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Weekly Update – Jan 6-10 2020

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” ~ C.S. Lewis


January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ. Known as Epiphany, or the 12th Day of Christmas, it commemorates how a star led the Magi, or the three kings or wise men, to the baby Jesus. Countries celebrate on the evening before and on the actual day with parades of decorative floats and people in costume as the kings bearing gifts.

  • In England, it is traditionally is a time for plays, practical jokes (similar to April Fools’ Day), Twelfth Night Cake, and wassailing
  • In France, it is common to eat the Kings’ Cake, called Galette des Rois.  It is a puff pastry cake that is stuffed with almond and sugar paste.  Inserted in the Kings’ Cake is a small porcelain bean or figurine.  The person who finds the bean typically wears a gold paper crown
  • In the Philippines, it is custom to have children leave shoes out on the eve of Epiphany to receive sweets and money from the Three Kings
  • In Puerto Rico, children cut grass or greenery and put it in a box under their bed.  This is grass for the camels to eat.  Their wish list is placed on top of the grass.  The Reyes only visit if the children are good throughout the year and if they are asleep when the kings arrive.

For more information on how Epiphany is celebrated around the world visit

Reminder about Lunches/Snacks

Please be aware that we have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

St. Joseph Tips

May God be with you through New Year, and fill your life with Comfort, Love and Cheer. May this day and the days ahead, hold many Blessings for you and yours.  Getting into the swing of school routines may take a few days after a break.  To help with a smooth transition make sure to be prepared the night before with lunches, backpacks, outerwear all ready to go to avoid any chaos in the morning.  Make sure to try to return to a normal bedtime routine a few days before coming back to school.   Happy New Year.


Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Jan 6-10 2020