E-News Nov 3, 2016


Happy Birthday Father Todd!

That’s right, Father Todd is turning 50 this year! Come and celebrate with a Holy Hour and Dinner.  On November 18, at 5:30pm, we will begin with a Holy Hour to pray for Vocations and Holiness in our parish. After the Holy Hour we will have a dinner to celebrate our wonderful pastor.  Please see the flier in today’s Thursday folder and RSVP by November 7.  Click here to view the flier.

Safe Environment Training

St. Joseph Parish has scheduled a Safe Environment class, Protecting God’s Children, for Tuesday, November 8 from 6:00-8:00pm in the St. Francis Room.  You can register at seattlearchdiocese.orgthrough the Safe Environment tab on the left. If you have any questions, please call Amy Field at 425-392-5516.

If you have not yet attended a Protecting God’s Children class, here are some upcoming dates.

•   Thursday, November 3 at 6:30pm - Holy Family in Kirkland (7045 120th Ave NE)

•   Tuesday, November 8 at 6:00pm – St. Joseph Issaquah

•   Thursday, November 10 at 7:00pm – St. John Mary Vianney in Kirkland (12600 84th Ave NE)

•   Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30pm – Sacred Heart School in Bellevue (9450 NE 14th St)

Taking this class will fulfill one of your Safe Environment requirements. 

You will also need to complete a Background check, Policy Acknowledgment, Confidentiality Pledge and attend a Volunteer Orientation Meeting.  These requirements are needed before you can volunteer at the school. You can start by setting up an account at Virtus.com.

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 winners receive a free dress pass. The winners from October’s drawing were: Life Long learner: Braelyn W., Spiritually Active Catholic: Chloe B., Person of Character: Julianna D., Socially Responsible Citizen: James C.

Fitness Calendars

It’s time to turn in October's Fitness Calendar ASAP! You may turn it in to Mrs. Hughes, the office or your teacher. Parents, please remember to initial each day your child participated. If you still need an October calendar, or to get November's calendar, please visit Mrs. Hughes' website at sjsissquah.org. Go to: For Families and Students, Teacher Websites, find Mrs. Hughes and Fitness Calendars.  Just a reminder, November and future calendars will be on the website and not sent home.  Thank you for participating in this fun activity. Let’s keep moving!

Thanksgiving Food Drive – Monday, November 7 to 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”

News from the Office

The Issaquah and Snoqualmie offices will not be staffed during Conference Days on November 9 and 10.  Please take care of any business matters the previous week. There will be no e-news or Thursday Folders on November 10. The lost and found will be available during conference days for parents to retrieve lost items.

Annual Fund 

The 2016-17 Where the Difference Counts Annual Fund is underway! The Annual Fund is our second largest fundraiser and plays a vital part in the day to day operations of the school. The goal for this year is $130,000 and the key to reaching our goal depends on 100% participation from all families. 


THANK YOU to our families who have already pledged. We have a great start to our goal and we greatly appreciate your contributions. If you have not made a pledge or gift for this school year, please return your pledge envelope as soon as possible to maximize your payment opportunities.  You have until May 31, 2017 to complete payments on your pledge.  There is still time to add your pledge to your monthly tuition statement. Please email Ann Vandewark at business@sjsissaquah.org to make arrangements.

 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 Meetings and Tours are on Tuesdays, November 15 and 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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.


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.


Auction News – Procurement Deadline: November 11, 2016

Thank you to everyone who has already turned in their procurement forms.  The auction procurement deadline is November 11.  If you are looking for procurement ideas, here is your answer – the St. Joseph School Amazon.com Wish List.  All you have to do is check out the list, buy an item and have it shipped to our school!  We also have a procurement wish list and ideas on the auction website.  Generic scrip is also a great way to fulfill your auction procurement commitment.  Extra procurement forms can be found in the school offices in both Snoqualmie and Issaquah and can be found on-line here


If you would like to help in any way with the auction, please reach out to our chairs.  Please email Stephanie at carrsteph@hotmail.com or Ann-Marie at annkarh@live.com.  For more information, please visit the auction website at www.sjsissaquah.org/auction.


Fall into Scrip contest is well underway, there are many ways to place your order!


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


June C., an SJS fourth grader, is a soldier in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker this year. Come and see her in the Nutcracker!


The next Parents’ club meeting will be on the Issaquah Campus on November 7, at 9:00am in the St. Theresa Room (parish library). All parents are encouraged to attend.


Volunteer Opportunities: 

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

St. Joseph Garden Club

Saturday, November 5, 10:00am-Noon. We’ll be removing withering summertime annuals and replacing with new Fall plantings at the Blessed Mother Garden For The Unborn near St Joseph’s Church building. Also, we’ll be installing river rock as a border along the recently rebuilt wall of our church. Join us, won’t you? School parents, all of your time counts toward school volunteer requirements. Questions, call Brian Bashinski at 425-392-5516 x231.

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.

 Upcoming Events

Catholic Schools Week - January 29 - February 3.


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.


Congratulations to the St. Joe's CYO soccer teams that played their last games this past weekend.  We had teams in grades kindergarten through third grade that competed this season.  Thank you to our volunteer coaches for giving our kids an opportunity to play this year.


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 4…………………

Pizza Day

Wednesday, Nov 9…………

Conference Day

Thursday, Nov 10……………

Conference Day

Friday, Nov 11…………………

No School – Veteran’s Day

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




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 - 8:33am