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Thomas Edward White, Sr., Thomas Edward White, Jr., and Thomas Edward White, III celebrate at Kindergarten graduation.
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Three Generations Celebrate Kindergarten Graduation at St. Joe

St. Joseph School celebrated the graduation of 37 kindergarten students on Wednesday, May 30th. A pleased crowd enjoyed kindergartners performing several songs they had learned … Read more ›

St. Joseph seventh grader, Audrey Roth makes a sale during her classrooms Expo Day.  Having created various styles of wallets and pouches using colorful duct tape, Audrey totally sold out of her inventory at Expo Day.
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Expo Day a Success for St. Joseph Seventh Graders

St. Joseph School seventh graders participated and completed an Economy Unit in their Geography class led by teacher, Mr. Chris Tiritilli. Tiritilli asked them to … Read more ›

In a journalistic writing competition, this article was created by St. Joseph fourth grade journalists, (L) Abby Ryniec, Claire Venard, Grace Jaworski, Anne Harbauer, Martynas Barsketis, Brenna Cohoon. Pictured with the winners is fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Cindy Schultz.  Not pictured is fourth grade teacher, Diane Carbone.
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St. Joseph Fourth Graders Become Published Writers

In a journalistic writing competition, an article featuring St. Joseph School's 15th annual VIP Day performance was created by St. Joseph fourth grade writers, (L) … Read more ›

St. Joseph School Music Teacher, Mary Schmitt receives applause after her final VIP Day performance comes to a close.  Standing with Schmitt is art teacher, Ginny Clark, who collaberates with Schmitt on the art work and backdrops for the event.
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St. Joseph VIP Day 2012 – Dance, Dance, Dance!

Written by St. Joseph fourth grade journalists, Martynas Barsketis, Brenna Cohoon, Anne Harbauer, Grace Jaworski, Abby Ryniec and Claire Venard Each year at the end … Read more ›

The May Crowning court included Megan Geraghty, Sophia Chaulk, Aimee Dragas, Kelly Flavin, Sarah Hodshire, Jessica Novotny, and Jill Wagner.    The flowered crowns of ivory and blue were carried by second graders Therese Bastuga and Jane Eschenbach.
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School Honors Blessed Virgin Mary at May Crowning Event

St. Joseph School in Downers Grove held its annual May Crowning ceremony honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. The annual May Crowning is a tradition within … Read more ›

Sunday, June 3

Come Celebrate Retirement of St. Joseph School's Angelita Gaffud.

St. Joseph School third grade teacher, Angelita Gaffud to retire after 43 years of dedication to Catholic education.
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St. Joseph's Angelita Gaffud to Retire After 43 Years

After 43 years at St. Joseph School, third grade teacher, Angelita Gaffud will be retiring at the end of this school year. To celebrate her … Read more ›

St. Joseph third grader, Michael Bertram tries his hand at a fire hose with the help of Downers Grove Fire Dept. Lt. Richard Niedospial.
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Downers Grove Third Graders Complete Fire & Life Safety Training

Downers Grove Fire Department Public Education Officer, Marsha Giesler, finds the month of May a busy one. That’s because it brings closure to this year's … Read more ›

Sunday, May 20

The fotoMuses latest exhibit, "One by One"

Photographer, Janice Henry displays her piece called, Cascading Pink Orchids at the fotoMuses latest exhibit, "One by One."
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The fotoMuses Newest Exhibit at Bloomingdale, "One by One"

Ansel Adams once said, “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” In … Read more ›