September 27, 2018   •   Issue 8 

Dear God, thank you for the grass, trees, leaves, and the forests. Thank you for the food I can eat, the family that I can love, and the friends that I can play with. Thank you for our freedom and the forgiveness of our sins. Thank you, Lord, also, for giving us people who are brave enough to keep us safe, like firefighters, police officers, and soldiers. Most of all, thank you for your love. Please watch over our families, my Uncle Tim, and the families who have suffered loss in the hurricanes and recent fires. In Your name we pray. Amen.

~ Parker, Grade 5 ~

Dear Parents,


It hardly seems possible that we are turning the calendar to October. That said, as promised, here are the important dates and events for October.



  • Please join the fourth-grade students this month at Prayer and Pick Up in Mary's Garden. There are three opportunities this month.
  • Please join us on October 12th as the school community gathers for Mass. The fifth-grade class will be hosting and what will make it even more special is when the fifth graders sing on the altar at the end of the Mass.
  • Please join us at the school Rosary in the lower church on October 19th. It is always a powerful moment when the students in grades Pre-K through grade five gather to say the Rosary together. We have a lot of people we are praying for, so please join us as we pray to the Blessed Mother.
  • Please pray for all of us on our Retreat day. This is certainly a highlight for the faculty and staff as we gather in prayer and take the time to reflect on all our blessings. Please make sure to return the envelopes with letters that the PSA sent home last week. We really enjoy reading the letters and treasure them. Thank you!


Beginning on October 15th at our Open House, we will begin accepting applications for admission to St. Joe's for the 2019-2020 school year. We absolutely want to give first preference to our current families, so please log on to our website and apply. If your child is already a student, you do not need to re-apply for the new year.



(current SJES families)

We know that people have questions regarding our new three-year-old preschool program, so we will be hosting a coffee on October 10th at 8:30 a.m. in the Hub, for our current families only, to hear about this exciting new initiative. Drop your children off at school and then come and hear what we are planning for our newest students. Please email Desiree Walsh if you are interested and have not already contacted her. Her email is Also, please RSVP to the coffee via the link below. 


I am excited to share with you the dates and books for our first Lunch Bunch book clubs. Grade three will be reading Candy Corn Contest by Patricia Reilly Giff on October 25th, grade four will be reading Framed! A T.O.A.S.T Mystery by James Panti on November 7th and grade five will be reading Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead on November 6th.


October 2nd

7:30 a.m.

Student Council Induction and Breakfast in the HUB


2:45-3:15 p.m.

Student Council meeting


October 3rd

Kindergarten students go to Ward's Berry Farm


October 4th

Band starts


Prayer and Pick Up (4A)


October 5th

Faculty Retreat – no school for students


October 8th

Columbus Day – no school


October 10th

Sibling Pre-School coffee at 8:30 a.m. in the HUB


October 11th

Prayer and Pick Up (4B)


Bus evacuation practice


Author visit for grade four with Victoria Coe


October 12th

9:00 a.m.

Mass hosted by grade five


Progress Reports for students in grades 2-5


The School Store opens for grades 1-5


October 14th

CAP session in the library at 7:00 p.m.


October 15th

Open House for prospective students at 8:30 a.m.


October 16th

Pre-K students visit the police and fire stations


October 17th

Early Release- 12:15 for Faculty meeting


Pare and Share for students in grades 1-5 – more information to follow


October 18th

Sciencetellers presentation with the theme Wild West


October 19th

Join us for the school Rosary in the lower church at 1:45 p.m.


The School Store is open


October 24th

Picture re-takes


October 25th

Prayer and Pick Up (4C)


7:00 p.m.

Kids Healthy Minds Initiative Presentation in the HUB


October 26th

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat  


Leadership Speaker Series, Needham Bank, trustworthiness


October 28th

MHMS Open House for prospective students


October 31st

Happy Halloween! Wear orange and black



Fingers crossed and weather dependent, it looks like the playground will be open for children sometime next week!!! When we get the final word, we will have a simple ribbon cutting and blessing of the new space. This will include the students from grades 1-5. We don't want to confuse the Pre-K and kindergarten children although in the spring, when they are bigger, we will let them come on over and play. 


Officer O'Leary explained to the students that they do things to keep safe all the time. They wear seatbelts in the car, they wear helmets when they ride their bikes, they use the crosswalk when out walking, etc. He also talked about how they need to be safe at school and how we practice fire drills and bus evacuations and that we practice drills if a dangerous person comes into the school. The lesson he focused on was that everyone at St. Joe's will work to make sure that the children are safe in school.


We will have an intruder drill/dangerous person drill later this month, so I will send you a copy of the script that we use. Miss McShane will visit each class to read the ALICE book so that the students are prepared. We did this last year and it went very well.


We are looking forward to the first cultural program of the school year this month. We have something for every letter of STREAM this year. We kickoff the session with Sciencetellers, a group that comes and does exciting science experiments involving the children. This year's theme is Wild West, so that should be a lot of fun!


The School Store opens in the "big building" on October 19th in the art room for students in grades 1-5. Opening day of the store sounds like a stampede as the students run in to shop. Ms. Harris runs the store with the fifth grade Student Council members. You can send in a dollar or two and the kiddos will have enough money to shop.



Thanks to Caroline Maloney and Luli Martinez for coordinating Pare and Share this year. Students in grades 1-5 gather in the HUB to cut fresh vegetables for the Pine Street Inn. There will be a flier sent home soon with details.



With the weather turning a little bit cooler, it is time to turn our attention to the Anton Coats for Kids Drive. There will be boxes at the entrances of the kindergarten and elementary school buildings that will accept gently used coats for children and adults. The community is always so generous "serving" others and we want to thank Caroline Maloney, Elizabeth Murphy, and Lori Ann Young for coordinating this outreach program.



We want to thank the Rotary Club of Needham for delivering new dictionaries to all of the third graders in town. The members came this week to meet with our third-grade students and they were very appreciative.



Mark your calendars for Trunk or Treat on October 26th. This is a night when students and families are welcome to dress up in costumes and go trick or treating while dancing to music and eating pizza.


Our crossing guard, Mr. Tom Totten wanted me to thank all of you for your prayers while he was out recovering from his surgery.


Please do not park on Pickering Street or in the parking lots across the street from school. Both of those parking lots are for the residents in the apartments and they keep calling us saying that people are taking their parking spaces. It is important for us to be good neighbors, so I appreciate your cooperation.


Now that their children are in the "big building" I enjoy getting to see and know the parents of our first graders. It really is a bonus for me!



See you at the Yard Sale Friday afternoon or Saturday! A reminder that you all may shop on Friday afternoon from noon until 5:00 p.m. To be honest, it looks more like Homegoods in the gym than it does a yard sale.


Warm regards,

Charlotte Kelly



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