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    Welcome to our Saint Joseph School parents blog!  Check back here frequently for regular updates!

    If you have information that you'd like to share on this blog, please e-mail newsletter@stjosephschoolwakefield.org.

    Please remember that you are always welcome to contact the main office at 781-245-2081 with any questions.

  • Important Upcoming Dates

     

    November 30  

    Giving Tree Book Drive begins

    December 1 7:00 pm  Faith & Education Conversation Series final meeting
    December 3 9:00 am Principal Coffee Hour
    December 5   

    First Friday Mass hosted by Grade 5

    Early release at 11:20 am

    Giving Tree Book Drive ends


  • Principal Coffee Hour

    Posted by Lisa Guild on 12/2/2020 8:00:00 PM
     
     
     Coffee Hour
     
     
     
    Please join us for the  Principal Coffee Hour on Thursday, December 3, at 9:00 a.m.  Please use the information below to join us
     
     
     
    Meeting ID: 941 876 8267
    Password: mr2nnx
     
    Each coffee hour is an open discussion and a great opportunity to raise questions, comments, compliments and suggestions.  All are welcome! 
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  • December Casual Days

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 12/2/2020 7:45:00 PM

    Students will have TWO casual days in December!

    Casual for a Cause:

     

     

    Date: Friday, December 11 

    Cost: $1.00

    Attire: Wear blue. Normal dress down rules apply.

    Cause: Mental Health America

    Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.

     

    AND...

    A Christmas gift free casual day!

    Date: Friday, December 18 

    Cost: Free!

    Attire: Wear your favorite color or Christmas designs. Normal dress down rules apply.

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  • Library Update

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 12/2/2020

    School Librarian Day | Government Book Talk

     

    This week in the Library we read an adorable book, The ABC's of Christmas by Jo Parker and Illustrated by Flora Waycott.  The beginning details the story of Christmas where Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem and Jesus is born in a stable.  
     
    Then the book starts describing the Nativity with the ABC's.  A is for Angel who came one night in a dream and finishing with Z is for Zzzz's, because it's time to sleep...Tomorrow is Christmas.  In between, all the letters beautifully and simply recount all the different words describing the journey of Mary and Joseph and birth of Jesus.
     
    We also have a new book in the Library, Brilliant! 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People by David Michael Warren and Illustrated by Jaclyn Warren.  It includes people that we know like Louis Pasteur, Saint Albert the Great , Nicolaus Copernicus, Louis braille and Pope Francis, and others that are not so well known such as Sistery Hilary Ross, Father Christopher Clavius, Maria Agnesi, Sister Mary Kenneth Keller and Sister Miriam MIchael Stimson among others.  
     
    In the Forward it says:  "The book you are about to read is an amazing account of some of the most intelligent and gifted people who ever lived.  Some are scientists or doctors.  All of them cared about humanity and about nature.  They made new and groundbreaking discoveries.  They are examples for us not only because of their ingenuity, but also because of their faith, hope and love."
     
    We are hoping that some of the older students will enjoy reading and discovering about these incredible Catholic people.  
     
    Keep on reading!!
     
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  • St. Joseph Parish Giving Tree

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 11/22/2020

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    We are happy to announce that we will be continuing this longstanding, well-loved Christmas tradition.

    However, due to COVID, we will be changing the format to maintain social distancing requirements. We thank you for your patience, cooperation and your overwhelming generosity, as it is needed this year more than ever! 

    Tags are available in the Church Hall on bulletin boards. Tags are sorted by category to make it easier to locate a particular type of tag. Or new this year: Click here to choose a gift from SignUp Genius!

     

     The Giving Tree Program benefits the following:

     Toy, Clothing and Gift Card Requests – Tags include specific gift requests for children’s clothing and toys to benefit Lynn Catholic Charities, department and food store gift certificates & fuel assistance checks. Checks can be made payable to Catholic Charities or St. Vincent dePaul. Agencies that benefit from your generosity include: Catholic Charities, St Vincent de Paul Society (Wakefield needy), and the Wakefield Food Pantry. 

     

    Nursing Home Gift Bags – We have over 150 Catholic residents in area nursing homes. Although we won’t be able to visit them in person, the gift bags will help spread Christmas cheer.  

     

    Please return unwrapped gifts to the Church Hall on the weekend of December 5th & 6th during all Masses.   Please do not turn in gifts any earlier, as storage is a problem. Gifts should be unwrapped, although donations of gift bags and wrapping paper are welcome.    We ask parishioners to place the gifts in the labeled, color coded boxes set up in the Church Hall that matches the tag. Separate boxes will be available for boys or girls toys, clothing, nursing home items, etc.   Volunteers will be available to answer questions and to assist with gift collection and sorting.

    If you purchased a gift card, we’d prefer to have them in a marked envelope with receipt or amount clearly labeled.    Please be sure to place the gift card in the specified bin, hand to a volunteer or turn them into the rectory to prevent loss. 

    Some new gift giving options added this year include:

    Adopt A Family – Several parishioners have inquired about adopting a family. Instead of buying gifts for individual children, you can purchase gifts for entire family. Contact us for more information.

    Curbside Gift Collection - Sunday, December 6th  between 12:15 and 1pm and again between 4:30 and 5pm. Please pull into the back parking lot of the church near the entrance to the parish hall. Volunteers will be available to retrieve gifts from your car

     

    Thank you for you overwhelming generosity and support. Please contact Rose Finn at   781-258-4164 email: tramfinn@aol.com or Janet Rivers at 781-910-5011 with questions. 

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  • Band & String Program

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 11/19/2020

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    Our band and string program is now enrolling for live after school Zoom lessons! Flexible scheduling sign up can be done here

    Current offerings:
    1) Ukulele grades K-8
    2) Violin grades 1-8
    3) Band instruments grade 3-8 (trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, flute, bells, percussion)

    If you have any rental instruments from the previous year that need to be returned, they can be dropped off at the school office labeled with your child’s name. Don’t hesitate to email Band & String Program Director Jenn Zevos at j.allen.jazz@gmail.com with any questions. 

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  • Kindergarten Nature Spies

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 11/18/2020

    Kindergarten had a great time on their walking field trip using homemade binoculars to look for the differences between birds' nests and squirrels' nests. And of course, they couldn't resist some good fun in the leaves!

     

    Leaves

    Leaves

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  • Grade 3 Dictionaries

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 11/10/2020

    Thank you once again to the Wakefield Rotary Club for giving each child in third grade a new dictionary to keep. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to have our annual visit from Rotary Club members to demonstrate and work with the children on the myriad uses for these great dictionaries. However, since Mrs. Ellis is very familiar with their lesson, she was able to show the children how to use the Dictionary along with all of the exciting pages in the back of the dictionary which include an atlas, biographies of all the presidents, countries of the world, States of the United States and the longest word in the world. This is an annual gift for which we are very grateful!

     

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  • Celebrating Our School Families

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 10/28/2020 9:30:00 AM

    Veterans Helping Veterans Accomplish Their Goals And Dreams | Veterans day  quotes, Veterans day images, Memorial day thank you

    For the months of November and December we will have a board(s) in our school dedicated to all those school family members that have served or are serving in the military.  So, if anyone wants to send in a picture of their loved one in the military either in or out of uniform we will gladly hang it on the board. Or, feel free to email the photo to Mrs. Tremblay at dtremblay@stjosephschoolwakefield.org and she will print it out.
     
    We will make copies of pictures that need to be returned.  Please identify who the person is so that we can document it on the picture. 
     
    In December we will take a picture of all the students that have a picture on the boards in front of the board where their loved one is located.  
     
    If you gave us a picture last year we will put that picture back on the board this year.
     
    Here is a picture of our wonderful October board celebrating the Essential Workers in our SJS family:
     
    Essential Workers
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  • Homework Club!

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 10/13/2020

    Homework Club / Welcome

       Join the club and get your homework completed at school!    

    Begins

    October 13, 2020

    Grades 1-3

     

    When: Monday through Thursday 2:15 -3:15

     Attend some days or every day.

     Where : Library

    Cost: $10 per child per day

    Register: Students must be registered to attend, as no drop-ins are allowed. Please return this form to the front office.

    *Payments will automatically be deducted through the

    FACTS Management System

    *Please bring extra snack and a book to read if finished early

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  • COVID-19 Symptoms & Procedures

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 9/1/2020

    The health and safety of your children and our staff will rely, in part, on individual attention and responsibility this year. We ask you to check your child daily for the symptoms below. The most important thing to do if any of the following symptoms are present is to stay home. We know that some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a bad cold, but please do not assume that it is another conditionWhen in doubt, stay home. Your child’s teacher will be in touch regarding missed work and remote learning opportunities. If a child becomes sick at school, we will isolate him/her until a parent can arrive.

    Most Common Symptoms of COVID-19 and Testing Requirements:

    • Fever [100.4or higher] chills, shaking chills
    • Cough [not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough]
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose [not due to other known causes, such as allergies] when in combination with other symptoms.

     

    Staff and students who have symptoms should contact their primary care physician for further instructions. If staff or students have these symptoms, they must get tested for active COVID-19 prior to returning to school. If a student tests positive for the virus, the class will automatically move to remote learning for 14 days or when cleared by medical authorities. We anticipate adding to and/or adjusting these guidelines as necessary for safety.

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