Special Events

A variety of school events are coordinated by the school administration and the Parent Guild to enrich our students socially, physically, spiritually, and intellectually.

Back-to-School Cookout – In late August before classes begin we kick off the the school year with a back-to-school cookout for students and their families preceded by a school open house.

Grandparents Day – On the first Friday in October, children celebrate a liturgy with their grandparents, followed by a special luncheon.

Family Pizza Day – Each month one grade celebrates Family Pizza Day.  Students invite their parents to attend lunch with them on selected Fridays:

  • September     8th grade
  • October           7th grade
  • November      6th grade
  • December     5th grade
  • January          4th grade
  • February        3rd grade
  • March             2nd grade
  • April                1st grade
  • May                 Kindergarten


Staff Appreciation Days – Three times a year, parents join together in honoring the staff.  Breakfasts or lunch is served in the specially decorated staff lounge where other surprises take place to show our appreciation for our dedicated teachers and staff members.

Halloween Parade – Students in Kindergarten through 4th grade parade through the school in their Halloween costumes.  Families are also invited to attend.

Salem Holiday Parade – The entire SJRCS community is involved in preparing the school’s Christmas float and participating in this town-wide parade.

Barnes and Noble Night SJRCS staff members read Christmas stories to the elementary school children.  This enjoyable event also serves as a fundraising opportunity since a percentage of sales from the evening goes to the SJRCS library.

Catholic Schools Week Pot Luck Supper – Families celebrate Catholic Schools Week in January by attending a community Mass followed by a Pot Luck Supper and school open house.

Christmas Show – This annual event never fails to put the entire SJRCS community in the Christmas spirit. In the beautifully decorated auditorium, students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 perform a variety of holiday songs, Christmas carols, recitations, and a unique retelling of the nativity story. A morning show is put on for fellow students and an evening show for families.

Spelling Bee – In January, selected students from Grades 5 through 8 participate in this nail-biting competition, the winner of which goes on to
represent SJRCS at the Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee.

Victorian Tea – This traditional event held in February is intended for all female students and their moms, aunts, grandmas, sisters, etc.  Young girls get dressed up and bring their favorite dolls, while raffles are held and tea and snacks are served.


Field Day As the school year winds down in June, all grades enjoy a day of outdoor fun, participating in a variety of sports, activities, and competitions.

Enrichment Programs – Throughout the year outside educators, artists, businesses, and others present programs designed for all grade levels.  Recent programs have ranged from the educational presentations of Mad Science to a visit from a Holocaust survivor.

Junior High Dances – Several times a year, to celebrate occasions such as Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Graduation, the Junior High students gather together for a Friday night dance which features a DJ and plenty of chaperones.

Annual Dinner Dance The 6th and 7th Grade classes host an annual dinner dance for the 8th Grade to celebrate their graduation from St. Joseph School.  The 6th Grade contributes financially and the 7th Grade develops the ideas and decorates the auditorium for the big event.  This is a formal event attended by the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade classes usually toward the end of the school year.