Principal’s Blog 1.28.2022

Happy Thursday St. Joseph’s Families,

Next week is National Catholic Schools week.  Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week has been the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2022 is “Faith. Excellence. Service.” We will be celebrating our Catholic school community through a variety of activities and lessons throughout the week.  Through these events, our school will focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church and our communities.

There are so many benefits of attending and working in a Catholic School:

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We will finish winter MAP testing for our 2nd-8th grade students this week. I will share data with our school community mid-February.

Important Dates to Add to your Calendar:

  • Thursday, January 27th -ACHD meeting for 8th street renovation (see info below)
  • Sunday, January 30th – Kick off Catholic Schools Week – Student led Mass at 10:00 am in the Cathedral
  • January 30th – February 5th – Catholic Schools Week – see flier attached to newsletter


Re-enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is here! Yesterday, we sent out an email to current families with a link to re-enroll. The completed Parental Covenant is due the same time you submit your re-enrollment. The completed parental covenant should be brought to the school along with school fees payment. Re-enrollment for current families is due by February 11, 2022. On February 14, 2022, we will open up enrollment for all other families interested in St. Joseph’s. We currently have wait lists established in every grade level.

8th Street Updates – ACHD

ACHD is exploring improvements to 8th Street. We would like our St. Joseph’s families to help us weigh in on these options. We have had several meetings with a team from ACHD over the last two months. The concept designs they have presented will impact the flow of traffic and drop off on 8th Street for our St. Joseph’s families and will also have an impact on St. John’s Cathedral parish. Based on what we have seen, we would choose Option B as it has the least impact on our school and parish. There are also virtual Open Houses on January 27th at two different times that we can attend. Here is a link to the project.


School Mass

On Tuesday, February 1st, our 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th grade students will attend Mass in the Cathedral – all other classes will watch the Mass live streamed into the classroom. Mrs. Weaver’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.

St. John’s Cathedral Parish

Sunday, January 30th, we will kick off Catholic School’s Week with our St. Joseph’s students leading the 10:00 am parish Mass. We hope you and your family and join us in this faith celebration!  We will be partnering with the parish for the rest of the school year on student hosted parish Mass. This is a great opportunity for St. John’s parishioners to see our students’ involvement and participation in our faith.

COVID Response

We are trying to navigate through another surge in COVID cases and exposures. Numbers are declining slightly, we have 29 students out today. We will be sending out an update to our COVID response plan tomorrow. Thank you for your help as we continue to work through this. 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 –
  • 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

Celebrating national Catholic Schools Week with a prayer for community:

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We are grateful that your family is part of our St. Joseph’s Catholic School community!

Many Blessings,

Tammy Emerich