February Letter

February 12, 2020


Dear Parents,

            In the Matthew’s Gospel reading this past weekend, we heard the words, “You are the light of the world…your light must shine before all people so that they will see the good you do and give praise to my Father in heaven.  We are called to do good works in order that others will recognize the goodness and mercy of God.  As we grow nearer to the Lenten season (Ash Wednesday, February 26th), we look to prayer, sacrifice, and service to others as ways to answer our call from God.

             Re-registration forms for the 2020-2021 school year will be sent home this week.  Please note the due date on the form.  Registration for new students is currently underway.  This includes siblings of current students.

            Catholic Foundation Scholarship Applications may be completed now on the FACTS website. Please note that last year’s tax information may be used.  Please do not let this opportunity pass, as it not only helps your family, but also our school. Anyone wishing to complete this application should begin the process ASAP. In order to receive additional financial assistance from the school, it is necessary to complete this application on the FACTS system. The deadline is March 1, 2020 with no exceptions. 

            As we are in the midst of the flu and virus season, we remind you that children must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.  This is for everyone’s continued health.  With that in mind, our school handbook policy (available on our school web site at sjsnl.com) states that you are to call the office when your child is out for illness, and send a note prior to other absences. Telling or texting the teacher is not sufficient.  You must notify the office.        

            Donuts with Dads takes place this Friday on Valentine’s Day, hosted by the Massad Family.  This is from 8 to 8:30 a.m.  If you have not signed up to attend, please do so by tomorrow morning.  We are grateful to the Massad Family for hosting this event.          

            In an effort to cover Grade 8 class expenses, our 8th Grade is sponsoring a Gertrude Hawk Easter Candy Sale.  The sale starts today and runs through February 28th. There is an online order component, as well.  Using this format will incur a shipping changes, and will be shipped directly to your home.  The February 28th order date will be delivered to school in time for Easter distribution without shipping charges. We thank you for supporting our 8th Graders.


Reminders of important dates are as follows.

February 14     Donuts with Dads, 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

February 17-18 Winter Long Weekend

February 20     Bishop Cote visits St. Joseph School at 9 a.m.

February 25     Mardi Gras

February 26     Ash Wednesday 9 a.m. Mass

February 28     Grade 6 Play at 1 p.m.

March      6      First Friday, 9 a.m. Mass, 12:30 dismissal, Faculty Mtg.

March 12-13   Darren Sardelli, Poet to all grades.

March 14         Shamrock Tea

March 16         Professional Development, NO SCHOOL

March 19         Feast of St. Joseph, Grade 8 Pin Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in Church

March 20         Report Cards distributed.

March 23-April 2        Iowa Testing

March 27         Grade 5 play


            As always, you are in our prayers.  Please continue to keep us in yours.



Marianne Cote