E-News April 13, 2017


Stations of the Cross - tomorrow

The third grade class will be presenting the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14 at 10:45am at SJC in Issaquah. We invite you to join us for this beautiful devotion commemorating Jesus’ last day on earth as a man.  Half day dismissal will be silent at 11:50am.


Follow Jesus in His passion during a special presentation of the Stations of the Cross by the SJS eighth grade class on Good Friday, April 14 at 10:00am at OLOS in Snoqualmie.  Text and scenes are from We Were There, based on John Paul II’s Way of the Cross. This presentation has been a long standing tradition with our eighth grade class and we hope you will join us. Half day dismissal will be silent at 11:30am.

Many Volunteer Opportunities Available!

There are many new volunteer opportunities available this spring. Please be sure to check the Volunteer Section below.

SJS Summer Reading for Middle School is Back for Summer 2017!

Register now for July and August!  Mrs. Bemis and Mrs. White will be offering sessions for rising 6, 7 and 8 grade students. Each session will be a series of morning or afternoon classes for a week-long course on a specific novel.  Summer reading sessions DO COUNT toward your middle school summer reading requirement.  Please see http://summeratsjs.weebly.com/  for more information and online registration.  Contacts for questions are Mrs. Jana White at jwhite@sjsissaquah.org or Mrs. Emily Bemis at ebemis@sjsissaquah.org  

Volleyball has made it to the playoffs!

Our 8th grade girls volleyball and 6th grade girls volleyball has made it to playoffs!! Congratulations to both teams!!

Come support our girls -


Our 6th grade girls won in the Quarter-finals!

So they will - play on Sun. 4/23 12pm at Assumption

If they WIN - play on Sat. 4/29 11am at Assumption

If they WIN - play in FINAL MATCH - Sunday 4/30 12:30pm at Blanchett!


8th grade plays Tuesday 4/25 7pm at St. Catherine.

If they WIN - play on Sat. 4/29 10am at Holy Family Kirkland

If they WIN - play in FINAL MATCH Sunday 4/30 2pm at Blanchett!


Here's hoping both teams continue to have a winning season! Their hard work has paid off! Please contact Maria at recchis@gmail.com with any questions.


       Spring classes begin April 26, after school, at the Issaquah campus. Click here to register.

Join the Parents’ Club for Happy Hour and Conversation

        Do you have great ideas for events and fundraisers, or just want to connect and socialize with other St. Joseph School parents? You are invited to join the Parents’ Club for a social and informative happy 

        Hour on Tuesday, May 2, from 4pm-6pm at Capri Cellars in Issaquah. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your community of other parents! Please RSVP to parentsclub@sjsissaquah.org.

        Cost is $10 per person, which includes one glass of wine and light snacks, and can be sent to the SJS Parents’ Club at the school office (checks only please) by April 28.                    

Mark your calendars for GiveBIG 2017

We are pleased to announce that St. Joseph School will be participating in The Seattle Foundation’s 2017 GiveBIG event on May 10!


The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.  Each donation* made to St. Joseph School through The Seattle Foundation website between midnight and midnight (Pacific Daylight Time) on Tuesday, May 10, 2017, will receive a prorated portion of the matching funds (or "stretch") pool. The amount of the "stretch" depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.


Simply log on to www.seattlefoundation.org and search for St. Joseph School Issaquah and Snoqualmie to make your gift to SJS. Help us spread the word!  This is a great way for alumni, past parents, parishioners, grandparents and friends to support St. Joseph School as part of Seattle's biggest day of giving to nonprofits for the year.  On May 10, look for the GiveBig event on our Facebook page for a direct link to our profile.  If you have any questions about how you can support SJS through GiveBIG, please contact Megan Michalson at mmichalson@sjsissaquah.org.

Art and Author Night

        Issaquah Campus - Thursday, May 11 from 6:30 – 7:30

Please join us for Art and Author Night as students in grades K-3 celebrate their successes as writers and artists at our annual Art and Authors Night. Each student in grades 1-3 will have their masterpieces         from Mrs. MacInnes’ art class displayed. All students in grades K-3 will also have their writings displayed and several students will read their awesome pieces in an “Authors Sharing” beginning at 6:45 pm. We’ll see you then!

Mariners baseball has begun! 

St. Joseph School is excited to be part of it!!  On May 20 please join us for Mariners Night.  Safeco Field is giving away 20,000 Jay Buhner Bobbleheads and you wouldn't want to miss that would you?!  This year we are on the 300 level but much lower than last year, so no fear of heights!!


Price is $18.00 per ticket with $5.00 going to Parents’ Club ongoing donations to benefit our school and our students.  Invite friends and bring the family!  Please turn in your form and a check as soon as possible so we have a good head count.  Last year we had a great crowd and let's do it again!!  Click here to view the flier. Contact Kelly Kenn if you have any questions at thekenns@yahoo.com.

St. Joseph Spring Concert - Please put Tuesday May 23rd at 6:30pm on your calendar!!

Come and join our musical celebration on May 23 at 6:30pm at Mary, Queen of Peace, with music from Brazil, Africa, Ireland, China, Hawaii, as well as a wide variety of selections from our American experience.

The doors to the church will open at 6:15pm.  At that time, please bring children directly to their teachers. There will be no supervision before that time.

Band students need to arrive at 6:00pm and go to the Main Sanctuary.

Liturgy Choir students should arrive at 6:00pm and meet in the Chapel.

Also, please remember that this is a required event for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade, Advanced Band and Liturgy Choir.

Annual Fund Is Due May 31!

Many thanks to all of you who have pledged and donated! Your contributions are greatly appreciated! If you have not donated, please do so by May 31, 2017.  Please remember that every dollar counts.

Also, if your company provides a matching gift program, your contributions to the annual fund can be matched. Please contact your employer for more information. Matching gift programs play a major role in making your contribution go even further.

If you have any questions, please contact either Megan Michalson at mmichalson@sjsissaquah.org

Exciting News from the Art Room! 

St. Joseph School, Snoqualmie Campus, is registered with Artsonia.com, an online art gallery that allows students to have their own webpage to showcase their artwork!  Artsonia allows parents to view their child’s artwork and share it with family members and friends all around the world.

Over 500 images of student artwork have already been uploaded to our school’s art gallery with more art being uploaded each week.  So far we have had close to 200 “Artist Fans” join our gallery to cheer on our students, and 120 students have already earned online awards!  Most recently, Artsonia chose SJS seventh grader, Scott R., as a finalist for “Artist of the Week” and he received over 900 votes from the online art community!  St. Joseph Students have been so excited to see all the great feedback from family and friends that is posted to their gallery page, so thank you to everyone that has shown their support!

Parental permission is required for each student and we have already reached 100% school-wide participation for fourth  and fifth grades, as well as the sixth and seventh graders that have completed a trimester of art enrichment.  Over the next few weeks, email invitations from Artsonia will be going out for this trimester’s art enrichment students.

If you have any questions about Artsonia, please contact Art Instructor, Laura Henion at lhenion@sjsissaquah.org.

We hope you enjoy St. Joseph School’s online art gallery at: www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?school=162520

Yearbook pictures

The yearbook committee is hard at work creating a book full of memories from the school year. Please send any pictures you may have to Michele Simmons wdwminnie1@msn.com.

Extended Day Calendar

If your child will be using extended care for the month of April, click here. For May, click here.

Calendars can also be found on our website, on the forms page, under Extended Care. 

Lunch Program

Welcome from Lunch Ladies Catering! We are proud to provide your school lunches for the 2016/2017 school year.

Go to http://lunchladiescatering.orderlunches.com

Click on “Register”

School Password is: llcatering246

Then complete the information process.

For more hot lunch information, click here.

Any questions regarding the lunch program can be directed to our email contact@lunchladiescatering.com or by phone at 425-444-9573.

Technical support: If you have trouble placing an order online, please email support@orderlunches.com.

Thank you for participating in our school lunch program. 


St. Joseph School is on Facebook. Like us and stay connected for all the latest news, announcements, and pictures from school events.

Newsletter Blurbs and Fliers

Please submit all Newsletter blurbs by Tuesday if you would like them in Thursday's E-News. All fliers and blurbs must be approved. We try to keep the fliers to a minimum.

Send all information to Patty at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org

Archived Newsletters

You will find archived Newsletters on the right hand corner of the E-News page.


        Mark your calendars for the 2017 Walk-A-Thon: Grades K - 2 Friday, May 12 and Grades 3 – 8 Friday, May 5!


Plans are underway for the spring Walk-A-Thon. Congratulations to the Walk-A-Thon slogan contest winner, seventh grader, Ellie W.  Her slogan, Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, will be featured on the 2017 Walk-A-Thon materials.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a slogan.


Pledge forms and information will be coming home the week after Easter Break but it is not too early to start collecting pledges and donations from family and friends you might see over the break!


If you would like to volunteer, please click here to complete a Volunteer Form.  This will help us plan and match volunteers with jobs needed.  Please contact our chairs Deana Rudolph at dmrudolph@live.comfor the Issaquah WAT, or Pam Jones at roeandpam@aol.com for the Snoqualmie WAT if you have any questions.


    Metropolitan Market - Are You a Fan?

    Metropolitan Market shoppers, we want to hear from you. Newly opened on the Sammamish Plateau, they offer Scrip Cards with denominations of $25, $50, & $100, yielding a %5 rebate to SJS. We will add it to our list of retailers as part of our year-round scrip fundraising program if sufficient families are interested in their Scrip Cards.  Metropolitan Market runs their own scrip program similar to PCC and QFC/Fred Meyer. Contact us at scrip@sjsissaquah.org for more information.

    New ScripNow Retailer - Uber

    Uber eCards are now available to order in $10 increments, from $20 - $100, with a 3% rebate!  Gift Uber rides to the people you care about, or add value to your Uber account.  This is a great alternative to manage your automatic payments—no cash, no card, no hassle.    

        Many ways to place your order

Continue to let your everyday groceries, Target, & Starbucks shopping support St. Joseph School.

Grab & Go

Our top sellers include QFC/Fred Meyer (5%), Safeway (4%), Starbucks (7%), Target (2%), Amazon (3%) and PCC (5%). Consider picking one Cash Card weekly.

These cards & many more can be purchased during our SJS Cash Cards Sale times in Issaquah or Snoqualmie. See the bottom of the e-news for the dates & times for SJS Cash Cards Sales.

Online Ordering

Browse the 1000+ stores available at www.shopwithscrip.com and place an order.  SJS enrollment code is BC664D6833L5L.

Drop off SJS your Family Order Form by 9:00am Monday and receive your order by Thursday afternoon of the same week. As always, SJS Cash Cards offers "Special Orders" every week.


Let’s see if we can get 100% participation!

       Contact us at scrip@sjsissaquah.orgScrip Volunteer OpportunitiesScrip Tuition AgreementQ&A, and Scrip Potential Earnings Flier  


Spirit Items

Are you looking for spirit items to support St. Joseph School?  We have them!!!  Click here to see the flier for more information about how to order.  Contact Kelly or Grant Kenn for any questions at thekenns@yahoo.com.

Next Parents’ Club meeting

The next Parents’ club meeting will be on the Issaquah Campus on May 1, at 9:00am in the St. Theresa Room (parish library). All parents are encouraged to attend. For questions or comments, we are here for you at parentsclub@sjsissaquah.org.

Volunteer Hours and Communication:

Finally, a streamlined system for finding volunteer opportunities, asking for volunteers and logging your hours – OnVolunteer!  It is quick and simple. You are already in the system. Click here and sign in now, explore the site and get your volunteer hours! "Many hands make light work."  If you have any question about logging in to OnVolunteer, please contact Gina Briles at pcvolunteer@sjsissaquah.org.



If your child or child's team has an outstanding success or achievement, we would like to acknowledge them in the E-News. Please send a short blurb to Patty at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org


Eighth grader Julian B. will be singing in a concert of sacred music for Mother’s Day.  Click here for more information.



 Volunteer Opportunities: 

Check out the OnVolunteer website for all the volunteer opportunities you may need http://stj.iss.onvolunteers.com


Walk-A-Thon Volunteers Needed! 

If you would like to volunteer, please click here to complete a Volunteer Form.  This will help us plan and match volunteers with jobs needed.  Please return your completed form to the office by today, Thursday, April 13.  Any questions, please contact Megan Michalson at mmichalson@sjsissaquah.org.  Please note that all volunteers must meet the mandatory volunteer requirements. 

Volunteers needed in preparation for Issaquah Art and Authors Night!

Hello Elementary Parents! I am seeking volunteer help with preparing your children's wonderful art for our fast approaching Issaquah Art and Author Night on May 11.  There are many projects to be glued onto background paper and such.  This is a great way to volunteer from home!  If you are interested, come by the art room in Issaquah on Wednesdays or Thursdays before 9 or after 12 and I will give you a folder with all of the supplies and art with instructions. Then return the same way or to the office.  I can also leave a folder for you in the office if the above times are inconvenient for you.  Thanks so much for your help!  Mrs. Mac.  lmacinnes@sjsissaquah.org

Volunteers Needed for Parish Appreciation Dinner!

We are looking for 8 middle school students to volunteer on Friday, May 19, for the St. Joseph Parish Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in Fr. McGirl Hall.  We need 4 volunteers to help serve the food, 2 volunteers to replenish the beverage table and 2 volunteers to help with the activities (the photo booth and bingo table). The two students who would help with the activities would start the evening at the photo booth taking pictures and after dinner would run the Bingo event.  Students should arrive at 5:30pm so we can show them what their jobs will entail. This event will end at 8:30pm.  To volunteer, please contact Kathy Rempe at kathyrempe@gmail.com.

Many Hands Make Light Work!

The Spring Concert is coming up on the evening of May 23 and Mrs. Weitzsacker needs volunteers to help make the concert possible. You do NOT need to have a child in band to volunteer for this event! This is an easy way to get some volunteer hours in.  Help is needed with moving equipment, set up, and student supervision. Please contact Mrs. Weitzsacker at lweitzsacker@sjsissaquah.org with any questions or to sign up to help. Thank you!

Pizza Fridays

Are you looking for some fun volunteer hours? Help is still needed to distribute lunchtime pizza at the Snoqualmie Campus on Pizza Fridays.  Please contact Michelle Macartney sarrufm@hotmail.com if you are interested.   

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements:

At St. Joseph School the safety of our students, mind and body, is important to all of us. In order to volunteer in any capacity that involves students such as classroom volunteers, coaches, scout leaders, or field trip volunteers, volunteers must meet the following requirements: 


           ●  Attend a volunteer training at St. Joseph School.

           ●  Sign a Confidentiality Pledge yearly (last page of the Volunteer Handbook)

           ●  Go online at http://www.virtusonline.org to request and pass a Volunteer Background Check.

           ●  Attend a free, 3-hour Safe Environment training program “Protecting God’s Children” for Adults held in locations throughout the Seattle Archdiocese. Register for classes at www.virtusonline.org.
           ●  Send a copy of your certificate of completion to Roxane Barkley in the school office at office@sjsissaquah.org              


●  Go online at www.virtusonline.org, fill out and pass a Volunteer Background Check every 3 years. Complete associated on-line class.

●  Review the Volunteer Handbook yearly

●  Sign a Confidentiality Pledge yearly (last page of the Volunteer Handbook)


For questions, please contact Roxane Barkley in the Issaquah office, 425-313-9129 x 321.


New Safe Environment information:

The archdiocese has made substantial changes to the Safe Environment program last year and it has been working out the glitches over the year. The archdiocese still requires a valid background check every three years, a 3 hour in-person class, and every three years, an on-line course.  The school also requires in-person attendance at a class conducted at school and a signed Confidentiality Form. The school form is on our website.


All background checks and on-line classes go through www.virtusonline.org.  If you have been a volunteer anywhere in the archdiocese previously, you will be in the system. Please contact Roxane Barkley at office@sjsissaquah.org if you need help navigating the system.


We are still looking for a Track & Field Coordinator to help start a new program at St. Joe's.  Please contact Pat Murphy to find out more. pxmurphy@hotmail.com  or 425-591-7820.

CHURCH  NEWS - To view the weekly church bulletin click here.


 Check the Forms page of our website for a more complete list of forms.



Friday, April 14………………

10:45am – Third grade Stations of the Cross at SJC Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, April 14………………

10:00am – Eighth grade Stations of the Cross at OLOS Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, April 14………………

Half Day – Good Friday – 11:30am Snoqualmie quiet dismissal, 11:50am Issaquah quiet dismissal

April 17 – April 21…………..

No School - Easter Break

Thursday, April 27……………

6:00-7:00pm – Science and Experts Fair and Art Walk - Snoqualmie

Friday, April 28…………………

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, April 28…………………

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, April 28…………………

Pizza Day

Monday, May 1………………..

8:30am May Crowning - Snoqualmie

Monday, May 1………………..

10:00am May Crowning - Issaquah

Wednesday, May 3……………

Free Dress Day

Friday, May 5………………….

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, May 5………………….

Grades 3-8 Walk-A-Thon Snoqualmie Campus

Friday, May 5………………….

Pizza Day

Thursday, May 11……………

6:30pm - Art and Author Night – Issaquah Campus

Friday, May 12………………..

Grades K-2 Walk-A-Thon Issaquah Campus

Friday, May 12………………..

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, May 12………………..

Pizza Day

Friday, May 19………………..

Pizza Day

Tuesday, May 23…………….

Spring Concert: 6:30pm at MQP

Friday, May 26………………..

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, May 26………………..

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, May 26………………..

Pizza Day

Monday, May 29……………..

No School – Memorial Day




1:45 pm  Early Release, Snoqualmie


2:05 pm Early Release, Issaquah



Robotics Team

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-4:00 in Snoqualmie




8:00 – 8:45 am Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Snoqualmie


8:45 – 9:30 am Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Issaquah


8:45 – 9:30 am Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Issaquah


8:00 – 8:45 am Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Snoqualmie


3:00 – 3:45 pm Scrip/Cash Card Sales, Issaquah​

September 22, 2017 - 9:02am