E-News Dec 15, 2016


 Christmas Break Schedule

As was communicated in a previous email, the return to school date of January 2 has been changed to January 3. 

Monday, January 2, is a federal holiday because New Year’s Day falls on Sunday, January 1.  As a result, we recognize that the vast majority of families will have the day off.

We join several Archdiocesan schools in this calendar adjustment reflecting the federal holiday. 

The school will be closed and there will be no Extended Care.

Please enjoy the extra day with your families! See you all on Tuesday, January 3! 

SJS Speech Success!

The SJS speech team competed in the Blanchet Speech Tournament on Saturday, December 10.  Congratulations are in order for all who participated. Special congratulations go to Phoebe S. and Naomi S. who received Honorable Mention in the top 6 for the Senior Duo Humorous Interpretation of “Joyful Noise,” a celebration of various insects. Congratulations to Sammy S. who placed 4th in the Senior Dramatic Interpretation category for “Bullied…Botched.” Finally, to Phoebe S. who was awarded the Inspirational Speaker for the SJS team.  Many thanks to all of the parents and families for their support of the team during the day of the competition!   

Advent Giving 

Thank you to all the families that have given so generously during our Advent Giving event. The Issaquah campus collected items for Eastside Baby Corner and tent city.

The Snoqualmie campus donated $500.00 in gift cards to Encompass. The Encompass mission is to partner with families to build healthy foundations for children What a great success! 

SJS Middle School Play 

The SJS Middle School play auditions and rehearsals for Stuart Little start the first week of January. Pick up an information packet and get ready to audition! Auditions, open to students in sixth to eighth grade, will be held after school on Thursday, January 5 and Friday, January 6, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm in Mrs. White’s room. The cost to participate in the after school production is $100.00. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays after school starting January 10, 2017. Dress rehearsals and the final performance are the week of March 6, 2017!  Contact Mrs. White jwhite@sisissaquah.org for more information. Click here for an information packet. Packets are also available outside Mrs. White’s room.  

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! 

Coding With Kids -  Afterschool Program for Grades 1-3

St. Joseph School is offering a Computer Programing Class through the Coding with Kids Company. The class is an afterschool program titled Game Development for Grades 1-3 and will begin January 19. This is a computer programming class where students develop their computational skills and build their own creative programs. This program is offered at several Seattle Archdiocesan schools. The class will take place in the Issaquah computer lab and the class size will be limited to 20 students. Please register online at www.codingwithkids.com/session/2171. We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with supervision during class time. If you are registered in the class, please contact Jackie Olund if you are interested in volunteering with supervision.  The class will be filled on a first come-first served basis. With interest, we’d like to expand to the Snoqualmie campus in the future. 

       See the flier for grades 1-3 in today’s Thursday folder. 

Robotics Club – Second Trimester

Second trimester club begins NOW!   Battle Bot teams are forming now, rules are being written and defenses are being built.   Just a builder?  Crazy contraptions and simple machines will be the focus this trimester in the lead up to the annual Archdiocese Robot Extravaganza in May.    Click here for the After School Robotics information sheet. Click here for the sign-up form.  If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please feel free to contact Doreen Mahoney at dmahoney@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.   

Extended Day Calendar

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


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 Rosell at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org.  

Archived Newsletters

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


Thank you to everyone who has donated to the auction!   Here are a few ways that you can help with auction preparations over the Christmas break!  


Item Procurement:  In the coming weeks, please consider procuring items from the local restaurants and businesses that you are frequenting as we prepare to celebrate the holidays.  


Wine Wanted:  While you are stocking up on holiday cheer, grab an extra bottle of wine for the auction wine pull!  We’d love your contributions of wine valued between $25 and $75.  Your donation will help us fill the cellar!  Cheers!   For procurement credit, please attach a completed procurement form with your donation. Procurement forms can be found at www.sjsissaquah.org/auction.


Calling all Bakers:  Warm up your ovens!  We are looking for delicious baked desserts for the Dessert Dash table at this year’s School Auction.  Cakes, pies, bars, the sky’s the limit!  This is a fun way to accomplish some of your volunteer hours…shopping for the ingredients count too! 

Who?   You

What?  Bake a dessert for our School Auction

When? Saturday, March 4, 2017

Where? Westin Bellevue Hotel

Why?   Because baking is fun, you care, and you can earn some school volunteer hours too!

Click here to sign-up today!  


Keep purchasing Scrip through December 25 & let your Holiday shopping count for the Fall into Scrip Contest.

Every purchase counts in the Fall into Scrip Contest.  Support your campus with your purchase of Scrip. Issaquah—vs—Snoqualmie Winning Campus collects $3,000!!!! Scrip will fund $3,000 of its rebates towards the winning campus to be used for the campus’ designated Scrip Fund. Parents, remember we will count your PCC Scrip reloads in the Fall into Scrip Contest.  All you need to do is forward to us your PCC Scrip reload transaction history.


Let Scrip ease your Holiday shopping.  Scrip carries low denomination cards for those perfect stocking stuffers and Thank-you gifts.  Need a suggestion for the perfect teacher/staff gift, let Scrip generate a gift certificate for any denomination.  


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


Nicole W., a 7th grader, will be performing in several roles in Valley Center Stage’s production of A Christmas Carol.  Performances are at 7:30 every Thursday through Saturday through December 17. Thursday performances are “pay what you can.”  Valley Center Stage is located near George’s Bakery on Main Street in North Bend.


The next Parents’ club meeting will be on the Issaquah Campus on January 9, 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. If you have questions or would like to help, 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.  


       New Church Gardens Coordinator:

Elaine Detwiler, who has renovated the St. Joseph Church landscape on both sides of our entry drive and has introduced more order, beauty and a healthier environment for our plants and trees, has volunteered to lead our Garden Club ministry. Thank you, Elaine!! Elaine will be planning ways to beautify our grounds and reaching out for volunteers for work parties. Please consider helping 2 hours every first Saturday.


       Saturday, January 7, Garden Club:

Please save the date to attend our next gathering: 10am-noon, Saturday, January 7, 2017 at St.  Joseph Church. We’ll be focusing on improving the “curb appeal” of our St. Joseph Church Offices for visitors and passersby. Questions: Please contact Elaine at:  206-290-6888. 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. 


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 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

Tuesday, Jan 3………………

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 - 8:40am