September 13, 2018


This week your reader brought home an informational sheet on Accelerated Reader. AR is a country-wide reading program which encourages and motivates students to read books at home and school to help ACCELERATE their love of reading and skills. 
Students are given the opportunity to take tests at school and now at HOME! Please read, review, discuss, and sign the Parent and Reader Home Contract and return to school. Each student was told that taking a test at home is an exercise in trust and honesty. 
AR will no longer be used as a reading grade but rather a tool to help guide the reading teacher's instruction for your student. Students who reach their goal will be recognized for their accomplishment but we will no longer be doing the Wall of Fame.
We hope these changes will help instill their love of reading and accelerate their reading skills!
The AR website is below:

You may also find the AR link on the bottom of the St. Joseph School website. Questions? Please contact Courtney Schreiber at:

2018 Haiti Drive

The St. Joseph Haiti Drive for Laura and David Arlinghaus will be held the weekend of September 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th. Please click the link below for more information!


Tips for Talking to Kids About Terrorist Attacks and Other Crisis News

In the wake of the terror that happened too close to home last week, we are sharing this article that could help many of you struggling to know what to tell your child/children when these senseless acts of violence continue to happen. 


CovCath is hosting a Future Colonel Football Night on Friday September 14 th  at 7pm. All boys grades 1-8 will receive free admission to the varsity football game against Beechwood for our annual ‘Braveheart game’. Please encourage your child to attend. Thank you for supporting Covington Catholic!

Congratulations to Harrison Farrar, an SJS alumni, now at Covington Catholic. Harrison has been named a National Merit semifinalist.
Click the link below to see the Press Release.


The NDA Volleyball team invites all grade school girls to come and see them play on Thursday, September 13! Cheer on the Volleyball Pandas as they take on Beechwood beginning with Freshman at 5:00 p.m. followed by Junior Varsity at 6:00 p.m. and Varsity at 7:00 p.m. It will be an evening of food, fun and prizes. Don't forget to wear your grade school spirit wear or 2018 NDA Volleyball Camp
t-shirt  for free admission to the games! Click the link below for more information!


This year we have decided to use an on-line format for our SJS family directory. In order for you to view or print this on-line directory, please log in to your Sycamore account. On the home page, please select "Front Desk" on the left hand side. You will then click on "Family Directory". You can use the alphabet chart at the top to look up a specific last name or you can use the search box. It is very simple to print the entire directory by clicking the "print" option.
We are proud of our 3rd graders who gave an outstanding performance at the September 11 Ceremony

Please contact the office (Lynn Horstkamp, Laura Barbian) if your child is sick, if you need to pick up your child early from school, if they are going to be late, or there is a change of afternoon plans for your child or if your child is riding a different bus. If there is a change of plans for your child, we really like for you to send in a handwritten note. If a note is not possible, please call the school office. Teachers should be teaching during the day and not checking their email constantly so if there is a change of plans, please call the school office at 578-2742.

The After School Program is looking for someone to help with homework, supervise inside/outside play, help with snack, participate in small group activities such as arts/crafts, puzzles,board games, etc. from 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm. Monday through Friday during the school year. Please ask your friends, family or college students in your neighborhood if they might be interested. Contact Lisa Iles and Debbie Dase at
if you have any questions or would love to apply.

The Box Top contest for this school year has started. Check out the available app for more chances to earn money for St. Joseph School.


Please see the flyer below if you are interested in joining other women from our parish in this Bible Study. You’ll get real life application and grow in your faith and self in a way that’s very unique. You can be strong in your faith or struggling to figure it out. You can be a talker or a listener. This is such an incredible way to build community with friends and just feel like you’re in it together.  


This fall's ExploreMore! session being held on November 3, 10, and 17 from 9-11:30. We have a ton of new and exciting enrichment classes planned for your students that we hope they will enjoy. 
Attached is our Fall Brochure and Fall Flyer.

Our 8th graders love writing inspirational messages with chalk on the playground!
Aspire Higher
At The St. Joseph Festival, the Kreylings bid on and won
"Lunch with the Principal".
The first graders love reading in our new library reading corner.



Any 4th - 8th grade SJS student who would like to serve Mass and has never done so before, please pick up an information sheet to fill out with your parents in the school office.


Do you, a family member, or a friend have interest in the Catholic Faith? If so, please contact Deacon Henry at 341-6609 (extension 4022) or email at


This safe environment program for children has been mandated by the Bishop of the United States for all employees and volunteers who in any way deal with children in Catholic Schools: therefore if you have not attended a Virtus presentation, then you cannot volunteer - this includes volunteering in the cafeteria, on the playground or as a field trip chaperone. If you would like to register to attend a Virtus session, please go the the website at The password is "TRUST".


Please support St. Joseph parish and school through the following programs. Click the link below to see a list of the SJS reward programs for 2018. SJS Reward Programs

  • YOUTH 2000 FLYER

Please see the Youth 2000 flyer in the link below!

  • Blessed Sacrament Bible Study -Walking With Purpose

Blessed Sacrament is offering an evening bible study on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament under croft. The title is Walking With Purpose-Touching the Divine, the study of the gospel of John. Blessed Sacrament has kindly shared the details of the WWP for this year and would love for any St. Joseph parishioners to join. Please click the link below for more information.


  • September 13 – Oriental Wok
  • September 14 - Grades 6, 7, and 8 Field Trip
  • September 17 - Art Club 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • September 17 - Grade 6 Academic Team 3:30 -5:00 PM
  • September 17 - Grades 7 & 8 Academic Team 4:15 - 6:15 PM
  • September 18 - Skyline Night 5-8 PM
  • September 19 - Quilt Club 2-4 PM
  • September 19 - PTO Mom's Night Out
  • September 24 - Grade 1 Field Trip
  • September 24 - Art Club 2-3 PM
  • September 24 - Grade 6 Academic Team 3:30 -5:00 PM
  • September 24 - Grades 7 & 8 Academic Team 4:15 - 6:15 PM
  • September 25 - Kindergarten Field Trip
  • September 25 - NDA/CCH Shadow Day
  • September 25 - Grade 8 Honor Flight Welcome Home Rally
  • September 25 - Marco's Pizza
  • September 26 - First Trimester Mid-Term
  • September 26 - Quilt Club - 2-4 PM
  • September 28 - September Birthday Out of Uniform
  • September 29 - PTO FC Cincinnati Family Night (SOLD OUT)
  • September 30 - Confirmation Candiate/Sponsor Afternoon
(Begins with 11:30 AM Mass)
  • October 1 - MUM Delivery
  • October 1 - Grade 6 Academic Team 3:30 -5 PM
  • October 1 - Grades 7 & 8 Academic Team 4:15 - 6:15 PM
  • October 5 - No School - Teacher Inservice
  • October 8 - NO BUSES -Private Transportation

Cafeteria Volunteers

Fifth Graders
Third Graders
Sixth Graders
Four Year Old
Aspire Higher.