Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Dear Parents of Mounties~

“Baby it’s cold outside!”. These past few days have been incredibly cold! It reminds me, and all of us here at MSJ, how lucky we all are to have homes to go to after school, complete with heat, food, and clothing. At this time of year, my mind always goes to those who are so much less fortunate than we are. I spend time at the Open Door Mission frequently and whenever I visit there I think about how fortunate I am to have what I need to get through these difficult months. I also think about how incredible the Mission is in supporting those who do not have homes or heat or clean showers. The Rutland Community is so fortunate to have all the wonderful people who work tirelessly at the Mission to help those who are less fortunate. Some of those workers are MSJ graduates. For example, the Director, Sharon Garafano Russell, is an alumna from the MSJ class of 1965. She will be celebrating her golden graduation (50 years graduated) here at MSJ during commencement in June. She is just one example of a true “Mountie”, someone who carries on what he or she has learned about community service and the compassion of Jesus Christ while a student at MSJ. Our current Mounties exemplify the traits of Christ as well in all the ways in which they serve their community. We will be continuing this very important Mountie trait from now through Catholic Schools week. Our intention is to give back to our community by collecting new socks for both adults and children. Christ the King School will be joining us in this effort. Mrs. Guggenberger and I have challenged our student body to collect 500 pairs of new socks to donate to the Open Door Mission and the local Women’s Shelter. If the CKS and MSJ students are able to meet this challenge by Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, Mrs. Guggenberger and I will be completing a challenge given to us by the student body as well. We will have a box available for these socks in the lobby. We will be giving our students and community a count of socks collected thus far next week.

Bishop Christopher Coyne’s installation as Bishop of the Diocese of Burlington will occur at a Mass to be celebrated on January 29th, 2015 at 2pm in Burlington at the Cathedral. MSJ will be represented by 6 students, two will be in the choir, two will hand out programs and two will sit with me as members of the spiritual community. We are very excited and honored to have been chosen to attend this event.

It’s Early Registration Time! From January 1st through February 28th, MSJ will be offering an Early Registration fee of $125 per student not to exceed $250 per family. This is a savings of $50 per student. Please plan to register your student for next year before this deal is over. After February 28th, the regular registration fee will be in effect at $175 per student not to exceed $350 per family. The registration form is available online or in the MSJ front office. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Our Student of the Month is Eric D! Eric’s teachers report that he is dedicated to his studies, his classmates and his faith community. Eric can always be counted on to help others whenever asked. He has played an intricate role in the Athletic Association by helping them in a variety of ways. Eric embodies the spirit of Mountie in every way. Congratulations Eric and thanks for all that you do for the MSJ community.  

MSJ Exams will take place beginning on Tuesday, January 20th and run through Friday, January 23rd. The first exam will begin at 9am and go until 10:30am. The second exam will begin at 11am and go until 12:30; (please see attached for complete exam schedule). After the exams are over, students are free to leave for the day. Additionally, if a student does not have an early exam (9:00-10:30), they are welcome to arrive at school in time for the late exam (11:00-12:30) - similarly, if a student does not have a late exam (11:00-12:30), they are welcome to leave at the end of their early exam (after 10:30).  Students are expected to stay through the entire 90 minute exam periods - no students will be dismissed prior to 10:30 or 12:30 during exams. The library will be open as usual and the school will be open at the normal time for students who need to be dropped off before 9am. In between exams students will be asked to be in either the library or the cafeteria. There will be treats for sale during this time from the Athletic Association. Candy will cost $1, soda $1, powerade $2 and popcorn $1, Nachos for $2 and hot dogs for $1.

Breakfast for Dinner!!! The MSJ faculty and staff is happy to be putting on a Breakfast for Dinner for all of our students on Tuesday January 20th beginning at 8pm in the MSJ Cafeteria. This will be a time for students to get together with their teachers while preparing for exams. Teachers will serve students dinner and then they will be available to answer questions that students might have regarding the upcoming exams. All basketball and track practices will be over so all students will have the opportunity to attend. The Breakfast for Dinner will last from 8pm until 9pm.

Catholic Schools Week will begin Monday, January 26th and end Friday January 30th. There will be a couple of important activities this week. On Wednesday, January 28th, the entire school will be going to CKS for 10am Mass. After Mass, we will stay at CKS for lunch (the lunch provided will be pizza and drinks at no cost to students. If you student does not want pizza, he or she should bring a bag lunch), followed by a basketball tournament where MSJ and CKS students, staff and faculty will make up a couple of teams to play basketball games against each other. There will be a bake sale at CKS as well so students who have not signed up to play in a game but who will be spectators can purchase goods to eat while cheering on our teams. We will return to MSJ no later than 2:45 for dismissal. Our MSJ Open House will occur on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 from 6pm to 7:30pm. If you know of anyone who is interested in attending MSJ, please encourage them to visit us during our Open House to see what a wonderful community we have on Convent Avenue!!! Also as a part of Catholic Schools Week, we will be holding some special events including a student appreciation day. Student Appreciation Day will be Friday, January 30th, 2015.  

Congratulations to the Mountie Boys on their victory over Mill River!!! Way to go Guys!!! The Varsity Boys play Hartford home on Friday January 16th, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00pm. Congratulations to the Mountie Ladies on winning their Holiday Tournament last Friday against Arlington!!!! Great job Ladies!!!! The Ladies play Proctor at home Thursday the 15th at 7:45. They also play West Rutland away on Saturday 17th at 2:30. The Indoor Track team has competed in several meets and they continue to do well! The boys finished 15th overall. Kyle D. finished 6th in the 55 Meter Dash and 5th in the 300 Meters. Andrew L. finished 2nd in the 300 Meters. For the girls, Amy N. finished 18th in the 1600 Meters and 7th in the 3200 Meters. Way to go Indoor Track! A big thank you to our Cheerleaders and Coach Tedesco for all their support! You girls are the best!

Important dates to remember: January 19th is Martin Luther King Day and there is no school. Exam week will begin January 20th. Breakfast for Dinner will be Tuesday, January 20th at 8pm in the Cafeteria. Catholic Schools week will be Monday, January 26th through Friday, January 30th. The Spark Event will take place beginning at 7pm Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at the Holiday Inn. If you would like to help with this event, please contact the President of our Parents and Friends Club, Mrs. Lori Elliot. A Taste of Rutland will take place March 19th, 2015. More information regarding this event will be coming from the Development Committee.

The Parents and Friends Club are selling discount saver cards. If you have not received these, please pick up your cards in the main office. Each family is asked to sell 9 saver cards. Any cards not sold need to be brought back to the front office. If they are not, individual families will be billed for any cards not returned. It is very important that each family participate in these fundraisers as they help the PFC to make their projected $20,000 which is included in the MSJ budget. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lori Elliot, President of the Parents and Friends. The Spark Event will take place on Saturday, February 7th, 2015. Tickets are $10 each.Each family will be receiving 4 tickets to sell. Each family is obligated to sell these four tickets as a part of the fundraising efforts here at MSJ. It is very important that all of you are involved in fundraising. Please sell the tickets you receive.

The Chili Bowl date is being moved. As soon as we have confirmed a new date, it will be announced.

Yearbook Ads are now for sale. For information about purchasing one, please email Mrs. Audette at

Do not forget to like us on Facebook! We have been using this social media as a way for students and parents to be informed concerning upcoming events occurring here at MSJ.

I’m not one to focus on one particular team or another with one exception: with last weekend’s extraordinary win, which included their coming back on 2 separate occasions from 14 point deficits and, ( I have to write this way - right, Coach Hall?), completing an incredible Edleman to Amendola Fleeeeaaaaaaaa Fliiiicccccckkkkkeeeeerrrr pass for a touchdown which, in my opinion, will go down in the history books as one of the best trick plays in playoff history, I have to say from Jack, Cash, Carmody, Keith and I - “GO PATS!!!!!”


Sarah M. Fortier