January 27, 2017
A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
PTO Dad’s Spaghetti Dinner - Marian Hall - 5:45 pm
Night of Entertainment Talent Show - Marian Hall - 7 pm
St. Joseph Catholic School Open House - 10 am to 1:30 pm
School Masses - 9 am and 11:30 pm (students to wear school uniforms)
Catholic Schools Week Prayer Service:
Fun Dress: Wear your favorite comfy pajamas
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Fun Dress: Wear you uniform with your favorite hat and/or crazy socks
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
Fun Dress: Wear a red, white, or blue top with your jeans
Vocations Assembly with Fr. Gary & Others - 9:30 am - Gym
Fun Dress: Wear a shirt of your favorite sports team or St. Joe’s spirit wear with jeans
Regional Catholic Schools Week Mass (Seton, Lourdes, PCA, & St. Rose to Join Us) - 10 am
Wear your school uniform
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
Re-enrollment & financial aid application information sent home today
Be on the lookout today for your family’s re-enrollment packet for 2017-2018. It came home with the youngest or only child from each family. So we can forecast for the future, we are asking you if you plan on returning and, if so, to submit your annual re-enrollment fee of $125 per child. We have also offered directions on how to apply for financial aid for the 2017-2018 school-year.
PTO Dad’s Spaghetti Dinner and Night of Entertainment - Saturday, Jan. 28
Join us on Saturday, Jan. 28th for a fun family tradition - the PTO Dad’s Spaghetti Dinner and SJCS Night of Entertainment. Dinner will be served beginning at 5:45 pm (doors will open at 5:30 pm). A gluten free pasta will be offered. Entertainment will be provided by the students of St. Joseph at 7 pm. This event is open to everyone! Cost is $5/person or $20/family.
Catholic Schools Week 2017 plans are set
Our Catholic Schools Week plans are set for next week! For more information on the special activities and fun dress days we have planned, see our Catholic Schools Week Calendar. This year we’ll be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge (more about that below) as a special part of our week. We look forward to a great week of celebrating the gift of Catholic schools, and of St. Joe’s in particular, beginning at the end of the month when Catholic Schools Week arrives.
Participate in the Great Kindness Challenge as part of Catholic Schools Week
St. Joe’s encourages our community to come together and participate in the Great Kindness Challenge. The Great Kindness Challenge is a positive, proactive bullying prevention initiative, reaching millions of students. This participation will coincide with our annual Catholic Schools Week.
In order to create a consistent, positive message throughout our school and community, we will be focusing throughout the week on additional ways that our students can be kind to each other. We will promote a couple of acts of kindness each day and will incorporate these suggestions into our prayer services and morning announcements. We’d also like to provide a couple of checklists of acts of kindness for students to use at school and at home.
Great Kindness Challenge - The Challenges (School Edition)
Great Kindness Challenge - Acts of Kindness Checklist
This free program teaches so much value to students of all ages — in fact, to adults as well. In addition to random acts of kindness, participants actively seek out purposeful acts of kindness. We hope their efforts have an enduring effect.
The Great Kindness Challenge School Edition was created by Kids for Peace to provide schools a tool for creating a positive school environment.
Poster Contest Leading up to Catholic Schools Week
Just the weekend left to finish up entries for this year’s poster contest! We invite all K-8 students to participate. The theme for our poster contest this year is Catholic Schools: “Be A Light To Others.” Winning posters will be used for the yearbook cover and other spots in the yearbook. For more details, see our overview sheet. Entries are due Monday, Jan. 30 - our first class day of Catholic Schools Week.
Open House for current & prospective families to be held this Sunday
We will be kicking off Catholic Schools Week with our Open House this Sunday, Jan. 29. This is an event for both prospective and current families. We want to encourage our current families to be part of our day as well. First, we invite current families to attend one of our morning Masses that day - either the 9 am or 11:30 am Mass. Students should wear their uniforms. At the end of Mass, students will receive a special blessing from our priests. Then we invite you all over to the gym for hospitality. Students and families will then be able to tour the school, talk with our teachers, and students can complete a special passport activity in order to earn free dress. Passports can be picked up in the gym and returned for a free dress pass once they’ve received all the necessary stamps. We look forward to a great community day at both Mass and school! Spread the word to all of your friends and families who may be interested in Catholic education! We’ll have our admissions materials and school information ready to share with prospective families.
Grandparents & Special Friends Day reminder
We look forward to a great Grandparents & Special Friends Day on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Remember that grandparents will check in at the front office and then assemble in the gym after classes begin at 8:45 am. There will be a welcome address at 9:10 am and the students will join the assembly at 9:20 for the Vancouver Pops concert. After the concert, students and guests will tour the school and then have lunch in Marian Hall. We look forward to a fun day with all our guests!
7th & 8th grade student leadership applications now being accepted
We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 session of student leadership. This opportunity is open to all 7th and 8th grade students in good academic standing. A maximum of 12 students will be a part of this class. Please know, we may not be able to accept all students who apply and priority may be given to those who have not been a part of the class yet. Class will meet twice a week, under the direction of Patty Jayne, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:15-12:50 pm. Class will also meet once a month on Wednesdays during the afternoon study period. Students will be responsible for helping to organize and facilitate all-school assemblies, school drives, and other activities through June 2017.
If you are interested in being a part of this class, please complete an application and turn it in the front office or Mrs. Jayne by Friday, Feb. 3. Applications are available from our middle school homeroom teachers. If you have further questions, please contact Patty Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accreditation Self Study update - Self Study time-period extended
We received word earlier this month from the Archdiocese that we’ll be able to extend our Self Study over a period of a year and a half. Because of this, we’ll be slowing down our Self Study process a little bit and will be able to dig a little bit deeper into analyzing, studying, and discussing how we’re doing as a school with supporting student learning and making an action plan to address our self-set goals. We had originally planned to share a parent survey with our community in January, but we’re going to wait until later in the school year to administer it. We’ll share more about it later in the school-year. A visiting team of educators will make their visit to our school in the 2018-2019 school-year.
PTO President-Elect Needed for the 2017-2018 school-year
The position of PTO President is a two-year term, and Laura Ashton is approaching the end of her term and will not be available to serve next year. Therefore, we are searching for a President-Elect that can shadow Laura for the remainder of the year in order to hit the ground running next year. If you are interested, please contact Laura at email@example.com.