The Blue & Gold


Head of School Message

Wait for It

Advent is a special time in the liturgical year and the life of the school. In Advent, we wait. But the Church teaches us that waiting is not passive, but rather, an active engagement of patience and anticipation. Hilary of Poitiers, a fourth-century Church Father, tells us that “the Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good to wait in silence for God’s salvation.” And so we wait.

I invite all grandparents and special friends of our students to Grandparents Day activities on Friday, December 8 at 9 A.M. Grandparents will see the school with their grandchildren, have pictures taken, meet with administrators, and attend Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary celebrated by Fall River Bishop Edgar M. Da Cunha. There is still time to RSVP online here or by calling the school. Please join us!

The JPII Concert for Advent and Christmas starts at 7 P.M., on Friday, December 8. The SFXP Christmas Concert and Art Show follows on Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 PM. These are warm community events that you will enjoy.

This year’s Open House for Prospective Students and Families, held in November, showed our guests, again, what is special about our school. I am grateful to the parents, staff, and especially students who assisted so that we might put our best foot forward. Your help is important in attracting students and families to JPII & SFXP. Radio spots are nice, but parent-to-parent communication is, hands-down, the best way to grow our school. Please speak with your friends and fellow parents about your JPII & SFXP experience.

During Thanksgiving week, you received the school’s 2017-2018 Annual Fund appeal. Ours is a special mission and program that cannot be done cheaply. We work hard to keep tuition costs reasonable, and by private school standards, you will not find a better value. However, tuition rates leave a gap of almost $2,000 between the charged tuition and true cost of educating your child. This is why the Annual Fund (and Spring Auction) are crucial to ensure the quality programs and staff members that we enjoy everyday. Thank you for your consideration.

Thank you for all you do for St. John Paul II High School and St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School.

Christopher W. Keavy,

Head of School