We have over 90 students and have two classes of Two Year Olds, Three Year Olds and Four Year Olds.

This really is an exciting time for all of STJP School!!!!

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Communal Lunch

This is something new and exciting at StJP! We are anxiously awaiting the delivery of our lunch tables. As soon as they arrive we will begin to have communal lunch time in the gymnasium. We are hoping that the tables will be delivered by the end of the first week of school. For students that have food allergies, we have a separate table that will be used. There will be teacher supervision and we hope some additional volunteers to assist as well.

Marketing and Enrollment News

The Development Office is doing exceptional work with the help of our many wonderful parent volunteers. The enrollment momentum at StJP is wonderful and growing.

We continue to promote StJP through our new mobile website, postcard mailers, Church bulletin articles, distribution of posters in our community and weekly FB posts. We are excited about the new dynamic school year. StJP Is The Place To Be!

StJP Highlights:

  • 72 new students will be attending StJP this September
  • 51 new families have joined the StJP community
  • Several families received a $250.00 Tuition Award (StJP Family Endorsement Tuition Award) for this school year
  • StJP's Legacy and Future Celebration is Oct. 23rd all are welcome. Celebrate our Legacy & be a part of our Future

Our future is bright and strong here at StJP. We are committed to providing a superior Catholic academy education to all who attend our school. We value you and your commitment to StJP and Catholic education.

Upcoming Events

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Welcome Event

Monday, Sep. 14th 2015 at 8:15-9:30am

StJP Rectory Porch

Welcome Kindergarten and New Families!

Please join us on the porch of St. Luke's Rectory for coffee after your children are dropped off to school

Monday, September 14, 2015

8:15-9:30 AM

R.S.V.P. Friday, September 11, 2015

StJP Legacy and Future Event

Friday, Oct. 23rd 2015 at 7-10pm

StJP Glenside Campus

This is an adult event......

Enjoy an evening filled with:

  • Great music from The Bare Knuckle Boxers
  • Purchase delicious food from Philly Love Food Truck
  • Beer and Wine provided
  • Legacy alumni from st. Luke’s & Immaculate Conception Schools will be honored
  • Tour the upper classrooms and new Science Lab
  • Your Annual Fund contribution enclosed in your Annual Fund envelope is your entrance to the celebration.
  • For StJP families, you will receive your package in early October. Your RSVP is needed for attendance to the event.
All RSVP's are needed by October 19th, 2015 to

A Fun Back to School Video For Parents

Baby Got Class -- A back to school parody
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