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.

Have you completed your nomination for the Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Eduation Award?

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There is still time! Click below for the description and nomination form. Due by 03/16!

This year, 5 elementary school teachers and 5 secondary school teachers will be selected for the first ever Excellence in Education Award through the Archdiocese of Boston. This award honors elementary and secondary school teachers’ commitment to developing saints and scholars in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Selected teachers will earn $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon with Superintendent Kathy Mears and Cardinal Seán O'Malley.

We love technology!

The Lower Mills Campus was the proud winner of the #ThankyouICSF Instagram challenge. We received a gift card to Amazon and purchased amazing tablets pictured below with the money! #GoTeamLowerMills

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Happy Pi Day! Students are welcome to wear their 3.14... swag tomorrow!

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Learn more about Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Boston

TAG Day: Thursday, March 15th! $1 per student...wear Green in honor of Saint Patrick!


It is almost time to sell chocolate and we need YOUR help!

Chocolate sales will kick off on Monday, March 26th! These delicious chocolate bars sell for $2 each. Please consider selling to your friends, families, neighbors, colleagues and fellow parishioners!

If EVERY student in the school sells two boxes of chocolate, Lower Mills will raise more than $20,000!! Just by selling chocolate!! We can do this!

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Grade 1B are Friends 'Til The End!

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Lower Mills celebrates Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Boston Police!

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Lower Mills Virtue of the Month Student Showcase

Jade from K2A, thank you for exemplifying Kindness to Others!

Thank you to Jade and her family! They knew a student in our school needed a new pair of sneakers and before we could blink our eyes, a new pair arrived in the main office! These are the gifts of Catholic Education that cannot be measured in our testing!
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We are #BostonStrong! Our school community wore blue and yellow in support of Mrs. Siravo and the MR8 Foundation!

Congrats to Mrs. Siravo who was exceeded her fundraising goal of $7,600!

It is powerful to know that WE were a part of meeting Mrs. Siravo's goal! Our TAG day monies will go directly to support Mrs. Siravo and the MR8 Mission of spreading Kindness and Inclusion in our community.

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If you want to learn more about Mrs. Siravo's journey to the Boston Marathon, click below!

Flashlight Friday in Grade 5

It was a Reading Marathon!

Grade 5 students were able to put their Engineering hats on and create their own, personalized spaces for #FlashlightFriday! They build forts and read their new books from Schoslatic. Students were also able to eat a delicious pizza lunch...100% of grade 5 students exceeded their MAP goals!

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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 once a week at Morning Prayer Service.

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The Lower Mills school community is continuing to pray for all of the victims in Florida, their families, law enforcement as well as all school faculty and administration. SJP2CA is committed to ensuring that all of our students feel loved and safe each and every day. Our school community continues to practice our Safe Mode procedures. We had a successful lock down drill that was not announced to the students in advance. We also were able to meet as a School Safety committee and discuss the lock down as well as ways to ensure we are being vigilant. I will plan to share more about our next steps at our Parent Corps meeting this Monday, March 19th at 6pm. Our meeting this week was postponed due to the snow day.I have included some resources below that provide support to families who are looking for ways to speak to children at home about these senseless acts of violence. We will continue to embed healthy ways of problem solving in our classrooms, use our faith as a driving force and live like Jesus did as well as continue to provide a healthy school community where every student feels valued and important.

Stop by to visit the life size Lent Cross made with love by Grade 3 students.

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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

Thank you to Deon from Concepts in Cambridge for highlighting our beautiful young women on International Women's Day!

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Grade 3B researches National Catholic Sisters Week

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Brainstorming messages of gratitude, hope, and love for Sister Ellen and Sister Gail!

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Lower Mills Young Christian Warriors Male Mentoring Program

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Peter Ng visited the Lower Mills Young Christian Warriors

To learn more about Peter Ng and his mission to give back to the community, read the link below. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Peter Ng as he continues to support our young men in middle school.

Lower Mills Innovative Teacher Spotlight

Mrs. Sarah Hockey

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Mrs. Sarah Hockey has been teaching for 7 years. Mrs. Hockey is a proud graduate of Emmanuel College, where she majored in Elementary Education and Special Education. Sarah continued her education at Gordon College where she received her Masters in English as a Second Language with a concentration in Reading. Sarah is also trained in Orton Gillingham and Wilson Reading. Mrs. Hockey taught grade 3 for five years at the Neponset Campus and now is our Grade 5 ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Religion teacher as well as the and Grade 4A Science, Social Studies and Religion teacher. In 2015, Mrs. Hockey was proud recipient of the prestigious Yawkey Teacher of Excellence. Mrs. Hockey was recently married to her husband, Chris and they just purchased their first home together in Medway. They have two cats named Westley and Roisin. Mrs. Hockey's husband found the two baby kittens in his garage and rescued them! Mrs. Hockey is the social media champion! You can always count on viewing lots of exciting and innovative learning in her classroom via Twitter and Instagram. Mrs. Hockey loves coffee! You almost can never catch her without an iced, cold brew Dunkin Donuts coffee! She loves the color pink, going out to dinner, and trying new places! Mrs. Hockey loves weekend getaways...Vermont, Cape Cod, actually anywhere! Mrs. Hockey is constantly creating new ways to get our students excited about learning! It ranges from Flaghlight Fridays, MAP celebrations on the red carpet, classroom wide marble collecting, and Go Noodle. Sarah is always looking for new ideas online, on Pinterest or on Teachers Pay Teachers. She is constantly on blogs with other educators around the world! Guess what, it pays off! Just about 100% of her classroom met or exceeded their Winter MAP goals. Mrs. Hockey loves spending time with her family and friends. We are blessed to have Mrs. Hockey 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 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:

Thursday, March 15th: Pi Day and Green TAG Day, $1 per student

Friday, March 16th: School Prayer Service, grade 3 leading

Friday, March 16th: Report Cards go home in backpacks

Monday, March 19th: First Day of Spring!

Monday, March 19th: Parent Corps meeting, 6pm in the Media Center

Friday, March 23rd: Parent Teacher Conferences, no school for students

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 Field Trip to the Museum of Science

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

Friday, March 30th: Good Friday, no school

Looking ahead...Save the dates!

Sunday, April 1st: Easter Sunday

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

Monday, April 2nd: Financial Aid application deadline

Sunday, April 29th: First Holy Communion

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

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! 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

Deon is a great friend and community partner to the Lower Mills Campus!