Volume 22| February 16, 2018
Saint Joseph Weekly
February 16, 2018
Weekly SLE (Student Learning Expectation) :
Saint Joseph students are faith filled.
They develop a relationship with God through prayer and participate in weekly liturgical celebrations.
Principal's Letter
Dear Families of Saint Joseph School,

As you will see throughout this newsletter, our students participated in many meaningful Lenten activities. Watching our older students help younger students cut their pancakes, made by teachers and staff, truly expressed our theme LOVE LIVES HERE!!

On Shrove Tuesday, Father George led us in a very powerful symbolic ritual of the burning of the palms. I think students will remember this event for the rest of their lives.

I was extremely proud of how well students answered Father’s questions during our  Ash Wednesday liturgy.  He had a bit of a “Jeopardy Style” homily with Saint Joseph Elementary Students versus Saint Joseph Notre Dame Students. And, the good news is that Father said SAINT JOSEPH ELEMENTARY WON!!!!!

May we all, as a community continue to grow in faith and in love during this Lenten Season.

Please enjoy these Lenten reflections from two of our Eighth Graders. I am so proud of our students and their amazing insight of how we can serve during this Lenten Season.

God’s Blessings on Each of Us,

Dr. Marquita Yriarte

Reflection of Lent by Kaitlyn Cassidy

Lent is a joyful season and there are many ways to celebrate it. At school we do Stations of the Cross and we write our promises for Lent. At home we don't eat meat on Friday and we attend Lenten Soup nights at school. We also have a rice bowl that we keep all lent and at the end, the change we've collected in the bowl, goes to children who need the money more than we do. Lent is the perfect season to give to others who are not as fortunate as we are. Lent is also. not just about giving things to others so much as giving hours and time to others. So, community service hours are a good idea: helping at your local senior center, cleaning up trash on the beach, and helping others. Lent is a time to fast, help and give to others.

Lenten Season by Lena Frez

My school and I do Lenten prayers, such as Stations of the Cross, to reflect the great miracle of Jesus' suffering and death. We participate and watch the burning of the palms as we see the palms from the previous year's Lenten season burn into ashes for today's Ash Wednesday Mass. We have come from the dust and to dust we will return. The ashes made from the burning of the palms are used on Ash Wednesday as a reminder of our own upcoming deaths in the future. Just like ashes, we will be part of our world as we succumb to death and be part of God's Kingdom

Some people during the Lenten Season, and hopefully our students too, will give up or even add something to their daily agenda. Some will give up eating a lot or some would add to their agenda to exercises daily, but what is more important is that we are to be reminded of Jesus' sacrifices fro us. Many others would fast, eating less, where we give ourselves to the need of others. It's the time when we empty ourselves of habits and earthly desires to make room in our lives and our hearts for others and Christ our Lord. By fasting and sacrifices, we are able to welcome ourselves to the compassion, kindness, and to so much more of our world.

There is also alms giving in the Lenten Season where generosity and being selfless are things that lead to spiritual transformation. Our school community and I make rice bowls where we give money, and the money we put in them will be used to help those in need around the world. Those who are going though hard times in life, we shall offer them our help and do so to the best of our capability. When we come across desperate and despairing times we must try and overcome those times with our own strength and our trust in Christ. It's actually really fun to help others because when you do, you make them happy, and in return you receive great satisfaction and happiness knowing that you have done a big difference in their lives. That's something worth smiling about."
Upcoming Events

  • Mon. Feb. 19- School Holiday
  • Tues. Feb. Feb 20- School Holiday
  • Wed. Feb. 21- Goodies for Good
  • Wed. Feb. 21- February Birthday Free Dress
  • Thurs. Feb 22- Coffee with Dr. Yriarte and Fr. George 8:00am- 8:45am
  • Fri. Feb 23- End of the 2nd Trimester
What's Happening at SJES?
Congratulations to all our SUPER KIDS this week!

Kindergarten: Julietta Lopez
1st Grade: Angelo Irving
2nd Grade: Penelope Chriss
4th Grade: Mari Fukuda
5th Grade: Griffin Chen
7th Grade: Vincent Tran
This month, our Faith Family activity will focus on the "corporal works of mercy". We will be assembling "care totes" for the homeless to be donated to the Midway Shelter here in Alameda.  

The Faith Family Activity will be from 10:35am-11:05am on Tuesday, Feb 27

Students will decorate tote bags and fill them with the items that are donated by families. Each bag will also contain a note of love or encouragement. 

Please do not forget to send in your items by February 21. Below are items needed by grade:

K - bar(s) of soap
1 - shampoo (small)
2 - lotion (small)
3 - washcloths (1-2)
4 - toothpaste
5 - lip balm
6 - baby wipes ("handi-pack)
7 - toothbrush
8 - tube socks

** Please purchase items at your local Dollar Store. Items should not be jumbo size, but not travel size. Socks can be purchased at Walmart or Target.
Happy New Year
Second grader, Kaitlyn Ho shared her cultural New Year's traditions and wore her traditional New Year's dress at Town Hall this morning!
Thank you, Kaitlyn & Happy New Year!

Year of the Dog!
Hamilton at SJES
Members of the middle school Drama elective performed a song from the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton!
Middle school students select a different elective course each trimester. Students have enjoyed classes like Drama, Yoga, Nutrition, Photography, Money Management and Watercolors.
Fat Tuesday Pancake Breakfast
We had some hungry students on Tuesday morning as the teachers and staff served pancakes before school in honor of Shrove Tuesday.
If you have not already done so, it is time to register for Girls Basketball, Boys Sand Volleyball and Track and Field. Please register ASAP!
Boys Basketball Playoffs

Sat. Feb 16- 5th Grade: 11:00am at St. Leo Gym vs. St. Theresa
Sun- Feb 17- 4th Grade: 1:00pm at St. Joseph Gym
Sun. Feb 17- 5th Grade: 2:00pm at St. Joseph Gym *
Sun.. Feb 17- 7th Grade: 4:00pm at St. Joseph Gym

*If the 5th grade wins their game on Saturday, they will continue in the tournament and play on Sunday at 2:00pm at St. Joseph Gym


Girls Volleyball Playoff Summary

Congratulations to both the 6th Grade and 8th Grade Blue Volleyball teams. Both teams won the first round of the EBPL playoffs. Round two brought some stiff competition ending the Royals volleyball season. Congratulations, Lady Royals!
Diocesan Science Fair
Congratulations to our students, Olivia Baltutis, Nicholas Pirrotta, Chase VanDerveer and Maylee Witte, who competed in the Diocesan Science Fair this past weekend. There were over 75 projects entered in the competition from schools all over the Diocese.
SJND hosted the event offering many fun Science activities throughout the day. Students had the chance to bend glass, make slime, extract DNA, plant carnivorous plants and watch an amazing Science show from Chemistry teacher, Mr. Fong.
Chase will continue on the competition and compete in the Alameda County Science Fair in March.
Lenten Season
The Lenten Season began at SJES with the burning of the palms on Tuesday and an Ash Wednesday mass with our brother and sisters at SJND.
There are many Lent activities throughout the season. All the activities can be found on the Basilica website .
Don't forget about Lent Soup night on Thursday. Come for a simple meal of soup while enjoying the company of our community. The PTG is looking for volunteers to help with PTG Lent Soup night on March 15. Please sign up on Volgistics .
PTG News
You are invited to.....
Click on the invite to purchase your ticket today!

  • The class with the most attendees at the auction will win a prize (to be determined); there is a section on the link that allows you to indicate the grade you are supporting
  • Purchase tickets before February 27, 2018 for early bird pricing.
  • Bigger space – bigger crowd! Invite non-SJES friends and family to join us for this not-to-miss party
Half Year Used Uniform Sale
PTG Middle School Scholarships
On the Block
Basilica Stations of the Cross
Father George and the Parish members are seeking the help of SJES students and families to join and participate in prayer on Friday, March 16 at 7:00pm. During the Lenten Season the Basilica will have Prayers of Stations of the Cross every Friday evening. March 16 is for Families. Please contact Tristan Flores to help: tflores777@gmail.com

Parent To Do List:
  • Update you Volgistics Time Cards to reflect your volunteer hours
  • Buy your Auction Tickets
  • Buy your Yearbook
  • Order your Scrip Gift Cards
  • Collect and turn in BoxTops
  • Order your Royal Wear
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St. Joseph Elementary School Mission Statement
Serving Alameda and neighboring cities since 1881, St. Joseph Elementary School embraces the principles of learning, loving and living God's word as Jesus taught us. We are dedicated to educating and nurturing the whole child by offering a time-honored and challenging Catholic education. Inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church and driven by the spirit of effective collaboration, we join together as a diverse community to know Jesus and to make Him known.