November 13, 2022 Edition

Hammerhead Shark Sighting

Students in grade six discover the technique of Iris Paper folding and create Autumn leaves in Art class this past week.

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

All donations can be brought into school this Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, November 16.

We are excited to again partner with the Needham Food Pantry for our Thanksgiving Cereal Drive. We often remind our students that it is our privilege to be able to help others who go without, and this is certainly the case during the holidays. We are asking that each student donate two boxes of breakfast cereal; the pantry suggested any brand that is welcomed by your own families.

Thank you to our Librarians for spearheading this effort, and thank you for your support!

Library News

Grade 5 Lunch Bunch

Grade 5 Lunch Bunch is on Tuesday, November 22, during lunch. We will be reading the book “The Perfect Score” by Rob Buyea. The story will be introduced during Grade 5 Library classes and students may borrow the book and join us for the discussion.

Saints Society Players

Grade 5 Musical

We are excited for our Grade 5 musical production this Thursday and Friday. “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” has many wonderful songs like “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “I've Got No Strings”, and is open to all. Follow the link below and to purchase show tickets (advanced ticket purchase appreciated).

Saints Society Players

Community Coffee

All are welcome for an informal cuppa coffee after this Friday's All School Mass. Mass is at 9am on Friday, November 18 with coffee directly following in the Upper School Dining Hall. Please enter via the patio door, adjacent to the parking lot and play structure.

Parent-Teacher Conference

"Pick-A-Time" is NOW OPEN

Sign-ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences opened yesterday. See the links below for more information.

Pick-A-Time Instructions
Pick-A-Time Sign-Up


The Admissions team has been very busy giving tours and welcoming students for a shadow day.  All current SJS Needham students will be re-enrolled this January, but if you have siblings that would like to apply and enroll, don't wait! New student acceptances will go out on November 23rd and many classes will be full


Growing Family

The Saint Joseph School family is growing! Mrs. Alessia Connor and her husband Sean are expecting their first baby this May. God Bless the Connor family!!

Calling All Volunteers!


Many parents have suggested that we host a Golf Tournament.  We think this is a great idea and we are seeking parents to join a committee to help in the organization, planning, and selection of a golf course and date. 

There are many opportunities we need help with, please indicate your interest by clicking the link below. We are hoping to have a committee together by the first of the year to begin to plan an upcoming tournament for Fall or Spring of 2023. As always, your time and commitment are appreciated.

Join the Golf Tourney Committee

Santa's Workshop

Santa’s Workshop is a Christmas tradition at SJS Needham for preschool through grade 5.  The Lower School gym is transformed into a winter wonderland where students join their classmates and shop for gifts for their family and close relatives and friends.  Gifts range in price from $2.00 - $7.00 (most in the $2.00 - $4.00).  Gifts are wrapped and brought home to place under the tree for their loved ones.  More information will be sent home as we get close to the event to be held on December 13-14th.

We need volunteers for the event to help students shop, gift wrap items, and work the check out table.  This is a fun (and famous) event that you will treasure; you may even get some of your Christmas shopping done! 

Thank you to Ali Mazza and Jennifer Soivilien for co-chairing the event. Email with questions.

Volunteer at Santa's Workshop

SJS 2023 Auction and Gala

Thank you to those who have volunteered to be a part of planning of the 2023 SJS Needham Auction and Gala! The first planning meeting will be this Monday, November 14th at 7:00. All are welcome, express your interest by clicking below.

Auction/Gala Volunteer


Ski Club

We are excited to offer the opportunity to hit the slopes at Nashoba Valley for grades 5-8, starting in January! For more information, and to register, follow the link below. Please contact SJS Athletic Director Ms. Lisa Kavjian with any question.

Ski Club



  • The school must be notified if a student is to be absent. Please email to let the school know that your student is absent. 
  • Tardy: Please inform the office of late arrivals using the attendance email address (, please note the approximate time of arrival if possible. All students in grades 1-8 should report to the 90 Pickering Street entrance/office before heading to their classrooms.
  • Early Dismissal: Please inform the office of early dismissals using the attendance email address ( Report to the 90 Pickering Street office to pick up all students grades 1-8.

Lost & Found

Did you know that there is a Lost & Found at the 90 Pickering Street Office?! There are bins located under the console table (inside the double doors on the left, just under the school's Prayer Intention book). These bins are OVERFLOWING; if your student is missing something, please look here.

Sharkbites: This Week's Events

11/14/22 Monday – Thanksgiving Cereal Drive begins | Gala-Auction Planning Meeting 7pm

11/15/22 Tuesday

11/16/22 Wednesday – Thanksgiving Cereal Drive ends |

11/17/22 Thursday – Prayer & Pickup, class 5B | Grade 5 Musical

11/18/22 Friday – All School Mass 9am | Community Coffee | Grade 5 Musical

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