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Dear Parents-

St. Joseph the Worker is celebrated on May 1, and we reflect on not only our devotion to our patron saint, St. Joseph, but we are also reminded of the dignity that should be granted to each worker, and respect for the work they do. In this time of pandemic, we are grateful for our health care workers and all those who continue to work for our common good. However, everyone makes a contribution, whether we are called to be “front-line” workers, or to provide support in other areas…..keep doing your part!

Coffee with the Principal is scheduled for Friday, May 1, at 8:30AM. Teachers will participate in professional development that day, however, if you are available, I would love to have coffee with you! Both Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Henry will join us as we reflect on the balancing act that is being a working parent with children in home-learning! The stay at home order creates stress on so many fronts, and we can talk about ways to manage this particular stress. Meet us on ZOOM at this link.

Also on Friday, May 1, as was the case last Friday, students and families have the opportunity to join our Friars for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 9:30. Father David will read the Gospel and deliver a homily for our students. Father Alberto will lead the rosary. I hope that many of our students can attend, and enjoy the spiritual connection. Join us on the SJC Facebook page, found at

Friday, May 1 is the first of the five PD days for our teachers that were added to the calendar at the direction of the Office of Catholic Schools. Additionally, St. Joseph Catholic School will not have distance learning on these Fridays: May 8, May 15, May 29 and June 5. There will be no live classes on these dates.

Students are encouraged and expected to use their time on PD Fridays to catch up on work, and visit the encore classes, if time permits. Remember, what we accomplish now sets us up for success in the fall! Parents, please check PowerSchool for missing assignments, and please reach out to the teacher if you have any questions.

Stay well, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Welcome one Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                 (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge

  Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
No School and Early Dismissal

Friday, May 1 = NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 5 = Distance Learning will end at 11:30am for the day
COVID-19 Updated Message
Live Stream Mass with Bishop Burbidge
As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother.

Through a collective dedication or entrustment of a nation to Mary, an act of consecration is meant to be a reminder to the faithful of the Blessed Mother’s witness to the Gospel and to ask for her effective intercession before her Son on behalf of those in need. 

When?: Friday, May 1 - 3pm Eastern | 2pm Central | 1pm Mountain | 12pm Pacific

How to participate? Visit this webpage or  to join the live-stream and pray as one nation.
School Supply Kit Orders
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National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

This year's theme is "Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen -- Especially You, Especially Now." Show your support by wearing and distributing blue ribbons. For more information on how to strengthen families and communities and prevent child abuse and neglect, visit the
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