1.21.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We had another great week at St. Joseph’s – it is great to see all the learning that is happening in our wonderful school. I will be starting formal teacher evaluations/observations next week. This will run through May. We use the Danielson Framework in this process – it is a good tool and promotes a growth mindset!

Last weekend, many of our St. Joseph’s faculty and staff were able to get the first COVID vaccine. This is a good step forward in dealing with the pandemic.

We had our School Advisory Board Meeting last night – we will be finalizing tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 school year early next week and will send out an email communication with that information.

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next school year, please remember that while they have priority because of having currently enrolled siblings, you still must apply. We have 35 on our list and can only accept 44.  Please complete a New Student Application to enroll your kindergarten student. We will begin re-enrolling our current students at the end of January. It looks like we will have waiting lists in many grades. We currently have 396 students enrolled! Please call Annie Granvall in the front office or email her at granvalla@stjoes.com if you have any questions.

COVID-19

In our 3rd week of second semester, we have one student test positive for COVID-19. That student has not been in school for over a week, so no contact tracing was necessary. Thank you to all our St. Joseph’s families for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers very low.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • We have a 7-day travel quarantine in place if you travel out of state.
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others
  • see Illness Decision Tree for Schools

Distance Learning

I want to thank you for your patience as we worked through this during the week.

We will not be offering distance learning for the remainder of the school year with a few exceptions. Those students who are in quarantine due to COVID exposure, who have tested positive or who are awaiting test results may log in to classes if that is currently offered for that grade level.

  • Students who are home sick (including their siblings) may also log in as we are asking our families cooperation with this.
  • If you choose to travel, upon your return you must quarantine for 7 days before returning to school – distance learning will not be available.
  • All other absences will be treated as regular absences and work can be completed after returning to school.

School Mass

We had Mass on Tuesday morning with our 6th and 7th grade students attending in person. On Tuesday, January 26th our 4th and 5th grade students will attend in person. Mass will be livestreamed (private link) for those students not attending in person. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

#BravelyGiveToday – Fundraising Drive

During this unprecedented school year, we are unable to have our usual fundraising events that help us keep tuition increases minimal. To date, our school community has donated $119,073 – we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Over the past few years, we have averaged about $150,00. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible.

We are grateful for your continued trust and support of our wonderful school. Thank you for partnering with us!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

1.14.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

We have had a great week at St. Joseph’s. The students are in the swing of things after returning from Christmas Break. Our students will be finishing up MAP testing next week. Just a reminder, we do not have school on Monday, January 18th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Morning Drop Off 

It has come to our attention that there is some congestion in front of and around the school at morning drop off that poses a student safety issue. Please use the space in front of the cathedral for drop off only, do not park there. In addition, please do not block the crosswalk or the streets.

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next school year, please remember that they have priority because of siblings but you still must apply. We already have 28 on our list and can accept 44.  Please submit a New Student Application to enroll your kindergarten student. We will begin re-enrolling our current students at the end of January. It looks like we will have waiting lists in many grades. Please call or email Annie Granvall granvalla@stjoes.com if you have any questions.

COVID-19

In our 2nd week of second semester, we have not had any students test positive for COVID-19. Thank you to all our St. Joseph’s families for helping us keep our school open and our illness numbers very low.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • We have a 7-day travel quarantine in place if you travel out of state.
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others
  • See Illness Decision Tree for Schools

School Mass

We had Mass on Tuesday morning with our 2nd and 3rd grade students attending in person. On Tuesday, January 19th our 5th and 7th grade students will attend in person. Mass will be livestreamed (private link) for those students not attending in person. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising Drive

During this unprecedented school year, we are unable to have our usual fundraising events that help us keep tuition increases minimal. To date, our school community has donated $119,073 – we are so grateful for your support! Our goal is to reach $250,000 and 100% family participation. Please give what you can during this time. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible.

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Thank you for partnering with us as we educate our students in a positive, Catholic environment. We appreciate you!

SJ Advisory Board Mtg Agenda Jan 20, 2021

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

1.7.2021 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. We are excited about the second half of our school year and are blessed to work with your children each day.

On Monday, we reviewed student progress from the first semester. We do progress monitoring in math and literacy for all our students.  Our students are exceeding the expected academic growth in both areas. This is exciting news!

Report Cards

Today, you should have received an email with your child’s 2nd quarter grades. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about grades.

MAP Testing

Our 2nd-8th grade students will be taking the winter MAP test over the next two weeks. Our students take three standardized tests in the areas of language, reading and math. Our 5th and 7th grade students also take the science battery. As always, please make sure your child eats a good breakfast including protein.

Re-Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year

We will begin re-enrolling our current students at the end of January. It looks like we will have waiting lists in many grades. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, please remember that while they have priority because of currently enrolled siblings, you still must apply. Please complete a New Student Application to enroll your child for kindergarten. Please call or email Annie Granvall granvalla@stjoes.com in the front office if you have any questions.

COVID-19

In our 1st week of second semester, we have two students who have tested positive for COVID-19. The nursing staff and I do contact tracing (one student had tested positive over break) and notify parents if their child was in close contact.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • Please consider the health and safety of our faculty and staff – we have several faculty members who are caring for elderly family members
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others
  • see Illness Decision Tree for Schools

The adjusted start and end times to our school day seem to be working well. As a reminder, here are the scheduled start and stop times:

Kindergarten – 2nd grade

  • K-2nd grade window for drop off is 7:40 -7:55 – class begins at 7:55
  • We will begin going into the building at 7:50
  • K-2nd grade school day will end at 1:55

3rd grade – 5th grade

  • 3rd-5th grade window for drop off is 7:45 -8:00 – class begins at 8:00
  • We will begin going into the building at 7:55
  • 3rd-5th grade school day will end at 2:00

6th grade – 8th grade

  • 6th-8th grade window for drop off is 7:55-8:05 – class begins at 8:05
  • We will begin going into the building at 8:00
  • 6th-8th grade school day will end at 2:10

Supervision will be available for those families with multiple children in differing grade levels.

School Mass

We had Mass on Tuesday morning with our 8th and 1st grade students attending in person. On Tuesday, January 12th, our 2nd and 3rd  grade students will attend in person. Mass will be live-streamed (private link) for those students not attending in person. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising

Our school community has donated $118,573 – we are so grateful for your support! We would like to reach 100% family participation – giving what you can during this time. Ways to donate- You can write a check to the school, you can submit a payment online – the school pays a small transaction fee for this method, or you can email Anita Miller an amount you would like to donate, and it can appear on your bill – we can accept monthly payments if that helps. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible.

A Prayer for the New Year

Thank you for being a part of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School community. We look forward to our continued partnership in 2021.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

12.17.2020 Principal’s Blog


Good afternoon St Joseph’s Families,

I hope you and your family are experiencing the beauty of our Advent Season. The lighting of the third candle this week symbolizes Joy.

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Christmas Colors/Christmas Sweaters!

Tomorrow is our last day of school before Christmas Break! We want to make it a festive day – It is a half day with a staggered, noon release time. Students may wear a Christmas sweater or red and green. Students cannot wear sweats or pajamas. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18th is a noon dismissal. After school care will not be available. Lunch will not be served. On that day, we will dismiss in this staggered format:

  • K-2nd grade – dismissed at 11:55
  • 3rd-5th – dismissed at 12:00
  • 6th-8th – dismissed at 12:05

COVID-19

In our 18th week of school, we had one student test positive for COVID-19.

Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings.
  • Please consider the health and safety of our faculty and staff – we have several faculty members who are caring for elderly family members
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others
  • see Illness Decision Tree for Schools

January 5th – 8th – A few minor adjustments to start and stop times

Please see the email I sent to all our St Joseph’s families yesterday. We are asking students to return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 5th. There are some exceptions – we are also implementing an extended quarantine time after traveling– 7 days.

  • Full, in-person learning Tuesday-Friday
  • Here are the scheduled start and stop times:

Kindergarten – 2nd grade

  • K-2nd grade window for drop off is 7:40 -7:55 – class begins at 7:55
    • We will begin going into the building at 7:50
  • K-2nd grade school day will end at 1:55

3rd grade – 5th grade

  • 3rd-5th grade window for drop off is 7:45 -8:00 – class begins at 8:00
    • We will begin going into the building at 7:55
  • 3rd-5th grade school day will end at 2:00

6th grade – 8th grade

  • 6th-8th grade window for drop off is 7:55-8:05 – class begins at 8:05
  • We will begin going into the building at 8:00
  • 6th-8th grade school day will end at 2:10

Supervision will be available for those families with multiple children in differing grade levels.

School Mass

We had Mass on Tuesday morning with our 4th and 5th grade students attending in person. On Tuesday, January 5th, our 1st and 8th grade students will attend in person. Mass will be livestreamed (private link) for those students not attending in person. Since students do not have school on Monday, please help your 1st and 8th grade child remember to wear Mass dress that day.

#BravelyGiveToday Fundraising

Here is an update on money donated for our fund-raising effort, our school community has donated $94,692– we are so grateful for your support! We would like to reach 100% family participation – giving what you can during this time. Ways to donate- You can write a check to the school, you can submit a payment online – the school pays a small transaction fee for this method, or you can email Anita Miller an amount you would like to donate, and it can appear on your bill – we can accept monthly payments if that helps. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas Break! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. Thank you for being a part of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School Family! We look forward to seeing you in the 2021!

12.10.2020 Principal’s Blog


Dear St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thursday to All! We are in the second week of Advent and the focus this week is Hope!  Advent is a special time that we prepare the way of the Lord and eagerly await the Light of Christ to enter our lives.

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Faculty/Staff

Mrs. Candy Vieira, one of our 5th grade teachers will be leaving St. Joseph’s at the end of December. Mrs. Vieira’s husband had to leave the area for employment purposes and she and her daughter will be joining him after 2nd quarter is over. Candy will be missed here at St. Joe’s. Her smile and enthusiasm for teaching have been a bright spot not only for her students but for our faculty and staff as well.

Mrs. Brittany O’Brien will be joining our St. Joe’s team to step into the 5th grade spot. Brittany comes to us with a Master’s degree in Education and six years of teaching experience; five of those years were in a 4th and 5th grade setting. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. O’Brien to our St. Joe’s family.

COVID-19

In our 17th week of school, we have not had any students test positive for COVID-19. Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s HERE.

  • If your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please keep all children home. If anyone in your family is being tested for COVID-19 keep all children home.
  • If any immediate family member is experiencing any illness symptoms- keep all children home – siblings must stay home as well per our safety protocols
  • Request that you limit exposure over the next month to immediate family – avoid sleep overs or group gatherings
  • Please consider the health and safety of our faculty and staff – we have several faculty members who are caring for elderly family members
  • Please consider the health and safety or our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask – all people on our school campus must wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance when with others
  • See Illness Decision Tree for Schools

November 30th – December 18th

Currently, we have 17% of our students in distance learning. If your child is distance learning – please pick up or drop off materials and assignments from 8:15-3:00 Monday-Friday or days designated by the teacher. 

There are 31 students in kindergarten-5th grades and 37 students in 6th-8th grades who are distance learning. This adds quite a bit of work for our teachers in these already demanding times.

Friday, December 18th is a noon dismissal. After school care will not be available. Lunch will not be served. On that day, we will dismiss in this staggered format:

  • K-2nd grade – dismissed at 11:55
  • 3rd-5th – dismissed at 12:00
  • 6th-8th – dismissed at 12:05

School Mass

We had Mass on Tuesday morning- the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception- with our 6th and 7th grade students attending in person. On Tuesday, December 15th, our 4th and 5th grade students will attend in person. Mass will be livestreamed (private link) for those students not attending in person. Mass dress is required for those attending Mass in person.

Fundraising

To date, our school community has donated $78,163 – we appreciate your support! Ways to donate- You can write a check to the school, you can submit a payment online – the school pays a small transaction fee for this method, or you can email Anita Miller an amount you would like to donate and it can appear on your bill – we can accept monthly payments if that helps. Remember that monetary donations are tax deductible.

Absences 

Parents, please notify the front office if your child will be absent for any reason. We need this information to continue to track daily absence rates. Mrs. Granvall’s email is granvalla@stjoes.com

Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s Catholic education.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

St. Joseph’s Catholic School