E-News Nov 17, 2016


Thanksgiving Food Drive – Ends tomorrow, Friday, November 18

Issaquah Campus

Donations to our food drive will benefit the Issaquah Food Bank. The Issaquah Food Bank is looking for non-perishable items such as soups, chili, beans, noodles, tomato sauce, rice, flour, sugar, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

Snoqualmie Campus

Donations to our food drive will benefit The Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank any gift cards received will be donated to Encompass. We will be collecting non-perishable food items such as the items mentioned above.

Please click here to view the flyer and to see other suggested donation items. We will also be looking for volunteers to deliver the food to the food banks at the end of the food drive.


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”

Pizza – Second Trimester

Pizza order forms for second trimester are due November 18. Forms are available here, on the website or in the school office. Please return the form and check to either school office.

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 23 is a Half Day. The Snoqualmie Campus will be dismissed at 11:30am and the Issaquah Campus will be dismissed at 11:50am. There will be no school on Thursday or Friday. There will be no e-news or Thursday Folders during Thanksgiving week. We hope you all enjoy your time with your family and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Advent & Christmas Events

Please click here for a full list of Advent and Christmas Liturgies and Events at St. Joseph Parish. A copy will also go home in Thursday folders.

Milk Order Form – Second Trimester

If you would like to order milk for your child for the second trimester please click here for the form. All forms are due to the school office by Tuesday, November 29.

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

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.

Directory Update

Look for first trimester updates to come home soon. If you have any changes to your personal information; address, email or phone number that you would like in the Directory Update for second trimester, please email Patty at snoqualmie@sjsissaquah.org.  

Trouble with opening email attachments from SJS?

We are updating our files and want to make certain we have everyone who is not able to open attachments from SJS email accounted for.  Please email Ann Vandewark at business@sjsissaquah.orgif you are a family that has trouble with attachments.  Ann will send all staff members an updated list so that we can send hard copies home for you.  Thank you!

 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 Tours are November 18 and 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 months of November or December, please click here for the November commitment calendar and 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. Click here to view the flier that will go home in today’s Thursday folder.

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.


As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to thank each and every family for the many generous ways that you support St. Joseph School.  The support from the school community is greatly appreciated and is a reflection of the strength of the St. Joseph community. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving from Megan Michalson


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.  If you are stocking up for the thanksgiving holiday, please consider picking up an extra bottle for the auction.  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! 


Support our Fall into Scrip contest as you prepare for Thanksgiving 

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 covered 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.


In addition, do not forget to support SJS Thanksgiving Food Drive which ends this Friday, November 18

Snoqualmie Campus you can purchase your Scrip Safeway or Fred Meyer/QFC gift cards to benefit Encompass. It is not too late to donate a Scrip grocery store gift card to benefit individuals in need this Holiday Season.


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


Congratulations to fourth grader Aidan S. for his first place win in the Catholic School Chess Tournament recently held at Seattle Prep. Nice job representing Saint Joseph School!


Mount Si Girls Lacrosse Wins Again! Cheers to Fourth graders Elle E., Katherine K., Mirabel P., and Kole R., who led the Mount Si Wildcats to victory last Sunday.  Our fourth grade all-stars triumphed over a local recreational team and then closed out the tournament by feasting on a select team from our area.  Way to go, girls!  You are an amazing bunch of ball hawks!


Congratulations to Winter S., an SJS second grader. Winter was baptized at Saint Joseph Church last weekend.


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. Scheduled for just prior to either campus’ Back to School Night.

●  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.


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



Friday, Nov 18………………..

9:00am Mass – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Nov 18………………..

Pizza Day

Friday, Nov 18………………..

1:45pm Mass – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Wednesday, Nov 23………..

Half Day: 11:30 dismissal for Snoqualmie, 11:50 dismissal for Issaquah

November 24-25…………….

No School – Thanksgiving Holiday

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 - 8:35am