Dear St. Joseph Families,
St. Joseph School: A Community of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.
As we prepare to close Catholic Schools Week, we have a chance to think about what it is that we do.
- We are a Catholic school dedicated to the Gospel message. It permeates all that we do … all day long.
- Our faith is the reason we exist!
- In this Catholic community…St. Joseph School… we are expected to LIVE out what we learn in religion class, what we hear at weekday and Sunday liturgy …we are held to high moral standards.
- We form meaningful communities of knowledge where each student is taught that he or she is created in God’s image and is a beloved child of God. We see the face of Jesus in every child.
- We hold high standards for our academic subjects and always strive to do our personal best.
- We put our Faith into action by serving others, especially the poor. “We help others not because they are Catholic but because we are Catholic”…said the late Cardinal James Hickey of Washington, D.C.
- As students participate in service activities, they are reminded of the gospel of Mark (12, 41–44). Jesus was sitting in the temple watching people as they placed gifts in the offering box. Those who had much gave much. Those who had little, in this example a poor widow, also gave much. In fact, she gave all that she had. We are all reminded that a generous and giving spirit of service challenges us to give all that we are able to, not just what we don’t need or want.
Faith, Knowledge, and Service. Our all-school liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, January 28. During the Entrance Procession students brought forward items that represented areas where St. Joseph School raises the standards. They carried forward a crucifix to show how important teaching Religion and sharing our Faith is to us. They carried textbooks showing that our school is dedicated to providing excellence in academics… in increasing our Knowledge of God and the world around us. The last items brought forward represented the many Service projects we are committing to this year: Baby food and baby items for Mom’s House, support for Central City Ministry and its schools … Rosary Cathedral and Queen of Peace, food and money for a Thanksgiving meal for families in need, Christmas presents for local children and families, letters to the elderly or homebound by sixth grade students, visits with the residents of Lake Park by seventh grade students, outreach by kindergarten students to the Rosary Care Center community, collection of mittens, hats, scarves, and blankets for those who suffer from the cold, and most recently support of the Annual Have a Heart Restock Drive sponsored by the Sylvania Franciscan Village.
Tomorrow marks the end of Catholic Schools Week and we will celebrate with our traditional Spirit Day. You have already received information from classroom teachers about the activities of the day. This is a reminder for those activities.
On Spirit Day all students and staff members are invited to dress down, jeans (or sweats) and athletic shoes and to include as much of their team color as possible with their jeans. Each student has been assigned a team color and that information was previously sent to families by classroom teachers. The Spirit Day events include a schedule of four sessions in the gym on the west campus. The color teams which are of mixed grade levels compete in planned relays. The final event brings all of our students to the gym for the awards ceremony, final (awesome) cheers for St. Joseph School, and closing prayers. Middle school bus-students will board their buses at the end of the day on the elementary campus. Because of our final Spirit Day activities, buses will not stop at the middle school first. The buses will come directly to the elementary campus. Middle school car-students will return to the middle school campus at the end of the day to wait for their car rides.
Have a Heart Restock Drive. We have been again invited to participate in this drive that restocks the shelves of local pantries that assist those in need. The Restock Drive always needs hygiene items and will gratefully accept toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and so on. This year they have focused their efforts on restocking local pantries with toilet paper…1000 rolls of toilet paper. That did not seem like very much to me. We received a carton to collect the donations. You know how toilet paper is packaged…4, 6, 8, and 12 rolls at a time. So we need 12 students to donate an eight-roll package. That is 96 rolls. So if we had 10 times that amount – 120 students donating eight-roll packages, we would be able to meet their community goal of 1000 rolls, just from SJS! (We have 25 classrooms, so we really only need 4 - 5 students from each class to answer the request from the Franciscan community, “Can you spare a square?” The drive runs from February 4 to February 12.
I hope to see you on Saturday evening at our “A Morrockin’ Night” Benefit Dinner.
Sally A. Koppinger