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Principal Bulletin, December 15, 2016

Dear St. Joseph Parent:

We are blessed!

…We were blessed on Friday of last week when, with families of first and second graders, we listened to the clear, beautiful voices of these primary children.  The Christmas Songfest they present was made even more beautiful by their joyful smiles.

…We will again be blessed on Tuesday, December 20, by a wonderful Christmas Program presented by the children of third, fourth, and fifth grades.  Under the direction of Mrs. Bess Mass, the students’ Christmas Program at the Franciscan Center has annually been cherished by school, family, and friends.  As I watched the students rehearse this past month, I knew that this year will be added to the long list of joy-filled performances.

…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.

Christmas Program for Grades 3 – 5

Final Notes and Reminders

Christmas Program. 

Our annual Christmas Program for third, fourth, and fifth grade students will take place on Tuesday, December 20, 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 grader 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 child’s coat 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.

Christmas Program Rehearsal. 

Students in grades 3 – 5 will be walking to the Franciscan Center on Monday and Tuesday, December 19 and 20 for rehearsal.
All students (K – 8) will walk to the Franciscan Center on Tuesday, December 20, for the dress rehearsal at 9:30 am.
For the walk over, students must bring or wear to school warm/heavy coats, hats, gloves, boots, and (for girls) long pants/sweatpants. The temperature forecast for both days remains in the mid-teens with wind chills making it even colder.
Extended family and friends are invited to attend this dress rehearsal if they are unable to attend in the evening.  We ask that you sit toward the back of the auditorium until all students, especially the younger ones, have been seated.  You may move to any available seat after that.  The dress rehearsal lasts about one hour.

Calendar Reminders

  • The Second Quarter ends on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.
  • All School Mass on Wednesday, December 21, at 8:20 am
  • Grades 7 and 8 Christmas Dance, Wednesday, December 21, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Christmas Vacation begins on Thursday, December 22, 2016. 
  • School resumes on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
  • Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

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.

Sally A. Koppinger