| December 6, 2013
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Saint Joseph School will be participating in 26 Acts of Kindness to honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. In conjunction with over 20 schools throughout the Diocese of Bridgeport, we will practice our first act on Monday, December 16th. Each morning, we will announce our focus for the day. We will encourage the students to share their acts of kindness with parents each evening. Each act of kindness comes from the heart. This campaign is our school's collective effort to bring positive energy after the events in Newtown last year. The movement was started by NBC's Ann Curry as a "random" act of kindness campaign. Our acts will not be "random" but will have the same goal. Many of the "acts" are simple things everyone can do to help put a smile on someone's face. In addition, we will have letter writing campaigns for various staff members, soldiers, and a toy drive for Saint Vincent's Hospital. Therefore, we will be collecting brand new toys (unwrapped) for Saint Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. Please consider donating a new toy January 2nd – January 24th. Students, faculty, alumni, parents, and friends are all welcome and encouraged to join our campaign to help share goodness with others in 2014. Please find our Acts of Kindness calendar below.
This past week, our eighth grade students made rosary beads for the Christmas Festival. Mrs. Shay incorporated the Holy Rosary into her daily religion classes. In addition, thank you to Mrs. Bohling for volunteering to help the students make the rosary. The rosary beads will be sold at the Christmas Festival this weekend. All proceeds will be donated to the Philippines relief effort.
As we approach the middle months of the school year, we would like to revisit our attendance policy. If your child is absent due to illness, or for any other reason, please contact the school. You can e-mail Mrs. Valzania at Kvalzania2@diobptedu.org or you can call the school at 203-775-2774. All phone calls should be made before 10 AM.
As we transition into the mystudentsprogress.com (student management system), we need to code and account for all absences. The students will be marked "Absent Excused" if we receive communication from you. If we do not receive communication regarding an absence, your child will be marked "Absent Unexcused". If a student exceeds 9 days absent, he/ she must return to school with a doctor's note documenting the absence.
If your child is late for school (drop off any time after 8:45 AM), you must walk your child(ren) into the school and sign them in. If your child is late and not signed in by you, it is considered "Tardy Unexcused". Every tardy is excused if your child is signed in.
Please try to notify the office as early as possible if there is a dismissal change. We prefer it in writing, so when possible, please e-mail Mrs. Valzania and your child's teacher. If your child is being picked up by someone other than a parent, it is very important that we receive communication. Thank you for reviewing the attendance procedures.
- Please visit http://www.sjsbrookfield.org/christmasfestival.html to learn more about the Saint Joseph School Christmas Festival Saturday and Sunday this weekend!
- Our aftercare session on Wednesday, December 18th will end at 5:00 PM. Please make transportation arrangements for your child.
- Our Holiday Concert will be held on Thursday, December 12th at 7:00 PM in the church.
- Friday, December 20th is an early dismissal day at 11:45 am.
Special Thank You To:
** Mrs. McDonald for all her hard work and dedication organizing the Christmas Festival!
** All the Christmas Festival volunteers!!
** All the Harvest Basketball Tournament Volunteers!!
** All our Odyssey Of The Mind coaches:
Jackson DeSouza - primary team (k 1 and 2).
Samantha Butts - division one grade three.
Mr. Murphy and Benny Tseng - division one - grades 3, 4, and 5 combined.
Nicole DeSantis and Linda Mercier division two. - grades 6, 7, and 8.
Mr. Scott Bannon
Orders are currently being taken for SJS Spiritwear! We have a number of great items for sale:
- Canvas Tote
- Drawstring Bag
- Sweatshirts - both crewneck and hoodies
- Dri-wick T-shirts - both long and short sleeve
- Flannel PJ Pants in navy and silver
- Baseball caps
Orders due Friday, November 22nd
All Volunteers at St. Joseph School must attend a Virtus training session. If you have previously attended a Virtus Training course, you do not have to attend antother. A list of the Virtus training programs can be found on the Virtus website.
2013 FOOTBALL FRENZY
December 8th - December 29th
TICKET SALES: NOW - DECEMBER 2nd
SJS Christmas Festival
Sat., December 7th - Sun. December 8th
Our annual SJS Christmas Festival is just around the corner! The success of this festival is entirely dependent on a strong volunteer base - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please consider donating a couple of hours of your time to help make our festival a success. Volunteers are needed to staff our Café, Sweet Shop, Straw Game, Face Painting, and Mini Tree Raffle.
Can't volunteer? Consider donating an item to our Café, baking cookies or sweets for our Sweet Shop or decorating a Mini Christmas Tree.
Homework Club is an excellent opportunity for your child to work on their daily assignments in a quiet environment. The Homework Club will meet Monday – Thursday from 3:15 – 4:30. Homework Club is not private tutoring, but is monitored by a certified Saint Joseph staff member. The staff member will circulate the classroom, answer questions, and help the students with organization and prioritizing skills.
In some instances, all homework assignments are not completed during Homework Club. When this occurs, homework must be completed at home.
Please complete the downloadable calendar here, and return it to Nancy Rubino. This year, drop-ins are welcome with a parent note. Homework Club costs $11 dollars per day. If you are unable to pick-up your child at 4:30, he/she will join the After Care Club. You will be billed accordingly. Aftercare Club will cost $15 dollars from 4:30 – 6:00.
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Rubino firstname.lastname@example.org
SCRIP orders are due by 10am each Friday for pickup on the following Friday. Pickup of the cards is the following Friday from 3:00-3:30 outside the school office. Can't make it to the school for distribution time. No worries- we can work out a time to meet you that better fits your schedule. Or take advantage of SCRIPNOW! an online printable version of a gift certificate that will be sent to your 'Inbox', within 30 minutes from the transaction, that you can print use immediately.
If you are interested in purchasing SCRIP cards and would like to set up an account, see our Donation Opportunities page or contact anyone from the SCRIP team for information:
Jean Ferrara, Annie Ovanessian, Tina Ross, Lisa Sweeting, Amy Capilupi.
Simple Ways to Earn for Our School
at NO COST TO YOU!!!
See the Donation Opportunities page for details