9.10.2020 Principal’s News


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

We had a great week seeing our students each day in our new half day schedule. It is nice to have the consistency in our days. I am checking in with teachers to see what went well, what needs improvement and how I can support all that they are doing. They are having to work time and a half to record lessons and support the distance learners. We will check in with our families next week to get your feedback as well.

We need mercy and grace as we continue to navigate our different learning platforms.

DRESS CODE for PICTURE DAY:

Friday, September 11th is School Picture Day. Students may wear a school appropriate shirt or top (modesty is the key) of their choice and spirit dress bottoms (Please see the Spirit Dress Guidelines below). Girls may wear a dress of choice no shorter than 3 inches above the knee, if a dress is sleeveless, a sweater must be worn over the dress.

SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: Fridays, except on Mass days: Students may wear school spirit shirts or St. Joseph’s polo shirts with navy blue denim pants, shorts (no shorter than 3” above the knee), capris, skorts (no shorter than 3” above the knee), skirts (no shorter than 3” above the knee), uniform pants or uniforms shorts (no shorter than 3” above the knee) may be worn.  No rips, tears, embroidery, hardware, faded blue, washed-out blue or any other color of blue, ill fitting or skinny jeans (slim-fit, snug-fit with tapered legs) may be worn.  All students K-8, may wear their uniform sweatshirts over the spirit shirts or St. Joseph’s polo shirts. Middle school students may also wear their Bishop Kelly sweatshirt over their spirit shirts or St. Joseph’s polo shirts. No other sweatshirts are allowed.

Back to School Night

Our Back to School Night will look quite different this year – it will be virtual. The date is set for Wednesday, September 16th at 6:00 PM.

  • 6:00 – 6:15 PM – Principal’s Message/General School Information
    • SJPA – Message/Information
  • Teachers will do one live Google Meet meeting by grade level
    • Discussion points: Welcome, What to expect in that specific grade level, expectations for students, new learning platforms, etc. There will be a short question/answer period at the end of the session.
    • Teachers will record this session and post it for those parents who are not able to attend

Week of September 14th-18th 

Here is information for the fourth week of school:

When arriving and leaving school, please cross the street at the crosswalks – do not jay walk.

AM Session 8:00-11:00 – Kindergarten – 7th grade

  •  Students should arrive by 7:55 am and be picked up at 11:00. Drop off begins at 7:45 – please do not drop your child off earlier than this. There will be adult supervision outside for our students starting at 7:45.
  • Student drop off and pick up – New information – the drive through path will be available from 7:45- 7:55 and again from 11:00 – 11:10. You can enter from Hays and exit onto 9th Street.
  • Students will line up by grade level – There is a new order to this (please see diagram below). Middle school students will line up off 8th Street. Teachers will be outside at 7:55 and then we will bring students into the building- school starts promptly at 8:00 AM. You can pick your child up at the same location as drop-off.

PM Session 12:30 – 3:30 – Kindergarten – 8th grade

  •  Students should arrive by 12:25 pm and be picked up at 3:30. Drop off begins at 12:15 pm – please do not drop your child off earlier than this. There will be adult supervision outside for our students starting at 12:15.
  • Student drop off and pick up – New information – the drive through path will be available from 12:15- 12:25 and again from 3:30-3:40. You can enter from Hays and exit onto 9th Street.
  • Students will line up by grade level – There is a new order to this (please see diagram below). Middle school students will line up off 8th Street. Teachers will be outside at 12:25 and then we will bring students into the building- school starts promptly at 12:30 PM. You can pick your child up at the same location as drop-off. There will be adult supervision starting at 12:15.

School Requirements:

We want to be able to continue our in person learning throughout the year and we need your help. We all need to practice the 3 W’s both in and out of school:

  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others

Just a reminder, we are trying to limit the number of people in the building. If possible, please drop things off at the front door and we will pick the items up. Thank you for your help with this.

School Mass

As a Catholic school, it is essential for us to practice our Catholicity, participate in the Sacraments and attend Mass. School Mass is required and will be resuming on September 15th – Fr. Mariusz has agreed to close the Cathedral to the public and Mass will take place for a small group of students each week. Our school Mass is open only to students and the teachers of those students.  Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those students not attending in person. For those attending Mass in person, Mass dress is required.

Here is the schedule until the end of 1st quarter:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 7th and 6th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Sept. 22   8th and 6th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Sept 29    4th and 5th AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

Tuesday, Oct. 6 4th and 5th PM students Mass at 12:45 PM

Tuesday, Oct 13 2nd and 3rd AM students Mass at 8:15 AM

After School Care

Starting September 8th, we will have after care for those families who are enrolled in the afternoon session only (12:30 – 3:30); aftercare will run from 3:30 – 5:30. We are working on a sign up sheet as we need to know how many students to plan for – we will limit 12 in each group. After School Care students will focus on completing schoolwork, when that is finished, students should read a book of choice. We will not be playing board games, snacks will be provided and eaten outside.

St. John’s Parish/School Connection

St. Joseph’s School and St. John’s Parish have a strong relationship. St. Joseph’s Catholic school is St. John’s Parish’s biggest ministry.

We would like to share some information about becoming Catholic. The process of RCIA adapted for children is based on the Church’s belief that one enters in the Church in one of two ways – either as an infant through the Rite of Baptism for Children or when a child reaches catechetical age – a child who is capable of nurturing and receiving personal faith. The Parish is offering religious education to our students and/or their families who would like to become Catholic. The deadline for enrollment is October 1, 2020. It is important that a child have parental support or a faithful family member or friend who will help the child in their faith journey. Participation in the Sunday liturgy each week is of utmost importance. Please contact St. John’s Parish if you would like to learn more.

Please continue to support St. John’s Parish or your local parish – donations have decreased since the onset of COVID-19 and we need to help our Catholic Parishes out more than ever.

A prayer for September 11th – also appropriate for events happening in our world now:

Thank you for supporting your child’s Catholic education and choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We are grateful that you are part of our St. Joseph’s community.

Yours for Excellence in Catholic Education

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School