Happy Thursday to all of our St. Joseph’s Families,
I want to wish all mom’s a Happy Mother’s Day! Being a mom is such a blessing – it is a difficult job but the most rewarding! Thank you to all moms for who you are and what you do – Here is a prayer for you.
Here is some great news: Working with Fr. Mariusz, we will be having an 8th grade graduation Mass on Tuesday, June 2nd at 1:00 PM and a tentative date for 2nd grade First Holy Communion on Saturday, June 27th at 5:00. I will be sending more specific information to our 8th grade and 2nd grade families tomorrow.
We would like to invite our families to Mass either in person or virtually on Tuesday, May 12th. St. John’s Cathedral opened up for Mass this past weekend- utilizing social distancing. They are thoroughly sanitizing the Cathedral for people’s safety. Deacon Derrick will be in attendance as well – he has been such a great influence and supporter of St. Joe’s this year. I attended Mass this morning and felt so blessed to participate.
I have had the opportunity to attend more distance learning “classrooms” this week. I learned about water conservation in Mrs. Weaver’s 5th grade, poetry and writing in Mr. Yanci’s Class, The Mexican Hat Dance for Cinco de Mayo. Preparing for the week in Google Classroom in both 3rd grade classes, I got to listen to stories read by the teachers – I am so amazed by the student engagement our teachers are able to have in this virtual environment. I have felt God’s presence even in our virtual world!
On May 26, 27, 28, we will be having families come to the school to pick up student supplies and drop off any textbooks, library books and Chromebooks. We will do this in a safe manner and it will also be time to provide some closure to the school year. We will do this by last name in the alphabet so families only have to come to the school once. I am finalizing what this will look like and will send it to you on Monday.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Take care and God Bless!
St. Joseph’s Catholic School
A rite of passage for St. Joseph’s 8th graders is the May Crowning Mass. It couldn’t happen as usual this year, so students and families got creative. This is truly special…we know you’re going to love it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P-vplKx3pA&feature=youtu.be
The 2016-17 school year is almost complete. We could not end the year without several celebrations to cap off a great year! Please take note of all of these important dates.
On Friday, May 12 at 8:15 a.m. we will have our Spring Awards Assembly for grades 5-8. At this assembly, we celebrate the accomplishments of our middle school students and recognize the great things they have achieved academically, and in service to their school and community.
The afternoon of May 12 is our Fun Run. The Fun Run is one of my favorite days at St. Joseph’s Catholic School each year! The students all get outside and get active in support of our school. Please come run with us!
Friday, May 19 is Field Day for students in grades 1-5. Again, this is a great opportunity to get students outside and get them active. Friday, May 19 is also the last day of traditional class for our 8th grade students.
On Monday, May 22 we will have the graduation Mass for our 8th grade students at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24 at 9 a.m. is kindergarten graduation.
Friday, May 26 is the last day of school for grades 1-7. School is dismissed at 10 a.m. We have a powerful celebration as a school community on the last day of school. We close with a balloon rosary, and each class presents highlights from their year. At the conclusion of the celebration, students receive their final report cards. It is a special day that students should not miss!
I just returned to the office on Tuesday afternoon of this week. I am working to finalize staffing for next year, as well as class placements. We anticipate being able to post class lists for next year at the close of the school day on Friday, May 26 (10 a.m.). We are working to make sure that each student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School is in a class placement where they can grow spiritually, academically, and physically. Thank you for your support and patience with this process.
1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”
Classrooms are dynamic learning spaces made up of many different gifts and learning needs. As we look toward next school year, creating the best environment in each classroom is one of our goals. To achieve a balance in learning styles, learning needs, and social needs, we are going to follow the process below for placement:
Before spring break, parents will receive a green paper survey regarding their student’s needs. The survey must be returned to the school by April 3, 2017.
In May, a team that knows all students in the building (principal, counselor, special teacher) will meet, and with parent and teacher input, and objective test scores place students into classes. The goal of the process is to create a balance in each classroom that will help ensure the success of all students.
We plan to have lists available by the last day of school. This process takes input from multiple sources into account because students behave differently in different situations. Please trust that the team working on placement knows and cares about your student. Our mission is to create the best learning environment for all 400 students who have been placed in our care, which is not an easy task. Thank you for your patience and trust.
Each year, during Catholic Schools’ Week, St. Joseph’s Catholic School raises funds for an organization in our community. Saint Teresa of Calcutta was canonized a saint this year, and our school has spent the year learning about her and her ministry: the Missionaries of Charity. In line with this learning, our school fundraiser this year was for Saint Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity house located in Spokane, WA (this was the clostest location to our school).
Our school raised over $3,700 for the Missionaries of Charity house in Spokane, WA. The sisters were unable to travel to our school to receive our donation, so one of our school families delivered the money. This is what they had to say about their visit:
Thank you so much for the opportunity to deliver St Joseph School’s gift to the Missionary Sisters of Charity. Our family had a beautiful encounter in the time we spent with the sisters on Friday.
The sisters were very shy about having their picture taken, but did allow one photo of themselves with our daughter.
The sisters were eager to tell us about the work they do there in Spokane caring for homeless women, they also shared stories of the work that each of them had previously done in Calcutta, working alongside then Mother (now Saint) Teresa. They said that St Joseph School’s gift was a surprise and that this is how God provides for the needs of the poor; He sends gifts through others. They told us some other stories about times when there was a need and God provided. They shared many stories and meaningful reflections with us. For me, listening to the sisters speak was truly an experience of witnessing the love of Christ reflected in willing servants. Our visit was absolutely beautiful and peaceful, truly a grace filled encounter.
The sisters gave us a some Holy cards which contain a small relic, a piece of St. Teresa’s cloak. They also gave us a prayer card, which contains a “prayer for young people”, and they promised to pray for the young people and families of St. Joseph’s School.
St. Joseph’s Catholic School is going to find a way to showcase this special gift from the Missionaries of Charity. Our school blessed them, and they are blessing us back. Thank you for your generous contribution!