Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Dear Parents of Mounties~

Things are very quiet around MSJ this week as our students focus on studying for and completing their exams. I am always amazed at how serious our students are about their work. They are in full exam mode right now and it is obvious that they are spending a lot of time concentrating on their work. I am so proud of all that these students are doing academically as I am sure all of you are. It is simply amazing how our students are able to juggle so much and to succeed in so many areas. They are even positive in their failures. I was thinking about this this past weekend when I watched two wonderful basketball games played by both the boys and girls teams. No one was hanging their head. They all knew that they had given it their all and done their best. Those are life lessons being taught to our kids and those lessons will be remembered long after they move on from lessons in Algebra and History. I am proud of each and every one of them for all they do every day and for all that they manage. They are truly unique and wonderful young people. This is true in their faith as well. It is obvious in the way that they treat each other and support each other. I watched this at the basketball games as well. It is awesome to look over and see almost the entire student body in attendance at the game as was the case this weekend. I love that they all cheer each other on and raise their hands, moving them back and forth in silence when a foul shot is being attempted. I love it even more when I see my own son raise his hands as he saw the older kids do; emulating all those wonderful MSJ students. I couldn’t ask for better role models! Thank you for all you have done to make your children whom they are and thank you for sharing them with our MSJ community!.

We will be continuing to follow the traits of Christ in giving to those less fortunate 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!

Donations are needed for the Open House on January 28th, 2015 from 6-7:30. I am asking that parents provide the following items please:

Freshman: Bottled Water

Sophomore: Cheese and Crackers

Juniors: Cookies

Seniors: Last names A-F: Paper Plates or napkins

        G-Z: Brownies or Grapes

Thank you all for your help!!!!

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.  

Our sports teams are doing great! We are very proud of all they have accomplished. The Varsity Boys play Rutland home on Thursday  January 22nd, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00pm. Let’s show the boys as much support as possible by showing up to their games!!!! Go get them boys! The Ladies play Woodstock  away tonight at 6:00. They also play Black River away Tuesday the 27th at 7:30pm. The Indoor Track team has a meet on Saturday. A big thank you to our Cheerleaders and Coach Tedesco for all their support! You girls are the best! An extra thanks for running the half court shot at our home games in honor of Lenny Burke and in the newly named Lenny Burke Court! Thanks Girls!!!

Important dates to remember: 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 Pre-orders for yearbooks are $50.00!

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 hope that all of you will enjoy the remainder of this week and the weekend. I will be gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday! I can’t wait!!!!


Sarah M. Fortier