March 24, 2017
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
Right on cue, we’ve had a week that’s had some glimpses of spring, putting us on notice that our out-of-the-norm winter soon will be on its way out. It’s been wonderful to see the energy the sunshine, when it shows itself, brings to our students. Speaking of this beautiful energy, I had the chance to join our eighth graders at the beginning of their retreat this week - two and a half days away from school reflecting on their time together and growing in their understanding of themselves in community with others. And, in the hours I spent with them, I can truly say that this beautiful energy was shining in them. They felt, I sensed, truly on retreat, stepping away from the academic component of our school program for a moment and navigating and focusing on the spiritual and social components. It’s been great to watch them grow - for me, in my short time at St. Joe’s, but for our teachers over a much longer period of time - and we look forward to their return with us to finish their final trimester at St. Joe’s in a positive spirit and with a desire to enjoy their final months together.
I mentioned in my letter last week that I’d share some of the most important dates in our school year this week. Here are some dates you may want to pencil into your personal calendars:
We continue to work with our full calendar, and many other items are still being scheduled or confirmed and will be available to families in April when we share Family Tuition Contracts. We’re hoping to have Family Tuition Contracts shared with you in mid April.
- First Day of School: August 30
- Christmas Break: December 20 - January 2 (Back in School on January 3)
- Spring Break: April 2-6
- Last Day of School: June 13
Next week we’re looking forward to our first Cultural Day. It’ll be on the morning of Friday, March 31st, and we’re excited to learn from our students and to celebrate the diversity of our families. We will have special dress for the day. Students will be able to wear clothing from a culture or country where they or their family have a connection or history. They may also research a country or culture and wear clothing from the country or culture of interest. You’re all welcome to join us for the Cultural Day prayer service in the Church beginning at 9 am. We’ll have the opportunity to pray together and join in the prayers recited by our students in a number of different languages. It’s sure to be a great day for our community!
God’s peace and all good things,
Joe Manning, Principal
THE WEEK AHEAD
No schoolwide events or activities
No schoolwide events or activities
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
No schoolwide events or activities
Cultural Day Prayer Service - Church - 9 am
Students to wear cultural or heritage dress (see explanation in weekly principal letter)
Stations of the Cross - Gym - 2:25 pm
Evening of Reconciliation - Church - 7 pm (Open to all parishioners, school families, and general public)
Spring Break: April 3-7
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
Auction Survey - if you haven’t yet provided feedback, please do
We shared this in the Cardinal Call last week, but we’d love to receive more feedback. We’re looking for your thoughts on this year’s Building Futures Annual Dinner & Live Auction held in February. We’d really appreciate hearing from those of you who attended as well as those of you who did not attend. The links to the brief surveys are here:
It’ll take just a few minutes for each of you to complete, and it’ll be valuable feedback for our auction team as we begin to look toward next year.
Mad Science & Chess Club offering spring sessions
Registration forms for Chess Club and Mad Science spring sessions came home last, Friday, March 17. If your child or children are interested in participating in either of these after school activities, please return the registration forms to the front office as soon as possible. If you need new forms, please ask Mrs. Keller at the front office.
Chess Club is open to students K-8 and is held Wednesdays beginning March 29.
Mad Science is open to students K-5 and is held Thursdays beginning April 13.
Lost & found overflowing - check it before Friday, March 31
We have moved our lost and found items up near the school’s trophy case behind Mrs. Keller’s desk and encourage you to stop by to see if your child has any missing items that need to be retrieved. All items still remaining on Friday will be donated to a local charity.
Lenten Reconciliation opportunities at St. Joe’s & other local parishes
During Lent, we encourage our families and students to participate in the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation is available here at St. Joseph Parish on Tuesdays from 5 to 5:45 pm and on Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 pm. There will be no Reconciliation on Holy Saturday.
St. Joseph and our other local parishes are offering Evenings of Reconciliation at different times during Lent. Here’s the local schedule:
March 30: Holy Redeemer, 6 pm
March 31: St. Joseph, 7 pm
April 5: Sacred Heart - Battle Ground, 6 pm
April 6: Our Lady of Lourdes, 7 pm
Celebrating Baptism, Confirmation, & First Communion in May
Each year in May we recognize all of the students who have celebrated their First Holy Communion here at St. Joe’s and in other local parishes with a special Mass. This year’s Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 31 at 8:10 am. This year, we’d love to celebrate other significant sacramental milestones in the lives of our school families. If your child is in Grades 3-8 and will have his/her First Holy Communion this spring (we know who the second graders are), your child or you have been baptized into the Catholic Church, of if you’ve been confirmed or completed an RCIA program in the Catholic Church, we would like to recognize you at the Mass and offer a special prayer and blessing for all of you. If you have a baptism or confirmation we can celebrate, please email Mr. Manning, and we’ll connect with you before the Mass to let you know how we’ll plan to recognize you at the celebration Mass. We look forward to celebrating with you and the school community!
PTO Board Game Night – Chair Needed
PTO is interested in hosting a family Board Game Night this spring; however, we are in need of a chair to coordinate this event. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Laura Ashton at email@example.com.
The ONLINE Silent Auction
The Online Silent Auction is underway and open to everyone! That's right - any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend who is interested can bid on any item in the silent auction. There are 90 items available and photos and descriptions of each item are online NOW through 10 pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. All bidding will take place online and the winners will be notified when the bidding closes. All items will be available for pick up in the Events Office starting March 29. No items will be shipped.
Check out exciting items such as: Principal For A Day, jewelry, family fun experiences, and so much more!
Go to https://www.biddingforgood.com/stjoevanschool/mardigras
- Click the "Register" link in the upper right corner of any auction page. If you have previously registered and have forgotten your password, click the "Forgot Password?" link and we will email it to you.
- Once you have registered, enter your username and password in the upper right corner and click the "Sign In" button.
- Click on "View All Items" and the auction items will appear.
Upcoming VIRTUS Safe Environments in-person training
All parent volunteers need to be up to date with 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. An online Safe Environment refresher class is required each three years after the initial training is completed. Background checks are required in the first year of volunteering and then every three years after.
There are two local VIRTUS trainings scheduled in April. If you are not yet up to date with training requirements, please plan to attend this class so you will be able to volunteer, help out in the classroom, and drive on field trips.
VIRTUS Safe Environment Training:
Saturday, April 1, 9 am, Holy Redeemer Church, 17010 NE 9th St, Vancouver, WA 98684
Saturday, April 29, 1 pm - 4 pm, St. Joseph School, Vancouver, WA, Marian Hall, St. Dominic/SMG room
You will 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 any questions, please contact Sheri in the school office at (360)696-2586.