10.21.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had an active week at St. Joseph’s! The annual St. Joseph’s Book Fair has been in full swing – thank you Mrs. Governale and all the volunteers who helped make this a great success! It has been wonderful seeing and talking with so many parents in the school. Our partnership with you is so important to us! Parent/Teacher conferences continue through the end of today. Our teachers put a lot of effort into preparing for conferences to make sure they are partnering with parents on the education of your child. We all appreciated the dinner on Wednesday evening provided through our SJPA hospitality committee – thank you SJPA!

This week, we will have student council elections for our middle school students. We have 24 students running for various offices. Campaigning will go out this week with speeches and voting taking place on Friday.

Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Monday, October 25th – Friday, October 29th – Red Ribbon Week
  • Monday, November 1st – All Saint’s Day – School Mass
  • Friday, November 5th – Teacher Workday – No Students
  • Tuesday, November 9th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15 (Cafeteria)

Catholicity

Charitable Giving

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is once again happy to be partnering with St. John’s Parish in the Box of Joy project. Box of Joy in a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach and supplies Christmas presents to children in need around the world. You can pick up the Box of Joy from the school office – the deadline for returning is the first week of November. Help us make a child’s Christmas! You can return boxes to both the parish and school office.

Mass

On Tuesday, October 26th, our kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mrs. McClure’s 8th grade homeroom class is hosting Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Did you know that St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the biggest ministry of St. John’s Cathedral Parish? St. John’s parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish is committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. We are blessed to have such a supportive partnership with St. John’s. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

Just a reminder, please follow our school illness policy below if your child is experiencing any illness. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Our goal is to continue to provide in person learning. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School. Our mission and Catholic Identity will be a primary focus – we will be sending out surveys at the beginning of October to get stakeholder input from parents, staff and students.

We are Hiring

Substitute Teachers

We would like to add more people to our substitute list. Currently, we have eight people who are available to help. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. In many cases, those schools who have had to temporarily close this year has been due to teacher absence. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

As we continue the Year of St. Joseph, let us pray for his intercessions,

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We know you have many choices when choosing a school for your child – thank you for partnering with us and choosing St. Joseph’s!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich