Building Faith, Character, and Excellence
March 20th, 2020
Message from Principal Kennedy
Please see the letter sent today ( aquí en español ) regarding eLearning until May 1.
Canvas Log-In
Set up a parent account on Canvas to check in with your child(ren) and see how they are doing, especially during extended eLearning. For assistance, please refer to the directions to log in to Canvas or the video tutorial , both of which are posted to the Extended eLearning link on the Saint Joe website.
Six Earn Medals in National Scholastic Contest
Six Saint Joe students received National Silver Medals for their submissions in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! These students received Gold Keys for their submissions in the regional round, which were then submitted to the national panel. Congratulations!

Writing Awards:
Annie Bretz
"yellow paint"
Brendan Gonzales
"The Bottom Line"
Ethan Horvath
"Where I'm From"
Mary Cate Pruitt
"We're All Alone In the Darkness"
Art Awards:
Melissa Ramos
"Praying Mantis Pea Pod"
Mairi Weber-Hess
"We Wait for Happiness"
The Saint Joseph High School Counseling Department continues to provide social and emotional support for students and has issued a special weekly edition of their monthly newsletter, the first installment of which can be found here . This newsletter includes information about scheduling for next year, ACT/SAT/AP Exam information from College Board, and tips for stress management during this time.
Updates from Pastoral Ministry
Thursday, March 19 marked the Feast Day of Saint Joseph. Pastoral Minister Rylee Kenney shared a beautiful reflection which can be found here .

Image credit: Photographer Kristyn Brown and The Saints Project.

Pastoral Ministry continues to support the spiritual health of the extended Saint Joe community during these unprecedented times. They have compiled a document of resources for virtual Mass, Lenten resources, and a prayer for spiritual communion in the absence of the Most Holy and Blessed Eucharist, which is:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Christian Service hours requirement has been modified. Service Hours are suspended for the fourth quarter, for a total requirement of 15 hours through the third quarter. We ask students to abide by social distancing at this time.

Unfortunately, the Joy of Saint Joe Annual Day of Service has been canceled this year .
Bishop's Letter to The Faithful
On March 17, Bishop Rhoades issued a letter encouraging all “to live this difficult moment with the strength of the faith, the certainty of hope and the ardor of charity.” The Letter to The Faithful can be found here , or in Spanish here aquí en español .
Nurse Availability During COVID-19 Closure
Nurse Kanczuzewski is still available for any questions or concerns during the closure and can be reached by calling (574) 233-6137 ext. 552 or by email at .
Summer PE: New Notification Date
For those who entered the Summer P.E. lottery, the date for acceptance notification has been moved to March 27.
Re-Enrollment for 2020-21
The re-enrollment deadline has been extended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please log-in to your portal to review and/or update the information for each student. The enrollment checklist must be complete in order to reserve your child's space for the 2020-21 academic year. Having a course schedule is only one part of the process. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Ushela,
Lunches for Area Students Begin Monday!
Saint Joseph High School will begin distributing lunches to area students starting Monday. Various Saint Joe partner schools will serve as distribution centers: St. Adalbert's, St. John's, and Corpus Christi. Lunches are available to any area school-aged student, regardless of whether they attend a Catholic school. Pick up will occur between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Saint Joseph High School will continue to serve lunches to Saint Joe students and their school-aged siblings, Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from the loading dock on Cedar Street.
Gala Postponed, Community-Building Continues
As you may have seen, Saint Joseph High School has postponed our annual gala, Ignite the Vision. The new date will be Friday, May 22nd. The location remains The Armory.

Though the in-person celebration will happen at a later date, the need for community and philanthropic support has never been greater. At this unprecedented time, sustaining an informed, capable, adept educational community is paramount. Additionally, as businesses close - even temporarily - the need for financial assistance increases. Already, Saint Joe families have begun to face economic challenges resulting from the coronavirus outbreak and loss of employment.

We are committed to our mission to provide a transformative Catholic education to all students, regardless of socioeconomic background. We are committed to fostering a vibrant, inclusive, positive, supportive school community. So, between now and May 22nd, we will begin to offer weekly silent auction packages online. In this way, we hope to keep the excitement and enthusiasm about Saint Joe going strong, to foster community (and a little fun!), and to secure the resources so vital to our mission.

Information about the packages and how to bid can be found below:

How to register to bid on weekly silent auction items: 
  1. Visit our Ignite the Vision website link at the top of the page
  2. If you have already registered an account: sign in and make sure you have updated your credit card information to participate in ebidding. 
  3. If you do not have registered account: in the upper - right corner click the "sign in" button - then hit "request account." After you request an account you will receive an email to finish your account set up. To participate in ebidding please make sure you have a registered credit card saved to your account.
  4. Use your registered account to browse our gala catalogue and bid on silent auction items. Silent Auction items will open Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. and close on Saturdays at noon. The first package will launch on Thursday, March 26th. (There will not be a silent auction item during Holy Week).

If you have any questions or need assistance creating an account, please email Emily Hunt at .
March 23: Lunch Service for Area Students Begins
April 6 - April 10: Spring Break
April 12: Easter
April 13: Easter Monday ( No School )
As shared on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram :

The COVID-19 outbreak has far-reaching effects in our communities, with the elderly population often being the most affected. Coach Kleva (Saint Joe Hockey) challenged his team to be “stewards of God” by reaching out to residents of nursing homes. We invite the wider Saint Joe community to participate in this challenge. From Coach Kleva’s message to the team:

“I believe all nursing homes have closed their doors to visitors, this includes family members. These are lonely places to begin with, but now activities, visitors, and their everyday normal life has stopped.”

The #CoachKlevaChallenge encourages you to take just 10 minutes a couple days each week to write a letter to a community nursing home resident to let them know someone is thinking about them, praying for them, and assuring them that we will get through these challenging times.

Sports Report:
Go Indians!
Saint Joe hockey varsity  has been on a tear this postseason. The Indian icers started the state playoffs by immediately avenging their MHSHL championship loss to Adams. The team then defeated Zionsville and survived an overtime game against Penn to advance to the state championship game against Hamilton Southeastern.

The state final was a defensive battle, as both teams entered the third period tied 0-0. Saint Joe conceded a goal in the third to fall to Hamilton Southeastern by a score of 1-0. We are very proud of our hockey team for showing tremendous resolve throughout the tournament, and celebrate their state runner-up finish!
Boys basketball  finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak that included a 58-46 win at Mishawaka.

The team opened IHSAA tournament play rekindling the Holy War on Hardwood, playing Marian in the sectional semi-final. Much like their regular-season contest, the latest edition of the rivalry came down to the wire. So much so that the two teams needed overtime to settle the score.

Saint Joe wound up on the wrong side of the win/loss column, falling to Marian, 68-66, despite a 42-point effort from junior standout JR Konieczny.
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