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.
Celebrate Mrs. Wiwi!
Thank you to all who helped plan and support the special Mass and reception to honor and thank our principal Suzanne Wiwi for her many years of dedicated service to our school. Thank you also to those who contributed notes and contributions towards the celebration and gifts. Contributions towards the scholarship may be still be sent to the parish office: Attn. Fr. Kevin, 711 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.
School Families: View the Mrs. Wiwi Week flyer to see all the happenings taking place during school!
Purchase a Copy of the The Principal and Her Little School on the Hill: Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Regnery, Mrs. Sweazy and their classes authored and illustrated a book in honor of Mrs. Wiwi. If you would like to order a copy of the book (cost is 19.95 plus shipping), instructions are below:
1. Go to http://www.studentreasures.com/ordercopies
2. Enter Pin Number 3791969
3. Verify the book title - The Principal and Her Little School on the Hill
4. Add to your cart and complete checkout.
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…
For the Kids Golf Benefit & Dinner
Plan now to attend the 22nd annual “For the Kids” Golf Benefit & Dinner, taking place Friday, June 10, at 1:00pm at Brookwood Golf Course in Buchanan, MI. Golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to a Polish dinner and awards presentation at 6:30pm at MR Falcons in South Bend. All proceeds benefit tuition assistance for Saint Joseph Grade School. Those unable to attend are also welcome to make a tax-deductible contribution supporting tuition assistance. Tickets sold after Masses or at the school office. For more info, visit www.stjoeparish.com/forthekids.
Help "Bridge the Gap" - Pledge Now!
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Goal: $900,000 | Current Total: $829,835 (as of February 29)
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.