September 11, 2014

Dear St. Joe’s Community:
Before I share some news about the school, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on September 11, 2001. I remember where I was standing in my apartment the day my now husband called and told me to turn on the television because a plane had crashed into the the World Trade Center. I remember the emotion and fear that existed for weeks beyond that day. Was the world ending? Why did this tragedy occur?

I had the opportunity to visit the memorial in New York City in November 2013. The names engraved on the walls and the cascading water brought me back to the moment. If you have a minute to pause and reflect, here is an amazing video from Fr. Jim Martin about this tragedy through a Catholic lens:

Another thing that I have been thinking about this week is how pervasive technology is in our society. Technology plays an important part in our lives and our children’s lives, and that is the reason we are offering two technology information nights at St. Joe’s. There are two opportunities to come learn: Monday, Sept. 15 at 3:15 p.m. (childcare will be provided) and Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. (childcare will not be provided). These sessions will be held in Mr. Grant’s room. Please bring your student’s login information for Khan Academy, if you would like to take a tour of their account. Please RSVP at the following website, if you are planning to attend:

We will cover information about: what technology is used at the school, how we can partner to keep students safe with technology, and what technology you and your students will be using at home.
Please join us for Oktoberfest this Sunday, September 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be food, fun, and festivities between the school and St. John’s Cathedral. All are welcome, so please bring friends and family members, too!

Please note that Mass will be on Monday, September 15 next week. Students need to be in Mass dress on Monday, instead of Tuesday. Mass starts at 8:30 a.m., and all are welcome.
Friday, September 19 is a full day of school.

One of my top priorities is ensuring that students are safe; we are an urban school, and we want to make sure students are well-supervised. Please do not drop students off before 7:30 a.m., as there is not supervision on the playground until 7:30 a.m. Students benefit from fresh air, sunlight, and movement, so we are asking students to stay outside in the mornings, unless they are eating breakfast. It is getting cooler in the mornings, so please have your student wear a jacket or sweatshirt and plan to be outside until 8 a.m.

School is dismissed at 3 p.m. Please pick your children up before 3:15 p.m. We do not have supervision after 3:15, and students who are still here will be placed in the Extended Day Program. There is a flat rate charge of $15 per day for the Extended Day Program. Extended Day runs from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Blessings as we remember and reflect on September 11.