November 20, 2022 Edition (Updated)

Hammerhead Shark Sighting

Students in PreKindergarten1 wrote thank you notes to veterans, thanking them for their service. They are mailing them to active troops. God Bless the U.S.A.

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thank you for your support! Because of the generosity of the families of Saint Joseph School, we donated a van full of cereal. Keep your eyes on our social media channels for a donation total.

"This cereal is so very much appreciated - every week we distribute over 100 boxes of cereal to our neighbors and while there are many foods we can get for free from the Greater Boston Food Bank, cereal is not one of them. We search high and wide for affordable options, and it adds up." -Page van Amson, Needham Community Council

SJS Living Nativity

The Grades 6-8 students of SJS Needham would like to invite everyone to the annual Living Nativity on December 16, 2022, at 1:30 pm in the Upper Church.  This beloved tradition goes back over 25 years.  This year, we are delighted to include our entire school community in the audience and are thrilled that the Grade 6 and 7 choir will be returning.  The performance is the final event of the calendar year at SJS Needham and a beautiful reminder for us all of the true reason we celebrate Christmas.

"For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 11-12.

Living Nativity In The News
2020 Living Nativity

Saints Society Players

"My Son Pinocchio, Jr."

Bravo! Congratulations to the Grade 5 students who performed Disney's "My Son Pinocchio, Jr," to a packed house for 2-nights!

Thanks to all the faculty and staff who helped put on such a successful production.

*note: updated to address formatting issue in prior version

2021-2022 Yearbooks For Sale

The 2021-2022 Yearbooks have arrived and have been distributed to last year's graduates. We also have them available for purchase; current Grade 6-8 students are featured. Both soft- and hard-cover yearbooks are available, soft-cover books are $30 and hard-cover books are $35. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Lauren Crispi at [email protected].

Parent-Teacher Conference

"Pick-A-Time" is NOW OPEN

Sign-ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences, for Thursday 12/1 and Friday 12/2, are open. See the links below for more information.

Pick-A-Time Instructions
Pick-A-Time Sign-Up


New student acceptances will go out this week on November 23rd and many classes will be full - do you have a sibling that wants to join the SJS Needham community?! (Current students will be re-enrolled this January) Contact Admissions Director Anne Noah for more information.


Webinar for Parents

Catholic Schools of Boston Office presents: "A Health New-normal for Children," a webinar addressing how the last 2-years have made issues like screen use, anxiety, and social problems like bullying and fighting more challenging for parents.

Tuesday, November 29 at 7pm

Zoom Link:

Calling All Volunteers!


Many parents have suggested that we host a Golf Tournament.  We think this is a great idea and we are seeking parents to join a committee to help in the organization, planning, and selection of a golf course and date. 

There are many opportunities we need help with, please indicate your interest by clicking the link below. We are hoping to have a committee together by the first of the year to begin to plan an upcoming tournament for Fall or Spring of 2023. As always, your time and commitment are appreciated.

Join the Golf Tourney Committee

Santa's Workshop

Santa’s Workshop is a Christmas tradition at SJS Needham for preschool through grade 5.  The Lower School gym is transformed into a winter wonderland where students join their classmates and shop for gifts for their family and close relatives and friends.  Gifts range in price from $2.00 - $7.00 (most in the $2.00 - $4.00).  Gifts are wrapped and brought home to place under the tree for their loved ones.  More information will be sent home as we get close to the event to be held on December 13-14th.

We need volunteers for the event to help students shop, gift wrap items, and work the check out table.  This is a fun (and famous) event that you will treasure; you may even get some of your Christmas shopping done! 

Thank you to Ali Mazza and Jennifer Soivilien for co-chairing the event. Email [email protected] with questions.

Volunteer at Santa's Workshop


Ski Club

We are excited to offer the opportunity to hit the slopes at Nashoba Valley for grades 5-8, starting in January! For more information, and to register, follow the link below. Please contact SJS Athletic Director Ms. Lisa Kavjian with any question.

Ski Club


Dear Parents/Guardians, School Staff, and Community Members:


In accordance with the 40 CFR Part 763 (enacted by Congress in 1986) of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and specifically Section 763.93, this letter is to acknowledge the availability of the school’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Management Plan in the school’s main office.


Please direct any Asbestos Management Plan questions to Ian Snyder, Head of School. Mr. Snyder works in collaboration with our Parish Facilities Committee and various licensed professionals to manage the physical plant of Saint Joseph School. They continue to work to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

December Lunch Box Program

The December Lunch Box Program menu is live on the EZ School Apps website. Please make your student's lunch selections by Tuesday, November 29th.

New in December: Quesadillas are now offered on Wednesdays!

EZ School Apps: Lunch Box Program

Sharkbites: This Week's Events

11/21/22 Monday – Grade 2 Field Trip

11/22/22 Tuesday – Grade 5 Lunch Bunch | End of Trimester 1

11/23/22 Wednesday – NO SCHOOL

11/24/22 Thursday – NO SCHOOL

11/25/22 Friday – NO SCHOOL

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