Good afternoon St. Joseph’s Families,
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great week enjoying family, friends and a wonderful meal! We have so much to be thankful for at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. We are thankful for the freedom to practice our faith in our Catholic school community. We are thankful for our Bishop, priests, and deacons and their help in fulfilling our mission. We are thankful for our teachers and staff who are dedicated to guiding our students in faith and learning. We are thankful for our families who are supportive of their child’s Catholic education and give so much to our school. We are thankful for our students who are beautiful gifts from God!
Important Dates to Add to your calendar:
- Monday, November 22nd – November 26th – Thanksgiving Break – No School
- Friday, December 3rd – Teacher workday – no school for students
- 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.
Every month we do safety drills here at school. Today, we had a lock down drill. All teachers and students did a great job and followed protocols perfectly!
Acts of Charity
Thank you for your generosity as we help those in need. Items collected will be taken to Corpus Christi House this afternoon. Thank you, St. Joseph’s student council, for your work!
Our St. Joseph’s School Community filled 68 Boxes of Joy for children in need – thank you for your help in providing joy to children at Christmas!
Advent begins on Sunday, November 28th
On Tuesday, November 30th, 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. Schneider’s 4th 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
Fr. Mariusz and Fr. Aleksander have blocked out time to come into the school to teach lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is St. John’s Cathedral Parish school. We are in partnership with St. John’s and the parish financially supports St. Joseph’s each year. We are the parish’s biggest ministry. 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.
We have had a few students test positive this week for COVID. 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 PCR test (provide a copy to the office) 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
Information from Last Week’s Newsletter:
Please remember to send your child with a coat. It is helpful if they have a hood or hat in case it is raining. We have students go out to recess unless it is raining at a steady pace, or the temperature is below 20 degrees. Children really need movement, and it also allows for a break from masks. Just a reminder, as we head into the winter months, shorts may no longer be worn when we come back from Thanksgiving break.
As we mention coats and hats, please remember to write your child’s name in their belongings. Our lost and found has grown exponentially, please have your child check for any lost items. We will be donating all items to St. Vincent de Paul next Friday.
After discussion with teachers in our last faculty meeting, we have made an adjustment to our school calendar. Second quarter will end on Tuesday, December 21st. We will not have school on Wednesday, December 22nd. It was previously scheduled for a ½ day.
On Monday, November 8th, we sent an email with the parent survey for our accreditation self-study. As mentioned, St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year utilizing the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. One of the requirements is to conduct stakeholder surveys. We are seeking input from our stakeholders: parents, teachers and staff, and students (4th-8th grades). Your input will help us evaluate our areas of strength and areas we need to improve. Fr. Mariusz along with our School Advisory Board will analyze the data from the surveys. The WCEA school accreditation team who will evaluate our school will also have access to this information. Please submit only one survey per household. Please let me know if you have any questions surrounding this important process.
St. Joseph’s is going through our self-study for our school accreditation during the 2021-2022 school year. We are using the framework from the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools – the NSBECS. There are four Standards that are included in our self-study:
- Mission and Catholic Identity
- Governance and Leadership
- Academic Excellence
- Operational Vitality
This is such a great opportunity for us to evaluate our school from the lens of a National Catholic school framework. We also will focus on the Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School.
We are Hiring
We would like to add more people to our substitute list. Currently, we have eight people who are available to help. We have run into several situations already this year where we have not had someone to substitute. If you think this is a position you might be interested in – please see the application on our school website.
Thank you for partnering with us! We know you have choices when it comes to the education of your child/children.