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					                                                                           ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL
                                                                                  September 21, 2007
                                                                                       Newsletter #1

Telephone: 659-7650 Fax: 659-2173                                    Rick Rowley, Principal
Attendance Desk: 659-7656                                            Arch McKay, Assistant Principal
Website:                                 Brandon Stroh, Assistant Principal


Welcome back for the 2007-08 school year. When you receive this newsletter, we will have been in school
for almost a month. It‟s amazing how quickly the summer has become a distant memory and how we soon
get back into routines. I hope that everyone had an enjoyable, peaceful and relaxing summer.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new students and families to St. Joseph High School
and we hope that the experiences you have here are all positive. For the returning students and families,
welcome back and have a super year.

Following are the new staff members to St. Joseph High School this year:
Mr. Brandon Stroh – Assistant Principal                     Mr. Richard Blanchet
Mrs. Nicole Bussiere                                        Mr. Shaun Bzdel
Mr. Jason Cody                                              Mr. Marc Darbellay
Mr. Gord Desjarlais                                         Mr. Ted Elash
Ms. Anna McQuillan                                          Mrs. Elaine Muggeridge
Mr. John Nicholson                                          Mr. Jared Nordick
Mr. Phil Rapin                                              Mr. Barry Rawlyk
Mrs. Reanne Reider
As well, we would like to welcome two interns who will work with our teachers and students this semester:
Mr. Kyle Grant – working with Mr. Wist
Mr. Brendan McLean – working with Mrs. McLean Belyk

In closing, on behalf of all the staff at St. Joseph High School, welcome back for another school year. Thank
you for your continued support and we look forward to working together to make this an enjoyable and
rewarding year for your son or daughter.

I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child‟s mind and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher: the tools she used were books, music and art.
One a parent who worked with a guiding hand and a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled with touch that was deft and sure.
While parent laboured by her side and polished it and smoothed it o‟er.
And when at last their task was done, they were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had molded into the child could neither be sold or bought.
And each agreed he would have failed if he had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school, and behind the teacher, the home.

Author Unknown
With shorter days and cooler evenings, it is evident that we are well into our school year. It is a good time to
take a few moments to recall what we are to do with our lives during this school term.
All of us, students, teachers and parents are here because we are interested in learning. Learning is not
simply gathering notebooks full of facts; rather it is using our intelligence to come to a fuller understanding of
life and what we are called to do with our lives. It‟s bringing us closer to God by coming closer to
understanding God‟s plan for us and for all of creation. In simple terms, we are closer to God when we are
learning more about the world God has created for us.
As we begin this school year, it is good to remind ourselves that there is more to learning than merely
preparing us for future work. It is also important in making us better people, and in helping us to understand
the meaning and purpose of the world God has given us. In essence, learning is more about how to live
your life than it is about how to earn your living.
Let us resolve this year to learn as much as we can about whom we are called to be, here at St. Joseph
High School. Let us rise to the calling of our name and be Guardians for each other and the world.
St. Joseph; Pray for us.
Jason Cody, Teacher Chaplain

Fall Academic Awards
Fall Academic Awards will take place on Wednesday, October 3 , at 10:45 AM.                  Students that have
achieved an award will receive a letter of notification. All parents are welcome.
Congratulations to the following young men who represented Saskatoon at the Schwan‟s USA Cup of
Soccer in July. The team returned home with a silver medal in the under 14 age category.
     Blair B.                   Dillon H.              Braydon B.                  Fabian D.
     Kiefer L.                  Graeme B.              Joel T.
Congratulations also to Danielle K. for winning the audition for the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra as a flutist.
Student Representative Council
Congratulations and thank you to this year‟s SRC for hosting a fantastic Welcome Week. On behalf of all
staff and students, we would like to extend our appreciation to the following students for their hard work and
Guardian spirit:
Advisors:                            Mr. Cratty, Ms. Kot, and Mr. Neitz
Co-Presidents:                       Graham Barrett and Mitch Ozmun
Treasurer:                           Dayna Miller
Secretary:                           Ashley Topliss
Director of Clubs:                   Matt Pilipiak
Chaplaincy Liaison:                  Breanne Swarbrick
Technical Director:                  Anthony Weber
Public Relations:                    Zach Muggeridge
Spirit :                             Tyler Lindsay
Athletic Director:                   Emily Bekkering
Grade Representatives
Gr. 12: Jackie W., Jen H., Samantha Y., Faye A., Jaimee I.
Gr. 11: Mitch W., Fiyin O.
Gr. 10: Luke O., Alyssa G., Caitlin T., Michael R., Robbie S., Matt M.
Gr. 9: Colton W., Keaira K., Rebecca M., Gabby C., Amanda K., Geoffrey L.

Parent /Teacher Interviews
Please note that the dates for Parent/Teacher Interviews will be Wednesday, October 17 and Friday,
October 19 . Wednesday‟s interviews will take place from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Friday‟s interviews will take place from 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM. There will be no school for students on
Friday, October 19 .
Student Fees
Invoices for student fees have been sent home with students the week of September 17 . Please note fees
are due by October 5 . Thank you.
Parents are invited to monitor their children‟s attendance and progress through our Greater Saskatoon
Catholic Schools website –
         Once connected to the site:
               1. Click on “Learning Services”
               2. Click on “Parent Access to Their Students Information”
               3. Enter your email address (First time login click reset password, then follow instructions).
Music Program
Welcome back to a new school year. We have an exciting year planned to optimize our learning
experiences in music. We would like to welcome new staff members to our team this year: Mr. Shaun
Bzdel and Mr. Brendan McLean. Mr. Bzdel is originally from Saskatoon and recently moved back from
teaching in Calgary. Mr. McLean, no relation to Mrs. McLean Belyk, is an intern from the University of
Saskatchewan, Department of Music, and will be with us until Christmas.
Uniforms: All music students are required to have a St. Joseph Music uniform. The uniform consists of
black shoes and socks, black pants, school vest and shirt. The school vest and shirt must be purchased
through the school. The vest is rented out to each student for five dollars per year and the shirt is a one-
time purchase of forty-five dollars. Cheques are payable to St. Joseph Music Parents Association.
Schools Win Twice Raffle: Students are strongly encouraged to sell tickets for the Schools Win Twice raffle.
Proceeds go to the music department.
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Choral Retreat: Choir students will be participating in a choral retreat on October 19 and 20 . The Junior
Choir will meet on Friday, October 19 at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and the Senior Choir will meet on Saturday,
October 20 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Jazz: Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz are now underway.
Musician of the Month: Please stay tuned to next month when we will unveil the musicians of the month.
One student from band and one student from choir will be acknowledged as musicians of the month.
Students will be selected based on musicianship, contribution to class, and guardian spirit.
International Student Program Host Families Wanted
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools operates an international program in several schools throughout
our system. This program brings the world to our students. It helps them to see differing world views and
promotes understanding, peace and harmony. Our students are able to form world-wide friendships and
networking opportunities.
A fundamental cornerstone of the international program is the homestay experience. It is an integral part of
the program because of the sharing of culture, family and language. We need host families in all areas of the
city. Hosting a student is an exciting cultural exchange. The students reimburse the family $600 a month.
If you are interested in experiencing a different culture by hosting a student, please call our office at 659-
7688 for an application form or visit our website at
Saskatoon Diocesan Eucharistic Congress
Saskatoon Diocesan Eucharistic Congress, October 26 – 28, “Bread of Love, Life for All”, will be a joyful
celebration centred on the Eucharist – the greatest gift of Jesus Christ. New light will shine on the Eucharist
through keynote speakers, numerous special sessions and a youth rally. For more information, please
contact your local parish or call 242-1500.

Reminders from your SRC
The Terry Fox Fun will be held during TGG on Friday, September 28 . There will be various ways for
students to fundraise for this cause. Stay tuned to student notices.
This year St. Joseph High School will be having the second annual Halloweening for Hunger. On Halloween
night, St. Joseph High School students will be „Trick-or-Treating‟ in nearby neighborhoods for non-perishable
food items for the Saskatoon Food Bank. To continue the level of last year‟s success, we need everyone to
contribute again this year. Remember to watch for St. Joseph High School students on Halloween night and
help us continue the success of this tradition!
The Special Needs students at St. Joseph are taking on a project to help our environment. They are going
to collect old SaskTel and Direct West telephone books. Please send your old telephone books to the
school with your son or daughter or you can drop them off at the Main Office where we will pick them up.
We will accept the old telephone books until Friday, October 26.
Please do not throw the telephone books into the garbage. If you recycle your telephone book through this
project, our Special Needs program will receive 10 cents a book. If you have any questions, please call
Yvonne Albers at 659-7675. Thank you for your anticipated support.

Who’s at Your Door?
From Sept. 28 to Oct. 8, it‟s the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. If you have any questions, please
contact the Multiple Sclerosis Society at 244-2114 or 1-800-691-0890 or their website at
Open Houses for Information on Neighbourhood Walkways
The City of Saskatoon invites the public to come-and-go Open Houses to view information on
Neighbourhood Walkways and provide feedback on the City‟s walkway policy. For more information about
the locations and times of the open houses, visit and look under “W” for Walkways.

September 28                        Last day to return Parent/Teacher interview forms
                                    Terry Fox Run
October 3                           Fall Academic Awards Program – 10:45 AM
                                    Parent Guardian Group (PGG) Meeting – 7:00 PM
October 8                           Thanksgiving Day (No School)
October 10                          Mass (Grade 10) Liturgy (Grades 9, 11, 12)
October 11 - 13                     Guardian Cup (Senior Girls Volleyball Tournament)
October 15                          Photo Retakes
October 17                          Parent/Teacher Interviews – Staff Meeting Schedule
                                    Interviews 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
October 19                          Parent/Teacher Interviews 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
                                    No School for Students
November 5                          seeyourfuture education & career fair 10
November 7                          Mass (Grade 11) Liturgy (Grades 9, 10, 12)
                                    PGG Meeting – 7:00 PM
                                    Take a Student to Work Day (Grade 9‟s)
November 9                          Report Card Distribution
November 12                         No School – Remembrance Day Holiday
November 15                         Staff Meeting Schedule
November 23                         Last Day to Discontinue classes
November 28                         Lenten Penitential Celebration
December 5                          Advent Mass
                                    PGG Meeting – 7:00 PM
December 6                          School Newsletter

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