10.28.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had an informative, engaging Red Ribbon Week at St. Joseph’s. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually during the last week of October. This week has been filled with grade appropriate activities that have helped our students learn how dangerous drugs and addiction can be and how important it is to make healthy choices. We will also have fun Halloween Activities tomorrow, Friday, October 29th. Please see the information below.

“Drugs are Scary!” – K-5 can wear Halloween costumes. Middle school can wear black and orange or Halloween costumes and pay $2

  • Halloween costumes should not be scary or gory. Please no fake blood or weapons. Face paint is okay but no costume masks – we will continue to wear masks as required for COVID safety. Middle school students can choose to wear a costume – if so, they must bring $2 in cash to be given to their homeroom teacher at the beginning of the day on Friday.

We will have student council elections for our middle school students with speeches and voting taking place on Friday. We have 24 students running for various offices.

Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Monday, November 1st – All Saint’s Day – School Mass
  • Friday, November 5th – Teacher Workday – No Students
  • Tuesday, November 9th – SJPA Meeting at 3:15
  • Wednesday, November 17th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 PM

Reminder: School Mass is on Monday, November 1st as it is All Saint’s Day. Our 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mrs. Skinner’s 3rd grade 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.

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 form the school office – the deadline for returning is the first week of November. Help us make a child’s Christmas!

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish is committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. 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.

Monday, November 1st is All Saint’s Day, let us ask for intercessions and follow their example,

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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