Principal’s Post 1.24.19


Thank you to the St. Joseph’s Parents for their leadership with liturgy, music, and Mass this week.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass. This week Deacon O’Neill calls us to follow the intent of the law instead of stopping at the letter of the law.   Please know all are welcome each week.  

Catholic Schools Week

Next week is Catholic Schools Week.  We look forward a great week.  The week is kicked off this Sunday with Mass at 11:30 at St. John’s.  The week is culminated with Mass and First Reconciliation Saturday, February 2 at 8:30 at St. John’s.

Wake Up Wednesday with Mrs. Elwer

Get Up and Get Going in the Morning With Mrs. Elwer: We are off to a great start.  We have a number of students attending this and welcome all students for the future dates.  Mrs. Elwer is offering the chance for students to come into the gym and get moving and stretching on Late Start Wednesday from 7:45-8:15 in January and February.  This was popular last year.  All ages are welcome. Remaining Dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, and 2/27

Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament

The Holy Spirit Basketball Tournament is March 15-17 (This is the Friday leading into Spring Break.).

This tournament is for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls.  

Signs of Suicide (SOS)

Spirit, Mind, and Body.  The well being of the whole person/child/student is as important as ever.  The societal challenges for students today can be tough. Christy Porter, school counselor, will be hosting a parent information night February 4th from 6-7:30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in room 108 (Mr. Grant’s).  Please consider attending. Link to RSVP


Are you aware of the dangers of vaping?  According to the American Psychiatric Assoc.: “About 13 percent of 8th graders, 24 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 28 percent of 12th graders at U.S. schools reported using a vaping device in the past year, according to data from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey results, which were released in December 2017, found that while most of these students said they mostly vape flavoring liquids, 1 in 10 reported vaping nicotine, and 1 in 20 reported vaping marijuana.” Please talk with your student(s) to see what they know about vaping and to share the dangers of vaping.

SafeStudents Online

New Activation Method

To activate your account, please visit Select our school from the dropdown list and type in the email address you have on file with our school (your SafeStudents Online account is linked to your email address). If you have any questions or trouble with the process, please reach out to

This is for our families with students in grades 5-8.  The goal is to coach and provide students a safer and healthier online experience and provide open communication between parents and students.  All you need to do is sit down with your student(s) and take less than 5 minutes to set it up.

Year to Date Information:

13,582                Activities analyzed

284                      Alerts

2.09%                 Alert Rate (SafeStudents online average is 1.5%)

If you still have questions, please feel free to view the video link below and call or email questions to myself ( or our counselor Mrs. Porter (

Three new apps added to list for monitoring: GroupMe, Flickr, and Kidzworld.

Link to Video Explanation



Link to Resources

Student Safety

See something, say something.  I would like to remind and urge everyone if you see something out of place, please report it to the Office as soon as possible.  It is much better to be safe and say something than to worry about it.

For information on our current terminology and practice, please refer to our

Safety Parent Letter.

Bravely act like a Saint today!

We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.  As a Catholic community, we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  When you see someone in our community going above and beyond leading by example and bravely acting like a saint, please let me know using the following link.

Upcoming Weekend Parish Hosted Masses at St. John’s Cathedral

Sun Jan. 27 11:30 AM with choir (CSW) Julianne Russell – Student Council
Sun Feb. 24 5PM without choir (Hallissey) Grant/McClure – Hallissey Tournament has been moved to March 1, 2, 1 and 3
Sun Mar. 10 10AM with choir Weaver/Howard
Sat Apr. 27 5PM with choir (1st Communion) Cammann/Seidler
Sun May 19 1PM Spanish without choir Vietri/Arrubarrena

Bravely act like a saint today!


Student Learning Expectation Videos




Citizenship and Social


KTVB Innovative Educators (St. Joseph’s 4th Grade)