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The Good News | Newsletter | Fall 2023

Hello Spirit of St. Joe's!

At St. Joseph Catholic School, we believe that the spirit of our community lives on through our alumni, current families, and friends. Whether you have students enrolled in our school, are a recent graduate, or simply have a connection to our community, we hope that you continue to embody the values and traditions that make St. Joseph Catholic School so special, not simply when you walk the school halls, but for a lifetime. Whether it's through volunteering, spreading kindness and compassion, or simply living by the values that we hold dear, we can all make a difference in the world around us. Thank you for being a part of the St. Joseph Catholic School community, and for keeping our spirit alive.

Get to Know Iliana
Get to Know Judith

Hello Teachers!

St. Joseph Catholic School is thrilled to have all of you, both familiar faces and new additions, as we continue another exciting academic year.

It is with great pleasure that we have the addition of our two new teachers, Iliana Sanchez and Judith Torres. Iliana joined our Kindergarten team, bringing her passion for early childhood education and a wealth of experience. Judith joined our Fourth Grade team, and is inspiring and guiding our students with her expertise and dedication.

We are thankful that Iliana and Judith seamlessly integrated into our school community, sharing their unique talents and contributing to our mission of providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for our students' growth.

As new chapters evolve, let us remember the importance of our roles as educators, shaping the minds and hearts of the next generation. Your commitment to excellence and your unwavering dedication to our students' success make St. Joseph Catholic School a truly exceptional place of learning.

We enjoy and appreciate working alongside each and every one of you, as we continue to foster a love for faith, excellence, and service in the hearts of our students.

Fr. Osmar's Faithful Focus

We are excited to share with you that Fr. Osmar, our beloved leader and inspiration, is working tirelessly to cultivate a Catholic culture of education in our community. As we successfully kicked off the 2023-2024 school year, we invite you to join us in celebrating Fr. Osmar's commitment to providing our students with a holistic, faith-filled education that prepares them for success in all areas of life, mainly faith, excellence and service.

Fr. Osmar's passion for Catholic education is infectious, and we are constantly inspired by his vision for St. Joseph Catholic School. From incorporating prayer and spirituality into every aspect of our curriculum to fostering a culture of service and charity, Fr. Osmar's dedication to our students' growth and development is evident in everything he accomplishes.

We can't wait to see the addition of sixth grade and beyond under Fr. Osmar's guidance and leadership, and we invite you to be a part of this exciting journey. Together, let's celebrate Fr. Osmar and his unwavering commitment to Catholic education.

Hear From Our Devoted Principal

Did you know that our Principal, Lisa Martinez, is not only dedicated to our St. Joseph Catholic School community, but is also committed to listening and learning from our students, families, and staff? Mrs. Martinez is eager to share with you all about the importance of listening to, learning from, and caring for, our St. Joseph Catholic School community. Join Lisa for an inspiring message filled with passion and enthusiasm as she delves into the valued community that make our school so special. Mrs. Martinez’s dedication to her students and staff is unmatched, and you do not want to miss this opportunity to hear her thoughts firsthand. With a heart full of love and compassion, Lisa is eager to hear from each of you and make St. Joseph Catholic School an even better place to learn and grow, as it grows into sixth grade next year. Join us in celebrating our community and discover why St. Joseph Catholic School is the perfect place to grow and thrive! Be sure to give your gratitude to our amazing principal, who is ready to lead with an open mind and a caring spirit.

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Spend Time With Our School Chaplain

We are thankful to have St. Joseph Catholic School’s chaplain, Deacon Robert Turner, who brings a wealth of experience and passion to our community. From leading mass to organizing retreats, Deacon Turner is dedicated to nurturing the spiritual growth of our students. But that is not all - Deacon Turner is also an experienced educator who transitions from the altar to the classroom, teaching the intersection of faith and everyday life. With our School Chaplain's guidance, students are inspired to live out their faith in meaningful and impactful ways. School Chaplain, Deacon Robert Turner, is committed to fostering a strong sense of community and creating a welcoming environment for all. Be inspired, enlightened, and uplifted on this exciting journey of faith and education with our School Chaplain Robert Turner.

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Learn From Our Instructional Coach

Our beloved former first grade teacher, Mrs. Erin Stitt, has taken on a new role as an instructional coach at St. Joseph Catholic School. With over fifteen years of experience in the classroom, Mrs. Stitt is well-equipped to help our faculty grow and develop their teaching skills. As an instructional coach, Erin is working closely with teachers to identify areas for improvement and provide personalized support and professional development. Her extensive knowledge of curriculum and instructional methods equips her to help our teachers create engaging and effective lesson plans that meet the needs of all St. Joseph Catholic School students. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Erin Stitt on board in this new role and look forward to the positive impact she will have on our school community. Her passion for education and dedication to helping others succeed make her the perfect fit for this important position.

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STREAM with Our Specialist

As you know, our former fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Michelle Gutzwiler, is embarking on a new adventure as our STREAM specialist! With her incredible passion for science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and math (STREAM), she brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to this position.

As a STREAM specialist, Mrs. Gutzwiler is working with students across grade levels three to five, additionally sixth next year, to help foster a love of learning and exploration in these vital subjects. From leading hands-on experiments and projects to introducing cutting-edge technology and creative art projects, she helps our students discover their full potential and set them on the path for success. We can't wait to see all the amazing things ahead that Michelle will do in this exciting role, and we know that she will continue to inspire and motivate our students in everything she does!

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Celebrating Catholic education!

St. Joseph Catholic School is thrilled so far with the 2023-2024 school year. With a bustling atmosphere of eager students and enthusiastic educators, our school is igniting a passion for learning and embodying our core values of Faith, Excellence, and Service. As we continue this academic journey, adding sixth grade in the 2024-2025 school year, we are committed to nurturing the holistic development of our students and creating an environment where they can thrive academically, spiritually, and socially. At St. Joseph Catholic School, we believe that education goes beyond textbooks and assessments. It is about instilling a love for learning, fostering personal growth, and inspiring our students to make a positive impact in their communities. We look forward to a year filled with exciting opportunities, meaningful connections, and endless possibilities.

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Investing in Students!

As we approach this season of gratitude and generosity, we at St. Joseph Catholic School want to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks to our loyal donors. For 65 years, you have stood by us, supporting our mission of providing an exceptional Catholic education to our students. Your generous contributions have enabled us to improve our facilities, offer scholarships to deserving students, and provide our faculty with the resources they need to inspire and educate our young learners.

It is because of your unwavering commitment to our school that we are able to continue to provide a nurturing and challenging learning environment that prepares our students for success in high school, college and beyond. Your generosity truly makes a difference in the lives of our students and their families.

As we approach this Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas season, we are filled with gratitude for your continued support. We pledge to use your donations wisely, to continue to innovate and improve our programs, and to honor your trust in us by providing the highest quality Catholic education to our students.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We wish you and your loved ones a joyous and blessed season filled with love, laughter, and the warmth of family and friends.

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Wenatchee, WA 98801

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