St. Joseph's School Family Newsletter
February 24, 2014
MARCH 5 IS ASH WEDNESDAY
PLEASE NOTE THAT MASS WILL BE AT 9:15 INSTEAD OF 1 PM ON ASH WEDNESDAY.
“Lord, I get so caught up in the details of my life that I forget about my eternal destiny. Thank you for the season of Lent to remind me of what is important.”
SAVE THE DATE!
Spring Thaw is Thursday, April 24
Timberlake Lodge, 5:30 to 9:30
SCHOOL REGISTRATION FOR 2014-2015
In this white envelope you will find the blue pre-registration form for students who will be in grades one through six next year. We use these forms in our budgeting process that will begin in March. Thank you for your prompt response once you receive this form.
PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION UPDATE
Registration for Kindergarten and both Preschool programs opened to the parish on January 28. On February 25, registration will open for the community-at-large.
All registrations must have a non-refundable deposit ($50 for Preschool and $100 for Kindergarten) to be considered complete. We welcome visitors to our school and classrooms to see what wonderful learning is happening here.
If you know someone who has school-age children that might be interested in checking into our school, please bring them in and introduce them to us, and we will answer their questions and show them around!
THINK FIRST, STAY SAFE
These lessons will be taught in K-6 classrooms during March. Please read enclosed information. You only need to send in this slip if you opt out of this program. If you have questions after reading this information, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Matetich.
SERVICE HOURS UPDATES
Enclosed in this envelope for each family is the record of your hours of service at our school for this year. Please check to see if your total is correct; contact our office if you have questions. You will be billed $18.00 per hour this spring for each hour not fulfilled according to the tuition contract you signed at registration. THANK YOU to those who have already completed their service hours!
Thank you to everyone who has sold their package of tickets or sold after the weekend Masses. ALL UNSOLD RAFFLE TICKETS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE because we are legally required to return them to Catholic United Financial. The top selling student will win an Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet, donated by Catholic United Financial.
GREAT SPELLING BEE NEWS!
Congratulations to Sullivan Igo, who, for the second time, brought home a Spelling Bee trophy for our school-WOW! Because Sully competed in the 5th -8th Grade Division, he went on to compete on Friday, February 14 with students from schools throughout the Northeastern Minnesota Region. The trophy is “in the shop” getting his name put on it. We will have it back at our school to display soon!
Congratulations, again, to ALL those students who participated in our school Spelling Bee and Geography Bee this year!
Needed: Friendly Faces at the Front Desk and Front Entrance
Of course, Mrs. Maturi is the friendly face that greets you most often, but her lunchroom duties take her away from her desk during a part of the day. We have some great parents who sit at the desk, but are in need of substitutes that could be called on to help. Time commitment is 11:25 to 12:15. Please call Mrs. Maturi if you can help out.
News from Senora Cortes
In our last white envelope, you received information about a CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGE WEEKEND. We have a chance to take some students April 11 (Friday evening) through April 13. We took some students a few years ago-it was a unique experience, both fun and challenging as it is a Spanish language immersion weekend. If you would like your child to go, please read through the materials we sent home or contact our school office ASAP. There is a cost involved in attending this weekend.
AND-Spanish Projects It has been fun to talk with parents who have come in to see the Family Trees that students have completed. If you want information on this project, please go to our website, click on the Classrooms tab, then click on the Spanish tab. You will also find information on our Computer program and our Physical Education program on our website-along with my letters, the lunch menu, schedules and MANY other helpful “things to know”!
MAKE THE 2014 YEARBOOK SPECIAL!
PICTURES NEEDED FOR YEARBOOK
I see parents taking pictures of the children at events such as skating or concerts or at special school events. PLEASE SEND PICTURES TO THE SCHOOL FOR THE YEARBOOK. It is only with your help that we can gather pictures of ALL students.
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. Lagergren or the school office, and we will connect you with the yearbook volunteers who will show you how to do this.
PAST WEEKS' INFORMATION...
HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDERS
- Everyone should enter by way of the main front drive. Exit by way of the main front drive or out of the parent parking lot.
If we all remember 1 entrance and 2 exits for vehicles, we think this will alleviate congestion and potential problems
.-Our parking lot surface conditions continually change. Please walk carefully!
-Flu season is underway. Please refer to School Handbook for policies and procedures. Take care!
-School Closings will happen for St. Joseph’s School when school is closed for District 318. A School Reach call will also be sent in the event of school closing due to weather or other factors.
Drop-off is going well for the most part, but we remind ALL of those who drop off children beginning at 8:00, PLEASE DO NOT PARK AND GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL IN THE MORNING when you drop off your children. Park in the parent parking lot if you wish to get out of your vehicle. Thank you!
SERVICE HOURS’ COMMITMENT-HOW IS YOUR FAMILY DOING?
Need ideas for ways to help? Check our website: www.stjosephscatholic.org/school . Click on the Parent Resources Tab to find the Fundraising and Services Opportunities booklet which is FULL of ways in which we need help throughout the school year.
SCHOOL BOARD 2013 -14
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, Molly Miskovich, Amanda Butterfield, Steve Achan, Amanda Dosen-Windorski, Tricia Sterle, Heidi Chandler, Mandy Dick, Jean Key, Jay Sonder, Doreen Seekon 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 19, January 16, February 13, March 20, April 10, and May 15.
GRAB & GO Each morning from 8:10 to 8:25 am students can purchase items such as Breakfast Rounds, granola bars, go-gurt, fresh fruit, milk or orange juice. This is a great way for students who left home without breakfast to eat something before the start of the school day.
Your child can bring money each time or you can establish an account for him/her; make checks payable to St. Joseph’s Church. Please note that this program is separate from the Hot Lunch program so money put into a child’s Hot Lunch account cannot be used for Grab & Go.
Please sign up to help from 8- 8:30 to help sell items-great way to earn service hours!
UNIFORM CLOSET The Uniform Closet is a free service. Apparel may be taken and donations may be given at any time. Approved uniform pants, shorts, skorts, jumpers and white shirts/polos are accepted. Red and blue sweatshirts or crew neck, polar fleece or hooded sweatshirts with St. Joe’s logo are accepted. Vests, cardigans and pullovers may be donated. Please no rips, stains, or heavy signs of wear. Socks, shoes and hair pieces are not accepted.
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.
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 (often the time our children let us know they are sick….) If we do not receive a call from you on a day your child is not in school, we need to contact you.
We want the children to be in class as much as possible. 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 this procedure.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT FORMS If you are a parent that wants to go on field trips with our students or work with students (and we encourage ALL parents to do so), you need to complete the Safe Environment Forms once every five years. Ask your child’s teacher or Mrs. Maturi if you need more information on this procedure. Thank you!
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.
NEW THIS YEAR Our gym teacher does not work at our school on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings. If you can come to help watch students on those mornings in the gym between 8 and 8:15, we can open the gym for the students. Please contact our school office if you can help out. Thank you!
St. Joseph's School is accredited through the Minnesota Non-public School Accreditation Association (MNSAA). Average class size is 22 students in grades Preschool through Grade 6.