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​​​We were fortunate to host Karen Kiefer, the Director of The Church in the 21st Century at Boston College. She is the author of "Drawing God" which portrays the beautiful message of seeing God in all things. She gave a terrific presentation which included time for the students to creatively draw their pictures of how they see God.

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Teddy Droseros and Rachel Schlmenti, creators of Grateful Peoples visited the 5th grade on Monday to discuss how they took an idea to spread positivity and found a way to share it to the world. Teddy took inspiration from his mother’s illness to begin practicing gratitude. After seeing his own happiness grow by journaling about gratitude, he thought it would be great for everyone to be able to have a gratitude journal so Grateful Peoples was created. Teddy and Rachel kindly donated a journal to every 5th grader this year for the students to write in weekly. Ms. McShane led the 5th graders in an activity to make Gratitude Prayer Flags to celebrate Teddy and Rachel’s visit to Saint Joe’s. The idea behind the flags comes from Tibet and it is believed that if we hang them outside, the wind will take our prayers for the things we are most grateful for and spread them.


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The Kindergarten Nativity was outstanding! It is such a wonderful tradition here at St. Joe’s. The Kindergarten students shared the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus with the school community on Thursday and then with their parents, grandparents, and special guests on Friday. Thank you to Mrs. Lempitsky, Mrs. Lalicata, Miss Viscomi, Miss Mulrenan, Mrs. O’Brien, and Mrs. Nedder for all of their hard work.​​​​​​​

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It was wonderful to see so many of you at our fifth grade production of Frozen Jr.! What talented students we have here at St. Joseph Elementary School! Spectacular, amazing, and fabulous are words that come to mind when describing the performance. We are grateful for all the support from our fifth grade parents, as they have been working as hard as the children since September on costumes, staging, scenery, props, programs and more. Of course, none of this would be possible without the fantastic teachers who work to share their love of music and theater with our youngsters. Thank you to Mrs. Pratt, Miss Boland, Miss McShane, and Miss Mulrenan!


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The fifth graders once again made fleece blankets for Franciscan Children's as well as homeless shelters and hospitals. They had a lot of fun doing this project and we were proud with how well they worked. As the weather gets a bit colder, these toasty warm blankets will be put to good use.


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What I love about Saint Joe's is that since the beginning, it felt like my grade and the teachers are like a second family to me.

Elementary Calendar

We are very excited about the launch of our new STREAM (science • technology • religion • engineering • arts • math) program! It is complete with a STREAMworks Lab.

Saint Joseph Elementary School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges acknowledged our continued accreditation. "The Commission particularly commended the entire school community for continuing to seek excellence in all areas, including improving an already strong technology program, adding a high quality pre‐kindergarten program, and working collaboratively with education professionals within and beyond the school."