Japhet School

National School of Character

Preschool - 8th Grade

Preschool - 8th Grade

Step By Step By Step

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Drywall work continues this week with the crews completing the taping and mudding stages for all rooms. We thought students might enjoy this picture of the drywall crew at work — and on stilts! The next step will be painting and drop ceilings early next week.

Japhet was in the news again this week with an article in the South Oakland Eccentric on Sunday, August 4, and another in the Troy-Somerset Gazette on August 5. Please let us know if you spot us in your local paper.


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Step By Step

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

This week’s construction progress has been all about drywall and cement work!  New concrete is in place at our front entrance with a walkway to the latchkey door.  Drywall has been installed in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Primary Class.

Let us know if you see Japhet news in your local paper.  We had three interviews with reporters representing the Daily Tribune/Oakland Press, South Oakland Eccentric, and Metro Parent.


Admin in Front Office


Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Alumni, parent, student, and staff volunteers did a wonderful job with their first day of grounds beautification last weekend. Many thanks to all that participated!  The attached pictures show “before” and “after” shots.

What a difference!

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Progress Continues

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Progress continues with our renovations!  It is exciting to see classroom and office walls going upAs I walk the building, I imagine students in the halls and hear their joyful voices.

The old heating and cooling system has been removed and the roof is being prepared for installation of a new HVAC system. 

Our press release was picked up by the Clawson Patch.  Here is the link: Clawson Patch and Japhet School

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Construction is Underway

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Demolition is almost complete at Japhet’s new home!

On my walk through the building today, it was exciting to see bare floors and walls, the bobcat in action, and the locker rooms being removed.

We received final state approval for the submitted construction plans, which includes a modification to the Kindergarten and Primary Classroom walls to improve emergency exits.

Our press release was picked up by the Royal Oak Patch.  Here is the link:  Royal Oak Patch & Japhet School


Primary ClassDemo

Moving Out

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Japhet School has officially moved out of 31201 Dorchester, our home for 35 years!

It took a crew of 10 movers just two days to clear the building.  I am very grateful to faculty, staff, and the many volunteers who inventoried and packed more than 1,500 boxes, tagged furniture, and prepared fragile items for storage. Thanks to their hard work, the move-out went smoothly, and the moving crew told us that the August move-in will be even faster.

We took some photos, and you can view them on Japhet’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JaphetSchool

Milestone Moment

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Japhet School now owns 839 S. Crooks Road in Clawson! 

This is a milestone for Japhet, one that fulfills a long-time goal.  Many thanks to Japhet’s Board of Trustees for making this dream a reality!

PHOTO:                                                                                Board President Julie Knaffla and I making 839 S. Crooks our official new home!

Julie & Cathy at closing


Journey Home

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Japhet School’s new home will be: 

839 S. Crooks in Clawson, Michigan  48017

The building is less than three miles from our former location. It is located on approximately 2.5 acres between 13 and 14 Mile Roads, at the corner of Crooks and Normandy. It has a grassy area with trees for outdoor play, and was formerly the Oakland Branch of the YWCA.  Inside there are several existing classrooms, a large gym, a specialist’s room, and a central courtyard.  Parts of the building have been gutted and will require construction and updating to meet our needs.  We are planning to renovate the building over the summer.  

Japhet has always been so much more than the walls that surround us. We are taking the essence of Japhet with us on this journey. We are taking our joy. We are taking our courage. We are taking our industry, and we are taking our gratitude.  We will begin the 2013/2014 school year in a new space, but we will be coming home.

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News to Share

Monday, March 11th, 2013

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”                      ~ John Wooden

Our recent announcement that we will begin our 40th year in a new building was met with so much excitement!

 A Kindergarten student came in the next morning asking everyone in the lobby, “Did you know Japhet is getting a new building next year?”

 A second-grade student asked his mom, “Mom, I have $20 from my birthday; should I give it to Mrs. Mohan to help buy the new building?”  

A seventh-grade student asked, “Can I help move Japhet to the new building?” 

An eighth-grade student said, “It’s one year too late!”

Although we do not know our final location yet, we do know that Japhet is so much more than the walls that surround it.  We know that we are taking the essence of Japhet with us on this journey. We know that we will continue to nurture and prepare each child.  We know that character education and strong academics will still be the foundation of everything we do. 

I look forward to sharing this journey and celebrating our 40th year with each of you.



Thursday, September 27th, 2012

On September 24, 2012 the Japhet community celebrated the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year with our traditional Parent Support Group (PSG) potluck supper.  After a delicious meal, our Board of Trustees, shared their annual State of the School report.  Cassandra Bing, Vice President of our Board of Trustees was our speaker this year.  If you are interested in reading Cassandra’s moving words about the current state of our school and the Board of Trustees’ plans and vision for the future, we have posted it on our web site at:    http://japhetschool.org/BoardofTrustees.shtml

I also spoke during our celebration.   Here are the words that I shared:

Welcome and thank you for your support of Japhet School and our Parent Support Group.

The mission of Japhet School is to nurture and prepare each child for life by integrating character education with a strong academic program.

At the beginning of every school year each faculty and staff member commits to teaching and working in harmony with our mission and philosophy which define our unique approach to helping children grow.

One of our most important philosophy statements says,

“Education of children is a shared responsibility between the school, the family, and the community.”

Your presence here today shows your commitment to your children, their education, and the unique community that is Japhet School.

I am so glad each of you are here.

This year is an accreditation year for us.  In November we will be hosting a Visiting Team from ISACS for three days. They will read our self-study, visit classrooms, and meet with parents, students, trustees, faculty and staff, to confirm that we are living our mission in all that we do.

I am looking forward to a wonderful year together!

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