July 10, 2019
Happy (Belated) 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July! I hope you were able to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family. I was able to spend a few days with my family, including my older brother who came up from New York City to visit. We were certainly blessed with beautiful weather!
Many of the updates below repeat from last week's newsletter, but I figured it couldn't hurt to see the information again. With that being said, there are a few new updates, including the Back to School BBQ on August 23rd.
In addition, if you are interested and have not yet filled out the information for the Summer Spotlight Series, please do so! I would love to be able to have a few posts up within the next couple of weeks.
Lastly, I will try to include a short video, book, link etc. at the end of each newsletter. These are usually items that I have found particularly helpful or inspiring. There is no obligation to peruse them, but they are provided for your enjoyment should you have a few spare moments. I hope you find them helpful!
It has been great to see a few of you! As you drop by school, please never hesitate to pop into the office to say hello. My door is always open!
Know of my continued prayers for you and your families!
Important Dates & Details
- Dependent on cleaning services.
Back to School BBQ - Friday, August 23rd 5:30-7:30
- This is still in the planning stages, but will be open to all FJVD families. The evening will feature hotdogs, hamburgers, games, and time to enjoy one another's company. You are encouraged to attend if you are free that evening, but attendance is not required.
Back to School Night - Monday, August 26th
- The daytime is reserved for teachers to be in their classrooms preparing for Back to School Night and the start of the year (as needed). All teachers and staff are asked to attend Back to School Night in the evening. A more detailed schedule will be sent out in the coming weeks.
Professional Day - Tuesday, August 27th
- All teachers & staff should plan to attend this professional day for the full day. The morning will include Mass and a faculty retreat. The afternoon will include our in-service meeting with time to distribute important materials, discuss overarching goals for the upcoming year, and prepare for the first day of school.A more detailed schedule will be sent out in the coming weeks.
Pre-K, K, and Middle School Orientations - Wednesday, August 28th
- These will follow similar procedures as previous years. If you have been involved in planning these events, please feel free to reach out to start the planning process when you are ready.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Thursday, August 29th
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!
Facilities UpdatesOver the summer months, painting will be completed in the student restrooms, as well as touch ups and accents in the hallways.
I'm looking forward to seeing the transformation!
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.
Cross Country Coach Opening
Tools & Fuels: How Catholic Teachers can Become Saints, Beat Burnout, and Save the World
If you're looking for a quick, lighter read for the summer months, I would encourage you to check out Doyle's book Tools & Fuels: How Catholic Teachers can Become Saints, Beat Burnout, and Save the World. It's a great read and a reminder of the tremendous impact we have as Catholic educators.
"My passionate belief is that our schools must become centers of extraordinary academic excellence, but for the right reasons... because we love young people and want to give God glory." -Jonathan Doyle