Principal’s News 10.17.19


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you have had some time to get out and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather we are having! Tomorrow is the end of 1st quarter and it is a ½ day with noon release. Tomorrow afternoon, teachers will be working to finalize quarter grades and prepare for parent/teacher conferences. 

Our students are working hard in their classrooms and having a great time at recess. I so enjoy going to recess and observing the kids having a great amount of fun – it is wonderful to witness pure joy!! 

We have parent/teacher conferences next week on Wednesday evening and again on Thursday during the day. This is a great way to continue our partnership with you as we all work to lift our students up and help them be successful!

Our middle school teachers will have open time for conferences:

  • Wednesday, October 23rd –  4:00 pm to 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (30 minutes for dinner, 5:30-6:00) 
  • Thursday, October 24th – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm (30 minutes for lunch, 12:00-12:30)

Here are some questions you might consider asking at the conference:

  • How are my child’s learning skills? 
  • At what does my child excel? 
  • Is my student having any challenges?
  • How can we help at home?

I will be here at school during conferences as well, please feel free to stop by my office if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you to those families who have picked up a Box of Joy to send to a child in need of a Christmas gift. We have handed out 45 boxes so far – there are still 25 boxes left.

Box of Joy Project – St. Joseph’s Catholic School is partnering with St. John’s Parish to deliver a Box of Joy to children who may not receive a present at Christmas. Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach. Boxes will include toys, schools supplies, hygiene items, etc. for boys and girls ages 1-14. Each box has specific information and suggestions for gifts – a $9 check should be included to help cover shipping to the destination country and to support Catholic ministries.

 If you and your family would like to help us fulfill our goal, please come to the office and pick up a box. Boxes should be delivered back to the school by October 31st. The parish is in need of volunteers from Nov. 2nd – Nov. 10th to collect boxes – We will be sending more information on this volunteer opportunity.

Thank you for being part of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and making this a wonderful Catholic community!

Blessings, 

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s News 10.10.19


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Next Friday is the end of 1st quarter; we will have ½ day on Friday, October 18th so teachers can finalize report cards. At Tuesday’s Mass, we were given a beautiful cross that was made just for our school- Fr. Mariusz blessed the cross. The cross was hand carved from a tree grown in Idaho by Thomas Goonan. He and his wife Toni live in northern Idaho and have made crosses for many of the Catholic Schools across the state. We have completed MAP testing –our standardized testing and our students scored well above the national average!  

A couple of things to help us with the school day:

  • Please remember to have your children bring their coats to school – it is cold outside!
  • Please make sure that 3rd – 8th grade students include a belt as part of their uniform – it is required

The Catholic Educators’ Conference we attended last Friday and Saturday was great! Jonathon Doyle was our keynote speaker – he has spoken worldwide. The inspirational focus was that God has called us all to our vocation and He is there to guide us along the way!

Box of Joy Project – St. Joseph’s Catholic School is partnering with St. John’s Parish to deliver a Box of Joy to children who may not receive a present at Christmas. Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach. Boxes will include toys, schools supplies, hygiene items, etc. for boys and girls ages 1-14. Each box has specific information and suggestions for gifts – a $9 check should be included to help cover shipping to the destination country and to support Catholic ministries.

Our school has 70 boxes to fill for children in need of a Christmas gift. If you and your family would like to help us fulfill our goal, please come to the office and pick up a box. Boxes should be delivered back to the school by October 31st. The parish is in need of volunteers from Nov. 2nd – Nov. 10th to collect boxes – We will be sending more information on this volunteer opportunity.

“The gifts you pack in a Box of Joy show God’s unconditional love and spark the joy every child should experience at Christmas. More important, they are symbolic of God’s greatest gift, his son Jesus Christ” Cross Catholic Outreach

Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for your commitment to your child’s Catholic Education!

Blessings, 

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

Principal’s News 10.3.19


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

It is hard to believe that it is already October! We only have two weeks left in 1st quarter. Our students are working hard each day praying, learning and playing!

Just a reminder that our students do not have school tomorrow –Friday, October 4thwe will be attending the Catholic Educators’ Conference as a faculty and staff. The goal of the Catholic Educators’ Conference is to equip us to share the Gospel; to provide high-quality training in how to teach the Catholic faith; to join together from across the state, united in our common faith and mission.

Please join us for the Blessing of the Animals this afternoon at 3:00 PM. Tomorrow is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology because he loved all creatures. Fr. Mariusz (along with several of our deacons) will conduct the Blessing of the Animals. Please come to the playground with your animals if you would like your family pet to receive a blessing. Please make sure animals are on a leash if appropriate for their species. 

Box of Joy Project – St. Joseph’s Catholic School is partnering with St. John’s Parish to deliver a Box of Joy to children who may not receive a present at Christmas. Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach. Boxes will include toys, schools supplies, hygiene items, etc. for boys and girls ages 1-14. Each box has specific information and suggestions for gifts – a $9 check should be included to help cover shipping to the destination country and to support Catholic ministries.

Our school has 70 boxes to fill for children in need of a Christmas gift. If you and your family would like to help us fulfill our goal, please come to the office and pick up a box. Boxes should be delivered back to the school by October 31st. The parish is in need of volunteers from Nov. 2nd – Nov. 10th to collect boxes – We will be sending more information on this volunteer opportunity.

“The gifts you pack in a Box of Joy show God’s unconditional love and spark the joy every child should experience at Christmas. More important, they are symbolic of God’s greatest gift, his son Jesus Christ” Cross Catholic Outreach

Have a wonderful extended weekend. Thank you for your commitment to your child’s Catholic Education!

Blessings, 

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

Principal’s News 9.26.19


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had another great week at St. Joseph’s this week. There is a reason most of us love fall – especially when the weather is like this!!  In the mornings, it is chilly outside -please make sure your child brings a coat to keep them warm during recess. 

Friday – tomorrow- is picture day. Please see the email I sent out earlier this week with information on modified fee dress. One reoccurring question from students is can they wear shorts – yes, they can wear their uniform shorts.

Please check your student’s progress in our Plus Portals system. Please email your child’s teacher with any questions about logging in, grades, etc. 

We had a great School Advisory Board Meeting last evening. We are putting together several committees to continually improve our school and processes – I will be sending more information in the middle of October with more specifics. Some exciting news – we will be getting water bottle fillers added to our current drinking fountains. 

Just a reminder, please do not take photos/video of our students while they are at school without permission from school personnel. It is important to honor our school procedures on this important matter. 

Thank you for your commitment and investment in your child’s education. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have. 

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s News 9.19.19


Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

Fall has arrived- What a beautiful time of year! It is chilly outside -please make sure your child brings a coat to keep them warm during recess. 

We are also gearing up for the Fall Carnival on September 21st. from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Buy your tickets early – they are available after school in front of the school. The SJPA has been working hard to create a great school event for our families. We hope you can join us for a fun evening!

We are officially half way through 1st quarter – now is a great time to check your student’s progress in our Plus Portals system. Please email your child’s teacher with any questions about logging in, grades, etc. 

Just a reminder, please do not take photos/video of our students while they are at school without permission from school personnel. It is important to honor our school procedures on this important matter. 

Thank you for your commitment and investment in your child’s education. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have. 

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal