October 28, 2016
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
Just a few weeks into the school year, a small group of eighth grade boys found me in my office. A light knock on the door caught my attention, and one of the boys waiting outside politely asked, “Mr. Manning, can we talk to you?” Now I should tell you that it’s not often that a group of middle school boys seeks me out in my office, so I must admit I didn’t quite know what to expect. I invited them to come in and asked what they wanted to talk about. “We’d like to talk about socks,” one of them said. Another explained, “It’s not very easy to find socks that meet the dress code.” They went on to maturely and quite eloquently explain the dilemma and that they were wondering if I would consider adding black socks as an option in our uniform guidelines. I said I’d check in with some of the teachers, better understand the colors that have already been identified in the dress code, and then get back to them. Today I offer my long-awaited response: Starting Monday, students in all our grade levels can begin wearing black socks. Consider it my Halloween gift. And for those students who are rejoicing as a result of this newly found freedom, they don’t need to thank me. They can thank those courageous eighth graders who approached the new principal, unsure of what he would say, with a simple and well explained request.
I don’t know that too many students will take advantage of the new sock rule on Monday, since most will likely be in costume. For an explanation of our Halloween costume and dress guidelines and the plan for Halloween, please see the posting in the NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS section below.
I also want to take the opportunity in this letter to draw your attention to an item that’s been in each of the Cardinal Call and weekly Newsflash messages we’ve sent this year. It’s the note about the VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children class and the volunteering requirements of our school and the Archdiocese of Seattle. Prior to volunteering, we need all parents, grandparents, and others who will serve in the school to complete these requirements - in-person attendance at a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training, completing a background check, and staying up to date with online trainings. The initial training and background check is good for three years. At the end of three years, each volunteer will need to complete a new background check and complete an online VIRTUS update. Those of you who attended an in-person Called to Protect training - the precursor to Protecting God’s Children - have been given credit for the in-person class and don’t need to take a new Protecting God’s Children class. If you’re intending to volunteer this year, please do make sure you’ve met the requirements. We don’t want to have to turn you away. Please see the posting below for more information on upcoming local trainings. If you have any questions, please contact Sheri Keller in the front office. As our Safe Environments contact, she’ll be glad to help.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Joe Manning, Principal
THE WEEK AHEAD
Halloween Costume / Special Halloween Dress - see guidelines in the NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS below
Halloween Parade - 1:40 pm
All Saints Day
All School Mass - 10 am
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
No schoolwide events or activities
No schoolwide events or activities
All Parish Work Day - Marian Hall - Begins at 9 am
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
Halloween comes to St. Joe’s on Monday, Oct. 31
It’s almost time for Halloween! Students, just as they have in past years, will be able to wear costumes at school on Halloween - Monday, Oct. 31. In order to ensure safety and order as part of our day, please follow these guidelines:
We will be having a schoolwide parade as part of the day at 1:40 pm. Classroom parties will follow.
- Kindergarten and first grade students should wear their costumes to school. All other students who will be dressing up should bring their costumes to change into later in the day.
- Students can also have special Halloween free dress or wear their uniforms. Special free dress would mean that they are wearing at least half of their clothing in Halloween colors (black, orange, or brown). If students plan to wear costumes in grades 2-8, they can wear special free dress as they arrive to school and change into their costume later in the day.
- Students will not be able to wear or bring masks for their costumes or use face paint.
- Please do not send in the “props” that go with a costume (light sabers, swords, wands, weapons, etc.) Wigs and hats are okay. No hair coloring.
- No scary, gory, or clown costumes.
CYO basketball registration now open
CYO Basketball registration is now open for boys and girls grades 3-8.The registration is $142 per player. To register, please click on this link: http://cyostjosephvancouver.bonzidev.com/bball_info
St. Joseph will also offer Winter Hot Shots for 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls. The fee is $120 per player. Please click this link to register: http://cyostjosephvancouver.bonzidev.com/whs_info
Please note that registration will close Nov. 8, 2016. If you have any questions please contact CYO director Erin Novak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CYO basketball coaches needed
Anyone who is interested in coaching CYO basketball for St. Joe's should contact CYO director Erin Novak at email@example.com. Please identify which team you would be interested in coaching (grade and boys/girls) and your coaching philosophy. Coaching interest needs to be shared by Nov. 8. Coaching assignments will be made in the coming weeks. All coaches will need to complete a variety of coaching and training requirements before being able to coach. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Erin Novak.
Adult volunteers needed to help at the WHO shelter at St. Andrew Lutheran Church
The WHO (Winter Hospitality Overflow) Shelter is hosted at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. WHO is a program committed to providing safe shelter during the winter months to families and individuals experiencing homelessness. From November thru March, a local church community provides volunteers to man the overnight shelter. St. Joseph parish is staffing the shelter for one week from Nov. 6-13. If you’re interested in volunteering, please follow the link http://stjoevan.org/who/ to sign up and help provide a human touch to the people in our community who need food and shelter the most. The 5 to 8 am shift needs the most volunteers right now. Please contact Deborah Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Lester at email@example.com for more information.
Searching for information on our student participants in the Scholastic Summer Reading Program
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to access the Scholastic Summer Reading website to retrieve our Summer Reading Program data. If your child participated in the Summer Reading Program this year, please send his/her name, current grade, current teacher’s name and if you know it, the number of minutes he/she read this summer to Peggy DiPrima at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Oct. 31. If you don’t have the number of minutes, please send the other info without it. All Summer Reading rewards will be distributed to students in November. We apologize for the inconvenience and are grateful for your help.
Procurement underway for Bingo prizes
We are also working on procuring prize items for our Bingo event on Friday, Dec. 2. Prize items can be anything small, for example, Dutch Bros. gift cards which are conveniently sold by Scrip or other prize items that both students or parents would enjoy selecting from the prize table. You can drop your procured item off at the school office or in the PTO box. For more information, email Laura at email@example.com. Thank you!
Wreath pre-order forms due Friday, Nov. 4
Wreath pre-orders will be due with payment by Friday, Nov. 4. You may also order and pay for your wreath online. The link can be found on the landing page of the school website. The form will also be in the parish bulletin and on the PTO facebook page. Pick up again this year will be during the Holiday Bazaar. There are no deliveries. Thank you for supporting PTO with your order.
St. Joe’s Holiday Bazaar - continued search for entertainment performers
Do you know of a dance studio, karate dojo, or musician who would like to perform during the Holiday Bazaar? This is a great opportunity for them to advertise their services plus provide entertainment for the shoppers and vendors on Saturday, Nov. 19 during the bazaar. Please contact the bazaar chair at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an entertainment performer who would like to participate.
Box Top Contest winners announced
Congratulations to Urban Reising from Mrs. Emmett's first grade class as the top winner with 401 Box Tops! Mrs. Dasso's class was the classroom winner with 568 Box Tops! Thank you to all who participated. You helped raise an estimated $500! Congratulations to all!
Morning walking for parents to start back up in spring
With the weather turning wetter and colder, the parent morning walks on the track will be put on hold until the spring.
PTO president-elect position open
PTO is looking for someone to fill its president-elect position. This open position would assist Laura Ashton, current PTO president, and on occasion stand in for Laura in her absence. After one year this person would become the PTO president. If you are interested in the position, please email a letter of your interest that shares the background and experiences that you would bring to the position to Laura Ashton at email@example.com. Per PTO bylaws, both Laura Ashton and Joe Manning will review the letters.
Upcoming VIRTUS Safe Environments in-person trainings - needed to volunteer at school
All parent volunteers need to be up to date with the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Safe Environments requirements before volunteering this year. This means that you’ve attended an in-person VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” class and have a current background check on file. Background checks are required in the first year of volunteering and then each three years after the initial in-person training. An online refresher class is also required each three years after the initial training is completed.
Here’s a list of upcoming area classes. If you are not yet up to date with training requirements, please plan to attend a class so you will be able to volunteer, help out in the classroom, and drive on field trips.
Monday, Nov. 14, at 6:15 pm - St Joseph Catholic Church - Marian Hall, Vancouver
Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 pm – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Battle Ground
You will need to pre-register for the trainings 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.