Principal’s Blog 12.9.2021


Dear St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you and your family are having a blessed Advent. This is such a beautiful and holy time of the year with the wonder of Christmas fast approaching. I continue to be amazed about how much our students know about Advent. I went into the kindergarten class and they were sharing with me the symbolism of the candles in the Advent wreath, that Jesus was coming, and the three kings were on their journey – it was so beautiful!

We will be hosting our annual State of the School address on Tuesday, January 18th at 5:30. This presentation is to inform families about Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence, Governance and Leadership and Operational Vitality as they relate to St. Joseph’s. These are the four standards of an effective Catholic school. We also will be hosting smaller group Q & A sessions for K-5th grade parents on Tuesday, January 25th from 5:30-6:30 and a session for 6th -8th grade parents on Wednesday, January 26th from 5:30-6:30. We want to offer these sessions to partner with our parents, answer any questions parents might have and to build a stronger St. Joseph’s community.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Tuesday, December 14th – SJPA meeting at 3:15
  • Tuesday, December 21st – end of 2nd quarter. Please note, this is an adjustment – No school on Wednesday, December 22nd. 
  • Christmas Break – Wednesday, December 22nd – Friday, January 7th
  • Students return to school on Monday, January 10th
  • January 11th – SJPA meeting at 3:15
  • Wednesday, January 12th – St. Joseph’s School Advisory Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, January 18th – St. Joseph’s State of the School Address at 5:30

Reminders:

  • Please have your child bring their own water bottle to school and have their name on it. It is important for them to stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Please have your child bring a coat and write their name in it.

Catholicity

Acts of Charity

Thank you to all who have picked up a tag for the Giving Tree. We appreciate your help as we support those in need.

School Mass

On Tuesday, December 14th, our kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom if there are no glitches. Mrs. Seidler’s 2nd grade class is hosting Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

Reconciliation 

Reconciliation (confession) is an important sacrament – especially during Advent and Lent. We have Reconciliation scheduled for our 3rd-8th grade students on Tuesday, December 7th and Friday, December 10th. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. During the Holy time of the year, please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

For the first time since the beginning of the school year, we have zero students in quarantine! As announced through email earlier this week, masks will be optional at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in January. For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Advent is a season of hope and waiting –  Prayer for Advent:

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Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s Catholic education. We are blessed to be able to continue to serve our St. Joseph’s Catholic School families!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal’s Blog 12.2.2021


Dear St. Joseph’s Families,

I hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving! We are now in the liturgical season of Advent. I will be visiting classes over the next few weeks joining with our students in this especially important observation. This is a special time that we prepare the way of the Lord and eagerly await the Light of Christ to enter our lives.

Reminder, students do not have school tomorrow- Friday, December 3rd. It is a teacher workday. On Friday morning, we will go to Mass together, have a brief faculty meeting and then work on our data library for our school accreditation. In the afternoon, teachers will be collaborating, grading papers, updating grades, preparing lessons, etc. At 2:00, we will have our teacher and staff Christmas party with a late lunch sponsored by our St. Joseph’s School Advisory Board.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Friday, December 3rd – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Wednesday, December 8th – School Mass – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Tuesday, December 14th – SJPA meeting at 3:15
  • Tuesday, December 21st – end of 2nd quarter. Please note, this is an adjustment – No school on Wednesday, December 22nd. 
  • Christmas Break – Wednesday, December 22nd – Friday, January 7th
  • Students return to school on Monday, January 10th

Reminders:

  • Please have your child bring their own water bottle to school and have their name on it. It is important for them to stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Please have your child bring a coat and write their name in it.

Catholicity

Acts of Charity

St. Joseph’s is partnering with St. John’s to help support children and adults in our greater community. We do this through the Giving Tree. There are Christmas trees in the foyer of the school and cathedral with gift tags. If you are able, please help us support those in need by taking a tag and buying a Christmas gift.

School Mass

Change of Mass Day next Week. Wednesday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a holy day of obligation. On Wednesday, December 8th, our 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom if there are no glitches. Mrs. Winchester’s 5th grade class is hosting Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

Reconciliation 

Reconciliation (confession) is an important sacrament – especially during Advent and Lent. We have Reconciliation scheduled for our 3rd-8th grade students on Tuesday, December 7th and Friday, December 10th. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. We are the parish’s biggest ministry. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

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

Advent is a season of hope and waiting – it is a time of darkness and light.

 Prayer for Advent:Prayer for Advent Grace Prayer Card | Download | Sadlier Religion

Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education. We are blessed to be able to continue to serve our St. Joseph’s Catholic School families!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal’s Report 11.18.2021


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great week enjoying family, friends and a wonderful meal! We have so much to be thankful for at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We are thankful for the freedom to practice our faith in our Catholic school community. We are thankful for our Bishop, priests, and deacons and their help in fulfilling our mission. We are thankful for our teachers and staff who are dedicated to guiding our students in faith and learning. We are thankful for our families who are supportive of their child’s Catholic education and give so much to our school. We are thankful for our students who are beautiful gifts from God!

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Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Monday, November 22nd – November 26th – Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Friday, December 3rd – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Tuesday, December 14th  – SJPA meeting at 3:15
  • Tuesday, December 21st – end of 2nd quarter. Please note, this is an adjustment – No school on Wednesday, December 22nd. 

School Safety

Every month we do safety drills here at school. Today, we had a lock down drill. All teachers and students did a great job and followed protocols perfectly!

Catholicity

Acts of Charity

Thank you for your generosity as we help those in need. Items collected will be taken to Corpus Christi House this afternoon. Thank you, St. Joseph’s student council, for your work!

Our St. Joseph’s School Community filled 68 Boxes of Joy for children in need – thank you for your help in providing joy to children at Christmas!

Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th

School Mass

On Tuesday, November 30th, our kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom if there are no glitches. Mrs. Schneider’s 4th  grade class is hosting Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander have blocked out time to come into the school to teach lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. We are the parish’s biggest ministry. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

We have had a few students test positive this week for COVID.  For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid PCR test (provide a copy to the office) and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Information from Last Week’s Newsletter:

 Please remember to send your child with a coat. It is helpful if they have a hood or hat in case it is raining. We have students go out to recess unless it is raining at a steady pace, or the temperature is below 20 degrees. Children really need movement, and it also allows for a break from masks. Just a reminder, as we head into the winter months, shorts may no longer be worn when we come back from Thanksgiving break.

As we mention coats and hats, please remember to write your child’s name in their belongings. Our lost and found has grown exponentially, please have your child check for any lost items. We will be donating all items to St. Vincent de Paul next Friday.

After discussion with teachers in our last faculty meeting, we have made an adjustment to our school calendar. Second quarter will end on Tuesday, December 21st. We will not have school on Wednesday, December 22nd. It was previously scheduled for a ½ day.

On Monday, November 8th, we sent an email with the parent survey for our accreditation self-study. As mentioned, St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year utilizing the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. One of the requirements is to conduct stakeholder surveys. We are seeking input from our stakeholders: parents, teachers and staff, and students (4th-8th grades). Your input will help us evaluate our areas of strength and areas we need to improve. Fr. Mariusz along with our School Advisory Board will analyze the data from the surveys. The WCEA school accreditation team who will evaluate our school will also have access to this information. Please submit only one survey per household. Please let me know if you have any questions surrounding this important process.

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School.

We are Hiring

Substitute Teachers

We would like to add more people to our substitute list. Currently, we have eight people who are available to help. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

Thank you for partnering with us! We know you have choices when it comes to the education of your child/children.

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal

Principal’s Report 11.11.2021


Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,

Fall is here – our weather has definitely shifted to match the season! Please remember to send your child with a coat. It is helpful if they have a hood or hat in case it is raining. We have students go out to recess unless it is raining at a steady pace, or the temperature is below 20 degrees. Children really need movement, and it also allows for a break from masks. Just a reminder, as we head into the winter months, shorts may no longer be worn when we come back from Thanksgiving break.

As we mention coats and hats, please remember to write your child’s name in their belongings. Our lost and found has grown exponentially, please have your child check for any lost items. We will be donating all items to St. Vincent de Paul next Friday.

After discussion with teachers in our last faculty meeting, we have made an adjustment to our school calendar. Second quarter will end on Tuesday, December 21st. We will not have school on Wednesday, December 22nd. It was previously scheduled for a ½ day.

Please bring your Box of Joy to the office by Friday, November 12th. We will be taking them to the parish for pick up during the weekend. Box of Joy in a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach and supplies Christmas presents to children in need around the world. Thank you to all who have donated.

On Monday, November 8th, we sent an email with the parent survey for our accreditation self-study. As mentioned, St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year utilizing the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. One of the requirements is to conduct stakeholder surveys. We are seeking input from our stakeholders: parents, teachers and staff, and students (4th-8th grades). Your input will help us evaluate our areas of strength and areas we need to improve. Fr. Mariusz along with our School Advisory Board will analyze the data from the surveys. The WCEA school accreditation team who will evaluate our school will also have access to this information. Please submit only one survey per household. Please let me know if you have any questions surrounding this important process.

Important Dates to Add to your calendar:

  • Wednesday, November 17th – School Advisory Board Meeting at 5:00 PM 17 November 2021 Board Agenda
  • Monday, November 22nd – November 26th – Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Friday, December 3rd – Teacher workday – no school for students
  • Tuesday, December 14th  – SJPA meeting at 3:15
  • Tuesday, December 21st – end of 2nd quarter and a full day. Please note, this is an adjustment – No school on Wednesday, December 22nd. 

Catholicity

Giving Back

Our St. Joseph’s Student Council is sponsoring a collection to help our those in need. We are asking students to donate various items to Corpus Christi House. Please see the flyer attached to our newsletter.

School Mass

On Tuesday, November 16th, our 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom if there are no glitches. Mrs. Skinner’s 3rd grade class is hosting Mass. Mass dress is required for all students and staff. Because we have made the adjustment, only half of the students are at Mass and are able to socially distance, Mass attendance is required. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander have blocked out time to come into the school to teach lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. The parish is committed to helping us in Catholic formation for our teachers and students. Please partner with St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in the faith formation of your child by praying together as a family, participating in the sacraments, and attending Mass on Sundays – following the five precepts of our beautiful Catholic faith.

COVID Response

Over the last few weeks, we have seen a decrease in the number of students in quarantine. This is great news! Just a reminder, please follow our school illness policy below if your child is experiencing any illness. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed for the health and safety of our school community. Our goal is to continue to provide in person learning. Thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year!

For current information on COVID cases and those in quarantine, please click on this document –Current COVID tracking information for St. Joseph’s.

Please follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of illness in our school:

  • 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
  • Students may return to school with a note from their physician if there is a negative Covid test and an alternate diagnosis such as asthma, seasonal allergies, migraine
  • Please consider the health and safety of our broader community – continue to practice our 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask –
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance- socially distance when appropriate

Accreditation-Self Study

St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:

  • Mission and Catholic Identity
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Operational Vitality

This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School.

We are Hiring

Substitute Teachers

We would like to add more people to our substitute list. Currently, we have eight people who are available to help. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.

As we honor our veterans on Veteran’s Day, let us give thanks for the sacrifices the brave men and women have made for our freedom.

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 Thank you for partnering with us as we help our children grow in faith, mind, and body!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich