E-News Mar 16, 2017


Half Day – Tomorrow

Friday, March 17, marks the end of the second trimester. We will have an early dismissal for report card preparation. Please let us know ahead of time if you will be using extended care.

Snoqualmie will dismiss at 11:30

Issaquah will dismiss at 11:50

Pizza – Third Trimester-due tomorrow

Third trimester Pizza orders are due by March 17. The order form can be found here. Please remember this is a fundraiser for Parents’ Club and late orders cannot be accepted.

Milk – Third Trimester-due tomorrow

Milk orders for third trimester are due by March 17. Please click here for the form.

Middle School PowerSchool Portal Temporary Closure

The second trimester ends Friday, March 17. 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 Friday, March 17 through Friday, March 24.

Coding with Kids

We had a very successful first session of Coding with Kids these past couple of months.  We will soon be signing up for the next session of classes. This class is offered to students in grades 1, 2 and 3. It will take place on the Issaquah Campus after school on Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30.


Registration for the class is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will begin on Tuesday, March 21, at 10:00am. Registration will be open until the class is full. The last session filled up very quickly! For questions contact Jackie Olund at jolund@sjsissaquah.orginfo@CodingWithKids.com, or the Coding with Kids website.

Robotics Club

Third Trimester session begins next week, March 21, and will run through the remainder of the school year until June 8.   We will be meeting most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:00.   Club members this trimester will be participating in the Seattle Prep Robotics Extravaganza on May 6 as well as building the foundations for next year’s entries for the FIRST LEGO League: Hydro Dynamicscompetition August - December 2017.   Check out the links for more information.  Prior robotics experience is not needed for club. Fourth and fifth graders are welcome to participate and gain much needed experience for when they are eligible to join the team.


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.

Textile Drive

Our Spring cleaning Textile Drive is coming soon, so start collecting and cleaning out those closets.  The drop-off dates are Thursday and Friday, March 23-24, at morning drop off at both campuses and Sunday, March 26 at St. Joseph Issaquah.  Click here to view the flier.

Class and Eighth Grade Graduation Pictures

Class pictures and eighth grade graduation pictures have been scheduled. Please check the schedule list below for your student's class picture day.

Students must wear full dress uniform. No Red, no Khaki.

Look for Cap and Gown picture information to come home soon.

Thursday, March 30: Pre-3, Kindergarten, grade 1 class pictures in Issaquah ( Morning )

Friday, March 31: Pre-4, Pre-K, grade 2, grade 3, class pictures in Issaquah ( Morning )

Friday, March 31: Eighth grade graduation and grade 4-8 class pictures in Snoqualmie  ( Afternoon )

Seattle Humane Society donations

Hello, my name is Caitlin G., SJS eighth grader, and I am collecting +500 pounds of pet food for the Seattle Humane Society. I am collecting dry and wet, dog and cat food, which will be sent to people who need help to provide food for the animals that they love. I have a Red Barrel at The Pet Place Market in North Bend and The Grange in Issaquah. The Red Barrels will be at these locations until April 8. 

Please consider supporting this effort!  Thank you for your donations!

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 March, click here. For April, 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. 


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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 at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org

Archived Newsletters

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


We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for your generous support of the 2017 Building Community, Sharing Hope, Walking Together Auction held on March 4, 2107. Your procurement donations, sponsorship, auction purchases, Fund-An-Item donations and many volunteer hours made this night possible and everyone’s generosity made for a successful event.  We are very blessed! A huge round of applause to our auction co-chairs, Stephanie Champion and Ann-Marie Karh, along with all the committee heads, class project coordinators and volunteers. Their time, effort and energy was amazing! 


This year’s auction raised approximately $207,000 (gross auction income, expenses are not deducted). This number does include over $74,000 raised for Fund-A-Need for technology.  This Fund-A-Need number also includes a $5,000 donation from Parents’ Club.  Thank you, Parents’ Club! If you were not able to attend the auction but would still like to donate to the Fund-A-Need, please contact Megan Michalson. 


These numbers do not reflect any potential company matching funds.  Please remember to complete your company matching for any qualifying contributions to the auction.  This is a great opportunity to help further the success of the auction. 


If you purchased the ‘three free dress days’ for your student, the passes will come home in today’s Thursday folder. 


If you attended the auction, your statement was mailed home yesterday. Please take a few minutes to review your statement. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Michalson atmmichalson@sjsissaquah.org


Looking for new Parents' Club members for 2017-18 School Year


Looking to get involved?  Looking for a great way to earn volunteer hours?  Joining Parents' Club board is the perfect way to get involved with our school, administration and parish.  We are looking for amazing volunteers for the​ upcoming 2017-18 ​school year. Click here to view the flier.


Don’t want to be on the board, but still want to be involved?​

Parents’ Club also needs committee chair people to oversee and lead upcoming events in the 2017-18 school year.  


Not sure how to run an event?  Never been a committee chair?  No problem!  Many events are repeated year after year, so help and guidance is always available.  We are a team!


All Parents are welcome to join in on Parents' Club meetings.  Meetings are always posted in the weekly e-news.


Parents' Club helps to ​organize​ as well as helps fund...

·        Pizza Fridays

·        SJS Mariners Night

·        First day of school coffee and snacks at both campuses

·        Art and Authors Night

·        Catholic Schools Week lunch for students and faculty

·        The new playground at the Issaquah Campus

·        and many other things


If you are interested in participating in Parents' Club, please email us at parentsclub@sjsissaquah.orgno later than March 26.


St. Joseph Mariners Night!! 

Saturday, May 20 is our fun Mariners night.  Hold the date for more information to come!  Contact Kelly Kenn if you have any questions at thekenns@yahoo.com


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 April 3, 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.


Spring into Scrip Contest is underway!

All Scrip orders received from March 1 thru May 9 qualify.  Click here to view the flier. A Scrip order form will be included in today’s Thursday folder.


Let your shopping win an Ice Cream Sundae Party for your child's grade!! Just by using Scrip to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you put your shopping dollars to work for St. Joseph School.  Stock your pantry by purchasing Walmart (2.5%), Sam's Club (2.5%), Whole Foods (3%), or from our top sellers which includes QFC/Fred Meyer (5%), Safeway (4%), Target (2%), Amazon (3%) and PCC (5%). We have your home decor coved also through Bed, Bath & Beyond (7 %), Bath & Body Works (13%), Pier 1 (9%), Home Goods (7%), Home Depot (4%), & Lowe's (4%), just to name a few.  Browse the 1000+ stores available at www.shopwithscrip.com.

     SJS Cash Cards offers "Special Orders" every week. Place orders through
 www.shopwithscrip.com or use SJS "Special Order Form" by 9 am Monday &
 receive your order by Thursday afternoon of the same    



        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


Luke A. and Dakota O., both SJS fifth graders, won 1st place in the 10 U Silver Bracket State Championships with the Sno-King hockey association this weekend in Tri-Cities. Congratulations!


Seventh grader, Willow W., and her Softball team "Bellevue Blast" won 1st place at the Seatac Bash Softball Tournament this past weekend.  Congratulations!


Volunteer Opportunities: 

Check out the OnVolunteer website for all the volunteer opportunities you may need http://stj.iss.onvolunteers.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  425-591-7820.

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


Feast of Saint Joseph

You are invited to a delicious lasagna dinner on Saturday March 18, in honor and celebration of our patron saint, Saint Joseph.  Join other parishioners in Father McGirl Hall after the 5:30pm Mass for fellowship, dinner, and music, in celebration of Jesus' earthly father. Click here for details and to RSVP.


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



Friday, March 17………….

Half day, end of trimester, 11:30 dismissal for Snoqualmie. 11:50 dismissal for Issaquah.

Friday, March 17…………..

Free Dress: wear your green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Monday, March 20………

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Monday, March 20……….

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, March 24…………….

Pizza Day

Friday, March 31…………….

Pizza Day

Now through April 7………

School-wide outreach: Coin drive for Friends of the Orphans




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 - 8:53am