Parent’s Meeting

APRIL PARENT CLUB MEETING DATE HAS CHANGED!!  Our April meeting will be held Wednesday, April 15th, at 7 pm in the MPR. Nominations for next year’s Parent Club Board are still being accepted. Please email sjsamherstparentclub@gmail.com if you would like to nominate someone you think will do well in a role (even yourself).  Sign-ups for next year’s Lead Room Parents are still being accepted as well. Please email sjsamherstparentclub@gmail.com with your Name, Grade you would like to lead, you email address, and your phone number.  If we have multiples per grade we will do lottery system to choose.

Blood Drive

blood.PLEASE SUPPORT OUR UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – SUNDAY, MAY 3RD, FROM 9 AM UNTIL 1 PM.  PLEASE REGISTER INSIDE THE SOCIAL HALL.  YOU CAN HELP SAVE LIVES! – FOR EVERY 6 UNITS OF BLOOD WE COLLECT, WILL SAVE 4 LIVES. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS

Masses in May

may-crowning We will have Mass on Monday May 4 to celebrate our May Devotional with a Crowning of Mary, featuring our graduating 8th graders and our new First Communicant 2nd graders.  We will not have Mass on Friday May 8 – the upper hall students will be on their field trip to Columbus.

Spring Gala

UnknownElyria Catholic will sponsor its Spring Gala and Auction on Saturday, April 25th, in the EC Coliseum. Cost is $75 per person and will feature dinner, live entertainment by the band Outta Dodge, open bar, auctions, sideboards, raffles, and a chance to win up to $5,000 cash. New this year! Purchase a ticket for your chance to win a behind the scenes Sam Adams Brewery Tour.  For further information or to purchase tickets for the event, go Click or contact Michelle Wisnor in the Advancement Office at 365-1821 ext. 122.

Nutrition Tip!

logo-choose-my-plate-170x155Choose MyPlate – our new feature – will give you great nutrition tips! Use the ideas to balance your calories, choose foods to eat more often, and cut back on foods to eat less often. Here’s our first one:
10 tips to a great plate
1. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. They have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but fewer calories and less saturated fat.
2. Make half your grains whole grains. Substitute a whole-grain product for a refined product—such as eating wholewheat bread instead of white bread or brown rice instead of white rice.
3. Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. They include cakes, cookies, ice cream, candies, sweetened drinks, pizza, and fatty meats like ribs, sausages, bacon, and hot dogs. Use these foods as occasional treats, not everyday foods.
4. Compare sodium in foods. Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose lower sodium versions of foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals. Select canned foods labeled “low sodium,” ”reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.”
5. Drink water instead of sugary drinks.  Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar, and calories, in American diets.
6. Balance calories – find out how many calories YOU need for a day as a first step in managing your weight. Go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to find your calorie level. Being physically active also helps you balance calories.
7.  Enjoy your food, but eat less. Take the time to fully enjoy your food as you eat it. Eating too fast or when your attention is elsewhere may lead to eating too many calories. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues before, during, and after meals. Use them to recognize when to eat and when you’ve had enough.
8. Avoid oversized portions. Use a smaller plate, bowl, and glass. Portion out foods before you eat. When eating out, choose a smaller size option, share a dish, or take home part of your meal.
9. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or 1% milk and dairy products. These foods have the nutrients you need for health—including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and fiber. Make them the basis for meals and snacks.
10. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for your meals. Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes or as dessert.

Join Us For Lent

St. Joseph School students will be participating in several Lenten events and invite you to join us as a school family.  Students will be begin their Lenten participation by attending Ash Wednesday Mass on Feb. 18 at 9 am. 
Adoration will be commemorated on Wednesdays at the following times:
  • 6th Grade  9:45 – 10  lenten-cross-purple_290x430
  • 7th Grade 10 – 10:15
  • 3rd Grade 10:15 – 10:30 
  • 4th Grade 10:30 – 10:45 
  • 5th Grade 10:45 – 11 
  • 1st Grade 11 – 11:15
Stations of the Cross will be celebrated on Fridays at 1 pm.  Grades which will lead Stations are:
  • 7th Grade on Feb. 20
  • 4th Grade on Feb. 27 
  • 6th Grade on March 6
  • 3rd Grade on March 13
  • 5th Grade on March 20 
  • 8th Grade on March 27

4th Annual Clothing Drive

photoSt. Joseph School is participating in the parish’s fourth annual Clothing Drive now until the second week of April.  In addition, we are looking for sports wear and sports gear.  The Mission Team will be taking many items to El Salvador this spring.  Remaining items will go to 10 local organizations including the shelters for battered women, the homeless, and children.  Click Sharing Clothes  for more information about items needed and where to drop them off or how to have them picked up.

Enrollment Begins for 2015-16

school-registration2ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL IS ACCEPTING REGISTRATION FOR THE 2015-16 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR. REGISTRATION FORMS AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE AND ON THIS WEBSITE UNDER THE ADMISSIONS BUTTON.

School Dollars

TargetWant to earn extra money for the school? – Then sign up for a REDcard at Target with their Take Charge of Education project (TCOE)! Target donates 1% of all REDcard purchases made at the store or on their website, and last year St. JosephSchool earned $930.23. In the past 17 years, SJS earned $6,520.75. So far this year we’ve accumulated $1,183.01. That total reflects 53 families signed up for REDcards – just imagine how much more we could be earning if more of our families were part of the program. You can enroll with TCOE and get your REDcard by visiting the website target.com/tcoe or by calling 1-800-316-6142 – or ask a cashier who can help you get the process started. Since TCOE was started in 1997, Target has paid more than 100,000 schools $324 million, credited to 1.5 million shoppers. And the best news is that the money given to St. Joe’s can be spent any way we need to.

Free Alert

Would you like to get a text message on your cellphone or iPad when the school is closed?  One is available from WKYC for free.  Just go to www.wkyc.com/news/mobile/text/ to sign up for the  text alert and WKYC  will send i-alert notification directly to your mobile device for the school you choose.  Although WKYC cannot guarantee 100% delivery of the text message because of carrier or geographical difficulties, you can still view school closings on the tv or at their website.

Sal & Al’s = $$$

coupon_0fe869d6b0Beginning in October, the second Tuesday of each month will be St. Joe’s  Night at Sal and Al’s!  If you go out to eat that night and let them know you are from our school, Sal and Al’s will donate money back to the school!  Thanks for supporting the school and businesses owned by our parishioners.

Buy Catholic

SHOP CATHOLIC  Buy Catholic books, videos, music, jewelry, gifts and more, and the school will earn cash (up to 10% of your purchase) on over 3,000 items.  Click on the picture to go to the CatholicBook.net website.