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August 06, 2018
By Mrs. Julie Quamme

Dear Students and Parents of St. Joseph’s School,


I hope this letter finds you all doing well.  Once again the summer flew by, but I hope that you and your family were able to spend some quality time together.  The time has come to turn our thoughts towards the beginning of school.  Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!


The first official day of school for Kindergarten through 6th grade will be Tuesday, August 21.  This will be our “Meet and Greet Open House Day” where students and parents can come any time between 8:15 and 3:00 to meet their teachers, put school supplies in their desks, pay hot lunch fees, and enjoy a cookie and lemonade. Because this is the official first day of school, attendance is mandatory. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The first full day of class will be Wednesday, August 22nd.


Kindergarten students will be receiving an email regarding sign-up for kindergarten testing, which will take place August 22nd & 23rd at Gloria Dei Church.  The first full day of class for kindergarten students will be Friday, August 24th.


You will have an opportunity to meet all of our new staff members at the open house!  Our new teachers include: Miss Hoover, Kindergarten; Mrs. Stepanek, 1st grade; Mrs. Mendis, 2nd grade; Mrs. Westerman, 3rd grade; Miss Cherne, 5th grade; Mrs. Huravitch, Preschool; Mrs. Everson, PE; Miss Black, music; and Mrs. Doran, music.


You can find the 2018-2019 School Calendar and School Supply List on our website under the Resources tab.  Please check the website daily as this is how parents will be informed of upcoming events, changes, and all things going on at St. Joseph’s School. 


Please take time now to review the Parent-Student Handbook on the school website.  At the end of the handbook is a Parent Signature Page that must be printed, signed, and turned in to the school office before your child may begin their first day of school.


Deposits can now be made for your child’s meal account through FACTS or by bringing payment to the school office. 


The 4:13 Club, our after-school program, is now accepting applications!  Applications and details are available on our web site under the Resources tab.


Enjoy your last days of summer vacation.  I look forward to seeing all of you on August 21st.


God Bless!

Julie Quamme, Principal

Happy Summer!

May 21, 2018
By Mrs. Julie Quamme

As the last week of school begins, we say good bye to the teachers and staff that have served our school and students so faithfully.  We thank them for the extraordinary love, commitment, and creativity they have given to our school.  We pray that they find new treasures each day and that the blessing of Christ be upon them.  We say farewell to: Rita Bodin, Beth Boyeff, Debbie Courville, Debbie Johnson, Denise Branquinho, Kay Rossland, Karen Krenz, and Leslie Helm.

We also welcome the new teachers and staff that have been hired to faithfully serve our school and students.  May God's gentle hand guide them in the decisions that they make for our students.  May their hearts and lives always reflect his love and truth.  Welcome to Samantha Braun (2nd grade), Kaylin Cherne (5th grade), Charysse Everson (Phy Ed), Sandy Jorgenson (Instructional Support), Emily Black (Music), and Maggie Martin (Assistant Cook).

St. Joseph's has the following teaching positions open for the 2018-2019 school year:  Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 3rd grade.  If you are interested or if you know of someone who may be interested in teaching at St. Joseph's, please give me a call at 701-572-6384.

A reminder that the last day of school is Thursday, May 24th.  Breakfast and lunch will NOT be served on the last day of school.  The step-Up Mass begins at 8:30 a.m.  The students will be dismissed after Mass. 

We pray that each of you has a beautiful and safe summer!

Mrs. Quamme

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!

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