2.11.2021 Principal’s Blog

Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday and Happy Valentine’s Day on Sunday! We are more than halfway into 3rd quarter – our students are learning and growing in faith. We are truly blessed to be in full, in person learning. We have not seen the learning loss that students around the country are experiencing thanks to the caring and dedication of our faculty and staff.

Important Reminders/Information:

  • We do not have school on Monday, February 15th as it is President’s Day.
  • By the beginning of next week, most of our faculty and staff have received the second vaccine for COVID-19.
  • Please make sure your child has a backup/spare mask in their backpack.
  • Deadline for re-enrollment is Sunday, February 21st

Lenten Season

Lent begins Wednesday, February 17th with Ash Wednesday. We will all be attending Mass that morning in person or live-streamed. Our 6th and 7th grade students will be attending in person. Mass dress is required for all students. 

For those students who do not attend Mass in person, Fr. Mariusz and Deacon Derrick will be coming to the school to distribute ashes to our students and staff classroom by classroom.

This year, due to COVID, we are being given the option of having ashes sprinkled on the top of our head rather than given to us as a cross on our forehead.

Should you want this option for your student(s) please email me and your child’s homeroom teacher by Tuesday morning, February 16th.  Again, please only email me and your child’s teacher if you want your student(s) to have ashes sprinkled on the top of their head.  

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

We have begun re-enrolling our current St. Joseph’s students for the 2021-2022 school year. You should have received a re-enrollment email on February 1st. Current families will have through February 21st to re-enroll. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next school year, please remember that while they have priority because of siblings but you still must apply. We have 43 students on our kindergarten list and can accept 44.  We currently have a waitlist for the 2021-2022 school year in every class except 4th grade.

Please call Annie Granvall in the front office or email her at granvalla@stjoes.com if you have any questions.

Tuition and Fees for 2021-2022

Tuition and fees have been set for next school year:

  • Fees are $400 per student
  • Tuition – Practicing Catholic is $4990 and Non-Catholic tuition is $6328
  • Our cost to educate is $6,408.84

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising Drive

To date, our school community has donated $126,092– we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Right now, 33% of our families have donated. Over the past few years, we have averaged about $150,000. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible. In addition, we are not requiring volunteer hours this school year due to COVID-19- with this, please donate to our fundraising effort this year.


In our 6th week of second semester, we have one student who has tested positive for COVID-19. Thank you to all our St. Joseph’s families for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers low.

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.
  • We have a 3-day travel quarantine in place if you travel out of state.
  • 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

Distance Learning

We will not be offering distance learning for the remainder of the school year with a few exceptions. Those students who are in quarantine due to COVID exposure or who have tested positive may log in to classes if that is currently offered for that grade level.

  • Students who are home sick (including their siblings) may also log in as we are asking our families cooperation with this.
  •  If you choose to travel– joining a live streamed class will not be available.

All other absences will be treated as regular absence and work can be completed after returning to school.

As we move into our Lenten season contemplate how you want to be during Lent this year. Here is a link to a great article on “How to Prepare for Lent”. Here is an excerpt that is very fitting for all of us –

  • Ask God, every day, “What does my soul need?” Just ask and wait quietly. Because we are very good at fooling ourselves about how we’re doing, it might take several days of praying this question before we’re truly open and humble enough to know the answer. . . (Ignatian Spirituality.com)

Enjoy your three-day weekend and share the love of St. Valentine with others.

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg. Feb. 16th


Tammy Emerich