Saint Joseph Elementary School is alive and well with approximately 360 students and getting stronger all the time. It has always been and continues to be the Catholic Christian identity that makes Saint Joseph’s unique. All that we do is driven by our goal to create a Christ-centered environment of learning and respect.
At Saint Joseph Elementary School, we pride ourselves on a strong academic program. Daily Religion classes and school wide prayer provide a strong spiritual framework. Christian values are integrated into learning whenever possible. Our school day opens with community morning prayer over the public address system, led by the principal and the students. This sets a reflected and Christ-centered tone for the day.
I love how we are taught about Jesus and how we go to church. —Anna
In the reinforcement of our Catholic beliefs and values, the students are given the opportunity to see the staff and teachers who are trying to model their lives to live as Jesus lives. Through Bible reading, daily prayers and religious instruction, as well as liturgies, prayer services, recitation of the rosary and penitential services, the message of Jesus is stressed and lived. Our faith is the reason we exist. It is our hope that we are able to create a school environment rich in the love of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
St. Joseph’s School coordinates its outreach efforts with a plan to help those near and far.
Jesus tells us "it is in the giving that we receive." For students at Saint Joseph Elementary School, this teaching is the foundation for a comprehensive community giving effort that starts here in Needham and will eventually affect people in need throughout the globe. We have established a relationship with The Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA. Throughout the school year the students and teachers participate in various fundraising events to benefit the children at the Franciscan Hospital.
While the Franciscan Hospital is our primary focus, the students at Saint Joseph Elementary serve each other and the world many times during the year. A popular event is "Pare and Share." Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, the children gather (with plenty of adult supervision) to cut up fresh vegetables to replenish the Needham Food Pantry.
The student council sponsors other charities throughout the year through "tag days," another popular way to raise money for a good cause.
While the plan is ambitious, Principal Kelly is making it a priority for the school. “It’s critical that the children understand how blessed they are and that we are all called to give back,” she said. From the participation thus far, it appears that the children of Saint Joseph’s are up to the task.
What I love about Saint Joe's is all the nice teachers and friendly kids. I also love how there is always something to do. Another thing is that they teach us to love God, and that is something we will carry with us all of our life. — Fiona