Welcoming in February at St. Joseph’s!

Greetings from St. Joseph’s Indian School. I hope this blog finds you all well!


Last week, we joined Catholic schools from all around the country to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Services.”

Throughout the week, Catholic schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. Here at St. Joseph’s, a variety of activities took place to celebrate and honor the week.


Last Thursday, St. Joseph’s National Honor Society chapter inducted new members. The National Honors Society is a way to encourage all our students to do their best in class and use their knowledge and talents to reach out in service to others. We are proud of our current members and our new inductees.


Our Human Resources Department recently hosted our annual Chili and Soup contest. In the past, employees would cook up their favorite chili and soup concoctions and compete for the title of “Best Chili” or “Best Soup”.

This year, they switched it around a bit—the chili and soup was provided and contestants were asked to bring in a favorite dessert.  There was a big turnout of staff to sample all the entries and prizes were awarded in several categories.  All agreed it was a delicious and fun way to develop a sense of comradery.


St. Joseph’s bowling season has been under way for several weeks.  We have eight teams made up of bowlers from 7th-12th grade.

This year, in order to take some of the pressure off, it was determined there would be three points per weekend a team could win—one point for total pins in each of the two games bowled and then a point for most pins total.

Our rec center staff wanted to encourage the students and adults taking part this year to have fun rather than trying to always ‘beat’ someone on the other team.

The standings are close and we have another 3 weeks to determine the champions. We will keep you updated on our season as it continues.


On a recent Saturday when I was going to get the mail, I noticed one of our small busses heading off campus.  I didn’t think much of it, but I spent a minute or two trying to recall if there was some sort of athletic event going on.

About an hour later, I was heading to my office when I saw the bus return. After the bus came to a stop, the young men from Raphael Home began exiting the bus with sacks in their hands and smiles on their faces.

When I bumped into one of Raphael’s houseparents, I asked what they had been doing.  I was told they had decided to go to Shopko to use some of the gift cards they had received for Christmas.

The houseparent stated they had a great time shopping for good deals and fun toys!


St. Joseph’s basketball teams have been quite busy.  In addition to many games the past few weeks, our students have also been learning the life lesson that sports and representing St. Joseph’s on the court is a privilege, not a right. Academics and behavior always come first!


This past Saturday, I traveled to Mitchell, South Dakota to escort several of our students as they took part in the annual regional spelling bee.  We had a great time and a great day.


Blessings to you and your family this week. May God’s grace and love surround you and your families.


Fr. Anthony, St. Joseph's ChaplainFr. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ


Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

4 thoughts on “Welcoming in February at St. Joseph’s!”

  1. Wonderful to read of the various activities that the students are involved with and enjoying. he chili/soup cook-off myst have been a delicious event for the staff..yum! It always warms my heart to learn more about the students there at St. Jo’s and know that they are able to participate in various activities. God Bless all the staff and the students. Shari

  2. I like Catholic schools. I went there for most of my education in the 1950’s and 1960’s when they were not costly ($1 to $18/monthly even high school). Now they are very costly but parents make sacrifice. Also I went to a Catholic college which was also not too costly. Now I could not have done college that way. Then I worked at a Catholic school that I had attended. Parents paid a lot of money but they received an education and attention not possible at public school. I like the Catholic schools but do not want government aid to send my kids there. It is better that parents make that sacrifice so the government cannot tell the school what to teach. I am glad your St. Joseph’s is such a fine school–I visited there in 2013 and was impressed. Thanks for your hard work to teach and get fund raising to stay open.

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