Dear Families of St. Joseph,
Father George asked me to share a message with the parish about myself and our school. I would like to share with you what I wrote:
As a former Sister of the order of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, as a third grade teacher, and as a Catholic school principal, I never CEASE to be amazed at the dedication and commitment that I witness in Catholic school communities. Saint Joseph Elementary School has more than met my expectation of Community.
Prior to coming to Saint Joseph School, I thoroughly enjoyed being the principal of Sacred Heart Parish School in Hollister, California. While serving at Sacred Heart School, I thrived under the very capable leadership of Kathleen Radecke, who was superintendent of schools of the Diocese of Monterey, and is now the school superintendent of the Diocese of Oakland. I chose to retire after guiding Sacred Heart Parish School for four years. However, when Kathleen Radecke asked me to take the position as principal of Saint Joseph School, I felt that I still had gifts to offer to Catholic education, and so here I am.
What can I say about my first six weeks?
LOVE LIVES HERE!!! I work with dedicated and conscientious teachers and staff! each day, I witness the love our students have for one another, especially when we gather together as Faith Families. Our love flows out to the needy as we reach out to our global community through student council fundraisers and Goodies for Good.
SCHOLARS LIVE HERE!!! Each day I witness students and teachers embracing rigorous standards based learning. As students work toward competency and mastery of their learning, they are supported by a caring, nurturing, safe environment.
TALENT LIVES HERE!!! I see it every day in Spanish, STEM, Art, Music, Motor Fitness, as well as all of the other extra-curricular activities, including a Drama Production. Field Trips allow us to take part in many of the Arts offerings in the area.
DIVERSITY LIVES HERE!!! I am most proud of the fact that our students comes from all over the Bay Area. Our community truly exemplifies a diverse population reflecting ethnic, faith, education and socio-economic diversities. We are a melting pot, and stronger because of it!
Saint Joseph School is more than a place. It is a fabric of love, celebrating our successes and consoling each other’s disappointments. We listen, we share, we collaborate, we empower one another, and we laugh and we cry together. Students and families create lifelong relationships. Once a Royal, always a Royal.
So many stories began here at Saint Joseph’s, and they continue to grow here.
"God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being.'
God's Blessing on Each of Us,
Dr. Marquita Yriarte