Volume 75| June 7, 2019
Saint Joseph Weekly
June 7, 2019
Principal Newsletter
Dear Parents of Saint Joseph Students,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

Two years ago, I received a call from Kathleen Radecke, Superintendent of Schools for the Oakland Diocese. “It is August and Saint Joseph Elementary School does not have a principal.” Would I do it? At that time, I had already embarked on my new career, retirement. But something within me said, “Yes.” I packed up and moved to Alameda thinking, I will take this position for one year.

After one year, something within me said, “It is not time to go yet. I still have work to do.” Consequently, I spoke with Father George and here I stayed. These years with this beautiful school and community continued to show me hope and faith everyday.

My 94 year old father graciously supported my decision to move to Alameda. Now at 96, he told me the other day, he is really glad I am coming home. It is time for me to go back to my previous career, retirement, and being a daughter down the street.

So many calls, so many different people calling. But, of one thing I am certain: in all of those calls it was one Spirit calling each time, masked by different voices. It was the Lord, guiding me down a path that I did not understand. But, I am so grateful my heart was open to saying YES! He led me to you.

Thank you Saint Joseph Elementary School for opening your lives, hearts and minds to me. Thank you for accepting me into a community that offers unconditional love. I was anxious for this new journey, but I was immediately comforted by you. Forever you are in my heart and in my memory.

A special line from the musical Wicked: “Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

God’s Blessing on Each of You,

Dr. Marquita Yriarte

Upcoming Events

  • Fri. June 7- 9:00 am Baccalaureate Mass/ 5:00 pm Eighth Grade Graduation
  • Mon. June 10-6th & 7th grade Honor Roll Assembly/ 11:00 Class Parties/ 12:00 pm Dismissal/NO EXTENDED CARE
  • Tues. June 11- 8:00 am Liturgy/EOY Slideshow/Moving Up Ceremony/10:30am Dismissal/NO EXTENDED CARE



Log into the SJES Parent Porta l to view the SCHOOL CALENDAR!!!
What's Happening at SJES?
Moving Up Ceremony
The annual moving up ceremony will be around 10:00 am on Tuesday.

For those families with students entering TK/K at SJES, feel free to bring you little ones so they can move into their line with Ms. Chan.

See you there!
Royals Athletics
Our Family on the Block
SJND Weekly Newsletter
SJND Summer Discovery
Summer Discovery at SJND offers athletic and enrichment activities for elementary and middle school students. We have academic camps, sports clinics, theater, cooking and more. There’s something for everyone at Summer Discovery!
Parish Weekly Newsletter
Parent To Do List:
  • Order your Scrip Gift Cards
  • Collect and turn in BoxTops
  • Order your Royal Wear
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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.