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New SJBA Website Launched!



Apple Picking
SJBA students enjoyed their visit to Hillcrest Orchards on October 30.  In addition to picking apples, they were able to milk a cow, ride a tractor, and watch pig races.   

The weather was perfect and they had a great time!



Upcoming Events


Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Fr. Tri Nguyen, parochial vicar at St. Peter Chanel visits SJBA. 
He will hear confessions from 11:30 am-1:30 pm 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
3rd grade field trip to Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory
Friday, November 15, 2013
Girls and Boys Middle School basketball game vs. Fideles at Covenant Christian, 5 and 6 pm
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Girls and Boys basketball at Warhill
MSB- 4 pm / JVB- 5 pm
VG-6 pm / VB-7:30 pm
Thanksgiving Feast/ Bosco  
Boutique 12:30-2:30 pm
All school early release for feast
November 25-29
Thanksgiving Break
Monday, December 2
Academics resume
Saturday, December 14
All School Choral Concert
7 p.m.
December 16-20
Lower School Enrichment days
December 16-18
HS first semester exams
Half days for high school students
December 19-20
High School Enrichment days
December 23-January 3 
Christmas Break
Monday, January 6
Home Study Enrichment
Tuesday, January 7
Classes resume
Monday, January 20
MLK Day-No Academics
SJBA Sports in Action!
Congratulations to the  SJBA Cross Country team for completing their first, successful season.  The Gray Wolves participated in 5 meets around the Atlanta metro area, including the GICAA State Championship on November 2, 2013.


Megan Spillane
Pippo Boyle
Nicolas Bowring
Kevin Nelson
Jim Stewart
Maria Ross
Mimi Drapeau
Patrick Smith
Emily Cross






Ray Rennell
Andy Cross
Joseph Spillane
Olivia Gannon
Annabelle Holtkamp
Julia Ross




Newsletter Submissions Needed!!
All Saints Day Procession
The super-cute SJBA Saints were a blessing to all in attendance!


Great SSO 

Time is running out to participate in the St. John Bosco Great SSO program which helps provide scholarships to qualified students from taxpayers' redirection of their taxes.


 to access the form.  Fill it out and return it during carpool.  Please write  "Attention: Susie" on the envelope. The deadline to submit your form is
November 5, 2013


Please help us reach our goal of 30% participation this year!   


Contact Diana Bowring at or 484.942.3730 with your questions.



Homeschooling Tips
The most valuable piece of advice that I can offer a home schooling family is that home education is a full-time job. Mothers and fathers should expect the house to be messier, not only because Mom now has a new career, but also because the children are home all day long when they're not running around to activities.  They're not going out to school giving Mom plenty of time to clean, cook, and shop.  They're home---living, learning, and being a family.  So, give yourselves a break, and don't expect everything to be the way it was when the children were in school.  And if Mom has another, paying, gig, then give her a double break!  


That said, that means it is very important to have some sort of organization.  Our job in home education includes training children to be part of a functioning household, and run their own, eventually.  Put them to work.   Last week's Gray Wolf Gazette listed some helpful links.  Here is a great article on how to get your kids to work during the day. .  At our house, we call it "Team Cleaning."  Everyone enjoys it more and we get a lot done in a short amount of time!
                                                            ----Sara Boyle, 19 year veteran


Educational Website: is an excellent resource for all kinds of questions.  They have thousands of free videos to help with concepts that the kids aren't quite getting.  Especially helpful for high school math and sciences!



 SCHOLARSHIPS:  Interested in scholarship money?  There is a website with resourceful information for middle and high school students at  Check it out and then get on their subscription list so they automatically mail you the monthly scholarships available. What a fabulous resource!


 AWESOME BOOKS: Got a good reader?  Need Christmas ideas?  Check out the website for incredible books.  Boys and girls will love the wholesome books/series with interesting, virtuous and adventurous plots while in a Christian/Catholic setting. 



Fall Dance
SJBA students are looking great!


"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his mercy endures forever." Psalm 108:1


In November we celebrate Thanksgiving for all of our abundant blessings. With a grateful heart we gather at feast with loved ones, and are thankful for Jesus and the Church, the gift of family and friends, our Country, peace, the food we eat and for all the many gifts our Heavenly Father bestows.


November is also when we dedicate our prayers to the Holy Souls in Purgatory to help alleviate their sufferings, so they may reach heaven more quickly. "Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved from their sin." 2 Maccabees 12:46  The souls in purgatory can no longer pray for themselves, but they are thankful for our prayers, and pray for us out of gratitude.


November 16th is the feast of St. Gertrude the Great, a Benedictine nun and mystic who lived in the 13th century. According to tradition, our Lord promised her that 1000 souls would be released from purgatory each time this prayer is said devoutly.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
The Grateful Leper 
Family Spotlight
The Czabala Family

The Czabala family, with the "4 P's in a pod" (Patrick 7th grade, Penny 3rd grade, Peter 1st grade and Paul 3 years old ), are excited to be in our 3rd year of SJB.  It has been one of the best decisions we have made for our family. We are also excited to have even more St Peter Chanel families joining us this year and sharing in this wonderful community.  We came to SJB from public school in Roswell and are so happy to be with such wonderful Catholic families where our faith can remain in the center of our everyday lives and with the subjects they are learning in school. Thank you- administration and facility for being a part of our lives and educational experience!!!!    Cherie and Mike Czabala.

The Kassalen Family 


The Kassalens are happy to be part of the SJBA family!  Paul and Kris just celebrated 23 years of marriage!  We are blessed with 4 children and two in heaven!  Kenny is 20 years old, Clare is a 10th grader at SJBA, Katherine (8th) and Mary (6th), school at home with Georgia Cyber Academy. We have only been homeschooling for a couple years coming from Pinecrest and/or public schools. Kris worked full time as a media specialist prior to deciding to homeschool.  Paul is a Quality Control Manager at Makita Corportation in Buford, Ga.  They attend Christ Redeemer Catholic Church in Dawsonville, GA.  
We thank God and Our Lady for the gift of SJBA!



The Brookshire Family

Doug and Andrea Brookshire have been married for 15 years and have three children:  Lilly (9), Hudson (6), and Clare (2).  They live in Roswell and are members of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church.  
They started at SJBA last year and are so grateful for all of the benefits that the hybrid system has provided them - especially more time together as a family!  Some of their favorite family activities include - tennis, game nights, camping, and watching Auburn football!

Mr. Cathey
John Cathey is a convert to the Catholic faith and an Atlanta native. He teaches the 4th and 6th Grade religion classes, and assists with 5th grade religion at SJBA. As well, he is the TA for 4-6th history. His work with teens has steadily increased over the past few years, hearing God's call to ministry after a short career as a touring musician. He attended Vanderlynn Elementary School and Peachtree Middle School, earning his B.A. in Music Performance at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia. John is currently enrolled at Holy Spirit College in the Masters of Theological Studies. John enjoys nature and art, discussions and coffee, as well as an occasional retreat into the mountains of North Georgia. Before anything else though, he is an avid pursuer of having a good time while learning.



Bosco Boutique


Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Calling all Vendors and Volunteers!
Introducing the First Annual "Bosco Boutique!"


We need your help to make it a success! The boutiques will be open in the FCS Gymnasium during the Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 21, 2013. We have limited space for vendors so time is of the essence! We also need volunteers! Open to all parents, teachers, students and families of SJBA. Bring your wares, services, goodies and gifts to sell just in time for Christmas. If interested please email us at Vendors please include your email, phone number, two images and a brief description of your wares. If you would like to volunteer, please send your email and phone number.


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Creative Corner


"To all who are passionately dedicated 
to the search for new "epiphanies" of beauty 
so that through their creative work as artists 
they may offer these as gifts to the world
. "

Blessed Pope John Paul ll - 1999 Letter to Artists