Parent Letter October 28

As November 1st approaches we are reminded of All Saints Day, and our role models who have already entered God’s kingdom. We remember the Saints who have been canonized by the Church and those “ordinary” people who have lived good lives and reside now in heaven. We ask them to watch over us and we pray for all those members of our families and friends who have passed on to God’s Kingdom.

In the world of fundraising, your children have completed some wonderful artwork for “Square One”. Your order forms have been sent home with your children’s artwork reproduced. Please be sure to place your orders on time to receive these items for Christmas. I also wish to remind you of our ongoing fundraiser through mixedbagdesigns.com. The school ID is 17919. Simply access the site and shop. The company will send us the check at the end of December.

Our first play of the year will be presented on October 30th at 1 p.m. by grade 6. Please join us in celebrating the talents of our wonderful students.

Our annual November food collection will begin on November 2nd. As you are doing your own shopping we ask that you keep in mind our neighbors who may be in need. Donations of tea, coffee, chicken or beef broth, napkins, paper towels, salad dressings, Parmesan cheese, spaghetti sauce, and pasta are still needed. Other non-perishable foods such as peanut butter, tuna and other canned meats and soups are also welcome. We do ask that you check the expiration dates on the items that you send. Our next collection will begin on November 2 and continue to the 19th.

I remind you that the first report card of the school year will be distributed on November 17th, just prior to parent/teacher conferences on November 19th and 20th. A form is being sent home for you to indicate a time preference. As you know, we will attempt to accommodate this, but it is not always possible to do so.

We also remind you of the vital need for volunteers at various events. Each time you volunteer for an activity, your children will be entered into a special drawing. We are also collecting box tops. The class that collects the most between now and December 1st will receive a pizza lunch.

The next Home School sponsored event will be Italian Night “With a Twist”. This will be held at the Recovery Room on Sunday, November 8th from 3-7 p.m. with a Big Screen TV raffle. St. Joseph School will receive 20% of the earnings from this event. We thank Mr. Videll and Mr. Massad for making these arrangements. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the generosity of the Recovery Room in sponsoring this event.

On Monday and Tuesday, November 2nd and 3rd, Mr. Sardelli will give a poetry-writing workshop to each class and present each student with a book of his poetry. This is funded by grants and Mr. Sardelli’s personal donation of books.

Required reading for our 8th grade this past summer was Hiroshima. Having spent time in Literature class discussing this book, they will now meet for a luncheon and further discussion with Miss Cote on November 5th.

Currently, our 6th through 8th grade students are working on the Patriot’s Pen Essay. Each year our students have placed within the top four students in the area, region, and state. We are very proud of the writing and communication skills developed here at St. Joseph School.

Yesterday, individual school pictures were taken. We have postponed the class pictures until November 9th. These are taken in school uniforms. All pictures will be ready by December 1st.

We are currently working on some marketing ideas for our school, including updating our website. As we do so, we remember that we are the best advertisement to those around us. Please promote the goodness and success of our school to others with your words. I thank you once again for your commitment to and love for our school as we move forward in this new school year.

As always you are in our daily prayers. Please continue to keep us in yours.

Sincerely,

Marianne Cote
Principal