Dear St. John the Baptist Friends and Families,

The phrase "SJB is My family" is posted on banners along the windows of our church, but it is lived out in our day-to- day interactions. When we attend Mass together, eat at the Spaghetti dinner, attend Parent Faculty Association (PFA) meetings, prefect for lunch and recess, and do all of the many other valuable and important activities in the parish and school, we are supporting our SJB family. When the students cheer on their classmates in events such as the Spelling Bee, include others on the playground, take out the recycling, lead all-school prayer, etc., they are doing their part to support and sustain our SJB family. Everyone is important and everyone can contribute to this community.

I am grateful to all of you who have spent the last year preparing for our accreditation visit this fall. We will be welcoming our visiting team from the Western Catholic Education Association for the pre-visit in October and for the full visit in November. They will be validating all of the wonderful things that have been documented in the school self-study, meeting with parents, teachers, students, parishioners, and other community members to get a full picture of SJB, and helping to guide us in our goals as we continue to grow in our programs that support the spiritual, physical, academic, social, and emotional needs of our students.

This is an exciting year full of opportunity and I am equally excited to be able to spend it here with you. As part of the accreditation process, the community decided to revise the Mission Statement of the school and I felt like it was fitting to include it now as it speaks to the reason we are all here:

We are a family oriented faith community called by God to foster the spiritual, academic, physical, social, and emotional abilities of our students who then actively lead by serving others.

Thank you for your dedication to St. John the Baptist Catholic School and Parish! Your support makes it possible to provide a quality Catholic education to our students.

In Christ's Peace,
Dr. Angela Gomez