St. Joseph Catholic School News

December 2, 2022

Partnering with the Principal

Happy Advent - What a blessed time of year as we await the birth of the Christ child and have started a new liturgical year. Throughout Advent the classes will have a variety of things happening and our staff are invited to a morning prayer at 8:00 a.m. each day. If you happen to be in the building, you are welcome to join us.

Although December is a relatively short month for school, it is packed with a lot of activities and events. Please check the calendar online to stay up to date with everything that is happening. We would love to hang up your family Christmas card in the glass case if you are so inclined to send one to the school.


Thank you to everyone who placed a spirit wear order! We are looking forward to seeing the great new items soon.

We appreciate the kindness of the Home and School Association for providing the entire staff with a dinner to take home on the Tuesday of the break. Staff were allowed to choose a pizza and a bottle of wine or soda to share with their family. Thank you!

Educate Directory & Report Cards

All parents received a link early in the school year to access Educate. Within Educate, you are able to access an electronic school directory and you will use the Educate system to view your child's report card. If you don't have the link any longer, please contact the school office and we can resend your access link.

Report cards will be available at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2. Watch the video on how to find the directory and to access report cards. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Bruce at Please be aware that we are having some attendance challenges and will fix attendance in the system prior to the 2nd trimester report cards being released.

K - 2 Senior Citizen Christmas Concert - December 9th at 2pm

St. Joseph’s School K-2 Senior Christmas Concert will be held on Friday December 9 at 2pm in our Parish great room. All grandparents and senior members of our parish are invited to enjoy this lovely Christmas concert. Christmas cookies and coffee will be served. Thank you to Mrs. Bowe, our K-2 students and teachers along with our Home & School Association for providing with wonderful event.


We would like to welcome two staff members. Krista Nitzschke will be our Title 1 teacher this year working with students in grades 1 - 5 who qualified for services. We would like to welcome back Rod Cina, who will be working part time with the 4th & 5th grade students to provide academic support and challenge. They can be reached at and


Please save the date of February 10, 2023 for the St. Joseph's Catholic School Gala at the Omni Viking Hotel in Eagan. This is our school's primary fundraising event each year for parents, grandparents, alumni, parishioners and friends... an extremely fun night celebrating our school and the gift of a Catholic education. Leading up to the event, we will be soon kicking off our annual School Raffle which provides a practical opportunity for our students to support the school as well. Winning raffle tickets are picked at the Gala. More details coming soon.


CSCOE is proud to partner with Lundstrum Performing Arts to celebrate the gifts of our Catholic school students and nurture their talents.

Students in grades four through eight from all Catholic elementary schools in the State of Minnesota are invited to participate in Shine On! A Showcase of Catholic School Talent as performing and/or visual artists.

Shine On! Fast Facts

  1. Students will submit video auditions and photos of artwork via an online portal.

  2. Finalists in Shine On! receive professional coaching from our partner, Lundstrum Performing Arts.

  3. Did you know there is an opening and closing ensemble?! All entries are encouraged to join. Entries can also opt to only participate in the ensemble.

  4. Monetary prizes are awarded for both winners and schools!


Performing Arts Submission Window - NOW OPEN!
November 13 - December 11, 2022

Visual Arts Submission Window
January 1 - 31, 2023

Shine On! Showcase
March 12, 2023 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Visitation School, Mendota Heights

REGISTRATION INFORMATION to register and upload their entry.

Performing Arts Registration

Visual Arts Registration

Learn more at to submit their pieces. This has all the information YOU will need as a participant.

Mark Your Calendar


  • Tuesday, December 6 - St. Nicholas Day

  • Wednesday, December 7 - Spirit Wear Day

  • Wednesday, December 7 - Home & School Meeting 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 8 - Mass (Holy Day of Obligation)

  • Friday, December 9 - PK Friday Fun Day (advanced registration required)

  • Tuesday, December 13 - 6th - 8th Vocal & Band Concert in Church at 6:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, December 14 - Spirit Wear Day

  • Thursday, December 15 - K - 2nd Concert in Church at 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, December 20 - Preschool Christmas Concert in Church at 6:30pm

  • Wednesday, December 21 - Festive Sweater Day

  • Wednesday, December 21 - School Rosary 9:00 a.m.

  • Thursday, December 22 - Monday, January 2 - Christmas Break

  • Tuesday, January 3 - No School for Students - Professional Development

  • Wednesday, January 4 - School Resumes - Spirit Wear Day

  • January 9 - 20 - Winter MAP Testing K - 8

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Wednesdays I 9:00am

Fridays I 10:00am (Following the School Mass )

Bride’s Room/Nursery

For news and updates be sure to follow our Facebook Group:

“St. Gianna Mom's Group of the Church of St. Joseph”


Wednesday, December 7 I 9:00-11:00am

Msgr. Foran Great Room

All moms are encouraged to bring your children and enjoy a time of friendship.



Saturday, December 17 I 8:30-11:00am

Msgr. Foran Great Room

8:00am Mass (optional) followed by a lovely brunch, friendship and reflection by Dr. Erika Kidd, professor at University of St. Thomas, Catholic Studies Program.

Cost is $10. Register online at

Bring a sister, mom or friend for a morning of refreshment and friendship as we prepare for the holy season of Christmas.

St. Joseph's Catholic School

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