Volume 40| August 24 2018
Saint Joseph Weekly
August 24, 2018
Welcome to the Royal Family to all our new students and faculty!
Principal Newsletter
Dear Parents of Saint Joseph-

We are SO happy to have our students back at school! They bring so much joy, life, and energy to our school building, and we missed them very much over Summer Break. Our students have done such a wonderful job transitioning from summer to back to school in just four short days. I am so proud of them! I can already tell we are going to have a fantastic school year.

This coming Wednesday, August 29 is our BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT. We request that at least one parent from every family attend this very important night. It is our one night to tell you about your child’s daily routine and our school/classroom expectations. We look forward to seeing you all as this night really kicks off our partnership in education. Please meet in the Basilica at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

As I mentioned last week, in these next editions of the Principal Newsletter, I would like to focus on the academic goals we have established for this school year.

In my first year here at Saint Joseph, I worked with our faculty to identify areas where our academic curriculums could elevate to the next level of great. Here are the three academic areas we identified as needing upgrades that we plan to complete this school year:

1) Successful Implementation of the new English/Language Arts Curriculum .
We purchased, received training, and will be implementing a new English/Language Arts program throughout all grades. In our TK-2 grades, we are implementing the SuperKids, which is a comprehensive reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary program. In grades 3-8, we are implementing several new curriculums that, in conjunction with one another, make for a comprehensive and rigorous English/Language Arts program: The Reading Writing Workshop (commonly known as the Lucy Calkins series) for reading and writing, the Wordly Wise Vocabulary series (previously used in grades 6-8), and finally, the Voyages grammar series. The use of all these components will give our students a very well rounded English/Language Arts curriculum that will set them up for success within their academic work.

2) Implementation of the Second Step Program in grades 6-8 (Emotional/Social Development Program).
Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children. We plan to evaluate social/emotional curriculum programs for grades TK-5 over the course of this year, with plans to implement social/emotional curriculum in all grades TK-8 next school year.

3) Further Implementation of our School Wide Technology Plan.
We will successfully implement the iPad program in grades TK-5. Each classroom in grades TK-4 has a classroom set of six iPads, to be used for learning stations to enhance student learning and student engagement, and promote students’ technological skills. Grade 5 joins grades 6-8 with the 1:1 device model, so all students in grade 5 have their own iPads, and all students in grades 6-8 have their own Chromebooks. The 1:1 device program aims to integrate technology into all curricular areas, which both enhances student learning in all classes, and also helps students prepare to enter high school and beyond with the technological skills that they need to succeed. We will continue to provide students and teachers with training and development so that students are comfortable using this technology within the classroom as well as at home. We will also introduce a typing program for students to become fluent keyboard typers. Finally, we will further utilize the Technology Lab to make it into a multi-purpose space, meaning that we will continue to use it as a Technology Lab, and additionally make it into a “makerspace” for a creative learning environment.

The excitement in the air at Saint Joseph is infectious. We appreciate all of your support, your time and your talents as we celebrate our “New Year!”

God’s Blessings on Each of Us,
Dr. Marquita Yriarte
Upcoming Events

  • Wed. Aug 29- Extended Care closes at 4:30 pm
  • Wed. Aug 29- Room Parent Meeting at 6:00pm in Learning Center
  • Wed. Aug 29- Back to School Night- 6:30pm in the Basilica
  • Fri. Aug 31- Minimum Day 12:00 pm dismissal- NO EXTENDED CARE!
What's Happening at SJES?
Open to students in grade 3-8, explore the MUSE Band. M.U.S.E. was started in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area by Bryant Allard and partner Pete Lewis. Bryant and Pete saw a great need in the private schools for instrumental band programs.
Please fill out the form and turn into the office. The MUSE Band program will be performing at school on Friday, September 7 at the Town Hall meeting.
Picture day is September 5. Don't forget to purchase you pictures online.
SJES Athletics
The registration portal for SJES sports will be open on Monday, August 27 to register your child for sports. Please register for all sports your child plans to participate in at one time. http://stjosephalameda.sportssignup.com/site/
On the Block
Young Families Ministry
The Young Families Ministry invites you to join them in prayer and fellowship. While generally the events focus on families with children ages 0-5, upcoming gatherings are open to all families. We look forward to meeting you!
The Catholic Faith. On Demand.
A source for videos, ebooks and literature.
Parent To Do List:
  • Order your Scrip Gift Cards
  • Collect and turn in BoxTops
  • Order your Royal Wear
Frequently Used Links:
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.