Dear St. Joseph School Families,
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.
Included with today’s announcements is information regarding the following:
Sally A. Koppinger