Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
December 13th, 2019
Mrs. Langheinrich's Biomedical Innovations class filled the commons with Christmas spirit!
First Semester Final Exams
Wednesday, December 18th
English : 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Theology : 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, December 19th
Science: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
World Language: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Friday, December 20th
Math: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Social Studies: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Exam Info
  • Extended time exams are 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Students will only need to report to school to attend exam periods for which they have a course in that subject.
  • Students with two exams in the same subject area will need to communicate with their teachers in that subject to arrange a time to take the second exam.

Attire
  • Regular dress code is required for Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is a free dress down day.

Building Hours
  • Building doors will still open at 7:00 a.m. Dismissal will be at 11:45 a.m., and lunch will not be served on campus during exam days. The Commons will remain open until 1:00 p.m. Students must be picked up by 1:00 p.m. unless they are with a teacher or at a supervised activity.
  • Building and offices close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20th.
Please Review Traffic Patterns
Ahead of Exam Week
For the safety of all of our students, staff, and drivers, and to maintain efficient traffic flow, please follow the procedures for drop-off and pick-up. 
 
  • Between 7:30 and 8:30 drop-off and pick-up is to occur on Notre Dame Avenue only. Please do not enter the staff parking lot on the East end of the building.
  • Please get in the drop-off/pick-up line at the corner of ND Ave and Cedar St. Do not pull in between cars.
  • Please pull down ND Ave as far as possible up to the light pole so that cars can pull-up behind you. This helps with traffic flow.
  • Only drop-off and pick-up students at the curb. Do not drop-off/pick-up students in the traffic lane.  
  • Do not enter the parking lots across Cedar St. That is private property and not able to be utilized.
  • You may drop off and pick up in the lot across Notre Dame Ave near the brown house.
  • Students are to cross the street at the corner (ND Ave and Cedar) only.
  • Please drive slowly and carefully on all streets and in the drop-off/pick-up zone. 
  • Please follow all directions of staff and model polite compliance for your students.

Thank you! For a detailed traffic flow map, please  click here or view the map below .
December Community Award Winners
(with Bonus November Awards)
December
November
Community Award winners were announced during Thursday's Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe All School Mass.

Congratulations to Mr. Timothy Foster, Kashlin Biffle, and Angel Vazquez on being named Community Award winners for the month of December!

As an added bonus, your November Community Award winners are Mary Jane Nolan, Mrs. Angelica Duarte, and Brady Gumpf. Congratulations!
Hit the Slopes: Join Ski and Snowboard Club this Winter

Get out and enjoy the snow this year with the Ski and Snowboard Club

Students do not need any equipment or experience, and free lessons are provided on the first three trips.

The club attempts five to six ski trips a season on Friday nights beginning after Christmas break (weather permitting). Students travel by bus and leave at approximately 3:45 p.m. from the student parking lot and return at 11:00 p.m. Granger students can be dropped off just before 11:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank located off of Grape and Cleveland Road.  

You can register on the Saint Joe website here . If you have any questions visit the iHelp Desk and/or email moderator   Mr. Ben Davidson .
Announcements:
Angel Vazquez Receives Outstanding Latino Student Award
Senior Angel Vazquez was named one of the state's Outstanding Latino Students by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. He received the award at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

Vazquez was nominated by his Spanish teacher, Mr. Ricardo Rios.
Commended Students and Rising Stars
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced their list of Commended Students last week, based on outstanding PSAT scores. Seniors Elizabeth O'Brien, Rebecca Pan, and Carmen Nunez received letters of commendation.
Last week, the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) presented the Indiana Rising Stars for the Class of 2021.

The Saint Joe Rising Stars, pictured from left to right, are: Teresa Berente, Ethan Horvath, Kayla Mkandawire, and Emanuel Alaniz.
Elves for Elders
Aidan's Masterpiece "challenges" groups throughout Saint Joe to get out and serve our community. Each group recaps their efforts after the next All School Mass and passes the challenge on to a new group by passing a candle.

This month the torch was passed to the entire Saint Joe community! Aidan's Masterpiece will be working with Elves for Elders this holiday season, delivering gifts to assigned elders, age 60-103.

You can get involved by buying and delivering goods from a wish list, or you can drop off purchased goods at the facility for others (like our students!) to deliver.

You can find more information and sign up here . Students participating in Elves for Elders may receive Christian Service credit for their hours.
Danza de Matachines San Adalberto Perform for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
For Thursday's Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Saint Joe community gathered for an All School Mass that began with a special treat.

Our own Mrs. Angelica Duarte and the Danza de Matachines San Adalberto treated everyone to an opening ritual celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Matachines originated in 17th century Spain, though are now mostly used in North and South American ritual dances. Matachines dance for religious purposes, usually in celebration of Mary.
A "Thank You" from the Saint Joe Parents Group
Many thanks to our Saint Joe families for the wonderful assortment of Christmas cookies delivered today! With the help of our lovely parent volunteers we were able to quickly assemble cookie trays for all of the Saint Joe faculty and staff.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2020!

- Meg Loitz and the Saint Joe Parents Group
UPCOMING DATES
December 14: ACT Testing
December 18-20: Final Exams
December 23 - January 3: Christmas Break
January 10: Dress Down Day (Gerencher Scholarship)
January 14: Late Start (9:15 a.m.)
January 16: All School Mass (10:00 a.m.)
January 19: Midwinter Dance
Sports Report:
Go Indians!
Both the boys' and girls' basketball teams shared the stage last Tuesday as Saint Joe hosted a double header in Alumni Gymnasium with both teams facing off with Riley. The girls started the night on the right foot, beating Riley 57-39. The boys followed suit, taking the win by a score of 70-57.

The girls' winning streak game to an end on Thursday as they fell to Bremen, 57-37. They'll look to bounce back tonight against Andrean at 8:00 p.m.

The boys are off to a 3-0 start with a highlight win over Marquette, 102-52. They'll be in action tonight at Bremen, tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Girls' and boys' swimming performed strongly in their last duals, with both teams earning victories over Marian and Mishawaka. Up next is the South Bend City Championships on Saturday, December 14th.
The hockey team participated in the Notre Dame Athletic Department's Adopt-a-Family event at the Compton Ice Arena last week. The team was present as the family opened presents and shared the ice for an open skate.
Upcoming Events
Wrestling:
12/16 - Jimtown
12/21 - Mike Bottorff Invitational
Boys' Basketball:
12/13: @ Bremen
12/14: @ Goshen
Girls' Basketball:
12/13: @ Andrean
12/21: @ Elkhart Central
Boys' Swimming:
12/16: @ Elkhart Central
Girls' Swimming:
12/14: South Bend City Meet
12/16: @ Elkhart Central
As always, visit www.saintjoeathletics.com for a complete rundown of scores, schedules, and news.