St. Joseph Elementary
Weekly Newsletter
August 30, 2019
Principal Newsletter
Dear St. Joseph Elementary School Families,
What a week we have had here at St. Joseph Elementary School! Academics are fully underway now, students are settling nicely into their new classrooms and routines, and the Positive energy around the school is palpable.
As you know, when I began my Vision planning for the 2019-2020 school year, I selected the theme of Positivity. I knew I needed to create a plan for how to make the tangible and actionable for our students here at school. So, I am excited to share with you that every trimester, our students and staff are focusing on a Positive topic. Our topic for Trimester 1 is “Kindness.” You can see this topic all over our school right now! I introduced our focus on Kindness to the students at Town Hall last week with the video attached below. During our first Faith Family activity this week, our students made posters about what Kindness looks like and means to them. In the classrooms, students can earn “Kindness Coins” and “Caught Being Kind” awards when their teachers catch them demonstrating acts of Kindness toward others. This helps us spread Kindness and Positivity throughout our school community. Seeing how proud our students are as they earn their Kindness Coins, and seeing how our SJES students and staff have embraced our focus on Kindness and Positivity, truly warms my heart! Thank you to you as parents for supporting an encouraging our message at home as well.
I look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night next week on Thursday, 9/5/19 at 6:30pm. There are so many Positive things happening here at SJES, and we can’t wait to share more with you next week.
Peace and Blessings,
Ms. Francisco

Upcoming Events

  • Mon. Sept. 2- Labor Day Holiday- NO SCHOOL
  • Thurs. Sept 5-Extended Care closes early at 4:30 pm, Sports Information Session 5:30pm in the Learning Center, Back to School Night 6:30pm in the Basilica
  • Fri. Sept 6- 8:45am Liturgy
  • Fri. Aug 30- 8:45am Liturgy, Minimum Day- 12:00pm Dismissal (NO EXTENDED CARE)
  • Mon. Sept 2- Labor Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

Log into the SJES Parent Porta l to view the SCHOOL CALENDAR!!!
Super Kids
Congratulations to all our Super Kids this week!

Second Grade: Brooké Kisling- Mouton
Third Grade: Issac Awayan
Fifth Grade: Jannali Jaslow
Sixth Grade: Nate Snydal
Seventh Grade: Thao Giao
Eighth Grade: Marion Williams
Student/Family Handbook
The Student/Parent Handbook will not be printed this year. It is posted online for students and parents to read. Please make sure to read the handbook and then sign the forms in the packet that is being sent home today.

The Handbook can also be found on the home page of the Parent Portal.

Forms should be turn into the office by Friday, September 6.
Volunteers Needed for Lunch Duty
We need a parent volunteer to come help with TK/K yard duty at lunch time from 12:00 pm-12:35 pm. Volunteer can split days with another volunteer, however we need consistency. Volunteering will be needed through October, possibly longer.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Ms. Chan at or Mrs. Carlson at
Back To School Night
Back to School Night is this coming Thursday, September 5. We ask that at least one parent from each family come to this important night where you will learn about your child's classes and teachers. We ask that no students come so that parents can focus on the evening.

The evening begins at 6:30pm in the Basilica. Parents will then be dismissed to student classrooms.
Middle School PE Uniforms
Grades 6, 7, and 8 are required to use PE uniforms during PE class. Students have had their run through of how to change into their PE uniforms. Please purchase PE uniforms from the Dennis Uniform Company. Stock is available in the store. Items being purchased with have the school athletics logo on them.
A big congratulations to eighth grader, Alexis Olsen. She created the art used as this year's El Rancho icon.
El Rancho Donations Needed
Time to do that Fall cleaning! We need your donations. The El Rancho team is looking for items like small/big toys or children’s books for the Treasure Chest Booth, stuffed animals for the Ring Toss Booth, home items for the Home and Garden Booth, and sports items (balls, jerseys, equipment, baseball cards, gloves, etc) for the Sports booth. Gently used items are welcome.

We are also asking families to please donate one bag of candy (no chocolate and nuts) for the Sweets Walk booth.

All donations can be placed in the boxes located under the table outside of the school office.

As a reminder, the contractual agreement for El Rancho is that families must put in two hours per parent/per child in efforts towards El Rancho.

Additionally, students in TK-5 must donate two cakes (preferebly homemade) on the event day.
Sixth and Seventh grade families are asked to donate two bottle of wine ($12 minimum value per bottle) for the wine booth. Eighth graders are asked to donate two bottle of liquor ($12 minimum value per bottle) for the Poker booth.
If you have more than one child at the school, please follow the needed item for your oldest child.
El Rancho Raffle Tickets
It's time to sell those El Rancho raffle tickets! Incentives and prizes for classes and top families will be announced at next week's Town Hall!

Don't forget the "300 Club!" If your family sells $350 in tickets, the kids will have a special field trip full of fun!

Here's an easy way to sell tickets. Sign up to sell after mass or during a high school sporting game. Sign up here !
PTG Position Still Available
The PTG is still looking to fill a position on the board:

  • Art Docent Lead

Please contact PTG President, Sierra Dominguez ( if you are interested in getting involved.

Board positions fulfill your 30 required parent volunteer hours.
Royals Athletics
Royals Athletics will be holding a Sports Night on Thursday at 5:30pm in the Learning Center. Come learn about the extracurricular sports offered at Saint Joseph! Learn how to sign up!

Interested in coaching? Come to hear the details!
Our Family on the Block
St. Joseph Basilica
Sacrament Preparation Isn’t Just for Children
If you are Catholic  and have never received the sacrament of Confirmation, now might be the time! Confirmation of adult Catholics is celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in February, and preparation classes are offered here on Thursday nights starting October 17.
If you’re baptized in a different Christian tradition  and want to become Catholic, or Catholic but have not yet received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, a combination of RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions on Tuesdays (ongoing now) and Adult Confirmation starting in October could help you become a “fully initiated” Catholic.
If you are not baptized  but are interested in learning more about Jesus and the Catholic faith, RCIA inquiry sessions on Wednesdays are a great place to start.  
All sessions are 7:30 to 9pm; most are in the St. Joseph Parish Center at 1119 Lafayette Street.  Information available online about  Adult Confirmation  and  RCIA , or contact Anne Marie Fourré at  or 510-995-9409.
Join the CIA
Christ in Action Performing Arts
Enhance the Sunday liturgy experience through the monthly Family Mass at 9:30am, as children bring the Gospel to life through drama, song and movement. Directed by Carmyn Manibusan Amaya and assisted by St. Joseph Elementary School’s own Sierra Dominguez.
Children between the ages of 4 and 13 are invited to join our new CIA (Christ in Action Performing Arts Ministry.) They will experience the joy of the Lord through lifting their hands and moving their feet in praise to Him, bring the Gospel to life through skits, and work with the Children’s Choir through music and movement.  
Practice is held on Tuesdays, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Basilica beginning September 10, with one rehearsal the day before each Family Mass. Participation in the Family Mass begins on October 13.  
Details and registration available at
SJND Weekly Newsletter
Parent To Do List:
  • Order your Scrip Gift Cards
  • Collect and turn in BoxTops
  • Order your Royal Wear
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St. Joseph Elementary School Mission Statement
Serving Alameda and neighboring cities since 1881, St. Joseph Elementary School embraces the principles of learning, loving and living God's word as Jesus taught us. We are dedicated to educating and nurturing the whole child by offering a time-honored and challenging Catholic education. Inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church and driven by the spirit of effective collaboration, we join together as a diverse community to know Jesus and to make Him known.