During Catholic Schools Week, we encouraged our students to design their own Catholic school t-shirt, proclaiming what they love about their school! We had so many great designs! Well done, students!

This year, our Grandparents Day activities will begin with a special Mass for Grandparents at 10:00Grandparents can pick up grandkids from the gym at 9:50 and head over to church to sit together. Our superintendent, Mrs. Janet Eaton, will be joining us for Mass.  After Mass, the children will give you a tour of the school and then you can eat a sack lunch together in the gym, followed by playing any card or board games you bring! We love this tradition!

 

One great way to help our school is by clipping Box Tops for Education from various products and turning them in to our school office. This week at Hired Man's, there is a special on page 2 of their weekly ad where you can earn FIFTY bonus Box Top when you buy five products with Box Tops. Thank you to Jordan Hollis for  volunteering to manage this program for our school!

For several months, the Student Council has been persistent in requesting we make an addition to our school uniform policy. After discussing it with Father, the teachers, and our School Council, we announced at this week's PTO meeting that starting this March, we will be adding shorts to the uniform policy. Knee-length navy blue dress shorts can be worn during the first and last quarters of the school year. They should not be the baggy cargo style. These shorts can be found at many retail and online stores. Schoolbelles will be updating our school order page (code S2826) in the upcoming weeks, and we will also have used shorts available for sale at our Open House on Feb. 3. Please email if you have any questions!

 

Next week we will begin collecting items for expectant mothers that we will donate to Birthline in Wellington. They are in need of gently used newborn sleepers, onesies, blankets, 4 oz. bottles, pacifiers, bibs, burp pads, newborn toys, teething rings, and especially newborn or size 1 diapers. Please consider donating to this great cause! We will collect items until Dec. 19. 

Mr. Ethan Hemberger has volunteered to help train our 4th graders for the honor of being altar servers. He will be holding training between Sunday morning Masses, from 9:15-10:15 on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Fr. Smeltzer and I would like 4th grade students to attend at least 2 of these trainings before we give them their final preparation and begin scheduling them in 2019.

On Feb. 7, Kyle Trueblood will be hosting Body Venture, an interactive science lesson that let's students travel through the human body! We are excited that our students will be able to attend! We are in need of volunteers that morning that would be willing to help teach children about the different body parts. A script is provided to make this an easy and fun way to serve! A SignUp Genius is being sent tonight.

Monday, Nov. 26, is our next PTO meeting. Afterwards, we will be offering two presentations to empower families in passing on the faith to their children. In the second grade classroom, Mrs. Jackie Arnold will be presenting about  helping prepare their 2nd graders to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion this year!. In the cafeteria, Mr. Arnold will offer ideas on how to celebrate the liturgical year with traditions in your home. Childcare will be provided in gym by our CYM for those that use the Sign Up Genius.

 

Mr. Ethan Hemberger has volunteered to help train our 4th graders for the honor of being altar servers. He will be    holding training between Sunday morning Masses, from 9:15-10:15 on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18. More trainings will be scheduled in December. Fr. Smeltzer and I would like 4th grade students to attend at least 2 or 3 of these trainings before we give them their final preparation and begin  scheduling them in 2019.

The Kansas Dept. of Education offers free appointments for assessing children age birth through five, in the areas of walking, talking, seeing, hearing, and learning. This is not a kindergarten screening, but rather to help parents know if their child is developmentally on track and identifying any needs a child may have. Call 794-8641 to schedule a time. They will be at Clearwater Service Center on Dec. 6 and here at St. Joseph on Apr. 11. 

Once again, your generosity has surpassed our expectations! The students raised $852 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The hospital treats over 8,000 children every year. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food, so that they can focus completely on helping their child. Thank you St. Joseph families for helping this great cause!

We will be offering presentations for Parent University after the  November and January PTO meetings. If you would be interested in helping plan next year's Parent University schedule, please email Mr. Arnold! We want to continue selecting topics that parents care about!

We invite all families to join us on Wednesday, Oct. 31 for the All Saints Parade. Students will arrive at school dressed as their saint. We will attend Mass at 8:05 and then parade to the gym @ 8:45. Each child will take a turn on the stage and tell who they are dressed as. Our older students 3-6 will share a fact about their saint. We finish with a class picture. We hope you can join us for this great tradition!

We would like to thank everyone for supporting our Book Fair this past week! We had $2,549.55 in sales. We made it to $2,500 so we will earn 50% of the profits! This is a tremendous help in adding new books to our school library! Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with setting up, sales, and clean up, especially to Audra Downey for helping organize this event! We are looking for a parent who LOVES children's literature to help Audra select how to spend our Scholastic dollars. We are also looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping cover our newly donated books. This is a task that can be done on your own time to fit your schedule! Email Mr. Arnold if you are interested in helping with either of these avenues of stewardship!

Wednesday was our World Museum! We had many students dress in clothing from around the world. Each classroom had art projects and exhibits from a different continent. The students had a great time and learned a lot!

 

Next week is our community food drive for Mission Mart! A flyer is going home today, but a special reward is being   offered to St. Joseph. If our students collect 750 items, Wheatland Electric has generously offered to provide a pizza party for the school! Please send non-perishable food items or cash donations next week to benefit the Mission Mart.

Parent University is back by popular demand! We are asking that every family plan to attend at least one of the sessions we will offer. To make it more convenient for you, we will have our first presentation on a night you will hopefully already be here-on Oct. 3 during the Book Fair and World Museum. Join us at 6:50 in the cafeteria to learn more about "Utilizing the WORLD Wide Web!" (See what we did there? With connecting it to the World Museum? Pretty good, aye?) Come learn about the online resources you can use as a parent, including PowerSchool, AR Home Connect, and Moby Max !

All parish families are invited to our World Museum the evening of Oct. 3. Our Book Fair will open at 6:00 for adults and children to browse and purchase great books! At 6:30, students and their families can visit Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America in grades K, 2, 4, and 6. At 6:50, a short Parent University class will be offered for parents in the cafeteria while the students play games from around the world in the gym. We will finish the night by traveling to Asia, North America, and Antarctica in grades 1, 3, and 5!

Last week, representatives from 4th, 5th, and 6th grade were elected by their classmates. The candidates all gave incredible speeches! We are so blest with such responsible students who want to be good stewards of their time, talent, and energy! Congratulations to our 2018-19 Student Council!
Jan Stuhlsatz
Trenton Holmes
Maddy Stevens
Macie Hartman
Joseph Beck
Jaryn Zoglmann
Jaedyn Jones
Delaney Jones
Gage Andra
Carson May
Right away, we began planning Respect Life Week activities. They have lots of big, creative ideas, including wanting to bring back Travel Day. After talking with the teachers, we have decided to adapt this idea for a new (and less overwhelming) student-led project, which StuCo is calling the World Museum! We are excited to welcome all our parish family to the World Museum as we also host the Book Fair the evening of Oct. 3! We look forward to the future events that StuCo plans!