Dear St. Joseph Parents/Guardians,
I will begin the annual health screening of our students in the coming weeks. Since I will be completing health screenings for the students of K- 8, I will not be asking for volunteers as I have done in previous years. I will, however, need assistance from parents who are Registered Nurses, who would be willing to assist me in the clinic on occasions that I am in the classrooms for a scheduled time or out of the building for a scheduled commitment. This is a fun way to be involved with the school. Any Registered Nurse who believes they might be able to assist in the clinic, should return the bottom portion of this letter through the Thursday Envelope. I will contact anyone who indicates a willingness to help me to discuss what your assistance would involve. I can be reached through school at 882-6670 for anyone having further questions. Thank You.
Therese M. Hoehn R.N., B.S.N., C.P.N.
Please download September's Nutrition Nuggets below.
PTO NEWS- MORNING TREATS
On Monday morning, August 18th, PTO kicked off the new school year with bagels and cream cheese for all Faculty and Staff! Then, on Wednesday morning, August 27th, PTO held their first "Morning Treats" of the new school year. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!!! We were able to provide a wonderful selection of juices, bagels, yogurt, granola, donuts, fruit, and on and on to both of our school campuses.
A big THANK YOU goes to the following people:
Sandy Gilley, Beth Ciucci, Stacy Steward, Sukh O'Loughlin, Lena Peron, Michelle Koons, Donna Ramirez, Amanda Brzuchalski, Anne Eddingfield, Tina Mueller, Brenda Hoffman, Melissa Anspaugh, Sarah Wisniewski, Mindy Bieber, and Ky McGrew.
Please view the latest Know Parent Newsletter below.
The SJS Fall Fundraiser takes place August 21 - September 18. Students will sell from a beautiful catalog, full of great, quality items we know you will love! Magazines available too! All orders available online at www.gaschoolstore.com. Enter the SJS online store ID #3127750, click shop now, enter the student’s name and make your selection. It’s that easy!
Please view the Principal's Bulletin for August 21, 2014
Please download this important information from our Nurse's office.
The School year is here and it’s time to consider how much enjoyment you can get out of being a cantor for our school liturgies!
I do hope you will consider being a part of our school cantor program, and also a member of the St. Nicholas and Jubilate choirs.
Here is a quick list of what opportunities are available for you to sing and be a part of the leadership of the church and school:
School Cantors: Help to lead School Masses and other School liturgies. Auditions for cantors will be held early in this school year.
St. Nicholas Choir: A choir which supports our Sunday Masses at church and gives young people an opportunity to become leaders in the Church. This choir usually sings about once a month. Our rehearsals start Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 4:30–5:20 pm in the Media Center in the East Campus building.
The Jubilate Choir: Another choir for young people and yet another opportunity for leadership in Sunday Masses. Entrance to this choir is by audition only. Auditions will be held Wednesday, September 3rd and Wednesday, September 10th. from 4:30–5:30 pm in the church. The Jubilate choir rehearses from 5:30–6:05 in the Media Center beginning on September 17, 2014. Members of the Jubilate Choir are required to be in the St. Nicholas Choir.
The cross-country program is open to all members of the parish in grades K-8th.
Contact: David W. McGranahan
Cross Country Coordinator
Team Website: www.sylvania.org or sites.sylvania.org/sjs-cc
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St. Joseph Picture Day is Tuesday August 26th. To order online, visit www.interstate.com and use order code 658957.
Open to 1st. through 8th. Grade, Register Now!
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Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. The summer is closing quickly and we are eager to welcome new and returning students to St. Joseph School. Our blessed and graced mission of Catholic education is built on a foundation of Faith, Academics, and Service. We are grateful to you and to our entire parish community for your generous and dedicated support.
If you are a family new to St. Joseph School, this back-to-school letter will provide the information you need to begin your year with us. However, please feel free to call us if you have questions that are not answered by the information that is included.
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Please see the revised dress code for the 2014-2015 school year.
Please see the June 4th Principal Bulletin. Topics include:
Changes in the dress code are as follows:
A recent committee of parents and teachers reviewed the SJS Dress/Uniform Code and made a few recommendations for change. I want to thank them for the careful manner in which they reviewed the present code. They were particularly attentive to issues that they had learned from other parents and students. Following are the changes for the 2014 – 2015 school year:
Have a safe and blessed summer!
Research shows that most students lose 2-3 months of grade level math equivalency over the summer. We’re delighted to inform you about a free program offered by TenMarks Education that will provide your child with access to a powerful, personalized summer math program designed to help them reverse learning loss.
The program is called TenMarks Summer Math Program. See PDF below for details.
What is “Summer Slide”? “Summer Slide” is a term used to describe the decline in reading achievement children suffer just from being away from school. Unless children read in the summer months, they fall behind in reading skills. Reading, like playing a sport or musical instrument, is not something that is mastered once and for all at a certain age. It is a skill that continues to improve through practice. Kids who read, succeed!
The St. Joseph School Literacy Committee has come up with some ideas to help your child stay engaged and excited about summer reading. Here are some suggestions: see PDF below.
St. Joe’s had a VERY successful 4th season of Girls on the Run! Seventeen 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls completed the 10-week course and the 5k this past weekend.
Colleen Werner and K.T. Newsom have coached all four seasons and Julie Bechthold coached the last 2 seasons at St. Joe’s. Colleen has joined the Girls on the Run board and K.T. will continue to volunteer in some capacity. Unfortunately, we are not going to return as coaches next year. Julie and K.T. will have kindergartners that need their attention after school and Colleen will be busy with her new duties on the board.
We are really sad to give up coaching, but K.T. will definitely be back when her boys get older and Julie will be coaching when her daughter reaches 3rd grade.
We are looking for at least 2 coaches for the fall program. We need 2 dynamic role models for each team of 8-15 girls. Coaches need to attend twice/week for 10 weeks after school and go through Girls on the Run training. One of the coaches is required to be CPR trained. The Girls on the Run offers a one-day training session including the CPR training (in August). Coaches need to do an online protecting our youth program and get fingerprinted. Coaches also send out all the communications through the church bulletin and Thursday envelope with details for registration.
The curriculum is written word for word. There is very little prep work. Coaches need to read the lesson plan ahead of time. Girls on the Run provides all the materials needed for each lesson. They also provide a gift card to be used for healthy snacks (purchased by the coaches each session).
The commitment is about 4 hours per week for 10 weeks. The fall season offers a different curriculum and the 5k is on November 15th.
It is unbelievable to see girls change from the beginning of the season to the end. A handful of the girls would even say they don’t like to run, but they LOVE Girls on the Run! It’s an incredible program that isn’t just about the running.
The coaches can choose the days to have practices and you don’t even have to be a runner to coach. There is actually very little running as a coach during practices. You don’t need to have a daughter in the program either (Colleen and Julie didn’t). Maybe you can think of a grandma, aunt, or you! They just need to have a positive attitude and want to empower our young girls to be strong and help build their self-esteem.
K.T. will help with any communications to get the girls signed up in the fall. Whatever you need, K.T. can help - email@example.com. Check out the GOTR website too - girlsontherunnwohio.org. Sarah Gabel is the program director at GOTR and can answer any questions you have - sarah.gabel@GirlsOnTheRunNWOhio.org.
See pdf below for more information.
…And we have a winner!
Thank you to all of you who submitted entries into the naming contest for our yearly fundraiser! We had so many great entries but the one that was chosen was
“Back to School - Sell-a-bration!”
written by our own first grade teacher, Sr. Judy! Sr. Judy will receive a $100 gift card of her choice. Many thanks to everyone who entered the contest!
Please look for yourBack to School – Sell-a-bration materials on Monday, August 18th.
Have a safe and happy summer!
When: July 14-18
Where: St. Joseph East Campus
Time: 9 a.m. -11:30a.m.
Cost: $15.00 per child
Deadline to register is June 27, 2014
See flyer below (PDF)
Volunteer Application forms are now available in the Christian Formation Office, or here. ALL TEEN VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN JUNE 20. The number of teen volunteers we are able to accept depends on the number of children we have registered, but we expect to need about 50 teen volunteers.
Please download the PDF below for next year's school supply list.
Please view the message below from our PTO President, Amy Giordano.
The June Calendar is posted. Please note the last day of school is Friday, June 6, 2014.
Please view the May Practical Tips for Parents Newsletter. (PDF)
We, as a parish, are considering creating a new yearbook! This project will require some volunteer effort. If you would be willing to learn more about this exciting project, please complete the form below. (PDF)
Please view today's Principal's Bulletin. Topics include:
We had a wonderful program this year, thanks to many dedicated parent volunteers. We are so grateful for you sharing your time and talent! St. Joseph students and PTO THANK YOU!
Thank you to our wonderful Parent-Presenters: Stacey and Mark Bigelow, Kim Bertke, Michelle Colella, Laura Hoyt, Kate Kelly, Laurie Russell, Steve Martin, Amy Meader, Angie Pahl, Stephanie Symbolik, Abbey Riley, Monica Leslie, Kim Eltschlager, Brenda Dymarkowski, Sonja Droll, Amy Giordano, and Sherry Wainz.
Students and teachers enjoyed presentations in each and every one of their classrooms in the months of January, February and March of this year.
We shared stories and images, prayed with, and learned about our beloved Saints of America.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
St. Isaac Jogues
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
St. Katharine Drexel
These Saints have been a model for us, as we put our faith into action! Everyone in our school participated in a Lenten service project to share their blessing with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph, Sylvania. This drive restocked their food pantry this season and helped us care for those in our own community!
If you’d like to get involved for next year, look for “Saints Alive” on the PTO volunteer form next fall!
The long awaited BMX Bike Show will take place tomorrow, Friday, May 23rd. The show will take place outside as long as the weather permits. Should it be raining, the show will be held in the West Campus Gym.
Friday, May 23rd will also be a jeans day. Shorts are permitted, however they MUST be uniform length.
One more reminder… if you plan on submitting entries into the naming contest for our yearly fundraiser, they are due tomorrow, Friday, May 23rd. One lucky winner will be awarded a $100 gift card of their choice. Please remember, anyone can enter
The St. Joseph Athletic Department will sponsor the 23nd annual George Bush Sportsmanship Award Banquet on Wednesday, June 4th at 6:30 PM. The banquet (dessert and pop only) will take place in the Family Center on the east campus. Nominees for the Sportsmanship Award selected by coaches in grades 4-8 on athletic teams at St. Joseph Parish will be honored at this time. Sportsmanship Award recipients for both boys and girls will also be presented. Jason Kalsow, assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Toledo will be the featured speaker.
See PDF below for more information.
Register Now for Vacation Bible School!
Deadline to register is June 27, 2014
See flyer below (PDF)
Volunteer Application forms are now available in the Christian Formation Office, or here. ALL TEEN VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN JUNE 20. The number of teen volunteers we are able to accept depends on the number of children we have registered, but we expect to need about 50 teen volunteers. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME FOR THE WEEK SIGN UP HERE: St. Joseph Vacation Bible School 2014: Teen Volunteer Application
The annual PTO sponsored used uniform sale is Friday, May 30, 2014, in the west campus Banquet Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is one of the final functions of the school year for PTO, and one last opportunity for you to help make our sale a success. All we need is your participation- either by bringing in items to sell, coming to shop, volunteering some time to work the sale, helping to set up or take down, or all of the above! This is a great way to earn a little extra money for you, help PTO earn extra money, and find some fabulous deals on a variety of SJS uniform items, spirit wear, athletic apparel, etc. See more information below, (PDF).
St. Joseph School is working with Holy Toledo Directories to publish the 2014 - 2015 Student/Parent Handbook. This publication, which is supported by advertising, will be professionally printed and given “free” to all families.
If you own a business, or know someone who does, and would like to help by sponsoring an ad, please complete the form below and return to the School Main Office. A representative of Holy Toledo Directories will contact you.
We hope you can help us print the 2014 – 2015 Student/Parent Handbook for the school while benefiting from some long-term advertising.
Please return the form below. (PDF)
Thank you to those families who have donated to the Birthday Book Club.
Positive Direction – 2014 Could not have been a success without the many people who volunteered their time and talents. Special thanks go to:
Renee Allen, Nancy Arquette, Tara Barron, Juana Barrow, Ellen Baugh, Diane Belinske, Collin Bell, Patti Bell, Laura Bernsdorff, Kim Bertke, Katie Beutel, Mindy Bieber, Jennifer Brady, Karen Brickner, Jen Britt, Jenni Buerk, Megan Brown, Tim Brown, Marissa Brown, Alexa Brown, Renee Carson, Bridget Caster, Craig Caster, Noah Caster, Michelle Cendol, Beth Ciucci, Michelle Collela, Maura Crescenzo, Ashlie Dempsey, Karen DiPofi, Lisa DiSalle, Cathy Draheim, Darlene Durbak, McKenna Durbak, Jenny Durnell, Brenda Dymarkowski, Anne Eddingfield, Kim Eltschlager, Christine Foetisch, Nin Garritano, Susan Geis, Megan Geldien, Eileen Gemerchak, Kelley Gibbons, Jen Gignac, Ellen Glassmoyer, Wendy Haudrich, Amy Heady, Ian Heady, Paulette Hoffman, Candy Houser, Laura Hoyt, Holly Hurley, Carrie Johnson, Lisa Juette, Corrine Juette, Michelle Koop, Rachel Kalas, Amny Karban, Kate Kelly, Cheryl Koenig, Paige Koenig, Kim Koesters, Tracy Leamy, Nicole Lehman, Robin Lemle, Jill Lenart, Katie Mahoney, Hector Marquez, Mary Martin, Carol Matrisciano, Margaret McCann, David McGranahan, Terri McGranahan, Ky McGrew, Sarah McIntyre, Cathy Mcguire, Jim Mcguire, Rhonda Meredith, Lauryn Mick, Nan Mick, Sharmaine Miller, Sherri Mossing, Annette Napoli, Elizabeth Newsom, K.T. Newsom, Shannon Nowak, Jennice Oberle, Justin Oberle, Maryann Okuley, Nancy Osinski, Olivia Pacella, Beth Parker, Jayme Parker, Barb Pawlak, Emily Pawlecki, Lena Peron, Charles Pinski, Shelly Piscopo, Maddie Piscopo, Tracy Pizza, Kristin Poturalski, Janet Ragan, Megan Reece, Jake Reece, Lizzie Riddle, Abbey Riley, Bryan Riley, Lisa Ruff, Joan Sadowski, Megan Salameh, Pam Sanford, Kari Schell, Amy Schnoerberger, Bob Serve, Julia Serve, Joanne Sherman, Niki Simon, Richelle Smith, Juli Snyder, Kim Snyder, Robin Spencer, Wendy Stanfill, Stacy Steward, Derrick Stumm, Susan Suwinski, Lisa Thebes, Jill Tiell, Connie Umfleet, Jeff Unverferth, Lauren Unverferth, Laurie Vass, Melinda Wagner, Caleb Walker, Julie Walker, Janet Wawrzyniak Veronica Weathers Beth Westjohn, Ford Westjohn, Anne White, Bev Will, Connie Wojcik, Amy Ziegler and the many, many others!!! Plus, our wonderful St. Joseph School faculty and staff – especially Mrs. Shelly Perna, Mrs. Patti Bell, Mrs. Marty Davis, Mrs. Elaine Dickendasher, Mrs. Carol Lindsley, Msgr. Metzger, Mrs. Jessica Jones, Mrs. Sally Koppinger and the entire maintenance staff.
--Deb Unverferth, Betsy Pawlecki, Denise Brown
To thank our teachers during “Teacher Appreciation Week” PTO held their second “Morning Treats” on Monday, May 5th. Next, a series of daily raffles were held. Winners received gift baskets, candy, and gift cards. In addition, each faculty and staff member started the week off with an “apple” Oreo and on Friday received a coupon for a free order of Marco’s CheezyBread or CinnaSquares. Many, many Thank You’s to our wonderful teachers!
The PTO-sponsored May Faculty Luncheon was held on Wednesday, May 14th. Many thanks go to the following individuals who baked, made, donated to this luncheon. Many, many thanks go to:
Holly Hurley, Jenny Durnell, Christine Angevine, Mindy Bieber, Niki Simon, Amy Carroll, Kate Kelly, Missy Anspaugh, Amanda Brzuchalski, Lisa Thebes, Rita Hayes, Beth Ciucci, Anne Eddingfield, Brenda Hoffman, Terri McGranahan, Anne White, Cheryl Koenig, Nan Mick, Nikki Myers, Amy Malek, Casey Barbour, Lena Peron, Ky McGrew and Stacy Steward
This should not be viewed as a fundraiser for the school, and you are not obligated to purchase anything.
However, a percentage of sales will go to the ART DEPARTMENT.
Simply fill out the order form that was sent home and return to your classroom teacher. You may also order online. All orders will be shipped directly to your home this year!
All orders must be returned to school by Tuesday, May 20th.
Where we have been…Where we are now….Where we are going!
Please read the PDF below regarding the history of St. Joseph School classroom technology.
Thank You Stewards of Time and Talent
Calling all adults, (21 years of age and older), who have shared their time and talent in the past year!
Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Festirama Volunteers, Outreach Ministry, Choir, School Committee Members (Benefit Dinner, Positive Direction, Saints Alive, or any other P.T.O. Committees), etc. you know who you are!
Join us for an evening of prayer, food and fellowship. Stewardship of Time and Talent Appreciation Cookout
Please R.S.V.P. by May 30, 2014
Contact the Parish Center 419-885-5791 or email Kim Koesters at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE: East Campus Family Center
WHEN: Option #1 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014 --7:00 pm
Option #2 - Thursday, May 22, 2014 --7:30 pm (NEW TIME)
Please see important memo regarding changes in dismissal procedure next week and during Festirama.
Our Parish provides a lot for us:
A beautiful school campus and buildings
A church in which to celebrate Liturgy and the Sacraments
Over $1,000 per student more than what your parents pay for your tuition…to cover the actual cost to educate you
Now, it’s our turn to show our appreciation to our Parish.
I am asking students in Grades 3-8 to volunteer to work with me at the Chicken Dinner on Sunday, May 18 during Festirama. We will be working in the beautiful Fr. Wurzel Family Center on the east campus in 2-hour shifts. Please say you’ll help! Fill out form below and return it to school or sign up at tinyurl.com/festirama14
Please see the pdf below for workbook and activity fees for the 2014-2015 school year.
Please see PDF below. Thank you for your support.
For menus and calendars see the home page menu tab "Student Life"
Hey moms and dads boys and girls – We have a great way for you to volunteer at Festirama -- Children’s Games and Inflatables located on the east side of campus.
Please see the form below (PDF).
Face painting booth needs your help! We are looking for painters grades 6, 7, 8, High schoolers for both face painting and ticket takers, and any parents who can help as well. Please fill out the form below and return it to the school office.
Sponsored by: STUDENT COUNCIL
To Benefit: ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL
THE TIME TO PLANT IS FAST APPROACHING! NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!
These prices are the same at Creque’s--with or without our vouchers--so buy through St. Joseph Student Council and painlessly support our school!
We are pleased to share with you additional information of our upcoming Technology initiative for St Joseph School. Our initial goal was clear in that we knew we wanted to introduce new devices to enhance and become useful tools in our classrooms. We have devised a plan to ensure that the route we have chosen will allow our teachers to increasingly add new and innovative ways to keep the students engaged.
We researched several different devices to utilize in our school. We took into account the needs of our teachers, as well as our students, to make the most appropriate choice for our school. The answer became clear that locking ourselves into one particular device in an ever-changing technological world would simply be too limiting to our students. Our goal is to introduce them to different types of devices which we believe will meet our technological needs and give them an advantage in their future learning environment.
We have begun our focus with the middle school and plan to expand to the elementary school. We were excited to be able to provide the middle school students with a set of iPads this school year as a first step. We plan to introduce a 1: 1 Chromebook initiative beginning next fall which we feel would best complement the iPads. (A 1:1 initiative places a computing device in the hands of every student). The Chromebook will be extremely useful for web research, meeting typing requirements, as well as creating documents, spreadsheets, and learning how to navigate in the cloud. They will be school owned and managed. There will be an increase in the middle school technology fee in order to assist in covering the extra expense items associated with a 1:1 initiative. Each year new technology will be re-evaluated for the incoming sixth grade class. We did consider a “Bring Your Own Device” policy but ultimately decided against it due to the ages of the students at our school. We not only need to maintain focus within the classroom, but we must provide security to them for any device they will be using at our school.
We will also begin to teach the students using Google Apps for Education. We believe this will work to their advantage as they will be able to gain access to their documents no matter what device they use at school or at home.
This is an exciting time for all of us! Thank you for your support of this initiative. There will be two parent informational meetings about Chromebooks and how they will be used in the middle school classrooms. The first meeting is on May 20th at 7:00 pm in the Father Wurzel Family Center. A second meeting covering the same material is planned for May 22nd at 7:00 pm in the Family Center. We hope to see you there.
Please view the principal's bulletin below. Topics include:
Make Up Days
Golden Apple Award
Please view the pdf below for our 2014-2015 yearly calendar.
Please view the April newsletter, Practical Tips for Parents.
Please see the forms below and consider volunteering for our annual Festirama chicken dinner!
To explore what it means to be "walking to God, together"
Please view the PDF below.
Keeping parents informed and involved helps to assure student safety and improve student success. Instant Alert for Schools is an essential tool for notification and communication. Within minutes of an emergency, school officials can use Instant Alert to deliver a single, clear message to the students’ parents or guardians by telephone, cell phone, email, pager or PDA in any combination. Your home telephone is the default contact. You may update your profile at https://instantalert.honeywell.com/ by following the Parent Instruction Sheet (PDF). Maintaining the accuracy of your profile will increase the ability of the school to keep you informed.