Principal’s Letter

We walk in the light! You embodied our September message from St. John, “My dear children, love one another.” You delivered so many bags and boxes of food for the food programs at Broadview-Thompson K-8 and St. Vincent de Paul. Fr. Crispin blessed it all, and then he blessed the students and their backpacks. It was a simple yet moving service as it epitomized our community’s values: prayer, kindness, and togetherness.

The track was ready, the cones in place, and messages of encouragement highlighted the course; the pre-schoolers and kindergarteners were so excited! Jog-a-thon got off to a great start…and then we had to stop due to the air quality. But the students were undeterred and their enthusiasm was on full display today. We can’t wait to cheer on the middle school students tomorrow. I extend a huge shout-out to Pablo, Andrea Marquez, Tracy Smith, Sue Pierce, Allan Quiaoit and all the amazing volunteers for making this such a fun event. A special thanks to all the generous donors; your donations go directly to the operating budget which benefits your children. We are approaching our fundraising goal of $100,000. Over 80% of St. John families have made their gifts to the Jog-a-thon. As the kids say, “Let’s go!”

As you read this, middle school parents are at Curriculum Night, and I am at the Principals Retreat. I am sorry to be missing both Curriculum Night and the remainder of Jog-a-thon; however, the Principals Retreat prepares our schools’ leaders to guide faculties in the annual renewal of Catechetical certification and help us grow in faith, community and solidarity. I am excited to be part of this spiritual growth with you.

Don’t forget to join the Parish this Sunday at 10:30am Mass. Fr. Crispin will bless the student backpacks again, and we will gather after to celebrate his 60th birthday. See you there.

And many thanks, again, to our generous community,

Bernadette O’Leary