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

Have you Re-Enrolled for the 2018-2019 School Year?

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 on a waitlist status!
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Don't forget: You will need your RenWeb log-in information!

2018 Jack Connors Award at the Boston College Club

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Cardinal Sean and Maliyah, celebrating 10 years with the Campaign for Catholic Schools, at the Jack Connors Award Event! We are proud to honor Kathleen and Kevin Driscoll, Champions of Catholic Education.

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2018 Lower Mills Heritage Night~ Friday, May 18th

Celebrating #commUNITY

We are #BetterTogether #LowerMillsLEADERS

Click below to see an article written by the Dorchester Post, all about Lower Mills Heritage Night!

Thank you to Niyah's mom (Cierra) in grade 3 for making this beautiful cake!

Check out all of her amazing cakes and cupcakes at @bakery1227 on Instagram!

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Luisa and Maliyah dance to Mother Julía, representing Cape Verde...what a beautiful mother daughter tribute!

Students in grades 3 to 8 were assigned research projects that were proudly displayed at Heritage Night! Did you know that all of the countries researched are represented in our school community?

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Ms. Jeanne proudly sings the Haitian National Anthem on Haitian Flag Day and to begin our 2018 Lower Mills Heritage Night!
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This past week, Lower Mills students helped to plant 37,000 flags in the Boston Common in honor of Memorial Day.

We were so proud to see Timani McFall, from grade 6, on the front page of the Boston Globe Metro section!

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Click on the link below to hear Jules Charles, from grade 4, discuss the power of being a part of this experience on WCVB news:

A HUGE Congratulations to Mrs. Taryn Nesti, Mrs. Missole Lorre, and Ms. Daphne Marcelin!

These three fantastic women have been going to school full-time while working. They graduated this past Friday from UMass Boston with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. We are so proud of you!! Go #TeamLowerMills
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Sneak Preview! 2018 Grade 8 Yearbooks hot off the press! Thank you Mrs. Eaton for all of your time and dedication to this project through the LEAF Literacy Grant.

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SJP2CA Lower Mills Class of 2018

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Important Upcoming Grade 8 Dates:

  • Wednesday, May 30th: Grade 8 and Grade 2 Reading Buddies Field Trip
  • Friday, June 1st: Baccaluarete Mass at 8:30am, Saint Gregory's Church
  • Friday, June 1st: Graduation Practice and Lolek Cup Basketball Game (Lower Mills students must wear Celtics Swag/Celtics Green!)
  • Monday, June 4th: Spirit of Boston Cruise (Sunday Best)
  • Tuesday, June 5th: Class Night at Lower Mills for Grade 8 families at 6pm
  • Thursday, June 7th: Graduation at BC High, students must arrive no later than 5:20pm
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Please remember to send in your $5 for our upcoming Field Days! We are still looking for volunteers!

  • 2.9 to Grade 2 will have a large bouncy house and slide!
  • Grades 3 to 7 will have a Dunk Tank! We are excited that our friends from the Corey C. Griffin Foundation will be coming to volunteer as well.
  • Mr. Drexler, our fantastic gym teacher, has been planning away! We have secured permits for the Dorchester Park for both dates. Students will participate in lots of fun field day games and activites. They will also get to enjoy a delicious ice cream with their classmates :)

Students must have a signed Permission Slip in order to participate!

A few highlights from:

SJP2CA Lower Mills 2018 Early Childhood Spring Show and Evening Spring Show

Our God is Awesome Evening Show Finale
2.9 Lower Mills 2018 Early Childhood Spring Show
Grade 2 Lower Mills 2018 Spring Show

Fifth grade had SO much fun at the park! They voted for this as a reward for filling their marble jar. 🙌🏼😍 They also deserved a break after giving it 💯 percent on their MAP reading test!

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This is our last week of MAP testing! All make-ups will happen this week. The testing window closes this Friday, June 1st.

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Want to learn more about MAP testing?

Click below on the video: MAP Growth Parent Toolkit Video

MAP Growth Parent Toolkit Video

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.

Congrats to Mrs Siravo and all of the students in 1A! 100% of the class met their projected MAP Math Growth for the 2017-2018 academic year! We are so proud of you!!

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Our next Parent Corps meeting is Wednesday, May 30th at 6:00pm! Childcare is provided.

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Agenda Items:

  • 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.
  • Wrap up and suggestions for next year.

Mrs. Siravo, it looks like you found a lot of great books at the Scholastic Book Fair to add to your classroom library!

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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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Students in grade 1A read the book, "The Best Part of Me" and then completed their own personalized version, highlighting unique attributes about themselves. Check out the book this summer by Wendy Ewald, is it fabulous!
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Stop by the 1A classroom to read all of the amazing writing that is displayed. These writing samples not only showcase the tremendous academic growth they have made, but more importantly, capture who each student is as an individual.

Do you have a Boston Public Library Card? If not, it is the perfect time to get one...Summer Reading here we come!

If you have a Boston address, you can get a Boston Public LibraryCard! Ben got one yesterday! Once you have one, you don’t even have to go to the library to check out great e-books delivered rightto your device. Best part of e-books—no overdue fees!
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Lower Mills Virtue of the Month Student Showcase

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Jezzlyn, Daniela, Kensie and Melanie, from Grade One...thank you for exemplifying Love to Others by taking care of our School Community!

These four wonderful girls decided that they wanted to make sure our playground area and recess yard was clean and clear of trash. They decided to spend their own recess time on "clean up duty" and did they ever! The girls went to Nurse Tanya to ask for gloves and asked a teacher to supervise them while cleaning up. They wanted to spread love by making sure our school community was clear of trash and debris, so the Early Childhood students could play safely on the playground. We are so proud of your leadership and your extraordinary efforts to work as a team. This example of showcasing Love to our Earth, Mother Nature, our School Community, to each other, and to God!

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Lower Mills Innovative Educator Spotlight

Ms. Alexandra Carvario

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Ms. Alexandra Carvario is our K1A Lead Teacher. Fun fact about Ms. C, she grew up on a farm! Alexandra has 5 siblings, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Her family farm is still in East Bridgewater, they have goats, chickens, a fish pond, bees, dogs and rescue cats. Ms. Carvario's mom visited K1A this year with some of the adorable chicks! Ms. Carvario holds a Masters Of Early Childhood Education from UMass Boston. Prior to obtaining her Masters, she attended Bridgewater State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She attended Catholic School as a high school student at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton. Prior to joining SJP2CA, Ms. Carvario was a Special Education teacher in Fall River Public Schools. She worked with students in grades Kindergarten to Grade 2 in both Math and ELA, providing small group intervention groups and determining appropriate IEP services for students. Ms. Carvario worked as a Lead Teacher at Merry Deb Preschool for 6 years in Braintree where she educated and loved a classroom of 20 PreK students. Alexandra continues to work in the Stoughton ABE Program in the evenings with adult English Language Learners. She also volunteers with SEMPBA, the South Eastern Pine Barren Alliance, a local organization that helps to protect the ecosystem and helps to educate the public as well. Ms. Carvario's favorite color is purple and her favorite food are mangos. Ms. C is recently engaged to her fiancé Howie, and they are looking forward to their wedding in November 2019. Alexandra can speak fluent Portuguese! She also works for a Nature Center and volunteers on the weekends for an Animal Rescue Organization. We are blessed to have Ms. Carvario as a member 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, May 21st: Grade 8 Class Pictures..Sunday Best only!

Monday, May 28th: No School, Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 30th: Grade 8 and Grade 2 Book Buddies Field Trip

Thursday, May 31st: Ms. Röell heads to MIT with grade 7 students

Friday, June 1st: Spring MAP testing window closes

Friday, June 1st: 8:30am Baccalaurete Mass at 8:30am

Friday, June 1st: Grade 8 Graduation Practice and Basketball Game

Sunday, June 3rd: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Monday, June 4th: Immaculate Heart of Mary

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

Tuesday, June 5th: Grade 8 Class Night at Lower Mills, 6pm

Thursday, June 7th: Grade 7 visits Harvard Medical with Ms. Röell

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

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

Friday, June 8th: PwC visits grades 3 to 7

Sunday, June 10th: Father Daily Celebration after 10am Mass

Wednesday, June 13th: Junior Achievement (JA for the Day) at Lower Mills

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

Friday, June 15th: School Mass at 8:30am

Friday, June 15th: K2 Graduation in the Lower Mills gymnasium

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

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

Monday, June 18th: K1 End of the Year Celebration

Tuesday, June 19th: 2.9 and PreK End of the Year Celebration

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

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

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