Home/Stay Informed/All Diocesan Articles

All Diocesan Articles



Renovated Playground Dedicated at St. Joseph School

Posted on September 30, 2019 in: School News

Renovated Playground Dedicated at St. Joseph School

FCC News Desk

St. Joseph School in North Grosvenordale marked the first day of autumn through a special dedication of its newly renovated playground area.  Leading the SJS community in the beginning of the school day ceremony was Father Steven Gulino, Associate Pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, who offered a special prayer and blessing for the playground. Joining him in congratulatory remarks was Henry Fiore, superintendent of schools for the diocese, David Sizemore, principal of SJS, Lindsay Lehmann, chair of the Parent School Connection (PSC), Nicola “Nikki” Chrzanowski and Kristin Scaplen, parents and co-chairs of the Playground Committee, and Alex DeCarli, a past SJS student who asked Mr. Sizemore to make renovations to the playground during the early portion of the 2018-19 school year.

A great deal of work was done months in advance to renovate the playground. Fundraising began in earnest late last fall with an empty water jug stationed near the front entrance of the school where passersby donated various amounts of currency. Larger donations for the project came through in March thanks to a successful Math Wizards fundraiser sponsored by the PSC along with donations given to Mr. Sizemore for his birthday. Patrons to the annual SJS May Funfest also graciously donated to the cause.

Using a budget of $5,000, the Playground Committee reached out to Ultiplay Parks & Playgrounds from Simsbury to garner ideas about how to best use the current space. It was mutually decided that the current playscape be moved to a more central location for increased student use as well as the addition of spinning cups and a special flower ladder for the Pre-K students in their playground area.

Major renovations to the area began in mid-August when a group of SJS parents, grandparents and friends came to donate their time and talent to clear an area of overgrown brush adjacent to the playground space. Later in September, Stephen Paul, a current SJS parent, was able to take down a large beech nut tree to clear even more space for the playground area.  Another crew of volunteers put the final touches on the renovations, as the existing playscape and the new items were put in place along with the distribution of 90 cubic yards of playground mulch donated by the Hull Family of Hull Forestry of Pomfret. Additional donations of generosity from area companies for the renovation of the playground include D & S Recycling, Rawson Materials, Kelly’s Tires and United Rentals.

“We are so happy to see the beginnings of our plans for the playground renovations take shape,” said Kristin Scaplen, adding that this is only phase one of the renovations, with phase two targeted for spring 2020.

“I’m excited to see the difference this makes during recess and interactive play between all grades and abilities” said Nikki Chrzanowski. Finally, Lindsay Lehmann summed up the sentiments of many when she talked about how much “SJS has changed and grown in her six years as the Chair of PSC” and how excited she is for what the future will bring to the school community.

On behalf of the SJS community, David Sizemore thanked the myriad volunteers that made the dream of renovating the playground a reality and especially recognized Nikki Chrzanowski, Lindsay Lehmann and Kristin Scaplen for all of their hard work and effort as the leaders in the effort. 

To make a donation to phase two of the renovation of the playground, contact David Sizemore at dsizemore@sjschoolng.com or at (860) 923-2090.

Bookmark and Share  

Our Advertisers Support Our Ministries

Please Support Our Advertisers

Most Viewed Articles of the Last 30 Days

Saint Bernard School Welcomes Students for New Year
The first day of Saint Bernard School's 2021-2022 school year on Aug. 30 was a great success.   Below are some photos from the first day.    Prayers to the students, faculty and staff for a healthy, educational and inspirational year.  

Read More

Student Essays of Our Lady’s Approved Apparitions
Student Essays of Our Lady’s Approved Apparitions In Honor of the Centennial Celebration of the Legion of Mary OUR LADY OF BEAURAING is very important to us.  On the evening of November 29, 1932, five children, fun-loving, mischievous playmates, ranging from 15-19 were walking toward the railway viaduct in the Vallon part of Belgium in the simple and quiet village of Beauraing.  Suddenly one of them exclaimed that there was a bright light moving at the viaduct.  First they thought of the lights of a moving car.  Very soon, however, they discov...

Read More

Superintendent's Letter: Faith, Respect & Love Help Students Excel at St. John School
My Dear Friends,  I have new and exciting news to share with all of you. Each month we will highlight one of the outstanding educational institutions in the Diocese of Norwich. For this month’s issue it is St. John’s School in Old Saybrook.  At St. John School, an environment of faith, respect, and love helps students excel.  Selecting a school for your son or daughter is a very important decision. This choice can sometimes be the key factor which helps your child become confident, successful and happy in school and life. The more than 11...

Read More

Annual Catholic Appeal

Signup for Weekly Newsletter

    Recently Added Galleries
    Click to view album: Palm Sunday
    Click to view album: Blessing of the Fleet
    Click to view album: Mass of Ordination for Father Michael Bovino
    Click to view album: Rite of Election 2020
    Latest Articles
    Called to Remember to 'Work Like Christ' - Sept. 22 Hope and Faith Video
    TRASHED! - Virtual Series Explores Human Life, the Earth as Our Home
    St. Joseph Church in Norwich to Exhibit Parish History
    40 Days for Life - Peaceful Prayer and Witness for Life
    Bishop's Column: Confident in Our Faith
    May God Bless and Protect Our Children
    ACA Thankful for Our Family of Faith

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
    201 Broadway
    Norwich, CT 06360-4328
    Phone: 860-887-9294