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