Volume 6 | October 6, 2017
St. Joseph Weekly
October 6, 2017
Weekly SLE (Student Learning Expectation) :
St. Joseph students think critically and creatively.  
Principal's Letter
October 6, 2017

Dear Families of Saint Joseph School,

I want to take a moment to thank you for the time and effort you all extended in participating in parent-teacher conferences. Working together in a positive manner certainly empowers our students to do their very best!!!

I am attaching a video for you in this newsletter that I have shared with our teachers regarding how to talk to your children about the shooting in Las Vegas. I have reviewed it and I feel it would be most helpful to you. As we move forward, let us continue to keep the victims of this senseless tragedy in our prayer.

I wanted to let you know that I will be away from the school from October 12 until October 31. As you know, prior to coming to Saint Joseph I had retired. I had planned a once in a lifetime trip to Greece and the Holy Land. Financially, I did not have the option to cancel this trip. I discussed my planned trip with our Superintendent , Kathleen Radecke, before taking my position, and it was agreed that I would take my trip.

Having said that, I feel I will be leaving the school in good hands with Ms. Katherine Francisco as Acting Principal and Mrs. Linda Radecke as Acting Assistant Principal. I have been working with them since my arrival as they are my Administrative Team. I have every confidence that with their leadership, the school will run smoothly. Ms Francisco and I will be in contact through email and, if necessary, through telephone.

I look forward to seeing you at El Rancho!!!!!!

God’s Blessings On Each of Us

Dr. Marquita Yriarte
Upcoming Events
  • RUN ROYALS, RUN!- Cross Country Meet 5:30pm at Garin Park
  • Monday, Oct. 9 - NO SCHOOL
  • El Rancho Hot Lunch- Tuesday, October 10 all the children will be treated to a pizza lunch! Parents take a break from making lunch and thank you for all your hard work at El Rancho!
What's Happening at SJES?
Super Kids

Congratulations to this weeks Super Kids! We are so proud of you!

Kindergarten: Hana Wajler
1st Grade: Ronin Flores
2nd Grade: Colette Perez
4th Grade: Mary Rose Nguyen
5th Grade: Natalie Wright
7th Grade: Anna Le
Blessing of the Animals

 In honor of the feast of St. Francis, Father George came out on Tuesday, October 3 to bless our pets. Many children brought in their small animals, pictures of their pets, or stuffed animals. Parents came at 2:30 with cats, dogs and rabbits. The children held their animals high for Father George to sprinkle holy water on them.
Kindergarten Adventures
Kindergarten enjoyed a hands-on, real-life science lesson during their field trip to Encinal Nursery. Students toured the gardens and greenhouses, learned about various plants' needs and even chose their own plant to bring back to St. Joseph's. The field trip was an extension of Ms. Betts' Life Sciences Unit. Students have been studying native California plants, their life cycles, and food uses. The plants they've brought back will be cloned by the Kindergarteners to be shared with the rest of the school.
El Rancho is HERE!
The annual El Rancho Day is finally here! Festivities begin at 11:00am and will go all day to 7:00pm. Come early and stay for dinner!!!

A special thank you to Mrs. Lopez and her team of Mrs. Holley, Mrs. Perez, Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Dominguez for all the hard work to put organize the day.

A huge thank you to all the parents for helping put on an amazing day of fun and community. When we all work together, we can do amazing things for our children.

The El Rancho crew would like to thank parents by giving you a day off from making lunch for your children. On Tuesday, October 10, pizza lunch will be provided for every child!

Class Contests

Congratulations to the small, but mighty 1st Grade Class! They won the In N Out Burger party for selling the most raffle tickets this week.
El Rancho $300 CLUB

Thank you to all our families and children for getting out there and selling those raffle tickets. We are super excited for all the children who made it into the $300 club! Details will be coming soon about your day of fun at the bowling alley!

300 Club Members for 2017

Karis Awayan
Dylan Cruz
Kai Fukuda
Matthew Manabat
Nicholas Roben
Colette Tansasse

1st Grade
Isaac Awayan
Ava Bonacci
Elliot Chiu
Logan Corica
Ronin Flores
Kenji Fukuda
Sofia Gomez
Sierra Miller
Alayna Prudencio
Emma Rocha
Sofia Zamora

2nd Grade
Logan Chen
Mika Garcia
Malika McKinney
Thalia Rocha

3rd Grade
Leo Bonacci
Chase Gray
Dylan Gray
Savannah Gray
Mason Manabat
Michaela Smith

4th Grade
Juan Avitia
Francesca Boccucci
Jake Chiu
Nikko Flores
Mari Fukuda
Samantha Gomez
Jack Gonzalez
Mateo Guimet-Keeney
Daniela Lopez
Dylan Mann
Will Merritt
Camila Rocha
Jordan Tanaka
Paige VanDerveer
5th Grade
Tyler Aficial
Rosalyn Amezquita
Hailey Bui
Griffin Chen
Marco Garcia
Matthew Garcia
Jordan Grassman
Serena Hogenboom
Declan McFarland
Melina McKinney
Miranda Morais
Zachary Morais
Lexi Roben
Dawson Stewart

6th Grade
Cole Coker
Ethan Gonzalez
Owen Merritt
Jolie Parandian
Marion Williams
James Witherspoon

7th Grade
Senna Garcia
Zachary Hoover
Vincent Park
Chase VanDerveer

8th Grade
Miranda Avitia
Fernando Lopez
Ashley Roben
Dylan Stewart
Jackie Tran
Congratulations to our $300 Club Members!
You can now purchase a yearbook online!
Yearbook Cover Competition
St. Joseph Elementary students are encouraged to enter the contest to design the cover for the 2017-2018 yearbook. The design should incorporate the theme of "Ohana" (family). Student artists may interpret the theme in any way that reflects family or community, with a Hawaiian twist!

  • First prize (front cover) winner will receive a $10 gift card from Jamba Juice.
  • Second prize (inside front cover) will receive two Tucker's Ice Cream tokens.
  • Third prize (inside back cover) will receive one Tucker's Ice Cream token.

Deadline for submission is October 20 . Please turn in entries to Ms. Francisco. Thank you and good luck.
News on the Block
Basilica Celebration of Our Lady of Fatima
St. Joseph Basilica, will celebrate the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima on Friday, October 13th at 7:00 PM. The celebration will begin with the blessing of the new statue of Our Lady of Fatima followed immediately by the Holy Eucharist. After Mass, theree will be a procession around the block to sing Marian hymns and to pray the rosary in different languages. At the culmination of the procession, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Benediction and the Eucharistic Blessing for the sick and the elderly. 

The church needs help in preparing for the Mass, procession and reception : 8-10 Eucharistic ministers, sacristans, lectors, and usher & greeters to distribute sheets and candles, and helpers for simple snacks in the Gathering Space. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Sacristy and on- line next week.

For more information check the church bulletin .
SJND Dream Flight
Benefitting Students of Today and Tomorrow.
Change a student's life.
Create opportunity for academic and spiritual growth.
Join us for an evening of dining, laughter and funding the dreams of current and future Pilots.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 5:30 PM
Claremont Country Club
5295 Broadway Terrace
Oakland, CA 94618
Parent To Do List:

  • Order your Scrip Gift Cards
  • Collect and turn in BoxTops
  • Ms. Shadowspeaker is in need of unscented Baby Wipes for the art classroom. Please send a pack of wipes with your child!!!
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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.