Dear St. Joseph Parents:
On behalf of the entire St. Joseph School faculty and staff, I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for the many blessings we have in our parish and school: for parishioners who actively support our efforts; for parents, committed to their children’s formation; and for teachers and staff, whose dedication makes our school’s mission a reality. During this season of thanksgiving, we give special thanks for the faithful support and commitment of this Catholic community.
Thanksgiving Outreach. We are continuing our Thanksgiving service outreach by collecting non-perishable food items for Sylvania Area Family Services. Initially, the communication from SAFS asked for our help in restocking their pantry. However, since last week they have called to let us know that they also have a need to provide assistance for nine Sylvania area families. Much of what you have already given can be used to create Thanksgiving baskets for the nine families. We would also like to provide a way for them to purchase perishable food. If you have not already sent in a contribution – boxed or canned food – we ask that you consider a donation of a gift card to a local grocer or cash so that we may purchase gift cards. The cards will be equally distributed among the nine families. Thank you for all you do in support of our efforts.
Advent. The term “Advent” is derived from the Latin word for “coming”. This season that starts the liturgical year of the Church begins on Sunday, November 29, and extends through Christmas Eve. As we pray together in school each morning, we are reminded of the coming of Christ into the world. It is a time that as a school community we anticipate the birth of Jesus and celebrate the joy that we possess as Christians. Traditionally, our school Advent wreaths are made up of the small, green, construction-paper “hands” made by the school children. The wreaths are placed in the hallways of the elementary school and the middle school. The four candles of the Advent wreath symbolize the four weeks of waiting. We use three purple candles for a time of preparation and one rose candle for joy, lit during the third week. The lighting of each candle on the wreath gradually pushes away darkness and ushers in the coming of the Messiah, the Light of the World.
Service. Tuesday, November 24, is our Ohio State/Michigan Day. This annual celebration invites students to dress in the colors of their favorite team and to place a donation in either the Ohio State container or the Michigan container. There has been a third container for many years for those students and families who have only one loyalty … Notre Dame! Contributions to the teams have been growing all week. Tomorrow, at the end of the day, the amounts collected so far for each team will be announced and the grand totals for each team will be announced on Tuesday. This fundraiser supports the Central City Ministry schools of Rosary Cathedral and Queen of Apostles.
Coming in December.
- Friday, December 11 - Christmas Songfest for Grades One and Two. Church, 9:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, December 16 – Christmas Program for Grades Three, Four, and Five, Franciscan Center, at Lourdes University. 7:00 p.m. We do not feel it necessary to distribute tickets to the performance this year. In the past, each family received only four tickets. This year, there is room for families to have six seats. Please keep that in mind as you make plans and limit those attending to six. Under the direction of Mrs. Bess Mass, St. Joseph School kindergarten – grade 5 music teacher, the Christmas Program promises to again be a delightful experience. Dress rehearsal is scheduled for 9:00 am on December 16. All students attend this performance. Extended family members are also invited if they are unable to attend in the evening.
Cold Weather Notes: This is just a quick reminder that students are frequently the last to notice that the weather demands an extra layer of protection. They are so optimistic and ever hopeful that 20 degrees in the morning will be 55 degrees by 11:30. As I watch students at lunch recess, I see many who are not prepared to be outside for twenty minutes in a temperature that, in spite of student optimism, is not above 30 degrees, with the wind chill being even lower. Most have a jacket, but some only wear a sweatshirt. Hats, gloves, scarves, and for girls, knee socks, tights, or long pants to put on at recess, are not seen. We think it’s healthy for students to get an outside break during the day and, properly dressed, they enjoy it. (The general policy is that students go outside for recess unless the wind chill is 20 degrees or lower.) The pleasant weather this fall has been a blessing, but we know colder days are coming. Please help your children be prepared.
Sally A. Koppinger