From the Principal's Desk...
Dear Parents,

I'd like to provide you with some information regarding our school uniforms. We will be updating the look and color of our uniforms for the 2019-2020 school year. Like our new athletic logo, we are working to refresh our image with a memorable and distinctive style. Our goal is to provide uniforms of outstanding quality that are cost effective. In addition, we want to make your shopping experience a smooth and simple process.

Therefore, per our contractual agreement, we've made JB Pride aware of our intentions. Nevertheless, they are required to service our families until June 2019. Currently, JB Pride has our skirts, jumpers, and gym uniforms in stock. Polos have been backordered, but they will continue to order items per your needs. Sales, however, will be " final ." Therefore, please try-on samples before ordering and do not order in bulk with the intention of returning items that are not used. THIS WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE.

We do have a lot of items in our Recycled Uniform Store. Please visit the school between the hours of 9AM and Noon to shop.

Although the details of the new uniform are not finalized, we will be showcasing some pieces at our Orientations, so parents in attendance will get a "sneak-peek."

This is an exciting time for St. Joseph School! We are nearing the long-awaited completion of our new gymnasium and parish center; updating our brand; and, continually working to improve the learning experience for your children.

Please refer to the information below for our Back-to-School dates and orientation times, as well as some important Home and School Association news.

Sincerely,
Principal
Home and School Association News
PLEASE READ!
The purpose of the Home and School Association (H.S.A.) is:

  • To foster an understanding of the mission, goals, and spirit of St. Joseph School.
  • To promote open communication and cooperation among parents, guardians, faculty, and school administration.
  • To direct and coordinate parental support for St. Joseph School through educational activities, religious and social functions, as well as fund-raising projects.
  • To ensure the future of St. Joseph School through effectively spreading the word about the special identity of our Catholic school and the excellence of Catholic education. And, to respect the established diocesan and school policies, as well as the practices set forth by the pastor and school principal.

Membership in the Home and School Association (H.S.A.) consists of fathers, mothers, and guardians of students of St. Joseph School and members of the faculty.

Several of our Classroom Representatives have fulfilled their two year terms. Therefore, the H.S.A. Executive Board has several vacancies that need to be filled for the 2018-2019 School Year. They are listed below:

PreK 3-year-old program (Tues & Thurs)
PreK 4-year-old program
Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade

Classroom Representatives are an integral part of the St. Joseph School Community. Responsibilities include:

  1. Regularly attend our monthly meetings at 6:30 PM on the First Tuesday of each month, as well as H.S.A. General Meetings.
  2. Participate in planning/implementing school events and fundraisers.
  3. Communicate with the parents in your classroom using a school assigned email.
  4. Regularly check-in with your teacher to determine needs and coordinate parent volunteers if necessary. (This is especially important for the younger grades at Halloween due to the need for assistance with parties and costumes, as well as during Christmas. The Seventh Grade classroom rep. is responsible for coordinating the 7th grade student volunteers at the 8th Grade Dinner as well as planning the event with Mrs. Lefebvre. In addition, some teachers may ask for assistance during Catholic Schools Week and other class or school events.)
  5. Coordinate/communicate teachers' wish lists at Christmas.
  6. Attend family Masses.
  7. Support H.S.A. sponsored events.

If you are interested in volunteering for a classroom representative position and being more involved at St. Joseph School, please email
hsa@sjs-webster.com

H.S.A. Representatives are awarded service hours for volunteering.

Our next H.S.A. meeting is at 6:30 on Tuesday, August 14th.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Following Family Mass on Sunday, Sept. 9th, the St. Joseph School Home and School Association will host its Annual Back to School Picnic at the 200 Sportsmen Club, 184 Sutton Ave., Webster, MA from noon to 4:00PM. The H.S.A. will provide lunch, games, and raffles for our families. We will also be drawing the winner of our Free Tuition Raffle.

The H.S.A. asks that you RSVP for this event so we can plan the lunch accordingly. Please click HERE to RSVP .
Donations of side dishes or desserts are welcome!
Back-to-School Dates & Orientation Times
Back-to-School Dates

  • Wednesday, August 29th: Grades 1-8
  • Thursday, August 30th: Kindergarten
  • Thursday, August 30th: PreK 5-Day Program (4 Year-olds, Ms. Dodge)
  • Tuesday, September 4th: PreK 2-Day (3 Year-old) Program AND students in Mrs. Maurer's class who will be attending 5 days a week.
  • Wednesday, September 5th: Pre K 3-Day Program (3 year-olds, Mrs. Maurer)

Parent Orientations

  • Wednesday, August 29th, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Grades 1-8
  • Thursday, August 30th, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Kindergarten & Pre K

Please note: It's extremely important for all parents and guardians of St. Joseph School students to attend the parent orientations. We will be discussing new policies and procedures for the 2018-2019 School Year, including school uniforms and our dress code, attendance policies pertaining to participation in school activities, and other important topics. In addition, teachers will be meeting with parents to communicate the expectations they have for the coming year. Even if you may have had a teacher in the past, they are always updating their curriculums and requirements. Therefore, please make the time to meet with them during our break-out session.
Warm Weather Uniforms
Students may wear their warm weather uniforms until October 31st
Per the Parent/Student Handbook:

DURING WARM WEATHER, SWEATERS, SWEATSHIRTS, JACKETS, AND/OR FLEECE ARE NOT WORN IN THE CLASSROOM;
STUDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO REMOVE THEM.

Please refer to the uniform requirements below.
All students who are not in compliance with the dress code
will be asked to call home for appropriate clothing.
Pre-K Uniform
The Gym Uniform is always worn by ALL Pre-K students. The school gym uniform consists of gray t-shirt, wine gym shorts, wine sweatshirt and wine sweatpants. All items must be imprinted with the school logo. Any sneaker can be worn EXCEPT those that light-up or flash.

REMEMBER...
  • All items should be clearly marked with the student’s name. Please mark the inside tag. 
  • The uniform should be clean and pressed with all buttons attached and hems intact.
  • Shirttails are to be tucked in while a student is at school.
  • STUDENTS MAY ONLY WEAR PLAIN WHITE T- SHIRTS under their blouses or shirts. 
  • STONE COLOR PANTS, SHORTS, SKIRTS, AND SKORTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AND UNIFORM VIOLATION WARNING NOTICES WILL BE ISSUED.
Bingo Update: Look What You Can Win!
Come out play BINGO! The progressive game for Friday, August 10th is $900. The $777 game is up to 56 numbers to win. One winner-take-all game. Two 50/50 games. Free coffee. Light refreshments available. Doors open at 5:00. Games begin at 6:30.

SJS families, please remember that you may earn service hours every Friday night at BINGO. Head down to the cafeteria between 4:30 p.m. & 6:45 p.m. to sell bingo cards. Or, you may also assist throughout the evening by selling food, verifying winners, and cleaning-up.

ALL ARE WELCOME! GOOD LUCK!!
In case you missed last week's newsletter...
Get the School Calendar on Your Phone!
You may now subscribe to our school calendars on your phone, tablet or computer/laptop. We will have separate calendars for general school events, clubs, and sports. So, subscribe to one or all! Visit our WEBSITE for directions!
New School Policy: Sneakers
ALL students will be required to have a separate pair of sneakers for physical education classes . The sneakers will be stored at school and used during physical education classes that are held in our new gymnasium. For younger students that are unable to tie their own shoes, we recommend velcro sneakers to expedite the changing process.

No street shoes will be allowed on the new gymnasium floor. ________________________________________________________

In addition to brown or black dress shoes, students are now allowed to wear solid black leather/synthetic leather uniform sneakers . Please note that the ENTIRE sneaker must be black. This includes any logos on the sneaker as well as its sole. They also must have non-marking outsoles.

The following is not allowed:

  • High-top sneakers
  • Tennis sneakers
  • Sneakers that convert to roller blades
  • Sneakers that light-up
  • Canvas or mesh sneakers
  • Hiking shoes

Click HERE to view an example of a boy's uniform sneaker.
Click HERE to view an example of a girl's uniform sneaker.

Failure to adhere to this policy will result in a
Warning Notice being issued for uniform or dress code violations.
3 Warning Notices = 1 hour Detention

Please note that if your child has black sneakers for their regular school shoe, they still need a separate sneaker for use in the gymnasium. (See above)

Supply Lists and Summer Work
Has your child misplaced his/her supply list? Maybe they haven't started their summer work? No problem! You can find all of this information on the school website. Click HERE .
We are currently scheduling the shipment of our prepackaged school supplies. Please remember that the PreK packages do not include the required sleep mat. The mats may be purchased separately in the school office.
Festival Service Hours Update
Festival Service hours have been posted to accounts and the balances were emailed to all families last Friday with the August tuition statement. If you have not received this email please check your "spam" folder. If you are a returning family and you did not fulfill your Festival service commitment, you will be billed on your September invoice. Any discrepancies must be reported before August 24th. New families who registered AFTER the Festival are required must work their 20 hours of service during the school year.
Help! I'm Not Receiving Emails
So that our emails are not rejected, please add the following emails and domains to your safe sender and contact lists:  

@ ccsend.com   - for newsletters and notices
notifications@ondemandmail.com  - for financial statements 
@ sjs-webster.com  - for personal correspondence
Mark Your Calendars!
Monday, August 13th at 7:30PM
Fatima Devotion

The traditional outdoor candlelight procession in honor of Our Lady of Fatima will take place on Monday, August 13th at 7:00pm. We kindly request that the Children of Mary take part in this beautiful tribute to our Lady wearing their distinctive dress as they carry the statue of our Blessed Mother. We ask all the faithful to join our school children, members of parish organizations and ministries, and altar servers in praying the rosary.
Wed., August 15th:
Holy Day of Obligation
Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Day of Obligation Masses will be held at the following times:

  • Tues, August 14 - 5:00 PM Vigil
  • Wed, August 15 - 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, & 7:00 PM

To learn more about the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, please click HERE .
Tuesday, August 21st: Open House
The school will be hosting an Open House for prospective families. Tours will be by appointment only. We ask that you spread the word about and don’t forget about our   REFERRAL PROGRAM

Please invite friends and family to visit St. Joseph School where every student is Respected, Valued, and Challenged. During their tour they will learn more about the St. Joseph School experience where every child receives a Foundation for Life.
September 3rd
No School: Labor Day
Sunday, September 9th at 9:30AM
Family Mass
Saturday, Sept. 29, at Noon

The 19th Annual SJS Golf Tournament supporting our Athletic Program will take place on Saturday, September 29th at Dudley Hill Golf Club, 80 Airport Road, Dudley, MA. The cost is $125 per person. This includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, dinner, and gifts. $25 for dinner only. We need teams of golfers, sponsors, and donations for raffles. Please click HERE to register for the tournament or to become a sponsor. Raffle donations may be dropped-off in the school office .
Tuition Raffle
Would you like to have your child's tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year at St. Joseph School paid for - up to $4,740? Here's your chance! The winner may use it for the tuition of a family member or split it among more than one. Watch for your raffle tickets in the mail or visit our website HERE to view the official rules and purchase your tickets. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends are invited to buy a ticket, too.

 Even people who don't have a student at SJS are encouraged to purchase a ticket because they can donate the prize to the school as a scholarship to be awarded according to their wishes. It's a wonderful way to provide a Catholic education to someone who might not afford it otherwise!
SJS Sports Registration - Now Open!
If your child is interested in playing on an athletic team (soccer, basketball, cheering, or volleyball) at SJS during the 2018-2019 school year, please click HERE to register. All registrations are due by August 31st so we can plan our teams accordingly.
Job Openings
St. Joseph School is looking to fill several paid and volunteer positions. Please see the list below for details. Please click on the item for a job description.

Paid Positions
Guidance Counselor - Part Time: 12-16 Hours Per Week
Custodian - Full Time: 6AM to 2PM

Volunteer Positions
Nurses - Especially during the hours of 11 AM and 1 PM
If you are interested in any of the non-sports related positions, please contact principal@sjs-webster.com or call 508-943-0378.

If you'd like to get involved in our Athletic Program, please click HERE
**Returning coaches and new candidates must complete this form .*** 
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SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL

47 Whitcomb Street
Webster, MA 01570
Phone: 508-943-0378