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End-of-Year with Distance Learning

May 15, 2020
By Julie Quamme

The 2019-2020 school year ends this coming week.  While our school year has been interesting, there is still much to celebrate and be grateful for.  We are grateful to our dedicated and talented teachers that still provided a solid education to our students through distance learning. 

Congratulations to the 2nd grade students from St. Joseph’s School who are receiving their First Reconciliation and First Communion this weekend.  May you continue to receive Jesus into your heart and remember that you are a child of God.  Congratulations to:

Lane R, Kyla C, Lucas D, Maci H, Adam K, Ethan M, Izzie M, Adam N, Draysn S, and Alice T! 

Congratulations to our 6th grade students as they leave elementary school for the next level of their education.  You have learned much at St. Joseph’s, and you leave prepared with the academic skills, abilities, and knowledge about how important Jesus is in your everyday life.  Each of you will be missed! 

There will be a virtual 6th Grade Recognition Mass held for the 6th grade students on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8:30 a.m.  We will live stream the Mass through Facebook.  All are invited to join us on Facebook as we celebrate the following students of St. Joseph’s Catholic School:

Jaxon A, Mia C, Bella C, Kallon D, Addison E, Jensen F, Evan F, Allison G, Sophie H, Joseph H, Karen H, Paola I, Dawson J, Jaden J, Kali L, Audrey M, Brecken P, Jordyn P, Jacen R, Porter S, Chloee S, Kyah S, Andy V, and Dru Z.

Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Quamme and Father Kovash will personally be making visits to all the homes of the 6th grade students beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd.  Students will be personally presented with their certificates and achievement awards.  A small treat will accompany our visit!

The teachers and staff of St. Joseph’s School always work hard for the students. Their hard work, commitment and dedication to their profession is noteworthy.  Many thanks to each of you for all you do for the students in our school!  You make a difference!  Please recognize with me the staff and teachers of St. Joseph’s School and keep them in your prayers as they bring top quality education and the love of Jesus to our students each and every day.  Each of them is a blessing!

Our teachers:  Tammy Grundstad, Bonita Bergstrom, Georgette Huravitch, Cate Kapunan, Angela Dahl, Samantha Mendis, Rebecca Westerman, Patricia Maddison, Maria Semenko, Kathy Ryan, Emily Monson, Sarah Anderson, Kathy Kalil, Charysse Everson, Emily Driscoll, Gina Doran, and Anthony Morris.  Our staff: Julie Lysne, Lacey Cote, Jeri Truckner, Maggie Martin, Keith Bodin, Tara Alvarado-Oas, Ashley Estrada, Chris Glueckert, Sandra Jorgenson, and Nickie Petersen.

Best wishes on your retirement, Kathy Ryan (grade 6) and Tammy Grundstad (Preschool).  You have influenced many students over the years.  We thank you for your service.  St. Joseph’s School is deeply honored that you chose to teach here.  Enjoy your retirement, as it is well deserved.  You will be missed greatly!

St. Joseph’s School is pleased to announce that we have hired Brittney Kratchovil as the 6th grade teacher for the upcoming fall.  Mrs. Kratchovil graduated this spring with an Elementary Education degree from Mayville State University.  She did her student teaching this past fall under the guidance of our very own Mrs. Ryan!  Mrs. Kratchovil lives with her husband, Cole, in Williston and is originally from Garrison, ND.  Welcome, Mrs. Kratchovil, to the St. Joseph’s family!

St. Joseph’s School is currently looking for a Preschool teacher for the Full-Day Preschool class.  If you are interested in applying for the position, please send an updated resume to, or call at 701-572-6384 if you have questions.

May 19th (Tuesday) will be the very last day of distance learning.  Father Kovash and I realize the importance of putting some closure and celebration to the end of the school year.  While the typical end-of-the-year traditions will not be able to take place as usual, we are planning:

Virtual Step -Up Mass – May 19th at 8:30 a.m.  Join us on Facebook Live!

End-of-the-Year Parade - May 20th at 1:00 as we say goodbye for the summer!

While all of us have experienced a wide range of emotions living in the midst of this pandemic, our faith has allowed us to calm our fears.  Thank you for being a part of St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools!  We are grateful for your continued generosity and ask for your continued prayers.

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