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

Exta! Extra! Read All About it!!

SJP2CA will have NO tuition increase for the 2018-2019 school year!

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Reserve your seat quickly! Spaces are filling up and we want to make sure your child's seat is secured!

I have done a lot of research on surrounding schools and I have not found one other school in our area that does not have a tuition increase like SJP2CA!

Don't forget to complete your Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 school year! The deadline is April 2nd...which is quickly approaching!

The hyperlink is below! If you need to schedule an appointment with the Business Office, please contact them at (617) 265-0019 ext. 7004 or ext. 7005.

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?

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Parent Teacher Conferences were a huge success!

#Family Engagement #ParentsAreOurNumberOnePartners #TogetherIsBetter

Thank YOU for your...

commit "mint"
encourage "mint"

and your

involve "mint"

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#OperationChocolateSales

It's Chocolate Time! Have you picked up your two boxes yet? Pick up your boxes tomorrow!

They are a perfect addition to an Easter Basket!

We are asking that all families sell two boxes of chocolates! I know we can do this! If everyone sells their two boxes, our school will raise $20,000!!! Yes, just by selling delicious chocolate bars!

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Say Cheese!!! Tuesday, April 3rd is School Picture Day! Don't forget to be in perfect Uniform!

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Students in grades 2.9 to 8 will take pictures!

Please make sure your child is dressed in perfect school uniform on Tuesday, April 3rd! We will take individual student photos as well as class photos. Families have suggested that we have one picture of the year representing our students in their uniform!

Congratulations to Mrs. Laura Nesti! She and her husband welcomed a healthy baby boy on March 21st! Meet Lucas Michael Nesti 💙

Congrats to Nana Carol Nesti and Auntie Taryn Nesti as well...the Lower Mills Nesti family!

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Movie Night is back and it is here to stay! No more snow, Saint Scholastica!

Friday, April 6th~ 6:15pm, grade 2.9 to grade 2

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Congratulations to the following students for their hard work, perseverance, and determination!


  • Ashanique Gabouth-Lyle, grade 7 acceptance~Boston Latin Academy
  • Samarrah Olivier, grade 7 acceptance~Boston Latin Academy
  • Dillon Blair, grade 7 acceptance~Boston Latin Academy
  • Nayanna Anis, grade 7 acceptance~Boston Latin Academy
  • Abigail Jean-Michel, grade 9 acceptance~Boston Latin Academy
  • Christine Mosby, grade 9 acceptance~John D. O'Bryant School of Math & Science
  • McKinley Nazaire, grade 9 acceptance~John D. O'Bryant School of Math & Science
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Lower Mills Grade 8 acceptances to date!

  • Jean-Claude Attis: Matignon High School
  • Kizziyah Calilste: Cardinal Spellman High School, Notre Dame, Matignon
  • Tamantha Cineas: Fontbonne Academy
  • Abigail Jean-Michel: Fontbonne Academy, Matignon High School
  • Sarah Joseph: Cathedral High School, Fontbonne Academy
  • Daniela Lopez: Fontbonne Academy
  • Christine Mosby: Fontbonne Academy
  • McKinley Nazaire: Boston College High School, Matignon High School
  • Maricelli Otero: Cardinal Spellman High School
  • Dorian Parker: Matignon High School and Boston Arts Academy
  • Jarrett Williams: Cathedral High School
  • Sydney Williams: Matignon High School, Cardinal Spellman High School

On Monday, we welcomed Mattapan students, teachers, and families! We were blessed to meet the students in grades K2 to 5!

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We are #Strong💪 We are young #Women🌎 We are proud to be #Girls❤️

#WomensHistoryMonth2018

Students in grades 3 to 5 meet with UMass college women weekly as part of the Strong Women Strong Girls Boston Chapter! #SWSG They work on honing in their leadership skills by learning about women in history, women who are making an impact in our community while strengthening each other's relationship building and mentoring skills.

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You are a Child of God 💒

#WeLoveYou #WeSupportYou #YouMatter

Stop by the upstairs hallway to see our wall full of beautiful children from around the world!

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Did you know that all classrooms are working on the ratio between student talk to teacher talk?

When students are able to explain their thinking, they are building communication skills as well as becoming more invested in their learning. This is also a great opportunity for students to share their thinking with classmates and small groups, learning to collaborate and work with others. Continued use of academic language and precise discourse is a way to infuse rigorous tasks as well as keep students on track with the lesson.

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Lower Mills Virtue of the Month Student Showcase

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Nyles from PreK-B, thank you for exemplifying Kindness to Others!

Arthur in PreK-B took Nyles' favorite toy train home one day by mistake. Arthur's family brought it back in the next day to give back to Nyles. Nyles and his mom wrote Arthur's family a thank you note for being so honest and sending it back into school...the best part, Nyles wrapped the toy train up in a napkin and put it with the note! Nyles decided he wanted his friend to have it since he loved the train so much! Arthur was so excited to know that Nyles' specifically wanted him to have his favorite toy train! We certainly know where Nyles' learned these amazing qualities, his mom is so helpful to our school and an active member of Parent Corps. I couldn't even stand that these two friends just turned 4 years old and they already know the impact of kindness, sharing and giving to others!

Stations of the Cross

As we prepare for Easter Sunday and the end of the season of Lent, a Holy Week tradition is to visit seven churches and pray at each church. Seven schools from the Archdiocese of Boston (one being SJP2CA~Lower Mills) collaborated to create one, unified Stations of the Cross virtual presentation. Each school showcased two Stations of the Cross at their parish/school and said a prayer. The presentation was shared so students from all schools can "visit" each other's parishes/schools virtually during Holy Week.

The Third and Fourth Stations at Saint Gregory's

The grade 4 students class presented a video reflection on the Third and Fourth Stations of the Cross as a part of our preparation for Lent. They used iMovie and YouTube to integrate the use of technology!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ-qGXayH4I

Join us on Monday, March 26th @ 10am at Saint Gregory's for the grade 8 performance of His Last Days.

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Many hands, smiling faces, here at our Academy...

Please encourage our students to practice our school song at home! We will be singing it on Tuesdays at Morning Prayer Service.

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The Season of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Service #Lent2018

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Resources below to celebrate Lent at Home

  • Loyola Press: Activities for Busy Catholic Families
  • 4o Ideas for 40 Days
  • 25 Great Things You Can Do For Lent

Lower Mills Innovative Teacher Spotlight

Mrs. Teresa Bennett

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Mrs. Teresa Bennett grew up in Dorchester. She did not go far! She lives a hop, skip and jump away from school. Mrs. Bennett currently teaches grade 3A and 3B ELA as well as 3A Religion, Science, and Social Studies. Teresa has 9 siblings and her husband, Bob, is one of 10 siblings! Can you imagine their house at Christmas?! All siblings and children on both sides of the family were proudly Catholic School educated! Mrs. Bennett and her parents went to St. Mark's and Bob's family all went to St. Ann's. Mrs. Bennett continued at Saint Gregory's High School, completing her college degree at Emmanuel College. I think that is what what we call a cradle to college Catholic Education! Teresa is still an active member of the Saint Gregory's Parish. Mrs. Bennett has three children: Bobby, Shauna and Katie. Katie was recently engaged and is getting married in October! Mrs. Bennett has been teaching for over 30 years, she took about 8 years off when she had her daughter, Shauna and then went back when the three children were all in school. Mrs. Bennett absolutely loves her dogs, Lola and Charlie! You can see them at school every afternoon picking up Mrs. Bennett. Teresa loves to spend time in the summer at their family beach house in Plymouth. She loves spending time with her mom and dad, feeling so blessed to have them both here watching their grandchildren grow into adults. Mrs. Bennett loves going to her nieces and nephews sports and events. Between the Bennett family, they have 32 brothers and sisters including in-laws as well as 48 nieces and nephews! They should probably look into the Guinness Book of World Records, because this may be a recordable entry! Mrs. Bennett loves the color blue and her favorite foods are what she calls 'the basics'...meat, potatoes, and vegetables! Mrs. Bennett is a team player and is always willing to help out her colleagues and our school community. She always volunteers and donates to all school events and loves to support anything that strengthens our school and our students. Thank you Mrs. Bennett for your dedication to Catholic Education!

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 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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Upcoming Dates:

Sunday, March 25th: Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 26th: Chocolate Sales begin!!

Monday, March 27th: Grade 8-His Last Days, 10am at Saint Gregory's

Wednesday, March 28th: Grade 4 and 5 Field Trip to the Museum of Science

Thursday, March 29th: Holy Thursday, dismissal at 11:30am

Friday, March 30th: Good Friday, no school

Sunday, April 1st: Easter Sunday

Monday, April 2nd: Financial Aid application deadline

Tuesday, April 3rd: Lifetouch Picture Day (Perfect School Uniform)

Tuesday, April 3rd: Judge Mary White visits grades 7 and 8

Thursday, April 5th: TAG Day, $2 per student

Friday, April 6th: School Mass at 8:30am (Grade 1 leading)

Friday, April 6th: Movie Night for grades 2.9 to 2

Friday, April 13th: Lower Mills Celebrates One Boston Day

Monday, April 16th Friday, April 20th: No School, April Vacation

Monday, April 23rd: School re-opens after April Vacation


Looking ahead...Save the dates!

Thursday, April 26th: Title One Family Engagement Night at Lower Mills

Sunday, April 29th: First Holy Communion

Tuesday, May 1st: Spring MAP testing window opens (grades K2 to 8)

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

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: Grade 8 Field Day at St Sebastian's


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: tezekiel@sjp2ca.org

Looking to reach the Main Office? Email Mrs. Walsh: awalsh@sjp2ca.org

Have a question about school lunch? Email Ms. Fran: fcamilo@sjp2ca.org

Need to reach the Extended Day Program? Email Mr. Francois: falcindor@sjp2ca.org

Have a tuition question? Email Raymonde: ralcindor@sjp2ca.org

Have a question for the Principal? Email: lwarshafsky@sjp2ca.org

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