ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL FAMILY NEWSLETTER
December 1, 2014
Welcome to the season of ADVENT!
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM IS SUNDAY, DEC. 14, AT 5 PM.
Our students will present Lessons and Carols, a traditional program of singing and Scripture readings about the birth of the Christ child.
This is a special evening for our children-and a wonderful way to take time to create a Christmas tradition for your family!
Mrs. Stein sent home a note in our November White Envelope indicating what your child should wear that evening and what they will be singing.
Please check out our website (under classrooms-click on Music and scroll to bottom for links or call our school office if you have any questions (326-6232).
We are asking each family (except in Grade 4) to bring a dozen cookies or a snack for the social time following the program.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
On Monday December 8, students will attend Mass at 9 am.
On this feast day we celebrate Mary’s preservation from original sin from the moment of her conception. This idea developed over time in the Church and was proclaimed doctrine by Pope Pius IX in 1854. There will also be Mass at 8:00 am and at 5:30 pm at St. Joseph’s and 7 pm at St. Augustine’s.
ADVENT-WHAT IS IT?
Please check out the YOUTube video on Advent at bustedhalo.com
ADVENT PARENT PRAYER TIME
Just before the afternoon busses arrive (2:50), you are invited to the principal’s office for an Advent reflection.
Give yourself the gift of five minutes to pause and reflect on the reason for the season. Small children are welcome to come.
KINDERGARTEN & PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION for 2015-2016
Registration will take place the first week of January to parents of children already enrolled in our programs and to families from St. Joseph’s School. We ask that you turn these forms in as soon as possible; in the past few years, we have had waiting lists for these classes.
YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR CHILD EVEN IF HE/SHE IS IN ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS THIS YEAR for next year’s class.
CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGE WEEKEND
Registration Information for St. Joseph’s School
Date: Evening of March 13 (Friday) through late afternoon of
March 15 (Sunday)
Cost: $160 This includes lodging in winterized cabins, all meals and activities.
To register: School has registration forms.
$50 down payment required
DEPOSIT & FORMS DUE TO ST. JOSEPH’S BY DEC. 15
Adults: Parents may attend this weekend as chaperones.
Senora Cortes & Mrs. Matetich will attend.
$CRIP IS FUNDRAISING WHILE YOU SHOP
Gift Cards make GREAT presents. Buy them at the school. Purchasing $crip cards is a great way to support local businesses.
If you need to order gift cards from far away, order early to get them on time!
Thank you for your support of our $crip program!
CANDLES IN THE FRONT ENTRYWAY-HAVE YOU SEEN THEM?
Each colorful candle represents a person for whom we are praying.
It is not too late to color a candle and put the name of someone on it for whom you would like our students to pray. Blank candle sheets are on the office counter.
FUNDRAISING & SERVICE HOURS
In the December White Envelope, we will send home a form indicating service hours your family has completed through the first quarter of school. Please remember that all families are expected to give 20 to 30 hours of service. Need ideas for ways to help? Go to our website and click on the Parent Resources Tab; then click on Fundraising and Services Opportunities booklet which is full of ways in which we need help throughout the year.
Thank you to the MANY people who have put in lots of hours already. We need EVERYONE’S help to do all the great things we do at St. Joseph’s School.
SCHOOL BOARD 2014 -15
The mission of the St. Joseph’s School Board is “to provide for the necessary guidance and decisive environment for the proper function of the school.” (Board Constitution)
This consultative board works with the principal and the pastor to help set procedures in place to achieve overall goals for the school. The School Board was an important part of supporting the move to our new school and crafting the School Self-Study for our School Strategic Plan for accreditation.
Current board members are Bob Beaver, Steve Achan, Amanda Dosen-Windorski, Tricia Sterle, Heidi Chandler, Mandy Dick, Jean Key, Jay Sonder, Doreen Seekon, Joe Cargill, Melissa Erb, Cathy Jo Niewind, and Matt Anthony. I encourage you to contact any of these people with questions or concerns you may have about St. Joseph’s School.
If you wish to attend a meeting and present your ideas to the Board in person, please contact the Board in writing at least a week before the upcoming meeting.
Meetings are scheduled for the following dates this year: December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, and May 14.
NEW IPADS HAVE ARRIVED!
Two classroom sets (50) Ipads have arrived at St. Joseph’s School, along with a charging station and master computer to program these Ipads for our instructional needs.
Students in grades 4-5-6 will be using these new devices the second half of this school year.
Money to purchase these Ipads came from three sources of funding including:
~Excess fundraising dollars from past years (a great reason to help out with these efforts!)
~The Bickley Family Fund
~Donations from our Annual Fund
We also have purchased 6 smaller tablets for grades 1-2-3. Teachers will be attending workshops with District 318 teachers to learn how to utilize these devices.
I wish to thank the St. Joseph’s School Board and our parish business manager, Nancy, for ALL the research and discussion they put into making this happen!