SJP2CA Lower Mills Family News

The Latest On All Things Lower Mills This Week

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our students, teachers and families for all of the beautiful cards, personalized notes and Christmas gifts. I was overwhelmed with joy opening each and every one of them. Please know from the bottom of my heart, my sincere gratitude for your generosity and love!

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MAP testing is here! The MAP testing window is January 8th to February 9th for students in grades K2 to 8.

Can you believe there are only 4 instructional school days left before our Winter MAP testing session begins on Monday, January 8th! MAP testing tracks personalized growth for each student. Families received a copy of your child's MAP report from the FALL testing at Parent Teacher Conferences. This testing is very important and supports our teachers in guiding their lesson planning as well as scope and sequence of their curriculum. There WILL BE grade level prizes as well as individual prizes for students in each grade who MAKE THE MOST GROWTH from September to January!!! Sneak Peak: one of the prizes is attending the Boston Celtics game on Friday, February 2nd!!!

A few reminders about MAP:

1. Students must be on time at school, ready to learn! Please make sure that you are at Prayer Service by 7:30am.

2. Students should eat a healthy breakfast!

3. Get a good nights rest, sleeping at least 8 hours!

4. Students try their best! MAP testing is not a timed test, so there is no reason to rush! Some students often think that if they finish faster, that means they know the material better...but that is not true! Take your time, read through all of the possible answers.

5. Embrace a growth mindset and be proud of the progress you have made!

Testing for the Week of January 8th:

Wednesday: K2A & K2B Reading and Grades 4A & 4B Reading

Thursday: Grades 7 & 8 Reading, Grade 5 Reading and Grade 2 Reading

Friday: Grades 3A & 3B Reading and 1A & 1B Reading

Families and MAP testing...7 things to Know! Click Below

NWEA MAP (Measuring Academic Progress) Growth Info

Families and MAP Growth-7 Things to Know

K1B shares The Story of Christmas in the most beautiful way!
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Grade 6 students performed the Nativity for students and families. They did a wonderful job preparing with Ms. Ricko and Ms. Jeanne Pierre. The ending song was a beautiful hymn in French sang by all of the students.

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We are so proud to be the winners of the #thankyouICSF video contest on Instagram! The Lower Mills Campus posted OVER 250 VIDEOS!!! As the winners, we are the recipients of a $500 Amazon gift card! Shout out to Mrs. Hockey...who was the teacher who posted the most videos! $250 will be spent on classroom technology for grades 4 and 5! The other $250 will be spent on technology to enhance math instruction in grades K2 to 3. We should be proud...there are over 100 schools in the Archdiocese that were eligible to participate!

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Thank you to Tatianna for helping me to light the Advent Wreath at our Prayer Service on the Thursday before Christmas vacation. Kudos to all of the grade 5 scholars who did a beautiful job reading and leading us in prayer with Ms. Hebard.

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Stop by the middle school hallway to see our beautiful new mural, painted with love by Ms. D...our phenomenal art teacher!

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Wherever God has put you, that is your vocation. It is not what we do but how much love we put into it." ~Mother Teresa

Grades 4 & 5 head to the Cameo Theatre for a private showing of Wonder, the movie! Scholars have been reading the book in class and reflecting on living like Jesus #ChooseKindness

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The best way to measure how much you've grown isn't by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average-though those things are important, to be sure. It's what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you've touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success." ~Wonder, by RJ Palacio

Grade 3B scholars Problem of the Day: Decompose 45 into equal groups. Use models to explain your thinking.

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Grade 3B Ice Cream Social with Heidi and Will from Catholic Charities!

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A huge, heartfelt thank you to our friends at B.U.S. and the Campaign for Catholic Schools! Every student in grades 2.9, PreK, K1 and K2 was able to receive a special Christmas gift from them!

HGTV watch out! PreK-A students decided to turned their dollhouse into a gingerbread house!

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Remember to bundle up! It is always a good reminder that when we come back to school to have a warm winter jacket, hat, gloves and a scarf! Students are able to wear boots during the snow and ice and change into their uniform shoes once they get into school. Please just pack a plastic bag in your child's backpack to place the boots in during the day!

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Don't forget to read at home for a minimum of 30 minutes per night! Below is our link to Tumblebooks...a free, amazing resource with hundreds of titles for all ages! Click on the link below the picture.

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Thank you to all of the families in grades 1 to 8 for completing your Boston College permission form! We received over 100 back in one day!

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Don't forget to stop by the Lower Mills Main Office to get your SJP2CA winter hat! The freezing temperatures are here! Pick one up for your coworkers, friends, family & neighbors! Hats are $10 each.

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A huge thank you to Nurse Tanya! We have partnered with Southcoast Dental to provide on-site dental services at the Lower Mills Campus! We were so excited to know that over 50 children were seen over the two days they were at Lower Mills!

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We need your help! #OperationEnrollment

Have you seen our new banner outside? We know that our number one referral source is of course, YOU! Word of mouth continues to be our strongest support in registering new families. We have open seats in grades K2 to 8. Please take advantage of our Referral Program and help us Spread the Good News of SJP2CA Lower Mills!
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Lower Mills Innovative Teacher Spotlight

Ms. Alexandra Milot is the K2A Lead Teacher. Ms. Milot grew up in Raynham where she was the youngest of two girls. Ms. Milot came from a family of educators, both her mom and dad working in Catholic Schools. Ms. Milot also proudly attended Catholic Schools her entire life! Ms. Milot is a graduate of Bridgewater State University and started teaching K2 at Lower Mills in 2014. Ms. Milot moved closer to Boston where she lives with her dog, Lizzie, who she loves very much! She also loves the Red Sox! Ms. Milot's favorite color is orange and her favorite food is pizza. She is an excellent soccer player and played most of her life. In fact, Ms. Milot loves to can find her at many kickboxing classes or in the gym! She loves kickboxing so much that her assistant in her classroom, Mrs. Cikacz, attends with her now as well! Since 2014, Ms. Milot has consistently had some of the strongest MAP growth and Grade One Readiness Scholastic Testing scores in both Reading and Math in the Academy. She prides her classroom on structures, routines and center based work. Ms. Milot is great at challenging students who are excelling and pushing them to the next level with rigorous work. Ms. Milot has invented her 'ScrapBox-Go Green' Campaign. Families and colleagues are consistently bringing in empty containers, cereal boxes and cardboard to K2A. Students are immersed in this amazing STEM based activity while embedding the concept of 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" which is so important to teach our students at a young age! Ms. Milot also loves a clean classroom...she makes sure her floors look like you can eat off them before leaving every night! We are blessed to have Ms. Milot part of the Lower Mills team!

Upcoming dates:

Monday, January 1st: Happy New Year!

Monday, January 1st: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Monday, January 1st: World Day of Peace

Tuesday, January 2nd: School re-opens after Christmas Break

Friday, January 5th: School Mass, hosted by grade 4 at 8:30am at Saint Gregory's

Monday, January 8th: Epiphany of the Lord

Monday, January 8th: MAP testing window opens

Monday, January 15th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

Thursday, January 18th: Lower Mills Parent Corps meeting, 6pm in the Media Center

Monday, January 22nd: After-School Clubs begin

Monday, January 22nd: TAG Day, $1 per student

Sunday, January 28th to Saturday, February 3rd: Catholic Schools Week! Does anyone have any new, creative ideas? Email me!

Looking ahead...Save the dates!

Friday, February 9th: MAP testing window closes

Friday, February 9th: Progress Reports sent home in backpacks

Friday, February 16th: First Penance, 1pm at Saint Gregory's with Father Daily

Friday, February 16th: Last day of school before February vacation

Monday, February 19th to Friday, February 23rd: No School~February vacation

Monday, February 26th: School reopens after February vacation

SJP2CA Referral Program

Did you know that if you refer a family and they register, you will receive a $100 credit off of your tuition after 3 months? There is no limit on the number of credits!! 5 registered families=$500! Our next Open House is Thursday, November 2nd...please share with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues!

Important Contact Information

Have a question about transcripts for high schools? Email:

Is your child going to be out sick for the day? Email Nurse Tanya:

Looking to reach the Main Office? Email Mrs. Walsh:

Have a question about school lunch? Email Ms. Fran:

Need to reach the Extended Day Program? Email Mr. Francois:

Have a tuition question? Email Raymonde:

Have a question for the Principal? Email:

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Our newest addition in the Office proudly hangs for all to read. #GoTeamLowerMills #LowerMillsLEADERS