Saint Joseph School

Blue Ribbon School

School News:

OPEN HOUSE!- Parents, students, and friends of Saint Joseph School are invited to visit the school on Sunday, August 20th, from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM for a “sneak peek” at the 2017-2018 school year. Acquaint yourself with the school building and visit the classrooms.

Saint Joseph School has some spaces available in grades preschool through 8. Please call the school at 766-2564 for information on registration.

Recycled Uniforms- School jumpers, skirts, pants, blouses, sweaters, shirts, and gym uniforms may be available.  Please visit the uniform closet at the school to drop off or pick up items in good condition, or call the school office for more information.

 

HELP SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL!!! – You can purchase grocery cards (Giant, Karns, and Weis) in the school office or after most weekend Masses. Scrip cards (for most any retail stores or restaurants) may be purchased in the office where we have a selection of in-stock cards. Buying grocery and scrip cards is an easy way to make FREE money for SJS and also to earn tuition savings for yourself or someone else. To celebrate it being back-to-school month, August 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 this month!

The school office is open this summer Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 AM until noon.  

 

SAVE THE DATES!!!

Aug. 20- Open House 10:30 AM– 12:30 PM

Aug. 21- First Day of School for Grades 1-8

Aug. 23- Back to School Night for Preschool (6:30 PM)/ Music Information Night (6:30 PM)

Aug. 24- First Day for Kindergarten

 

  

Employment Opportunity – Saint Joseph School

Early Learning Program Classroom Aides:  – 3 – 5 days per week.  Approximately 3 – 6 hrs/day.  Aides will be working closely with the lead teacher in assisting with our 3 & 4 year old preschool students.  Any hired employee will need ALL necessary clearances completed (PA State Police Criminal Record Check; Department of Public Welfare Clearances; FBI Clearance from PDE; Youth Protection Training Clearance from the Diocese). 

Cover letter, resume and copies of all clearances should be submitted to Mrs. Rebecca Bamberger, Principal, Saint Joseph School at 420 East Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or by e-mail: rbamberger@sjsmch.org

Saint Joseph School has some spaces available in grades preschool through 8. Please call the school at 766-2564 for information on registration.

Recycled Uniforms- School jumpers, skirts, pants, blouses, sweaters, shirts, and gym uniforms may be available.  Please visit the uniform closet at the school to drop off or pick up items in good condition, or call the school office for more information.

HELP SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL!!! – You can purchase grocery cards (Giant, Karns, and Weis) in the school office or after most weekend Masses. Scrip cards (for most any retail stores or restaurants) may be purchased in the office where we have a selection of in-stock cards. Buying grocery and scrip cards is an easy way to make FREE money for SJS and also to earn tuition savings for yourself or someone else.

The school office is open this summer Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 AM until noon.  The office is closed on Fridays.

SAVE THE DATES!!!

Aug. 15- Kindergarten & New Families Info Night w/ Ice Cream Social (5:45 PM) Aug. 16- Back to School Night for Grades 1-5 (6:30 PM) Aug. 17- Back to School Night for Grades 6, 7, & 8 (6:30 PM) Aug. 23- Back to School Night for Preschool (6:30 PM)

 

Congratulations to the class of 2017!  We are so proud of you and wish you the best of luck in high school! You will always be part of the SJS family. God bless!

The school office will  be closed on Monday, July 3rd, and Tuesday, July 4th, for the Independence Day holiday.

Other than the dates above, the office is open this summer on Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 AM until noon.  The office is closed on Fridays. 

Several SJS students received their All Star Student award at a recent Harrisburg Senators game. Students were nominated by SJS staff for showing improvement throughout the year. Great job! We are proud of you!

 

 

 

 

The 3rd grade students used candling to learn if the chicken eggs they have on loan are fertile and will hatch into baby chicks. Candling helps them to determine if the fertilized eggs are still developing. The students illuminate the interior of the egg to be able to see what is inside the shell.

Our 7th grade girls attended the annual ESTEEM conference on May 18th at Shippensburg University.  The girls participated in a number of STEM-based labs and activities that promote women in the STEM fields.  It was a fun day of learning!

While the 7th grade girls participated in Shippensburg University’s ESTEEM event on May 18th, the 7th grade boys helped to plant vegetables in the school garden. The students planted tomatoes, peppers, beets, celery, zucchini, snow peas, and bush beans which join a variety of perennial herbs already in the garden.  Our students enjoy watching the plants grow, and they enjoy harvesting and eating them!

 

Third graders Jackson Walker, Bridget Edwards, and Brady Sprenkle took turns reading to their 4-H chick.  Our third graders enjoyed reading to the chicks after waiting patiently for them to hatch!

SJS held its spring band concert recently.  Shown with their instructor,   Mrs. Delaney, are 8th graders Carter Lazarus, Vanessa Wacker, Grace Duggan, Brayden Cortellini, and Matthew Bowman at their last grade school concert.  We thank them for their music and wish them much fun in high school band!

Two SJS students have been recognized in the 2017 Diocesan Art Contest. Seventh grader Aviana Abbas won 2nd place in the junior division for her work, “Tree of Faith”, and eighth grader Hanna Salus won honorable mention for her work, “Ichthys”. Congratulations, Aviana and Hanna!

 

Congratulations to Cole Lazarus, the 2017 valedictorian at Trinity High School. Cole is a graduate of Saint Joseph School.  He will be attending the University of Delaware in the honors college studying biochemistry. This will be the third straight year that a graduate of SJS is the valedictorian at Trinity High School.  We are proud of you, Cole!  Best of luck to you and all the graduates!

The SJS May Crowning Ceremony took place on Monday, May 8th.  The 2nd graders looked wonderful in their First Communion outfits.  The 2nd and 8th grade students placed blue and white carnations in front of the statue of the Blessed Mother.   Marian hymns were sung, and the rosary was said in English, French, and Spanish.

 

Congratulations to the SJS Girls on the Run and Heart and Sole Teams!  They recently completed their program and 5K run.  All the girls beat their goal for the finish! 

 

Thank you to Mrs. Mary Heimbuch (Branch Manager), Mrs. Pat Miller (Assistant Manager), and “Penny” (Mr. Jeff Kreamer) of the Members 1st Federal Credit Union on Market Plaza Way in Mechanicsburg for visiting the second grade to read the story, Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday.  The students enjoyed listening to the story and discussing components of financial literacy, meeting the costumed character “Penny”, and receiving a pen and a piggy bank.  Each of the three 2nd grade classrooms as well as the library received a copy of Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday. Thank you, Members 1st!

Eighth graders Carter Lazarus and Matthew Bowman participate in the Trinity Drum Line and the Trinity High School Indoor Percussion. The middle school drum line took 2nd place at the regional championships, and the high school took 1st place.  Congratulations to all! 

Eighth graders Spencer Britt, Ansh Shah, Anne Spila, Michael Azubike, and Adam Warren attended a symposium of sciences presented by students of science at Messiah College.  Accompanied by Mr. Sansone and Mrs. Kerstetter, the eighth graders attended engineering sessions in addition to the admissions session, took a tour of the labs, spent time with the game design class presentation (playing the video games that were created in the game design class), and attended the engineering poster session.  It was a great STEM experience!

 

 

 

Congratulations to 7th grader Chelsea Fink who won 3rd place in the Diocesan Faith Bee on April 24th  behind two 8th graders and out of 32 participants. She received a participation certificate, a rosary, and a crucifix. We are very proud of you, Chelsea!

SJS will be celebrating Grandparents Day from 9:00-11:00 AM on Monday, May 8th.

SJS will also be holding its May Crowning at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 8th, in Saint Joseph Church.  All are invited!

Job Posting: Director of Early Learning Program- Saint Joseph School is seeking a full-time Early Learning Program Director for our extended day preschool program for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Please see the SJS website for the job description.

Congratulations to James Redmond (7A) who is a member of The Hershey Symphony Festival Strings, a middle school string orchestra. This orchestra was selected to perform for the All-Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Education Conference in Atlantic City, on April 7th. In addition, they were asked to perform at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall, on April 10th. They played three times with the Hershey Symphony-most recently on April 21st, to end the season.

The Middle School Drama Club gave wonderful performances of a student version of the Tony Award-winning musical, Pippin, to the student body as well as to their families.  Thank you to moderators Mrs. Rosanna Ellis, Mrs. Denise Auriemma, and Ashlyn Auriemma for their guidance!

K9 Merit and her handler from Summit Search & Rescue visited SJS to give an anti-bullying  presentation, “Be a Buddy…Not a Bully”, and also to demonstrate what bloodhounds do to help find missing persons and to find criminals.  

Students in the after-school “Garden” Enrichment Club recently painted birdhouses and planted flower and vegetable seeds while the Science Explorers “Kitchen Chemistry” Club performed experiments with materials found in the kitchen. 

Students are preparing for the upcoming Math 24 Tournament.

 

Congratulations to the following middle school students who made the Honor Roll for the second trimester: SIXTH GRADE 1st Honors- Alexandra Arnold, Ben Bonsall, Molly Boylan, Maya Caicedo, Teresa Hoellman, Tyler Kerstetter, Sydney Manning, Ava Quagliani, Sophia Quagliani, and Alina Tran. SIXTH GRADE 2nd Honors- Hope Geisel, Samual Horne, Joey Koranda, Paige Kiarie, Leeann Magel, Declan Raniowski, Sydney Russell, and Olivia Sekyi-Aidoo. SEVENTH GRADE 1st Honors- Catherine Britt, Erin Gnall, Marie Bernadette O’Brien, James Porter, Gracie Sprenkle, Isabela Wilson, and Christian Yeager. SEVENTH GRADE 2nd Honors- Aviana Abbas, Aidan Appleby, Kimberly Azubike, Isabella Bebe, Kyle Blum, Sophia Cirelli, Michelle Dominoski, Chelsea Fink, Jacob Learish, Bryce Montgomery, Gemma Pykosh, James Redmond, and Robert Root.  EIGHTH GRADE 1st Honors- Ryan Crowell, Grace Duggan, Matthew Jones, Carter Lazarus, Hanna Salus, Eden Skreppen, and Vanessa Wacker.  EIGHTH GRADE 2nd Honors- Michael Azubike, Spencer Britt, Aidan Casey, Ben Hare, Natalie Koranda, Campbell May, Aubrey Quagliani, Margaret Reagan, Sophia Sak, Nick Schiffer, Zach Serafin, Ansh Shah, AnnaMarie Starvaggi, and Adam Warren.

Congratulations to our students who competed in the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Middle School Computer Fair on Wednesday, March 29th. The results are as follows. Animation: 1st place- Hanna Salus, Annie Starvaggi, and Ryan Crowell; 2nd place-Tyler Kerstetter. Digital Movie: 1st place-Gracie Sprenkle, Isabella Bebe, and Izzy Groves; 3rd place Molly Boylan.  Programming: 2nd place-Michael Azubike and Ansh Shah. The first place students will compete on May 24th at the State Computer Fair at Dickinson College. Way to go!

SJS students did an excellent job this year at the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair (CASEF). The following students won the following awards: Anne Spila-American Association of Highway Engineers Award; Spencer Britt- Engineering Week Council Award; Erin Gnall – Dr. Love Excellence in Presentation Award; Adan Warren-Dr. Love Excellence in Presentation Award; Adam Warren- NASA Award; Catherine Britt, Vanessa Wacker, and Adam Warren- Eligible for Broadcam Masters; Vanessa Wacker- Category Winner of Plant Sciences, Grand Champion Finalist; and Adam Warren- Category Winner of Physics, Grand Champion Finalist, 3rd overall. Congratulations to all!  First Place Awards-Catherine Britt, Vanessa Wacker, and Adam Warren.  Second Place Awards- Spencer Britt, Grace Duggan, Erin Gnall, Natalie Koranda, Marie Bernadette O’Brien, Eden Skreppen, Anne Spila, and Annie Starvaggi.  Third Place Award- Konnor Beard.

Pictured:  Vanessa Wacker, Mr. Sansone and Adam Warren: 

Kimberly Azubike of 7B was the 3rd place winner in the American Legion Essay Contest, “What Does the American Flag Represent?”  Kimberly read her essay to legion members and their guests. Post 109.  Congratulations, Kimberly!

Thirteen eighth graders took part in a Science Symposium at Hershey Medical Center sponsored by the Dauphin County Medical Society Alliance. This program is designed for 8th grade students who have exhibited an interest in medical sciences or research. The day included an overview of opportunities within the medical field as well as speakers, a Life Lion Hangar tour, and instruction in Hands-Only CPR.

Congratulations to seventh graders Chelsea Fink and Isabela Wilson for earning first place and second place, respectively, in the Saint Joseph Parish Faith Bee.  Chelsea will represent Saint Joseph Parish at the Diocesan Faith Bee on April 24th.  Good luck, Chelsea!

 

Second grade students recently visited the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. They viewed the 3D IMAX film “Dream Big,” from which they learned about the creativity, problem-solving, and problem-finding that it takes to be an engineer, as well as ethical and ecological questions presented to them. Students also explored the science center exhibits which included forces of nature, sound and light waves, wind and rain power, pulleys, levers and ramps, and the Carnival of Health (where they learned about healthy living and the human body).

Mrs. Mann, a 3A parent, visited 3A to give the students an introduction to children’s yoga. She showed the students breathing techniques and poses for relaxation, focus, and calming which can help with stress, feelings, and emotions at school and at home. The students loved it and took to it instantly. 3A is looking forward to their next mini class with Mrs. Mann very soon!

Several 8th graders participated in the National History Day Regional Competition on Saturday, March 4th, at Messiah College. Kneeling (left to right) are: Rena Charles, Sophia Sak, and Natalie Koranda. Standing (left to right) are: Adam Warren, Matthew Jones, Eden Skreppen, Vanessa Wacker, Aubrey Quagliani, Ryan Crowell, Michael Azubike, and Annie Starvaggi.

 

Seventh grader James Porter scored 1st place at the school level of The National Geographic Geography Bee. We wish James good luck as he moves on to compete at the next level.

S.M.A.R.T.S. is the acronym for Students Making Appropriate Decisions in Tough Situations, a safety curriculum offered by the Mechanicsburg Police Department and which began at Saint Joseph School in SY 2010-2011. Some of the program topics in grades K-4 include: “Who am I?” (a discussion of what the police do and how to get help in an emergency), What is a Drug?, Safe at Home, Stranger Danger, Computers and You, Cyber Safety, The Law, Halloween Safety, and Summer Safety. Sergeant Brian Curtis of the Mechanicsburg Police Department delivers the lessons in grades K-4. Sergeant Peter Beauduy of the Upper Allen Township Police Department delivers the S.M.A.R.T.S. lessons in grades 5-8. Some of the lessons include Cyber Bullying and Cyber Safety, Interpersonal Safety, Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol, and Halloween Safety.  Pictured is Sgt. Curtis who visited with students earlier this week.

 

 

Facebook – SJS is on Facebook. Be sure to like the official Saint Joseph School of Mechanicsburg page #sjsblueribbon. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-Joseph-School-of-Mechanicsburg/137017873137391   There is also a direct link to our FB page on our school website.

 

Middle School students enjoyed a Mardi Gras celebration on February 24th. Pictured are some of the eighth graders with beads and masks.

SJS celebrated “Read Across America” the week of February 27th-March 3rd.  Some of the activities included a Harrisburg Senator’s “Hit the Books” assembly, Book Bingo for grades 1-5,  Bishop Gainer reading Last Stop on Market Street during one of the morning news shows, a green eggs and ham lunch, a “wear green” free dress down day, a Green Eggs and Ham  video during the morning news, mystery readers in all of the classrooms, and making “ooblek”.

 Congratulations to Cassidy Montgomery in 4th grade who will be the SJS representative to the Diocesan Spelling Bee (grades 4,5,6) on Wednesday, March 29th. Good luck, Cassidy!

The following eight SJS students scored among the top ten Saint Joseph Parish students in the written assessment of the Diocesan Faith Bee and will have the opportunity to participate in the Saint Joseph Oral Faith Bee.  Congratulations to: Ryan Crowell, Chelsea Fink, Matthew Jones, Carter Lazarus, Molly O’Brien, James Porter, Annie Starvaggi, and Isabela Wilson.  Good luck in the next round!

Congratulations to the following seven SJS students who were selected for this year’s Cumberland County Junior  Honors Band which recently performed at Messiah College: Matthew Bowman, (mallet percussion), Vanessa Wacker, (flute), Carter Lazarus, (tenor sax), Chelsea Fink, (trumpet), Robert Root, (baritone), Aidan Appleby, (trombone), and Grace Duggan, (bass clarinet). The students rehearsed with approximately 125 other students from 17 Cumberland County middle schools all day on a Friday and the following day wowed audience members with a fantastic concert! Thank you to our students for representing SJS so admirably!

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