Volume 15~ December 15, 2019
St. Joseph's Regional Jr. High School
News & Notes ~ Week of December 15, 2019
Mission Statement: St. Joseph Regional Jr. High School is a Catholic, inclusive school for 7th and 8th grade where students learn and grow in respect for God, themselves, and others, engage in academically rigorous curricula and a wide-range of meaningful service and enrichment experiences. 
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Week 3 of Advent - Joy
In this third week our Advent prayer service will be on Monday morning. Our focus will be attending to the joy. Joy is the emotion we choose when we could choose to be fearful, doubtful. We can choose to live in an attitude of resentment, anger and fear or we can choose to pursue the joy of Christ. We can choose to be joyful in the simplicity and purity of the season.
“And we have heard the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19). The third candle is said to represent joy and the proclamations regarding the coming Savior.
May you all have a joyous and blessed holidays.
~ Dawn
St. Joseph's Loves the Arts!
Our St. Joseph Regional Jr. High School Band played proudly at Trinity High School this week on Thursday evening. Though they are only four strong, these students are dedicated musicians, and with the guidance of Mr. Jenkins, our band teacher, they played proudly. Thank you all for supporting them. We hope to grow this important part of our St. Joseph community.

Left to Right: St. Joseph Regional Jr. High Band, Susan Dube, Harley Plasz, Franklin Rop and Xavier Prieto
In addition, we enjoyed the whimsical and enchanting production of A Christmas Carol at the Palace Theater. I can't say enough great things about the performance, costumes, music, and our students. This historic theater and story did not disappoint and though I've seen it countless times, each cast represents the story in a new way. Parents, you should be proud of your kids. They were dressed well, composed, kind, thanked the bus driver and ushers (on their own) and it was an absolute joy to take them. Thank you for supporting this festive trip.
Spiritware is IN!
Mrs. Dubuque will be picking the orders up from the vendor on Monday.

You may pick up your order:

  • In school from 7:15-2:45pm Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday from Mrs. Kane and Ms. O'Donnell in the office.

  • At the concert/drama production on Thursday evening we will have a table set up in the back with any remaining pick-ups.

I have copies of all of the orders. From this online store, St. Joe's will get $150 for our PTO to be able to support classroom instruction and supplies!
Parent Engagement News

  • Our Advisory Board meeting will be on January 16th, 6:00pm-7:30pm in the St. Joseph's library. Notes from the November meeting are here. This board has been reviewing outward facing documentation to assure it aligns with our mission. In January, we will be reviewing the St. Joseph Regional Jr. High budget.

  • Please see our new and improved website with Parent Page! I've been workng hard to update our website one piece at a time. Check out all of the new content. I am open to any feedback that could help make it more easily accessible, so please feel free to offer that if you have it.
  • Looking Ahead: I will be adding a page with information about enrichment activities including camps, workshops, etc.
  • Please be sure you have visited the Parents' Page on our website to pay for the December 13th performance of A Christmas Carol OR send in check or cash by this Wednesday. You may do the same for the January 30th snowtubing at McIntyre. We have reserved tickets for both!
Bears Athletics

  • Please see Coach Frenette's email about practices (Boys' Team)
  • We are in need of a timer for the games. If you already plan to attend and don't mind helping out, please email Mrs. Martineau at pmartineau@stjoesjrhs.org.
Looking Ahead
  • We will be in need of a track coach!

Important Dates Ahead

Looking Ahead:
December 16th - Christmas Headgear Day & PTO Meeting, 7:00-8:00pm
December 17th - Ugly Sweater Day

December 18th - Mass with Cardinal Lacroix Academy (changed to Wed. from Friday)
December 19th - Band Concert & Drama Presentation, 7:00pm at St. Joe's in the gym (distribution table for all spiritware purchased on the website) Please come enjoy the evening!
December 20th - Pajama Day - Dismissal at 2:20 (usual time)

December 21st-January 6th, Christmas Vacation
St. Joe's Teacher Gifts & Stocking Stuffers~ Last Call!
Please visit our website if you would like to donate to the St. Joe's teacher gift and purchase Stocking Stuffer Dress Down Passes. Today is the last day, as I'll be getting cards and distributing our teacher gifts at the staff meeting tomorrow afternoon. All Stocking Stuffers will be sent home on Wednesday in envelopes. Go to https://www.stjoesjrhs.org/holiday-helpers to place your orders!
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