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  Phoenix Update 12/20/16 
 Photo of the Week
Our Photo of the Week highlights the Boys’ Hockey Team’s home-opening win against St. Bernard’s at Warrior Ice Arena. This is where both our Girls’ and Boys’ teams practice and play, and we will be hosting a Holiday Skating Party here on Friday, December 30 -- The Class of 2016 will be there, as well, to reconnect and receive their yearbooks -- come join the fun! (See details about our Winter teams’ progress under Student-Athlete Highlights below.) 

Calendar at a Glance

Monday, Dec. 19 - Tuesday, Dec. 20: OxFam Fast

Tuesday, Dec. 20: Christmas Program: Phoenix Schedule: Phoenix Hall: 12:00 PM.

Friday, Dec. 30Holiday Skating Party: Warrior Ice Arena: 4:00 PM.

Saturday, Dec. 31: Class of 2021 Financial Aid Applications Due

Wednesday, Jan. 4: Classes resume

Saturday, Jan. 7: Robotics Kick-off Meeting: 9:00 AM.

Friday, Jan. 13: Quarter 2 Ends

Friday, Jan. 13 - Saturday, Jan. 14Discover Retreat

Monday, Jan. 16MLK Day: No Classes.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Friday, Jan. 20Midterm Exams


Parent/Guardian Insider

Click on the links below for more information on these important events and updates:

Holiday Skating Party

Admissions’ Corner

College Counseling Office Notes


Website Stories

Click on the links below for the full stories posted on our website:

NHS Angel Tree Gift Drive

Christmas in the City

SJP Honored by MIAA

Faculty Friday Spotlight: Mr. Cory Olcott


The days were a little crazy, but it was so satisfying to see the kids I worked with dance on the stage to the Mickey Mouse Club. It made me realize how important I was to them, and how important I was to their parents…some of whom said, ‘My kid comes home and talks about Mr. Brendan!’ 

— Brendan Sutliff ’19

 Quote of the Week
Our Quote of the Week comes from Brendan Sutliff ’19who experienced the challenges of working with little children, noting that his first day at the YMCA Camp was one of the longest of his life. In the end, Brendan also learned of the rewards, as evident in the quote featured above. 
 Chapel Speakers for the Week
J.Brooks ’17, R.Zhang ’17, S.King ’17, R.Rosato ’17, V.Quigley ’17, J.Sitcawich ’17, J.Aubry ’18, J.Varadan ’18, A.Diaz ’18, B.Sutliff ’19, B.Martinez ’19, H.Callen ’19, E.Rene ’19, J.Blundo ’19, A.Salguero ’20, D.Spinelli ’20, M.Vallucci ’20, A.Cooper ’20, L.Freeman ’20, A.Moreira ’20    (Read Highlights)

Scholar Highlights

Click on the links below for the full story on these excellent experiences in the classroom:

Mr. Koelsch’s Scholars


Student-Athlete Highlights

Click on the link below for updates on our athletic teams at Saint Joseph Prep:

Winter Athletics in Full Swing


Club/Activity Highlights

Click on the links below for more information on these Club and Activity updates:

Students’ Book Club


A Word from Mr. Nunan

The Exercise of Joy

For the Third Week of Advent, we read this prayer at our Monday All-School Gathering:

Joy is all around us. But how often do we let our preparations and obligations—and even our memories—push joy to the side? Joy is like an underground spring that wells up within us. And joy is also a choice, an attitude. Like a muscle, it needs to be exercised.

My entire adult life, I have admired—even envied—people who can dance. It doesn’t matter the style or context; it could be a wedding reception or a jazz club, to a Latin beat or a hip-hop sound, at a ballet recital or a rock concert. Why? Because, to me, it seems that dancers express joy—boundless, limitless, free, open, with-every-bone-in-their-body and with-every-fiber-of-their-being… joy. I wish I could do that.

Joy is an emotion, a feeling, to be sure; like emotions and feelings, it can come suddenly upon us, catch us off guard, and lift us up. Like some kind of “good elf,” joy visits us.

Yet joy is also a choice, a decision. We can choose to be happy; we can decide to be positive.  With intentionality, we can be joyful. Joy is an attitude we can adopt. All we have to do is open our eyes and ears, open our hearts and souls, to the beauty and grace that surround us… to the presence of God in our lives. Most especially in the relationships we have with family and friends, we can find joy.

Joy is within us… already. It is that “underground spring” of the Divine presence, just waiting for us to tap it. Let’s choose to open the faucet, to turn the spigot. Let’s decide to be joyful this Christmas. Maybe you can dance well; maybe, like me, you can just dance to yourself. The exercise of joy might be the very best exercise we get!

Enjoy these holiday favorites… and be joyful!

Andy Williams: Happy Holidays:

Michael Bublé: Holly, Jolly Christmas:

Mariah Carey: Joy to the World:


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