StJP Principal Newsletter

December 11, 2015

Holy Year of Mercy

December 8th began the Holy Year of Mercy. If we ever needed mercy and forgiveness in our world and in our lives, it is this time in history. The Seventh Beatitude reads, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.” We need to teach mercy and forgiveness to the children. So, blessed are all of us who show mercy!

Congratulations to our November Students of the Month and our Helping Hands Recipients

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Congratulations to Molly McKenna

She recently entered an international music competition for piano and placed 1st. She will be playing her piece at Carnegie Hall! AMAZING!!!!!!

StJP Received an Art Grant

Mrs. Heinz our Art teacher applied for a very special grant to have additional Art activities brought to our school. We are happy to announce that StJP was one of the schools awarded the grant. Take a look at the link below for more information. We will keep you informed as we receive more information.…/

Congratulations to our StJP Robotics Team

Our Joe Bots competed this past weekend in FLL at CHS. Teams where presented with a challenge that is centered on a theme taken from real world scientific topics. Teams where judged on a project, a robot game, and how well a team demonstrated the FLL core values. The team came in 8th place, moving up in the rankings from last year. Congratulations Joe Bots and Mr. McLaughlin on a terrific job!
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December Calendar

  • Monday December 14: Band/Chorus Concert 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday December 16: Red/Green Tag Day/ Lunch With Santa
  • Friday December 18: 9:00 AM Little Joe's Christmas Performance
  • Wednesday December 23: 10:00 AM Prayer Service and December Student of the Month Awards/12:00 PM dismissal
  • Thursday December 24- January 1: NO SCHOOL Christmas Break
  • Monday January 4: Classes Resume

My Student Progress Information and Report Cards

On Friday December 4 we ended our first trimester of the 2015-2016 school year. Teachers are in the process of finalizing their grades and report cards. I am attaching directions for how to access the My Students Progress system. These directions were also sent out a few weeks ago, but I wanted to resend them. Please become comfortable with the system by logging in and looking around.

Please note that you will not be able to review your child/children's report cards until we make them available. The timeline for viewing report cards will open on December 15th and close on December 21st. During that time you can view and print them. Once it closes, you will not have access to them until they come out again at the end of the 2nd trimester.

I hope that this information is helpful. Please contact the office if your questions can not be answered by the document below.

Go to our school website,

On the left hand side, scroll down to ‘Quick Links” and click on the ‘Gradebook’ link.

You will be directed to the sign in page of My Students Progress, (MSP).

If you have never logged into MSP, input your email address that you provided to the school, and then click on ‘Forget your Password?’ Please note, the school does not have your passwords.

You will be asked to “Enter your email address”.

You will be asked to check your email for a link and then return to the MSP screen to log in.

The email will contain the password that either you chose or was given to you by MSP.

Once you have the password, go back to the MSP screen and click on the ‘here’ so the log in screen will appear.

Enter your email and password.

If this is your first time logging into MSP, you will be asked to change your password.

Once in MSP, you can view the Report Card, (when available), by going to the Academics tab.


Click on the ‘light bulb’ in the upper right hand corner for a list of topics and training.

Home and School

Thank you for the very thoughtful Christmas gifts that you gave to the staff at StJP. You do so much for us and our school. We are very grateful and feel very blessed to have your support.

We would like to also thank you for doing the hot chocolate for us at our Christmas Candlelight last night. It was fabulous and added the perfect touch to our evening!

Home and School will be sending out information in the very near future about an StJP Cookbook. We are very excited about this. To kick start the idea, they had the students at StJP come up with a title for the book. Out of all the entries, the winning title was "StJP's Heavenly Delights" which was submitted by the 7th grade! Our students will also be doing the artwork for the inside of the book as well. Be on the look out for more information soon.

Helping Hands Reminders

Thank you to our families who have generously bought items for our Breathing Room families! If you have signed up to participate in the Christmas Gift Giving Drive for our families, please note that all gifts were due today.

•Please consider joining us for a Wrap and Wine Party on Friday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Worker Room! We will provide the wrapping paper, tape, tags and wine, just bring a pair of scissors and your wrapping talents! Sign up via an email to Kate Stec at

This month’s Tag Day is December 16th! Bring a dollar and dress to impress Santa in your best RED or GREEN…or Both!

•After the prayer service on December 23rd, a speaker from the Breathing Room will address the children in church, thanking them and sharing stories of the impact their charitable efforts have had on the families. Join us if you can!

Lunch With Santa

The Saint Joseph the Protector children from Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades will be having Lunch with Santa on Wednesday December 16, 2015 In Father Fitzpatrick Hall.

Please come and volunteer for this very festive day!

Please see sign up links below for volunteer opportunities!

To Help that Day

To sign up for food items

Kyleigh and Gia’s Holiday Food Drive

StJP Families, We need your Help! Two of your fellow classmates are collecting food for the less fortunate this holiday season. They are collecting nonperishable items such as canned goods, pasta, rice, formula, and even tooth brushes, tooth paste and small toiletry items. The items can be brought into school and will be picked up on a weekly basis until December 18th. At that time, the items will be taken to Philabundance and distributed to those in need! Thank you so much for your help and support!

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Purchase all your HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS at and

Earn Tuition Credits while you shop!!

MOM'S: •Spa Finders •Macy's •Sephora •Bath & Body Works

DAD'S: •Home Depot •Cabela's •Land's End •Dicks Sporting Goods

TEENS: •Aeropostale •Nike •ITunes •AMC or Regal Movies

TOYS & •Build A Bear •Disney •Toys R Us •Game Stop

GAMES • •Target • K-Mart •American Girl ``

STOCKING •$5 Starbucks •$10 Target •$10 Claires •$5 Barnes&Noble


Scrip orders are processed weekly on Tuesday @ 9:00am for delivery on Thursday afternoon.

The last date to order plastic gift cards before Christmas is Friday, 12/19 for pick up on Tuesday, 12/22. ( ScripNow™, Reload, and ReloadNow™ orders will process as usual.

Questions? Contact Lucy Debes @ or Mary Kate Guerin @

Winter Art Program

Winter Art Workshop classes are now registering. Classes start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7th, and are held at the Jenkintown campus from 3:30-5:00. StJP students board the Jenkintown bus on their AW day. The program is available for students in grades 4 and up. There are openings in the Monday and Friday sections. Click on the following link for the on-line registration and details about the program:
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