12/15/2020
Joey Journal December 2020

Dear St. Joseph Families,

 

Happy Advent to all of you! We are marking the church season with daily scripture readings and Advent Challenges. Ask your kids about what the challenge is each day! The students will be praying an Advent prayer at morning prayer also. All students also traced and cut out handprints on green paper that were used to create an Advent wreath that is displayed in our gym!

 

Students took part in a service project to support children in need through Wisconsin Foster Closet. At the end of November and the first week of December, students were assigned a child that needed some Christmas joy. Students then did some online shopping for the child assigned to their class. Thanks to the donations made at last year’s St. Joe’s PTO fundraiser students were able to purchase a wide range of gifts that will help bring joy to a child who otherwise might not get many Christmas presents. Thank you for your donations. The students had a lot of fun shopping and buying gifts to help others! The gifts were then wrapped and sent to Wisconsin Foster Closet and will be delivered to the children for Christmas.

 

This year we are unable to have our usual Christmas concert. However, our 6th graders did not want us to forget the importance of Christmas. The class is preparing a short skit to perform for the school virtually. It will be available to live stream, or for 6th grade families to download and share. 

 

For this month's Bucks for Blue Jeans, we are collecting money to donate to a local charity.

 

I want to thank all our families for doing their part in helping to keep our school open so we can continue in-person learning. We want to be able to continue to have in-person classes, but we need your help. It is essential to continue to use safe practices by limiting your interactions with non-household members, social distancing, and wearing masks. We can all do our part to help each other stay safe and healthy, which in turn lets us continue to provide in-person learning. Again, thank you, and please keep using safe practices that allow us to keep our school open.

 

Report cards went home in last week’s packet. Please see your child(ren)'s teacher if you have any questions.  Report cards do not need to be returned; we print a new one each trimester. At the end of the year, you will also find an electronic version of the report card in your Sycamore login. 

 

Thank you for choosing St. Joe's for your family. It is a privilege to be with your children each day.

 

Peace and blessings,

 

Mrs. Shane

11/23/2020
Joey Journal November 2020

November 2020          

Dear St. Joseph Families,

Last week the teachers and I attended a virtual in-service with over 200 other teachers from the Diocese of La Crosse. Our presenter, Carrie King, talked to us about self-care and mental health. It was a positive presentation with great reminders to keep our own self-care and mental health in mind and do things that help us recharge and stay positive.

 

In the past, we have had a Thanksgiving Soup Lunch the day before Thanksgiving break and have invited family members to join us at school for this. However, this year we are unable to host this wonderful event. We wish all families a safe and healthy Thanksgiving break.  

 

COVID-19 has posed many challenges to families, and because of this, there have been many programs put into place to help aid families. One of these programs is the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This program offered free meals to all families during the summer and has continued into the school year. St. Joseph was not a part of the program over the summer; however, we have opted to become part of this program for the remainder of this school year. This means that we will now be able to offer free meals for all students for the 2020-2021 school year. Starting November 9th, families will no longer be charged for meals served at our school. The program also allows us to reimburse all families for the meals that were purchased in August, September, October, and the first week of November; Accounts will be credited for all meals that were purchased during this time. This program is scheduled to run through June 31, 2021, or until funds are depleted. We will notify families if this program ends before the last day of our school year. If you have any questions about your lunch account, please contact the office.  

 

Despite the fatigue that everyone is experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still vitally important to do what it takes to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. There have been spikes in cases the last few weeks and schools around our area are starting to move to a virtual platform. Thankfully, St. Joe’s has been doing well. There have been no positive cases in our school. The spike in other schools seems to be linked to days off and families traveling. Please make a concerted effort with your family to limit contacts outside of your household. Let’s all do what we can to slow the spread and keep everyone safe and healthy.

 

Winter weather will be upon us before we know it. For your reference, when Menomonie Public Schools are closed or delayed, St. Joe's will do the same. You will see this information on a variety of TV and radio stations, as well as online. Additionally, when school is canceled or delayed, I will send an email to all families and post an announcement on the St. Joseph Parish & School Facebook page. Typically, the decision to cancel school will be made by 6 am.

 

Students should be bringing a coat, hat, and mittens/gloves to school every day. Once the snow begins again, snow pants and boots will be required. It's a good idea to label these items. We have a large number of students who end up with black snow pants and it can be easy to get them mixed up. 

10/09/2020
Joey Journal October 2020

Joey Journal

 

October 2020

 

Dear St. Joseph Families,

 

It is hard to believe that we are already more than a month into the school year! We are all learning routines, expectations, and working hard in school. These routines and expectations are extremely important in setting the environment for learning. It has been a great start, especially considering all of the new procedures that have been implemented. We are very blessed at St. Joseph School to have such wonderful students and families!

 

This month we honor Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Our fourth graders lead the school in a decade of the Rosary every Tuesday afternoon in October at 2:45 through Zoom.

 

We had parent/teacher conferences on October 8, and have them again next Tuesday, October 13. Please see your scheduled time in the packet. We made every effort to schedule families together. 

     

Please log in to Sycamore to check your balances and get current with payments.

Sometimes the lunch and childcare balances are confusing. The lunch account is a debit account, you put $$ in and lunch cost is deducted every day. A negative balance means the money has run out. The childcare accounts work in the opposite way. If you have children in childcare you are charged. Therefore, a negative balance showing in Sycamore in childcare means you have prepaid and have money in the account. A positive balance in childcare means that is what you OWE. 

     

Reminder- the weather has turned chilly, especially in the morning. We will go outside to walk, and students will be out for recess every day unless there is heavy rain or below zero temperatures. Please make sure students are coming to school with a jacket. Gloves and hats are not far behind. The last day for shorts for dress code is approaching quickly: Thursday, October 15 is the last day for shorts.

 

October is also Fire Safety Month. This past week was Fire Prevention week. The Menomonie Fire Department dropped off some fun booklets, hats, and other goodies focusing on fire safety. Some of these fun things will be coming home in the packets.  

 

Reminder- no school on Thursday and Friday, October 15-16 and Friday, October 30.

 

Have a fun and safe weekend,

 

Mrs. Shane

08/14/2020
Joey Journal August 2020

St. Joseph School- Joey Journal 2020-2021

Principal’s News:

 

Dear Parents,

 

On behalf of the staff at St. Joseph School, I welcome you to the 2020-21 school year! We have an important task each year to guide our children in faith and academic learning and this year even more challenges to overcome. At St. Joe's we have high expectations for parents and students. Your involvement makes a big difference in our kids' lives and makes our job easier.

 

What's new?

·         Many new changes to school procedures and routines to ensure the safety of students and staff

·         New teachers and staff- see below

·         Friday mass will be done virtually

We welcome four new staff members this year. Miss Molly Cox is our new fifth-grade teacher. Miss Ana Schuerstedt is our new 3K/4K and PE teacher. Mrs. Patti Weber is our new 3K/4K aide. Mr. Brian Lambert is our new head cook for the school. As you may know Mrs. Kiefer is a returning teacher but will be teaching 3rd grade this year. As you also know I, Mrs. Shane, previously taught third grade and am now the principal. All of our new and returning talented staff are busily preparing for the year. I am excited for the children to arrive! 

 

Please make special note of our enclosed Volunteer Form. The school and SJPTO could use your help! We ask if at all possible that each family select one activity that they would like to be involved in. Many hands make light work and getting involved is a great way to get to know other families! It would be amazing if you could select even one item- help plan Teacher Appreciation Week, organize one teacher lunch on a PT conference day, St. Nicholas Treat/Easter helper, service project committee, fundraising committee, or miscellaneous projects. It's a gift of time, as all items are either paid for or reimbursed by SJPTO. Please consider how you can be involved in your child's school. 

 

Please review the information enclosed in the back to school mailing carefully. School begins for all classes 3K-6th on Tuesday, August 25th  with our “drop-off” day from 3-6 pm.

  

Regular school days begin:

Wednesday, August 26

·         K-6 (8:35 am-3:10 pm)

·         4K (11:50 am-3:10 pm)

Thursday, August 27

·         3K kids (Tu/Th 8:30-11:00 am)

NOTE: Bus transportation is not available on August 26-28. 

 

 

I will continue to send weekly emails with reminders and a calendar of the weekly events. The school will send out a weekly packet every Friday. The school calendar on Sycamore includes school events as well. I welcome your emails or phone calls if you have any questions. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

 

I strongly suggest if you have a smart phone that you download the Sycamore app. In a couple of taps, you can see account balances, lunch menu, calendar events, and student grades (4-6 only). It's an easy way to stay informed.

 

This year will pose many challenges and new routines, but I am confident that by working together as a team we will overcome any challenges thrown our way. I am excited to have our building filled with children once again so that we can all learn, grow, and pray together. It's going to be an awesome year!

 

Blessings,

Mrs. Shane

 

01/10/2020
Joey Journal January 2020

 

St. Joseph School ~ Joey Journal 2019-2020

 

Principal's News

National Catholic Schools Week is the last week in January. The theme this year is Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. The teachers and I plan this week and work to include fun, faith, and activity. We will kick off the week with mass and a pancake breakfast. We are thrilled to be welcoming Author Kevin Lovegreen, an author who writes about hunting and the outdoors (see below from Mrs. Marach). We are also keeping some of our favorite activities- community field trips, dress up days, and cup stacking relays. If you would like to sign up your child(ren) to be part of the 10:15 am kick off mass on Sunday, January 26 click here.

 

Tell your friends- our Open House and PK/K Round Up is scheduled for Thursday, January 30 from 6-7 pm. All the teachers will be here, and it's a great time to meet them, get a tour, and ask questions. This year, we are postponing enrollment until the month of March with the exception of 4K. 4K registration will begin in early February. 

 

Have you ordered your tickets for the SJPTO fundraiser yet? Dueling Pianos is coming to the event again this year. It is on Saturday, February 29 at Bill's Distributing. As always, you can expect great food, entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Also, don't forget about selling your CASH RAFFLE tickets. We would love it if each family could sell their bundle. All of your efforts will assist in making the SJPTO fundraiser a huge success!

 

Students in grades 1-6 just finished taking their second STAR assessment. This includes short (20 minute) assessments in Reading and Math. Teachers will share these results and growth at PT conferences in February.

 

Meagan Frank, the MHS soccer coach, is holding four after school soccer sessions right here at St. Joe's! She will bring along some MHS players to help her run the program. It is for boys and girls in grades 3-6. Click  here to get to the online registration and click on the sports and recreation tab. Sessions run from 3:30-4:45 pm and are on 1/28, 2/4, 2/18 and 2/24. I hope many can take advantage of this opportunity!

 

I am working on planning for 2020-21. Each year, I get feedback to determine if we should start prior to September 1. If you haven't already, please use this link to complete a short survey about the 2020-2021 calendar.  

 

SJPTO is sponsoring a love and logic parent event! Please see the flyer in your packet and click here to sign up. 

 

REMINDERS:

  • Please call the school if your child will be out for any reason.
  • The school day begins at 8:35 am. If students are not present at 8:35 am, they will be marked tardy.
  • Student pick up is at 3:10 pm. Please make every effort to pick up on time. Even a few minutes cuts into the teacher's prep time after school. 

 

Thank you for your support all year! Have a wonderful 2020!

Mrs. Drout

 

 

From Mrs. Marach in the Library

St. Joe’s students and faculty are excited for the Reading Frenzy assembly with Minnesota author and outdoor enthusiast Kevin Lovegreen. Mr. Lovegreen will be here on Thursday, January 30, to share his love of writing, animals and the outdoors with students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Some of his book titles have been circulating the classrooms. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the author and dress in their favorite outdoor colors or clothing on the day of his visit.

Mr. Lovegreen is offering a reduced-price on book orders. All books will be autographed with the students’ names written inside. A flyer is enclosed in the packet. If you are interested in purchasing books on outdoor animal and fishing adventures, please complete the book order form and return it promptly.

Thank you to St. Joe’s PTO for sponsoring this wonderful opportunity for the students at St. Joseph School.  ~  Happy Reading!  Mrs. Marach

12/06/2019
Joey Journal December 2019

 

St. Joseph School ~ Joey Journal 2019-2020

December 2019

Volume 12 Issue 5

Principal's News

Happy Advent to all of you! We are marking the church season with weekly Advent wreath services and daily scripture readings and Advent Challenges. Ask your kids about what the challenge is each day! The students will be praying an Advent prayer and singing an Advent song at morning prayer also. 
At the November meeting, the School Committee and I approved a dress code addition. Black will now be allowed for shirt color. This includes polos and sweaters. Please note that sweaters of all styles are welcome (vests, crew neck, cardigans, pullovers). However, 1/4 zip up fleece and sweatshirts are only allowed if they are blue SJ logo spirit wear purchased from Fleet Feet or Chippewa Valley Sporting Goods. 
The Christmas concert is approaching quickly! The day of the concert, Tuesday, December 10, K-6 students should arrive to school between 5 and 5:15 pm. The buildings will unlock at 5, please do not arrive early- it is forecasted to be quite cold. 3K/4K families and students should go directly to the church between 5 and 5:15 pm, your teachers will call you up when it's your turn to sing. After the concert, all are invited back to school for Christmas cookies from SJPTO. The students are getting so excited to show you what they have been working so hard on. Students are to dress in Sunday best or uniform. Reminder that there will not be after school child care that day. 
For this month's bucks for blue jeans, we are collecting  BOOKS instead of BUCKS. Students or families are asked to bring in a new book from the list included in the packet. We are partnering with Dunn County and their Nurse Partnership Program. They will get a these books to families in need right in our own county. You can choose to send in one book per family or one per student in your family. The books on the list are about $2.50-$8.00 and we will accept multiple copies of the book. Cash donations are also welcome-we will order books off of the list with any cash donations. Students can place them under our tree in the lobby. Books can be brought in between December 9-January 2, and the out of uniform day is Wednesday, December 11.
Fridays in December in the lunchroom are FREE FRIDAYS! Students love the chance to sit at different tables with friends from other grades. 
Report cards are included in today's packet. Please see your child(ren)'s teacher if you have any questions.  Report cards do not need to be returned, we print a new one each trimester. At the end of the year, you will also find an electronic version of the report card in your Sycamore login. 
St. Joe's is determining if there is a need to offer school breakfast. The first step is determining INTEREST. Your feedback is welcome on this short survey  Thank you for taking a minute to complete the survey by January 6.
Thank you for choosing St. Joe's for your family. It is a privilege to be with your children each day. 

 

Blessings, Mrs. Drout

11/01/2019
Joey Journal November 2019

 

St. Joseph School ~ Joey Journal 2019-2020

 

Volume 12 Issue 4 November 2019

Principal's News

The teachers and I attended a wonderful inservice last week. Ted Neitzke IV was our presenter and we are still talking about it! He was engaging, funny, and relevant. We all left feeling recharged to continue to serve our students and families. Ted told stories about his family, his grandmothers, and the teachers who changed his life. He’s got a podcast (SMART Thinking Podcast), and we started our day Tuesday morning listening to it. It was a great day of learning and inspiration!

 

Congratulations to Mrs. Cindy Marach for receiving the Mary A. Grant Volunteer Service Award from the Catholic Librarian Association. Anyone who knows Mrs. Marach knows that ‘volunteer’ and ‘hard work’ are her middle names. She is a blessing to our parish and school, and so deserving of the award. Mrs. Marach has served in multiple roles in the Catholic Librarians Association over the years and her generous spirit has given much to that organization. Join me in congratulating Mrs. Marach!

 

We are planning our Thanksgiving Soup Lunch, which will be Tuesday, November 26. We invite parents and grandparents to join us at school and enjoy a delicious lunch. Students will return to their classrooms at the conclusion of the meal until the end of the day. Please use this link to sign up by November 18. This is one of my favorite days of the year. We have a gym full of families sitting down enjoying a meal together. Please do try and attend if you can. You will love this event! Our menu includes chicken alfredo soup, glazed carrots, pears, breadstick, and banana cake.

 

Mark your calendars to attend our Christmas Concert! All students in preschool through grade 6 will be performing Tuesday, December 10. We have an open dress rehearsal at 1:30 pm and the evening concert is at 5:30 pm. Hope to see you there! Watch for more specific details soon!

 

Our school book fair will begin Wednesday, November 20.  Make plans to stop in and pick up some Christmas presents for the book lover on your list. Our book fair includes books for all ages.

 

November will kick off our after-school walking club. Each Monday in November, students in 4K-grade 6 are invited to stay after school and walk laps on the playground and play on the playground. Parents can join us too! This is a supplement to our morning walking program. Students earn tokens and prizes for their walking and new this year each class will set a goal for miles. Use this link to sign up yourself and your child(ren) ages 4K-grade 6.

     

Winter weather will be upon us before we know it. For your reference, when Menomonie Public Schools are closed or delayed, St. Joe's will do the same. You will see this information on a variety of TV and radio stations, as well as online. Additionally, I will send an email blast to all families, a text notification, and post on the St. Joseph Parish & School Facebook page. Typically, the decision to cancel school will be made by 6 am.

 

Students should be bringing a coat, hat and mittens/gloves every day to school. Once the snow begins, snowpants and boots will be required. It's a good idea to label these items. We have a large number of students who end up with black snowpants and it can be easy to get them mixed up. 

 

We're kicking off a school fundraiser in the next few weeks. Watch for details on our ENVELOPE FUNDRAISER! It's simple to help out, and there is nothing to sell, take orders for, or deliver. The fantastic fundraising committee is labeling 200 envelopes from 1-200. We're asking for parents, parishioners, and supporters of our school to pledge us the amount on the envelope from $1 all the way to $200. Please consider donating! 

 

Sycamore school has an app! It is a great tool available in the app store. It is called Sycamore School and will get you access using your login to your accounts (tuition, lunch, and child care), the lunch menu, school calendar events, and school newsletters. You can also view your child's grades (grade 4-6 only). Download it today!

 

REMINDERS:

  • Please contact the office by 9 am if your child will be out for any reason.
  • Parents who are picking their child up early should notify in writing.
  • Don't forget when picking up early or arriving late to sign them in or out in the office too. 
  • Don't forget to login and check lunch balances, tuition, child care, and school events on Sycamore.
  • Are you following us on Facebook?  Check it out! 

 

Blessings, Mrs. Drout

10/04/2019
Joey Journal October 2019

 

St. Joseph School ~ Joey Journal 2019-2020

 Volume 12 Issue 3

Principal's News

It's hard to believe that we are already a month into the school year! We are all learning routines, expectations, and working hard in school. These routines and expectations are extremely important in setting the environment for learning. It's been a great start!

 

This month we honor Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Our fourth graders lead the school in a decade of the rosary every Tuesday afternoon in October at 3:00 pm. Parents who pick up are invited to come a few minutes early and join us.

 

Progress reports are with your child today (Gr. K-6 only). We have parent/teacher conferences on October 10 and 15. Please see your scheduled time in the packet. Once again, we will have free child care available on both evenings for younger siblings and current students to go while mom and/or dad meet with teachers. We made every effort to schedule families together. 

     

Please log in to Sycamore to check your balances and get current with payments.

Sometimes the lunch and child care balances are confusing. The lunch account is a debit account, you put $$ in and lunch cost is deducted every day. A negative balance means the money has run out. The child care accounts work in the opposite way. If you have children in child care you are charged. Therefore, a negative balance showing in Sycamore in childcare means you have prepaid and have money in the account. A positive balance in child care means that is what you OWE. 

     

Reminder- the weather has turned chilly, especially in the morning. We will go outside and walk and students will be out for recess every day unless heavy rain or below zero temperatures. Please make sure students are coming to school with a jacket. Gloves and hats are not far behind. The last day for shorts for dress code is approaching quickly too- mark October 15 as the last day for shorts. 

 

One of our goals in our long range plan is to provide more faith based experiences for our students including retreats. We haven't had elementary level retreats in my tenure as principal. We are starting on Monday with our students in grade five and six. Mrs. Engel, Mrs. Wacek, Mrs. Wyss, and Mrs. Kiefer have a wonderful half day retreat planned for Monday, October 7.

 

Our SJPTO is already planning the annual fundraiser! Save the date for Saturday, February 29. Are you interested in being a part of this year’s Dueling Piano PTO Fundraiser? Or simply want to know more about it? Join us on Monday, October 7th in the school library at 6pm. We’d love to have you be a part of this amazing event for our school! Any questions, please contact Brittany Heike 715-495-4644.

 

Reminder- no school on Thursday and Friday October 17-18 and Friday, October 25.

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Drout

08/09/2019
Joey Journal August 2019

 

St. Joseph School ~ Joey Journal 2019-2020

Principal's News

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the staff at St. Joseph School, I welcome you to the 2019-20 school year! We have an important task each year to guide out children in faith and academic learning. At St. Joe's we have high expectations for parents and students. Your involvement makes a big difference in our kids' lives and makes our job easier.

 

What's new?

  • Playground additions of swings and painting are complete! We will have a BACK TO SCHOOL PLAYDATE/POTLUCK on August 26- save the date!
  • New teachers and staff- see below
  • New school day times for K-6
    • K-6 8:35 am-3:10 pm
    • 4K 11:50 am-3:10 pm
    • 3K 8:30 am-11:00 am (remains the same)
  • Adoration monthly
  • New Friday mass time 9:00 am
  • New Religion books
  • New computers in the lab

We welcome three new staff members this year. Miss Jordan Klatt is our new Kindergarten teacher. Miss Elisabeth Pechacek is our new second grade teacher. Miss Kelsey Owens is our new 4K teacher and 3K aide. Mrs. Denise Many is our new teacher's aide for 4K. At print time, we are interviewing candidates to be our new cook. The rest of our talented staff are busily preparing for the year. I am excited for the children to arrive! 

 

Please make special note of our enclosed volunteer form. The school and SJPTO could use your help! We ask if at all possible that each family select one activity that they would like to be involved in. Many hands make light work and getting involved is a great way to get to know other families! It would be amazing if you could select even one item- playground once a month, help plan Teacher Appreciation Week, organize one teacher lunch on a PT conference day. It's a gift of time, as all items are either paid for or reimbursed by SJPTO. Please consider getting involved in your child's school. 

 

Please review the information enclosed in the back to school mailing carefully. School begins for all classes 3K-6th on Tuesday, August 27th with our drop in day from 3-6 pm. Plan on spending about 30 minutes visiting the classroom, dropping off school supplies, getting photos taken, and stopping in the office for any paperwork and payment turn in.

  

Regular school days begin:

Wednesday, August 28

  • K-6 (8:35 am-3:10 pm) *note new start and end time*
  • 4K (11:50 am-3:10 pm)

Thursday, August 29

  • 3K kids (Tu/Th 8:30-11:00 am)

NOTE: Bus transportation is not available on August 27-30. 

I will continue to send weekly emails with reminders and a calendar of the weekly events. The school will send out a weekly packet every Friday. The school calendar on Sycamore includes school events as well. I welcome your emails or phone calls if you ever have any questions. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

 

I strongly suggest if you have a smart phone to download the Sycamore app. In a couple of taps you can see account balances, lunch menu, calendar events, and student grades (3-6 only). It's an easy way to stay informed.

 

I am excited to have our building filled with children, prayer, and learning. It's going to be a great year!

 

Blessings, Mrs. Drout