Volume 24| March 9, 2018
Saint Joseph Weekly
March 9, 2018
Weekly SLE (Student Learning Expectation) :
Saint Joseph students are academically confident. They think critically and creatively.
Principal's Letter
Dear Parents of Saint Joseph,

We are two weeks away from one of the most fantastic nights of the year, our annual auction, Dreams Take Flight.  The auction is our largest fundraiser. It gives our students and faculty so many extras that we often take for granted like field trips, enrichment classes, and funds to support special projects or initiatives like our new Math series, our technology plans or even to enhance our sports program that provides very valuable non-textbook learning for our students.  

FUN FACT: Our class field trips are funded with auction money.  It costs more than $2000 for every bus we contract to escort our students.  Two field trips a year, for every class in the school = $18,000!

Buses are the safest way to transport out students to valuable, outside learning.  How wonderful, we can provide this with the funds that you raise and contribute.
Our school is blessed with a PTG that includes every one of our parents.  When you register your child at SJES, included in the registration is a PTG fee.  We have a PTG board that works tirelessly on your behalf. I encourage all families to roll up their sleeves and get involved in PTG and PTG activities.  The first step is to buy your auction tickets and participate in the night. If you cannot attend, give your time and talents.
You can purchase your tickets at www.AlamedaDreamsTakeFlight.com .  At this link, you can also donate prizes or money in support of the event.  I look forward to seeing you all there in honor of our students as we make sure that our school can continue to support their dreams and watch each of them soar.

God’s Blessings on Each of Us,

Dr. Marquita Yriarte

Upcoming Events
  • Fri. March 9: 7:00pm Beauty and the Beast Performance
  • Sat. March 10: 7:00pm Beauty and the Beast Performance
  • Sun. March 11: 2:00pm Beauty and the Beast Performance
  • Mon. March 12: 1:00pm Beauty and the Beast Performance for the school
  • Tues. March 13: 9:30am Grades 2-8 Communal Penance Service
  • Thurs. March 15: Town Hall/7th Grade Honors Assembly
  • Thurs. March 15: 2:00pm Stations of the Cross
  • Fri. March 16: Student Holiday/Teach-in-Service
  • Fri. March 16: BASIC Fund Deadline
What's Happening at SJES?
Congratulations to all our SUPER KIDS!

Kindergarten: Naomi Gutierrez
2nd Grade: Amelia Mnich
3rd Grade: Salvador Nava-Leyva
4th Grade: Makena Cassidy
5th Grade: Hector Salcedo
8th Grade: Eden Fong
8th Grade; Simon Abrah
Congratulations to our 5th Grade Mathletes: (L-R) Hayden Holmgren, Kevin Nguyen and Carrie Truong. They have logged in many hours working on Mathletics at school and at home.

SJES students participate in the Mathletics enrichment program at school and at home. Mathletics is an "online math learning space providing students with all the tools they need to be successful learners, both in the classroom and beyond."
6th & 8th Grade Honor Roll
for the Second Trimester
6th Grade
8th Grade
6th and 8th grade students were awarded 1st or 2nd honors for their work during the second trimester. 7th Grade will be honored on Thursday, March 15. They were on a field trip today to Half Moon Bay.
Financial Aid Deadline
The deadline to apply BASIC fund financial aid is March 16. Scholarships are awarded on first come, first serve basic. "The earlier you apply, the better your chances." BASIC is available for only new SJES families. To renew you current BASIC scholarship, renewal packets will be distributed soon. The Bookkeeper will contact you.

The deadline to apply for FACE financial aid is March 19

For returning students in the 2018-19 school year, you will need to re-apply for St. Joseph financial assistance using FACTS. There will be NO automatic renewal of funds, but rather you must apply again. The  FACTS online application  is the only application that is required - FACE also uses FACTS so you only need to apply one time via FACTS, just click that you want it submitted to both St. Joseph Elementary School and the Diocese of Oakland/FACE. The deadline for returning students' applications is Monday March 19, 2018. You will also be asked to download 2017 tax returns and W2 forms. You must include 2017 so be sure to get your taxes done by this date.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the applications, please contact the Bookkeeper, Liz Patrick, at 510 995 9550.
Beauty and the Beast
Friday, March 9 at 7:00pm the Saint Joseph Drama Club with be presenting Beauty and the Beast, starring Keiko Akima (5th grade) as Belle and Jake Chiu (4th grade) as Beast.
Additional performances on Saturday, March 10 at 7:00pm and also Sunday, March 11 at 2:00pm

Any questions? Contact Sierra Dominguez at sierra.hicks18@gmail.com.
Elementary/ PTG Lenten Soup Night
March 15th's Lenten Soup Night is sponsored by SJES and the PTG. We hope to see many families come at 6:00pm to Notre Dame Hall to share soup and company. This is a free event.
We are in need of parents to donate soup for the event. You will receive 2 hours for every pot of soup you donate. Soup needs to be delivered to Notre Dame Hall by 5:30pm. You can pick up your soup pot by 7:00pm. Please sign up on Volgistics !
Sports Schedule for the Weekend of March 9
Saturday, March 9
-3rd/4th Grade Girls Basketball vs. St Theresa @ 12:00pm at St. Joseph Gym
-5th/6th Grade Girls Basketball vs. St. Leo @ 1:00pm at St. Joseph Gym
-7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. SPN @ 2:00pm at St. Joseph Gym

Sunday, March 10
-7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Corpus Christi @ 3:00pm at St. Joseph Gym


PTG News
Dreams Take Flight- March 24
Two Weeks Until the Event of the Year!
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
  • Bigger space – bigger crowd! Invite non-SJES friends and family to join us for this not-to-miss party
On the Block
Basilica Stations of the Cross
Come join SJES families at Family Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 16 at 7:00pm. 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
510 522 4456
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.