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Catholic Schools Week

St. Joseph School (SJS) celebrated everything that makes it special during the last week of January, also known as Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme for the week, “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” was evident from the scheduled activities. The week began with a special mass on Sunday morning where the school shared its enthusiasm for Catholic education with the community. After mass, St. Joseph School hosted an open house for current and prospective students which included guided tours of the school by parents and current students and breakfast in the gym.

On Monday, the kindergarten and eighth grade worked together to prepare the monthly prayer service. Tuesday was a busy day. The school gathered in the morning for the Spelling Bee where the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders demonstrated that they are “s-t-u-p-e-n-d-o-u-s” spellers. Congratulations to Caroline Lopez, Gregory Curley and Anthony Randazzo for a spectacular performance! That afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Anne Donnelly (also an SJS parent) met with the studentsin grades 5-8 to discuss cyberbullying. During parent information night that evening, ADA Donnelly gave a similar presentation to the parents with a focus on monitoring their children’s online activity.

Wednesday morning, the sixth- through eighth-graders competed in the math bee. Thomas Plunkett, Michael White and John Plunkett wound up having quite the “exponential” performances. On Wednesday, the pre-kindergartners invited their special person to join them at school for snack, a craft and a story. By Thursday the school was “buzzing” as the students in grades K-8 participated in a popular game show. It takes a combination of intellectual and athletic prowess to win this spirited event—and a quick buzzer finger to boot. On Thursday night, the seventh- and eighth-graders competed in the annual Sports Night. The eighth-grade Green Team wound up winning and is still glowing from its victory. Finally, the week ended with Buddy Up Day, where students in the first through seventh grades are paired up with a buddy. The older students enjoy answering questions for their buddies and the younger students love having an older student who says hi to them in the hall and helps show them the ropes.

Students, faculty, administration and parents all helped make 2014’s Catholic Schools Week a huge success.