St. Joseph's School Family Newsletter
April 22, 2014
"Now let the heavens be joyful,
Let earth her song begin:
Let the round world keep triumph,
And all that is therein;
Invisible and visible,
Their notes let all things blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen
Our joy that hath no end."
OUR EASTER CELEBRATION CONTINUES UNTIL THE FEAST OF PENTECOST (June 8)
Spring Thaw is Thursday, April 24
Timberlake Lodge, 5:30 to 9:30
FATHER TOM RADAICH PASSES AWAY
Fr. Tom Radaich, pastor at St. Joseph’s from 1993 to 2005, died Monday morning of a heart attack. Fr. Tom was instrumental in guiding the process and bringing the vision of the “new” St. Joseph’s Church to reality-a wonderful legacy.
Please keep Fr. Tom in your prayers.
UPCOMING DATES TO KNOW
April 24 SPRING THAW
Grade 5 to Science Museum
April 27 First Communion (grade 2)
May 1 Wizard of Oz Essays due (grades 5/6)
May 2 Science Fair (grades 4/5/6)
May 16 Fr. Jerry's Cookout
May 28 Honor Assembly (morning)
Sixth Grade Graduation Mass (afternoon)
SCHOOL FAMILIES NEEDED TO HELP HOST COFFEE & DONUTS AFTER BOTH MASSES ON SUNDAY, MAY 5.
DONUTS ARE ALREADY THERE, AND THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE ON THE YELLOW SHEETS IN THE KITCHEN.
Spanish/Computer/Gym/Music Notes on School Website
If you need to know the vocabulary for a Spanish project, want to know what needs to be turned in for computer class, or read what is happening in gym; please go to our school website. For example, to read about the Spanish project for April, go to:
Click on Classrooms
Click on Spanish
Click on April (at the bottom of the Spanish page)
We appreciate all those families that are keeping up with their tuition payments. All tuition and hot lunch bills, and SAC bills should be paid-in-full by the end of the school year. SMART Tuition Forms and information about Tuition Assistance Applications will be sent home in the May 5 white envelope.
CRS RICE BOWL DONATIONS Please bring in your Rice Bowl donations and pour them into the BIG blue bin in the school office.
SPRING THAW IS THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 24, BEGINNING AT 5:30
Final planning meeting for Spring Thaw will take place Tuesday evening at 5 pm.
We hope everyone is able to come to Spring Thaw-it is always a wonderful evening, and it raises money for St. Joseph’s School.
Pre-Sale of Student Artwork takes place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. Please see enclosed flyer for details.
SPRING MAP TESTING Spring tests will be administered in all grades K-6 between April 28 and May 15. Please contact our office if you have further questions.
UNIFORM CHANGES BEGINNING MAY 1
Students may wear uniform-style shorts, meaning that the pockets must be “inside pockets”, not jean-style, and not pockets on the sides. Capri pants are acceptable if they follow the same guidelines.
NO FLIP-FLOPS, PLEASE-and all students must wear socks with their shoes. Uniform guidelines are posted in our school handbook.
$CRIP GOAL Each spring we send home to you a notice of the $crip purchases you made this past school year. Thank you to those who purchase $crip; this fundraiser does not cost our school families any money but does raise funds for our operating expenses at St. Joseph’s School.
TWO WIZARD OF OZ EVENTS-ONE IN MAY AND ONE IN JUNE
Essays by 5th and 6th Graders are due to their teachers by May 1 to be included in the city-wide writing contest. The students needed to read the original Wizard of Oz book and watched the Wizard of Oz movie to write this essay. Grand Prize is worth $1000.
AND-The Judy Garland Museum is planning to surpass the Guinness World Record for the Most Dressed Up Wizard of Oz Characters in June. The record was set at 446 in 2010. There will be a donation request of $1 for each costumed character that will go to Itasca County Habitat for Humanity as part of the festival’s “There’s No Place Like Home” fundraiser to fight homelessness.
Here is a link to learn more about this great event: http://www.itascahabitat.org/mn/2014/02/10/theres-no-place-like-home/
SERVICE HOURS-A CLARIFICATION & A REMINDER
In our last White Envelope, we sent home a notice of how many service hours your family had completed and recorded. I also indicated that each family would be billed for unfulfilled hours during the last quarter of school. I apologize for the confusion for those who are going to complete their hours by means of Spring Thaw (April 24), Science Fair (May 2), May field trips or the Fun Festival on the last day of school.
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 in an April White Envelope. 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 time!
SCIENCE FAIR DATE
Students in grades 4-5-6 will participate in our annual science fair on Friday, May 3. Students this year will not only be supported by their teachers during class time, but will receive guidance from some science fair judges during 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.
GRANT FORM-WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN AT OUR SCHOOL?
The school has some funding available for a program or project at the school. In this White Envelope you will find a Grant Application. The School Board, Principal and Pastor review applications. We want to hear your good ideas!!
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.
Some volunteers are working on a secure drop-box for these photos. In the meantime, send pictures to yearbook @stjosephscatholic.org.
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.
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.