Dear JPII Community,
Thank you to faculty and student volunteers for hosting a successful Open House on Sunday. We had an impressive turnout, and the feedback from prospective families is positive and has sparked a flurry of applications. If you know families interested in JPII for the fall, have them contact our Admissions office.
Congratulations to the Cross Country team for competing in the state tournament on Saturday. The boys team finished 10th out of 14 teams, and the girls team finished 10th out of 16 teams. Cordelia Burks finished the season with an impressive time, earning her 8th place overall.
Monday is Veterans Day, and we will honor our veterans and recognize our students whose parents have served or are serving in the military. We are blessed to live in a country where we enjoy the gift of freedom. Let us not take for granted the gift of freedom and those who defend it, for they deserve our highest gratitude. Thank you, veterans and families, for your service.
As we near Thanksgiving break, please make note that Monday, November 25th, is not a late start day. Since it is only a two-day week, classes on Monday will begin at 7:55 a.m.
Our annual Grandparent’s Breakfast is Tuesday, November 26th. Invitations are in the mail, and we look forward to welcoming grandparents from all over the country for this memorable event. The breakfast is a great opportunity for grandparents to enjoy their grandchildren in their daily setting and witness all the remarkable gifts that Pope John Paul II High School offers. If you have any questions, please contact Jo Lind Weaver at email@example.com or 615-590-6008.
You may be aware that the Catholic Schools Office is spearheading an external review by our accrediting agency Cognia, formerly known as AdvancED. Rebecca Hammel, Superintendent of Schools, is asking parents to participate in a survey on your perceptions about the Catholic characteristics of JPII and our community. Please watch for a separate email from me with the link to the survey. The survey closes on November 17th.
As we enter the busy pre-holiday season, encourage your students to stay focused, ask for help if they need it, and finish the semester strong.
QUICK VIEW of UPCOMING EVENTS
11/11-11/13 Spring Musical Auditions
11/13 & 11/15 Tennis Tryouts
11/13 Freshman Class Faith Retreat / Sophomore Class Service Retreat / Taste and See (admissions event)
11/14 FAB Meeting / Boys Basketball Parent Meet & Greet
11/15 Cross Country Banquet
11/15-11/17 Model UN to Appalachian State
11/16 Practice ACT for juniors
11/19 Pep Rally / PAC Meeting
11/23-11/24 Habitat for Humanity Build
11/25 NO LATE START
11/26 Grandparent Breakfast / All Buses Depart at 3:40 p.m.
11/27-11/29 Thanksgiving Holiday
11/28-11/29 Baseball Hitting Camp
12/1 International Thespian Society Fall Induction
12/3 iGiveCatholic Day (fundraising campaign) / Taste and See (admissions event)
12/4 Gala Dress Down Day
12/5 Reconciliation / Math Contest (away)
12/6 PAC Extravaganza
12/7 Mid-State Band and Orchestra Auditions (11 & 12)
12/10 Christmas Instrumental Music Concert
12/12 Christmas Choral Concert / PAC Faculty Christmas Luncheon
12/14 ACT / JPII Faculty & Staff Christmas Party / Mid-State Band (9 & 10) and Orchestra and Jazz Auditions (9-12)
12/15 Football Banquet
**New & Updated Announcements are in Blue**
Admissions process open for 2019-2020 school year
The Admissions Office is still accepting applications for 2019-2020. All current 8th graders and transfer students interested in pursuing admissions to JPII should begin the application process now. The first step is the online Pre-Application. Upon completion of the Pre-Application, a link to the Admissions Portal will populate on the last page which will take you to the Admissions Portal. A Checklist of items will be listed that will need to be completed for admission consideration. Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions, 615-590-6014.
Grandparent Breakfast, 11/26
Our annual Grandparent Breakfast is Tuesday, November 26th. Please send your grandparent names and addresses to Jo Lind Weaver to ensure an invitation is mailed. Each year addresses are updated. Even if your grandparent has attended in previous years, you still need to contact Mrs. Weaver for an invitation. If you have already sent your address, there is no need to do so again. You can contact Mrs. Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-590-6008.
Gala Dress Down Day, 12/4
It’s the most MAGICAL time of the year! It’s GALA TIME! Each year our JPII families kindly donate an item or gift card valued at $25.00 or more to the GALA AUCTION in return for a dress down day. Please turn in item(s) by Monday, December 2 at noon to Jo Lind Weaver, Director of Donor and Alumni Relations. ALL PARENTS and FRIENDS (21+) please mark your calendar and plan to attend our annual GALA 2020 at HUTTON HOTEL on Saturday, February 1st. This year’s event will be like none other . . . it will be MAGICAL!
Spring Musical Auditions, 11/11-11/13
Beauty & The Beast AUDITION Sign-ups are on the callboard outside Mr. Campbell’s office in the commons area. You must sign up for 1 day to be eligible for audition. Days are Nov. 11th / 12th / 13th at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium. There is a limit of 20 spots per day. Please prepare a short snippet (16 bars) of a karaoke musical theatre song of your choice. Show off your best. EVERYBODY CAN SING. If you have a conflict with ALL of these days, see Mr. Campbell. The musical dates are March 5th through 8th.
Baseball Hitting Camp, 11/28 & 11/29
The JPII Baseball Team will host a Thanksgiving Hitting Camp over Thanksgiving break on November 28 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pre-register by emailing email@example.com. Late registration is 8:30 a.m., November 29. Cost is $80 and includes a t-shirt. Instructors: Chris Parker, JPII Head Baseball Coach, Zander Wiel, former college WS winner with Vanderbilt, current player with Twins organization, JPII baseball coaching staff and current/former players. Camp will take place rain or shine.
Excess Accident Insurance Policy
Please take a moment to read about our Excess Accident Insurance Policy covering students during school-time and school-sponsored activities. Please follow the links: Parent Letter and Insurance Instruction Sheet.
Morning Mass is offered at 7:00 am on Monday and 7:15 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Confessions are available after school during the Vespers block and by appointment via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the Liturgical Schedule for more details.
Nashville Dolphins swim team has volunteer opportunities to assist during swim practice for youth with special needs. Please contact email@example.com more information, or check out this website: nashvilledolphins.org
Room in the Inn at St. Joseph’s is in need of innkeepers to stay overnight with guests on Sunday evenings. Interested young men and their fathers are able to stay overnight with the guests to earn 12 service hours. The volunteer shift is wrapped up by 6:30 Monday morning. We provide beds. We also need help with bed set up and serving dinner on Sunday afternoon from 4:00-7:00. Interested students should contact Hillary Combs at 615-310-4219.
Room in the Inn at Our Lady of the Catholic Church has many volunteer positions available from setting up beds, preparing meals, serving meals, and cleaning up. See the following link for more detail: https://ololcconline.com/room-in-the-inn/
Second Harvest Food Bank: https://secondharvestmidtn.org/act/volunteer/
Hands on Nashville Volunteer Database: https://www.hon.org/search?sort_c=&sort_o=&opportunity_id=&page=1
Sign up for text message reminders for college visits at JPII
Text to 81010 the message @jp2college and you will automatically receive updates for each college visit happening at school.
KNIGHT’S ATHLETIC CLUB (KAC)
KAC all sports pass/parking
Now is the time to order your 2019-2020 Knight Athletic Club (KAC) All Sports Pass and Prefered Parking Pass. Want to avoid the lines? Order online today and pick up your packet at the KAC table at Registration on Wednesday, July 31st. http://jp2hs.org/athletics/booster-club/membershipparking-pass/
KAC Meeting Schedule for 2019-2020
Mondays: 7/8, 8/5, 9/9, 10/14, 11/4, 1/6/20, 2/2, 3/3, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1. All meetings will take place in the KAC room at 5:30 p.m. Contact Tammy Bolyard at 615-397-1740 with questions.
KAC Board Members 2019-2020
The Knight Athletic Club would like to welcome back the re-elected 2019-2020 Board Members. This is for the term beginning July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
President – Greg Glenn
First Vice President – Pamela O’Neill
Second Vice President – Amy Watts
Treasurer – Kathleen Bender
Secretary – Tammy Bolyard
Members at Large – Lee McNair, Duffy White, Jenn Sutton, Kristi Huffine, and Jackie Campbell
Attention Parents: DragonFly Max Information is REQUIRED
If you have not completed your student’s DragonFly Max information, please do so ASAP. The information must be complete for field trips and winter and spring sports. Contact Susan Snyder, School Nurse if you have questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The state requires that information regarding Influenza be sent home with students at the beginning of the school year. Please see FLU for distribution.
PARENT ASSOCIATION (PAC)
Mills Uniform Fall Sale, 11/2-11/16
Need uniforms? Now is your opportunity to order what you need at a discount. Mills is offering 15% off of everything plus 25% and more off clearance items. Order in the store, online, or by phone. Shipping is $5 on orders $100 +. Go to millswear.com to order.
JPII is seeking Host Families
Open your home to an international student! Pope John Paul II High School is working with gphomestay to find host families for students. Families should please submit an inquiry at www.gphomestay.com or contact Anekka Bajrami (Host Recruitment Coordinator) at email@example.com.
Follow JPII on Social Media
To stay up to date on current events at JPII and future activities, please follow us on our many social media outlets! We will let you know when games are postponed or canceled and if event times and dates are changed. This is a great way to stay connected to the JPII community throughout the day. Twitter: @JPII Knights and @JPIIAthletics Facebook: Pope John Paul II High School (Facebook Page) and JPII Alumni Page (Facebook Page) Instagram: @JPIIKnights YouTube: JPII
REBOOT at OLOL, 2/18/20
REBOOT! is the fun, inspiring and practical experience of applying the beauty and genius of the heart of the Gospel to every aspect of your life. From prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more! There is no part of your life that will be left untouched. REBOOT is coming to Hendersonville at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 from 7 PM – 9:30 PM. Chris Stefanick will lead us to rediscover God and the life we are made for, living life to the full, becoming all God created us to be. Tickets are $25 and are available at JPII or online at reallifecatholic.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY5c9EZuJiI