E-News Feb 2, 2017



Catholic Schools Week All School Mass – Tomorrow

You are invited to our All School Mass Friday, February 3, at 9:00am at SJC Issaquah. This is a very special day unifying our entire school together with our parents, parishioners & staff.


1.      NO BUS SERVICE ON FRIDAY, February 3 – All students in grades 1 through 8 are to be dropped off at the Issaquah campus between 8:45am and 8:55am.

2.      SNOQUALMIE STUDENTS – Please report to the church hall and line up with your class.

3.      ISSAQUAH STUDENTS – Please report to your classrooms as usual.

4.      Following mass there will be an eighth grade leadership assembly in the church hall.

5.      FULL DRESS UNIFORM – The All School Mass is a full dress uniform occasion. No red shirts, no sweatshirts, no khaki’s, no shorts.



8.      KINDERGARTEN IS NOT IN SESSION ON THIS DAY.  If you would like your student to participate in mass, a parent must attend with them.

Carnival at MQP!

Be sure to join us for our Family Carnival tomorrow, February 3, starting at 5:30pm at Mary, Queen of Peace Gym.  Cost for the evening is $6 per person at the door and includes dinner.  Game tickets will be sold separately and will be $0.25 each.  Some games require 2 tickets.   Click here to view the carnival flier.

Spirit items available for sale at the Carnival

Parents’ Club will have spirit items available for sale at the Carnival on Friday night.  Show your school spirit and purchase things like water bottles, travel mugs, backpacks, shopping bags....and more!  We will take checks and credit/debit cards (with small fee). See you there!


Registration Packets – Due February 10

       Registration packets for returning families were included in last week’s Thursday folder. Please sign and return all pertinent forms by Friday, February 10, 2017.

Kindergarten Registration

We are currently registering kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 schoolyear. If you have a student who will be entering kindergarten in the fall, please follow the application instructions listed on our website. All kindergarteners are considered “new students” and should follow the new student application process.  The priority registration deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017. 

Preschool Registration now open for 2017-2018

We are currently registering preschoolers for the 2017-2018 schoolyear. Registration forms are posted on our website. We invite all current and new preschool student families to register!  

Please click here to view the flier.

Click here for the Preschool application.

Information Meetings and Tours

You are our best source of advertising!  If you know of a new family looking for a wonderful elementary school please pass on a flier to them. Please click here to view the flier.


Year End Tax Statements regarding donations to the school were mailed this past weekend.  As you know, there was a change in personnel in this office during the summer.  Additionally, there was a change in the parish tracking software in August/September.  With both of these things occurring nearly simultaneously, please review your statement carefully. Please contact Ann Vandewark, at business@sjsissaquah.org  if you have any questions or if you did not receive a statement and believe that you made a donation to the school. Please remember that these statements reflect the January through December 2016 timeframe and not the school year and only include donations that were made directly to SJS.  Thank you!


Auction Invitations - Building Community, Sharing Hope, Walking Together!

Auction invitations were sent home in last week's Thursday folders.  We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the 20th annual St. Joseph School Auction on March 4, at the Westin Bellevue.  Do you know of someone that would like to attend the auction but is not a current SJS parent?  Send us their contact information and we will send them an auction invitation. The more, the merrier!  Please note the RSVP deadline is February 16, 2017. 

Calling All St. Joseph's Dessert Dash Bakers!  

Warm up your ovens!  We are looking for delicious baked desserts for our 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! 


To make dropping off your dessert easier, we will have volunteers at the front door of the Westin so that you do not have to park and run items up. Simply pull into the valet area and we will take it from there! 


Who?   You

What?  Bake a dessert for our School Auction

When? Saturday, March 4, 2017 9:00am-Noon drop off

Where? Westin Bellevue Hotel

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

Table Captains

Please send the names of those who will be attending the auction at your table. Please remember that you do not need to send payment for the table, just the names at this time.  Individuals will still reply with an RSVP card and their individual payment.  Email names to Megan Michalson at mmichalson@sjsissaquah.org


As a thank you for serving as a Table Captain, each Captain will receive:

·      Free valet parking at the auction

·      An extra bottle of wine at the auction dinner

·      Recognition at the auction

·      Good karma for helping promote St. Joseph School to others

KOC Free Throw Championship

The SJC Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Free Throw Championship for Boys and Girls ages 9-14 on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the St. Joseph School Snoqualmie Gymnasium.  You can view the flyer here.


St. Joseph Parish Mission 2017

As part of the St. Joseph Parish Mission 2017, Snoqualmie students in grades 4-8 will meet with Chris Padgett for a talk called:  Picked, Prepared, Protected on Monday, February 6, from 2:00-2:45pm.

Topics include: 1) You are being chosen and set up for success as young men and women.  2) Our choices impact ourselves and others.  3) We reach more people then we will ever realize.  4) Let’s make these moments of impact be more positive than negative. 5) It may seem impossible but God has an adventure waiting for us if we’ll just say yes. Click here to view the full parish Mission flier and please email Jill Foglesong at jfoglesong@sjcissaquah.org with any questions.

Fitness Calendars

It’s time to turn in January'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. For the February Calendar, go to Mrs. Hughes' website 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!

Cold & Flu Season is Here!

Cold and flu season is here and we have a number of students out sick.  Our goal is to keep students and staff at St. Joseph School healthy, so we are sharing the following information:

There has been a rise in the number of cases of flu in King County and neighboring counties. 

·        Illness policy for when to have students stay home from school- please note information on the following:

-  Fever- temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever- free for full 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as: Tylenol; Ibuprofen; or other NSAID before returning to school.

-  Infection requiring antibiotics: Sinus Infections; Upper Respiratory Infections; Bronchitis; Strep Throat, Conjunctivitis:    May return to school after a full 24 hours on antibiotics and Fever- Free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

-  If your child comes down with a fever of 100˚ or higher, has diarrhea or begins vomiting while at school, you will be contacted to pick your child up.  Please keep all emergency contact information updated.


  Policy for having Medications available for students at school: 

-  WA State treats prescription and over the counter medications exactly the same.  All medications must be authorized by both a physician and parent.

-  Parents must complete an Authorization for Medication form and submit the form and provide all medications to the health room.

With colds, flu and other illnesses, it is so important to emphasis to cover your nose & mouth when sneezing and coughing and regularly be thoroughly washing hands.

Extended Day Calendar

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

Calendars can also be found 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 Rosell at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org

Archived Newsletters

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


Surprise your Sweetheart with Scrip  

From the classic dinner and a movie date night, to a trip to the spa or a sporting goods shopping spree, celebrate your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day using SJS Cash Cards!

Look for your scrip Valentine’s Day flier in today’s Thursday folder. Click here to view the flier.

Special Cash Card ideas vary from 1-800 Flowers, Landry’s Restaurants, Hallmark Gold Crown, See’s Candies, Harry & David, Spa & Wellness by Spa Week, Spafinder Wellness 365; Ulta Beauty, P.F. Chang’s, Macy’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Regal, AMC, Home Depot and many more.  Place your order before Monday @ 9:00am and receive your cards by Thursday, February 9, plenty of time before Valentine's Day!

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  


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


The next Parents’ club meeting will be on the Issaquah Campus on February 6, 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.


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   


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.


Volunteer Opportunities: 

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


First Saturday Garden Club

First Saturday garden club is this Saturday, February 4. 10:00am-NOON. Get outside, have fun with your family, improve the appearance of the St. Joseph Church grounds and get volunteer hours! We’ll focus on improving the “curb appeal” of our St. Joseph Church for visitors and passersby. Questions: Please call Brian at:  425-392-5516 x231


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.


CYO Volleyball Registration

Don't delay, sign-up today.  Girls in grades 5-8 will have games 2/25 - 4/1 with Playoffs 4/23-4/30.

Practices will be held at St. Joseph School in Snoqualmie 1-2 days/ week. 

Contact Maria Recchi recchis@gmail.com  with any questions

Register here:  https://www.sportspilot.com/Register/Family/Default.asp?ASOID=106206


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.


Attention Families Preparing for First Holy Communion:

Our February, First Communion Preparation Class will be Thursday, February 2 starting at 6:30pm OR Saturday, February 4 starting at 10:00am.  It is your choice which class you attend.  Remember, both parent and child must be present.  If you have questions, please contact Amy in the parish office at 425-392-5516, ext. 227.


Parent Retreat at Holy Family Kirkland

Please check out this wonderful retreat, Praying as a Family, being offered at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland on February 25.  Please click here and here for more details.


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



Jan 29-Feb 3………………..

Catholic Schools Week

Thursday, Feb 2…………..

Student Appreciation Day – Disney Themed Free Dress Day – Pizza lunch provided to all students

Friday, Feb 3………………..

9:00am All School Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress uniform

Friday, Feb 3………………..

11:50am Half Day early dismissal – All Students dismissed from Issaquah – No bus service on this day

Friday, Feb 3………………..

5:30pm Family Carnival at MQP

Friday, Feb 10………………

Pizza Day

Friday, Feb 17………………

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Feb 17………………

Pizza Day

Friday, Feb 17………………

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Feb 20-24…………………….

No school – mid-winter break




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​

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