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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

September 22, 2014

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.  Keep these words that I am commanding to you today in your heart.  Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home, when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.            -from Deuteronomy, chapter 6, verses 5 – 7

 Remember to talk with your children about God this week.

Help them to understand how much they are loved by God.


GRANDPARENTS’ & SPECIAL FRIENDS’ DAY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 11 – 2:30

Our annual invitation to grandparents and other special family friends to visit our school gives the children a chance to share what they do here.  If you do not have a grandparent who is able to come, please come as a parent-or invite a neighbor or family friend!

LUNCH- will be served for our visitors (cost is $4.00), and students (regular price).  PLEASE CALL OUR SCHOOL OFFICE (326-6232) OR EMAIL ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), to reserve a lunch for a grandparent/special visitor.

Mass is at 1:30. We hope all our visitors will join us for this special time of worship!

IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD’S GRANDPARENT OR VISITOR TO TAKE YOUR CHILD HOME AFTER MASS, PLEASE CONTACT OUR SCHOOL OFFICE BEFORE FRIDAY IF POSSIBLE. 

REQUEST FOR HELP-PLEASE & THANK YOU- EARN SERVICE HOURS!

FOR LUNCH TO RUN SMOOTHLY, WE ARE IN NEED OF 10 PARENTS TO HELP SET UP AND SERVE LUNCH ON OCT. 10.  PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE IF YOU CAN COME-WE WILL LET YOU KNOW THE TIME!


MARATHON is the afternoon of October 15

We ask that all children work the marathon-and we need parents’ help in this effort.  This is a great way to share in a community service project for others-and our school!

We are asking the high school youth of our parish to help out this year as well.  Do you have a son/daughter in high school that can help that day?  This will help to fulfill service hours for Confirmation for students at St. Joseph’s Parish.  

One more MARATHON note this week: Each year we donate a portion of our marathon’s proceeds to a local organization.  Please contact our school office if you would like to suggest an organization that would benefit from our donation-thanks!

  

Loving as God Loves

As part of their religion curriculum, students in grades K – 6 have five lessons from this diocesan curriculum.  Enclosed in this week’s envelope is a parent letter with more information. Some classrooms will have these lessons in the beginning of the year as a unit, and some classes will have these lessons spread throughout their regular religion lessons.

If you have questions about this curriculum, please contact your child's teacher. 

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.

  

Flu Vaccination Clinic

St. Joseph’s School will be the location of a flu vaccination clinic on October 30. Details will follow in Oct. 20 newsletter.

  

Service Hours Rollover  If your family put in more than the required 20 to 30 hours last year, you can “rollover” some of those hours into the next school year-an incentive to “bank” hours! Please refer to our school handbook for details.

  

AT HOME WITH OUR FAITH

IT IS NOT TOO LATE! Please let our office know if you would like to receive this publication (free of charge) to use with your family by note in the White Envelope OR by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Boxtops-Campbell’s Soup Labels…Land ‘o Lakes  Bottle Caps...Ink Cartridges…Target Take Charge for Education…

These programs support our school without any extra cost to our families!

If you signed up to count these items-time to begin-we have gazillions to count!  Please check with the school office if you have questions.

  

ST. JOSEPH’S FAMILY DIRECTORY is in this week’s envelope. Please review your information; let us know of needed corrections

SCHOOLREACH – We have sent out a few voice messages, texts and emails.  Please let us know if you are NOT receiving them-thanks!

NEW FACES AT OUR SCHOOL!

We extend a special welcome to the Kindergarten Class and to the new students in our other classes this year. Our Family Ambassadors will work with these new families to help them learn about our K-6 Program.Welcome to all those wonderful Four-Year- Old Preschoolers who are at our schoolWelcome to our new Title I teacher, Mrs. (Susan) Kolka, our new Physical Education teacher, Mr. Ben Simula, and our new custodian, Mr. (James) Berg.


CALENDAR NOTES

October 10            Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day

October 14            School Picture Day

October 15            Marathon Day (beginning at 1:30)

October 16 - 17     No School

October 30            Flu Vaccination Clinic


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. Our gym teacher will open the gym doors at 8 am for children to play in the gym before school begins. We love to have parents there as well to watch the kids play. You are welcome-and can earn service hours! Please contact our school office if you can help out. Thank you!

AT HOME WITH OUR FAITH

Enclosed in this envelope is a sample of a monthly publication that we will purchase for your family and send home each month. It is a GREAT resource, but we will only order and pay for a subscription for your family upon request. Please return this form to our office if you are interested in receiving this publication.

SAFETY AT SCHOOL

We have a security system at both the front doors and the SAC door. After 8:35, the front doors will be locked. Please press the buzzer and wait for Mrs. Maturi to release the lock. Listen for the click and then come in!

BUS SAFETY

All students receive instruction in bus safety both in the classroom and in school buses brought to our school by the ISD # 318 Transportation Department during September.

FIRE DRILLS

We will conduct our first fire drill and lockdown drill during September. Throughout the year, we conduct five of each as well as a tornado drill.

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. If we do not receive a call from you on a day your child is not in school, we need to contact you.

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 these procedures.

SPANISH/COMPUTER/MUSIC/PHYSICAL ED.

These instructors send home information about the content of their classes on a regular basis. Please keep these letters handy to help your child in completing assignments in these classes. Information can also be found under the Classrooms heading on our school website.

 







 

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