Catholic Schools Week 2015
January 25 – January 30
We have soooo much happening during Catholic Schools Week!
Some activities are just for fun-
others focus on our identity as a Catholic School.
You are invited and encouraged to join us for all activities!
~Annual Book Fair!
~Students’ reflections on KNOWLEDGE on display in Parish Social Hall
~SchoolReach Messages coming home each night read by students
~All School Prayers read each morning by students
~Raffle sales fundraiser is in full swing!
(BIG prizes again this year donated by Catholic United Financial)
Wear School Uniforms only on Sunday and Wednesday of this week
SUNDAY (Jan. 25) 10:30 MASS (Please wear your school uniform.)
~Our students will sing, bring up the gifts, and read at Mass.
~Knights of Columbus and School Families serve a special brunch after
both Masses. Call or email our school office if your family will help
with this event. (This activity counts towards family service hours.)
~ Fair after Masses
Monday (Jan. 26) ~CLASS COLOR DAY (Each grade level wears a different color to school.)
Preschool color is green
KDG color is yellow
Grade 1 color is blue
Grade 2 color is orange
Grade 3 color is purple
Grade 4 color is camouflage
Grade 5 color is black
Grade 6 color is pink or red
4 SPELLING BEE PARTICIPANTS TRAVEL TO CLOQUET FOR DIOCESAN BEE-GOOD LUCK!
Tuesday (Jan. 27)
~Teacher “Coffee Morning” as you drive up to drop off!
~COMFY DAY~OLD FASHION (UNPLUGGED) GAME DAY
Students, with permission from parents, may bring a board game or a card game from home to use during part of this day. Students will work with their teachers to plan how this day will run.
Please LABEL items sent to school
Wed. (Jan. 28)
~SCHOOL MASS (Please wear uniforms)
~C.A.P. (Care About People) Day. Wear a cap for the price of $1.00.
Proceeds go to our local Food Shelf
~Early Release Day (following our normal schedule)
Thursday (Jan. 29)
~Jersey & Jeans Day
~Annual Skating at the Arena
8:45 Grades 3-4-5-6 10:00 Kdg-1-2
Permission Slip and information enclosed in white envelope
Students must wear a helmet. (Bike helmet is fine.)
LOTS of help needed to tie skates for the little ones!
~Annual Talent Show at 1:30 (a change from original school calendar)
Friday (Jan. 30)
Famous People Day
Dress as a famous person from the past-or the present. Be able to tell everyone three facts about this person. Will you be a saint? A president? Sports participant? Pioneer? Inventor? Scientist? Musician or Artist?
~Two classes will attend Reif Center program in the afternoon
Please note: Our Annual Floor Hockey Championship will be Friday, January 30 in the morning.
CONTACT SCHOOL OFFICE TO HELP WITH….
ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL FAMILY NEWSLETTER
January 5, 2015
PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Registration forms are available in the office for our 4-5 Year-Old Preschool and Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 School Year. Our 4/5 Preschool program will continue to be four half days.
~We began accepting registrations on Tuesday, January 6 for current preschoolers.
~We will begin accepting registrations on Tuesday, January 20, from current school families without a preschooler.
~On February 2, registration will open to parish members who do not yet have children at St. Joseph’s School.
~On February 23, 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.
~All students entering Kindergarten must go through Early Childhood Screening. Please contact Miss Cook, Preschool Teacher, for more information on screening.
~It is a good idea to register your child early to reserve a spot for your child. Contact our school office if you have any questions.
NO SCHOOL on Mon., Jan. 19, for students-this will be a workday for teachers. There will be NO SAC January 19.
WINTER MAP TESTING begins Feb. 2
A SAD NOTE….Mrs. Julie Stein, music teacher at our school since March 2012, has resigned her position at our school to become Fulltime Interim Director of Strings Instruction for the Itasca Orchestra & Strings Program. We thank Mrs. Stein for her great work with our students; we will miss her! We are currently looking to fill this position through the end of this school year. Interested applicants should contact our school office.
A BEE-UTIFUL MONTH!
Students in grades 3-4-5-6 participated in classroom Spelling Bees in December. Words and procedures are from the national Scripps Howard Spelling Bee program. Congratulations and good work to all of these students!
Four finalists will compete in the Duluth Diocesan Spelling Bee on Monday, January 26.
School Geography Bee will take place during the week of January 12 as well for finalists from grades 4-5-6. The student who wins our Geography Bee will take a written test in the hopes of qualifying for the state level geography bee. This Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. We are proud of ALL of these students for their participation in these enrichment activities!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS POSTER CONTEST
We have many wonderful posters on the hallway created by our students. Congratulations to the students whose posters were selected to move to the State Level of competition! Thank you, Knights of Columbus Council #2840, for sponsoring this contest and reinforcing for our students the meaning of Christmas!
FUNDRAISING & SERVICE HOURS
In the December White Envelope, we will send home a form indicating 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!