Dear St. Joseph Families,
Mrs. Lindsley and I very much enjoyed our Festirama assignment…selling ride tickets on Friday evening as Festirama opened. It was a chance for us to say hello to all of our current families with their children as well as catch up with former students who stop by to share what is the latest news in their lives.
The next eleven days are filled with end of the year activities for all grades. We will continue to give you information and reminders about those events. Classroom teachers have or will be sending information and permission slips for the activities that are specific to their grade level. Please be alert to these as they come to you and attentive to due dates.
Following are a few reminders for some of those events:
Positive Direction: May 27 – May 29
Wednesday, May 27. Each of the three days of Positive Direction has been long scheduled and information already sent to the families of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Sixth grade students participate in a limited way and offer support to 7th and 8th graders. Wednesday, The Day of Caring, begins with a speaker and then continues with 7th and 8th grade students going out to the community to offer service and care. Their assignments vary throughout the greater Toledo area and each group is supervised and encouraged by parent volunteers.
Thursday, May 28. This is the Spiritual Retreat Day for 7th and 8th grade students. They will return to school with their parent/s in the early evening to hear the message from our keynote speaker, Joel Penton, and then to enjoy our traditional “Positive Direction Pre-Run/Walk Carob Loading Dinner.”
Friday, May 29. The final day of Positive Direction begins with morning prayer and is followed by a slideshow of all of Positive Direction’s fun experiences. At 9:00 am the “Best Foot Forward 3K/5K Challenge” begins in the front of the church. Sixth grade students not only provide water to the runners/walkers along the course but offer cheers and words of encouragement.
Positive Direction is a collaborative effort between committed parents, who serve as volunteers, and the Faculty and Staff of St. Joseph School. It remains one of our students’ most memorable middle school experiences. I truly am grateful for the dedication of all who give their time and talent and especially, this year, to the co-moderators - Mrs. Betsy Pawlecki, Mrs. Denise Brown, and Mrs. Laura Hoyt. All students attend the start of the 3K/5K Challenge and cheer as the runners “Take their mark, Get set, and GO!” The finish line is set up behind the church and students in kindergarten through fifth grade line-up to cheer the runners as they return. If you are new to SJS or the parent of a younger student, this is an event you will want to attend. You may stand with your child as he/she awaits the runners return. As you watch runners come in you will see middle school students stepping forward with empathy, encouragement, kindness, care, and friendship for all as they bring the last runners home. It is an inspiring and wonderful moment and reminds all of us of why we work so hard to bring our Catholic faith to our students. In this moment at the finish line … faculty, staff, parents, and students do see, without necessarily realizing it, in the red, sweaty, dusty, and sometimes tear-stained faces of these 7th and 8th grade runners, what we have prayed all along. “In the face of every child, we see Jesus.”
The rest of the day for 7th and 8th grade students includes lunch and fun activities.
Enjoy the long weekend.
Sally A. Koppinger