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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

September 8, 2014


WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR!
On September 8, we remember the Nativity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary~ Mary’s Birthday!


FAMILY NEWSLETTER & WHITE ENVELOPE

We will send home our Family Newsletter to you about twice a month in our special school “White Envelope”

THE WHITE ENVELOPES ARE ON BACK ORDER AT THIS TIME; THEY SHOULD BE HERE FOR THE NEXT MAILING ON 9/22.
Unless you tell us otherwise, we send home one envelope per family with the youngest child in the family. Keep the information, sign the envelope, and return the envelope to school. We will reuse the school envelope throughout the year. You can send $crip orders, signed permission slips, and other notes back to school in the envelope.

Please note: We send one white envelope home per family. If your family needs the information to be sent to two different homes, please contact our office to make arrangements.

NEW FACES AT OUR SCHOOL!

We extend a special welcome to the Kindergarten Class and to the new students in our other classes this year. Our Family Ambassadors will work with these new families to help them learn about our K-6 Program.Welcome to all those wonderful Four-Year- Old Preschoolers who are at our schoolWelcome to our new Title I teacher, Mrs. (Susan) Kolka, our new Physical Education teacher, Mr. Ben Simula, and our new custodian, Mr. (James) Berg.

CALENDAR NOTES


September 10        First School Mass at 1:00
                            Early Release 2:15

September 13        Parish SpiritFest!

Sept. 15-26           MAP Testing grades 1-6

September 22
                            5:30 – 6:30 Spaghetti Dinner
                            6:00 – 7:00 School Open House

October 10            Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day

October 14            School Picture Day

October 15            Marathon Day (beginning at 1:30)


MORNING ARRIVAL & GYM TIME

There is no direct supervision of children in the school before 8 am. UNLESS YOU HAVE CHECKED WITH MRS. MATETICH, please do not drop off children before 8 am. Our gym teacher will open the gym doors at 8 am for children to play in the gym before school begins. We love to have parents there as well to watch the kids play. You are welcome-and can earn service hours! Please contact our school office if you can help out. Thank you!

AT HOME WITH OUR FAITH

Enclosed in this envelope is a sample of a monthly publication that we will purchase for your family and send home each month. It is a GREAT resource, but we will only order and pay for a subscription for your family upon request. Please return this form to our office if you are interested in receiving this publication.

SAFETY AT SCHOOL

We have a security system at both the front doors and the SAC door. After 8:35, the front doors will be locked. Please press the buzzer and wait for Mrs. Maturi to release the lock. Listen for the click and then come in!

BUS SAFETY

All students receive instruction in bus safety both in the classroom and in school buses brought to our school by the ISD # 318 Transportation Department during September.

FIRE DRILLS

We will conduct our first fire drill and lockdown drill during September. Throughout the year, we conduct five of each as well as a tornado drill.


We Love Notes and Phone Messages!
Please send a note to let your child’s teacher and the office know if you need to take them from school during the day. Unless we hear from you, if your child is not picked up by 3:10, we will ask them to go to SAC. If your child is sick and will be absent, please call our office (326-6232). You can leave a message even in the middle of the night. If we do not receive a call from you on a day your child is not in school, we need to contact you.

We ask that you make appointments for children outside of school hours whenever possible. Children will be called down to the office upon your arrival at the school office to minimize the time they will be gone from class. Thank you for working with us on these procedures.


SPANISH/COMPUTER/MUSIC/PHYSICAL ED.

These instructors send home information about the content of their classes on a regular basis. Please keep these letters handy to help your child in completing assignments in these classes. Information can also be found under the Classrooms heading on our school website.







 

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