Wed. Sept. 18 is the last day to turn in Spirit Shirt order forms for our second ordering of the green shirts with this year's design. These shirts and hoodies should be ready by the Oct. 4 Mission Mart Day.

 

We have had several grandparents and parents sign up for volunteering at our school! Thank you!!! We want to ensure that every volunteer understands how to keep our students safe! This is a reminder, especially to our new families, that all volunteers must take a VIRTUS training before they can volunteer with the  children of our parish-this includes driving on field trips. We very much want all parents involved, so if you have not already attended, please make plans for Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1-4 in the school cafeteria! If you are unable to attend this day, contact Paula at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can help you find a training in Wichita to attend this fall. This is a one time only training-once you have completed it you are good to go for any volunteering with children for the future! We would especially like to see more DADS take this class!

 

For the feast of St. Joseph, our Virtue Families created videos to help chronicle the life of our patron saint!

 

 

We hope this is the beginning of a great tradition with Holy Savior! Thank you to the Pauly, Hartman, Jones, Doll, and Lange families for welcoming us to their farms and teaching our students!

Apr. 8 will be your chance to order photos of your child not wearing their uniform. Students are asked to wear nicer clothes for their spring pictures, please no jeans or T-shirts. A more detailed description for Dress Up Days can be found under policy 602 in our online parent handbook, but basically, their Sunday best. Boys should wear slacks with a collared shirt and girls can wear modest dresses, skirts, blouses, pants, and blouses. As always, leggings can only be worn under skirts/dresses of appropriate length. Students can wear their uniform if they do not wish to dress up. Looking forward to seeing our classy students this day!

 

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!