News of the Day

January 14, 2013


Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that half of the school year ends on January 17.   Monday, January 21 is a conference day for those who have not had a conference with your child’s classroom teacher.  It is important to discuss your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have.  Call the school if you would like a conference.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013 is our next PTO meeting.  Our safety drills will be discussed at this meeting along with our plans for Catholic Schools Week.  We need your help to provide an exciting, educational week.

You received information in regards to our academic theme for January, READING.   Mrs. Walton found a website that suggests books to read on your child’s reading level.  There is a quiz to complete when the book has been read.  Points are accumulated for each class.  How many points can your child’s class garner?  The culminating activity will be a read-in at school with read alouds, silent reading, games, and other activities.  Learning can be fun.


February is Junior Achievement month.  Are you interested in teaching a planned economics lesson?  Please call the school.


Watch for our new web page.


Many blessings,

Marian Smith



During Catholic Schools Week on Thursday, January 31 there will be a visitation day at BJPII from 9:00 to 11:00 PM.  We are in need of adult ambassadors to greet our visitors and give tours.  If you are interested, please call the call school.














December 24, 2012

Dear Families,

According to this blog, nothing must have happened in November and December.  Not true.  Many positive events have happened at BJPII.  In November we collected money for the victims of hurrican Sandy.  We also had Geography Month, thtwas organized by Mrs. Lisa Walton.  Many helpers corrected the booklets and1A was declared the winner of the month.  The culminating activity was a Geography Bee, students vs parents.  A fun time was had by all.  (The parents won.)


In December St. Nicholas visited during the night an left surprises in student made stockings.  The students andfacultyprayed a Christmas Novena together around the stable in the front foyer.  The Christmas concert was held in Notre Dame Church and a reception was held after in the school’s multipurpose room.  The students did an outstanding job under the direction of Mrs. Erin Marks.  On December 21 we celebrated a Very Blessed Christmas.  The theme this year was Th Little Drummer Boy.  The door decorating contest was won by 1A, Mrs. Messina.  They have the traveling trophy of the Holy Family guided by an angel.  Students were visited by an elf.  Santa was way too busy to stop his work t visit!  Students made drum ornaments, enjoyed a PTO treat, played team games in the gym, andviewed the movie, The Little Drummer Boy.  Our day was filled with the meaning of Christmas.


Also in December, Mrs. Laidlaw, the second grade teacher, was the recipient of WKBN’s creative teaching idea.  She received a check for $500 to implement her environmental study program on our campus.  The class was on TV on December 19.  Congratulations, Mrs. Laidlaw!

Miss Katie Turnbull received a Masters of Education degree as a reading specialist from Edinboro University.  Her graduate was on December 15, 2012.  Congratulations, Miss Turnbull!


Mrs. Chris Shaffer retired as a preschool aide.  We wish her well in her new endeavors.  Mrs. Jackie Grasso will be the replacement for Mrs. Shaffer.  Welcome back, Mrs. Grasso!

The recent tragedyin Connecticut has left us terrified and questioning the security of our schools.  Please know that we have safety drills throughout the year for fire, storms, intruders, and bomb threats.  Reassure your child that school is a safe place.  We have system wide plans and diocesan safety plan.  Our plans will be scrutinized at the first of the year to stay within the safety plans of the government.


Have a blessed Christmas.  Count your blessings.  They out number by far the oops in life.

May your New year be filled with peace, love, and good health!

Many Blessings,

Marian Smith



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October 29, 2012

Dear Parents,

Thank you for a wonderful Trick or Treat (Hallowed Halls) evening.  The students had a great time with the games provided by KCMS students.  Mrs. Reimold’s fifth grade collected $6o and many canned goods at their haunted classroom.  The library area had many spooky activities.  Thanks to the co-chairs, Ms. Ashley Scott andMrs. June Bruckner with their many parent helpers for a safe Halloween evening.

The conclusion of CSI will be on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 1:00.  The classes will report their findings and then decide whodunit.  We are filled with gratitude for Mrs. Lisa Walton’s expertise and planning the school-wide enrichment activity.

The forecasted weather for Wednesday is rain, therefore the Halloween parade scheduled for Nugent’s will be cancelled.  There will be a parade in the gym for interested parents.  You may sit in the bleachers to watch the goblins.

Thursday is a Holy Day of obligation, All Saints Day.  The school liturgy will be at 9:00 AM at ND Church.  All are welcomed to celebrate with us.

The 4th and 5th graders read biographies during the month of October.  On November 1, 2012 at 12:30 the 4th graders will become talking, waxed figures at the Wax Museum.  Fifth graders will do the same on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12:30.  It would be a good day to visit.

Report cards will be distributed on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Conferences are being scheduled for November 8 and 9.  If you do not receive  a conference slip then your conference will be in January.  If you would like a conference before January, please contact your child’ teacher.

For school cancellations listen to channels 21, 27, or 33.  A Honeywell Alert will also be given.  Hopefully everyone has submitted their phone numbers or e-mails addresses.

Stay dry, warm, and healthy.

Many blessings,

Marian Smith

Dear Parents,

I was so proud and happy to see our elementary students at Bishop Persico’svisit to the Mercer Deanery.  It was an impressive liturgy with outstanding music.  The reception that followed was well attended.  Thank you for sending in cookies for the reception.

The faculty and staff would like to thank the fifth grade parents for a delicious luncheon on October9, 2012.  There was fabulous homemade chili and cornbread muffins, salsa, cheese, and chips along with fresh veggies.  This was followed by a sinfully, scrumptious homemade pumpkin roll!  A grateful thank you.

Third grade has welcomed a half day teacher, Mrs. Krusey.  Mrs. Krusey was formally the kindergarten and third grade aide. She is now teaching  reading, science, and social studies to third grade.  Miss RebeccaWalters,who holds an early childhood education degree, will be the new kindergarten aide with Mrs. Povanda.    Please feel to introduce yourself to our new family members.

Our Open House is Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM.   Students may bring their family members to see their school and their work.  This is a school event and it is wonderful to see the students in uniform acting as docents.  There will be a Chinese auction during the evening along with refreshments.  Let’s get together to meet mmbers of our Blessed John Paul II school families.

The PTO is planning a spectacular Halloween night on October 25, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM.   Parents can set up a small table or chair in the school’s hallway to  pass out treats to the trick or treaters.  There will be games for the students to play and pumpkins to decorate.  There may be a special drawing for a unique Halloween event.  Mark your calendars now.  You don’t want t miss this fun evening.

Mrs. Lisa Walton is creating  CSI activities at BJPII.  Each class is learning how to examine evidence such as fingerprints, handwriting, and dirt samples along with interviewing people.  The classes are also enjoying mystery stories read  by their teachers.  Ask your child about these classes.

The Feast of Blessed John Paul II is Monday, October 22.  We will be celebrating a mass in his honor at 9:00 AM at Notre Dame Church.  Please join us.

Thank you for supporting the magazine/cookie sale.  We earned over $2,400 in profit.  This money will be used to purchase items for the school and for special student items.  You are the best!

School pictures are scheduled for Thursday, October 25 in the morning.  Life Touch will also be taking  pictures on Friday, October 26 for the preschool students.

Enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn.  God is awesome!

Many blessings,

Marian Smith


September 30, 2012

Dear Parents,

The Back to School Bash was a huge success!  Thanks to Donna Wilds, chairperson, and her committee, Lisa Dach,  Mary Stabile, and the PTO officers for their time and effort to make this a fun experience for our families.  Clean up was made short and easy due to the many helpers.

Tomorrow begins the second half of the first quarter.  The Stanford 10 Achievement tests will be administered this week to students in grades 2-5.  Please have your child in bed early so that he/she is well rested.  A nutritious breakfast fuels the brain.  Encouraging words and a big hug are the necessities for success along with a prayer to the Holy Spirit to guide your child to do his/her best.  This test is a measurement to see how much your child has grown academically in a year.  It is a snap shot of your child in October 2012.

Our new bishop, Lawrence Persico,  is being installed tomorrow, October 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM at the cathedral in Erie.  He will visit Mercer County on October 11, 2012 and celebrate a Mass for all Catholics in the county.  This will take place at NotreDameChurchat 7:00 PM.  We are asking parents to call the school by October 8, 2012 if their child can attend that Mass.

There is an all school liturgy this Friday, October 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM at NotreDameChurch.  All are welcomed to attend.

Have a good week.  Watch for upcoming news items.

Many blessings to you and your family,

Marian Smith


September 9, 2012

Dear Parents,

We are off to a good start thanks, to you.  The dismissal lanes have been set up by Tammie Kish, Pat Duffy, and other volunteers.  Keep up the good work.  Patience  andtolerance are virtues for all of us to practice with each other.

This is going to be a busy week.  September 11, 2012 we will commemorate 9-11 by wearing our nation’s colors, red, white, and blue.  Students will also have a tag to wear symbolizing this infamous day in history.  The DIBELS reading inventory will be given on September 11 & 12 to students in grades K-5.

The Diocesan Child Protection class is being offered on September 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM.  Any parent wishing to be a homeroom parent or volunteer in the school is strongly encouraged to take this class.  If you have participated in this course in years past there is no need to take it again.

Wednesday, September 12, is our first PTO meeting.  This is the time to meet the teachers.  We have new teachers and new families that we need to meet.  It is good to put a name with a face.  The meeting beings at 6:30 PM.  There will be babysitting available.  This meeting should not last longer than 1 hour.  Join us for Meet the Teachers.

There is a liturgy for grades 3-5 on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM.  All are welcomed to attend.

The Back to School Bash will be held in the school gym on Friday, September 14 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  This is afamily event.  Food, fun, and games make this a perfect event.  Please join our family evening.  Meet some of our new students and families as well as reuniting with friends.

School jackets are being sold.  You can see the quality and sizes by looking in the main lobby of the school for the jacket display.

Our theme for this school year is, We Are Many Parts but All One body.  We each were given gifts that were meant to be shared.  What can you do to help our school be the best in the valley?  Help in the cafeteria, read to students, listen to students read to you,  prepare bulletin boards, make phone calls, prepare academic games, and/or anything that you can think of to help the school be an educational home to all of our students.

Many blessing to you and your family,

Mrs. Smith

August 28, 2012

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the wonderful beginning to a new school year!  The children are learning the routines of our daily activities.  Parents are doing a fabulous job with dismissal and drop off.  In fact, if the kindergarten children have a designated table in the morning to wait for their teacher.  When your child feels comfortable, encourage them to wait in the multipurpose room to begin their day.

Physical education are on Wednesdays.  Your child may come to school in their gym uniform:  black shorts, gray t-shirt or one that has BJPII on it, and tennis shoes.

On Friday, August 31, 2012 there is a system wide Liturgy at Kennedy Catholic High School.  Students in grades 1-5 will be bussed.  This is a uniform day.  No Jeans Day passes may be used.  You are cordially invited to attend this liturgy and celebrate a new beginning with us.

Many forms have been sent home.  The EMERGENCY form is of the utmost importance.  Send it to the school with your child immediately if you have not already done so.  On Friday, look for a new health policy for our school that is in alignment with the State mandate.  Cough drops may NOT be taken in school.  Cough drops were on your child’s supply list before the new policy was announced.  If you sent in cough drops, retrieve them from your child’s teacher.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Have a restful long weekend.

Many blessings,

Marian Smith


August 26, 2012

Are you as excited as we are?  It feels like Christmas Eve as we wait our gifts the next morning.  The teachers and I feel exactly the same way!  We can’t wait for you to enter our school and see what we have planned for you.  Sleep tight.  Pleasant dreams.  May God grant you a peaceful night and a bright, happy August 27, 2012.

See you soon!

Mrs. Smith

June 28, 2012

A sunny hello to all!  Just a short note to inform you about the remaining summer days at BJP II.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on August 1, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Summer school begins on August 6 at 8:30 AM-11:30 AM.  Plans have been made for a fun filled week of hands-on learning.

There will be a new parent orientation on Thursday, August 16, 2012 in the multipurpose room from 6:00-7:30 PM.  If you would like to be a mentor for a new family, please call the school in August.

Preschool is hosting an orientation on Monday, August 20, 2012.  Mini-preschool parents will meet from 6:00-7:00 PM in the multipurpose room.  Preschool parents of 4 and 5 year olds will meet on Monday, August 20, 2012 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the multipurpose room.

Kindergarten orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

We are anxiously awaiting the first day of school on Monday, August 27, 2012.  The rooms have been cleaned, new books have arrived, and desks are polished.  Teachers are rested and excitedly waiting to meet their new students.

The PTO has been planning events and fundraisers for the upcoming school year.

Look for a letter during the first week of August.  It will include much information  such as the menu, lunch slips, and other forms.

Read a book or two from the suggested book list or a book of your choice.  Practice your basic math flashcards.  Say your prayers daily.  Stay safe.

See you soon!

Mrs. Smith

April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day and beginning to Earth Week.  Ask your children what they are learning about our planet and its safety.  You may be surprised.

Congratulations to our Mercer County Spelling Champs:  Sophia Wilds, 2nd grade; Katelyn Crist, 4th grade; and Hunter Kos 5th grade.  We are proud of all or our spellers!  Everyone did a fine job.

On Monday, April 23, 2012 there is a pilot program for 5th-8th grade parents concerning chastity.  They will learn what the students are being taught on this subject but most importantly how to reinforce their teachings and those of the Church.  This program is being featured in the Faith Life Magazine.  Come, learn, and share.

Tuesday is the Science Fair.  Students are to bring in their inventions and science projects on Tuesday morning.  The judges will begin evaluating them at 9:00 AM.  Each judge has a rubric (criteria) to review and assess each project.  The judges are:   Mrs. Linda Garnack, retired Sharpsville elementary teacher; Mrs. Carol Zahniser, retired Sharon teacher; and Mrs. Dotty Lewis, retired IU4 teacher.  The projects will be available for parents, family, and friends to review from 6:00-7:30 PM Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  Come to see who will be the next Thomas Edison or George Washington Carver.

Look for a note explaining our community service project for the Food Warehouse to be sent home this week.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 is an early dismiss day (1:30 PM).  There is no school on Friday, April 27, 2012.  The faculty will be in Erie or Grove City taking workshops on reading, math, technology, and response to interventions in the classroom.  Keep us in your prayers for safe travel and an educationally fulfilling day.

Our students are doing a fine job with the geography theme.  The U.S. maps in the hall are beginning to look great.

Hope to see you on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Many blessing to you and your family,

Marian Smith


April 10, 2012

Alleluia!  He is risen!

I hope you had a blessed and relaxing Easter.  We are gearing up for an exciting April.  Today, fourthand fifth grades are at Thiel College learning and celebrating EarthDay.  I am sure they will come back with interesting facts and activities.

Kindergarten parents provided the faculty andstaff with a delicious luncheon  of Panini, pasta salad, fresh fruit, cake, and brownies.  What a treat!  Thank you moms.

Tomorrow is phys ed.  Remember to wear your gym clothes.

The PTO meeting for Wednesday, April 11, 2012 has been cancelled.  Look for your newletter to see the slate of officers for next year.

The Red Cross provides scholarships for 8thgraders to attend a Catholic high school.  The annual amount depends on the number of pints of blood donated over a year.  Students help by taking responsibility for the canteen and signing people in. This scholarship has provided $1,500+ annually.  If this is to continue, we need people to volunteer to chair the event.  Call and see what it involvles.  You may be able to help several students earn tuition assistance. 724-342-2205

Blessed John Paul II’s preschool will be represented at the Shenango Valley Mall at the Kids Fest 2012.   Mrs. Tracy Laidlaw and our aides will be there.  Stop by and say hello to our dedicated instructors.

Build Your Own Camero is our Internet car fundraiser.  Tickets are $100 each.  Only 750 tickets are being sold.  You could be the lucky winner.  If less than 600 tickets are sold, the raffle converts into a 50/50 raffle.

April is the Geography Month.  Packets should be coming home today.  They are due to be returned on Friday.  Help your child with map skills.  They can then answer, Where in the world is (your child’s name)?  There is still time to volunteer to help with this project.  Call Lisa Walton or David Buck.

Thank you for a wonderful 144 days.  Let’s make the last 36 days spectacular!

Many blessings to you and your family,
Marian Smith


March 18, 2012

This will be another busy week at Blessed John Paul II.  On Monday, March 19 Kennedy Catholic High School students will present their version of Charlotte’s Web.Mr. Scavale always show cases the theatre and speech students from the high school.  We are looking forward to this presentation.

The Food Warehouse will visit us on Tuesday to make us aware of world and local hunger.  They will have some suggestions of what we can do as an elementary school body.  Ask your children about both of these visits.

Tuesday is the first day of Spring otherwise know as the Vernal Equinox.  Get those eggs out and see if you can make it stand upright by itself.  I am not responsible for broken eggs.  Hopefully the Spring weather will stay.

Fun Fitness on Mondays and Wednesdays after school is being enjoyed by many of our students, especially the primary students.

Stations of the Cross will take place in Notre Dame Church at 1:30 on Friday, March 23, 2012.  Fourthand fifth graders will lead this prayerful journey.  All are welcomed to join us.

Name cards have been made for each student in the school.  Once a week the name cards will be placed randomly at the lunch tables.  This is promote socialization and appropriate table manners.  This is meant to be a positive experience for all.  Encourage your child/rento participate with a Christian attitude.

Believe it or not, the third quarter ends on March 22, 2012.  Forty five more days before the end of the first year for new Blessed John Paul II.

Many blessings to you and your family.

Marian Smith


Have a super week

Our second major fundraiser, PLAY for K,  is this weekend, March 24.  Please turn in the money for the tickets  or the unsold tickets.  It is imperative that all tickets are accounted for since it is based on the PA lottery.  Chinesseraffleitemsarestill being accepted.  If you cannot purchase any items you may send in a donation so the committee can make purchases.  Let’s work as a team to make this event fun and profitable.

March 6, 2012

There is an important meeting for Play for Kon Thursday, March8, 2012 at 5:00 PM at the Kennedy Catholic Middle School.  Please try attend.



March 5, 2012

Thank you for the wonderful support that you gave to the AizeyaMattocksfamily.  Our prayers go along with the financial support.

This tragedy lead to a safety discussion for our students in the cafeteria.  We reviewed our safety rules of staying seated, keep your hands and feet to yourself, don’t talk with your mouth full, and use a quiet speaking voice.  The universal choking sign was demonstrated along with an explanation of the Heimlich maneuver.  Students were told to get adult help if someone is choking by screaming for help.

There is a four minute quiet time during lunch.  During this time students are reminded to eat their lunches.  A student is usually chosen to watch the clock and remind the monitor that the four minutes have elapsed.  Last week we also had assigned lunch buddies for the purpose of getting to know a classmate a little better.  We are trying to build a united community at Blessed John Paul II.  This is one way to expanded one’s social  interactions.

Just a reminder that the front parking lot is to remain empty so buses and an emergency exits are available.  The back parking lot moves quickly.  Usually within 15 minutes everyone is picked up.  If you do not like to sit in line, please come at 2:40 PM when the line has diminished.

I would like to thank Mrs. Linda Delvaux and our teachers for providing a wonderful March Math Madness family night.  We are hoping to promote a love for math in a fun way.

On Wednesday, March7, 2012 there will be an assembly at 8:30 AM.  The Chinese Acrobats from the Bureau of Lectures will perform their outstanding show.  The magazine sales profit is paying for this program.

Our enrichment program is going well.  The students enjoy the hands-on activities and are able to explain the concept being taught.  Look for information regarding the Invention Convention and the Science Fair coming up on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

The Stations of the Cross will be on Fridays at 1:30 PM at the church.  This will help the childrenjourney with Jesus on this difficult path.  Third graders are beginning to prepare for First Eucharist this week.  Sacred Heart students make their First Holy Communion on April 5, Notre Dame students on May 5, andSt. Joseph students on May 12.  Last week the second graders from Notre Dame parish made their First Reconciliation.   Keep the children in your prayers.

Students brought home rice bowls.  If possible have you child earn money or sacrifice something in order to deposit money in the rice bowl.  Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and alms giving.

Many blessing,

Marian Smith


February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!  The students are filled with excitement!  Their Valentine’s boxes are very creative and unique.  I am sure they will have a wonderful day.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15, 2012, there is a soccer meeting at 5:30 PM in the multipurpose room.  Mark Masters will explain and answer any questions you may have in regards to the Ohio parochial spring soccer program.

This is a short week for the students but a regular week for the teachers.  The teachers have a faculty meeting Thursday afternoon.  Friday will include:

  • a presentation on grant writing
  • a workshop given by Mrs. Virostick, professor from Thiel on math
  • a review of BLeST given by the diocesan team
  • a presentation by Fr. Marc Stockton

Your teachers are hard at work to educate themselves to be better equipped teachers for your child.

Enjoy your long weekend.  Have your child read something daily.

Many blessing,

Marian Smith


February 7, 2012

News FLASH!  There is a Play for K meeting tomorrow at 5:00 PM at KCMS.  The meeting will not last longer than 1 hour.  If you are able to help on any committee, please come to this important meeting.

Also, there is a Parent Academic Survey on our website to be completed by February 10, 2012.  If you would perfer a hard copy they can be picked up in the school office.

Thank you to all who made Catholic Schools Week successful.  The weeks was filled with faith, academics, and service.

Parents of 1A , Miss Turnbull’s class, provided a wonderful luncheon for the faculty and staff.  The pulled pork sandwiches were delicious as was the cole slaw.  The luscious fresh fruit along with the heavenly chocolate covered strawberries and frozen chocolate dessert were sinfully delicious!  Thank you, moms!

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events.


Marian Smith


January 29, 2012

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  This week is filled with fun-filled academic activities for the students.  Check your newsletter for days and times for events.  Make sure you see the revised CSW calendar.

Tomorrow we kick the week off with a liturgy at KCHS 9:30 AM.  Bishop Donald Trautmanisthecelebrant.  All are welcomed to celebrate with us.

Please check your child’s book-bag for PLAY for K tickets.  They went home on Friday.  Everyone’s help is needed to make this successful.  Call Janet Taylor to volunteer for an hour or two.

Our pull out enrichment classes started this past week.  Students are reading grade appropriate books and have activities that correspond with the book.  Although there are many activities planned for this week, we are going to have the push-in enrichment classes.  Ask your child what they learned.

Hope to see you at one of the many activities: Mass, spelling bee and math shout out, Password, family fun night, or at the volunteer prayer service.

Many blessing to you and your family,
Marian Smith


We need more parent volunteers in the cafeteria.  Your duties consist of serving the meal, monitoring the cafeteria, and wiping the tables after each lunch.  The children love to see their mom, dad, or grandparent.  Make their day. Volunteer.

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