March 3, 2017
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
This year it took a little longer than it normally does, but we made it to our 100th day of school this week. Our students, especially our youngest, enjoyed celebrating the 100th day on Monday and doing various activities associated with that big impressive number. When we reach 100, it’s always a good time for us to reflect on the growth of our students and how far they’ve come and how much farther we hope to take them in this school year. With March here now, we’re looking at just about 70 days to go and are excited for the learning, field trips, assemblies, and activities still to come!
I hope you’ve had the chance to read Thursday’s email about changes to the school week schedule (daily start & end times, early dismissal day, & Mass schedule) for next school year. Since this is such an important change that impacts your own personal scheduling as families, I wanted to make sure to draw your attention to that email just in case it’s one that somehow slipped through the cracks. If you didn’t see it come through Thursday evening, you can access it here.
We passed along our thanks for the wonderful auction turnout and overall support in an Auction Newsflash this week, but I’d like to pass along a personal thank you. What a beautiful evening for this community! We appreciate your support and generosity when it comes to supporting the school, and this year, specifically our security efforts to install keyless access and monitoring control for our school’s exterior doors. Thank you to all of you who attended, purchased items, procured items, and volunteered. A special thank you to Peggy DiPrima and Jill Watson, our auction coordinator and auction assistant, who worked so hard in the days, weeks, and months leading up to the auction. We couldn’t pull off an event of this magnitude without them!
We also want to offer our thanks to all of you who were able to make it to our Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday Friends & Family Night at McMenamins on Tuesday, especially those that had lengthy wait times for a table. The final numbers are in, and we earned nearly $2,600 for PTO that night! The school and our PTO are both incredibly grateful for your time and generosity in supporting this event! Though we don’t know who was responsible for this specific gesture of kindness, the teachers, staff, and I do want to thank the family or families who paid for the teacher tables that evening. That was totally unexpected and we all want to pass along a special thank you to you.
One final note before I close my letter for the week --- we are in need of a parent to head up our PTO efforts for next year as PTO president. Laura Ashton, who we’ve appreciated so much in this past year and a half, will be completing her two-years of service as president at the end of the year. We’ve been running a notice in the Cardinal Call for the past month looking for someone who might be interested in taking on this role and would love to have that person begin shadowing Laura soon. If you’re interested or want to learn more, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with Laura or me. Either of us would be glad to share with you more about the position.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Joe Manning, Principal
THE WEEK AHEAD
Monthly Prayer Service (5th Grade) & Speeches from Student Winners at Valley Catholic Speech Tournament - Gym - 8:35 am
Living Your Strengths Parent Overview (for interested parents) - Marian Hall’s Blessed Teresa/St. Francis Room - 2:25 pm
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
Seton Catholic Choir Concert - Marian Hall - 10 am
Regular School Day (this day was originally scheduled as a teacher in-service day, but, as we shared in a February email, we will have school this day)
Stations of the Cross - Gym - 2:25 pm
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
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?” Students will soon begin preparations in their classes and will likely need your help with learning information about your family’s history. We’ll share more details about the day in the coming weeks. We’re excited for our students to learn from each other in this special way!
Children’s Author CW Trisef to Visit St. Joseph in March - Book Order Form Now Available
CW Trisef, the author of the Oracle book series, will visit St. Joseph grades 3-8 students on Tuesday, March 14. Oracle is a wholesome, fact-based, fiction/adventure series for all ages, but especially students in grades 3-8. For more about the “Oracle” series, view the “Oracle” assembly flyer and book order form. Order forms are due back to school by the day of the assembly - Tuesday, March 14. You can download the order form and return to the school at any time. We will also send an order form home with all students next Friday.
CYO track & field registration now open
CYO Track & Field registration is now open for boys and girls in grades 3-8. The registration fee is $135 per athlete. Practices will begin on Tuesday, March 14 and will be held on all Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:45 pm. Meets will begin April 8. To register, please use this link.
If you have any questions, please contact commissioner Mike Miller, commissioner Becki Garrow, or athletic director Erin Novak.
CYO track & field coaches needed
Anyone who is interested in coaching CYO Track & Field please contact athletic director Erin Novak. All coaches will need to complete a variety of coaching requirements before being able to coach. The information for the requirements can be found here.
Auction items available online for purchase and more to come
We were so grateful for all the support at this year’s Building Futures Annual Dinner & Auction, and there’s still a way to join in on some of the fun. The One of a Kind Buy-Ins (Easel Items) are available for purchase online now through March 18. You can check them out here. They include:
- An Inspiring Taste of Italy at Total Wine for $25 - 17 spots available
- Free Dress Pass on Friday April 21st for $25
- Jeans Pass on Spirit Shirt Friday on March 31st for $15
- Choose Hot Lunch for A Week for April & May for $275 per month
- Girls' Shopping Night at Arktana Shoes in Downtown Camas for $50 - 31 open spots
- One Month of Classes at Dragon Star Kung Fu for $50 - 10 open spots
- 3rd Grade Crafting Night with Ms. Resendez & Mrs. English for $50 - 4 spots open
- First Grade Luau Party for $40 - 4 spots open
- Middle School Bowling at Big Al's for $25 - 5 spots open
- Finding Dory Adventure with Mrs. Barbieri and Mrs. Phillips for $30 - 15 spots open
- Pub Party at Casa LaPointe for $25 - 23 spots open
In the coming weeks, we will also be running an online auction of approximately 60 items that we did not put out on the night of the auction. We will announce dates for the online auction as soon as we have them.
Important note re: Wednesday chess pick-up
Please note that the doorbell at the school’s east entry near Marian Hall should not be used for picking up students from chess. The doorbell is only for Extended Care. Parents can pick up their students from chess class at the west end of the Middle School wing or by entering through the front of the school.
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.
Touching Safety class to be taught in March
Each of our classes will take part in the second Touching Safety lesson of the year this month. If you recall, we shared information about the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Touching Safety program in the fall when the first lesson was taught. If you have any questions about the program, please contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Manning.
Lent - Living Your Strengths Class
Consider joining others from the parish and school as you explore the following questions: “How do I discover my God-given talents and core strengths? And then how do I go about maximizing them every day in service of my Lord and purpose in life?”
Sign up today for a Living Your Strengths Class (five-week session during Lent) and discover your talents. Classes begin:
---LYS 2.0: Sundays, March 12 from 10:15 am—12:00 pm
---LYS 1.0: Sundays, March 12 from 3:00 pm— 4:45 pm
---LYS 1.0: Tuesdays, March 14 from 1:00 pm—2:40 pm (very convenient for school parents)
Not quite sure if it’s for you? Come to an informational presentation coordinated by kindergarten teacher Kristin Barbieri to find out what Living Your Strengths is all about. The meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7 from 2:15 pm until dismissal time in Marian Hall’s Blessed Teresa/St. Francis Room. You can find more info about the presentation here. Email Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you’ll plan on attending.
More details about Living Your Strengths can be found at www.stjoevan.org/stewardship/living-your-strengths/ or contact Larry Cadorniga at email@example.com or (360)823-2829. Space is limited and there is a nominal cost of $15 for the book and journal, if you choose to “Pay It Forward”.
March Spirit Wear Day rescheduled
To accommodate our new Cultural Day event scheduled for March 31, our March Spirit Wear Day has been changed to Friday, March 24. Students may wear any St. Joseph spirit wear, sweatshirts, or T-shirts, or a team jersey with their uniform bottoms.
Winter Box Top winner announced
Congratulations to our Winter Box Top Collection winner – Neisha Borders in Mrs. Senko’s 4th grade class. Mrs. Senko’s class was also the winning class. Congratulations to Neisha and Mrs. Senko’s class! Please continue to collect your Box Tops for our next collection in the spring. Thank you to all who submitted Box Tops to support St. Joseph PTO.
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.
PTO President-Elect Needed for the 2017-2018 school-year
The position of PTO President is a two-year term, and Laura Ashton is approaching the end of her term and will not be available to serve next year. Therefore, we are searching for a President-Elect that can shadow Laura for the remainder of the year in order to hit the ground running next year. If you are interested, please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Francis one-man play tonight at St. Thomas Aquinas - Camas
There is a play tonight - Friday, March 3 - at St. Thomas Aquinas in Camas. St. Francis: Troubadour of God’s Peace starts at 7 pm and is a free-will donation. The play is a live theater production based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi. In the one-man drama, audiences meet the beloved “Little Poor Man of Assisi,” whose life has continued to draw men and women to Christ for more than eight centuries.
VIRTUS Safe Environments in-person training - additional location
An additional VIRTUS training has been added this weekend:
Saturday, March 4, 10:00 am - Our Lady of Lourdes, 4701 NW Franklin St., Vancouver, WA
Sunday, March 5, at 1:00 pm - St. Rose of Lima Church, 2571 Nichols Blvd., Longview, WA
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.
If you are not yet up to date with training requirements, please plan to attend one of these classes so you’ll be able to volunteer at school, help out in the classroom, and drive on field trips.
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 Mrs. Keller in the school office at (360)696-2586.