E-News Dec 1, 2016


Early Release Tomorrow – Friday, December 2

Friday, December 2, marks the end of the first trimester. It is an early release day to give teachers time to work on first trimester report cards. Snoqualmie Campus will dismiss at 11:30 and Issaquah Campus will dismiss at 11:50.

Middle School PowerSchool Portal Temporary Closure

The first trimester ends tomorrow, Friday, December 2, 2016. While middle school teachers prepare report cards, the online gradebook portal will be temporarily closed. The portal will be shut down for one week, from December 2 through December 9.

Come and cheer for the Saint Joseph's Robotics Teams at the FLL ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT 

Saint Joseph's Robotics Team will be competing in the FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, December 4, at Chinook Middle School, 2001 98th Ave NE, Bellevue.   Robot games are held from 12:30 - 4:00 and spectators are welcomed and encouraged.   30 teams from local elementary and middle schools will be competing in several categories culminating in the afternoon live games with 6 teams competing in each round.

Immaculate Conception Mass – Thursday, December 8

Please remember that Thursday, December 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation and the students will be attending Mass. Mass begins at 9:00am in Issaquah and 1:45 in Snoqualmie. This is a full dress uniform day. 

Advent Giving November 28 – December 9

St. Joseph School will be supporting local charities this Advent Season. Please see the flier in today’s Thursday Folder for information on specific items being collected.  Thank you in advance for your generosity! Click here to view the flier.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thank you to all our families for supporting our food drive! With your help, the Issaquah Campus donated 3 carloads of food to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. The Snoqualmie Campus donated 255 pounds to the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. What a great success!
Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me”.

Christmas Concert

Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30pm will be the Saint Joseph School Christmas Concert at Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Sammamish.

“O Come All Ye Faithful” and join us at our annual St. Joseph School Christmas Concert.   Enjoy performances by our kindergarten through fourth grade students, fifth grade band students, as well as the Advanced Band and Liturgy Choir students in a concert full of the joy of the Christmas Season!  The children have been working hard to make this a very special evening of “Comfort and Joy!” 

The concert begins at 6:30pm.  Doors will open at 6:15pm and the students are to sit with their teachers.  Please do not drop off children before this time as there will be no supervision.   

All Fifth Grade Band and Advanced Band members please arrive at 6:00pm for tuning and warm ups in the church sanctuary.  All Liturgy Choir members meet in the Chapel at 6:00pm for warm ups.

Please remember that this is a mandatory event for all K-5 students and Band and Choir students.

SJS Middle School Night for fifth grade parents

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, January 12, at 7:00 pm.  The evening will start with a presentation by the middle school. They will provide information on student schedules, core academic subjects, enrichment, extracurricular activities, technology integration (BYOD) and more!  We have a dedicated middle school faculty which embraces our mission to “educate the whole child.” What does that look like in middle school and why is it an advantage for your child to experience an educational environment with that focus during these formative years? Please join us to find out.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Fitness Calendars

It’s time to turn in November's Fitness Calendar! You may turn it in to Mrs. Hughes, the office or your teacher. Parents, please remember to initial each day your child participated. Remember to go to Mrs. Hughes' website to get your December calendar or any previous calendars and directions. Go to the school web-site at:  sjsissaquah.org, For Families and Students, Teacher Websites, find Mrs. Hughes and Fitness Calendars.  Thank you for participating in this fun activity. Let’s keep moving!

Directory Updates

Look for first trimester updates in this week’s Thursday folder. If you have any changes to your personal information; address, email or phone number that you would like in the directory updates for second trimester, please email Patty at Snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org

Do you have pictures to share for the yearbook?

Please send your classroom Halloween pictures to Michele at wdwminnie1@msn.com

Please send your fall sports team pictures to Pearl at jay921pearl@comcast.net

Please send your eighth grader’s baby pictures to Ann Marie at annkarh@live.com or Michele at wdwminnie1@msn.com

 Annual Fund 

Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to the Annual Fund.  If you have not made a pledge to the Annual Fund, please turn your pledge card in as soon as possible.  If you would like to make a year-end gift to SJS, please make sure that it is postmarked by December 31, 2016.  Thank you to the many families that participate in their employers' matching gift program.  Many companies have year-end giving guidelines.  Please keep that in mind if you are submitting your matching requests or volunteer hours. If you have any questions, your matching gift program coordinator should be able to provide any information needed.  

Informational Meetings and Tours are now available for the 2017/2018 School Year

St. Joseph School provides a strong academic program inspiring knowledge and faith in a supportive Catholic community. We focus on teaching the whole child and offer small class sizes. Class sizes range from an average of 16 students in elementary grades.


Come see us in action and learn more about our programs!


·        Elementary Informational Meeting and Tour is on Tuesday, December 13 at 9:30am.

·        Preschool Informational Meetings and Tour is Friday, December 9 at 10:00am.


For more information about our school, visit our website at www.sjsisssaquah.org. To sign-up for an Informational Meeting and Tour, please call 425-313-9129 x324 or e-mail jolund@sjsissaquah.org.

Extended Day Calendar

If your child will be using extended care for the month of December, please click here for the December commitment calendar.

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

Winter Weather Readiness

As the weather outside turns toward more stormy events, keep up‐to‐date on any potential school closures. Check the www.flashalert.net  website or better yet, subscribe today and an email will be sent directly to you as soon as a message is posted.

Family Vacations - SJS Handbook

Parents are asked to avoid deviating from the school calendar or daily instructional schedule for the convenience of family vacations. Parents should not plan appointments or vacations during the time students are taking standardized tests. Unscheduled days off from school for family vacations cause students to miss valuable instruction for which teachers are unable to provide a special studies program. Assignments will not be given in anticipation of the vacation, and in addition teachers are not required to give make-up tests or assignments for absences due to vacation. Absences due to family vacation are not considered excused.

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. 


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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 Rosell at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org

Archived Newsletters

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


We are in auction procurement crunch time!  The auction is just three short months away! If you have not returned your procurement form, please do so as soon as possible. 


We will be collecting wine for the wine cellar at the auction in the month of December.  We'd love your contributions of wine valued between $25 and $75.  Your donation will help us fill the cellar!


Thank you for the many ways that you are supporting the auction, from volunteering, to donating items and everything in between!  Look for more auction news in today’s Thursday folder.


Let Scrip help you fill your last minute Christmas needs as you support your campus in the ‘Fall into Scrip’ Contest!

Look for a flier and order form in today’s Thursday Folder. Click here to view the flier.


       •    Advent Giving, Grades 4 - 8: Encompass Holiday Donations – Snoqualmie Campus will be collecting gift cards to help Snoqualmie Valley families. Suggested gift cards: Grocery store cards, Gasoline cards, 

            Fred Meyer, Target, Clothing stores or Fast Food cards.

•   Jesse Tree Donation: - Use Cash Cards to support the Jesse Tree

•   Low Denomination Cards: – we carry $5 & $10 Starbucks, Panera, & Barnes & Noble cards.  We carry many other $10 cards, for example: Dominos, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, & Target


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  


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


Mark M., an SJS seventh grader, played on the Eastside Catholic juniors football team that went 5 - 1 in the regular season.  They advanced to the championship game before losing to Lake City.

Mark received the Most Improved Player award this season!! Way to go, Mark!


Carlos D. helped his seventh grade, Mt. Si Wildcats, basketball team to a second place finish in the 18-team Wildcat Shootout. Besides victories over Eastside Catholic and Redmond, the Wildcats upset Sumner and Eastlake before falling to Bellevue in the final.


The next Parents’ club meeting will be on the Issaquah Campus on December 5, 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.


Help Wanted:

Parents' Club is currently seeking committee members for 2 exciting community events coming quickly in February. 


1. Textile Drive Committee: Parents’ Club raised a lot of money last year during our Textile drive and we are looking forward to raising more this year. Please join us for the first committee meeting at the Barry's home Monday December 5 at 6:30pm. Small bites provided. If you have questions or would like to attend, contact Brenda Barry at sherrybrenda@hotmail.com   


2. Catholic Schools Week Committee: Support a week of community building by ensuring the Teacher and Student Appreciation lunches truly express our appreciation! Coordinate with local restaurants, set up and clean up, bring your creative ideas. To join the team and for more information email the Parents’ Club parentsclub@sjsissaquah.org 


Volunteer Hours and Communication:

IT’S HERE! 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.


Volunteer Opportunities: 

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


Seasons of Faith

Seasons of Faith is looking for those who would like to join us in preparing food for our Lunch with Friends lunches on the first Wednesdays of the month during the school year.

You will be asked to make a salad or dessert for 20 people and deliver it to the hall. If you would rather, we could also use help with setting up and/or cleaning up.

If interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact: Phyllis Johnson 425-417-3350


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.


It is never too early to start thinking ahead.  Please check out the OnVolunteer website and sign up to help at CSW or any other event!

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.


Volleyball Registration will be opening soon.


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  425-591-7820.

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


Advent & Christmas Events

Please click here for a full list of Advent and Christmas Liturgies and Events at St. Joseph Parish.


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



Friday, Dec 2…………………..

Half Day – 11:30am release Snoqualmie – Report Card prep time for teachers

Friday, Dec 2………………….

Half Day – 11:50am release Issaquah - Report Card prep time for teachers

Monday, Dec 5………………

 9:00am Parents’ Club Meeting-Issaquah

Wednesday, Dec 7…………

First Wednesday, Free Dress

Thursday, Dec 8……………..

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Thursday, Dec 8……………..

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Dec 9………………….

Pizza Day

Tuesday, Dec 13…………….

6:30 - Christmas Concert at MQP

Friday, Dec 16………………..

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Dec 16………………..

Pizza Day

Friday, Dec 16………………..

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Monday, Dec 19……………

Christmas break begins

Monday, Jan 2………………

School resumes




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 - 8:36am