Dear St. Joseph School Families,
As Catholic School Educators, we believe…
…St. Joseph School is not only a school but a community of Faith … dedicated to service, sacrifice, and generosity. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
…those entrusted to us are not only students, but children of God…in the face of every child we see Jesus. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
…we believe we are not only educators, but Ministers of the Gospel … we send forth students into our communities, near and far, who are prepared to be people not of the world, but for the world. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
…we believe the values we teach are not only character development, but a call to holiness…we teach of kindness, love, and selflessness. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
…we believe our courses of study are not only academic pursuits, but a search for Truth. …we teach of a faith-filled future and give witness to Catholic Social Justice Principles… Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.
…we believe the purpose of education is not only for personal gain and the development of society, but for the Transformation of the world. …we speak of humility, hope, prayer, and love…Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Thank you for all you have done to make this a successful school year. Your generous spirit and commitment to Catholic education have helped us to continue to offer to all of our families a school of academic excellence and faith formation. We see your support in so many places. Your volunteer hours number in the thousands. But more than that, you value the mission of Catholic education – to call forth the unique potential of the whole person … the whole child …. body, mind, and spirit.
The most important thing we do as a Catholic school in support of your role as primary educator is to “proclaim God, provide time and space for the sacred, and promote standards for moral and ethical behavior” (Sr. Clare Fitzgerald, NCEA). Our eighth graders will graduate on Friday, June 2. Graduation Mass begins at 7:30 pm. Conferring of diplomas will follow the liturgy. We bless these students as they leave us and wish them much success in the years ahead. Though they will not return to us as our students, they will always be welcome as friends.
Kindergarten students will graduate on Friday morning at 9:00 am.
Scholarship Awards. We are very pleased to announce the scholarship recipients in this year’s eighth grade graduating class. Following are the scholarships awarded by our Catholic high schools.
Central Catholic High School
Emily Dempsey – Mother Seton Scholarship
Madelynn DuBois - Mother Seton Scholarship
Grace Hoffman – Irish Scholar and the Mother Seton Scholarships
Notre Dame Academy
Elyse Bell - Marian Woman of Service Award
Madison Bell – Honors Scholarship
Jillian Cendol – Alumnae Award
Emma Hoyt – Alumnae Award and Honors Scholarship
Abby Korczynski – Honors Scholarship
Tina Maly – Honors Scholarship
Jillian Parker - Alumnae Award
Amanda Pawlecki – Honors Scholarship and Marian Woman of Service Award
Madelyn Piscopo – Honors Scholarship and Marian Woman of Service Award
Kristina Sim – Honors Scholarship
Grace Slomka – Honors Scholarship
Charley Sullins – Honors Scholarship
Natalie Suwinski – Sullivan Family Endowed Scholarship
St. Francis DeSales High School
Joseph Buerk – Knight Leadership Scholarship
John Mathias – James and Kathleen Nicholson Merit Scholarship
Edward Reed LaBo – Knight Merit Award
Jayce Beakas – Knight Merit Award
St. John Jesuit High School
Grant Leslie – Hopkins Scholarship
Ryan Snyder – Ignatian Scholarship
John Beutel – Hopkins Scholarship
St. Ursula Academy
Elizabeth Newsom – Presidential Merit Award and Academic Merit Award
Tiare Nichols-Bublick – St. Angela Merici Leadership Award
Demetra Pappas – St. Angela Merici Leadership Award
Halie Schmidt - Presidential Merit Award, Academic Merit Award, and Alumnae Award
The following scholarships were awarded by St. Joseph Parish.
Knights of Columbus Scholarship
Edward Reed LaBo
Diocesan CYO Leadership Award
George Bush CYO Sportsmanship Awards
Judy Sepanski Scholarship
Edward Konicki Scholarship
Jeffry Schaaf Memorial Scholarship
Mark Sullivan Scholarship
Class of 2017 Leaves Lasting Memory There are many things we will miss about the graduating 8th grade class of 2017. They have seen many positive changes unfold during their time at SJS. They have been a class to embrace these changes which is why their petition to add a spirit rock to grounds of the east campus was approved by the school administration. We are proud of 8th grade Student Council President Reece DiSalle and other class representatives for the way they presented their request, communicated the concerns of the school to their classmates, and successfully raised enough donations to cover the cost of the rock in a short period of time. What has resulted is the addition of a “Memory Rock” donated by the class of 2017 which going forward will be a way for every graduating class at SJS to leave their “mark” until the next graduating class is ready to do the same. Our special thanks to P.T.O. for helping to cover some minimal expenses, and especially to Mr. John Daschbach who graciously donated paint and took time out of his busy day to apply the base coat. The project was a rewarding experience from start to finish and we have a “Memory Rock” to enjoy for years to come. Thank you class of 2017!
Summer Hours. The school office is open all summer, though hours are adjusted. If you need to contact us after office hours, please leave a message and we will return your call.
Back to School News. We publish “back-to-school” information in the Parish Bulletin a few weeks before school starts. It will also be sent electronically through SchoolSpeak. Included today is a copy of the School Supply List for 2017 – 2018 and a copy of the Dress Code for 2017 – 2018.
The New School Year.
The 2017 – 2018 school year begins on Wednesday, August 16. Faculty and staff orientation dates are August 14 and 15.
School Supply Drop-off is Monday, August 14, from 4:00 to 5:30.
The staggered start for kindergarten will be August 16 and 17. All kindergarten students will be in attendance on Friday, August 18.
Parent Orientation dates for the next school year are:
Kindergarten Orientation – August 8
Grades K – 5 Orientation – August 22
Middle School Orientation – August 23
Class Lists and Bus Information will be included in our back to school news.
Following are a few reminders:
Friday, June 9 - Student report cards will be mailed
Tuesday, June 20, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. PTO Uniform Sale… Second Chance. Please look for the flyer in today’s envelope. Our first Uniform Sale was very successful. With a few items left to sell along with late arriving uniforms, PTO has set a second date for a sale. Mrs. Melissa Hoteit will again chair the event but would welcome a few volunteers to help. Please check the contact information on the flyer.
May God bless you and your family this summer.
Sally A. Koppinger