E-News Nov 30, 2017

Issaquah and Snoqualmie E-News

November 30, 2017





Early Release Tomorrow – Friday, December 1

Friday, December 1, marks the end of the first trimester. It is an early release day to give teachers time to work on first trimester report cards.

Snoqualmie Campus will dismiss at 11:30 and Issaquah Campus will dismiss at 11:50.


Middle School PowerSchool Portal Temporary Closure

The first trimester ends Friday, December 1, 2017. While middle school teachers prepare report cards, the online gradebook portal will be temporarily closed. The portal will be shut down for approximately one week, starting yesterday, Wednesday, November 29. The portal will reopen on Friday, December 8, 2017.


Advent Giving now – December 13

St. Joseph School will be supporting local charities again this Advent season. Please see the fliers in today’s Thursday Folder for information on specific items being collected. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Girl Scout Wreath Fundraiser

Eighth grade Girl Scout Troop 41243 will be holding a Fundraiser next Thursday, December 7, and Friday, December 8, at the Snoqualmie campus drop off selling wreaths. 

The girl scouts made these wreaths themselves.

Wreaths will be $25 for smaller size, $35 for larger size with 20% of sales going to Encompass. See the flier in today’s Thursday folder.

Please contact Pam at roeandpam@aol.com or Rhonda at rhondaender@comcast.net with any questions.


Milk – Second Trimester – due tomorrow

Milk order forms for second trimester are due, tomorrow, December 1. Forms are available here, on our website, or in the school office. Please return your form and check to either school office.


Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thank you to all our families for supporting our food drive! With your help, the Issaquah Campus donated 519 pounds of food to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

The Snoqualmie Campus donated 534 pounds to the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. What a great success!
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”.


Christmas Concert

Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30pm will be the Saint Joseph School Christmas Concert at Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in Sammamish.

“Celebrate the Coming of the King” and join us at our annual St. Joseph School Christmas Concert.   Enjoy performances by our kindergarten through fourth grade students, fifth grade band students, as well as the Advanced Band and Liturgy Choir students in a concert full of the joy of the Christmas Season!  The children have been working hard to make this a very special evening of “Caroling, Caroling”. The concert begins at 6:30pm.  Doors will open at 6:15pm and the students are to sit with their teachers.  Please do not drop off children before this time as there will be no supervision.   

All Fifth Grade Band and Advanced Band members please arrive at 6:00pm for tuning and warm ups in the church sanctuary.  All Liturgy Choir members meet in the Chapel at 6:00pm for warm ups.

Please remember that this is a mandatory event for all K-5 students and Band and Choir students.


Fitness Calendars

It’s time to finish up and turn in the November Calendar by December 5. You may turn it in to Mrs. Hughes, the office or your teacher. Parents, please remember to initial each day your child participated. To get December's calendar, please visit Mrs. Hughes' website at sjsissquah.org. Go to: Community Life, For Families and Students, Teacher Websites, find Mrs. Hughes and Fitness Calendars.  Just a reminder, all future calendars will be on the website and not sent home.  Thank you for participating in this fun activity. Let’s keep moving!


SJS Middle School Play

The SJS Middle School play auditions and rehearsals for The Emperor’s New Clothes start the first week of January. Pick up an information packet and get ready to audition! Auditions will be held after school on Thursday, January 4 and Friday, January 5, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm in Mrs. White’s room. The cost to participate in the after school production is $125.00. Rehearsals are Mondays and Thursdays after school from 3:00-4:10 pm starting January 8, 2018. Dress rehearsals and the final performance are held the week of March 5-9, 2018!  Contact Mrs. White jwhite@sisissaquah.org for more information. Click here for an information letter and permission form packet. Packets are also available in the office or from Mrs. White. Audition material will be posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017.


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.


Winter Weather Readiness

As the weather outside turns stormy, 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. 


Extended Day Calendar

Click here for the forms page of our new website where you will find the December commitment calendar.


Lunch Program

For ordering instructions click here.

Any questions regarding the lunch program can be directed to our email contact@lunchladiescatering.com or by phone at 425-444-9573.



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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.




         Tax Fraud Scheme Update from the Archdiocese

We have learned that six individuals have been charged in the 2013 tax fraud scheme that affected some employees and volunteers of the Archdiocese.  Five of these individuals have been convicted on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and related charges.  Two have been sentenced to federal prison (a 6 year and a 9 year term).  The other three are awaiting sentencing.  Although these convictions do not change the fact that many of our employees and volunteers experienced stress and a tremendous amount of inconvenience, it is reassuring to know that at least some of the individuals responsible are being held accountable for their crimes.  We have been told that the large number of employees and volunteers who attended the regional gatherings and signed affidavits for the IRS agents was helpful to their investigation.


An article on this topic from May 2016 is available here. The update above is the newest information we have received.


The Grant and Aid portal is now open on FACTS 

The deadline to apply for Fulcrum Grants is December 2, 2017 for the 2018-19 schoolyear and the school will review aid applications during the registration process.  The same application is used for consideration for both. 


An information sheet regarding how to apply and information you will need to apply went home in last Thursday’s envelope. The link to SJS school specific FACTS Grant and Aid is:  https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4C4G4 


Please contact Ann Vandewark, Business Manager, at business@sjsissaquah.org or (425) 888-9130 x103 if you have any questions regarding the process.




Let Scrip ease your Holiday shopping!!  

Scrip carries low denomination cards for those perfect stocking stuffers and thank-you gifts.  Low denomination cards include Amazon ($10), Barnes & Noble ($5 & 10), Bath & Body Works ($10), Buffalo Wild Wings ($10), Domino's ($10), Panera Bread ($10), Starbucks ($5 & $10), along with Target ($10).  Just to name a few.  Finally, need a suggestion for the perfect teacher/staff gift, let Scrip generate gift certificate(s) for any denomination!


Scrip can also help with Advent Giving, grades 4 - 8 will be collecting gift cards to donate to Encompass. The Snoqualmie Campus will be collecting gift cards to help Snoqualmie Valley families,

suggested gift cards include grocery store cards, gasoline cards, Target or Fred Meyer cards in denominations of $25 or below.


         How Can I Participate?

Grab & Go   ScriptoGoOrderForm

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 shopwithscrip.com

As always, SJS Cash Cards offers "Special Orders" every week. Place orders through www.shopwithscrip.com SJS enrollment code is BC664D6833L5L or use an SJS

Family Order Form by 9:00am Monday and receive your order by Thursday afternoon of the same week.


Have questions, contact us at scrip@sjsissaquah.org. Scrip Volunteer Opportunities, Scrip Tuition Agreement, Q&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., SJS fifth grader, is a Soldier in Pacific Northwest Ballet's The Nutcracker this year! If you’re buying tickets, June is in Cast A.



The next Parents’ Club meeting will be on the Issaquah Campus on December 4, at 9:00am in the St. Theresa Room (parish library). All parents are encouraged to attend.




Pizza Helpers needed!

Parents’ Club is still looking for volunteers to help with Pizza Fridays, especially on the Issaquah Campus. We are also looking for volunteers to make an occasional trip to Costco to replenish pizza supplies at either campus.  If you are interested in helping with passing out pizza at the Issaquah campus or stocking pizza supplies at either campus, please contact Michelle at sarrufm@hotmail.com.

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 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.



●  Go online at 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.


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


Children’s Holy Hour will be Saturday, December 2 at 10:00am.  Come and join us!




Friday, Dec 1…………………..

Half Day: 11:30 Dismissal Snoqualmie, 11:50 Dismissal Issaquah, End of Trimester and report card preparation

Wednesday, Dec 6…………

Free Dress

Friday, Dec 8…………………..

9:00am Mass at SJC – Issaquah – Full Dress Uniform

Friday, Dec 8…………………..

Pizza Day

Friday, Dec 8…………………..

1:45pm Mass at OLOS – Snoqualmie – Full Dress Uniform

Tuesday, Dec 12…………….

6:30pm Christmas Concert at MQP

Friday, Dec 15……………….

Pizza Day

Dec 18-Jan 1………………….

No School – Christmas Break




1:45 pm  Early Release, Snoqualmie


2:05 pm Early Release, Issaquah



Robotics Team

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-4:00 in Snoqualmie, Wednesday, 1:45-2:45




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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