2018 SPPS Christmas Newsletter
There’s excitement throughout the school…yes, it must be Christmas time! We began with our Christmas Show on December 6th and as always, the students and teachers put on an amazing show. Fr. Matt gave the whole school the opportunity to see his movie, which documented the 75th Jubilee of the parish. The First Grade had a treat, with the viewing of a Christmas tradition: The Polar Express. A wonderful time was had by all; snuggling and enjoying popcorn and hot cocoa…in their pajamas! Middle School is getting ready for their first dance of the year, on Friday, December 14th; always a favorite among students. And, on Sunday, December 16th the Imperial Brass will perform here at St. Philip! So much going on…Let us pause and remember, we continue to be in the season of Advent, awaiting the birth of the Christ child. Come, Lord Jesus.
The 2019-2020 Preferred Registration for all in-house Prep families will begin the week of January 21st, 2019. Registration for the public will begin Catholic Schools Week, January 28th, 2019. Each class may register up to 25 students, firm. After reaching the maximum registrations, waiting lists will be formed. As always, registration is a first come first basis. Information will be forthcoming upon our return from the Christmas break. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office- 973-779-4700, and speak with Mrs. Neglia.
With winter just a few weeks away, we boldly face the cold and flu season. There have been some reports of strep and flu cases going around the area. I ask everyone to be considerate towards the health of all in our school. If your child has been running fever or has vomited, please do not send them to school. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. In addition, if you notice any rashes or unusual spots, with or without a sore throat, do not send your child to school. Please be aware that if your child develops a fever during school hours, they will be sent home and should not return the next day. Lastly, please make sure the emergency contact people you have chosen to pick up your sick child in your absence – is actually aware they are the contact and is able to come to school to pick up your child.
Under our new Rediker system, Mid-Term exams will be administered in January for grades 4 – 8. Exam schedules should have been sent home and may be found on teacher websites and dojos. It is my very strong recommendation that students begin to study now. Please help your children learn a very important life skill – time management.
The 8th Grade Mega December Raffle is underway!
Win a Play Station 4 Console (PS4)
1 ticket – $10
3 tickets – $20
Drawing will be held on the morning of Friday, December 21st.
She looks into the face of the baby. Her son. Her Lord. His Majesty. At this point in history, the human being who best understands who God is and what he is doing is a teenage girl is a smelly stable. She can’t take her eyes off him. Some how Mary knows she is holding God. So this is he. She remembers the words of the angel. “His Kingdom will never end.”
He looks like anything but a king. His face is prunish and red. His cry, though strong and healthy, is still the helpless and piercing cry of a baby. And he is absolutely dependent upon Mary for his well-being.
Majesty in the midst of the mundane.
Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat.
Divinity entering the world on the floor of a stable, through the womb of a teenager and in the presence of a carpenter.
She touches the face of the infant-God.
-Max Lucado, God Came Near.
A Blessed Christmas and Joyous New Year to all!