9.17.2020 Principal’s News


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Our Back to School information was sent via email by me and the teachers yesterday afternoon. We wish we could have been together in person for our Back to School Night, but under the circumstances, we still want to make sure we provide you with important information as we get further into our school year.

I sent out an email yesterday inviting those families, who had chosen distance learning, to come back before the end of first quarter which is October 16th. We had originally asked families to stay with their current choice through the end of the quarter but wanted to offer the opportunity to return if it worked for them. Our teachers are having to carry many additional responsibilities and we are realizing this plan may not be sustainable for them. We are going to take the next two weeks to reevaluate our hybrid model and make some adjustments as needed.

As stated in our school reopening plan,

“Please understand that this is a fluid document and is subject to change as we progress through the school year. This plan will be updated throughout the school year as needed”.

We ask for your understanding and patience as we navigate this unprecedented school year. We need to be a channel of Mercy and Grace for one another.

Air Quality

We are monitoring our air quality hourly; students go to recess if the air quality is below 150. If we are in the red zone (unhealthy category), students do not go to recess or have outdoor PE.

Safe Environment Training

Over the past few weeks, Mrs. Porter put together a virtual Safe Environment Training session. This might be a good time to do that initial training or your annual online renewal, as necessary. Check the News You Can Use section in this week’s bulletin.

Week of September 21st-25th

Here is information for the fifth 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. 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. 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

We had our first school Mass for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday morning. It was such a blessing to be back at Mass and our middle school students did a fantastic job. As a Catholic school, it is essential for us to practice our Catholicity, participate in the Sacraments and attend Mass. School Mass is required.  For those attending Mass in person, Mass dress is required. Mass will be livestreamed and recorded for those students not attending in person. We are still working through this portion.

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

We are providing 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. A signup sheet has been created (you can find that in today’s bulletin) 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.

For those interested in becoming Catholic or receiving any of Sacraments. The deadline for enrollment is October 1, 2020.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.

Prayer of Hope

Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns – sometimes the best thing is to pick up the phone and have a conversation. We are all in this together.

Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Catholic School, we appreciate you and are blessed to be able to teach your children.

St. Joe’s Advisory Board Mtg Agenda 9-23-20

Take Care and God Bless,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School