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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