April 10, 2020
Dear Friends of St. Joe’s,
Jesus’s Resurrection brings us hope that after death and darkness come new life and a brighter future. Wishing all of you a Blessed Easter filled with the promise of better days to come.
Thanks to all who submitted the Distance Learning Survey. We are compiling the results and will share them as soon as we are finished. If you haven’t done the survey yet, it’s not too late.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR NEWSFLASH UPDATES. Remember to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR by Frequently Forgiving!
Mary Ellen LaRose, Principal
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
St. Joseph Holy Week Celebrations Live streaming
We’ve saved you a place! If you'd like to join us, click here to access the livestream on Facebook. You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch. Click on the link to the livestream and if another window pops up asking you to log in, click “not now” at the bottom of the window.
Bishop Elizondo will be celebrating all of the Holy Week liturgies in Spanish. You can access them here.
- Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, Friday, April 10 7:00 pm
- Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11 9:00 pm
- Easter Sunday Mass Sunday, April 12 9:00 am
Check our parish website for special editions of At Home with Faith for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday in English and Spanish.
Archdiocese Holy Week Celebrations Live streaming
Streaming available through Vimeo vimeo.com/archdioceseofseattle and Facebook @ArchdioceseofSeattle
Holy Week at Home: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/holyweek2020
- Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Saturday, April 11 8:30 pm
- Easter Sunday Mass of Easter Day Sunday, April 12 8:30 am
Teachers, Catechists, Parents: we are all facing a Holy Week with many unknowns and with limited access to the parish liturgies. We have been encouraged to build up our Domestic Church and celebrate this coming week in a way that recalls the mystery of our Salvation. Every year, we need the graces of Holy Week, and this year we need it even more. So, to help you, we have put together a collection of activities and prayers, and some inspiration to start new traditions. Don’t try to do too much. Pray about what would work for your family, or if you are a teacher ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.
Living Your Strengths
Are you interested in taking an online Living Your Strengths class during the Easter season? This course will be offered online via Zoom, an appropriate way to keep our social distancing but also connect as a virtual parish family. Contact Larry, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Click here for all the details!
Share the Spirit of St. Joseph
Sharing our school sure looks different this year! Since we can’t offer personal tours, we created a video tour of our school so prospective families can experience St. Joseph in action. Find the video on our website and share with your family, friends, and coworkers.
Remember our Share the Spirit Family Referral Program. St. Joseph families are the best recruiters! Share the Spirit and earn a $25 gift card just for referring a new family with a student(s) entering Grades K-8. If your referred family enrolls, you will receive a $750 tuition credit for your family. View complete details of the program here. Contact Eileen Sherrill, 360-696-2586, with questions or for more information.
As mentioned in the Newsflash earlier this week, outstanding share hours for both parish and school have been zeroed out for this school year. We are also going to modify the number of share hours required next school year. Please know how much we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for the school and parish!
Although regular Share Hours have come to a halt, there are still ways to earn Share Hours and help our school at the same time! Each time you share a post from St. Joseph School, you will earn ONE Share Hour - send to friends, post it on your timeline, post a photo of your children engaged in distance learning! Share the great news that your children have been distance learning from day ONE of statewide school closures! Be sure to track your hours, they will be counted!
Now more than ever…
We need to stay connected! Many people aren’t on social media by choice (which we get!), but during this time of social distancing it’s a great way to engage with the community.
Follow the activities of St. Joseph students and staff. Like us on Facebook and share what distance learning looks like for your family! We’re over 630 "likes" and heading for our goal of 1000, so like and share with your family and friends to help us reach our goal! Also Follow us on Instagram - type in: stjoevanschool in the Instagram search bar.
Family Contracts for 2020-21
Families who have completed their enrollment for next year will receive tuition contracts via email later in April. If you applied for tuition assistance and/or parish subsidy, that information will be included with the contract. We know there is a great deal of uncertainty at this time, but we are making plans for next school year and look forward to continuing to partner with your family. Contact Eileen, email@example.com,if you have questions.
Although school is closed, you can still purchase scrip online using PrestoPay. See details on the school website. Not all vendors available, but most are!
St. Joseph Parish Updates - go to https://www.stjoevan.org/ for the latest.
Washington’s Child Restraint Law
For the safety of your children, please comply with the new Washington’s Child Restraint Law that became effective January 1, 2020:
VIRTUS Safe Environments in-person training
- Children up to age 2 must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat.
- Children ages 2-4 years must ride in a car seat with a harness (rear or forward facing).
- Children 4 and older must ride in a car or booster seat until they are 4’9″ tall.
- Children over height 4’9” must be secured by a properly fitted seat belt (typically starting at 8-12 years old).
- Children up to age 13 must ride in the back seat when practical to do so.
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, training session lasts about three hours.
Upcoming VIRTUS Safe Environment Training Sessions:
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 Theresa at 360.696.2586, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 pm, Holy Redeemer Vancouver, 17010 NE 9th St.
- Monday, June 15, 6:00 pm, St. Joseph Church, 400 S. Andresen