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Thursday, June 4th

Please see the revised dress code for the 2014-2015 school year.

Please see the June 4th Principal Bulletin.  Topics include:

  • Enrollment
  • New Faculty
  • Changes in the Dress Code
  • Graduations
  • Student Council
  • Report Cards
  • The New School Year

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:

  • For Girls:  Any style of St. Joseph plaid skirt will be permitted in ALL grades. This way parents may choose the style that best fits their daughter. 
  • For Girls:  Any color or pattern of fleece pajama bottoms are permitted on cold weather days with the uniform, as students travel to and from school or for outside recess, as long as they are removed when they enter their classroom.
  • For all students:  Holiday socks are eliminated EXCEPT for the month of December when Christmas themed socks will be allowed.  Socks for the rest of the school year must be PLAIN (no stripes, no logos, etc.) in the colors spelled out in the parent handbook.
  • For all students:  Students may choose either leather (leather like) dress shoes/school shoes in SOLID (not two toned) brown, (not tan), black or navy OR athletic shoes (like running, cross-training, or walking).  All shoes must tie, Velcro, or buckle. No slip-ons, high-tops, Sperry’s or Sperry-style shoes.
  • When in doubt, check with the school before you purchase.

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 - Check out the GOTR website too - Sarah Gabel is the program director at GOTR and can answer any questions you have -

  • There is no cost to participate and no registration is required.
  • Anyone in the parish (children, parents and grandparents) can run.
  • No commitment to run XC in the fall is required but highly encouraged.
  • Schedule below is for ALL Runners – Please note junior high runners (entering 7th and 8th grade) have additional running dates. 
  • Over 165 kids participated in cross-country last year.
  • Special reward again this year at the beginning of the XC season for all those who attend at least 12 summer runs – nearly 100 kids earned the reward.
  • Most Saturday runs we will have donuts and treats.
  • Total time is aprox. 45 mins including stretching, games and the run.
  • Distance of each run will vary by age group, experience and who shows up.
  • Detailed schedule is also located on the cross-country site located at and click on St. Joes Cross Country under Sports. 
  • Contact Coach McGranahan at 419-304-6102 or send an e-mail to for any questions.

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!

Thursday, May 29th

Register Now for Vacation Bible School!

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.

Thursday, May 22nd

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:

  • Teacher Requests
  • Camp Storer
  • PTO Thank You
  • End of the Year Activities
  • Graduations
  • The New School Year
  • Faculty Changes 

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!

  • 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. 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).

Thursday, May 15th

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


is an art program for grades K - 5 that provides you with a keepsake of your child’s artwork.

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.

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

  • Monday, June 9, 2014
  • 6:00 p.m. Vespers in the Church
  • 6:45 p.m. Cook Out--
  • East Campus Family Center

Please R.S.V.P. by May 30, 2014

Contact the Parish Center 419-885-5791 or email Kim Koesters at

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)


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

Thursday, May 8th

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.

Please see important memo regarding changes in dismissal procedure next week and during Festirama.

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.

Thursday, May 1st

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"


Sponsored by:  STUDENT COUNCIL



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!

Thursday, April 17th

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:

Calendar 2014-2015
Technology Update
Make Up Days
Golden Apple Award

Please read the PDF below.  Happy Easter!

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"

  • Wednesday April 23, 2014
  • St. Francis deSales Chapel
  • 7p.m.

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 by following the Parent Instruction Sheet (PDF).  Maintaining the accuracy of your profile will increase the ability of the school to keep you informed.

Below you will find a complete Directory of Personnel