Feb, 12, 2015

February 12 , 2015 edition

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPHINE BAKHITA…

Loving God, rewarder of the humble, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita with charity and patience. May her prayers help us, and her example inspire us to carry our cross and to love you always. Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom and love with which you filled St. Josephine Bakhita. By serving you as she did, may we please you by our faith and our actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS PARENT ACADEMY

Parents/Guardians, would you like to build partnership with your home and school? Mark your calendar for 8-Tuesdays, beginning March 10, from 6-7:30pm for sessions that will help you do just that! Free childcare will be provided and a free light dinner for your family will be served from 5:30-6pm. NO EXCUSES!!! Look for the green flyer that was sent to your home and return the lower portion to confirm your participation. See you then!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Last week, we also recognized our faculty and staff for catholic Schools Week with various types of awards. They were given to the following:

Faith Award- Mrs. Hubble

Community Award- Mr. Younger

Respect Award- Mr. Younger

Perseverance Award- Mrs. Coleman

Patience Award- Mrs. Moorman

Above and Beyond Award- Mrs. Burse

Innovation Award- Mr. Gourley & Mr. Frimming

Aide of the Year- Ms. White

Teacher of the Year- Mrs. Burse

Special thanks to all of our teachers and staff for all that they do for the scholars at St. Joseph Catholic School!

STANDARDIZED TESTING

Scholars will be receiving an unusual amount of testing within the next few months. Grades 3-8 will be taking the Ohio PARRCs testing in English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science; Grades 2-7 will be taking the CogAT and/or Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; Grade 3 will take the Ohio Achievement Assessment as mandated under the Ohio Ed Choice Scholarship guidelines; and grades kindergarten-8 will take the 3 rd round of NWEA testing. As you can see, we are going to be pretty busy and we are asking that all scholars are at school daily and are on time. The faculty and staff would also like for parents/guardians to discuss with their scholar(s) the importance of these testing and encourage them to do their best. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation!

* Here are four ways to help your scholar prepare for test week:

1. Explain that the tests will show how much he/she has learned. Encourage them to try their best, but don t put so much emphasis on them that they feel stressed.

2. Practice the test format.

3. Text Box: PANTHERS BASKETBALL
 
Saturday, February 14
Grades 3, 4, & 5: 10am vs. St. Boniface (Ct. D)
Grade 6: 11am vs. Friars Express (Ct. C)
1pm vs. Corryville Catholic (Ct. D)
Games will be played at Friars Club
(4300 Vine Street in St. Bernard)
Grades 7 & 8: 12pm vs. Woodlawn @ Woodlawn Recreation Center (10050 Woodlawn Blvd 45215)
Limit activities the night before the tests. Be sure your scholar gets to bed on time and sets an alarm for the next morning.

4. On test day, give your scholar an energy-boosting breakfast. Try to include protein and carbohydrates .

DURING LENT…

This Lent, we are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrifice by giving up food and material wants, and to offer our time, talent and treasure as good stewards of the gifts God has given us.

REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2015-2016 school year has begun for scholars returning to St. Joseph Catholic School! Registration forms were sent home last week. We are requesting that all forms be turned in by THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH ensure your child(ren)’s space. Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to register as Open Enrollment will begin February 17, 2015. Should you have any questions, feel free to call Mrs. Baskin, Miss Mason or Ms. Houston at 513-381-2126.

“X” MARKS THE KIT

So far this year, our school has signed up for 29 free Treasure Kits. Remember - once we reach 75 unique sign-ups for the free Treasure Kit, we will be entered into a drawing for a $10,000 cash prize! Plus – every additional 25 sign-ups gain our school another entry into the drawings, increasing our chances of winning pirate gold! Yargh!

EDCHOICE VOUCHERS ARE IN!!! PLEASE STOP IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE TO SIGN YOUR VOUCHER!!! ALSO, ANY SCHOLAR WHO IS ON EDCHOICE RETURNING NEXT SCHOOL YEAR WILL NEED TO FILL OUT A RENEWAL FORM IN ORDER TO RENEW YOUR SCHOLARSHIP.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

On behalf of the students, faculty and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School, we would like to wish a HAPPY 70th birthday to Ms. Gweldolyn Dukes! Ms. Dukes is one of our active volunteers and parishioners of the church. We appreciate you and everything that you do for our scholars! Happy Birthday and we wish you many more!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

FEBRUARY- HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MOTNH!!

13th: Candy Gram, 8th Grade

Basketball Practice Grades 7 & 8 4:15-5:30pm

14th: Valentine’s Day

16th: President’s Day, NO SCHOOL

16th-March 13th: PARCC Assessments, Grades 3-8

17th: Scholars return on the regular schedule

Basketball Practice Grades 3-6, 4:15-5:30pm

Girls Volleyball Practice, 4:15-5:30pm

18th: Ash Wednesday, Services at 12:30 and 6:00 pm

Cheerleading Practice, 4:15-6pm

19th: 3rd Quarter Interims go home

Basketball Practice Grades 3-6, 4:15-5:30pm

20th: Cultural Awareness Program, 2:30 pm

Basketball Practice Grades 7 & 8 4:15-5:30pm

21st: Boy Scouts to Pinewood Derby, 9am-2pm

24th: Open House, 5-7 pm, FRH

Girls Volleyball Practice, 4:15-5:30pm

25th: Open House, 5-7 pm, FRH

Boys Scouts to Duke, 11:30am-1pm

26th: Grades 2-6 to Aronoff Freedom Train, 12pm

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR!!!

SEASONAL INFLUENZA

Seasonal influenza, also known as the flu, is an illness that causes fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Flu vaccines are designed to protect against the influenza virus. Wash your hands often to keep the spreading of germs down. Also, to prevent from getting the virus, get a flu shot.

COMMUNITY NEWS

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL

The Cincinnati Diamonds Girls Fast-Pitch Softball team is having sign-ups. This activity is for girls ages 6-12. For more information or to sign your child up call Coach Nina at 513.307.7702.

CONCERTS FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

The Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society will present the group, Cadence, to the St. Xavier Performance Center Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 PM. Cadence hails from Toronto Canada and has been nominated for 3 Juno awards (Canadian Grammys) and their recordings have won 10 a Capella awards. For ticket information go to www.gcparts.org or call 513-570-0652.

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