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January 14, 2019
By Mrs. Julie Quamme

Dear Families,

Our 68th annual Mardi Gras is right around the corner! It will be held January 26-27th. This is a major fundraiser for St. Joseph’s School and Parish. Proceeds from this event help to keep our tuition rates reasonable. Lots of volunteers are needed each year to make this a successful event!

The school families are typically responsible for operating the game booths.  Please call Priscilla Keck at 701-770-4356 to volunteer for one of the available shifts. The students are encouraged to help work the booths, but those under 5th grade must be supervised by an adult. Hours worked can be used to fulfill your required service hours.

This year our school families have been asked to donate baskets for the silent auction.  The school will be putting together a “Paw Patrol” basket, “Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday” basket, “Arts & Crafts” basket, and a “Family Game Night” basket. Please consider donating an item for the basket. A table is set up in the hallway for you to drop off your items. Monetary donations are also welcome and can be given to your child’s teacher or brought to the office.

All St. Joseph’s School families are also encouraged to bring a cake for the Cake Walk, a pie for the Slushburger/Pie Luncheon, and/or baked goods for the Bake Sale. Time spent baking can also be used towards your required service hours. Baked goods should be dropped off by Saturday morning.

Thank you so much for supporting this very important fundraiser. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

A few items to add to your calendar:

We will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week, beginning with Mass on Sunday, January 27th at 9:00 AM. All St. Joseph's students and families are invited to attend Mass. Lots of fun activities are being planned for the week! Watch for more information in the days to come.

The first semester of school finished on Thursday.  Report cards will be emailed on Tuesday, January 15th.  It is hard to believe that the school year is at the halfway mark!

St. Joseph's School will be closed on January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JANUARY 21!

There will be a School Board meeting on Tuesday, January 15 at 4:30 in the Conference Room.  A PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room; planning for Race for Education is the agenda for this meeting.

Should you have any questions, please give me a call!

Sincerely,

 

Julie Quamme

Blessed Advent

December 07, 2018
By Julie Quamme

Advent is a period of preparation that extends the four Sundays before Christmas.  Children love to anticipate activities. Filling the empty manager with hay for small sacrifices, lighting a Mary candle as a daily reminder on the dinner table, and decorating a Jesse tree with old sacrament ornaments are all ways to help children prepare for Christmas and the coming of Christ the King.

This school year we have been choosing a virtue each month to practice and focus on.  December's virtue is patience.   Patience comes from the words peace and science and is the ability to suffer or endure something evenly.  Patience is an exercise of faith, love, and humility that makes us grow. 

This coming week Grade 3 will be leading Advent services on Monday morning (Dec. 10th) in the Church at 8:30.  All are invited to attend.

Winter is here!  Please remind your child to bring their "Fab 5" (coat, hat, gloves, snow pants, and snow boots) each and every day!

Mark your calendars!  Our Christmas Concert, "A Journey Through The Nativity Story", will be held Wednesday, December 19th, at 7:00 PM in the church.  All students Kindergarten through 6th grade will be participating. Plan to come listen to our talented students perform!

Before and afterschool pick-up has been going well this year. Once again, as a reminder, please refrain from parking in the handicap spots.

If you are dropping your child off in the morning before 8:10, please have them come in the gym door (door #5).  This door opens at 7:45.  Children can eat breakfast or sit and play games until the bell rings.  We ask that you do not take your child to the classroom or to their lockers until 8:10.  The teachers are using this time to prepare for the school day.

Our World's Finest Chocolate sales has gone extremely well this year! Thank you to all families who helped by selling. Thank you to Jess Vestal and all those who have been helping count money and sort through candy orders each day! Stay tuned for an update on how much our school earned through your hard work...

Mardi Gras is right around the corner!  St. Joseph’s school will be hosting four baskets for the Silent Auction.  The theme for the baskets are as follows: Mickey Mouse’s 90 Birthday, Arts and Crafts, Family Game Night, and Paw Patrol.  With the holiday sales it may be advantageous to begin thinking about and purchasing items for the baskets now. Please hold your items at home until January. Unfortunately, we do not have extra space to store them.

The school playground has added two Jesus Buddy benches for our students to be able to use during recess time. Thank you, Kathy and Duane Binde, for purchasing the benches for our students. They absolutely love using them! This spring the benches will be painted and will add a bright addition to our playground.

Grades 4 and 5 will be singing at American State Bank on Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00.  All parents are invited to attend.  The students will be walking from St. Joseph’s to American State Bank.

As a service hour opportunity, we are looking for parent volunteers to pop popcorn on Friday, December 21st at 9:00 a.m.  This is for the students to enjoy when we watch the movie in the afternoon.  Please call Julie in the office (572-6384) if you are able to help.

I wish you all a blessed Advent season and a very Merry Christmas!

Mrs. Quamme

Great Beginnings

November 07, 2018
By Mrs. Julie Quamme

It is hard to believe that it is already November!  The first few months of school have gone by quickly as we have been building our learning community and connecting with and getting to know kids, staff, and families.  Parent-Teacher Conferences are this week and have been well attended.  Research shows that academic success increases when parents are involved in their child's education.

The first few weeks of school have been spent settling in and reviewing material from last year.  It takes a little bit of time for us all to remember that summer is over and it is time to turn our thoughts to learning.  This is why time is spent each fall reviewing information that was learned in the prior grade.  The focus is now on setting learning goals and introducing new and exciting skills, such as word story problems, multiplication facts, fractions, ND studies, learning to read, and reading to learn.

This school year we will be choosing a virtue each month to practice and focus on.  November's virtue is gratitude.  Teaching gratitude to children is one way we can teach them to be thankful.  Expressing gratitude through words, written expression, small gifts, or acts of kindness helps us all to remember the reciprocity of being thankful.

Winter is here!  Please remind your child to bring their "Fab 5" (coat, hat, gloves, snow pants, and snow boots) each and every day!

Please welcome Sarah Anderson as our new school social worker!  We are blessed to have her at St. Joseph's on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings.

Reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day.  Also, there will be NO SCHOOL November 21st - 23rd for Thanksgiving break.

Mark your calendars!  Our Christmas Concert, "A Journey Through The Nativity Story", will be held Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 PM in the church.  Plan to come listen to our talented students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

Before and afterschool pick-up has been going well this year!  As a reminder, please refrain from parking in the handicap spots.

If you are dropping your child off in the morning before 8:10, please have them come in the gym door (door #5).  This door opens at 7:45.  Children can eat breakfast or sit and play games until the bell rings.  We ask that you do not take your child to the classroom or to their lockers until 8:10.  The teachers are using this time to prepare for the school day.

On Friday mornings, all families are invited to join us for Children's Mass at 9:00.  Moms in Prayer is held each Friday at 8:20 in O'Neill Hall.  Moms in Prayer is led by Priscilla Keck and Kristal Schmit.  All moms who have children enrolled at St. Joseph's are invited to attend.

Thank you for entrusting your children to us!

Blessings,

Mrs. Quamme

 

WELCOME BACK!

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

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