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

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Lower Mills School Year!

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Our Welcome Back to School Team included our new Pastor, Father Jack Ahern!

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We are blessed to have Father Jack Ahern as our new Pastor of Saint Gregory's Parish. We will celebrate our monthly Mass and Holy Days of Obligation with Father Jack. Father Jack has a rich history in the City of Boston and has served as the Pastor of many of churches in Dorchester, Roxbury, Brookline, and Randolph. He is known to all as a community Priest who cares deeply about Catholic Education and supporting all-community safety, people experiencing homelessness, food pantries, community partnerships, and much more! Father Jack is deeply respected amongst his Brothers and the community. Please join us at Mass to welcome Father Jack!

Celebrating #commUNITY

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We are #BetterTogether #LowerMillsLEADERS

First week for Early Childhood students, ages 2.9 to K1!

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Calling all parents, teachers, students, families, and one PROUD PRINCIPAL!

2017-2018 Early Childhood Readiness Testing Data

Rising K2 students~100% of K1 students scored Ready & Ready +

Rising Grade One students~97% of our K2 students scored Ready & Ready +

Our Early Childhood Program continues to outperform their peers on Readiness Testing in other sectors. As a proud partner of The Lynch Foundation Early Childhood Project, our teachers receive onsite coaching and continue to strengthen their instructional and social-emotional practices. Our classrooms are outfitted with the strongest developmental materials for ages 2.9 to K2, providing our students the best opportunities. Early Childhood teachers and Principals have also completed a two-year training on Trauma Sensitive practices in school settings.

We are proud to share that for the 3rd consecutive year, ALL Early Childhood classrooms at Lower Mills are at a wait list status!

~2.9 classroom

~Two PreK classrooms

~Three K1 classrooms

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Lower Mills was ranked the highest of all four SJP2CA Campuses in both GROWTH AND ACHIEVEMENT!

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We have been busy reviewing lots of data this summer! Our standardized testing shows that we are above the norm in all content areas: Math, Reading, and Language. Our MAP testing highlights that students at the Lower Mills Campus showed High Growth AND High Achievement in all three quadrants as well...Math, Reading, and Language! This is a HUGE celebration and a testament to OUR work together. This cannot happen without the perserversance of students, rigorous instruction and carefully scaffolded lessons from teachers, and of course the support and love from our families.

We are not done YET, we will continue this strong sense of growth and urgency!

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Our September MAP testing begins this week!

Grades K2 to 8: Reading and Math

Grades 2 to 8: Reading, Math, and Language

Middle School: Science

MAP Schedule:

09/11: Reading (K2A, K2B, K2C, 6-8)

09/12: Reading (2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 5A, 5B)

09/13: Reading (1A, 1B, 4A, 4B)

09/13: Math (6, 7)

09/14: Math (8, 4B, 4A, 5B, 5A)

09/17: Math (2A, 2B, 3A, 3B)

09/18: Math (K2A, K2B, K2C)

09/19: Math (1A, 1B)

09/18: Language (6)

09/19: Language (2A, 2B, 7, 8)

09/20: Language (3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B)

09/21: Science (6, 7, 8)

TAG Day is Wednesday, September 26th! $1 per student

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DATE CHANGE: Our School Mass will be on Friday, September 21st at 8:30am NOT Friday, September 14th as noted on the September calendar. All families are welcome to join!

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Lower Mills School Community Prayer Table

Please stop by the Lower Mills Prayer Table outside of the Main Office to share your Prayer Requests and Special Intentions. The Lower Mills school community will be praying with you!


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High Five Friday with Boston Police Department! #High5Friday

Check Out the Link from Boston Police Twitter! You will see Lower Mills featured on BPD News!

This past Friday, September 14th...members of the Boston Police Department joined the Lower Mills school community during our Dismissal time. They gave out hundreds of Boston Police stickers and even more High 5's! There were as many parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who were equally as excited as our students for this amazing greeting to kick off our weekend!
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Monster Mash is right around the corner!

Friday, October 19th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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Join us for Back to School Night on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30pm

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A few sneak peaks into the classrooms before Back to School Night!

Classroom Websites

Standing room only at Parent Corps!

Given the amazing response at our Parent Corps meeting this week, the space will be set up differently for our October meeting to ensure that all have a seat. Thank you SO much for all of your great ideas for the year ahead! For those who were not able to make it, please come to our next meeting on Wednesday, September 26th! We are in full planning mode for Monster Mash.

Would you like to?

  • Collect donations from vendors (please email me for a donation letter)
  • Set up and Clean Up on the day of the event-Friday, October 19th
  • Class donation lists are listed on the Monster Mash form

Contact me at if you have any questions!

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SJP2CA Lower Mills Class of 2018

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Congratulations to the Lower Mills 2018 Graduating Class:

Jean-Claude Attis: Matignon High School

Kizziyah Caliste: Notre Dame Academy

Tamantha Cineas: Roxbury Prep Charter School

Abigail Jean-Michel: Fontbonne Academy

Sarah Joseph: Fontbonne Academy

Daniela Lopez: Codman Academy

Christine Mosby: Fontbonne Academy

McKinley Nazaire: John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

Maricelli Otero: Southeastern Regional Technical Vocational High School

Dorian Parker: Boston Arts Academy

Cassandra Pusey: Matignon High School

Brandon Tyler: Excel Charter High School

Jarrett Williams: Cathedral High School

Sydney Williams: Matignon High School

Do you have a child in grade 6 or grade 8 who is interested in applying for one of the Exam Schools? In order to sit for the ISEE exam for entrance into Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, or the John D O'Bryant School of Mathematics and must register!

Click on the links below to learn more about the Residency Requirements as well as to register online!

We are blessed to be the first school in the City of Boston this year to have The Silver Rose visit!

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Thank you to Dorchester Council 107 Knights of Columbus!

Want to learn more about the Our Lady of Guadeloupe Silver Rose Program. Click below!
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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

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.

Meadow Farms Fundraising just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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Fundraiser will end on Friday, October 21st!

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Be on the look out! Packets will be sent home with students!

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Lower Mills Innovative Educator Spotlight

Ms. Kathryn Bois

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Ms. Kathryn Bois joins the Lower Mills school community as our first ever Assistant Principal! She worked as a middle and high school ELA teacher at Archbishop Williams High School the past three years. Ms. Bois is a proud graduate of St. Joseph's College in Maine, where she graduated Valedictorian! She continued her education at Boston College as part of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps, where she taught at St. Mary of the Hills in Milton. Ms. Bois graduated with her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Bois was also the Varsity tennis and field hockey coach at AWHS! As if she is not busy enough, Ms. Bois is in mid-wedding planning mode! She will be getting married next summer to her fiancé, Cameron. Ms. Bois' office looks like a picture out of a magazine...everything has a place and is neatly organized and color coded. Ms. Bois loves ice cream, however, you will see her with a healthy lunch packed every morning. Her hobbies include skiing and hiking in her home state of Maine. Fun fact about Ms. Bois, her mom has been an elementary school teacher for over 30 years at the same school in her hometown. Ms. Bois has a 23 year old brother, Kevin, who works as a mechanical engineer for an aerospace company. Ms. Bois is excited to be back in a school with Early Childhood, Primary, and Middle School...she loves watching the growth of students!

Did you get your #SJPwithme hat yet? Make sure to get your hat, they are only $10!

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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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Upcoming Dates:

Important Dates on the horizon:

Monday, September 17th: TAG Day

Wednesday, September 19th: Paper ISEE forms due to Ms. Bois

Thursday, September 20th: International Peace Day~Pinwheels for Peace planting

Thursday, September 20th: Deadline for October Lunch ordering online

Friday, September 21st: 8:30am School Mass at Saint Gregory's

Friday, September 21st: Fine Arts applications due

Monday, September 24th: After School Clubs begin

Wednesday, September 26th: TAG Day, $1 per student

Wednesday, September 26th: Parent Corps, 6pm

Thursday, September 27th: Back to School Night, 6:30pm

Friday, October 5th: Professional Day, No School for Students

Monday, October 8th: Columbus Day, No School

Tuesday, October 9th: Lifetouch School Picture Day

Thursday, October 11th: Grade 8 girls visit Fontbonne

Thursday, October 11th: High School Information Night, Lower Mills gymnasium

Friday, October 19th: Progress Reports go home in backpacks with students

Friday, October 19th: Monster Mash, 6pm Lower Mills gymnasium

Monday, October 22nd to Friday, October 26th: STEM Week for Middle School

Sunday, December 9th: Save the Date! WinerFest

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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:

Need a copy of a transcript sent to a high school? Email:

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#GoTeamLowerMills #LowerMillsLEADERS