Principal’s Blog 12.16.2021


Dear St. Joseph’s Families,

As we continue through the third week of Advent, we lit the rose-colored candle that symbolizes joy. This is a sign that what was dark is getting brighter. This is such a beautiful and holy time of the year with the wonder of Christmas fast approaching. This is our last communication before we leave for Christmas Break. I do hope that you and your family have a blessed Christmas. Enjoy the time with family – hopefully with some peace and relaxation as well. We are blessed that you are all part of our St. Joseph’s community. Merry Christmas to All!

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 all the wonderful things happening at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and also a forward look into the 2022-2023 school year. We will look at these things through the domains of Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence, Governance and Leadership and Operational Vitality. These are the four domains of an effective Catholic school. This is also where we discuss tuition for the 2022-2023 school year. 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 21st – end of 2nd quarter. Please note, this is an adjustment – No school on Wednesday, December 22nd. 
  • 2nd quarter grades will be finalized January 7th
  • 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

Catholicity

School Mass

On Tuesday, December 21st, 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. The 7th 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

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 second week in a row, 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

Joy to all on this third week of 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!

May you have a blessed Advent, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Blessings,

Tammy Emerich