January 8, 2018
Dear Parents and Students,
I would like to introduce myself to you as the Religion teacher for grades 6-7-8 for the remainder of the school year. My name is Joyce Temaat. Some of you may know me or I may have even taught you at one point. I am a retired teacher. I taught for 17 years here a Sacred Heart before moving on the USD 443. Since my retirement in May of 2016, I have been substituting around the district. While a teacher here at Sacred Heart, I taught K, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. More recently I have been teaching 8th grade intervention reading at Comanche Middle School. I have helped with Religion classes, both adult and children, at COLG also. I am a born and raised Catholic. I am an active member at COLG. I am currently a lector, Eucharistic Minister, and serve on the School Council. I also work with the Environment Committee and help with decorating. In the past I have served on Pastoral Council. I am excited about coming back to SHCS to teach Religion and share my faith.
I have been married to my husband, Dennis, for 37 years. He works for Crustbuster/Speedking in Spearville. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. I have three grown children who all attended Sacred Heart. They have blessed me with seven beautiful grandchildren, whom I love to spend time spoiling.
I just wanted to let you know what curriculum I will be teaching from for this semester. We will be using some wonderful books published by Sadlier. 6th grade will be using a text called "We Believe: We are God's People." 7th grade will continue with the "Chosen" videos that have been implemented, but a text that goes along with it will be added also. These are some terrific materials for Confirmation. 8th grade will be using the textbook, "We Live Our Faith as Members of the Church." It is my hope that the students will learn about their Catholicism, but also grow in their own personal relationship with God. For the elective class, "Theology Enrichment," we will be using a video series titled, "The Mystery of the Mass Revealed." I want them to learn about why we do some of the things that we do at Mass. Hopefully this can make them more active participants in the celebration.
Once again, I look forward to working with all of you. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will be in the building Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
You can also reach me by phone by calling or texting: 620-253-2885.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Joyce Temaat