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. A total of 281 schools received the award throughout the state. See the Indiana DOE announcement for more info.
Be Kind, Be Thankful
This was the theme of the sixth grade Inner Challenge retreat and the beginning of our school-wide campaign to recognize and share all that we are grateful for and all that we are called to do to live lives of intentional kindness. We hope families will take a moment to walk around the blacktop at school and see what it is the children are writing and drawing as acts of kindness and sources of thankfulness.
School families and parishioners are also invited and encouraged to add to this “gratitude grafitti/kindness collage” on the school blacktop and to bring the spirit of this wonderful initiative home to driveways and sidewalks in their own neighborhoods. Sixth graders will supply your chalk! Please join us in our efforts to celebrate all that we are blessed with and able to share here at Saint Joseph!
See the inspirational videos that helped inspire our initiative:
GRATEFUL: A Love Song to the World
LIFE VEST INSIDE: Kindness Boomerang
Help "Bridge the Gap" by May 15
We are almost there and we need your help! Our goal is to secure $900,000 in pledges by May 15 so that we can begin work on 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.
Summer School Enrichment for K-3
Register now for Summer School Enrichment opportunities at SJGS for entering K through third grade. See the flyer and registration form for more details.
Eric's Promise 2015
Saint Joseph Grade School once again participated in the Eric's Promise initiative on Holy Thursday. This annual Lenten program, in which our students and staff participate within their school Family Groups, is one more example of how our students learn to make God known, loved, and served within our community. Read more about this year's program.
Family Prayer Resources for May
Download our family prayer resources for May and use them in your daily prayer and reflection:
May 10 | May 17 | May 24
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.