December 16, 2016
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
On Wednesday night’s local news, meteorologist Mark Nelsen from KPTV said that many schools had likely started their Christmas break - that they just didn’t know it yet. Though I hoped it wasn’t true and that our temperatures would rise and melt the snow and ice that had accumulated, it didn’t happen. Many areas remain icy and slick and our local school districts took the precautionary step of closing today. I’m sure our students will enjoy the extended Christmas break, but I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to complete our regular week-before-break routine and to wish you and all the students well as we parted for the final time in 2016.
As shared in yesterday’s Newsflash, we are working on rescheduling our K-4 Advent Program for the week we return. As soon as we have the date and time confirmed, we will pass it along.
I write on behalf of all of the faculty and staff at St. Joe’s as I wish you all a safe couple weeks away from school, a Merry Christmas, and a joy-filled start to the new year.
We look forward to seeing you all again as we begin 2017!
Joe Manning, Principal
THE WEEK AHEAD
No School - New Year’s Day Observed
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
No schoolwide events or activities
Epiphany of the Lord
All School Mass (Mass Planned by Kindergarten) - 10 am
*Our K-4 Advent Program still needs to be rescheduled - when the date is confirmed, we will let families know.*
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
Help serve as a St. Joe’s volunteer for Project Homeless Connect
St. Joseph Parish will host Project Homeless Connect on Thursday, Jan. 26. This is a national day of care for the homeless that provides services for individuals and families who live in poverty. Our parish has hosted this event for the last several years as a way to answer our Catholic call to help those in need. As part of the day, service providers will gather in the Parish Hall to provide opportunities for dental and health care, haircuts, meetings with social service providers, and other services that people who live in poverty cannot typically afford. We need parent help to make the day run smoothly. If you’re interested in helping, please visit our volunteer sign-up page here. All volunteers need to be up to date with their VIRTUS training and have a background check on file with the school. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Mr. Manning.
Middle school academic honors assembly to follow the prayer service on Monday, Jan. 9
On Monday, Jan. 9, we will recognize middle school students who earned first and second honors during the first trimester. All parents are invited to attend the prayer service that will begin at 8:35 am. It’ll be immediately followed by our honors assembly. We look forward to recognizing our students’ academic accomplishments.
Final fundraising total for November’s “Walk for Water” is ready to be shared
Final results are in, and we must offer a big “thank you” to all community members who supported the fourth-grade and fifth-grade “Walk for Water” held in November. The event raised nearly $2,500 to help provide clean water to the people of South Sudan. The fundraiser was an idea that came from the fourth-grade class after students read a short novel that showed the struggle some people face with getting clean water. We are proud of our students and appreciate the awareness they brought to the issue.
After-school chess program to begin in January
On Jan. 18, the American Chess Institute will begin offering after-school chess on Wednesdays to any St. Joe’s students who register. The weekly after-school activity will be an eight-week session that’ll conclude on March 15. For more information and to register, see the registration form. Registration forms will also be available from the school office. If you have questions about the program, please contact Alan at American Chess Institute. If your child will be participating, please register by turning in the form and payment to the school office by Wednesday, Jan 11.
Recess Volunteer training set for Tuesday, Jan. 17
In the first part of the school year, we shared a new volunteer opportunity with families. We’re having parents serve as lunch recess volunteers at our Grades 1-8 lunch recesses. If you’re interested in volunteering, we ask that you attend a training. We’ll have one final training for this school year for any new parents interested in helping. The training will be on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 3:30 pm. If you’re able to attend, please email Eileen Sherrill at firstname.lastname@example.org. All volunteers need to be up to date with VIRTUS trainings and have a background check on file.
Thank you for your generous participation in Nathan’s Toy Story Toy Drive
Thank you for your generosity during this Advent season. We will be able to deliver many toys, games, and craft items to Legacy Randall Children's Hospital again this year. We look forward to sharing the items our community has collected with the children and families spending the holiday season in the hospital.
Families receiving parish tuition subsidy: options and contacts for parish share hours
For all of 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 the new website. To find it, go to the PARENTS menu and click on SHARE HOURS.
Open House for prospective & current families to be held Sunday, Jan. 29
We’ll kick-off Catholic Schools Week and our new family admissions cycle for the 2017-2018 school year with our Open House. We invite current and prospective families to join us after Masses on Sunday, Jan. 29th. The Open House will run from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Please spread the word - let your family, colleagues, and neighbors know about the strong Catholic education your child is receiving and encourage them to come see for themselves the community we’ve built at St. Joe’s. Our full faculty will be here, ready to share about St. Joe’s and answer questions. We look forward to seeing all of you and our prospective families, too.
Grandparents & Special Friends Day to be held Tuesday, Jan. 31
Start spreading the news: we’ll have our annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day on Tuesday, Jan. 31. We hold this day each year to welcome our grandparents and special friends of our students and to allow our students to show their guests our school. We know that some of our students don’t have grandparents who are able to make it to the event, so we encourage them to invite a special friend, an aunt, uncle or good family friend who has been influential in their lives. It’s also okay for students not to have a visitor that day. The day will include a morning performance by the Vancouver Pops and lunch in Marian Hall. More details will be available in early January, but we want to make sure our guests know now that the day is coming up. Flyers will be sent home the first week of January for students to share with their potential guests.
Half day in January added to the school calendar
To be able to provide time for preparation for Open House and Catholic Schools Week, we added a 12 pm early dismissal to the school calendar on Friday, Jan. 27. Please mark your calendars. We’ll offer reminders in the Cardinal Call as we approach this date.
Reminder from the handbook regarding early drop-off & late pick-ups
Students who are not registered for Extended Care should not be at school, without being with a parent or supervising adult, prior to the arrival of crossing guards at 8:15 am (7:40 am on Wednesdays). If students are dropped off prior to 8:15 (7:40 on Wednesdays), their families will be charged a fee of $5. Students who have not been picked up by 3:15 pm (2:25 pm on Wednesdays) will be taken to Extended Care and an emergency fee will be charged in the amount of $10 for the first 15 minutes; later than 15 minutes will be billed at an hourly rate of $25. Please help to make sure that students are always supervised when they’re here on campus.
Celebrate Christmas at St. Joseph Catholic Church
To help you all with finding a Christmas Mass, we want to pass along the St. Joseph Mass schedule. Here are the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass times:
Christmas Eve, 12/24: 5 pm (Children’s Mass), 7:30 pm, 10 pm
Christmas Day, 12/25: 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm
Last chance - Fulcrum Foundation application for 2017-2018 available to families in need
The Fulcrum Foundation offers assistance each year to families in need of financial support to provide Catholic education to their children. For more information on applying or determining whether you should apply, please check the Financial Aid section of the new website. The Fulcrum application deadline is Jan. 6, 2017. In January, we will share information on applying for aid provided directly from St. Joseph Catholic School.
St. Joseph Parish to host an annulment information night
What is an annulment? Why would I need one? How do I go about getting one? If I wasn’t married in the church, do I still need one? Helping to answer these questions is why the parish is hosting an information night on Jan. 18th from 7 to 9 pm in the St Ignatius Room in the Parish Hall. Fully grasping the Church’s teaching about marriage and divorce is complicated business. Understanding the Catholic Church’s teaching on the why’s and how’s of the annulment process can be even more so! Add to this rich but complex teaching the pain of divorce, and it can seem downright overwhelming. We are here to help. If you have ever been divorced and have not yet pursued an annulment, even if you were not married in the Church, this session can answer your questions and clear up common misunderstandings. You will be introduced to our parish team of trained annulment representatives who will talk about the process in general. After the evening, a private meeting can be arranged for a more in-depth discussion about your circumstances. If you know someone who might benefit from attendance at this information night, please pass along the details. Feel free to call Diane Boggs, in the parish office, at 360-823-2828 or email at email@example.com for more information.
Please consider supporting the St. Joseph Catholic School Annual Fund
Back in September, we kicked off this year’s Annual Fund drive. We sent home a brochure to help share details regarding this annual fundraiser. We are working to increase family participation and are hopeful you all might consider making a gift to the fund. In order to increase family participation to make our school more attractive in grant applications, we encourage all families to make a gift, even if it can only be a small one at this time. Your participation is a sign of your satisfaction with the school and a vote of confidence for the education your child is receiving. Donation envelopes were sent home in September but additional envelopes are available in the school office. Donations can also be made online by visiting this link. Thank you for considering making a gift!