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The Cardinal Call

September 6, 2019
Dear Friends of St. Joe’s,

I came upon this article recently, and in light of our theme “Love Your Neighbor,” I want to share it with you. I’m sure many of you watched Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood on PBS sometime during the years it aired (1968-2001). I myself recall watching it with my little sister and then with my own children as they were growing up. The article is by Joani Schultz, and it talks about “What We Can Learn from Mr. Rogers.” Following is an excerpt:
“In a time riddled with vitriol and divisiveness, Mr. Rogers’ gentle, relentless approach to kindness touched viewers. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister, used television to deliver messages that touched our hearts. Deeply.
So, what did Mr. Rogers teach us?
Love your neighbor as yourself.
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” Is a thinly veiled reference to the Bible and Jesus’ encounter when asked what’s the greatest commandment.
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind ...and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
So, in loving God, Mr. Rogers demonstrated a profound love for others. Kindness. Authenticity. No judgment.
He dipped his tired feet in a kiddie pool. Then he invited his black friend to join him. At a time of extreme racial tension, where people were literally chasing blacks from swimming pools, Mr. Rogers quietly, kindly, showed acceptance and love.
He loved his neighbor as himself.
Loving others takes a strong sense of security, a love of self, and trust believing our identity in Christ.
Fred Rogers’ book You Are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor:
“When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong along with the fearful, the true mixed in with the facade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.”
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and please try to “Love Your Neighbor!”

Mary Ellen LaRose, Principal  
Sunday, 9/8
PTO Hospitality after 9am & 11:30am masses
VIRTUS Training - St. Joseph Church, Marian Hall, 1:00 pm (details below)
Monday, 9/9
All School Mass - 10:00 am 
Tuesday, 9/10
PTO Meeting - St. Ignatius Room - 8:30 am
Wednesday, 9/11
Mass - 8:30 am
Regular dismissal- 2:15 pm
Thursday, 9/12
K-8 Individual Picture Day - Students may wear nice free dress
Friday, 9/13
No school wide events or activities
Federal Asbestos Compliance Letter
Please view the Archdiocese of Seattle 2019 Federal Asbestos Compliance letter 
Picture Day next week
Individual school pictures will be taken next Thursday (preschool has photos Wednesday). Students may wear nice free dress to school, please see the student handbook for free dress guidelines.
St. Joseph Faith Formation 
First Reconciliation and First Communion - children who are baptized Catholic, are at least seven years old and in the second grade and who have completed at least one full year of Catholic education are eligible to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion. Registration forms are available here, Forms and payment must be submitted by September 9 to the parish office.
Becoming Catholic - if you have a child who is non-baptized or was baptized in another faith tradition and is interested in becoming Catholic contact Tracy Joy, or 360-823-2833 for more information.  Adults who are interested in becoming Catholic contact Frances Farrell, or 360-823-2802.
Faith Formation - The 2019-2020 registration is here. If your child attends St. Joseph school, you can still enroll your child in Faith Formation. If you haven't yet registered your child or teen, it's not too late. Here are the links:
Preschool through 5th Grade, Middle School
Mealtime Online Accounts
Mealtime codes for new families went home with students this week. If you still need your code, email Suzy,, (continuing families if you need your student’s code, email Eileen 
PTO Hospitality this Sunday, September 8 (9am & 11:30am masses)
This Sunday, the PTO will be providing hospitality to the parish after both morning Masses. Students are encouraged to wear their school uniform to Mass. Parents can show their Cardinal Pride by wearing school colors. Please swing by our PTO table in the St. John Bosco Room after Mass. Cookies and refreshments will be provided. SCRIP and spirit wear will also be available to purchase after Mass.
Family and Student Forms
If you haven’t completed your online family Photo Release, Internet Safety, and Volunteer Forms we need them completed right away. If you are having trouble accessing the forms, please contact Eileen, 
If you haven’t returned the printed Emergency Form, Pick Up Plan, Allergy, and Emergency Pack forms please return to your child’s teacher or send them to Carmen Find the documents on the school website.
School Counseling Program
This year Ms. Jessica Paige, who was our Vice Principal last year, will be working with individual students and small groups of students. See details here.
Give More 24!
Your support last year helped us raise over $41,000 dollars for St. Joseph Catholic School! This year our goal is to raise $50,000 dollars to our School Fund and help support our mission on this year's day of giving, September 19. To make this goal, we need your help! Give More 24 has some great programs you can participate in that can really make a difference for us.
  • Matching Funds Program: This program allows your gift to be advertised as a $1-to-$1 dollar match gift. In essence, it doubles the amount of your gift. For a gift to be designated as a matching gift, it must be at least $500 dollars.
  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: What is Peer-to-Peer Fundraising?  The concept is basically the same as Jog-a-Thon. You set up your own fundraising page off of our main GM24 page; share this with your network, family and friends and raise funds directly for SJCS. 
How to create your own page: Go to our main GM24 page:
  • Click on the orange "Fundraise" button
  • Fill out the drop down form with the required information
  • Click on the "Submit" button
You will receive an email with a link to set up your page.  Fast, easy and simple!
What are we fundraising for? This year  80% of your donation will go to the St. Joseph School Fund. Every year, every student not paying the full actual cost of tuition creates a gap between income and expenses. Every dollar of your gift to the St. Joseph School Fund is an investment in the future, designated to fill the gap in the cost to educate a child. The remaining 20% of your donation during Give More 24! will go to purchasing STEAM supplies for our K-8th students. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for developing student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.
To participate in one of these programs contact Director of Advancement & Stewardship, Eddie Allen
Discover your God-given talents…
...and help build them into strengths! The Living Your Strengths class is a five-week course designed to help you understand your giftedness, apply effort to your gifts, and ultimately build them into strengths to help build the kingdom of God here on earth. The class is also a great way to connect with fellow parishioners/parents, pray, and discern God’s will in your life in what he may be calling you to do. A fall LYS 1.0 class will be offered on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:00 pm beginning on September 26 and running through October 24. Please contact Larry at or 360-823-2829 to register.
Family Auction Obligation Deadline Coming Up
Just a friendly reminder that the $75 family auction obligation is due September 27. You may fulfill your commitment several ways: it can be an item valued at $75 (but purchased on sale), it can be $75 in scrip cards, wine, gift certificates or simply a cash/check. You can also procure services or an item from your hair salon, nail salon, favorite golf course…the possibilities are endless. If you have not already met your obligation, please do so soon. After September 27, the commitment increases to $150 cash/check only. If you have any questions, please contact Eddie Allen, 
2019-2020 Extended Care 
Before and After Care is available for students grades K-8. View all the details about our new online registration system for Extended Care
St. Joseph Lego Robotics
Lego Robotics will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school at 3:30 pm.  
What: Problem Solving, Team Building and Fun using Robots and Brain Power
When:  Tuesday/Thursday after school
Where: School Cafeteria
Who:  4th through 8th graders who want to be on a team and develop solutions to a problem.
Needs:  Parents, Coaches, and Mentors
Cost: $125 fee for entry costs and equipment
Starts: Nowand ends 2nd week in December
Info: Call or text Larry at (360) 601-9242
Children’s Choir
If your child is interested in participating in choir, we meet on Wednesdays from 2:30pm - 3:45pm. Registration and details here, contact Karl Rohde,
Interested in Carpooling? 
If you are interested in forming a carpool in your area please let us know. We’ve had requests from east Vancouver near Holy Redeemer, Ridgefield, Brush Prairie, and Walnut Grove area. If you are interested please contact Eileen,
Scrip Program Information
Swimming Boys and Girls GRADES K-8 (REGISTER HERE)
Hot Shots Basketball GRADES 1-2 Co-ed (REGISTER HERE)
PTO Family Sock Hop 
Friday, September 27 is Sock Hop - a fun, family event hosted by PTO. The event will be in Marian Hall from 6pm-8pm. There will also be a pep rally at school that day and the kids can dress up in 50's style clothes so start thinking about poodle skirts and Letterman’s sweaters! See volunteer opportunities here, for questions or info contact Dana, 503-505-0807.
Share hour reporting form
As you accumulate Share Hours for the school year, don’t forget to record them on the reporting form. You can combine like activities and enter them monthly or individually, whatever is easiest for you.
VIRTUS Safe Environments in-person training
All volunteers need to have completed the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Safe Environment requirements before volunteering. This means that you’ve attended an in-person VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” class and have a current background check on file. If you are not yet up to date with training requirements, plan to attend one of these sessions so you will be able to volunteer at school, help out in the classroom, and drive on field trips. You only need one session, trainings last about three hours. 
Upcoming VIRTUS Safe Environment Training Sessions:
  • Sunday, September, 8, 1 pm, St. Joseph Church, Marian Hall, 400 S. Andresen
  • Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 PM, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church , 4723 NW Franklin St, Vancouver
  • Monday, September 30, 6:00 PM, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 324 NE Oak St, Camas, WA 98607 
You need to pre-register for the training at VIRTUS Online. Begin the registration process by clicking on the “First-Time Registrant” button on the left side of the page. If you have questions, please contact Kristy Dunlap at 360.696.2586, or
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