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| St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School | 147 Mill Street West, | Acton, Ontario L7J 1G7 | Telephone: 519-853-3730 | website: schools.hcdsb.org/josa
As we enter the month of June and the end of the school year four weeks away, a number of us may find ourselves approaching crossroads of sorts. Whether a Grade 8 student, looking toward graduating from elementary school, a parent looking at moving to a new residence with their family, or a school staff member looking at moving to a new school assignment elsewhere, the crossroad you arrive at presents challenges unique to you, holding promises of new beginnings and opportunities. Whether you are a St. Joseph School student, staff member, or community member, I hope that your experiences here have been memorable, enriching, and personally rewarding.
Many individuals have contributed in various ways to make this a wonderful year at St. Joseph School. To all of you, Father Robert, St. Joseph Patron of Canada Parish, Teaching Staff, E.A.s, Support Staff, Parent Volunteers, Parents, Community Members, and Corporate/Business sponsors who have supported our many initiatives, a very sincere thank you.
To our Grade 8 graduating classes: Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We extend our best wishes in your future endeavours. As you prepare to leave St. Joseph School and enter a new phase in your lives, keep in mind and live by the Christian values that the teachers and staff of our school have tried to instill in you. May God bless all of you with good health, good friends, and happiness.
To our staff members leaving St. Joseph School for new assignments in the fall: a sincere thank you for your contributions here and best wishes in your next assignment.
I ask our community to welcome to St. Joseph School Mrs. Laforet as your Principal in September. Mrs. Laforet is currently Principal at St. Francis of Assisi School in Georgetown.
As I prepare to take my leave, I thank you all for the many fond memories of the last five years at St. Joseph School. It has been a pleasure and a true blessing to have had the opportunity to work with each of you. I thank each and every one of you for your support, hard work, and encouragement and am proud of all we have accomplished together. May you continue to do all the good things you do. May God bless you all and grant you all a very happy, restful, and safe summer!
Mrs. S. Bien, Principal
St. Joseph Patron of Canada Parish
With the beginning of June comes good weather and the end of another school year. First, let me congratulate Mrs. Bien on her impending retirement. May God continue to bless you and your family. Thank you for a job well done!
As always, I would like to congratulate our Grade 2 and Grade 7 students who celebrated the life-changing sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. May these sacraments be a continued source of daily grace, remind you that faith is a life-long journey! Best wishes to our graduating grade 8 students as you leave St. Joseph School for the new adventure of high school. A special congratulations to those who have chosen to continue their Catholic education at Christ the King Catholic High School.
I also would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for his or her help and support in my role as Pastor of St. Joseph Patron of Canada Parish and spiritual guide to St. Joseph School. Let us continue to build a great parish- school-family triad, which is the heart of Catholic education.
As summer vacations begin, I encourage you not to take a vacation from God. God is always there for us, so we should always be there for God. Let us share the good things we have learnt at St. Joseph School with the whole community and continue to: “Serve the Lord with gladness.” (Psalm 100)
Join us for our last Youth and Family Mass of the school year on Saturday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m. At Mass, several students will be honoured by the Catholic Women’s League and the Knights of Columbus. Mass will be followed by a Bar-B-Que Pig Roast. We asked that you pre-purchase you tickets after Mass this weekend. $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children and $25.00 per (any size) family. For more information, call Eddie MacDonald at 905.873.5774.
Also, if you are still in town on July 1 st Canada Day join us at the church for Mass at 10:00 a.m. followed by light
refreshments and a time of fellowship. Let us continually thank God for our many Canadians blessings. Shalom,
Fr. Robert Hétu Pastor
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P.A. Day: Friday, June 3
No classes will be held on this day.
Last Dates for the 2015-2016 school year
Please note the following last dates for this school year:
The last day of the Lunch Program (Pita Pit) is Friday, June 24.
The last day of the Milk Program is Friday, June 24.
The Food For Thought Program ended with the last week of May.
The last day of classes for the 2015-2016 school year is Thursday, June 30.
Classes will dismiss 90 minutes earlier at 2:00 p.m.
Grade 8 Graduation
To celebrate the achievements of this year’s Graduating Class, the following events are being organized:
The Grade 8 Graduation Mass, on Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Patron of Canada Parish, for students, staff,
families, and friends.
The Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony, on Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph School (gymnasium), where the presentation
of diplomas, awards, and the Valedictorian address will take place. Families, friends, and staff are invited.
The Grade 8 Graduation Dance, taking place after the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 23 in our school gymnasium, from
approximately 8:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., for current St. Joseph School Grade 8 graduates only.
We invite parents to join us for the Graduation Mass, Graduation Ceremony, and to stay and have the first dance with their daughter or
son. We look forward to sharing this exciting event with you.
The Grade 8 Graduation Luncheon on Tuesday, June 28, for St Joseph graduates only.
Report Cards will be distributed on Tuesday, June 28.
Parents/Guardians are asked to sign and return the Report Card Response Form (page 3) to the school on Wednesday, June 29.
The Response Form is a legal document which is attached to the school’s copy of the report card and kept in the Ontario Student
Record file. We thank you for your cooperation.
A sincere ‘Thank You!’ to…
Father Robert Hétu, Pastor of St. Joseph Patron of Canada Parish, for being an important part of our faith-based community,
preparing students for the receiving of Sacraments, and celebrating Mass with our school community.
Mrs. MacDonald for supporting our students in their faith development and Sacramental preparation.
Mrs. Sanford, the Parish, CWL, and Knights of Columbus for supporting St. Joseph Catholic School community.
everyone who made our Catholic Education Week a success, from our choir to all staff and students who prepared performances
for all to enjoy, to staff who decorated and helped to facilitate the event, to the Knights of Columbus, for running the BBQ, to all
of our parents, grandparents and friends who attended during the week, joining in our celebrations.
Mrs. La Selva and all of our Food for Thought parent volunteers who worked hard throughout the year to ensure a successful
Our Hot Lunch Program parent volunteers.
Mrs. Holmes for coordinating our Milk Program this year and for donating Indigo Gift Cards for our April Gotcha awards.
all of our parent volunteers for helping to support our school activities and initiatives.
our Catholic School Council members for their leadership and commitment to school improvement initiatives.
the Bethel Church Cadets for the donation of a ‘Buddy Bench’ for our school and their presentation on May 24 th
our wonderful Grade 5 P.A.L.S. ( Playground Activity Leaders in Schools ) for running a successful P.A.L.S. program for our
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Congratulations to Winners of Our Education Week Theme Basket Draws
Winners of our Education Week Theme basket draws:
Angelina A. Kindergarten Outdoor Basket 1 Rheyannah D. Kindergarten Outdoor Basket 2 Mrs. Bekanovic Be Creative Basket Hannah B. Fun In The Sun Basket 1 Matty C. Fun In The Sun Basket 2 Abby W. Fun in Backyard Sun Basket Marco D. Summer Fun Basket Taylor T. Baking Delight Basket Liam S. For the Love of Books Basket Grayson T. Outdoor Fun Basket 1 Tyler S.