St. Joseph Elementary School
Weekly Newsletter
October 25, 2019
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Principal Newsletter
Dear St. Joseph Elementary School Families,

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

This week, the students were introduced to our annual theme for our whole school Service Learning project. This year we are focusing on loving our neighbors, and the refugee crisis around the world. The above passage from the Gospel according to Matthew emphasizes our Catholic obligation to love all and provide for all. We reflected on this Gospel passage yesterday together.

You may ask: What is service learning? The learning part, which always comes first, includes learning about global current events in our classroom. Once we learn more about a topic, then comes the service component. We implement a service project to give back in some way, to do our small part to address the issue. Our students learn that their communities extend beyond the school walls and even the city of Alameda. As Catholics, it is our mission to give back to as many as we can.

As mentioned above, this year’s theme is solidarity and loving our neighbors. The students have been learning about people from other countries who many need to flee their homes for different reasons. The example discussed at yesterday’s presentation was the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis. Inflation has increased at an uncontrollable rate and personal freedoms have been stifled. Many starving people are trying to flee the country looking for a safe place to live.

As part of our Catholic teachings we are teaching the students about solidarity. We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers in the world.

This year, we will work with the students on raising awareness to this global issue. We are partnering with our Parish’s “Welcome the Stranger Program” for the service component. Welcome the Stranger is a ministry of the Alameda Deanery (the Catholic parishes in Alameda) which accompanies a refugee family from their entry into the U.S. into self sufficiency as legal residents in their new home. Help provided can be short-term (setting up an apartment) or ongoing (helping to learn English, negotiate public transit, enroll in school, etc.). You will hear more about our fundraising efforts for this cause throughout the year.

We look forward to a full community participation towards our service learning project. Please support us by talking to your children about the word “refugee.” Listen to what they know and turn it into a family discussion. I am amazed at the compassion our students show and the thought provoking discussions when we talk about it as a school. What a great reminder our children are of what it means to show love, care, and compassion for others!

I hope you have a restful, wonderful weekend!

Peace and Blessings,

Ms. Katherine Francisco

Upcoming Events

  • Sat. Oct 26-5:00pm Sacramental Mass and Potluck
  • Mon. Oct 28- 9:30 am Eighth Grade BOD Shadow Morning., 3:15 pm STEM Club
  • Thurs. Oct 31- 1:30pm Halloween Parade, 2:00pm Class Halloween Parties, EXTENDED CARE CLOSES EARLY AT 4:30PM
  • Fri. Nov 1- Feast of All Saints, Minimum Day- 12:00pm Dismissal (EXTENDED CARE IS OPEN), 9:45 am Joint Liturgy in the gym

Log into the SJES Parent Porta l to view the SCHOOL CALENDAR!!!
This week's Super Kids are:

TK- Emily Lammersen
K- Alexandra Finley
K- Elena Hernandez
First Grade- Claudia Mnich
Second Grade- Sarah Salcedo
Third Grade- Sofia Gomez
Fourth Grade- Ty Chang
Fifth Grade- Carson Mincin
Sixth Grade- Riley Duncan
Seventh Grade- Jordan Grassman
Eighth Grade- Kayden Paydo

Congratulation to all of our Super Kids!
Please be aware that you will be receiving a text message from School Messenger on November 1st at 10:00am. This message will automatically OPT IN all parents to receive emergency messages from the school. This text is a diocese wide text. All parents in all schools will receive this message.
As you begin creating or shopping for your child’s Halloween costume, please be mindful of our “no weapons” policy with costumes. Students may wear costumes to school on Halloween, but may not bring anything that might be construed as a weapon.

Also, for safety purposes, students are not allowed to wear masks, full make up coverage or any other objects that will impede their vision.

Lastly, please be mindful that costumes should not be too scary. Please use your good judgement to determine if a costume is school appropriate. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to check with your child’s teacher. 
Mark your calendars- November 4 the students in 6th grade will help act out the opera, The Pirates of Penzance.

Each year the PTG generously brings in the school program, Opera a la Carte. The program is offered to schools by the San Francisco Opera.

The sights and sounds of the opera will be in our school with an assembly featuring the performance of our own students alongside professional singers. The 45-minute adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's classic work reveals the heart of operetta — an engaging story, brilliant music and lots of fun.

The performance will be held in the Basilica at 1:00pm. Parents are invited to attend.
The students brought their pennies, silver coins and dollars in hopes to claim the title of "2019 Red Ribbon Week Penny Wars Winner!"

All the money collected is being donated to the Red Cross.

Class Standings:

1st Place: Eighth Grade
2nd Place: Fourth Grade
3rd Place: Fifth Grade
The SJES Student Council has set up a school Instagram account. Follow us to watch great activities happening at the school!

Classroom Spotlight
T he Third Grade is our smallest class in the school (by number of students) but they have some of the biggest personalities!

Third grade is a big year in learning. In grades TK-2 students are learning to read. Come Third Grade students use their reading skills to learn.

This week in Third Grade the students, the students learned how to use Google Docs to write their narratives and conduct a research project about the adaptations of a specific animal.

In Bridges math, they are using blocks to familiarize themselves with skip counting sequences so that multiplication fluency comes more easily. 

They are also learning about the Chumash Tribe. This week they mimicked Chumash symbols and made rock paintings as they learned of these artifacts and the importance in the history of knowing about the Chumash.

Royals Athletics
Congratulations Royals Cross Country on a fantastic season!
The final Diocesan meet was held this past Friday.
Below are the results from last week's meet:

School Placement

Girls Grades 3-5: 5th place in group of 20 teams

Boys Grades 3-5: 8th place in group of 28 teams

Girls Grades 6-8: 16th place in group of 20 teams

Individual Placement

Girls Grades 3-5 : Ava Bonacci - Overall 32nd place

Boys Grades 6-8 : Ethan Gonzalez - Overall 6th place, Anthony Garcia - Overall 34th place 
Show your Royal Pride and cheer on your favorite Royal in your SJES Royal Wear! Available for in both youth and adults sizes.

Great for kids to wear before and after games or to practice. Awesome for parents to show who they are rooting for for!

Our Family on the Block
SJND Weekly Newsletter
Searching for Host Families
SJND has expanded their international program and has international students attending the high school. Please see the below message:

Dear Parents,

Cambridge Network, one of SJND's International Student Partners, is in search of loving families who are willing to host an SJND international student! SJND have a few male students from China who are seeking a warm and patient family to share a home with. The ideal host will speak English in the home and have time in their schedule to be a part of this student’s journey. 

Cambridge Network offers a dedicated support staff, host family training and 24/7 emergency support throughout the student’s stay. The host should ensure that the student eats three nutritious meals per day, provide a private bedroom for the student's sole use and ideally provide transportation to and from school each day. 

The commitment is for the remainder of the academic school year. Host families will receive a stipend of $1,500 per month. If you or anyone you know may be interested, you can start the application process by clicking  here . Or feel free to contact Anekka Bajrami for more information at 239-888-5268 (located in EST).

We are hoping to find a few families who are available to host as soon as possible!

Thank you,

The Admissions Office at SJND
St. Joseph Basilica
The Parish is asking all people to complete the parish survey. Please click on the button below. Deadline to complete the survey is October 27.
Parent To Do List:
  • Order your Scrip Gift Cards
  • Collect and turn in BoxTops
  • Order your Royal Wear
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