From the Principal's Desk...
Hello,

As the school year gets off to a good start, I want to thank the the Home and School Association (H.S.A.) for their efforts in organizing the Back-to-School Picnic. A lot of time and energy went into coordinating this wonderful event for our students and parents. The hard work of the H.S.A. is very much appreciated. Thank you.

You may have noticed a lot of activity in the Gymnasium and Parish Center the past couple of days. The audio/video system for the gym, stage, and Parish Center is being installed. This should be completed by the end of next week. Following the completion of the sound system, stage lighting and curtains will be installed. It's exciting to see the progress as we near the end of this project. Although, we are still in the design stage for the new kitchen (patience is a virtue), the gymnasium and performing arts center is looking great!

Sincerely, 
Principal
Free and Reduced Lunch
Families can find the link for the Free and Reduced Lunch Application on our website under the parents tab or please click HERE . All applications should be returned to the school office.
Athletic Program Update
Soccer Practices
Soccer practice for students in Grades 5-8 kicks-off next week Tuesday, September 18th. Practices will be held at the George Street Fields from 3:00 to 4:30 for JV players and 3:00 to 5:00 for Varsity. Practices will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All players should bring two bottles filled with water, shin guards, soccer cleats, and a soccer ball. A complete game schedule will be posted once it's finalized.

Due to the amount of players registered from Grades 3 and 4, we would like to provide an instructional program. If you are interested in running these sessions, please contact athletics@sjs-webster.com ASAP.
SJS Clubs
Choir is open to all students in Grades 3 through 8. So that students may participate in Choir and Soccer, rehearsals will take place on Fridays from 2:30PM to 3:30PM until November 1st. All choir members are expected to perform at Family Masses, special Masses during Advent & Lent, and the October 14th Celebration of the Anniversary of the Basilica at 3:00PM. Please click HERE for a registration form.
An informational meeting for the 2018 Lego Robotics Season will take place on Wednesday, September 19th from 2:30-3:00 in the SJS Library. The LEGO Robotics team is open to all students in Grades 5 through 8. However, the size of the team is limited. ALL interested students should attend this meeting to learn about the upcoming season, team requirements, and schedule.
SJS Orchestra and Band
On Thursday, September 13th, students in Grades 1 through 8 attended a musical demonstration provided by Mr. Cook, Director of the SJS Band and Orchestra Program. Mr. Cook and his colleagues demonstrated all the instruments available for instruction. Please click HERE for a full list and registration form. Please note that students in Grades 1 & 2 may register for violin lessons. Lesson for woodwinds, brass, and percussion begin in Grade 3 with the exception of Saxophone and Trombone. Please see the REGISTRATION FORM for details.
Other SJS Clubs
Please watch for additional information regarding Math Club, Tennis, a new Dance and Movement club for our younger students, and more!
Home and School Association News
We'd like to congratulate Lana Hudon! Lana was the winner of the Home and School Association Tuition Raffle. Lana’s grandchildren, Leo (Grade K) and Natalie (PreK) Lambert attend St Joseph School. Lana will have the winnings of $1800 applied to their tuition! Congratulations, Lana! Thank you to all who supported the Home and School Association Raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to reduce the cost of field trips for our students.
Gift Card Calendar Fundraiser
This year’s fall fundraiser will be the popular gift card calendar. We raised over $20,000 through gift card calendar sales last year and we are hoping to run a successful campaign this year. Proceeds of this fundraiser will be used to purchase Chromebooks for Grades 5 through 8 Grades and iPads for the elementary students.

Calendars will be sent home with students on or around Monday Sept 17 th  and we will pull our first winner on Oct 1st.  Students will be asked to sell gift card calendars for $10 dollars each. This $10 will give you the chance to win a gift card for the month of October and we are hoping for November... with your help.  

We are looking for donations of gift cards to complete November, bringing it to over 61 chances to win. Donations of gift cards may be turned into the school office. Please place your donations in an envelope and clearly label it with your name, child's name, and grade and mark it as Card Calendar Fundraiser". Please email HSA@sjs-webster.com with questions or to let us know that you'll be dropping off a donation.

We plan to post videos of the drawings on Facebook again this year. The kids love picking the names!

Thank you for your continued support!
SJS Annual Golf Tournament
Golfers are still needed!
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 .
REMINDERS:
2018-2019 Parent-Student Handbook: Review and Return Forms
The 2018-2019 Parent-Student Handbook is now available for families to review. Please click HERE to go to the document. Changes to the document have been highlighted in yellow. Once you have thoroughly reviewed the document, please sign and return the Acknowledgement of Receipt , Student/Parent Computer Agreement , Image Use Agreement , and the Medical Release Form . Hard copies of these forms were sent home with students today. In addition, you can access the forms by clicking on the links above, going to the end of the handbook, or visiting the "Parents" tab on the school website .
Emergency Cards
On Thursday, September 6th, each student received an emergency contact card. Please complete the card and return it to the school ASAP. Please call the office at 508-943-0378 with questions.
Before and After Care Program Registration
On Thursday, September 6th, each children received a Before and After Care Program Registration Form . If you plan on utilizing this program, please click HERE to review our revised program and policies. The deadline to register is September 14th. Please contact Ewa Mamro with questions.
Box Tops for Education
St. Joseph School will participate in Box Tops for Education again this year. This is a great way to earn “free” money simply by saving the little coupon found on products you are already purchasing.

Each classroom will have a collection box for the children to deposit Box Tops in. We’ll be collecting them several times throughout the year. The first collection deadline is right around the corner!

Which classroom will send in the most by October 19th? Please remember:

Coupons, recipes, BONUS offers, a BONUS app, lists of participating products and more are online at: www.boxtops4education.com

  • Cut Box Top “Official Coupon”
  • Requires complete expiration date and product code

Your participation is most welcome. Please consider asking friends and family members to save as well. Thanks again for your support! Please contact your Box Tops for Education Coordinator, Lisa Villa , with any questions.

Click HERE for a sheet to fill.
Catholic Schools Appeal: Help Needed
This year, the Catholic Schools Appeal is scheduled for the weekend of September 22-23. As we've done in years past, we are looking for parents or students to visit other local parishes and speak to their congregations about St. Joseph School. (A script will be provided.) Schedules are still TBD.

If you are a parishioner at one of the church's listed below or if you'd like to help spread the word about St. Joseph School, please contact bboudreau@sjs-webster.com. Service hours will be awarded.

St. Joseph Basilica in Webster
St. Andrew Bobola in Dudley
St. Ann Parish in North Oxford
St. Mark's in Sutton
St. Anthony's in Dudley
St. Denis in Douglas
St. Roch's in Oxford
St. Joseph Church in Charlton

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SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL

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