Volume 46| October 5, 2018
Saint Joseph Weekly
October 5, 2018
SLE of the Week: Saint Joseph students are academically confident. They think critically and creatively.
Principal Newsletter
Dear Parents of Saint Joseph Students,

I write to you from beautiful Santa Cruz where I am attending the annual Diocesan Administrators Conference. As I meet with all of the other principals of elementary schools in the Diocese, one things is very clear to me. Saint Joseph Elementary School is blessed! We have the best parents, the best teachers and, bar none, the best students! During my days here, I have been reminded by God to appreciate our wonderful school community of parents, teachers, staff and most especially, our beautiful children.

Yesterday, the new 2018-19 Family Handbook was sent home with your child. Please take the time to read it from cover to cover. We spent a good portion of the summer re-writing the handbook. In particular you will notice the Diocesan “Parent/Guardian Commitment to a Positive Home-School Partnership.” This commitment reinforces our promise to work together: parents and school. It is a proven fact that consistent habits enforced at home and at school make our students successful. It is important to always remember we are working together with a common goal.

Also, updated is our “progressive” discipline policy. This new discipline policy is focused around our Student Learning Expectations.  It is progressive because it allows the students opportunities to learn from their mistakes. If the learning is not happening, then the discipline “next steps” accelerate. We want our students to take responsibility for their actions, learn from them and become better people because of what they have learned. This goal of learning and commitment empowers our students to become Faith Filled, Academically Confident, Intelligent Communicators, Thoughtful Community Members and Honorable Persons of God. We will succeed if you, the parents, can reinforce the same behaviours at home. We thank you for your partnership.

Finally, please take special note to sign, remove and return pages 75 (purple) , 77 (blue) and 78 (lime green) of the Handbook to the school office no later than October 15, 2018. 

I look forward to a sunny, fun-filled day at El Rancho on Saturday! El Rancho is a very important fundraiser to our budget. Our goal for El Rancho this year is to net $60,000! So, please open your wallets and give generously. I encourage every single parent and student to bring a friend or neighbor to El Rancho for fun games and amazing food. They will not be disappointed! Also, if you know of any families who are interested in Saint Joseph or who may have a TK or Kindergartner for the 2019-20 year, please bring them! Nothing showcases our amazing school quite like El Rancho.

Thank you for your commitment to our school and, to our partnership. Don't forget that on Tuesday the students have a free hot lunch and FREE DRESS as a thank you for all your and their hardwork!

God’s Blessings on Each of Us,

Dr. Marquita Yriarte
Upcoming Events

  • Fri. Oct. 5- Cross Country Meet at Joaquin Miller Park 5:00pm
  • Sat. Oct 6- EL RANCHO!!! 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon. Oct. 8- SCHOOL HOLIDAY
  • Tues. Oct. 9- El Rancho Hot Lunch for all students & FREE DRESS
  • Thurs. Oct. 11- Jeans Day
  • Fri. Oct. 12- School Liturgy 8:00 am

What's Happening at SJES?
Congratulations to this week's Super Kids!

TK/K- Max Barrera
1st Grade- Emery Wong
2nd Grade- Ronin Flores
3rd Grade- Dominic Dollar
4th Grade- Lucy Paskins
5th Grade- Jack Gonzalez
5th Grade- Camila Rocha
7th Grade- Kayden Paydo
8th Grade- Zachary Hoover
Blessing of the Animals
On Tuesday, Fr. George, Fr. John and Fr. Sunil came to the school yard to bless all our SJES Royals pets. From dogs and cats to bunnies, tortoises, bearded dragons and fish, all kinds of animals came out to be blessed in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Asissi.
Support the Student Council
El Rancho Raffle
The El Rancho raffle team has a goal of $35,000 in ticket sales for this El Rancho. So far we have brought in $28,200.
The student/s who sell(s) the most tickets will receive $300.00 in Amazon gift cards. Families in 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed will receive preferred seating at the Christmas Program.

If you have tickets that you are not going to sell, please return them to the school office so that another person can sell them. Thank you!

Remember every family is required to sell $100.00 in raffle tickets. If you do not complete this requirement your FACTS account will be charged $25.00 for every book not sold.

**Please remember to fill out all the tickets before your send them in. Any tickets without names will be thrown out.
El Rancho Family Commitments
TK-4th Grade- Please do not forget that you must bring two cakes for El Rancho. Cakes can be dropped off between 8am - 11am on the day of El Rancho in the 4th grade classroom. There will be people taking cakes from cars between 8am and 10am at the carpool lane. Failure to donate cakes is $50.00 per cake charged to your FACTS account.

6th & 7th grade - Please do not forget to turn in your two bottle of wine to the office before El Rancho day. The bottles should be labeled with your family name and the value of the wine. Failure to donate bottles is $50.00 per bottle charged to your FACTS account.

8th grade- Please do not forget to turn in your two bottle of hard alcohol to the office before El Rancho day. The bottles should be labeled with your family name and the value of the bottle. Failure to donate is $50.00 per bottle charged to your FACTS account.

Please remember to sign up for your El Rancho volunteer hours. The requirement is 2 hours per parent/per child. Failure to meet your hours is $100.00 for every hour missed.

Find volunteer opportunities here.
Royals Athletics
The registration portal for SJES sports is now OPEN. Please register for all sports your child plans to participate in at one time. Due to liability issues, your child will not be able to practice until they are signed up on the registration site.
Our Family on the Block
Basilica Newsletter
Each week the Basilica puts out an informative newsletter of all the latest news and events happening at the Basilica. Don't miss out!
Parish Blessing of the Animals
St. Joseph Basilica will have a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 7 at 1:00 pm in the Basilica quad by the fountain at the rectory. Please bring your pets for a blessing.
SJND Weekly Newsletter
SJND Dream Flight
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Claremont Country Club

SOLD OUT! Please support by buying a raffle ticket for a weekend get-a-way to Mendocino.

Please join us for an evening of dining, libations, entertainment and celebrating good friends, all in support of Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School students.

Learn more and purchase tickets at  www.sjnd.org/dreamflight .
You're Invited! SJND Open House

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Families interested in learning more about Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School are invited to attend our Open House on Sunday, October 21! Tour campus, meet members of the SJND community and learn what sets us apart from other college preparatory high schools.

Learn more and RSVP at  www.sjnd.org/visit-sjnd .
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 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.