Stewardship begins early with our SJS students as we try to live out our philosophy of "Faith in Action." We are given many opportunities to give of our time, talent, and treasures. Each day teachers and students begin their day with prayers which often includes praying for those in need. The money collected weekly from each class for our Missions is used for many community outreach programs which include: Loaves and Fishes, Family Advancement Ministries, St. Vincent d'Paul, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, the Mentor Program, and Hearts for Heroes, just to name a few of those we have helped. Our Student Council and K- Kids also sponsor food drives throughout the year as well as make items for nursing homes. SJS strives to not only serve our immediate community but to assist to those throughout the world in their time of need.
As a ministry of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, our school provides our students a wealth of opportunities in the areas of faith formation and service to others. Students at our school are assisted in continuing to grow in faith and knowledge. Our students' faith lives include:
- Weekly Mass
- Daily religion curriculum in all grades as well as Sacramental preparation in second grade
- Morning prayers and noonday blessings
- Advent and Lenten events including grade level appropriate reconciliation
- Lectoring and cantoring opportunities for students in grades 2-6
- Prayer Buddies program
- Retreat Days
- Alter server training for sixth grade students
Scott and I interviewed several schools when selecting which one would be right for our growing family. We looked at Heard Elementary, Alex II, St. Peter Claver, and St. Joseph’s among others. While all of the schools had wonderful elements about them; we realized that St. Joseph’s Catholic School was the best fit for our needs. That was over 5 years ago and little did we know how right we would be. We now have 3 children at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and continue to be impressed with the way our children blossom and learn. Not only are they getting a great education in Math, Reading and Science but the art, music, Spanish and physical education are just as important for them. However, for me, all of these pales in comparison to the importance of having them learn and understand about how faith should be a part of everything they do. Not only do the children attend services weekly, they have prayer in school and can share and talk about how our faith needs to help ourselves and others in our community. For our society to continue to thrive; I believe it is important for us to never limit our faith education to the home or church meetings. It should be part of all education. The mission of St. Joseph’s Catholic School of Faith through Education is one that I hold out for my family and cherish. We are very blessed to have St. Joseph’s Catholic School in our community and our children as part of the tradition of Catholic education.
Scott & Colleen Giffin
It is truly a blessing to be able to share God’s love with my students each and every day! I have taught in other schools where I was not able to talk about God. At SJS, I am able to teach the whole child: mind, body and spirit in our warm, caring, loving school!! I am so very thankful that I can share bible stories with my students and go to Mass each week! Being a Kindergarten teacher at SJS is the most wonderful place to be!! I am filled with joy each day that I come and teach such sweet, kind and loving children at our amazing school!
SJS plays a significant role in our family with me being a teacher on staff as well as a parent. A quality Christian education was our primary focus for our children and SJS has such a loving and nurturing atmosphere with a spiritual base. Our kids are learning a great combination of academics and Christian values that will serve them throughout their lives. The devotion to our kids from ALL the staff is nothing short of outstanding. SJS is much more than work and school…its FAMILY!!!
Parent of Caitlyn and McKenna Arnold
"My oldest daughter, who is currently in high school at Mt. de Sales, attended St. Joseph’s and my youngest child started St. Joseph’s in PreK. She is now also at MDS. From the onset, my husband and I have been extremely happy at St. Joseph’s. The teachers are nurturing, caring, and genuinely interested in helping their students succeed academically. As a working parent, I am appreciative of the Extended Day Program, which affords me the flexibility of early drop off in the morning and late pickup after school. The afterschool program is absolutely wonderful!! My daughter takes advantage of the opportunity to do her homework, and when homework is finished, she spends time enjoying her friends. I was also elated when Summer Camp was added. I have always felt that SJS provides a safe, positive environment, and I worry less because I know my daughter is always in good hands. I am certain that my daughters have been prepared academically, spiritually, socially, and athletically to excel in high school."
-Val Mayfield, Parent
"We are so proud to be a part of such a wonderful school and for our children to have the opportunity to pursue such an upstanding education. Our comfort each day comes from knowing our children are in the hands of such an incredible group of people at SJS and MDS. I hope you know how much we appreciate ALL of you!"