February 25, 2019   •   Issue 25 

"Dear Heavenly Father, please make sure that the military and their families at home are kept safe and that the soldiers come back home unharmed from the war. Thank you for the school staff that help us to learn and who make sure we are trying our hardest to always listen to directions the first time. Also, we ask that the school nurses help us get better when we are hurt or feel ill. I am grateful that I go to such a great school with a STREAM class that teaches us the fundamentals of engineering, coding, and computers. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen."

~ Liam, 3rd Grade ~

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to school! I hope that you all had an enjoyable and restful February vacation. We have seven weeks of uninterrupted learning ahead and I know that the teachers are looking forward to getting a lot accomplished.



Next week we begin the Lenten season with Mass on Ash Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. You are welcome to join us. Ashes will be distributed during Mass to all the students, faculty, and staff. We will also begin talking about prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and sacrifice. Often, we tell the children you do not necessarily have to give something up to sacrifice during Lent, but you might do something for someone that is a sacrifice. Students in grades one through five will attend weekly Mass during Lent at 9:00 a.m. in the lower church. You are always welcome to join the students.



One of our school traditions is to support the CRUDEM Foundation and the Lenten parish initiative. We will have a tag day on Friday, March 29th to donate monies to assist those in need in Haiti. Below is a note from Cathy Zimmerman, a parishioner who helps coordinate these important efforts.

I am a member of St. Joseph's Justice and Peace committee and we are again supporting the CRUDEM Foundation and hospital Sacre Couer in Milot, Haiti during Lent. As in years past we will be collecting donations of Vitamin C lollipops, high protein snack bars (10 grams or more) and monetary donations made out to CRUDEM. Last year we were able to send 15 boxes of vitamin C lollipops and protein bars. These are distributed to families to help augment their nutrition along with other foods. Unemployment, hunger and malnutrition are a continual problem on the island. We were also able to send sufficient funds to cover the operational expense of running the hospital for 3 days and money to build a concrete home for a grandmother who cares for her 5 grandchildren. 100% of donations to CRUDEM are used directly to improve the lives of the Haitian people. The past few years the elementary has supported this project with a "TAG DAY".


Boys and girls in Grade 4 and above are invited to join the ranks of our parish altar servers, who assist the priests during Mass. Prior to beginning this ministry, new servers are required to complete a training session. There are two upcoming opportunities for training: children can attend a one-hour session on either Thursday, March 7, at 4:00pm or Saturday, March 9, at 2:00pm. Please contact the parish office at (781) 444-0245 to register your child.




It was a busy week before vacation as we celebrated being in school for 100 days as well as Valentine's Day. 3C wrote postcards to Monsignor McGann telling him how much they are missing him 😊. Many thanks to all the parent volunteers that helped to make both these days special for the students.





The week ended on an inspirational note, as Susan Horne joined us on Friday as a speaker for the Leadership Series. Her positive energy penetrated the room, as her calming voice guided students through a discussion about empathy. She is truly amazing as she grabbed the students' attention by showing a clip from the movie, "Wonder," which most students have seen or read. They were very much able to verbalize which characters demonstrated empathy and which did not. Mrs. Horne then lead them through a comparison of their journey on Earth and their spiritual journey and explained how our ultimate goal is to get to heaven. We can accomplish this by being kind, as God wants us to be. She reminded us that each person is "created in the image and likeness of God." Ask your child about the video she shared about the basketball game. It truly defines what empathy is. What a lovely way to end a busy week.


March 1st
End of trimester

Family BINGO Night


Tony Mohammed, Fifth Grade Leadership Speaker Series,

Teamwork 8:30 a.m.


The School Store is Open


March 4th
Albert Einstein Cultural Program

Follow Pre-K on Instagram this week


March 5th

Grade four Lunch Bunch -The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan


March 6th
Ash Wednesday

9:00 a.m. Mass


March 7th
Prayer and Pick Up with K3 at 2:10 p.m.

Grade five Lunch Bunch- Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper


March 8th
Pitch Day for entrepreneurs selling wares at the School Store 8:00 a.m.

Tag Day for those that sold 5 calendar––– you should have received a certificate


March 9th
Knights of Columbus St. Patrick's Day Dinner


March 10th
Daylight Savings Time begins


March 12th
Student Council meeting 2:45-3:15 p.m.


March 13th
Report cards available online through RenWeb


March 14th
Prayer and Pick Up with PK1

Grade three Lunch Bunch- The Get Rich Quick Club by Dan Gutman


March 15th
No School – Professional Day for the faculty/staff

Financial Aid applications are due


March 19th
St. Joseph's Day – Mass at 9:00 a.m.

First Holy Communion parent meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the lower church


March 20th
Museum of Science visits the kindergarten students so they may build bridges


7:00 p.m. Joint Board meeting with SJES and MHMS


March 21st
Grade five visits Gillette Stadium for a STEM project

Prayer and Pick Up with PK2


March 22nd
Crafty Kids Art Fair at the School Store at 8:00 a.m.

Tag Day for those that sold 10 calendars – you should have received a certificate


March 22nd and 23rd
MHMS students perform Annie Jr. at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


March 25th
Penance Services for students in grades 2-5


March 27th
PSA meeting at 8:15 a.m. in the HUB

Eversource presentation for pre-k and kindergarten students

WPI AweSTEM presentation 3:30-5:30 p.m.


March 28th
Prayer and Pick Up with 5A


March 29th
MWRA presentation for grade five students
Tag Day for CRUDEM $3.00 donation





We are excited to be named Hulafrog's "Most Loved" Private School for two years in a row!



I am thrilled to report that sixteen of our faculty and staff will be taking courses through the NCEA and Notre Dame University, Maryland this Spring. We are using some of our professional development monies from Needham Public Schools and every faculty/staff member had the opportunity to choose a course that will help them grow as an educator.



  • The end of the trimester is this Friday, March 1st.
  • Children should be logging on to Reflex Math three times a week. Students will complete at least one session at school, but they need to complete two sessions at home. The kindergarten students were just introduced to Reflex Math right before vacation. This is all to help with fact fluency.
  • Family BINGO Night will be held this Friday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m.
  • We will be celebrating Dr. Seus'' Birthday this Friday. Children will be dressing in simple ways to celebrate the favorite book of each class.  This is also a $3.00 tag day for Franciscan Hospital for Children. The hospital is in need to baby equipment so that is what we will purchase for them.
  • The Auction is going to be held on Saturday, April 6th. It is always a fabulous night so please make sure to purchase your tickets early. With only 300 seats we believe it is going to sell out quickly.
  • Financial Aid applications are due by March 15th. Please log on to FACTS to fill out the forms. As you know, we do not want to lose any students because of financial constraints so please apply for financial aid and/or also set up a meeting with me.
  • If your child has signed up for the Soccer Club that begins this Friday afternoon the location has been changed to the elementary school gym. Pick up will be in the back parking lot.



  • Please make sure that your child crosses May Street with the crossing guards.
  • Please do not drop your child off at the Pickering Street door, that is for the buses only.
  • Please do not let your children play in the back parking lot of the kindergarten building and do not park there.
  • Mrs. Brett wanted me to remind you that if your child is sick and needs to stay home, he/she may not come to school for class parties, field trips, play practice, clubs, or any other activities. She said if children are not well enough for school as difficult as it is to have a disappointed child the child should be at home recuperating.



Our next event, SJES Family Bingo Night, is scheduled for THIS Friday, March 1st @ 6:00 p.m. Space is limited to this event, sign up early to guarantee a seat.



March 1 is submission deadline.

We will have red bags in each class to collect them and the class with the most will win a $50 gift card for the classroom. There are thousands of products that have BoxTops on them. If you need help finding BoxTops please check out the website.  We will be collecting the week after February Break. Contact Casey Friedman at with any questions and good luck collecting!



Saturday, March 2 • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Avery School

336 High Street

Dedham, MA


Ages 2-17

Free Admission!

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It's good to be back at school and I hope everyone has a great week!

Warm regards,
Charlotte Kelly

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