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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

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


CONFERENCES

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!

 

  OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES HAVE CHANGED!

In an effort to reduce all the extra “spam”, we have changed our emails. To reach us, use the following addresses:

Mrs.Matetich         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Whight          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Cahill            This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Miss Acheson      3rd This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Kane             This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Johnson        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Lagergren     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ms. Hoolihan         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Miss Cook             This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs.Lemke            This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Rooney        computers@stjosephscatholic.org

Sr. Cortes             This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Stein             This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mr. Simula            This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mrs. Maturi           This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 UNIFORM CLOSET

The Uniform Closet is a free service.

 Apparel may be taken and donations may be given at any time. Approved uniform pants, shorts, skorts, jumpers and shirts/polos are accepted. Vests, cardigans and pullovers may be donated. Please no rips, stains, or heavy signs of wear. Socks, shoes and hair pieces are not accepted.

  

LOST & FOUND

Please check our Lost & Found area located by the SAC entrance.  After conferences (Nov. 14), items will be bagged up and donated to Goodwill. 

   

          TWO PROCEDURAL NOTES 

CHECK WRITING-Please make out all checks to ST. JOSEPH’S.  Write SAC or HOT

LUNCH or SCHOOL or TUITION on the memo line. 

PARKING LOT is one entrance and two exits.  Everyone should come in the front main entrance; only use the upper parking lot to exit.

THANK YOU for your attention to these procedures-one for clarity for our bank account, and the other, for safety!

   

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.


 

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