SJP2CA Lower Mills Family News

The Latest On All Things Lower Mills This Week

Lower Mills WinterFest 2017 #SantasGotANewRide

Santa made quite the entrance for WinterFest! Is that Santa coming out of the hatchet of the Boston Police SWAT sure is!

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Lower Mills WinterFest 2017 was a huge success!

On Sunday, our school community started our day at the 10am Mass at Saint Gregory's on the First Sunday of Advent. It was so powerful to begin our day in Prayer and celebrate the Eucharist together. After Santa's VIP entrance with Boston Police, we gathered in the gymnasium with family, friends and community members to spread some Christmas Cheer! There were vendors with lots of personalized gifts, over 50 raffles, activities for families, delicious treats to eat and most importantly a welcoming space for families to connect outside of school hours. Congratulations to Annabelle St Paul in grade 5 who was the winner of the SMART flat screen TV!

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

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The First Sunday of Advent was Sunday, December 3rd

The Advent season reminds us of our calling to prepare for the coming of Jesus. So much of being a teacher, working with children and running a school is living in that season of "preparation." We know that teaching our children to fill their hearts with the love of God, work hard, and grow into critical thinkers is the work that is never done~we are always preparing! We are so grateful to have your family to pray side by side with as we prepare. Your commitment reminds us that it takes a village to prepare our children in every way and we cannot move ahead without YOU!
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Lord God,

only you can see into my heart and know

that under all the busy-ness of my life,

there is a deep longing

to make this Advent one that welcomes you

more deeply into my own life.

My heart desires the warmth of your love

and my mind searches for your Light

in the midst of the darkness.

Help me to be a peacemaker this Advent

and to give special love to those

who disagree with me.

Give me the strength and courage

to forgive those who have hurt me.

Help me to free my heart

from the prison of my anger and hurt.

Children's Advent Calendar from Loyola Press

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Click below for a short video on Advent!

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Five lucky students were able to spend the morning at Dick's Sporting Goods #100for100!

Congrats to Niyah Nelson, Matthew Graham, Karan Cherinal, Elijah Allen and Sofia Dinamarca-Singleton for being selected as Lower Mills LEADERS!

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Don't forget to stop by the Lower Mills Main Office to get your SJP2CA winter hat! They make great stocking stuffers! Pick one up for your coworkers, friends, family & neighbors! Hats are $10 each.

Because sometimes, you just need a hug from a friend...

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Hot off the Press! Congratulations to Laila Patterson in grade 1B and Matthew Lashley in grade 4B for being selected as two of the Catholic Schools Foundation Christmas Card contest winners!

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Click on the link below from Everyday Boston: The first in their series of stories brought to you by Boston youth: Eugena Jacob, 7th grade Lower Mills scholar, interviews Sr. Bárbara Gutiérrez about her decision to become a sister.

Lower Mills Early Childhood Christmas Concert, 2.9 to Grade 1

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 9am

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Lower Mills Campus

We are excited to see all of our families on Thursday, December 7th for the Early Childhood Christmas Concert at 9am. This show will be for grades 2.9 to 1. Please note that grade one will be in this show and the evening show at 6:30pm. The concert will be in the Lower Mills gymnasium and will start promptly at 9am so be sure to be on on time! You do not want to miss these future stars! All students must wear their 'Sunday Best' to the show!

Lower Mills Christmas Show, Grades 1 to 8

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 6:30pm

Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Lower Mills Campus

We are excited to see all of our families on Thursday, December 7th for the Evening Christmas Concert at 6:30pm. This show will be for grades 1 to 8. Please note that grade one will be in this show and the evening show at 6:30pm. The concert will be in the Lower Mills gymnasium and will start promptly at 9am so be sure to be on on time! You do not want to miss these future stars! All students must wear their 'Sunday Best' to the show!

#GivingTuesday is every Tuesday until Christmas! Please share this link on Facebook!

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We are College Bound! #SaintsandScholars

We are blessed to have such a strong partnership with Emmanuel College. This week students from Emmanuel wrapped up their last week as pre-practicum students majoring in Education and Math. Emmanuel College students have such a unique lens that they are able to bring into our classrooms and talk to our students about college and the expectations once they get there. It is always amazing that students can share what their experience is like attending a Catholic elementary, middle, high school and now college! We are proud to have three Emmanuel alumni here at Lower Mills: Mrs. Talia Siravo, Mrs. Sarah Hockey and Mrs. Teresa Bennett!
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Interested in getting a group of students and families together to run, walk or jog?

I think that is a great idea! Email Ms. Warshafsky is you are interested in leading this group: Join our very own, Mrs. Siravo, as she trains for the Boston Marathon! This is a great community event and we look forward to seeing you there!
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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. Cara Egan is in her second year of teaching at the Lower Mills Campus. Ms. Egan taught grade 4 last year and this year is teaching grade 4 and 5 math. Ms. Egan grew up in Connecticut and comes from a family of educators. The moment you step into Ms. Egan's classroom, you know that her mom and dad were teachers...Ms. Egan is a natural educator! Ms. Egan is known for her emphasis of time on learning and creating engaging, rigorous lessons for our students. She is a tech expert, so many also go to Ms. Egan for computer questions as well! Her integration of technology in her daily lesson plans is exemplar and her use of data to inform her instruction is fabulous as well. Ms. Egan went to Loyola University in Maryland for her Undergraduate Education and is now a second-year UCTC (Urban Catholic Teacher Corps) at Boston College. Ms. Egan lives with 15 other house members where they teach full-time as well as attend classes full-time at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. UCTC prides their work around four core values: Teaching as a Ministry, Simple Living, Community and Spirituality. Ms. Egan has a passion for equitable education for all and continues to use her voice to ensure that all students are receiving what they need in her classroom to succeed to their full potential. Fun fact about Ms. Egan, she was a college level swimmer at Loyola. In fact, she was ranked in the top 100 swimmers across the country. Ms. Egan's sister is currently still a swimmer at Boston University! Ms. Egan loves to go to the gym and participate in sports, both indoor and outdoor. She also loves chocolate chip cookies and Lindt truffles, particularly the dark blue wrapper which is dark chocolate. Her favorite color is pink and she loves the beach. Ms. Egan is loved by her students, families and colleagues and we are blessed to have her on the Lower Mills team!

Upcoming dates:

Sunday, December 3rd: First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 3rd: Lower Mills WinterFest, Mass at 10am (WinterFest from 11am-4pm)

Thursday, December 7th: Early Childhood Christmas Show (2.9 to grade 1) at 9am

Thursday, December 7th: Christmas Show (grades 1 to 8) at 6:30pm (gr. 1 at BOTH shows)

Friday, December 8th: Holy Day of Obligation: Parish Mass, 9am Immaculate Conception

Sunday, December 10th: Second Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 11th: Sister Lisa Valentini visits Lower Mills~Advent assembly

Tuesday, December 12th: Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadeloupe

Tuesday, December 12th: Grade 8 students visit Cathedral High School

Wednesday, December 13th: Red & Green TAG day

Friday, December 15th: South Coast Community Dental at Lower Mills

Sunday, December 17th: Third Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 19th: Grade 4 Field Trip: Urban Nutcracker and lunch at Applebee's

Wednesday, December 20th: Grade 3A Christmas caroling at Carney Hospital

Wednesday, December 20th: Grade 6 Nativity in the gymnasium at 1pm

Thursday, December 21st: 8:30am Prayer Service at Saint Gregory's

Thursday, December 21st: 11:30am Dismissal, No After-School

Friday, December 22nd to January 1st: Christmas Break, No School

Sunday, December 24th: Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve

Monday, December 25th: Merry Christmas!

Looking ahead...Save the dates!

Monday, January 1st: Happy New Year!

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

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:

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

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