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

Principal's Newsletter


September 25, 2014

Dear Parents,

September will soon come to an end, and I continue to hope and pray for the arrival of a true “Indian Summer” as they used to call it when I was a small child. I believe it may have gotten this name because of the bright colors that symbolize the beginning of autumn and the bountiful harvest we reap each fall. It also represents the rich heritage our Native Americans presented the early American settlers. While history brings stories of hostility with the American Indians, there are many stories of the “gifts” they gave the people of the new land in the form of food and clothing to help them withstand the harsh winters. There is something about this time of year that leads me to wonder and pray for these people of so many years ago but also to contemplate the richness a new school year brings to our children, the teachers, and our St. Joseph families. It is Ordinary time, but it also is a time of preparation for what is to come; it has to be my most favorite time of the year in so many ways.

It is very hard to believe that we are fast approaching October, a wonderful month that always brings hopeful anticipation for young and old alike. It happens to be a favorite month for me, as like the children, I cannot wait until Halloween! With the beginning of October we are about one-third of the way through the first trimester, and parents can expect Progress Reports around October 3rd.

Hill Street Parking: A few weeks ago, I mentioned not parking on St. Louis and mentioned parking on Hill Street. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but please do not park on Hill Street either as leaving cars parked there hinders drop off and pick up. The best place to park is the former car wash on LaSalle and Hill Street. The following are some general reminders to help keep all parents informed. Please remember that the Calendar on our website is current and can provide information throughout the year.

  • 16th: Student Council Dress Down Day for Cancer. More information will come home in a flyer the week before the 16th of October.
  • October 17th: No School – Teacher Retreat
  • November Hot Lunch: Due October 22nd
  • Early Dismissal: Friday, October 31st - No After Care
May all of our families have a rich and enjoyable autumn.

God bless,

Mrs. Wiwi





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