March 17, 2017
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
Each week at school is filled with special events and happenings, but this week is especially exciting for us because it’s the week where our community begins to grow for the next year. This week we’ve sent out admission letters to the K-8 students whose families applied for admission for next year in the first part of February. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to read over the applications and application materials for all of our applicants, and our admissions team - made up of Anne McDonagh, Eileen Sherrill, and me - have really appreciated the opportunity to learn about all of our applicants. This includes our incoming kindergartners who already have siblings with us as well as those who will be new to our community. The future is bright at St. Joseph! We do still have spots open at each of our grade levels for next year (and spots for this year, too, if families would like a mid-year transition), so please do continue to spread the word about St. Joe’s! We’d love to welcome even more families to our school!
As we prepare for our new families to start, we would like to enlist your help. We’ve already begun generating a list of information to consider adding to or clarifying in our New Family Orientation materials and we’d like to continue to add to it. If there are things you wished you would’ve known before you started the first year that would have assisted you in your transition to St. Joe’s, we’d love to hear from you. If you have suggestions you’d like to offer, please email Eileen Sherrill in our office. She’ll keep the list that we’ll consult as we revise our materials.
I hope you’ve all had the chance to see the Auction Newsflash this week. If you read it, you learned that our online auction is now live. There are all kinds of items available, and one in particular is always fun for me. We’re offering two different opportunities for students to be Principal for the Day. Winning bidders will give their students a chance to take on some principal responsibilities as well as some special treats - including a catered lunch, doing the morning prayer and announcements, having me do their homework or classwork, and more! To participate in the online auction and to see this item and all the other items generously donated by our community members and local businesses, please visit the online auction webpage.
With us moving into the final leg of this year’s auction activities with the online auction underway, we’re now seeking some feedback 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.
Our eighth graders will take their annual retreat this next week and will be away from school Wednesday through Friday. I ask that you keep them all in prayer as they spend some quality time together and reflect on their experiences at St. Joe’s. We all hope that the time they share together is fruitful and provides some time for reflection on their growth over all these years.
As we head into this weekend, I hear we might find at least one more of those beautiful sunny days that have started to interrupt the rainy ones. If it’s true, I hope you and your families can enjoy some time together outside!
God’s peace and all good things,
Joe Manning, Principal
THE WEEK AHEAD
No schoolwide events or activities
Parent Prayer and Pastries - St. Ignatius Room - 8:45 am
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
No schoolwide events or activities
Spirit Wear Day (Spirit Wear shirt or jersey can be worn with uniform bottoms)
Stations of the Cross - Gym - 2:25 pm
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
Children’s Author CW Trisef Visited St. Joseph / Book Orders
This week CW Trisef, the author of the Oracle book series, visited the school and introduced students in grades 3-8 to his fact-based action-adventure series. Students were very engaged and excited about his writing. If your student is interested in ordering any of his books, it’s not too late to order. He’s offered an opportunity for families to buy the books into next week. You’ll find an order form here. Orders are due back next Wednesday, March 22.
Cultural Day coming to St. Joe’s on Friday, March 31
St. Joe’s is introducing a special day this year for students to celebrate the various cultures and the pasts of our students’ families. On Friday, March 31, we will have a special prayer service and then an opportunity to learn and share about cultures, traditions, and different countries. The theme for the day will be “What’s it like to be a child throughout the world?”
The day will include:
- Students will be able to wear clothing representative of their family’s culture or history.
- Students will participate in a prayer service to start the day that celebrates our diversity. There will be a flag procession, readings, sung responses, and prayers in different languages.
- Each K-5 class will learn about a specific country and then share the information they learned with two different classes. Each class will also have the opportunity to learn from two different classes.
- Middle school students will present to K-5 classes on their family’s origins and offer a description of similarities and differences of what it’s like to be a child growing up in that
- Each K-5 students will interview their parents and share some of what they learned with their classmates.
For our prayer service, we’re looking for students who speak languages other than English and would like to recite the Lord’s Prayer (the Our Father) in their other language. If your child or you and your child together are interested in being a part of the prayer service in this special way (reciting the Lord’s Prayer), please email Mr. Manning at email@example.com to express interest by Tuesday, March 21.
Got Spirit? Spirit Wear Day Next Friday, March 24
Join us in wearing any St. Joseph spirit wear shirt with your regular uniform bottoms – this includes any spirit shirt you have acquired from PTO, Jog-a-thon, Sausage Fest, CYO, or even your St. Joseph team jersey. If you don’t have any spirit wear, wearing your uniform is fine. If you are interested in new spirit wear, you’ll find the latest here. Currently ALL YOUTH SHIRTS are $10 and ALL ADULT SHIRTS are $15.
Spirit Wear will be sold next Tuesday March 21 and Thursday March 23 from 8:15 to 8:30 am, in the school office across from Sheri Keller's desk.
Future spirit wear dates are: Friday, April 28, Friday, May 26, and Friday, June 9
Jeans pass sold at the auction to be used on Friday, March 24
Some families purchased jeans passes at this year's auction and the date indicated at purchase was Friday, March 31. Since we’ve scheduled our Cultural Day for Friday, March 31, we’ve needed to move the jeans pass day to Friday, March 24 - the same day as our March spirit wear day.
Parent Prayer & Pastries on Tuesday, March 21
Mr. Manning would like to invite parents to participate in what will be the fifth of a recurring monthly event at our school - Principal & Parent Prayer & Pastries. Our March gathering will be on Tuesday, March 21 at 8:45 am in Marian Hall’s St. Ignatius room. As part of each monthly gathering, Mr. Manning will share a parent-focused prayer and provide opportunity for reflection and then there will be a social time for you to chat with other school parents in attendance and with Mr. Manning. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
Mad Science & Chess Club to offer spring sessions
Registration forms for Chess Club and Mad Science spring sessions came home today, 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 a possible.
- 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.
PTO Board Game Night – chair needed
PTO is interested in hosting a Board Game Night this spring; however, we are need of a chair to coordinate this event. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Laura Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ONLINE Silent Auction is here
This year, an additional Silent Auction is being held online and is 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 Wednesday, March 28, 2017, at 10 pm. All bidding will take place online and the winners will be notified when the bidding closes. All items will be available for pick up only 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.
Reminder: share hours due April 15
With a month and a half left now before the due date, we’d like to remind you all that family share hours for the school year should be submitted to the school office by April 15. Each family is asked to contribute 30 hours (20 hours for single parent families) to the school and parish. (10 of the 30/20 SHARE hours should be in a church ministry for those families receiving a subsidy from their parish.)
New families: In your first year only, the hours are reduced to 20 (15 for a single parent) in order to allow time for you to get acquainted with the school.
For our parish families looking for ways to fulfill your 10-hour parish share hours obligation (10 of the 30 should be done as part of a parish ministry), we have the most up-to-date directory of parish ministries and contact information available. Click here to access this information. This document is a great resource for getting involved in our parish ministries, and especially for families receiving subsidy from the parish. This document is posted on the Share Hours page of our website. To find it, go to the PARENTS menu and click on SHARE HOURS.
Share hour forms are available on the school website in the Forms & Publications section. Hard copies are also available in the office. When the forms are complete, please return them to the office.
Important Scrip reminders
The deadline for meeting your $200 Scrip profit commitment for the 2016-17 school year is coming up. Please see below regarding end of year information and other Scrip notes.
- Our Scrip year ends Saturday, April 15, 2017. The LAST day to purchase Scrip for this Scrip year will be Thursday April 13, 2017.
- There will be NO SCRIP SALES DURING SUMMER BREAK. The LAST day to purchase Scrip will be June 14, 2017. You can still earn Scrip credit by creating a Presto Pay account and buying your Scrip online.
- There are several retailers not available online via Presto Pay. For example, you CANNOT purchase FRED MEYER, CHUCKS, OR DENNIS UNIFORM via Presto Pay. Please begin stocking up for the summer now.
- If you need to purchase a large quantity of a specific retailer, or would like to special order Scrip, please contact Kim LaValley with your requests. Special orders may take 10-14 days to fill.
- We have several retailers that do not sell as fast as others. If you frequent Quiznos, Godfathers Pizza, Einstein Bagels, Carters, Burlington Coat Factory, Dicks Sporting Goods, L.L. Bean, Payless Shoes, Supercuts, Burger King, or Coldstone, please consider purchasing Scrip.
- Contact Kim LaValley with any questions about the Scrip program.
Junior Achievement BizTown Summer Camp
Junior Achievement offers summer camp for students ages 10-14 to learn the “economics of life!” JA Biztown Summer Camp is an extension of our 4th/5th grade Biztown program - it's a dynamic, hands-on learning simulation that engages students in the American free-enterprise system, exposing them to running a business, entrepreneurship and financial planning.
Camp Dates: June 26-30, July 10-14, July 31 - Aug 4, Aug 14-18, from 9 am to 4 pm. Cost is $299 per student; there is an extended care option offered from 8 am to 5 pm for $319 per student.
Biztown is located at 7830 SE Foster Road in Portland. For more information or to register, go to http://jaorswwa.org/ja_biztown/jabt_summer_camp
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, 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.