Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,
Next Friday is the end of 1st quarter; we will have ½ day on Friday, October 18th so teachers can finalize report cards. At Tuesday’s Mass, we were given a beautiful cross that was made just for our school- Fr. Mariusz blessed the cross. The cross was hand carved from a tree grown in Idaho by Thomas Goonan. He and his wife Toni live in northern Idaho and have made crosses for many of the Catholic Schools across the state. We have completed MAP testing –our standardized testing and our students scored well above the national average!
A couple of things to help us with the school day:
- Please remember to have your children bring their coats to school – it is cold outside!
- Please make sure that 3rd – 8th grade students include a belt as part of their uniform – it is required
The Catholic Educators’ Conference we attended last Friday and Saturday was great! Jonathon Doyle was our keynote speaker – he has spoken worldwide. The inspirational focus was that God has called us all to our vocation and He is there to guide us along the way!
Box of Joy Project – St. Joseph’s Catholic School is partnering with St. John’s Parish to deliver a Box of Joy to children who may not receive a present at Christmas. Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach. Boxes will include toys, schools supplies, hygiene items, etc. for boys and girls ages 1-14. Each box has specific information and suggestions for gifts – a $9 check should be included to help cover shipping to the destination country and to support Catholic ministries.
Our school has 70 boxes to fill for children in need of a Christmas gift. If you and your family would like to help us fulfill our goal, please come to the office and pick up a box. Boxes should be delivered back to the school by October 31st. The parish is in need of volunteers from Nov. 2nd – Nov. 10th to collect boxes – We will be sending more information on this volunteer opportunity.
“The gifts you pack in a Box of Joy show God’s unconditional love and spark the joy every child should experience at Christmas. More important, they are symbolic of God’s greatest gift, his son Jesus Christ” Cross Catholic Outreach
Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for your commitment to your child’s Catholic Education!
St. Joseph’s Catholic School