Monday, May 10, 2021

PTO Meeting - Tuesday, May 11, 2021

 Saint Joseph School PTO News

The May PTO Meeting will take place on May 11, 2021 at 7:30pm in the Lower School. Class parents are welcome to meet in person, all others are welcome to participate via zoom, a link will be distributed prior to the meeting.  Please call 201-261-2388 with questions.

Field Day Is Back! - June 18, 2021


Field Day Is Back!


Field Day will take place on June 18 for Grades 1-7. Volunteers and donations are requested. Please review the attached letter for all the details and ways to participate.


Do you need to complete your service hours? This is a great opportunity! See the letter for details and call the Lower School office to inquire about your service hours at 201-261-2388.

PTO Pizza Lunch - Tuesday, May 11, 2021


PTO Pizza Lunch will be on
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

From The Desk of Nurse Nancy Higgins


From The Desk of Nurse Nancy Higgins

Competitive Sports: Helping Kids Play it Cool

Sports are a great way for kids to have fun while staying fit. Sports also teach important life lessons like:

  • working as a team
  • learning how to be a good sport
  • overcoming challenges
  • controlling emotions
  • taking pride in accomplishments


But it's not always easy to keep it together when it feels like winning is everything. Help your young athlete keep a healthy attitude about sports and develop the tools needed to deal with the stress that comes with competing.


Check Stress Levels

Competing always leads to some stress. And that can be good — a little stress helps the body face a challenge. But too much stress can take the fun out of a sport and make it hard to perform. Besides competing, other things can make athletes feel stressed out, such as:

  • too much pressure from parents or coaches to win
  • having too much on the schedule
  • not wanting to play the sport


If you or your child think there's too much stress around competing, consider:

  • changing the focus from winning to putting in the best effort and having a positive attitude, be sure the coach has the same outlook
  • looking at your family's schedule - if your child has too much going on, think about limiting practice time or only doing one sport or activity per season
  • if your child doesn't want to play the sport anymore, find out why and make a decision together


Ways to Deal With Stress in Sports

There will always be some stress in sports, so it's important for kids to know how to deal with it. Trying different ways during practice can help them find what works best for them. They can try:

  • Deep breathing: Take a deep breath and hold it in for about 5 seconds, then release it slowly. Repeat five times.
  • Muscle relaxation: Contract (flex) a group of muscles tightly. Keep them flexed for about 5 seconds, then release. Repeat the exercise five times, then move to a different muscle group.
  • Going to a happy place: Picture a peaceful place or event. Imagine stress flowing away from the body.
  • Visualizing success: Imagine completing a pass, making a shot, or scoring a goal. 
  • Mindfulness: Focus on the present instead of worrying about the future or the past.
  • Having a routine: Focus on the routine to keep stress in control. 
  • Thinking positively and developing positive self-talk: Say "I learn from my mistakes," "I'm in control of my feelings," "I can make this goal!" to help keep the negative thoughts away.


To keep stress levels down when they're not competing, kids should:

  • Eat well and get enough sleep, especially before games.
  • Do something fun and relaxing. They can take a break from competing and go for a walk, ride a bike, see a movie, or hang out with friends.
  • Remember that no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes in sports — it's part of the game. Be quick to forgive mistakes and move on.


Sports are about staying active, feeling proud, developing as a player, and making friends. Above all, whether they play on the varsity team or at a weekend pick-up game, the point is to have fun. By keeping that as the priority, you can help your child learn to handle the stress that is a natural part of competition.

High School Open Houses


High School Open Houses


Academy of the Holy Angels

May 12


Academy of the Holy Angels, located at 315 Hillside Avenue in Demarest, NJ, will be hosting walking and virtual tours for students applying to grades 9 and 10 on May 12. Please call 201-345-7099 for more information.

Saint Joseph Regional

High School

May 10-13

Uniform Exchange Is Open!


The Saint Joseph School Uniform Exchange Is Open!


Job Opening At Saint Joseph School


Job Opening At Saint Joseph School


Anticipated 2021-2022 Opening 


Part-Time World Language Spanish Teacher

Saint Joseph School anticipates the need for a part-time Spanish teacher for the Lower School students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 4. The successful candidate will be able to work with the varied grade levels, have Protecting God's Children certification and a love for teaching World Language; NJDOE certification preferred. Please send cover letter and resume to:


Please call 201-261-2388 with questions.

From The Desk Of Principal Dr. Paula Valenti


From The Desk Of Principal Dr. Paula Valenti

Safety Guidelines For Children


Recently there was a report of a suspicious car attempting to lure children for a ride in Paramus, NJ. Please review these safety guidelines with your children.


*Please note - one newer item to review is regarding students not taking unplanned offers of a ride from anyone; whether they are strangers or a person who is familiar to the child.* 


The Police issued the following safety guidelines:

  • Stay away from strangers. Explain what a stranger is. Note that even someone with a familiar face is a stranger if they don’t know the person well
  • Stay as far away from anyone following them on foot or in a car as possible and to not feel that they must answer any questions strangers ask them
  • Run and scream if someone puts his or her hands on them
  • Create a secret code word and tell your child not to go with anyone under any circumstances unless that person also knows the word
  • Adults shouldn't ask children for help. For example, a child shouldn't trust grown-ups who ask kids for directions or for help finding a puppy or kitten. A child who is approached in this way should tell the person, "Wait here and I'll check with my mom or dad" and then find his or her parents right away
  • Always ask for permission before going anywhere with anybody. That means asking a parent or the grown-up in charge before leaving the yard or play area, or before going into someone's home
  • Do not to accept any unplanned offers for a ride from anyone, known or unknown.


Please call Dr. Valenti with any questions or to discuss further at 201-261-2388.

Action Alert State Budget

ACTION ALERT – NJ State Budget

Ask the Legislature to Increase Nonpublic School Accounts in FY 2022 Budget

Governor Murphy announced his proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 on February 23, 2021.  The Budget process is now in the hands of the Legislature. We are asking the Legislature for increases in the per-pupil amounts for the nonpublic transportation ceiling and the Nonpublic School Technology Initiative.  Specifically, we are asking for the nonpublic school transportation ceiling to be raised to $1,150.00 and for the per-pupil amount for nonpublic school technology to be increased to $45.00.


I.                    Contact your legislator through the NJCC Voter Voice System:

and follow the clicks to send the message above to your own State Senators and Assembly members – just a few clicks is all it takes!


II. Email the Senate and Assembly Budget Committee members listed below with the same request:

Eliana Pintor Marin (D)-Chair, Assembly:

Gordon M. Johnson (D):  John F. McKeon (D):

Nancy Munoz (R):  Benjie E. Wimberly (D):

Paul Sarlo (D)-Chair, Senate:

Sandra B. Cunningham (D):  M. Teresa Ruiz (D):





Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Saint Joseph School 2021 Virtual Tricky Tray

Welcome to Saint Joseph School's 2021 Virtual Tricky Tray.
It will be a bit different this year but we will have the same great prizes to win!!! It will be held at Saint Joseph School on Saturday, May 22, 2021 & Sunday, May 23, 2021. 

Click on the button below to get all the details. 
We hope you to see you all there. 


Best regards,
Saint Joseph School Tricky Tray Committee

Reservations & Pre-Sale Ticket Form

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Community News


Community News

From The Desk of Nurse Nancy Higgins

                                                From The Desk of Nurse Nancy Higgins

First Aid Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Stings, Bites and Allergies

Stinging Insects: Remove the stinger as soon as possible with a scraping motion using a firm item (such as the edge of a credit card). Put a cold compress on the bite to relieve the pain. If trouble breathing; fainting; swelling of lips, face, or throat; or hives over the entire body occurs, call 911 or your local emergency ­number right away. For hives in a small area, nausea, or vomiting, call the pediatrician. For spider bites, call the pediatrician or Poison Help (1-800-222-1222). Have the pediatrician check any bites that become red, warm, swollen, or painful. 

Animal or Human Bites: Wash the wound well with soap and water. Call the pediatrician. The child may need a ­tetanus or rabies shot or antibiotics.
Ticks: Use tweezers or your fingers to grasp as close as possible to the head of the tick and briskly pull the tick away from where it is attached. Call the pediatrician if the child develops symptoms such as a rash or fever. The pediatrician may be able to test the tick, call the pediatrician for direction. 

Snake Bites: Take the child to an emergency department if you are unsure of the type of snake or if you are concerned that the snake may be poisonous. Keep the child at rest. Do not apply ice. Loosely splint the injured area and keep it at rest, positioned at or slightly below the level of the heart. Identify the snake if you can do so safely. If you are not able to identify the snake but are able to kill it safely, take it with you to the emergency department for identification. 

Allergy: Swelling, problems breathing, and paleness may be signs of severe allergy. Call 911 or your local emergency number right away. Some people may have emergency medicine for these times. If possible, ask about emergency medicine they may have and help them administer it if necessary. 

More advice available at

Saint Joseph School Yearbook


Saint Joseph School Yearbook
There's still time to order a Saint Joseph School Yearbook and to place an ad! Please see more information attached or call 201-261-2388 with questions.

SJS 2021 Tricky Tray Update


2021 Tricky Tray Update
The 16th Annual Tricky Tray is fast approaching! Please see this letter which outlines new details about this year's event.

***Remember you can add gift cards purchased through the Scrip program and Saint Joseph School will benefit twice from your donation!***

Please email your questions to: or call 201-261-2388.