2.18.2021 Principal’s Blog

Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to All! We have begun Lent and our classes are focusing on the three pillars: Praying, Fasting and Alms Giving. Our teachers do an amazing job helping students to reflect and grow on the Lenten Journey. Here is prayer for you as you begin your Lenten Journey:

My divine Lord, I give myself to You this Lent. Draw me in so that I may come to know You more. Reveal to me Your divine presence, dwelling deep within me, calling me to Yourself. May this Lent, dear Lord, be glorious as I strengthen my love and devotion through the discovery of the gift of true prayer. Amen

Taken from Catholic Daily Reflections

Important Reminders/Information:

  • Deadline for re-enrollment is Sunday, February 21st
  • Enrollment opens to interested families on Monday, February 22nd
  • Friday, February 26th is a Teacher workday – no students
  • Please use the crosswalks to arrive and leave school
  • Please do not park in drop off zones on 8th and 9th streets – there has been some congestion in the mornings, and it poses a safety issue
  • If your child is arriving late after 8:10 or you are checking them out early, a parent must come to the office to sign them in or out.

Lenten Season

Lent began on Wednesday, February 17th with Ash Wednesday. Fr. Dominique presided over Mass and spoke of the Joy of our Lenten journey as we deepen our relationship with Christ. Fr. Mariusz and Deacon Derrick came to the school and distributed ashes to our students and staff classroom by classroom.

  • Tuesday, February 23rd – 4th and 5th grades will attend Mass in person at 8:15. Mrs. O’Brien’s 5th grade class will host Mass.

TVCS Middle School Spring Sports will begin March 29th – please see the information in this week’s communication.

Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 2021-2022 school year, St. Joe’s will be hiring a music teacher and Development/Marketing Director. These jobs are posted on our school website, the Diocesan website and nationally through NCEA – National Catholic Education Association. If you know of someone who would be a great fit for our school, please refer them to one of these sites.

News from the last two weeks – still important . . .

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. Yesterday, reminders were sent to those who have not re-registered for next year. 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 they have priority because of siblings but you still must apply. We have 46 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 or email Annie Granvall 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 $4,990 and Non-Catholic tuition is $6,328
  • Our cost to educate is $6,408.84

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising Drive

To date, our school community has donated $127,777– we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. 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 fund-raising effort this year.


In our 7th 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.

Thank you for your continued partnership with us as we guide our students in faith and learning!


Tammy Emerich