• Where Christ is the Principle

    Where Christ is the Principle

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​The act of a mission is "the call of service that results in learning about life by giving freely of oneself to help another.  It benefits the community and the participant."  Fundamentally, service learning is a way of fostering learning and development through experience in the real world - John Dewey's experiential learning.

The 7th grade class has the missions project for the month of September.  As a class, they have selected the St. Bernard Project (SBP). 

Coming Soon

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  • Monday, November 7
    • ​No events scheduled

  • Tuesday, November 8
    • Jazz Band Rehearsal: Will take place from 4:00pm - 5:00pm in Mrs. Gervais classroom.
    • Home & School: Meeting willl be held at 6:30pm in the school gymnasuim
    • Middle School Cheerleading: Mandatory informational meeting for parents 06:30pm - 07:00pm. Please meet in the school library.

  • Wednesday, November 9
    • Mass: Mass by 3rd grade
    • CYC Presentation: Leaders from Catholic Youth Camp will be presenting to students after 8:30 Mass. They will provide students with an overview of CYC activities, show a video about CYC and answer questions from students. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend. Following the student presentation, there will be a question/answer session for parents.
    • Picture Retake Day: Picture retake day will be held on Wednesday, November 9 from 8:30am - 10:00am in the Parish Center.
    • Chess Club: Students will meet in the library from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • Student Council: Meeting will be held from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • Art Club: From 3:20pm - 4:00pm

  • Thursday, November 10
    • 4th Grade Field Trip: 4th graders will be going to the Science Center of Iowa from 10:00am - 02:30pm.
    • 2nd & 3rd Grade Field Trip: 2nd & 3rd graders will take their Holy Doors Pilgrimage from 12:30pm - 03:00pm.
    • Butter Braids: Orders will be delivered to school and sent home with students.
    • Mindful Movement: Classes will be held in the Parish Center from 3:15pm - 3:45pm.

  • Friday, November 11
    • ​End of Trimester 1

LUNCH MENU

  • Monday:
    • Pepperoni Pizza, Steamed Broccoli, Baby Carrots, Applesauce & Milk
  • Tuesday:
    • Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Baked Beans, Mandarin Oranges, Goldfish & Milk
  • Wednesday:
    • Soft Shell Taco, Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, Tomatoes, Pineapple​ & Milk
  • Thursday:
    • Pork Fritter, Mashed Potatoes, Celery Sticks, Banana & Milk
  • Friday:
    • State Fair Corndog, French Fries, Green Beans, Peaches & Milk

UPCOMING EVENTS & REMINDERS

Cheerleading season is starting up again! Cheerleading is open to any girl in 6-8 grade. Practices will start on November 15th from 3:15-4:00 and be held every Tuesday and Thursday through basketball season.

There will be open gym *every Wednesday night at Hoyt Middle School for any 6th - 8th boy that is interested in playing on the boys basketball team this year. Please go in the back parking lot to enter. *There may be dates during the holidays when the gym will not be open.

Leaders from Catholic Youth Camp will be at our school on November 9th. They will be presenting to students after 8:30 Mass. They will provide students with an overview of CYC activities, show a video about CYC and answer questions from students. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend. Following the student presentation, there will be a question/answer session for parents.

Cheerleading season is starting up again! Cheerleading is open to any girl in 6-8 grade. Practices will start on November 15th from 3:15-4:00 and be held every Tuesday and Thursday through basketball season. If your child is interested in joining the cheerleading squad, there is a mandatory informational night for parents on Tuesday, November 8th at 6:00 pm in the library. This meeting will only be about 20 minutes. Please contact Mrs. Fischer if you have any questions!

​Welcome fall! We just finished our first time at Iowa Assessments and 3rd graders held out very well! Here is what we will be focusing for the month of November. Math: We will begin working with units of measurements, fractions, and discovering probablity. Writer's Workshop: We will continue to work on opinion writing in different story forms. Social Studies 3: We will be learning about communities in history and new settlers who started our lands. Reading: We continue to read different genres, this month being a folktale, realistic fiction, and a biography. Look for your parent letter that comes home weekly. This will let you know a summary of our weekly story and skills we will be working on for the week. Social Studies 2: We have started in our textbooks and are discussing different types of communities, groups and the importance of working together. We will take a break from Unit 1 and focus on a Thanksgiving unit. Religion: We will be learning about how to pray and show forgiveness for one another. We also will be joining 2nd grade for a field trip to visit the Basillica and the Cathedral along with lessons on the Holy Doors. Important Dates in November 11/2 Saints Prayer Service 11/18 Progress Reports sent home 11/4 3rd Grade Benchmarking 11/22 Buddy Activity 11/9 3rd Grade Mass Picture Retake Day 11/23-11/27 Thanksgiving break 11/10 2nd/3rd Gr. Field Trip 11/30 Advent Prayer Service

​Happy November! Here is a look at what is happening in Ms. Ramaekers' classes this month: Algebra: In Algebra, we have been focusing on solving equations with one variable. In addition to our regular lesson schedule, we will be preparing for the midterm that Dowling gives to all 8th grade Algebra students in the diocese. This will be taken shortly before Christmas break, and it is a multiple choice exam. Reading: We will be finishing Freak the Mighty during the first two weeks of November. Students will have a final test over the book and will complete one of several project options. Our next book will be Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. We will be focusing on the themes of friendship and racism within the context of this historical fiction text. 7th Grade Religion: We are currently in Unit 2, entitled "The Meaning of the Kingdom. We will be studying what Jesus teaches us about the Kingdom of God through parables, vocations, and the Beatitudes. On November 11th, we will be making a pilgrimage to two Holy Door locations in Des Moines (St. Ambrose Cathedral and the Basilica of St. John), which will be a meaningful way for student to participate in the Church's Year of Mercy. 6th Grade Science: We are currently finishing up our "Weather and Water" unit. Students will be taking a cumulative final exam over this unit on Tuesday, November 8th. They will be given a study guide on Monday, October 31st, so they will have ample time to prepare for this test. During the 2nd trimester, we will be studying "Electronics!" 7th Grade Science: We are currently finishing up our "Earth History" unit. Students will be taking a cumulative final exam over this unit on Tuesday, November 8th. They will be given a study guide on Monday, October 31st, so they will have ample time to prepare for this test. During the 2nd trimester, we will be studying "Chemical Interactions!" 8th Grade Science: We are currently finishing up our "Planetary Science" unit. Students will be taking a cumulative final exam over this unit on Tuesday, November 8th. They will be given a study guide on Monday, October 31st, so they will have ample time to prepare for this test. They also will have a group planet project due on Thursday, November 10th. Guidelines for this project were given to them on Friday, October 28th. During the 2nd trimester, we will be studying "Force and Motion!" Important Dates: November 11th: Field Trip to Holy Doors; End of 1st Trimester November 23rd-27th: Thanksgiving Break! (No School)

​Hello Parents!! November has arrived! 4th graders are still working on some small things like remembering to write in our planner, turn in homework (we've gotten much better!), and studying for our tests! I also recommend that students try and read 5-10 minutes a night to help with fluency and comprehension. What we will be learning about this month: Math: We will be working on multiplication, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, missing factors, and rounding! Reading: We will be working with 3 different stories this month, an informational text, and two realistic fictions. Through these students will learn different skills involving fact/opinion, theme, point of view, understanding characters, humor, and conclusions/generalizations! Science: We will be starting a short unit on Adaptations before ending our first Trimester on November 11th. After this we will continue into our second module Levers and Pulleys! Religion: Students will be learning about Baptism in Christ. Students will also be continuing with the 10 Commandments, and then introduced into the Beatitudes. Tentative Test Dates for November: Math: 11/4, 11/15, 11/26 Science: 11/11 Religion: 11/7, 11/21, Reading & Spelling: Every Wednesday Important Dates: November 2nd: 4th Grade All Saint's Prayer Service @ 2:30 November 3rd: Dress Down, 4th Grade Benchmarking November 9th: Missions Project- Make Fleece Blankets 1:30-3 November 10th: Science Center Field Trip (Students need a Sack Lunch) November 11th: Spirit Day November 16th: Mass by 4th Grade November 17th: Dress Down (Missions) November 18th: Trimester 1 Progress Reports Sent Home November 22nd: Parent Science Day @ 1:45, Nursing Home Field Trip November 23rd-25th: No School, Thanksgiving Break November 30th: Advent Prayer Service @ 2:40

​First Grade News for the Week of October 24th October Dates to Remember: October 31st- Halloween party at 2:00 November 1st: Mass (instead of Wednesday) November 2nd- All Saints prayer service at 2:30 November 3rd- Dress Down Day (no money needed) November 8th- Home and School Meeting at 6:30 November 11th- Spirit Day (bring $1 to be out of uniform in jeans and a team shirt) November 17th- Dress Down Day for Missions (bring $1 to be out of uniform) November 22nd- Buddy Activity at 2:00 November 23-25- Thanksgiving break November 30th- Advent prayer service at 2:40 Lesson 7 Spelling Words: in, will, did, sit, six, big, grin, trip Lesson 7 HFW (high frequency words): animal, of, how, some, make, why Ali was the "Big Cheese" this week. She shared her stuffed penguin, the ceramic cats she painted. And the Beanie Baby cat she got from her grandma. We read one of her favorite ABC books. Here is what we did this week: Math: We wrote number sentences for "some, some went away" stories. These are subtraction story problems. We practiced counting backwards from 10-1. We identified morning, afternoon, evening, and night. We used magazine pictures to create a collage showing what we do during these time periods. We estimated and measured the length and width of our tables using a nonstandard unit of measure. We used our linking cubes to measure. We worked with our adding 1 addition facts. Grammar: We differentiated complete from incomplete sentences. We identified the subject of the sentence as the part that tells who or what. The predicate tells what someone or something does. We are learning how to identify and use commas in a series. Writer's Workshop: We used our five senses to describe the beach. We wrote our ideas on our planning sheet and then used our ideas in complete sentences. Our new lesson is poetry and we are learning how to generate rhyming words to use in our poems. Science: We painted our clay beads that we made last week. We worked with sand to create sand sculptures. We used a binding agent to hold the sand in place. Our final investigation will be soil explorations. Social Studies: We began our new unit, Everything Changes. In our first lesson we used the words past, present, and future to describe changes that happen in our lives. We learned that a timeline can show information about events in order. Reading: We played "I Have, Who Has?" to practice fluency with our spelling and vocabulary words. We practiced decoding words with the short a sound. We also decoded words with a –ck ending and double consonant endings such as add, pass, and hill. We read the fairy tale, The Three Pigs. We compared the wolf in that story to the wolf in Jack and the Wolf. We are reading an informational text, How Animals Communicate. We will focus on the main idea and details in an informational text. Our spelling focus is words with the short I sound. We now have 8 words on our list. We are also learning about words with blends with r such as trip and grin. Religion: We learned that the rosary is a form of prayer. We colored the beads on a rosary to align with the prayers that we say. We learned that the mysteries of the rosary are stories about Mary and Jesus. We learned that God created everything in the world out of nothing. God made everything for all of us.

​Middle School students in grades 5-8 will be starting a volleyball unit. This unit is designed to provide the students with some very basic skills and knowledge to participate in volleyball. Hopefully we will acquire the social skills necessary to work together in a positive and productive manner. Objectives in the unit will be for students to perform basic skills such as forearm pass (bump), overhead set, and serve. The goal is for students to display etiquette and sportsmanship during this unit. Elementary students will continue to develop and improve their locomotor and manipulative skills. They will be participating in striking lessons using their hands,racquets, and other small implements. This will improve their eye-hand coordination. 3rd and 4th grades will be doing volleyball lead-up activities and games.

​October has been a busy month! Here is what we've beeing up to, as well as what to look forward to in the next few weeks... *Math: Students are doing a great job with new math concepts. Keep up the good work! We will continue with a lesson every day and a test after every 5 lessons, along with an investigation after every 10 lessons. We are working on algebra concepts, so please stay in touch with me if students need extra help! *8th Language: Students just finished their poetry unit. The first week of Novemeber will be spent learning about Shakespeare and preparing a Shakespeare reader's theater to preform to 7th grade. After poetry is complete, we will get back into grammar (parts of speech) until Thanksgiving break. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas will be spent writing our expository (how-to) paper! *8th Reading: We are almost finished with our second novel of the trimester, The Maze Runner. We will complete this unit the 2nd week of Novemeber, where the students will have the opportunity to watch the film that goes along with the novel and write a comparison essay of the two literary works. Our next novel will be Ungifted, which will focus on point of view and sequencing. Additionally, we will be benchmarking the week of October 31-please let me know if you have any questions about that! *8th Religion: We are working on Unit 2 in our books now-focusing on Councils, Conflicts, and Creeds. Students will start guidance during second trimester with Mrs. Rodine-during guidance, students will focus on career and college planning and have visits from high school counselors! *6th Language:We have started our literary elements and poetry unit, which will continue until the end of the trimester. After we conclude with that, we will work on grammar (parts of speech) and then write our how to paper after Thanksgiving Break. We will continue with spelling on a regular basis as well! Happy Fall, everyone!

​Happy Autumn! It finally feels like it's here. Thank you to all the parents who came to Conferences a few weeks ago. It was so nice to meet you, and to visit about your children! It is such a blessing to be able to collaborate with the students' first teachers, so that we can all help them be so successful. Below you can read about what is happening in my classes, as well as see news about Student Council, and Speech and Debate! Course 1 Math - Again, I can't say enough about how impressed I have been with this group of students so far this school year! They are a terrific bunch of hard workers. Students are really motivated in this class to learn, and to get not waste time. We just took Cumulative Test 4. We will finish this week with the next set of five lessons, starting with Lesson 26. Students should be ready for Test 5 by the end of next week. Remind your student that anytime they do not end up with Math homework, they should review multiplication and division math facts. Getting these facts completely memorized will be a huge advantage for students as the math concepts in class continue to get more difficult. 7th/8th Reading - Students are in the middle of Of Mice and Men this week. They will have a short quiz over Chapter 3 this week, and next week's reading assignments will take them to the end of the book. We have had some great discussions about themes of the story so far, characterization, setting and the various conflicts in the story. When we finish the novel, students will write an essay as their final assessment over the book, and we will watch the movie as well. We continue vocabulary and fluency work each week as well. Student Council - Students are still learning their new roles as Student Council officers and representatives. This week they will be visiting all classrooms to inform students about the two "Suggestion Boxes" that they have created to give students an opportunity to let the Student Council know their ideas for how to make St. Joseph School the best it can be. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 9th. Speech and Debate - will be starting very soon! I will be informing the middle school students what it is all about in the next couple weeks, and setting a schedule to start preparing for the season. See below some information from Spencer Sheaff, our Debate Liaison for DCHS: I have some new information regarding Middle School Debate in 2017. Des Moines Public Schools appointed an administrator for Middle School debate this year. She has just informed me that they are targeting their first tournament of the year for January, 2017. My understanding at this time is that the Tuesday/Thursday format will remain largely the same as last year, until about April when there may be a weekend tournament. We also know that the Topic Area for this year will be on Clean/Renewable Energy. DMPS is hoping to have a final topic wording out at the end of October, but if you have students chomping at the bit to start working on debate, they can start collecting information about different forms of clean energy. I will, of course, be trying to encourage my debaters to come help with your team's practices. I graduated a number of seniors, but it looks like I have a good number of freshman to assist this year. Let me know when you'd like to hold practice and I'll try and get at least one Dowling student there. Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away. I hope it is a blessed and safe holiday for you all. St. Joseph School, our students and their families are a few of the many things I am thankful for. Blessings, Mrs. Rodine

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  • Monday, October 24
    • ​Iowa Assessments: Testing will take place all this week.
    • First Reconciliation Meeting: 2nd grade parents will have their First Reconciliation meeting in the Parish Center this evening from 6:30pm - 7:45pm. This meeting is mandatory for 1st time parents.

  • Tuesday, October 25
    • Iowa Assessments: Testing will take place all this week.
    • "The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh": Grades 6-8 will be attending this event at 12:30pm at the Des Moines Performing Arts Center.
    • Butter Braids: Orders are due back to the school office today.

  • Wednesday, October 26
    • ​Iowa Assessments: Testing will take place all this week.
    • Mass: Mass by 8th grade
    • Student Council: Meeting will be held from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • Art Club: From 3:20pm - 4:00pm

  • Thursday, October 27
    • ​Iowa Assessments: Testing will take place all this week.
    • ​Dress Down Day (Missions): The 4th grade class has Missions for the month of October. As a class, we would like to make special fleece tied blankets for the 20 plus residents at Altoona Nursing & Rehab who are often alone, with no family or friends. Bright, colorful, sturdy and warm, fleece tied blankets are a soft, cozy reminder that someone cares. We are in need of:
      • Cash Donation
      • Gift cards to JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby or Walmart (to purchase fleece & fabric scissors).
      • Fleece. If your child(ren) would like to choose and buy your own fleece, please have the fabric store cut the fleece to 2 yards.
      • ​-OR- If your family would like to make a fleece blanket please feel free to bring one in. There are many residents that could use a smile.
    • Mindful Movement: Classes will be held in the Parish Center from 3:15pm - 3:45pm.
  • Friday, October 28
    • ​​No events scheduled.

LUNCH MENU
  • Monday:
    • ​BBQ Rib Sandwich, Potato Wedges, Corn, Applesauce & Milk
  • Tuesday:
    • Popcorn Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Baby Carrots, Tropical Fruit, Goldfish & Milk
  • Wednesday:
    • Walking Taco, Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, Cherry Tomatoes, Pears & Milk
  • Thursday:
    • Garlic Cheese Bread, Green Beans, Apple, Cookie & Milk (Emily's Choice)
  • Friday:
    • Crispy Chicken Wrap, Lettuce, Cheese, Baked Beans, Banana & Milk

UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Picture Retake Day: Picture retake day will be held on Wednesday, November 9 from 8:30am - 10:00am in the Parish Center.
  • Classroom Halloween Parties: Parties will take place on Monday, October 31 beginning at 2:00pm.
  • Benchmarking: Benchmarking will take place the week of Oct. 31 - November 4.

October Dates to Remember:


October 23rd- St. Joseph Parish Halloween party 4-7pm

October 27th- Out of Uniform for Missions (bring $1)

October 31st- Halloween party at 2:00

Thanks to everyone for your attendance at parent-teacher conferences last week! I enjoyed sharing your child's progress with you.

The St. Joseph community was saddened by the sudden loss of Heidi Allen last week. I had the pleasure to get to know her while teaching her children, Emily and Chase. She was a wonderful, loving woman who will be greatly missed. The first graders made cards for Emily and Chase on Tuesday. Please continue to keep the Allen family in your prayers.

Lesson 6 Spelling Words: an, bad, can, had, cat, ran
Lesson 6 HFW (high frequency words): away, call, come, every, hear, said

Here is what we did this week:

Math: We added doubles facts to 18. We looked for a pattern to solve a problem. We covered designs with pattern blocks. We learned there are different ways to cover the same design based on the pattern blocks we chose. We wrote subtraction sentences. We created subtraction problem situations.

Grammar: We identified a complete sentence as a group of words that tells a complete thought. Sentences begin with capital letters and end with correct punctuation. We differentiated between complete and incomplete sentences.

Writer's Workshop: We listed and used words to describe how things look, sound, feel, taste, and smell. We are learning how to use adjectives such as spicy, soft, fresh, and sour.

Science: We observed fine, medium, and coarse sandpaper. We discussed how we use sandpaper. We made rubbings of each type. We learned that you can make things out of different rock materials. We made beads out of clay. We etched designs into the clay and used a straw to make a whole. We will let our beads dry over the weekend and paint them next week.

Social Studies: We used our interactive notebooks to review for our assessment over the vocabulary and concepts learned in our unit, People Everywhere.

Reading, Spelling, and Phonics: We began lesson 6 this week. Our spelling focus is words with the short a sound. Our phonics focus is words with double ending consonants and words that end with –ck such as miss, hill, and back. Our anchor text is a fable called Jack and the Wolf. In this story, Jack is bored and does something that causes him to learn a valuable lesson. Our comprehension focus is understanding characters. We are learning that the words and actions of the characters help us to know more about them.

Religion: The first graders did a wonderful job at mass this week. Father Ross praised our readers for being so prepared. Thanks so much for helping at home! We discovered how people in the Bible praised God for the wonderful gifts he has given us. We discussed ways that Catholics praise God during mass. We participate in the mass by singing and responding. We show respect by kneeling, sitting, and standing appropriately during the mass.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SCHOOL & PARISHHALLOWEEN PARTY!

The Home & School Association is in need of volunteers! If you would like to cook and or run a game from one of the following times listed below, please contact Kelsey VonHemel at 515-710-4871 or at kelsey.vonhemel@gmail.com.

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The School & Parish Halloween Party is this Sunday, October 23 from 4pm-7pm. $2.00 admission for children to enjoy games, popcorn, candy, and the Haunted Room! 

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  • If your family would like to make a fleece blanket please feel free to bring one in. There are many residents that could use a smile.
Please take a moment to read our attached flyer! Dress down day for Missions is Thursday, October 27.P.S. We also have a volunteer that will be making pillowcases, so if you have any extra cotton or flannel fabric that you would like to donate for our volunteer, please bring it to the school office.A Note From Altoona Nursing & RehabHere at Altoona Nursing and Rehab, we want to make a home for people who are unable to go home and take care of themselves. For our long term family (patients), we help and provide cares for them such as dressing, feeding them, helping them walk, etc. Not only are we their caretakers, we are also their family. We sit and talk with them, listen to them when they need a listening ear. We laugh, cry, smile and feel with them! In our rehabilitation wing, we take care of people that will eventually go back home but need some help to get back to 100%. Some have fallen and have broken a bone or bones, some have had surgeries and need time and help to heal. The people that we take care of might be your neighbor, your friend or even your grandparents! We love what we do and we do what we love and that love is taking care of people that you may call your family. So, thank you so much for coming and visiting is and making not only their day but ours as well a little bit more bright! Thank you so much from all of us here at Altoona Nursing & Rehab.

Dear Parents, A few weeks ago, a form was sent home with your child entitled, The Smile Squad Program Provides Dental Services at School. Most of these forms have not been returned to the school. Therefore, I am encouraging you to return this form by THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21. For those of you who are not familiar with The Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic, it is a two-chair, fully-equipped mobile RV that provides onsite dental care. In addition to oral health education, dental screenings, referrals for treatment, the unit provides the following services:

  • Dental Examination and x-ray
  • Sealants
  • Flouride coating
  • Fillings
  • Extractions (baby teeth)
  • Silver crowns (baby teeth)
  • Teeth cleaning
This mobile unit is particularly helpful to those who do not have access to dental care. It will be coming to the school on Friday, October 28th. It would be most appreciated if you would complete the consent form sent home – whether you desire to have your child receive these services or not. The form allows one to mark if you are interested in having your child receive the services of this mobile unit or if you are NOT interested in having your child receive such services. If you have misplaced the consent form, I have attached it with this email (both an English and a Spanish version). Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this service. Sincerely, Patti Pyle, School NurseSt. Joseph SchoolPh. (515) 210-1189 (cell)

The 4th grade class has Missions for the month of October. As a class, we would like to make special fleece tied blankets for the 20 plus residents who are often alone, with no family or friends. Bright, colorful, sturdy and warm, fleece tied blankets are a soft, cozy reminder that someone cares. We are looking for the following items to complete our mission goal:

  • Cash Donation
  • Gift cards to JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby or Walmart (to purchase fleece & fabric scissors).
  • Fleece. If your child(ren) would like to choose and buy your own fleece, please have the fabric store cut the fleece to 2 yards.

-OR-

  • If your family would like to make a fleece blanket please feel free to bring one in. There are many residents that could use a smile.

Please take a moment to read our attached flyer! Dress down day for Missions is Thursday, October 27.P.S. We also have a volunteer that will be making pillowcases, so if you have any extra cotton or flannel fabric that you would like to donate for our volunteer, please bring it to the school office.A Note From Altoona Nursing & RehabHere at Altoona Nursing and Rehab, we want to make a home for people who are unable to go home and take care of themselves. For our long term family (patients), we help and provide cares for them such as dressing, feeding them, helping them walk, etc. Not only are we their caretakers, we are also their family. We sit and talk with them, listen to them when they need a listening ear. We laugh, cry, smile and feel with them! In our rehabilitation wing, we take care of people that will eventually go back home but need some help to get back to 100%. Some have fallen and have broken a bone or bones, some have had surgeries and need time and help to heal. The people that we take care of might be your neighbor, your friend or even your grandparents! We love what we do and we do what we love and that love is taking care of people that you may call your family. So, thank you so much for coming and visiting is and making not only their day but ours as well a little bit more bright! Thank you so much from all of us here at Altoona Nursing & Rehab.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​There will NO Home & School Meeting this evening. Thank you.

​Dear Parents/Guardians – Preschool has had a very busy last few weeks! First, I would like to say "Thank You" to all the parents who could join us on our field trips to Center Grove. We had beautiful weather all three days . I would also like to thank all of you for committing to your child's education by attending conferences this first round, preschool had a fantastic turn out. Hopefully we can finally get back on track a little bit before the holidays hit us! We have been working on a new theme which focuses on family and community. The focus is for the kiddos to learn about the people in their family and how others have similarities and differences in their families. We are also looking at neighbors and neighborhoods to see that there are houses, parks, and schools in our neighborhoods. A couple of the stories we have read were Buzz by Janet Wong. This is a great story about a family and all the things a boy and his family do in a day from morning until evening. The book uses great words as it explains how the boy's father shaves his face. Another story that we read was The Creaky Old Bed a Tale from Puerto Rico. This story was about a little boy whose favorite hiding place is under his grandparent's bed. One day when he is hiding under the bed it begins to creak and he becomes scared because he doesn't know what the noise is. The grandparents decide to buy the little boy different pets (dog, cat, mouse) to have as friends so he has someone to hide with and so he won't be scared, but they are scared too. The grandfather lays down to take a nap one day and the bed begins to creak, all of a sudden the bed comes crashing down and all of them begin to laugh because they finally figured out what the noise was. The final book is called On Our Street. This book talked about two children who lose their dog in their neighborhood. They begin looking in the neighborhood and find that their dog had visited each house. It was a great way for the kiddos to make comparisons about the houses in the neighborhood, not only in the book but to their own house and neighborhood. Our self-help skills are going well! The kiddos are doing a great job of washing hands before snack and then coming to the table and getting all their needed items. We have them get their bowl/plate, napkin, cup for water/milk carton, and they have begun scooping their own snacks out of a bowl if needed. Some days are a little messier than others but that's why we allow them to practice, so they get better. Snack time has proven to be a great time for them to choose when they would like to eat snack during centers and who to sit with. It's fun to see them sitting with different friends each day and listening to the conversations that take place  In math we matched the number of gems to the number of air bubbles a fish had, they used pegs and matched to number of pegs to the number on a peg board, played a game called Buckets of Berries to match the number of berries on a coin to their bucket, geometric shape pictures, number/item matching puzzles, Halloween eraser sort, pumpkin wheels & matching numbers, and Halloween clip cards matching items & numbers (Objective met: Sorting, Identifies Shapes, Classification, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities). Our dramatic play area was set up as a house, restaurant, and a fall store. The kiddos have enjoyed dressing up with the clothes and taking on different roles for each of these. The food was a huge hit for all the kiddos but we are still learning that we pretend to eat the foods and don't put them in our mouth. The fall store has also been a big hit with them! I bought a new cash register that has a credit card, money, and real sounds. There were many items for them to purchase in the store and the cashier could wear an apron as they checked the items out for the customers (Objective met: Regulates own emotions/behaviors, Establishes/sustains positive relationships, Participates cooperatively in group situations, Uses language to express thoughts/needs, Uses appropriate conversational/other communication skills). Our science sections have consisted of investigating some different rocks to look at shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Our sensory table began with some water play and being able to move water into different containers using scoops. We most recently have a fall variety with beans, lentils, Halloween items, and confetti. The weather is very unpredictable right now so please make sure you are dressing them for the weather each day. We do go outside daily for at least 15-25 minutes depending on how long it takes us to get coats, etc. on and lined up. The mornings seem to be a little chilly and cooler but sometimes it warms up in the afternoon. You may want to consider sending a jacket each day just as a precaution. I also need to remind parents to please send a backpack and folder every day. The best place for notes from me and projects that your kiddo has worked so hard on at school is in a folder so it does not get lost or ruined on the way home. Many parents tell me that when they ask what their child did at school they hear, "I played". I try to send writing sheets home twice a week so you are able to see their progress and growth. This will give you an idea of what we have been working on each week at school and help you understand what you can work on at home. Below is a list of important dates and upcoming events. Please be sure to watch for the days there is no school. If you ever have questions feel free to contact me here at school by phone (515-266-3433) or email (abarnes@stjosephschooldsm.org). Important Dates:  October 26th: Halloween party (3-yr olds only)  October 31st: Halloween parties (4-yr olds)  November 9th: Picture retakes (Parish Center 8:30 am – 10 am)  November 23rd: No school (Thanksgiving holiday)  November 24th: No school (Thanksgiving holiday)  November 25th: No school (Thanksgiving holiday)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​REMINDERS & UPDATES​​​​​​​​​​​​WEEK OF OCTOBER 17-21

  • Monday, October 17
    • NO SCHOOL

  • Tuesday, October 18
    • Bricks 4 Kidz: B4K is held from 3:20pm - 4:20pm.
    • Home & School Meeting: Meeting will be held in the gym at 6:30pm.

  • Wednesday, October 19
    • Mass: Mass by 1st grade
    • NJHS: Meeting will be held from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • Angel for a Day: Will meet in the Parish Center from 3:45pm - 5:15pm.

  • Thursday, October 20
    • Special Dress Down Day: Students may have a dress down day if they bring a bag of candy to school for this Sunday's 'School & Parish Halloween Party'

  • Friday, October 21
    • ​​Spirit Day: Students may participate in "Spirit Day" each month. For a $1.00 fee, students may wear their favorite team shirt (St. Joseph's, Dowling or any other) and jeans.

LUNCH MENU

  • Monday:
    • ​No School
  • Tuesday:
    • Pizza Crunchers, Green Beans, Tropical Fruit, Cookie & Milk (Isabella's Choice)
  • Wednesday:
    • Chicken Nuggets, Tator Tots, Mixed Greens, Pineapple & Milk
  • Thursday:
    • Beef Nachos, Refried Beans, Celery Sticks, Apple Slices & Milk
  • Friday:
    • Pasta w/Meat Sauce, Broccoli Florets, Pears, Dinner Roll & Milk

UPCOMING EVENTSVisitation & Mass for Heidi Allen: School will be in session on Tuesday, October 18. However, if parents would like to escort their children to the funeral we will count their absence and as an excused one.

  • Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2016 at Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church (1401 1st Ave S, Altoona).
  • Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 18, 2016, also at the church, followed by burial at Altoona Cemetery.

Angel for a Day: Reminder to turn in permission slips to the office. The high school girls from Dowling will be hosting 'Angel for a Day'. This program is for girls in 3rd thru 5th grade. The purpose of this program is to foster a good mentoring relationship between high school and elementary age females. They will meet the third Wednesday of each month from 3:45pm - 5:15pm.School & Parish Halloween Party: The party will be held this coming Sunday, October 23 from 4pm-7pm. $2.00 admission for children to enjoy games, popcorn, candy, and the Haunted Room! Costume Contest will be at 6pm in the school gym. Please bring your spooky and scary desserts to the school gym for a contest. Come join us for Dinner: Pizza or Spaghetti and breadsticks, Adult meal $5.00, Kids meals $3.00. Jennifer Simmons Mentoring Award: Please read below for detailsThe Jennifer Simmons Mentoring AwardFor excellence in Mentoring the teachers, staff, parents andstudents of St. Joseph SchoolNomination Form - 2016-2017
Who is Jennifer Simmons? Mrs. Simmons was a middle school teacher at St. Joseph School from 2001-2015, as well as the Assistant to the Principal from 2010-2015. She was a positive influence and mentor to hundreds of students and parents throughout her years at St. Joes, and a wonderful guide to other teachers and staff. One of her strongest values was that of mentorship. She believed strongly in her role as a guide to help anyone who wanted to learn more academically, socially and spiritually. In the spring of 2015 this award was created to honor her and her beliefs.



What does it mean to be a mentor? A ​trusted ​person who gives another ​person ​advice and ​help, ​related to ​work or ​school, over a ​period of ​time.



Who can I nominate? Any St. Joseph School teacher or staff member is eligible for nomination, no matter how many years of experience or service they have. Everyone can be a mentor! Parents and students may fill out a nomination form. The more, the better!



What do I do with my nomination form? Fill out the nomination form below, and return it to school in a sealed envelope marked "Home and School: Jennifer Simmons Award". The Home and School officers will read all nomination forms and determine a winner for this school year.



When is the nomination due? Nomination forms are due to the school office or to a Home and School officer by Friday, December 16th . The winner will be announced during all-school Mass during Catholic Schools Week.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dear Parents: I wanted to provide you with an update on Heidi Allen's funeral arrangements.

  • Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2016 at Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church (1401 1st Ave S, Altoona).
  • Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 18, 2016, also at the church, followed by burial at Altoona Cemetery.

School will be in session on Tuesday, October 18. However, if parents would like to escort their children to the funeral we will count their absence and as an excused one.



God Bless. Sincerely,Mrs. Phyllis KoncharPrincipal

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dear Parents: We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Heidi Allen, wife of Mark Allen and parent of Emily Allen of St. Joseph's and Chase Allen of St. Luke's. Heidi passed away this afternoon at Mercy Hospital. The entire St. Joseph community extends its heartfelt sympathy to Emily and her family, friends and relatives. Parents and students in Emily's class have been informed about Heidi's death. Our school counselor has been available to consult with teachers and will be available on Tuesday to address concerns of the students. Your children may have questions or worries about this loss. Because it is often difficult for us to think or talk about death, the following suggestions may be helpful as you and your child address this issue. As a parent, you may want to talk to your child about death because it impacts each person in different ways. How children will react will depend on the relationship they had with the person who died, their age, and their prior experience with death. Your child may:

  • Appear unaffected
  • Ask questions about the death repeatedly
  • Be angry or aggressive
  • Be withdrawn or moody
  • Be sad or depressed
  • Become afraid
  • Have difficulty sleeping or eating
We suggest that you listen to your children. If they want to talk, answer their questions simply, honestly and be prepared to answer the same questions repeatedly. Mrs. Rodine, our school counselor, in addition to other Diocesan counselors, teachers and other support staff will continue to be available to students, teachers and parents. Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns. We will keep you informed of details about funeral services for Heidi. We are planning to not have school on the day of her funeral so teachers, staff, parents, and students may attend. We will let you know when that date becomes available. Because children react to death in different ways, it would be best for a parent to accompany their child to the funeral or wake services.We extend our heartfelt condolences to her husband Mark, and children Emily and Chase. We ask that you keep them all in your thoughts and prayers. Sincerely,Mrs. Phyllis KoncharPrincipal

Middle School Physical Education: Students in 5-8th grades have completed their fall fitness testing and have set baseline scores and times. Next April we will retest to see if their has been growth and improvement in physical strength, cardio endurance, speed and agility, and flexibility. Students will work all year long at fitness routines that will help them to grow in each of these fitness areas. Wednesday will be our "Workout Days" where the MS students will participate in strength/flexibility/ cardio workouts developed by personal trainers and myself. We will focus on our core muscles quite a bit during these workouts. Our sports related activites on Thursdays will include Gator Ball and Football in October, and Volleyball in November. Elementry Physical Education: Grades 3-4 have completed their fitness testing in October and yes they all survived the mile and half-mile run test! Students in K-4 have been working on improving locomotor and agility skills. We have focused on proper overhand throwing techniques and manipulation of various objects such as hoops, beanbags, playground balls, footballs, etc.. we will focus on rythmn and working together with the parachutes. We will work on kicking skills with soccer balls, and continue working on proper throwing form. In November we will have a striking unit that will be a lead-up to volleyball skills in Middle School. Mr. Bender

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​REMINDERS & UPDATES​​​​​​​​​​​​WEEK OF OCTOBER 10-14

  • Monday, October 10
    • ​Parent/Teacher Conferences: From 4:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Tuesday, October 11
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences: From 4:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Wednesday, October 12
    • Mass: Mass by 2nd grade
    • ​Buddy Activity: By grades 2 & 5 beginning at 2:00pm.
    • Chess Club: Students will meet in the library from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • Student Council: Meeting will be held from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • Art Club: From 3:20pm - 4:00pm
    • Butter Braids: Order forms will be sent home today!

  • Thursday, October 13
    • NO SCHOOL
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences: From 1:00pm - 8:00pm.

  • Friday, October 14
    • ​​NO SCHOOL
LUNCH MENU
  • Monday:
    • Hot Dog on a Bun, Baked Beans, Celery Sticks, Peaches ​& Milk
  • Tuesday:
    • Crispitos, Lettuce, Salsa, Green Beans, Mixed Fruit, Goldfish & Milk
  • Wednesday:
    • French Toast Sticks, Sausage, Hashbrown, Baby Carrots, Applesauce ​& Milk
  • Thursday:
    • No School
  • Friday:
    • No School

UPCOMING EVENTSAngel for a Day: The high school girls from Dowling will be hosting 'Angel for a Day'. This program is for girls in 3rd thru 5th grade. The purpose of this program is to foster a good mentoring relationship between high school and elementary age females. They will meet the third Wednesday of each month from 3:45pm - 5:15pm. Reminder to turn in permission slips to the office.NO SCHOOL: There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 17.Jennifer Simmons Mentoring Award: Please read below for detailsThe Jennifer Simmons Mentoring AwardFor excellence in Mentoring the teachers, staff, parents andstudents of St. Joseph SchoolNomination Form - 2016-2017
Who is Jennifer Simmons? Mrs. Simmons was a middle school teacher at St. Joseph School from 2001-2015, as well as the Assistant to the Principal from 2010-2015. She was a positive influence and mentor to hundreds of students and parents throughout her years at St. Joes, and a wonderful guide to other teachers and staff. One of her strongest values was that of mentorship. She believed strongly in her role as a guide to help anyone who wanted to learn more academically, socially and spiritually. In the spring of 2015 this award was created to honor her and her beliefs.



What does it mean to be a mentor? A ​trusted ​person who gives another ​person ​advice and ​help, ​related to ​work or ​school, over a ​period of ​time.



Who can I nominate? Any St. Joseph School teacher or staff member is eligible for nomination, no matter how many years of experience or service they have. Everyone can be a mentor! Parents and students may fill out a nomination form. The more, the better!



What do I do with my nomination form? Fill out the nomination form below, and return it to school in a sealed envelope marked "Home and School: Jennifer Simmons Award". The Home and School officers will read all nomination forms and determine a winner for this school year.



When is the nomination due? Nomination forms are due to the school office or to a Home and School officer by Friday, December 16th . The winner will be announced during all-school Mass during Catholic Schools Week.

September Dates to Remember:


October 10th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 4:00-7:00

October 11th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 4:00-7:00

October 13th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00-8:00

October 13th and 14th – NO SCHOOL

October 17th- NO SCHOOL (Staff professional development)

October 18th- Home and School Meeting at 6:30

October 19th- Mass by first grade

October 21st- Spirit Day! (Wear a team shirt for $1)

October 27th- Out of Uniform for Missions (bring $1)

October 31st- Halloween party at 2:00 Lesson 1 Spelling Words: up, bug, mud, nut, hug, tubLesson 1 High Frequency Words (HFW): many, friend, full, pull, hold, goodTest will be on October 12th


Jules was the "Big Cheese" this week. We read one of her favorite books, The Book With No Pictures. She shared her stuffed dog named Cotton Candy, the cover of her favorite CD by Taylor Swift, her Minnie Mouse ears from Florida and her baby monkey named Bananas.

Here is what we did this week:

Math: We added doubles with sums of 10. Examples of doubles facts are 4+4 and 2+2. We identified a rectangle as a shape with 4 sides and 4 angles. We wrote number sentences for "some, some more" stories. These are addition facts. We identified the attributes of pattern blocks. We worked with triangles, squares, trapezoids, hexagons, and parallelograms. We used our pattern blocks to create and read a repeating pattern.

Science: We learned that clay particles are earth materials smaller than silt. We investigated what happens when we add water to our vial with clay. We shook the vials and let them set overnight. We recorded our findings the next day.

Social Studies: We learned that people move from one place to another for various reasons. Some people move when they get a new job. Some people move for a better life. We are working on a study guide to prepare for our unit test.

Writer's Workshop: We finished our class story. We worked together to write about our recent buddy activity. We are now working on revising our story by adding details.

Reading and Language Arts: We decoded words with the consonants k, v, and j and the vowels e and o. We read the fable, City Mouse and Country Mouse. This story was in the form of a reader's theater. We worked on putting words in alphabetical order. Our anchor text for lesson 5 is a fantasy story called Gus Takes the Train. Our phonics and spelling focus is words with the short u sound as in Gus and tub. We will focus on story elements such as character, setting, and plot. We are learning about adjectives for color and number such as green and three.

Religion: We shared our prayer service in honor of St. Francis with the whole school on Tuesday. The first graders did an excellent job! We made a St. Francis statue to take home.

Definition: SCRIP is a gift card buying program that benefits both you and the School. St. Joseph's buys the gift cards and then resells them to you at regular price. For instance, if you want to buy $100 in Hy-Vee gift card, it will cost you $100. Hy-Vee gives a 3% return which comes out to $3.00. That $3 is split between you and the school. You get 40% or $1.20. The school gets 60% or $1.80. That money adds up throughout the year and then is given back to you in SCRIP Rewards which is a gift card in the amount of all your purchase rewards. That gift card can be used to purchase further gift cards.

If you go to www.shopwithscrip.com, you can participate in purchasing directly on-line. There are two ways of doing so. The first thing they will prompt you to do is set up your own account. When you do this, they will ask you for an enrollment code. That # is DD6L7F92869. Once that is complete you are able to order your cards directly online and then that order will be sent to the SCRIP coordinator. If you want, you can also pay directly online by setting up a payment account right there on the site. I have done this and it works great! You will go through the same process I did and the school did to set up a payment account. They will ask you to input your checking account information and then test the account by putting in a small amount of money (.14 cents) which you will inturn verify by inputting it right back into the website.

SCRIPNOW! Ecard printing is quite easy. If you have a smart phone that has email on it, you can use the card right off your phone. Ecards will be sent directly to your email no matter where you access it and can be used immediately. There is a specific list of vendors so you will want to check that out online awww.shopwithscrip.com. BIG NEWS IS COMING. ON THANKSGIVING DAY STARTING AT 12:01 AM, THIS WEBSITE WILL RUN ITS OWN BLACK FRIDAY SALE A DAY EARLY SO THAT YOU CAN USE YOUR ECARDS FOR THOSE HUGE SALES ON BLACK FRIDAY. Also, this coincides with St. Joseph's SCRIP Sale which has exciting news of its own. The sale will run from the weekend of Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25th through Monday, December 10th @ noon. For those of you now familiar with this annual sale, the percentage of rewards switches from 40% to 60% rewards on any purchases during the sale. The sale normally runs for only a week but this year it has been extended to 3 weeks. Let all take advantage of this!

Frequently Asked Questions About ScripNow!

ScripNow!™ is the quickest way to purchase scrip for you or a friend. You can order for yourself or send an eGift in seconds for various retailers. ScripNow! can be delivered and used in minutes simply by using PrestoPay, or pay by check and the items will be released by your coordinator.

Using ScripNow! is simple:

  • Visit the brand page of the ShopWithScrip ScripNow! retailer and click on the ScripNow! product choice.
  • Order your ScripNow! and easily pay with PrestoPay, or by check.
  • We will email you when your eCard is ready to be printed from your ShopWithScrip account. When sending an eGift, your recipient is emailed a secure link to a printable eGift that can be redeemed in the store or online.
  • Remember, ScripNow! can be delivered within minutes if you pay with PrestoPay.

Shopping has never been easier for everyone on your list with eGift from ScripNow!, a new program that lets you send electronic gift cards on-demand.

With an eGift you can:Plan your shopping in advance by scheduling an eGift to be delivered on a specific date up to one year in advance.Take care of last minute shopping and have your favorite gift cards delivered directly through email almost instantly!Add your personal touch by including a message to the recipient, and in some cases even selecting the look of your gift card.Save some green by eliminating the time and cost of shipping while also helping to reduce waste with an earth-friendly eGift.

Most important, eGift from ScripNow! makes it even easier to support your scrip program by giving a great gift that gives back to your designated non-profit organization, making shopping twice as nice.

Frequently Asked Questions About: ScripNow! and eGift

Q.Is this available at both GLSC websites?

A.No. It is only available at ShopWithScrip.com because it is internet-based shopping that the partcipating families buy themselves. 

Q.How do I order ScripNow!?

A.There are several ways you can purchase ScripNow!


1. There is a icon at the top of the ordering page next to Favorites, Reload, and Express Add icons that you can click on for a list of currently available ScripNow! retailers.

2. Choose the ScripNow! category on the shopping menu.

3. When searching for a specific retailer (i.e. Home Depot, Amazon.com), the ScripNow! option will appear, if available. Click on it to order it that way.


Q.What retailers are available through ScripNow!?

A.You can look at the current list by clicking on the "!" icon on the ShopWithScrip ordering page. 

Q.Will there be additional retailers on ScripNow!?

A.Yes. All GLSC retailers have been notified of this enhancement, and as retailers become compliant with ScripNow! technology, they will be added. 

Q.How do I pay for ScripNow!?

A.For optimal speed, PrestoPay is recommended. When you pay with PrestoPay, you'll receive your eCard in 30 minutes or less. However, you can pay your coordinator by check. This will slightly delay the process since the ScripNow! code will only be delivered after your coordinator indicates she has received your check. 

Q.If I don't pay with PrestoPay, how soon can I have the eCards?

A.Your ScripNow! eCard will be available for download within minutes after your coordinator releases your order for processing. This could be further delayed if the organization does not pay electronically (ACH). Check with your coordinator if you have any further questions in this regard. 

Q.How long do I have to wait after ordering, before I can use my ScripNow!?

A.PrestoPay ScripNow! orders are fulfilled within minutes. You will be sent a confirmation email (sent to the email account on record). ScripNow! orders paid by personal check are fulfilled minutes after your coordinator notifies us that your check has been received. 

Q.Do I have to print up and bring in the paper certificate to the store, or can I just write down the code?

A.This varies by retailer, we recommend that to avoid confusion, you should bring in the printout to the store. 

Q.What if there is a malfunction with my printer; is there a limit to the number of times I can print up my certificate?

A.No, there is no limit. You have paid for the code. It doesn't matter how many times you print it up, but you can only redeem the code for up to that amount (just like a regular gift card). Each time you print it will have the same code. The paper should, however, be treated as cash. 

Q.What if I don't use the full amount of the ScripNow! eCard on my purchase?

A.It works in the same way that the plastic cards do. The remaining balance is still on there to use for a future purchase. 

Q.How will I know when my ScripNow! is available?

A.You will get an email letting you know that it is available and instructions on how to retrieve it and print it. You can also click on the ScripNow! link on the left side of your 'My Account' page to see a list of previously printed, and ready to print eCards. 

Q.What if I never got the confirmation email with the certificate?

A.In the short-term, log into ShopWithScrip.com and look at the left side of your 'My Account' page. Click on the ScripNow! link. This will show all your ScripNow! activity in real time. You can view and print from there. In the long-term, verify your email address by visiting 'My Account' and 'Change Profile/Password'. Then you can be sure you will get timely email notification.

ScripNow! eGifts


Q.What is an eGift?

A.A ScripNow! eGift is an email containing a link to view and print a ScripNow! eCard. The recipient receives the email telling them they received a gift from you, and they follow that link to view and print their eCard to be used at the retailer or online. 

Q.How do I order an eGift?

A.You can order an eGift from your ShopWithScrip account. Select the ScripNow! option for any retailer it is available for, enter the amount you would like on the eCard, or the number of eCards you would like to send, and check the box indicating the order is for a gift. You'll be prompted to enter the recipient's name and email address to send the gift to. You will add your name and personalized message you want to appear on the gift, and select the date you would like the gift delivered on. 

Q.Is there a fee?

A.There may be a fee for each eGift you send. If applicable, you'll see the amount of the fee when you select the option indicating it is a gift on the ScripNow! order form. 

Q.Can I choose how the eCard appears?

A.For some retailers, you can select the image you want to appear on the eCard that is delivered to your recipient. You'll see the option on the eGift order screen to choose different images if available. 

Q.Can I schedule when my eGift is delivered?

A.You choose the date you want the email with the link to the ScripNow! eCard to arrive, anytime from the date you place the order, up to a year later. If you pay for your order online using PrestoPay, the gift can be delivered shortly after you place the order when you select today's date for delivery. If you are paying your organization for the order, the scrip coordinator at your organization will need to release that order for processing. In that case, please check with your coordinator to find out when your order will be released and paid for, that will be the earliest possible delivery date for your eGift. 


Q.Why do I have to enter my phone number when ordering an eGift?

A.A phone number is required in case we need to contact you if we are not able to deliver the eGift to the email address you entered on the order form. 

Q.How do I know if my gift was delivered?

A.You can go to the ScripNow! history page on your ShopWithScrip account athttps://www.shopwithscrip.com/myaccount/vcert_view.aspx There is a special section for ScripNow! eGifts where you can see the delivery status of your gifts. 


Q.What if I elected to pay my organization for an order containing an eGift, and my coordinator didn't release the order by the delivery date?

A.We will deliver the gift shortly after your coordinator releases your order, and pays for it. If the delivery date has passed and your coordinator has not released it, you can contact your coordinator if you would like them to cancel it. 


Q.Oops, I entered an incorrect email address for the recipient, how do I change it?

A.If you paid the organization for your order, and they have not released it yet, contact your coordinator and ask them to cancel it so you can submit a new eGift order with the correct email address.


If you still have questions, please feel free to email ckschaefer@yahoo.com">ckschaefer@yahoo.com.


REMEMBER!!! On Thanksgiving Day starting at 12:01 am, there will be many deals on www.shopwithscrip.com. These can be purchased by ecard. They will be emailed to you and ready for use on BLACK FRIDAY!!

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Thanks!

Kelli Schaefer

The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion used by individuals or groups who wish through prayer and reflection to follow Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary. Many Christians practice the devotion, but the Stations holds a special significance among Roman Catholics. It is one of the most important devotions honoring the passion of Jesus.

What matters most in the Stations of the Cross is to follow Jesus Christ in his passion and to see ourselves mirrored in him. To face life's dark side in ourselves and in our world, we need images of hope, and Jesus offers images of hope in his passion. By accompanying him on the Way of the Cross, we gain his courageous patience and learn to trust in God who delivers us from evil.

At St. Joseph School, we gather to pray the Stations each Wednesday during Lent. We culminate our Lenten devotion with a Live Stations of the Cross, presented by our middle school students. Each station is presented dramatically on Good Friday.

The rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Introduced by the Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Marys and the Doxology ("Glory Be"), and concluded with the Salve Regina, the rosary involves the recitation of five decades consisting of the Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and the Doxology. During this recitation, the individual meditates on the saving mysteries of our Lord's life and the faithful witness of our Blessed Mother.

The structure of the rosary gradually evolved between the 12th and 15th centuries. Eventually 50 Hail Marys were recited and linked with verses of psalms or other phrases evoking the lives of Jesus and Mary. During this time, this prayer form became known as the rosarium ("rose garden"). During the 16th century, the structure of the five-decade rosary based on the three sets of mysteries prevailed.

We gather as a school community each month to say the Rosary together for different special intentions offered each month.

Based upon the gospel of Luke, the Nativity story is the retelling of the journey of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. This gospel is shared by our kindergarten students who play the various people, angels and animals and by our eighth grade students who are the readers of the gospel. Music appropriate to the season is provided by our students under the direction of our vocal and instrumental teachers. This prayer service is shared with our community on the last Wednesday we are in session during the season of Advent.

The Catechism's section on Confirmation says that Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Its effects are to:

  • Root us more deeply in divine filiation (being children of God)
  • Unites us more firmly to Christ
  • Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
  • Strengthens our bond with the Church
  • Associates us more closely to her mission of bearing witness to Christ
  • Helps us and more strictly obliges us to spread and defend the faith by word and deed


Student's focus is to learn more about their own faith through the assistance of a faith sponsor, provide service to the community, and continue in our journey as full members of the church .Confirmation is not an ending or a "graduation", but the reception of the last of the sacraments of initiation providing full membership into the church. Our students will receive this sacrament on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

First Reconcilliation & Eucharist

Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments (signs of the presence of Jesus in our world) of the Catholic Church. This sacrament is also called Confession and Penance. We use the term Reconciliation to emphasize the positive and joyful aspects of "going to Confession". We celebrate the forgiveness which reunites the repentant sinner with God, the church and the community.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation should normally be celebrated prior to the reception of First Eucharist. Instruction for this sacrament must precede First Eucharist and be kept separate from it. This is done to teach children the specific identity of this sacrament and to help them feel comfortable with it before receiving First Eucharist.

About the Sacrament of Eucharist

As Catholics we come together weekly with our parish family to celebrate the Eucharist (also called the Mass or Liturgy). We gather as a faith community to publicly thank God for the gift of Jesus and to share in His body and blood through Communion.

A child who receives the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time is being initiated into the Sacramental life of the whole church. Through your family involvement in the parish your child is connecting with the church family and beginning to accept your faith as his or her own

​Our Advent program is a vocal program for students in K-4, and a separate program for students in grades 5-8. Our Advent programs focus upon the spiritual preparation for Christmas.
The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation.

The sport of basketball will start with practice at the end of October and conclude with a tournament in February. Basketball is available generally to students in grades 6-8, although leagues exist for students in other grades.


MAC basketball programs are a competitive level of play and students are selected after a try-out. MAC teams may consist of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students only. MAC information is available through Dowling Catholic.

​Practice for track and field starts in March and concludes with a championship meet in May. Athletes generally participate in one field event and three running events. Participation in the championship meet will be determined by performance in the qualifying meets.

​The sport of basketball will start with practice at the end of October and conclude with a tournament in December. Basketball is available generally to students in grades 6-8, although leagues exist for students in other grades. The girls basketball season runs from mid-October through tournament play in December while the boys teams begin their season in January and conclude with tournament play in March.

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​The volleyball season will run for approximately six weeks- five weekends of match play and the championship tournament in mid October. Similar to last year, a majority of matches will be played at Dowling and St. Francis on Saturdays and Dowling on Sundays. Depending on team numbers, we may be playing additional games at St. Theresa and possible St. Pius. St. Joseph practice will begin the last week of August and continue through the end of the season, mid-October.

​St. Joseph's Cub Scout Pack 17 Information

WHAT IS CUB SCOUTING?


1. Program for boys in grades 1through 5

2. Builds Character

3. Teaches Citizenship

4. Strengthens Families

5. Tons of FUN!

WHAT PARENTS WANT

1. Bring the family together

2. Help the boys develop

3. Connect with others

4. Learn to get along

5. Build self-confidence

6. Be happy!

WHAT BOYS WANT

1. FUN!

2. Make new friends

3. Master new skills

4. Recognition and praise

5. FUN!

SCOUTING ACTIVITIES

1. Family Camping

2. Day Camp

3. Overnight Summer Camp

4. Hiking, Fishing, Indian Lore, and Crafts

HOW DOES IT WORK?

1. Den Meetings – Small groups organized by grade

2. Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guides

3. Pack Meetings & Activities – Family Events combining all dens

4. Boy's Life – Scouting magazine just for kids

5. District & Council Events – Community-wide activities

WHO TO CONTACT?

David Dietrich 515-265-9110 or email at dadietr@msn.com

Student Council is a student organization with the following purposes:

To make decisions for the school

Strive to be good citizens

To represent our school

Help out all individuals in the school and the community

Involve all students in sharing ideas to make our school the best it can be

To give members practice in democracy in action

Help all students work together in our school

To be leaders of the school

Try to help organize school programs

The Student Council usually meets twice a month to work on school improvement and service projects. Events that the Student Council assists with every year include Grandparents Day, The Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Candy Grams, The Talent Show, May Day, and the Dunk Tank. The Student Council discusses ways to make improvements to our school, and displays leadership qualities in their academic and behavior efforts.


The officers for the 2016-2017 school year are:

President – Shaylin Gonzalez

Vice President – Andrew Robey

Secretary – Yalitza Lovan

Treasurer – Matthew Dietrich

6th Grade Reps - Emily and Josh Ponxs

​Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities to address the important issues in their lives. Girl Scouts do almost anything girls like to do! Girl Scout activities are open to all girls who are members of Girl Scouting, are based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, follow health and safety standards, and are done with the support of caring, trained adults.

Beginning Band

Every student meets with Mrs. Gervais for one half hour per week for an individual or small group lesson to work on instrumental techniques and one full-band rehearsal per week as the schedule allows. Students learn how to count rhythms, read notes, tune their instruments, and play as an ensemble. Students in this ensemble begin playing out of method books and then branch onto full-size sheet music. This group has openings to fill. If interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Advanced Band

This band is made of students who have played at least one year or beginners who have advanced their techniques quickly. Students meet with Mrs. Gervais for one half hour per week for an individual or small group lesson and two full-band rehearsals per week as the schedule allows. This ensemble learns to play pieces in 6/8 time, jazz, and more advanced classical literature. This group has openings to fill. If you have already played an instrument for at least 1 year and you are interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Piano Studio

This year, we purchased two digital grand pianos to be used for teaching "piano pairs" of students. We may be acquiring two more pianos next year to accommodate group piano classes. Students have, so far, enjoyed using the new technology as they have gotten to jazz up their lessons by putting fun drum beats with their songs or by playing their music using different instrumental sounds that are pre-programmed onto the instruments. Beginning students use the "Alfred Premier Piano Course" method. Intermediate students branch off into other classical or jazz piano literature. Students receive one half-hour lesson each week as the schedule permits, during which they learn to read notes and rhythms, they receive historical information about the music they are learning, and they improve their performance techniques.

Fees

Band - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)

Bells - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)
Piano - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)

2 Activities - $50.00 per month ($225.00 per semester, $450 for whole year)

All 3 Activities - $70.00 per month ($315.00 per semester, $630.00 for whole year)

1 additional sibling – 25% discount * 2 additional siblings – 50% * 3 additional siblings – 75% discount

​We are a group of girls from Dowling Catholic High School who come to St. Joseph's school once a month to mentor and walk work with all 3rd and 4th grade girls. Our mission is to present once of the Catholic Virtues each month, through Bible stories, activities, movies, game and crafts. We will also be doing service activity in the Spring.

For information please contact our school office.

​Middle School Art Club is offered every Monday from 3:15-4:00. Students are given the opportunity to create with many different art mediums and produce wonderful works of art. The sessions are project-based and challenging. We have been having a terrific time in Art Club creating art and fun conversation. The students really enjoy it!

The St. Joseph Chess Club meets after school on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15.

The coach is Jose Gatica who can be reached at
jose.gatica@gmail.com or at 913-375-8296.

There are two semesters each year, Fall (September - December) and Spring (January - May),
registration for each being $75. Up to 20 students are accepted, and late entries (with a prorated registration fee) are accepted as long as there is still space in the club. The club features instruction in tactical tricks, strategies, endgames and openings, with plenty of time for several games each session. Jose also runs chess tournaments at the St. Joseph School, the next one being on May 5th. Jose has been teaching chess for the last 7 years and is currently the Chess Champion of Iowa.

Rainbow Ringers

​This is the youngest musical ensemble made of kindergarten-2nd graders. Students in this group play colored one-octave melody bells with selected students playing hand chimes. It is quite remarkable to see members of this group mature. A kindergartener will start out not knowing how to follow the music so he/she watches the director to point at him/her. Left and right hands are also an issue. After growing two years, in 2nd grade, the student will be able to follow the music well and be a terrific leader for the younger members of the group. The music this group performs is easy one-page arrangements of folk songs or hymns. This group has two openings. If interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Heavenly Chimes

This ensemble is 3rd-8th grades. Each student is assigned two chimes to play independently from anyone else in the group. The music this group performs is arrangements of well-known church anthems. Students learn how to read music well and they learn certain ringing techniques to enhance the sound of the ensemble. This group has only one opening. If interested in joining, please call the school at 266-3433.

Band - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)
Bells - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)
Piano - $40.00 per month ($180.00 per semester, $360.00 for the whole year)

2 Activities - $50.00 per month ($225.00 per semester, $450 for whole year)

All 3 Activities - $70.00 per month ($315.00 per semester, $630.00 for whole year)

1 additional sibling – 25% discount * 2 additional siblings – 50% * 3 additional siblings – 75% discount

Religion

Call to Faith is a K-6 comprehensive religion program. The heart of lifelong catechesis, Call to Faith provides a solid foundation of Scripture and Tradition, a rich diversity of prayer, and a developmental sequence of activities.

Call to Faith is shaped by the following catechetical principles:

Conversion is central to catechesis. The aim of Call to Faith is to form participants into disciples who act with the mind and heart of Christ.

Catechism is a lifelong process. Call to Faith is the springboard for ongoing lifelong catechesis for the entire Catholic community.

Catechesis is the responsibility of all baptized members of the Church. The whole parish community is called to hand on the faith through faith sharing and the witness of daily life.
Call to Faith draws on the following sources of Catholic wisdom and experience:
Scripture The treasure of God's word is highlighted and integrated into the program instruction, reflection, sharing, and prayer.

Doctrine Each lesson of Call to Faith draws on Church doctrine in ways that help students, catechists, and families appreciate the Church's teachings as they apply to life today.
Lives of Saints and People of Faith Call to Faith takes seriously the importance of models and witnesses of faith as a factor in the faith development of both children and adults.
Church Feasts and Seasonals Complete seasonal lessons and celebrations introduce children to the feasts and seasons of the Church year. Music, prayer, and ritual actions draw children in to participation in the liturgical life of the Church.


Cultural Customs and Celebrations Call to Faith is unique in that it involves the customs, devotions, and culture of many local communities. This component assists parishes in making the curriculum their own.
Catholic Social Teachings Call to Faith provides a curriculum for Catholic Social Teaching: "Faith in Action," a comprehensive, age-appropriate lesson at the end of each unit that correlates to the text and key Catholic Social Teaching themes. It is the first of its kind in an elementary religion series.

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Reading

Guided reading is a method of teaching reading to children. Guided Reading is also a key component to the Reading Workshop model of literacy instruction. Guided Reading sessions involve a teacher and a group of around preferably two to four children, but may work with up to six children. The session would have a set of objectives to be taught through the course of a roughly twenty minute session. While guided reading takes place with one group of children, the remaining children are engaged in independent or group literacy tasks focusing upon the key components of comprehension, fluency and phonics or phonemic awareness. The idea is that the teacher is not interrupted by the other children in the class whilst focusing on one group. Guided Reading is a daily activity in our classrooms PreK- 8th grade and involves every child in a class over the course of a week. Each Guided Reading group meets with the teacher several times throughout a given week. The children are usually grouped by academic ability, reading levels, or strategic/skill-based needs.

Before reading the teacher will access background knowledge, build schema, set a purpose for reading, and preview the text with students. Typically a group will engage in a variety of pre-reading activities such as predicting, learning new vocabulary, and discussing various text features. If applicable, the group may also engage in completing a "picture walk." This activity involves scanning through the text to look at pictures and predicting how the story will go. The students will engage in a conversation about the story, raise questions, build expectations, and notice information in the text (Fountas and Pinnell).

During reading the students will read independently within the group. As students read, the teacher will monitor student decoding and comprehension. The teacher may ask students if something makes sense, encourage students to try something again, or prompt them to use a strategy. The teacher makes observational notes about the strategy use of individual readers and may also take a short running record of the child's reading. The students may read the whole text or a part of the text silently or softly for beginning readers (Fountas and Pinnell).

After reading following the reading, the teacher will again check students' comprehension by talking about the story with the children. The teacher returns to the text for teaching opportunities such as finding evidence or discussing problem solving. The teacher also uses this time to assess the students' understanding of what they have read. The group will also discuss reading strategies they used during the reading.

Mathematics

Saxon math, developed by John Saxon is a teaching method for incremental learning of mathematics. It involves teaching a new mathematical concept every day and constantly reviewing old concepts. One of its strengths is the steady review of all previous material, which is especially important to students who struggle with retaining the math they previously learned.


In all books before Algebra 1 and 2 (the equivalent of a Pre-Algebra book), the book is designed for the student to complete assorted mental math problems, learn a new mathematical concept, practice problems relating to that lesson, and solve a varied number of problems which include what the students learned today and in select previous lessons—all for one day's class. This daily cycle is interrupted for tests and additional topics. In the Algebra 1 and 2 book and all higher books in the series, the mental math is dropped, and tests are given more frequently.

Social Studies

Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences to prepare young people to become responsible citizens.

The purpose of social studies is to develop social understanding and civic efficacy (the readiness and willingness to assume citizenship responsibilities and to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a democratic society.)

The social studies curriculum builds four capacities in young people: disciplinary knowledge, thinking skills, commitment to democratic values, and citizen participation.

Science

​The Full Option Science System™ is developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. The Hall provides public access to scientific ideas and interactive science experiences, and supports the design and development of new methods and materials for teaching and learning science.
FOSS® emerged from a philosophy of learning that was introduced in the 1960s by the late Robert Karplus, physicist and science educator. The most important principle of that philosophy is that students should learn science by doing science. When presented to students in a thoughtful and engaging manner, the study of science is an exciting and interesting experience. A great deal of knowledge about science education has been generated since the pioneering days of the 1960s. We better understand how to set up efficient learning systems that engage students in science and engineering practices, organize productive collaboration, integrate reading and writing effectively, and monitor student progress accurately.

The desire to provide a Catholic education for the children of Des Moines became a reality with St. Ambrose School which opened in 1856 with an enrollment of 307 students. At that time, there was only one diocese in the newly formed state of Iowa; the Diocese of Dubuque, which encompassed the entire state. A second school, St. Michael's, was opened in 1881, and in 1907 changed its name to Visitation School. After the formation of the Diocese of Des Moines in 1911, six new elementary schools were built between 1912 and 1926. During the depression and war years, new building came to a halt but the existing schools prospered. The post war baby boom provided the need for the addition of four new elementary schools and in 1949 St. Joseph School was built.


St. Joseph's School is located in an eastern suburb of Des Moines. Our student population is predominantly middle to lower socio-economic, with approximately 30 % of our students eligible for free and reduced lunch. We are a population of ethnic diversity, with students from many different ethnic backgrounds that bring a wonderful cultural dimension to our school. We have seventeen licensed teachers and serve 275 students in our prekindergarten through eighth grade programs.


The mission of our school has remained essentially the same since it began in 1949; to provide a quality education to our students, to educate the whole child, educationally, emotionally, and spiritually. We hope to prepare our students to be successful in a global economy, to understand and embrace the need for service to others, and to demonstrate higher level thinking skills. Students today, as then, are instructed in the "basics"-reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Religion classes are conducted daily, all students attend a weekly school mass, and our parish priest, deacon, and religious director visit the classrooms on a rotating weekly basis. Rounding our curriculum are art, music, physical education, computer study, and foreign language. Special classes for TAG students are conducted weekly. The media center is open to large group and individual students daily. Each of our classrooms is equipped with Smart Board technology.


With the assistance of our parents, our teachers, our parish community, and our community at large, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of our students. As the school administrator, I have been very appreciative of the support I have received from all of our stakeholders. Our students are performing at a very high levels academically, we initiate several projects throughout the school year to reach out to those in need; clothing drives, food drives, funding for the victims of natural disasters, and for animals at the Animal Rescue League.


When parents and school work together, great things happen. At St. Joseph's School, it is evident that the parents care about their children's education for their involvement at all grade levels is very high. An active Home and School Association provided opportunities for all families throughout the year to help raise funds for the needs of the school. Our Annual Hawk Hike is a family centered activity held in the fall, and a Carnival is held in the spring. The major focus of the Home & School Association this year is the new playground which will allow our students to play in an area closer to the school.


St. Joseph's Catholic School uses the Iowa Test of Basic Skills as an accountability and improvement measure at the local level. These tests are also used throughout the Diocese. We report achievement test results in the academic areas of reading, math in grade 4, and in the areas of reading, math and science in grade 8. Even though these are the grades reported, all students in grades 3-8 take the ITBS as a way of monitoring academic growth.


Students at St. Joseph's School post generally high test scores. Testing experts stress that this information is best used to identify areas of strengths and weakness for individual students and classes, and to measure academic growth. Because of the way the test is designed, and the demographic factors that influence results, standardized test scores alone are not a reliable method for comparing teachers, schools, or districts. However, this information is useful to us in planning curriculum, developing school improvement plans, planning professional development and making instructional decisions. We focus upon improvement goals, including reducing the number of students who fall below the 40th percentile of the national percentile rank with a goal of reducing that number. In addition to the ITBS, during the 2008-2009 school years, three additional assessments were utilized to measure academic growth in the areas of math, science and reading for students in grades 4, 6 and 8. These assessments, along with the achievement levels, are the Exemplars which is used in math in grade 6, SCASS which is utilized on science in grade 8 and the Constructed Response Survey in reading in grade 4.


The chart below illustrates the scores for our students on our most recent Iowa Test of Basic Skills tests in October of 2008.

              Grade    Reading   Language   Math    *Core    Social Studies   Science   Composite
​                   3rd              93                 83              92              92                   99                      96                   97
                   4th              97                 92              96              95                   99                      98                   97
                   5th              93                 97              87              94                   98                      99                   98
                   6th              82                 89              75              84                   94                      90                   89
                   7th              90                 96              96              91                   93                      99                   95
                   8th             67                  72              75              72                   57                      96                   73


Core total includes scores of vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, usage and expression, math concepts and estimation, and Data Interpretation. The composite score is an average of all scores from each student in the grade in all test areas. The highest attainable score is a 99. The percentage (number) means that students in that grade scored higher than that percentage nationally. For example, students in grade 3 scored higher than 93 % of students nationally in reading. Our students are performing at very high academic levels.

Our goal was to increase the percentage of fourth grade students to the proficient or higher range as measured by the Iowa Test of Basic Skills Reading Comprehension part of the assessment compared to their third grade scores. Third grade scores indicated that 75% of students were at the proficient or proficient and above range. This year our scores indicated that 97% of our students scored in the proficient and proficient and above range. A second measurement was used in fourth grade to measure reading comprehension. The chart below illustrates the percentage and number of students performing at each level.

Results of Constructed Response Survey (Reading Comprehension)

​                                     Grade 4 SCASS        Novice         Apprentice       Practitioner            Expert

                                % at each level              0                      0                       48                        52

                                 # at each level              0                      0                       15                        16

​Our goal was to increase the percentage of students in the proficient and proficient and above range in fourth grade in the Mathematics assessment of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills as compared to their third grade scores. Third grade scores indicated that 80% were proficient. Fourth grade scores indicated that 87% of students scored in the proficient and proficient and above range of the ITBS mathematics assessment. A second measure used for mathematics to assess proficiency is the Exemplars. The chart below indicated the number of students and proficiency levels.

Results of Exemplar Assessment (Mathematics)

​                              Grade 4 SCASS      Novice      Apprentice      Practitioner      Expert

                                 % at each level               0                      10                          45                     45

                                  # at each level               0                       3                           14                     14

​The annual goal in the academic area of Science was to increase the percentage of eighth students performing in the proficient and proficient and above range as measured by the Iowa Test of Basic Skills Science sub-test. Seventh grade scores were 82% proficiency. This year 96% of our students scored in the proficient and proficient and above range. A second assessment, SCASS, is administered to our eighth grade students to measure proficiency in the content area of Science. The following chart illustrates the percentage and number of students at each proficiency level.

Results of SCASS assessment (Science)

​                Grade 8 SCASS      Novice       Apprentice      Practitioner     Expert

                          % at each level                    0                          16                               38                       46

                          # at each level                     0                           4                                 9                        11

​Our academic goals were met in the content areas of reading, mathematics and science. The data indicates that our students are demonstrating academic growth from one year to the next. In addition, they are performing at higher levels than their peers at a national and state level.

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Progress reporting and student assessment should be consistent with the overall philosophy and mission statement of the Catholic Schools of the Des Moines Diocese. Therefore, progress reporting should be based on the following beliefs:


Progress reports should promote self-esteem and motivate continued growth toward specific goals for each child.


Progress reporting should provide parents and students with accurate information and encourage parental involvement.


Progress reporting will recognize that each child has unique needs and abilities and the assessment will reflect effort, as well as actual accomplishments based on consistent norms.


Progress reporting and conferences will provide an opportunity for interaction with the best interest of the child in mind.

Report cards are issued three times per year at the end of each trimester (every twelve weeks). Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled twice per year, for the 2013-2014 school year, in October and February. Of course, parents or teachers may request conferences at other times in addition to these.

The Official Diocesan Report Card evaluates students purely on the basis of the individual student's ability, rather than in relationship to the academic ability of other students in the same grade level.

1. This will be a system of three progress reports: PreKindergarten-8th grade.

2. The marking code for the report card in grades K - 5 is:

Level 4: Student performance exceeds grade level expectation
Level 3: Student meets grade level expectation
Level 2: Student performance is progressing toward grade level expectation
Level 1: Student performance indicates attempt toward grade level expectation
N: Not assessed during current term

3. Students in grades fourth through eighth will also be graded as follows:


A - 90 -100%
B - 80 - 89%
C - 70 - 79%
D - 60 - 69%
ID - Does not meet minimal class requirements. Remediation needed.
I - Incomplete

Use of Failing Grade

A failing grade (F) will not be used. If a student has not completed enough assessments to determine a grade, the use of ID (insufficient data) will be used.


A grade indicating the student has not met the required components of the Grade Level Expectation (ID) may be given only when these conditions are met:


1. The teacher will inform the parents, principal, and counselor as soon as it is evident that a student is not meeting class requirements.


2. If the student does not improve after parental notification, a staffing will be held to gain further insight into the student's problems. A plan of action will be developed and the student's progress will be monitored by the counselor. The counselor will meet regularly with the student and will consult with the teacher. Such supervision should be documented.


3. The teacher will continue to inform the principal about the student's progress. If the progress is still unsatisfactory by the end of the second trimester, the principal will inform the parents in writing of the likelihood of failure for the year and the need for remediation to take place. This will be done prior to the beginning of the third trimester.


Before an ID is given by the teacher as a culminating grade requiring remediation, the principal will review all documentation and give or decline permission for the ID to be given. Copies of the documentation will be sent to the Superintendent's office.


Remediation may take place in the following ways. This will be decided by the local school.


a. Student will attend approved summer school classes.


b. Student will work in the areas of failure with an approved tutor.


c. Student will do work in the areas of failure as assigned by the teacher(s).

Satisfactory completion of the remediation should be presented to the principal before school begins for the following year. Each local school's policy will determine what will be done if the student does not satisfactorily complete remediation.

Use of Insufficient Data (ID)

​Students who receive an Insufficient Data (ID) at the conclusion of the first or second trimester, shall have not more than one month to complete required work. Students who fail to do so and students receiving an "ID" at the end of the third trimester shall be required to participate in a plan developed by teacher and administrator in consultation with parents and approved by the Diocesan Schools Office. (The administration of Dowling High School shall be involved in the development of such a plan for those students who anticipate enrollment in that high school the following academic year.) The plan shall include successful completion of summer school and/or private tutoring. Failure to complete all requirements of plan may result in retention for the following academic year. In the event a student transfers to another Catholic school within the Diocese, the plan shall be implemented by the Des Moines diocesan school in which the student enrolls.

Article I


Objective and Purpose:

  • To coordinate and consolidate the educational activities of Home and School by developing and deepening a mutual understanding of the objectives of Catholic education and by cooperative action to achieve them. In short, a two-way communication between Home and School.
  • To correct and to improve the neighborhood's environmental conditions which influence a child's behavior.
  • To help provide financial support for the needs of the school.

Article II

Membership:

All parents, guardians, and persons responsible for St. Joseph's students, as well as school Principal, faculty and staff are members of the organization.

Article III

Governance

Section 1. Executive Board

The Executive Board shall have the general management and control of the business and affairs of the organization and may exercise all the powers possessed by the organization.

The members of the Executive Board shall consist of the officers listed below. The school Principal will serve as an advisor to the Executive Board. The School faculty, staff, and Board of Education members may not hold an Executive Board position. The Executive Board will meet as often as deemed necessary.

Section 2. Officers

The officers of the organization shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer. Commencing with the July 1, 2013 fiscal year, no officer may be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

Section 3. Election of Officers

By April 1st of the organization's program year, the membership shall begin the election of all officers with the exception of the President. The present Vice President will automatically become President at the conclusion of the President's term. Should the Vice President decline the office of President or if there is a vacancy in the office of Vice President, the President may rerun for a second term.

The President shall appoint a three member Nominating Committee consisting of one (1) school staff member, one (1) K-4 representative, and one (1) 5-8 representative. The Vice President shall serve as chair of the committee.

Any member of the Home and School Organization is eligible for nomination, with the exception of the school faculty and staff pursuant to Section 1 (Executive Board). Anyone interested should contact the Nominating Committee no later than two weeks prior to the April meeting.

The approval of the slate of officers will be held at the general meeting to be held in May. The Vice President will ask for approval of the slate by a yes or no vote. A simple majority of those present is necessary for approval.

Elected officers will be installed at the May meeting.

Section 4. Meeting of the Organization

The organization shall meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month school is in session with the exception of March and December. Notice of the meeting and the agenda shall be provided to all members the week prior the scheduled meeting.

Every meeting should begin with a prayer and may be followed by some type of information helpful to parents. At the organization's regular business meetings, which should follow rather than precede the program, members should be free to express their views about school matters, all of which should be referred immediately, without a vote of the membership, to the Executive Board by way of recommendation. The Executive Board, in turn should consider such recommendation, vote on them, and return their decision to the membership at the next regular meeting.

Article IV

Duties of Officers

Section 1. President

The President shall preside at the general meetings of the Home and School Organization, the Executive Board and the Finance Committee. The President ex-officio is a member of all the Committees. The term of office is one year at the conclusion of which the Vice President will succeed to the office of President. Should the Vice President decline, the incumbent President may run for a second term.

Section 2. Vice President

The Vice President shall assist the President with the overall management of the Home and School Organization. The Vice President shall preside at meetings of the organization, the Executive Board and the Finance Committee if the President is unavailable and perform such duties as are incumbent upon this office. The Vice President shall serve as the chair of the Nominating Committee. At the conclusion of the President's term, the Vice President will automatically become President.

Section 3. Secretary

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Home and School Organization meetings, meetings of the Executive Board and meetings of the Finance Committee. The Secretary shall also discharge such duties as are incumbent upon this office. The Secretary will be the point person to funnel the Home and School communications to the school office for distribution to the membership. The term of office is one year with the option to run for a second term by notifying the Nominating Committee of this decision pursuant to section 3 (election of officers).

Section 4. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall administer all monies of the Home and School Organization, and shall keep an accurate account of same and shall submit all bills for payment. The Treasurer, in cooperation with the church accounting staff, will evaluate any state or federal tax matters arising from organization activities. The handling of money, particularly monies received directly by the school office, will be in accordance with the policy enacted by the Pastor, Principal and church accounting staff which may change from time to time. The Treasurer will present financial statements at each general meeting of the Home and School Organization. In addition, the Treasurer shall prepare the yearly budget in coordination with the Finance Committee. The term of office is one year with the option to run for a second term by notifying the Nominating Committee of this decision pursuant to section 3 (election of officers).

Section 5. Assistant Treasurer

The Assistant Treasurer shall assist the Treasurer in all financial matters before the organization if the Treasurer is unavailable and perform such duties as are incumbent of this office. The term of office is one year with the option to run for a second term by notifying the Nominating Committee of this decision pursuant to section 3 (election of officers).

Section 6. Vacancies

A vacancy in any office will be filled by the Executive Board for the unexpired portion of the term. A person who has served in an office for more than one half of a full term shall be deemed to have served a full term in such office.

Section 7. Expulsion of Elected Officers

Any of the organization's officers may be expelled from office by a three-fifths vote of the officers present at an Executive Board meeting. Such removed or expelled person or persons shall have at least thirty (30) days' notice prior to expulsion to afford full opportunity to defend him/herself or themselves before the final vote is taken.

Article V

Committees

Section 1. Finance Committee

The purpose of the Finance Committee is to review requests for funds, make recommendations to the Home and School Organization for voting, and to set the budget for the upcoming program year.

The Finance Committee shall consist of the following members:

  • Executive Board
  • (1) parent representative from grades K-2
  • (1) parent representative from grades 3-5
  • (1) parent representative from grades 6-8
  • School Principal

Each of the parent representative positions will be held for two years. A portion of the terms will expire alternately each year. School staff, faculty, and Board of Education are not eligible.

Interested parties should contact a member of the Executive Board no later than two weeks prior to April 1st.

A closed ballot vote will take place at the time of the general election for the Home and School Organization. A simple majority of those present is necessary for election. The Executive Board can dispense with the ballot vote if only one candidate exists for each open position.

Section 2, Home and School Organization Committees

The Executive Board may organize such Committees that are necessary to perform the functions of the organization. The Executive officers shall set calendar dates for Home and School related activities and appoint Committee chairpersons to perform the duties that are necessary. The Committees will be specified by the officers of the Home and School Organization as deemed necessary.

Section 3. Bylaws Committee

The Executive Board shall comprise the Bylaws Committee. Proposed new amendments, additions or deletions must be read at one Executive Board meeting and provided to the members of the organization in advance of the meeting of their consideration.

Amendments to the bylaws shall be approved by a simple majority of those in attendance at the next monthly meeting of the Home and School Organization.

Article VI

Financial Policies

Section 1. Fiscal Year

The organization's fiscal year and program year shall run from July 1 to June 30. All funds under the control of the organization shall use the same fiscal year. The organization shall carry forward a minimum balance of $3,000 at the conclusion of the fiscal year. The organization shall be allowed to reserve funds in excess of $3,000 for specific projects.

Section 2. Segregated Funds and Purposes

General Fund

The purpose of the general fund is to receive and expend all funds raised through the Home and School Organization. The general fund shall fund but is not limited to the following:

  • Program support (i.e. Committees, meetings of the organization, other expenses of the organization).
  • Teacher continuing education and professional development.
  • All-School enrichment programs.
  • Other needs as determined by the Finance Committee.

Apparel Program

The apparel program shall be a self-supporting program administered through the general fund of the organization. The apparel program may carry inventory as approved by the Finance Committee.

POOR Fund

The purpose of this fund is to support individual classrooms and teachers at the school through, but not limited to, the following:

  • Classroom materials and supplies
  • Specialty furniture or items for the classroom
  • Grade appropriate enrichment opportunities

All materials purchased are property of the school.

Section 3. Budget Policies

All requests for expenditures from the fund must be submitted in advance to the school administrator prior to consideration by the Finance Committee.

Any assigned POOR funds remaining at the end of the current school year will carry over to the following school year.

Request for Expenditures

All requests for expenditure from the general fund shall be submitted to the Finance Committee in advance of incurring the expense. Any request for expenditure not submitted in the appropriate form shall be returned to the individual making the request.

Items that are not required to receive advance approval from the Finance Committee and the general membership include:

  • Each Committee shall be provided the budget amount and are required to adhere to that limit. Expenditures must be accompanied by the appropriate document to be reimbursed.
  • General administrative expenses of the organization. Meeting expense, office supplies, etc. are not required to receive advance approval. Expenditures must be accompanied by the appropriate document to be reimbursed.
  • Receipts must accompany any request for reimbursement after the expenditure is approved.

Budget

The Finance Committee shall present an annual budget for the general fund to the membership at the first general membership meeting of the school year.

Adopted:________________________________(date)

Bus service may be available to students of Saint Joseph School. The exact bus routes are subject to yearly change based upon the families who request the service.


If you agree to use the bus at the beginning of the year you are obligated to that payment for the rest of the school year unless you move out of our parish school district. The monthly fee will be $25.00 per student, not to exceed two students per household. Any other deviation from this policy must be made through the Board of Education. Reimbursement forms for those families who reside in the Des Moines Public School District, Ankeny School District and Southeast Polk School District will be completed and sent by our school office. Transportations reimbursement from those three districts will be sent directly to the school. This reimbursement must be turned into the school when it is received in the fall and spring for those families who receive the reimbursement directly from the school district. Failure to turn in the reimbursement will result in a $40.00 per pupil per month fee to be assessed to the family.


If your child rides the bus the following guidelines and regulations need to be followed. Proper conduct on the bus is required at all times; it is a necessity for the safety of the children. The bus driver is considered to be in complete charge of the bus and the riders. His or her judgment in making decisions concerning the actions of the riders will not be questioned. Any actions by riders that distract from the driver's attention shall be considered an offense and treated accordingly. The bus driver may assign seating for any or all passengers.

Bus Guidelines

1. The bus survey forms will be due the same date as school registration forms.


2. Families, who have ridden the bus the previous school year, have top priority. However, their survey form must be turned in to the office by the due date. After this date registration will be open on a first come, first served basis.


3. Your children may ride only one of the buses. You cannot have them ride one bus in the morning and the other in the afternoon.


4. Fees need to be paid on time unless prior arrangements have been made with the principal or pastor.


5. Every effort will be made to pick up or drop off your child/children as close to your home as possible. The actual route will be at the discretion of the Board of Education committee designing the route.


6. The fee for bus service is the same whether you use the bus both morning or afternoons, or just one way.


7. Any problems with the above guidelines should be brought to the attention of the Board of Education.

Bus Regulations

1. All riders will be responsible for any damage to the bus. Should damage be viewed when boarding the bus, it must be immediately reported to the driver. Failure to do so may make that individual liable for the damage. Students and parents will be assessed the cost in full for any damage to the bus or its contents.


2. All students have an equal right to ride the bus. Behavior such as saving of seats for others or using more than the fair share of the seat are deemed to be poor respect for others. Pushing, shoving or physically hurting another rider is prohibited.


3. Students must remain seated at all times. Nothing may be extended from windows at any time.


4. Students may visit in normal tones; loud or vulgar language is prohibited.


5. No food (including candy and gum) or drink is allowed on the bus.


6. If it is necessary to cross a street after leaving the bus, such crossings are to be made only at designated crosswalks. Students should always cross in front of the bus so that the driver is able to view the student crossing.


7. Students may not be left off at spots other than their designated drop-off point unless they bring a signed note from their parents.


8. Riders may be allowed to have friends ride with them depending on bus capacity, there will be a charge of $3.00 per rider.


9. Riders are expected to be at the designated pick-up points on time. The bus will not make stops between pick-up points. In order to maintain the schedule for other riders the bus will not wait at stops.

Any violation of the above regulations or any not specifically listed but considered to be a violation by the driver will be handled as follows:

1. First Offense: Driver will warn the student and report the warning to the principal. Principal will contact parent.


2. Second Offense: Driver will report student to the principal for disciplinary action. A one week suspension from the bus will be given and parents so notified.


3. Third Offense: The student is permanently suspended from riding the bus until so restored by the administrator. No refund of fees will be made.

The Board of Education is a policy-making group, elected by parishioners, composed of the following voting members:

Monsignor Ross Parker
Carolyn Farrell, President
Steve Johns, Vice-President
Miquel Hadsall, Secretary
Trisha Jay
Cathy Robey
Tracie Sehnert
Dan Stamey
Gary Steenblock

This group meets in open session on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. Please check the monthly school calendar and/or the parish bulletin for any change to this schedule.


All parents and parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings.

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Parent/Teacher Conference Portal: This is a friendly reminder that the conference portal will close at Noon tomorrow. Please take a moment to schedule conferences if you have not done so already. SCHEDULE HERE. You can also find the conference portal link on the school website; parent resource tab; conference scheduling. Conferences will be held on the following dates & times listed below:

Monday, October 10 from 4:00pm to 7:00pmTuesday, October 11 from 4:00pm to 7:00pmThursday,October 13 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm

News from Catholic Youth Camp: Catholic Youth Camp registration is opening soon! This year, CYC wants to make sure families can better plan their summers by launching registration earlier. In fact, registration is just around the corner on November 15, 2016 at noon! CYC 2017 dates are available online here: 

http://stmcenter.com/session-chart

CYC is for students entering 3rd grade though high school graduation and is located in Panora, IA. Sponsorships are available!

St. Joseph School Blue & Gold Gala: Is this Saturday! St. Joseph School in Des Moines would like to invite you to participate in its Inaugural Blue and Gold Gala at Embassy Suites on October 8, 2016. This fundraising event will also include a Silent Auction featuring vacation packages, handmade artwork, and gifts from local businesses. Our school needs your help to make it a success. The funds raised by this event will be used for renovating the school building to meet building code requirements for classrooms, resolve handicap accessibility needs and provide a modern learning experience for St. Joseph students. St. Joseph is the only school that provides a Catholic education for the East side of Des Moines as well as neighboring communities such as Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Bondurant, Ankeny, Colfax and Runnells. We are seeking your support to help keep St. Joseph a viable consideration for families seeking a quality faith-based education. Here are several ways you can help:

  1. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the Blue and Gold Gala on October 8th. Tickets are available for purchase of $75 each and include a Black-Tie dinner with entertainment.
  2. Donate funds directly to the renovation. All donations are tax exempt and will be recognized.
  3. Make an eternal gift of $200 to be personally recognized on a donor appreciation wall in the new construction.

Thank you, sincerely, in advance for your support of this important event. We look forward to seeing you at the Blue and Gold Gala in October.

PLEASE, PLEASE CONSIDER ATTENDING OR DONATING TO THE FUNDRAISER. ANY QUESTIONS, ASK AWAY. THE GALA IS FAST APPROACHING. THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS WORKING ON THIS ALL SUMMER. WE WANT THIS TO BE A SUCCESS.
GATHER A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND CONSIDER ATTENDING. IT WILL BE A FUN NIGHT OF EATING, DANCING AND JUST PLAIN HAVING FUN! CONSIDER IT AN ADULT PROM. SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WE ALL DESERVE.

Mrs. Konchar has announced a special out of uniform day for tomorrow, Friday, October 7 for Track & Fun Day. Students and staff are allowed to dress down in jeans, shorts, sweats, or athletic shorts. The stipulations are that there are NO yoga pants or form fitting pants. Athletic or regular shorts need to be at least 3 inches above the knee or longer. Students are encourage to wear St. Joseph gear, so if you have St. Joseph gear, please wear that to support the school and show some school spirit!

Hours:

Morning 6:45-7:45am
Afternoon 3:15-5:30pm


Rates:


Before and after full time $275 per month
two or more $470 per month

Full time before school only $120 per month
two or more $215 per month

Full time after school only $240 per month
two or more $415 per month

Before school 3 days or less per week $95 per month
two or more $150 per month

After school 3 days or less per week $155 per month
two or more $275 per month

Before and after 3 days or less per week $175 per month
two or more $295 per month

Daily drop in rate morning $14 per day
two or more $28 per day

Daily drop in rate afternoon $25 per day
two or more $50 per day

Professional development drop in $47 per day
two or more $94 per day

If you are registered for before or after care and you are up to date on payment, professional development days are included in what you have already paid.


Early dismissal policy

For late starts - B&A would also have a 90 minute late start from the original start time.

*For early dismissals - B&A will stay open until 3:00. *In the event school is dismissed in the morning, B&A would only remain open until 12:00 noon.

If school is cancelled- B&A will not be in operation.


Drop in rate will apply for all others (drop in rates apply for children not registered)

Catholic educators throughout the nation identify the uniqueness of the Catholic schools as one of the prime reasons for their existence. Uniqueness, in this context, centers on the religious instruction, the value system and the climate in the schools for the religious and moral development of its students.


Our teachers are involved in an on-going process of religious education themselves in order to provide your children with instruction in our faith. This is provided by the Diocese, Saint Joseph Educational Center, by our local parish, and in conjunction with other Catholic schools in the area. The six year plan for professional development for our staff is the Echoes of Faith program. This six year plan was developed by the superintendent and administrators.


The text we use in grades K-8 is the Call to Faith series published by Harcourt Brace. Textbooks are only guides for learning and are most effective when combined with an active faith life. Hopefully, along with practicing our faith; you, as your child's primary educators, are discussing with your children what they are doing in their classes.


The importance of prayer is recognized and reinforced here at school, and again is most effective when practiced in the home. Our school day begins and ends with prayer, along with prayer before lunch.
The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are prepared for in second grade. Confirmation is prepared for in eighth grade.


Students attend Mass with their classmates on a weekly basis. All School Mass will be held each Wednesday at 8:30 am in the church, unless an exception must be made due to Holy Days or dismissals. They also attend special prayer services and Reconciliation several times a year. Students plan and participate in these liturgies. An all school Rosary is held each month in the church.

​1. Contact the teacher involved with the problem.

2. Call the principal if the problem is not resolved.

3. If not satisfied, contact the President of the Board of Education. The Board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. If you wish to speak at a Board meeting, you need to contact the Board president or the principal at least 10 days prior to the meeting date to be placed on the agenda.

Fire & Tornado Drills

Fire drills will be held monthly in accordance with the laws of the City of Des Moines. Students are required to move quickly and quietly to their assigned destination.


Tornado drills are also conducted on a regular basis as directed by the Department of Education. The fire department and police have a copy of our evacuation plan. Students are to move to the cafeteria area and library area when the severe weather storm alarm is given. The signal for tornadoes will be the continual ringing of a hand bell. This pattern will continue until all students are evacuated. Saint Joseph School's tornado plan is included in this handbook.

Tornado Plan

This plan has been approved by a representative of the Area School Branch, a Civil Defense Department.

The motto, "Be Prepared" is put forth in the following plan in case a tornado should ever hit this area during school hours. The Civil Defense Department recommended a copy of the plan be sent to parents to inform them that protective measures have been put into place.


The representative from Civil Defense assured us that the structure of Saint Joseph School is very good and it would serve as a suitable shelter in case a tornado should strike.


The teachers and students are aware of this emergency procedure as well as the fire drill procedure.


I. Manner of receiving warning: System of communication from Diocesan Office, radio, assigned emergency informers.

II. Signal to teacher and students: Announcement over the public address system directing all to go to "tornado warning drill" position. In case of an electrical power shortage a large hand bell will be sounded.

III. Positions (as practiced): It is necessary that each individual proceed to assigned area in silence.


KINDERGARTEN: Boys' restroom, new hallway

GRADE ONE: Boys' restroom, new hallway

GRADE TWO: Girls' restroom, new hallway

GRADE THREE: Hallway going to gym

GRADE FOUR: Hallway going to gym

GRADE FIVE: Hallway going to gym

GRADE SIX: Hallway going to gym

GRADE SEVEN: Girls' restroom (by Middle School)

GRADE EIGHT: Girls' restroom (by Middle School)


Students are to carry a textbook to cover their heads. Teachers are to maintain order and remain alert to take measures to insure the welfare of all.

Various extracurricular activities are available at Saint Joseph School. These activities include scouting, sports and music. Many of these activities are possible because of volunteers. The school is always looking for assistance from interested adults.

Students are attending school primarily for an education.

Extracurricular activities are a privilege. If a student is not working to his/her ability, the parent and activity leader will be notified. Students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities must maintain a C average. If improvement is not made, the student will be suspended from the activity until progress is noted. Final decisions concerning participation in these activities is up to the Administrator.

Discipline is as fundamental in Catholic education as it is in Christian life. The purpose of the discipline policies at Saint Joseph School is to ensure the maximum educational benefits for all students.

It shall be the policy of the Saint Joseph Board of Education that Saint Joseph School Discipline policies will apply to all school related activities.


In the application of the policies and regulations the rights of students will be respected and due process will be applied.


A. Possession or use of a controlled substance or mood altering drug on parish grounds is prohibited. This policy will be enforced on parish grounds which includes all parish property, school bus, school sponsored or related activities.


1. Parents will be notified as soon as possible. A meeting with the student, parent/guardian, and administrator will be held.

2. The administrator will determine the necessary referral or follow-up.

3. In the case of an illegal substance, the police will be notified.

B. Any behavior which is potentially harmful to self or others will not be tolerated.

1. The administrator or designated person will be notified. The student will be removed from the situation by the designated person.

2. The student's parent/guardian will be notified as soon as possible.

3. The administrator will determine the necessary referral or follow-up.

C. Suspension, expulsion, emergency removal, and/or physical restrain may be consequences of any breech of the discipline policies.

1. Restraint is the act of physically controlling or directing the actions of a student. School personnel and/or supervising parties may use reasonable and appropriate means of restraint as deemed necessary to prevent a student from harming self or others.

2. Deliberately striking a student is specifically prohibited. The use of reasonable force in self-defense or defense of another may be warranted.

3. Suspension is the removal of a student from the classroom, either in school(the parent/guardian will be notified) or out of school under the direction of the parent/guardian.

4. Expulsion will be determined by the Board of Education as a result of a recommendation from the administrator. Re-admittance must also be approved by the Board of Education.

(Policies #505-#530, adopted or revised, May, 2003.)

Breach of Discipline

(Any conduct of students which interferes with the maintenance of school discipline.)

Acts of behavior which tend to conflict with the educational program or which are antagonistic to the welfare of other students, staff, or anyone who happens to be with our students at school, cannot be tolerated. Examples of different

classifications of breach of discipline are:

1. Temper tantrums which disrupt a class;

2. Bully type behavior (defined as behavior that continues over an extended period of time);

3. Open defiance involving refusal to conform to the rules and regulations, profane or obscene language, obscene gestures, loud and boisterous conduct which disturbs others, refusal to comply with request or direction of teachers, administrators, other school personnel, or others involved with our students;

4. Willful disobedience;

5. Continuous breaking of school rules;

6. Physical attack on others, threats of physical attack, physical violence or other threats;

7. Racially or sexually harassing or abusive behavior or language;

8. The use, possession, purchase or sale of alcoholic beverages, drugs or drug paraphernalia;

9. Possession of weapons such as guns, knives, fireworks, or other dangerous objects;

10. Personal misbehavior such as extortion or intimidation;

11. Violation of the Criminal Code of Iowa;

12. Willful destruction of parish/school property, or personal property of teachers or students;

13. Setting fires or false alarms;

14. Possession and/or use of tobacco products.

CONSEQUENCES OF BREACH OF DISCIPLINE:

The following possible actions may be taken in cases of breach of discipline:

1. Detention;

2. Exclusion from class or activities with the approval of the principal;

3. In-school suspension, out of school suspension, expulsion as outlined in C;

4. Fines may be collected for infractions of some rules;

5. A conference may be required involving parent/guardian, teacher, and/or administrator.

CONFRONTATION, DISRESPECT, OR DEFIANCE

to a staff member is an automatic removal from the room and student will be sent directly to the administrator who, in consultation with that staff member, will decide the appropriate consequences.

WEAPONS

will not be tolerated at school. An automatic suspension will occur if a student is found to be in the possession of any type of weapon. Possession of a weapon may result in expulsion.

The following is taken from the Diocesan Board of Education policy (517, adopted 11/21/94) on weapons:

STUDENT PERSONNEL

School

Weapons

It shall be the policy of the Diocesan Board of Education that weapons and other dangerous objects be taken from students and others who bring them on to the school property or from students who are participating in any school-related activity away from school premises. Parents of students found in possession of a weapon or dangerous object shall be notified. Confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects may be reported to law enforcement officials and the student will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.
Students in possession of a firearm while on school property or participating in any school-related activity away from school premises shall be expelled for not less than twelve months. Readmission of the student at the end of the expulsion period will be based on the recommendation of the principal to the local board of education.

The following is the St. Joseph's Board of Education Policy (509.1, adopted 9/9/99) on violence:

PROTOCOL FOR THREATS OF VIOLENCE

​It shall be the policy of the St. Joseph's Board of Education to respond to all threats of violence as serious in intent. All threats will be investigated by the program administrator, counselor and/or designee.
The threat will be reported to and a meeting will be conducted with the student's parents. St. Joseph's will take disciplinary action to include a recommendation for professional counseling. The incident may be reported to law enforcement officials for further action. The Board of Education, Diocesan Superintendent, and pastors will also be notified and consulted.

Child Abuse

It is the policy of the Des Moines Diocesan Board of Education, in keeping with the Iowa Code, that all certified employees of schools of the Diocese of Des Moines are mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and must report suspected abuse to the Department of Human Services. Mandatory reporters are required to file a report when the person "reasonably believes a child has suffered abuse." Within 48 hours of the oral report, a written report must be forwarded to the Department. Each report should contain as much of the following information as can be obtained within the time limit:


1. Name, age, address of the suspected abused child.


2. Name, address of parents, guardian or persons legally responsible for the child's care.


3. Description of injury/ies, including evidence of previous injuries.


4. Name, age, and condition of other children in the home.


5. The child's whereabouts if different from parents, guardian, or persons legally responsible for the child.


6. Any other information considered helpful.


7. Name, address of person(s) making report. The law specifies that a report will be considered valid even if it does not contain all of the above information.

It is not the responsibility of the Diocesan school employee to prove that a child has been abused or neglected, and Diocesan school employees shall not take it upon themselves to investigate the case or contact the family of the child to ask questions or make any kind of judgment. School administrators are to be notified about all reports submitted to the Department of Human Services.

Child Abuse Allegations of Abuse by School Employees

​St. Joseph employees are prohibited from being physically abusive to students (striking a student, sexual abuse). Students, or their parents, who allege abuse from a St. Joseph employee should report the alleged abuse to any of the following individuals: Phyllis Konchar, Principal, or Carie Kremer, Administrative Assistant at 515-266-3433.

Regular attendance and punctuality are expected of all students. This is necessary for the student to receive the maximum benefits from the instructional program and to develop firm habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. It is the parents' responsibility to see that the child attends school as required by Iowa's compulsory attendance statute.


As a safeguard and a check, parents are asked to phone the school before 8:30 a.m. if a child is to be absent that day. If the school has not been notified, the office will contact the parents. The student needs to bring a written excuse to their classroom teacher when they return after an absence. These notes should give the dates of the absence and the specific reason for the absence, especially in regard to the type of illness.
Pupils must be present at least three-fourths of a morning or afternoon session in order to be counted present for the half-day.

Fifteen (15) days in one school year (defined as 5 days each trimester) will be considered excessive absenteeism. Students who reach 15 days (5 in a trimester) of absenteeism will place themselves in jeopardy and may have certain academic consequences as outlined below.

1. On the fourth day of absence in one trimester, the Principal will notify the family. The student, along with parents/guardians and the student's teacher, may be required to attend an administrative staffing. This staffing serves the purpose of notification and dialogue, and a proper course of action will be outline for future success.


2. If a student reaches the fifth day of absence for the trimester, the parents will be notified by the Principal that the possibility exists for loss of academic credit for the trimester's work and that summer school may be a necessity for the loss of instructional time.

As you look at the diocesan calendar in this handbook, you will note our scheduled vacation/in-service days. Please try to arrange your family vacations and activities so that your child/children will not miss school.

Absence

Valid reasons for student's absence from school are as follows: personal illness, death or serious illness in the immediate family, suspension from school, other reasons that can be justified from an educational standpoint may be approved in advance by the Principal, other verified emergencies.

All school work missed because of absence needs to be made up within the number of school days which are double those of the absence, up to a total of six (6) make-up days. Extension of time will be considered for extended valid absence. If a student is to be gone from school for a vacation the teacher must be informed at least one week ahead of time to arrange schoolwork and tests.

Excused form School

​If a child is to be excused from school during the school day, s/he must bring a written note from home; the student must be picked up in the school office. The office must be notified when the student leaves and when they return. Please consult the school calendar when planning appointments, etc. so as to minimize the number of days your child needs to be excused.

Tardiness

​The following action(s) may be taken when dealing with student tardiness without a written excuse or acceptable reason: warning by teacher, parent contact, detention assigned by teacher or administrator; students who are continually tardy to school will be subject to Administrator and possible Board of Education action. Excessive tardiness shall be defined as five (5) times tardy in a trimester. Students will not be marked as tardy when late due to weather related reasons, or circumstances beyond their control, such as conditions which may cause a bus to be late.

Truancy

​Parents will be notified whenever a student is found to be truant from school. The truant student will make up the time absent. Continued truancy will result in additional disciplinary action.

Regular conferences will be scheduled for all parents/guardians having children attending this school. The purpose of these conferences is to promote better understanding and cooperation between teachers and parents for the good of the child. These will be held twice a year, typically at the end of October and February. All parents are expected to attend both conferences.


Either a teacher or a parent may request a conference at any time which is convenient for both the parent and teacher. Parents are asked to make an appointment for such a conference by note or by telephoning the school at least one day in advance.

For announcements concerning school closings due to storms, snow or extreme heat, listen to KRNT or WHO radio. If such an announcement does not come, parents may use their own judgment about an early pick-up. A call to the school regarding this will help us to have your child/ren ready for you.


If there is an emergency early dismissal, homeroom/volunteer parents will be responsible for contacting each child's family. If they are unable to contact either the parent or the emergency contact person, the child will remain at school until someone can be reached. If you wish your child/ren to use another means of transportation home in an emergency situation, please contact the school office personally. Please give written instructions to the school office if there is a certain procedure you wish followed in the event of an emergency early dismissal and instruct your child/ren as to what this procedure involves. We need to keep phone calls to a minimum at these times so any prior directions would be most helpful.

Our guidance counselor will be at school each day of the school week this year. Our developmental guidance program provides each student the opportunity to attain his or her maximum potential. The goal of the guidance program is to assist the child in learning acceptable behavior and to develop a responsible attitude toward one's self, school, home and social environment by establishing a climate of warmth, understanding and concern. To obtain this goal, the program takes a multi-faceted approach:


1. Guidance provides classroom and small group sessions that help students develop skills of communication and acceptance of others.


2. Counseling may be done on a one-to-one or small group basis.


3. Consulting is done with the administrator, teachers, specialists, and parents.


4. Emotional and academic testing or further evaluation of past test data may be requested by parents or guardians.

​Certificates of immunization are required of every new student before entrance into school. Students are expected to have a physical examination before entrance into kindergarten, grade 4, and grade 7. Examination report forms are available from the school office.

We recognize that school is only a part of a child's learning process. Therefore, we encourage reading, family discussions, critical selection of television viewing, listening to good music and attending cultural activities.


Homework should not be busy work, but an extension of the learning process in the classroom. Homework can enhance the study skills of the student and reinforce concepts learned during the school day.
Parents are encouraged to provide their child/children with a suitable atmosphere, specific time and regular location in which to study.

Television, radio, and extended phone conversation are highly discouraged while a student is studying. Parents should take an active interest in their child's work. Parents are encouraged to regularly ask about homework and to check to see if assignments have been completed. This does not mean doing it for them. Giving the child too much help may destroy the spirit of independence, creativity, perseverance, and initiative which are necessary in the child's scholastic training.

If a child becomes ill or is injured at school, the parents will be notified unless we have been directed to inform a neighbor or guardian instead. At no time will a child be sent from the school premises without the parent's or guardian's consent.


Please keep your child home if he/she is sick. If there is a fever make sure your child's temperature is normal for twenty-four (24) hours before permitting his/her return to school. We need to be informed if your child develops a contagious disease.

We would appreciate hearing if your child is hospitalized, has surgery, etc.
Students will be allowed to remain indoors for recess or P.E. only for serious reasons---Doctor's orders, taking medication, etc. Generally, if they are not well enough to go out and play, they are not well enough to be in school.

All students plan and participate in prayer services and liturgies. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend individual class and all-school liturgies.

The school is an extension of the parish and it is our expectation that all families will be active participants in the liturgical and sacramental life of their parish each weekend. Most of what we do here at school is meaningless if parents aren't modeling an active faith life in the home. You are the example your children will follow.

Hot lunches are provided for the students of Saint Joseph School. Students may also bring a sack lunch. Students in grades 2-8 are able to purchase ala carte items.

Lunch times are as follows:

Grades K and 1, 11:20-11:40, recess from 11:00-11:15.

Grades 2-4, lunch from 11:45-12:05, recess from 11:20-12:4.

Grades 5-8, lunch from 12:15-12:45.


Mrs. Angie Pauscher is our hot lunch program manager. The cost for each lunch is $2.60. You may purchase either a five-meal ticket sold for $12.50 or a twenty-meal ticket sold for $52.00. Milk is provided with the meal, extra cartons are sold for 25¢. Parents are welcome to eat with their child any day. The cost of the adult lunch is $3.50. Please call the office at 266-3433 prior to 10:00 a.m. on the day you wish to come.


Parents are encouraged to apply for free or reduced lunches if there is a need. The forms for this program will be sent home the first week of school or are available in the school office. All applications and results are confidential. We stongly urge you to apply as this information is used to determine our eligibility to receive Title I services ( reading and math resource services provided by our Title 1 teacher) from Des Moines. If you were on the program last year, your status stays the same for 30 days so that you may reapply. Lunch payments that are 30 days in arrears will be forwarded to the Business Manager.

​Medications brought to school and administered by certified school personnel must be prescribed by a licensed physician or physician assistant. Over the counter medications may also be dispensed by authorized school personnel. Medication must be in a pharmacy-labeled container. Parents must also complete the "Parent's Request for Giving Medication At School" form which is included in the appendix of the handbook. Parents may come to school and administer medications at school to their children at any time.

1. Touch football may be played, no tackle football. No kicking the footballs when playing on the back parking lot. Playing in an unsafe manner will result in the immediate loss of the football.

2. Dodge ball may be played, but ball must be thrown below the waist.

3. Jump ropes are to be used only for jumping rope.

4. When playing tag, pulling on clothes is not permitted.

5. The first time a ball goes in the street is a warning, the second time will result in the loss of the ball.

6. Students may bring balls, toys, etc. to play with at recess, but the students alone are responsible for loss or damage.

7. No Gum or Candy is allowed on the playground.


Back Parking Lot Rules

1. The parking lot is the only area for play.

2. Students may not be twirling on any the railings around the parking lot or steps.

3. Students may not play on the steps.

4. Students may not climb on the wall outside the gym door or play on the grassy area above the wall.

5. Students may not go behind the freezer or dumpsters.

6. The garage, the Reading Recovery building, and the preschool classroom are off limits to all students.

7. If a ball goes into the street for K through third graders only an adult or patrol may get the ball from the street. Fourth through eighth graders may get the ball after getting permission from the playground supervisor.


Park Rules

1. Students may not play behind the shelter, by the pool area, or in the tennis courts.

2. The baby swing may not be used by any of the students.

3. Only a playground supervisor may get a ball that goes in the street.


Winter Rules

1. Students may play in the snow if they are wearing snow pants, boots, and gloves. Students may build snowmen, snow forts, etc.

2. Throwing snow or sliding on the ice is not permitted.

3. Students will go outside for recess unless the temperature is zero or below. The following guidelines will be utilized;
30 degrees or above- full recess time
20 degrees-29 degrees- 15 minutes
1 degrees- 19 degrees- 10 minutes


Consequences of Misbehavior/Breaking above rules

1. 1st offense - 5 minutes time out

2nd offense - loss of recess

2. Swearing, spitting, and fighting (physical contact) will not be tolerated. Students will be sent to the office.

3. Arguing and/or being disrespectful to playground supervisors will not be tolerated. Students will be sent to the office.

Pupil services are available to all school age children through the Des Moines Public School System, Heartland Education Agency, and Polk County. These services include psychological testing, hearing testing, speech testing, and learning disability program. For further information contact the school principal.

The following is the Diocesan Policy on Harassment, Bullying and Hazing by Students

Policy 579


Diocese of Des Moines


Student Personnel

Harassment, Bullying and Hazing

It shall be the policy of the Diocesan Catholic Schools Board that all schools maintain an
environment free from unlawful and undesirable verbal and physical harassment, bullying and/or
hazing. Schools should develop and incorporate programs to eliminate harassment, bullying and
hazing from all student and school personnel.


For the purposes of this policy harassment, bullying and hazing shall mean any electronic,
written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or
perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school
environment that meets one of more of the following conditions:


Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property;

Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health;

Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's academic
performance; or

Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in
or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.
"Electronic" shall mean any communication involving the transmission of information by wire,
radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. "Electronic" includes but is not
limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell
phones, electronic text messaging, or similar technologies.


The phrase "trait or characteristic" of the student as used in this policy includes, but is not limited
to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party
preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.


The term "sexual orientation" means actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality
or bisexuality. The term "gender identity" means the gender related identity of a person,
regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth.


Harassment, bullying and hazing may include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors and
circumstances:

Verbal, nonverbal, or physical or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other
victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or
suffering to the victim;

Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing
injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;

Implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, property, etc.
that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to
the victim;

Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student that have the purpose
or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; and/or

Unreasonable interference with a student's performance or creation of an
intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning environment.
This policy shall be in effect while students are on school property, while on school-owned or
school-operated/leased vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and
while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient
management and welfare of the school.


Students who believe they or another student or students are the victim of bullying, harassment or
hazing should immediately report their concerns to the school principal or the principal's
designee. The school must promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying,
harassment and hazing. The principal or the principal's designee will be responsible for handling
all complaints by students alleging bullying, harassment or hazing.


If a staff member believes she/he is or has been bullied, harassed or hazed by a student, the staff
member should contact the principal who must investigate the matter. If the staff member
chooses, the matter may be reported to legal authorities.


Retaliation against a person because the person has filed a bullying, harassment or hazing
complaint or assisted or participated in an investigation or proceeding is prohibited. An
individual who knowingly files a false complaint and a person who gives false statements in an
investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall a person who is
found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy. A student found to have
retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension
and expulsion.


The principal shall ensure that the anti-harassment, anti-bullying and anti-hazing policy and
procedures are printed in the Handbooks and integrated into the school's Comprehensive School
Improvement Plan (CSIP). The principal or the principal's designee is responsible for collllecttiing
data relating to incidents of harassment, bullying and hazing. This data must be reported in the
spring Basic Education Data Survey (BEDS) and to the local public annually.


Nothing in this policy shall be construed to impair the school's ability to educate and administer
consistent with the mission of the Catholic Church. Nothing in this policy is intended to condone
behavior or lifestyles that are inconsistent with Catholic teachings.


Policy Adopted: January 31, 1994
Policy Revised: April 25, 2000
April 7, 2004
May 21, 2007
January 21, 2008
May 19, 2008
November 17, 2008
November 15, 2010

Sexual Harassment

The following is the Diocesan Board of Education policy on sexual harassment:It shall be the policy of the Diocesan Board of Education that educational programs maintain a learning and working environment free from sexual harassment.Prohibited ActsSexual harassment is strictly forbidden in diocesan education programs. For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:A. submission to such conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual's employment or status in a class, program, or activity;B. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment or educational decision affecting an individual; orC. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or educational performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.Examples of Sexual HarrassmentSexual harassment encompasses any sexual attention that is unwanted. Examples of the verbal or physical conduct prohibited include, but are not limited to:A. physical assault;B. direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status, promotion, education, grades or letters of recommendation;C. direct propositions of a sexual nature;D. subtle pressure for sexual activity, an element of which may be conduct such as repeated and unwantedgestures;E. a pattern of conduct (not legitimately related to the subject matter of a course if one involved) intended to discomfort or humiliate, and/or that includes one or more of the following: (1) comments of a sexual nature; or (2) sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes;F. a pattern of conduct that would discomfort and/or humiliate a reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed that includes one or more of the following: (1) unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person's clothing or body; (2) remarks of a sexual nature about a person's body or clothing; or (3) remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experience.Isolated and Inadvertent OffensesA. Staff and students, who without establishing a pattern of doing so, engage in isolated conduct of the kind described in items E. and F. above or who exhibit a pattern of engaging in such conduct but fail to realize that their actions discomfort and/or humiliate, demonstrate insensitivity that necessitates remedial measures. When program administrators become aware that such activities are occurring in their areas, they should discuss such conduct those involved and, where appropriate, recommend that person take an educational program designed to develop understanding of the harm being done.B. If, after participating in the educational program or for failing to participate after being recommended to do so, a person continues to engage in the conduct described in items E. and F. above, he or she will be deemed to have engaged in a pattern of conduct intended to discomfort or humiliate the one at whom the actions or statements are directed.It is the policy of the educational programs governed by the Diocesan Board of Education to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment and/or harassment of any type. No employee, volunteer or student associated with these programs shall be subjected to sexual harassment or harassment of any kind. Any person who alleges harassment by any employee, volunteer or student of an educational program governed by the Diocesan Board of Education may complain directly to his/her teacher, immediate supervisor, principal, Mrs. Phyllis Konchar at 266-3433, or the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Des Moines. Detailed procedures to be followed are outlined in Diocesan Board Policy 336 (sited above) and Regulations 337 and 570; copies are available in our school office.PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE IF YOU WISH FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT.

The purposes of this organization are to promote better relations between the student body and the administration, to serve as a means of presenting problems of the student body to the administration, and to promote better citizenship and school spirit. Members are elected by each classroom and meetings are held regularly. Officers are elected by the 5-8th grade student body at the beginning of the school year.

The school is not responsible for medical expenses relating to a school injury. A student accident insurance program is available as an option for parents. Information concerning this coverage will be sent home the first week of school.

In order to facilitate the educational process of the student, records on each student are kept by the school. Questions regarding student records should be directed to the principal's office. The records contain information about the student and the student's education and may include but are not limited to the following types of records: identification data, attendance data, record of achievement, family background data, aptitude tests, educational and vocational plans, honors and activities, discipline data, objective counselor or teacher ratings and observations, and external agency reports.


The following person, agencies and organizations may have restricted access to student records without prior written consent of the parent or student over the age of 18 years. Any other access to student records shall be only upon written consent or upon court order or legally issued subpoena.

1. School officials, teachers and AEA personnel with a legitimate educational interest.

2. Officials of other schools in which the student proposes to enroll.

3. Representatives of state and local government when auditing and evaluating Federal education programs.

4. Officials connected with a student's educational financial aid applications. (Applies at the high school level.)

5. Governmental officials to which information is to be reported under state law adopted prior to November 19, 1974.

6. Organizations which process and evaluate standardized tests.

7. Accrediting organizations for accrediting purposes.

8. Parents and legal guardians of dependent children, regardless of the child's age.

9. Appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.

Student records are reviewed and inappropriate material removed periodically and, at a minimum, whenever a student moves from the middle school to high school level and when a student transfers out of the school. Those records not of permanent importance are destroyed within three years of graduation or discontinued attendance. Parents of students under age 18 and students over age 18 may exercise the opportunity to review educational records of the student, to obtain copies of the records, to write a response to material in the record, to challenge the content of the record on grounds of inappropriateness, inaccuracy, or an invasion of privacy, and to have the records explained.

The Iowa Assessment (formerly the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills) are given to students in grades 3-8 in October of each year. CRS (constructed response survey for reading) will be administered to students in grade four, CRS (mathematics) are administered to students in grade 6. Students in grade 8 take the SCASS assessment (Science). All data from the assessments is utilized for the Annual Progress Report (APR), which is sent to the State Department of Education to monitor student achievement.

Students are expected to come to school neatly dressed, clean and well-groomed. Students are to wear their uniforms each day unless otherwise stated. Uniform checks will be conducted on a daily basis. Parents are responsible for making sure their children come to school dressed appropriately each and every day. The Principal is the final judge on the acceptability of students' appearance.

Girls

a. Girls are to wear either skirts, pants, or jumpers of solid color navy blue or khaki 

tan. Skirts and jumpers may be no more than three inches above the knee. Leggings, lycra, tight knit, and colored denim are not acceptable. Black or brown belts with buckles are to be worn for all students in grades 3-8 with shirts tucked in. No sashes or scarves can be worn as belts.

b. Girls are to wear plain, solid white, yellow, or royal (no chambray or denim), polo-type shirts with a fold over collar. The polo shirts may be either long or short sleeved. T-shirts may be worn underneath the polo shirt. No long sleeve t-shirts may be worn except when wearing a long sleeve polo.

c. Polo shirts with an embroidered school logo will be introduced during the 2010-2011 school year.

d. Socks are to be worn at all times including out of uniform days.

Boys

1. Boys are to wear solid color blue or khaki tan pants. Colored denim may not be worn, corduroy is acceptable. Black or brown belts with buckles are to be worn for all students in grades 3-8 with shirts tucked in. "Slouching" of pants is not permitted.


2. Boys are to wear plain, solid white, yellow, or royal (no chambray or denim) polo-type shirts with a fold over collar. The polo shirts may be either long or short sleeved. T-shirts may be worn underneath the polo shirt. No long sleeve t-shirts may be worn except when wearing a long sleeve polo.

3. Polo shirts with an embroidered school logo will be introduced during the 2010-2011 school year.

4. Socks are to be worn at all times including out of uniform days.

5. Sweaters may be worn year round. They must be plain, solid colors of white or navy blue. A solid color uniform shirt or blouse with a fold-over collar must be sworn underneath (with the collar visible). Sweater jackets are not acceptable as part of the uniform. Coats, jackets, or sweatshirts may not be worn during class time.

6. Students are to wear solid back, sturdy shoes or tennis shoes. Tennis or gym shoes must be available or worn on PE days. No crocs or look a like crocs or sandals are permitted.

7. On out-of-uniform days blue jeans, colored jeans, flannel shirts, denim or chambray shirts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts may be worn.

8. During the months of August, September, May, and June students may wear "walking" shorts in navy blue or khaki tan. These may not be more than three inches above the knee. Girls may wear "skorts" during these months. Capri style or cargo style shorts are also acceptable

9. Body suits; crop tops; tank tops; leggings; shirts that advertise alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, rock groups, or have offensive language or symbols, miniskirst; short shorts or cutoffs, sweatpants, and muscular shirts are not permitted even during out-of-uniform days..

10. Extreme hair styles, make-up or jewelry which draw undue attention or are disruptive are not permitted. Hair length for boys should not exceed beyond the collar of a shirt. The administrator is the final judge of appearance. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings.

Violations

Violations of the uniform regulations will be addressed as follows:

First violation: Student will be reminded of uniform regulations and asked not to come to school in violation of those regulations. Reminder notes will be sent home.

Second Violation: Student will be required to call parent to make them aware of the situation and a note will be sent home.

Third Violation: Principal will call a parent and require that the violation be taken care of immediately, the student will be removed from the classroom until the violation is corrected. A detention will be given.

Uniform Exceptions and Out-of-uniform Days

1. Eighth grade students may wear their class shirt (t-shirt) as part of their uniform on Mondays. Students in grades 5-8 may wear a yellow polo type shirt or button-up dress shirt (either should have fold over collars).

2. On Wednesdays, the school children are permitted to dress up for School Mass. This can include dresses for the girls and button up shirts with ties for the boys.

3. On the first Thursday of each month, there will be St.Joseph School out-of-uniform day. This day, students will be allowed to wear St. Joseph t-shirts and sweatshirts or other permitted casual attire.

4. On the third Thursday of each month, students who choose to participate in out of uniform for Missions Days. There is a monetary contribution to our mission project that the school is supporting. Failure to bring missions funds in out-of-uniform will result in a disciplinary referral for the student.

5. In addition, throughout the year, there will be various dress-up , jeans, out-of-uniform, or "special" dress days determined by the school Principal.

"Blast" is our program for gifted and talented students. It provides opportunities and experiences for students that extend beyond the regular classroom curriculum in order to meet their needs. This group meets on a weekly basis.

Parents and other guests are welcome to visit the school. We ask that the principal and teacher be informed of this visit at least one day ahead of time. Parents and guests are also welcome to join students for lunch, Mrs. Pauscher needs to know a day ahead of time, just call the school office and the message will be passed on. All visitors need to check in at the school office before proceeding to the classroom.

We need all parents to contribute their time and talents in service to Saint Joseph's School. Without the help of volunteers our school could not operate as well and efficiently as it does. Our Home & School Association will send home a volunteer sign-up form. We need and appreciate your help!

The 5th , 6th, 7th and 8th grade years are important transition years in the academic life of a student. It is during this time that he/she needs to develop the self-discipline, sense of responsibility, and independence in study skills needed to achieve success in high school and in the job market.


Students at these grade levels are given more privileges and responsibilities, and take more of a leadership role in our school; i.e. Student Council officers, Teen Leadership Core, Jr. National Honor Society, participation in school dances (7th & 8th graders), 5th through 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in sports, chorus and band. They are also held more accountable for their actions---both positive and negative. When a student doesn't get an assignment finished or fails a test, it is the student's responsibility to resolve the problem. Assistance by staff is always available.


As in everything we do, parent cooperation and open communication between all is essential in order to provide the best learning environment for our students. We hope that you will support us in our efforts to make this a successful and meaningful year for your student(s). Please contact us when you have any questions or concerns.

Responsibility for Behavior

1. Students are expected to treat others with courtesy and respect. Abusive language, put downs, and harassment of others will not be tolerated. Since most of this type of behavior occurs outside of the hearing and sight of staff, parents are encouraged to inform teachers of known behavior of this type.

2. Students are expected to remain in the classroom during a normal class period. Students will not normally be excused during class to go to the bathroom or get drinks. These matters should be taken care of before school, at break times, at lunchtime, or between classes with the teacher's permission. Teachers need to be notified by parents/guardians if there is a medical reason why an exception should be made.

3. Participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged. Such participation, however, should not interfere with performance in school. Students participating in these activities will be expected to maintain a passing average and display appropriate behavior.

4. Misbehavior will be dealt with in the following manner:

a. Verbal warning on first offense.

b. Check on behavior slip on second offense.

c. Detention (2 checks) on third offense. Parents will be notified by telephone on the day the detention is to served. Detentions will be served on Thursday. Detentions may be given for behavior which is inappropriate and/or disruptive to the class.

d. The fifth detention in a trimester will result in a one day in-school suspension. Parents will be notified, and may be called in for a conference with the student, teacher(s), counselor, and/or administrator. If a student receives a second in-school suspension in one trimester, two days in-school suspension will be served at that time and a conference with the teacher, counselor, and/or administrator will be required.

Responsibility for Assignments

Enter your text here ...1. Each student will need an assignment notebook. This will help the student to organize his/her time, make sure assignments are completed on time, and help parents who wish to see what has been assigned. There will be periodic checks in the classroom to see if students have their notebooks. After the third missing assignment in a quarter, the student will be required to have a parent sign this assignment notebook.

2. All work turned in should be neatly done, should fulfill the teacher's requirements, and should be the student's best work. Any work which does not meet these requirements will need to be redone.

3. Cheating will not be tolerated. If a student cheats on a test or assignment, a grade of zero will be given. A detention may be assigned.

4. All assignments are expected to be completed on time.

5. If an assignment is not completed, the student will serve a "homework help" session during the school day. If there becomes a pattern of uncompleted assignments, a meeting with parents, the student, teachers and administrator will be scheduled.

6. When a student misses class for any reason, it is her/his responsibility to see the teacher as soon as possible to find out about assigned work. If this is not done, the assignment will be considered late and dealt with as such. If a student is absent for a test, but was present when the test was announced, he/she will be expected to make up the test on the day he/she returns to class. This also applies to assignments or projects announced when the student was present, but due on a day when she/he was absent. If this presents a problem, it is the student's responsibility to talk to the teacher.

7. Students are required to come to class prepared. This includes all books and materials necessary for that day's class. To assist in this, the students will be given a copy of their schedule.

8. Midterm reports will be sent home in the middle of each trimester. If work is not complete or the student's grade is below a C, these reports need to be signed by parents. Parents will be called in these matters.

9. If there is incomplete work, it must be turned in the next day, but credit will be reduced by 10%.

10. Consequences of incomplete work or a cumulative grade of below a C average;

a. The student will serve homework help until all the work is made up.

b. Lesser credit will be given on all late work.

c. Removal from extra-curricular activities until grades are brought up and all work turned in.

d. A conference with the student, parents, teacher(s), and administrator may be required if the problem continues.

Responsibility for Property

1. Students will be responsible for the proper care and treatment of all property. If students are found to be responsible for the damage or destruction of property, they will be required to pay for its replacement.

2. All textbooks are to be covered at all times. This greatly reduces the wear and tear on these books which need to be used for several years. When a teacher sees that a book is uncovered, a fine may be imposed.

3. Cell phones may be brought to school, but must remain turned off and turned into the students' teacher at the beginning of the school day. Students caught using cell phones during the school day will lose the cell phone for up to three days.

4. I-Pods, M3 Players, and any other electronic equipment may not be brought to school. The school will not be responsible for lost or damaged items.

5. Please check the Lost and Found area periodically. We have a large number of unclaimed items throughout the school year.

Communication with Parents

1. Midterm report forms will be sent home at mid trimester. (See no. 8 under Responsibility for Homework.)

2. Parents may be called at other times to inform them about their student's progress, behavior, or accomplishments.

3. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers whenever they see a problem or have a concern, or are pleased with something.

A. Newsletters will be sent home with the youngest student in each family on the last Friday of each month that school is in session. It is important that both parents and students read these to be informed and up-to-date about what is happening in their school community.

B. The school office is open from 7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each school day.

C. Requests for conferences may be made by a parent or guardian through the office or by the office to discuss any concerns about a student's progress or problems. Parents may request a conference at any time.

D. Teachers and/or administrator are available to meet with parents by appointment. Any parent or guardian may visit the classrooms by making an appointment through the office.

E. The law holds that parents do not cease to be parents when they no longer have custody of their children. Saint Joseph School abides by the provisions of the Buckley Amendment with respect to the rights of non-custodial parents. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, a school will provide the non-custodial parent with access to the academic records and to other school-related information regarding the child. If there is a court order specifying that there is to be no information given, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with an official copy of that court order. If the child is not to be released to the non-custodial parent a copy of the custodial section of the divorce decree must be provided to our school.

Our parish has had for many years a commitment to do all it can to make Catholic education available to all its families who wish it for their children. The continuation of a quality school with a quality education depends on maintaining a quality faculty that is fairly compensated and enthusiastically supported by our parents and our parish. It is the sacrifices of many that make the enterprise of Saint Joseph School possible. Parents sacrifice financially to give their children an extra edge on building religious and faith values. Parishioners who have long since had children in school continue to tithe generously, thus making it possible for the parish to subsidize the per pupil cost by more than one half.


Saint Joseph Parish is committed to making it possible for any child of a registered and participating family to attend a Catholic school. A small committee has been set up to meet with any family who needs financial aid. The bottom line in these instances is not money but whether the family is regularly attending the parish for weekend liturgy and worship and whether they are participating in the parish SACRIFICIAL GIVING PROGRAM at a level they can afford on a regular basis.

In order to be given preference as members of Saint Joseph Parish the following criteria need to be met:


1. Currently registered at Saint Joseph, Our Lady's Immaculate Heart of Ankeny, St. Luke's, St. Mary's of Elkhart or Ss. John and Paul Parish and have completed a Sacrificial Commitment Card.


2. Regularly attending week-end Liturgy at home Parish and participating in parish events.


3. Regularly using envelopes to contribute to the parish through the Sacrificial Giving Program as stated on the Sacrificial Commitment Card. (The amount to be given is to be determined by the parishioner's family in relationship to their income.)


Families who currently have students in school but are not meeting their financial obligations to the school, and/or have not been faithful to items two and three above, will not be given priority over new students in the registration process.

Fees for Saint Joseph families for the 2017-2018 school year are:


A. $180.00 - Registration Fee

(for first child, additional children $65.00) this fee is non-refundable


B. $3,221.00 - Tuition/school fee for first child
$5,786.00 - For two children
$7,969.00 - For three children

(including additional children---the most any family would pay would be $7,969.00)

Those Catholic families who are not currently registered or who are not attending or supporting Saint Joseph Parish will be viewed as non-parishioners and will be charged the same amount in school tuition/fees as students from other parishes. These families need to approach their own parish for financial arrangements and assistance. We of course welcome students from other parishes who do not have schools. We assume that those parishes will give financial assistance wherever possible. Those families that are not Catholic will be charged a tuition approaching the per pupil cost of the previous year. These amounts will be determined following the close of the fiscal year, June 30.

Notes

The registration fee must be paid at the time of registration. If there is a problem with this please contact the administrator.


The school tuition payment schedule may be arranged as follows: (For the purposes of accounting the school year is calculated from July 1 to June 30. When reviewing the tithing record, the same time frame will be used.)

OPTION #1 - One payment on July 15th
OPTION #2 - Two semester payments on July 15th and January 15th.
OPTION #3 - Four quarterly payments due on the 15th of July, October, January, and March.
OPTION #4 – Twelve monthly payments due on the 1st or 15th of each month from July to June.


All school payments are to be made directly to the School office. Tithe payments are to be in a tithe envelope and placed in the Sunday collection or paid directly to the Parish office. Payments made to the wrong office can lead to improper credit being given.


If payment has not been received by the 15th day of the month in which it is due, a $5.00 per month service charge will be assessed.

If any account is sixty days past due, a recommendation will go to the Board of Education for non-readmission of that child (children) the following semester. For those students moving into high school recognition as Saint Joseph parishioners will be denied. Notification of parents will be made by registered mail of the Board's decision and the date on which the decision will be carried out.


Any exception to the above must be reached in dialogue with the Pastor and/or the small committee designated by the Board of Education and the Finance Council prior to the dismissal date. It must be made clear that it is not the purpose of the Board to punish the child in these situations. We want all children to have the opportunity for a Catholic education. When problems or inability to meet the obligations incurred exists, we expect parents to discuss the concerns with the Pastor and/or the small committee so that necessary adjustments and arrangements can be made in writing.

Families who may be having financial difficulties are urged to seek out opportunities to give volunteer help in the school, to other groups working in the Parish. Scholarships are available through The Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO), Project HOPE sponsored by the Diocese, through the George and Mary Kremer Foundation or from the pastor. It is expected that in such cases those in need will initiate the dialogue with the pastor, the principal.


All bills owed to the school must be paid in full by June 1. Other arrangements for fulfilling this obligation must be made with the pastor or business manager prior to the release of any student records or diplomas.

The schedule of payment may be modified by contacting the business manager.

Reminder statements will be sent home either with students or by mail as they are due.

Parents are reminded to take advantage of the tax deduction/credit available on the Iowa State Income Tax.

The Saint Joseph Board of Education endeavors to offer the opportunity for a Catholic education to all who desire it. However, due to space and personnel limitations, and in compliance with the guidelines set by the Diocesan Board of Education, it shall be the policy of the Saint Joseph Board of Education that a priority system be used in acceptance for enrollment in Saint Joseph School. The following groups, listed in priority order, shall be considered for admission:


1. Students who have been enrolled at Saint Joseph School during the previous school year and whose families have fulfilled their tuition and tithing obligations.


2. New students from families with other students already enrolled at Saint Joseph School.


3. New students from families registered at either Saint Joseph Parish, Ss. John & Paul's Parish, Immaculate Heart, or St. Mary's Parish.


4. New students from newly registered families at either Saint Joseph , Ss. John & Paul's, Immaculate Heart, or St. Mary's Parishes with an immediate history of Catholic education.


5. New students who were Religious Education students at either Saint Joseph , Ss. John & Paul's, Immaculate Heart or St. Mary's.


6. New students from families registered at Catholic parishes without schools.


7. New students from families registered at Catholic parishes with schools.


8. New students from families who are non-Catholic.


Should a non-Catholic request admission to Saint Joseph School, the following requirements need to be met:


a. Attendance with their class at Mass (participation is not required nor expected), the daily Religion class and all activities including those of a religious nature.


b. Tuition rate will be comparable to actual per pupil cost. (Tuition determined by Board of Education.)

​Happy fall everyone! Can you believe that we've already reached October? We have been working very hard the past month in 5th grade and have so many exciting things to look forward to this month. In Math, we have been working on different types of word problems and how to solve them as well as place value and different properties such as the communitive and identity properties. Students have also begun moving from addition and subtraction on their power-ups to multiplication and division. If they have not already mastered these facts (so that they can complete the entire power-up of 40 questions in under a minute) they need to be practicing fact nightly. Having quick recall on their facts will make skills later this year much easier for them. In Reading, we are on to our 4th lesson. Students have been working on theme, comparing and contrasting, suffixes, and multiple grammar skills. Please remind your student to review for their tests which are given every Wednesday. Students have a review page that we go over on Tuesdays and there are also vocabulary quizlets they can use linked to our google classroom page. In writing, we are finishing up our Narrative writing unit. Students have focused on using descriptive words to show and not tell, writing dialogue, and making sure the story is well organized. Students will submit their final draft of the one page typed narrative story on October 12th. Our 5th grade Social Studies class has been focusing on early European explorers. We have talked about who the early explorers were, where they were from, and why they traveled. We will have a test on October 11th and will then be moving into a unit on the Colonies. Our 4th grade Social Studies class is focusing on the Eastern region of the United States. We have been talking about the resources, history, and people of the Eastern Region. Students are also beginning to prepare for a quiz over the Eastern state locations, abbreviations, and capitals. In Religion, we have been focusing on the Beatitudes. Students have been looking at role models of the Beatitudes as well as talking about ways that we can live out the Beatitudes in our daily lives. Some other fun events to look forward to: October 4- Picture Day October 5- 5th grade has mass October 6- Dress Down (free) October 7- Track and Fun Day October 10, 11, 13- Conferences (please sign up for a time online) October 13, 14, 17- No School October 21- Spirit Day ($1) October 24-28- ITBS Week October 27- Dress Down for Missions ($1) October 31- Class Halloween party from 2-3pm

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​REMINDERS & UPDATES​​​​​​​​​​​​WEEK OF OCTOBER 3-7

  • Monday, October 3
    • No events scheduled

  • Tuesday, October 4
    • Picture Day (PreK - 8th): Remember to have your child(ren) bring their order form. Friendly reminder that students may come out of uniform for this day. Students may use this as a 'Dress Down' day (please see below for additional details).
    • St. Francis Prayer Service: Will be held at 2:30pm in the church.
    • Bricks 4 Kidz: Please meet in the library after the bell rings. B4K is held from 3:20pm - 4:20pm.
    • Lunch: There will no salads on the menu.

  • Wednesday, October 5
    • Mass: Mass by 5th grade
    • Chess Club: Students will meet in the library from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • NJHS: Meeting will be held from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.

  • Thursday, October 6
    • Dress Down Day: The following may be worn on DRESS DOWN day:
      • ​Solid colored denim jeans or skirts with no holes or tears
      • Solid colored denim shorts during shorts season – no shorter than 3 inches from the middle of the knee.
      • Appropriate shirts. (T-shirts, turtlenecks, button downs, sweatshirts, fleece, etc. No inappropriate writing.) No sleeveless shirts, camisoles or tank tops.
      • Tennis shoes or dress code approved shoes
      • Dress code pants with a "jeans day" approved top are also acceptable on Jeans Days.
    • Stretching & Exercising for Youth: Classes will be held in the Parish Center from 3:15pm - 3:45pm. Mrs. Dixon will gather the students near the office and walk them down to the Parish Center.
    • Board of Ed Meeting: Meeting will be held at 6pm.

  • Friday, October 7
    • ​​Dowling Visit: Dowling students will be here to visit with the 8th graders.
    • Parents-Teacher Conferences: The scheduling portal closes at 12:00pm.
    • Track & Fun Day: ​​Activities will be located at Grandview Park during the afternoon from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Parents, if you are available to volunteer during Track & Fun day please return the slip that was sent home from Mr. Bender. Also, please consider donating snack size treats for our students. Thank you! The following are some items that you may want to consider sending with your child on field day:​
      • Sunscreen
      • Water Bottle
      • Hat
      • Spare set of clothes

LUNCH MENU(October's Lunch Menu is attached)
  • Monday:
    • ​Pepperoni Pizza, Steamed Broccoli, Baby Carrots, Applesauce & Milk
  • Tuesday:
    • Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Baked Beans, Mandarin Oranges, Goldfish & Milk
  • Wednesday:
    • Soft Shell Taco, Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, Cherry Tomatoes, Pineapple ​& Milk
  • Thursday:
    • Pork Fritter, Mashed Potatoes, Celery Sticks, Banana & Milk
  • Friday:
    • State Fair Corndog, French Fries, Green Beans, Peaches & Milk

UPCOMING EVENTSParent Teacher Conferences: Conferences will be held on the following dates & times listed below. The Conference Portal is now open but will close on Friday, October 7 at Noon.



Monday, October 10 from 4:00pm to 7:00pmTuesday, October 11 from 4:00pm to 7:00pmThursday,October 13 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
SCHEDULE HERE. You can also find the conference portal link on the school website; parent resource tab; conference scheduling.




NO SCHOOL: There will be NO SCHOOL from October 13 - 17.



Angel for a Day: The high school girls from Dowling will be hosting 'Angel for a Day'. This program is for girls in 3rd thru 5th grade. The purpose of this program is to foster a good mentoring relationship between high school and elementary age females. They will meet the third Wednesday of each month from 3:45pm - 5:15pm. Permission slips will be sent home this week. ​THIS SATURDAY!!!ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL BLUE & GOLD GALAEMBASSY SUITES AT 6:00PMSt. Joseph School in Des Moines would like to invite you to participate in its Inaugural Blue and Gold Gala at Embassy Suites on October 8, 2016. This fundraising event will also include a Silent Auction featuring vacation packages, handmade artwork, and gifts from local businesses. Our school needs your help to make it a success. The funds raised by this event will be used for renovating the school building to meet building code requirements for classrooms, resolve handicap accessibility needs and provide a modern learning experience for St. Joseph students. St. Joseph is the only school that provides a Catholic education for the East side of Des Moines as well as neighboring communities such as Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Bondurant, Ankeny, Colfax and Runnells. We are seeking your support to help keep St. Joseph a viable consideration for families seeking a quality faith-based education. Here are several ways you can help:

  1. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the Blue and Gold Gala on October 8th. Tickets are available for purchase of $75 each and include a Black-Tie dinner with entertainment.
  2. Donate funds directly to the renovation. All donations are tax exempt and will be recognized.
  3. Make an eternal gift of $200 to be personally recognized on a donor appreciation wall in the new construction.
Thank you, sincerely, in advance for your support of this important event. We look forward to seeing you at the Blue and Gold Gala in October.



PLEASE, PLEASE CONSIDER ATTENDING OR DONATING TO THE FUNDRAISER. ANY QUESTIONS, ASK AWAY. THE GALA IS FAST APPROACHING. THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS WORKING ON THIS ALL SUMMER. WE WANT THIS TO BE A SUCCESS.
GATHER A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND CONSIDER ATTENDING. IT WILL BE A FUN NIGHT OF EATING, DANCING AND JUST PLAIN HAVING FUN! CONSIDER IT AN ADULT PROM. SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WE ALL DESERVE.

September Dates to Remember:


October 4th- St Francis prayer service by first grade at 2:30

October 4th- Picture Day

October 6th- Dress Down Day

October 7th- Track and Fun (1:00-3:00)

October 10th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 4:00-7:00

October 11th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 4:00-7:00

October 13th- Parent/Teacher conferences from 1:00-8:00

October 13th and 14th – NO SCHOOL

October 17th- NO SCHOOL (Staff professional development)

October 18th- Home and School Meeting at 6:30

October 19th- Mass by first grade

October 21st- Spirit Day! (Wear a team shirt for $1)

October 27th- Out of Uniform for Missions (bring $1)

October 31st- Halloween party at 2:00Lesson 1 Spelling Words: yet, web, pen, wet, leg, henLesson 1 High Frequency Words (HFW): all, does, here, me, my, whoTest will be on October 5th


Avella was the "Big Cheese" this week. We read one of her favorite books, Skippy Jon Jones. She shared her Wonder Woman doll, her stuffed bunny, and her Minion named Kevin.

The phonics part of our last reading test was a bit rough for some students. Tests are coming home today. Please go over this section with your child. We will be revisiting this concept for better understanding. There was also a "skills in context" portion of our test. We did this together so students would have a better understanding of how to use text evidence and picture clues to find the answers to the comprehension questions.

Information about the Pizza Hut Book-It program is coming home today. The program begins in October and ends in March.

Here is what we did this week:

Math: We pictured and combined sets. We counted the seeds from our apple lesson last week and created a pictograph. We counted from 0-23 using our Wrap-Ups. This tool helps us to practice our counting and math facts. We made an organized list to problem solve. We wrote addition number sentences. We identified the ordinal numbers to the sixth position.

Writer's Workshop: We worked on writing complete sentences. We know that a sentence must begin with a capital letter and end with the correct end mark. The words in the sentence need to be in order and make sense. We wrote sentences about a Halloween picture. We are now focusing on writing a class story about an event we participated in.

Science: We learned that there is an earth material smaller than silt. We investigated clay as this earth material. Rocks we have investigated in class are clay, silt, sand, gravel, and pebbles. We learned that cobbles and boulders are larger rocks.

Social Studies: We identified community helpers as people whose jobs enable them to help others. We read about Fire Chief Cloud, the first African-American female fire chief.

Reading and Language Arts: We practice reading words with the –s ending. We learned that some words have more than one meaning. We need to read the whole sentence to find clues as to the meaning of the word. We read an informational text about schools long ago. We identified verbs in the present tense. Our spelling/phonics focus for Lesson 4 is words with the short e sound. Our anchor text is Lucia's Neighborhood. In this story, Lucia takes us around her neighborhood and shows us places where people live and work. Our comprehension focus is identifying text and graphic features. We are learning about adjectives in our grammar lessons.

Religion: We watched a short video about St. Francis. We found out that he was once a wealthy man but gave that all up to be like Jesus. We practiced our prayer service to be ready for October 4th. Readings are coming home today in student folders. Please have your child practice their parts. Join us at 2:30 on Tuesday, October 4th for our prayer service!

​Can you believe we have already been in school for almost 6 weeks, and that Conferences are right around the corner?! It has been a great start to the year. New classes, new students - but lots of learning and fun. Read below to find out what's happening in the classes I teach, and what we will be working on in the near future. Course 1 Math - This is my first year teaching Math, and if I'm being honest - I was nervous about it. But all has been working out well so far. The students are wonderful. They are experts at Saxon, so they know the drill. We begin each class by checking our homework from the previous lesson and discussing any questions that come up. Then we take a few minutes to do what is called a "Power Up". This consists of a short review of math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division), and well as few mental math problems that the students should be able to figure out in their heads, as well as a story problem that has multiple steps. Saxon gives us daily practice at these skills so that they don't become rusty. I do see that some students are not "automatic" with their math facts, especially multiplication and division. If this is your student, encourage them to get in some extra practice with flash cards, or by using online games to time and practice. From Course 1 and beyond, it is expected that students know these facts, and can easily recall them when working with more difficult and multi-step equations. If students can't remember their math facts, a large number of their calculations are going to end up incorrect. After the Power Up we go through the lesson or skill for the day, doing multiple samples together on white boards so that I can check for understanding. Finally I assign the homework that will help them practice the new skill, as well as reviewing some of the previous lessons so that they stay fresh in their minds. They are a great group of hard workers. They are very focused, and do not waste class time. Our first 15 lessons have been review of previous years' concepts, but soon we will be encountering new material. As parents who want to help their student to do their best, I ask you to encourage and remind them of these things: practice math facts, always review your work (does my answer make sense - if I estimate, am I close?), and double check that I've done the entire assignment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 7th/8th Reading - We have just finished our first novel, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Students are preparing final projects that are due next Wednesday, October 5th. We practice fluency each week, as well as difficult vocabulary from the novel. With this novel we have spent a lot of our discussion time looking at mood, tone, and theme. Because this novel takes place during World War II, the author (through the narrator) has a lot to say about the theme of war. And even though that seems like ancient history to students today, we also can relate to this story because the characters are teenagers. They are friends, who struggle with their friendship at times, like most teenagers do. We've had some really great discussions. Next week we will begin some pre-reading work for our next novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, as well as presenting our projects. 6th Guidance - It's been great to start this year having 6th grade for Guidance for the first trimester. We have covered many topics such as time management, effective study skills, learning styles, and multiple intelligences. This week we will talk about test taking skills - with a specific discussion focused on our upcoming Iowa Assessments. Student Council - Student Council elections were this week! Congratulations to President - Shaylin Gonzalez, Vice President - Andrew Robey, Treasurer - Matthew Dietrich, and 6th grade class representatives - Yalitza Lovan, Emily Ponxs, and Joshua Ponxs. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, October 12th from 3:15-4:00 in Miss Ramaeker's room.

​Happy Fall! The school year is off to a fantastic start, and we have a busy month ahead of us! He is a look at what is happening in Ms. Ramaekers' classes: Algebra: We have been covering a wide range of introductory Algebra concepts. We are beginning to work on solving one-step and two-step equations. As in their previous Math courses, we will be testing after every 5 lessons and will have an investigation after every 10 lessons. Additionally, there are labs sprinkled in throughout the curriculum that provide opportunities for them to learn more about their graphing calculators and their functions. Algebra students have all been given a Khan Academy account. This website gives them additional Algebra practice and is a great thing for them to do during Seminar or at home! Reading: We have just finished our first book, Tuck Everlasting. The students really enjoyed this text! We focused largely on the fantasy genre and characterization. Next week, we will begin reading Freak the MIghty. It is a realistic fiction text about two boys, with very different strengths and weaknesses, who become best friends. We will be focusing on vocabulary and figurative language throughout this text. One thing that is emphasized in all of the books that we read is the ability to find textual evidence to support ideas about setting, character, plot, theme, etc. We will be getting a lot of practice with this skill throughout the year! 7th Grade Religion: This year, our focus in Religion is on the story of Jesus and how He guides our lives. We are currently in the middle of Unit 1, "The Mystery of the Incarnation," which discusses the birth of Jesus, the Sacrament of Baptism, and the use of our conscience. At the end of each unit, students will complete a project and take an open-book unit assessment. Unit 2 is "The Meaning of the Kingdom," which explores what Jesus teaches us about the Kingdom of God. 8th Grade Science: During the 1st Trimester, 8th grade students study Planetary Science. We spend a lot of time focusing on the Moon. We look at craters and how they are formed, we study the phases of the Moon, and we explore how the Sun, Earth, and Moon interact. At the end of the trimester, students will research and present information about one of the planets in our solar system. 7th Grade Science: During the 1st Trimester, 7th grade students study Earth History. We explore many different kinds of rocks and study how they formed. We also learn about weathering, erosion, and deposition. This unit introduces students to rock formation and layering through a study of the Grand Canyon. We even get to make our own sandstone and shale! 6th Grade Science: During the 1st Trimester, 6th grade students study Weather and Water. We study how Earth's weather occurs and what results from different types of weather. This lends itself to a thorough exploration of the three types of energy transfer: radiation, conduction, and convection. The 6th graders have the opportunity to do many hands-on investigations with each of these types of energy transfer. Important Dates: October 4th: Picture Day October 7th: Track and Fun Day October 10th, 11th, and 13th: Conferences October 13th-17th: No School October 24th-28th: Iowa Assessments October 25th: Field Trip ("The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh") October 31st: Halloween Parties

​This month has been busy in my classes, but all students are adjusting to a new school year quite well! Here's what to look forward to for the next month in Mrs. Fischer's classes: 8th Grade Math: We will continue working through our Saxon Math Textbook. Students are focusing on a 'review' of all concepts right now from previous years in math. This will continue until about Lesson 25, when students will move into geometry and algebra concepts. We will have a test every 5 lessons and an investigation after every 10 lessons. 8th Grade Language: Students just finished writing their personal narratives. They were asked to pick an incident that was important to them; one where they learned a lesson. They all did very well with this and had some great personal narrative stories! Now, we are starting poetry. We have an exciting opportunity to be able to publish a class book through Scholastic! Each student will pick one or two or their poems, paired with illustrations, and we will compile all of their poetry into a book. I will have more details on that as the time comes nearer. We will continue working with DOL (daily oral language) every day [it is collected at the end of the week for a quiz grade]. Also, spelling will continue to be administered every week! Let me know if you have any questions. 8th Religion: Students are busy exploring the 4 marks of the Church: Holy, Catholic, One, Apostolic. We have already mastered the concepts of "Holy" and 'Apostolic' and are working on "Catholic" right now. Next, we will look at the concept of 'one' in depth. The religion tests are fairly difficult and I encourage students to take full advantage of the study guides I send home-they are very helpful on the tests! 8th Reading: We just finished our first novel, The View From Saturday. We looked at point of view in this novel and did a lot of different activities that invovled different points of view. Students are now starting the novel The Maze Runner. We will look at the theme of 'working together' during this novel. Students will have a lot of activities that involve actual team work during this novel. We will be watching the film that accompanies this novel at the end of the unit. I will send home more information about that soon! Students will also benchmark with me in late October/early November. We will use this to measure their reading comprehension, fluency, and accuracy when reading. We prepare for benchmarking each week by doing fluency reads with partners in class to start each class period. 6th Language: Students are busy working on their first writing assignment: autobiographical incidents. They are in the process of brainstorming a good incident to write about and will spend time pre-writing, drafting, writing, and revising an autobiographical incident paper. They will have a lot of class time to work on this so I can guide them, but also expect some work at home with typing or revising! They are also working on DOL (Daily Oral Language) everyday, which is taken as a quiz grade every Friday. Also, spelling is administered and tested every week for a quiz grade. Please keep in mind these important dates: October 4: Picture Day & St. Francis Prayer Service @ 2:40 October 6: Dress Down Day (free) October 7: DCHS grade visit 8th grade @ 9:00 am & Track and Fun Day 1-3:00 pm October 8: St. Joe's Blue & Gold Gala @ 6:00 pm October 10 & 11: Conferences 4:00-7:00 pm October 13: Conferences 1:00-8:00 pm October 13-17: No School! October 21: Spirit Day ($1) October 24-27: Iowa Assessments Week October 25: 6-8th Field Trip to "The Amazing Jamie Cavanaugh" @ 12:30 pm @ Civic Center October 26: 8th Grade has Mass October 27: Dress Down (missions) October 31-November 4: Benchmarking Week Happy Fall! Mrs. Fischer

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​REMINDERS & UPDATES​​​​​​​​​​​​WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26-30

  • Monday, September 26
    • No events scheduled

  • Tuesday, September 27
    • Living Rosary: Will be held at the Church beginning at 2:30pm by 3rd grade.
    • SCASS Assessment: For 8th graders.
    • Bricks 4 Kidz: Please meet in the library after the bell rings. B4K is held from 3:20pm - 4:20pm.

  • Wednesday, September 28
    • Mass: Mass by 7th grade
    • Buddy Activity: Will be held at 2:00pm.
    • Chess Club: Students will meet in the library from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • Art Club: Class will run from 3:20pm - 4:00pm.

  • Thursday, September 29
    • Spirit Day: Students may participate in "Spirit Day" each month. For a $1.00 fee, students may wear their favorite team shirt (St. Joseph's, Dowling or any other) and jeans.
    • Yoga & Mindfulness for Youth: Classes will be held in the Parish Center from 3:15pm - 3:45pm. Mrs. Dixon will gather the students near the office and walk them down to the Parish Center.
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences: ​The Conference Portal will open on Thursday, September 29 at 12:00pm. For additional please read below.

  • Friday, September 30
    • ​​No events scheduled.

LUNCH MENU
  • Monday:
    • ​BBQ Rib Sandwich, Potato Wedges, Corn, Applesauce & Milk
  • Tuesday:
    • Popcorn Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Baby Carrots, Tropical Fruit, Goldfish & Milk
  • Wednesday:
    • ​Walking Taco, Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, Cherry Tomatoes, Pears & Milk
  • Thursday:
    • Garlic Cheese Bread, Green Beans, Apple, Cookie & Milk
  • Friday:
    • Crispy Chicken Wrap, Lettuce, Cheese, Baked Beans, Banana & Milk

UPCOMING EVENTS

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on the following dates & times listed below. The Conference Portal will open on Thursday, September 29 at 12:00pm.



Monday, October 10 from 4:00pm to 7:00pmTuesday, October 11 from 4:00pm to 7:00pmThursday,October 13 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
The portal will close on Friday, October 7 at Noon. SCHEDULE HERE. You can also find the conference portal link on the school website; parent resource tab; conference scheduling.



REMINDER: There will be NO SCHOOL from October 13 - 17.

Friendly reminder that Lifetouch will be at St. Joseph School on Tuesday, October 4 for students Pre-K (4yrs.) thru 8th grade. Order forms were sent home with students at the beginning of last week. Please take a moment to review the order form, confirm the package you wish to buy and submit payment within your order form on Tuesday, October 4. ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL BLUE & GOLD GALA
St. Joseph School in Des Moines would like to invite you to participate in its Inaugural Blue and Gold Gala at Embassy Suites on October 8, 2016. This fundraising event will also include a Silent Auction featuring vacation packages, handmade artwork, and gifts from local businesses. Our school needs your help to make it a success. The funds raised by this event will be used for renovating the school building to meet building code requirements for classrooms, resolve handicap accessibility needs and provide a modern learning experience for St. Joseph students. St. Joseph is the only school that provides a Catholic education for the East side of Des Moines as well as neighboring communities such as Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Bondurant, Ankeny, Colfax and Runnells. We are seeking your support to help keep St. Joseph a viable consideration for families seeking a quality faith-based education. Here are several ways you can help:

  1. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the Blue and Gold Gala on October 8th. Tickets are available for purchase of $75 each and include a Black-Tie dinner with entertainment.
  2. Donate funds directly to the renovation. All donations are tax exempt and will be recognized.
  3. Make an eternal gift of $200 to be personally recognized on a donor appreciation wall in the new construction.

Thank you, sincerely, in advance for your support of this important event. We look forward to seeing you at the Blue and Gold Gala in October.



PLEASE, PLEASE CONSIDER ATTENDING OR DONATING TO THE FUNDRAISER. ANY QUESTIONS, ASK AWAY. THE GALA IS FAST APPROACHING. THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS WORKING ON THIS ALL SUMMER. WE WANT THIS TO BE A SUCCESS.
GATHER A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND CONSIDER ATTENDING. IT WILL BE A FUN NIGHT OF EATING, DANCING AND JUST PLAIN HAVING FUN! CONSIDER IT AN ADULT PROM. SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WE ALL DESERVE.

September Dates to Remember:


September 27- Living Rosary at 2:40 by 3rd grade

September 28- Buddy Activity at 2:00

September 29- SPIRIT DAY- bring $1 to wear a team shirt and be out of uniformLesson 1 Spelling Words: log, dot, top, hot, ox, lotLesson 1 High Frequency Words (HFW): do, find, funny, no, sing, theyTest will be on September 28th


Waikeli was the "Big Cheese" this week. She shared her favorite stuffed puppy, her Cabbage Patch baby, and her stuffed crab named Shine. We read one of her favorite books, Ten Apples Up On Top.

Lots of fun and learning this week! This is what we did:

Math: We sorted by one attribute. An attribute is a quality or characteristic given to a person, group, or some other thing. For example, children wearing yellow shirts were in one group and the rest were not because they did not have yellow shirts. We identified and counted pennies. We used our number cards to identify a number between two numbers. We used apples to learn about dividing a solid in half.

Writer's Workshop: We finished up our books of captions. We wrote captions for various pictures using the picture details. Our new focus is writing complete sentences. We know that a sentence must begin with a capital letter and end with the appropriate end mark such as a period, question mark or exclamation mark.

Science: We learned that cobbles and boulders are rocks that are much larger than sand, gravel, and pebbles. We identified silt as a smaller rock material than sand.

Social Studies: We identified a community as a place where people live and work. We named places we see in our communities such as schools, stores, parks, and fire stations. We identified community helpers such as doctors, police officers, and trash collectors.

Reading and Language Arts: We used context clues to help better understand the meaning of a word. For example, if we don't know what a bin is we look at the rest of the words in the sentence. I put the trash in the bin. The word trash gives me a clue to help me figure out that a bin is a container like a trash can. We read an informational text on storms. We learned that meteorologists use tools such as a rain gage and a wind sock to learn about the weather. We reviewed possessive nouns and common nouns. The anchor text for lesson 3 is a fantasy story with a familiar character. We are reading Curious George at School. This curious monkey gets into trouble by making a big mess! Our spelling focus is words with the short o sound. We are working on sequencing story events as our comprehension skill. Our grammar focus is verbs, specifically action verbs such as jump, hop, and swim.

Religion: We discussed how we learn in different ways. We know that the readings at Mass come from a special book called the Bible. The Bible is the written Word of God. We learn how God wants us to live our lives by listening to scripture. The Word of God can help us follow Jesus.

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  • NOON dismissal today
  • There will be NO lunch today
  • B & A will be available immediately after school is dismissed until 5:30pm.

September Dates to Remember:


September 21- NOON DISMISSAL

September 27- Living Rosary at 2:40 by 3rd grade

September 28- Buddy Activity at 2:00

September 29- SPIRIT DAY- bring $1 to wear a team shirt and be out of uniformLesson 1 Spelling Words: rip, him, if, is, pin, fitLesson 1 High Frequency Words (HFW): for, what, have, he, look, tooTest will be on September 21st.


We had our first spelling and reading tests this week. Those are coming home in your child's folder today. Everyone did pretty well for our first time! Please go over the tests with your child. Let me know if you have any questions.

I will be assigning a reread of this week's anchor text, The Storm, on ThinkCentral. Please have your child reread the story for fluency and comprehension. We will have a comprehension test over this story next Wednesday. I will send home some study questions on Monday to use when rereading.

Cohen was the "Big Cheese" this week. He shared his stuffed animal and his Batman and Robin figurines. We read one of his favorite stories about Batman.

Here is what we did this week:

Math: We identified morning and afternoon. We also identified first, second, third, last, between, and middle. We acted out "some, some more" and "some, some went away" stories. We used seeds from apples to act out stories. These are addition and subtraction stories. We identified a triangle as a shape with 3 sides and 3 angles. We used geobands to create shapes on our geoboards. We identified the inside and outside of a shape.

Science: We used screens to sort various sizes of earth materials. We identified sand, gravel, and pebbles as river rocks. We labeled our rocks after sorting them.

Social Studies: We watched a short documentary about the events of September 11, 2001. We read a story written by first graders in 2002 called, September 12th, We Knew Everything Would Be All Right. We discussed how the many people who helped that day are American heroes. Some of them survived and some of them died but they were all heroes because they were brave and helped people. We discussed how rules are important. Leaders make rules to keep people safe and happy. We used a map key and its symbols to locate and identify points or areas on a map.

Writer's Workshop: We named details and used labels to give information about a picture. We are now learning how to write captions for a picture.

Reading and Language Arts: We reviewed words with short a and consonants n, d, p, and f. We sorted words into categories. Red, blue, and yellow all go together because they are all colors. Run, skip, and fly all go together because they are action words. We reviewed proper nouns as names for special people and pets. We began lesson 2 on Thursday. Our anchor text is The Storm. This realistic fiction story is about a boy and his grandpa. Grandpa, or Pop as he is called in the story comes to babysit. A storm hits and Pop helps to calm Tim and his dog Rip. Our spelling focus is words with the short i sound. We will practice our spelling words and other words with the short i sound in our daily lessons. Our grammar focus is identifying possessive nouns that name one person or animal. Possessive nouns name people or animals who have or own things. For example; The man's hat is red. In this sentence, the possessive noun is the man's. He owns or has the hat.

Religion: We discussed how Jesus is with us when we pray with our church community. We named some of the holy objects we see in a Catholic church. We had a church tour with Fr. Ross on Friday. He explained more about the holy objects that we see.

​September Blog This school year is off to a great start. To those parents that I have not met welcome to Saint Joseph and to those that I have, welcome back. A new year full of new challenges and learning experiences for me and your child. My responsibilities this year will be resource teacher for kindergarten, third, fourth and fifth grade. New students in the elementary grades have been benchmark. That information will be given to the classroom teachers and together we will determine which reading group your child should be in. God Bless You and Your Family, Lori Remetch If you have any questions or concerns about how or what you can do to help your child you can contact me at school 266-3433.

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  • Monday, September 12
    • No events scheduled

  • Tuesday, September 13
    • Assembly: There will be a magazine booklet assembly at 2:00pm
    • Home & School Mixer: Meeting & Potluck will be held at Grandview Park for grades K-8 at 6:00pm.

  • Wednesday, September 14
    • Mass: Mass by 6th grade
    • Chess Club: Students will meet in the library from 3:15pm - 4:15pm.
    • Art Club: Art Club will be held every other Wednesday afternoon from September 14 - December 14 (7 classes). Classes will run from 3:20pm - 4:00pm.

  • Thursday, September 15
    • ​Dress Down Day (Missions): The 8th grade class is teaming up with the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry-Des Moines group. Students can donate $1 or greater and/or provide an item that is listed on the attached document. For additional information about the organization please read the blurb below.

  • Friday, September 16
    • ​​Apparel orders are due: If you would like to order any youth or adult sized St. Joseph apparel please return order form and payment to the school office.

LUNCH MENU
  • Monday:
    • Pizza Crunchers, Green Beans, Tropical Fruit, Cookie & Milk
  • Tuesday:
    • Chicken Nuggets, Tator Tots, Mixed Greens, Pineapple & Milk
  • Wednesday:
    • ​Beef Nachos, Refried Beans, Celery Sticks, Apple Silices & Milk
  • Thursday:
    • Pasta w/Meat Sauce, Broccoli Florets, Pears, Breadstick & Milk
  • Friday:
    • Sausage & Pancake Wrap, Hashbrown, Carrot Sticks, Banana & Milk

UPCOMING EVENTS
  • It's Student Council Election time!: Middle school students have already received information from Mrs. Rodine, but the attachment below has all the details you may need. Student who want to run for a position on the Student Council need to have a parent sign a permission slip (see attached document), so that the school knows they are aware of their chilld(ren)'s intention to run. If you have any questions about Student Council, you may direct them to Mrs. Rodine at jrodine@stjosephschooldsm.org.
  • Yoga & Mindfulness for Youth: NEW to St. Joseph's! Yoga & Mindfulness is a 30 minute class that combines yoga and mindfulness training geared towards our youth. Taught by yoga instructor, Tammie Dixon and mindfulness instructor, Allison Peet, owner of 'From Within Wellness'. Classes will take place on Wednesdays beginning on September 29th - November 17 (8 week session) and is available for students in grades K - 8th from 3:15pm - 3:45pm in the gymnasium. The cost is $40 and checks can be made payable to 'From Within Wellness'.Please return your registration form to the school office.
  • Bricks 4 Kidz: Bricks 4 Kids will be held on Tuesday's beginning on Sept. 27 - Nov. 1 (no classes on Oct. 11 (conferences) and Oct. 25 (IA Assessments) in the library from 3:20pm - 4:20pm. The cost is $36. Please return your registration form to the school office.

MISSIONSOur 8th grade students have chosen 'The Urban Bicycle Food Ministry - Des Moines'. This is a branch of the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry in Memphis, Tennessee. We are an assembly of people for the glory of God. This is a missional group that meets during the week to go out into the community (on bicycles) for outreach by supplying food and basic needs to people who are hungry. Any and everybody is welcomed to be part of this ministry. Our goal: Serve Radical Hospitality One Burrito at a Time. We are "seasoning the city" (Matt 5:13). Spreading happiness in the midst of sorrow. (Luke 6:20-21) Why bikes? 1. Des Moines is a bike friendly town (for the most part) and we have nice trials and bike lanes. We want to use these lanes for something good, that the city can benefit from.2. It's green.3. It allows us to approach people on the streets more intimately, it allows us to converse with people around the city, and it allows people to communicate with us better. The Urban Bicycle Food Ministry - Des Moines is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. Missions will happen on Thursday, September 15. Attached is a document that provides additional information on what items we are looking for to donate.ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL BLUE & GOLD GALA
St. Joseph School in Des Moines would like to invite you to participate in its Inaugural Blue and Gold Gala at Embassy Suites on October 8, 2016. This fundraising event will also include a Silent Auction featuring vacation packages, handmade artwork, and gifts from local businesses. Our school needs your help to make it a success. The funds raised by this event will be used for renovating the school building to meet building code requirements for classrooms, resolve handicap accessibility needs and provide a modern learning experience for St. Joseph students. St. Joseph is the only school that provides a Catholic education for the East side of Des Moines as well as neighboring communities such as Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Bondurant, Ankeny, Colfax and Runnells. We are seeking your support to help keep St. Joseph a viable consideration for families seeking a quality faith-based education. Here are several ways you can help:
  1. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the Blue and Gold Gala on October 8th. Tickets are available for purchase of $75 each and include a Black-Tie dinner with entertainment.
  2. Donate funds directly to the renovation. All donations are tax exempt and will be recognized.
  3. Make an eternal gift of $200 to be personally recognized on a donor appreciation wall in the new construction.
Thank you, sincerely, in advance for your support of this important event. We look forward to seeing you at the Blue and Gold Gala in October.



PLEASE, PLEASE CONSIDER ATTENDING OR DONATING TO THE FUNDRAISER. ANY QUESTIONS, ASK AWAY. THE GALA IS FAST APPROACHING. THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS WORKING ON THIS ALL SUMMER. WE WANT THIS TO BE A SUCCESS.
GATHER A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND CONSIDER ATTENDING. IT WILL BE A FUN NIGHT OF EATING, DANCING AND JUST PLAIN HAVING FUN! CONSIDER IT AN ADULT PROM. SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WE ALL DESERVE.

​First Grade News for the Week of September 5th September Dates to Remember: September 13- Mag Booklet Assembly at 2:00; K-8 Family Picnic September 15- Dress Down Day for missions (bring $1 to be out of uniform) September 21- NOON DISMISSAL September 27- Living Rosary at 2:40 by 3rd grade September 28- Buddy Activity at 2:00 September 29- SPIRIT DAY- bring $1 to wear a team shirt and be out of uniform Lesson 1 Spelling Words: at, am, dad, man, sat, mat Lesson 1 High Frequency Words (HFW): and, you, be, play, help, with We had an anti-bullying assembly this week. We learned that we are all stars and should be treated with respect. We had bus safety lessons on Friday so we are prepared when we ride the bus. We had a slight change in our daily schedule. I switched our science/social studies times with writer's workshop. We have writer's workshop M, T, TH, and F from 9:20-10:00. We then have science or social studies from 10:00-10:40. We have an extra day of social studies at 2:30 on Wednesday. This is what we did this week: Math: We wrote the numbers 0, 6, 8, and 9. We ordered sets from smallest to largest. We are using mathematician words such as most, fewest, least, and greatest. We matched a number to a set. We collected and sorted data. We used our data to construct a bar-type graph. We had our first math assessment on Friday. We will continue to have assessments every 5 lessons. We used logical reasoning to problem solve. We will be working on problem solving strategies on our testing days. Science: We recorded information about our volcano rocks in our science notebook, just like a geologist would do. We used our five senses to describe the rocks. Social Studies: We discussed why it is important to respect others. We gave examples of classroom duties. We read The Pledge of Allegiance. We learned what the words in the pledge mean. We identified a map as a picture of a place as seen from above. Writer's Workshop: We used our kindergarten sight words in sentences to practice spacing, capitalization, and end punctuation. We listened as classmates shared their sentences in the author's chair. We are now focusing on using labels to describe a picture. Reading and Language Arts: We reviewed center expectations to prepare for our first lesson in reading. Our anchor text for lesson 1 is What is a Pal? This informational text is all about friendship. Our comprehension focus is identifying the main idea and key details as we read. The main idea is the most important idea in the story. Details tell us more about the main idea. Our spelling focus is words with the short a sound. We are also focusing on words with the consonants n and d. We are learning that nouns are words that name people, things, animals, and places. Religion: We understand that the cross on the church is a sign of Jesus' love for us. We practiced praying the Sigh of the Cross properly. We know that a Catholic community gathers in church to celebrate Mass. We are learning more about the mass and what we see at church.

​​​​​​​​​IOWA STATE vs IOWA

Out of Uniform Day

Mrs. Konchar has announced a special out of uniform day for tomorrow, Friday, September 10 celebrating the Iowa Corn Cy Hawk game! Students may wear Iowa State or Iowa apparel. If you do not own any Iowa State or Iowa apparel you may wear a solid red, black or gold shirt. Students can also wear jeans or jean shorts (please adhere to the jeans day dress code).

District Contact

Phone: 515-266-3433
Fax: 515-266-2860
Address:
2107 E. 33rd St
Des Moines IA 50317