Volume 45| September 28, 2018
Saint Joseph Weekly
September 28, 2018
SLE of the Week: Saint Joseph students are faith filled. They demonstrate knowledge in all areas of the curriculum.
Principal Newsletter
Dear Saint Joseph Parents,

This week the eighth grade class attended Cathedral Day at the Cathedral of Christ the LIght with other eighth grade classes in the Diocese. It is a tradition for the Oakland Diocese to invite all eighth grade classes to celebrate Mass with Bishop Barber. During our time at the Cathedral, Bishop Barber spoke of Mary, our Mother.  He reminded the students that Mary, our blessed Mother will always be there for us in good times and bad times.

In the Catholic Church, October is the month of Our Lady of the Rosary. Specifically on October 7, we celebrate the feast day of Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary. Our students will participate all month in Marian activities and learning. They will be taught how to pray the Rosary, the history of the Rosary and the importance of its prayer. This month’s Faith Family activity will be to make a “hand rosary”. We will also have a Living Rosary on October 24 at 1:00 pm in the school yard. I invite all parents to join us and pray the Rosary with us.

There will also be many parish activities surrounding Mary. We invite everyone to participate or volunteer for these community events.

  • 31 Days of Rosary. Monday through Friday at 7:30 am and 7:00 pm; Saturday Vigil and Sunday: 20 minutes before Mass.

  • 33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC This book is a popular do-it-yourself retreat in preparation for Marian Consecration that you can on your own, with your family and friends or with your ministry. The book is now available at the Parish Office for a minimum donation of $5. Proceeds will go to the Pastoral Care Ministry’s Senior Luncheon event. There will also be a gathering at the Parish Center every Friday at 8:45 am for prayer, reflection and sharing based on this book. (Coordinator: Felix Marquez)
  • Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima: 5 families have been selected to host the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima for the month of October. Weekly exchange will happen at Sunday Masses. If your family or ministry is interested in hosting the remaining weeks from November through September 2019, please contact the church office..
  • Our Lady of Fatima Procession on Saturday, October 13 after the 5:00 pm Mass, followed by Eucharistic Exposition and Blessing. We will email your ministry separately on the program and the certain tasks.

God’s and Mother Mary’s Blessings on Each of Us,

Dr. Marquita Yriarte
Upcoming Events
It's El Rancho T-shirt week. All week long students who wear a current or past El Rancho t-shrt can wear free dress with the t-shirt!

  • Fri. Oct. 28- Cross Country Meet at Joaquin Miller Park
  • Mon. Oct. 1- Hearing test for grades K, 2, 5 & 8 and all new students or referrals.
  • Tues. Oct. 2- 2:00pm SJES Blessing of the Animals
  • Wed. Oct 3- Scoliosis Testing for grades 5, 6, 7 & 8)
  • Thurs. Oct. 4- Progress Reports available on PowerSchool
  • Fri. Oct. 5- Minimum Day- NO EXTENDED CARE
  • Sat. Oct 6- EL RANCHO DAY!!!
  • Sun. Oct 7- 1:00 pm Parish Blessing of the Animals
What's Happening at SJES?
Congratulations to this week's Super Kids!

1st Grade- Naomi Gutierrez
3rd Grade- Lucy Cannella
4th Grade- Cordy Finney
4th Grade- Alfred Joyee
6th Grade- Jack Vo
6th Grade- Claire Hume
8th Grade- Sydney Tamor
Eighth Grade to SJND
SJND invited the eighth grade class to Shadow Day. The class got to attend two classes, eat lunch and experience a bit of student life at Saint Joseph Notre Dame.
Blessing of the Animals
Please note there has been a date change for Blessing of the Animals in honor of the feast day of St. Francis de Assisi. The blessing will now be on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 at 2:00 pm on the school yard.
Please bring your pet to the school yard by 2:00 pm for a blessing.
El Rancho T-Shirt Week
The week of October 1- October 5 is El Rancho T-shirt week. Students can wear a current or past El Rancho t-shirt and free dress on the bottom half all week long!

New and vintage t-shirts for sale in the school yard in the morning!

Please donate a bag of candy for the sweets walk.

(No chocolate please, it melts.
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 $14,550. We need some big action this week!

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

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.