July 25, 2019
Beginning of Year Updates
I once heard someone say that August is like the "Sunday" of summer vacation. While it is still technically the weekend, Monday morning is looming! I hope that August - and the start of school in just a few weeks - is not looming for you like an early Monday morning. I am excited to begin our year together, and I hope you are feeling as optimistic and enthusiastic as I am about the months ahead.
I have a few details to share with you regarding our preparations for the start of the year. Back to School Night this year will run very similarly to last year, with a scheduled time of 6:00pm-8:00pm. Please plan on arriving at school no later than 5:30pm on Monday the 26th.
In addition, I am pleased to announce that Fr. Patrick Briscoe, O.P. will be with us on the morning of our in-service day, Tuesday, August 27th, to lead our beginning of the year faculty retreat. Fr. Briscoe was at Sts. John and Paul Parish earlier this year to speak at the parish mission. He is a wonderful speaker, and I am sure you will find him an engaging presenter. Our Mass and retreat on the 27th will be followed by our Teacher/Staff Back to School Informational Meeting from 1:00pm-3:00pm. This will include goals for the year, important notices & reminders, a review of policies and procedures, etc.
Lastly, records indicate that our staff is in need of CPR re-certification. With this in mind, we have scheduled CPR Re-Certification Training for the afternoon on Wednesday, August 28th in the Parish Hall. All faculty and staff should plan on attending. We will also complete our mandatory Blood Borne Pathogens Training at this time. I know it is a sacrifice to spend the afternoon the day before school begins at this training, but it could save a student's life. I appreciate your willingness to be accommodating of this difficult schedule.
Wishing you all the best in the weeks ahead. Looking forward to seeing you soon! As always, feel free to stop in or send an email with any questions or concerns.
Back to School Preparations - Important Dates, Times, and Schedules!
Monday, August 12, 2019
- Classrooms open!
Friday, August 23, 2019
- Back to School BBQ
- All teachers & staff are invited. Attendance is not mandatory.
Monday, August 26, 2019
- Back to School Night
- All teachers and staff should plan to arrive by 5:30pm.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Faculty Retreat and In-Service
- Mass: 9:00am
- Retreat: 9:45am-11:45m
- Lunch (provided): 12:00pm-12:45pm
- Teacher/Staff Back to School Information Meeting: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
- Pre-K and K Orientation: 8am-11am
- Middle School Orientation: TBD
- Blood Borne Pathogens & CPR Re-Certification: 1:30pm
- All teachers & staff should plan to attend the afternoon session to obtain their CPR re-certification.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
- First Day of School!
Cross Country Coach Opening
Summer Spotlight Series
One way in which I'd like to accomplish this is through a "Summer Spotlight Series" on our Facebook page. Please note that this is entirely optional!
What does this entail?
If you're interested in taking part, simply fill out the Summer Spotlight Survey here (you'll need to be logged in to your school Google account):
I'll use the information in the survey to create a post that details your great work at FJVD and a little more about you! The post will be shared through our school Facebook page.
Spotlight Posts will be created as survey responses come in and will run approximately every week, as participation allows. Don't worry if your post does not make it over the summer, we will continue the posts as needed to make sure everyone has an opportunity!
I look forward to learning more about you and sharing some of your great work with our community!
I absolutely encourage and support using the summer months for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. With that being said, it would be helpful if you can briefly check your emails once every 1-2 weeks, simply to stay up to date with any announcements, change in dates, etc.
Keep Dreaming: A Message from Rob Mendez, Jimmy V Award Recipient
I am always looking for new inspirations, and Rob Mendez is certainly that. Mendez was born with no arms or legs and yet has become a successful high school football coach. I would encourage you to watch this short clip of his acceptance speech at the ESPY's a few weeks ago.
"When you dedicate yourself to something and open your mind to different possibilities and focus on what you can do instead of what you can't do, you really can go places in this world." -Rob Mendez