ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL FAMILY NEWSLETTER
November 17, 2014
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. Our first trimester ends November 26, and report cards will be sent home December 5.
SCHOOL DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov. 26 Bring a Food Shelf item or donation
to the School Thanksgiving Mass
Nov. 27/28 No School
Dec. 14 Christmas Program (see below)
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Sunday, December 14, at 5 pm, our students will present Lessons and Carols. 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 White Envelope 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.
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.
FUNDRAISING & SERVICE HOURS
In the December 1 White Envelope service hours your family has completed through the first quarter of school. Please remember that all families are expected to give 20 to 30 hours of service. Need ideas for ways to help? Go to our website and click on the Parent Resources Tab; then click on Fundraising and Services Opportunities booklet which is full of ways in which we need help throughout the year. Thank you to the MANY people who have put in lots of hours already. We need EVERYONE’S help to do all the great things we do at St. Joseph’s School.
SCHOOL BOARD 2014 -15
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, Steve Achan, Amanda Dosen-Windorski, Tricia Sterle, Heidi Chandler, Mandy Dick, Jean Key, Jay Sonder, Doreen Seekon, Joe Cargill, Melissa Erb, Cathy Jo Niewind, 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 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, and May 14.
NEW IPADS HAVE ARRIVED!
Two classroom sets (50) Ipads have arrived at St. Joseph’s School, along with a charging station and master computer to program these Ipads for our instructional needs.
Students in grades 4-5-6 will be using these new devices the second half of this school year.
Money to purchase these Ipads came from three sources of funding including:
~Excess fundraising dollars from past years (a great reason to help out with these efforts!)
~The Bickley Family Fund
~Donations from our Annual Fund
We also have purchased 6 smaller tablets for grades 1-2-3. Teachers will be attending workshops with District 318 teachers to learn how to utilize these devices.
I wish to thank the St. Joseph’s School Board and our parish business manager, Nancy, for ALL the research and discussion they put into making this happen!