Saint Joseph School

Blue Ribbon School

School News:

On Wednesday, November 15th, sixty-two science fair projects were judged by students and professors from the Science Department at Messiah College.  They were very impressed by the creative ideas that the seventh and eighth grade students from SJS had to offer.  They chose 12 projects to move on to the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in March.  These projects include:

  1. Bridges over Troubled Water- Catherine Britt 2. Stop Eroding This Instant- James Porter 3. H2O Low – Sophie Cirelli 4. Basics and Acidics of Water pH- Ben Bonsall 5. My, What White Teeth You Have- Gracie Sprenkle 6. Mind Music- Christian Yeager 7. Mint on the Brain- Molly O’Brien 8. Do You Hear What I Hear?- Maya Caicedo 9. How Hot is Your Spot?- Tyler Kerstetter 10. Make Your Sleep Count- Jacob Learish 11. Freeze- Gemma Pykosh 12. It Takes Guts To Be a Hero: Go Probiotics- Erin Gnall

 

Congratulations to all the students for their fine work!

 

Saint Joseph School students and staff recently held a food drive to stock the shelves of New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg. The school’s contribution was close to 1000 pounds of food! Thank you, students, parents, and staff!  Pictured are members of the school’s Student Service Council who gathered the donations from the classrooms and loaded them onto the New Hope Ministries truck.  

 

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The Sixth Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony will take place at SJS on Tuesday, December 5th, at 6:00 PM.  Music will be provided by the SJS liturgy choir and band ensembles. 

A social with light refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The Liturgy Choir and Handbell Choir will be participating in Saint Joseph Parish Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 10th.

Nurses from the Geisinger Health System joined us for two days of “Germ City” presentations.  Students in Preschool to 3rd Grade had the opportunity to see the presentations and learn about the prevention of germs. This is the eighth year we have participated in this program.

Students and staff made 34 wreaths for the fundraiser, “Wreaths for a Reason”, to benefit Shalom House in Harrisburg. Shalom House is a temporary shelter for women and children who have nowhere else to go, and it provides for their basic needs: a bed, food, clothing, health and hygiene supplies, and a temporary address and telephone number. Thanks so much to the teachers, aides, and students who made the wreaths! This was our seventh year participating in this fundraiser.

SJS held its first annual Veterans Day Assembly on Nov.10th at which we honored our veterans and those currently serving our country.  Our gathering included prayer, music, and speeches from veterans and an active duty officer who all have connections to our school.  Additionally, there was a slideshow of veterans and those who are actively serving, who are related to SJS families. SJS donated the funds from the day’s red, white, and blue dress down in order to present “Wreaths Across America” with a check for $1,000 to help place wreaths on the graves of veterans at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  Thank you to our SJS families who helped to contribute to our Veteran’s Day Assembly. God Bless America, and God Bless our veterans and active-duty military personnel!

The annual SJS food drive to help stock the shelves of the New Hope Ministries food pantry is underway and will end on Tuesday, November 21st.

 

Grocery Card BONUS Month – November is a BONUS MONTH for all grocery card sales. That means that your credit percentage toward tuition will be doubled on all purchases of Giant, Karns, and Weis cards during November! 

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The Liturgy Choir and Handbell Choir will be singing and playing at the 9:45 AM Mass on Sunday, November 19, 2017.  Both groups will also be participating in Saint Joseph Parish Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 10th, in the evening.

 

Students in grades 1-5 were treated to a Science Explorers assembly especially designed for their grade levels.  In the presentation, “Crazy Chemistry”, students learned about states of matter, chemical changes, and endothermic and exothermic reactions.  

The SJS Science Fair will be held on November 15, 2017.  Student projects will be on display in Brindle Hall. 

The SJS Fall Book Fair will be open during Christmas Fest from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2017, in the school library. 

The annual SJS food drive to help stock the shelves of the New Hope Ministries food pantry is underway and will end on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Grocery Card BONUS Month – November will be a BONUS MONTH for all grocery card sales. That means that your credit percentage toward tuition will be doubled on all purchases of Giant, Karns, and Weis cards during November! 

 

SJS offers various after-school enrichment clubs. Students are enjoying learning to write different types of poems in the after-school poetry enrichment club.

Red Ribbon Week, a nation-wide, anti-drug campaign, was celebrated October 23rd-27th at Saint Joseph School.  The theme for this year was “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free”. Students and staff were given special red ribbons to wear all week. A poster contest for grades 1-8 was also held. These posters were on display throughout the school. A dress down day was awarded to the winners of the poster contest.

 

Interested in learning more about Saint Joseph School? Join us for our open house to learn more about our programs, tour our school, and have the chance to meet our teachers and administrators. SJS is committed to providing preschool through eighth grade students with a Catholic, faith-filled education that helps our students develop spiritually, intellectually, and physically. Please contact us at 717-766-2564 with any questions. We look forward to meeting you at our open house!

We’ve had a GREAT Socktober!  2,702 pairs of socks were donated by SJS families and staff during our Socktober drive! The breakdown for the grades is as follows: Preschool: 72 pairs; K-2: 629 pairs; 3-5: 1,045 pairs; 6-8: 956 pairs. The socks collected were donated to the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families. Our SJS community certainly is generous!  Thank you!

After-school enrichment clubs are underway for our students in grades 1-8. One of the clubs, the Chess Club, challenges students to concentrate, think logically, and strategize.

Elections for the SJS Student Service Council were held recently, and the induction ceremony for the officers and homeroom representatives was held after Mass on Oct. 12th.  Congratulations to these 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who will serve the student body for the 2017-2018 school year!

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