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

    *Our school is closed through at least Monday, May 4 due to the Coronavirus.  We have posted lots of resources on the blog, including videos from our librarian, Mrs. Tremblay, our art teacher, Mr. McGaw, our Music teacher, Mrs. Burton, our Physical Education teacher, Mrs. Condon and our Spanish teacher, Mrs. Connerty.  Regular classroom teachers have been in touch with their students regarding remote learning materials and schedules.*

    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.

  • Williams Family Fans of Mrs. D!

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/31/2020

    Thank you to the Williams family for sharing these great videos of Kyan watching his Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. D in her weekly videos for the class!

    His little brother Kingston is a huge fan too!

    We are so grateful to all of the teachers that are working so hard to reach their students from a distance!


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  • Espanol - Week 2

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/31/2020


    Buenos dias!

    The Topic of the Week is La Cara/ The Face. 

    Copy the following words into your notebook.

    Then, on white paper, draw an "Autoretrato"/ self-portrait. 

    Label, in pencil,  the different parts of your "cara." Add color!

    Email me a picture of your results!


    Senora Connerty


    La Cara

    1.  El pelo   


    2. Los ojos


    3. La nariz


    4. La boca


    5. Los dientes


    6. La lengua


    7. El mentón


    8. Las mejillas


    9. Las orejas


    10. La piel



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  • RCAB Webinars for Families

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/31/2020


    We are pleased to share two impactful and FREE webinars for parents and school personnel brought to you by the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office.

    Both webinars will provide time for interaction with national professions, Dr. Nancy Rappaport and Dr. Robert Brooks. 


    Webinar 1: Remaining Resilient in an Uncertain Time (April 1, 2020 from 9:00am-10:00am)

    Registration Link:


    The late psychologist Julius Segal wrote that for children to be resilient they need the presence of “charismatic adults” in their lives.  Such adults provide an important source of strength and stability for children, especially during this pandemic. By taking care of ourselves and building our own resilience and managing our understandable stress , we are better able to support our children. Drs. Brooks and Rappaport will discuss:

    • Adopting a “personal control” outlook, which focuses on the things we CAN control, such as our attitudes and responses to challenges
    • Maintaining social and professional connections during social distancing
    • Making TLCs: therapeutic lifestyle changes, including exercise, diet, and mindfulness/prayer
    • Finding “contributory activities” which enrich the lives of others without compromising our own well-being
    • Focusing on gratitude


    Webinar 2: Supporting Students in an Uncertain Time (April 3, 2020 from 9:00am-10:00am)

    Registration Link:


    Drs. Brooks and Rappaport will discuss how to support our children and students during this time of uncertainty and change. Topics will include:

    • Communicating in ways that are age-appropriate, calm, honest, and realistically hopeful
    • Validating children’s questions and worries and remaining emotionally available when kids express their emotions in challenging ways
    • Balancing structure and rigidity around schedules, schoolwork, and media
    • Supporting students with a history of trauma and those with challenging home lives
    • Promoting problem-solving skills, maintaining social connections, and providing “contributory activities” that allow children to help others
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  • Square 1 Art Orders

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/30/2020


    Before our school closed, every student from the ECP through Grade 8 created a special piece of artwork that was submitted to Square 1 Art.

    We are delighted to announce that this artwork is now ready to be viewed on-line and there is a whole catalog of meaningful gifts and other items that you can now order.

    Simply click on Square 1 Art shopsite, and click on "Find Your Child's Art", and enter your state, school name, and your child's name.

    Your child's art code will appear.  If for any reason you don't find your child's code using this method, click here to view our school master list.

    Once you enter your child's art code, you may view your child's art and order products!

    (Mobile Users: If you are already logged in to your Square 1 Art account, and do not see "Find Your Child's Art", scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on "view full site" and the page will re-load and you will see, "Find Your Child's Art Code”.)

    The kids did a great job with their artwork this year!  We hope you enjoy these special memories!

    If you have any issues, please reach out to Rose Giglio or Annalisa Avola-Imperio.


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  • Art with Mr. McGaw - Week 3 - Negative Space

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/30/2020

    Join us for Week 3 of Art with Mr. McGaw!

    He reviews some of the topics covered in his prior videos, including a leprechaun lair and package design.

    He then goes into a great lesson on drawing using negative space.

    We hope you enjoy!  If you would like to email Mr. McGaw with any questions or comments on his videos, click here!

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  • Sending Love to You!

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/30/2020


    Every window in our school has a heart in it!

    All of us at SJS are sending our love and support to our students and parents, and to all essential workers!  

    Thank you so much for all of the love and support that you are sending to us!  We can't wait to all be together again!

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  • Art Ideas from Kelly Williams

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/29/2020

    Kelly Williams Art Ideas


    Thank you to Kelly Williams, mom of Kayden (Grade 3), Kyan (Kindergarten) and Kingston, who is also an art teacher in the Revere Public Schools, for these great ideas for art projects that you can do from home!

    We are so grateful to her for sharing her creativity with us!

    Click on the picture above to access our Flickr album.

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  • Beach Balls and Remote PE Ideas!

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/29/2020


    Mrs. Linda Condon is always thinking about her students!

    She wants all of you to get lots of exercise while school is not in session, so she purchased beach balls for all of the students in the Early Childhood Program - Grade 5!  How thoughtful of her!

    She also included an activity sheet, a short note, and a challenge to play a favorite “Keep It Up” game with the entire family to try and get the highest score.

    (Note - ECP activity sheets will be emailed by teachers rather than being included in packages with the balls.)

    Mrs. Condon wants to assure you that the balls were delivered in sealed packages and she had plastic gloves on to both write on the ball and package it. 

    Please be on the lookout for instructions from your teacher with how and when to pick up your child's beach ball!

    Feel free to contact Mrs. Condon with any questions.  


    Here are some ideas for how to use your beach ball over the next few weeks:

    1)         Throw ball up above your head and catch it.  Try it 10-20x, then get 10 in row without dropping it. ( You know, if you miss it, back to zero.) Try bouncing it and catching it with 2 hands. 10x

    2)         Throw ball lightly against the wall and catch it.  Try it 10-20x, then try it higher and to the left, then right.

    3)         Play catch with partner ( sibling or parent) trying to make at least 10 in a row, and 20 all together. Try it 2 more times getting a little further apart.  Try to throw it really high to see if they can catch it. Bounce it back and forth staying kind of close.

    4)         For older kids, each partner has a ball and you throw it and catch it at the same time. One throws low, other throws high. See how many you do before they crash or you drop it. ( Write down your highest...)

    5)         By yourself, try to keep the ball in the air by tapping it underhand, or overhand while you are constantly moving. Once it drops, start again...

    6)         With a partner, try to keep the ball up in the air between the 2 of you.  If you are near a wall, you can use it too. Go for as long as you can keep it in air.  Try many times...

    7)         Now, try to keep the ball up in the air with gentle taps or whatever it takes, with the WHOLE FAMILY. Let us know your highest score!

    8)         Play “Hot Potato” where you all stand in circle and pass the ball VERY quickly to next person. Get it, Pass it without hesitation. How many passes before it is dropped?

    9)         If you have 3 or more, play “Wonderball” and try not to get O-U-T OUT.

    10)       Put ball between your knees and hop around. How many hops before it falls out?

    11)       Try to keep ball up using your knees, elbows, or head...kind of hard.

    12)       Try throwing your beach ball and getting it into a laundry basket from different distances. Have a contest with a partner. 10 throws each, how many landed in the basket?

    13)       Outside, you can run with the ball, under your arm, or in your hands and go back and forth as quickly as you can.

    14)       Think of your own ideas...Hmm, what can I do with a beach ball??

    Exercises you can do each day:

    • All stretches, reaching up to the sky and then, down, without bending your knees.
    • Arm circles- forward and back ( keeping your arms straight)
    • Jumping Jacks (apart, together) (12)
    • Feet glued and twist to the right, to the right, to the right and then to to the left, to the left, to the left and then to right AND left...AHHH!!
    • Balance on one foot...3 seconds, Switch to other foot
    • Kick your left leg High, and then Higher
    • Kick your right leg High, and then Higher
    • Find a line to walk along without losing your balance
    • Then have fun skipping, hopping, galloping and sliding, facing sideways.
    • There is a 30 minute workout each day on You Tube called PE with JOE. Comes from his home in London and his name is Joe Wicks. It will have kids moving for the 30 minutes within limited space. New class every day and it is FUN!

    I hope the beach balls bring a little exercise into their life and a smile to their face. Email if you have any photos of the kids using the ball or exercising. I would love to see them in action. My email is lcondon@stjosephschoolwakefield.org.      

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Condon

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  • Grade 2 Zoom Call

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/29/2020


    Grade 2 was so glad to see each other and Mrs. Parris on their first Zoom call last week!

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  • Grade 1 Zooming Along

    Posted by Siobhan Murphy on 3/29/2020


    Our Grade 1 superheroes have been enjoying their daily Zoom calls with Mrs. Melino!

    They miss each other but are so glad to have a daily video visit!

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