StJP Principal Newsletter

January 22, 2015

Listen to some of StJP Students Singing Our National Anthem

Students sing at StJP

Impending Snowy Forecast

Due to the impending weather conditions, I wanted to send out a reminder about how StJP School will inform you, should there be delays or school closings due to weather. We will follow Abington School District's delay or closing decision.

We will send notification to Channel 3, CW, and ABC (our school code is 356) as soon as the decision is made. We will also send an email through MSP, post on FB, and use our text/phone call notification system. When you receive these messages, please do not call the school, but instead listen or read the messages that are sent.

Please visit the website below to follow the possible Blizzard of 2016!

Please make sure students have Coats, Hats, and Gloves!!!!!!!

When the weather is above 25 degrees, the students will bundle up and go outside. Many of our upper grade students are not wearing coats when they leave the building or go out for recess. This is a reminder that they need to be dressed appropriately for the weather.
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January Calendar

January 6-31: Current Family Re-registration ( to be completed online)

January 22: Carnival Night 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

January 28: Current Family New Sibling Registration (K-8)

January 29: Progress Reports

January 31: Start of Catholic Schools Week

8th Grade Bake Sale after all Masses at Immaculate Conception

9:30 Opening Mass Immaculate Conception

10:30-11:30 Open House Pre-School

2016-2017 Tuition Information Pre-K to 8

Wednesday night, our January Board meeting was in session and voted on our budget for the 2016-2017 school year. I know that many of you are anxious to know what the tuition will be for next year and are taking that into consideration as you re-register your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly by phone or email.

Tuition for StJP School K-8 2016-2017

There has been a slight increase to our tuition of just over 2%. Please note that this is a slight increase, but in totality it is still less than what it cost to educate each child. This also does not include the expectation that our medical and utility expenses for the school will also increase well above 2% in the coming year. So please know that we are trying to keep our tuition increases as low as possible, so that you can continue to give your child an excellent Catholic education. In addition, although you have a registration fee collected in April, it is subtracted from the cost of your tuition for 2016-2017 school year. This is not an additional fee that is charged. StJP is one of the few, if not only schools, that does not charge an additional registration fee on top of tuition for grades K-8.

Below is the breakdown of tuition in grades K-8:

In Parish Rates

1 child=3150.00

2 children=6000.00

3+ children=7690.00

Catholic Non-Parish Rates

1 child=3900.00

2 children=6800.00

3 children= 9700.00

Non-Catholic Rates

1 child=4200.00

2 children=8400.00

3 children=12600.00

Tuition for StJP Pre-school 2016-2017

There will not be an increase in our pre-school tuition for the 2016-2017 school year. However, there is a non-refundable registration fee of $50.00 per child or $100 per family. This is in addition to the yearly tuition if you do not have any students enrolled in our K-8 school.

Below is the breakdown of the tuition for our pre-school program:

Five Day Program

Monday - Friday

Ten Payments

Annual Tuition

Full Day - 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM

$440 month

$ 4400

Half Day - 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM

$220 month


Four Day Program

Monday - Thursday

Ten Payments

Annual Tuition

Full Day - 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM

$360 month


Half Day - 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM

$200 month


Three Day Program

Monday - Wednesday - Friday

(Two's and Three's only)

Ten Payments

Annual Tuition

Full Day - 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM

$300 month


Half Day - 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM

$185 month


Two Day Program

Tuesday - Thursday (Two's only)

Ten Payments

Annual Tuition

Full Day - 8:45 AM - 2:30 PM

$200 month


Half Day - 8:45 AM - 11:45 AM

$100 month


Additional re-registration information:

When you go to MSP to re-register , after you login, and go to the re-registration section, please be sure to scroll down and click the submit button after you have filled in the required information. If you complete the process correctly, a message will come up and tell you that your information has been updated. If you are not sure if you did this correctly, please go back in and go through the process again.

There is only a week and a half left to re-register current students. Open enrollment will begin on February 1, 2016. If you do not re-register prior to that date, your child's spot could be lost to a new student registering. Please remember that our faculty and programs are determined by the number of students enrolled, so your timely re-registration is appreciated.

Thank you again for your continued support of Catholic education and StJP! There are many more great things to come of our school in the upcoming year and we want you and your children to be a part of it.

Re-Registration for 2016-2017

Dear Parents,

Re-Registration for current families will close on January 31st. On February 1st open enrollment will begin for new families. We want to give our current families the opportunity to re-enroll before opening it to the public. We are asking you to complete your registration in January so that we can plan our budget for the 2016-2017 school year accordingly. Our faculty and programs are determined by our number of students. Therefore, the sooner we know how many students will be attending, the sooner we can plan for the upcoming year.

A re-registration deposit for families is required and will be debited via FACTS on April 1, 2016. Families with one child at StJP will be charged a $50.00 enrollment deposit, and those with two or more children will be charged a $100.00 deposit. Your re-registration deposit will be credited towards your family's total tuition for the 2016-2017 school year.

To re-enroll current students in Pre-School through 8th Grade you must log into My Students Progress (MSP) to complete the process. We have made this easier and paperless for your convenience. Directions along with an example on how to re-enroll via MSP are attached.

To enroll (NEW) siblings of current students in Pre-School through 8th Grade you MUST complete the following two step process to guarantee placement for the coming school year.

1. Before January 31st log into MSP and complete the Save the Seat Section for the new sibling.

2. You must attend one of the new sibling registration appointments. Please sign up using the applicable link below.

Glenside Campus (Grades K-8) Sign-up Date link:

Jenkintown Campus (Pre-K ages 2 to 4) Sign-Up Date link:

Please bring the following items to your appointment:

  • · Original Birth Certificate
  • · Record of vaccinations
  • · Baptismal Certificate, if applicable (from any other parish other than ICC or SLC)

If your Tuition account is not current for 2015-2016, please contact the Business Manager, David Bauer immediately to discuss your account status and payment arrangements, so that you can re-enroll.

NOTE: If you have not taken steps to re-enroll current students and siblings via MSP for the 2016-2017 school year by January 31, 2016 and have not attended the new sibling enrollment appointments, your child's space in next year's class is NOT guaranteed.

May 2016 bring your families many blessings,

Dawn Perry (Principal)

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week will begin on Sunday January 31st. We have many things planned for this week and will be sending the schedule of daily school events soon. However, St. Joseph the Protector will be holding its first Career Day on Thursday February 4th! We would love to have parents or a family member come and visit our children to talk about their career. If you are interested in sparing some time for us please send your a note with your name and career to Mrs. McGeer or Ms. Pio @ .

You will receive a confirmation letter from our National Junior Honor Society. They will also greet you on career day and take you to the presentation area.

Other School Information

  • I was recently informed that Bishop McDevitt will not be participating in the Octathalon this year.
  • When you call school to report your child absent, please know that there is no longer a separate child line. Your call will come directly into the main office where somebody will pick up or you will leave a message. We just wanted to clarify that there is no longer a separate child line.
  • PECO has informed us that they will be starting road work on Fairhill in the near future. We are currently working with Abington Police Department and the township on how to plan for this road closure. We will send the details as soon as they are worked out.
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr

All interested 3rd through 8th grade students are invited to be a part of our Spring Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. !

The rehearsal schedule varies between Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school. Depending on what role a student receives, they may not have rehearsal for a few weeks, or could have rehearsal 2-3 times a week. Most rehearsals are after school from 3 to 4:45 pm in Fr. Fitzpatrick Hall. The official rehearsal schedule will be given out once the show is cast.

The shows are May 19th, 20th, and 21st 2016 at Bishop McDevitt High School.

For more information, students can pick up an Audition Packet in the music room. Crew (7th/8th only) information to follow!

Home and School

Winter Carnival January 22

StJP Cookbook wants your recipes........Orders and Recipes are due by January 29th!

Order forms for the book, visit the link below:

Send us your family recipes by completing the form that can be found at the link below:

Rolling out the Red Carpet.........for the Penny Party February 19! YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!!!!!!

Get Your Discounted Hershey Park Tickets........

Visit the link below to print and order your discounted tickets for 2016:

Science Explorers After School Club is COMING to StJP!

Students in K-5 participated in a truly wonderful Science assembly. This assembly allowed students to see different activities that are done through a very special after school program where students can continue to explore and enjoy Science. We are bringing this program to StJP and students may now register. For more information or to register please visit the website below: Registration is now open for all sessions, so sign up before they fill up!

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Science Explorers Overview Video

StJP Development

Catholic Schools Week Open House

All are welcome and invited to celebrate StJP and Catholic Schools Week by participating in our Opening & Closing Masses, followed by an Open House at each campus. Students are encouraged to attend mass in uniform.

Opening Mass, Sunday Jan. 31st, 9:30 in ICC

Closing Mass, Sunday Feb. 7th, 9:30 in SLC

We hit over $30,000! Annual Fund total to date $32,384.00

We ask everyone to kindly participate in our Annual Fund. Any gift amount is critical to StJP's success.

The first Annual Fund campaign will close on Feb. 29th, if you have not participated thus far show your support for StJP and please participate.

Matching Gift Program, You can Help

Many companies offer their employees, spouses, and retirees an opportunity to financially support a favorite charity and at the same time receive a matching contribution from their employer through their Matching Gift program. We encourage you to consult with your Human Resources Department to see if your company has a designated Matching Gift program, what program areas they will support, and what is the maximum amount they will match each year. Make sure to obtain the appropriate matching gift form and return it along with your gift to StJP. We will complete the necessary information on behalf of St. Joseph the Protector School and return it to your company for processing of their gift.

Companies that have matched gifts in the past are:


John Hancock

Morgan Stanley

Great Technology Information for Parents! Tips to stay in the Know of what Kids are Doing Online

Helpful information to keep your children safe online!!!!!

Community Information

Free Throw Contest for Ages 9-14




For all boys and girls ages 9 to 14

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Registration at 6:30 PM

Start Shooting at 7:00 PM



For more information contact

Mr. Jack Bellantoni, FS (215) - 441-4979

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Listen and Watch Molly play her piece at Carnegie Hall......

Carnegie Hall 2016 - Molly (P. Tchaikovsky - The Seasons - June: Barcarolle)