On Sunday, we began Catholic Schools Week with the Opening Liturgy. Monsignor Lyons spoke about Catholic Education in his homily, and commented that our Catholic Schools provide wonderful education for our children in that they help our children grow spiritually and academically. Monsignor pointed out that in Catholic Schools Religion isn't taught just in Religion class, but it is interwoven in the curriculum and taught throughout each day. We are very blessed to have our Catholic Schools.
At the closing of the Mass, we held a recognition ceremony. We presented a certificate to Mr. Jack Krepps naming him our "Distinguished Honoree" for Catholic Schools Week. With this award, we honor and thank Mr. Krepps for his many years of outstanding service to our school as a substitute teacher and for exemplifying the ideals of Catholic education as a role model for our children.
Following the Mass, parents, students, parishioners, and friends attended our Education Fair. Everyone enjoyed the displays of students' work, the refreshments, and social time.
On Monday, teachers and students enjoyed an unexpected "2 hour delay" and wore their silly socks and slippers in school. They made Thank You cards and Get Well cards for members of our community. Middle school Students began their Penny War to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
On Tuesday, the Hanover School of Ballet gave an outstanding performance for our students. Everyone marvelled at the caliber of the dance routines and the professional performance of the young dancers. The group has performed at Disney World, the Republic of China, and in various other places throughout the world. Many students commented that this was one of the best programs that they had ever seen.
Our students enjoyed a soft pretzel treat at their recess break (a treat from the Home and School Association), NO HOMEWORK, and a "school spirit" dress-down day. Students also are working on their beautiful "Acts of Kindness" in loving memory of the twenty-six angels of Newtown, Connecticut.
On Wednesday, we had our annual parent-student luncheon. We had a fantastic turn-out with over 450 people attending. Mrs. McMaster's chicken pot-pie was delicious, and her home-made cookies were heavenly! We presented a Spiritual Bouquet from faculty and students to Mr. Jack Krepps, our CSW Distinguished Honoree. We were so pleased that Monsignor Lyons, Father Lease, and Deacon Tom joined us for the luncheon.
From Sunday, Jan. 27th through Friday, Feb. 1st, Saint Joseph School will join Catholic Schools throughout the nation in our celebration of Catholic Schools Week. We will begin the week with the Opening Liturgy on Sunday at the 8:30 AM Mass at Church followed by an Education Fair in the Social Hall. The Fair will be held from 9:30 AM until 12 Noon. Be sure to visit our Fair to see displays of students' work, talk with the teachers and staff, and enjoy refreshments. All classes - Pre-School through Grade 8 - will be represented. For those interested in learning more about our Pre-School and Kindergarten programs, we will also provide an Open House at the Elementary School (236 Baltimore Street) from 10:30 AM until 1 PM.
Be sure to review our complete schedule of Catholic Schools Week Events by clicking on the "More" button and the "Catholic Schools Week" tab.
Thank you so very much to all students, parents, and friends for your beautiful Christmas wishes, prayers, cards, and gifts! We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.
Happy New Year 2013 from the faculty and staff of Saint Joseph School!
Our school Christmas Program was held on Thursday, December 13th. Under the direction of Mr. Brian Colgan, our students provided a beautiful Christmas Prayer for family and friends. The program included holiday songs, Christmas hymns, and a play entitled "Signs of Christmas" that focused on the birth of Jesus.
Mr. Terrance Golden
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