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MR. MULLEN
PRINCIPAL

The calendar may read February but Spring is definitely not far off.  As I write this the sun is beaming, the birds are singing in the slightly swelling double cherry tree outside my office window and it is almost 60 degrees.  All this and it is not even 10:00 in the morning!

Just like the weather life at St. Joseph the Carpenter is definitely looking positive.  Following a very active Catholic Schools Week our students and faculty dove right into our first ever S.T.E.M. Science Fair which was held on February 8,9,10.  The auditorium was filled with the amazing results of a yearlong investigation into each of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Each of those afternoons found parents, students, guests and judges from the Schools Office and Roselle Catholic High School’s Robotic Team swirling around the tables discussing with the young scientists their findings and predictions for the particular Goal that team had researched.  We were honored to have the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Margaret Dames, visit us for this event.  In fact, her experience summed up the event in many ways.  She came for a brief fifteen-minute visit between meetings and when she finally could pull herself away an hour later she was absolutely amazed at the depth of research and maturity of discussion of which our fourth through eighth graders were capable. 

Even the PreK students got into the act.  Their wing was a trip under the sea and up onto land in the Artic regions.  They were not actually part of the S.T.E.M. program but were so excited by what they heard the teachers knew their students had to be a part of the experience. In some ways they stole the show!

There is rarely a slow down time around here.  The auditorium at this moment is filled with the eighth grade preparing for the eleventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Celebration under the direction of Mr. Joseph O’Halloran.  The students research, script, choreograph and execute the performance all on their own.  Mr. O’Halloran only serves as mentor and coach.  Each year the highlight is the I Have A Dream speech which is memorized by a student and fits seamlessly into the event.  More than once the passion of how his words are portrayed by the chosen student have brought tears to the eyes of parents and guests.  This year’s performance will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.  Hope to see you there!

Finally, we have had a steady stream of new families visiting the school many of whom have registered already for next year.  Please encourage your own families and friends to visit us and see for themselves what we already know...that there is no education like a St. Joe’s education!


SCHOOL NEWS


2017 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE


 

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FRIDAY JUNE 2, 2017
Doors open at 6:00pm
First game called at 7:00pm
Admission and 1ST board $5.00
Bingo Markers available $1.00
Additional game boards for sale
10 GAMES, PRIZES, AND A 50/50 BINGO GAME
Proceeds go toward Upgrade Surveillance and Monitoring
Concession stand (proceeds go toward Girls’ Night)
Snack Pack $4.00 includes hot dog, chips, soda/water

ALL attendees and participants must be 18 years and older, No exceptions!

 



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All registrations are $175.00 per student/$225.00 per family
Click on Admission to print out a form
 
 
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May 25-May 29 - Extended Memorial Day Holiday
 

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May 30-June 2 - Final Exams for 4th to 8th grade

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June 8 – 3rd Trimester Ends

June 9 - Graduation  at 7:00pm at St. Joseph the Carpenter Church


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June 14 - Honors Breakfast at 9:30am in the school cafeteria


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June 15 - Kindergarten graduation at 10:00am in the auditorium
 

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June 15 -  Last day of school for students in grades K-7
School dismissal will be 12:00 noon, no after care available
 

A LONG BUT WORTH WHILE STORY:
AN ALUMNI STORY ACROSS TIME AND MILES
Two graduates from the class of 1940, James Moran and James Ahle had not seen each other since graduating. Both were interested in attending the Centennial Gala held in October 2016. Although neither gentleman attended, both received copies of the souvenir booklet. Mr. Moran's niece did attend the Gala and Mr. Ahle sent a letter to the school saying he remembers James Moran from his class. Through Mr. Moran's niece the two classmates reconnected proving no matter where you move to or how long ago you graduated, you are always a part of the St. Joseph the Carpenter Family. The picture is from this January of Mr. Moran celebrating his 90th birthday with some of his children and grandchildren.

 
If you own your own business, send in your business card! There is no fee to you. We want others to have an opportunity to do business with you.
 

WHY THE SMILES AND HAPPY FACES? 
 
These are our 5th grade students along with their teachers, Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Rosenthal. During  this Christmas season, our fifth grade students and teachers found a way to give. They ran a  school-wide toy drive. Saint Joseph the Carpenter School had a little over 200 toys to send over! We  are truly blessed to have such amazing and  generous families here. Thanks to them, many  children in Haiti will have a gift for Christmas.

 
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We are collecting Box Tops for Education to help raise funds for school. Please look on all packaging when you do your shopping. Simply cut out the labeled box tops and save them on a tally sheet  or send them to school in a Ziploc bag. Make sure to write your child’s name and grade; the class that collects the most by the end of May will win an ice cream party.
 

 
Are you tired of “lost items syndrome"? We have noticed several  items left behind with few people  to claim them. You spend a little to save a lot  through Mabel's Labels. These labels are for all  items. Labels are water proof, can survive the dishwasherand microwave. Everything is done on line and the school receives 20% on each purchase. 
 
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 3.   Select St. Joseph the Carpenter School (Roselle)

View  your child’s progress each week! Every Friday your child goes home with a  Friday Folder of all work teachers have  graded for the week.
 
Work includes: homework, class work,
quizzes, tests and projects

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FAMILY COMMUNICATION PLAN
Emergencies can happen at any time. Do you know how to get in touch with your family if you are not together? Please click on the link below for important information. 
 

SAINT JOSEPH ITEMS
Tote Bag:  
$5.00 each
 Car Magnet:
$5.00 each
Centennial
T-Shirt:
$10.00 each
To purchase any of these items please contact
Karen Personette at personette@stjosephroselleschool.org
or call (908) 245-6560 to place your order.


AFTER SCHOOL SESSIONS
 
TUTORING
*Available during lunch and recess
Tutoring time 3:15pm-4:00pm
MONDAY
Mr. O'Halloran*
Mrs. Brumbaugh*
Mrs. Casais*
Ms. Orlando*
Ms. Adjangba*
Mrs. Kaminski
Mrs. Bicca
Mr. Moses
TUESDAY
Mr. O'Halloran*
Mrs. Brumbaugh*
Mrs. Casais*
Ms. Orlando*
Ms. Adjangba*
Mrs. Salardino
WEDNESDAY
Mr. O'Halloran*
Mrs. Brumbaugh*
Mrs. Casais*
Ms. Orlando*
Ms. Adjangba*
Mrs. Biddulph
Mrs. Gallagher
Mrs. Knight
THURSDAY
Mr. O'Halloran*
Mrs. Brumbaugh*
Mrs. Casais*
Ms. Orlando*
Ms. Adjangba*
Ms. Ertl
Mrs. Rosenthal
FRIDAY
Mr. O'Halloran*
Mrs. Brumbaugh*
Mrs. Casais*
Ms. Orlando*
Ms. Adjangba*
Mrs. Woods

St. Joseph the Carpenter School
140 East 3rd Avenue  -  Roselle, NJ 07203-1212
908-245-6560 Phone               908-245-3342 Fax