1.7.2021 Principal’s Blog

Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. We are excited about the second half of our school year and are blessed to work with your children each day.

On Monday, we reviewed student progress from the first semester. We do progress monitoring in math and literacy for all our students.  Our students are exceeding the expected academic growth in both areas. This is exciting news!

Report Cards

Today, you should have received an email with your child’s 2nd quarter grades. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about grades.

MAP Testing

Our 2nd-8th grade students will be taking the winter MAP test over the next two weeks. Our students take three standardized tests in the areas of language, reading and math. Our 5th and 7th grade students also take the science battery. As always, please make sure your child eats a good breakfast including protein.

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

We will begin re-enrolling our current students at the end of January. It looks like we will have waiting lists in many grades. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, please remember that while they have priority because of currently enrolled siblings, you still must apply. Please complete a New Student Application to enroll your child for kindergarten. Please call or email Annie Granvall granvalla@stjoes.com in the front office if you have any questions.


In our 1st week of second semester, we have two students who have tested positive for COVID-19. The nursing staff and I do contact tracing (one student had tested positive over break) and notify parents if their child was in close contact.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • Please consider the health and safety of our faculty and staff – we have several faculty members who are caring for elderly family members
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others
  • see Illness Decision Tree for Schools

The adjusted start and end times to our school day seem to be working well. As a reminder, here are the scheduled start and stop times:

Kindergarten – 2nd grade

  • K-2nd grade window for drop off is 7:40 -7:55 – class begins at 7:55
  • We will begin going into the building at 7:50
  • K-2nd grade school day will end at 1:55

3rd grade – 5th grade

  • 3rd-5th grade window for drop off is 7:45 -8:00 – class begins at 8:00
  • We will begin going into the building at 7:55
  • 3rd-5th grade school day will end at 2:00

6th grade – 8th grade

  • 6th-8th grade window for drop off is 7:55-8:05 – class begins at 8:05
  • We will begin going into the building at 8:00
  • 6th-8th grade school day will end at 2:10

Supervision will be available for those families with multiple children in differing grade levels.

School Mass

We had Mass on Tuesday morning with our 8th and 1st grade students attending in person. On Tuesday, January 12th, our 2nd and 3rd  grade students will attend in person. Mass will be live-streamed (private link) for those students not attending in person. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising

Our school community has donated $118,573 – we are so grateful for your support! We would like to reach 100% family participation – giving what you can during this time. Ways to donate- You can write a check to the school, you can submit a payment online – the school pays a small transaction fee for this method, or you can email Anita Miller an amount you would like to donate, and it can appear on your bill – we can accept monthly payments if that helps. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible.

A Prayer for the New Year

Thank you for being a part of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School community. We look forward to our continued partnership in 2021.


Tammy Emerich