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What a whirlwind of activity!  As I write this not one, but two concert rehearsals are in process. Church and auditorium have angels and shepherds and choirs singing. Trees are being decorated, paper chains and glittery stars are beginning to fill the hallways and the nativity sets are being unwrapped and carefully placed where they can be seen.

It is another St. Joseph’s Advent.

Throughout the school students and teachers once more are exploring and learning with wonderment and awe the ageless story of the Savior’s birth.  St. Nicholas has visited (he comes here on December 6th) the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been celebrated (December 12th) and now we are anxiously waiting the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas.   Just when our students are ready to burst we join Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem in Las Posadas and treat filled classroom celebrations.

That’s it, right?  Not exactly.

Unlike the secular world our celebration is of Christ’s birth and goes long past January 1st.  We celebrate the coming of the Three Wise Men on January 6th (or as close to it as we can get) with the blessing of the classrooms.  Our students love it as the procession wends its way through the hallways led by the Star of Bethlehem, everyone singing and the priest blessing each doorway and chalking them with the year and the initials of those sages (20+C+M+B+18). It is a joy filled experience.  Finally, on February 2nd, long after the decorations are down we bless the seeds that we will plant as we celebrate the Presentation in the Temple.  A full season. A season of joy. One that our children will always remember.

Learning is always a given at St. Joseph’s but sometimes our learning is the eternal kind.

A blessed Advent and Christmas!



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Lifetouch will be at St. Joseph the Carpenter School on Thursday, April 26th. Students are to wear their regular school uniforms for the sports pictures. Please bring in sport uniforms to hand in to Mr. O’Halloran. Pictures will begin at 8:30pm in the school auditorium.


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Progress Reports will be sent home on Friday, April 27th please look in your child’s folder to view his/her progress for this trimester.



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There may have been a little confusion for the date of the Talent Show. The date is confirmed for Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00pm in the school auditorium.



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There will be a 12:00pm dismissal on Friday, May 4th. Please make pick up arrangements. After care will be available until regular time 6:00pm. If your child will stay for after care, please send lunch.



Congratulations to Justin Cadas for making the All Group First team in track 800. Justin is a 2014 Graduate of St. Joseph's. Best of luck in the future Justin!


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2018 CYO Champions



Saint Joseph the Carpenter School School Store is now open!
The school store is located right outside of the office. Please stop by. 



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Bank Day 12 Week Challenge start date changed to week beginning March 12

Parents, please assist students with completing their deposit slips. Bank book, deposit slips, and deposits (Cash/checks) are collected and returned on Tuesdays.  Students may bring their books down to the office and give them to Ms. Love. A morning announcement will also be made.



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140 East 3rd Avenue  -  Roselle, NJ 07203-1212
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