Important: New 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.
Directory Orders - Due August 28
Family Directory orders are being accepted online through August 28. There will be no paper form sent home. Directories are $6 and will be billed to families' FACTS accounts. For questions, contact contact Jennifer Fortener at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help "Bridge the Gap" - Pledge Now!
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Goal: $900,000 | Current Total: $780,136 (as of August 24)
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.