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Saint Joseph Grade School
216 North Hill Street
South Bend, Indiana 46617
(574) 234-0451


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Save the Dates!

School will be back in session soon! Be sure to mark the dates below on your calendar and keep an eye out for emails from the school and from HASA for more information.

Saturday, August 13 - Back-to-School Cleanup Day (8:00am-noon)
Monday, August 15 - New Family Orientation & K-3 Parent Night (7:00pm)
Wednesday, August 17 - First Day of School (8:00am), HASA Welcome Coffee (8:00am), First School Mass (9:30am)
Thursday, August 18 - 4-8 Parent Night (7:00pm)
Saturday, August 20 - Parish Picnic (5:00-8:00pm)
Sunday, August 28 - New Gymnasium and School Addition Dedication (10:00am)
Monday, September 5 - No School (Labor Day)

Parish Picnic - Purchase Tickets by August 8

Make plans now to attend the Saint Joseph Parish Picnic on Saturday, August 20, from 5:00-8:00pm (please note the Saturday Vigil Mass will be moved to 4:00pm that day). This year's picnic will feature a traditional hog roast by Jaworski’s Market! Hot dogs and mac-n-cheese for lil buckaroos, and craft beverages for grown-up cowgirls and cowboys. As always, there will be games, bounce houses, balloons, and more! Tickets are $10/person or $40/family. Children 2 & under are free. Order online today or buy after masses July 30-31 or August 6-7. Please be sure to buy early! The food order is due August 8. For questions, contact Dory Mitros-Durham at

School/Preschool family online ticket ordering here!

Volunteers Needed:
We need dozens of volunteers -- bakers, heavy lifters, smiling faces, and so many more -- to help make the parish picnic a success! Please consider helping -- sign-up now!

HASA Annual Volunteer Signup

It’s HASA Volunteer Sign-up time! HASA has over 30 committees and events that depend on parent support and stewardship. We appreciate your generosity of time, talent, and resources to help our students, teachers, and SJGS. There are many ways each parent can participate – some are one-time events, some are ongoing, some are on the front lines, some are behind the scenes – thus making it possible for all families with varied schedules to contribute their time and talents.

View all General Volunteer Opportunities – We currently have many fall volunteer needs posted. Spring events will be posted closer to the actual events.

View Open Committee Chair Positions – Several committees still need chairs to manage the online sign-ups, coordinate volunteers, and manage small events

Employment Opportunities

Saint Joseph Grade School is now hiring an Athletic Director for the 2016-17 school year. The Athletic Director supervises all aspects of interscholastic athletics for the schooll. This position has responsibilities for staffing, creating athletic schedules, resources and management of facilities, and building and maintaining the athletic budget. The director will also oversee the concession stand during athletic events. Additionally, this position works closely with the Principal and the Facilities Manager. Establishing an athletic environment that expects ethical behavior and excellent programs, this person serves as a public relations spokesperson for the school’s Athletic Department. The successful candidate will have administrative, coaching, and/or teaching experience. The candidate must be familiar or willing to become familiar with ICCL policies and procedures. The Athletic Director reports to the Principal and School Board. Interested and qualified candidates should email cover letter and resume to Mr. George Azar, Principal, at

SJGS is also seeking an adult, part-time After School Care worker. Hours are Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:00pm. Interested candidates should email Mr. George Azar, Principal at

Athletics Registration

All boys and girls in 5th - 8th grade are eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for Saint Joseph Grade School. Saint Joseph teams compete in the Inter-City Catholic League (ICCL) with other Michiana Catholic schools.

Parents are asked to take a few minutes to complete the online Athletics Registration Form. Your registration helps us plan for the coming year's scheduling, coaching, and uniform needs. In addition, because our fall sports begin before the first day of school, it is very important that you complete the form if your son or daughter plans on participating in a fall sport (football, soccer, softball). For questions, please contact Mike Favorite at

2016-17 School Supplies

School supply lists are now available. View the full supply list for each grade.

Saint Joseph Named "Four Star School"

For the fifth straight year, Saint Joseph Grade School has been named a "Four Star School" by the State of Indiana. SJGS is once again the only elementary school in South Bend to receive the honor. 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 287 schools received the award throughout the state. See the Indiana DOE announcement for more info.

Principal Announcement

Fr. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C., Announces the Selection of Mr. George Azar as the Next Principal of Saint Joseph Grade School

On behalf of the principal selection committee, it is my honor and pleasure to announce to you the selection of Mr. George Azar to be the next Principal of Saint Joseph Grade School. This is an important transition for our school and I am truly thankful to have George lead us, effective July 1, 2016.

I cannot thank Suzanne Wiwi enough for her many years at Saint Joseph. Our parish remains most grateful for the leadership and contributions made by Mrs. Wiwi throughout her career. Read more…

Help "Bridge the Gap" - Pledge Now!

Download a Pledge Form  |  Read the FAQ

Goal: $900,000  |  Current Total: $832,835 (as of June 10)
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.

Upcoming Events
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Saint Joseph Grade School, an educational ministry of Saint Joseph Catholic Church of the Diocese of Fort Wayne‐South Bend, was named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Saint Joseph Grade School was the only school in greater South Bend to earn this designation and the only Catholic school in Indiana to receive the designation for 2011.  Read more >

Principal's Letter on the Blue Ribbon Award >  

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The Saint Joseph Scrip Program offers our school the opportunity to establish an ongoing means of raising funds without asking supporters to spend any more money than they already do in their daily routine. We encourage all families and friends to learn more and participate in this important opportunity for Saint Joseph Grade School.

New for 2015-16: Saint Joseph is implementing a new feature to its Scrip Program - 50% of family profit earned over $300 can be credited forward to next year's tuition! View a letter from our pastor and principal for more details!

The Scrip Office is typically open Monday - Friday mornings until 11am, but the hours may vary. Please call 574-210-8000 if you need to reach us in the office. If the Scrip Office is closed, scrip may be purchased in the school office until 3:30 Monday - Thursday and until 2:45 on Fridays. Scrip is also sold on the weekends after Masses and in the parish office over school breaks.

Jennifer Fortener and Julie Harmon
Scrip Coordinators
(574)210-8000 Scrip Office Phone

Click Here to learn more about the Saint Joseph Scrip Program

Click Here to download the latest Scrip Order Form

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