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Blessed Lent

February 08, 2018
By Mrs. Julie Quamme
Thank you to all who donated to our Race For Education!  The race was held on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Williston ARC, and all students did a fantastic job!  Students were given a bracelet for each lap completed, and all were treated to ice cream in the gym following the race.  Following are the winners for each class:
  • Kindergarten - Adam N. - 23 laps
  • 1st grade - Asher Z. & Chay E. - 20 laps
  • 2nd grade - Levi L., Brennan D., & Anton H. - 20 laps
  • 3rd grade - Sulley K. - 32 laps
  • 4th grade - Jacen R. - 28 laps
  • 5th grade - Bode E. - 27 laps
  • 6th grade - Michael H. & Shaun B. - 21 laps

The Race For Education is our PTO's biggest fundraiser each year.  Last year our school raised $23,000 for gym renovations.  This year money raised will be used to finish the gym renovations and complete other school improvements.  Stay tuned for updates as we try to reach our goal of $25,000!  We are still accepting donations!

We had a great time celebrating National Catholic Schools Week last week!  The theme this year was "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed".  Students collected food for the Salvation Army and made cards for residents of Bethel Home.  We had lots of fun on Thursday in the jumping castles and on Friday enjoyed game stations and treats throughout the afternoon.

In preparation for Lent all students in grades 1 through 6 will celebrate Mass on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 12:10.  All are invited to join us!  St. Joseph's observes a Lenten fast on Fridays, and our hot lunch program will abstain from serving meat during Lent.

St. Joseph's has teacher openings for the 2018-2019 school year.  We are looking for passionate teachers wanting to teach in a fatih-based environment amidst a community with exciting growth and development.   St. Joseph's offers an excellent benefit package including a retirement plan, health, life, and disability insurance, comparable starting salary, and a positive work environment!  To inquire, please contact me or send resume to

Please be reminded that there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, Feb. 16, as the St. Joseph's staff will be attending a training for lockdown and intruder procedures.  We will also be closed Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Enrollment is now open to the public.  If you haven't already reenrolled your child for next school year, please do so as spots are filling quickly!

The Gospel of Mark tells us that the very first words spoken to us by Jesus were, "The Kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe in the Gospel."  What better way to spend this Lenten season than to meditate on the profound implication of those words.


Julie Quamme, Principal


Merry Christmas

December 15, 2017
By Julie Quamme

Blessed Advent!

As a reminder we are continuing our Advent prayer services each Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the church.  All families are welcome to join us!

Thank you to everyone who has helped with our Advent project this year, which is the Family Crisis Shelter.  There is still time to donate if you haven't already.  Items will be collected until December 19th.

Our World's Finest Chocolate fundraiser was again a huge success.  To date $7,933.00 has been raised.  Thank you for all of your hard work!

St. Joseph's Christmas program for grades 1-6 will be on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 PM in the gym.  Plan to come and enjoy the many talents of our students as we celebrate the Christmas season!  If you are able, families are asked to bring a dozen Christmas goodies to share after the program.

Our Afterschool Program is still in need of an assistant, beginning immediately.  The position is from 2:45 until 5:45 p.m. each day school is in session.  If interested, please call the school office at 701-572-6384.

We are blessed to have a couple of families who have made a generous donation so that all of our students grades K-6 may attend the movie "The Star"! All students will be walking to the theater on Thursday morning, December 21. Each child will receive a ticket and a treat to see the movie. Thank you so much to these generous families!

The last day of school this month will be on Thursday, December 21st, and we will resume on Tuesday,  January 2nd.  We wish you all a Merry Christmas!


December 01, 2017
By Mrs. Julie Quamme, Principal

December is underway and we have lots going on at St. Joseph's! May God bless each of you during this season of Advent as we prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Advent Prayer Services will begin on Monday, December 4, at 8:30 a.m. in the church and will continue each Monday through the Advent season. Parents & grandparents are always welcome to join us!

This year’s Advent project is for the Family Crisis Shelter. They have built a beautiful new facility and are in need of many items from Children's Tylenol to diapers to paper products to twin sheets for the new beds.  There is a cardboard house in the hallway where your child may place their donation. (Check the house for a complete list of suggested donations.) Items will be collected until Dec. 19th.  Thank you for helping with this important project!

St. Nicholas' Day is observed on December 6. To celebrate this great saint, students are asked to bring new or gently used toys or money to leave on their desks for St. Nicholas to collect for needy children. The items must be brought to school by December 5th. St. Nicholas typically leaves behind a gold coin for the students who help him by bringing a toy!

Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 5th, the Student Council will be selling candy canes for $.50 each as a fundraiser for the Family Crisis Shelter.  Orders will be taken on Dec. 5th & Dec. 12th in the gym until 8:15 a.m.  Students can purchase for themselves or friends, siblings, and prayer partners to be delivered on Monday, Dec. 18th.

Mark your calendars!  The St. Joseph's Christmas program will be held on Wednesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.  Plan to come and enjoy the many talents of our students, grades 1-6, as we celebrate the Christmas season!  More information will be sent home as we approach the day of the program.  Please contact Miss Helm with any questions.

World's Finest Chocolate Sales is currently underway.  Thank you for all of your efforts so far!  All money and/or unsold candy should be turned in to the school office by Friday, December 8th.

If you shop on-line with Amazon there is a way to help our school and church. It is through a program called AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop, and there is no additional cost to you. When you shop at it is the same as shopping at Amazon. Our charitable donation is listed as Church of St. Joseph’s Williston. A percentage of your purchase is donated back to us. If you have any questions on how to get started please call the school office.

St. Joseph’s has a current opening for an assistant for the Afterschool Program. The hours are M-F from 2:30 – 5:45. If you are interested please contact Julie Quamme (701-572-6384) for more information.

Please contact me or a school board representative if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns regarding our school.   We have many wonderful things happening at our school but there is always room for improvement.   St. Joseph’s School Board representatives are President Aaron Schmit, Ryan Senderhauf, Kelly Thome, Kari Rustand, Abbey Dahlberg, and Crystal Branham.  My door is always open and the coffee is always on!  Stop by for a visit or a tour of our wonderful school!!

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