December 2020
The purpose of the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation is to raise, steward and distribute resources to enrich the education of students in the St. Joseph Public Schools District.
This holiday season, we're reminded of the kindness and generosity of our extraordinary community. Many of you have asked how we're doing and provided encouragement. Our staff and students are resilient and appreciate your support more than you know!

View Mrs. DeLapa's Virtual Kindergarten Class:
We Wish you all a Safe and Joyous Season
We're Halfway To Our Goal...Can you help?
As we reflect on the impact SJPSF grants have made on our students,
we look forward to your continued support which will allow us to help more children
reach their fullest potential. 
95% of contributions to the SJPS Foundation benefit SJPS and its students!
Any gift would be so deeply appreciated.
Prefer to write a check?
Make checks payable to SJPS Foundation
Mail to: 2580 S. Cleveland Avenue, St. Joseph, MI 49085
SPONSORED BY THE SJPS FOUNDATION
BookLove Grant

Holiday Book Send Off...
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
"I'm thankful for the generosity of the SJPS Foundation. I'm excited to read these books over break!"
~ Ceci Ruchti
SJHS Freshman Ceci Ruchti receives her free books
from Mrs. Burnette.
The enthusiasm of SJPS Library/Media Staff and Volunteers shines as they distribute free books to SJPS Students!
Left to Right: Deb Darr, Celine Darr, Kristin Burnette, Geri Stober, Jamie Culver
STUDENTS SHARE THEIR GIFTS WITH THE COMMUNITY
Virtual Sleigh Ride performed by the SJHS Orchestra and special guests!

Click on the song titles to ENJOY!

Click to Enjoy:

Special thanks to 3rd grade teachers Mrs. Stephanie Lear, Mrs. Amber Nowicki, Mrs. Kristi DeVore and Media/Tech Integration Specialist, Connie Bacolor for this wonderful production!

Saying Thank You in Person
Student Foundation members spread cheer by delivering hand made cards and gifts of appreciation to Superintendent Circle members.

A Very Special Message from the Student Foundation to the donors who so graciously support public education, the SJPS Foundation Board of Directors and SJPS Board of Education.
Upton PTO thanks staff for their dedication to students
Lincoln School performs a modified Nutcracker
"Things may be a little different this year, but they are still magical" Mr. Hubble, Principal 
ENCORE POSTPONED
The SJPS Foundation Board of Directors and the ENCORE Steering Committee announced the postponement of Encore 2020ne this week. This is the second time the fundraising show featuring talented 
St. Joe Alumni has been rescheduled due to COVID. While disappointed, organizers and cast members are excited that the new date, August 12-13, 2022, will coincide with the high schools' 150th commencement ceremony year.
Dennis Bowen, longtime choral director at the high school and producer of ENCORE stated, "this decision was made out of the utmost regard for the health of our community, and the nearly 200 cast members, who travel from all over the world to perform at their alma mater. Stay tuned, because our enthusiasm and dedication for putting on a fantastic show that raises funds for the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation is greater than ever!"
We Can Offer No Greater Gift to our Children than to dedicate ourselves to educational excellence.
November Memorials
In Memory of Alan McKee
Dennis and Lynn Bowen
In Memory of Jean Smith
Ginny Antonson
November Donors
Amazon Smile
Tom and Kelly Arent
Cindy and Andy Burch
Kris and Sean Ebbert
Edgewater Bank
Bob and Cindy Ehrenberg
Melissa Hanks
Dr. and Mrs. John Kim
Mark and Julie Lester
Philip & Loni Maki
Leif and Christine Norland
Ebon and Cidni Sanders
Susan Stewart
November SJPS Teacher and Staff Giving
Bryan Arbut
Kim Barron
Kristen Bawks
Alaina Brady
Gandalf Church
Jamie Culver
Linda DeLapa
Kristin DeVore
Amy Dirlam
Kelly Gaideski
Brenda Graham
Craig Hubble
Jamie Huber
Jason Huber
Susan Hunnell
Cindy Igoe
Craig Jeffers
Carolyn Kodis
Amber Lange
Stephanie Lear
Ann LeClear
Anne MacDonald
Matt Maier
Mary Ann Milletics
Kara Nicholson
Tracy Olson
Amy Peterson
Natalie Rank
Sara Smothers
Brianne VanHekken
Gail Wadel
Amanda Wallace
SJPS Foundation | 2580 S. Cleveland Avenue, St. Joseph, MI 49085 | 269-926-3252 | sjpsfoundation@sjschools.org | www.sjpsfoundation.org