January 28, 2019   •   Issue 22

"Dear Lord, thank you for all you have created in this world. Please help me to be the best I can be in or out of school. I am so blessed and so fortunate that I can attend Saint Joseph Elementary School. Thank you for the food we eat and the roof on top of us. I would like to pray for the homeless during the winter season and for them to be healthy. Lastly, please watch over us and take care of us.
We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen."
~ Kylie, Grade 4 ~

Dear Parents,


Welcome to Catholic Schools Week! The week that we celebrate being part of such a wonderful and thriving school community kicked off yesterday at the 9:30 a.m. family Mass. Thank you to Nancy Ruggeri for her parent testimonial as well as our students who read, sang, brought up the gifts, or were readers. We look forward to all the many activities we have planned for the week. You should have received an e-notify as well as a hard copy letting you know what is happening each day. We hope to see you at many of the events we have planned this week.


I will give you a quick reminder of what we have going on for the remainder of January as well as the February dates:

January 28th

Mass at 9:00 a.m. – hosted by grade four


January 29th

Teacher Appreciation Day

Early Release at 12:15 p.m. – there IS aftercare

Bowling Party at Kings - Legacy Place


January 30th

Our LIFT Retreat - parents/adults are welcome to join us at 10:00 a.m.


January 31st

Parent Appreciation Day

8:00 a.m. Breakfast provided by the teachers for you in the HUB or in the Kindergarten building for PK and K parents


8:30-9:00 a.m. visit your child in his/her classroom

There is NO BAND today


February 1st

Student Appreciation Day

Wear Patriots or any sports shirt

Normal pizza lunch but the HUB will be decorated and hopping with music!


6:00-8:00 p.m. Mother/Son Night with a HOEDOWN


February 2nd

Future Problem Solvers at the Qualifying Bowl at Canton High School


February 3rd

The Super Bowl!


February 5th

Student Council meeting 2:45-3:15 p.m.


February 7th

Prayer and Pick Up with K1 at 2:10 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Grade 4 Mother/Daughter Book Club in the music room

6:30 p.m. Grade 6 Mother/Daughter Book Club in the STREAM lab

7:00 p.m. Board meeting in the library

7:00 p.m. Fresh Air Fund meeting in the HUB


February 8th

8:00 a.m. School Store


February 12th

Early Release at 12:15 p.m. – There IS aftercare

100th day of school!


February 14th

Happy Valentine's Day – wear red/pink/white/purple to celebrate


February 15th

8:30 a.m. Susan Horne speaks to grade five about compassion and leadership


February 18th – 22nd

February school vacation


February 28th

Prayer and Pick Up with K2


March 1st

End of trimester

School Store

BINGO at 6:00 p.m.

Tony Mohammed speaks to grade five about teamwork



I want to thank the DREAM STREAM team of teachers for organizing such a successful STREAM Night. It was great fun watching the children and parents work together on their design challenges. Thank you to Ms. Federico, Miss Powers, Mrs. Solomon, Miss Horne, Mrs. Fiumara, Mrs. Wescott, and Miss Boland.



A reminder that Progress Reports will close for families this Friday, February 1st at 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Believe it or not, we are at exactly the halfway mark of the school year.


Parents have been calling wondering when the first day of school is in September. The first day of school for all students will be on Tuesday, September 3rd.


A reminder that we are re-registering our current students for next school year. Any questions should be directed to Mrs. Posada as she has taken over the tuition agreements now that we have the new Ren Web system.


We thoroughly enjoyed National Compliment Day last Thursday. Miss McShane told us all about it and the students as well as the faculty and staff embraced the opportunity to give one another well-deserved compliments.


A reminder that we try to get the students out for recess even when it is chilly. Please send your children to school with hats, mittens/gloves, and boots if snowy or if there has been melting or rain. If the temperature allows for it, we let the children out to enjoy the fresh air.


I want to thank Shelia Barley for organizing the Uniform Closet last week.  It was a big undertaking as we had a lot of donations. She really sifted through and organized everything and we were able to donate quite a few uniforms to a school in need We still have a LOT of uniforms in great condition, so if your children are growing, please come in and see if there is something here for him/her.



As part of our Parent Speaker Series, it was a pleasure to partner with Parent Talk and host speaker Pam Garramone on Thursday, January 24th.  Pam is a positive psychology speaker.  Her topic was "How to be Happy and Raise Happier Kids".  She was energetic and engaging while she shared tips on how to live a happy life.  Pam mentioned three strengths that are predictors of school success: self-regulation, perseverance/grit, and love of learning.  Pam also mentioned the benefits of having a gratitude journal and writing three things each day that you are grateful for.  Pam reminded us that "happiness is an inside job- no person or thing can give you happiness, you need to find it within yourself."



The Saint Joseph Parish Schools One Mission Buzz Off Team is open for Registration!

For the third year in a row, a team from the Saint Joseph Parish Schools community will be participating in the One Mission Buzz Off at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, June 2nd.

One Mission is a pediatric cancer charity that does whatever it takes to get kids through cancer.  One Mission programs make living in the hospital less lonely and stressful, bring back joy in a time of fear and uncertainty, and give kids and their loved ones the support they need to get through the emotional and financial challenges of treatment.  All of the programs they fund directly benefit children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer, the families who support them, and the medical community who compassionately cares for them. These programs and services rely exclusively on philanthropic support, as they are not reimbursable through insurance or eligible for traditional grant funding.

Over the past two years we have raised over $60,000 and won the award for largest team both years with over 30 buzzees each year. Anyone from the St Joe's community is eligible to participate on our team (students, teachers, parents, siblings, relatives, and friends).

Each team member is required to pay a $35 registration fee and reach a minimum fund-raising goal ($350 for adults and $200 for children 14 and under). If you would like to join this year's team, please go to below and click Join the Team.

If you are not participating, but would like to make a donation to the team, go to below and click Donate Now. 

If you would like to learn more about One Mission and their programs, visit their websites at or

If you would like more information regarding our participation in the event or details related to the event, feel free to contact our parent organizer Joanie Shea at


Host a child for one week this summer! 


The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.


There are several trip dates available for summer 2019. Find out how you can get involved!

Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Elementary School
90 Pickering Street, Needham

Please contact Lauren at for more information.

Well, we are certainly spoiled here in Boston with our sports teams. What a game it was last week, WOW! Were there any sweeter words to hear than when Matthew Slater said, "We want the ball," to begin the overtime period.


When asked why he called "heads" at the coin toss, he replied that his father always called heads because he would say that God is the head of my life. That's why I call heads. A great message from a great athlete and person of faith. Let's keep the faith and GO PATS!


Warm regards,


Charlotte Kelly


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