Principal Points 4.2 – Sept. 16th, 2016

Principal Points 4.2
September 16, 2016
Dear St. Joseph Family,
As we head into this weekend, we have hit one of our first major event milestones of the school year; our Annual Oktoberfest!  This has been a wonderful tradition in our St. Joseph Community and a great celebration of all the blessings in our life.  After all, that is the point of Oktoberfest; a celebration of the harvest and all the blessings that our work has accomplished.  As we prepare for our festivities, there are a few quick points:
  • Don’t forget to come join us Tomorrow, Sept. 17th, for Oktoberfest!!  A BIG THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, the PSO, and our fearless Oktoberfest committee for their awesome job in making this beautiful tradition a reality.  Need info? Click on this link for the flyer!  OKTOBERFEST!  Want to buy tickets? Click Here -> TICKETS
  • ***REMINDER!  This coming Wednesday, September 21st is Picture Day for All Students!  Come dressed in you very best!Color Portraits is our photographer and they will be here from 8:30 until 12:30 to accommodate all of our students.
  • ***ANOTHER REMINDER!  There is NO SCHOOL this coming Friday, September 23rd.  Teachers will be in Professional Development this day.
  • The Archdiocese has notified us that they are slightly behind with uploading the Aspire test scores for last year’s 3rd through 8th graders, onto Powerschool.  I have been assured that the process will take no longer than this coming Wednesday.  Thank you for your patience!
  • Information regarding Fall Enrichment went out via Backpack Express this week!  Classes begin soon so please sign up ASAP!  Click on the following link for more details: ENRICHMENT
    Questions? Please email our PSO Enrichment VP – Laura Fitzpatrick at 
  • SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! The St. Joseph School Board is looking for SJS Parents and Teachers who have an interest and/or expertise in internal, external and/or digital marketing communications to consider joining the Marketing Communications Subcommittee.  We plan to have our first meeting on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Neumann Lounge at SJS.  Interested volunteers please contact Ellen Schermerhorn at
  • A reminder that our Parish community will continue the tradition of praying the Rosary every evening in October, with each evening being led by parish groups, organizations and classes.  The final assigned dates will be released next week in a special email blast.
          On a personal note, over the past few weeks, many of you have asked if we have had our child yet and indeed we have!  Many people asked why we didn’t send out an official announcement, however, with a busier than usual start to our school year, I have not been able to do so.  I figured that as we celebrate all that is good in our lives as well as our blessings when we come together for Oktoberfest, allow me to share our newest blessing:

 His name is Nándor Katona, born on August 4th at 7 lb. 8 oz.  
      Every now and then, God reminds us to pause, and recognize our blessings and be grateful.  As many of you may have remembered, our daughter struggled greatly when she was born just before Christmas almost three years ago.  We remember the heartache and pain of hearing that our child suffered significant brain damage. We remember a very simple Christmas.  Look at that little miracle today!  Recently we again were roused by news of complications with our third child.  However, everything was successful and mom and child pulled through! Through our life experiences, my wife and I have become firm believers that everything happens for a reason.  We may not know that reason immediately, but it eventually is revealed to us.  Well, here we are today, firm in our faith and understanding the power of love and prayer!  
      During this time of harvest and celebration, we know exactly what we celebrate and give thanks for!  Look at your children as well, give a big hug and just says ‘Thank you’!  These years will go quickly but in gratitude, you will never look upon these times with regret!  
        I look forward to celebrating with all of you tomorrow and giving thanks for all of our blessings and especially our children!
Warmest Regards,
Mr. Laszlo Katona

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