St. Joseph’s School Family Newsletter
November 18, 2013
And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters people’s growth
from their mother’s womb,
and fashions them according to his will!
May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you;
May his goodness toward us endure in Israel to deliver us in our days.
- from the Book of Sirach read at Thanksgiving Mass -
Thank you to everyone who attended. We appreciate that you have chosen St. Joseph’s School for your child(ren)’s education, and I know the teachers value the opportunity to speak with you. I encourage you to keep in touch with your child’s teacher throughout the year. Now, on to the second quarter!
SCHOOL DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov. 27 Bring a Food Shelf item or donation to the School Thanksgiving Mass
Nov. 28/29 No School
Dec. 15 Christmas Program (see below)
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Sunday, December 15, at 5 pm, our students will present Light of the World. We ask that families, if at all possible, make a commitment to be there. 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 last newsletter indicating what your child should
wear that evening and what they will be singing. Please contact our office if you need that information again.
$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. They look so lovely that we are going to keep them up throughout Advent. 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.
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?
We will be sending home a note that indicates how many hours of service your family has completed through the first quarter of school.
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. .
COMPUTER CLASS & SPANISH CLASS NEWS WILL BE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE
Enclosed in last week’s envelope was a newsletter from our computer instructor, Mrs. Jana Rooney. In this week’s envelope is a letter from Senora Cortes.
Mrs. Rooney’s letters about computer class and Senora Cortes’s letters will be published on our school website. Click on the Classrooms tab to access this information.
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: November 21, December 19, January 16, February 13, March 20, April 10, and May 15.
PAST WEEKS' INFORMATION...
GRAB & GO HAS STARTED!!
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!
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.