Principal’s News Week of June 1st

The beautiful weather from this past weekend (and looking ahead to next week with temps in the 90s!) brings summer fever to the halls of SJF. With only a touch over a week left of the 2014-15 academic year, I would like to take this time to thank our entire community for making this year one to remember. A few memories from this year that will be engrained in my mind are:
During our fall accreditation visit, our school was affirmed in our strengths and areas for growth. The team saw all that makes SJF such an exceptional school community!
Our faith was grown both locally and nationally through a variety of service projects such as raising thousands of dollars through our Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart campaigns for the American Heart Association and the mountain of Mac and Cheese that literally filled our main entry, supplying food to thousands of families in the Portland metro area.
The Science Fair where we lined our halls with examples of scientific inquiry from students in all grades, kindergarten through eight!
Saying goodbye to great long-time employees such as Brian Miskimins, Debbie Grbavac and Cathy Douglas and welcoming new hires like Jeff Sweeney, who has taken the lead on keeping our school facility looking fantastic, and our music/drama teacher, Don Vecchione, who has brought a new element of showmanship to our music program.
Seeing parents come/go throughout the day volunteering their time to support our curricular programs and fundraising efforts.
Putting together new marketing endeavors with our new website, established brand standards and updated publicity materials.
Connecting with our alumnae by hosting our first Alumni reunion this past August.
Breaking revenue projections and keeping expenses down due to terrific procurement from our parent volunteers for ALL fundraisers.
Conducting a hugely successful capital campaign that will bring a new HVAC, plumbing and flooring to our school this summer.

Additionally, on behalf of the entire SJF community, I would like to congratulate and thank our eighth grade class and their families. As they head to their perspective high schools, may your future be bright and come back to let us know how you are doing…we will miss you!

Thank you to all faculty, staff, parents, students and larger SJF parish community for making 2014-15 one for the memory books. I wish you all a fantastic summer and look forward to another great year as SJF!