March 10, 2017
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
Happy Friday to all of you! I thought I’d share with you this week a reflection from a prospective school family. The family had attended our Open House and had been looking at area schools for a number of months. As the mother shared with me her family’s intention to enroll their child in the school, she cited three things as support for why. First she shared that she was very impressed with the overall program that the school offered - the academic, social, and spiritual components of a St. Joseph Catholic School experience and the reputation that our school has for preparing students for high school, college, and beyond. Then the two other reasons were all centered on relationship. She shared that she appreciated the interaction with the staff - that of the different schools her family considered she and her husband found our staff to be the most engaged and interested in their family and in supporting them and praying for them as they discerned their decision. She then let me know that the third reason was the warmth she and her husband felt from the other families, families with students already enrolled here, that she met when she attended the Open House. Her reflection was an affirmation of the great community we’ve built here and for the important roles all of us play in making St. Joe’s the place it is! Thank you for your contributions and for being positive messengers of all the good things taking place within our school.
Switching gears now to a topic that I’ve touched on a few times now this year, but one that seems to need some more attention right now. I’ve had a few different conversations with parents in these past couple weeks about concerns around on-campus driving during dismissal time. I really urge you all to be extremely cautious during our busiest times on campus. A few months ago I wrote about a “never in a rush” mentality when you’re driving a car here at school and especially during our drop-off and pick-up times. I’d like to repeat it this week. When you’re on campus, please slow yourself down and really take to heart the “never in a rush” approach. With so many young children walking our campus, we have to be cautious and we have to do our best for them. A few reminders…
Here’s a map that uses directional arrows to guide us all through the driving expectations. We appreciate your support in making these busiest times as safe as we possibly can for all those in our community.
- When you enter from Andresen, we ask that once you are on the driveway that you turn right when the driveway hits the parking lot. By turning left, you alter the flow of driving and risk getting in the way of exiting traffic.
- We request that students get out of and enter cars only on the curbside. This keeps them out of moving traffic.
- At drop-off in the morning, please drive all the way forward, to the farthest open spot on the curb. Our fifth-grade parents are there to direct you, and we need your help in following their directions that are pointing you all the way to the farthest spot from the school doors. When it’s rainy, we know parents worry about their children having to take the extra steps to walk in (and we know students might even be encouraging you to stop closest to the doors!), but it’s really helpful to the flow of traffic and the safety of our students that we pull forward to the front spots.
- Students should not be walking into the school by themselves from the parking lot. If they will be walking themselves in, parents should be dropping them off at the curb in our designated drop-off zones.
- At dismissal, if you and your child plan to go to the play structure to play after school, please cross in front of the first car spot in the dismissal line. This gives drivers the best visibility. Once you are on the playground side, please do make sure your children are being supervised.
Finally, those of you who follow our Facebook page have seen that we’re trying to share many of the interesting things happening at the school - accomplishments, activities, special assemblies, and fun photos. This week we shared photos of our first grade Lenten pretzels, our first Stations of the Cross prayer service of the Lenten season, our trophy winners from the Valley Catholic speech tournament, and the Seton Catholic choir visit. If you haven’t been following the fun and would like to start, visit our facebook page and begin following us and our activity. If you have been following, you can pass along the great things going on at St. Joe's by sharing our posts with your friends. This is a great way to increase our social media footprint and to help get the word out about St. Joe’s to all those who are a part of your social media network. We’d love your help!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Joe Manning, Principal
THE WEEK AHEAD
No schoolwide events or activities
PTO Meeting - St. Ignatius Room - 8:45 am
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
WISE - 9 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
No schoolwide events or activities
St. Patrick’s Day - wear a green shirt with your uniform bottom
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?”
The day will include:
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 to express interest.
- 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.
Children’s Author CW Trisef to Visit St. Joseph next week
CW Trisef, the author of the Oracle book series, will visit St. Joseph grades 3-8 students next 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 came home with students today. Please bring completed forms back to school by Tuesday, March 14.
Catholic Schools Week Poster Contest Results
At our prayer assembly on Monday, we announced the winners of our Catholic Schools Week Poster Contest. The top two winning posters will be featured on the front and back covers of our annual yearbook. Honorable mention winners’ art will be featured inside the yearbook. Congratulations to our winners:
Front Cover: Michelle Vu (8)
Back Cover: Lauren Bell (8)
Middle School: Haley Sadri (8)
Intermediate: Kya Stromer (3)
Primary: Isaac Seubert (2)
Speech club participates in local speech tournament
We are very proud of our middle school speech club who participated in the Valley Catholic Middle School Speech Tournament on February 25. Led by teacher adviser Mrs. Mentele, we had five students take home trophies. Congratulations to all the students who participated and special recognition to those who placed in their category:
2nd place – Alex Andrei (7th Grade Patriotic)
2nd place – John Paul Gorger (6th Grade Serious)
3rd place – Timmy Phelps (7th Grade Humorous)
3rd place – Joey Angelo (7th Grade Patriotic)
3rd place – Morgan Dunlap (7th Grade Serious)
CYO track & field registration open
CYO Track & Field registration is 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:
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.
- An Inspiring Taste of Italy at Total Wine for $25 - 8 spots available
- Free Dress Pass on Friday April 21st for $25
- Jeans Pass on Spirit Shirt Friday on March 24th for $15
- 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 - 1 spot open
- First Grade Luau Party for $40 - 2 spots open
- Pub Party at Casa LaPointe for $25 - 23 spots open
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. Contact Kim LaValley with any questions about the Scrip program.
- 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.
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)
More details about Living Your Strengths can be found at www.stjoevan.org/stewardship/living-your-strengths/ or contact Larry Cadorniga at firstname.lastname@example.org 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”.
Save the date - All Parish Work Day, April 29
It’s time for spring cleaning to keep our parish grounds beautiful. On Saturday, April 29, from 9 am - 3 pm., meet in front of Marian Hall ready to do some work around the grounds with school and parish families. Older children are welcome to work with their parents and you will earn share hours. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com, or 360-823-2846, so we know how many to plan for lunch. View the flyer with all the details here.
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.
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.