Volume 22~ March 1, 2020
St. Joseph's Regional Jr. High School
News & Notes ~ Week of March 1, 2020
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. 
St. Joe's is Looking Forward to Springtime!

As the final months of the school year quickly approach, please keep stay posted about upcoming field trips, graduation details and curriculum updates and course selection opportunities.

With only fourteen weeks left to the 2019-2020 school year, coordination of graduation and traditional spring activities are well underway, ex. Grandparents Day, the 8th Grade Breakfast. To make these memorable, we will be looking for voluteers who could partake in helping us plan and implement the activities. Please continue to visit our website under "Student Life", then "Academic Experiences" to find our activities calendar to see upcoming events through the end of the year.

We would love to have more parents involved in the PTO and we do have a list of upcoming volutneer opportunities. We are deeply grateful for the members of our St. Joe's community who have lent their time and energy this year. St. Joe's is a better school because of you.

At this time, I am looking for a fundraising volunteer that can help to coordinate a several upcoming events, such as a spring walk-a-thon or Bingo Nights. If you are interested in helping with these endeavors, please do let me know. I can offer a $200 tuition incentive if that helps encourage anyone! It's not a lot, but it's something!

In addition, there are several field trips coming up! We will be attending the Theology of the Body presentation at Trinity High School on March 17th (please see below). There is no charge for this field trip. As a reminder, the NYC trip is May 9th. Mrs. Martineau will be sending out details in the coming weeks.
~ Religious Studies Updates from Mrs. Jones ~
St. Joe’s Parents,
We are fortunate to be given the opportunity to attend a talk by Catholic author and speaker Jason Evert. He and his wife run The Chastity Project (chastity.com), a ministry that promotes the virtue of chastity so that individuals can see God and be free to love (Matt 5:8) Jason Evert is the co-author of Theology of the Body for Teens and author of Theology of the Body in One Hour.
Theology of the Body was a compilation of 129 lectures given by Pope John Paul II from 1979-1984. It is St. John Paul II’s catechism on love, life and human sexuality. He points us back to seeing the human body as a sacrament and as revealing something about God, ourselves, and the truth of love.
All 7th and 8th graders from St. Joe’s will attend this important discussion on Tuesday, March 17th at 10:30am. Permission slips will be sent home for this event.
Three Cheers for Our Spelling Bee at This Week's State Bee!
Good Luck, Brooke Harnden!

The NH State Spelling Bee: March 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

The New Hampshire Union Leader is pleased to present the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University.
Nearly 200 of the state’s top spellers will compete in the 2020 Union Leader State Spelling Bee.
The public is encouraged to attend this free event beginning at 1 p.m. The student to emerge as the top speller will represent the Granite State at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C.
Parent Engagement News

Bears Athletics
2020-2021 Athletics Program Inventory and Updates

To begin planning for our next school year, we are administering an inventory to all newly registered families in the next few weeks and will be sending out the same to our current 7th grade students.

If your child is interested in track, baseball or softball next year, please be sure to get this information to us. We are structuring things a bit differently next year and we want to be sure we are able to provide the sports kids want to play with committed coaches and the necessary equipment, etc. We will continue to have soccer and basketball, so please indicate those as well.
At this time, I anticipate the Pay-to-Play will be $175 per player per season in 2020-2021, which will allow us to cover all costs including transportation through playoffs. Pay-to-Play costs are determined by the approximate number of students playing by the total costs to run the program, including paying coaches and referees, uniform and equipment costs, and transportation through playoffs. We are examining fundraising options to strengthen our athletics infrastructure.

Always on Top!
Please note, I am monitoring grades, conduct and effort throughout the quarter. Students must maintain a minimum of C in each class and 3 or better in conduct & effort to be eligible to participate.
Important Dates Ahead

Looking Ahead:
March 6th (and through Lent): Stations of the Cross, Fridays, 11:30am-12:00pm
March 8th: Daylight Savings Time
March 11th: PTO Meeting via Google Hangouts, 7:00pm-8:00pm
March 12th: St. Joseph Regional Jr. High - Expansion Project Listening Session, 7:00pm-8:30pm
March 17th: Theology of the Body at Trinity High School, 10:30am-12:00pm, Stay tuned for permission slip.