Welcome back to a new school year. I again wish to express my sincere appreciation on behalf of the Saint John School staff for the successful Annual Fund campaigns during the past three years. Through your generous contributions, we now have a quiet library, a new classroom for middle school specialty classes and meetings, a science lab classroom, a dedicated Learning Support Center, a beautiful athletic field, bleachers, a scholarship program for parish families, and more competitive teacher salaries to attract and retain a quality staff.
Additionally, we have invested in a new K-8 Discovery Science curriculum that is technology based (no textbooks!), a new math curriculum, Eureka Math, and the fifth through eighth grade writing curriculum from The Teachers College Writing Project. We also purchased more iPad devices this summer and now have yearly subscriptions to a variety technology apps such as RAZ Kids, Nearpod, MobyMax, Hotmath, Worldbook, and Discovery Education.
As we begin a new year, we look forward to your continued generosity with the Annual Fund. Our goal above and beyond the money and the projects is to develop a culture of giving that allows us to continue to improve our program and facilities to benefit both our current and future students. The improvements we have made to date and will continue in the future are the direct result of your feedback and responses to our recent surveys.
While there is no one main project this year, there are several improvements we wish to continue. We began a large facility project this summer to replace and repaint all the exterior wood trim. We also continued replacing the worn carpeting in our oldest classrooms. We wish to continue these and other improvements to both the interior and exterior of the school classrooms and buildings.
Participation is the key to our Annual Fund. Seventy six percent of our families contributed something to our fund last year. We appreciate that tremendous support and encourage all our families to contribute whatever they can afford. Continuing to support us annually with your tax deductible donations is instrumental in providing the necessary resources to support our mission as a Christ-centered environment that empowers our students to gain a thorough understanding of their faith, achieve their highest academic potential, and share Christ’s love through service to others.