07-21-2023Notes from the PrincipalMrs. Jamie Bescak

Dear Parents,

I hope you're enjoying the remaining weeks of summer vacation with your children! I've noticed that many stores have started stocking school supplies, so please take a moment to review your child's grade level school supply list. It's important to ensure they have everything they need before the first day of school.

I'm eagerly anticipating the arrival of our "new parents" next Wednesday, July 26, at 5:30pm for New Family Night. This event is designed to help our new parents understand how the first few days of school work, provide information on ordering lunches and purchasing uniforms, introduce them to members of our parent leadership team, and explain how SJB makes Catholic Education affordable. Please note that this is a parent-only event specifically for parents new to SJB this year.

I'm excited to invite you all to "Meet the Teacher" on Monday, August 7, from 3:30-5:30pm. This event is a wonderful opportunity for your child to meet their teachers and for you to drop off their school supplies before the busy first day of school.

We will continue to have Spirit Days every Wednesday, allowing students to wear ANY SJB shirt of their choice along with their uniform bottoms. This includes options like Running with Rosco shirts, old P.E. shirts, Student Council shirts, Campus Ambassadors shirts, and more. You can also choose to purchase an SJB spirit shirt and/or school-approved accessories from vendors located in our SJB Spirit Shop: Marianne's Creations or Dos Yahoos.

If you're in need of school uniforms such as polos, uniform shorts, jumpers, skirts, P.E. T-shirts, and more, you might want to visit Anton Uniforms. They have both a physical store in Tempe and a website. To ensure your child follows the dress code, please refer to the school uniform dress code mentioned in the Parent and Student Handbook 2023-2024 or view the photo slideshow.

Finally, I am most pleased to introduce our 2023-24 Faculty and Staff. Please help me welcome those new to our staff this year.

Principal: Mrs. Jamie Bescak
Preschool Director: Mrs. Krissy Bileski
IT Director & Facilities Supervisor: Mr. Hogan Macdonald
Athletic Director: Mr. Brett Caradonna
School Nurse: Ms. Jean Pelrine, RN
School Counselor: Mr. Michael Cortez
Administrative Assistant Front Office & Admissions: Mrs. Amy Molina 
Administrative Assistant Tuition & Financial Assistance: Mrs. Kelly McLean
Administrative Assistant Communications & HR: Dr. Teri Aguiar 
Maintenance: Mr. Daniel Aguilar & Mr. Alfonso Izaguirre
Preschool 3-year-olds Teachers: Mrs. Krissy Bileski & Mrs. Adriana Moreno
Preschool PK Teachers: Ms. Karen Rizzo & Mrs. Sharon Faccenda 
Kindergarten Teachers: Miss Brenna McLean & Mrs. Rachel Barone
1st Grade Teachers: Mrs. Kari Czerniski & Mrs. Kerry Pezzuto
2nd Grade Teachers: Mrs. Jena Gump & Ms. Jennifer Opdahl
3rd Grade Teachers: Miss Laura Jean Curley & Miss Laura Van House
4th Grade Teachers: Mrs. Naneth Perezchica & Mrs. Amy Day
5th Grade Teachers: Mr. Seth Tyler, Math & Social Studies; Sr. Merced, Language Arts & Science
6th Grade Teachers: Miss Josilyn Tan, Language Arts & Social Studies; Mrs. Nicole Camou, Math & Science;
7th Grade Teacher: Mrs. Melanie Del Grosso, 7th & 8th Math
7th & 8th Teacher: Mrs. Sandra Heffron, Language Arts  
8th Grade Teachers: Mrs. Kelly Rafford, 7th & 8th Social Studies; Ms. Amy Pratt, 7th & 8th Science 
Art Teacher: Miss Kitty Whitlow
Library Teacher: Ms. Theresa Harvey
Music Teacher: Dr. Luis Rodriguez
P.E. Teacher: Mr. Brett Caradonna 
Spanish Teacher: Mrs. Johana Bautista
STEM/AMP Teacher: Mr. Hogan Macdonald 
Resource Teacher: Mrs. Pam Boggs
Resource Instructional Assistant: Mrs. Laura Fanella
Kindergarten Instructional Assistants: Mrs. Jennifer Vaught & Mrs. Julie Bresnahan
Preschool Instructional Assistants: Mrs. Jodi Vaught, Miss Aliyah Castelo, Mrs. Jaime Mandarino, Mrs. Zeena Kattan, Ms. Kristen Palermo, Mrs. Katrina Elam, Mrs. Mary Anne Eborlas, and Mrs. Maria Stoey

Stay tuned for more back-to-school news next Friday!