January 6, 2017
Dear St. Joseph Catholic School Community,
For anyone who was at our rescheduled K-4 Christmas Program on Wednesday evening, you know what a special event it was. Our students did a wonderful job, through their song and narration, reminding us that we are still in the Christmas season. Though it would’ve been nice to have the program as scheduled on the originally scheduled snowy day in December, the delay gave us the opportunity to have a beautiful backdrop this week of a Church decorated for Christmas. Everything came together just right, and it made for an inspiring and joy-filled community event. Special thanks to Sara Phillips, kindergarten teacher, who carried out a vision she had for the evening and coordinated the program for all of us.
With us in January now, we find ourselves in the midst of preparing for celebration of our community. By the month’s end, we will be kicking off Catholic Schools Week with our Open House. We will encourage all current families to attend Mass at St. Joe’s that day and to attend the Open House. We’ll also ask you to invite a family friend, colleague, or relative who might be interested in learning more about St. Joe’s as a possible school for their children to attend the Open House. You’ll find more information about that below in our NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS. The celebration will continue throughout Catholic Schools Week with a variety of events including Grandparents & Special Friends Day and our annual Talent Show. Full details about all that we’ll be celebrating during Catholic Schools Week and the different activities and events will be ready in mid-January.
We had two different school Masses this week, and I think there’s a message that bears repeating to our wider community that came up in both Fr. Dwight’s and Fr. Wickham’s homilies. Both Fr. Dwight and Fr. Wickham reminded students that all people are good - it’s just that sometimes they choose to do bad things. Sometimes they turn away from God. I think it’s an important reflection for all of us as we celebrate Christ coming to life as a baby in a manger. Inside each person - no matter who they are - is Christ. We do truly have Jesus in our hearts. With nearly constant reminders of violence and unkindness filling the news, it’s sometimes easy for our children, especially, to lose sight of this. I appreciated the reminders from both of our priests this week and think it’s a message that we can continue to share with our children and students.
As I close our weekly Cardinal Call letter this week, I’d like to extend to you a couple of prayer requests. Please hold in prayer Bobbi Harrington, coordinator of our Extended Care program and recess supervisor. Bobbi had to have eye surgery over the Christmas break and will be away from school for at least two to three weeks while she recovers. The Extended Care staff is filling in for her in her absence. I also ask you to keep in prayer Caroline Mentele, middle school teacher, and her family. Caroline’s father, who had been ill for some time, passed away just before the new year began. Caroline spent this week away from school so she could be with family and attend the services held in his memory. Caroline will return to school on Monday.
As we prepare to experience more winter weather this weekend, I hope you all stay warm and safe in the predicted snow and ice.
Joe Manning, Principal
THE WEEK AHEAD
Monthly Prayer Service (7th Grade) and & Middle School Honor Roll Assembly - Gym - 8:35 am
PTO Meeting - St. Ignatius Room - 8:45 am
Regular Wednesday Start Time - 7:55 am
Mass - 8:10 am
Regular Wednesday Dismissal - 2:10 pm
Mandatory Parent Information Meeting for Students Preparing for Sacrament of Eucharist - Marian Hall - 6 pm
No schoolwide events or activities
No schoolwide events or activities
NEWS, UPDATES, & REMINDERS
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 at Mass and then after Masses in the school on Sunday, Jan. 29th. The Open House will run from 10 am to 1:30 pm. On Open House day, our full faculty will be here, ready to share about St. Joe’s and answer questions. 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. We’ve sent home postcards with the youngest or only child from each family today - Friday - so that you can share it with a prospective family. So many families hear about our school through word of mouth, so your help in sharing information about the Open House is very much appreciated. If you need additional postcards, please stop by the school and pick a few more up. We look forward to seeing all of you and our prospective families, too.
Invites for Grandparents & Special Friends Day sent home today
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 this day. They will be able to participate in an activity in their classroom. The day will include a morning performance by the Vancouver Pops and lunch in Marian Hall.
Sent home today with the youngest or only child from each family were two invitations on green paper. Please share these with guests your family would like to attend. We also sent home on white paper a RSVP form and a lunch order form. New this year, we’d like all guests to be registered in advance, and we’d like parents to be the ones who register them. Parents do not need to register themselves but should count themselves in their family’s lunch count if they plan to join us for lunch. Additional invites and RSVP/Lunch Order forms are available at the school’s front office. We look forward to having a great day with all our guests.
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.
Safety lockdown drill to be held next week
Next week we will have our first lockdown drill of the year. As we always do with these drills, we will make it clear to students that it’s a drill. We introduced this term last month when we introduced the Standard Response Protocol. Recall that a lockdown is for when we believe there’s a threat or a potential threat to safety inside the building. A lockout, on the other hand, is for a potential threat outside the building. During a lockdown or lockdown drill, the announcement is “Lock. Lights. Out of sight.” So, once the announcement is made, staff and students work to make sure that they are behind locked doors, the lights are off, and that they’re out of sight. We do ask that parents who are in the building during a drill also participate.
Parent Prayer & Pastries on Tuesday, Jan, 17
Mr. Manning would like to invite parents to participate in what will be the fourth of a recurring monthly event at our school - Principal & Parent Prayer & Pastries. Our January gathering will be on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 8:45 am in Marian Hall’s St. Ignatius room. As part of each monthly gathering, Mr. Manning will share a parent-focused prayer and provide opportunity for reflection and then there will be a social time for you to chat with other school parents in attendance and with Mr. Manning. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
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.
Visit with the Principal program for K-5 students began this week
Starting this week, Mr. Manning began offering a new weekly program for students in Grades K-5. At the end of each week, one student from each of our K-5 classes will come down to the principal’s office to spend about 15 minutes together as a group. During their time together, Mr. Manning will give them a tour of the school office area and the principal’s office, they’ll all introduce themselves to each other, they’ll talk about the school-year theme, and then they’ll play a short game before heading back to class. We look forward to having our students participate in this fun community-building activity during the rest of the year.
Talent show coming to St. Joe’s during Catholic Schools Week
Students in Grades K-8 who have a practiced gift or talent are invited to audition for our annual Talent Show, taking place during Catholic Schools Week. We will have an evening performance on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7 pm, and an afternoon performance during the school day on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 1 pm in Marian Hall. Auditions will take place on Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 19 following dismissal. If your child will be participating in auditions, please print and fill out this audition form. All forms are due to the school office by Friday, Jan. 13. Please contact Mrs. Yarne at email@example.com if you have questions.
After-school chess program to begin mid-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.
CYO regional baseball & lacrosse teams forming now
In addition to our local CYO offerings of volleyball, swimming, basketball, and track & field, CYO also has a few different regional offerings - football, baseball, lacrosse, and cheer. Sign-ups for baseball and lacrosse are underway now. Regional offerings have teams that include students from a variety of different schools. Here is the information on both baseball and lacrosse registration.
SCRIP accounts online are available and up to date as of Jan. 3
Our school provides an online tool for Scrip management that allows you to purchase Scrip and monitor your past orders. Family accounts registered with St. Joseph are up to date as of Jan. 3. For directions on how to set up your shopwithscrip.com account, please see the Scrip page on the school website. If your account has already been established, once you login, you’ll click on the Dashboard tab, scroll to find the Order History. This should give you the most up-to-date picture of your account. If you have questions, please contact Kim LaValley at (360)991-4193 or email@example.com
PTO meeting coming up on Tuesday, Jan. 10
Please join us in the St. Ignatius room of Marian Hall for our January PTO meeting. Questions? Please email PTO president Laura Ashton at PTO@stjoevan.org.
Search for a chair or co-chairs for the PTO Dad’s Spaghetti Dinner
The PTO Dad’s Spaghetti Dinner is coming up on Saturday, Jan. 28, and we’re still in need of a chair or co-chair for this wonderful community event. Duties include planning the dinner, managing volunteers, set-up, and clean up. If you’re interested in helping coordinate this event, please contact PTO president Laura Ashton at PTO@stjoevan.org.
Reminder about student health, fever, and illness
With the cold and fever season here now, we want to be sure to pass along some reminders from our Parent & Student Handbook about student symptoms/diagnoses and when students should return to school.
Symptom/Diagnosis: Fever greater than 100.4˚ (orally)
Return when: Temperature below 100.4˚ (orally) for a minimum of 24 hours WITHOUT use of Tylenol® or other fever-reducing medications
Symptom/Diagnosis: Vomiting or diarrhea:
Return when: Symptom-free for 24 hours.
Symptom/Diagnosis; Strep throat
Return when: Must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. If no antibiotic given, call school before sending child back.
Symptom/Diagnosis: Cough, deep, barking, congested, or producing colored mucous.
Return when: Symptom-free or student must have been on antibiotics for 48 hours.
If you have any questions about whether your child should stay home or not, please contact the school office.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.