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 Eucharist. We participated in many activities throughout the year to enable us to share our faith with one another, most recently, our Lenten Retreat Day on Good Friday.
May is always a busy month for us as we wind down the current year and begin planning for the new school year. As a staff we will be examining Iowa Assessment scores and other assessment data to allow us to make sound educational decisions for next year. We will write building goals in the academic areas of Reading, Math, and Science. We will also begin preparing for the 2015-2016 school year. The last day of school is Friday, May 29th. We will have a 1:00 dismissal on our last day.
Kindergarten Connection will be held on Friday, May 8th from 9:30-2:30. There will be no kindergarten that day for our current kindergarten students.
Preschool students will “graduate” on Thursday, May 28th. After their celebration, we will end the year with a reception in the gym.
We say good-bye and wish much success to our graduating eighth grade students. This has been a wonderful group of young people to work with through the years and they will be missed. Eighth grade graduation will be held on Thursday, May 28th at 7:00 PM in the church. All school and Parish members are invited to attend this ceremony. May Crowning will be presented by our 5th grade students on Friday, May 1st at 2:00 in the church.
We will say good-bye to three of our teachers at a special reception on May 12th at 6:30 in the gym hosted by our Home and School Association. Mrs. Jennifer Simmons, will begin a new career at St. Malachy School in Creston as their principal. I am grateful for her many years of service and excellent teaching that she has provided to our students. She was always well prepared and planned carefully for each educational day, and used every minute of instructional time. She will be missed.
We will also miss Mrs. Natalie Bradley, who will be leaving us as well. Miss Conner has become a full time teacher at Christ the King School instead of serving two separate schools, and Sherri Leonard, who has helped us in so many ways as our nurse and office secretary, will be moving to another state. I know you join me in wishing them all of the best and with gratitude for their service to our school.
I also wish to extend my gratitude to our Home and School Association for a tremendous year. I know we all enjoyed the parent gatherings/meals at the beginning of the school year, and all of the other events they planned.
I wish all of you a relaxing and fun-filled summer! The first day of school will be August 27th!
Mrs. Phyllis Konchar