St. Joseph School will remain closed through Friday, May 1st 2020. At this time, school could reopen Monday, May 4th, 2020.

Mid Summer Update from Dr. Merritt

I hope everyone is enjoying this glorious New England weather with family and friends!  So much has been happening these past weeks at SJS.  Our Summer School program is in full swing with some 38 students from Grades 1-7 in attendance each day.  Next week they will complete a three-week program in reading and/or math, as well as their required summer reading assignments and review packets.

Our Summer Camp enjoyed Week I Sports theme that included a visit to the Holbrook Public Library and a presentation of live reptiles. A professional rope-jumper visited SJS and taught campers how to do several styles of rope jumping activities.  The week ended with a refreshing event from the Holbrook Fire Department who treated our campers to a cool water spray from their ladder truck.  This week campers are enjoying a Hawaiian Luau that will include crafts using various seashells, learning how to dance with grass skirts, and enjoying an island treat—pineapple. Our final week of camp will focus on a celebration of Christmas in July—hopefully with a visit from Santa.

Mrs. Martell and Ms. McCarthy have been busy restructuring and redesigning our Teaching and Learning Center.  They hope students will benefit from the more personal space made available at the former computer lab and library.  Besides the interactive technology found in each classroom, students will have access to 30 iPads, 30 laptops, and 30 new Chromebooks.  In addition to regular classroom use, this technology will make MAP testing sessions run more efficiently for students and teachers.

These are just some of the projects that we have been working on during these summer days.

For planning purposes, our first “half day” of school for Grades 1-8 will be Wednesday, August 29 with an early dismissal at 11:30.  Students should remember to bring their completed Summer Reading Assignments, as well as Summer Review Packets on that first day.

Grades 1-8 will have a full day of school on Thursday, August 30 and enjoy a long weekend beginning with no school on Friday, August 31, as well as no school on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day.

Kindergarten students will begin on Tuesday, September 4; PreSchool 4 year olds will start on Wednesday, September 5, and PreSchool 3 year olds will start on Thursday, September 6.

I hope this information assists you with your family planning and preparing for the opening of school.  You will find your child’s “supply list” in the large envelope that contains their Summer Review Packets, but feel free to contact the Main Office with any questions.  We are available Monday through Thursday from 7:00am to 2:00pm.

Thank you and God bless…

Dr. Corinne R. Merritt


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