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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

May blog

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Dear Family of St. Joseph’s, It is difficult to believe that we are nearing the end of another school year. It has been a wonderful year for us! We have many accomplishments to be proud of; the continued work to improve Literacy and Mathematics, the number of our students participating in Chess Club, Brix for Kids, Art Club, Angel for a Day and many other activities, the wonderful productions of our K-8th grade students at their Advent program, and “Suessical, the Musical” presented by our 5th 8th grade students. Our band students shared their talents at two programs this year, and the Bell Choir performed at several of our weekday masses and other special programs. We enjoyed sharing information concerning different components of literacy and having grandparents and others join us for a special day during Catholic Schools Week. Our second grade students celebrated the sacraments of Reconciliation and First…
Monday, 04 April 2016 00:00

April Blog

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Dear Family of St. Joseph’s, April is a glorious month; the beginning of spring and renewal of life. In fact, the word April means “to open.” April is a month full of feast days and little known celebrations such as; The Cart Before the Horse Day on April 2nd, Raining Cats and Dogs Day on April 3rd, the Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer, Patron of Builders, on April 5th, the celebration of the First Human Cannonball on the 10th, and the Feast of St. Mark, Arbor Day and Baptism Day on the 25th, just to name a few. All had great significance when they were initially celebrated and have lost their meaning throughout time. It makes me reflect upon the things we hold so important now- will they be important even fifty years from now? Most teachers breathe a sigh of relief when April 1st falls on a week-end and…
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00

March Newsletter

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Dear Parents, Lent is the penitential season of approximately 40 days set aside by the Church in order for the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. During this holy season, connected to the Paschal Mystery, the Catechumens prepare for Christian initiation, and current Church members prepare for Easter by a recalling of Baptism and by works of penance, that is: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Even in the early Church, Lent was the season for prayerful and penitential preparation for the feast of Easter. Although the obligation of penance was originally only imposed on those who had committed public sins and crimes, by medieval times all the faithful voluntarily performed acts of penance to repair for their sins. The liturgical season of Lent coincides with spring, calling to mind the new life and growth, the hope and change that should characterize this time of…
Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

December Newsletter

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Dear Parents, Our focus in the month of December turns to Advent and the Christmas season. The word Advent means, “coming” or “arrival.” During the Advent season we joyously and prayerfully anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ first advent. It is used to describe the time before Christmas and signifies the coming of Jesus in Bethlehem and his present coming in the hearts of people. During the early settling of America, the celebration of Christmas was suppressed. In the 17th century, the Puritans not only banned the singing of carols, but outlawed hanging green boughs and mistletoe. This atmosphere continued for over a century. As German and other European immigrants came to America in the later 1700’s, they brought with them many of their Christmas traditions. Soon the observation of Christmas as a joyful holiday came back into popularity. For all Christians, Advent is a time to prepare for the coming…
Friday, 30 October 2015 00:00

November blog

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Dear Parents, I enjoyed seeing many of you at conferences and sharing in your child’s progress. Your involvement in your child’s education lets them know that their education is important to you. On November 1st we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. This holy day for honoring all hallowed or holy ones had its first beginnings in the early seventh century and by the early ninth century was celebrated on May 13. The idea of holding one feast to celebrate all holy women and men seems to have been born in the early centuries of Christianity. It was transferred to November 1 in 840 A.D. by Pope Gregory IV and became a universal holy day by 1484. Graves were once decorated with flowers and lighted candles, and large processions of visitors went to cemeteries; throughout the day the church bells would ring. All Saint’s Day is a celebration perfectly suited…
Friday, 30 October 2015 00:00

November blog

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Dear Parents, I enjoyed seeing many of you at conferences and sharing in your child’s progress. Your involvement in your child’s education lets them know that their education is important to you. On November 1st we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. This holy day for honoring all hallowed or holy ones had its first beginnings in the early seventh century and by the early ninth century was celebrated on May 13. The idea of holding one feast to celebrate all holy women and men seems to have been born in the early centuries of Christianity. It was transferred to November 1 in 840 A.D. by Pope Gregory IV and became a universal holy day by 1484. Graves were once decorated with flowers and lighted candles, and large processions of visitors went to cemeteries; throughout the day the church bells would ring. All Saint’s Day is a celebration perfectly suited…
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00

October Newsletter

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Dear Parents, We place our religious focus upon Mary, our Mother, this month. We joined together as a school community to share in the Living Rosary presented by our third grade on Wednesday, September 30th at 2:00 in the church. October is a month filled with special religious occasions culminating with All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween. On the second day of October take a moment to honor your guardian angel. Angel means messenger in Greek. They are mentioned often in scripture, where they are not only messengers but also defenders, companions, guides, and guardians. In the 18th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus advises his followers to become like little children. “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones,” he says, “for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in Heaven.” His words are one source for the…
Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

May Newsletter

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Dear Family of St. Joseph’s, It is difficult to believe that we are nearing the end of another school year. It has been a wonderful year for us! We have many accomplishments to be proud of; the continued work to improve Literacy and Mathematics, the number of our students participating in Chess Club, Brix for Kids, Art Club, Angel for a Day and many other activities, the wonderful productions of our K-8th grade students at their Advent program, and “Alice in Wonderland” presented by our 5th 8th grade students. Our band students shared their talents at two programs this year, and the Bell Choir performed at several of our weekday masses and other special programs. We enjoyed sharing information concerning different components of literacy and having grandparents and others join us for a special day during Catholic Schools Week. Our second grade students celebrated the sacraments of Reconciliation and First…