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The Cardinal Call

A WEEKLY PUBLICATION OF ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL
November 11, 2016
 
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
 
Ever since I’ve arrived here at St. Joe’s, I’ve found myself continually impressed with the thoughtfulness of our students. It’s become quite common for a student or a group of students to seek me out to share an idea that they hope to put in place so that others might be helped. They share what the problem is and how they think their idea can make a difference.
 
A number of weeks ago now, I was approached by one such group of students. The group shared with me that they had just finished reading a book in their fourth grade class. Reflection on the happenings in the book - A Long Walk to Water - led them to think about whether or not they could play the role of helper, assisting with one of the central problems in the narrative. They were so moved by the experience of reading the book that they wanted to do something to help raise money to provide clean water to the people of South Sudan. They ran a few ideas by me, and I told them I thought it would be wonderful to do something. They returned to their class, and both Mrs. Alkema and Mrs. Senko guided them in brainstorming even more ideas. Yesterday their selected idea was put into action - a fundraiser on our track that consisted of all fourth and fifth grade students having the opportunity to understand how difficult it is to carry water from place to place, a task that the characters in the books had to do every day. The funds raised from yesterday’s event will benefit a group that makes clean water a reality in South Sudan. We were glad to see our students’ desire for action and their weeks of planning come together. Most importantly we were pleased that they could see that they can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
 
All next week we will put into action another student-driven effort to provide a positive impact to others. Our Student Leadership class is sponsoring a food drive to benefit local families. We encourage you all to participate if you’re able. Complete details are included below in the NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS section of the Cardinal Call.
 
On Tuesday morning next week we’ll have our second Principal & Parent Prayer & Pastries of the year. This a time to come together in prayer and to connect with other parents and me while enjoying coffee and a pastry of some sort. Last month I jotted down suggestions from those in attendance of the best bakeries and doughnut shops in town. Be prepared for some tasty morning treats. Please consider joining us!
 
Finally, let us offer our prayers for all our country’s veterans on this special day set aside to honor, recognize, and remember them and the sacrifices they’ve made for all of us. When you’re at school over the next two weeks, we encourage you to view our Wall of Veterans in the main hallway. Special thanks to Anne McDonagh for coordinating this tribute each year.
 
Peace be with you all,
 
Joe Manning, Principal
 
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THE WEEK AHEAD
 
Monday, 11/14
In-Person VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” Training (required before volunteering at school) - Marian Hall - 6:15 p.m.
 
Tuesday, 11/15
Principal & Parent Prayer & Pastries - St. Ignatius Room - 8:45 am
 
Wednesday, 11/16
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
WISE - 8:55 to 9:25 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm

Thursday, 11/17
No schoolwide events or activities

Friday, 11/18
St. Joseph Parish First Reconciliation Meeting - 6 pm
 
Saturday, 11/19
PTO Holiday Bazaar - Marian Hall - 9 am to 4 pm
 
Sunday, 11/20
PTO Holiday Bazaar - Marian Hall - 9 am to 1 pm
 
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NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
 
Food drive all next week to benefit local non-profit The Children’s Center
Shine your light on others by bringing food for our annual food drive benefitting The Children’s Center here in Vancouver. All next week, Nov. 14-18, we’ll be collecting food to be shared with children and families who receive support from this local organization. Your donations of nonperishable food items are greatly appreciated by our neighbors in need. To encourage food donations, we will be having a schoolwide competition. If we collect 1,200 items, students will earn a free dress day. The class that brings in the most items will receive a special lunch treat after the food drive wraps up. The Children’s Center serves children, youth, and families through comprehensive community-based mental health services.
 
Student safety at pick-up time
We have just a few notes to pass along regarding safety at the end of the school day:
  • Please enter and exit - both by car and walking - from the parking lot off of Andresen. To keep all students and families safe, we want to keep pedestrians out of the exit lane that feeds onto Highland.
  • Please do not cross or allow children to cross in between cars in the pick-up lane to get to the playground. If you will be crossing from the covered play area to the playground, please walk to the front of the car line - the first car position - and cross in front of the first car.
  • Students should enter cars from the side closest to the covered play area. In order to prevent students from moving in front of vehicles, we ask that the driver side be the entry side.
  • Please do not leave your children unsupervised once they are released to you. We’ve been finding a couple students a day who are walking around by themselves or playing without an adult presence.

Please join us for the 6th annual St Joseph Catholic School PTO Holiday Bazaar
Come get your holiday shopping finished before Advent even starts! Our annual bazaar will be held next weekend on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 am to 1 pm.
 
Interested in what vendors will be present? Check out our facebook page where a new vendor has been featured every day: https://www.facebook.com/events/1340242469321122/. Like, and share with all your friends!
 
New this year: Santa's Workshop! Tell your kids to bring their piggy banks, because we have a shopping area just for them! Volunteers will guide your kids through our Santa's Workshop to help them choose, purchase, and wrap the perfect gifts for their friends and family. Everything will be priced under a dollar and you can have some time to shop kid-free at our vendor tables!
 
Food concessions will be available for purchase on Saturday, and the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast can fill you up on Sunday morning! Our PTO bake sale will be available both days to satisfy your sweet tooth!
 
Come out to support the St Joseph Catholic School families that will be performing for our customers and vendors!
Entertainment Schedule for Saturday
1 to 2 pm: Claudette Walker School of Dance
2 to 3 pm: “The Diamonds” Dance Troupe
 
Holiday wreath pick up will be at the PTO table, right next to the spirit wear we'll have for sale!
 
Share Hours Galore!
The Holiday Bazaar is the largest fundraiser for the St Joseph Catholic School PTO! There are many ways to make the bazaar a success, and we can't do it without your help! Bake cookies, move tables, hang Christmas lights, sell concessions... There's an opportunity to volunteer that suits anyone's strengths. Click through to our Volunteer Spot (now called SignUp) link to choose what works best for you: http://signup.com/go/NaKAPR
 
Questions? Please contact Caitlin Elder at bazaar@stjoevan.org.
 
Mark your calendars for Family Bingo Night - Friday, Dec. 2
Come play bingo with us at this year’s Christmas Sweater Bingo Night on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm). There will be plenty of prizes, crafts, concessions, and a photo opportunity. Christmas sweaters are not required, but please know that prizes will be awarded for Christmas-themed attire. Child care for children not ready to play bingo is available - please register in advance by emailing advocareteam@gmail.com. We look forward to a fun night!
 
Volunteers Needed: There are many bingo volunteering opportunities, all of which are eligible for share hours. Go to http://signup.com/go/RKjQzY to sign up today. Please remember that you must be up to date with VIRTUS trainings and have a current background check on file with the school. Thank you!
 
CYO basketball registration to close next week
CYO basketball registration will close next week for boys and girls in 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 boys and girls in Grades 1 & 2. 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. 18, 2016. If you have any questions please contact CYO director Erin Novak at erin.marie.novak@gmail.com.
 
CYO basketball coaches needed
Anyone who is interested in coaching CYO basketball for St. Joe's should contact CYO director Erin Novak at erin.marie.novak@gmail.com. Please identify which team you would be interested in coaching (grade and boys/girls) and your coaching philosophy. Coaching interest should be shared by Nov. 18. Coaching assignments will be made in the coming weeks. All coaches will need to complete Called to Protect, concussion training, and ASEP certification. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Erin Novak.
 
Seton Catholic drama department presents Arlecchino and the City of Love
Be entertained by student actors and actresses as Seton Catholic hosts its first production in its new building. Arlecchino and the City of Love, features a number of St. Joe’s graduates. Shows will be performed on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 & 19, at 7:30 pm and Sunday Nov. 20 at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 a person or $20 per family and are available at the door or can be arranged in advance by calling (360)258-1932.
 
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.
November 11, 2016
 
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
 
Ever since I’ve arrived here at St. Joe’s, I’ve found myself continually impressed with the thoughtfulness of our students. It’s become quite common for a student or a group of students to seek me out to share an idea that they hope to put in place so that others might be helped. They share what the problem is and how they think their idea can make a difference.
 
A number of weeks ago now, I was approached by one such group of students. The group shared with me that they had just finished reading a book in their fourth grade class. Reflection on the happenings in the book - A Long Walk to Water - led them to think about whether or not they could play the role of helper, assisting with one of the central problems in the narrative. They were so moved by the experience of reading the book that they wanted to do something to help raise money to provide clean water to the people of South Sudan. They ran a few ideas by me, and I told them I thought it would be wonderful to do something. They returned to their class, and both Mrs. Alkema and Mrs. Senko guided them in brainstorming even more ideas. Yesterday their selected idea was put into action - a fundraiser on our track that consisted of all fourth and fifth grade students having the opportunity to understand how difficult it is to carry water from place to place, a task that the characters in the books had to do every day. The funds raised from yesterday’s event will benefit a group that makes clean water a reality in South Sudan. We were glad to see our students’ desire for action and their weeks of planning come together. Most importantly we were pleased that they could see that they can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
 
All next week we will put into action another student-driven effort to provide a positive impact to others. Our Student Leadership class is sponsoring a food drive to benefit local families. We encourage you all to participate if you’re able. Complete details are included below in the NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS section of the Cardinal Call.
 
On Tuesday morning next week we’ll have our second Principal & Parent Prayer & Pastries of the year. This a time to come together in prayer and to connect with other parents and me while enjoying coffee and a pastry of some sort. Last month I jotted down suggestions from those in attendance of the best bakeries and doughnut shops in town. Be prepared for some tasty morning treats. Please consider joining us!
 
Finally, let us offer our prayers for all our country’s veterans on this special day set aside to honor, recognize, and remember them and the sacrifices they’ve made for all of us. When you’re at school over the next two weeks, we encourage you to view our Wall of Veterans in the main hallway. Special thanks to Anne McDonagh for coordinating this tribute each year.
 
Peace be with you all,
 
Joe Manning, Principal
 
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THE WEEK AHEAD
 
Monday, 11/14
In-Person VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” Training (required before volunteering at school) - Marian Hall - 6:15 p.m.
 
Tuesday, 11/15
Principal & Parent Prayer & Pastries - St. Ignatius Room - 8:45 am
 
Wednesday, 11/16
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
WISE - 8:55 to 9:25 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm

Thursday, 11/17
No schoolwide events or activities

Friday, 11/18
St. Joseph Parish First Reconciliation Meeting - 6 pm
 
Saturday, 11/19
PTO Holiday Bazaar - Marian Hall - 9 am to 4 pm
 
Sunday, 11/20
PTO Holiday Bazaar - Marian Hall - 9 am to 1 pm
 
---
 
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
 
Food drive all next week to benefit local non-profit The Children’s Center
Shine your light on others by bringing food for our annual food drive benefitting The Children’s Center here in Vancouver. All next week, Nov. 14-18, we’ll be collecting food to be shared with children and families who receive support from this local organization. Your donations of nonperishable food items are greatly appreciated by our neighbors in need. To encourage food donations, we will be having a schoolwide competition. If we collect 1,200 items, students will earn a free dress day. The class that brings in the most items will receive a special lunch treat after the food drive wraps up. The Children’s Center serves children, youth, and families through comprehensive community-based mental health services.
 
Student safety at pick-up time
We have just a few notes to pass along regarding safety at the end of the school day:
  • Please enter and exit - both by car and walking - from the parking lot off of Andresen. To keep all students and families safe, we want to keep pedestrians out of the exit lane that feeds onto Highland.
  • Please do not cross or allow children to cross in between cars in the pick-up lane to get to the playground. If you will be crossing from the covered play area to the playground, please walk to the front of the car line - the first car position - and cross in front of the first car.
  • Students should enter cars from the side closest to the covered play area. In order to prevent students from moving in front of vehicles, we ask that the driver side be the entry side.
  • Please do not leave your children unsupervised once they are released to you. We’ve been finding a couple students a day who are walking around by themselves or playing without an adult presence.

Please join us for the 6th annual St Joseph Catholic School PTO Holiday Bazaar
Come get your holiday shopping finished before Advent even starts! Our annual bazaar will be held next weekend on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 am to 1 pm.
 
Interested in what vendors will be present? Check out our facebook page where a new vendor has been featured every day: https://www.facebook.com/events/1340242469321122/. Like, and share with all your friends!
 
New this year: Santa's Workshop! Tell your kids to bring their piggy banks, because we have a shopping area just for them! Volunteers will guide your kids through our Santa's Workshop to help them choose, purchase, and wrap the perfect gifts for their friends and family. Everything will be priced under a dollar and you can have some time to shop kid-free at our vendor tables!
 
Food concessions will be available for purchase on Saturday, and the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast can fill you up on Sunday morning! Our PTO bake sale will be available both days to satisfy your sweet tooth!
 
Come out to support the St Joseph Catholic School families that will be performing for our customers and vendors!
Entertainment Schedule for Saturday
1 to 2 pm: Claudette Walker School of Dance
2 to 3 pm: “The Diamonds” Dance Troupe
 
Holiday wreath pick up will be at the PTO table, right next to the spirit wear we'll have for sale!
 
Share Hours Galore!
The Holiday Bazaar is the largest fundraiser for the St Joseph Catholic School PTO! There are many ways to make the bazaar a success, and we can't do it without your help! Bake cookies, move tables, hang Christmas lights, sell concessions... There's an opportunity to volunteer that suits anyone's strengths. Click through to our Volunteer Spot (now called SignUp) link to choose what works best for you: http://signup.com/go/NaKAPR
 
Questions? Please contact Caitlin Elder at bazaar@stjoevan.org.
 
Mark your calendars for Family Bingo Night - Friday, Dec. 2
Come play bingo with us at this year’s Christmas Sweater Bingo Night on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm). There will be plenty of prizes, crafts, concessions, and a photo opportunity. Christmas sweaters are not required, but please know that prizes will be awarded for Christmas-themed attire. Child care for children not ready to play bingo is available - please register in advance by emailing advocareteam@gmail.com. We look forward to a fun night!
 
Volunteers Needed: There are many bingo volunteering opportunities, all of which are eligible for share hours. Go to http://signup.com/go/RKjQzY to sign up today. Please remember that you must be up to date with VIRTUS trainings and have a current background check on file with the school. Thank you!
 
CYO basketball registration to close next week
CYO basketball registration will close next week for boys and girls in 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 boys and girls in Grades 1 & 2. 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. 18, 2016. If you have any questions please contact CYO director Erin Novak at erin.marie.novak@gmail.com.
 
CYO basketball coaches needed
Anyone who is interested in coaching CYO basketball for St. Joe's should contact CYO director Erin Novak at erin.marie.novak@gmail.com. Please identify which team you would be interested in coaching (grade and boys/girls) and your coaching philosophy. Coaching interest should be shared by Nov. 18. Coaching assignments will be made in the coming weeks. All coaches will need to complete Called to Protect, concussion training, and ASEP certification. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Erin Novak.
 
Seton Catholic drama department presents Arlecchino and the City of Love
Be entertained by student actors and actresses as Seton Catholic hosts its first production in its new building. Arlecchino and the City of Love, features a number of St. Joe’s graduates. Shows will be performed on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 & 19, at 7:30 pm and Sunday Nov. 20 at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 a person or $20 per family and are available at the door or can be arranged in advance by calling (360)258-1932.
 
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.
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