A real teacher – 30 years and counting

St. Joseph fifth grade teacher Linda Hamel has been teaching for 30 years. She remembers her first day well. It was January 4, 1988, and she was sitting with her new fifth-grade class at St. Mary’s in Kalamazoo waiting for Mass to start. “I was so nervous,” Mrs. Hamel...

“It made me happy inside.”

BCACS parents Graham Smith and Amy Young wanted their children, first-grader Ward and preschooler Rafferty, to understand the spirit of giving. “We are very fortunate,” Ms. Young said. “It is important that we show our kids that many others are not and since we are...

SCRIP goes digital

Tuition. Who doesn’t want to reduce it? SCRIP or School Cost Reduction Incentive Program has been helping families do just that without the fuss of fundraising. Families purchase gift cards from the school for places they frequent as customers. While they enjoyed face...

Saints with the intention to trick

St. Joseph Elementary and Preschool has a longstanding and very cute Halloween tradition – the annual costume parade. At the end of this year’s parade, a new tradition began. Fr. Chris Ankley sent a letter to parents, sharing the Catholic roots of All Hallows Eve and...

“I will never cut down my friends”

When celebrated Battle Creek artist Richard Schlatter came to St. Joseph Elementary last Thursday, it wasn’t as the ArtPrize 2017’s grand prize winner, but as a storyteller. “One of my ministries is visiting elementary schools, reading my book to second-grade classes,...

Need a Buddy? Take a seat.

There are three benches on the St. Joseph playground, but the yellow one is special. If you need a friend, you take a seat. St. Joseph Elementary Preschool and TK teacher Amiee Downey first saw a Buddy Bench during her family vacation in Holland. Children sat there if...
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