The freshness of a new calendar year always seems to me to be a good moment to reflect on the blessings received in the year behind us as well as the numerous current and ongoing gifts the Lord is offering to us.
Our entire Board of Directors has so much to be thankful for. We are grateful for the prayers of the community, both the Prayer Guild and others who offer their prayer for the ongoing work of the Schola. Grateful to Jacquie O’Neil for her incredible sacrifice and creative work to bring this program into being and create such a unique and fruitful educational option for our families. Grateful to the parents who join together with us in this effort to offer classical, Catholic and choral education that is both exceptional and edifying. Grateful to our choir directors and liturgy team, especially as the echoes of nine lessons still lift our minds and hearts. Grateful for the many many volunteers who contribute in little and big ways; pots of soup, supervision, hours of behind the scenes organizing and baking and coordinating that make this place so special. Grateful to the tutors for their dedication and care, especially as we see our children and youth growing in wisdom and virtue under their tutelage right before our eyes. And grateful to Melissa Breedlove and our Executive Director who ran such a successful fundraising campaign at the end of 2023 among many other things. With grateful hearts, we are looking forward to the fun of being together at the family dance, as well as the lengthening sunlight each day and many more blessings to come.
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Amy Salisbury on behalf of the Board of Directors
As the calendar year comes to a close, we are so grateful for the many blessings of 2023 and look ahead with great hope for what 2024 will bring. One thing around the corner is registration for next Schola year.
Year over year, despite our rigorous frugality and commitment to maintaining affordability, the costs of running the program have climbed up. However, we are pleased to announce that we will be able to keep delivering an outstanding experience for our families without increasing tuition for this upcoming year. We know that despite this, the cost reflects substantial sacrifice for some of our families, and as a Board, we will continue to work with our incredible staff to provide a program that is worthy of that sacrifice. We also thank our donors who are funding bursaries to alleviate some of that burden.
We look forward to singing with you all at Nine Lessons and pray you have a restful and joyful Christmas Season. We look forward to seeing you all again in the new year!
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How heart-warming to see so many attend our AGM on Monday October 16th!
Our Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for the board to review the highlights of the past year as well as share details of the financial health of the schola.
There were many great questions asked and hopefully everyone in attendance had a chance to get to know our board better and stay informed.
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Welcome to all our new and returning families. It was a joy to see so many of you at the Parent Meetings. A special welcome to our new students and families;
Please introduce yourself if you see a Board member at First Friday Mass, schola events, or at drop-off and pick up. This is going to be a wonderful year for our community of families and we are so glad you are here.
The summer was full of preparations for this upcoming year. As you can read in the rest of this newsletter, there is much already happening as we jump right into the 2023-2024 academic year at St John Choir Schola. Of note, is the AGM taking place on October 16th at 7pm. All are invited to attend!
A Special Thanks:
The Board is grateful to the donors who support the Schola through their tax-deductible donations. It was those donors who made the bursary program that we launched at the end of July a possibility. We hope that this program can grow and continue to offer even more financial aid in the future. We pray that the donors to SJCS will be abundantly blessed for their generosity.
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Board of Directors
SJCS is governed by the society board of directors consisting of both parents and community members committed to the success of the program and upholding our motto Ad Deum per Candorem (To God Through Beauty).