We are getting ready to celebrate National Catholic School Week from January 28 through February 2! I love this week of the school year because we get the opportunity to share our story of all that is good about our school. Your child brought home a flyer outlining all of the activities we will be having during the week. Be sure to look for ways you can help and be involved. We will need drivers on Wednesday, January 31 when we will go to Holy Cross Catholic School in Hutchinson for an assembly on Positive Choices. Please join us on Wednesday evening from 6:15 to 7:45 for “Dance in Sister’s Shoes”. This is an evening for the entire family that also raises money to help the poor schools in our diocese. Your help is also needed on Friday, February 2 for Grandparent’s Day. Thank you for being generous with your time during this week! We will kick off the Week on Sunday, January 28, with Mass at 9:00 AM. All families are welcome, the Children’s Choir will sing and students are asked to wear their uniforms with a red shirt! We will be honoring our volunteers and giving out the “Angel Award” to an outstanding non parent volunteer. There will be a pancake breakfast in the parish hall following Mass. All are welcome!
Speaking of volunteers, we are so blessed to have so many volunteers in our school on a daily basis. In the lunchroom we have Connie Goering, Debbie Nowak, Catrina Wallace, Chuck Pontious, and Tamme Lackey. In our classrooms we have, Jim Munsey, Anna Kate Schwindt, and Pam Read. In addition our adopted Grandparents volunteer to spend time with our students and pray for them, Rob & Nancy Cunningham, Marvin Peters, Pat Bledsoe, Alice Hake, Joan Reichenberger, Ann Singleton, Sue Younger, and Gail Schwindt. God has truly blessed us!
Did you know……St. Joseph Catholic School is a part of something much larger?
**In the United States there are 6,429 Catholic Schools. Of them, 5,224 are elementary schools
**There are 1,309,429 Elementary/Middle School students enrolled in Catholic Schools and 569,395 students enrolled in Catholic High Schools in the United States for a total nearly 1.9 million students in Catholic Schools.
**There are 345,327 Non Catholic Students who attend Catholic School in the United States
Did you Know….St. Joseph Catholic School is a part of something Amazing?
**The National High School Graduation Rates for Catholic Schools is 99.3%
** The National Teacher to Student Ratio in Catholic Schools is 12:1
**If Catholic Schools didn’t exist and those students went to public school it would cost the nation an extra $20 billion dollars to educate them (based on the average per pupil cost of public schools)
**78.4% of Catholic Schools serve students with special needs.
**20.7% of students in Catholic Schools are racial minorities.
**The Diocese of Wichita, Kansas is the only diocese in the nation that is completely Stewardship based, meaning that registered, practicing Catholics can send their children to Catholic School through High School without paying any direct tuition.
Proud to work in a Catholic School, Peggy Bahr, Principal