First Week of School Excitement!

Welcome back to St. Joe’s School!

It has been a great week!  Students have experienced our new playground/parking lot, eaten from the new salad bar, and transitioned into the next grade.  The excitement is contagious.

Thank you for your patience as we change and grow.  Everything we do is centered on student learning, and there are rationales behind all of the changes.  If you have questions and/or concerns, please ask!

I feel blessed to work with such an amazing group of parents who are willing to do anything to help St. Joseph’s School.  I have two special volunteer requests.  First, I need a team of 10 extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist (EMs) for our monthly parish Masses.  These masses are: 5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 10; 8 a.m. Sun., Nov. 8; 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 13; 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31; 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7; 10 a.m. Sun., March 13, 11:30 a.m. Sun., April 10, and 1 p.m. Sun., May 15.  Please let me know if you are interested.  I can schedule a training in Sept., if you are not yet trained.  I was trained this spring to be an EM at the Cathedral, and I feel blessed each and every time I get to serve the Eucharist.

Second, I need parents to lead activities on Wednesday late start mornings.  I am open to ideas; I would like to have some options available for students who need to be dropped off at 7:30 a.m.  Ideas include: yoga, basketball, Bible study, prayer, knitting, book club, etc.  Reminder for every Wednesday morning: students line up at 8:40, and the tardy bell rings at 8:45 a.m.

I also want to highlight events in September.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 is Back to School Night.  This is when teachers will give presentations on their classrooms and expectations.  To accommodate parents with more than one child in the school, teachers will give two presentations: one at 6 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19 is the Diocesan Congress.  Many of the topics this year are focused on families and schools.  There are workshops on substance abuse and social media.  I encourage all parents to consider taking advantage of this opportunity.  More information is available:

Sunday, Sept. 27 is the fall dinner and carnival.  This is a great whole family activity.  Stay tuned from more information from our Home and School Association (fundraising/volunteer parent organization).