Around the time of the new year, I reread Tennyson’s powerful ”In Memoriam”. It’s a great poem! Always we are called to conversion, and when the calendar flips, such a need can come more clear. As I write to you on January 1, 2020, I promise that we will do our best to ring in the larger heart and kindlier hand this year. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Many of us have causes and organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. I believe that, because we share the formation of your children each day for many years, the school should be your chief philanthropy. For this reason, I am grateful and pleased to share that the Advisory Board’s $10,000 matching challenge, which ended on December 31, 2019, was met by over $50,000 in gifts to the Blue & Gold Annual Fund. Thank you for your generous response!
Each year, we invite you to a ‘State of the School’ meeting when we discuss the strategic footing of the school, present parent survey results, and address issues for improvement and growth. This important dialogue will take place on January 15, 2020, at 6 PM in the JPII Library. A second alternate session will be held at St. Margaret Primary School on January 16, 2020, at 8:15 AM. I hope you can make time to participate in this valuable exchange.
Also, please join us for Catholic Schools Week Mass on Monday, January 27 at 10 AM. Details are forthcoming.
“OddBall 2020,” our annual auction and major fundraising event, is set for Saturday, April 4, at Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville. Kristen Hyde (Brian, JPII ‘19 & SFXP ‘15, Brendan, JPII ‘20 & SFXP ‘16, Kylie, SFXP ‘17, Michael, SFXP ‘19, and Jack, SFXP ‘20) and Katie McConnell (Hank and Will, JPII ‘20 and SFXP ‘16) return as co-chairs, Nicole Delman, (Will JPII ’19, and Sam JPII ’21) now leads the silent auction, and professional auctioneer Justin Manning (Jack, JPII ‘18 & SFXP ‘14 and Lily, SFXP ‘17), will orchestrate the live auction. The event promises to be a ‘little odd’ this year — so expect the unexpected!
One fun and healthy way to support the school — and get a good workout – is to join us at B/SPOKE (Mashpee Commons) for a Winter Spin fundraiser to benefit the school. Save the date of Thursday, February 13 and stay tuned for more information.
My message this month asks much things of you: come to the State of the School meeting, give to the Blue & Gold Annual Fund, worship with us during Catholic Schools Week, spin, and attend the gala auction. As partners in the formation of your children, we share our mission and so, to the degree you are able, please support our necessary fundraising efforts. Know that you, your faith in us, and your support makes our school special.
Thank you for all you do for St. Margaret Primary School, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, and St. John Paul II High School!
Christopher W. Keavy