March 31, 2017
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
Today our students and staff had a special opportunity to learn from and about each other through participation in our school’s Cultural Day. We celebrated our differences in our backgrounds and cultures and reflected on how we would not be who we are - as a school, as a Church, as a community - without the diversity that helps to define us. We are many parts but all one body. As we heard today in Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, if one part of the body is honored, all the parts share its joy. And today was a day truly characterized by joy.
One of my favorite images from the day came from our prayer service. Some individual students were sharing prayers in non-English languages that are or were at one time a part of their family’s lives. Our youngest student presenter began to struggle with the words, not remembering them or too timid to share them. Her parents, right there behind her, continued to recite the words so she could hear them and share them with us. This is what culture and traditions are all about - languages, celebrations, ways of living, approaches, clothing, foods and other things that are passed along and shared, and we had the gift this morning of seeing the parents participating in a beautiful exchange. Passing along the language to their daughter, there, right in front of us as we gathered to pray - what a beautiful illustration for all of us, and it set the tone for the rest of the morning.
As our students shared with each other throughout the next couple hours - hearing first from middle school students and then visiting classes that had studied other countries so they could share what they learned - they continued to learn about each other and what it’s like to be from other countries. I lost count of how many times I heard students in the hallway and as they passed my office say something using the following sentence construction, “I never knew that _____ was _____.” It was so encouraging to hear them reflecting on what they learned and thinking about how special some of those differences and similarities they learned really are. Thank you, parents, for the preparation you did at home, the conversations you’ve shared with your children, and the traditions and culture you’ve passed along to them so that we can celebrate and affirm all of our students always, but especially, on days like today.
I have just one quick reminder before we head into the break...Family Tuition Contracts will be coming out when we return in April. We’ll make sure to let you know through the Cardinal Call or by Newsflash when they’ve been sent home with students so you can be on the lookout for them.
May you all have a relaxing spring break that provides you some quality family time filled with plenty of fun and at least some adventure!
God’s peace and all good things,
Joe Manning, Principal
THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AHEAD
April 3-7: Spring Break
No schoolwide events or activities
PTO Meeting - St. Ignatius Room - 8:45 am
All School Mass - 10 am (Planned by First Grade)
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
Last Day to Purchase Scrip for 2016-2017 Scrip Year
Good Friday - Noon Dismissal
Shadow Stations - Cafeteria - 10:30 am and 11:15 am
Share Hours and Scrip Year Commitment Ends Friday, 4/15
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
Success Through Chess Spring Break Camp registration available
The American Chess Institute is offering half-day and full-day camps for beginner through advanced players in grades K-8. Camps run April 3-7 at the Zellerbach Administration Center, 841 NE 22nd Ave, Camas, WA. Extended care is available for an additional cost. For more information and registration, click here.
Spring Chess tournaments available for area students
Chess tournaments are a great way for students to learn tournament rules, gain experience and have fun. Tournaments are open to players in grades K-8 and beginner/novice players are welcome. Tournaments are Saturday, April 8 and Saturday, April 15, at JDZ Center (in the Cafeteria), 841 NE 22nd Ave, Camas, WA. Forms will be available at Mrs. Keller’s desk when we return from break.
For more information, click here. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at https://www.codetothefuture.com/events/spring-fun-chess-tournaments.
Reminder: share hours due April 15
With just a few weeks left before the due date, we’d like to remind you that family share hours for this school year should be completed by April 15. Please submit them to the school office as soon a possible. 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.
- Please contact Kim LaValley with any questions about the Scrip program.
Book Fair News
Mark your calendar for May 1-4, and plan to join the fun at this year’s Scholastic Book Fair! A full schedule of events will be coming your way as we get closer to the big event, so stay tuned.
A Book Fair Planning Meeting will be held on Friday, April 14, at 8:40 am in the St. Ignatius Room in Marian Hall. If you are interested in helping to plan, decorate, or work at or with the Book Fair, please attend. We would love your input and ideas as we formulate the plans for this year’s fair.
Lenten Reconciliation opportunities at St. Joe’s & other local parishes
During Lent, we encourage our families and students to participate in the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation is available here at St. Joseph Parish on Tuesdays from 5 to 5:45 pm and on Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 pm. There will be no Reconciliation on Holy Saturday.
St. Joseph and our other local parishes offer Evenings of Reconciliation at different times during Lent. St. Joseph hosts its tonight, and there are still some parishes that have yet to offer theirs. Here’s the remaining schedule:
March 31: St. Joseph, 7 pm
April 5: Sacred Heart - Battle Ground, 6 pm
April 6: Our Lady of Lourdes, 7 pm
Celebrate Easter at St. Joseph Catholic Church
To help you all with finding a Easter Mass, we want to pass along the St. Joseph Parish Mass schedule. Here are the Easter Vigil and Easter Mass times:
Easter Vigil, 4/15: 9 pm
Easter morning, 4/16: 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 5 pm
Celebrating Baptism, Confirmation, & First Communion in May
Each year in May we recognize all of the students who have celebrated their First Holy Communion here at St. Joe’s and in other local parishes with a special Mass. This year’s Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 31 at 8:10 am. This year, we’d love to celebrate other significant sacramental milestones in the lives of our school families. If your child is in Grades 3-8 and will have his/her First Holy Communion this spring (we know who the second graders are), your child or you have been baptized into the Catholic Church, of if you’ve been confirmed or completed an RCIA program in the Catholic Church, we would like to recognize you at the Mass and offer a special prayer and blessing for all of you. If you have a baptism or confirmation we can celebrate, please email Mr. Manning, and we’ll connect with you before the Mass to let you know how we’ll plan to recognize you at the celebration Mass. We look forward to celebrating with you and the school community!
PTO Board Game Night – chair needed
PTO is interested in hosting a family 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 email@example.com.
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, Vancouver, WA, 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.