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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 

March 30, 2015


“Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends Holy Saturday. This week includes the last days of Lent and the Triduum (Great Three Days).

The Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, continues through Good Friday and Holy Saturday, culminates in the Easter Vigil, and concludes with the Evening Prayer of Easter Sunday.

Lent is observed until Mass on Holy Thursday, then the Three Great Days (Triduum) are celebrated, and, at last, the great feast of Easter is sustained for fifty days.

Easter Sunday is both the final hours of the Triduum and the first hours of the Great Fifty Days.

Holy Week is the most solemn week of the year for Christians. The liturgies during the Triduum are rich and meaningful. We hope to see you in church!

Please check the parish bulletin or website for times of these special liturgies.



Stations of the Cross will be reenacted by students in grades 6 and 5 this Wednesday at 1:00.

You are invited to come and pray with us.


Donations should be turned in by Friday, April 10.

We hope you found this program of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to be enriching for your family.



istock 000014038521xsmallUPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER                                                                                      

March 31 DARE Graduation 
April 3 – 6 NO SCHOOL (Easter)
April 7-10 Preschool Conferences 
April 15-17 Grade 6 to Long Lake 
April 23-24 Grades 4-5-6 on overnight trip
April 26 First Communion
APRIL 28 Spanish program ends for this year 
                     May 1 Spring Thaw! 
                     May 8 Science Fair 

ipad boy  IPAD UPDATES

An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), form for IPad was sent home for students in grades 4-5-6. This document must be signed and returned in order for a student to be issued an IPad. 

Ratio will be 1:1 in grades 5 and 6, and 4th graders will share IPads for classroom activities.

Younger grades have access to a Moby Max mini-tablet in their classrooms already.

St. Joseph’s School teachers attended the recent Multi-District In-service Day that focused on IPad use-we have MUCH to learn, but we are started!

This week, Grade 6 will begin with Ipads in computer class; on March 22, Grade 5 will begin with Ipads; March 29 Grade 4 will begin with Ipads in computer class.

First class will include “Digital Citizenship”. Second class will focus on personalization of computers.

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These lessons will be taught in K-6 classrooms during March.Please read information enclosed in this envelope. 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.


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SPRING THAW IS MAY 1 in St. Joseph’s Social Hall

THANK YOU to those who have already stepped forward to help with this BIG event.

We need helpers in a variety of areas-this is a great way to fulfill service hours. Please see enclosed sheet to sign up-thanks! On March 30 we will send home posters for you to help publicize Spring Thaw. We will also send home tickets to sell.

Please let people know that this is a FUN evening for everyone in the community as well as out-of-town visitors. After the cold of winter, it will be good to come together to celebrate Spring! We encourage all of our parents and their friends to come and have a great time at Spring Thaw Friday, May 1, beginning at 5:30.



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In March 2 White Envelope, we sent home a notice of how many service hours your family has completed and recorded. Remember to complete Service Hour Forms and leave them at the school office. We will send home information to you about your family’s hours again in an April White Envelope.

              Spring Thaw needs many people to help with small tasks. During March we need people to visit businesses to pick up donated prizes and place posters up at businesses and places of work. This effort counts towards service hours.

We truly need everyone’s help in keeping tuition affordable and in making our school the special place for learning that it is-thank you for your service to St. Joseph’s School. 


Please send pictures you have taken of our students to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Thank you!

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Sacramental preparation takes place during Lent for students in Grade 2. Please keep these children in your prayers as they prepare and receive these sacraments. Students in grades 3-4-5-6 will attend Reconciliation during Lent as well. Wonderful gifts of grace!


SCIENCE FAIR DATE                          

  science fair2Students in grades 4-5-6 will participate in our annual science fair on Friday, May 8.  Students will receive guidance from both their teachers during classtime as well as guidance from mentors who will visit their classrooms in the weeks preceding the science fair.    

Our goal is to help students better understand the scientific process and the applications science has for our world.

 stock-illustration-25473720-smoothie-yellow-fruitSMOOTHIES FOR BIRTHDAYS & CELEBRATIONS!

To order smoothies for your child’s class, fill out an order form and return to Mrs. Maturi (Noreen) at least 10 days prior to the celebration day. The cost is $25 for the entire class and teachers.

Interested in helping out? Smoothies will be made by parent volunteers. We are looking for parents to be on the “Smoothie Team”. Time commitment is minimal – once we get an order, we’ll send out an email to the team to see who can help out on the designated day.
All supplies and instructions will be at the school in the serving kitchen near the gym. Interested? Please sign up in the office. It’s a great way to earn service hours!

If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more about the Wellness Committee, please contact Bri Solem (256-3406) or Toni Youngdahl (259-8354).


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