Principal’s Blog 5.26.2022


Happy Last Week of School St. Joseph’s Families,

We have made it to the last week of school for the 2021-2022 school year! As I reflect on the last few years and especially as I transition to my new role as superintendent, I want to share my thoughts and gratitude. The last two years have seen us navigating restrictions, making modifications and adjustments. Our teachers and students have shown perseverance, resiliency, and flexibility. Through it all, our students continued to grow in faith and academic excellence!    I want to thank Fr. Mariusz, Fr. Aleksander and Deacon Daniel for partnering with us in faith. Your commitment to our school and the faith development of our school community is greatly appreciated.  Our partnership with the St. John’s Parish is so important as our Catholic school is a ministry of the parish.

I am so grateful to our St. Joseph’s community: families, school board, teachers, staff, students, and priests for all your work, support, understanding and grace. It has truly been a privilege and blessing (albeit difficult at times) serving as the principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School for the past three years. I do look forward to continuing to serve the St. Joseph’s administration, teachers, and students, just in a different capacity. Please enjoy your summer, take care and God Bless!

Student MAP scores for 2nd-8th grade students will be sent home with your child this week. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Julie Perkins is our new bookkeeper at St. Joseph’s. If you have any questions about billing statements or tuition, Julie can be contacted at businessoffice@stjoes.com.

Enrollment

Open Enrollment is now available for St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We will be accepting enrollment applications from now through the summer. Please share the good things we are doing at St. Joseph’s with other families – word of mouth is the best way to attract families to our amazing school.

Here are enrollment numbers for the 2022-2023 school year:

Enrollment for 2022-2023 school year:

  • Kindergarten = 29
  • First = 36
  • Second = 48
  • Third = 44
  • Fourth = 44
  • Fifth = 40
  • Sixth = 44
  • Seventh = 41
  • Eighth = 42          
  • Total = 368

Personnel

Thursday afternoon, we have initial interviews for two candidates for the principal position.

We also have four great candidates for the counselor position – we will be conducting interviews next week to fill that position.

We have hired an amazing first grade teacher for next year, her name is Andria Jenne – Andria taught here at St. Joe’s early in her career and then taught in public school. We are blessed to have her join the St. Joe’s team once again!

Karen Istok will not be returning as an instructional aide next year. She stated that she enjoyed her time here but wants to take time to be with her family. Thank you Karen for doing such an amazing job as our 1st grade instructional aide.

Catholicity 

School Mass

Thursday, May 26th is our last school Mass for 7th-kindergarten students. Since that is our last day of school, students may wear St. Joe’s spirit dress. Please make sure uniform shorts are no shorter than least 3 inches above the knee. Parents are invited to join us at Mass.

School Safety 

Student and school safety is a priority here at St. Joseph’s. We are saddened about the school shooting in Texas and are praying for their school community. We have a safety plan here at the school which includes many different drills and age-appropriate explanations for our students on the importance of school safety and awareness. Here is a link to the safety procedures and responses that we practice here at St. Joseph’s monthly. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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.

Here is a prayer as we finish up our school year:

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Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s for your child’s Catholic Education! Have a fantastic summer!

Many Blessings,

Tammy Emerich

Principal