It’s A Hard Knock Life Musical — May 15th and 16th

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Pope John Paul II Catholic School
1630 Fourth Street NE  Minneapolis, MN 55413
May 15th & 16th, 2013 —  7:00 p.m.

Despite the fact that I write a blog on family and parenting, I’m not a particularly great mom by parenting magazine standards. 

I don’t cook or bake.  Instead I plan fabulous meals and ask my husband to cook them.  Sometimes he does.  Sometimes we eat frozen pizza.

I work long hours and am exhausted when I get home.  Sometimes its hard to find the energy to sit down for dinner, much less encourage piano practice, help with homework, supervise bedtime routines and read an age-appropriate book for each kid.

And getting to my long-winded point, I hate school performances.  The chairs are uncomfortable, the smaller kids aren’t going to sit still enough to let me pay attention, and most grade school productions just don’t compete with TV. 

So, when I recommend Pope John Paul II’s Spring Musical, it’s not just because my kid is in it (she is).  Last year, they put on a performance of The Wizard of Oz (which she was not a part of) and it rivaled any high school production I’ve ever seen.  These kids work really hard.  Their music teacher is Julliard trained and it shows.  The singing ability of some of these kids amaze me.  Little Ms. Hannigan (not my kid) hits notes, I’ve seen professionals miss.  Obviously, you need to take my review with a grain of salt, but I guarantee you will get your money’s worth out of this show.  It’s free after all.

As long as I’m gushing, I’m going to gush a little more over Pope John Paul II School.  If you are looking for a private school quality education on a public school budget, this is your school.  Once you figure in the cost of before and after school programs, extra-curricular activities and school lunch — all of which are included in the tuition at PJPII — you will be pretty even with the costs of public school.  On top of that:

  • All kindergarten students are beginning readers by the end of the year;
  • Test scores are 30% higher in reading and 55% higher in math than local public schools;
  • High school graduation rates are 99%, with 97% going on to further training, education or military service!


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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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