E-News Jan 5, 2017


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.

Preschool Registration now open for 2017/2018

We are currently registering preschoolers for the 2017/2018 school year. Registration forms are posted on our website. We invite all current and new preschool student families to register!  The deadline for priority registration is Friday, January 20.

We have information meetings and tours for St. Joseph Preschool scheduled. We encourage you to invite your friends to come and see our program on Friday, January 13 at 10:00am or Wednesday, January 18 at 1:00pm.  Please contact Jackie Olund at jolund@sjsissaquah.org or 425-313-9129 ext. 324 to reserve a place on the tour.  More information can be found on our website.

Please click here to view the flier.

Click here for the Preschool application.

Kindergarten Information Meetings and Tours

We are currently hosting Kindergarten Information Meetings and Tours for families who are new to our elementary program. The Kindergarten focused information meetings are on Wednesday, January 11 at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm and Wednesday, January 25 at 9:00 am.

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. 

Registration Information for New and Returning Families

Please mark your calendars for the registration deadline for the 2017-18 schoolyear. Elementary school registration is due Friday, February 10, 2017. Elementary registration packets for returning families will be sent home Thursday, January 26.

SJS Middle School Night for Fifth grade parents – January 12 at 7:00 pm

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!

Snoqualmie Campus Tours for Current Second and Third grade parents

Parents of SJS Second and Third grade students who do not currently have a student at Snoqualmie are invited to visit the Snoqualmie campus for a tour. Please join us on one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 17  from 7:00-8:00pm Parents and students welcome
  • Tuesday, January 31 from 1:00 - 2:00pm: Specialists Assembly and tour - Parents only

 If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Olund at jolund@sjsissaquah.org or 425-313-9129 ext. 324. Hope to see you there!


An important message from Ms. Johnston

St. Joseph School is a school of twenty two years among a region of schools, many of which are over fifty years old.  As we have grown into an established school, it is time for us to reflect on our identity as a school, our core values, key characteristics and how we communicate this to our parents, parish and the community at large.  Intentionally defining this will enable us as a school to speak with clarity and confidence to all with whom we interact.


To accomplish this, St. Joseph School has engaged Ovus Ater, a Boston based consultancy, to assist us in more clearly positioning our school in the minds of area families. This firm comes highly recommended from Dr. Catherine Muzzy, our accreditation chair, and others who have utilized their services. 


We have been working with the firm for the past few months laying the ground work for our next steps, which will include creating a few short videos that will tell potential families our story.  Ovus Ater will be at both campuses filming our students in action on Monday, January 9.  No students will be interviewed, but general footage will be used for these videos.  We are asking all students to be in full dress uniform on Monday.  Once the videos are complete, we will look forward to sharing them with our school community and featuring them on our website and at our information meetings and tours. 


If you have any questions, please contact me at pjohnston@sjsissaquah.org

January Outreach

St. Joseph School and Parish will be collecting new and gently used, clean coats in all children and adult sizes through January 13. Check your closets for coats that your family has outgrown or no longer wear. Donations for the used coat collection will benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and Eastside Baby Corner. Click here to view the flier.

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 herefor an information packet. Packets are also available outside Mrs. White’s room.

Catholic Schools Week at St. Joseph School 

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service” January 29 – February 3, 2017
The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is once again “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2017 is January 29 – February 3. Schools typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large. 


Sunday, January 29 - School information will be provided after Mass at St. Joseph, MQP, and OLOS. Please have your students wear full dress uniform to Mass.  All students who wear full dress uniform to Mass will have free dress day on Monday, February 6. This includes St. Joseph, MQP, OLOS, Holy Innocents, St. Anthony’s or your local parish.  We are looking for students to help serve as greeters, bring up the gifts and hand out bulletins in the parishes as well.  Please contact Megan Michalson (mmichalson@sjsissaquah.org) if your students would like to volunteer.  We are also looking for a few parents to help staff the school table after Mass.  This is a wonderful opportunity to show your school pride and celebrate what is special about Catholic Schools.

Please plan on joining the students and staff at St. Joseph School to celebrate Catholic Schools Week throughout the nation. Activities for the week are being planned and a schedule will be in next week’s e-news.  Please save the date for the Family Carnival to be held Friday, February 3

Annual Vision & Hearing Screenings scheduled for January 27, 2017

        Washington State requires schools to conduct annual vision & hearing screenings for all students in grades K-3, 5 & 7.  Our screenings are scheduled for the day of January 27, 2017.  


If your child is in one of the grades scheduled for screenings and you do not want your child to participate, you may opt out for all or part of the screenings. Please send an email to Roxane at office@sjsissaquah.org indicating your child’s name, homeroom and if you wish to opt out of vision and/or hearing. We must receive your request by the morning of Wednesday, January 27.


Students in grades Pre-K, 4, 6 or 8 are not scheduled to participate in this year’s screenings.


Vision: The vision screening tests the visual acuity or the clearness one sees at a distance of 20 feet. Vision screening will not identify every child who needs eye care, nor will every child identified need glasses or treatment.  After re-screening, any results of 20/40 or greater suggest further testing by your vision practitioner. 

Hearing: The hearing screening was performed using an audiometer that provides tonal stimuli of frequencies at 1000, 2000 and 4000 at a hearing level of 20db.  After re-screening, any results where the child fails to hear any of the tonal frequencies suggests further evaluation by a health provider.


Any child who does not meet the baseline screening standards will be automatically re-screened (date TBD).  If after re-screening, any results still have not met the baseline standard, parents will then receive an email with these specific results. Normal results will not result in any parent notification.


All hearing and vision screenings are conducted by parents and we are seeking parents to volunteer to assist.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org  or Roxane  office@sjsissaquah.org.

Fitness Calendars

It’s time to turn in December'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 January calendar (sorry it is a bit late) and directions. Go to the school 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!

Robotics Club – Second Trimester

Second trimester club begins NOW!   Battle Bot teams are forming now, rules are being written and defenses are being built.   Are you 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.

Student Learning Expectations

Students at St. Joseph School Snoqualmie Campus are familiar with our Student Learning Expectations. The SLEs are a reflection of our Catholic Identity and help to remind us of our values, traditions and teachings.   Each Friday morning students who have received an SLE acknowledgement ticket from a teacher during the week are recognized during Morning Prayer in the gym. The last Friday of each month we have a drawing from all of the SLE tickets and the four students drawn receive a free dress pass.

Recipients of a free dress pass from the November ticket drawing were: Life Long Learner: Conor M., Spiritually Active Catholic: Andrew M., Person of Character and Socially Responsible Citizen: Alex C.

Recipients of a free dress pass from the December ticket drawing were: Life Long learner: Mirabel P., Spiritually Active Catholic: James C., Person of Character: Miles B-L., Socially Responsible Citizen: Jane E.

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

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. 

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.


The Fulcrum Foundation deadline for tuition assistance applications has been moved up to January 6, 2017.  Last year, the foundation moved to using the FACTS website to assist with the grants process, and while it created a layer of security and privacy, it also added a time element that is being resolved at this late stage.


If you are not able to complete your application in time to meet that deadline, the FACTS portal will continue to be open to accept applications for St. Joseph School tuition assistance to be considered once the Fulcrum aid requests are decided.


The following is some information received from the Fulcrum Foundation:


For the 2017-18 school year

      ·         The deadline for 2017-18 applications is January 6.

          This means that families need to have submitted their application online via FACTS (click here )using your current username and password AND

          uploaded the required documentation (usually W-2 and 1040 tax forms).  


      ·         Incomplete applications will not be considered for Fulcrum Foundation grants and will not be eligible for application fee reimbursements.


      ·        No exceptions will be made for late applications.  


Please email or call Ann Vandewark at (425) 888-9130 x103 if you have questions regarding the tuition assistance process.


Reserve your room at the Westin today! 

Make the most of auction weekend and reserve your room at the Westin today.  A handful of rooms are being held for auction attendees at a reduced event rate.  Click here to reserve your room or mention that you will be a St. Joseph School auction guest when you call to book your room through the central reservation line at 888-627-8084. 

Calling All Table Captains! 

The annual St. Joseph School Auction is an awesome event that brings together our school families, parishioners and friends of St. Joseph for an evening of fellowship and fundraising.  This year, we want to make sure as many school families attend as possible. In addition, we want to extend this great event beyond our school families so we can introduce SJS to the broader community and increase our fundraising impact.  


We are seeking volunteers to serve as Table Captains.  As a Table Captain, you’d serve as a recruiter and promoter for the auction.  We’d be looking for you to recruit 10 paying attendees to fill a table.  You can recruit your fellow parents, parishioners, family members, and people outside the SJS community.  This is a great event to share with people who might be considering SJS for their children.  Wouldn’t it be great to see a packed house at our auction experiencing the SJS community?


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


So, rally your fellow SJS parents, friends and family and sign up to be a Table Captain!  Please email Megan Michalson (mmichalson@sjsissaquah.org) to sign up.

Wine Cellar Donations Needed! 

Thank you to everyone who made donations of wine for the Wine Cellar!  If you have an extra bottle of holiday cheer - there is still time to donate and we need to fill the cellar.  We’d love your contributions of wine valued between $25 and $75.  Please bring donations of wine to the school office at either campus.  Please DO NOT send wine to school with your child. Only hand wine to an adult auction volunteer or office staff. 

For procurement credit, please attach a completed procurement form with your donation. Procurement forms can be found at www.sjsissaquah.org/auction

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, etc….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 9:00am-Noon drop off

Where? Westin Bellevue Hotel

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


Click here to sign up! 


Congratulations Issaquah Campus--winner of $3000.00 from our Fall into Scrip contest!
Issaquah campus has generated $31,500. worth of Scrip purchases & Snoqualmie campus has generated $27,200. worth of Scrip purchases, throughout the Fall into Scrip Contest. Congratulations to Issaquah & happy spending $3,000.  Although the Issaquah Scrip Fund-Items have not been finalized, two small goalie nets & additional playground items have been suggested as possible Scrip Fund-Items. We will keep everyone updated on final items purchased for Issaquah campus.


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


Seventh grader, Carlos D., and his AAU basketball team qualified for the state championship tournament this coming March in Spokane as a result of finishing second in the “Christmas Classic” tourney over the holidays. Well done!


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:

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.

September 22, 2017 - 8:41am