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2021-2022 School Year Updates

Thanksgiving Prayer

Father Tolentino leading Thanksgiving prayerFr. Michael Tolentino joins the student body of St. Joseph ELC for a Thanksgiving Prayer service on Wednesday Nov. 24th, 2021. The students participated in the prayers of the faithful, offertory and they presented a Liturgical Dance to give God thanksgiving for all they have.

The preschool students and families also donated over 200 lbs of can food to the Parish Food bank as their mission of giving back to the community. We are so grateful for all  blessings both big and small.

Have a blessed Holiday Season.

Pumpking Carving Contest Winners

Pumpkin Contest The Ladybug Class were the winners of our Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest this year. Fr. Michael Tolentio presented them with their prize of a target gift card that they can use to buy cool books for their class.  Fr. Mike chose the winner from a total of 11 entrees. The winning pumpkin was designed after the children's book "Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberley. The students also enjoyed a costume parade around the central court area  by class bubble  this year. Have a blessed Fall season.

Priesthood Day Father Tolentino and youth celebrating Priesthood DayStudents at St. Joseph ELC celebrated Priesthood Sunday with a banner and song for their beloved parish priest Fr. Michael Tolentino. Fr. Michael also is celebrating his 17th Ordination Anniversary on Oct. 2nd so it is a extra special day for him. Pictured are the students of the Ladybug class bubble along with their teacher Miss Cassandra Comer greeting Fr. Michael at this rectory after singing him the song "You are Special". We thank Fr. Michael and all priest for their love, sacrifice and service to God's People and His Kingdom.

School Orientation Families at OrientationFamilies and students check in and do a walk trough at the St. Joseph E.L.C Family Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 5th 2021. Pictured in photo is office manager Sheri Harris receiving school supplies from Josh and Jonelle Davis  parents of student Issac Davis as they practice the safety protocol for the first day of school  planed for Aug. 16th.

At the orientation the families and students also participated in home and school bridging activity, story time and song and dace. Each class bubble was given a independent orientation time to maintain social distancing and protocol guidelines and all 29 families participated.

The staff are also looking forward to attending the Mass of the Holy Spirit scheduled for Aug. 19th that will bless and kick off the school year uniting all Catholic Schools state wide in prayer. We wish all schools a safe and blessed 2021-22 school year.

2021-2022 Orientation FlyerSchool Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 5, 2021 for all three classrooms. The new school year is almost here and we are excited to share with you all that we have planned. Come and join us for an orientation and presentation to help make the year go smoothly. The orientation will be held in the courtyard due to social distancing.


Presentation of Flowers to Honor Mary Student Preesenting Flowers to Statue of MaryStudents of St. Joseph Early Learning Center honor the month of Mary with celebration and activities all month long. Pictured here is Rainbow Class student Tevai Demello-Orta Kubo presenting flowers to the School's court yard statue of the blessed mother . She and her classmates cleaned and adorned the area with deed and prayer to honor God's chosen and humble servant. In addition to the May celebrations, the students will also be participating in a May Day program virtually and have also honored their mothers with hand made gifts for Mothers Day.

Presenter Gabby S of Maui Child and Family Services Gabby S of Maui Children and Family Services giving a presentation to ELC studentsSt. Joseph E.L.C. students celebrated April, the Month of the Young Child and Sexual Awareness Month with a Safe Environment presentation put on by presenter Gabby Shabke of Maui Child and Family Services. The presentation was done for each classroom bubble outdoors with age appropriate content, visual props, and songs that engaged the children's learning. They also got to take home coloring books and hand outs that reinforce what personal safety tips they have learned to share with their family at home. The presentation is done annually each year and we appreciate the Maui Child and Family Services staff for their kokua to our keiki and their safety.

Staff at Lenten RetreatParish Lenten Retreat St. Joseph ELC families, staff and school board members joined  the Parish Lenten Retreat facilitated by Fr. Ken Deasy pictured in the photo,on March 2nd and 9th 2021. It was well presented and well received. This two day retreat was entitled " Be Real: Live Lent with Love" it was offered in both in-person or virtual form. The retreat was sponsored by the Pastoral Council, will lead up to the Parish Lenten Penance service then right into Holy Week. Simultaneously the Solemnity of St. Joseph,  will be preceded by a 9 day Novena and mass that will end at the end of the school's Lenten Break on March 19th,. We wish all a Happy Feast Day and a Blessed Easter Season. 

Children showing poster for Catcholic Schools WeekCatholic Schools Week Catholic School's Week was a welcomed celebration of fellowship, service, and joyful blessing to all at St. Joseph Early Learning Center. On Monday,Feb. 1st was "Service Day" where the students worked hard to clean and spruce up the church ground and parking lot. Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, the children and staff had fun and fellowship as the came to school right out of bed on "Pajama Day". "Wacky Wednesday" was a time the campus saw strange hairdos, mix matched duds and lots of laughs. Thursday, Feb. 4th , was "Sports Day" were the students participated in an obstacle course in the court area of campus decked out in their favorite team or sport attire. Lastly on Friday, the parish joined in the celebration of Catholic Schools week officiated by Fr. Micheal Tolenteno that coordinated with all Catholic Schools through out the state. After the mass two of the staff members were honored and received awards for their years of work in the Catholic Education field.

Congratulations to Helen Souza for her 20 years of service and Alicia Cordeiro for the 30 years of blessings to our keiki. Following the mass the staff shared in a state wide virtual key note presentation by speaker and Maui raised author Dr. Linda Wheeler. To wrap up the day Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Llewellyn Young read from a Appreciation Day recognition letter by Governor David Y. Ige to all Catholic Schools thanking all Hawaii Catholic educational institutions for building a strong past, present and future in Hawaii. Pictured are the students of the Butterfly class holding the Catholic School's Week poster they and their school mates created to display in the parish church for the eventful week.

Celebrating Christmas Virtually Ladybug ClassPictured here is the Ladybug class as they sing the classic Christmas song "Jingle Bells" while their families watch the performance via Zoom. The school decided to have the classes perform virtually at three separate Zoom meetings keeping safety in mind. This will make the first time a Christmas program was done without a audience but it was appreciated and spirit filled.  The children made their own T-shirts and closed their program outside with a manger scene alongside The Holy Family. Wishing all a Happy and blessed New Year.

Ladybug Class at HalloweenHalloween Parade - St. Joseph E.L.C. continued their tradition of a Halloween parade however, this year it was just on campus instead of Makawao town. The students in the Ladybug room pictured here are walking back to their class room after viewing the entrees of the pumpkin carving contest in the background. Congratulations to Rainbow class student Tevai DeMello Orta-Kubo whom won the carving contest as it was judged by Fr. Micheal Tolentino. In addition to the pumpkin contest the students enjoyed fun activities and a special Halloween snack. Happy Holidays to all.

Rainbow Class Rainbow Class 2020The students of St. Joseph Early Learning Center are back from Fall break and continuing their first quarter of school. Pictured here are the students of the Rainbow Class together with the Butterfly and Ladybug classes they are gearing up for parent/ teacher conferences and getting excited for the upcoming holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving right around the corner. We look forward to more learning and blessings on campus.

Retreat Day On Friday, September 18th, the staff of the St. Joseph E.L.C. eRetreat Day 2020njoyed a beautiful retreat day at the neighboring parish of The Kula Catholic Community Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Keokea. To begin the day the staff did a opening meditate prayer on the theme of the day which was "Follow Jesus". Then they watched the movie on DVD "I am Patrick" with a personal reflection on the life and legend of St. Patrick. To round up the day the staff partook in a mass with celebrant Fr. Anton Nyo to end the day. The grounds was so picturesque and beautiful and Fr. Nyo had the staff leave with fresh items from his country garden. A very relaxing and meaningful retreat day for the staff pictured in photo; (front row) Alicia Cordeiro, Helen Souza and Back row Renette Koa and Fr. Anton Nyo. Thank you to Fr. Anton Nyo and the staff of the Kula Catholic Community.

Mass of the Holy Spirit St. Joseph Early Learning Center celebrates the MassMass of the Holy Spirit of the Holy Spirit for the 2020-21 school year. Due to the pandemic the recommended distance protocol precautions were taken but, the it did not detour the celebrant and staff from a blessing upon their year. The quaint gathering was held in the convent chapel to share the Word and break the Bread of God with each other. Director Helen Souza also read the Bishops letter addressed to all Catholic schools statewide. The photo shows the participants from left to right Alicia Cordiero, Helen Souza, Renette Koa and Fr. Micheal Tolentino.  Thank you for Fr. Michael and the parish for their support to our preschool and staff. We wish all schools a safe and blessed school year.

St. Joseph Early Learning Center is starting anew... as it gears up for a School Orientationsafe and blessed 2020-21 school year. Seen in the photo we have student Keaumahinaikealani Cabanting-White along with her parents Sanoe and Greg dancing to the song "If You're Happy and You Know It" one of the ice breakers for orientation. The students also got their temperature and wellness check "dry run" for a smother transition onthe first day. They also had their perspective teachers read them the story "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn that is so fitting in this time of heightened hand washing and hygiene yet remembering that a parents love can not be washed away, even with hand sanitizer. The families also brought in a family photo as well as took home a activity that relates to the book mentioned as a bridge between school and home. We wish all schools a safe and blessed school year.


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Information from the accreditation team resources/topics/covid-19

Updates from the CDC

To the students :

  • We miss you all... and love you.
  • Remember to say your prayers.
  • Remember to sing your songs.
  • Remember to take a nap and stay healthy.

To the 'Ohana:

  • Hang in there.
  • We miss you. (see resources listed to help get ideas)
  • Remember to pray.
  • Remember to breath.
  • Remember to rest and stay healthy.

St. Joseph Early Learning Ctr

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2 yrs & 9 months to 6 yrs old

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