2016-17 Kindergarten Registration
Registration allows families to apply for reserved placement at Saint Joseph Grade School prior to the Online Enrollment Period, which takes place in April. "Early Registration" is available to current school families as well as parishioners officially registered at Saint Joseph Parish prior to September 1 of the current academic year. Those families that qualify for and participate in Early Registration are eligible for priority placement and will receive advance notice of a placement decision. The deadline for Early Registration for Kindergarten is December 15. The deadline for General Registration for Kindergarten is February 1.
Please visit our Registration & Enrollment page for complete details on the process, applicable deadlines and requirements, and links to the Online Registration Form. Once the Registration Period has ended, children are admitted on a rolling basis as space is available.
Online registration forms for grades 1-8 will be made available at a later date.
Teacher Snack Bags
Our wonderful teachers will be putting in some marathon days for parent teacher conferences. Please help HASA provide them with snack bags to thank them for all they do and to help get them through the long day. Help us by donating individually-portioned snacks and drinks, or join us Monday morning November 23 after drop-off to put together the bags. Sign up here!
Saint Nick Six - December 5
The 7th annual Saint Nick Six, presented by Sassy's Sandwich Shack, will take place Saturday, December 5 at Saint Joseph Church & School. Events include a 6K Run, 3K Run & Walk, and the always popular Run, Run Rudolph for young kids. Proceeds from the race benefit Saint Joseph Grade School. Some proceeds from this year's event will support improvements to Saint Joseph Parish accessibility initiatives. Signup to volunteer for the event! Or, view more information about the race and register online now!
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences for 2015-16 take place November 23 and 24, from 3:00-7:30pm each day. Online signup is now closed. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher or contact the school at 574-234-0451. View the Parent Teacher Conference Schedule.
Saint Vincent de Paul Collection
School "Family Groups" are collecting food items for Saint Vincent de Paul through November 30. Please see the linked flyer for information on the items we are collecting.
Orders for yearbooks are being accepted online and will be billed through FACTS. If you already placed an order for a yearbook using the paper form, you do not need to submit a new order. Yearbooks are $15 each and must be ordered by March 11, 2016. For questions, please contact the school at 574-234-0451.
Drop-off & Pickup Procedures
Please be sure to read and become familiar with the new drop-off and pickup procedures. It is important that all drivers adhere to the procedures in order to ensure the safety of our children. Parents are encouraged to use Hill Street for morning drop-off; after school pickup is based on the grade of the youngest child in the family/carpool. There are also several parking restrictions to become familiar with during the drop-off and pickup hours. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to provide safe but efficient processes.
Help "Bridge the Gap" - Pledge Now!
Download a Pledge Form | Read the FAQ
Goal: $900,000 | Current Total: $809,413 (as of October 30)
Our target date is here but it is not too late to help us reach our goal! Drop your pledge forms at Mass or at the parish or school office!
We are almost there and we need your help! Our goal is to secure $900,000 in pledges so that we can begin the final phase of our campaign projects -- a school addition with classrooms and a gymnasium, and improved green space -- that will serve our parish in numerous ways for generations to come!
The generations of Saint Joe faithful that have come before us have left us a great legacy. I feel that we have been blessed in many ways, and I give thanks to God. I pray that each of you, too, will see God’s glory in the work before us, be inspired by the underlying mission we seek to strengthen, and find within yourselves a desire to give in gratitude.
Thank you to those who have already stepped up with great enthusiasm towards this initiative! I continue to be humbled by the generosity within our Saint Joseph community. Know that I welcome any questions you might have as you prayerfully consider your support. For your convenience, you may download a pledge form here. Also see our frequently asked questions.
May God bless our parish named in honor of his faithful servant Saint Joseph, and may God bless you and your family this Easter Season!
Fr. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C.
Saint Joseph Named "Four-Star School"
Saint Joseph Grade School has once again been named a "Four-Star School" by the State of Indiana. Saint Joseph is the only elementary school in South Bend to receive the honor this year. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories. Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned an “A” in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Congratulations also to our other area Catholic school honorees: Saint Joseph High School, Marian High School, Queen of Peace School in Mishawaka, and Saint Pius X School in Granger. A total of 281 schools received the award throughout the state. See the Indiana DOE announcement for more info.
Please read a letter regarding the coming accreditation process, which is in a phase of evaluating Academic Excellence & Operational Vitality. Our parish community's participation in the continuous improvement process is valued and appreciated. Please contact the school office with any questions.