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