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Our Students St. Joseph's Catholic Community of Grand Rapids is a vibrant faith community located in northern Minnesota. St. Joseph's School is an important part of the St. Joseph's Catholic Community.  We love our students and are privileged to work in partnership with our school families.
Academic Opportunities Academic opportunities at St. Joseph's School include Math Masters, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Reading Rainbow Writers' Contest, Geography Bee, and numerous field trips. We value the academic enrichment these experiences bring to our children's education. Summer Tutoring 
Service Activities No matter the age, our parish community embraces and serves everyone when we join together in sharing the importance of Catholic faith in our lives.  Students have donated their time through a school marathon by raking leaves for those in need.  Some students worked at the Food Self or collected donations for Habitat for Humanity, Grace House and the Itasca County Autism Group, and God's Little Angels' Orphanage in Haiti.

St. Joseph’s School Family Newsletter    

March 2, 2015


A THOUGHT FOR LENT: 


THE CARDINAL VIRTUES ARE PRUDENCE, JUSTICE, TEMPERANCE, AND FORTITUDE. WHERE ARE THEY IN TODAY’S SOCIETY? WHERE ARE THEY IN YOUR LIFE?

 

 

END OF SECOND TRIMESTER
The second trimester of this school year will end this Friday, March 6. Report cards will be sent home March 13.


RAFFLE SALES END THIS WEEK

Catholic United Financial Raffle is quickly coming to a close. Please return money, ticket stubs and all unsold tickets this week.

Thanks to everyone who sold tickets after weekend Masses and on their own.

We truly appreciate the support of Catholic education by Catholic United Financial who provides ALL the prizes for this event. This means St. Joseph’s School gets to keep 100% of the money collected-WOW!

Last year our school families brought in $8600. Can we beat this total? (I think we can!)


STATIONS OF THE CROSS & KC FISH FRY

Stations of the Cross will be reenacted by our 6th graders on Fri., March 13 at 6 pm and again on April 1, the Wed. of Holy Week, at 1:00. You are invited to come and pray with us.


After the Stations on March 13, the Knights of Columbus will hold a Fish Fry-all you can eat-yummy! Cost is $10 per person-children under 12 are $5.00, and children under 5 are free. 


SERVICE HOURS REMINDER

In this White Envelope, we are sending home a notice of how many service hours your family has completed and recorded. Remember to complete Service Hour Forms and leave them at the school office. We will send home information to you about your family’s hours again in an April White Envelope.

Spring Thaw needs many people to help with small tasks. During March we need people to visit businesses to pick up donated prizes and place posters up at businesses and places of work. This effort counts towards service hours.

We truly need everyone’s help in keeping tuition affordable and in making our school the special place for learning that it is-thank you for your service to St. Joseph’s School.


DANCE UNIT & PROGRAM

Mr. Simula is working together with our students in K – 6 in the area of dance during their Phy-Ed classes. A program to show what the children have learned will take place on March 11 at 11 am in our school gym. We invite you to join us for this 45 minute program!


PHOTOS-PHOTOS-PHOTOS

Please send pictures you have taken of our students to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Thank you!


FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST COMMUNION

Sacramental preparation takes place during Lent for students in Grade 2. Please keep these children in your prayers as they prepare and receive these sacraments. Students in grades 3-4-5-6 will attend Reconciliation during Lent as well. Wonderful gifts of grace!


UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER


March 6 First Friday All School Rosary
March 10 Dance Program (11 am)
March 13 School Stations of Cross 6 pm
Report Cards sent home
March 20 No School (Teacher Workday)
April 7-10 Preschool Conferences
April 3 – 6 NO SCHOOL (Easter)
April 15-17 Grade 6 to Long Lake
April 23-24 Grades 4-5-6 on overnight trip


SCIENCE FAIR DATE

Students in grades 4-5-6 will participate in our annual science fair on Friday, May 8. Students this year will not only be supported by their teachers during class time, but will receive guidance from some science fair judges during the weeks preceding the science fair. Our goal is to help students better understand the scientific process and the applications science has for our world.


SPRING THAW IS FRIDAY, MAY 1 AT ST. JOSEPH’S SOCIAL HALL THIS YEAR

We extend a special THANK YOU to those who have already stepped forward to help with this BIG event. We need helpers in a variety of areas-this is a great way to fulfill service hours.

Please let people know that this is a FUN evening for everyone in the community as well as out-of-town visitors. Invite everyone for a grown-ups evening out that supports our school. After this looonnngg winter, it will be good to come together to celebrate Spring!

KidThaw will also take place that evening. We will send home information in future letters.

Save the Date-come and have a great time at our 20th Spring Thaw!


YEARBOOK PICTURES FOR GRADE 6

Each year, parents send in a picture of their child as a baby and write a special message for our yearbook. We need two parents to take charge of collecting these pictures, messages and doing the layout for the yearbook. Time to get started now! Contact Mrs. Matetich or the school office, and we will connect you with the yearbook volunteers who will show you how to do this.


MID-YEAR FUNDRAISING REPORT 2015
For this school year, the approximate cost of educating a child at St. Joseph’s
School is approximately $5000 per student. This is our operations budget, i.e., the amount we need to run the school for the year.

To meet our operations budget:
Please note that these percentages are approximate.
-Tuition payments cover 53% of the operations budget
-St. Joseph’s Parish Community covers 25% of the operations budget (This amount is referred to as the parish subsidy.)
-St. Joseph’s School Endowment covers 7%
-Fundraising covers 12-15% of operations budget.
Please note that these numbers do not reflect the mortgage for our educational facility.

As you can see, fundraising activities help to lower the cost of tuition for everyone. Thank you to all of you that have participated in our fundraisers.

 

To make our budget goal for this year, we need to raise a total of $85,000.


Mid-Year Fundraising Summary (amounts reflect net profits)

MARATHON $13,100

MAGAZINE SALES $1,800

TARGET REDCARD $3,600

BOXTOPS & INK CARTRIDGES $750

Mid-year total $19,250 (approximately 25% of budget goal met so far)

Not included in this total are $crip sales, Raffle ticket sales, Spring Thaw, and our Annual Fund appeal.

SMOOTHIES FOR BIRTHDAYS & CELEBRATIONS!

Smoothies will be available starting Monday, Feb. 9. To order smoothies for your child’s class, fill out an order form and return to Mrs. Maturi (Noreen) at least 10 days prior to the celebration day. The cost is $25 for the entire class and teachers

Interested in helping out? Smoothies will be made by parent volunteers. We are looking for parents to be on the “Smoothie Team”. Time commitment is minimal – once we get an order, we’ll send out an email to the team to see who can help out on the designated day.
All supplies and instructions will be at the school in the serving kitchen near the gym. Interested? Please sign up in the office. It’s a great way to earn service hours!

If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more about the Wellness Committee, please contact Bri Solem (256-3406) or Toni Youngdahl (259-8354).



  OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES HAVE CHANGED!

In an effort to reduce all the extra “spam”, we have changed our emails. To reach us, use the following addresses:

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