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Thursday Envelope

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dear Preschool Parents,

Today we’re announcing an upcoming event that we hope will put everyone in the holiday spirit called “Santa Saturday”. This will take place in our preschool classrooms on Saturday, December 10th with music, refreshments, crafts, and fun for everyone. Please look for the information sheet and sign up to join in the festivities!

On December 14 we’re asking parents to arrive for pick up at 11:00 a.m.  We'll be presenting some Christmas carols we've been practicing to sing in the school gymnasium. Even if your child doesn’t attend school that day, they are welcome to come and sing with us. Extended family and friends are also welcome! This is sure to be a fun-filled activity for the children with no pressure to perform in an uncomfortable situation. Please be sure to add this to your calendar so that you don’t miss out on the fun!

There are just a few more days to sell Foodie Cards for the Preschool Fundraiser. All orders are due by December 16. Orders are filled on the day that they are turned in and they make fantastic Christmas gifts! Remember, we’re raising money for playground improvements and would really appreciate your family’s participation!

An important message about our school parking lot: Please use diligence when walking to or from the school at the beginning or the end of the day. This can be a dangerous place for children to run freely so please be sure to hold your child’s hand while walking. Also, when driving through our parking lot, please be aware that the elementary children may also be traveling to the church or at recess. We need to be sure that everyone in the area is safe at all times. Thank you for your compliance and understanding.

Housekeeping

With the colder weather please be sure to send warm clothing for outdoor play. We go outside almost every day unless the wind chill is below 20 degrees. This means the children need warm coats, hats, mittens, and appropriate shoes. With the snowy weather they should also have snow pants and boots. Also, the children need regular shoes to wear in the classroom because boots can be wet and uncomfortable after outdoor play. Thank you in advance for taking care of this.
A friendly reminder: In the event of inclement weather, St. Joseph Preschool will follow the decision of the Superintendent of Sylvania schools. When Sylvania Schools close, St. Joseph Preschool and the Extended Day Enrichment Program will also close. When Sylvania Schools delay, early morning care will be cancelled; the morning preschool session will begin at 10:30 and end at 12:15 p.m. If your child attends the Extended Day Enrichment Program class will begin at 12:15. Please listen to the local radio and television for this information. Please DO NOT call the Parish Center or the school.

Sincerely,

Nancy Okuley, Director


Reservations, Free Tuition and Merlot-tery Entry Forms, Sponsorship and Donor Forms are available below.


This week your children will bring home their parish offertory envelopes. We appreciate the opportunity to work together in teaching your children about the many gifts we have been given.
Here are some ideas of information to share with your children as you discuss this very special stewardship program.

  • Remind your children that God has given each of us unique and special gifts.
  • Suggest that your children take time each day to thank God for the many blessings He has given them.
  • Remind your children of the importance to attend Mass every Sunday.
  • Encourage your children to include their prayers for special intentions on their offertory envelopes.
  • Encourage your children to include the time and talent they provided to others on their offertory envelopes.
  • Encourage your children to give a portion of their allowance, gifts, or earnings to the Sunday offertory.
  • Let your children know about the many ministries our parish is able to provide as a result of their generosity, such as our Comfort Blanket Ministry, Parish Loan Closet, Soup Kitchens, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Joseph’s Meals.
  • Inform your children that the parish also gives a portion of our earnings to help others, such as Heartbeat of Toledo, Sylvania Area Family Services, Exclaim, Habitat for Humanity, Fisher House, and Disaster Relief.
  • Talk to your children about how they feel when they help someone.
  • Tell your children how proud you are of them for sharing their time, talent, and treasure!

Purchase gift cards for family gifting, friend gifting, corporate gifting, or for your Christmas shopping!

St. Joseph Scrip Program is pleased to offer our new Scrip -To- Go Shop
a grab-and-go Gift Card Shop available after Mass on

  • December 3 & December 4
  • December 10 & December 11

(*Saturday 4:30 and Sunday 9:00, 10:30, and Noon)

How does it work?
1. Complete a gift card order form.
2. Pay for the gift card(s) with cash or check.
3. Receive your gift card(s) immediately, and go!

Barry's Bagels ($10 cards)
Bath and Body Works ($10 and $25 cards)
Chandler Cafe ($10 cards)
Charlie's Ice Cream ($5 cards)
Chipotle ($10 cards)
Ciao/Real Seafood ($25 cards)
Jimmy John's ($10 cards)
Kohl's ($25 and $100 cards)
Mancy's Restaurants ($25 and $100 cards)
Marco's ($10 cards)
Meijer ($25 and $100 cards)
What's Available?
Panera ($10 and $25 cards)
Reve Salon ($25, $50, and $100 cards)
Sautter's ($25 and $100 cards)
Sofo's ($25 cards)
Speedway ($25 and $100 cards)
Starbucks ($10 and $25 cards)
Tim Horton's ($10 cards)


Over 29,000,000 persons around the world have gone through the Alpha
program. What is it all about?
What is Alpha?

  •  A shared meal
  • A short video about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Faith, the Bible, healing and other questions of
  • life
  • Small group discussion that opens-up “who God really is” and “who we are in light of God”
  • A safe place where you can ask life’s deepest questions

Who is Alpha for?

  • Young and old, single or married (minimum age is 18)
  • Cradle Catholics, Catholic Converts, non-Catholics, Agnostics and Atheists
  • Any person of any faith who wants to “have life more abundantly” (John 10:10)
  •  The cold, the lukewarm and the “on-fire”
  • People who want to get more connected to our wonderful parish community

You’re invited to Alpha! Come and explore the Christian faith in a relaxed and fun setting.
Check out the first Alpha and if you enjoy it, keep coming back – no strings attached. For
information or to register, call 419-885-5791 or visit our website at Alpha@stjoesylvania.org.
Alpha will be offered at St. Joseph Church - Sylvania.
Choose from one of three days offered over an eleven week period:

  • Tuesdays: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 9:00 – 11:00 AM

From: January through March


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Please enjoy Volume 2 of our Jaguar Journal, published by our middle school students.


Honeywell Alert.  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. 

We initiate a weather alert when we receive information that Sylvania is delaying or closing. Most often that announcement on local television stations or social media sites is made around 6:00 am. Occasionally it appears as early as 5:30 am. Our subsequent Honeywell Alert to all parents confirming that we (SJS) have a delay or closing follows, but not sooner than 5:50 am. If you do not receive an alert from SJS, please follow the television announcement regarding Sylvania Schools. When they delay, we delay; when they close, we close.

Your home/primary 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.


What is Alpha?

A shared meal
A short video about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Faith, the Bible, healing and other questions of life
Small group discussion that opens-up “who God really is” and “who we are in light of God”
A safe place where you can ask life’s deepest questions

Who is Alpha for?

Young and old, single or married (minimum age is 18)

Cradle Catholics, Catholic Converts, non-Catholics, Agnostics and Atheists
Any person of any faith who wants to “have life more abundantly” (John 10:10)
The cold, the lukewarm and the “on-fire”
People who want to get more connected to our wonderful parish community

You’re invited to Alpha!  Come and explore the Christian faith in a relaxed and fun setting.  Check out the first Alpha and if you enjoy it, keep coming back – no strings attached.  For information or to register, call 419-885-5791 or visit our website at Alpha@stjoesylvania.org.


December 1: St. John's Jesuit High School

---the evening will include a pasta meal starting at 5:30 pm paired with a powerful message from a dynamic speaker who touches the hearts of youth across the country (Dan DeMatte), followed by a prayer service and eucharistic adoration in the chapel which will begin at 7 pm.

This event will be sure to help prepare our families' hearts to welcome Christ into our lives this Christmas!

Contact Kate Kelly with questions at 419-902-3291!

A short video is also attached below, please check it out and hope to see you there!

https://youtu.be/LGvdAMHw9nc


Heroin is here and it's abuse is real in our community.

5:30 p.m. – Resource expo: education and resources in the community
6:15 p.m. – Performance related to drug abuse with PEACE Project Performers
(local Sylvania Junior High and High school students giving a voice to drugs)
6:30 p.m. – Panel discussion about drug abuse, Heroin in our area and the effects in the community.
Question & Answer Session to follow. (Chrys Peterson, moderator)
Panel Members include: Lucas County Sheriff, DART representative, Lucas County Coroner Office, Racing for Recovery,
Rescue Crisis, Attorney General’s Office, Walker Funeral Home, Sylvania Fire Chief and Sylvania Police Chief.

See flyer for more details.

 


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thank you for the wonderful support you give us through your participation in Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Our teachers share with me that you bring to them positive affirmations, concerns, questions, and a true and credible sense of partnership in the education of your children.  When you do that you help to validate the partnership we want with our parents. Fifteen minutes of conference time seems to work well for both teachers and parents.  I know that some have requested additional time.  Please be sure to pursue that.  I want you and your child’s teacher to have the time needed to communicate.  If your child’s teacher has not yet sent you another time to talk, please contact her again.  I assure you that every teacher on our staff is dedicated to the educational growth, faith formation, and well-being of the children they serve.

Service.  A Reminder from your Student Council.

Tuesday, November 22, is our Ohio State/Michigan Day.  This annual celebration, enjoyed by students and staff, supports the education ministry of two other Catholic schools – Queen of Peace and Rosary Cathedral.   Our students are invited to dress in the colors of their favorite team (Michigan or Ohio State) and to place a donation in either the Ohio State container or the Michigan container.  Over the past few years, students have asked if they could dress in Notre Dame colors and have a Notre Dame collection container. Absolutely! We added a third container for donations from families that have only one loyalty – Notre Dame.  Then students asked if they might dress in other team colors if they are not fans of Michigan, Ohio State, or Notre Dame.  Yes, they may!  However, there will only be three containers to accept their donation.  This is a fun day for staff and students as they participate in good-natured rivalry for the post-Thanksgiving game between Michigan and Ohio State.

Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, November 14.  Student Council representatives will be providing decorated containers for each classroom.  Total donations for each team will be announced at the end of each day.   Tuesday, November 22, at the end of the day, students will gather in the west gym for a spirited assembly.  The middle school Spirit Squad will lead students in support of their favorite team.  The final donation amounts for each team will be announced. In past years, students have been able to raise anywhere from $1300 to $1800 for our two Central City Schools.  We know it is through your support as parents that we are able to continue this annual event and for that I am truly grateful.

Note:  The Michigan/Ohio State game is on Saturday, November 26!

Calendar 2017 – 2018.  We are currently setting the calendar for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  I hope to be able to include the major dates in next week’s Thursday Envelope.  We know that many families must request vacation time, or time off, a year ahead of time.  The calendar for 2017 – 2018 must remain tentative at this time.  Calendar information from the Catholic high schools is not available yet nor is information from Sylvania Schools for their calendar.  However, it does not appear to be a complicated calendar year and the only potential issue for conflict may be Christmas vacation.  Please look for the calendar in next week’s envelope.

Looking Ahead.  We are beginning a review of our food service (cafeteria) program.  Please watch for a survey within the next few weeks asking for feedback regarding our cafeteria lunch program.  Your participation in completing and sending the survey back to us is very important.  After some discussion, we have decided to send it to you as a hard copy in the Thursday Envelope rather than electronically.

Important Change in Date.  The Christmas Songfest presented by grades one and two will take place on Friday, December 9, not on Friday, December 16.  The time and location are unchanged: 9:00 am – 9:30 am in the church.  Please note this on your calendars:

Grade 1 and 2 Christmas Songfest, 9:00 – 9:30 am, on Friday, December 9, in the church.

Upcoming Events.

Included with today’s announcements is information regarding the following:

  • Pasta and Promenade
  • Me and My Guy Dance
  • Convent Blvd. Closure
  • Italian Dinner Volunteers
  • Scrip

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


All St. Joseph Preschool, Elementary and Middle School Families

are invited to the

Fall Family Fun Night Square Dance

  • Friday, November 18
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Fr. Wurzel Family Center

In lieu of an admittance fee, donations of non-perishable goods for the Seagate Foodbank will be accepted at the door.

**Be sure to first come to the Italian Dinner serving all parish families from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the west campus Banquet Hall!


Join us for an evening of dancing and light refreshments.

Please bring a donation for Mom’s House (see Wish List below PDF).
Contact Richelle Smith with questions: 419-460-0574/carter23842@frontier.com

Registration form below.  All families also received this in their Thursday envelope.


Dear Sylvania Franciscan Village Community,

The City of Sylvania has notified the Sylvania Franciscan Village that Norfolk & Southern Railroad will be performing railroad crossing maintenance that will necessitate the closure of Convent Blvd. the week of November 14-18.  This railroad crossing is located between Main Street and the Sylvania Franciscan Village (which includes the Sisters of St. Francis historic campus, Lourdes University, Rosary Care Center, and Convent Park Apartments).

During this much needed crossing maintenance, all employees, students, and residents that drive across the N&S railroad crossing will need to use an alternate route to get to the SFV main campus.  Suggested routes include: Brint Rd. to north on Allen St. to Convent Blvd., Brint Rd. to north on Brinthaven St. to Convent Blvd., or Monroe St. to south on Silica Dr. to Convent Blvd.

Norfolk & Southern and the City of Sylvania appreciate our patience and understanding during the completion of these railroad crossing repairs.

Mike

Michael Cravens
Director of Facilities & Grounds
Sisters of St. Francis/Lourdes University
6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania, OH  43560


St. Joseph School Families Please Note: 

Some buses to and from St. Joseph School may be affected by this closure the week of November 14-18.  Bus schedules may change in response to the necessity of using an alternate route.  This may be most significant at the end of the school day. 

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger
Principal


This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved and have fun. It is also a great chance for Confirmation candidates or high school students to get service hours. You only need to donate 2-3 hours of your time for one day and it helps make this event a success. Please consider helping us. Use the sign up link below.

Date: 11/18/2016 (Fri.) Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT Location: West Campus Banquet Hall

 
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 


There is no reason not to earn $1,000 toward tuition.  Don't let earnings FALL through your fingertips!

Email scrip@stjoesylvania.org for our organization code to join!


Please join us for a special fundraising event.

25% of your purchase will be donated back to our group!

Name of group: St. Joseph School, Sylvania

Date of fundraiser: November 9 & 10, 2016

Participating Location: 7402 West Central Ave. Toledo, OH  43617

(419) 517-7777

Good all day on Dine In & Carry Out Orders

Note: If ordering carry out for large groups, please use our Pig Up ‘n Go Menu.

Please present Flyer at time of order to receive credit for the sale.

Fundraiser cannot be combined with other promotions or offers. Not valid on gift card purchases.

Check out our menus at www.cityqbbq.com

We look forward to serving you to help raise money for your organization!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

You should have received your “Save the Date” magnet in the Thursday envelope. We hope it is prominently displayed on your refrigerator. On January 28, 2017, you will experience the ambiance of Napa Valley! Your winter dream trip, A Night in Napa, begins when you return your response card from your invitation which is coming soon to a Thursday envelope near you!

See PDF below for details.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Our annual Halloween Parade will take place on Monday, October 31, at 1:30 p.m.  Children should bring their costumes to school in the morning.  They will be given time to put them on after lunch.  All students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to participate.  Parents are welcome to come.  The parade route begins at the school doors of the west campus, crosses the parking lot behind the church, proceeds to and along the driveway at Rosary Hall on the Lourdes University campus, and then returns to the St. Joseph west campus, past the front of the church and back to the elementary school.  Students from the middle school will join K – 5 students at the start of the parade.  There are many places to stand and take pictures or just enjoy the varied and creative costumes that children wear.  All visitors should park across the street from the elementary building in order to keep the school parking lot open for students as they parade.

Halloween Costume Guidelines:  Please help your child choose a costume that is St. Joseph School appropriate. 

Costumes that are a little scary are usually all right, but gory costumes are not.
Some middle school students like to dress as television/film personalities.  In our experience, most of the time, that has been fine.  However, they need to be cautious.  The content of many reality TV shows is not intended for a middle school audience. Representation of those associated personalities would be unacceptable.
Students may not bring to school look-alike weapons that go with their costume.  Look-alike weapons include costume items such as swords, knives, bows/arrows, rifles, spears, guns of any type or size.

Students are allowed to wear their costumes home.  If their costume includes a mask, it will need to be carried or placed in their back-pack.


Your Family Won’t Want to Miss These Upcoming School Events!

Friday, November 18

Italian Dinner/west campus    4:30 – 7:00 PM

Family Fun Night Square Dance/east campus  7:00 – 8:30 PM

Saturday, December 10

Me & My Guy Snow Ball/east campus                 6:00 – 9:00 PM

The Parent-Teacher-Organization (PTO) at St. Joseph School is sponsoring the very first Father/Daughter dance for girls in grades K – 8.  Grandpas, uncles, cousins, or any special family member is welcome to attend.  More detailed information will be sent home soon!

 


Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love

for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace
  • with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits while helping us fill our shelves!

Book Fair dates: November 9 and November 10

Shopping hours: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

You may shop with your child during their classroom time slot or after school.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from October 29 to November 11.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school library.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Patty Unger

St. Joseph School Librarian


…Attention Christmas Shop volunteers!!  Santa’s Christmas Workshop is open for business and we need your help! 

Please fill out the form below and return it by November 3 so we can put you on the schedule!!


Care, Share, Give a Pair

One chilly Thanksgiving Day, then 4 year old Hannah was helping her mother serve dinner at the Cherry Street Mission. Hannah tugged on her mommy’s sweater and asked “Mommy won’t his feet be cold?” Hannah nodded toward a man whose shoes had split open to reveal he wore no socks.  Her mom replied, “His shoes will keep his toes warm.”  Hannah, too smart, with too big of a heart was unconvinced. She said, “Mommy, he can have my socks.” The next day, Hannah’s mom took her to purchase and distribute socks to local shelters.  Her mom wondered ,” If just two people can make an impact, imagine the difference hundreds or thousands of people can make each donating a single pair of socks.” So the non-profit, Hannah’s Socks was started.

St. Joseph will sponsor a collection for Hannah’s Socks, starting the weekend of October 29/30 through November 5/6. There will be collection boxes at the doors of church and outside of both the West and East school offices. The socks can be for men, women and children, any size.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. If you have any questions, you can call, Laurie, parish nurse, at 419-885-5791.


Adopting a family is a great way to get the kids involved in sharing the joy of the season with needy families or individuals in our area.    We work with Sylvania Area Family Services, Harbor, and Heroes in Action to provide a traditional Christmas for those who cannot provide it for themselves. We receive more than 200 referrals and our goal is to have each one adopted by mid-November.

Anyone can adopt – your family, relatives, businesses, groups, you and your friends, etc.  

Just call, text, or email Laurie Foster (419)460-1702, LCMR59@bex.net for details and guidelines.  You can select the size of family, and whether you would like to wrap and deliver the gifts yourself, or drop them off at the East Campus Meeting Room for our delivery volunteers to handle.

We are seeking volunteers for several different shifts during the first two weeks in December. 

If you can spare a couple of hours during that time, call or email Sue Jurski 419-350-8161, suejurski@bex.net for details.

Thank you for your consideration!

The Christmas Ministry Team –

Laurie Foster,Sue Jurski, Mary Jane DelVerne, Sue McKernan ,Rosie Allore, Jane Schuessler, Laurie Neary


Computer Science Mentorship Program for Girls

Grades 5 through 8, see flyer below for details.


Inviting people of all faith backgrounds to an evening
with the nation's foremost marriage advocate:

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD
Learn how to talk about marriage, same-sex issues,
and the role of faith in shaping public policy from a leading author and expert in the field.

See flyer below for details.


We really appreciated your patience during this time and we are pleased to announce that the Toledo location has now reopened for the regular Fall/Winter Schedule.

  • Sunday & Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10AM - 5PM
  • Wednesday 12PM - 5PM
  • Thursday 12PM - 7PM
  • Friday & Saturday 10AM - 4PM

Schoolbelles: 3324 Secor Rd., Toledo


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Please view Mrs. Koppinger's Principal Bulletin

Topics include:

  • First Quarter Ends
  • Kindness Matters
  • New Playground Equipment!
  • October Parades
  • Halloween Costume Guidelines
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • The Middle School Halloween Social for Grades 6, 7 and 8
  • Save the Date!  Fall Family Fun Night Friday November 18

Dear Parents:

I will be available for individual conferences on November 3 and 4, 2016, St. Joseph Parent/Teacher Conference days.  A conference may be scheduled from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, and from 8:00 am – noon on Friday.  Please email your request for a conference to kobrien@stjoesylvania.org.

If a conference is desired, but you are unable to make it on November 3 or 4, please contact me so we can arrange a mutually agreeable time.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kelly O’Brien, School Counselor

882-6670  Ext. 385


Attention all Christmas Store helpers! The Christmas Store is planning another great sale for the kids this December, and we need your help. Crafting sessions will be starting soon, and you don’t need to be an arts and crafts type person to help! We need help with things such as cutting, gluing, beading, painting, assembling craft items, and wrapping, just to name a few. We are also looking for ideas for items that can be bought (for less than $5), that could be sold at the sale as well.
Crafting sessions will be held in the West Meeting Room or the cafeteria (depending on availability) from 8:30-11:00 on the following dates:
Thursday Oct. 6                   Thursday Nov. 10
Tuesday Oct. 11                  Tuesday Nov. 15
Tuesday Oct. 25                  Thursday Nov. 17
Tuesday Nov. 1
Please consider joining us for one or more of these sessions. Even if you can just come for a short time, every extra pair of hands helps! If you have any questions, or ideas to share, please feel free to e-mail me Jenny Durnell at jennydurnell19@gmail.com or Eileen Gemerchak at ebgemerchak@bex.net .


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Who?          Parents of 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

What?         Opening Mass / Bagel Breakfast / Speaker

When?        Wednesday, October 26th, 8:15 – 11:15

Please complete reservation form and return to school by Friday, October 7.


(Store closes FRIDAY, September 30)

More colors and sizes available than ever before!

How do I get to the store? Simple. CLICK HERE

TERMS & CONDITIONS

All orders must be placed ONLINE.  No paper order forms are available.

Payment:

Will accept credit cards(Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover & Diners Club)
PayPal (debit or credit can be used)
Personal checks (if paying with a check- please reference your order number and include a copy of your order ) -- Check orders must be turned into the West Campus office.

All check payments must be received in the West campus school office no later than September 30th at 3:00pm.  Any orders placed that have not been paid for by the above date and time, will be cancelled.

Please make checks payable to St. Joseph's PTO

***ORDERS WILL BE DELIVERED  BETWEEN OCTOBER 24 AND 25 TO YOUR CHILD(RENS) CLASSROOM.  PICKUP WILL BE OCTOBER 24TH FROM 3-6 PM AND OCTOBER 25 FROM 8AM-11:30AM IN THE WEST CAMPUS MEETING ROOM.***

RETURN POLICY

ALL SALES ARE FINAL -- NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES

Any questions, please contact Tracy or Amy at spiritwear@stjoesylvania.org


We will be collecting bags of clothes, shoes, purses, towels, backpacks, throw rugs, sheets…anything cloth-related.

We are even accepting your torn and stained items!

Nothing will go in the landfill!

Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Questions or to volunteer contact Shelly Piscopo at 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com and

Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com


CALLING ALL DADS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

(Grades K-5 Only, Please)

DONUTS FOR DADS

  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2016
  • WEST CAMPUS CAFETERIA
  • 7:00AM

DONUTS, COFFEE, MILK AND JUICE WILL BE SERVED


Wednesday, October 5, is our Fundraiser Prize Day for all students!

In addition to participating in the inflatable activities in the gym, it is also a Jeans Day for all students!

Thank you for participating in this year’s fundraiser!


Eligible students are those grade school players who are students in 3rd thru 8th grade at St. Joseph school or enrolled in the St. Joseph religious education program. High school players families must be registered members of the parish.

See PDF below for details and dates.


New Parishioners, Mark Your Calendars!
If you have joined the parish recently, please join us.
St. Joseph Parish
New Parishioner Breakfast

Sunday, Nov 6th
Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass
In the Family Center, East Campus
Hosted by the St. Joseph Welcoming Committee

Please RSVP to Kim Koesters by Nov 1st
or 419-885-5791 ext. 240


Join the fun during P.A.C.K. Week and help your child get more colorful fruits and vegetables into his/her day. Here are some easy tips to packing great-tasting and nutritious fruits and veggies:

Monday, October 3: Pack Purple Day

Did you know that only 3% of our current fruit and veggie consumption is from the purple/blue category? Yet, these fruits and veggies provide natural plant nutrients not found in other colors.

A child-friendly way to “pack purple” is with 100% grape juice made from purple Concord grapes. It is available year-round and just four ounces counts as a serving of fruit. Packing juice in a reusable container is also a great way to help save the environment.

Since dried fruit counts too, try packing a snack-sized box of raisins for snack time.

A plum is a tasty lunchbox addition or try including blueberries or blackberries in a reusable container.

Tuesday, October 4: Pack White Day

White, tan and brown fruits and veggies make up this color category.

The most common white fruit is the banana…and they’re easy to pack and so delicious.

Your child might enjoy a white peach or a pear.

Cauliflower florets with ranch dressing are a crunchy lunch addition.

Wednesday, October 5: Pack Red Day

Red fruits and vegetables are a cheery addition to the lunchbox.

You could send your child to school with a red apple on Pack Red Day.

Consider packing a few cherries or strawberries for a tasty treat.

Many kids love red pepper slices or tomato wedges either with or without some ranch dressing.

Thursday, October 6 : Pack Yellow/Orange Day

Yellow/Orange fruits and vegetables will brighten up everyone’s day.

The most common yellow/orange fruit is the orange.

Baby carrots are super easy to pack and kids just love them.

Other great yellow/orange options are nectarines, peaches or pineapple chunks.

See if your child likes dried apricots. They’re surprisingly delicious and super healthy.

Friday, October 7: Pack Green Day

Green fruits and vegetables are the most commonly eaten group of fruits and vegetables…but there’s always room for more!

Green grapes (halves for younger children) and green apples are kid favorites, and they’re easy to send to school on Pack Green Day.

Celery sticks or green pepper slices are terrific crunchy snacks and can be packed along side ranch dressing for a fun dipping option.

Other nutritious vegetable choices are snow peas, sugar snap peas or broccoli florets.

Pack More Fruits and Vegetables into Each Day


Attention all Christmas Store helpers! The Christmas Store is planning another great sale for the kids this December, and we need your help. Crafting sessions will be starting soon, and you don’t need to be an arts and crafts type person to help! We need help with things such as cutting, gluing, beading, painting, assembling craft items, and wrapping, just to name a few. We are also looking for ideas for items that can be bought (for less than $5), that could be sold at the sale as well.

Crafting sessions will be held in the West Meeting Room or the cafeteria (depending on availability) from 8:30-11:00 on the following dates:

Thursday Oct. 6                  Thursday Nov. 10

Tuesday Oct. 11                  Tuesday Nov. 15

Tuesday Oct. 25                  Thursday Nov. 17

Tuesday Nov. 1

Please consider joining us for one or more of these sessions. Even if you can just come for a short time, every extra pair of hands helps! If you have any questions, or ideas to share, please feel free to e-mail me Jenny Durnell  at  jennydurnell19@gmail.com  or Eileen Gemerchak at ebgemerchak@bex.net .


St Joe’s Sylvania Italian Dinner 

November 18, 4:30-7:00

Join the parish and school community!


Bring your expired or unused medicines to one ofthese convenient area locations. Join our community and safely dispose, in an environmentally friendly way,  of medications that are commonly abused.


SPONSORED BY THE PARENT MENTOR PROGRAM OF LAKE ERIE WEST EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER & OHIO COALITION  FOR THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES 


St. Joseph, Sylvania

CYO Athletics

September 24-25, 2016

Cross Country

The team is coached by Brett Seymour. The meet took place Saturday morning at The CYO Complex.

  • Pee Wee Boys (Grades K-1) The team finished in first place.  Top finishers included Andrew Cendol (4th), Zackary Morgan (6th), Greyson Fielding (10th), and Jack Arquette (13th).
  • Pee Wee Girls. The team finished in second place.  Top finishers included Sloane Fielding (7th) and Jocelyn Tabb (11th). 
  • Minor Boys (Grades 2-3) The team finished in first place.  Top finishers included Jake Tuori (3rd), Josh Kegerreis (5th), and Scott Seymour (7th).
  • Minor Girls. The team finished in 5th place.  Top finisher included Charlotte Hoyt (13th).
  • Cadet Boys (Grades 4-6). The team finished in second place.  Top finisher included Andy Newsom (7th).
  • Cadet Girls. The team finished in first place.  Top finishers included Mya Seymour (4th) and Tessa Hoyt (8th).
  • Junior Boys (Grades 7-8) The team finished in second place.  Top finishers included Wil Halker (3rd), Ben Malek (4th), Jayce Beakas (9th), and Ryan O’Donnell (11th).
  • Junior Girls The team finished in first place.  Top finishers included  Sydney Vanderbroek (1st), Emma Hoyt (2nd), Emma Meredith (4th), Madison Kristoff (10th), Abby Goecke (14th) and Jillian Cendol (15th).

Football

5th Grade 

  • Coach Floyd’s team was defeated by Christ the King.

6th Grade

  • Coach Michalak’s team defeated Newport St. Charles 26-0.

7th and 8th Grade

  • Coach Leslie’s team did not play this weekend.

Volleyball

4th Grade

  • Coach Meyer’s team played against St. Joan of Arc and St. Joseph, Maumee.
  • Coach Szymanski’s team played against St. Joan of Arc and St. Joseph, Maumee.

5th Grade

  • Coach Clonch’s team was defeated by Christ the King 1-2 and was defeated by St. Rose 22-25 and 22-25 and defeated Lial 25-11 and 25-9 and defeated St. Pius 25-11 and 25-12.
  • Coach Palko’s team defeated Christ the King 25-8 and 25-19 and defeated Regina Coeli 25-21 and 25-20.

6th Grade

  • Coach Lucas’ team played against St. Aloysius and Holy Trinity.
  • Coach Martin’s team defeated Regina Coeli 25-22 and 25-23 and defeated St. Aloysius 25-18 and 25-13.

7th Grade

  • Coach Szymanski’s team defeated OLPH 2-0 and defeated St. Patrick 2-0.

8th Grade

  • Coach Padgett’s team defeated St. Joan of Arc 25-27, 25-13 and 15-10 and defeated NDA 25-20 and 25-6.
  • Coach Szymanski’s team was defeated by St. Aloysius 0-2 ,defeated by St. Joseph, Maumee 1-2 and defeated St. Joan of Arc 2-0.

High School

  • Coach Novak’s team defeated Regina Coeli 26-24, 14-25 and 15-8 and was defeated by St. Joan of Arc 17-25 and 18-25.
  • Coach McLean’s team did not play last weekend.

SCHEDULE

St. Joseph, Sylvania CYO Athletics

October 3-4, 2016

Cross Country

The team is coached by Brett Seymour. The meet will take place Saturday morning at The University of Toledo Scott Park Campus.

  • Pee Wee Boys (Grades K-1) The races begin at 11:45 AM.
  • Pee Wee Girls.
  • Minor Boys (Grades 2-3) The races begin after the Pee Wee boys’ and girl’s races that begin at 11:45.
  • Minor Girls.
  • Cadet Boys (Grades 4-6). The races begin after the Junior boy’s and girl’s race that begin at 9:00 AM.
  • Cadet Girls.
  • Junior Boys (Grades 7-8) The races will begin at 9:00 AM.
  • Junior Girls

Football

5th Grade 

  • Coach Floyd’s team will play Sunday at the Newport St. Charles Field at 2:30 PM against Newport St. Charles.

6th Grade

  • Coach Michalak’s team will play Sunday at the Gesu Field of the CYO complex at 1:00 PM against St. Patrick.

7th and 8th Grade

  • Coach Leslie’s team will play Sunday at the Newport St. Charles Field at 1:00 PM against Monroe MCES.

Volleyball

4th Grade

  • Coach Meyer’s team will play Saturday at Gesu at 1:00 PM against St. Aloysius and at 3:00 PM against Lial.
  • Coach Szymanski’s team will play Saturday at Gesu at 12:00 PM against St. Aloysius and at 3:00 PM against Lial.

5th Grade

  • Coach Clonch’s team will play Sunday at Lial at 2:00 PM against Blessed Sacrament and at 4:00 PM against St. Benedict.
  • Coach Palko’s team will play Sunday at St. Patrick at 9:00 PM against St. Patrick and at 10:00 AM against St. Rose.

6th Grade

  • Coach Lucas’ team will play Saturday at St. Joseph, Sylvania at 1:00 PM against St. Rose and at 3:00 PM against St. Benedict.
  • Coach Martin’s team will play Sunday at St. Catherine at 2:00 PM against St. Rose and at 4:00 PM against All Saints.

7th Grade

  • Coach Szymanski’s team will play Saturday at St. Joseph, Sylvania at 9:00 AM against Christ the King and at 11:00 AM against St. Pius.

8th Grade

  • Coach Padgett’s team will play Saturday at All Saints at 11:00 AM against All Saints and at 12:00 PM against Christ the King.
  • Coach Szymanski’s team will play Sunday at Gesu at 3:00 PM against Gesu and at 4:00 PM against Holy Trinity.

High School

  • Coach Novak’s team will play Sunday at St. Joseph, Sylvania at 1:00 PM against Christ the King and at 3:00 PM against St. Joseph, Maumee.
  • Coach McLean’s team will play Sunday at St. Rose at 2:30 PM against NDA and at 3:30 PM against St. Rose.

Don’t miss Monsignor Dennis Metzger on Annunciation Radio Thursday, October 20, as celebrates Mass live on the air at noon, then joins us in studio for the 1:00 hour. Listen and call in your Fall Sharathon pledges. As a non-profit apostolate, Annunciation Radio depends solely on listener support during the Sharathon October 18-21. Tune to 89.7 WNOC and call in your pledges to 888-215-0624 during Monsignor’s hour and really show how our parish and school supports Annunciation Radio!

Annunciation Radio’s Fall Sharathon is set for October 18-21, 2016. 4 days of live interviews and fun featuring new guests every hour from 7am-6pm Tuesday through Friday. As a non-profit apostolate, Annunciation Radio depends solely on listener support. Please plan on listening to 89.7 WNOC and calling in your pledges to 888-215-0624 or donate online at www.annunciationradio.com to help keep Catholic radio on the air in our diocese.

Annunciation Radio’s Fall Sharathon is coming up October 18-21, 2016 on 89.7 WNOC. National host Debbie Georgianni, as well as all of our local hosts, will welcome area priests and other special guests every hour from 7am-6pm Tuesday through Friday. During this time, we ask you to call in and pledge your financial support with a one-time or ongoing gift. Know that Annunciation Radio is available ONLY because of generous listeners who know the value of quality, faithful Catholic programming and support it. Visit www.annunciationradio.com to make a secure online donation, or call the toll free pledge number: 888-215-0624.

It's almost time for Annunciation Radio Fall Sharathon! Remember to tune in to 89.7 WNOC and call in your pledge during this very special (and critically important) 4 day Sharathon: Tuesday, October 18th through Friday, October 21st. Hear over 35 of our own priests on the air talking about how Catholic radio is changing lives. EWTN’s Debbie Georgianni co-host of “Take 2 with Jerry & Debbie”, will be here, as well as Annunciation Radio’s local show hosts. We need you to help us spread the word and to listen and pledge during the Fall Sharathon. The toll free pledge line is 888-215-0624. Secure online pledges can be made at www.annunciationradio.com.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Eligible students are those grade school players who are students in 3rd thru 8th grade at St. Joseph school or enrolled in the St. Joseph religious education program. High school players families must be registered members of the parish.

See PDF below for details and dates.


September 22, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                                        

St. Joseph School is excited to be participating once again in a national healthy-eating initiative called P.A.C.K. Week - Pack Assorted Colors for Kids week, October 3- October 7, 2016.  This fun and educational program is aimed at encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.

The focus of P.A.C.K. Week is on eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, as each has its own nutritional benefits.  To get the broadest range of nutrients, all colors are important- purple, white, red, yellow, orange, and green.  And kids love eating the rainbow!  Each day of P.A.C.K. Week has been assigned a different color and we’re asking you to pack a fruit or vegetable in your child’s lunch box based on the color of the day.  All forms of fruit and vegetables count, so consider packing 100% juice, dried fruit, or canned fruits or veggies as tasty options.  Our cafeteria will also be participating in P.A.C.K. Week so look for “color” items on the October menu!   Here are the days of P.A.C.K. Week with some packing tips to make it easy:

Monday, October 3rd is Pack Purple Day.

A child-friendly way to “pack purple” is with 100% grape juice made from Concord grapes, snack sized raisins, blackberries, or fresh blueberries.

Tuesday, October 4th is Pack White Day.

Bananas, white peaches or even cauliflower with dressing makes a nice choice.

Wednesday, October 5th is Pack Red Day.

Strawberries are a favorite, and other tasty options are red pepper slices, tomato wedges or a delicious red apple.

Thursday, October 6th is Pack Yellow/Orange Day.

Baby carrots are easy to pack and so are dried apricots or orange segments.

Friday, October 7th is Pack Green Day.

Go green with celery sticks, broccoli florets or a crisp green apple.

There are many ways to be creative and pack more healthy fruits and vegetables into your child’s day.  For more tips, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

Please join us as we celebrate P.A.C.K. Week and Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month.

Sincerely,

Therese M. Hoehn R.N., B.S.N., C.P.N.


We would like our school families to be aware of the tremendous impact and important work that has been accomplished because of the proceeds of the previous ten St. Joseph School Benefit Dinners.  We are proud of the fact that our Benefit Dinners have raised over $665,484 in ten years!  Over these years, profits have been applied to our school’s endowment fund, tuition assistance, playground enhancement and technology.

OUR HISTORY

2007           Night in Venice                          $96,000

2008           Mardi Gras on Main                   $72,000

2009           Escape to Vegas                       $65,000

2010            Set Sail on Main                      $50,000

2011          Lights-Camera-Auction!               $72,000

2012       Odyssey on the Orient Express      $58,000

2013            We’re Having a Heat Wave        $62,000

2014            The Big Chill                            $57,000

2015            A Morocckin’ Night                  $68,000

2016            From Paris, With Love              $65,080 

St. Joseph School Benefit Dinner directly benefits our children… now and into the future!  We encourage you to find a way to become involved.                               

Jenni Buerk, Andrea DuBois, Eileen Gemerchak, Sandy Gilley, Maegen Verkennes                         

General Chairpersons


Student SchoolSpeak Logins

Beginning next week our middle school students will be given the ability to login to SchoolSpeak with their own accounts.  This will allow them to view their own homework, order lunch, view progress, as well as communicate with teachers.


SchoolSpeak FAQ

Q.  What if I forget to order or pay for lunch for my children?

A. The teachers always double check lunch orders along with attendance each day.  If a lunch is ordered by the teacher for your child the system will automatically invoice you. 


Q. Why does it appear as though I owe lunch money for one child but my other child shows a credit?

A. When you pay in advance it will apply as a credit to one child’s account, however, the system does view it as family credit and it will be used for all children in your family.  Your overall balance will give you the correct amount.


Q.  Will I be charged online fees for every lunch order?

A.  The fees are charged per transaction.  You are able to prepay as much as you’d like for the school year.  If you choose to use Vanco with your checking account you are charged $0.25 per transaction.  If you use PayPal or PayPal credit it is 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction.  You may avoid this additional charge if you pay by cash or check, which we then apply to your account.


Q.  I’m unable to login to SchoolSpeak.

A.  Click on forgot password and the system will send you a new one via email.


Upcoming in SchoolSpeak

  • PTO Volunteer Sign ups
  • Parent/Teacher Conference sign ups
  • Progress Reports and Report Cards
  • Online Registration
  • SJS Benefit Dinner and Auction News

Just a friendly reminder that Thursday, September 29 from 2:00p.m. till 6:00p.m. is the time set aside to pick up all orders from the P.T.O. Fall Fundraiser.
Item Pick-Up will be located in the East Campus Gym. It is VERY important that orders be picked up on this date. While it is understandable that one day and block of time may not be good for all, we ask that every effort is made on September 29. P.T.O. volunteers, as well as eighth grade students, will be here to distribute the orders. If orders are not picked up on this day, orders have to be distributed by Mrs. Perna in the east campus school office. While she is happy to help, this becomes difficult to manage and keeps her working beyond her normal day. Please help us this year by picking up on time.
Should there be any problems with your order, contact Club’s Choice Fundraising Customer Service at 1-877-369-9766.
Many Thanks!
Sandy Gilley (419-841-0626) & Cherie Pelok (419-841-1823)


Parents:
Interested in finding out more about our annual SJS Benefit Dinner and becoming involved in one of the many committees? We invite you to our Kick-Off meeting on Thursday, October 6, at PM in the Fr. Wurzel Family Center.
Being a part of something as important as our Benefit Dinner – (we’ve raised over $665,484.47 in ten years) – is a fun and satisfying way to contribute time and talent to our school; and it’s a great way to meet people!
Please let me know if you can make our Kick-Off on the 6th by Friday, September 30.
Carol Lindsley -- clindsle@stjoesylvania.org


CALLING ALL DADS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
(Grades K-5 Only, Please)

  • DONUTS FOR DADS
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
  • WEST CAMPUS CAFETERIA
  • 7:00 AM

DONUTS, COFFEE, MILK AND JUICE WILL BE SERVED


Looking for volunteers for Easter Seals "Fill That Truck" fundraiser.  Perfect opportunity for 8th grade students to earn service hours.  Adults, high school students, 6th and 7th graders also welcome.  Easy and fun way to volunteer.  Main job is to help transport donations from cars to Easter Seals truck.  No experience necessary!

Any questions, please contact Shelly Piscopo (shel2875@aol.com) or Denise Brown (cleveland6.brown@icloud.com).

Click Here to Sign Up to Volunteer!


We will be collecting bags of clothes, shoes, purses, towels, backpacks, throw rugs, sheets…anything cloth-related.

We are even accepting your torn and stained items!

Nothing will go in the landfill!

Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Questions or to volunteer contact Shelly Piscopo at 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com and

Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com


The first Morning Muffins of the new school year was held on Wednesday, September 14th. Faculty and staff were treated to many morning goodies donated by members of the PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee. Volunteers who donated for this event included: Amanda Brzuchalski, Brenda Hoffman, Rita Hayes, Ellen Case, Nicole Grzecki, Tina Mueller, Sandy Gilley, Brynne Furko, Sukh O’Loughlin, Amy Ziegler, Tracy Kindl, Maegen Verkennes, Julie Forgach, Kate Kelly, Kari Tabb, Nikki Myers, Nancy Arquette, Kristy Brinker, Kate Beutel, Karen Burtscher, Niki Simon, Cherie Pelok, Erica Mayhall and Jenny Durnell. Many thanks to these wonderful ladies.


New Parishioners, Mark Your Calendars!
If you have joined the parish recently, please join us.
St. Joseph Parish
New Parishioner Breakfast

  • Sunday, Nov 6th
  • Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass
  • In the Family Center, East Campus
  • Hosted by the St. Joseph Welcoming Committee

Please RSVP to Kim Koesters by Nov 1st
or 419-885-5791 ext. 240


Thursday, September 15, 2016

This is an important message to all our parents as they volunteer for our school.  As of July 1, 2016, all volunteers in our school and those in our parishes whose service brings them into contact with children are required to fulfill the following:

1)  Read and Sign Expectations for All those who Minster to Youth

2)  Complete a Social Security Number background check, completed by Selection.com

3)  Complete a protecting youth   program either online, Protecting God’s Children Online
Awareness Session 3.0 or live workshop, Protecting Youth and All Who Serve Them

All of these requirements may be fulfilled through the VIRTUS website.

All requirements are good for 5 years from the date of completion. The requirements must be renewed every 5 years. 

See the document below for more details.


(Store closes FRIDAY, September 30)

More colors and sizes available than ever before!

How do I get to the store? Simple.  CLICK HERE! or

Go to the school website: stjosephschoolsylvania.org
Click on the STUDENT LIFE tab.  There you will find a link for the Spirit Wear Store.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

All orders must be placed ONLINE.  No paper order forms are available.

Payment:

Will accept credit cards(Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover & Diners Club)
PayPal (debit or credit can be used)
Personal checks (if paying with a check- please reference your order number and include a copy of your order ) -- Check orders must be turned into the West Campus office.

All check payments must be received in the West campus school office no later than September 30th at 3:00pm.  Any orders placed that have not been paid for by the above date and time, will be cancelled.

Please make checks payable to St. Joseph's PTO

***ORDERS WILL BE DELIVERED  BETWEEN OCTOBER 24 AND 25 TO YOUR CHILD(RENS) CLASSROOM.  PICKUP WILL BE OCTOBER 24TH FROM 3-6 PM AND OCTOBER 25 FROM 8AM-11:30AM IN THE WEST CAMPUS MEETING ROOM.***

RETURN POLICY

ALL SALES ARE FINAL -- NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES

Any questions, please contact Tracy or Amy at spiritwear@stjoesylvania.org

 


The fall basketball season is rapidly approaching. The timeline for SJS CYO basketball is listed below. Please note on Thursday October 6 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the west campus hallway, we will be conducting basketball registration. There will be two advantages of registering that night.

  • First, uniforms sizes will be present for parents considering purchasing a SJS basketball uniform.
  • Second, athletes registering at this time will entitled to a $5 off the registration fee.

Athletes are reminded that they need to be involved in the religious education program of the parish in order to be eligible for CYO participation. That means the athletes need to either be members of the school or involved in the religious education program. If athletes do not fulfill one of these two requirements, they will not be eligible for CYO participation.
In addition, all athletes must have a CYO player contract as well as a signed acknowledgment form of the concussion information sheet on file. Players not having a signed player contract or a concussion acknowledgment form on file will not be allowed to participate until these requirements are completed. High School players please note that player contracts need to be completed and on file at the parish office before November 4th or you will not be allowed to participate in the Open Gyms on November 7th.

See PDF below for more details.


See the flyer below for the BOX Tops APP and a list of qualifying grocery items.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

This is our third year participating in this worthwhile opportunity. As parishioners of St. Joseph, we are all members of this community, but this gives us an opportunity to serve the broader community.
We have 10 sites secured for September 24 from noon to 3pm. We will be helping these organizations fulfill their needs. We hope that families will take this opportunity to serve together beside other parishioners – what a great way to teach children the meaning of church!
We will end our service day with Mass at 4:30pm back at St. Joseph, followed by dinner in the Fr. Wurzel Family Center.
This is a great way for children to receive service hours; however, please understand that any child under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. But this is not just for families, it is for everyone to take
part!
Sign-up sheets are available in the back of church at the Parish Nurse table or in the parish office. Go to the parish website, www.stjoesylvania.org to sign up!


Open to 1st Through 8th Grade

Must register by Monday 9/12/2016

Registration Form is located at: https://sites.google.com/site/stjosephschoolchessclub

If unable to access the site, email TriciaMSeddon@gmail.com

Registration & Payment Due by Monday 9/12/2016

Checks for $64 made out to St. Joseph School sent to school to Tricia Seddon c/o Brooke Seddon in 4G


St. Joseph School PTO & Easter Seals need your help to fill that truck!

We will be collecting bags of clothes, shoes, purses, towels, backpacks, throw rugs, sheets…anything cloth-related.

We are even accepting your torn and stained items!

Nothing will go in the landfill!

Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Questions or to volunteer contact Shelly Piscopo at 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com and

Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com


An easy way to show your school spirit!  Please continue to save Box Tops for Education.  Below is a flyer to collect your box tops.  Send the flyer back to the school office when compete.


Dear Parents,

Kurt Neilson will be taking the children’s photos on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 13th, 14th, and 15th. In each of the classrooms we have sign-up sheets where you may choose the day you want to have your child's picture taken. There will be a form with information about purchasing photos passed out in the coming weeks after all photos have been taken.

Extra clothes are a very important part of your child’s preschool supplies. If they need a new set of clothes during the day we only have the clothing that you supply to replace their outfit. If you have not yet turned in a set of clothing (pants or shorts, shirt, socks, and underwear) for your child please do so. You may even decide to send a couple of outfits in case they need more than one.  It is important to allow your child maximum independence by choosing zippers and fasteners that are easily manageable for him/her during toileting. Perhaps elastic wasted clothing is best for newly potty trained children. Also, with the cooler weather you may want to consider replacing some items with warmer choices.

Home Visits: Once a year the teachers in our preschool like to visit the children’s homes. This is an optional play date that lasts about ½ hour. We believe that this helps to build a better bond between home and school and allows your family to get to know our preschool teachers. During this short visit the teacher will offer a special activity to share with you and your child. The give and take of this interaction is something that is very special.  Upcoming dates are posted in your child’s classroom. Again, this is an optional visit. If you have any further questions, please speak to your child's teacher. 

We have been reciting prayers in our classrooms. Some of the children have expressed an interest in sharing these prayers with their families. They are listed below; one is used at snack time and the other is recited at the end of our day.

For snacks or lunches:

We fold our hands and start to pray.

We thank God for our food today.

Please join us now and be our guest

We know that we are truly blessed.

For the end of the day:

Our time today is almost done.

We thank God for our preschool fun.

God is our friend in any weather

We thank Him for our time together.

We still have a few spaces left in both the morning and afternoon extended day enrichment classes. Please see me if you would like more information about adding a day to your child's schedule or if you know someone interested in signing up for our preschool program.

Please note on your calendars, Friday, September 16 is a scheduled day off for the entire school. Also, let me know if you have any questions or concerns in the days ahead. This is such an exciting time for us all!

 

Sincerely,

Nancy Okuley, Director


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

The fundraiser is well underway and will be a huge success with all of our families’ involvement!  The response thus far has been amazing!  If you have not done so, there’s still plenty of time to participate…completed order forms and all money are due by Thursday, September 8.

A sample email has been placed below to make it easy for you to reach out-of-town family members who wish to order online.

If your family wants to participate, but does not currently need anything from the catalogs, may we suggest that you consider purchasing our preselected “35 Items for Mom’s House Christmas”?  For this 35-item/$300 purchase, all the children in your family will be able to enjoy Air Extreme on October 5, 2016 and Limo Lunch on October 12, 2016.  Please make checks payable to St. Joseph School and turn in with your family information (children’s names and classes) by September 8.

Questions?

Cherie Pelok - 419-841-1823

Sandy Gilley - 419-841-0626


Dear SJS Parents,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!
PTO is excited to support our children as well as the teachers and staff of SJS in the upcoming year. PTO is open to ALL parents. There is a wide variety of ways to get involved. One way to get involved is to attend our monthly PTO meetings. PTO meetings are typically held in the West Campus meeting room from noon-1 p.m. and are scheduled for the following dates:

  • August 31, 2016
  • September 21, 2016
  • October 26, 2016
  • November 30, 2016
  • January 25, 2017
  • March 15, 2017
  • May 3, 2017

Attending meetings can help keep you apprised of school events and activities. It can also introduce you to the various PTO committees if you are considering getting more involved. Even if you can only make it to one or two meetings, we would love to have you. The more the merrier! If you cannot attend meetings during the day, stay tuned!
We plan to hold at least one morning or evening meeting this school year. In addition, our minutes will be posted on the SJS website following the meetings. Volunteer opportunities will be posted on SchoolSpeak. There are many options and if you are uncertain of what a commitment entails, feel free to contact me.
We would love to help find a good fit for your interests and schedule. Any amount of support you can provide is very much appreciated.
Go Jaguars!
Rita Hayes, PTO President
ritakchess@hotmail.com


Chess club is open to all grades one through eight.  Any skill level (or no skills!)

See flyer below for details!


All Parents of children ages 0-18 are cordially invited to attend a Fall Book Study. Join us as we grow in our faith and make new friends along the way!

Two meeting options are available. You are welcome to stick to one day and time, or jump between the options based on your weekly schedule.

  • Who: Parent’s with children ages 0-18
  • What: A Book Study of the book “I’m Not Ok. You’re Not Ok. But It’s Ok!” By Chris Padgett
  • When: Monday 6:30-8 PM (September 12, 19, 26 and October 3) OR Tuesday 10:00-11:30 AM (September 13, 20, 27, and October 4)
  • Where: The Office of Youth Catechesis and Formation located on the West Campus in the elementary school
  • Why: Parents need opportunities to grow in their faith too and we want to support you!

Call the Office of Youth Catechesis and Formation at 419-885-2181 with questions or to
register. Registrations are kindly requested by September 6. There is a $5.00 fee to cover
the book and hospitality.


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.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016

Dear Parent:

Middle School Orientation.  Thank you for your presence on yesterday evening, though it was brief.  I had increasing concern for you as tornado watches turned to tornado warnings.  As your cell phones and ours signaled an increasing number of warnings, I wanted to make a decision that was in your best interest and that of the children you had at home.  I did not want to wait until it was so late that you could no longer safely get home to your children.  The cancellation of the second part of orientation, classroom presentations, and the evacuation of the building took place at 7:40 pm.  It is that part of orientation that we are rescheduling.  I will be sending home tomorrow with each middle school student the date and time for the reschedule of classroom presentations.

Parent Orientation, Grade K – 5. This is a reminder that Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Parent Orientation will take place tonight beginning in the church.  Please join at 7:00 p.m. for the general session.   Following a brief introduction to the evening, orientation moves from the church to the classrooms where individual classroom teachers will talk with parents about the coming year.  These sessions will be presented three times beginning at 7:40 p.m.  Though there is rain predicted for later this afternoon and this evening, we do not have notice of severe weather. 

Camp Storer.  Students in the sixth grade will participate in an Outdoor Education Program at Camp Storer on September 7, 8, and 9. This is a reminder that Camp Storer Orientation Meetings will take place on Tuesday, August 30, for students (12:30 – 1:30 in the Family Center), for Cabin Leaders (3:15 – 4:00, in Mrs. Steirer’s classroom, and for parents (5:30 – 6:45 in the Family Center).

Field Trips.  Diocesan guidelines specify that volunteer drivers on field trips be at least 25 years of age and show proof of both a valid driver's license and current insurance.  Classroom teachers will request this information throughout the year as field trips approach.  This information must be included at the time you volunteer.

Non-Public School Low Income Eligibility, 2016 – 2017.  It is becoming increasingly important for St. Joseph School to know the number of students who qualify within this federally supported initiative.  There are several programs and grants that may be available to the students of St. Joseph that are at least in part dependent on the number of students who demonstrate eligibility. Free lunch benefits at St. Joseph School are among them. Enclosed in today’s Thursday Envelope is additional information and Eligibility/Application Form.  If you believe you qualify, please complete the form and return it in a sealed envelope, addressed to Mrs. Sally Koppinger, Principal.  Please mark the envelope, CONFIDENTIAL.

Picture Day.  This is just a reminder that our School Picture Day is tomorrow, Friday, August 26.  The order packet was included in last week’s Thursday Envelope.  If you did not receive one, please contact Mrs. Patti Bell, on Friday morning between 7:30 am and 8:30 am.  Picture Day is a non-uniform day for students.  They may “dress-up” for their picture, wear casual clothes, or wear their uniform.  However, it is not a Jeans Day.  Casual clothes must be school appropriate.  Please check the dress code for details.

Confirmation Kick-Off Event.  The annual Confirmation Kick-off event is set for August 31st at 6:30 pm.  All Youth wanting to make their Confirmation in the spring must be in attendance with at least one parent.

First Annual Youth Ministry Fair. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, East Campus Family Center.   Parish Youth in Grades 6 – 12.  Students in St. Joseph School grades 6, 7, and 8 are encouraged to attend this event.  Information will be offered about the many ways for young people to be more involved in St. Joseph Parish.  In addition, information about how to earn service hours will be offered.  Parents are welcome.

It’s Time to Pull out Those Yard Signs! Show your school pride and display your St. Joseph School (SJS) yard sign now through September 15.  We want the community to know the extent of our St. Joseph School Family…dedicated to faith, academics, and service.  New yard signs are available in the school office.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


Please see the document below.  All families have received hard copies in their Thursday envelope.


Dear St. Joseph Parents/Guardians,

I will begin the annual health screening of our students in the coming weeks.   I will be completing health screenings for the students of K- 8.  I may need occasional assistance in the clinic, from parents who are Registered Nurses. This would occur 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.

School Nurse


Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016

Dear St. Joseph Parents/Guardians,

I look forward to another year as the School Nurse for St. Joseph School, coordinating health care/health concerns for all St. Joseph children.  Please continue to call me for any questions/concerns regarding your child’s health (for both east and west campus).  You can reach me through the school office at 419-882-6670.

Throughout the year, I will be sending out various communications with information or requests that may be of interest to you.  Today I have five items that I would like to address:

This year we will have all emergency medical forms completed electronically.  You should have completed the Emergency Medical Forms in School Speak.  If you have not already completed this information, please complete by August 19th.  We will print these forms out so they are available and on file for emergencies, field trips, etc.
If your child’s medical information changes at any time after these forms are completed and you need to amend the information to them,  please contact me so that I can update the forms that are on file.
St. Joseph School follows diocesan guidelines and Ohio School Law regarding medication administration.  Medication will only be given to students by school personnel when written permission is obtained from the physician and the parent.  A medication administration form can be obtained from the school clinic or St. Joseph School website.  Medication should be brought in by the parent/guardian.  Students may not carry medication during the school day.  All medication must be given to the school nurse.  If, however, it is medically necessary for a student to store a medication in the classroom, then a special form must be completed by the parent and physician.  The medication must come to school in a pharmacy-labeled container including doctor’s name, student’s name, drug, time to be given and amount.  If the medication needs to be given at school, the pharmacy needs to divide the amount into separately labeled bottles for school and home.  Medications are forgotten when they are brought back and forth daily, meaning an important dosage is missed at home.

Medication guidelines noted above apply to prescription as well as over-the-counter medications.  If you feel your child may need Tylenol or other over-the-counter medications during the school year, you should have a medication form completed by your family physician and supply a container of medication to the clinic.

The medication guidelines also apply to those students who use Inhalers.

Cough drops/Lozenges are considered over-the-counter medications, and written permission will be necessary for use of these.  Risks of choking on these products while in a classroom setting is increased.  Therefore, cough drops/lozenges will only be dispensed in the clinic.  The student may return to his/her classroom once the cough drop/lozenge has been consumed.

Sunscreen use guidelines are available on the St. Joseph School website and require a separate consent form. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

 

Therese M. Hoehn R.N., B.S.N., C.P.N.

School Nurse


St. Nicholas Choir

Open to all boys and girls in the 3rd—8th grades.

Rehearses:  Wednesdays, 4:30-5:20 p.m.

First rehearsal on 9/21/16 in the East Campus Media Center.

The St. Nicholas Choir will sing at weekend Masses when scheduled (about once per month).

The St. Nicholas Choir is a dynamic opportunity for our young people to experience what it means to minister to

one another, and to their parish, while learning how to sing, learning about their faith, making new friends with a

common purpose,  and having fun, all at the same time!


The Jubilate Choir

Open to all boys and girls in the 4th—8th grades by audition only.   (Members must also belong to the St. Nicholas Choir)

Rehearses:  Wednesdays, 5:30– 6:05 p.m.

First rehearsal on 9/21/16 in the East Campus Media Center.

The Jubilate Choir will sing at weekend Masses when scheduled and some Holy Days.

This is an auditioned choir that provides even further opportunity for our young people to sing more challenging music and to enjoy a more in-depth choir experience.

Auditions will held in the church on Wednesday, September 7th, and Wednesday, September 14th , from 4:30 –5:30 pm. in the  church.

Please come on one of the dates offered  for a quick five-minute audition with Mrs. J.


School Cantors

All students who are selected to participate in the Cantor Ministry are expected to attend the recess cantor rehearsals as scheduled for any assigned Mass and to arrive at school on the day of any assigned Mass in time to be in Church to prepare for Mass at 7:50 a.m.


See sign up forms below.


Interested in joining Cub Scouts?

St. Joe’s Pack 87

Come join St. Joe’s Pack 87 for some fun events and get a sample of what Cub Scouts has to offer!

Cub Scouts

In Cub Scouting, 1st through 5th grade boys work in partnership with family, church and community organizations to develop character building skills that will serve them now and throughout their lives.  Pack 87 Cubs go camping with St. Joseph’s Boy Scout troop, participate in community service projects, celebrate Mass together on Scout Sunday and race in the annual Pinewood Derby.  Cubs meet regularly throughout the year to work on scouting and family skills, fun activities, as well as advancement from Tiger to the Arrow of Light.

The current Cub Master is Matt Harrison who can be reached at (419) 345-7041 or pack87cubmaster@gmail.com


Welcome to a study of the Bible,
as related to our Catholic faith, and fellowship with other Catholics.


Series V:  Wisdom Literature and New Testament Letters

Tuesdays beginning September 20th ~ 7-8:30 p.m.

Wednesdays beginning September 21st  ~ 9-10:30 a.m.

East Campus Meeting Rooms – registration is required, please contact the Parish Center at 885-5791 or jdenyer@stjoesylvania.org

The four part format is:

  • written questions and daily readings
  • sharing with discussion groups
  • lecture for personal application
  • weekly notes summarizing the lesson

‘All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction and for training in righteousness.’      II Timothy 3:17

 Contact Persons:      Anne Marie Blank   419-885-7133 or blank.fam@bex.net

                                JoAnn Cellura 419-882-1375 or jacellura@gmail.com

                                Elizabeth DeLapp 419-283-4505 or 7dlaps@bex.net

                                Tom Martis 419-517-7409 or ltmartis@earthlink.net

                                Ed Ruszkiewicz 419-345-1903 or ruszkiewiczm@hotmail.com

                                Terry Schuessler 419-841-8142 or tschuessler@bex.net                    

Invite a friend!  Start anytime during the year.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Uniform sale proceeds and unsold items are available for pick up in the elementary office.  Thank you to Mrs. Cristina Goodyear and all her volunteers for providing such a valuable resource for our families.


Dear St. Joseph School Families,

Thank you for all you have done to make this a successful school year.  Your generous spirit and commitment to education have helped us create a school of excellence.  We see your support in so many places.  Your volunteer hours number in the thousands.  But more than that, you value the mission of Catholic education – to call forth the unique potential of the whole child  … body, mind, and spirit.

This year we have continued to focus faith formation for all students on the Beatitudes. In addition to the grade level curriculum that exists for all classes in Religion, teachers, working together, have helped students understand the meaning and application of the Beatitudes, 2000 years after Jesus spoke them as the Sermon on the Mount.

For the poor in spirit teachers spoke of sacrifice, generosity, and kindness.  For those who mourn, they modeled trust, prayer, and faith.  For the meek, they spoke of humility and for those who seek righteousness, they taught about knowledge and holiness. When teachers explained Blessed are the Merciful and the Pure of Heart, they taught of forgiveness, prayer, and love. The last two beatitudes bless the peacemaker and the persecuted.  With those, just as Jesus did, we teach of love, sacrifice, selflessness, and hope.  In the 2016 – 2017 school year, our focus will narrow to a deeper understanding of the first Beatitude … Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Sacrifice, generosity, and kindness is the message of this Beatitude.  “Kindness Matters” and next year students will focus on spreading a message of inclusion and kindness.

Changes in Faculty and Staff.  It is always with regret that we say goodbye to faculty and staff members as they retire or move on to other pursuits.  Leaving St. Joseph School this year are the following staff members who are retiring:

Mrs. Janet Secrest- Grade 2 Teacher

Mrs. Rebecca Puffenberger – Grade 2 Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Mary Ann Wisniewski – Librarian

In addition, Mrs. Georganne McHugh and her family are moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Mrs. Therese Siebeneck is relocating to southern Ohio to be nearer her parents.  Mrs. Siebeneck is our Extended Day Director and Health Clinic nurse in the middle school.  Lastly, Mrs. Kelly Maaraba, our Title I Reading Teacher, has accepted a position at Emmanuel Christian School.

We wish them the very best and truly thank them for their dedicated service to the children of St. Joseph School.

Student Council.  Student Council leaders were selected recently for the 2016– 2017 school year.  We thank all those who offered their talents and look forward to working with these new leaders next year.

President – Reece DiSalle

8th Grade Representatives – Emma Hoyt, Evan Carroll, Kelsey Leamy

7th Grade Representatives – Owen Lonsway, Lauren O’Brien, Raphael Yazji

6th Grade Representative – Cooper Hoyt, Devyn Riley, Aiden Carroll
5th Grade Representatives – Michael Buerk, Adam (AJ) Britt, Anna Kelly

4th Grade Representatives – Owen Little, Gabriel Zbierajewski

Graduations. 

Congratulations and our very best wishes to our graduating eighth grade students.  Liturgy and awarding of diplomas will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3.
Kindergarten.  As eighth grade students leave St. Joseph to go on to high school, kindergarten students will celebrate the completion of their first year with us on Friday, June 3, at 9:00 a.m. in the church.

Report Cards will be mailed for all students on Friday, June 10, 2016.

The New School Year. 

The 2016 – 2017 school year begins on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.  Faculty and staff orientation and meeting dates are August 15 and 16.
Back-to-School information will be sent to each family in early August and will be posted on-line.
The extended calendar for the 2016 – 2017 school year will be posted in a few days.

Diabetic Alert Dog.  We are anticipating the arrival of a Diabetic Alert Dog at St. Joseph School for the 2016 – 2017 school year. His name is Maximus and he will assist one of our incoming fourth grade students to manage her Type 1 Diabetes.  Addysen Tabb was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of four.  She wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day and sticks her finger eight to fifteen times a day to check her blood sugars.  Addysen’s physician and family have decided she would benefit greatly from a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD).  A DAD can smell the changes in blood sugars and are trained to alert if Addysen has low or high blood sugar levels.  Addysen’s DAD has been in training for several months now and we anticipate that he will be ready to assist Addysen at the beginning of the school year.  As an Alert Dog, Addysen’s DAD is not a pet.  He has been trained with specific duties/jobs.  The school children will be instructed to refrain from looking, touching, or talking to him because these actions could distract her DAD from doing his job.  We welcome Maximus to St. Joseph School and his important role in assisting one of our students.  There will be an assembly on the first day of school to introduce students to Maximus, his role in caring for Addysen, and their own responsibilities

Summer Hours.  The school office is open all summer, though hours are adjusted.  If you need to contact us after office hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. 

School Speak. For the 2016-2017 school year, we will be implementing SchoolSpeak.  SchoolSpeak will allow you to view Thursday envelope information, teacher messages, homework, it will allow you to order and pay for lunch, and eventually view student progress.  As the summer moves along and we move into the month of August, you will receive an announcement from SchoolSpeak to check your email for log in credentials.  SchoolSpeak will take the place of Thursday envelope emails and Moodle.  Our back to school parent letter and important class information will be included via this system.

Please watch your email in early August for your log in credentials to our new student and school information system. Until August, any updates or news items will be available through our Thursday envelope items on our website and email alert.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we pray that your summer will be safe and happy.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger, Principal


What is “Summer Slide”?  “Summer Slide” is a term used to describe the decline in reading and math achievement children suffer just from being away from school.  Unless children read and practice math in the summer months, they can lose skills learned during the school year.  Like playing a sport or musical instrument, math and reading skills can be enhanced by practice.   

Research shows that reading over the summer helps keep children on track with reading.  Be sure the books are just right, however.  Not too hard and not too easy.

                                                  Remember:  Kids who read, succeed!         

In addition, practicing math during the summer will help keep your student on track for the fall.

The teachers of St. Joseph School have come up with some ideas to help your child stay engaged and excited about summer reading and math practice.  Here are some suggestions:

*Be a part of St. Joseph Summer Reading Club.  Have your K-4th grade child read six books, and your 5th -7th grade child read three books, fill out the reading form, and return it to his/her new teacher in the fall.  If submitted by August 26, 2016, your child will receive a pass for a jeans day of their choice during the first quarter!   (The Summer Reading Club form is on the back of this sheet and on-line for your convenience.)

*Check out one or more of the other reading programs available: 

  • The University of Toledo Rocket Football Reading Program (UTRockets.com)
  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge
  • Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge (www.scholastic.com/summer)

*Prodigy offers a free math program that will provide your child with access to summer math practice.  Prodigy has been used in some classrooms this year with great success.  Students love it, as it provides math practice in a video-game format.  If your child does not already have a sign-on for Prodigy, you can go to https://www.prodigygame.com to register. 

*Set a time to practice math facts during the week.  It could be as little as 10 minutes a day, 3 times a week.  Remember, the more you practice, the better you get!

Have a wonderful summer!!


Thank you to all of the students who donated books to our school library in celebration of their birthdays.  Hard copy of the birthday book club has been included in all Thursday envelopes. 

Don’t forget to sign up for the summer reading programs at your public library, join the St. Joseph Reading Club and the Barnes and Noble Club and then log all those reading minutes onto Scholastic.com

Have a wonderful reading summer!

Thank you for helping our library to grow!

Mrs. Wisniewski, Librarian


Please enjoy the first volume of the Jaguar Journal.  A newspaper written by our middle school students.


The school year is coming to an end, but the Summer Running Club is just beginning!!

-All ages/grades are welcome to participate – parents and grandparents too!!

-Each run will last approximately 45 min.

-Runners will be grouped according to age and experience – first timers welcome!!

-No commitment to run cross country in the fall.

-Excellent way to get in shape for any fall sport.

-Specially designed club T-shirt to all runners who attend 7 times!

-No cost to participate and no registration needed – just show up and run!!

-Questions? Contact Coach Riley at bryanriley33@gmail.com or 330-703-9761

See flyer below for schedule.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

A big thank you goes out to all the students and parents who were able to help at the Festirama Chicken Dinner Dining Room! 

It was fun…let’s do it again next year!

Mrs. Carol Lindsley

  • AJ and Paula Adam
  • Lizzie and Julie Axe
  • Alexa Brown
  • Addison Brzuchalski
  • Aiden Carroll
  • Maggie and Amy Finnegan
  • Trip and MyLien Floyd
  • Emma, Cooper, Tessa and Laura Hoyt
  • Emma and Jessica Jones
  • Audrey Kelly
  • Samantha Koesters
  • Kelsey Leamy
  • Samantha and Erica Lehr
  • Macey, Nathan, Ben Malek
  • John and Amy Mathias
  • Peter and Beth Mooney
  • Gina, Ava and Annette Napoli
  • Eliana and Isabel Peron
  • Grace, Dominic, Tracy and Frank Pizza
  • Devyn, Shane and Abby Riley
  • Jacob and Anne Seikel
  • Charley Sullins
  • Gracie and Apolo Timperley
  • Tyler Wisniewski

I apologize if I missed your name or the name of your parent!


Attention all 3rd through 7th grade girls and parents.  St. Joseph is offering summer volleyball open gyms for all girls who will be in 4th through 8th grade next year.  We are planning on the following schedule, which will start July 5:

Tuesdays:
    4th grade: 4:30-6:00
    6th grade: 6:00-7:30
    8th grade: 7:30-9:00

Thursdays:
    5th grade: 5:30-7:00
    7th grade: 7:00-8:30

These open gyms will continue until the week of August 1, when evaluations and team assignments will take place.

If you have any questions, please contact our volleyball coordinator, Peter Szymanski, at coach.pete@bex.net


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dear St. Joseph Parent,

Festirama…

… has arrived and children are excited!  The weather forecast for the weekend is sunny and warm…perfect weather for our parish community festival! We hope you can join us.

End of the Year Activities.

As the end of the year approaches there are events planned for those last days that involve both on-campus and off-campus activities.  Each grade level sends home information and permission forms regarding the activities planned for their grade level.  We hope for a “no-rain” day on June 3 when most of our students will be on class picnics or at other outdoor activities.

Graduations. 

Congratulations and our very best wishes to our graduating eighth grade students.  Liturgy and awarding of diplomas will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3.  The Eighth Grade Video and Honors’ Assembly are scheduled for Thursday, June 2, at 12:45 and 1:30 p.m.
Kindergarten.  As eighth grade students leave St. Joseph to go on to high school, kindergarten students will celebrate the completion of their first year with us Friday, June 3, at 9:00 a.m.

The New School Year. 

The 2016 – 2017 school year begins on Wednesday, August 17.  Faculty and staff orientation and meeting dates are August 15 and 16. 
Enrollment.  We have always studied parish data that allowed us to know how many potential students we might have at kindergarten entry level for any given school year within a five year range. That information allowed us to plan for a school that was able to respond to the needs of the parish community for not only more kindergarten space but also for preschool.  For the past six or seven years we have seen data that tells us demographics may be changing within our parish. The number of children registered in the parish who are age appropriate for kindergarten has declined each year since 2006.  Just as we responded to increased enrollment by adding kindergarten classrooms, our goal is to maintain the three classrooms we currently have for kindergarten.  Our enrollment will place 15 – 16 students in a classroom.  We close our kindergarten classrooms when enrollment reaches 22.  Sixteen students in a classroom are wonderful. It allows us the ability to individualize instruction, integrate technology, and serve the needs of each child.  We do, however, have room in kindergarten for additional students and will continue to enroll children during the next two months.  New families may contact the school office at 419-882-6670 for additional information or to request a tour.

Faculty Changes.  At this time we know of the following changes in faculty for the 2016– 2017 school year:

Second grade teacher, Mrs. Janet Secrest, is retiring this year.  Mrs. Secrest joined the faculty in 1983.  Replacing Mrs. Secrest is Mrs. Melanie Burns.  Mrs. Burns currently teaches at the fourth grade level.  When I joined SJS as principal my concentration in education was administration, junior high, math education, and English.  Primary teachers, Janet Secrest being one of them, helped me to know everything they knew about primary children.  Janet was one of the teachers who offered me, informally, a post-graduate course in the education of young children.  She had a wealth of knowledge and she shared it generously.
Mrs. Becky Puffenberger, second grade Teacher Assistant, is retiring.  Mrs. Puffenberger joined our staff in 1998.  She came to know kindergarten students first and very much enjoyed working with them.  After a few years, she moved to second grade, and has been a valuable assistant to Mrs. Secrest and the second grade team.  She will very much be missed.
Mrs. Georganne McHugh, sixth grade middle school teacher, will be leaving SJS at the end of this year.  Mrs. McHugh joined SJS two years ago.  She and her family are relocating to Minnesota.  We wish her the very best and thank her for the dedication she demonstrated over the last two years.
Mrs. Mary Ann Wisniewski, librarian for SJS, is saying goodbye at the end of this school year.  Mrs. Wisniewski joined SJS in 1991.  She has been an enthusiastic supporter of all we do and has offered her support to Right to Read Week, the Christmas Program for grades 3 – 5, Celebrity Readers, World Neighbors, Response to Intervention, and anything else we asked of her.  A teacher by degree, Mrs. Wisniewski understood how important literacy is for all students and worked diligently to offer, through the library, books that would have appeal for all students.
Taking Mrs. Wisniewski’s place is Mrs. Patricia Unger.  Mrs. Unger has been with SJS since 1998.  She is currently a third grade teacher assistant and also holds a teaching license.  She is happily “endorsed” by Mrs. Wisniewski who recognizes in Mrs. Unger the same love of books and reading that she has had in her years as librarian.

Recorder Concert. 

This is a reminder that fourth grade will present their newly acquired talent of playing the recorder on Thursday, May 26, at 10:00 a.m.  Each year I am always surprised and pleased to see the progress these children have made.  Please come and enjoy this musical presentation.  The fourth graders have a wonderful time presenting their musical skill and everyone who attends applauds not just their skill but the joy they clearly find in music.  The fourth grade students are led by music teacher, Mrs. Bess Mass.

Middle School Band and Chorus Concert.

Students in grades 6, 7, 8 will present a concert on Thursday evening, May 26, at 7:00 p.m.  Please join us to hear the wonderful music created by both our instrumental musicians and our student chorus.

Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully you will be able to spend some of the time at Festirama!

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


Workbook/Technology and Activity Fees:  A one-time fee is charged for each grade level to cover the costs of various activities or events such as field trips, monthly educational periodicals, science and tech lab fees, and any other expenses that are anticipated for the coming school year.

Workbook/Technology and Activity Fees are not part of tuition, but may be included in the tuition financing program.  These fees will be included with tuition invoices that are sent in early June.


The St. Joseph’s Athletic Department will sponsor the 25th  annual George Bush Sportsmanship Award banquet on Wednesday, May 25 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’s Parish, will be honored at this time.  Sportsmanship Award recipients for both boys and girls will also be presented. 

While admission to the banquet is free, reservations will be necessary.  Families of nominees will have until Monday, May 23 to call in their reservation.  Reservations can be taken over the phone by calling Jeff Seemann at 419-882-0661 and leaving a message on the recorder or by texting that number or by email at jcseemann@gmail.com.  Please state the number in your party.  Families of fourth, fifth and sixth graders should bring (1) two liter bottle of pop and families of seventh and eighth graders should bring a dessert.

All parishioners are welcome to attend the banquet.  Coaches of teams are encouraged to attend.  Parishioners who do not have family members that are Sportsmanship Award nominees are also welcome to attend the banquet.  Reservations are necessary, however.  Please call the number above.  Hope to see you there!  

Flyers with the list of nominees were sent home in all envelopes today.


Please see flyer below for more details and application.


8 - 10 AM and 5 - 7 PM

West Campus Banquet Hall

Drop off sale items to west campus office by Friday, May 27th

Suggested Prices (you may determine your own price)

  • Plaid Jumpers/Skirts/Skorts $10
  • Uniform Pants/Shorts $1
  • Uniform Sweatshirts $2
  • Banded Bottom Shirts $1
  • Uniform Shirts $.50 & up
  • Misc Items (Spirit Wear, etc) $.25 & up

Attach tag with price, size, student’s name & homeroom, and “Will pick up” or “Donate” (for items that do not sell).
Untagged items - Proceeds will be donated to PTO, and unsold items will be donated.
Items to be sold include anything listed in SJS dress code (uniform jumpers, skirts, skorts, pants, shorts, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts) and SJS spirit wear, athletic apparel, CYO uniforms, or scout uniforms.
Earnings may be picked up at west campus office beginning June 3rd.
Unsold items marked for pick up will be located outside west campus gym.

Questions? Contact Cristina Goodyear at cgood@bex.net

**** Volunteers needed ****


Thank You!

Positive Direction – 2015-16 Could not have been a success without the many people who volunteered their time and talents.  Special thanks go to:

Lisa Disalle, Juli Snyder, Tammy Fretti, Richelle Smith, Vince Piscopo, Shelly Piscopo, Heather Moore, KT Newsom, Terri McGranahan, Michelle Koop, Robyn Spencer, Mark Forgach, Julie Forgach, Abby Timperly, Kate Beutel, Denise Holmes, Chris Foetisch, Tim Brown, Karen Brickner, Alexa Brown, Bridget Caster, Amy Giordano, Kelly O’Brien, Mike Pawlecki, Stacy Steward, Jenny Durnell, Mindy Bieber, Paulette Hoffman, Michelle Colella, Nikki Myers, Tina Mueller, Jennifer Britt, Amanda Brzuchalski, Kate Kelly, Tom Koesters, Kim Koesters, Veronica Weathers, Darlene Leonard, Alia Kawar, Bridget Caster, Lisa Thebes, Kristy Brinker, Melissa Lalonde, Jennifer Toby, Kim Diver, Kim Cavanagh, Cristy Pappas, Michael Pappas, Kate Kelly, Brenda Hoffman, Kim Eltschlager, Tim Elschlager, Anna Meyer, Amy Ziegler, Bob Serve, Stacy Maynard, Julie Carl, Niki Simon, Adam Eilerts, Eva Eilerts, Amy Heady, Julie Walker, Tami Lonsway, Sukh O’Loughlin, Jeannie Gibson, Selena Nichols, Jenni Buerk, Julie Heerdegen, Andrea DuBois, Tracy Leamy, Jennice Oberle, Carolina Marquez, Hector Marquez, Amy Carroll, Kim Kuhr, Carrie Sim, Brynne Furko, Jennifer Lutz, Holly Hurley, Beth Parker, Jill Halker, Tracy LaBo, Monica Leslie, Michael Leslie, Anne White, Ann Riddle, Laura Hoyt, Michelle Cendol, Sumie Maly, Amanda Dwyer, Cheri Palko, Allee Faist, Halie Poore, Tanner Jaramillo, Karen Kristof, Deedra Parker, Joey Suwinski, Kaden Moore, Julie Axe, Anna Axe, Elle Axe, Kevin Johnson, Jenna Beakas, Julia Beakas, Danielle Brickner,  Noah Johnson, and many, many others!!!  Plus, our wonderful St. Joseph School faculty and staff – especially Mrs. Sally Koppinger, Mrs. Carol Lindsley, Msgr. Metzger, Mrs. Shelly Perna, Mrs. Patti Bell, Mrs. Elaine Dickendasher, Mrs. Jessica Jones, Mrs. Therese Hoehn, Mrs. Therese Siebeneck, Mrs. Carrie Johnson, Mrs. Michelle Mikrut, Mr. Jason Robertson, Mrs. Cathy Steirer, Mrs. Mary Kay Culver, and the entire maintenance staff.

--Chairmen, Betsy Pawlecki and Denise Brown


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Please view the PDF below. Topics include:

  • Positive Direction 2016
  • Festirama 2016
  • Faith Formation through Curriculum
  • Teacher Requests
  • Camp Storer
  • PTO Uniform Sale
  • Recorder Concert
  • Registration Forms
  • Spring Flower Sale
  • Golden Apple Award
  • Salute to Education

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 School and painlessly support our school!  We’re using this voucher exchange system because it allows you to choose flats of flowers in the colors you prefer, and pick them up at a time that is convenient for you.  Additionally, Creque’s will donate flats of flowers to plant around our school and parish.


See flyer below for more details.


*Important* SchoolSpeak Parent Information

SchoolSpeak is coming!!  SchoolSpeak is a school information system we chose that will better allow us to manage all school-related items.  It will allow for improved communication amongst teachers, students, and parents.  Things like classroom calendars, grade book, report cards, homework, announcements, lunch ordering, email, forms, and payments will be located in one central location.  We will be sending out login information to parents before the Fall 2016 school year. 

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure you have sent us updated email addresses for those in your household who need to see school information at the following: (This is the email we’ll send your SchoolSpeak login information to): 

http://tinyurl.com/hxmxdbu     

Would you like to see what SchoolSpeak is all about?   Here is a parent overview:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/G-Apuor4SmQ?rel=0

Chromebooks Coming to 4th Grade

We are excited to share with next year’s 4th grade students the wonderful Chromebook experiences we have had in grades 5 through 8.  Each student will be given a Chromebook to use throughout their school day.

Summer Typing Practice

Typing Pal  is a fun typing program that was introduced to the students this year and can be used on any device.  Students are welcome to practice anytime at home and play the typing games as well.  Their login information is as follows:

URL:  https://school.typingpal.com/index_ecole.asp?STSCSTJS

Username: classfirstnamefirstinitiallastname    ie: 1jlaurenm

Password: firstname123    ie: lauren123

Cyber Safety Alert

A new study released by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education revealed that most parents of elementary and middle school students in the United States are not aware of the risks their children are taking online. The study found that children in both elementary and middle school visit sites their parents would not approve of and engage with strangers on-line and off-line more frequently than their parents know.Key findings from the study include:

40 percent of students surveyed said they connected with or chatted online with a stranger. 
15 percent tried to meet with a stranger they first encountered online.


8 - 10 AM and 5 - 7 PM

West Campus Banquet Hall

Drop off sale items to west campus office by Friday, May 27th

Suggested Prices (you may determine your own price)

  • Plaid Jumpers/Skirts/Skorts $10
  • Uniform Pants/Shorts $1
  • Uniform Sweatshirts $2
  • Banded Bottom Shirts $1
  • Uniform Shirts $.50 & up
  • Misc Items (Spirit Wear, etc) $.25 & up

Attach tag with price, size, student’s name & homeroom, and “Will pick up” or “Donate” (for items that do not sell).
Untagged items - Proceeds will be donated to PTO, and unsold items will be donated.
Items to be sold include anything listed in SJS dress code (uniform jumpers, skirts, skorts, pants, shorts, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts) and SJS spirit wear, athletic apparel, CYO uniforms, or scout uniforms.
Earnings may be picked up at west campus office beginning June 3rd.
Unsold items marked for pick up will be located outside west campus gym.

Questions? Contact Cristina Goodyear at cgood@bex.net

**** Volunteers needed ****


Dear Parents and Staff,

All Festirama activities are on the east campus (middle school) this year

  • Tents are usually the first things to be put up so we will start the alternate dismissal Wednesday, May 18.
  • Rides and other trailers are expected to arrive as early as Tuesday.
  • Morning drop off will be unaffected.  Buses will be able to use the bus loop in the morning.  (single lane)  Middle school students who are car riders will still be dropped off in the Harroun parking lot at the end of the bus loop at the stop sign. 
  • Afternoon buses and pick up will be adjusted starting Wednesday, May 18.  Middle school students will be dismissed at 2:35p.m., walk over to the west campus (escorted by their teachers), and load the buses before the elementary building dismisses at 2:45p.m.  Buses will not use the east campus bus loop for pick up starting May 18.
  • Ravine Rd. parking lot will be closed to all traffic starting Tuesday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Because of the alternate bus traffic in the afternoon, the west campus school parking lot will be closed at 2:15 p.m. rather than 2:30 p.m.  Once the bus traffic is in line, cars may not move until the buses have gone.

We typically have Sylvania police during the alternate dismissal days to run the traffic light, allowing us to get the students crossed in a timely fashion.
Typically the grounds are cleaned up and ready for normal school traffic by Monday but please be prepared to continue alternate dismissal through Monday, May 23.

As you are aware, the timing of all of this is always a bit unpredictable, so we appreciate your patience with us.


Dessert Providers, Kitchen help, and Ticket sellers.

Sunday, May 22

If you would like to volunteer to help in the above areas, Please sign up at the online site: http://tinyurl.com/festirama16

If you have questions contact: Jim Rollison 419-350-7101, azrollo1@aol.com

All shifts and time slots available.

Sign up TODAY!!


Calling All Dessert Makers!

We need over 900 individual dessert servings this year for the chicken dinner.

Please consider supplying a dessert for the dinner.

All desserts can be delivered to the middle school cafeteria on the following times and days.

Saturday, 5/21, 1 PM – 3 PM

Sunday, 5/22,  before 10:00 AM

Jim Rollison: 419-350-7101 or email me at azrollo1@aol.com


Our Parish provides a lot for us:

A beautiful school campus
1:1 Technology subsidy
Over $1,000 per student more than what parents pay for 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 22 during Festirama.  We will be working in the Family Center on the east campus.

Please say you’ll help!

Fill out the form below and return it to me as soon as you can.

THANKS SO MUCH,

MRS. CAROL LINDSLEY


Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week was May 2 – 6.  The PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee showed our faculty just how much they are appreciated. The week was kicked off with a little something sweet left in everyone’s mail boxes. Daily prize giveaways and a luncheon rounded out the week nicely.  

Faculty Luncheon

May’s “Cinco de Mayo” Faculty Luncheon was held on Cindo de Mayo!  Thanks to these wonderful ladies: Brynne Furko, Nancy Arquette, Stacy Steward, Amanda Brzuchalski, Amy Carroll, Niki Simon, Alisa Heerdegen, Rita Hayes, Mindy Bieber, Lynda Row, Tracy Kindl, Jenny Durnell, Julie Forgach, Tracy Leamy, Brenda Hoffman, and Casey Barbour

A Mexican fiesta was enjoyed by the faculty and staff.  A buffet lunch included walking tacos, chicken enchilada soup, beans, rice, and of course many desserts.

Morning Muffins

Just a “heads up”!  The last Morning Muffins of the school year is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th.  Anyone on the Teacher Appreciation Committee will be receiving an email requesting donations for this much anticipated morning treat for the school faculty and staff.  Anyone else interested in donating items for this event, please email Shelly Piscopo shel2875@aol.com or Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com.

End of Year Faculty Luncheon

The school year will end with a final Faculty Luncheon which will be held on Monday, June 6th.

Again, anyone on the Teacher Appreciation Committee will be receiving an email requesting donations for this event.  Anyone else interested in donating items, please email Shelly Piscopo shel2875@aol.com or Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com.


Registration begins now! Download registration form below.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dear Parents,

We are preparing our new school information system, SchoolSpeak, for the 2016-2017 school year.  Please use the link below to update your email information so that you will be able to login to the system.  The email addresses given will receive our announcements/notifications, and through this sign-on, parents will be able to view their student's information.  Parents may sign up separately or use one email address.

https://docs.google.com/a/sjsjaguars.org/forms/d/1T-_0Dzu35KiC5NRTxwx9m88jQGOxpNbybdSQ68yWVug/edit?usp=forms_home&ths=true

Look for more information in the next Tech News Newsletter!

Thank You!

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 School and painlessly support our school!  We’re using this voucher exchange system because it allows you to choose flats of flowers in the colors you prefer, and pick them up at a time that is convenient for you.  Additionally, Creque’s will donate flats of flowers to plant around our school and parish.


See flyer below for more details


Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:00 A.M.- 10:00 A.M.

NO PARKING in School or Church parking lot, the day of the challenge.

You may park in the church parking lots west of Main Street

Handicapped parking will be open and available for Daily Mass.


Thank you to all the families who have donated to our Birthday Book Club.  A hard copy flyer was included in all Thursday envelopes.


Our Parish provides a lot for us:

  • A beautiful school campus
  • 1:1 Technology subsidy
  • Over $1,000 per student more than what parents pay for 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 22 during Festirama.  We will be working in the Family Center on the east campus.

Please say you’ll help!

Fill out the form below and return it to me as soon as you can.  Hard copies were included in all Thursday envelopes today.

THANKS SO MUCH,

MRS. CAROL LINDSLEY


Volunteers Needed!! For Chicken Dinner!

Dessert Providers, Kitchen help, and Ticket sellers.

Sunday, May 22

If you would like to volunteer to help in the above areas, Please sign up at the online site: http://tinyurl.com/festirama16

If you have questions contact: Jim Rollison 419-350-7101, azrollo1@aol.com

All shifts and time slots available.

Sign up TODAY!!


Calling All Dessert Makers!

We need over 900 individual dessert servings this year for the chicken dinner.

Please consider supplying a dessert for the dinner.

All desserts can be delivered to the middle school cafeteria on the following times and days.

Saturday, 5/21, 1 PM – 3 PM

Sunday, 5/22,  before 10:00 AM

Jim Rollison: 419-350-7101 or azrollo1@aol.com


Registration begins now! All families received copies in today's Thursday envelope or download below.


May 11, 7-8 P.M. 

St. Joseph East Campus Meeting Rooms

Speaker: Reverend Dan Rogers President and CEO of Cherry Street Mission Ministries Dan Rogers has implemented a program at Cherry Street Mission that gives people an opportunity to step up and improve their status and their life. Through job training and a relationship with Jesus Christ, people can start anew. Please come for an hour and find out how each of us can help cut the chains that the entitlement programs have put on people.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday evening, May 12th  - Carbo-Load Dinner Servers

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aea82ca46-carb1

Week of May 10th – Carbo-Load – Provide Desserts

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aea82ca46-carb

Positive Direction Volunteer Opportunities for 7th and 8th Grade Parents

Thursday morning, May 12th – Spiritual Retreat

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aea82ca46-spiritual

Friday morning, May 13th – Friday 3K/5K Fun Run

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/4090C4BADA72CAB9-race

Friday afternoon, May 13th – Friday Fun Day

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aea82ca46-friday


Discounted Ride Tickets - On Sale!

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE

May 2 - May 6 and May 9-13

AT THE DOORS OF THE ELEMENTARY BUILDING 7:30 – 8:30 A.M.

Early Bird Special! 20-Ticket Sheet, $20.00

TICKET PRICES INCREASE TO “ON-GROUNDS PRICE” AFTER Friday, May 13 2016*…

SO, BUY NOW!

CASH / CHECK / OR DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED


This One Day Only Fundraiser Will Be Held On

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We will be collecting bags of clothes, shoes, purses, towels, backpacks, throw rugs, sheets…anything cloth related.

We are even accepting your torn and stained items!

Nothing will go in the landfill!

*Easter Seals will have a truck conveniently located in the bus loop of the East Campus on Main Street.

Simply bag up your items and drop them off at the truck!

*Easter Seals will again donate 20 cents per pound to

St. Joseph School PTO - let’s work together to fill the truck!

**Donations are tax deductible!**

Any Questions?? Contact Shelly Piscopo 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com or  Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com


Registration begins now! All families received copies in today's Thursday envelope or download below.


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 School and painlessly support our school!  We’re using this voucher exchange system because it allows you to choose flats of flowers in the colors you prefer, and pick them up at a time that is convenient for you.  Additionally, Creque’s will donate flats of flowers to plant around our school and parish.


See flyer below for more details


PRESENTS - SHREK!

  • Saturday April 30, 2016
  • 9A.M. - 1 P.M.

Movie Starts at 10 a.m.

Maumee Indoor Theatre

601 Conant St.

Maumee, OH 43537

Help us bring Maximus home!


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund & Taylor Automotive
During the week of April 25th-29th our school will be hosting a penny war to help raise money for scholarships for students. We will be partnering along with 50 other private schools in the area to raise money for the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund (NOSF) in its first annual Pennies to Dollars for Scholars fundraiser!
A number of our students currently receive a need-based scholarship from NOSF. Over 550 students are receiving need-based scholarships this school year to attend a private school in northwest Ohio. NOSF has awarded over $11.4 million to 13,400 students in grades K-8 grade since 1999.
The money raised from the week-long event will go toward providing scholarships for students in our school along with other private schools in 19 counties in northwest Ohio.
So please have your child participate by donating his or her pennies to a wonderful organization.
The winning grade will receive a prize!
Visit www.nosf.org to learn more about NOSF and like us on Facebook
Don’t forget to save your pennies!


All families have received hard copy of this order form in today's Thursday envelope.

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 School and painlessly support our school! We're using this voucher exchange system because it allows you to choose flats  of flowers in the colors you prefer, and pick them up at a time that is convenient for you.  Additionally, Creque's will donate flats  of flowers to plant around our school and parish.

See pdf below for more details.


This One Day Only Fundraiser Will Be Held On

Saturday, April 30, 10am-4:30pm

We will be collecting bags of clothes, shoes, purses, towels, backpacks, throw rugs, sheets…anything cloth related.

We are even accepting your torn and stained items!

Nothing will go in the landfill!

*Easter Seals will have a truck conveniently located in the bus loop of the East Campus on Main Street.

Simply bag up your items and drop them off at the truck!

*Easter Seals will again donate 20 cents per pound to

St. Joseph School PTO - let’s work together to fill the truck!

**Donations are tax deductible!**

Any Questions?? Contact Shelly Piscopo 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com or  Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com


Registration begins now! All families received copies in today's Thursday envelope or download below.


Interested in joining Cub Scouts?
St. Joe’s Pack 87
Come join St. Joe’s Pack 87 for some fun events and get a sample of what Cub Scouts has to offer!

Tuesday, April 26th - 7 PM
St. Joseph’s West Campus – Banquet Hall (basement)
“Join Scouting” recruitment night for incoming Scouts and all new families.
Informational meeting for parents AND prospective Scouts.
Hear and See what Cub Scouts has to offer your family!
Additional events planned in May and throughout the summer (Cub Olympics, Mudhens Sleep Over and more)!
Join NOW to receive a free week of Cub Day Camp**.

(see PDF below)


Join the Lasso Club on:

  • Sunday, May 1st
  • 1:00 - 5:00 pm at St. Francis de Sales
  • in the School Cafeteria

Adult $10
Seniors $8
Students $5
For tickets email: jorozco@sfstoledo.org they will be available on the day of the event
Ticket includes:

  • Mexican Dinner
  • Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffles
  • Folk Dance Performance
  • “El Corazon de México”

Proceeds benefit the
Lasso Scholarship Endowment Fund
for a Latino Student at
St. Francis de Sales School.


Saturday, May 7th @ 10 AM at Fossil Park
All Proceeds to benefit Veterans Matter

Brought to you from Leadership Toledo, Leading Community Involvement
 

Files:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Early Bird Special! 20-Ticket Sheet, $20.00

Special Price Available only until Friday, May 13 2016* 

If using this form, order form must be returned to school before May 6 in order for the office to process the order.

Forms were sent home today with each Thursday envelope.


CALLING ALL DADS AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

(Grades 6 - 8 Only, Please)

DONUTS FOR DADS

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
  • East Campus – Family Center
  • 7:00 AM

DONUTS, COFFEE, MILK AND JUICE WILL BE SERVED


I know it is hard to believe but Festirama is just around the corner!  I am assisting this year with Market on Main for the school-theme baskets.  The plan is to have a drop-off box per grade for the donated basket items.  The deadline to collect for the baskets will be Friday, May 13.  Thank you for “talking it up” in your classes and encouraging participation

Below are this year’s themes for each grade and some suggested contents:

Pre School – Bundle of Joy - bibs, blankets, rattles, stuffed animals, toys, brag book, baby lotions & wash, washcloth, comb & brush, wrap towel, etc. Babies R Us gift card

Kindergarten – Color and Crafts - crayons, markers, drawing paper, crafting items, rubber stamps and stamp pads, stencils, scrapbooking items, etc. Michaels or Hobby Lobby gift cards

First Grade – Let’s Get Fit - items to help you get fit including jump rope, yoga mat, pedometer, fitness tapes, sweat bands, water bottle, water bottle holder, sweat socks, gift cards

Second Grade – Game Night - Skip-Bo, Uno, Dominos, Jenga, playing cards, etc.                 board games: Sorry, Trouble Clue, Monopoly, Pictionary, etc. Par 2, bowling gift cards

Third Grade – In the Garden - seeds, watering can, hand tools, flower pots, solar lights, garden decorations, knee pads, gardening book, etc. Lowe’s or Anderson’s gift cards

Fourth Grade – Beach Bum - sun block, beach games, sand toys, Chapstick-type lip savers, iTunes gift cards, beach towel, koozie, inflatable toys, cool visor or cap, etc. Target gift cards

Fifth Grade – What’s Cooking - utensils or bowls, potholders, apron, tongs, measuring cups/spoons, pans fun cookbooks, salt & pepper shakers, timer, spoon rest - large pot to hold all the fun, etc. Williams-Sonoma or Pottery Barn gift cards

Sixth Grade – Movie Night - DVD’s, card games, popcorn , movie gift cards and pizza gift certificates, pizza pan and pizza slicer, 2 liters of soda, etc. Family Video gift cards

Seventh Grade – Pet Lovers - cat/dog toys, pet bed, treats, brush for grooming, food dishes, etc. Pet Supplies Plus gift card

Eighth Grade – Handyman - tools, tape measure, saw, safety glasses, drill, container of nails/ screws, carwash/wax, etc. Lowe’s, Home Depot gift cards

We’re encouraging parents to use Scrip to purchase gift cards and certificates for their grades’ baskets.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (419) 297-0928 – brendaboudrie@gmail.com

Thank you for all of your help!!!!  Brenda Boudrie


Come Support St. Joseph Preschool on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hours: 8 - 9 A.M., 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. AND 4 - 7 P.M.

In the west campus meeting room

Can't make it?  Shop Online at:  www.A4866.myubam.com

Click Shop, and choose St. Joseph Preschool!

See flyer below for more details!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Pack 87 Cub Scouts will be Scouting for Food this weekend (April 9th-10th) and are looking for your help!

Please bring a non-perishable food item (or two) to mass at St. Joseph parish to make a donation. Collection bins will be available in the Narthex.

Donations can also be made directly at the Sylvania Kroger stores on Monroe St. and W. Sylvania at King Rd. Look for bins as you exit the store.

All donations will go to the food pantry at St. Patrick’s Historic Church in downtown Toledo. If you have any questions, please email Cubmaster Matt Harrison at

Thank you for your support!


This month's newsletter includes an article about Global Youth Service Day.  The article is entitled, "Doing Good is Good for Them".   Each month's Know! newsletter is shared with us by the Sylvania Community Action Team (SCAT) and their Executive Director, Mrs. Deb Chaney.  Mrs. Chaney is a long standing parishioner of St. Joseph parish. She has been involved with SCAT since the mid 90’s as a parent volunteer with the 24-Hour Relay Challenge. In 1998 Deb was hired as the executive director of SCAT.


Thursday, April 7
Jesus in the Gospel of Mark: Managing Our Demons
Tuesday, April 12
Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: Reforming the Church
Wednesday, April 27
Jesus in the Gospel of Luke: Working for Justice
Wednesday, May 4
Jesus in the Gospel of John: Improving Our Personal Relationships
All lectures will be held in the Franciscan Center from 5:30-7:00pm

Cost: $35 for series; $10 individual preregistered; or $15 walk-in’s
To register: www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org/bacik
For more information contact: Ashley LaRoy, alaroy@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515


Congratulations to the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students on their achievement in honors for the third quarter of the 2015-2016 school year.  Hard copy has been sent home in all Thursday envelopes.


All orders are due tomorrow, April 8.  An order form was included in all Thursday envelopes for your convenience.


Come Support St. Joseph Preschool on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hours: 8 - 9 A.M., 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. AND 4 - 7 P.M.

In the west campus meeting room

Can't make it?  Shop Online at:  www.A4866.myubam.com

Click Shop, and choose St. Joseph Preschool!

See flyer below for more details!


Included in all Thursday envelopes is the complete Festirama Packet that will be distributed this weekend at all masses.


CALLING ALL DADS AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

(Grades 6 - 8 Only, Please)

DONUTS FOR DADS

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
  • East Campus – Family Center
  • 7:00 AM

DONUTS, COFFEE, MILK AND JUICE WILL BE SERVED


In an effort to make our bus routes more efficient, we are now requiring parents/guardians to request transportation for their student(s).  We also ask that you complete the form even if your child does not need to ride the school bus.  In order to schedule transportation for the upcoming school year we need you to provide the following information:

(Please complete one form for each student)


Valentine Theatre

  • May 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • May 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • May 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer
Call 419-242-2787 for tickets.


Dear Princesses, Princes, Knights, and Wizards:
I would love for you to join me for a fun afternoon and preview of Once Upon a
Mattress. It is the musical version of “The Princess and the Pea” and I want to share
the real story with you over tea! Meet some of my new friends from the castle at
Central Catholic High School on Sunday, April 24, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Join
members of the cast for a delightful dessert and a taste of the show that will be
presented May 6 - 8 at the Valentine Theatre. Bring your phone or camera and have
your picture taken with me, the Royal Family, the Jester, the Wizard, the Minstrel or
Knights and Ladies.
Reservations are $6.00 each for all guests young and old. We will entertain you with our
show and send you off with a goody bag to remember your visit to the royal kingdom.
Since we will be at the castle, feel free to come dressed as your favorite royal character
or just as yourself! I can’t wait to meet you!
Love,
Princess Winnifred -
“Fred” to my friends
“The Royal Tea”
Sunday, April 24, 2015, 2:30 – 4:00
CCHS Front Gym
2550 Cherry Street Toledo, Ohio


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dear Parent:

This year, as we end the season of Lent, we turn our thoughts to Easter and the joy and the hope that it represents.  Without Easter, without the Resurrection, we would face a future of darkness rather than the promise of eternal life.  Easter is truly a time of celebration!  As we see signs of renewed life all around us in nature, we realize that we can share in that renewal.

What a sign of God’s love we experience with the Resurrection!  We are truly Easter people.  Together, as parents and teachers, we face the future – with all of its challenges and all of its opportunities – with renewed faith and hope as we voice our joyful “Alleluia”.

Yours in Christ,

The Faculty and Staff of St. Joseph School


On Friday, May 13th St. Joseph School will be holding its annual Positive Direction 3K/5K Best Foot Forward Challenge.  This run will be the conclusion of the 2015-16 Positive Direction program.

At the beginning of this school year, 7th and 8th grade students were asked to come up with a slogan for this year’s program.  The 7th and 8th grade students were then asked to design a t-shirt using one of the top 3 slogans.  The winners were Emma Hoyt (7JJ) for t-shirt design and Amanda Pawlecki (7U) for the slogan/theme. 

T-shirts were then ordered and given to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to wear to each of the monthly speakers, as well as during Positive Direction Week and especially the 3K/5K Challenge.

On Friday, May 13th the 7th and 8th grade students will participate in the 3K/5K Challenge.  This event will be supported and cheered on by the entire school, parents, grandparents, etc.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students as well as many faculty members will be wearing their Positive Direction t-shirts to this event.

These t-shirts are now available to purchase for siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, etc.  There is a picture of the winning t-shirt on the bottom right of this order form.  The t-shirt will also be on display in the West Campus school office and in the Commons area in the Middle School.  (The t-shirt is white; print is blue and black.)

If you would care to purchase a t-shirt(s), please complete and return this order form with your check made payable to St. Joseph Positive Direction.  The price per t-shirt is $10.  You will receive your t-shirt(s) prior to the Positive Direction 3K/5K Best Foot Forward Challenge and students may wear them to school on Friday, May 13th to show their support of the run.

Please remember:  You do not need to purchase a t-shirt for your middle school student.  The 6th, 7th and 8th grade students received their t-shirts in October.

T-shirt orders are due on or before April 8, 2016.  Please make checks payable to St. Joseph Positive Direction.


Family Fun IS Rocket Science!  New Date Rescheduled!

All SJS Preschool, Elementary & Middle School Families

Are invited to a SJS Family Science Night (and Ice Cream Social)

  • Friday, April 8
  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Fr. Wurzel Family Center – East Campus

Hands-On activities presented by:

Imagination Station, Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University, St. John’s Jesuit, St. Francis de Sales High School, St. Ursula Academy, Notre Dame Academy, The Toledo Zoo, Toledo Botanical Gardens, Sylvania Stem Center, and more!

Please RSVP by April 6 to Mrs. Juli Snyder at or 419-882-6670 #345.  or download the form below and return it to the office.


Did you see that “St. Joseph’s Festirama” was rated the Runner up for Best Festival by the Toledo City Paper’s 2015 Best of Toledo? This year’s festivities will be held on May 20, 21 & 22. Festirama is the first church festival of the season and your participation gives you an opportunity to expose your business to thousands of neighbors for three full days! We offer diverse opportunities to promote your business to the St. Joseph Parish community as well as the community at large. Thank you for your consideration of sponsoring our Festirama 2016.


Please see the flyers below for more information.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Join Us For This Community Presentation
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
7-8:30 p.m.
Southview Theatre
7225 Sylvania Ave.
All Are Welcome—Parents, Teachers, Coaches and anyone who interacts with kids are encouraged to attend
FREE of Charge
For More Information, call 419-824-8588 or e-mail

John Underwood is a dynamic speaker who is passionate about sharing his expertise and insight on how to train, inspire and guide young students to perform at the peak of their ability.
John Underwood, a former NCAA All-American runner, coach of Olympic champions and consultant for US Navy Seals presents up-to-date information on how alcohol and other substances affect the body and brain as well as ways to boost performance whether you are an athlete, dancer or preparing for tests.


Dear St. Joseph School Parents,

Thank you for your support over the last few days.  We are grateful for the many who called or emailed us to express their appreciation of our decision.  Some had already been anticipating the difficulty with a planned vacation they would have if their children became ill just before next week or after Easter.  The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and the Director (Superintendent) of Catholic Schools added their support as well as we made our decision. 

In spite of the fact that the decision we made to close school for three days put children and their health first, we did not forget the impact closing school would have on parents and arranging child care.  We will continue to closely monitor attendance until the first of May.  In my letter to you, I shared that on Thursday, March 10, we had about 20 children absent.  We expect to return next week to a number that aligns with what we normally experience in mid to late March. 

I hope the children of our school who are ill are starting to feel better.  Please use extra care in allowing them access to places that have large congregations of children and adults.  We received information from the CDC (Center for Disease Control in Atlanta) that influenza and influenza like illnesses have a 1-4 day incubation period during which time the virus is infectious.

Jazz:  On Monday, March 21, from 7-8 pm, Central Catholic High School will present an Inaugural Jazz Concert in the Family Center of the middle school.  The band is under the direction of Mr. Eric O’Brien, Band Director at Central and also at St. Joseph.  Mr. O’Brien is a former St. Joseph student!  Dessert and coffee will be provided.  The concert is free though donations in support of the jazz band will be gratefully accepted.

An Old Irish Blessing
“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face…
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal

Files:

On Friday, May 13th St. Joseph School will be holding its annual Positive Direction 3K/5K Best Foot Forward Challenge.  This run will be the conclusion of the 2015-16 Positive Direction program.

At the beginning of this school year, 7th and 8th grade students were asked to come up with a slogan for this year’s program.  The 7th and 8th grade students were then asked to design a t-shirt using one of the top 3 slogans.  The winners were Emma Hoyt (7JJ) for t-shirt design and Amanda Pawlecki (7U) for the slogan/theme. 

T-shirts were then ordered and given to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to wear to each of the monthly speakers, as well as during Positive Direction Week and especially the 3K/5K Challenge.

On Friday, May 13th the 7th and 8th grade students will participate in the 3K/5K Challenge.  This event will be supported and cheered on by the entire school, parents, grandparents, etc.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students as well as many faculty members will be wearing their Positive Direction t-shirts to this event.

These t-shirts are now available to purchase for siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, etc.  There is a picture of the winning t-shirt on the bottom right of this order form.  The t-shirt will also be on display in the West Campus school office and in the Commons area in the Middle School.  (The t-shirt is white; print is blue and black.)

If you would care to purchase a t-shirt(s), please complete and return this order form with your check made payable to St. Joseph Positive Direction.  The price per t-shirt is $10.  You will receive your t-shirt(s) prior to the Positive Direction 3K/5K Best Foot Forward Challenge and students may wear them to school on Friday, May 13th to show their support of the run.

Please remember:  You do not need to purchase a t-shirt for your middle school student.  The 6th, 7th and 8th grade students received their t-shirts in October.

T-shirt orders are due on or before April 8, 2016.  Please make checks payable to St. Joseph Positive Direction.


Don't Forget, this Monday evening!!

Featuring the Central Catholic Jazz Band

at St. Joseph Family Center, Sylvania
March 21, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Desserts and coffee provided


Tracy Kindl What a fun and exciting week we had.  It sure did go by fast!  We certainly hope your enthusiasm continues.  We would not have been able to have such a successful event without the help of the many generous and talented people who volunteered their time and talents.  A very special thank you to my hard working committee, Denise Brown and Tracy Kindl.  Stacy Steward for helping us count all those reading slips and helping deliver all those prizes on Friday.

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE GOES OUT TO:

Mrs. Ann Hillard for designing our library bulletin board.  Awesome job!

Thank you to the Toledo Mud Hens, and the Toledo Walleye Team, Joseph Napoli, General Manager and Andi Roman, Manager of Community Relations for our grand prizes.

McDonald’s Corporation and Tim and Laura Sloan for their donation of 160 coupons

Ronald McDonald for a wonderful reading assembly and donation of books

Mini Motions Dance Center

Meijer Supermarket, Central Avenue

Mrs. Annette Napoli for her many prizes from the Mudhen Swamp Shop

PTO for their financial support of our reading week and illustrator presentation

Our visiting illustrator, Mr. Richard Cowdrey for a very informative and fun assembly                                                                       

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Any student that read all five nights and returned their reading slips each day on time had their names placed into a drawing for our grand prizes as well as winners from each classroom each day.  In fact there were so many winners this year they are too numerous to mention by name.  The grand prizes for Mud Hen tickets and Walleye tickets were, Andrew Pelok 7JJ and Morgan McCanna 4S.  There were also daily trivia winners on both campuses.  Any student that read all five days also got an Italian Ice cup treat last week.  We had lots of fun! 

Again, thank you to all who helped make this year's Right-To-Read Week a huge success!  KEEP READING! 

Mary Ann Wisniewski, Librarian
Denise Brown
Tracy Kindl


Open to parents with children ages 0-17!

We will be reading “The Five Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman, PhD and Ross Campbell, MD. This is an easy read that promises to offer insight for any parent looking to connect with other parents and gain insight on how to best show your child love.

We will meet in the office of Catechesis and Youth Formation on the West Campus. A day and evening time are offered to accommodate busy schedules. 

The cost is $7.00 to help defray the expense of the book. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Monday evening sessions run from  6:30-8:00 PM and will meet  May 2, 9, 16, 23  

Tuesday morning sessions will run from 10-11:30 AM and will meet May 3,10,17,24

To register call 419-885-2181.  The Registration deadline is April 12, 2016


Creativity has been called a key 21st century skill. That means it—along with skills like communication and critical thinking—will help students navigate the increasingly collaborative and information-rich world that awaits them once they leave school. The arts have been shown to boost students’ academic performance, perseverance, self-confidence, and more. Here are strategies for supporting your child’s creativity.  (PDF)


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dear St. Joseph School Parents,

End of the Quarter.  Reminders:

Today, Thursday, March 10, marks the end of the third quarter of the school year. 

Friday, March 11, is a Teacher Work Day.  There is no school for students. 

Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, March 23. 

Thank you again for your continuing support of education at St. Joseph School.  You are wonderful partners and the children of St. Joseph benefit from our ability to work together. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about his or her progress.  There is still a quarter of the year left and now is a very good time to review progress and provide intervention if it is needed.

Daylight Savings Time Begins.  Please remember that with the return of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 13, the mornings will remain darker longer. If you drive your children to school, please be watchful of students in the parking lot.  They may be far less visible than they were just a few days ago.

Power of the Pen is an interscholastic creative writing program for students in grades seven and eight in the state of Ohio.  Over seventy school districts compete, each starting with teams of twelve students, six from each grade.   The teams compete in three different tournaments: a District, Regional, and State Tournament.  On January 16, the District Tournament was held at Timberstone Junior High with 19 schools participating.   The results of this competition qualified the St. Joseph teams as well as its individual members to compete at the Regional Tournament held at Lourdes University on March 2.  The seventh grade team placed second overall.  Team Members are Emma Hoyt, Elizabeth Newsom, Serena O’Loughlin, Amanda Pawlecki, Maddie Piscopo, and Charley Sullins.  Maddie Piscopo had a Best of Round and automatically advances to the State Tournament. 

The eighth grade team placed third overall.  Team members are Jayna Lonsway, Kathryn Riddle, Hannah Salameh, Elizabeth Weathers, and Grade Werner. Grace Werner took first place.  Jayna Lonsway placed 15th and also took a Best of Round.  Both Jayna and Grace will advance to the State Competition in Wooster, Ohio.  Congratulations to all of our student writers and their teacher-coaches, Mrs. Jessica Jones and Mrs. Molly Lindsley.

Science Fair is one of the electives offered in middle school.  Competing this year at the District Science Fair and receiving awards of Excellent were Dina Angel, Devin Maynard, Ryan Snyder, and Raphael Yazji.  Jacob Ziegler received a Superior Award and qualified to compete at the State Science Fair. Mrs. Pat Mallory moderates the Science Fair elective.

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


Dear Families of St. Joseph:
Again, this year, St. Joseph School is going to have a yearbook. The yearbook will contain each student’s picture, team and group pictures, and much more. ALL yearbook pictures will be in color!
Now is the time to reserve your yearbook. To order, complete the form below and return it with $14.00 in an envelope, to your child’s teacher, by Thursday, March 24. (Checks should be made payable to St. Joseph School.)
We rely on SUPER SPONSORS for financial support of this project. If you, or someone you know, would like to support St. Joseph in this regard, complete the information on the enclosed sheet. A free yearbook comes with the SUPER SPONSOR donation.
If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you in advance for your support.
Sincerely,
The Yearbook Committee


The scrip earning countdown is on!

  • Are you / your business planning a big purchase? Plan and purchase your scrip now to take advantage of the earnings for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • To ensure your earnings are credited appropriately, we ask every family to confirm their scrip designee. Follow the steps outlined below.

See PDF below, all Thursday envelopes contained this important flyer today.


Family Fun IS Rocket Science!

All SJS Preschool, Elementary & Middle School Families

Are invited to a SJS Family Science Night (and Ice Cream Social)

Friday, March 18
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Fr. Wurzel Family Center – East Campus

Hands-On activities presented by:

Imagination Station, Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University, St. John’s Jesuit, St. Francis de Sales High School, St. Ursula Academy, Notre Dame Academy, OSU Extension, The Toledo Zoo, Toledo Botanical Gardens, Sylvania Stem Center, and more!

Please RSVP by March 15 to Mrs. Juli Snyder at or 419-882-6670 #345.  or download the form below and return it to the office.


Monday, March 14

9:00 -10:00 a.m. “The Problem of Philemon: Our Problem As Well” (Philemon 1:1-25)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “On Being in Relationship with Jesus Christ”

Note for families: Monday evening only includes a special program for children ages 3-5 & Grades 1-5 in the West Campus School. Registration is limited and required by March 10th for Children’s Program only ; call the Parish Center 419-885-5791. Children in Grades 6 and above are encouraged to attend with their parents all 3 nights.
Tuesday, March 15

9:00 -10:00 a.m. “Canticles of Luke: The Song of Mary” (Luke 1:46-55)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “Canticles of Luke: The Song of Zachariah” (Luke 1:68-79)

Wednesday, March 16

9:00 -10:00 a.m. “The Cornelius Event: A Monumental Moment” (Acts 10: 1-47)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “Jesus’ Table: A Place of Welcome and Grace”

Please download flyer for more information.


Featuring the Central Catholic Jazz Band

  • at St. Joseph Family Center, Sylvania
  • March 21, 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Desserts and coffee provided


Summer Camps For All Bold Brilliant Beautiful & Blessed Girls Entering K-12

$25 OFF Discovery & Academic Camps when you register BEFORE 3/15!
See www.nda.org for a full list of camps and to register!

Flyer below (PDF)


Thursday, April 7
Jesus in the Gospel of Mark: Managing Our Demons
Tuesday, April 12
Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: Reforming the Church
Wednesday, April 27
Jesus in the Gospel of Luke: Working for Justice
Wednesday, May 4
Jesus in the Gospel of John: Improving Our Personal Relationships
All lectures will be held in the Franciscan Center from 5:30-7:00pm
Cost: $35 for series; $10 individual preregistered; or $15 walk-in’s
To register: www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org/bacik
For more information contact: Ashley LaRoy, alaroy@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515


Date: Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Franciscan Center

Part of the Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture Series 2016

Panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Geoffrey Grubb, will focus on the 100 years of artistic vision shared by the Sisters of St. Francis.

Featured artwork by: Sister Helen Therese Chmura*, Sister Magdala Davlin, Sister Agneta Ganzel*, Sister Margaret Hall, Sister Sharon Havelak, Sister Ruth Marie Kachelek, Sister Michaeline Lesiak*, Mother Adelaide Sandusky*, Sister Janet Snyder, Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak. *deceased

Reception following panel discussion in the Franciscan Center Commons.
Location Details
Franciscan Center
6832 Convent Blvd.
Sylvania OH 43560 US


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Family Fun IS Rocket Science!

All SJS Preschool, Elementary & Middle School Families

Are invited to a SJS Family Science Night (and Ice Cream Social)

  • Friday, March 18
  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Fr. Wurzel Family Center – East Campus

Hands-On activities presented by:

Imagination Station, Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University, St. John’s Jesuit, St. Francis de Sales High School, St. Ursula Academy, Notre Dame Academy, OSU Extension, The Toledo Zoo, Toledo Botanical Gardens, Sylvania Stem Center, and more!

Please RSVP by March 15 to Mrs. Juli Snyder at or 419-882-6670 #345.  or download the form below and return it to the office.


Monday, March 14

9:00 -10:00 a.m. “The Problem of Philemon: Our Problem As Well” (Philemon 1:1-25)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “On Being in Relationship with Jesus Christ”

Note for families: Monday evening only includes a special program for children ages 3-5 & Grades 1-5 in the West Campus School. Registration is limited and required by March 10th for Children’s Program only ; call the Parish Center 419-885-5791. Children in Grades 6 and above are encouraged to attend with their parents all 3 nights.
Tuesday, March 15

9:00 -10:00 a.m. “Canticles of Luke: The Song of Mary” (Luke 1:46-55)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “Canticles of Luke: The Song of Zachariah” (Luke 1:68-79)

Wednesday, March 16

9:00 -10:00 a.m. “The Cornelius Event: A Monumental Moment” (Acts 10: 1-47)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “Jesus’ Table: A Place of Welcome and Grace”

Please download flyer for more information.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

“PAWS FOR A GOOD BOOK”          

RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK is here with many planned activities for reading, fun, and learning. Here are a few highlights of the week’s events so you can mark your calendars.

MONDAY February 29              GUEST READER DAY Each class will invite a guest reader to their classroom.

TUESDAY March 1                    BUDDY READING DAY.  This day is set aside for reading with your buddy class. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to read to also.

WEDNESDAY March 2              ASSEMBLY DAY  This year we welcome Richard Cowdrey an illustrator from Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  Richard has illustrated many beautiful children’s picture books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller “Bad Dog Marley!”  All students will have the opportunity to sketch along with Mr. Cowdrey during his presentations.  Check out his webpage: www.rcowdrey.com

THURSDAY March 3                 TREAT DAY AND CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS’S BIRTHDAY.  We will celebrate reading and pass out a treat for our entire school in recognition of our reading efforts. Each class will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday in their own way and some classes may even do book swaps with other classrooms.

FRIDAY March 4                       RONALD MCDONALD ASSEMBLY/JEANS & READING T-SHIRT DAY.  All students may wear jeans today and a “reading- t-shirt”.  Details on the shirt went home on February 11 in the Thursday envelope.  Ronald will perform at 10:00 a.m. in the banquet hall for grades K-3.  We will have our grand prize drawings that afternoon.

ON-GOING ACTIVITIES:

CERTIFICATE OF READING ACHIEVEMENT

As in the past, we will be encouraging reading for pleasure at home.  Reading Chapter 8 in your science text and other homework does not count.  This contest is for grades K – 8 and is the way your child will be in the daily drawings for prizes and enjoy a treat the following week.  Your reading certificates are being sent home with each child and are available on our school web page.  Make sure you look for them and begin reading this weekend.  The certificates need to be signed by a parent and handed in by the dates shown.  No exceptions.  If you are absent please return your slip for the absent days on your first day back to school.  Return the slip from this weekend on Monday morning, February 29.  Each certificate thereafter will be marked with the date that the slip should be turned in by.  The returned slips will then become raffle tickets for daily drawings and on Friday afternoon we will draw grand prizes for our reading efforts. 

READING WEBSITES worth checking out: www.rcowdrey.com; www.nea.org/readacross ; www.kidsreads.com

READING TRIVIA questions will be asked each morning on closed circuit announcements and small prizes awarded each day.

We have many wonderful volunteers who have been busy gathering information and bringing forth great ideas to make this a very successful week.  Mark your calendars, turn off that TV, design that T-shirt, read and join in on the fun!  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Mary Ann Wisniewski, Librarian

And The Right to Read Committee

Denise Brown

Tracy Rollison-Kindl


March Preschool Calendar is posted below.  Please read an important message from the Preschool directors.

Dear Parents,

Next week, February 29-March 4, is “Right to Read Week! We’re planning lots of special activities and “celebrity readers” for each day of the week to celebrate. Please stay tuned  

Congratulations to Jenise and Adam Stanley, parents of Noah, who is in the Fantastic Fish classroom. Miss Jenise is a teacher in the afternoon program. Their baby, Max Henry Stanley, arrived on Monday, January 25th, (5 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches tall). Max and Miss Jenise are healthy, beautiful and strong! This is a true blessing!

On Sunday, March 20th we will be holding our tenth Annual Preschool Art Show. You, your family and friends are welcome to come any time between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. and browse the children’s work while enjoying some light refreshments. We have been saving artwork all year long and this will surely be the highlight of the year. Please make note of this date on your calendar! Also, we are asking parents to bake 1-2 dozen cookies to add to our refreshments.

Housekeeping

Be sure to keep your child at home when they are sick. We try very hard not to spread communicable illnesses to the other children in the class by continually washing hands upon arrival, after blowing noses, before snacks, etc. You may want to review the parent handbook for a description of when a child should not be in attendance. Thank you for your help in keeping our environment healthy for the children.

This time of year the cold weather is tricky.  Please be sure to send warm clothing for outdoor play. We go outside almost every day which means the children need warm coats, hats, mittens, and appropriate shoes. They should also have snow pants and boots.
You may want to check your child’s extra clothes box so that they have clothes to change into if they need. The only clothes we can use for the children are the ones that are provided in their box.

Please try to stop by the “Parent Information Board” in our classrooms. Information is posted such as snack menus and lesson plans for each week. This may give you more of an idea of the events we have planned for the classes.
For several reasons we ask that you please refrain from sending toys to preschool with your child. This causes distractions from the activities that we have planned for the class. Sometimes the children aren’t comfortable sharing their toys during playtime or they only want to play with the toys they brought and not take part in the activities that we are offering. This seems to be more of a problem since the holidays. We know that they are very anxious to show their toys to their friends but this should really be reserved for when it is their turn to bring the show and tell bag to school.

Sincerely,

Nancy Okuley, Director


THANKS TO OUR WONDERFUL AUCTION DONORS!   ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL BENEFIT DINNER 2016

PLEASE SUPPORT AND THANK THESE BUSINESSES/INDIVIDUALS WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE!

For a complete list, see PDF below.


Registration for SJS Track will take place Monday, March 7, from 7:00-8:30 PM in the west campus front hallway.  The registration fee is $40 and the uniform fee will be $25.  Uniform sizing will be available that evening.  Fourth through eighth grade athletes, who attend SJS School, or are parishioners who are enrolled in the parish religious education program, are eligible to take part in track.  All participants will need to have a CYO player contract (a form that needs to be signed by a physician) on file in the Parish Center.  If the athlete participated in CYO fall sports or CYO basketball, he/she will have a player contract on file.

If you have any questions, please call Anna Meyer (track coordinator) at 419-779-1791 or call Jeff Seemann (athletic director) at 419-882-0661 or email Jeff at jcseemann@gmail.com.

We look forward to a wonderful track season!


Thank you! 

February’s annual, much anticipated Soup and Salad Faculty Luncheon was held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. A variety of homemade soups, salads, breads and desserts were provided by volunteers of the Faculty Appreciation Committee.  Volunteers for this month’s luncheon were: Nancy Arquette, Mindy Bieber, Amanda Brzuchalski, Emily Caruso, Jenny Durnell, Amanda Dwyer, Kim Eltschlager, Julie Forgach, Brynne Furko, Sandy Gilley, Nicole Grzecki, Rita Hayes, Alisa Heerdegen, Brenda Hoffman, Kate Kelly, Tracy Kindl, Tina Mueller, Cherie Pelok, Donna Ramirez, Heidi Randazzo, Ann Riddle, Niki Simon, Richelle Smith, Jill Tiell, and Amy Ziegler.  Many thanks, ladies!!!


Monday, March 14

  • 9:00 -10:00 a.m. “The Problem of Philemon: Our Problem As Well” (Philemon 1:1-25)
  • 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “On Being in Relationship with Jesus Christ”

Note for families: Monday evening only includes a special program for children ages 3-5 & Grades 1-5 in the West Campus School. Registration is limited and required by March 10th for Children’s Program only ; call the Parish Center 419-885-5791. Children in Grades 6 and above are encouraged to attend with their parents all 3 nights.
Tuesday, March 15

  • 9:00 -10:00 a.m. “Canticles of Luke: The Song of Mary” (Luke 1:46-55)
  • 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “Canticles of Luke: The Song of Zachariah” (Luke 1:68-79)

Wednesday, March 16

  • 9:00 -10:00 a.m. “The Cornelius Event: A Monumental Moment” (Acts 10: 1-47)
  • 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Soup & Salad Dinner in Banquet Hall
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “Jesus’ Table: A Place of Welcome and Grace”

Please download flyer for more information.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Abuse-Addiction Town Hall
A panel of experts will share information and resources regarding the heroin/opiate epidemic and how our community is affected.
Come listen and learn how you can be part of the solution for our community.
Presented by Lucas County Drug Abuse Response Team and an individual from Team Recovery

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7-8:15 p.m.
  • Sylvania Senior Center, 7140 Sylvania Ave.

Operation Street Smart
A unique “Hands On” drug awareness program, presented by Undercover Detectives with current trends, paraphernalia, designer and street drugs discussed and escorted throughout the audience…an “eye opening” experience!

  • Thursday, March 3, 2016, 4-6 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.
  • Franciscan Center at Lourdes University

Underage Drinking, Not a Minor Problem

  • Monday, April 18, 2016, 7-8:15 p.m.
  • Olivet Lutheran Church, Christian Life Center
  • 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania, OH

Please see flyer below for more details.


Dear Parents,

WEATHER.  Last year at this time we had accumulated 52.5 hours of school delays and closures.  In the year prior to that, our final “snow day” count was 93+ hours.  That is over 17 days.  Students, teachers, and parents were experiencing the side effects of this incredibly cold and snowy winter.  This year we have accumulated 7.5 hours of weather related delays and closures.  Students have been able to go outside at morning and lunch recess on a regular basis. With the daffodils at the elementary school entrance already breaking ground, we want to believe that winter may be over.  Every day when we announce that it will be an outside recess rather than inside, we hear cheers coming from classrooms through the building.   And…we offer a prayer of thanksgiving. There may still be some very chilly days ahead of us so don’t let up on warm jackets, hats, and gloves. Without these items we will not send children out to play no matter how much they engage in the familiar chant, “…but I’m not cold, really” and that is distressing to them and us as they watch their friends play and run off some of the morning’s pent up energy.  

SERVICE.  Thank you for helping your children participate in recent service projects.

     Mom's House.  Kindergarten through fifth grade students celebrated the 100th day of school with many creative activities.  Part of that event included the annual collection of jars of baby food and baby items for Mom's House.  Administration from Mom's House tell us that our outreach to them supplies the house with enough baby food for a year and that they happily join with us in celebrating the 100th day of school!

     Spare a Square.  The second service project was sponsored by the Sylvania Franciscan Village.  They engage in an annual event that assists local pantries in restocking their shelves.  This year the “Have a Heart Restock Drive” requested that our families “spare a square” or donate a hygiene item. They invited us to again join with them in this outreach and with a resounding "Yes" from our community the overall goal of 1500 rolls was easily met. 

Letters from Sixth Grade.  The students in Mrs. Theresa Kulka’s sixth grade classroom write notes to our home bound parishioners.  With the assistance of Mrs. Laurie Neary, St. Joseph Parish Nurse, students are each given the name of a home bound parish member.  The student writes to that person all year long. They write on a weekly basis and from the responses received by students, by Mrs. Kulka, by Msgr. Metzger and Fr. Ritter, and by myself, we know the students are making graced connections. This is a wonderful service ministry between some of our youngest and oldest parishioners.

Students and parents offer support by providing stamps for this weekly service project.

In my many years at St. Joseph, I have each year asked you for help with local and sometimes global service projects.  I cannot recall even a single time when you said no. Your “yes”, your generosity, not only assists those in need but sends a message to your children, our students, that you do truly believe that we are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.  For our students learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means learning that “loving our neighbor” has a global dimension. On behalf of all the teachers, we are truly grateful!

Registration for the 2016 – 2017 School Year.  Have you turned in your Registration Form?  Please try to get it to us tomorrow.  Our kindergarten registrations continue to build.  We have a number of families who have asked about a Readiness Kindergarten.  It is an initiative we may want to consider.  However, it very much depends upon the need.

Enjoy the weekend!

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger, Principal


In your Thursday envelope today you will find the 2016-2017 School Calendar.  You will also find it below (PDF).


Dear Families of St. Joseph:

Again, this year, St. Joseph School is going to have a yearbook.  The yearbook will contain each student’s picture, team and group pictures, and much more. ALL yearbook pictures will be in color!

Now is the time to reserve your yearbook.  To order, complete the form below and return it with $14.00 in an envelope, to your child’s teacher, by Thursday, March 24.  (Checks should be made payable to St. Joseph School.)

We rely on SUPER SPONSORS for financial support of this project.  If you, or someone you know, would like to support St. Joseph in this regard, complete the information on the enclosed sheet.  A free yearbook comes with the SUPER SPONSOR donation.

If you have any questions, please contact us.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

The Yearbook Committee


Each year the St. Joseph Yearbook has a section featuring our school players from each team and members of each scout troop/organization.   A professional photographer takes all sport team pictures and sends them to us.  If your team’s picture was not taken by a professional photographer, you may submit another team picture.  The students should be in their uniforms.

Scout leaders need to submit a scout troop picture also. * Pictures should be e-mailed.*   Please e-mail to Kelly O’Brien @ yearbook@stjoesylvania.org.  Be sure all students’ faces are recognizable in group pictures. (The picture can be no larger than  4 inches by 6 inches.)  Please send only ONE photo per group as our space is limited.  Please identify the group/team (e.g. Girl Scouts, grade 5).

Pictures will not be returned because we cannot guarantee the return of our proof pages.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Yearbook Committee


We will be collecting bags of clothes, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, purses, book bags, linens, towels, rags, blankets and other cloth items on

  • Friday February 19 from 3-6 pm &
  • Saturday February 20 from 10-4 pm

There will be an Easter Seals Truck in the parking lot of Kahler Pharmacy, located at 1941 Airport Hwy (Airport Hwy and Fearing)

Easter Seals will be donating by the pound to Addysen and her service dog.  Addysen is 8 years old and has type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that destroys the cells of the pancreas that produce insulin.  This requires Addysen to test her blood sugar 8-15 times a day and she wears an insulin pump that infuses insulin 24 hours a day.  We would like to fill as many bags as possible.  Please ask family, friends and neighbors to help too!

Questions?  Call or text Kari at 419-509-9827


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dear Parents,

Right to Read Week is coming soon, February 29 - March 4, 2016.      

This is just a note to get you working on an at home craft idea.

For the last several years we have had a “Reading” T-Shirt/Jeans Day.  It was such a success that we would like to make it an annual event.  This year you may wear your “reading” t-shirt and a pair of jeans on Friday March 4.  So if you made a shirt last year you are all set, and if you are new to our school or last year’s shirt doesn’t fit, here is how to make one.

Get a t-shirt, wash first without fabric softener, and dry.  Use fabric paints or fabric markers to make a shirt with lots of writing on it.  The front could say Right to Read Week and the back could list your favorite books, favorite authors, or the top 10 reasons you like to read.  Make sure there is a cardboard liner between the front and the back until both sides are dry.  Then toss it into the dryer and heat set.  The whole idea is to be able to read each other’s shirts that day.  If you can’t make one, then try to wear a shirt with lots of writing on it.  School appropriate of course!  You could wear St. Joseph's apparel, Positive Direction shirts, favorite team shirts with lots of writing on them, or dress as a favorite Dr. Seuss character.

Have fun creating your reading t-shirt, stock up on some good books for our reading contest and be sure to look in the February 25 Thursday envelope and on-line for your reading certificates and more information on each day’s reading activities. 

 Mary Ann Wisniewski

And the Right to Read Committee


Please take a moment to read the February edition of Nutrition Nuggets.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dear St. Joseph Parents,

SJS Tenth Annual Benefit Dinner.  “From Paris, With Love” was a wonderful success.  This annual event was well-attended with many guests enthusiastically participating in the Live Auction while others turned their attention to the tables filled with items for the Silent Auction.  The gym and Family Center were beautifully transformed with flowers, lights, and an Eiffel Tower.

Student art work offered during the Live Auction was creative and beautiful.  Our art teachers, Mrs. Jennifer Marra and Mrs. Mary Kay Culver, work with students in creating the stunning pieces that are an important part of auction.  

Our Benefit Dinner chair persons were Mrs. Jennifer Buerk, Mrs. Andrea DuBois, Mrs. Carol Lindsley, and Mrs. Maegen Verkennes. They were supported by dozens of volunteers who began working months ago. In the last nine years, this event has generated profits in excess of $600,000.  Those funds have supported the Endowment Fund, Tuition Assistance, Technology Expansion, and  Playground Renovation.  We will announce the final profit from this year’s dinner as soon as it is available.  

Thank you to all who were involved in making this tenth event so successful! Be sure to take a moment to view picture of the evening on our website (Benefit Dinner) or Facebook page.

Catholic Schools Week.  Our liturgy yesterday was marked by special attention to that for which we are so grateful. In my letter to you before Christmas, I told you we were so very blessed …by our students, our parents, our faculty and staff, the leaders of our parish, and by our entire parish community.  In yesterday’s homily, Msgr. Metzger extended that blessing to include the future.  He spoke to students of the qualities that past students have taken with them and that they are challenged to take as well. These are qualities that mark them as true followers of Jesus…kindness, compassion, sensitivity to those in need, Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, and faithfulness to the Beatitudes.  He told them that after they leave St. Joseph they will be called to put into action all that they learned in a Catholic school.  He has seen and watched students who graduated from SJS and are now in high school and college reflect the values and virtues that were formed as part of their Catholic education at St. Joseph. The Catholic education that they received with us has been their moral compass and will be the moral compass for the children who are with us this day.

Have a Heart Restock Drive.  This annual event sponsored by Sylvania Franciscan Village helps to restock local pantries. We support their efforts and have placed donation boxes at the middle school. Items may also be dropped off in the elementary building. Students/families are asked to “spare a square”.  The collection drive began on February 1 and ends on February 12.  The community goal is 1500 rolls of toilet paper.  Last year, SJS by itself met the community goal.  Students and families brought in donations of a two roll, four roll, six roll, or eight roll package of toilet paper. Have a Heart for this effort and help us meet the goal again this year!  Students have until Friday, February 12 to make a donation.

Registration for the 2016 – 2017 School Year.  Have you turned in your registration form?  Please send it to us next week if you have not already done so.

The Golden Apple Award.  The 2015 – 2016 school year marks the eleventh consecutive year that this award has been presented in the Diocese of Toledo.  Through the generosity and kindness of the Jack and Rhonda Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Golden Apple Award has been established to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic Schools.  The foundation has been expanded from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to include the Diocese of Youngstown and the Diocese of Toledo. The award will be given to seven elementary teachers and two secondary teachers each year in the Toledo Diocese.  In light of the valuable contribution made by the teachers of St. Joseph to children, families, the Church, and society in general, I ask that you consider placing a name in nomination.  Eligibility Requirements:

The candidate must be a practicing Catholic, full-time teacher and have completed a minimum of three full years in the elementary or secondary school at which they are currently employed.
A teacher, parent or student must nominate the applicant in an elementary school.
The teacher must have a valid license or certification, both state and diocesan, for the position they currently hold. (All St. Joseph teachers hold valid state and diocesan licensure or certification.)

A Nomination Form is included in today’s Thursday Envelope.  Please take a moment to consider honoring a teacher’s dedication to Catholic Education at St. Joseph by nominating her/him for this prestigious award.  Please note that the Nomination Form and Letter of Recommendation are due in my office by Friday, February 12.  The names of the nominated teachers and the letters of recommendation will be forwarded to the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office on February 19 to begin the teacher portion of the application process.  In March the requirements for teachers must be completed and in April winners will be notified.  The Golden Apple Award includes a cash award of $5000, a Golden Apple with a 24 carat gold cross, a Golden Apple lapel pin, individual and group photos with Bishop Thomas, and a video of the Golden Apple Award Dinner.

Two St. Joseph teachers have been honored as recipients of the award.  Mrs. Carol Lindsley, as a third grade teacher, received the award in 2008.  Mrs. Pam Zychowicz, as a second grade teacher, received the award in 2014.

Power of the Pen.  The St. Joseph Power of the Pen team competed at the District Tournament held at Timberstone Junior High School on Saturday, January 16, 2016.  A total of 19 schools participated in the competition.  There were 180 contestants – 88 seventh graders and 92 eighth graders.  The seventh grade St. Joseph team members included Emma Hoyt, Elizabeth Newsom, Serena O’Loughlin, Amanda Pawlecki, Madelyn Piscopo, and Charley Sullins.  The two alternates for seventh grade were Jillian Cendol and Kelsey Leamy.  The eighth grade team included Jayna Lonsway, Jesslene O’Loughlin, Kathryn Riddle, Hannah Salameh, Elizabeth Weathers, and Grace Werner.  Alternates were Natalie Douaihy and Angelique Douglas. 

Serena O’Loughlin ranked 15th overall for the seventh grade.  Hannah Salameh placed 9th and Kathryn Riddle took 4th place.  As a team, the seventh grade took fourth place overall and the eighth grade team took second place.  Several team members qualified for the Regional Competition to be held at Lourdes University, March 2, 2016.  The teams are coached by seventh grade teacher, Jessica Jones and eighth grade teacher, Molly Lindsley.  Congratulations to both the seventh and eighth grade writers! 

A Message from Our School Nurse, Mrs. Therese Hoehn.   In today’s Thursday Envelope is a flyer about one of our St. Joseph students.  Addysen Tabb, a 3rd grader at St. Joseph School has been a diabetic since the age of four.  Her doctors have determined that she is in need of a service dog.  Because of the cost involved, her family and friends are having an Easter Seals “Fill a Truck” fundraiser.  All proceeds will go towards her Diabetic Alert Dog.  Perhaps your late winter/early spring cleaning could be put towards a good cause.

Happy Catholic Schools’ Week!

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal 


The Golden Apple Award.  The 2015 – 2016 school year marks the eleventh consecutive year that this award has been presented in the Diocese of Toledo.  Through the generosity and kindness of the Jack and Rhonda Donahue Family Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Golden Apple Award has been established to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic Schools.  The foundation has been expanded from the Diocese of Pittsburgh to include the Diocese of Youngstown and the Diocese of Toledo. The award will be given to seven elementary teachers and two secondary teachers each year in the Toledo Diocese.  In light of the valuable contribution made by the teachers of St. Joseph to children, families, the Church, and society in general, I ask that you consider placing a name in nomination. 
Eligibility Requirements: 

The candidate must be a practicing Catholic, full-time teacher and have completed a minimum of three full years in the elementary or secondary school at which they are currently employed.
A teacher, parent or student must nominate the applicant in an elementary school.
The teacher must have a valid license or certification, both state and diocesan, for the position they currently hold. (All St. Joseph teachers hold valid state and diocesan licensure or certification.)

A Nomination Form is included in today’s Thursday Envelope or download below (PDF).  Please take a moment to consider honoring a teacher’s dedication to Catholic Education at St. Joseph by nominating her/him for this prestigious award.  Please note that the Nomination Form and Letter of Recommendation are due in my office by Friday, February 12.  The names of the nominated teachers and the letters of recommendation will be forwarded to the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office on February 19 to begin the teacher portion of the application process.  In March the requirements for teachers must be completed and in April winners will be notified.  The Golden Apple Award includes a cash award of $5000, a Golden Apple with a 24 carat gold cross, a Golden Apple lapel pin, individual and group photos with Bishop Thomas, and a video of the Golden Apple Award Dinner.

Two St. Joseph teachers have been honored as recipients of the award.  Mrs. Carol Lindsley, as a third grade teacher, received the award in 2008.  Mrs. Pam Zychowicz, as a second grade teacher, received the award in 2014.


Hi.  My name is Addysen Tabb.  I am 8 years old and I have type 1 diabetes.  I was diagnosed when I was 4.  I have to stick my finger 8-15 times a day to check my blood sugars, count the carbohydrates of everything I eat and also deal with some scary lows and crazy highs that make me feel yucky.  I wear an insulin pump 24 hours a day and I change my infusion site about every 2 days. It hurts.   Having type 1 diabetes is not easy and sometimes it is really scary!  My mom and dad check my blood sugar at 2 AM every night to make sure I am not dangerously low or high. 

My family and I have decided that I would greatly benefit from a Diabetic Alert Dog(DAD).  A DAD can smell the changes in blood sugars and are trained to alert if I am high or low.  They can also retrieve my glucometer, juice or sugar to bring my blood sugar up and they can also dial 911 on a special device.  A diabetic alert dog will help me gain the independence I so badly want! They are proven to lower A1Cs and they save lives!  Because of the intense training a DAD goes through, they are very expensive.

How can you help?

We are having an Easter Seals “Fill a Truck” Fundraiser. We are taking all unwanted clothing, shoes, towels, linens, fabrics, coats, hats, scarves, gloves or anything cloth.  Easter Seals will then donate to my service dog fund by the pound.  It will be February 19 from 3-6 and February 20 from 10-4 at Kahler Pharmacy, located at 1941 Airport Hwy.  There will be an Easter Seals truck in the parking lot.  Will you help me by donating your unwanted cloth items?

Questions? Call or text Kari at 419-509-9827


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New Parishioners, Mark Your Calendars!

If you have joined the parish recently, please join us.

St. Joseph Parish New Parishioner Breakfast

  • Sunday, February 28th        
  • Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass
  • In the Family Center, East Campus

Hosted by the St. Joseph Welcoming Committee

Please RSVP to Kim Koesters by Feb. 23 kkoesters@stjoesylvania.org or 419-885-5791 ext. 240                     


Join St. Francis de Sales high school for their annual FUN-A-RAMA, Sunday February 28, 2016.

  • Chicken Dinner
  • Carnival Food
  • Cash Prizes

To purchase tickets, call 419-531-1618.  See flyer below for more details.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Right to Read week is coming up soon and this year we will be welcoming illustrator, Richard Cowdrey.  He will be speaking to our students on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Richard Cowdrey is well known for illustrating many beautiful children’s picture books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller “Bad Dog, Marley!” Over the past twenty five years he has worked with most of the top publishers: Harper Collins, Scholastic Inc., Simon & Schuster, Zondervan, Random House, Harcourt, McMillan McGraw Hill, Bantam Books, Grosset & Dunlap, Penguin Publishing, Workman Publishing, and Harvest House.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Cowdrey graduated from The Columbus College of Art and Design in 1981. He has since been a freelance illustrator working with many distinguished clients, including: Chase Manhattan Bank, National Football League, National Hockey League, World Wildlife Federation, Honda Inc., Ducks Unlimited, American Kennel Club, Kimberley Clark, Longaberger, Mead Papers, Wendy’s International, Weyerhaeuser, Focus on the Family, and many more.

Richard’s love for family and nature overflows into his illustrations which are enjoyed by children around the world. The artist lives in Ohio with his wife and has four grown children and five grandchildren. When not painting in his studio, Richard enjoys visiting schools to share with children his love of illustration.

We have a wonderful opportunity to purchase some of his illustrated books when he visits.  He will then autograph them while he is here.  If you are interested in buying one or more of his books please fill out the order form attached.  All books are hard covers.  You can check out his website at:  www.rcowdrey.com

You can preview his books on Amazon.com and you will notice he is offering his books at a discounted price just for St. Joseph School.

Please make checks payable to: Richard Cowdrey and return the order form by February, 10.  We can only do pre-sales and no extra books will be available on the day of his visit.  We are all excited to meet him and sketch along with him.  More information will be coming home regarding Right to Read week activities but please get these order forms in by February, 10.

Looking forward to a great Right to Read Week!

Mrs. Mary Ann Wisniewski


Monday- Blanket Day!!!!

  • Bring in a small blanket to use while you read with your Buddy Class.
  • Grades K-3 will be donating baby food for Mom’s House;
  • Grade 4-5 will be donating sippy cups, baby wipes, diapers or bibs for Mom’s House.
  • Grades 6-8 will be donating to the Sylvania Franciscan Village Annual Have a Heart Restock Drive.    Can You Spare a Square? (Students are asked to bring in toilet paper, hygiene items or a monetary donation.) 

Tuesday- Pajama Day!!!!

Guidelines

  • Long pajama bottoms
  • T-shirt, long sleeve or sweatshirt (no sleeveless)
  • Slippers (students must wear regular shoes to school and change once in their homeroom.  Slippers will not be allowed outside)

Wednesday-

Middle School “Dress Your Best!!”

Elementary- 100th Day of School/Math-A-Rama
Dress Down Day (Grades 1-3 wears 100th Day shirt)

100th Day Activities K-3                  Math-A-Rama Activities 4-5

Thursday- Crazy Sock Day!!!!

Friday- Spirit Day!!!!

Gym shoes are a must!  Wear your assigned color and participate in the Spirit Day Relays West Campus Gym!


Thank you to our families who have donated to our school library in celebration of their birthdays!  Hard copy has been included in all Thursday envelopes.


Use the handy flyer below to collect Box Tops for Education!  Each box top is money for our school!
 


Thursday, January 21, 2016

OUR FUN(D) RAISER IS ONE WEEK AWAY!
Have you sent in your check? Next week is too late!
St. Joseph School is very excited about this event and is making final plans to insure that it will be a night to remember! We want your name to be among those traveling to PARIS with us to experience:

  • Fabulous live and silent auction items
  • A sumptuous meal served in our street side cafe
  • A not-to-be-missed video featuring the beneficiaries of our event…(Our Children!)
  • Raffles for Free SJS Tuition…(elementary or preschool), Lucky Lottery for
  • $100 lottery tickets, and the fabulous can’t-be-bought Ooh La Lottery items
  • Friends, Fun, and Good Feelings to last the rest of the winter!

Want to Help Make the 2016 Benefit Dinner a Success? The Decorating/Clean Up Committee Needs More Help!
Co-Chairs Andrea DuBois and Lisa Juette

See newsletter and volunteer form below for more details.


4th and 5th Grade Parents:

If you missed the Fireside Forums in December,

Plan to attend the Middle School Open House!

Sunday, January 24

  • Session 1:  12:15 – 1:00 PM
  • Session 2:  1:15 – 2:00 PM

Learn more About the SJS Middle School experience, including information about:

            -Class Schedule                  -Meet Teachers

            -Elective Opportunities         - Meet Recent Grads

            -Extra-Curricular Offerings     -Talk with Current Students

            -The East Campus

            -The SJS Graduate

RSVP with your preferred time (Session 1 or 2) to Juli Snyder jsnyder@stjoesylvania.org.

 


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Registration packets for all families have been sent home today in all Thursday envelopes.


Dear Parent:

“From Paris with Love”

This is our tenth annual Benefit Dinner.  The enthusiasm has grown each and every year for this event. The chairpersons, who this year are Mrs. Jenni Buerk, Mrs. Andrea DuBois, Mrs. Carol Lindsley, and Mrs. Maegen Verkennes, began working in August to build the Eiffel Tower.  The evening is a combination of a wonderful dinner, music, and a live and silent auction.  It is also great fun.  I look forward to seeing you on Saturday evening, January 30, as we celebrate From Paris, with Love.

Catholic Schools’ Week, January 31 - February 6, 2016  Catholic schools provide a daily experience of the Gospel message of love.  They create learning communities where each student is taught that he or she is created in God’s image, and is a beloved child of God.  Along with high standards for the academic subjects, Catholic schools hold students to high moral standards.  We expect young people to put their faith into action by serving others, especially the poor.

            “We help others not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic”...so said the late Cardinal James Hickey of Washington, D.C. 

            The theme for Catholic Schools Week across the nation this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.  We, as Catholics serve everybody, no exceptions.  And our school really does take this seriously.  As an example, middle school students are supporting the collection of personal hygiene items to restock local pantries…the campaign is called, “The Annual Have A Heart Restock Drive” and runs from February 1- February 12, 2016.  This drive is sponsored by the Sylvania Franciscan Village.  A flyer is included in today’s envelope with more information.  The primary grades will be collecting hundreds of jars of baby food for Mom’s House during their celebration of the 100th Day of School, which falls during Catholic Schools’ Week.  Grades four and five are collecting small baby items, also for Mom’s House, in conjunction with their Math-a-Rama Day.  Catholic Schools and the students they serve, can and do make a difference - remembering always - that what we do for others, we do for Jesus!

Watch next week’s Thursday Envelope for each day’s activities during Catholic Schools’ Week.

We look forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week as a Community of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


The first Faculty Luncheon of 2016 was held on Wednesday, January 13th.  Many fabulous salads, deserts and bread were provided by the following volunteers:  Amanda Brzuchalski, Brenda Hoffman, Casey Barbour, Christine Angevine, Jenny Durnell, Julie Forgach, Julie Heerdegen, Karen Burtscher, Kristie Haley, Lynda Row, Maegen Verkennes, Michelle Hacker, Mindy Bieber, Nancy Arquette, Niki Simon, Nikki Myers, Rita Hayes, Sandy Gilley, Stacy Steward, Terrii McGranahan, Alisa Heerdegen and Tracy Kindl.  Once again, some of these women provided more than 1 item.  We sincerely appreciate all of your help! Many thanks to these individuals and the rest of the Faculty Appreciation Committee!

Interested in the joining the Faculty Appreciation Committee?  It’s never to late to sign up!  Email Shelly Piscopo (shel2875@aol.com) or Denise Brown (cleveland6.brown@icloud.com).


February 1-12, 2016

Can you spare a square?

Help restock local pantries- our goal is 1500 rolls of toilet paper!

Donations can be sent to the school.  Boxes will be made available on campus.  Other hygiene items and monetary donations are accepted.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

RESERVATION DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING!
NO WORRIES!
JUST FILL OUT RSVP BELOW AND RETURN BY JANUARY 20, 2016.
USE THIS FLYER TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TO OUR BENEFIT DINNER AND AUCTION
AND TO PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THE TUITION RAFFLE AND Ooh La La Lottery!
You may write one check for all!


Please read the important information regarding cold and flu season and absentee policy.


Congratulations to our students who have achieved first and second honors for the second quarter.  Hard copy was sent home in today's Thursday envelope.


4th and 5th Grade Parents:If you missed the Fireside Forums in December, Plan to attend the Middle School Open House!
Sunday, January 24
Session 1: 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Session 2: 1:15 – 2:00 PM

Learn more About the SJS Middle School experience, including
information about:

  • Class Schedule -Meet Teachers
  • Elective Opportunities - Meet Recent Grads
  • Extra-Curricular Offerings -Talk with Current Students
  • The East Campus
  • The SJS Graduate

RSVP with your preferred time (Session 1 or 2) to Juli Snyder jsnyder@stjoesylvania.org.


The SJS Annual Open House is Sunday, January 24 from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM on both campuses!  We are in need of approximately 15 parent volunteers to bake, and/or greet families.  If you are able to help, please return this form (below) to Juli Snyder by Wednesday, January 20 or reply by email to jsnyder@stjoesylvania.org.
Thank you for Supporting SJS!


The Sylvania Knights of Columbus Council # 5628 will host their annual Basketball Free Throw Contest at St. Joe's Sylvania West Gym on Sunday January 24, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm EST (new day).

The Free Throw contest is free of charge and open to all boys and girls ages 9 through 14 (age determined as of January 1, 2016). Forms are available at the door, through your CYO basketball coaches or contact Joe Beham at 419-944-7449.

Each shooter will shoot 15 baskets and all ties will be broken via a shoot-off in 5 shot increments. Foul shots will be shot from the regulation foul shooting distance of 15 feet for ages 12,13 and 14 year old contestants and from 12 feet for· ages 9,10 and 11.

The winners from each age group (both boy and girl) will receive a trophy and will advance to the District level competition to be held in early February.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Beham at 419-944-7449


Social Media, Peer Pressure, parties, drug trends and underage drinking...it's not easy raising teens! 

Operation: Parent's Parenting 101 Class is the perfect way to raise awareness regarding today's teen and pre-teen culture. 

WHERE: Sylvania Library
6749 Monroe St., Sylvania, OH

Session 5**
DATE: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
TIME: 10-11:30 a.m. AND 6:30-8 p.m.
TOPIC: The Technology Culture…Benefits & Dangers for our Children
Session 6**
DATE: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
TIME: 10-11:30 a.m. AND 6:30-8 p.m.
TOPIC: “Traps to Avoid” So we can instill good values in our children


Saturday, February 20th
Olander Park, 6930 W. Sylvania Ave. Sylvania, OH
Race Day Registration 7:30 a.m. – Race at 9 a.m.

For more information, see flyer below.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

COME JOIN US!
WHERE: Sylvania Library
6749 Monroe St., Sylvania, OH
Session 5**
DATE: Tuesday, January 27, 2016
TIME: 10-11:30 a.m. AND 6:30-8 p.m.
TOPIC: The Technology Culture…Benefits & Dangers for our Children
Session 6**
DATE: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
TIME: 10-11:30 a.m. AND 6:30-8 p.m.
TOPIC: “Traps to Avoid” So we can instill good values in our children
*Attend any or all of the workshops that will be provided

For more information, please click on the PDF below.  Sponsored by SCAT.

For More Information Contact: Deb Chany, SCAT Exec. Director 419-824-8588 or dchany@sylvaniaschools.org


Dear Parent:

The Wisdom and Ministry of Catholic Education.  In the document “The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium,” the Congregation for Catholic Education writes:

“In the Catholic school’s educational project there is no separation between time for learning and time for formation, between acquiring notions and growing in wisdom.  The various school subjects do not present only knowledge to be attained, but also values to be acquired, truths to be discovered, and virtues to be integrated.  All of which demands an atmosphere characterized by the search for truth in which competent, convinced and coherent educators, teachers of learning and of life, may be a reflection, albeit imperfect but still vivid, of the one Teacher, Jesus Christ.”

In an age and culture that challenges you as a parent, that sends a message of disrespect for the most important work you may do in a lifetime, that minimizes the many mountains you must climb in support of your child, we believe St. Joseph School, as a Community of Faith, is called to serve not only students but also parents as they entrust their children to us.  We are a school of Academic Excellence.  Recognizing the dynamic nature of education, we are committed to ever strengthening academic pursuits. Every educator at SJS embraces that and knows it is critical in education.  However, it is in assisting you …

…in the faith formation of your child,

…in calling your child to holiness,

…in teaching virtues not just values,

…in seeing the face of Jesus in each student, and

…in providing a moral compass that will anchor the future decisions your child must make…

…it is in this ministry that our dedication to you, your child’s primary educator, is fulfilled.

As 2016 begins, we pray that His presence may continue to bless our lives, our schools, and our world and that peace will be the gift of this new year.

Catholic Schools Week. 

This year’s National Catholic Schools Week theme centers on community: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The theme highlights the fact that schools are
not only communities themselves; they are also part of many other communities, including families, parishes, towns/cities, our country, our world.

The theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence and dedication to service. These elements set Catholic schools apart from other educational options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education.

I am grateful every day for the teachers, staff, parents and parishioners who make our school a success. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Academics, and Service,”   The annual observance this year takes place the week beginning January 31, 2016. We join with Catholic schools across the nation in celebration. The Catholic Schools’ Week Committee (Mrs. Mary Jo Jacoby, Mrs. Danielle Urbanski, Mrs. Theresa Kulka, Mrs. Marie Hickey, and Mrs. Janice Korhumel) has planned special activities for each day of the week.  More information and specifics for each day of celebration will be available for the Thursday Envelope of January 21.

Benefit Dinner.

We hope you are making plans to attend our 10th Annual St. Joseph School Benefit Dinner, “From Paris with Love”!  This event, over the years, has raised over $650,000 for our school!  We have been blessed by the energy and enthusiasm of a relatively small group of volunteers who totally give us “their January” in preparation for this event.  Proceeds benefit our Endowment Fund, support Tuition Assistance, and allow us to continue to enhance Educational Technology.

Please join us… it’s a wonderful evening filled with friends, fun, and good feelings to last the rest of the winter.

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 6 pm – midnight, St. Joseph School East Campus

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

I remind all families that Monday, January 18, is a national holiday.  There is no school that day.  School offices will be closed.

Lost and Found items are once again overflowing their containers.  These items, which have been featured over closed circuit on morning announcements, may be claimed at any time from the clinic on the West Campus or the office on the East Campus.  We have shoes, eye-glasses, necklaces, bracelets, rings, hats, and scarves, sweat pants, sweat shirts, sweaters, t-shirts.  All unclaimed items will be donated after January 15, 2016.

Middle School News.

Registration forms for second semester electives were sent home with each middle school student this week.  The elective period in the middle school takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:10 – 8:50.  Electives for the third quarter/second semester include Band, Power of the Pen, STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math) projects, Science Fair, Yearbook, School Newspaper, Service, Academic Assist/Study Hall, and Yoga.

A Few Reminders:

For the Safety of Children

  • If you pick up your child at the end of the day, keep a clear path from the doors of the elementary school to the buses.  Teachers need to carefully supervise and monitor students during this time.  It becomes very difficult to do so when adults are mixed in with the students.  Please stay along the “side-lines” as much as possible.
  • If your children normally take the bus home at the end of the day, and you plan to pick them up instead, please send a note to the teacher.  If you have not been able to do this in advance, please notify the teacher that you are taking your child from the class dismissal line.   
  • If you need to enter the building, please wait until all classes have exited.
  • If you pick up at the middle school, please remember that students may not walk through the parking lot to reach your vehicle.  Either drive to the middle school pick-up point or walk and meet your child at that location.  (I am not concerned that middle school students cannot negotiate a parking lot. They are old enough.  I am concerned that adult drivers can become distracted, are talking on cell phones, or driving too fast in a parking lot, and in doing so put students at risk.)

Missing Child Legislation. This is a reminder from Mrs. Hoehn, our school nurse, that in accordance with Ohio Revised Code regarding the Missing Children’s Act, parents must notify the school of their children’s absence prior to or the same day the child is absent from school. Unless you have given us prior notice, we ask that you make that call no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day your child is absent.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


When: Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. - midnight

Where: St Joseph School East Campus

$75 per ticket: Includes an evening with a French-themed dinner, wine, music and raffles!  Bid high and bid often on our wonderful live and silent auction items.  All profits will be applied to the advancement of technology, tuition assistance, campus improvements, and the St. Joseph School Endowment Fund.

Deadline for reservations: January 20, 2016

For tickets and more information, contact St. Joseph School: 419-882-6670

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR INVITATION AND RSVP


See the form below for great values in sponsorship opportunities!


Registration for 2016-2017 preschool year is underway. Registration forms are available in the elementary school office, west campus. We follow a strict set of guidelines for the registration process so that we might give everyone in the community a chance to attend for our program. These guidelines are listed by date below:

  • January 4-10, 2016 current St. Joseph Preschool families may register.
  • January 11-17, 2016 current St. Joseph Elementary school families may register.
  • January 18-23, 2016 current St. Joseph Parish members may register.
  • January 24, 2016 Preschool Open House 11:30-2:00. Registration is open to the public.

Please join us Sunday, January 24th.  for the St. Joseph Open House. We will be welcoming families from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The preschool is located on the west campus, right across the parking lot from the church.

St. Joseph Preschool is designed for 3, 4, and 5 year-old children. We offer morning sessions and an extended day program along with before and after school care. Our classes have an excellent teacher/child ratio with an individualized curriculum and we urge you to come and see all that we offer.

If you are unable to attend the Open House please feel free to call Nancy Okuley, preschool director at (419)882-9701 for more information.


  • Up to 25% off!  Our best sale of the year!
  • Discounted Shipping during our winter sale!

See flyer below for details.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

All Families and Friends of St. Joseph School:
Mark your calendars and plan to attend … the 10th Annual Benefit Dinner, January 30, 6:00 PM - midnight in the Fr. Wurzel Family Center.
Contact the school at 419-882-6670 for ticket information.

Donations Desired…

The most amazing items have been donated to the Silent Auction of our annual Benefit Dinner over the past nine years, but our Silent Auction needs the support of our parishioners, school families, and friends, as much as the support of area companies! Creative thinkers and out-of-the-box ideas are all welcome!  Please consider making a donation – it is a great way to get your name and products or services in front of a receptive audience. Most importantly, all proceeds benefit St. Joseph School for technology, tuition assistance, and our endowment fund…these are just some of the ways your support makes a difference to our students.

Are you able to donate $100…more or less is appreciated…to be used by our committee to buy items for our Silent Auction?  (Electronics, such as iPads, Fitbits or phones, American Girl Dolls or Lego sets) …OR…Would you consider donating one of these items? …OR…jewelry, tickets to sporting events or concerts, time shares, home or business products or services, furniture, fun adventures for kids and families, or any item of your choosing that we could auction.  Please complete the form below and return it to the school.  Contact Juli Snyder at 419-262-0044/jsnyder@stjoesylvania.org or Kim Koesters at 937-371-8474/ kkoesters@stjoesylvania.org.  

You will be recognized in our benefit dinner program as a Donor!                                                 

Make checks payable to St. Joseph School.  Return to school…“Attention: Benefit Dinner.”  Please see flyer below.  Copies were also sent home in all Thursday envelopes.


Dear Parent:

We are blessed!

At the Franciscan Center last night…

We were blessed by a wonderful Christmas Program presented by the children of third, fourth, and fifth grades.  Under the direction of Mrs. Bess Mass, the children sang with clear, strong, beautiful voices.  It was a performance to be cherished by not only students but by their families and friends.  On Friday of last week, families of our first and second graders were invited to our annual Christmas Songfest. The voices of these primary children were lovely and their songs made even more beautiful by their joyful smiles.

We are blessed by our parish community.  Because of the faithful and faith-filled support of our many parishioners, we are able to serve the children who are with us today and to prepare for the ones who will come to us “tomorrow.”

We are blessed by our Pastor, Msgr. Dennis Metzger, and Associate Pastor, Rev. Charles Ritter who steadfastly embrace the ministry of Catholic education.  With energy and vision they fully participate in the partnership we have with parents and in the formation of children in faith, academics, and service.

We are blessed by parents, who allow us to enter their lives as partners in the education of their children.  I do not have enough words to speak of all the ways that parents enter into a relationship with us.  They volunteer, they share, they fund raise, and they celebrate the joy of learning in a Catholic school environment. Their commitment to the faith formation of their children is a blessing to our school and to our future.

We are blessed by our faculty and staff.  They are a community of faith and their Catholic School ministry calls them to holiness.  They witness their faith and dedicate their lives to a vocation that is dynamic…one that challenges them to respond to a world growing in complexity. Through their dedication, they bless all of us.

We are blessed by our students.  The goal of our school is for students to learn much more than content.  Our goals include formative outcomes:  that students will be able to see the presence of God in events and experiences of their lives; that they will become persons of integrity, compassion, and forgiveness; that they will recognize how they learn, know how to be reflective, appreciate their personal gifts, and demonstrate personal responsibility; that they understand and take responsibility for becoming contributing members of society; that they learn to question the world through higher order thinking skills; and that they recognize the creative gifts that they and others possess.

…and at Christmas, we are blessed by the love, joy, and peace that the birth of our Savior brings.

On behalf of the students and staff of St. Joseph School, I wish you a blessed Christmas.  May the peace and joy of Christ's birth be with you throughout the year.

Calendar Reminders

  • The Second Quarter ends on Friday, December 18, 2015. 
  • Christmas Vacation begins on Monday, December 21, 2015. 
  • School resumes on Monday, January 4, 2016.
  • Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

Merry Christmas,

Sally A. Koppinger, Principal


The annual PTO Christmas Luncheon was held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. A lunch of ham, turkey, cheese potato casseroles, breads, salads and desserts was provided by the Faculty Luncheon Committee.  Many thanks to those who volunteered their time to help make the Christmas Luncheon a success. The following individuals were able to find time at this very hectic time of year to provide a fabulous Christmas lunch for the faculty, staff, and Parish Center employees.

Thank you: Kate Kelly, Sandy Gilley, Jenny Durnell, Tracy Kindl, Stacy Steward, Nancy Arquette, Amy Meader, Niki Simon, Kate Beutel, Mindy Bieber, Kristy Brinker, Amanda Brzuchalski, Julie Axe, Melissa Lalonde, Nicole Grzecki, Ann Riddle, Susan Suwinski, Casey Barbour, Missy Anspaugh, Amy Finnegan, Tracy Leamy, Amy Carroll, Michelle Hacker, Rita Hayes, Nikki Myers, Kelly Deisher, Amy Ziegler, Richelle Smith, Julie Forgach, Cherie Pelok, Lynda Row, Kim Eltschlager, Brenda Hoffman, Kristy Brinker, Sinead Revard, Terri McGranahan, Alisa Heerdegan, Heidi Randazzo, Tina Mueller, and Maegen Verkennes.

We would also like to thank House of Meats on Alexis Rd. for specially honey glazing hams for us and Sautter’s for helping us purchase the poinsettias.

Wishing you all a very relaxing and blessed holiday season!


Boys and Girls in any grades K-8 at any level!

Instructional lessons provided by Chess Master Ryan Clayton and Parent Volunteer Sonja Droll (Ryan is the highest rated chess player in NW Ohio!)
Lessons at St. Joseph School in the Banquet Hall
Lessons are Thursdays 2:45-4:00 p.m.

See form below.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Last Day of School: Friday, December 18, 2015. On this our last day of school prior to Christmas, we will celebrate an all-school liturgy at 8:20am. Following liturgy the Middle School Choir directed by Mrs. Allison Krzyminski will offer a short choral performance for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Pre-school classes have also been invited. All students (K-8) are invited to celebrate this last day of school of the first semester with a "Christmas casual/jeans day."

Christmas Program.

Our annual Christmas Program for third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take place on Wednesday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. Following are a few notes and reminders:

  • Third grade students should report to Conference Room A between 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.
  • Fourth grade students report to Conference Room B between 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Students should wear dress clothes in Christmas colors. Beside the traditional red and green, we have come to know over the many years that we have performed at the Franciscan Center that purple, pink, white, blue, aqua, black, navy, brown, orange, yellow, and other un-named colors all become Christmas colors under the beautiful stage lights of the Center.

Please take your children’s coats when you drop them off at the Conference Rooms. Teachers will lead the children onto the stage at 6:50 pm. After the performance, children will be back in Conference Room A (third grade) or Conference Room B (fourth grade). Students must check out with a teacher or assistant before they leave.

  • Fifth grade students report to the Green Room (lower level) at 6:30 p.m. These students already received instructions on what to wear and should come dressed in whatever parts of their costumes are not already at the Franciscan Center.

If you arrive earlier than the times listed above, your children must stay with you until 6:30 p.m. Teacher supervision of students does not begin until 6:30 p.m. Students may not enter the Conference Rooms until a teacher or teacher assistant is present. The doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30.

The "e-Thursday Envelope" of this week will include January's Calendar.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger,  Principal


One Great Night in Paris …

Five ways to support the cause for Catholic Education.

Un:  Pre-purchase tickets for the traditional Benefit Dinner Raffle

Deux:  Get Your tickets early

Trois:  Become a Sponsor

Quatre:  Make a Silent Auction Donation

Cinq:  Pre-purchase tickets for the Free Tuition Raffle

For more information see form below.  Hard copy has been included in all Thursday envelopes today.


Boys and Girls in any grades K-8 at any level!

Instructional lessons provided by Chess Master Ryan Clayton and Parent Volunteer Sonja Droll (Ryan is the highest rated chess player in NW Ohio!)
Lessons at St. Joseph School in the Banquet Hall
Lessons are Thursdays 2:45-4:00 p.m.

See form below.


Please take a moment to read the December edition of Nutrition Nuggets.


Thank you to the families who have generously donated to our library through the Birthday Book Club.


  • Ages: For all boys’ grades 1 – 8
  • Location: St. Francis De Sales School  2323 W. Bancroft St., Toledo, Ohio 43607
  • Practice Times: Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 6:00 – 7:15 starting on December 16, 2015 – mid February 2016
  • 6:00 – 7:30 for more advanced wrestlers
  • Wrestlers will be divided into smaller groups based upon experience level
  • Cost: $50 per wrestler

Fee includes St. Francis Wrestling Club t-shirt and shorts
Wrestling shoes are not required
Coaches: Casey Talbott
Jim Saba – St. Francis Head Wrestling Coach
Denny Pool – St. Francis Varsity Assistant Coach


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dear St. Joseph School  Parents,

Service.  We want to thank you again for your generous support of the service projects that students participated in over the last few weeks.  You have helped children understand that by working together their contributions, regardless of size, can have a significant effect

Ohio State/Michigan Day.   Our Ohio State/Michigan Day fundraising event supports the Central City Ministry of Toledo Catholic Schools.  The schools are Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral.  With your support, Ohio State fans contributed $931.91. Michigan fans contributed $513.26, and our loyal Notre Dame fans supported this fundraiser with donations totaling $324.17.  Total donations for this event were $1769.34.

Thanksgiving Basket Collections.   The restocking of the pantry at Sylvania Area Family Services and the creation holiday baskets for families in need were very much appreciated. The Catholic social justice principle of solidarity reminds us that we are indeed our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.  Our children grow in their ability to understand this principle – to develop empathy for others - through service to their local and global communities.

December Reminders.

Friday, December 11 - Christmas Songfest for Grades One and Two.  Church, 9:00 – 9:30 am.  This is a brief but wonderful performance of Christmas carols by our first and second graders.  Under the direction of Mrs. Bess Mass, these children joyfully proclaim the Christmas message.  I hope you are able to join us.  (Students wear their uniforms.  It is not a dress-up day.)

Wednesday, December 16 – Christmas Program for Grades Three, Four, and Five. Franciscan Center, at Lourdes University. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  This is our annual program for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. It is always delightful and deserving of the “bravos” that come from the audience.  The theater is always filled to capacity.  In years past we have felt it necessary to distribute tickets to each family and the limit was four.  This year, we do not feel that is necessary.  There is room for families to have six seats.  Please keep that in mind as you make plans and limit those attending from your family to six.  Dress rehearsal is scheduled for 9:00 am on December 16 and all school students attend at this time.  Many families also use this time to bring grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles that, because of space limitations, cannot attend in the evening.  The performance, under the direction of Mrs. Bess Mass, St. Joseph School kindergarten to grade five music teacher, promises to again be a wonderful experience for students and parents. Students are asked to wear “dress-up” clothes, in Christmas colors, if possible.

Calendar  2016 – 2017.  We are currently working on the calendar for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  We expect it to be able to publish it in early January.  The question we are beginning to receive is in regard to the date of the Fall Intersession Week 2016.  I do realize that many parents need to “put in” for vacation time almost a year in advance.  Though it is not yet confirmed, it does strongly appear that Fall Intersession Week 2016 will be October 17 – 21, 2016.  Again, I will share the complete calendar with you as soon as possible, which should be in early January.

Catholic High School Placement Test.  On Saturday, December 5, 2015, beginning at 8:00 am students in eighth grade who anticipate attending a Catholic high school will take the Diocesan High School Placement Test.  Eighth grade students take the test at the high school of their first choice.  Our students test very successfully and receive significant scholarships as a result.

I very much realize that as parents it is a challenge to imagine the future for your pre-eighth grade student – whether he/she is a seventh grader or a first grader – when you think about the cost of tuition for a Catholic high school.  Whatever your child’s age, the Catholic high schools want you to know that tuition assistance, financial aid, scholarships and work/study opportunities may bring tuition to a level that allows you to freely make a choice. The freedom to choose Catholic education is a key issue as we work with parents.  As a Catholic school educator for many years, I believe we must work unrelentingly, persistently, diligently, never giving up, to find a way to fund Catholic education other than through our Catholic parents.  There is certainly progress being made in trying to address this issue in every parish and Catholic high school in the country.  But it is not enough.  St. Joseph School budgets almost $200,000 a year for tuition assistance.  Please know that if you are with us now, I want you to stay and will do all I can to make that happen.  If your child is graduating and you are not sure you have the freedom to choose a Catholic high school, go to the high school and find out what is offered.  You may be surprised.

My best to you as you prepare for this holy season.

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


INVITATIONS:

Your formal invitation to From Paris, With Love is enclosed in today’s Thursday Envelope.  We hope you will be able to join us for this much-anticipated winter “fun-raiser.”  If you’ve never attended –try it –you won’t be disappointed!  There is something for everyone!


FREE TUITION:  (For the lucky winner of the SJS Benefit Dinner tuition raffle)

The tuition raffle will be held the night of the St. Joseph School Benefit Dinner on January 30, 2016.

The winner will receive one free tuition at the parishioner rate for the 2016-2017 school year* or one preschool tuition for up to five days!

(In the event all tickets are not sold, tuition amount awarded will be equal to the amount sold.)

Tickets are $25.00 each -- Only 250 tickets will be sold!


Ooh La La Lottery  $10.00 PER CHANCE - OPEN TO ALL!

NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN!

#1 Franciscan Center VIP Seating-- (two winners ‐ 7 seats each)

            Grades 3‐5 Christmas Program, December 2016!

#2 Reserved VIP Seating--Christmas Eve 2016 Mass!

#3 Prime Reserved Parking-- West Campus, Feb - Dec!

#4 A Jeans Day‐A‐Month for each of your children, Feb - Dec!

#5 Free Cafeteria Lunch for one child from Feb - Dec!

#6 Two Free Tickets to the 2017 Benefit Dinner!


December 10, 2015

Santa’s elves have been working hard again this year to make the Christmas Shop another success!   The students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in the St. Joseph Christmas Shop.  The shop provides an opportunity for students to select personal gift items for their parents, grandparents, teachers, etc.

 A sample of items and their prices is on the reverse side of this letter to help guide the students with their selection.  All items will be wrapped and tagged for the students and they may purchase up to five (5) items.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every item will be available when your child visits the shop and some items and colors may vary.  We have worked hard to provide the students with a variety of items and there will be plenty of wonderful choices!

We want to stress that the main purpose for the Christmas Shop is to help teach our children that it’s truly about giving and the importance of thinking of others during the Christmas Season.  Maybe your children can “earn” their shopping money by helping out around the house!   If you have any questions please let us know!!

Eileen Gemerchak                                                                                Jenny Durnell

ebgemerchak@bex.net                                                                         jennydurnell19@gmail.com                                           

***If you do not wish to have your child or children participate in this activity, please fill out bottom portion of the form below and return it to your youngest child’s teacher by December 8.

This form and the price listings have been sent home to each family today.


Hour of Code

St Joseph will be joining the grassroots campaign this year along with millions of other students the week of December 7 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

-What is it?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to de-mystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

-Why Computer Science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Typing Pal

This year St Joseph School is using an online typing program called Typing Pal that all students can use no matter their device.  They are welcome to practice at home and play the typing games as well.  Their login information is as follows:

URL:  https://school.typingpal.com/index_ecole.asp?STSCSTJS

Username: classfirstnamefirstinitiallastname    ie: 1jlaurenm

Password: firstname123    ie: lauren123

Differentiated Reading

Some of our classrooms are beginning some “daily news” online reading programs that allow us to adjust the reading level to each student.

Tweentribune.com - is a free, not-for-profit online newspaper for kids, aged 8–15. It is updated daily with stories from the Associated Press that are chosen based on relevancy to pre-adolescents.

Newsela.com - is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant daily news.


Hour of Code

St Joseph will be joining the grassroots campaign this year along with millions of other students the week of December 7 in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

-What is it?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to de-mystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

-Why Computer Science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Typing Pal

This year St Joseph School is using an online typing program called Typing Pal that all students can use no matter their device.  They are welcome to practice at home and play the typing games as well.  Their login information is as follows:

URL:  https://school.typingpal.com/index_ecole.asp?STSCSTJS

Username: classfirstnamefirstinitiallastname    ie: 1jlaurenm

Password: firstname123    ie: lauren123

Differentiated Reading

Some of our classrooms are beginning some “daily news” online reading programs that allow us to adjust the reading level to each student.

Tweentribune.com - is a free, not-for-profit online newspaper for kids, aged 8–15. It is updated daily with stories from the Associated Press that are chosen based on relevancy to pre-adolescents.

Newsela.com - is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant daily news.


What a great group of volunteers we had again this year.  Our Book Fair was a huge success once again due to the work of our volunteers and all the families who made purchases from the vast selection of books sent to our school by Scholastic. All profits go directly to our school library for new book purchases, to support our Follett Software checkout system, and for our Right to Read author presentation and prizes.

We Give a Cheer to our Volunteers!

Set-Up Committee Helpers: Leslee Payne, Mary Carney, Mary and Greg Leugers, Alia Angel, Erica and Samantha Lehr, Patty Unger and Michelle Colella.

Book Fair Helpers:  Sandy Yeager, Rosie Allore, Kerry Ashburner, Tracy McCanna, Mary Leugers, Leslee Payne, Viv Knapp, Mary Carney, Denise Brown, Jill Tiell, Elaine Dickendasher, Iain McNeil, Juliette Donovan, Molly Finn, Missy Anspaugh, Amanda Brzuchalski, Amy Meader, Tina Mueller, Emily Caruso, Eva Eilerts, Becky Puffenberger, Maria Stoute, Valerie Bullard, Beth Parker, Alia Angel, Kristie Haley, Patty Unger, Julia Axe, Stacy Steward, Michelle Colella, Lindsay Templeton, Erin Fawcett, Tiffany Pepper, Eileen Gemerchak, Luminita Ellis, Sarah Gabel, Dina Angel, Jennifer Torchia, Anna and Elena Axe, Annette, Gina and Ava Napoli.  

Take-Down Committee Helpers:   Amanda Brzuchalski, Leslee Payne, Juliette Donovan and Patty Unger.

A special thank you to Rosie Allore for helping with the financial forms and counting all those pennies!

All paid orders and all on-line orders have been filled and passed out.

Thank you for all of your continued support.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Until next year!

MaryAnn Wisniewski                                  

Librarian                                           


Every fall, as you know we host our annual Fall Fundraiser. The fundraiser raises money that is vital to the growth to St. Joseph School. This year, our fundraiser was a HUGE success and we could not have done that without the effort each and every family that participated.

The fundraiser could not have been as successful without the help of our amazing volunteers! We would like to thank the following women who gave up their time to help us as well as SJS:

Alia Angel, Chris Britsch, Amanda Brzuchalski, Jenni Buerk, Michelle Cendol, Jen Clonch, Juliette Donovan, Jenny Durnell, Julie Forgach, Eileen Gemerchak, Jill Halker, Brenda Hoffman, Michelle Koop, Melissa Lalonde, Amy Malek, Anna Meyer, Tina Mueller, Kara Nachtrab, Beth Parker, Richelle Smith. If we have forgotten someone, we apologize but please know your help was GREATLY appreciated!

Many thanks!

Cherie Pelok and Sandy Gilley


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November 16, 2015 to January 3, 2016

15% off

  • blazers - blank & custom
  • doll dresses
  • hair accessories
  • value pants, including 5204 -blank and custom
  • value shorts - blank and custom
  • value knit shirts and 8339 - blank and custom
  • sweaters blank and custom
  • gym wear - blank and custom
  • vests - 1351,1352,1358,3359 - blank and custom
  • fleece items - 2294, 2295, 2296 blank and custom
  • modesty shorts 3271
  • drawstring bags - blank and custom
  • applique sweatshirts

 

25% off

  • premium blouses and oxford shirts - blank and custom
  • premium knit shirts - blank and custom
  • girls' and boys' premium pants - custom and blank
  • girls' and boys' premium shorts - custom and blank
  • emblems
  • backpacks
  • lunchboxes
  • shoes
  • ties - blank and custom 
  • stain sticks (13)
  • cloth labels/marker  (56)
  • belts

HOSIERY IS “BUY 3, 4TH IS FREE”.  THIS WILL RING UP AS 25% OFF EACH HOSIERY ITEM ONCE THE MINIMUM QUANTITY OF 4 IS REACHED.  THIS INCLUDES SOCKS, TIGHTS & LEGGINGS - MIX & MATCH ANY STYLES, COLORS OR SIZES.


9th Annual Irish Dance Team Clinic and Performance

We’re excited to welcome all grade school (K-8) girls back for the 9th Annual Irish Dance Team Clinic and Performance for a home men’s basketball game, an opportunity to perform at the game, and a clinic T-shirt. On Saturday, December 19 there will be a morning clinic to learn the routine for the halftime performance later that evening.  If you are interested please view the flyer and waiver below.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

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.

Happy Thanksgiving,

 

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


We would like our school families to be aware of the tremendous impact and important work that has been accomplished because of the proceeds of the previous nine St. Joseph School Benefit Dinners.  We are proud of the fact that our Benefit Dinners have raised over $600,000 in nine years!  Over these years, profits have been applied to our school’s endowment fund, tuition assistance, playground enhancement and technology.

OUR HISTORY

2007        Night in Venice                       $96,150.16

2008        Mardi Gras on Main                $72,104.74

2009        Escape to Vegas                    $64,786.01

2010        Set Sail on Main                     $50,146.40

2011        Lights-Camera-Auction!           $72,538.86

2012       Odyssey on the Orient Express   $58,036.84

2013        We’re Having a Heat Wave      $61,830.71

2014        The Big Chill                          $56,749.00

2015        A Morocckin’ Night                 $68,060.98

2016        From Paris, With Love            $   ?

 

St. Joseph School Benefit Dinner directly benefits our children…now and into the future!  We encourage you to find a way to become involved.                               

Jenni Buerk, Andrea DuBois, Carol Lindsley and Maegen Verkennes  General Chairpersons


FREE TUITION!!

(For the lucky winner of the SJS Benefit Dinner tuition raffle)

The tuition raffle will be held the night of the St. Joseph School Benefit Dinner on January 30, 2016.

The winner will receive one free tuition at the parishioner rate for the 2016-2017 school year* or one preschool tuition for up to five days!

(In the event all tickets are not sold, tuition amount awarded will be equal to the amount sold.)

Tickets are $25.00 each -- Only 250 tickets will be sold!

Download the form below and return it with payment to either school office. You will receive a statement as confirmation of your entry.

*Transferable, but cannot be exchanged for cash.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.
5373 Main St., Sylvania
Open to the Public, General Admission
$16 in Advance / $18 At the Door
Tickets Available at the Parish Center
Call for Reserved Seating, 419-882-3284
Tickets will be sold after the 4:30, 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and Noon


St. Joseph School PTO cordially invites you for a a fun filled day of holiday shopping at Learning Express

20% of your purchase will be donated  to our program!

Must present voucher St. Joseph School PTO to receive credit for your purchase.

Vouchers were included in all Thursday envelopes today or you may download the vouchers below.


Central Catholic Drama Club Presents Little Women

Join us for one of three performances of "Little Women" presented by the Central Catholic Drama Club. Performances will take place at The Village Players Theater, 2047 Upton Ave., Toledo, on Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. This timeless classic about the March sisters' journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 for students, CCHS faculty and guests over 60 years of age. General admission tickets are $10.
 

 

Central Catholic Presents Sounds of Christmas
Bring your family to ever-popular Sounds of Christmas performance on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., at the Valentine Theatre. This is a wonderful way to begin celebrating the holidays. Tickets may be purchased by calling Central Catholic at 419-255-2280 x 1052.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sponsorship forms and important information regarding the 2016 Annual Benefit Dinner have been sent home today in all Thursday envelopes.  You may also download and print the PDF's below.


Congratulations to the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students on their achievement in honors for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 school year.  Hard copy has been sent home in all Thursday envelopes.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.
5373 Main St., Sylvania
Open to the Public, General Admission
$16 in Advance / $18 At the Door
Tickets Available at the Parish Center
Call for Reserved Seating, 419-882-3284
Tickets will be sold after the 4:30, 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and Noon


St. Joseph School PTO cordially invites you for a a fun filled day of holiday shopping at Learning Express

20% of your purchase will be donated  to our program!

Must present voucher St. Joseph School PTO to receive credit for your purchase.

Vouchers were included in all Thursday envelopes today or you may download the vouchers below.


The 2015-16 Positive Direction program officially kicked off on Wednesday, October 28 with a Liturgy and a bagel breakfast (for middle school students and their parents) followed by the first speaker of the year…Mr. Frank DiLallo.  

We would like to thank the following individuals for volunteering their time to help make the bagel breakfast a success:  Christine Angevine, Amanda Brzuchalski, Lina Gomez-Castro, Karen Burtscher, Jenny Durnell and Stacy Steward.  Many thanks go to Shelly Piscopo for taking on the job of chairing this event.

On another note, congratulations to the winners of the slogan/theme contest:  Sage Gibson (8H), Jillian Parker (7U) and Amanda Pawlecki (7U).  Congratulations also go to the three finalists in the t-shirt design contest:  Sofia Marquez (7MJ), Jillian Parker (7U), and Emma Hoyt (7JJ).  We love the winning t-shirt! – “Be the person God created you to be” (slogan by Amanda Pawlecki and t-shirt design by Emma Hoyt).


Click below to load this edition from our guidance office.  Know! The Impact of Childhood Trauma


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dear Parents,

Christian Service.  Students at St. Joseph School are encouraged to witness and integrate the message and mission of Jesus, especially through service.  To BE an influence in the world is to accept, to proclaim, the Catholic Social Teaching principle of solidarity – that we are, indeed, our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

Thanksgiving and Christmas. Though service is a focus throughout the year, the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons give our students a chance to participate in outreach activities.  Working with referrals from Sylvania Area Family Services, our students, faculty, and staff reach out to identified families at Thanksgiving.  Food items and gift cards are collected or purchased as classrooms create Thanksgiving Food Baskets.  At Christmas, additional families are identified and Food/Gift Baskets are assembled.  Students are given a list of suggested items for the food baskets.

Ohio State/Michigan Day.  Our Ohio State/Michigan Day is Tuesday, November 24.  The fundraising for this annual day supports the needs of a Catholic central city elementary school. Our “Ohio State” and “Michigan” jars (yes, Notre Dame will be there, too!) will be set up on Monday November 16 through Tuesday, November 24.  Contributions may be made to a student’s favorite team.  All students are invited to dress down on the 24th in Michigan or Ohio State colors.   This is the 21st year that we have helped support the ministries of a central city school with this favorite activity.

Hannah’s Socks – Care, Share, Give a Pair.  St. Joseph Parish is sponsoring a collection for Hannah’s Socks.  It will conclude on Sunday, November 8.  There are collection boxes at the doors of church and outside of both the east and west campus school offices.  Information about this outreach has been in the Parish Bulletin so I believe you know the story of how this non-profit came to be.  The socks that you donate can be for men, women, or children – any size.  HOWEVER, THIS YEAR THERE IS A CRITICAL NEED FOR MEN’S SOCKS.  When you bring one pair…to Mass with you on Saturday or Sunday and place them in the collection boxes at the doors of the church…you will know that you’re making a difference.

Annual Italian Dinner.  Please join us on Monday, November 9, for an evening of good food and fun.  Our annual Italian Dinner will be served from 4:30 pm until “the meatballs run out,” or 8:00 pm, whichever comes first. 

Scholastic Book Fair will be open for sales on Monday, November  9 and Tuesday, November 10, from 8:30 am to7:30 pm.  It will be open during the Italian Dinner; come and enjoy dinner and then shop the Book Fair.  Everyone is welcome; spread the news to family and friends.  Sale days for students are Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10.
Non-Public Schools Low Income Eligibility Form for 2015 – 2016. This form was included in last month’s Thursday Envelope and may also be found on our website. I am including it again today because there are many state and federal funds that are available to us based on these eligibility numbers.  If you qualify, but did not complete the form last month, please take a moment and complete it today.  Return the form to my office (Mrs. Sally Koppinger, Principal) in a sealed envelope marked confidential. 

Friday, November 6.  Celebration Day for a Great PTO Fundraiser.  Tomorrow, students are invited to dress-down (a.k.a. Jeans Day) in celebration of the success of our PTO fundraiser for the year.  Students need to wear athletic shoes as some of the activities take place in the gym.  Led by Mrs. Sandy Gilley and Mrs. Cherie Pelok, this year’s fundraiser generated greater profit than we have had for quite a few years.  Mrs. Gilley and Mrs. Pelok kept the sale time shorter than it has been in previous years and that proved to be a very successful plan.  They also led the way as they cheered families and encouraged them to post their returns as soon as possible.  They recruited great helpers when it came time to organize and distribute the items purchased.  A special thank you to all of our families for supporting this fundraiser.

Coming to Middle School.  Three additional options are being added to the elective period (8:10 am – 8:55 am). 

  • Power of the Pen information will be sent home by Mrs. Jessica Jones. 
  • Mrs. Pat Mallory will lead a Science Fair Club.  It will be an elective that enables students to explore the scientific method and research-based analysis.  Students will be able to present locally in fulfillment of the requirements to compete at the district and state levels. 
  • Mrs. Theresa Kulka will coordinate requests for student volunteers in response to parish service initiatives that can be accomplished during the elective period.

Thank you for your wonderful support of our educational ministry.  Your presence at Parent/Teacher Conferences is an affirmation of your commitment to Catholic Education.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


We celebrate the success of our 2015 P.T.O. Fall Fundraiser with Prize Day. It will take place tomorrow, Friday, November 6 during school hours.

Students will take part in and receive the various prizes in the west campus gym based on their family’s sales. 

Students will also take part in fun activities in the classrooms when not in the gym.

Events in the gym will include the following:

  • Jeans passes handed out
  • Tug-O-War for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
  • Minion Hair & Glasses will be passed out
  • Air Extreme Experience (inflatables)
  • Cat Race for students grades K-5
  • Pig Race for students grades 6-8
  • Money Machine Grab

The cat and pig race, as well as the money machine grab, will involve only one child (1) per family. If your family reached these levels, please determine which member of the family will participate prior to the morning of November 6. This will allow things to run more smoothly, as well as eliminate any confusion.

Prize Day is a one-day event. Should your child be absent on November 6, unfortunately, he or she will not be able to participate at another date or time. However, they will be able to receive their jeans pass, Minion hair and glasses and their cat or pig. In regards to the limo lunch, we are working out the details and more information will be coming once a date has been determined.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sandy Gilley (419-841-0626) or Cherie Pelok (419-841-1823).


Dear Parents and Families:

Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

Set the example. Let children see you read.
Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

All classes are scheduled for shopping times according to the schedule below (pdf).  Please feel free to come and shop with your child and their class.  You can pay for purchases with cash, credit card, or a check made payable to St. Joseph’s School.

Book Fair dates: Monday Nov. 9th from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm.  (We will be open during the Italian Dinner).  Tuesday Nov. 10th from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our online Fair is available from Oct. 26 to Nov. 13.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Wisniewski, Librarian


We are in need of many volunteers in order to ensure a successful 2016 St. Joseph School Benefit Dinner.  If you are willing to be a part of our 10th Anniversary event, please indicate by checking off any committees that interest you!  Every attempt will be made to utilize your talents, however, due to some committees being more popular than others, please also indicate if you would be open to helping wherever needed.  Return your form to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, November 13.  Thank You!

Original hard copies were sent home in all family envelopes today.


It’s a SJS Family Movie Night!

  • Friday, November 13
  • 7 PM
  • Fr. Wurzel Family Center

Bring your pillows and picnic blankets and come for a night of family, friends and movie fun at school!

featuring

Inside Out

Capsule Review by the Catholic News Service:  "Inside Out" (Disney)

Splendid animated comedy, founded on strong values, in which an 11-year-old girl's (voice of Kaitlyn Dias) personified emotions -- principally Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) -- struggle to help her cope with the crisis brought on by her family's move from Minnesota to San Francisco. Aided by top-notch supporting performances from, among others, comedian Lewis Black as the lass' Anger and Richard Kind as her big-hearted imaginary friend, co-directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen prove equally deft at tickling and touching the wide-ranging audience for which their Pixar production is suitable. A few potentially upsetting incidents, a single mature reference. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.  Some material may not be suitable for children.  Please continue reading (below) for an in-depth review.


St. Francis de Sales School held their honors assembly earlier this month.  The following students from St. Joseph School Sylvania were nominated as being one of the best students in their class for individual subjects.  Those with names bolded received top student honors. 

Spanish – Carter Smith, AJ Wawrzyniak, Samuel Pfeiffer, Nicholas Lehmkuhl,

Jake Reece

Spanish – Hector Marquez

Social Studies – Samuel Pfeiffer

Art – AJ Wawrzyniak

Chinese – Ryan Cendol

Science – Carter Smith, Jake Reece

English – AJ Wawrzyniak, Jake Reece, Hector Marquez

Math – Carter Smith, Jake Reece

Congratulations to the students from St. Joseph Sylvania who strive to do their very best at St. Francis de Sales School.


Adopting a family is a simple way to celebrate our customs while sharing Christ’s message of love for all.   

We work with several agencies in our area to provide a traditional Christmas for those who cannot provide it for themselves.

Anyone can adopt – your family, relatives, businesses, groups, you and your friends, etc.  

You can select the size of family, and whether you would like to wrap and deliver the gifts, or drop them off at the East Campus Meeting Room for our wrapping & delivery volunteers to handle. Just call, text, or email Karen David (419) 343-5515 (Cell); (419) 843-9065 or karensdavid@bex.net for details. 

Another way to help is to make a donation 

(check payable to St. Joseph Parish and dropped off at the Parish Office labeled “Christmas Ministry”). 

Or, you can volunteer! 

We are seeking workers for 2 hr. shifts in our “workshop”, wrapping, and deliveries between 12/5 and 12/19.

We invite you to “wear the hat” this season!

Help us share Christ’s message of love for all.

The Christmas Ministry Team


St. Joseph School PTO cordially invites you for a a fun filled day of holiday shopping at Learning Express

20% of your purchase will be donated  to our program!

Must present voucher St. Joseph School PTO to receive credit for your purchase.

Vouchers were included in all Thursday envelopes today or you may download the vouchers below.


Thursday, October 29 2015

Dear Parents,

Parent-Teacher Conferences.  We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday and Tuesday, November 2nd and 3rd for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  We value the opportunity this gives all of us to collaborate on educational issues.  I encourage you to write down any questions you may have before you come to your conference.  It helps to keep the meeting focused and makes the best use of the time available.  Be prepared to take notes especially about recommendations that the teacher makes.  Since the conferences are scheduled back-to-back it is important that you arrive on time.  I encourage you to knock on the classroom door when it is your conference time.  If the teacher does not respond within a few minutes, please knock again, more insistently.  You are not being discourteous; you are helping the teacher stay on schedule.  If you or your child’s teacher discovers that you need more time, a follow-up conference should be scheduled for a later date.  The Conference Schedule was included with today’s Thursday Envelope.

Report Cards were sent home to parents today. As I mentioned in yesterday’s letter, the change in format allows us to communicate more effectively with our parent community.  It may take some time to become comfortable with the revised evaluation code.  The most important thing to remember is the symbols have specific definitions and do not mean the same that they used to.  The learning goal is to demonstrate proficiency within a standard.  Proficiency is communicated with a check mark.   A check-minus does not mean that there are deficits that are of concern.  A check-minus indicates that progress is being made but proficiency has not yet been attained.  We expect students to reach proficiency by the end of the year.  A plus sign is going to be hard to achieve.  It does not mean that a student’s participation, conduct, neatness, and perhaps homework are excellent.  A plus sign is used to indicate that the student has exceeded the criteria for proficiency and has independently applied the standard in a manner that reflects higher level thinking skills significantly beyond his or her grade level.

Christian Service.  Students at St. Joseph School are encouraged to witness and integrate the message and mission of Jesus, especially through service.  To be an influence in the world is to accept, to proclaim, the Catholic Social Teaching Principle of solidarity—that we are, indeed, our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.  Plans are underway for our annual outreach at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  In addition to our traditional outreach at the holidays, we support diocesan central city schools with our annual Ohio State/Michigan.  This year’s date is Tuesday, November 24.  The game will be played on November 28.  On November 24, students may dress down in their favorite team’s colors.  They are invited to make a donation to the team collection jars that are set up in each office.  The funds that are collected are sent to the two diocesan Central City Schools, Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral.

Coming Soon:

Dates for the Annual Christmas Programs.

  • December 16, Grades 3 – 5, Concert at the Franciscan Center
  • December 11, Grades 1 – 2, Songfest

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


Want to Play Chess Matches? Wednesdays Nov 11 – Dec 9 St. Joseph School Chess Club Open to K Through 8th Grade

Register Now for matches only (new registrants only)

Wed Nov 11 at Highland Elementary School

Wed Nov 18 at St. Joe’s Wed Dec 2 at Gesu

Wed Dec 9 at Jones Leadership Academy

Registration Form is located at: https://sites.google.com/site/stjosephschoolchessclub

If unable to access the site, email TriciaMSeddon@gmail.com

See form below for details.


Don't miss our Tenth Anniversary St. Joseph School Benefit Dinner!

From Paris with Love

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Your invitation to this important FUN(d)-raising event will be coming soon!


Included in today's Thursday envelope is the complete parent / teacher conference schedule.  Please note your appointment time.


Dear Parents:

I will be available for individual conferences on November 2 & 3, 2015 (St. Joseph Conference days).  A conference may be scheduled from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Monday, and from 8:00 am – Noon on Tuesday.  Please use the attached form (below) to request a conference, and return it to me as soon as possible.

If a conference is desired, but you are unable to make it on a conference day, please call me so we can arrange a mutually agreeable time.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kelly O’Brien, School Counselor


November menus and calendars are posted under the student life tab of the homepage.  They are also included below for this week's envelope.


Dear Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school November 9 & 10, 2015.  We will be open for sales on Monday evening, November 9 until 7:30 p.m. so you can attend the Italian dinner and shop our book fair.  We also have an on-line fair that begins on October 26 and runs through November 13 which makes shopping super easy. 

Our new Book Fair theme for fall 2015 is Monster Book Fair: Reading is So Much Fun You’ll Get GOOSEBUMPS! This season’s Book Fair will be an exciting celebration full of fun activities and hundreds of books kids want to read.

If you have some time to help us conduct our Book Fair, please complete the form below and return it to the school office.

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Wisniewski

Book Fair Chairperson

Sign me up to help at the Book Fair! Forms were sent home today or you can download them below.


We celebrate the success of our 2015 P.T.O. Fall Fundraiser with Prize Day. It will take place on Friday, November 6 during school hours.

Students will take part in and receive the various prizes in the west campus gym based on their family’s sales. 

Students will also take part in fun activities in the classrooms when not in the gym.

Events in the gym will include the following:

  • Jeans passes handed out
  • Tug-O-War for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
  • Minion Hair & Glasses will be passed out
  • Air Extreme Experience (inflatables)
  • Cat Race for students grades K-5
  • Pig Race for students grades 6-8
  • Money Machine Grab

The cat and pig race, as well as the money machine grab, will involve only one child (1) per family. If your family reached these levels, please determine which member of the family will participate prior to the morning of November 6. This will allow things to run more smoothly, as well as eliminate any confusion.

Prize Day is a one-day event. Should your child be absent on November 6, unfortunately, he or she will not be able to participate at another date or time. However, they will be able to receive their jeans pass, Minion hair and glasses and their cat or pig. In regards to the limo lunch, we are working out the details and more information will be coming once a date has been determined.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sandy Gilley (419-841-0626) or Cherie Pelok (419-841-1823).


St. Joseph Scrip Program - Refer-a-Friend

September 21 through November 9

Win a $250 Scrip Shopping Spree!

{Just in time for Black Friday}

1. Refer a new family/friend* to the St. Joseph Scrip Program.
2. Email your name and the name and email address of the friend you’re referring to scrip@stjoesylvania.org.
3. Your friend will receive a welcome email from scrip that will include all the information necessary to join the program.
4. After your referral joins our program and places 4 orders within the promotional period, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $250 Scrip Shopping Spree!
5. Refer as many friends / families as you’d like—it’s easy when scrip earnings can be so big!

The drawing will take place on Friday, November 13th.
The $250 Winner can place the winning scrip order on Monday, November 16th.*
*New family is defined as a family who has never belonged to the scrip program
or who has not placed an order within the past 12 months. Scrip earnings
from the winning order will credit the scrip program, not the winning family’s scrip account.


Please read this month's edition of Practical Tips for Parents.  This edition focuses on parent / teacher conferences.


Please enjoy this month's edition of Nutrition Nuggets.  Food and Fitness for a Healthy Child.


We still need a lot of help for the annual St. Joseph Italian Dinner.

The dinner is on Monday, November 9.  It is also a great chance for Confirmation Candidates or high school students to get service hours.  You only need to donate 2-3 hours of your time for one day to help make this event a success.  Please consider helping us in one of the below time slots. (see PDF below)

Please return this form to school by Monday, November 2nd.


Each year, St. Joseph School’s PTO organizes/provides monthly luncheons for the faculty and staff.  These luncheons are mostly provided due to the generosity of parent volunteers.  This month’s luncheon featured chili, a variety of salads, breads and desserts.

We would like to thank those volunteers who provided food for the October Faculty Luncheon: Donna Ramirez, Amanda Brzuchalski, Nancy Arquette, Jill Tiell, Mindy Bieber, Niki Simon, Karen Burtscher, Amy Meader, Tracy Leamy, Nicole Grzecki, Sandy Gilley, Ellen Case, Kari Tabb, Julie Forgach, Amy Finnegan, Val Bullard, Melissa Lalonde, Brenda Hoffman, Heidi Randazzo, Jenny Durnell, Richelle Smith, Michelle Hacker, Rita Hayes, Angela Parker, Susan Suwinski, Nikki Myers, Lindsay Templeton, Amy Carroll, Terri McGranahan and Kim Eltschlager.


Each year, St. Joseph School’s PTO organizes/provides monthly luncheons for the faculty and staff.  These luncheons are mostly provided due to the generosity of parent volunteers.

We would like to thank those volunteers who provided food for the September Faculty Luncheon: Stacy Steward, Amanda Brzuchalski, Cherie Pelok, Mindy Bieber, Rita Hayes, Terri McGranahan, Tracy Kindl, Richelle Smith, Holly Hurley, Valerie Bullard, Julie Forgach, Heather Moore, Ellen Case, Casey Barbour, Megan Salameh, Sukh O’Loughlin, Amy Carroll, Michelle Hacker, Nikki Myers, Niki Simon, Kate Kelly, Maegen Verkennes, and Brenda Hoffman.

Many thanks to these wonderful ladies, most of whom have volunteered for the past few years!


St. Joseph School PTO cordially invites you for a a fun filled day of holiday shopping at Learning Express

20% of your purchase will be donated  to our program!

Must present voucher St. Joseph School PTO to receive credit for your purchase.

Vouchers were included in all Thursday envelopes today or you may download the vouchers below.


November 8, 7:00 p.m.

“To all of our military personnel, we remember” from Father David Whalen, Pastor at St. Pius X.
Enjoy music by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra during a special Veterans Day concert. St. Pius X Parish in Toledo will be hosting the Symphony’s only Veterans Day Program this season to honor all who have served and continue to serve in the military. According to Felecia Kanney, Toledo Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach Manager, “We are very excited to be collaborating with St. Pius X Parish again this season. Music, especially symphonic music, has a special way of describing emotions words cannot adequately convey. This Veterans Day Program will resonate deeply with veterans, the community at large, and celebrate the men and women who serve our great country.” There will be a Roll Call during the program for all who have served. Tickets for The Veterans Day Program are $20.00 and $15.00 for students with a valid student ID. Parking will be at the front of the church and school.


Thursday, October 15 2015

Please click here to sign up to help with Wednesday's Positive Direction bagel breakfast.

SJS - Faculty Appreciation Committee - 2015-16
Volunteer Sign Up Sheet for Positive Direction 2015-16 Bagel Breakfast.  

3rd - 5th Grade Parents:

Interested in learning about and supporting the Positive Direction program?  A few individuals are needed to help set up, replenish bagels and juice, and clean up after the Bagel Breakfast on Wednesday, October 28th.  (6th - 8th grade parents will be with their students so are unable to volunteer for this event.)

Minimal work, lots of fun!  Great way to learn a little about the Positive Direction Program.

Chairman:  Shelly Piscopo 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com 

DATE: 10/28/2015 ( Wed 7:45AM - 10:00AM EDT )

LOCATION: Family Center - East Campus


Dear Parents and Families,

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school November 9 & 10, 2015.  We will be open for sales on Monday evening, November 9 until 7:30 p.m. so you can attend the Italian dinner and shop our book fair.  We also have an on-line fair that begins on October 26 and runs through November 13 which makes shopping super easy. 

Our new Book Fair theme for fall 2015 is Monster Book Fair: Reading is So Much Fun You’ll Get GOOSEBUMPS! This season’s Book Fair will be an exciting celebration full of fun activities and hundreds of books kids want to read.

If you have some time to help us conduct our Book Fair, please complete the form below and return it to the school office.

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Wisniewski

Book Fair Chairperson

Sign me up to help at the Book Fair! Forms were sent home today or you can download them below.


Thank You!  Because of you, we were able to fill TWO full trucks in one day totaling 8,592 lbs!

Easter Seals will be presenting a check to St. Joseph School PTO for a total of $1,718.40!                                                                 

Start collecting for a spring fundraiser!

Date to come!

Any Questions?? Contact Shelly Piscopo 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com or Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com


Thursday, October 8 2015

Dear Parents:

Our Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3.  The first quarter ends on Friday, October 16 and report cards will be sent home with students on Wednesday, October 28.

We encourage both parents to attend the conference.  If you are unable to attend a conference on the scheduled days, please call the school office so that we might help you make alternate arrangements. 

The attached conference slip asks you to indicate time preference, if you find that necessary.   Conference times are Monday, 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, 8:00 A.M. to Noon. 

We provide evening conference times for those families who have no other option.  This time is very limited.  Please do not request an evening conference if a daytime option is possible.  Please understand that once evening times are filled, it will be necessary for us to assign you to another time. 

Please return your slip ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 .  Conferences are scheduled as slips are returned.   The master schedule will be sent home Thursday, October 29.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger
Principal


Join the fun during P.A.C.K. Week and help your child get more colorful fruits and vegetables into his/her day. Here are some easy tips to packing great-tasting and nutritious fruits and veggies:

Monday, October 12: Pack Purple Day

Did you know that only 3% of our current fruit and veggie consumption is from the purple/blue category? Yet, these fruits and veggies provide natural plant nutrients not found in other colors.

  • A child-friendly way to “pack purple” is with 100% grape juice made from purple Concord grapes. It is available year-round and just four ounces counts as a serving of fruit. Packing juice in a reusable container is also a great way to help save the environment.
  • Since dried fruit counts too, try packing a snack-sized box of raisins for snack time.
  • A plum is a tasty lunchbox addition or try including blueberries or blackberries in a reusable container.

Tuesday, October 13: Pack White Day

White, tan and brown fruits and veggies make up this color category.

  • The most common white fruit is the banana…and they’re easy to pack and so delicious.
  • Your child might enjoy a white peach or a pear.
  • Cauliflower florets with ranch dressing are a crunchy lunch addition.

Wednesday, October 14: Pack Red Day

Red fruits and vegetables are a cheery addition to the lunchbox.

  • You could send your child to school with a red apple on Pack Red Day.
  • Consider packing a few cherries or strawberries for a tasty treat.
  • Many kids love red pepper slices or tomato wedges either with or without some ranch dressing.

Thursday, October 15 : Pack Yellow/Orange Day

Yellow/Orange fruits and vegetables will brighten up everyone’s day.

  • The most common yellow/orange fruit is the orange.
  • Baby carrots are super easy to pack and kids just love them.
  • Other great yellow/orange options are nectarines, peaches or pineapple chunks.
  • See if your child likes dried apricots. They’re surprisingly delicious and super healthy.

Friday, October 16: Pack Green Day

Green fruits and vegetables are the most commonly eaten group of fruits and vegetables…but there’s always room for more!

  • Green grapes (halves for younger children) and green apples are kid favorites, and they’re easy to send to school on Pack Green Day.
  • Celery sticks or green pepper slices are terrific crunchy snacks and can be packed along side ranch dressing for a fun dipping option.
  • Other nutritious vegetable choices are snow peas, sugar snap peas or broccoli florets.

 


Don’t Forget!

Just a friendly reminder that Tuesday, October 13 from 2:00 till 6:00 p.m. is the time set aside to pick up all orders from the P.T.O. Fall Fundraiser.                      

Item pick up will be located in the Fr. Wurzel Family Center on the east campus. 

It is VERY important that orders be picked up on this date, especially those orders containing food.  While it is understandable that one day and block of time may not be good for all, we ask that every effort is made on October 13.  P.T.O. volunteers will be here to distribute orders. From October 14- 16, orders must be distributed by Mrs. Perna in the school office on the east campus.  While she is happy to help, this becomes very difficult to manage and keeps her working well after she should be going home.  Please help us this year by picking up on time.

Should there be any problems with your order, please contact Great American’s customer service number at 1-800-251-1542, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST.

Many Thanks!

Sandy Gilley (419-841-0626) or

Cherie Pelok (419-841-1823)

 

**Spiritwear, (purchased as gifts only), will also be available for pick up on the 13th!) If you did not designate your items as gifts, they will be sent home with your student.  Questions about your spiritwear order may be directed to Tracy Pizza (419-297-8123).                     


Please note: Due to a delay in processing, picture re-take day has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 12.

This will be a non-uniform day but only for those students needing to have their pictures re-taken. Attire for pictures includes dresses, skirts or long pants for girls. Boys must wear long pants. Long pants do not include jeans.  Normal dress code rules apply for all other items.


Did you miss the Sept Session? Sign up now for Session 2! (Oct 15 – Nov 19 ) St. Joseph School Chess Club Open to K Through 8th Grade

Registration form below. (PDF)


It’s a SJS Family Movie Night!

  • Friday, November 13
  • 7PM
  • Fr. Wurzel Family Center

Bring your pillows and picnic blankets and come for a night of family, friends and movie fun at school!

featuring

Inside Out

Capsule Review by the Catholic News Service:  "Inside Out" (Disney)

Splendid animated comedy, founded on strong values, in which an 11-year-old girl's (voice of Kaitlyn Dias) personified emotions -- principally Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) -- struggle to help her cope with the crisis brought on by her family's move from Minnesota to San Francisco. Aided by top-notch supporting performances from, among others, comedian Lewis Black as the lass' Anger and Richard Kind as her big-hearted imaginary friend, co-directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen prove equally deft at tickling and touching the wide-ranging audience for which their Pixar production is suitable. A few potentially upsetting incidents, a single mature reference. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.  Some material may not be suitable for children.  Please continue reading (below) for an in-depth review.


The annual St. Joseph Italian Dinner is on Monday, November 9.  This is a great opportunity to get involved and have fun.  It is also a great chance for Confirmation candidates or high school students to get service hours.  You only need to donate

2-3 hours of your time for one day to help make this event a success.  Please consider helping us in one of the time slots below.

Please return this form to school by Friday, October 16.


Thursday, October 1 2015

Bishop Thomas personally invites you to participate, with your children, in 1 of 15 “Families Fully Alive” World Meeting of Families Deanery events happening all around the Diocese of Toledo throughout October and November of this year.

The letter to parents from Bishop Thomas was included in all Thursday envelopes today and is also available below. (pdf)


Dear Parents:

Our Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3.  The first quarter ends on Friday, October 16 and report cards will be sent home with students on Wednesday, October 28.

We encourage both parents to attend the conference.  If you are unable to attend a conference on the scheduled days, please call the school office so that we might help you make alternate arrangements. 

The attached conference slip asks you to indicate time preference, if you find that necessary.   Conference times are Monday, 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, 8:00 A.M. to Noon. 

We provide evening conference times for those families who have no other option.  This time is very limited.  Please do not request an evening conference if a daytime option is possible.  Please understand that once evening times are filled, it will be necessary for us to assign you to another time. 

Please return your slip ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 .  Conferences are scheduled as slips are returned.   The master schedule will be sent home Thursday, October 29.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger
Principal


Since August, our new west campus playground has been enjoyed by all!  A small portion of the total cost remains.  There are also additional funds needed for an east campus playground enhancement.  To cover these lingering expenses, and include the new middle school playground enhancement, we have extended the brick paver fundraiser to Tuesday, October 13.  (As a reminder, a brick patio with engraved pavers has been included in the design of the west campus space.)  With the purchase of a paver, you may engrave a family name, the name of a loved one, or a short Bible verse, up to 2 lines/12 characters per line.

We truly thank you for your past support of this and other SJS programs and your consideration of this new, lasting opportunity to fund our play!


CALLING ALL DADS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (Grades K-5 only, please)

  • Friday,  October 2, 2015
  • West Campus Cafeteria
  • 7:00 a.m.
  • Donuts, Coffee, Milk and Juice will be served.

The annual St. Joseph Italian Dinner is on Monday, November 9.  This is a great opportunity to get involved and have fun.  It is also a great chance for Confirmation candidates or high school students to get service hours.  You only need to donate

2-3 hours of your time for one day to help make this event a success.  Please consider helping us in one of the time slots below.

Please return this form to school by Friday, October 16.


Included in today's envelope is a form to collect 50 Box Tops for Education.  50 Box Tops = $5.00 for our school!   What a great way to support our school!


Dear Parents,

St. Joseph School is excited to be participating once again in a national healthy-eating initiative called P.A.C.K. Week - Pack Assorted Colors for Kids week, October 12- October 16, 2015.  This fun and educational program is aimed at encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.

The focus of P.A.C.K. Week is on eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, as each has its own nutritional benefits.  To get the broadest range of nutrients, all colors are important- purple, white, red, yellow, orange, and green.  And kids love eating the rainbow!  Each day of P.A.C.K. Week has been assigned a different color and we’re asking you to pack a fruit or vegetable in your child’s lunch box based on the color of the day.  All forms of fruit and vegetables count, so consider packing 100% juice, dried fruit, or canned fruits or veggies as tasty options.  Our cafeteria will also be participating in P.A.C.K. Week so look for “color” items on the October menu!   Here are the days of P.A.C.K. Week with some packing tips to make it easy:

Monday, October 12th is Pack Purple Day.

  • A child-friendly way to “pack purple” is with 100% grape juice made from Concord grapes, snack sized raisins, blackberries, or fresh blueberries.

Tuesday, October 13th is Pack White Day.

  • Bananas, white peaches or even cauliflower with dressing makes a nice choice.

Wednesday, October 14th is Pack Red Day.

  • Strawberries are a favorite, and other tasty options are red pepper slices, tomato wedges or a delicious red apple.

Thursday, October 15th is Pack Yellow/Orange Day.

  • Baby carrots are easy to pack and so are dried apricots or orange segments.

Friday, October 16th is Pack Green Day.

  • Go green with celery sticks, broccoli florets or a crisp green apple.

There are many ways to be creative and pack more healthy fruits and vegetables into your child’s day.  For more tips, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

Please join us as we celebrate P.A.C.K. Week and Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month.

Sincerely,

Therese M. Hoehn R.N., B.S.N., C.P.N.


The fall basketball season is rapidly approaching. The timeline for SJS CYO basketball is listed below.  Please note on October 8 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the west campus hallway, we will be conducting basketball registration.  There will be two advantages of registering that night.  First, uniforms sizes will be present for parents considering purchasing a SJS basketball uniform.  Second, athletes registering at this time will be entitled to $5 off the registration fee. 

Athletes are reminded that they need to be involved in the religious education program of the parish in order to be eligible for CYO participation. That means the athletes need to either be students at SJS or involved in the religious education program.  If athletes do not fulfill one of these two requirements, they will not be eligible for CYO participation.

In addition, all athletes must have a CYO Player Contract, as well as, a signed acknowledgment form of the Concussion Information Sheet, on file.  Players not having a signed Player Contract, or a Concussion acknowledgment form, on file, will not be allowed to participate until these requirements are met.  High school players, please note that Player Contracts need to be completed and on file at the parish office before November 6, or you will not be allowed to participate in the Open Gyms on November 9.  

CYO Player Contracts are available at the parish center or online at:

http://toledodiocese.org/images/uploads/page_assets/CYO/forms/2015-2016%20CYO%20Policies%20%20Procedures%20with%20links.pdf (Please refer to page 27).

Concussion Information Sheets are available at the parish center or online at:

http://toledodiocese.org/images/uploads/page_assets/CYO/forms/2015-2016%20CYO%20Policies%20%20Procedures%20with%20links.pdf (Please refer to page 39).

Concussion acknowledgment forms are available at the parish center or online at:

http://toledodiocese.org/images/uploads/page_assets/CYO/forms/2015-2016%20CYO%20Policies%20%20Procedures%20with%20links.pdf (Please refer to page 41)

If there are any questions, please call basketball coordinators Shane Meyer (419-779-1790) or Joe Heban (419) 346-0399, or athletic director Jeff Seemann (419-882-0661).

SJS 2015-2016 Basketball Timeline

  • October 8, 2015                      Basketball Registration, West Campus Hallway, 6:30-8:00 PM
  • October 9, 2015                      Grade School Registration Deadline
  • October 12-14, 2015               Basketball Player Evaluations
  • October 15, 2015                    Basketball Coaches Meeting 6:30 PM West Campus Mtg Room
  • October 19-23, 2015               SJS Intersession Week…No School
  • October 28, 2015                    Deadline to Submit CYO Grade School Teams
  • November 2, 2015                  Grade School Basketball Practices Begin
  • November 6, 2015                  High School Registration Deadline
  • November 9, 2015                  High School Open Gyms, East Campus Gym 8-10 PM
  • November 29, 2015                8th Grade Basketball Games Begin
  • December 5, 2015                  5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Basketball Games Begin
  • December 13, 2015                High School Basketball Games Begin
  • January 2, 2016                      3rd and 4th Grade Basketball Games Begin

Registration Fees for Basketball

  • $70 Grade School
  • $75 High School
  • $35 Uniform Fee (if necessary)
  • $15 Late Fee (necessary, if fees are submitted after registration deadlines)

Grade School Player Evaluation Times in the West Campus Gym

Monday, October 12, 2015

  • 5:00-6:00 PM 5th Grade Boys
  • 6:00-7:00 PM 6th Grade Boys
  • 7:00-8:00 PM 7th Grade Boys
  • 8:00-9:00 PM 8th Grade Boys

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

  • 5:00-6:00 PM 5th Grade Girls
  • 6:00-7:00 PM 6th Grade Girls
  • 7:00-8:00 PM 7th Grade Girls
  • 8:00-9:00 PM 8th Grade Girls

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

  • 5:00-5:45 PM 3rd Grade Girls
  • 5:45-6:30 PM 4th Grade Girls
  • 6:30-7:15 PM 3rd Grade Boys
  • 7:15-8:00 PM 4th Grade Boys

High School Open Gyms in the East Campus, Monday, November 9, 2015

  • 7:00-8:00 PM Girls
  • 8:00-9:00 PM Freshmen and Sophomore Boys
  • 9:00-10:00 PM Juniors and Senior Boys

The fifth annual Great Harvest, a relaxing and inspiring evening for women, will take place on Thursday, November 5. Titled “Baskets of Blessings” this year, it includes a dinner served by young people of the parish, artists sharing their talents, and a speaker who will give her view of blessings. Doors open at 5:00, and the evening concludes about 9:00.

Our committee is inviting parents and staff members to attend this event. Some of the seventh and eighth graders are volunteering that evening, and being there for the entire evening might be enjoyable for the mothers too.
A few tables are available for hostesses to fill, and individual seats can be reserved too. The entire evening costs $20 per person. Please call Mary Jane DelVerne at 419-882-6021 to reserve a spot or to answer any questions.

We hope to see some of you for this special evening just for women. God bless you.


Thursday, September 24 2015

September 24, 2015

Dear Parent:

The October calendar is filled with many activities that we love.  Some are new to us (the traveling rosary) and others are enjoyed every year.

Respect Life Month.  October has been set aside as Respect Life Month and the first Sunday of October as Respect Life Sunday.  We strive to make young students aware of the value and dignity of every human life. It is important for them to understand that through the service activities they engage in, they are developing a deep respect for all life.  When our primary students bring in hundreds of jars of baby food for Mom’s House, they are helping families especially mothers and infants, and in doing so develop empathy and respect for life.  When our seventh grade students volunteer to visit the residents at Lake Park after school, they are not only reaching out to those who are ill and to the elderly, but are also growing in their appreciation for the sacredness of life.  As our sixth grade students write to members of the parish who are home-bound, elderly, or infirm, they witness the Catholic Social Doctrine principle of solidarity – that they are indeed the keepers of their brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. By knowing how much Jesus loves all people…they are witnesses to that love…they will be better able, as they become adults, to speak against war, terrorism, the death penalty, abortion, and other issues that belittle life.

DONUTS WITH DADS.  Our annual “Donuts with Dads” morning is scheduled for Friday, October 2, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. At this time, “Donuts with Dads” invites the students in the elementary building only.  I hope all of our K – 5 dads are able to join us that morning. If dads are not available, then grand-dads, uncles, adult brothers are welcome in their place. Middle school students will have their own “Donuts with Dads” time a little later in the school year.  By scheduling the middle school students for a different morning with their dads, we significantly lessen the stress on traffic, parking, and buses.  We also eliminate the safety concern of crossing those students at the end of their visit to the elementary building.  So, Middleschool Dads, please stay tuned for that date to be announced soon.

On the morning of “Donuts with Dads”, there may be a few adjustments that need to be made regarding parking.

Parking is available until 7:30 am. in all campus lots.  At 7:30 am., the elementary school lot is closed to all incoming/outgoing car traffic.  If you arrive before 7:30 am and are able to stay until 7:55 am you will not have any difficulty.
If you park across the street from the elementary building, you may move in and out of that lot at any time.  We ask that you follow the traffic plan that is established for that area.

With all that being said, we really do hope that you will find the time to share “Donuts with Dads” with your kindergarten through fifth grade child/children.

PTO.  On behalf of PTO, thank you for your generous participation in our fall fundraising event.  Chaired by Sandy Gilley and Cherie Pelok, the two-week event generated gross sales in excess of $68,000!!  We found the quality of products offered to be excellent.  However, it still takes great leadership and generous hearts to complete a campaign so successfully.  A huge thank you to Mrs. Gilley and Mrs. Pelok for the excellence in leadership and to you - for your generous hearts.  I remind you that pick-up for the fundraiser orders will be Tuesday, October 13 from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

PTO Morning Muffins!  Thank you to all of the volunteers who provided items for PTO’s first “Morning Muffins” of the new school year.  Thanks to our volunteers, teachers and staff were provided an assortment of donuts, bagels, yogurt, cereal bars, fruit, juices, and homemade granola ... all nutritious and delicious.  Many thanks go to:  Nikki Myers, Kristy Brinker, Sandy Gilley, Brynne Furko, Kate Kelly, Mindy Bieber, Nancy Arquette, Rita Hayes, Alisa Heerdegen, Susan Suwinski, Julie Heerdegen, Christine Angevine, Amanda Brzuchalski, Stacy Steward, Amy Ziegler, Niki Simon, Laurie O’Leary, and Jenny Durnell.  And a shout-out to Kelly Bell for helping to set up this event.  Morning Muffins is a twice-a-year PTO sponsored event.  A second Morning Muffins will take place in the spring.  Thank you again to all who helped make this event a special treat for our staff.

PTO Faculty Luncheon.   Each year, St. Joseph School’s PTO organizes and provides luncheons for the faculty and staff.  These luncheons are mostly provided through the generosity of parent volunteers.  Our staff members and faculty gratefully anticipate these very special lunches and most thoroughly enjoy them.  Our substitute teachers are always eager to say “yes” on a day when there is a PTO/Faculty lunch! Thank you to the organizers and leaders of this PTO activity, Denise Brown and Michele Piscopo.  Many thanks to the generous volunteers providing food and beverages for the September luncheon: Stacy Steward, Amanda Brzuchalski, Cherie Pelok, Mindy Bieber, Rita Hayes, Terri McGranahan, Tracy Kindl, Richelle Smith, Holly Hurley, Valerie Bullard, Julie Forgach, Heather Moore, Ellen Case, Casey Barbour, Megan Salameh, Sukh O’Loughlin, Amy Carroll, Michelle Hacker, Nikki Myers, Niki Simon, Kate Kelly, Maegen Verkennes, and Brenda Hoffman.

Dress Code Reminders.  The warm weather modification of the Dress Code ends on September 30.  This is a good time to review the Dress Code with your children. Following are a few reminders:

Sweat shirts/Fleece Jackets. Our uniform code includes a navy sweatshirt with the St. Joseph School logo and a navy fleece half-zipper jacket with the St. Joseph School logo.  These items are only available through Schoolbelles.  Two other Spirit Wear sweatshirts may be worn.  Both are navy. One has the school logo and the other includes the phrase…Instilling values, enriching…    Sweaters may be worn in the classroom. (Colors are white, yellow, navy, red, and hunter green.   Styles in the dress code include cardigan, crew-neck, v-neck, and vests.)
Shorts may not be worn after September 30.  This includes navy skorts.
Light blue shirts and khaki slacks are not part of the grade 1 – 5 uniform…ever.  They are a middle school option only.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 2 and 3.  Next week’s Thursday Envelope (October 1) will include a hard copy of the Conference Request Form.  Please complete it and return it to Patti Bell in the school office no later than Friday, October 16.  Intersession week begins on the following Monday, October 19, and Mrs. Bell uses the Intersession Week to schedule conferences.  School resumes and the second quarter begins on Monday, October 26.

Eighth Grade High School Visitation.  Eighth grade students visit the area Catholic high schools each year in preparation for transition to secondary education.  The visits are designed to give students a brief overview of each high school’s program. They return to us at the end of each visitation day ready to walk out the door and eagerly jump in to four more years of Catholic education. There is much outreach and financial support for students and parents who want a Catholic high school education.  I encourage you to ask questions of the high school of choice about tuition assistance, work-study programs, scholarships, legacies.  We believe that parents make a choice about high school as early as fourth and fifth grade.  That matters to us for many reasons.  Sylvania Township and Sylvania residents do have an option.  Sylvania schools are fine schools.  But they are not Catholic schools.  I believe you send your children to us for many reasons - faith formation, moral development, and values that echo your family life are the ones most often named.   In speaking with parents over many years, I know it is a very difficult decision.  If we can be of help to you as you make this decision, please call upon us.  I have spoken with some of our Catholic high schools and am inviting them to meet with parents and share information about “how to move from impossible to possible” based upon the significant degree of financial aid each of them offers.  Please watch for more information about these evening presentations.

Mission and Belief.

Our Belief Statements are driven by our Mission.  We remind ourselves as Catholic school educators and you as Catholic school parents, what it is that we do - and we do it.

St. Joseph School Mission Statement

St. Joseph School, a ministry of St. Joseph Parish, is dedicated to Catholic faith formation and to academic excellence.  Assisting parents as primary educators of their children, the school calls forth the unique potential of the whole child.

Belief Statements

… St. Joseph School is not only a school but a community of Faith;

…those that you entrust to us are not only students, but children of God;

…we are not only educators, but Ministers of the Gospel;

…the values we teach are not only character development, but a call to Holiness;

…our courses of study are not only academic pursuits, but a search for Truth;

…the purpose of education is not only for personal gain and the development of society, but for the Transformation of the world.

 

In Christ,

Sally A. Koppinger


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CALLING ALL DADS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

(Grades K-5 only, please)

Donuts for Dads

  • Friday October 2, 2015
  • West Campus Cafeteria
  • 7:00 a.m.
  • Donuts, Coffee, Milk and Juice will be served.

Thank you for helping our library to grow!  Our birthday book club list has been sent home in all Thursday envelopes today.


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Please click the link below for September's edition of Nutrition Nuggets.


The fifth annual Great Harvest, a relaxing and inspiring evening for women, will take place on Thursday, November 5.  Titled “Baskets of Blessings” this year, it includes a dinner served by young people of the parish, artists sharing their talents, and a speaker who will give her view of blessings. Doors open at 5:00, and the evening concludes about 9:00.

Our committee is inviting parents and staff members to attend this event.  Some of the seventh and eighth graders are volunteering that evening, and being there for the entire evening might be enjoyable for the mothers too.

A few tables are available for hostesses to fill, and individual seats can be reserved too.  The entire evening costs $20 per person.  Please call Mary Jane DelVerne at 419-882-6021 to reserve a spot or to answer any questions.

We hope to see some of you for this special evening just for women.  God bless you.


PTO FACULTY LUNCHEON – THANK YOU

Each year, St. Joseph School’s PTO organizes/provides monthly luncheons for the faculty and staff.  These luncheons are mostly provided due to the generosity of parent volunteers.

We would like to thank those volunteers who provided food for the September Faculty Luncheon: Stacy Steward, Amanda Brzuchalski, Cherie Pelok, Mindy Bieber, Rita Hayes, Terri McGranahan, Tracy Kindl, Richelle Smith, Holly Hurley, Valerie Bullard, Julie Forgach, Heather Moore, Ellen Case, Casey Barbour, Megan Salameh, Sukh O’Loughlin, Amy Carroll, Michelle Hacker, Nikki Myers, Niki Simon, Kate Kelly, Maegen Verkennes, and Brenda Hoffman.

Many thanks to these wonderful ladies, most of whom have volunteered for the past few years!


Morning Treats!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who provided items for PTO’s first “Morning Treats” of the new school year.  Thanks to our volunteers, teachers and staff were provided an assortment of donuts, bagels, yogurt, cereal bars, fruit, juices, homemade granola, etc. 

Many thanks go to:  Nikki Myers, Kristy Brinker, Sandy Gilley, Brynne Furko, Kate Kelly, Mindy Bieber, Nancy Arquette, Rita Hayes, Alisa Heerdegan, Susan Suwinski, Julie Heerdegen, Christine Angevine, Amanda Brzuchalski, Stacy Steward, Amy Ziegler, Niki Simon, Laurie Oleary, and Jenny Durnell.  And a shout out to Kelly Bell for helping to set up this event.

Morning Treats is a twice a year PTO-sponsored event.  A second Morning Treats will take place in the Spring.  Thanks again to all you helped make this event a success!


Sylvania Community Action Team

Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, September 26, 2015

10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Visit one of these collection sites:
City of Sylvania Police Department
6635 Maplewood Ave., Sylvania
419-885-8906

Sylvania Township Police Department
4420 King Rd., Sylvania
419-882-2055


Thursday, September 17 2015

Sign up deadline is tomorrow!  We need your time, whether a little or a lot! 

Want to meet some of your child’s classmate’s parents?  Here is a fun way to get involved with St. Joseph School and meet some great moms and dads. The opportunities are boundless!  Fill out the form below or email the committee chairperson.  OR CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ONLINE SIGN UP FORM!


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A special flyer was sent home in today's Thursday envelope or you may view it below.

Files:

Social Media, Peer Pressure, parties, drug trends and underage drinking...it's not easy raising teens! 

Operation: Parent's Parenting 101 Class is the perfect way to raise awareness regarding today's teen and pre-teen culture. 

COME JOIN US!
WHERE: Sylvania Library
6749 Monroe St., Sylvania, OH
Session 1**
DATE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
TIME: 10-11:30 a.m. AND 6:30-8 p.m.
TOPIC: Awareness is your Best Friend
Session 2**
DATE: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
TIME: 10-11:30 a.m. AND 6:30-8 p.m.
TOPIC: Supportive Parents Involved in Raising Incredible Teens
*Attend any or all of the workshops that will be provided

Please see flyer below for more information.


New Parishioners, Mark Your Calendars!

If you have joined the parish within the past year, please join us.

  • Sunday, October 4      
  • Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass
  • In the Family Center, East Campus

 Hosted by the St. Joseph Welcoming Committee

 Please RSVP to Kim Koesters by September 29, 2015  

kkoesters@stjoesylvania.org or 419-885-5791 ext. 240


Thursday, September 10 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. The need for blood is constant, and the American Red Cross depends on dedicated, volunteer blood donors each day to help meet the needs of patient’s right here in NW Ohio. 

The Pint-Size Hero Program is a great way to support the community and teach your children about the importance of blood donation at the upcoming blood drive at St. Joseph Parish, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015.  By engaging in this partnership, you and your school can help save lives. Here’s how you can help...

To schedule an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: STJOSEPHSYLVANIA or call Mark Boyer at 419-882-6937. 

You can also make appointments to donate with the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App! Text “BLOODAPP” to 90999 or download it from the App StoreSM or the Google PlayTM store today!

IRON-UP by eating iron-rich foods starting one week before the drive.  Bring Photo I.D. or Donor Card.  For questions about donating blood, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

For every St. Joseph  student who has at least one adult sign up for the blood drive, they will receive a reward of a very cute, Rudy the Red Blood Cell Bobble Head Pen, with suction cup stand (pictured below).  This thank you gift will be given out at the blood drive.

You can find more information and resources for your children at .  Don’t worry, if you have more than one student at St. Joseph, they will each get a bobble head for your blood donation!

Thank you for your help and your support of our life-saving mission.

Sincerely,

Diane Smith

Western Lake Eire Region Blood Services Region [Text Box: 2014 The American National Red Cross, APL: 021414]


Turn In Dates:  November 5,  March 4, and  June 1

Families & Friends of SJS - With your support of the following non-traditional school fundraisers, together, we can raise money for our students with minimal effort!  Please consider participating in the programs for which PTO has already enrolled St. Joseph School.  It’s easy and it makes a difference!

 

Start clipping Box Tops for Education!   Hundreds of products participate in the program, and you probably already have several in your pantry, freezer and fridge. For every Box Top you clip, your child's school will receive 10 cents. That may not sound like a lot, but it adds up quickly. Each school can receive up to $20,000 per school year from clipped Box Tops.  Grab your scissors and keep an eye out for the Box Tops for Education logo on the products you use every day.

 

Labels for Education is a school fund raising program designed with busy families in mind as an alternative to traditional fund raising. By saving and redeeming product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from participating products, schools can earn FREE educational merchandise.  Participating products include Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farm, Pace, Prego Sauces, Spaghetti O’s, V8, Swanson and Bic.    

 

Target REDcard (Target credit card) “Take Charge of Education”   Parents, grandparents, friends – anyone who uses a Target REDcard and wants to support SJS may visit Target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate SJS, then use your REDcard whenever you shop. When you use your REDcard (Target Credit Card, Target Debit Card, or Target Visa Credit Card), Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to St. Joseph School.

 

Coke Rewards     Bottle tops and can cartons have 12 digit codes.  Are you a frequent consumer of coke products?  Simply clip the carton codes and/or save the bottle caps and send them in to school.

THESE ITEMS MAY BE TURNED IN ALL YEAR LONG…    NOT JUST ON THE TURN-IN DAYS!


Thursday, September 3 2015

Dear Parent:

During yesterday’s all-school Liturgy, we recognized the 2015 – 2016 Student Council and prayed with them as they pledged their commitment to our student community. Led by Student Council president, Kathryn Riddle, members of the council pledged their best efforts to work together to make St. Joseph School a place where the presence of Christ is evident in words and actions. Msgr. Metzger then challenged council members to put their lives at the service of others and through that service come closer to Christ.  Students in grades one to eight promised their cooperation by reciting the Code of Conduct Pledge:

As I begin this new school year, I promise to follow the St. Joseph School Code of Conduct.

I understand that my school can be a safe and Christ-filled environment only if I do my part to treat all members of my school family with respect and caring.

I will do my personal best to be a good listener, to be truthful, and to be trustworthy.

In addition, I agree to behave appropriately and respectfully during inside or outside recess time.

With my cooperation, this will be a successful year.

The Student Council members this year are: Kathryn Riddle, President; eighth grade representatives, Jake Eltschlager, Caleb Walker, and Ellie White; seventh grade representatives Reece DiSalle, Emma Hoyt, and Kelsey Leamy; sixth grade representatives Sammy Giordano, Mateo Gomez-Castro, Raphael Yazji; fifth grade representatives Alex Britt, Molly Pointinger, and Devyn Riley; and fourth grade representatives Anna Kelly, Vivian Palko, and Vasisht Ramineni.

Safety.  All visitors to our school (Elementary and Middle School) must register at the school office.  No visitor (parent or guest) is allowed to by-pass the office and go directly to any part of the school buildings.  All staff members have been instructed to send “unauthorized visitors” back to the office.  I realize that may feel harsh if you are a parent but, as I am sure you understand, our purpose is to provide a safe environment for your children as well as one that is free from interruption.  If you accompany your child’s entry into either building because he or she is tardy, please stop at the school office.  Mrs. Patti Bell (Elementary School) or Mrs. Shelley Perna (Middle School) will give you further instructions about checking your child into school.

Camp Storer.  On Wednesday, September 9, our sixth graders, three teachers, and ten SJS parents will leave for Camp Store.  Camp Storer provides an opportunity for students to study pollution, cold-blooded creatures (frogs, snakes, and other reptiles . . .), and pioneer crafts. Group goal setting and challenges are also part of the program.  A very special thank you to the parents (cabin leaders for the three days at camp) who will accompany our sixth graders.  Students, teachers, and cabin leaders will return on Friday afternoon.

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God.” (Mt. 5: 3-10) Our Prayers for Peace.  As we approach the anniversary of September 11, 2001 we are reminded that on this day our hearts will ache for all who have suffered because of terrorist attacks.  As Catholics, we draw upon our faith to make this anniversary a time to remember, a time to deepen our commitment to discipleship, and a time to strengthen our active participation in an effort to build a more just and peaceful world.  True peacemaking can only become a reality in our world today if it is a first-matter in our hearts.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger, Principal

 


Want to meet other parents?  Here is a fun way to get involved with St. Joseph School and meet some great moms and dads.  Below is a list of PTO committees that need your help.  You can give an hour or a day, volunteer at home or at school, bake muffins, or learn about saints.  The opportunities are boundless!  See (pdf) below.  Hard copy was also included in all Thursday envelopes today.

Please check those committees you would like to assist with and you will be contacted.   If you have any questions, contact the chairperson listed next to each committee or call Ann Riddle, PTO Volunteer Chairperson, at (419) 885-4994 or e-mail at a.riddle@bex.net.   Please return this form in your Thursday Envelope Attention:  “PTO Volunteer Sign-Up Form”, by Friday, September 18, 2015 or you can scan the form and email it to a.riddle@bex.net

or even better sign up online by clicking here!


If you are interested in being a K-5 Room Parent for the 2015-2016 school  year, here's your chance!

What does a room parent do? Room parents are responsible for organizing parties and other classroom events throughout the year. Some responsibilities might include sending out volunteer requests, emailing other volunteers to remind them about upcoming activities, and making sure that the classroom has all of the necessary materials for celebrations (i.e., Halloween, Christmas, Festirama).

How much effort does this require? Honestly it depends on you! Some room parents want to have a hands-on role in all of the classroom events. They may choose to attend all of the parties, send in special treats, and plan the games/crafts for each event Other room parents prefer to take a more supervisory role, sending out email reminders before each event to the volunteers that sign up. That's what's so great about being the room parent! You decide what works best for you and your family.

I'm new to this whole room parent thing. Will someone help me if I need it? Each classroom has l room parents, so you are not alone. In addition, the K-5 Room Parent Coordinator, Meredith Reinhart, is more than happy to help you out, too! At the beginning of each year, we hold a "kick-off" where you will receive all of the information you need for your classroom (i.e., sample volunteer sign-up sheets, class lists, helpful tips, etc.) Before each event, you will also receive an email reminder. .. so you can remind your classroom's volunteers about their responsibilities. If this sounds like something that you might be interested in doing, please contact Meredith at: meredith.reinhart@utoledo.edu or 419-509-0797. In your message, please include your name, email, phone, and class/classes (in order of preference) for which you prefer to be a room parent.

Please send your message NO LATER THAN SEPT. 8th. Thank you so much for your help!


Registration Form is located at: https://sites.google.com/site/stjosephschoolchessclub

If unable to access the site, email TriciaMSeddon@gmail.com

Registrations must be completed by Monday 9/7/2015


Mary Orley invites you and your family to a family potluck, September 13th after 5:00 Mass.!

Come and meet Mary, youth and other families in the parish for fellowship and a great meal!

The family potluck will take place in the Family Center on the east campus. Please bring a dish to share!

Mary Orley

Phone: 419-885-2181 ext: 415

Email: morley@stjoesylvania.org

 


All Middle Schoolers (grades 6-8) are invited to come to the AMPLIFY kick-off!  September 25 from 6-9 in the Banquet Hall located on the west campus!  Join Mary and other youth for a high energy night full of games, praise and worship, discussion, dinner and more!!  Hope to see you there!

Mary Orley

Phone: 419-885-2181 ext: 415

Email: morley@stjoesylvania.org

 


Thursday, August 27 2015

Please help make our P.T.O. Fall Fundraiser a success!  This fundraiser is VITAL to our commitment to fund various programs and wish lists items which enhance the educational setting for students at SJS!  We know you and your family will be excited about the products available, as well as, the new prize program and Tuition Rewards.  The fundraiser is available online at www.gaschoolstore.com, simply use Code 2724987 to begin.  Students will receive full prize credit for all online sales.

Dates to Remember:

WE CAN USE YOUR HELP!  We are in need of volunteers to help balance orders on September 3rd. and 4th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the parish Guardian Angel Room.  Bring a calculator!

  • Thursday, September 3 - Fall Fundraiser Ends! All orders, money and Reachout books are due.
  • Tuesday, October 13 from 1:30 P.M. till 6:30 P.M. - Item pick up in the Fr. Wurzel Center on the east campus

Please remember: Sell only to people you know, as children’s safety is our priority!

Should there be any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact co-chairs, Sandy Gilley (419-841-0626) or Cherie Pelok (419-841-1823).

We thank you in advance for a successful campaign!


Children need healthy meals to learn.  St. Joseph School, offers healthy meals every school day.  Your children may qualify for free meals.  Please take a moment to read the letter below and return the application if you would like to apply for free lunch.  All Thursday envelopes contained hard copy of this letter and the application for your convenience.


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.

School Nurse


Dear Parents/Guardians of Students at St. Joseph School,

St. Joseph School has a commitment to safety by being proactive in assisting students who have been injured with a head injury or suspected head injury.  Supporting a student recovering from such an injury requires a collaborative approach among coaches, school staff, health care professionals, parents, and students.  Our goal is to assist the student as he/she transitions back to school/activities, making modifications and reassessing as needed. 

Please take the time to read the important document below. It is also included in your Thursday envelope this week as hard copy.


Boys and Girls in any grades K-8 at any level!

  • Instructional lessons provided by Chess Master Ryan Clayton and Parent Volunteer Sonja Droll (Ryan is the highest rated chess player in NW Ohio!)
  • Lessons at St. Joseph School in the Banquet Hall
  • Lessons are Thursdays 2:45-4:00 p.m.

See form below or as it is included in your Thursday envelope this week.


Dear SJS Parents,

Welcome to another school year! I hope everyone is adjusted and back on schedule.

PTO is looking forward to another wonderful year. Together we can carry on the strong tradition of parent involvement at St. Joe’s.  One way to get involved is to attend our monthly PTO meetings. They are open to ALL parents. PTO meetings are held in the West Campus meeting room from noon-1 p.m. and are scheduled for the following dates:

  • September 23, 2015
  • October 28, 2015
  • November 18, 2015
  • December 16, 2015
  • January 20, 2016
  • February 24, 2016
  • March 23, 2016
  • April 20, 2016
  • May 18, 2016

Attending meetings can help keep you apprised of school events and activities. It can also introduce you to the various PTO committees if you are considering getting more involved. Even if you can only make it to one or two meetings, we would love to have you. The more the merrier!

Volunteer opportunities through PTO will be included in next week’s Thursday envelope. There are many options and if you are uncertain of what a commitment entails, feel free to contact me. We would love to help find a good fit for your interests and schedule.

Go Jaguars!

Rita Hayes, PTO President                                                   

 


ST. JOSEPH ONLINE SPIRITWEAR STORE

NOW OPEN!

(Store closes FRIDAY, September 11)

More colors and sizes available than ever before!

How do I get to the store? Simple. CLICK HERE!

OR Go to the school website: stjosephschoolsylvania.org.
Click on the STUDENT LIFE tab.  There you will find a link for the Spiritwear Store.
OR -- Scroll to the bottom of the school website homepage.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All orders must be placed ONLINE.  No paper order forms are available.
  • Payment…will accept:
  • Credit cards(Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover & Diners Club)
  • PayPal (debit or credit can be used)
  • Personal checks (if paying with a check- please reference your order number and include a copy of your order) -- Check orders must be turned into the west campus office.
  • All check payments must be received in the West campus school office no later than September 11 at 3:00pm.  Any orders placed that have not been paid for by the above date and time, will be cancelled.

Please make checks payable to St. Joseph's PTO

ORDERS WILL BE DELIVERED OCTOBER 12 AND 13 TO YOUR CHILD’S/REN’S CLASSROOM.  PICKUP WILL BE OCTOBER 13 IN THE FR. WURZEL CENTER ON THE EAST CAMPUS. Exact time TBD

RETURN POLICY

ALL SALES ARE FINAL -- NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES

Any questions, please contact Tracy or Amy at spiritwear@stjoesylvania.org


Come join St. Joe’s Pack 87 for some fun events this September and get a sample of what Cub Scouts has to offer!  See pdf below.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING ANY OF THESE EVENTS OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT EITHER Cubmaster Nat Ducat at 419.787.6864 or banjonat@hotmail.com
Asst. Cubmaster Don Geldien at 419.344.8226 or dgeldien@bex.net


The athletic program of St. Joseph Parish exists to provide all children of our parish the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in various sports. The focus of the program is to provide a Christian atmosphere in which the individual child can develop to his/her full potential, while learning the value of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Currently our athletic program includes Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Girl’s Volleyball, and Track & Field.

The net proceeds will be used to purchase equipment and capital expenditures for our youth athletic program.

  • Monday, September 28, 2015
  • Highland Meadows Golf Club
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, September 21, 2015

See pdf. below for details.


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.


Thursday, August 20 2015

Dear Parent:

Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 school year.  Each year teachers, staff, students, and you – our partners in education – begin the year with energy and enthusiasm. We have had a great first week as we welcomed new students and new staff.  New teachers are Ms. Melanie Burns in grade four; Mrs. Marie Hickey in grade five; Ms. Jennifer Takacs as a teacher assistant in grade one; Mrs. Danielle Urbanski in grade seven; and Mr. Jason Robertson in middle school Physical Education.

On Wednesday, we gathered for our first all school Mass.  Our mission calls us to faith formation and academic excellence. We pray every day for each other and with each other.  Prayer and faith formation are an integrated part of our school day.  We begin each morning with school-wide prayer and finish each day with closing prayer.  During the week, students attend Mass either as a section…primary, intermediate, middle school…or with the entire student body. Within the day, teachers form children in faith through direct instruction.  However, of greater importance is the ability of teachers to witness the gospel message by their presence and interactions.  As an educational institution we are committed to academic content standards of excellence and we take pride in being recognized as a school of academic excellence.  However, as a Catholic school those academic content standards do not stand alone.  They are integrated with our faith and beliefs.  In all curricular areas, whether it is science or social studies, art or math, music or literature, reading, physical education or written expression, we are able to infuse this Catholic faith dimension so that formation in faith happens all day long.  It is the essence of our difference. 

Thursday Envelope.  This is our sixth year of being able to communicate with our families electronically.  The Thursday Envelope this week will contain some hard copies.  Beginning next week, everyone will receive a Constant Contact message that will allow them to access electronically the Thursday Envelope items.  Occasionally, there will be items that require hard copies…family emergency medical forms, benefit dinner invitations, etc. and these will be printed and included in every Thursday envelope…but these occasions will be few.  In each school office, we will have a supply of hard copies of forms sent electronically should you experience difficulty printing these at home.  Please continue to send forms, notes, etc. back to us via the Thursday Envelope, as you always have done in the past.

Frequently Asked Questions about Thursday Envelope.

  • Will I receive an envelope every week?  Yes.  It will probably be empty but it is a reminder to look on-line for school and community news.  Initial the date on the envelope and send it back to us on the following Friday or Monday at the latest.
  • What do I do if I don’t have access to electronic communication?  Through Constant Contact we know all of our families have email addresses. However, please contact us if a situation exists that limits your ability to receive data on line.
  • What if I can see the Thursday Envelope but cannot print forms, etc. that I should be filling out and returning?  Extra hard copies of the forms will be available in the school office for you to pick up or for us to send home with a child.  Eventually, our hope is that forms will be filled out online and returned electronically.

Don’t forget!  Please support our annual PTO Fall Fundraiser.  So many important school programs and resources are funded with these profits.  The packet with information, a catalog, and order forms was sent home with students yesterday.

Volunteers.  We would very much welcome the help of additional lunch and playground supervisors.  Three to four staff members supervise each recess period.  Consequently, volunteers are not alone or without experienced staff supervisors.  However, by increasing the number of supervisors, we offer students a safer and more secure playground experience. Volunteering for this activity is a wonderful way to be of service to the school and to get to know students as well. Volunteers sign up for as many days of the week or of the month as are possible.  Some volunteer twice a month and some once or twice a week.

The middle school has a 40 minute lunch and recess period.  Forty minutes is all we need.  The students are well-behaved outside and you are not alone.  Staff members are there with you offering support and guidance. 

The elementary building has a longer lunch and recess period because it has three lunch and recess sections.  Supervision begins at 11:55 and ends with the last recess at 1:15. Ideal for us would be a person or persons who would want to work every day from 11:30 to 1:30.  Supervisors would begin at the middle school, cross to the elementary campus around 12:00 and supervise K – 5 students inside or out until 1:15 pm and then put away any leftover playground balls and jump ropes which takes the time to 1:30.  It’s a two hour paid position or 10 hours a week.

In-service for supervisors will be given once we have our group identified.

Don’t Forget School Pictures.  Tuesday, September 1.  This is a non-uniform day which means students do not need to be in uniform.  However, it is not a jeans day.   Non-uniform clothes need to be school appropriate.  Order forms were sent home with every student today.

Band for Middle School.  Middle school parents will very soon receive a letter about our band program for students in grade 6, 7, and 8.  An information evening at the middle school is being scheduled now with Mr. Eric O’Brien, the Band Director at Central Catholic High School.  Mr. O’Brien is a St. Joseph School graduate and through an outreach from Central Catholic to SJS we have a wonderful opportunity to return to a band program.  Please watch for an announcement of the date and time of this information meeting.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger. Principal 

Note: After receiving your Thursday Envelope today, please read the notation on the bottom of the Thursday Envelope itself.  It asks about your ability to receive communication electronically. 

If you are unable to view the Thursday Envelope electronically, please let us know.  (We will send hard copy of all Thursday Envelope communication to you each week.)
If you can view but are not able to print, please let us know.  (We will send a hard copy of the communications that includes a form to be completed and returned to us.)

***Included as hard copy in today’s envelope:

  1. Letter from the Principal
  2. Letter from the School Nurse
  3. Family Emergency Form (Needs to be returned tomorrow, Friday, August 21.)

Posted electronically only to Thursday Envelope on our Website:

  1. Easter Seals Truck
  2. Chess Club Sign-up (Additional forms in the office)
  3. St. Joseph Church, Music Ministry Sign-up.  (Additional forms in the office)
  4. Mom’s Book Study
  5. Lunch Menu for August
  6. Activity Calendar for August

In each Thursday envelope, families received this important letter and emergency form from our nurse, Theres Hoehn.  Please take time to read them and return the Family Emergency Form to school tomorrow.


Dear Students of St. Joseph School,

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–a ministry of St. Joseph Church.

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 30, 2015 from 4:30–5:20 pm in the East Campus Music Room.
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 16th and Wednesday, September 23rd from 4:30–5:30 pm in the church. The Jubilate choir rehearses from 5:30–6:05 in the East Campus Music Room beginning on September 30, 2015. Members of the Jubilate Choir are required to be in the St. Nicholas Choir.

I do hope I’ll see many of your faces and hear your voices in one (or ALL!) of these singing opportunities this year!

Faithfully in Christ,

Merrilee S. Jaskulski, Director of Music                                           


Three Registration Options Below!  (see pdf)
 


This One-Day-Only Fundraiser Will Be Held On Sunday, September 27, 10am-4:30pm                                                                  

We will be collecting bags of clothes, shoes, purses, towels, backpacks, throw rugs, sheets…anything cloth related.

We are even accepting your torn and stained items!    Nothing will go in the landfill!

*Easter Seals will have a truck conveniently located in the bus loop of the East Campus on Main Street.

Simply bag up your items and drop them off at the truck!

*Easter Seals will again donate 20 cents per pound to St. Joseph School PTO - So let’s work together to fill as many trucks as we can!

   **Donations are tax deductible!**    Questions?  Feel free to contact Shelly Piscopo at 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com or Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com


Open to Mom's with children ages 0-17!

We will be reading "Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom" by Marge Fenelon. This is an easy read that promises to offer insight for any mom looking to connect with other mothers and grow in faith. see more info below (pdf)


Thursday, June 4th 2015

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN!  BE A PART OF OUR NEW PLAYGROUND!


Support for the Playground   Engraved brick pavers are still available, as we continue to raise the funds for our new playground…construction beginning this month.  All parishioners are encouraged to consider supporting this new play space for the many children who participate in various parish ministries!  With the purchase of a $125.00 paver, you may engrave a family name, the name of a loved one, or a short Bible verse up to two lines/12 characters per line.  This is a great way to support grandchildren, teachers, preschool and Sunday school participants, and the future families of our parish.  Checks are payable to St. Joseph P.T.O.  Call Juli Snyder 419-885-6670 ext. 345 for more information. Thank you!


Dear St. Joseph School Families,

As we prepare for the close of the school year, I want to thank you for your commitment to the faith formation of your children.  The most important thing we do as a Catholic school is to “proclaim God, provide time and space for the sacred, and promote standards for moral and ethical behavior” (Sr. Clare Fitzgerald, NCEA).  Thank you for all you have done to make this a successful school year.  Your generous spirit has helped us continue as a school of academic excellence.  We see your support in so many places.  Your volunteer hours number in the thousands.  More than that, you value the mission of Catholic education – to call forth the unique potential of the whole child, body, mind, and spirit.

This year we have focused the faith formation for all students on the Beatitudes. In addition to the grade level curriculum that exists for all classes in Religion, teachers, working together, have helped students understand the meaning and application of the Beatitudes 2000 years after Jesus spoke them as the Sermon on the Mount.

For the poor in spirit teachers spoke of sacrifice, generosity, and kindness.  For those who mourn, they modeled trust, prayer, and faith.  For the meek, they spoke of humility and for those who seek righteousness, they taught about knowledge and holiness. When teachers explained Blessed are the Merciful and the Pure of Heart, they taught of forgiveness, prayer, and love. The last two beatitudes bless the peacemaker and the persecuted.  With those, just as Jesus did, we teach of love, sacrifice, selflessness, and hope.

Dress Code.  Last year parents and teachers reviewed the SJS Dress/Uniform Code and made a few recommendations for change.  I want to review those with you and announce a few changes for the coming 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:  Fleece pajama bottoms or sweats in the same colors as is allowed for socks are permitted on cold weather days with the uniform. Girls wear them coming to and going from school or for outside recess.  They are considered outerwear and must be removed in the classroom.  Knee socks, tights/leggings in the colors indicated for socks may be worn in the classroom under uniforms on cold days.

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 SOLID (not two toned) brown, (not tan), black or navy OR athletic shoes[SK1]  (like running, cross training, or walking).  All shoes must tie, Velcro, or buckle. No slip-ons, high-tops, Sperry’s or Sperry-style shoes.  Please use care when purchasing athletic shoes.  Sparkles and lights are not allowed.   When in doubt, check with the school before you purchase.

Graduations. 

Congratulations and our very best wishes to our graduating eighth grade students.  Liturgy and awarding of diplomas will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8.
Kindergarten.  As eighth grade students leave St. Joseph to go on to high school, kindergarten students will celebrate the completion of their first year with us on Monday, June 8, at 9:00 a.m. in the church.

Report Cards will be mailed for all students on Friday, June 12, 2015.

The New School Year. 

The 2015 – 2016 school year begins on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.  Faculty and staff orientation and meeting dates are August 13 and 14.
Back-to-School information will be sent to each family in early August.

Summer Hours.  The school office is open all summer, though hours are adjusted.  If you need to contact us after office hours, please leave a message and we will return your call.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we wish you a safe and happy summer.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger, Principal


How much did I earn?
Easy! SWS allows you to check your earnings any time, any day!  See flyer below for details.


to begin your Summer write!!!!!

Tuesday,  June 9 through Friday, June 12

Please join us for THE event of your 2015 summer.

Two Sisters’ Writing Camp still has spots open for writers who want to take part in the magic.

Improve your writing skills. You and next year’s teacher will be glad you did!

Registration forms can be found below.

Contact:  Anna-Marie Adamson, aadamson@stjoesylvania.org or (419)-276-7232

 Do NOT miss out!  Hope to see you there.


Thank you to the students who donated books to our school library in celebration of their birthdays.

We would also like to thank Anna Kunkel in pre-school for her donation to our school library this past month.

Any further donations to our library will be acknowledged in the fall!

Don’t forget to sign up for the summer reading programs at your public library, join the St. Joseph Reading Club and the Barnes and Noble Club and then log all those reading minutes onto Scholastic.com

Have a wonderful reading summer!

Thank you for helping our library to grow!

Mrs. Wisniewski, Librarian


Dear Parents,

Keep your students reading this summer by participating in the following summer reading clubs.

Our very own St. Joseph School Summer Reading Club.  Read 6 books this summer and write down the titles and authors on the form that went home last week in the Thursday envelope.  Return this slip to your new teacher in August and you will earn a jeans pass to be used the first quarter.

Join the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s reading club at your local branch.  Check out books, read, and report and win great prizes.  This program begins on June 8th and continues until August 8th. www.toledolibrary.org    Click on summer reading challenge.

Barnes and Noble reading club for grades 1 through 6.  Program runs May 19th through Sept.7th 2015. Read 8 books and get one free.  www.bn.com/summerreading

Record all those minutes read at Scholastic Read for the World Record!  www.scholastic.com/summer  This program runs from May 4th through Sept.  4th ,  2015, so start recording those minutes read now and help our school get into the Scholastic Book of World Records 2016.

Have a fun, safe summer and keep reading!

Mrs. Mary Ann Wisniewski, Librarian


We would like to thank the following individuals for their support:

Amy Carroll, Ann Riddle, Anne Eddingfield, Bridget Caster, Brynne Furko, Terri McGranahan, Casey Barbour, Cherie Pelok, Christine Angevine, Stacy Steward, Holly Hurley, Ellen Case, Jenny Durnell, Julie Heerdegen, Heather Moore, Julie Forgach, Tracy Kindl, Tracy Leamy, Karen Douglas, Kate Kelly, Kristie Haley, Lisa Thebes, Lynda Row, Maegen Verkennes, Megan Salameh, Michelle Hacker, Mindy Bieber, Nancy Arquette, Niki Simon, Nikki Myers, Richelle Smith, Rita Hayes, Sukh O’Loughlin, Susan Haselhuhn, Tammy Fretti, Tara Gay Walsh, Alia Kawar, Alisa Heerdegen,  Amanda Brzuchalski, and Tina Mueller.

With the help of only these 40 volunteers, we were able to provide monthly luncheons for 100 and a special Christmas luncheon for 120.  Our luncheons this year included: Chili (October), Pasta (November), Honeybaked Ham and Turkey (Christmas), Soup and Salad (January), and Mexican (May).  We will end the year with a final luncheon on Tuesday, June 9th.  Many of the above volunteers signed up every month, some of them even signed up more than once.  Thank you to all for all of your help. 

Denise Brown and Shelly Piscopo

Faculty Luncheon Committee Chairmen


Positive Direction – 2015 Could not have been a success without the many people who volunteered their time and talents.  The following individuals tackled many tasks including:  Bagel Breakfast, Carb Load Dinner, Water and Cheering Stations, conditioning supervisors, dessert providers, Friday Fun Day volunteers, “Game of Life” volunteers, and on and on…

Special thanks go to:

Courtney Adams, Renee Allen, Jakob Allen, Kerry Ashburner, Jauna Barrow, Casey Barbour, Jenna Beakas, Julia Beakas, Kelly Bell, Kim Bertke, Jack Bertke, Katie Beutel, Mindy Bieber, Jennifer Brady, Jennifer Britt, Alexa Brown, Janet Cannon, Amy Carroll, Bridget Caster, Beth Ciucci, Karen DiPofi, Lisa Disalle, Kim Diver, Cathi Dooley, Jenny Durnell, Brenda Dymarkowski, Anne Eddingfield, Kim Eltschlager, Elizabeth Filipiak, Molly Finn, Christine Foetisch, Julie Forgach, Mark Forgach, Collin Forgach, Tammy Fretti, Brynne Furko, Joe Furko, JT Furko, Molly Geldien, Kelley Gibbons, Brett Gibson, Michelle Hacker, Wendy Haudrich, Rita Hayes, Amy Heady, Julie Heerdegen, Paulette Hoffman, Grace Hoffman, Denise Holmes, Laura Hoyt, Holly Hurley, Jessica Jones, Alia Kawar, Tara Kearns, Kate Kelly, Robert Kelly, Elaine Kelly, Tracy Kindl, John Kirk, Viv Knapp, Tom Koesters, Kim Koesters, Katherine Korhumel, Andrea Langenderfer, Claire Langenderfer, Tracy Leamy, Molly Lindsley, Debbie Lisk, Tami Lonsway, Steven Macy, Katie Mahoney, Carolina Marquez, Stacy Maynard, Terri McGranahan, Jim McGuire, Ky McGrew, Dana Metzger, Heather Moore, Kathleen Newsom, Kathleen Nowak, Kimberly O’Brien, Sukh O’Loughlin, Meghan Oberle, Jennice Oberle, Randy Okuley, Maryann Okuley, Nancy Osinski, Vince Palko, Gilbert Papay, Deedra Parker, Barb Pawlak, Mike Pawlecki, Cherie Pelok, Maddie Piscopo, Shelly Piscopo, Emily Poitinger, Kristin Poturalski, Donna Ramirez, Abbey Reece, Ann Riddle, Abbey Riley, Lisa Ruff, Megan Salameh, Kari Schell, Bob Serve, Joanne Sherman, McKenzie Shoots, Amy Shoots, Bob Shultz, Carrie Sim, Niki Simon, Richelle Smith, Juli Snyder, Kim Snyder, Stephanie Sonnenberg, Wendy Stanfill, Stacy Steward, Niki Sullinger, Diana Sullivan, Regina Sullivan, Christina Sullivan, Susan Suwinski, Lisa Thebes, Jill Tiell, Connie Umfleet, Deb Unverferth, Lauren Unverferth, Rachel Unverferth, Julie Walker, Veronica Weathers and many, many others!!!  Also, an extra, extra thank you to the Timperly family for their donations (McDonald’s – Holland-Sylvania Rd), Mark and Julie Forgach for the use of the snow-cone and popcorn machines for Friday Funday, and Century Equipment for the use of the golf cart.

Plus, our wonderful St. Joseph School faculty and staff – especially Mrs. Shelly Perna, Mrs. Patti Bell, Mrs. Marty Davis, Mrs. Elaine Dickendasher, Mrs. Cheryl Koenig, Mrs. Carol Lindsley, Mrs. Vivian Knapp, Msgr. Metzger, Mrs. Carrie Johnson, Mrs. Michelle Mikrut, Mrs. Carla Barr, Mrs. Jessica Jones, Mrs. Sally Koppinger and the entire maintenance staff.

Thanks to everyone for the many hours they donated to make the 2014-15 (30th year!) Positive Direction program a success.

--Betsy Pawlecki and Denise Brown

Positive Direction Committee Chairmen


Cross Country

Summer Run Club starts Tuesday, June 16. For information, please contact Coach McGranahan.

Official practice begins Monday, August 10th at Pacesetter Park.  Time TBA

First meet takes place September 12 at Carter Park in Bowling Green, OH.

Cross country coordinator is Dave McGranahan. Phone number is 419-304-6102; email is dmcgranahan@iceindustries.com

Football Dates

Football helmet distribution @ shed behind the church, Wednesday August 5th Times TBA.

Conditioning begins Monday August 10th, East Campus field, time TBA.

Practice with pads begins Monday, August 24th East Campus field , time TBA.

Round robin takes place Sunday, September 13th.

Games begin September 20th.

Football coordinator is Ted Leslie. Phone number is 419-466-1245; email is Tedleslie@syntechproducts.com

Volleyball Dates
Open Gyms starting July 1st and 2nd going through July with
Wed: 5-6pm (4th grade)
Wed: 6-7pm (6th grade)
Wed: 7-8:30pm (8th grade)
Thursday: 5:30-6:30 (5th grade)
Thursday: 6:30-8:00pm (7th grade)

Player evaluations will be the week of July 27th, times TBA
New uniform fittings will take place during this week.
Official practices start the first week in August, times TBA
Games to begin September 12.
Volleyball coordinator is Peter Szymanski.  Phone number is 419-410-8798; email is ptszymanski@bex.net

We have tentatively planned to conduct physicals (physical examinations for athletes) on Monday, July 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the east campus meeting rooms.  All CYO athletes are required to have their player contracts signed by a physician.  This physical exam will take care of that requirement.

If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director Jeff Seemann at 419-882-0661 or jcseemann@gmail.com


Thursday, May 28th 2015

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

Congratulations to the new Student Council members for the 2015 – 2016 school year.

President

Kathryn Riddle

8th Grade Representatives

Jake Eltschlager

Caleb Walker

Ellie White

7th Grade Representatives

Reece DiSalle

Emma Hoyt

Kelsey Leamy

6th Grade Representatives

Sammy Giordano

Mateo Gomez-Castro

Raphael Yazji

5th Grade Representatives

Alex Britt

Molly Poitinger

Devyn Riley

4th Grade Representatives

Anna Kelly

Vivian Palko

Vasisht Ramineni

Gym Uniform Change for Next Year – Reminder.  A few years ago, we introduced a mandatory gym uniform for the middle school.  We are bringing that uniform to all grades now with the start of the new school year.  It consists of mesh, basketball length shorts with an SJS logo.  The shorts must be no more than two inches above the knee.  They may be longer. In cold weather, sweatpants with the SJS logo are an alternative.  Shorts or sweatpants may be navy or grey.  All items are available from Schoolbelles.  Students will have the option of wearing a solid colored t-shirt, or any St. Joseph Spirit-wear, Positive Direction, or St. Joseph sport-related t-shirt.

Staff Change.  We have one additional staff change to announce.  Mrs. Kathy Jarosi, computer teacher for elementary and middle school students will not be returning to St. Joseph next year.  Mrs. Jarosi will be moving to the west coast to be closer to her family.  We wish her the very best and thank her for her many years of service to SJS.

St. Joseph School Advisory Council is seeking applications for appointment to the school advisory council.  The council is a consultative body established for the purpose of promoting participation of the parish community in the ministry of Catholic Education, providing financial advice and direction regarding the school’s finances; assisting in the development of policy, promoting good public relations, and encouraging strategic planning.  An application for appointment is included in today’s Thursday Envelope.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


St. Joseph School Advisory Council is seeking applications for appointment to the school advisory council.  The council is a consultative body established for the purpose of promoting participation of the parish community in the ministry of Catholic Education, providing financial advice and direction regarding the school’s finances; assisting in the development of policy, promoting good public relations, and encouraging strategic planning.  An application for appointment is included below.

 


Have yet to join our Scrip Program?
Have yet to fully use our Scrip Program?
Easy money is slipping through your tuition account…
how about an easy $700 {and that’s a minimum}?

What is Scrip?
Scrip is simply a term that means “substitute money.” Scrip fundraising is a no-selling
program that allows families to raise money for their tuition expenses by using gift cards, or
scrip, to pay for everyday purchases. Families order gift cards from our scrip program and
pay face value. St. Joseph orders the gift cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center for less than
face value. St. Joseph then retains the difference, or rebate, on your behalf and credits your
tuition account annually. It’s really that simple!
Just by regularly using scrip for weekly purchases, a single family can easily generate $500
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ShopWithScrip is convenient to use! You can view images of each product, as well as,
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can even Reload funds onto gift cards already purchased through our program and, best of
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PrestoPay. You won’t have to wait for a physical card to ship - perfect for last-minute
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How Do I Get Started?
The first step is to create your free account by visiting either www.stjoesylvania.org, click on
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4E5B8LD28414. After registering, take a few minutes and go through the short, easyto-
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Order and payment deadline is every Monday at 8:00 a.m., 50 weeks a year!
Need help?
Feel free to email us - scrip@stjoesylvania.org! We provide speedy answers so earnings
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June 3rd 6 – 8 PM
June 4th 8 – 11 AM
West Campus Banquet Hall

Drop off sale items to west campus office by June 2nd

Suggested Prices  (you may determine your own price)

  • Plaid Jumpers  $10 (Schoolbelles $40.95 & up)
  • Plaid Skirts  $10 (Schoolbelles $39.95)
  • Plaid Skorts  $10 (Schoolbelles $41.95)
  • Uniform Pants  $2
  • Uniform Shorts  $1
  • Uniform Shirts/Sweaters  $.50 & up
  • Misc Items (Spirit Wear, etc)  $.25 & up

*Clothing must be clean.

*Items to be sold include anything listed in SJS dress code – uniform jumpers, skirts, skorts, pants, shorts, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, as well as SJS spirit wear, athletic apparel, CYO uniforms, or scout uniforms.

*Attach tag with size, price, student’s name & homeroom, and for items that do not sell mark “Will pick up” or “Donate”.

*Untagged items – Proceeds will be donated to PTO, and unsold items will be kept for next year’s sale or donated to another school.

*Earnings may be picked up at west campus office beginning June 4th.

*Unsold items marked for pick up will be located outside west campus gym.

Questions? Contact Cristina Goodyear at cgood@bex.net

Looking for volunteers.  Great service hour opportunity for students!


This year, all of the teen volunteers will need to register online:

http://tinyurl.com/SJS2015VBS

Please go to the link, carefully read the information, then fill out and submit the form.  We will contact you in June with more details. 

Thank you for your interest and for sharing your time and talent with the VBS program!

-Abbey Riley

riley.abbey@yahoo.com, cell 330-703-9759


It’s (was) a Fiesta!

Last Wednesday, May 20th, PTO’s monthly luncheon went Mexican!  On the menu:  Chicken Tortilla Soup, soft tacos, walking tacos, chips, salsa, guacamole, bean dip, Mexicali dip, and on an on and on!  The response from both our volunteers and our guests (faculty) was overwhelming.  Thank you so much:  Stacy Steward, Holly Hurley, Maegen Verkennes, Alisa Heerdegen, Terri McGranahan, Rita Hayes, Julie Forgach, Brynne Furko, Amanda Brzuchalski, Niki Simon, Nikki Myers, Nancy Arquette, Mindy Bieber, Jenny Durnell, Tina Mueller, Michelle Hacker, and Heather Moore.


Thursday, May 21st 2015

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

Principal


June 3rd 6 – 8 PM

June 4th 8 – 11 AM

West Campus Banquet Hall

Drop off sale items to west campus office by June 2nd

Suggested Prices  (you may determine your own price)

  • Plaid Jumpers  $10 (Schoolbelles $40.95 & up)
  • Plaid Skirts  $10 (Schoolbelles $39.95)
  • Plaid Skorts  $10 (Schoolbelles $41.95)
  • Uniform Pants  $2
  • Uniform Shorts  $1
  • Uniform Shirts/Sweaters  $.50 & up
  • Misc Items (Spirit Wear, etc)  $.25 & up

*Clothing must be clean.

*Items to be sold include anything listed in SJS dress code – uniform jumpers, skirts, skorts, pants, shorts, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, as well as SJS spirit wear, athletic apparel, CYO uniforms, or scout uniforms.

*Attach tag with size, price, student’s name & homeroom, and for items that do not sell mark “Will pick up” or “Donate”.

*Untagged items – Proceeds will be donated to PTO, and unsold items will be kept for next year’s sale or donated to another school.

*Earnings may be picked up at west campus office beginning June 4th.

*Unsold items marked for pick up will be located outside west campus gym.

Questions? Contact Cristina Goodyear at cgood@bex.net

Looking for volunteers.  Great service hour opportunity for students!


St. Ursula Academy will be hosting a variety of summer camps for girls ages 5-13.  Go to www.toledosua.org or call 419-329-2209 for more information.


Come and Join in the FUN this summer at St. Francis de Sales!  Sports, Arts, and Fun Camps for students entering grades 2-9 including Baseball, Golf, Speed & Agility, Basketball, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Football, Soccer, Graphic Design, Cyber, Robo, Band, and Art. Work with experienced staff and coaches!  Have fun and make new friends!   Visit our website at www.sfstoledo.org/camps to view online brochure and to register.


Please view the May edition of Practical Tips for Parents, a resource from our guidance office.


Calling all 4th through 8th grade Writers
Two Sisters' Writing Camp are filling up quickly!

Two Sisters are looking for YOU to participate in their Summer Writing Camp!
Reminder: June 9 - June 12, 2015
Grades 4, 5, 6 Session I,  8-10 am or
Session II, 10:30-11:30 pm
Grades 7, 8 Session III, 1-3 pm or
Session IV, 3:30-5:30 pm
Registration forms were sent home in the Thursday envelope and are available here.

Do not miss this unique opportunity. Space is limited, so get your registration in!
Contact Anna-Marie Adamson at aadamson@stjoesylvania.org
with any questions.
Begin your summer write!!


Thursday, May 14th 2015

Dear St. Joseph School Families,

Our annual Parish Festival – Festirama- begins tomorrow at 6:00 pm.  Enthusiasm and excitement have been growing all week as students gave their teachers a progress report on arriving festival rides - new rides, returning rides, best rides (much debate here), rides they are too big for, rides they are not tall enough for.  Beside rides … and there is so much more than just rides… Festirama 2015  offers families a chance to combine fun, food, and friends.  The times and dates for Festirama 2015 are:

  • Friday, May 15.   6:00 pm – 12:00 midnight
  • Saturday, May 16.  2:00 pm – 12:00 midnight
  • Sunday, May 17.   11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Mrs. Lindsley and I will be selling tickets at the RIDE (of course) Ticket Booth early on Friday evening.  We hope to see you!

Thank you to all of our Pop Tab Collectors.  As of this date we have collected 320 pounds of pop tabs in support of Ronald McDonald House.  A Math Fact:  approximately 1,275 tabs equals one pound.  Our 320 pounds equals 408,000 aluminum tabs!

Recorder Concert.  Our fourth grade students have been preparing for their first musical instrument performance.  Under the direction of Mrs. Bess Mass, SJS Music teacher, the students will present a Recorder Concert on Thursday, May 21, at 10:00 am, in the Banquet Hall.  Parents, grandparents, and other extended family members are welcome.

Very Important Reminder for Extended Day.  Due to our Festival, on Friday, May 15, there is no Extended Day. All Extended Day students need to take the bus home or be picked up at 2:45 p.m.

Registration Forms.  If you have not turned in your Registration Form, please do so as soon as possible.  Occasionally, applications for tuition assistance are filed before registration has been completed.  We are unable to process those applications if a student is not registered.

Workbook/Technology and Activity Fees are included in today’s Thursday Envelope. 

Correction:  In last week’s parent letter, Mrs. Viv Knapp was listed with those staff members who are retiring. It was noted that Mrs. Knapp joined SJS in 1995.  Mrs. Knapp is retiring.  However, she joined SJS in 1989!

Have a great weekend!

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


Please see the registration form for Notre Dame Academy Summer Camps


Workbook and activity fees for the 2015-2016 school year has been sent home in today's Thursday envelope for each family.


The St. Joseph’s Athletic Department will sponsor the 24th annual George Bush Sportsmanship Award banquet on Tuesday, May 26th 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’s Parish will be honored at this time.  Sportsmanship Award recipients for both boys and girls will also be presented.  Tricia Cullop, head women’s basketball coach at the University of Toledo will be the featured speaker.

While admission to the banquet is free, reservations will be necessary.  Families of nominees will have until Monday, May 25th to call in their reservation.  Reservations can be taken over the phone by calling Jeff Seemann at 419-882-0661 and leaving a message on the recorder or by texting that number or by email at jcseemann@gmail.com.  Please state the number in your party.  Families of fourth, fifth and sixth graders should bring (1) two liter bottle of pop and families of seventh and eighth graders should bring a dessert.

All parishioners are welcome to attend the banquet.  Coaches of teams are encouraged to attend.  Parishioners who do not have family members that are Sportsmanship Award nominees are also welcome to attend the banquet.  Reservations are necessary, however.  Please call the number above.  Hope to see you there!

Hard copy listing the nominees has been sent home via the Thursday envelope.


Thank you to the families who have donated generously to our Birthday Book Club.  Hard copy was sent home in the Thursday envelope.


  • July 20 - 24, 2015         
  • Ages 4 - 4th Grade            
  • 9-11:30 a.m.  
  • Location: St. Joseph Middle School, East Campus

See form below for registration.

 


Please enjoy the May edition of Nutrition Nuggets from our Nurse's office.


Social media, peer pressure, parties, drug trends and underage drinking…it’s not easy raising teens!

Operation: PARENT’s Parenting 101 Class is the perfect way to raise your awareness regarding today’s teen and pre-teen culture.
You will not only walk away from 101 with solid, practical strategies for raising incredible teenagers, but you will also leave knowing you’re not alone as you navigate through these years!
Each Parenting 101 session begins with a video, followed by open discussion led by a trained facilitator. The videos cover a variety of issues unique to raising teenagers in today’s culture. Parents will be equipped to prevent and intervene, knowing they have a network of parents to support them through the process.  See flyer below for details.


Fill that Truck! has been extended until Friday, May 15. Easter Seals has graciously EXTENDED the St. Joseph School PTO fundraiser playground project!
Take any cloth items to the Holland-Sylvania location ONLY. You do need to tell them to apply your donation to the ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL FUNDRAISER.
There is also a bin located at each campus for your convenience.


Thursday, May 7th 2015

Please view the Principal's Bulletin below. Topics include

  • May Devotion
  • Camp Storer
  • Warm Weather Uniform Code
  • Teacher Requests
  • Gym Uniforms
  • Festirama Parking
  • Easter Seals…Re-Fill That Truck!
  • Chromebooks Coming to 5th Grade! 
  • Retirements and Staff Changes

Happy Mother’s Day from the students and staff of St. Joseph School!

 


Kids grade three on up …will you join Kaila and me in working the Festirama Chicken Dinner Dining Room?

Here are the available shifts on Sunday: 

  • 10:45-1:00
  • 12:45-3:00
  • 2:45-5:00
  • 4:45-7:00  (When chicken runs out, we will do clean up.)

Here is the job description: Put placemats, silverware, etc. on table

                                          Take orders for beverages and deliver

                                          Clear tables and wipe down tables

                                          Reset the tables

 

Student Chairperson:  Miss Kaila Dickerson

School Chairperson:   Mrs. Carol Lindsley

send in your form that was included in today's Thursday envelope.


Positive Direction Volunteer Opportunities for 4th, 5th, 6th  Grade Parents

 

Thursday evening, May 28th - Carbo-Load Dinner Servers

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050448AEA82CA46-pdcarb1

Week of May 26th – Carbo-Load – Provide Desserts

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aea82ca46-pdcarb2

Positive Direction Volunteer Opportunities for 7th and 8th Grade Parents

Thursday morning, May 28th  - Spiritual Retreat

www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aea82ca46-pdspiritual1

Thursday afternoon, May 28th  - The Game of Life 

www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aea82ca46-thegame

Friday morning, May 29th – 3K/5K Challenge – Race Day Volunteers

www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4bada72cab9-race

Friday afternoon, May 29th – Friday Fun Day

www.signupgenius.com/go/8050448aea82ca46-pdfriday2


In an effort to make our bus routes more efficient, we are now requiring parents/guardians to request transportation for their student(s). WE REQUEST THAT YOU MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO RETURN THIS FORM BY JUNE 12, 2015, IN ORDER FOR YOUR STUDENT TO BE PLACED ON A ROUTE FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Complete the form below and return even if your child does not need to ride the school bus.


Dear Parents and Staff,

All Festirama activities are on the east campus (middle school) this year

  • Tents are usually the first things to be put up so we will start the alternate dismissal Wednesday, May 13.
  • Rides and other trailers are expected to arrive as early as Tuesday.
  • Morning drop off will be unaffected. Buses will be able to use the bus loop in the morning. (single lane) Middle school students who are car riders will still be dropped off in the Harroun parking lot at the end of the bus loop at the stop sign.
  • Afternoon buses and pick up will be adjusted starting Wednesday, May 13. Middle school students will be dismissed at 2:35p.m., walk over to the west campus (escorted by their teachers), and load the buses before the elementary building dismisses at 2:45p.m. Buses will not use the east campus bus loop for pick up starting May 13.
  • Ravine Rd. parking lot will be closed to all traffic starting Tuesday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Because of the alternate bus traffic in the afternoon, the west campus school parking lot will be closed at 2:15 p.m. rather than 2:30 p.m. Once the bus traffic is in line, cars may not move until the buses have gone.
  • We typically have Sylvania police during the alternate dismissal days to run the traffic light, allowing us to get the students crossed in a timely fashion.
  • Typically the grounds are cleaned up and ready for normal school traffic by Monday but please be prepared to continue alternate dismissal through Monday, May 18.

As you are aware, the timing of all of this is always a bit unpredictable, so we appreciate your patience with us.
 


Market on Main basket donations are due tomorrow May 8, 2015

Just as a reminder:

  • Pre School – Bundle of Joy bib, blanket, rattle, stuffed animal, toys, brag book, baby spa lotions & wash, washcloth, comb & brush, wrap towel, diaper bag, etc.
  • Kindergarten – Color My World crayons, markers, drawing paper, craft organization, rubber stamps and stamp pads, coloring and activity books, stencils, etc.
  • First Grade – Let’s Get Fit items to help you get fit including jump rope, pedometer, fitness tapes, sweat bands, wrist bands, stretching rope, water bottle, fitness books, water bottle holder, fanny pack, sweat socks
  • Second Grade – In the Garden seeds, watering can, knee pad, solar lights, solar/garden decorations, flower pots, book on planting a garden, Lowes or Anderson’s gift cards
  • Third Grade – Movie Night DVD’s, movie cards and pizza gift certificates, pizza pan and pizza slicer, card games, lap trays, 2 Liters of soda, etc
  • Fourth Grade – Beach Bum sun block, beach Games, Kadima paddle game, inflatable toys , iTunes gift cards, snacks, beach towel, magazines, koozie, etc., and a beach bag to carry all the fun!
  • Fifth Grade – Bored? Board Games Clue, Monopoly, Pictionary, Sorry, Trouble, dice, Uno, Dominos, Kid-Cala, Connect Four, Battle Ship, Playing Cards, activity books. etc. –
  • Sixth Grade – What’s Cooking! potholders, apron, kitchen utensils & gadgets, Coffee, Tea, flavored creamers, tongs, fun cookbooks, salt & pepper shakers, timer, spoon rest, spoon -- large pot to hold all the fun
  • Seventh Grade – Back Yard Barbeque! Grill utensils, grilling baskets, cleaners and cleaning tools for the grill. Paper plate holders, corn holders, kabob skewers, lighter
  • Eighth Grade – Tool Time hammer, screwdriver, level, tape measure, saw, duct tape, safety glasses, drill and tool box to carry all these fun items.

Mercy Children's Hospital Presents Safe Sitter Classes

For Boys and Girls Ages 11 to 13
You will spend one day learning:

  • Basic life-saving techniques Safety and security precautions Accident prevention
  • How and when to summon help
  • Tips on childcare

Safe Sitter classes are medically oriented, affording hands on practice on lifesaving techniques. Certified health care professionals teach the class segments that deal with medical information. These instructors also focus on choosing jobs that are safe and being a reliable employee.
Dates and locations for this year's classes are:

  • 6/11 at Mercy St. Anne Hospital
  • 6/17 at Mercy St. Anne Hospital
  • 6/25 at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital
  • 7/17 at Mercy St. Charles

The schedule runs from 8:00a.m. until4:00 p.m. All participants must bring a packed lunch and drink.
The cost is $50 per person.
Registration forms can be obtained by calling The Child Life Program at Mercy Children's Hospital at 419-251-4662. Your registration will be confirmed upon the return of your completed registration form and payment of your course fee. Please make checks payable to Mercy Children’s Hospital and return to:
Child Life Program
2213 Cherry St., 6th Floor
Toledo, OH 43608
Class size is limited to 15 so please register early


  • May 20, 2015
  • 7 – 8 pm
  • Notre Dame Provincial Center
  • 1st Floor meeting room
  • 3837 Secor Road
  • Toledo

Come for conversation and sharing with other parents who share similar concerns and blessings of raising a child with a disability.
Facilitated by the
Inclusive Catholic Education Council
For more information contact Marsha Rivas
mrivas@toledodiocese.org
419-244-6711, extension 724


Volunteers Needed!!
For Dessert Providers, Kitchen Help and Ticket Sellers.
Sunday, May 17

If you would like to volunteer to help in the above areas,
Please sign up at the online site: http://tinyurl.com/festirama15
Sign up today!!
CALLING ALL DESSERT MAKERS!
We will need over 900 individual dessert servings this year for the chicken dinner.
Please consider supplying a dessert for the dinner.
All desserts can be delivered Saturday, 5/16/15 from 1 PM -3PM to the middle school cafeteria and 5/17/15 before 10 AM the day of the dinner.

Thank you for your support!If you have questions contact:
Jim Rollison
419-350-7101
azrollo1@aol.com
Brian Holmes
brian.holmes@gm.com
All shifts and time slots are open. Everyone is welcome!

See flyer below for more information!


A fun-filled weekend is just a click away. Students, 5th grade and above, can work on their own at Children’s Games. It is a great opportunity to earn service hours. Or if you and your child want to work the same shift you can sign up to work at an inflatable. It is a great way for a family to volunteer together. (We need one adult per inflatable.)

You can sign up online using Signup Genius at http://tinyurl.com/festirama15 just scroll over and select the Children’s Games TAB on the navigation bar.

Or complete the form below and send it through school - Attention: Ann Riddle C/O Kathryn in 7MJ

Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to St. Joseph Parish and the success of Festirama! For more information on volunteering for children’s games contact Ann Riddle at 419-885-4994 or a.riddle@bex.net
Be sure to sign up soon for your shift choice – the good ones fill up fast.


St. Joseph School PTO is having a fundraiser to help raise funds for the playground project!

ONE DAY ONLY!  SAT., MAY 9, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(Let’s beat October’s $3,700 total!)

We will be collecting bags of clothes, shoes, purses, towels, backpacks, throw rugs, sheets…anything cloth related.

*Easter Seals will have a truck conveniently located in the bus loop of the East Campus. Simply bag up your items and drop them off at the truck!

*Easter Seals will again donate 20 cents per pound to St. Joseph School PTO - so let’s work together to fill as many trucks as we can!

        **Donations are tax deductible!**

Feel free to contact Shelly Piscopo at 419-304-6632 or shel2875@aol.com and

    Denise Brown cleveland6.brown@icloud.com


Thursday, April 30th 2015

Discounted Ride Tickets  On Sale – NOW! 

SAVE MONEY AND AVOID THE LINES ON THE WEEKEND!

Rides by Durant Enterprises.  All rides will take 2 or 3 tickets.

Early Bird Special! 20-Ticket Sheet, $20.00


FILL OUT ORDER FROM BELOW AND RETURN TO SCHOOL OFFICE


Festirama is just around the corner – May 15, 16, 17 !  Market on the Main is assembling baskets that will be raffled off at Festirama.  If you could please donate a new item for your child’s grade’s basket it would be greatly appreciated.  There is one drop-off box for each grade at school for the donated basket items.  The deadline to collect for the baskets will be Friday, May 08.  Below are this year’s themes for each grade and some suggested contents:

Pre School – Bundle of Joy bib, blanket, rattle, stuffed animal, toys, brag book, baby spa lotions & wash, washcloth, comb & brush, wrap towel, diaper bag, etc.

Kindergarten – Color My World crayons, markers, drawing paper, craft organization, rubber stamps and stamp pads, coloring and activity books, stencils, etc.

First Grade – Let’s Get Fit items to help you get fit including jump rope, pedometer, fitness tapes, sweat bands, wrist bands, stretching rope, water bottle, fitness books, water bottle holder, fanny pack, sweat socks

Second Grade – In the Garden seeds, watering can, knee pad, solar lights, solar/garden decorations, flower pots, book on planting a garden, Lowes or Anderson’s gift cards

Third Grade – Movie Night DVD’s, movie cards and pizza gift certificates, pizza pan and pizza slicer, card games, lap trays, 2 Liters of soda, etc

Fourth Grade – Beach Bum sun block, beach Games, Kadima paddle game, inflatable toys , iTunes gift cards, snacks, beach towel, magazines, koozie, etc., and a beach bag to carry all the fun!

Fifth Grade –  Bored? Board Games Clue, Monopoly, Pictionary, Sorry, Trouble, dice, Uno, Dominos, Kid-Cala, Connect Four, Battle Ship, Playing Cards, activity books. etc. –

Sixth Grade – What’s Cooking!   potholders, apron, kitchen utensils & gadgets, Coffee, Tea, flavored creamers, tongs, fun cookbooks, salt & pepper shakers, timer, spoon rest, spoon -- large pot to hold all the fun

Seventh Grade – Back Yard Barbeque!  Grill utensils, grilling baskets, cleaners and cleaning tools for the grill. Paper plate holders, corn holders, kabob skewers, lighter

hammer, screwdriver, level, tape measure, saw, duct tape, safety glasses, drill and tool box to carry all these fun items.

Parents you can also use Scrip to purchase gift cards and certificates for your child’s themed basket.  If you have any questions, please contact me

Thank you for all of your help!!!!  Brenda Boudrie – brendaboudrie@gmail.com 419-297-0928


On Wednesday, April 22 PTO sponsored one of the last luncheons of the year (only 2 to go!).

Many thanks to: Amanda Brzuchalski, Mindy Bieber, Jenny Durnell, Stacy Steward, Niki Simon, Anne Eddingfield, Holly Hurley, Michelle Hacker, Casey Barbour, Christine Angevine, Maegen Verkennes, Tracy Kindl, Sukh  O’Loughlin, Kate Kelly, Alia Kawar, Tina Mueller, Terri McGranahan, Rita Hayes, Tracy Leamy and Julie Heerdegen.  Some of these ladies were kind enough to supply more than one dish.  Thanks again – we couldn’t do it without you!


June 9, 2015 through June 12, 2015

This Camp offers writers in grades 4 -8 an opportunity to explore many types of writing in a fun, interactive and encouraging setting. The number one complaint of authors at every level is, "I can't think of anything to write about!!"  One of the main focuses for this camp will be investigating where writers get their ideas.

Each day, student authors will be introduced to different forms of writing and shown how to take their newly developed ideas to the written page for others to enjoy. Students will have opportunities to think creatively and apply the structures of worthy writing, including voice, sentence variation, character development and structure, to their pieces. This camp will allow participants to grow as writers as they explore possibilities for showcasing their talents.

See Flyer for Details.


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’re using this voucher exchange system because it allows you to choose flats of flowers in the colors you prefer, and pick them up at a time that is convenient for you. Additionally, Creque’s will donate flats of flowers to plant around our school and parish, for a Student Council Service Project.
Timeline:
April 2-April 30 Orders taken…must be prepaid
April 30-May 8 Vouchers will be distributed…IN TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY!
May 1-31 Vouchers can be redeemed at Creque’s Greenhouse
9700 Sylvania Ave. (3.5 miles west of McCord Rd.,
west of Timberstone Jr. High)
Hours: Mon-Fri (9-8), Sat-Sun (9-5)


This Weekend!

Valentine Theatre
Friday, May 1 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 – 2:00 p.m.


Cost: $38/ticket.

Gate selling tickets opens at 9:00 am.

Cedar Point opens at 10:00 am, closes at 10:00 pm.

Note:  Tickets are only sold at ONE entrance gate (usually marked “Toledo Diocese Youth & Young Adult Ministries” or something along those lines and usually a priest dressed in clerics is standing in front greeting everyone so anyone who may not know where to go may have an idea that they should go to the gate where the priest is standing).   The ONE gate selling the discounted tickets will be open ONLY from 9:00 am – 12:00 NOON ! 

Beverage bracelets will also be sold for an additional $8.  This will give you free refills all day.  Not a bad deal.

Finally… a great addition… Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 pm!  Ask at the entrance for more details about Mass that day.

See Flyer below.


Thursday, April 23rd 2015

Posted below are May and June's Playground Supervision Calendars.


Please view the April edition of Practical Tips for Parents by Parents Make the Difference.


Festirama is just around the corner – May 15, 16, 17 !  Market on the Main is assembling baskets that will be raffled off at Festirama.  If you could please donate a new item for your child’s grade’s basket it would be greatly appreciated.  There is one drop-off box for each grade at school for the donated basket items.  The deadline to collect for the baskets will be Friday, May 08.  Below are this year’s themes for each grade and some suggested contents:

Pre School – Bundle of Joy bib, blanket, rattle, stuffed animal, toys, brag book, baby spa lotions & wash, washcloth, comb & brush, wrap towel, diaper bag, etc.

Kindergarten – Color My World crayons, markers, drawing paper, craft organization, rubber stamps and stamp pads, coloring and activity books, stencils, etc.

First Grade – Let’s Get Fit items to help you get fit including jump rope, pedometer, fitness tapes, sweat bands, wrist bands, stretching rope, water bottle, fitness books, water bottle holder, fanny pack, sweat socks

Second Grade – In the Garden seeds, watering can, knee pad, solar lights, solar/garden decorations, flower pots, book on planting a garden, Lowes or Anderson’s gift cards

Third Grade – Movie Night DVD’s, movie cards and pizza gift certificates, pizza pan and pizza slicer, card games, lap trays, 2 Liters of soda, etc

Fourth Grade – Beach Bum sun block, beach Games, Kadima paddle game, inflatable toys , iTunes gift cards, snacks, beach towel, magazines, koozie, etc., and a beach bag to carry all the fun!

Fifth Grade –  Bored? Board Games Clue, Monopoly, Pictionary, Sorry, Trouble, dice, Uno, Dominos, Kid-Cala, Connect Four, Battle Ship, Playing Cards, activity books. etc. –

Sixth Grade – What’s Cooking!   potholders, apron, kitchen utensils & gadgets, Coffee, Tea, flavored creamers, tongs, fun cookbooks, salt & pepper shakers, timer, spoon rest, spoon -- large pot to hold all the fun

Seventh Grade – Back Yard Barbeque!  Grill utensils, grilling baskets, cleaners and cleaning tools for the grill. Paper plate holders, corn holders, kabob skewers, lighter

Eighth Grade – Tool Time hammer, screwdriver, level, tape measure, saw, duct tape, safety glasses, drill and tool box to carry all these fun items.

Parents you can also use Scrip to purchase gift cards and certificates for your child’s themed basket.  If you have any questions, please contact me

Thank you for all of your help!!!!  Brenda Boudrie – brendaboudrie@gmail.com 419-297-0928


Saturday, May 3, 2014  Challenge Run starts at 9:00 a.m.

See registration for below.


PRIDE & PREJUDICE: THE COFFEE SHOP EDITION Will Be Performed at NDA

An Original Work Written and Directed by Trish Sanders

                Tickets are on sale now to see Notre Dame Academy (NDA) students perform an original play written and directed by faculty member Trish Sanders entitled PRIDE & PREJUDICE: THE COFFEE SHOP EDITION.  Shows will be May 1 and May 2 at 7 p.m., and May 3 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults through showtix4u.com or can be purchased at the door.

                Whether you are a fan of Jane Austen’s PRIDE & PREJUDICE or not, Ms. Sanders promises it has something for everyone including a flash mob scene with its 61-member cast of girls and boys.

                “When my students talked about doing PRIDE & PREJUDICE, I wanted to find a script for people who love and hated the book. I couldn’t find a script I could adapt, so I decided to write it myself,” she explained.

                The play revolves around a college girl who has a dramatic break-up with her boyfriend via tweet and takes refuge in her favorite book PRIDE & PREJUDICE.  Her friends stage an intervention that promises much laughter.

                Seniors Molly Baker and Gabrielle Hymel are writing some original music for the production.

                Ms. Sanders also wrote the tremendously delightful DEADLY MEDLEY, based on a comic look of the typical William Shakespeare plays read by high school students – JULIUS CAESAR, ROMEO AND JULIET, MACBETH, and HAMLET.  She describes it as “William Shakespeare meets LAW & ORDER meets LAUGH IN.”  NDA students performed DEADLY MEDLEY at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012.


Notre Dame Summer Academy is offering High School For-Credit Courses as well as Sports, Enrichment & Fun Camps for Metro-Toledo area students in grades K-12. Visit our website to see detailed session information, age requirements and register online!
www.nda.org

See flyer below.


Sponsored by:  STUDENT COUNCIL
               Profits to be used for:  OUR NEW PLAYGROUND

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’re using this voucher exchange system because it allows you to choose flats of flowers in the colors you prefer, and pick them up at a time that is convenient for you.  Additionally, Creque’s will donate flats of flowers to plant around our school and parish, for a Student Council Service Project.  See flyer below for more information.


As you know, Festirama 2015 will be held May 15, 16, and 17. We are happy to offer several amusement rides by Durant Enterprises, a state-inspected amusement company, owned and operated by the Prowant Family. Go online and check them out. www.durantamusements.com.

Discounted Durant Enterprises Prices – 20 Tickets for $20.00
2 to 3 Tickets Per Ride

Tickets sold on the grounds during Festirama will be $1.25 each or a 30-ticket sheet will be offered for $30. The 20-ticket sheet offers a savings of 25 cents per ticket.

Please take advantage of this discount opportunity. Complete the form below, attach your check and return to school. Tickets will be returned in the next Thursday envelope.


At the Valentine Theatre

  • Friday, May 1 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3 – 2:00 p.m.

Tickets available at www.valentinetheatre.com or 419-242-ARTS

Meet some of Belle's new friends from the enchanted castle at Central Catholic High School on Sunday, April 26, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Join members of the cast for a delightful dessert and a taste of the show that will be presented May 1 - 3 at the Valentine Theatre. Have your picture taken with me, the Prince, Mrs. Potts, Madame de la Grande Bouche, Lumiere, Babette, or Cogsworth. Be our guest and enjoy some treats prepared for you by Mrs. Potts.  See flyer below for more information.


The University of Toledo Continuing Education and Workforce Development Programs present a series of summer reading programs ages 4 through 17.  See flyer below for details.


Thursday, April 16th 2015

ATTENTION:  IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

Registration Forms for the 2015-2016 school year were sent home at the end of January with a date due back of February 6th.  We still have many families that have not returned their form.  It is important to understand that we cannot place your child’s name on our list for the 2015-2016 school year until the registration form has been received and processed.

If your child/children are returning to St. Joseph School next year and you have not yet returned your registration form, please do so at once to guarantee placement.


CALLING ALL DADS AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

(Grades 6 - 8 Only, Please)

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

East Campus – Family Center

7:00AM

DONUTS, COFFEE, MILK AND JUICE WILL BE SERVED


Donate your gently used/ outgrown sports equipment to children less fortunate!  For more information call 419-517-5510
 

  • April 18, 2015
  • St. Joseph Church
  • 5373 Main St.
  • Sylvania, OH
  • West Parking Lot
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Please support this worth while event.


On Friday, May 29 St. Joseph School will be holding its annual Positive Direction 3K/5K Best Foot Forward Challenge.  This run will be the conclusion of the 2014-15 Positive Direction Program.

This event will be supported by and cheered on by the entire school, parents, grandparents, etc.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students as well as many faculty members will be wearing their Positive Direction t-shirts to this event.

These t-shirts are now available to purchase for siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, etc.  The t-shirt will be displayed in the west campus school office and in the commons area in the middle school.  There is also a picture of the winning t-shirt on the bottom right of this order form.

If you would like to purchase a t-shirt(s), please return the order form below along with your check made payable to St. Joseph Positive Direction on or before Friday, April 24, 2015.


We are still in need of many volunteers to supervise training for Positive Direction 3K/5K challenge.

This requires 6-9 volunteers for each 7th and 8th grade gym class.  We need volunteers to help make our conditioning run smoothly and safely!  If you can sign up just one time or several times, all help is appreciated!  Grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings are all welcome!

The schedule is the same each week from now until May 22. 

Here is the weekly schedule:  
Monday- 7JJ 8:45-9:30, 7AM 9:30-10:15, 7MJ 10:15-11.  ALL 8th grade 1:45-2:30. 
Wednesday- 8L 12:15-1, 8B 1- 1:45, 8H 1:45-2:30.                    
Friday- ALL 7th grade 10:30-11:15.

There will also be sign up for popsicles, this is a great way to help if you cannot be there!

Go to Sign Up Genius & sign up!

Here is the link:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050448AEA82CA46-pdrun1

Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you for all of your help!

Terri McGranahan

419/351-2929 or tmcgran5@gmail.com


May 5, 2015

7:00-8:00

Fr. Wurzel Family Center

Please join us for a rescheduled evening of technology information
Topics will include:

  • Technology in the classroom
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Chromebooks

Students will be present to demonstrate how they use the Chromebooks in the classroom

RSVP is requested to plan for seating but not required.  Send your RSVP to the e-mail address below by Friday, May 1. Thank you!

technology@stjoesylvania.org

 


Consider signing up for Children’s Games and Inflatables

A fun-filled weekend is just a click away. Students, 5th grade and above, can work on their own at Children’s Games. It is a great opportunity to earn service hours. Or if you and your child want to work the same shift you can sign up to work at an inflatable. It is a great way for a family to volunteer together. (We need one adult per inflatable.)

You can sign up online using Signup Genius at http://tinyurl.com/festirama15 just scroll over and select the Children’s Games TAB on the navigation bar.

Or complete the form below and send it through school - Attention: Ann Riddle C/O Kathryn in 7MJ

Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to St. Joseph Parish and the success of Festirama! For more information on volunteering for children’s games contact Ann Riddle at 419-885-4994 or a.riddle@bex.net
Be sure to sign up soon for your shift choice – the good ones fill up fast.


Since last fall, the school and parish community has generously supported a number of efforts to secure funding for a new west campus playground. We are happy to share that we are closing in on the nearly $80,000 required to create a more engaging and inclusive play space for our current and future children! A brick patio with engraved pavers has been included in the design of the space. With the purchase of a paver, you may engrave a family name, the name of a loved one, or a short Bible verse, up to 2 lines/12 characters per line. Space is limited! There are approximately 325 bricks available on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders will be taken until May 22 or until supplies last. It is our hope that upon the successful completion of the paver fundraising project construction will be scheduled this summer, and will be in place for the 2015-2016 school year.
We truly thank you for your past support of this and other SJS programs and your consideration of this new, lasting opportunity to fund our play!


Thursday, April 2nd 2015

Parent Tech Night Rescheduled

  • May 5, 2015
  • 7:00-8:00
  • Fr. Wurzel Family Center

See flyer for details!


Sponsored by:  STUDENT COUNCIL

               Profits to be used for:  OUR NEW PLAYGROUND

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’re using this voucher exchange system because it allows you to choose flats of flowers in the colors you prefer, and pick them up at a time that is convenient for you.  Additionally, Creque’s will donate flats of flowers to plant around our school and parish, for a Student Council Service Project.  See flyer below for more information.


Congratulations to our students who have achieved first and second honors for the third quarter.  Hard copy was sent home in today's Thursday envelope.


Thank you to all the families who have donated to our library through the birthday book club!  Hard copies are in all Thursday envelopes today.


Please join us in supervising the 7th and 8th grade students as they train for the annual Positive Direction 3K/5K run.  The Positive Direction run is a little later this year on May 29.  We will start training off campus on Monday, April 13.

The run conditioning requires 6-9 volunteers for each 7th and 8th grade gym class from April 13 to May 22.  That’s over 60 volunteers per week!  So, whether you are already volunteering on a Positive Direction activity or not, we need your help to make our conditioning run smoothly and safely!  Sign up for one day or several days…all help is appreciated!

By now, you should have received and returned to Mr. Boyle a permission slip regarding run conditioning during gym class.  Soon, run conditioning will begin a running route down Ravine Drive through the cul-de-sacs to Harroun Road and back.  On a day that the whole grade runs together, they run down Main Street to Convent to Silica and back.  There are stations along these routes where we need parent volunteers for each class to watch for cars at driveways, crossing streets and cheering them on!

This is a one hour commitment from a volunteer.   On your day to volunteer, come into the middle school to the hall outside of the gym.  Posted on the wall will be the route the kids are running that day.  Check your name off from the sheet posted and find the location assigned to you on the map.  You can walk or drive to that spot and stay until all kids have passed going out and coming back on the route.  Your responsibility is to either hold back cars while kids are passing the driveway or street or to have kids stop.

Please check your calendars to see if you can help … if you are able, we will be using Sign up Genius so look for this information coming soon!  The schedule should be the same each week, as follows:  Mondays- 7JJ 8:45-9:30, 7AM 9:30-10:15, 7MJ 10:15-11 and ALL 8th grade 1:45-2:30.  Wednesdays- 8L 12:15-1, 8B 1-1:45, 8H 1:45-2:30.  Fridays- All 7th grade 10:30-11:15.

There will also be a space to sign up for snacks towards the end of training.  The kids love having popsicles at the end of the run!  If you can’t come for the run, dropping off popsicles ahead of time is much appreciated!!!

Spirit Committee – Juli Snyder        
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050448AEA82CA46-pdspirit1
Run Conditioning – Terri McGranahan   
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050448AEA82CA46-pdrun1

Please contact me with any questions.  Thank you for all of your help!

Terri McGranahan

419/351-2929 or tmcgran5@gmail.com


At the Valentine Theatre

  • Friday, May 1 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3 – 2:00 p.m.

Tickets available at www.valentinetheatre.com or 419-242-ARTS

Meet some of Belle's new friends from the enchanted castle at Central Catholic High School on Sunday, April 26, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Join members of the cast for a delightful dessert and a taste of the show that will be presented May 1 - 3 at the Valentine Theatre. Have your picture taken with me, the Prince, Mrs. Potts, Madame de la Grande Bouche, Lumiere, Babette, or Cogsworth. Be our guest and enjoy some treats prepared for you by Mrs. Potts.  See flyer below for more information.


Thursday, March 26th 2015

Please join us in supervising the 7th and 8th grade students as they train for the annual Positive Direction 3K/5K run.  The Positive Direction run is a little later this year on May 29.  We will start training off campus on Monday, April 13.

The run conditioning requires 6-9 volunteers for each 7th and 8th grade gym class from April 13 to May 22.  That’s over 60 volunteers per week!  So, whether you are already volunteering on a Positive Direction activity or not, we need your help to make our conditioning run smoothly and safely!  Sign up for one day or several days…all help is appreciated!

By now, you should have received and returned to Mr. Boyle a permission slip regarding run conditioning during gym class.  Soon, run conditioning will begin a running route down Ravine Drive through the cul-de-sacs to Harroun Road and back.  On a day that the whole grade runs together, they run down Main Street to Convent to Silica and back.  There are stations along these routes where we need parent volunteers for each class to watch for cars at driveways, crossing streets and cheering them on!

This is a one hour commitment from a volunteer.   On your day to volunteer, come into the middle school to the hall outside of the gym.  Posted on the wall will be the route the kids are running that day.  Check your name off from the sheet posted and find the location assigned to you on the map.  You can walk or drive to that spot and stay until all kids have passed going out and coming back on the route.  Your responsibility is to either hold back cars while kids are passing the driveway or street or to have kids stop.

Please check your calendars to see if you can help … if you are able, we will be using Sign up Genius so look for this information coming soon!  The schedule should be the same each week, as follows:  Mondays- 7JJ 8:45-9:30, 7AM 9:30-10:15, 7MJ 10:15-11 and ALL 8th grade 1:45-2:30.  Wednesdays- 8L 12:15-1, 8B 1-1:45, 8H 1:45-2:30.  Fridays- All 7th grade 10:30-11:15.

There will also be a space to sign up for snacks towards the end of training.  The kids love having popsicles at the end of the run!  If you can’t come for the run, dropping off popsicles ahead of time is much appreciated!!!

Spirit Committee – Juli Snyder        
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050448AEA82CA46-pdspirit1

Run Conditioning – Terri McGranahan   
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050448AEA82CA46-pdrun1

Please contact me with any questions.  Thank you for all of your help!

Terri McGranahan

419/351-2929 or tmcgran5@gmail.com


Notre Dame Summer Academy is offering High School For-Credit Courses as well as Sports, Enrichment & Fun Camps for Metro-Toledo area students in grades K-12.
See flyer below for more information.


Each year the St. Joseph Yearbook has a section featuring our school players from each sports team and members of each scout troop/organization.  A professional photographer takes all sport team pictures and sends them to us.  If your team’s picture was not taken by a professional photographer, you may submit your own team picture.  Scout leaders are encouraged to submit their scout troop picture, as well.  Ideally, the students should be in their uniforms.  (The picture should be no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches.)

Pictures should be e-mailed to Michelle Fletcher at mfletcher@inter-state.com

Deadline Tuesday, March 31

Be sure all students’ faces are recognizable in group pictures.  Please send only ONE photo per group as our space is limited and identify the group/team (e.g. Girl Scouts, grade 5).  Pictures will not be returned because we cannot guarantee the return of our proof pages.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Yearbook Committee

Sarah Hafner and Kelly O’Brien


Thursday, March 19th 2015

Dear Parents,

Registration for the 2015- 2016 school year has been underway since January.  Your patience in awaiting the announcement of the tuition rate for the coming year is greatly appreciated.  We are pleased to report that the 2015- 2016 tuition rate with Parish Scholarship will remain the same as the 2014-2015 school year.

Hard copy of this tuition packet has been sent to all school families today.  (pdf below)


Fundraiser Award and Jeans Day!

Tomorrow, Friday, March 20 is the day we set aside to thank our students for bringing our fall fundraiser to a successful conclusion.  All students will have a dress down/ jeans day tomorrow.  A magic show will be presented to all students K-8 at 1:30 p.m. in the west campus gym. Thank you to Mrs. Cherie Pelok and Mrs. Sandy Gilley for promoting the success of this event.


New Parishioners, Mark Your Calendars!                       

If you have joined the parish within the past year, please join us.

St. Joseph Parish New Parishioner Breakfast

  • Sunday, March 22nd     
  • Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass
  • In the Family Center, East Campus

Hosted by the St. Joseph Welcoming Committee

Please RSVP to Kim Koesters by Mar. 17 

kkoesters@stjoesylvania.org or 419-885-5791 ext. 240


Please view the March edition of Practical Tips for Parents, from Parents Make the Difference.


The 2014-15 Power of the Pen teams have already competed their District Meet at Timberstone in January, and their Regional Meet at Lourdes University in March.  The Regional Meet at Lourdes saw 7 of the 12 team members from districts qualify to compete against 270 writers from 11 Ohio counties.  Since St. Joseph hosts the annual event at Lourdes, Assistant Principal, Carol Lindsley, presented the awards.  Thanks to the many parent and student volunteers the event ran without incident, even after a 2 hour fog delay!  We are anxiously awaiting final results to see who moves on, in May, to the State Meet on the campus of Wooster College.


Please join Anna-Marie Adamson (Master's Degree in Education) and her sister, Suzanne Sutliff (Master's Degree in Education)

  • June 9 – June 12, 2015
  • Camp I   Students in Grades 4, 5, 6 for 2015-16 school year
  • Camp II   Students in Grades 7, 8 for 2015-16 school year
  • $200

Brochures available for sign up after Easter Break


Donate your gently used/ outgrown sports equipment to children less fortunate!  For more information call 419-517-5510

 

  • April 18, 2015
  • St. Joseph Church
  • 5373 Main St.
  • Sylvania, OH
  • West Parking Lot
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Please support this worth while event.


These t-shirts are now available to purchase for siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, etc.  The t-shirt will be displayed in the west campus school office and in the commons area in the middle school.  There is also a picture of the winning t-shirt here.  See form below to order.


Each year the St. Joseph Yearbook has a section featuring our school players from each sports team and members of each scout troop/organization.  A professional photographer takes all sport team pictures and sends them to us.  If your team’s picture was not taken by a professional photographer, you may submit your own team picture.  Scout leaders are encouraged to submit their scout troop picture, as well.  Ideally, the students should be in their uniforms.  (The picture should be no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches.)

Pictures should be e-mailed to Michelle Fletcher at mfletcher@inter-state.com

Deadline Tuesday, March 31

Be sure all students’ faces are recognizable in group pictures.  Please send only ONE photo per group as our space is limited and identify the group/team (e.g. Girl Scouts, grade 5).  Pictures will not be returned because we cannot guarantee the return of our proof pages.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Yearbook Committee

Sarah Hafner and Kelly O’Brien


Please see important flyer below.  Items in the series include:

  • The Teen Brain – “What are they Thinking?”
  • Legalization of Marijuana in Ohio
  • Youth Mental Health…Stress or Depression

Thursday, March 12th 2015

Dear Parents,

Today marks the last day of the third quarter.  Tomorrow is a Records Day for teachers and a non-school day for students.  Weather this week has still been a challenge.  However, little by little, as we move toward spring we see the relief in the faces of our students as they are able to return to outside recess.  They come in from recess with wonderful smiles and much laughter.

Report Cards.  Third quarter reports cards will be sent home on Wednesday, March 25.  Please do not hesitate to contact a teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress.  There is still a quarter of the year left and now is a very good time to review that progress and provide intervention where needed.

Kindergarten Visitation. is scheduled for March 24 and 27.  If you have not yet returned your visitation reservation I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

Stations of the Cross in Mime will be presented by our eighth grade students on Wednesday, March 18.  The Stations will be presented as follows,

  • 1:15 p.m. Grades 5-8
  • 2:00 p.m. Grades K-4
  • 7:00 p.m. All Parishioners.

Fundraiser Award.  Friday, March 20 is the day we set aside to thank our students for bringing our fall fundraiser to a successful conclusion.  A magic show will be presented to all students K-8 at 1:30 p.m. in the west campus gym. Thank you to Mrs. Cherie Pelok and Mrs. Sandy Gilley for promoting the success of this event.

Feast of St. Joseph.  On Thursday, March 19, we celebrate the feast of our patron, St. Joseph, with an all-school liturgy at 8:20 am.  The liturgy will end with an explanation of the stained glass windows within the church.  Each window represents a significant moment or event in the life of St. Joseph.  Beginning with the first window on the left side and closest to the altar as you face it is Joseph is Chosen. 

Then moving counter-clockwise around the church are the following seven windows: Window 2 – Mary and Joseph are Married; Window 3 – The Birth of Jesus; Window 4 – Joseph Takes Jesus and Mary into Egypt; Window 5 – Joseph the Worker; Window 6 – Mary and Joseph Search for Jesus in the Temple; Window 7 – The Death of Joseph; and Window 8 – Saint Joseph is the Protector of the Church.

If you have never taken time to look at these beautiful windows, please try to do so the next time you are in the church.  Your children may even be able to tell you the story of each window.

Enjoy the long weekend,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


FROM THE RIGHT-TO-READ COMMITTEE

What a fun and exciting week we had.  It sure did go by fast!  We certainly hope your enthusiasm continues.  We would not have been able to have such a successful event without the help of the many generous and talented people who volunteered their time and talents.  A very special thank you to my hard working committee, Denise Brown, Tracy Kindl, and Beth Ciucci.

A ROUND OF APPLAUSE GOES OUT TO:

Mrs. Ann Hillard for designing our library bulletin board.  Awesome job!

Thank you to the Toledo Mud Hens, and the Toledo Walleye Team, Joseph Napoli, General Manager and Andi Roman, Manager of Community Relations for our grand prizes.

McDonald’s Corporation and Tim and Laura Sloan for their donation of 160 coupons

Ronald McDonald for a wonderful reading assembly and donation of books

Mrs. Annette Napoli for her many prizes from the Mudhen Swamp Shop

Marco’s Pizza for all those pizza boxes we decorated and Mrs. Shelly Piscopo for coordinating this big project

PTO for their financial support of our reading week and author presentation

Mrs. Beth Ciucci for her donation of sugar cookies for the whole school

Our visiting author, Mr. Bob Ford for a very informative and fun assembly                                                                     

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Any student that read all five nights and returned their reading slips each day on time had their names placed into a drawing for our grand prizes as well as winners from each classroom each day.  In fact there were so many winners this year they are too numerous to mention by name.  We had gift certificates from Barnes and Noble, Arby’s, McDonald’s, Charlie’s Ice Cream, Chipotle, etc.  Please ask your student. The grand prizes for Mud Hen tickets were, Kaeli Koop 8B, Evelyn Catalano 2S, and Kaiser Angel KGR.  Any student that read all five days also got an ice cream cup treat last week.  We had lots of fun! 

Again, thank you to all who helped make this year's Right-To-Read Week a huge success!  KEEP READING! 

Mary Ann Wisniewski, Librarian


These t-shirts are now available to purchase for siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, etc.  The t-shirt will be displayed in the west campus school office and in the commons area in the middle school.  There is also a picture of the winning t-shirt here.  See form below to order.


Each year the St. Joseph Yearbook has a section featuring our school players from each sports team and members of each scout troop/organization.  A professional photographer takes all sport team pictures and sends them to us.  If your team’s picture was not taken by a professional photographer, you may submit your own team picture.  Scout leaders are encouraged to submit their scout troop picture, as well.  Ideally, the students should be in their uniforms.  (The picture should be no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches.)

Pictures should be e-mailed to Michelle Fletcher at mfletcher@inter-state.com

Deadline Tuesday, March 31

Be sure all students’ faces are recognizable in group pictures.  Please send only ONE photo per group as our space is limited and identify the group/team (e.g. Girl Scouts, grade 5).  Pictures will not be returned because we cannot guarantee the return of our proof pages.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Yearbook Committee

Sarah Hafner and Kelly O’Brien


New Parishioners, Mark Your Calendars!                       

If you have joined the parish within the past year, please join us.

St. Joseph Parish New Parishioner Breakfast

  • Sunday, March 22nd     
  • Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass
  • In the Family Center, East Campus

Hosted by the St. Joseph Welcoming Committee

Please RSVP to Kim Koesters by Mar. 17 

kkoesters@stjoesylvania.org or 419-885-5791 ext. 240


Introducing Little Carpenters Play Group

Connecting Young Families of St. Joseph Parish

 Wednesdays • 10:00 – 11:00 AM • East Campus Media Center

Spring Dates and Themes

  • April 15          The Creation Story & Play Dough Fun
  • April 22          Jesus Liked to Tell Stories
  • April 29          God Made Music
  • May 6             Jesus’ Mother Is Mary
  • May 13           God is with You Wherever You Go
  • May 20           God Makes Things Grow

This program is for parishioners and their guests.  There is no charge to participate.  For children ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver.  No registration necessary.  Questions?  Please contact Laurie Neary at lneary@stjoesylvania.org or 419-885-5791 ext. 254. The east campus media center is located in the basement of our location at 6516 Ravine Road, across the street from the Church.


Thursday, February 12th 2015

Please see the March edition of Nutrition Nuggets below.


From the School Nurse: To obtain CDC information regarding measles and measles vaccine please see the PDF below.


From the School Nurse: To obtain CDC information regarding measles and measles vaccine please see the PDF below.


Track  Season is right around the corner!!

To: All 4th, 5th 6th, 7th and 8TH Graders

Sign up:

  • Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd
  • in the West Campus Gym
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Come and see what all the running and jumping is about.

Anyone interested in coaching or who would like more information about track
please contact

Brian McCann @ DCRM@EROLS.COM

 


Dear Parents,

Right to Read Week is coming soon, Feb. 23 - Feb. 27, 2015.      

This is just a note to get you working on an at home craft idea.

For the last several years we have had a “Reading” T-Shirt/Jeans Day.  It was such a success that we would like to make it an annual event.  This year you may wear your “reading” t-shirt and a pair of jeans on Friday. Feb. 27th.  So if you made a shirt last year you are all set, and if you are new to our school or last year’s shirt doesn’t fit, here is how to make one.

Get a t-shirt, wash first without fabric softener, and dry.  Use fabric paints or fabric markers to make a shirt with lots of writing on it.  The front could say Right to Read Week and the back could list your favorite books, favorite authors, or the top 10 reasons you like to read.  Make sure there is a cardboard liner between the front and the back until both sides are dry.  Then toss it into the dryer and heat set.  The whole idea is to be able to read each other’s shirts that day.  If you can’t make one, then try to wear a shirt with lots of writing on it.  School appropriate of course!  You could wear St. Joe’s apparel, Positive Direction shirts, favorite team shirts with lots of writing on them, or dress as a favorite Dr. Seuss character.

Have fun creating your reading t-shirt, stock up on some good books for our reading contest and be sure to look in the February 19th  Thursday envelope and on-line for your reading certificates and more information on each day’s reading activities. 

 Mary Ann Wisniewski and the Right to Read Committee


  • When: Ash Wednesday, February 18
  • Where: West Campus Banquet Hall
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:30 PM

Dine In or Carry Out

  • Adults $8.00
  • Seniors $7.00
  • Children $6.00

Menu

  • Fish or Mac n Cheese
  • Tots or Baked Potato
  • Coleslaw, Applesauce, Rolls, Dessert, Beverage

To Volunteer
Use this link to sign up easily with sign up genius –
www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F49AAAD23A13-ashwednesday
**GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE HOURS!!!**
Questions
Barb Layman
419-343-5057 or barbL@buckeye-access.com


  • February 16, 2015
  • 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • 5077 Monroe Street

See flyer for more information.


February brought PTO’s annual Soup and Salad Luncheon.  On Wednesday, February 11th volunteers provided homemade soups, salads, desserts and breads for the faculty and staff.

Many, many thanks go to:  Cherie Pelok, Amanda Brzuchalski, Amy Carroll, Alia Kawar, Anne Eddingfield, Richelle Smith, Christine Angevine, Nikki Myers, Holly Hurley, Jenny Durnell, Stacy Steward, Niki Simon, Terri McGranahan, Julie Heerdegen, Karen Douglas, Kristie Haley, Lynda Row, Mindy Bieber, Nancy Arquette, Rita Hayes, Timmy Fretti, Tina Mueller, Alissa Heerdegen, and Tracy Kindl.

Some of these ladies provided multiple items.  Anyone wishing to help with the faculty luncheons, it’s never too late!  Please email Denise Brown (cleveland6.brown@icloud.com) or Shelly Piscopo (shel2875@aol.com) if you are interested in signing up.   Luncheons are held once a month so we have 4 more to go!

 


Date: March 10, 2015

Please see the flyer below.  Lourdes and other sponsors are offering a practitioner's conference during the day (registration required) and an evening event, free and open, no registration required.


Thursday, March 5th 2015

These t-shirts are now available to purchase for siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, etc.  The t-shirt will be displayed in the west campus school office and in the commons area in the middle school.  There is also a picture of the winning t-shirt here.  See form below to order.


You can still sign up for Track, 4th through 8th grades!

Indoor workout practice starts next week.

See form below for sign up!


New Parishioners, Mark Your Calendars!                       

If you have joined the parish within the past year, please join us.

St. Joseph Parish New Parishioner Breakfast

  • Sunday, March 22nd      
  • Following the 10:30 a.m. Mass
  • In the Family Center, East Campus

Hosted by the St. Joseph Welcoming Committee

Please RSVP to Kim Koesters by Mar. 17  

kkoesters@stjoesylvania.org or 419-885-5791 ext. 240


St. Joseph School PTO will benefit by receiving 10 percent of total purchases made.  See flyer for details.


Date: March 10, 2015

Please see the flyer below.  Lourdes and other sponsors are offering a practitioner's conference during the day (registration required) and an evening event, free and open, no registration required.


Each year the St. Joseph Yearbook has a section featuring our school players from each sports team and members of each scout troop/organization.  A professional photographer takes all sport team pictures and sends them to us.  If your team’s picture was not taken by a professional photographer, you may submit your own team picture.  Scout leaders are encouraged to submit their scout troop picture, as well.  Ideally, the students should be in their uniforms.  (The picture should be no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches.)

Pictures should be e-mailed to Michelle Fletcher at mfletcher@inter-state.com

Deadline Tuesday, March 31

Be sure all students’ faces are recognizable in group pictures.  Please send only ONE photo per group as our space is limited and identify the group/team (e.g. Girl Scouts, grade 5).  Pictures will not be returned because we cannot guarantee the return of our proof pages.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Yearbook Committee

Sarah Hafner and Kelly O’Brien


Thursday, February 5th 2015

Each year the St. Joseph Yearbook has a section featuring our school players from each sports team and members of each scout troop/organization.  A professional photographer takes all sport team pictures and sends them to us.  If your team’s picture was not taken by a professional photographer, you may submit your own team picture.  Scout leaders are encouraged to submit their scout troop picture, as well.  Ideally, the students should be in their uniforms.  (The picture should be no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches.)

Pictures should be e-mailed to Michelle Fletcher at mfletcher@inter-state.com

Deadline Tuesday, March 31

Be sure all students’ faces are recognizable in group pictures.  Please send only ONE photo per group as our space is limited and identify the group/team (e.g. Girl Scouts, grade 5).  Pictures will not be returned because we cannot guarantee the return of our proof pages.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Yearbook Committee

Sarah Hafner and Kelly O’Brien


Please view the Principal's Bulletin for February 6, 2015.  Topics include:

  • Benefit Dinner
  • Calamity Days
  • Honeywell Alert
  • National Geography Bee
  • Have a Heart Restock Drive
  • Registration!
  • 100th Day and Math-o-Rama
  • Golden Apple Award

  • Due to the small number who were available or interested (4 responses), we have decided to cancel Parent Tech Night scheduled for February 10.
  • A summary of the tech night presentation will be posted on our website.

We would like to hear from you!  Please use the e-mail address below to give suggestions/reasons Parent Tech Night did not work for you. We will gather responses and use them when we re-schedule the event.

technology@stjoesylvania.org


  • When: Ash Wednesday, February 18
  • Where: West Campus Banquet Hall
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:30 PM

Dine In or Carry Out

  • Adults $8.00
  • Seniors $7.00
  • Children $6.00

Menu
Fish or Mac n Cheese
Tots or Baked Potato
Coleslaw, Applesauce, Rolls, Dessert, Beverage
To Volunteer
Use this link to sign up easily with sign up genius –
www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F49AAAD23A13-ashwednesday
**GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE HOURS!!!**
Questions
Barb Layman
419-343-5057 or barbL@buckeye-access.com


Each year the St. Joseph Yearbook has a section featuring our school players from each sports team and members of each scout troop/organization.  A professional photographer takes all sport team pictures and sends them to us.  If your team’s picture was not taken by a professional photographer, you may submit your own team picture.  Scout leaders are encouraged to submit their scout troop picture, as well.  Ideally, the students should be in their uniforms.  (The picture should be no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches.)

Pictures should be e-mailed to Michelle Fletcher at mfletcher@inter-state.com.

Be sure all students’ faces are recognizable in group pictures.  Please send only ONE photo per group as our space is limited and identify the group/team (e.g. Girl Scouts, grade 5).  Pictures will not be returned because we cannot guarantee the return of our proof pages.

Thank you for your cooperation.
The Yearbook Committee
Sarah Hafner and Kelly O’Brien


February 28, 2015,  8:00 AM -8:00 PM

Call your friends to come have some fun as you join us for a day of friendship, fellowship, scrapbooking, card making, photo organizing, or your favorite crafting project. Jill Oblizajek will be on hand to help you get started on scrapbooking or photo organizing projects.  No prior experience needed!  Bring your stacks of photos to get an album done in a day. You can have a day of fun and help Boy Scouts too!

All proceeds will go towards the Bruce Trail Hiking Adventure in Canada.

See flyer below for details.


Can you spare a square?

Help restock local pantries, our goal is 1000 rolls of toilet paper.

Donation boxes on each campus, see flyer for details.


Thank you to all the families who have donated generously to the St. Joseph Library Birthday Book Club.


Thursday, February 26th 2015

Please view this week's principal bulletin.


February 26, 2015
 
Dear Parents,
 
St. Joseph School & Marco's Pizza ask for your participation in your child's upcoming "Design Your Own Box Night".  Marco's Pizza provided the school with large blank pizza boxes and your child (preschool through grade 5) decorated the box with a Right to Read Week theme.  Boxes were collected from the school this week and taken to Marco's Pizza located at 6461 Monroe St. Sylvania. The phone number is 419-885-3200.
 
When you place your order any day Monday, March 2 through Sunday, March 8, you will receive your pizza in the pizza box that your child decorated and Marco's will give a percentage of sales back to St. Joseph P.T.O.
  
To ensure that you get your order in your child's box, please remember to:  Give your child's name, grade and teacher's name…e.g. Suzy Jones in 4G-Mrs. Gfell
            
IMPORTANT:  Anyone who orders pizza from Marco's during the fundraising period (3/2 - 3/8) can earn credit for SJS. You just have to mention SJS. In other words, if you don't have a student who decorated a pizza box, you can still help fund the St. Joseph Playground ... thank you for participating!


St. Joseph School PTO will benefit by receiving 10 percent of total purchases made.  See flyer for details.


Track  Season is right around the corner!!

To: All 4th, 5th 6th, 7th and 8TH Graders

Sign up:

  • Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd
  • in the West Campus Gym
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Come and see what all the running and jumping is about.

Anyone interested in coaching or who would like more information about track
please contact

Brian McCann @ DCRM@EROLS.COM


Date: March 10, 2015

Please see the flyer below.  Lourdes and other sponsors are offering a practitioner's conference during the day (registration required) and an evening event, free and open, no registration required.


Please see important flyer below.  Items in the series include:

  • The Teen Brain – “What are they Thinking?”
  • Legalization of Marijuana in Ohio
  • Youth Mental Health…Stress or Depression

Thursday, February 19th 2015

We are pleased to publish the 2015-2016 St. Joseph School Calendar. (PDF below)


RIGHT-TO-READ WEEK is here with many planned activities for reading, fun, and learning. Here are a few highlights of the week’s events so you can mark your calendars.

MONDAY Feb. 23              DECORATE A PIZZA BOX DAY. Grades K-5 will decorate a blank Marco’s Pizza box with their favorite book or characters.  Marco’s will pick up these boxes and PTO will sponsor a fund raiser the following week where you can call and order a pizza and Marco’s will put it in your child’s decorated box.  This was a great fundraiser last year and the kids loved decorating the boxes.  More information is coming on this from PTO.

TUESDAY Feb. 24             BUDDY READING DAY.  This day is set aside for reading with your buddy class.

WEDNESDAY Feb. 25      ASSEMBLY DAY.  This year we welcome Bob Ford, folklore and fun!  Check out his webpage: www.bobfordmusic.com.

                                He will sing and tell stories of the Ohio River and the Underground Railroad.

THURSDAY Feb. 26          TREAT DAY.  We will celebrate reading and pass out a treat for our entire school in recognition of our reading efforts. 

FRIDAY Feb. 27 RONALD MCDONALD ASSEMBLY/JEANS & READING T-SHIRT DAY.   Students may wear jeans today and a “ reading- t-shirt”.  Details on the shirt went home last Thursday. 

Ronald will perform at 9:30  in the banquet hall for grades K-3, We will have our grand prize drawing in the afternoon.

ON-GOING ACTIVITIES:

CERTIFICATE OF READING ACHIEVEMENT

As in the past, we will be encouraging reading for pleasure at home.  Reading Chapter 8 in your science text and other homework does not count.  This contest is for all grades K – 8 and is the way your child will be in the daily drawings and have an ice cream treat the following week.  Your reading certificates are being sent home with each child and are available on our school web page.    Make sure you look for them and begin reading this weekend.  The certificates need to be signed by a parent and handed in by the dates shown.  No exceptions.  If you are absent please return your slip for the absent days on your first day back to school.  Return the slip from this weekend on Monday morning, Feb. 23rd.   Each certificate thereafter will be marked with the date that the slip should be turned in by.  The returned slips will then become raffle tickets for daily drawings and on Friday afternoon we will draw grand prizes for our reading efforts. 

READING WEBSITES worth checking out:

www.bobfordmusic.com; www.nea.org/readacross ; www.kidsreads.com

READING TRIVIA questions will be asked each morning on closed circuit announcements and small prizes awarded each day.

We have many wonderful volunteers who have been busy gathering information and bringing forth great ideas to make this a very successful week.  Mark your calendars, turn off that TV, design that T-shirt, read and join in on the fun!  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Mary Ann Wisniewski, Librarian and The Right to Read Committee

Denise Brown, Tracy Rollison-Kindl, Beth Ciucci


Track Season is right around the corner!!

To: All 4th, 5th 6th, 7th and 8TH Graders

Sign up:

  • Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd
  • in the West Campus Gym
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Come and see what all the running and jumping is about.

Anyone interested in coaching or who would like more information about track
please contact:

Brian McCann @ DCRM@EROLS.COM


Date of Event: March 10, 2015

Please see the flyer below.  Lourdes and other sponsors are offering a practitioner's conference during the day (registration required) and an evening event, free and open, no registration required.


Please view the February Issue of Practical Tips for Parents, by Parents Make the Difference.


Sunday, February 22, 2015, noon 'til 7 p.m.  See flyer for details!


Thursday, January 29th 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015, noon 'til 7 p.m.  See flyer for details!


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.

Sincerely,

Sally A. Koppinger

Principal


A new year brings a host of new opportunities, and one we hope to see come to fruition is a new playground for our SJS community.  We are currently in the process of developing plans for a new playground to serve our West Campus, with a future phase planned to develop additional enhancements for play options on the East Campus. 

The West Campus plan incorporates feedback from parents/children/school staff.  Our goal is to complete installation in time for the 2015-2016 school year.  As we finalize design plans, implementation steps will be shared with the entire SJS community.

PTO wanted to share a few updates so that everyone has basic information on this exciting process, and hopefully get you as excited as we are about this wonderful enhancement for our community!

  • Playground design is taking in to account play options for children ages 5-12 (those on the West Campus) with a diversity of needs and abilities.
  • All children participating in a given recess will be permitted to use the equipment on a rotating schedule. 
  • Fund raising is an ongoing process.  PTO was able to earmark some funds from last fiscal year for playground renovations and some proceeds from this year’s Sell-A-Bration fundraiser were allocated for this project.  In addition, there have been a few ‘one time’ fund raising events such as the Easter Seals “Fill that Truck”, November’s Color Dash, the Italian Dinner and upcoming Fish Fry, and special opportunities at the 2015 Benefit Dinner taking place this Saturday, January 31.  Contributions to the playground fund can be made to St. Joseph PTO, attention Kim Koesters, Treasurer and dropped off at the school or parish office. 
  • The impetus to renovate the playground came from all of you (and your children).  Some portions of the current equipment cannot be ‘added to’ with enhancements currently available, and do not offer options for the full range of children in Gr. K-5.
  • This is an exciting opportunity for both school and parish families to engage in activity on our campus.  Offering a fun, dynamic playground benefits all the children of our parish community as it makes SJS a more inviting place to visit, study and worship. 

I will be sharing additional updates soon, and thank you for your ongoing support of our parish community.  If you have any questions or feedback, please contact me at amy_giordano@owens.edu or via phone/text at (567) 277-1986.  Hope to see you soon!


It's not too late to get in on the tuition raffle or Rocckin' raffle.

Wouldn't you love free tuition?  Check out the flyer below and turn in your forms tomorrow!


What is Scrip?  Scrip is a term that means "substitute money." When you purchase scrip, you are purchasing negotiable gift certificates that are used just like cash. The merchant refunds a portion of your purchase to:

  • provide tuition assistance for students of member families
  • assist other families via the St. Joseph School Tuition Assistance Fund
  • pledge commitments to St. Joseph Church

See flyer below for details.


As we begin planning for this year’s Festirama, we continue to strive to improve your family’s experience on the weekend.  We would like to get your input on some things that we are considering this year.  Please fill out the survey linked here.


Can you spare a square?

Help restock local pantries, our goal is 1000 rolls of toilet paper.

Donation boxes on each campus, see flyer for details.


You're Invited! Parent Tech Night

Tuesday, February 10th.  7:00 p.m.
Father Wurzel Family Center

Please join us for an informational evening to learn more about how technology is integrated in the classroom.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Topics include:

  • Chromebooks and Google Docs in the classroom
  • Projects that integrate technology
  • Tech tips and tricks

Please RSVP for the Parent Tech Night on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by e-mailing: technology@stjoesylvania.org


Looking for some self reflection and spiritual renewal?
Looking to meet other women in the parish?
Consider participating in the Women’s CRHP Retreat 2015
February 7th & 8th at St. Joseph School.
Questions:
Alyson Schlageter (567.455.6275/alyson.schlageter@gmail.com) or Heather Sofo (419-360-5531/hmchio@yahoo.com)


  • February 18, 2015
  • 7-8 p.m.
  • Notre Dame
  • Provincial Center
  • 3837 Secor Road Toledo, OH

For all parents who have children with special needs attending Catholic Schools

Come for conversation and sharing with other parents who share similar concerns and blessings of raising a child with a disability.

For more information contact Marsha Rivas, Office of Equal Access Ministries, mrivas@toledodiocese.org 

419-244-6711, extension 724

 

 


Thursday, January 22nd 2015

 Registration and Financial Aid packets for the 2015-2016 school year were sent home in all Thursday envelopes today.  Open House is this Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The registration letter is included below (pdf).


As we begin planning for this year’s Festirama, we continue to strive to improve your family’s experience on the weekend.  We would like to get your input on some things that we are considering this year.  Please fill out the survey linked here.


Please view this month's edition of Practical Tips for Parents from Parents Make the Difference.


Please take a moment to read the January edition of Nutrition Nuggets.


PTO welcomed in the New Year with January’s Faculty Luncheon.  The following people prepared dishes for this luncheon:

Heather Moore, Ann Riddle, Amanda Brzuchalski, Alia Kawar, Anne Eddingfield, Brynne Furko, Richelle, Smith, Christine Angevine, Ellen Case Nikki Myers, Alisa Heerdegen, Holly Hurley, Jenny Durnell, Stacy Steward, Kate Kelly, Lynda Row, Michelle Hacker, Niki Simon, Nancy Arquette, Rita Hayes, Tracy Leamy, Tammy Fretti and Tina Mueller.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU to these marvelous ladies for their help!

Wishing you had signed up to participate in this much anticipated and appreciated monthly event?  There’s still 5 luncheons to go!  Contact Shelly Piscopo (shel2875@aol.com) or Denise Brown (cleveland6.brown@icloud.com) and we will add you to our list!

 


  • When: Ash Wednesday, February 18
  • Where: West Campus Banquet Hall
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:30 PM

Dine In or Carry Out

  • Adults $8.00
  • Seniors $7.00
  • Children $6.00

Menu
Fish or Mac n Cheese
Tots or Baked Potato
Coleslaw, Applesauce, Rolls, Dessert, Beverage
To Volunteer
Use this link to sign up easily with sign up genius –
www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F49AAAD23A13-ashwednesday
**GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE HOURS!!!**
Questions
Barb Layman
419-343-5057 or barbL@buckeye-access.com


Looking for some self reflection and spiritual renewal?
Looking to meet other women in the parish?
Consider participating in the Women’s CRHP Retreat 2015
February 7th & 8th at St. Joseph School.
Questions:
Alyson Schlageter (567.455.6275/alyson.schlageter@gmail.com) or Heather Sofo (419-360-5531/hmchio@yahoo.com)


Thursday, January 15th 2015

Topics include:

  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Map Assessment
  • Benefit Dinner
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Safety

Registration for 2015-2016 is underway. Registration forms are available in the elementary school office, west campus. We follow a strict set of guidelines for the registration process so that we might give everyone in the community a chance to attend for our program. These guidelines are listed by date below:

  • January 12-18, 2015 current St. Joseph preschool families may register.
  • January 19-24, 2015 current St. Joseph elementary school and Parish families may register.
  • January 25, 2015 Preschool & Elementary Open House 11:30-2:00. Registration is open to the public.

Please join us Sunday, January 25th for Open House. We will be welcoming families from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The preschool is located on the west campus, right across the parking lot from the church.
St. Joseph Preschool is designed for 3, 4, and 5 year-old children. We offer morning sessions, an extended day program, and before and after school care. Our classes have an excellent teacher/child ratio with an individualized curriculum and we urge you to come and see all that we offer.
If you are unable to attend the Open House please feel free to call Nancy Okuley, preschool director at (419)882-9701 for more information.


Congratulations to our students who have achieved first and second honors for the second quarter.  Hard copy was sent home in today's Thursday envelope.


Registration has been extended to January 19th.

WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 2015
WHERE: Central Catholic High School Sullivan Center
2550 Cherry St.
Toledo, OH 43608
TIME: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Registration and Check In 8:30am
OTHER: Arrive back to CCHS at 7pm to perform at the Central Catholic Men’s Varsity Basketball vs. Elida Halftime Show
COST: $25
*Registration is due by January 19, 2015*
We are so excited to welcome all grade school (K-8) girls back for the 8th Annual Irish
Dance Team Clinic and Performance for a home men’s basketball game! Students will
receive a ticket to the basketball game, an opportunity to perform at the game, and a
clinic t-shirt. On Saturday, January 31st there will be a clinic in the morning to learn the
routine for the performance at halftime that evening.

REGISTRATION FORM BELOW!

 


You're Invited!

  • Parent Tech Night
  • Tuesday, February 10th.  7:00 p.m.
  • Father Wurzel Family Center

Please join us for an informational evening to learn more about how technology is integrated in the classroom.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Topics include:

  • Chromebooks and Google Docs in the classroom
  • Projects that integrate technology
  • Tech tips and tricks

Please RSVP for the Parent Tech Night on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by e-mailing: technology@stjoesylvania.org


Looking for some self reflection and spiritual renewal?
Looking to meet other women in the parish?
Consider participating in the Women’s CRHP Retreat 2015
February 7th & 8th at St. Joseph School.
Questions:
Alyson Schlageter (567.455.6275/alyson.schlageter@gmail.com) or Heather Sofo (419-360-5531/hmchio@yahoo.com)


  • When: Ash Wednesday, February 18
  • Where: West Campus Banquet Hall
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:30 PM

Dine In or Carry Out

  • Adults $8.00
  • Seniors $7.00
  • Children $6.00

Menu
Fish or Mac n Cheese
Tots or Baked Potato
Coleslaw, Applesauce, Rolls, Dessert, Beverage
To Volunteer
Use this link to sign up easily with sign up genius –
www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F49AAAD23A13-ashwednesday
**GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE HOURS!!!**
Questions
Barb Layman
419-343-5057 or barbL@buckeye-access.com


The Sylvania Knights of Columbus Council #5628 will host their annual Basketball Free Throw Contest

  • Where: St. Joe's Sylvania East Gym
  • When:  Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday January 19th.
  • Time:  4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The Free Throw contest is free of charge and open to all boys and girls ages 9-14 (age determined as of January 1, 2015).  Forms are available at the door or below (pdf).  or contact Joe Beham at 419-944-7449.

Each shooter will shoot 15 baskets and all ties will be broken via a shoot-off in 5 shot increments.  Foul shots will be shot form the regulation foul shooting distance of 15 feet for ages 12, 13 and 14 year old contestants and from 12 feet for ages 9, 10, and 11.

The winners from each age group (both boy and girl) will receive a trophy and will advance to the District level competition to be held in early February. 

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Beham at 419-944-7449.


Thursday, December 18th 2014

Please view this week's Principal Bulletin.

  • We are Blessed!
  • Calendar Reminders

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

God Bless!


Christmas Program for Grades 3 – 5  Final Notes and Reminders  see details below.


On Wednesday, December 10th, PTO held its annual Christmas Luncheon for all school and parish employees.  The luncheon consisted of Honeybaked Ham and Honeybaked Turkey, cheesy potatoes, fruit, salads and lots of desserts!  Some of theses items were purchased by PTO, many other were donated by:  Brynne Furko, Amy Carroll, Jenny Durnell, Kate Kelly, Julie Heerdegen, Tracy Kindl, Alisa Heerdegen, Amanda Brzuchalski, Ann Riddle, Holly Hurley, Tracy Leamy, Nikki Myers, Christine Angevine, Niki Simon, Stacy Steward, Mindy Bieber, Cherie Pelok, Nancy Arquette, Rita Hayes, Niki Simon, Michelle Hacker, Ellen Case, Richelle Smith, Megan Salameh, Kristie Haley, Karen Douglas, and Heather Moore.  Many thanks to these women, many of whom donated 2 or more items.  Thanks also to Kari Schell from Honeybaked Ham and to Betsy Pawlecki for helping out on clean up crew.  In addition to the marvelous luncheon, each employee received a poinsettia from PTO.


Thank you to all the families who have donated to our Birthday Book Club.


Dear Friends,

The weather outside is frightful but our hearts are full of FESTIRAMA 2015!  We will have our first planning meeting  will be Tuesday January 6th at 7 p.m. in the Guardian Angel Room (basement of the parish center)  If you would like to get involved in a big or small way this year, we would love to have you!  JOIN US!


Thursday, December 11th 2014

THE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR THANK-YOU

What a great group of volunteers we had again this year.  Our Book Fair was a huge success once again due to the work of our volunteers and all the families who made purchases from the vast selection of books sent to our school by Scholastic. We were just a little down from last year.  All profits go directly to our school library for new book purchases, to support our Follett Software checkout system, and for our Right to Read author presentation and prizes.

We Give a Cheer to our Volunteers!

Set-Up Committee Helpers: Rosie Allore, Leslee Payne, Betty Pakosz, Mary Carney, Chris Lavalette, Mary and Greg Leugers and Ken Wisniewski.

Book Fair Helpers:  Sandy Yeager, Rosie Allore, Nelle Vermeulen, Kerry Ashburner, Tracy McCanna, Mary Leugers, Leslee Payne, Viv Knapp, Mary Carney, Denise Brown, Jill Tiell, Amy Carroll, Shannon Lucas, Lisa Thebes, Elaine Dickendasher, Collin Bell, Iain McNeil, Juliette Donovan, Patricia Pacheco, Molly Finn, Missy Anspaugh, Amanda Brzuchalski, Amy Meader, Kristy Brinker, Jennice Oberle, Tina Mueller, Danielle Schroeder, Emily Caruso, Eva Eilerts, Becky Puffenberger, Beth Mooney, Caitlin Bell, Liam Moyer, and Brandon Powell. 

Take-Down Committee Helpers:   Rosie and John Allore, Amanda Brzuchalski, and Ken Wisniewski.

All paid orders and all on-line orders have been filled and passed out.

Thank you for all of your continued support.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Until next year!

MaryAnn Wisniewski, Librarian

Rosie Allore, Book Fair Co-Chair


It's HERE!  The shopping weekend!  Don't forget to shop at Learning Express! 

20% of your purchase will be donated to our program!
When: Friday, December 12th & Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Time: Friday 10AM to 8PM & Saturday 10AM to 6PM
Where: Learning Express
Promenade Shops
5577 Monroe Street
Sylvania, OH 43560
Let’s put the “FUN” in Fundraising!
Must present voucher St. Joseph School PTO to receive credit for your purchase.


Dear Friends,

The weather outside is frightful but our hearts are full of FESTIRAMA 2015!  We will have our first planning meeting  will be Tuesday January 6th at 7 p.m. in the Guardian Angel Room (basement of the parish center)  If you would like to get involved in a big or small way this year, we would love to have you!  JOIN US!


Please view this month's edition of Practical Tips for Parents from Parents Make the Difference.


November 17th thru January 7th, Stock up and save for all your uniform needs.

Schoolbelles Toledo Store
3324 Secor Road Toledo
419-824-0400

See flyer for details.


Thursday, December 4th 2014

Santa's elves have been working overtime to make this year's Christmas Shop another success!

The students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in the St. Joseph Christmas Shop again this year. The shop provides an opportunity  for students to select personal gift items for their parents, grandparents, teachers, etc.

Please see the PDF below for more information.


Please view the many opportunities to support our Annual Benefit Dinner and win FREE TUITION!


Please read the important information regarding cold and flu season and absentee policy.


Please take a moment to read the December edition of Nutrition Nuggets.


The Learning Express fundraiser is coming up!

Don't forget to save some of your shopping budget for our Learning Express Fundraiser.

Friday, December 12th & Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Time: Friday 10AM to 8PM & Saturday 10AM to 6PM

Must have flyer below for participation.


See flyer below for many Tam-O-Shanter "Learn To" opportunities!


Thursday, November 20th 2014

Please view the Principal Bulletin for November 20, 2014.  Topics include:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Sacrifice and Service
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  • Christmas Programs
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

St. Joseph is excited to provide you with our first Parent Tech Night! In an effort to tailor the event around your specific interests and needs, please take a moment to complete this brief survey. Thank you!

Online Google form can be found Here!  No paper required!


"Sing with Us the Christmas Story"

Please complete and return this form if you have a student/s in third, fourth, and/or fifth grade.  Tickets requested will be returned to you in the Thursday Envelope of December 11.  The following information appears in the Principal's Letter of November 20 and is reprinted here for your convenience.
 
Our Christmas program for third, fourth and fifth grade students has been a standing room only presentation for many years.  The Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center understands that the Christmas performance is enjoyed by parents, siblings, grandparents, and family friends.   However, as they explain, fire code regulations must be enforced; the theater, which seats about 800, will not allow another 100 -150 guests to stand in the aisles. 

We are printing tickets to give to our families.  We have a few less than 200 families in grades 3-5.  Eight hundred tickets distributed equally among 200 families is four tickets apiece.   If you have a third, fourth, or fifth grade student, please complete and return the Ticket Request Form included in today's Thursday Envelope.  (Please return the form immediately.)  Without tickets, you will be unable to enter the theater until those with tickets have been seated.


  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
  • 5373 Main St. , Sylvania
  • Open to the Public, General Admission
  • $16 in Advance / $18 At the Door

Tickets Available at the Parish Center
Call for Reserved Seating, 419-882-3284

Tickets will be sold after the 4:30, 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and Noon Masses on November 8/9, 15/16 and 22/23.


For more information or to request an order form, contact:
Jenni Buerk at (419) 343-7484 or by email at jennibuerk@me.com
or Carol Lindsley by email at clindsle@stjoesylvania.org

See flyer below for more information.


Don't forget to save some of your shopping budget for our Learning Express Fundraiser.

Friday, December 12th & Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Time: Friday 10AM to 8PM & Saturday 10AM to 6PM

Must have flyer below for participation.


Please view the November Practical Tips for Parents Newsletter. 


Sunday December 14, 2014

3:00 p.m.  at the Valentine Theatre

Performances by
Glee Club,  Mixed Chorus, Gospel Choir, Irish Dance Team, Concert Band, String Orchestra
Special Guest - The Alumni Glee Club

Ticket order form below. (pdf)


Thursday, November 13th 2014

This week your children will bring home their parish offertory envelopes.  We appreciate the opportunity to work together in teaching your children about the many gifts we have been given.  Here are some ideas of information to share with your children as you discuss this very special stewardship program.

  • Remind your children that God has given each of us unique and special gifts.
  • Suggest that your children take time each day to thank God for the many blessings He has given them.
  • Remind your children of the importance to attend Mass every Sunday.
  • Encourage your children to give a portion of their allowance, gifts, or earnings to the Sunday offertory.
  • Let your children know about the many ministries our parish is able to provide as a result of their generosity, such as our Comfort Blanket Ministry, Parish Loan Closet, Soup Kitchen, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Joseph’s Meals.
  • Inform your children that the parish also gives a portion of our earnings to help others, such as Heartbeat of Toledo, Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center, and St. Vincent’s Positive Choices Program
  • Talk to your children about how they feel when they help someone.
  • Tell your children how proud you are of them for sharing their time, talent, and treasure!

For more information or to request an order form, contact:
Jenni Buerk at (419) 343-7484 or by email at jennibuerk@me.com
or Carol Lindsley by email at clindsle@stjoesylvania.org

See flyer below for more information.


  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
  • 5373 Main St. , Sylvania
  • Open to the Public, General Admission
  • $16 in Advance / $18 At the Door
  • Tickets Available at the Parish Center
  • Call for Reserved Seating, 419-882-3284

Tickets will be sold after the 4:30, 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and Noon Masses on November 8/9, 15/16 and 22/23.


Who is eligible?
Any boy currently in grades 4-8 who are a member of a Catholic parish and/or its educational system.

To register all participants must submit to following to the CYO office (not to the parish or FireFox) (all
found on CYO website www.toledodiocese.org/CYO):

- CYO Player/Parent form (signed by doctor);
- CYO Emergency Medical Form;
- Concussion Awareness Form signed
- $75 check made payable to CYO (Registration may be sent or dropped off in person to
CYO, 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604 (419-244-6711, ext. 162)

SEE FORMS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION


For all boys, grades 3 – 8

Please see form below for the St. Francis deSales wrestling club.


Join us…For Our 2nd Parent Town Hall of 2014/2015
Sponsored by SCAT
Topic: Bullying & Social Media
November 20th.  7-8:30 p.m.

See flyer below for details


Mark you calendar, schedule your shopping days! 

St. Joseph School PTO cordially invites you for a fun filled day of holiday shopping at LEARNING EXPRESS of SYLVANIA 

20% of your purchase will be donated to our program!

When: Friday, December 12th &
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Time: Friday 10AM to 8PM & Saturday 10AM to 6PM
Where: Learning Express

Promenade Shops
5577 Monroe Street
Sylvania, OH 43560

Let’s put the “FUN” in Fundraising!

Must present voucher St. Joseph School PTO to receive credit for your Purchase.


Thursday, November 6th 2014

The St. Joseph Student Handbook and directory is being sent home in each Thursday envelope today.  One copy per family.