SJP2CA Lower Mills Family News

The Latest On All Things Lower Mills This Week

When you enter this building...

~You are the Light of Christ

~You are Peacemakers

~You are Scientists

~You are Authors

~You are Important

~You are Leaders

~You are Explorers

~You are Readers

~You are Thinkers

~You are Creators

~You are Friends

~You are Loved

~You are a child of God

Grade 1A shares their top reasons why SJP2CA Lower Mills is the BEST!

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Don't forget: You will need your RenWeb log-in information!

Click below to Re-Enroll!

Reserve your seat quickly!

Spaces are filling up and we want to make sure your child's seat is secured! There are several classrooms that are close to a waitlist status!

Please make sure to send in your Lifetouch picture payments or send them back if you are planning on not keeping them!

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Lower Mills celebrates Staff Appreciation Day! We will celebrate on Monday, May 7th!

Many families have asked how we can celebrate School Nurse Appreciation Day, Principal Appreciation Day, Administrative Appreciation Day, and Teacher Appreciation Week...which all happen over the course of a two week span! We will celebrate as a community on Monday, May 7th!
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MAP testing begins next week for all students in grades K2 to 8!

~Students in grades K2 and 1 will take Reading and Math assessments.

~Students in grades 2 to 8 will take the Reading, Math, and Language assessments.

How can I support my child at home to best prepare for the MAP test? Great questions!

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Talk about what it means to do your best on MAP...there is no studying needed the night before! Students should come to school, ready to try their best and give 100%. Remaining focused on the question that is being asked, using test-taking strategies, asking for breaks as needed, using scrap paper provided to think through questions, and to take their time!
  • Talk with your child about individual and personalized goals they have set for themselves and with their teacher.
  • Make sure your child has a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast the day of MAP testing. It is always best to have your child at school on time, but it is extremely important during testing. It is diifuclt for students to enter the classroom space late when their classmates have already started the testing.
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Our next Parent Corps meeting is Tuesday, May 8th at 5:30pm! Childcare is provided.

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Agenda Items:

  • Heritage Night and Heritage Night Showcase: Friday, May 18th at 6pm
  • Field Days: June 8th (Grades 2.9 to 2) and June 14th (grades 3 to 7)
  • Celebration of Father Daily: Sunday, June 10th following the 10am Mass
  • End of the school year events.
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The Book Fair is finally here! Opening this Monday, May 7th and will continue through Friday, May 18th!

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All students are required to participate in the Spring Show!

Early Childhood Show (grades 2.9 to K2): Thursday, May 17th at 9am in the gymnasium

Evening Show (grades 1 to 8): Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm in the gymnasium

First Holy Communion at Saint Gregory's

The sacrament of receiving the Eucharist for the first time is a very special day!

Pictured (in order) below:

Kerline Alcindor, grade 3

Jahlaina Dormevil, grade 2

Malia Duarte, grade 5

Samiah Lopez-Whitaker, grade 2

Cardin St. Paulin, grade 2

Ryan Cadeus, grade 3

Kayden Charles, grade 3

Carla Charles, grade 2

Soraya Telisnor, grade 2

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You are a Child of God 💒

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Have you purchased your tickets yet? This will be a Sold Out event!

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Lower Mills Heritage Night will showcase our students talents! We want you to share something special about your culture and heritage!

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Lower Mills Heritage Night~Opening Our Hearts and Minds...One World, Many Stories.

Friday, May 18th, 6-8:30pm

2214 Dorchester Avenue

Boston, MA

Lower Mills Got Talent! Let's celebrate our diverse school community!

Rules: No more than 5 minutes and must be approved by Ms. Warshafsky. The sign-up form is below! Here are a few ideas, but we know there are so many more!

  • Showcase your beautiful, traditional clothing from the country your family's heritage represents!
  • Sing a song in Spanish, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, French, Cape Verdean Creole...we have so many languages represented at Lower Mills!
  • Do you dance Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Kompa, Zouk, or traditional African dance?
  • Are you a writer? Share a piece of poetry that speaks to your heritage.
  • Do you play an instrument and know a piece of music that represents your culture?

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Catholic Schools Foundation Gala

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Students created a unity quilt similar to the Lower Mills design hanging proudly in our main hallway. Students painted on the spot self-portraits for the guests at the Catholic Schools Foundation Inner-City Scholarship Fund Gala. The beautiful piece you see above now hangs in their office downtown! Guests, donors, and benefactors were so amazed by our artists. More importantly, they were blown away by the respect, poise, and love that they exemplified! #LowerMillsLEADERS

Title One Family Engagement Night was a huge success!

Thank you to Mr. Kim, Brother Greg, and the Title One team for planning a wonderful evening of learning for our families. Our amazing guest speaker from Lakeshore Learning was able to give families some helpful hints in hopes of avoiding the "Summer Slide." Students and families went home with a bag of learning materials and manipulatives!

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Every student who re-registers will get a chance to take a "Selfie" with our Instagram frame!

You can pose for an individual or select to have a group photo with friends! Ms. Warshafsky will print the picture for you to take home!

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Did you know the class that has 100% re-enrollment first wins an Amazon gift card to purchase classroom materials!

The Lower Mills Campus welcomed Dan Roy, Associate Superintendent of Mission Effectiveness and Leadership at the Catholic Schools Office!

Rafael in grade 1A shared with Mr. Roy and our guests from the Campaign for Catholic Schools about his future career become an astronaut! Not just any astronaut, Rafael is on a mission to find the lost satellite that he has been tracking in the orbits of outer space. Yes, my friends...Rafael is only 7 years old!

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K1 Scientists hard at work!

Students in K1B are learning all about seeds. They were able to dissect and examine the inside of the seed b taking the seed coat off. Students were able to use many of their Science Center tools...flashlights, magnifying glasses, tweezers, and more! Students went on to learn the life cycle of a seed and plant.

All payments are due!!! $60 per box is due the Main Office. Thank you for your support!


Calling all Families! A free workshop is being offered at the Lower Mills Campus!

Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30pm...immediately following our Parent Corps meeting!

R.S.V.P. to Ms. Warshafsky at
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Picturing Writing Art Gallery

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Let's Talk Math! How did you grow as a Mathematician today?

We are continuing our school wide goal of increasing student talk and disc rouse in the classroom!

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Lower Mills Virtue of the Month Student Showcase

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Samantha ("Sammy Jo") from 4A, thank you for exemplifying Love to Others!

Samantha continually is a kind and caring friend to all. If a classmate or friend is having a difficult, Sammy Jo is always one of the first students to reach out and ask if there is anything she can do to help. Samantha is extremely honest and is seen as a leader amongst her peers. The month of May is the month of Our Blessed Mother, and the love that Mary shows to all of us. We know that Our Blessed Mother will continue to look over Sammy as she supports and shows compassion to all. We are so proud of you Samantha Weathers!

Lower Mills Innovative Educator Spotlight

Ms. Patty Thompson

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Ms. Patty Thompson has been a member of the Lower Mills school community for 7 years, prior to coming to Lower Mills she worked at the Dorchester Central (the former St. Mark's) Campus. Ms. Thompson grew up in Dorchester and did not go very far because she still lives in the same family home she lived in her whole life! Ms. Thompson has two sisters, however, she is the baby of the family! Prior to becoming an educator, Patty worked in Commercial Lending through Bank of America for over 20 years. So, when the opportunity presented itself...she followed her heart and her dream, and finally became an educator! She always knew in her heart that she was meant to be a teacher. Ms. Thompson started at Lower Mills as a K2 Aide, continuing her education at UMass Boston, earning a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2014, she entered the classroom as a grade 2 teacher. Ms. Thompson and her students proudly claimed the motto for their classroom as, "Be a Winner, Not a Whiner." Her students now in grade 5 still quote this quite often! Ms. Thompson loves chicken parmesan and one of her favorite places is Venezia. Her favorite color is green and she loves to spend time at the beach. People often refer to Ms. Thompson as the "salt of the earth" because she is known to be a very loyal, kind, and caring person to all. She attends Mass weekly and is very committed to our Faith. Ms. Thompson is a team player and is always willing to help in any way she can. She attends Parent Corps meetings as a teacher representative and is loved by all Lower Mills families! We are so blessed to have Ms. Thompson as part of the Lower Mills school community.

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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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 2.9 to 8. Please take advantage of our Referral Program and help us Spread the Good News of SJP2CA Lower Mills!
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The Lower Mills Campus welcomes Ms. Dahyana Scholsser and Mr. Tom Ryan to support with Guidance and Support Services for our students at Lower Mills!

Ms. Schlosser and Mr. Ryan will each be working two days per week through the end of the school year. Please make sure to say hello and give them a warm welcome to the Lower Mills Campus!

Upcoming Dates:

Important Dates on the horizon:

Monday, April 30th: Chocolate Sales end, all money due to office

Friday, May 4th: Academy wide Middle School Dance at Lower Mills, grades 6-8

Tuesday, May 8th: Parent Corps meeting at 5:30pm followed by Family Engagement event at 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 9th: National School Nurse Day

Wednesday, May 9th: Spring MAP testing begins (grades K2 to 8)

Thursday, May 10th: Ascension Thursday, Parish Mass at 9am

Sunday, May 13th: Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 7th to Friday, May 18th: Scholastic Book Fair at Lower Mills

Thursday, May 17th: Early Childhood Spring Concert (Grades 2.9 to K2) at 9am

Thursday, May 17th: Grades 1 to 8 Spring Concert at 6:30pm

Friday, May 18th: Saint John Paul's Birthday

Friday, May 18th: May Procession immediately following Prayer Service

Friday, May 18th: Grade 8 Field Day at St Sebastian's

Friday, May 18th: K2 Field Trip to the Franklin Park Zoo

Friday, May 18th: Heritage Night and Heritage Showcase

Monday, May 21st: Grade 8 Class Pictures..Sunday Best only!

Monday, June 4th: Grade 8 Spirit of Boston Cruise

Tuesday, June 5th: Grade 8 Class Night at Lower Mills

Thursday, June 7th: Grade 8 Graduation at BC High

Friday, June 8th: Grades 2.9 to 2 Field Day

Thursday, June 14th: Grades 3 to 7 Field Day

Monday, June 18th: Full day of school for students

Tuesday, June 19th: Last day of school, dismissal at 11:30am! (No after-school)

Sunday, June 17th: Happy Father's Day !

Together as Lower Mills students, families, teachers, staff and administration we are...

~Facilitating Thinking

~Engaging Minds

~Listening to Questions

~Encouraging Risks

~Supporting Struggle

~Cultivating Dreams

~Learning Everyday

~Living the Gospel

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!

Important Contact Information

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