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The first decision the Student Council made was to support Franciscan Children's Hospital by having our students pay $3.00 to wear orange and black or costumes on Halloween.  All proceeds will go toward purchasing costumes designed for children with handicaps and wheelchairs.  Today, our Student Council Representatives had the opportunity to purchase the Halloween costumes for the students and patients and deliver them directly to the children.  It was a wonderful experience and a great lesson for our students about making a difference to the bigger world!

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We are proud to report another successful Pare & Share event! More than 75 students and volunteers gathered to bag and chop fresh veggies for the Pine Street Inn. From this fantastic power hour, we were able to donate close to 100 gallon-size bags of mushrooms, green beans, zucchini, summer squash, celery, and peppers. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who came to help.

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Last week ended on an inspirational note as Susan Horne joined us 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 discussing empathetic characters from the book/movie, "Wonder," which most students have seen or read. They were very much able to verbalize which characters demonstrated empathy and which did not. Jesus wants us to show empathy and Mrs. Horne shared stories and examples of empathy that she has witnessed and easy ways the students can show empathy. She reminded us that Mother Theresa said, "Do small things, with great love." This is an important message for the students to hear. They do not have to perform grand gestures, but simply be kind to one another; offer a smile, pick something up for someone, include someone in a game, visit a grandparent, etc. 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.

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As part of our Leadership Series, our Fifth Grade Class had a visit from Mr. Walsh, Golf Pro from The Country Club, to speak about the characteristics of an effective leader emphasizing A.R.E: appreciate, recognize, and encourage. He also taught the students about the 9 points of contact when meeting someone new: your 5 fingers, 2 eyes, and 2 ears. We are grateful to Mr. Walsh for his visit and speaking with our future leaders!

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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."