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    The Mission of St. Joseph School is to educate students spiritually and academically to use their minds well.

    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

    Friday, October 22

    • Casual for a Cause - Wear pink or white
    • SJS Haunted Halloween Schooly Yard Party

    Friday, October 29

    • Free casual day - Halloween theme!

    Thursday, November 4

    • Principal Coffee Hour via Zoom - 9:00am

    Friday, November 5

    • First Friday Mass hosted by Grade 6 - 9:00am

     Thursday, November 11

    • Veteran’s Day - No School

     Friday, November 12

    • Professional Development - No School

     

  • Play Hawks Basketball!

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 10/20/2021

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    We are currently looking to start the basketball program at Saint Joseph School in the coming weeks for boys and girls in Grades 5 through 8! We need to gauge interest and find volunteer coaches in order to make this happen.
     
    Basketball is open to all students regardless of ability or prior experience. Commitment is minimal and participation is affordable.
     
     
     Please Fill out this Google Form by Saturday 10/30 to let us know your interest in playing or coaching this year.  GO HAWKS!
     

     

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  • SJS Halloween Haunted School Yard

    Posted by Lisa Guild on 10/19/2021

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  • Congratulations to the SJS Boys Cross Country Team!

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 10/19/2021

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    The SJS Boys Cross Country Team won their FIRST EVER League Meet held at Bishop Fenwick High School on October 16. Way to go boys, we are so proud of your hard work and commitment!

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  • Topsfield Fair Field Trip

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 10/18/2021

    On October 7, the 4th and 5th grades took the bus to the Topsfield Fair.  We started by visiting the little piggies and there learned some interesting facts:  a female pig who has had one liter receives the grand title “Sow;” pregnancy usually lasts 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days;  and there are about 12 piglets in a liter.  After “pigging out” we  headed toward the sheep pens, but those timid creatures immediately cowered together in the middle of the arena, frightened by our din!  We soon learned that a little silence and some cooing go a long way to making friends with the wooly animals. 

    Coolidge Hall was our next stop but along the way, we stopped to watch the woodturners carve spinning tops.  Many of our youngsters were lured into purchasing one!  Coolidge Hall is home to the local area's fine and folk artists who use the venue to show off their handiwork.  One woman sits patiently making a complicated lace pattern; another is “diamond” painting, and a third spins a beautiful raspberry colored wool.  Other crafters show how to make old fashioned bedspreads and table runners with “yoyos”.  We missed the man who carves wooden ocean scenes - Winslow Homer-esq -  but we did see the man who makes stained glass windows;  it is endlessly fascinating to watch the cutting knife run effortlessly over the glass without seeming to make a scratch, but then one tap and the glass breaks in two along an unseen line! 

    We then moved onto the highlight of the day for most participants; the Swiftly Swine pig races.  Many of our children were chosen to act as cheerleaders for the competitors!  After a satisfying lunch we visited the Bee House to see worker bees busily making honey and or protecting their queen.  Already 1:10?  Yikes - late for the bus,  but wait!  One cannot leave the fair without stopping to take a picture with the largest pumpkin weighing in at 2,092 pounds!  As always, the Topsfield Fair never fails to enchant, entertain and educate!

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  • Drama Club

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 10/13/2021

     

    Drama Club is back!  

    This year St. Joseph is proud to present “Peter Pan” for our school play.  We are looking for pirates, lost boys, Indians, and of course someone to play Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, her brothers Michael and John, and the exquisitely horrible Captain Hook!   Imagine yourself in Neverland!  Come and join our merry troop!  Drama club will start in November and run on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:20 - 3:20 for children in grades 1 - 8.  To sign your child up click here.

     


    The Drama Club is also looking for help with all aspects of play production:  prop production, backstage management/help, costume design/management, announcements/advertisements, concierge set up, carpool to and from Bishop Fenwick during week of dress rehearsals, and clean-up.  If you can help with any one of these areas, please click the same link to sign-up. 

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  • Girl Scouts Registration

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 10/12/2021

    Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA)

    If you are interested in signing your daughter up for a Girl Scout troop, now is the time! Girls in Kindergarten and up are welcome. If St. Joseph School has enough interest, they can start a new troop at our school. If not, there are other troops around Wakefield that our students could join.

    Please see this flyer for more information.

    Girl Scouts

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  • Band & String Program

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 10/4/2021

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    Our band and string program is now enrolling for live after school lessons! Lessons will be held on Wednesday afternoons; students will receive their exact lesson time after all registrations are received. Rental instruments are available.

    Online registration can be done here, or return the form that was sent home in your child's backpack. 

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

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  • October Casual Days

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 9/29/2021

     

    Date: Friday, October 22

    Cost: $1.00

    Attire: Wear pink or white

    Cause: National Breast Cancer Foundation

    One of the foundation’s top priorities is to “Educate women on what they can do to be proactive with their breast health. Knowledge and early detection save lives.”

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    Date: Friday, October 29

    Cost: FREE

    Attire: Wear black, orange, or a Halloween design. No costumes allowed. 

     

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  • Book Club for Grades 3-5

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 9/21/2021

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    Grades 3, 4 and 5 will be starting their Book Clubs soon. This is optional for anyone in those grades. Run by Mrs. Tremblay, our librarian, we meet every two weeks at lunchtime. The students will be given the chapters (pages) they need to read and a set of questions that will be discussed at each meeting.
     
    Grade 3 Book Club will be reading the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  This is an incredible book that the students will love. Below is the book description:
    'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'
    Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

    Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

    WONDER is a funny, frank, and astonishingly moving something the students will remember long after the final page.
     
    Grade 4 will be reading the book Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. 
     
    Below is a description of the book:
    When Kyle learns that the world's most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town's new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, he's determined to be there! But the tricky part isn't getting into the library—it's getting out. Because when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route! 
     
    Grade 5 will be reading the book Restart by Gordon Korman. 
     
    Below is a description of the book:
    Chase's memory just went out the window.

    Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.

    He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets. Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is -- it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be.

    Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.
     
    If you child would like to participate in any of the Book Clubs have them let Mrs. Tremblay know no later than Friday, September 24th. 
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  • Homework Club!

    Posted by Lisa Crane on 9/21/2021

    Homework Club / Welcome

       Join the club and get your homework completed at school!    

     

    Grades 1-5

     

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

     Attend some days or every day.

     Where : Mrs. Parris' Room

    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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