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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.



OCTOBER 6, 2014

Grandparents and Special Family Friends Day

 Friday, October 10  

We look forward to seeing everyone! 

Schedule for the Day

ARRIVAL Please park in upper church parking lot.

Student Greeters will guide you to the Commons Area

11:15 – 12:30 Eat with your grandchildren/ family friend.

Please purchase a lunch ticket at our school office. Cost is $5.00.

12:15 – 1:15 Classroom visits

1:30 – 2:30 MASS

Everyone is invited to our School Mass.

Children will sit with their classes.

After Mass, children may go home with their grandparents only if we have permission from parents. 

Grandparents hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.

Some of the world's best educators are those special grownups

we remember from our childhood.

Thank you for being here on this special day!



October 10            Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day

October 14            School Picture Day

October 15            Marathon Day (beginning at 1:30)

October 16 - 17     No School

October 30            Flu Vaccination Clinic

MARATHON is the afternoon of October 15

We ask that all children work the marathon-and we need parents’ help in this effort.  This is a great way to share in a community service project for others-and our school!

We are asking the high school youth of our parish to help out this year as well.  Do you have a son/daughter in high school that can help that day?  This will help to fulfill service hours for Confirmation for students at St. Joseph’s Parish.  

One more MARATHON note this week: Each year we donate a portion of our marathon’s proceeds to a local organization.  Please contact our school office if you would like to suggest an organization that would benefit from our donation-thanks!


Loving as God Loves

As part of their religion curriculum, students in grades K – 6 have five lessons from this diocesan curriculum.  Enclosed in this week’s envelope is a parent letter with more information. Some classrooms will have these lessons in the beginning of the year as a unit, and some classes will have these lessons spread throughout their regular religion lessons.

If you have questions about this curriculum, please contact your child's teacher. 


Steps to Respect

is the name of the curriculum our teachers use in Grades 3-4-5-6 that addresses skills for making friends and handling bullying.  Teachers in Preschool, Kdg, and Grades 1-2 also present lessons that address these skills using age appropriate stories and discussions.  In the area of bullying, as is age appropriate, classrooms focus on how to:  RECOGNIZE bullying, REFUSE bullying, and REPORT bullying.

One of our faculty’s goals is to be able to respond in a consistent manner to reports of bullying.  Teachers have participated in training sessions as part of the Steps to Respect program.  All teachers and I take turns supervising students during lunch recess alongside our playground supervisor to observe firsthand the interactions of our students. 

If your child tells you about bullying behavior that (s)he has experienced or has witnessed, please encourage him/her to complete a report with a teacher or the principal.  Please contact your child’s teacher or me if you have questions about our curriculum or reporting procedures.  We appreciate the interest and support parents have given us in our continuing efforts to create a respectful environment at St. Joseph’s School.


Flu Vaccination Clinic

St. Joseph’s School will be the location of a flu vaccination clinic on October 30. Details will follow in Oct. 20 newsletter.


Service Hours Rollover  If your family put in more than the required 20 to 30 hours last year, you can “rollover” some of those hours into the next school year-an incentive to “bank” hours! Please refer to our school handbook for details.


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!

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.


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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