On this page: Latest Updates | Preparedness & Planning | Distance Learning Testimonials | 2019-2020 Year-End Parade!
July 8, 2020:
Hello St. Joseph Families,
We are planning to be back in the school building 5 days a week starting August 26th. We are continuing to work on putting plans in place to educate children in the best and safest ways possible during these uncertain times. Social distancing and hygiene precautions will be in place to best protect all students. At this point masks will be optional for employees and students. More details will continue to be shared with you as we finalize plans. Please feel free to email me with any questions.
May God continue to bless you,
Jeff Van Rixel, Principal
What makes St. Joseph School uniquely prepared to face COVID-19?
St. Joseph Catholic School is well-positioned to handle circumstances such as learning at-home (a.k.a. distance learning) and in-person instruction during COVID-19:
- Our smaller class sizes allow teachers to provide individual attention to each student, ensuring that no student falls behind during distance learning.
- We offer technology aides for students such as chromebooks, to ensure every student has the opportunity to fully participate when learning at-home.
- When we're together in-person, our spacious classrooms help maintain personal space and lessen the spread of germs. After all, the fewer days students are out sick, the more time spent learning!
How is St. Joseph School planning for the upcoming school year?
Throughout the summer, our principal, teachers, and staff are continuing to prepare and plan for all possible modes of learning during the 2020-2021 school year. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, we are reviewing and enhancing our at-home learning procedures, should the need arise again. Additionally, we are reviewing all aspects of in-person learning in order to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19. Accordingly, updates to procedures will be reflected in the 2020-2021 Family Handbook later this summer.
Meanwhile, please read the following letter and Q&A from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee:
Here's some of what families had to say about their at-home learning experience at St. Joseph School:
"Mr. Hanson [Physical Education Teacher] has offered a ton of fun activities for the kids to complete during their distance learning that has offered a great break from the routine of the day."
"I was so taken back by the amount of effort and hard work Mrs. Kinderman [5K Teacher] also put into everything! The stem activities, fun science experiments, virtual field trips and private zoom meetings twice a week was absolutely amazing! She even sent the kids things in the mail and a final hardcover book with a personal message in it!"
"I continue to be amazed by Mrs. Post [1st Grade Teacher]. She takes time out of her busy life for three classroom media meetings a day. She makes these kids feel missed and loved with surprises and gifts, and encouragement. She spends even more extra time reaching out to mom and student to be sure we are ready and up to date and not stressed."
Our dedicated and caring staff went above and beyond to make the students smile during this unusual time. Click on the photo below to see the year-end "reverse" parade that they held to give students a proper send-off into summer!